To Do List

First thing’s first, see what’s obviously broken and needs replacing…

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Clutch lever broken, and clutch cylinder doesn’t build pressure

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Fuel tank has dent and needs to be repainted. Inside isn’t rusty, but it has plenty of crud hanging around.

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Fuelcock has a slow leak when in the reserve position.

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All electronics on the fritz. Need to check all switches wires etc. I would like to move the ignition back to the handlebars where it belongs.

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Fuse cover missing, as is one fuse. Wonder if this is the fuse keeping all my switches from working?

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The rest is cosmetic. Taillight is busted and needs to be replaced. Right sidecover is missing a tab and won’t stay on the bike.

Should be alot of fun once I get it running, but it’ll take some work first

Houston to Phoenix, Phoenix to Houston in THREE days

This was one long excruciating drive. I enjoyed seeing my family in Phoenix, but I was only there a few hours. The hours that weren’t spent sleeping I spent as a walking zombie. I left Saturday evening at 18:45 and drove 17hours and 45minutes straight. The return trip took 20 hours, but that included a nap in a picnic area 40 miles north of San Antonio.

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I left at night, so mostly all I saw was black…

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Ahh, daylight…

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Welcome to NewMexico!

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Arizona Finally…

Loaded Up
After a few hours sleep the bike is loaded up while my Grandfather looks on. I feel confident with his supervision. He’s a retired professional engineer and consultant on “vast and half vast projects”.

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Time to turn around and head back. My poor 4cyl truck just wasn’t making it up these mountains against a stiff headwind carrying a 500lb bike.

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Shadow showing the bike in the back of my truck. Très artistique, no?

Prelude

Craig's List Ad

On October 21, 2007 I purchased this ’83 Honda Nighthawk 650 from an ad in Craig’s List.

The bike had a few problems with it. It had been sitting since ’04 in a backyard shed. The clutch master cylinder needed to be rebuilt. It had a couple electrical problems, such as the turn signal switch, ignition switch, etc. Some dents, dings, and dust needed to be taken care of. And the biggest problem of all; The bike was in Phoenix, not Houston.

First step, travel to Phoenix and bring back the Bike.

The Resurrection of a Thirty Year Old Motorcycle