UPDATE- All parts save the CE clutch kit have now arrived. I have mocked up the motor and a spare small tank I had lying around in the frame in the pic attached to show a little bit of what we are working with on this build. This bike will be extremely practical as a commuter and exploring bike here in the NW.
Jimbo (Usagi Yojimbo, for those who know) is a Ham and had to get in on the act when he saw me taking pics of my new project!
Today we will begin cleaning and prepping the entire bike for the installation, laying out all parts of the SBP kit, hardware, etc. Fire Belly Evan will come and take some measurements of my frame and look at mounting options before making the motor mounts. I am planning on doing some painting to several ket accent parts of the motor and SBP kit to work with the bikes colors. Also we will be painting the 2.5L tank as well. I will take my time with that however, as I have the spare tank to run while I decide on my final motif for the tank design. This way we'll be able to run the bike in just a few days.
So, here's a question for you guys- Do I run the stock motor and exhaust/airbox during break-in before adding the upgraded parts? I'm thinking we may do that, as well as wait on milling the head, until I've got a hundred miles or so on it. I was thinking that it would be a good way to see and feel the difference between whatever this motor has going for it stock and what I'm hoping will be noticeable improvement with the pipe, airbox, hot plug and wire, and Hi-Comp head.
I will do my best to take a lot of pics here over the next few days, but that never works out exactly as planned so don't expect this will be a detailed step by step build thread..
I am so hyped to get this thing together, taking my time now is going to be the biggest challenge!