Saturday, 28 December 2013

Dirty carbs, outside and in...

One of the first jobs to do in order to get this bike running is remove the carburettors and strip them down.

Once removed I gave the outsides a bit of a clean before dismantling them. This itself was quite a job but after a few hours they looked much better, although I new it was only part of the job as the most important part, the insides, was yet to be done.

So on with the strip down and I started with the right carb which went well, with all the parts carefully put aside ready for further cleaning.
But then came the left carb, which proved to be a lot worse than the right carb. After removing the float pin and float I was surprised to find that the float valve did not fall out like the right one did and as you would expect. No, instead this was all gummed up, (due to 11 years standing with the old fuel in the carbs) and even after soaking in fresh petrol and blowing down the inlet with a blow gun, it did not want to move. Eventually I won the battle with the help of a pair of pliers and brute force, which then necessitated a new valve but that was alright as I would have replaced it any way.

Gummed up float valve

With the float valve out, the fuel inlet was still blocked and was proving very stubborn to clear properly. So after ordering the carb re-build kit plus a few extra bits, I boxed all my carburettor parts up and took the to Wheelfit Motorcycles near Cambridge, where they put them in their ultrasonic cleaner for a few hours. They came back looking great, but my normal paid work got very busy so the rebuild was delayed until the Christmas holidays.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Motorcycle Live show...

I went to the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC, Birmingham today, and met a fantastic chap, Sam Manicom on the Overland Magazine stand, who was a delight to talk to and gave me inspiration to travel far and wide on my ST when it is all re-built.

Check out his website, and see the amazing journey's he has had on his BMW R80GS.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Bought it...

I have finally bought a motorbike that I have had my eye on for the last few years.

It is a 1982 BMW R80ST which is now just over 30 years old.

The motorbike was owned by a friend of ours and I have had a keen eye on this bike for sometime, often saying to him, 'let me know if you want to sell it and let me have first refusal'. Well when we met in October this year we spoke about the bike again and he said that the time had come and he needed to sell the bike to make room in the garage. The problem was neither of us really knew it's value, and we could not find another one for sale anywhere, so it took a lot of investigation on the web for us both to agree on a price which we eventually did and on the 1st of November I collected the bike in a van and took it to my garage ready to start working on it.

You will be able to follow the progress of this project here on this blog.

Here it is before going in the garage...