By design (and budget), this is a long term project. I am sharing funds with my Honda 400 ICE Cafe Racer Project, and my 1976 Jeep CJ5 rebuild. So slow but sure will be the pace. But, today was sunny and relatively warm in the Great White North, so after a 9 km hike/run with the wife, I was inspired to pull the shabby old Cane out of the corner of the garage and see what shape she was in.
Lots to do! The first order of business is to get the Roller into decent shape, so bearings, shocks, tires & brakes I guess. Tires can actually wait, as the ones on it hold air, and I won't really need new ones until it's ready to hit the street. (plus I will need to paint the rims first). Unfortunately the rear mono-shock doesn't look good, it doesn't seem to move at all. I jumped up and down on the sub-frame, but nothing. Then I took it out and used it to jack up the jeep, trying to compress the spring, but it just lifted the engine end of the Jeep right off the ground. hmmm. Looks like it will need a replacement, which are hard to find as no-one makes an aftermarket bolt in for this bike anymore. I might take another run at compressing the spring and taking it apart to see if I can free it up, but my guess is that it is toast.
On to the brakes... The lines look in decent shape, but the calipers look a bit banged up. I will pull them apart and clean, and rebuild if needed. The pads are almost non-existent, and the rotors are seriously worn. Whoever rode this bike did an awful lot of braking, and not very much maintenance! Looks like all new rotors and pads all around. There was no pressure in the brake lines. I think the PO (bought it as a project, never rode it) got a bit rambunctious and started taking things apart without really thinking much about what order he was doing things. (take a look at the photo in post #1. With the bike in that state, he had started to sand the frame for paint ) I'm also missing a small part of the rear brake linkage that connects the pedal to the cylinder, I'm not sure where I will find that silly little piece.
SO, Lots to get through before I even start thinking about electric stuff. Off to Fleabay, and the CBRForum to figure out what I need.