One Of Them Days.
Well I got up with best intentions today and headed straight to the garage.
Over the last few days I've had the bike running, but not as sweet as it usually is.
After checking electrics etc I then swapped the carbs from the engine I took out, and it ran like a dream.
Apart that is, from the fact the petrol was coming out of one of the overflows.
I took the carbs I'd taken off and cleaned them all up again so wanted to see if they worked ok.
I wanted to get the bike running and then change the carbs over.
Whilst working on the bike I noticed smoke rising from the back of the bike.
Not good news I thought, or words to that effect.
On closer inspection it turned out that a screwdriver had rolled down and shorted out on the positive terminal of the battery. I'd even disconnected the battery whilst I was working on the bike.
It had shorted out against the oil reservoir for the shock absorber.
This had heated up the braided line between the reservoir and the shock, melted the rubber inside the line and caused the oil to leak all over the bike.
So I've now got to send the shock away and get the pipe replaced.
Its not all bad as this means the shock gets a service, something its not had since I've owned it, and should come back all lovely.
I spoke with Proflex and they reckon on a 10 day turnaround. I'm just hoping that it is one which they still can service due to its age and also that it gets back before my test day.
After I got the bike cleaned up I went back to the carbs.
The ones on the engine have now stopped leaking through the overflow.
I removed these and put my other carbs back on.
All went well until I pressed the starter.
Nothing but a clicking from the solenoid.
So it looks like this has expired on me now, as I know battery is good and all fuses are still complete.
All this and it wasn't even dinner time.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't expect such teething problems but didn't think I'd need to get the shock sorted.
Still as I said should feel a lot better after a service.
Hopefully I'll have better luck tomorrow.