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We had the glamour picture shots done last evening, so today was the day to get it dirty. The good - It runs and handles great. The Wirth springs, new dampers and Ikon shocks seem to be the ticket. No fork tube problems after honing the lowers. Engine pulls very strongly and carburation seems to be spot on. I kind of like the 1 up 4 down shift pattern. The bad - I have to pull the tranny out! It is leaking pretty badly out of the front, the shifter return spring isn't returning, and the speedo drive isn't driving. As my Mom used to say :"There's always something...." All in all, though, I'm very happy with it.
In my shake down runs, I had three problems - Leaking gear oil, speedo not working and the shift return spring not functioning. All in all, I was quite happy with how well it ran for something that had just been a yard ornament for so many years. Still, it was a let down to think about pulling it back apart after only 25 miles. Since it was riding season, I just pushed the v7 to the side. With the return of cold weather, I finally got inspired to go back to work on it. Pulled the trans out last Sunday and put it on the bench. Yes, I screwed up installing the return spring. Put it in the right way and put the box rear back together. I could not see any evidence of seals leaking, but did find that the drain plug was not quite sealing completely and there was a slight drip running down the bottom of the case and dripping off by the hole in the bell housing. It made it look like it was leaking from the inside. Another new gasket and that was fixed. The speedo cable grommet needed to be repositioned, and that seemed to fix that. I put the trans back in and got the bike about 90% put back together today. I'd like to complete it tomorrow, but my wife is clamoring to decorate for Christmas. It's supposed to start snowing seriously tomorrow anyway....
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