The Unfortunate End
August 10, 2018
While i was really close to finish up the project and get the kz on the road, MotoGuild was preparing to move into a bigger and nicer space over the course of June and July, so i was really excited to get back to wrenching. New location was scheduled to open in mid July and conveniently located only 10 mins from my home. Then something terrible happened - fire…
On July 12, 2018 MotoGuild got caught on fire from a stolen and torched car that was parked right next to the building. All new buildup, equipment, bikes and the building itself got seriosly damaged. What a terrible and unfortunate turn of events for a private business owner and the Chicago motorcycle community as a whole.
Long story short, all stuff had to be moved and i stopped by to check on my project. I honestly had no expectations and thought it was all gone. Well, the bike was not physically damaged (could not start the bike thouhg), although completely covered with soot and dust from the firefighters, it did not look good at all. Flash rusted, even the brand new parts rusted too. Real bummer.
I’m putting the project on hold for the time being due to lack of time and a space to wrench on. This is not the end like the title says, i will try to resurrect the project when i have a chance.
List of things done to the bike just to keep the record:
- Frame and gas tank blasted and powder coated.
- Seat reupholstered with new OEM-style vinyl cover.
- New rear shocks.
- New tapered stem bearings.
- New aftermarket handle bar controls (left and right), OEM style.
- New aftermarket speedo and tach gauges (dime city).
- Cylinders bored up 0.5mm and honed.
- New oversize pistons and rings.
- Cylinder head overhauled with new valves and valve springs.
- New camshaft chain and tensioner.
- Cam chain tensioned cleaned and readjusted.
- New engine seals (for the most part).
- New top end bottom end gaskets.
- Engine cleaned and degreasead completely (inside/out), looked pretty much new.
- New rocker cover bolts.
- Stainless steel bolts set on the engine covers.
- Carbs cleaned and synched. New air filters.
- New tach and speedo cable.
- New ignition coils, spark plugs, points adjusted.
- Used 2-into-2 exhaust headers, polished and cleaned
- New tapered mufflers
- New read sprocket and chain
- Wheels cleaned up, paint removed, bearnings greased
- New headlight (full assemble)
- New small turn signals (not-leds) on front and read
- New rear stop signal (smaller)
- Front fender cleaned and painted, read chopped a bit and painted
- Brake rotor cleaned and repainted (still in spec).
- Brake caliper stripped down, cleaned, repainted and rebuilt.
- Forks repainted only (no leaks).
- Flywheel (charing system) / starter clutch has been de-rusted and rebuilt.
- New starter motor chain.
- New tank gas cap and seals.
- New clutch friction plates, springs and drive chain
- Starter motor cleaned and tested - all good.
- New exhaust header bolts.
- Charging system went throught and cleaned up.
- New horn (old one gave up).
- Brake master cylinder cleaned up and repainted.
- Electrical system is original, inspected and tested.
- Purchased Rick’s regulator/rectifier combo, haven’t installed.
- New battery (obviosly).
- Fuel petcock cleaned and tested.
- New oil and filter.
- New oil drain bold and gasket.
- Used and polished stator cover (i messed up a stripped thread on old one).
- Stainless steel brake lines (not installed).
- Used side stand cleaned and repainted (old one had a crack).
I’m pretty sure i’m forgetting lots of other small things and bits here and there. Overall it has been a pretty intence project for me as i have no prior mechanic experience and just picked up skills along the way.