2020-02-04 05:55:22 UTC
When I got it, the instrument cluster ws half full of water, the fan was inoperable and the engine often ran like crap. Bought another instrument cluster, swapped in new odometer gears, swapped in a larger K100 fan and radiator, insulated the underside of the tank to cure vaporlock problems, added a manual fan on switch and swapped in a new fuel pump.
The new fuel pump turned out to be the magic bullet that cured a host of strange running problems. All of a sudden, it runs consistently and pretty smoothly with no more strange loss of power episodes. I'm told that ethyl fuel attacks the rubber of early K bike fuel pump mounts, eventually filling the pump up with glop. Symptoms included strange periods of no power followed by miraculous recovery. If the damn thing had had the decendy to just run badly all the time, the problem would have been way easier to trouble shoot.
With the bike running pretty well now, I'm beginning to figure out how to drive it. Still working up my courage on right hand curves, but feeling way more comfortable now that I'm not worrying about strange mechanical issues.
WHat's interesting is all the "Oh crap !! What do I do now ?" moments. I remember these from learning to drive a car and ride a motorcycle, but never thought I'd go through them all over again fifty + years later. I've concluded that when you become a senior citizen, it's very important to scare the crap out of yourself periodically.
As of now, I've logged about 1200 miles on the rig and plan on heading down to Death Valley in a couple weeks for the BMW Airheads rally. Wish me safe travels.