Instead of posting a dozen posts like I had been, ill just be posting what I am doing to my bike in this thread. Im not a mechanic and many people have already asked my wtf im doing tearing this thing down when it would probably run as it were, besides the brakes. Well I wanted a bike to take apart and learn some of the systems on it as I put it back together. Maybe I was just bored, I dunno, but Im in deep now so Im going to keep at it. I would not have even bought this bike if it were not for the help on this forum. I was looking last year and unfortunately had to pass on probably a much better 85 limited that was near me. Anyways, this is the bike I have now, I also have a ural and a little ninja 250 so I dont have to rush this thing in order to ride around. Also just had our first kid last month so progress may be slow. My Objective is to tear the bike down as far as I can, and then have you guys tell me what all I need to repair/replace/maintenance as I put it back together. Even if it doesnt need done, Id like to do it, ie head gaskets, wheel bearings, carb cleaning? Then Id like to put the bike back together, cleaning everything I can to make it look as good as possible. I dont know thing one about painting so I guess thats out, except maybe stuff that I can rattle can or brush on like the calipers. Here I go, hopefully I havent messed it up already!
Here it is when I first got it.
I didnt look it over as well as i should have but I didnt know much about wings so I wouldnt have known what to look for anyway. It started up and idled good after a couple of minutes. It was dark and cold so I didnt ride it but told the guy Id buy it the next day. He offered to ride it over to my house so I didnt have to bring the new baby and mom out in the cold. I said sure. He showed up, said everything was good except the front shocks needed air. We signed the title and he left. I spent the rest of the night shining it up planning on riding it the next day as it was supposed to be warm.
Next day I went to take it for a spin and noticed I could not hardly move the bike in neutral. The brakes were nearly locked in place, I dont know how he rode it here. This is pretty much were the saga begins. At that point I decided Id just turn this into a learning experience and try to become a shadetree mechanic in the process.
Now i can be pretty impulsing and impatient and that hurt me here initially. I read some brake tutorials on here and proceeded to pull off the calipers, lines and master cylinders without first releasing the pistons from the calipers. Whoops, frozen pistons. Truthfully I didnt even know how disc brakes worked before I pulled these off, got stuck and then stated really reading about them. I tried air to get the pistons free but no luck. After this fumble I decided to put the calipers and cylinders aside, and rebuild them just before I put them back on. That could be a long time from now.
While I was working on the brakes I also decided to pull of the plastics and crash guards in order to get to the inner workings easier. This is what she looks out of her dress.
Along the way I found some problems, there is a significant crack in the trunk, a tab broken off on the right lower fairing, and right side damage to the front fairing. All this I did not see at the time of purchase, my bad.
The last pic shows how someone previously tried to fix the fairing. What is that goop? Fiberglass?