SOTP Vintage Series
Main Motorcycle: The one between my legs
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Upstate NY
Other Motorcycle: A few
Extra Motorcycle: Yes
|Classic, Vintage & Veteran For Coventry and Meriden Models. Anything pre-Hinckley goes.|
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Gator, when you say the plugs were fouling, do you mean they were just black and sooty or did they actually malfunction due to fouling?
The reason I ask is I'm seeing the plugs on several of my bikes running black when I know the bike is set up as it should be. I've got a HD that is fuel injected and was set up on a dyno with me present and it is lean if anything. Yet the exhaust is always black and the plugs are never brown. Not fouled, but on the blackish side.
I tend to think that the additives in today's gasoline contribute to the deposits. Things that prevent knock and help improve the quality of what is probably truly crappy fuel might be at play here. And since the combustion chambers in these old girls are not optimized for these fuels, combustion efficiency may be less than optimal.
My point is, if you have access to a dyno and fuel gas analyzer, you might want to put the bike on the dyno when you get her back. Since you are driving a Porsche, I know that the cost of a dyno run won't make you eat bean sandwiches and Cheerios for the rest of the year. And I would think that what it tells you and perhaps the changes it indicates may be required, will give you peace of mind that makes it all well worthwhile.
I have a Honda 305 that has been giving me fits with fouled plugs. But since I've been fighting this (not full time) for 2 years now, I'm starting to think that the fouled plugs are more of a side symptom of another problem. Now that I'm retired, I'll be able to dig into it.
And it is nice to have you back. I thought that was implied, but I'm sure nice to hear just the same.
..."Never let anyone else ride your bike. They will do more damage to it in one ride than you will do in a lifetime.....
I hope your faith in others is soon restored. These old machines will certainly test your capacity for handling anxiety; but adventure is part of their appeal. As our bodies and our bikes age, we are more cautious about testing their limits. We are also more attuned to warning signs than those with less experience. You'll get your Bonne back and reconnect with the song. Its newly restored reliability will open doorways to shared adventure. You can come ride mine any time (all are currenty running GASP). I am currently negotiating the purchase of 2 Trident heads to get my spare engine built. Bob
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