Refurbishing a 1998 Aspencade
Ok. I wanted something to work on and I wanted to replace my 1992 Aspencade that I owned years ago. I have found both in one bike. I found a 1998 Aspencade with 53,000 miles on it. Body was in good shape and I figured with a little work I could get her going. A "little work" was the operative phrase. I received what I wished for and then some.
I am posting this item to list the things that I have found. I have pictures posted in my album area and will update the pictures as I find fix/repair/find items. I posted the pictures because they are representative of items you should look for (IMO) before purchasing. Do not get me wrong...I am enjoying working on my motorcycle, but parts are getting more difficult to find. The cost adds up quickly. Unfortunately, I also have this irritating drive to make the thing as perfect as possible.
She will definitely be road worthy when I am done and she will look good.
So far I have diagnosed (All problems with the bike found after purchase):
-The Final drive has to be replaced (Started)
-The rear Rotor needs to be replaced (Started)
-Repaired rear caliper due to bolt cross threading (Believe it or not, the boot was on the wrong side of the slide.
-The Carbs will need to be rebuilt (Parts purchased, Not started)
- Removed pin striping I did not like (done. Oven Cleaner works)
-Cleaning chrome to recover from rust and grime (Started)
-Cleaning connectors (Covered with oil on fender)
-Shifter seal (Started)
-Replacement of broken general items (I have half the motorcycle in boxes in the living room)
-Painting of items that had scuffs (heat shields, one mirror, side panel)
Luckily, I am mechanically inclined. Decent anyway. Also, I have used a lot of documentation from this site to diagnose and look for areas of issue. I am new here. Check out my photos, make comments, and get to know my project. You may never know when you will be called upon for that one item I cannot fix. I will be starting the carburetor repair soon. I am learning a lot of stuff and I like it.
Thanks - Rick Burgin
1989 Kawasaki 454
1987 Honda Super Magna
1984 Kawasaki Voyager
1992 Honda Goldwing Aspencade
2006 Suzuki Katana 750
2007 Harley Sportster 1200
1998 Honda Goldwing Aspencade
2012 Harley Softail Slim