I happy to be able to post something here after a long cold winter. Pulled the '76 T140V out of winter mothballs today and put the battery in her. Had zilch for power. No lights, no horn, no nuthin'.
Checked ground connection and it was fine. Pulled the fuse out of the silly stereo fuse holder and it was fine. But terminal in the holder looked a little shabby. Quick hit with the wire brush and juice was flowing again. For a minute there I was afraid all the smoke had leaked out of my Lucas system over the winter due to a breach in the wiring insulation. Glad that did not happen.
Been meaning to replace that POS K-mart Audiovox fuse holder with something more reliable. Guess that goes on the to do list. Gotta clean up the wires on this bike anyway. PO had it rewired by a blind man with hands full of thumbs.
I opened up the petcock, closed the choke, tickled the carbs and kicked her twice to prime her. Turned on the ignition and she fired up on the first kick. Closed the choke and she settled into a nice idle.
I've been dying to get the bike fired up to see if the revving method would free up the clutch after sitting all winter. Once warm I revved her 4 or 5 times with the clutch pulled in and shut her down. I pulled in the clutch and kicked her and it was still stuck. So I fired her back up and this time gave her two good revs, the kind that makes the exhausts roar. Shut her down and clutch was free.
Fired her back up, pulled in the clutch, gave her a rev, then once she was back at idle, put it in first. Went in with a "snick" smooth as pie. This convinces me that the rev method, if done with a firm hand on the throttle is a sure fire method to free up my chronically sticky and stubborn clutch plates. Maybe I'll clean them this summer. We can have a lobster and clam boil with the neighbors and I'll drop my plates in the pot when nobody's lookin'.
Took her for a quick spin down the road and she ran like a raped ape. Forgot how solid and good this bike feels between your legs when she's pulling hard.
It's officially spring, lads.