Sleeping beauty's first outing, well kindof

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Sleeping beauty's first outing, well kindof

Postby made2care » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:12 am

Went to our nearby state park today, not very far about 30 miles round trip.
Front tire appears to be rubbing slightly on fender. just on right side. Tire might be too fat. went with shinkos
Clunking when changing gears, not too bad, heard these bikes are a little clunky.
At end of trip, and this has happened before, spongy clutch lever forms. No i have not changed the line to stainless, still have original,however, i did bleed this line and put fresh fluid in. I also rebuilt the front master cylinder. So who knows............ :(
Overall, nice ride, comfortable, proud of her, but still a little apprehensive for a long trip and will have to figure out the clutch lever before that happens.

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Re: Sleeping beauty's first outing, well kindof

Postby ram11397 » Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:06 pm

Good luck and i think the longer you ride the bike the more you will trust. I have had mine 5-6 years now and mechanically sound i do 300-400 mile rides no problem. I ride with my friends,4 harley's lol and those harley's are beautiful bikes, my girl is rough but everyone talks about my Wing!!!!! lol

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Re: Sleeping beauty's first outing, well kindof

Postby redial » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:16 pm

Good to see that she is earning her keep on the road again.

With the clutch lever, you may have to bleed it again. And perhaps, some of those braided hoses are in your future.

She looks nice, parked on the side of the road, but then she also looks like she is busting for a trip where she can really stretch out - perhaps a trip to see some of your northern friends?
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Re: Sleeping beauty's first outing, well kindof

Postby minimac » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:32 am

If the clutch and brake hoses are originals, you might consider changing them. While the braided steel lines are nice,and look pretty, they are pricey and they aren't a necessity. The rubber hoses break down from the inside and can tend to create a balloon effect when pressure is applied. Instead of all the hydraulic "motion" of the fluid being applied to the clutch or caliper, a bit of it creates, for lack of a better term, an aneurism in the line or the line swells up a bit. It doesn't take much to create a slightly spongy feel. If another bleeding doesn't help, I would replace the lines.

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