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Welcome to the Buell Blast Forum aka the "THUMPer Forum".

For Buell Blast P3 American Thumper-Cycle related questions, technical discussions, and information. Come on in and get some THUMP! : ]



Buell Blast Owner's Manuals (courtesy Buell Motorcycle Co.):
2005 Buell Blast Owner's Manual
2006 Buell Blast Owner's Manual
2007 Buell Blast Owner's Manual
2008 Buell Blast Owner's Manual
2009 Buell Blast Owner's Manual



Got THUMP?


THUMPer Forum: The Buell Blast Forum on BadWeB (for Buell enthusiasts)



to store and compare Blast fuel economy.

Please feel free to add your data to the database. It's very easy and lets you track your mileage and compare to all other Blasts in the database. Please use your forum name when you enter your data.

This is a link to the Blast MPG Data Page

This is a link to the data entry form


Bookmark the form for ease of use.

Enjoy!


Please Note!!!!!!
We are in no way responsible for any damage that may occur in the advice given to help you fix or 'improve' your bike. We are here to try and help, but that does not make us libel for any actions resulting in that advice, you could easily go elsewhere and ask for other opinions, and act accordingly.
Thank you for understanding.

Just cuz - Manuals -
http://buellmods.com/downloads/viewcategory/8-manu als
EZ

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Please visit the "Got Thump?" section for pics of various Buell Blasts; check out our "Knowledge Vault" for Buell Blast technical questions, look in "Blasting Around" to find who is in your area for rides and "hi!"'s; visit "Blasting Away" to see unique ideas involving the Blast, and visit the "Dark Side" for tales of Blasting adventure! Post at the bottom of the page here for anything else or just to say hi! Welcome and enjoy! : )

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Marksblast
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 06:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ya, simple for those who have done this before.
Scary for me. ; -). But I'm having fun.
Just back from a sunny ride. Sorry all you people in the East...
This blast just needs to be riden. Only 1800 kms on it.

Now with that headlight. And even the other one you had. Will it be ok to use the Tridon EP-36 Flasher, I bought that.
Or do you need the Kisan SM-1 Signalminder, I had been reading about in old posts.
I don't want any miss-firings or sparks ; -)).
today
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Swampy
Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Those little droplets look like water not gas, probably from condensation
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 08:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I've looked it up (Harley actually sells them!!), but it seems vague in the description: is it a full LED headlight, with all the super brightness that comes with it or are just the side lights
LED?
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Ezblast
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

LOL - the Harley version at 50 bucks less is a poorly made copy - really - looked it up. The EP-36 flasher works fine with it - the low light is the high powered LED, the hi light is a 55 watt HID, and the turn signal LEDs are super large/bright LEDS - best gift I've ever been given for the bike, and will probably make me keep this headlight set up for a while, even though it is heavier than what I would usually run.
EZ
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 12:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

HD indicates it's made by the same company. If it was a full LED headlight it would have been a bargain at HD's or Primo's price! Still a top of the line option though.
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Ezblast
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 01:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I saw the back of the HD light - the difference is in the protection of the wiring in the back - The Rivera unit has coating and covers on all the connections - no worry of accidental shorts there. The HD unit has none - stuff could go dodgy quick - some liquid rubber could help a lot, and there is no color insulating paint on the back of the lights shell either - making it an inferior copy. You knew there had to be a reason the HD one was less, when HD likes to charge more - lol
EZ

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Marksblast
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 07:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

"Those little droplets look like water not gas, probably from condensation"

When you say that. It is not a issue?
It is still cold here. 40's F'. And after the little gas smell thing. And just tapping the Carb. Blast has run everyday a few kms. Perfect starts, no weird sounds. Seems smooth.

Just waiting for a sweet package from Dan 'thumpe'.
The Full intake Kit. Jetting, Idle screws. Carb bolts, hiem stabilizer, It is going to be a fun March.

Thanks all, for the info.
Still like your headlight EZ. After Dan's order. It will be the Superbrace or headlight not sure. But one thing at a time ; -)}
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Ezblast
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

lol - Welcome to the Darkside!
EZ
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Marksblast
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I thought the 'Darkside' meant Fun...
You mean 'broke-side'.
lol ; -) hehehe.....
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Ezblast
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 02:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

It entails a bit of both - sometimes - sometimes not. But it is always the deviation from the norm - lol
EZ
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Marksblast
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

100% Concur ; -)

Play Safe.
Have Fun.
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Ezblast
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Washed the bike and did some detailing - the rear wheel is finally starting to look decent.






EZ

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Ezblast
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2015 - 12:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Flu sucks!
EZ
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Chief_ten_bears
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2015 - 04:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

first warm day of the year was yesterday, 5 C or so, so the snow was melting and it was time to get started on the buell, hoping to ride in a couple of weeks, maybe sooner.

My list: new tires, new stator, new top end gasket kit (all for 1 single pushrod o-ring!), upper and lower head gaskets, valve lapping, new valve seals, paint foot rest brackets and side frame, and last but not least new front brakes.

rolled bike out from storage, up on the stands



started stripping down, out comes the airbox, exhaust, removed pads and front caliper etc. i was going to start with the tires, but it was too nice outside so i took advantage and decided to do the stator





oils drained, loosened the clutch and tensioner, and opened the primary up



i tried to remove the stator nut first with just the breaker bar, just to see, and with all my might and weight, no go, as i thought... some heat from my small propane torch to loosen the locktite and a 25" breaker bar, and off the nuts came



the bad stator





the new good stator with new bolts as well. i layed down some ultra black rtv on the wires under the plate, for added protection



i cleaned up the inside of the primary, sopped up some standing oil etc, and reinstalled the clutch pack-chain-rotor. drop of red locktite on the clutch and stator nuts, and torqued back to spec. thats where i left off yesterday. tonight i'll clean up the primary case, and re-install that, ready for fresh formula+ oil. probably going to remove the wheels tonight and bring them inside to clean, and install new tires.
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Marksblast
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2015 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Pix like that and some explanation are really Great to see.
From one who is visual, not mechanical.
Thanks.
Hope all goes well...
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Chief_ten_bears
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

worked on removing the head last night. supported the engine, and started tearing down. removed rocker box cover, rocker box, unbolted isolator from frame







removed head, pushrod cover, and lifted the cylinder as well





i'm going to remove the cylinder with the piston still inside, and just remove the wrist pin. i got the circlip out, but was having a tough time trying to get the pin to slide out, it gets caught on the slight edge of the hole. i didn't want to tap it too hard, so i'll left it as is and will make a puller tonight with some threaded rod, some nuts, and a couple of sockets

i brought the head inside and was going to stop there, but i later removed the intake valve and removed the seal. the factory seals are sh*t, i can see why the Blast uses oil. the new james viton stem seals are 1000x better and softer. i'll work on cleaning the head and valves tonight, as well as the cylinder once i get that off. hope to start re assembling tomorrow.

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Chief_ten_bears
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

last night i used my home made wrist pin puller to remove the pin and was able to lift the cylinder from the crankcase, leaving the piston still inside. cleaning the base gasket surface was fairly easy, just a wipe with some carb cleaner





here's a picture of the puller. basically its a threaded rod, a couple of deep sockets that fit against the wrist pin to push it through, and a larger socket at the other end that the pin slide out into. turn the nut, and it works



started cleaning the valves with a small brass wire brush, cleaning the combustion chamber, intake and exhaust ports etc. i left the head upside down a left the combustion chamber and ports full of kerosene overnight. today, it should all scrub off pretty clean

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Ezblast
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 01:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Did you put in new detent plate and two detent clips?
EZ
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Ezblast
Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Watch the Daytona 200! May Vs Slick!
http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/ama/flat-track
EZ
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Ezblast
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Slick won but May pulled third - as a privateer that is an awesome finish - he was fastest but traffic slowed him. Danny was an animal taking the lead back every chance he could - nothing could hold him back - the second place guy got hip and followed him through traffic then would try and pass. Jeff came back so many times that he earned fastest lap - he'd struggle through traffic, be 22 bike lengths behind and then by the next lap catch up and pass both of them - that was awesome racing - his mistake was pitting after slick instead of before, too much lost, though he did go from 5th back to a fairly close third in two laps, but Slic cut through traffic while Jeff fought it - so he never got close enough to challenge for the win. Before that though people where betting on him to win, because he kept taking the lead from Slic - making it look easy! Great race!
EZ
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Adhochero
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 09:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

i plan on getting a new exhaust and maybe one of dans air filter mods. my question is: if i just get the Jardine exhaust what do i need to rejet it to. and would i need to rejet again if i later decide to get the air filter or would i just keep it the same? i have read a bit on this but its a little unclear.
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Ezblast
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 03:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

46/175 alone with 2 #4 washers for needle shims and with non stock intake - 46/180 with 2 #4 washers for needle shim.
EZ
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Ezblast
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 03:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nick's inexpensive, simple method for creating a manual choke for your Blast - bravo Nick!!!!
http://buellridersonline.com/forum/showthread.php? t=10824&p=76794#post76794
EZ
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Ezblast
Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Clubmans that work! -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221086368524?ru=http%3A%2F %2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sa cat%3D0%26_nkw%3D221086368524%26_rdc%3D1
EZ
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Patches
Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 09:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Chief_ten_bears, Any progress on the engine rebuild? Pictures? Not to be nosy just wondering.
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Ezblast
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

http://motorcycle.michelinman.com/tires/michelin-c ity-grip
New tire in for our favorite oversize fitment - who will be the first to own them?
EZ
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Gearheaderiko
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 02:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Nice! And a good range of sizes. Any idea who has pricing on these? I do need a new rear tire.....
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Ezblast
Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 02:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

They all do - motorcycle superstore, etc
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/28198/i/miche lin-city-grip-rear-tire&colorid=9&sizeid=3472?site ID=CSE_GBase_483451&WT.mc_ID=80003&P_ID=483451&P_I D=1330994705&adpos=1o2&creative=53697087533&device =c&matchtype=&network=g&SITEID=Google+SEARCH+NON-B RAND+Product+Level+Ads+-+Google+Shopping+Campaign+ Brands&gclid=Cj0KEQjw6OOoBRDP9uG4oqzUv7kBEiQA0sRYB Bqe3HX4qHu9gBj9RFf6JCXCL8MGWm6q99_PpFYFbm8aAvoo8P8 HAQ
I'll probably try them oversized on my Starkiller rebuild - the difference between the old style and new style City Grips is the are rain sips and different rubber compound.
EZ
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Chief_ten_bears
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yes patches, i'm done the project now, but here is my progress as it went:

finished cleaning all the gasket surfaces on the cylinder, head, cleaned the valves etc. used carb cleaner mostly along with scotchbrite pads for the gasket surfaces and wire brushes for the carbon in the head, valves, ports. once i was satisfied with that, i rinsed the head and valves in mineral spirits (paint thinner) then rinsed again in just hot soapy water, then blew the head out with the compressor. the cylinder and piston, i just gave the bore a wipe down and did a little scraping on the piston top with a plastic knife. i gave the cylinder and piston a thorough blowing with the air compressor as well









new base gasket



the wrist pin wouldn't slide in on its own, so i heated the piston up for a bit with a hair dryer. a little 20w50 on the pin, in the guides and the rod bearing, and the pin slide right in



new circlip as well. just clip in it, then used needle nose pliers to twist the rest into the groove. i also read that it's best to align the gap vertically rather than horizontally, probably something to do with the up and down motion of the piston



slid jug back on, then installed the pushrod cover. i reused the base gasket of the pushrod cover, it's a thick rubber piece, wiped it down some, it looks and feels fine





i'm going to lapp the valves later today, then re assemble the head and install that back on the bike. with any luck, i'll be starting the bike later tonight or tomorrow morning

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Chief_ten_bears
Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

so yesterday i had a full half day to work on the bike. i started by doing a valve job. some lapping paste, a lapping tool, and off i went







results. i've seen some where guys will grind until the whole seating surface is bare, but i've always known and done it where you have a nice even couple mm silver band, that seats and seals properly. i thoroughly rinsed the head again in mineral spirits, then soapy water, and blew out with compressor to make sure head, ports and valve guides were 100% clean after the grinding





next was head reassembly



new, better softer and 1000x better sealing viton valve seals



valves, seals, springs, seats and keepers all installed. measure and make a mark .25" from the top of the valve guide. you use a 7/16 socket to lightly push down the new seals to install, stopping at the mark you made once the bottom of the new seal meets it. a little oil in the valve guides and the stems, as well as the valve seal top before sliding the valves in





gave the head another wipe down and blow it out with compressed air, time to put back on the bike. new james mls head gasket. note, no dowel o rings required





mls head gaskets require a different torque procedure than the oem composite head gasket from Harley. the james kit has those instructions in it, you still put some light oil on the threads, and on the bottom face of the bolt, and torque in the same order/sequence, but the values and steps are a little different. you torque all 4 bolts to 1 spec, then again to another, and another, then finally your last value which was about 42 ft lbs if i recall ( i don't' have the sheet in front of me...). also, note the rivets keeping the 4 layers together on the gasket, make sure these clear the mating surfaces otherwise you can trim them off. they were fine on the blast



front isolator re installed, tie rods re installed on the head and re tightened on the front frame joint



new james rocker box gasket



i cleaned up and again blew out the rocker box with compressed air, making sure the oil galleys from the pushrod cups to the middle of the rocker arm holes were clean and clear. rocker box re installed and torqued to spec to bleed down the lifters. also make sure the pushrods are seated correctly. i also like to make sure i can spin the rods with my fingers after i've torqued down the rocker box





last but certainly not least, the rocker cover with new fibre and copper seals under the bolts



job done. today, i'll be removing the wheels to install new tires, then replace the front brakes as well as bleed the brake fluid

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Chief_ten_bears
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long day yesterday... first up, installing new tires. i ordered a pair of Shinko's in the factory stock sizing. Shinko SR568 for the rear and SR740 for the front



using my bike stands, up goes the buell and off come the wheels. taking the wheels off is very straightforward as per the service manual





to break the bead, i used a combination of large c clamps and a series of 2x4's under the edge of my deck, like a large lever, to push down on the bead. the front bead broke easy. the back one? damn near impossible. i was ready to hacksaw the tire off... but i eventually got it. using several tire irons and rim protectors, as well as plenty of lube, i got the tires off. once off, i gave the rims a quick wipe down/clean







installation went ok. both new tires went on ok. to set the bead, i set my compressor at about 80 psi, and removed the shraeder valve and just put the air nozzle into the valve directly. front tire took a few tries to pop, rear tire set first time round. i used a bit of soapy water to lube the bead to help it set. both tires installed. also, for the rear, because of the big horkin drive pully, i removed the brake rotor on the opposite side so i would have much more room with the tire irons. i reinstalled the rotor when complete as per the manual (threadlocker, star pattern to torque)



wheels back on. i cleaned the axle's, and used some antiseize on each axle as well before sliding back into the wheels



i needed new brakes for the front, so i ordered up a pair of EBC organic kevlar pads. i prefer organic for everyday all purpose riding. sintered are nice and do provide that instant 2 finger stop, but i prefer the linear feeling of organics, again for every day riding. plus, you can get them wet and still stop. installation was easy, slide them in each side of the caliper, and just make sure the top clip is aligned in the top of the caliper, i had to remove the caliper again to fix the clip



thats where i called it quits yesterday. it got up to about 14 C yesterday, and i could hear countless motorcycles all day in the background, it was our first official day this year weather wise and everyone was out. but, i can only do so much in the day and i knew today was supposed to be even nicer, so i got up early this morning, watched my PVR'd Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, then headed back outside to finish the bike.

today i didn't have to much further to go. first up was installing the footpeg frame brackets, i had removed them to respray



then it was getting everything back installed on the bike. airbox, reattach carb with new gasket, new sparkplug, some dielectric grease in the wire, stuff like that. also installed a new regulator since i did the stator





finally, with everything on, i filled up the bike with some fresh 20W50. i remounted the gas tank, connected the plumbing, and was ready to start the bike





the bike came to life instantly, with nary a burble or hesitation, nothing. just instant life, and i don't think i've ever heard it idle so nicely. i let it warm up for a bit, and got down and started looking for leaks. none. excellent. got out the multimeter to check the battery. at idle a full 14.5 V. perfect. suited up and went for a shakedown ride. no issues. so i went out for my first ride of the year, it was 16 C today and it felt great to be back on the road. the Buell runs like a top.





i've still got some more things to do, minor stuff. i have to install my newly implemented breather catch can, as well as the fuel breather tube, i still want to bleed the brakes, and maybe even spray the frame still, maybe on a rainy day when i can let the bike sit
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for a breather oil catch can, i've used a basic fuel filter last year, tested "my design" out per say, cobbled it together with some 3/8 hose and a breather filter i had laying around. it works well, but i wanted something a bit nicer and finished



so i made this. it's a small bottle, with a 3/8 tee in the cap. i sprayed it with plasti dip for a finish, and tried to make a little window along one side so i can see the inside. to drain, you would just unscrew the bottle from the cap which would still be mounted to the bike with the hose/filter, and screw the bottle back on etc





while i had the plasti dip out, i decided to also spray my helmet. it's a snell rated HJC, and 3 years old now. i'll have to replace it in a couple more years, but its still a really good helmet and i wanted to change it up a bit

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bled both front and rear brakes today. old fluid was pretty brown compared to fresh dot 4

 

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