I'm with you on the round lights, but I love the 80s square gauges. I'm just hiding the chunky gauge box on my Nighthawk behind a smoked "sport" type screen once I put a round headlight on there.
Got everything put back together last night, started it up just for peace of mind. Plan is to tune it tonight and register it tomorrow or Friday after work.
Carbs didn't get as thorough of a cleaning as I'd like to have done, but I feel like I have decent excuses:
1. I need to register the bike by Tuesday
2. The tank is coated with rust on the inside; it's pretty bad. The carbs will get filled back up with rusty crap. Gonna run them as-is til the winter, when I'll address the tank issue
3. All passages/jets ARE clear, floats/needles in good shape, new diaphragms
Basically they just needed to soak to remove residue inside the bowls, but I didn't want any more downtime in this part of the year.
Of course, I'll end up having to take them back out next week and you guys can say "we told you so."
Found my issue last night, wasn't in the carbs after all.
Turns out my bike has the common XS11 issue of the coil pickup wires breaking. As they flex, the connect and disconnect at the breaks, which is what causes the loss of spark for 1 or 2 cylinders.
Found TWO broken wires. Soldered them back, bike ran much better.
Then it ran much worse, only 2 cylinders firing at all times, no longer intermittent. Guess one of my solders broke. I'll be rewiring with new wire today after work, rather than patching the old ones in there.
At least I know what the problem is.
Pulled the plugs, they are all getting spark. It is a weak, crappy spark and the plugs look like they may be slightly fouled. Throwing some new ones in tomorrow to see if that brings it back.
Also still need to tune my fuel mixture. It rode fine, but I can tell there is more power there with a better mix.
Found an awesome dude on xs11.com who seems to have EVERY part I need.
I love the mirrors. They really transform the look of the bike, and are completely useable. My forearms only block about a quarter of an inch of the insides of the mirrors, so I can see 95% of the glass. Great view of what's behind, great view of blind spots with a slight cocking of my neck.
I want the largest round headlight I can find.
Thought the soreness in my right hand was going to go away after I got used to this bike's ergonomics....nope.
Clubman bars on the way.
Got some more mileage on her, this trans is junk. 5th makes noise like it is rubbing on the crank case on the end of the shaft, 1st doesn't like to engage from a stop, and 2nd is useless for anything other than carefully getting from 1st to 3rd.
Other than that, LOVE THIS BIKE.
Last edited by nhbubba; 08-30-2012 at 08:22 AM.