In remarkably good visual shape....a big red, 1996 ST1100 with all of 6600 miles has now taken residence in my garage. Get running ...the usual stuff.... new battery, carbs/fuel system service, brake/clutch system bleeds, fluids, oil/filter.....to be followed by new tires. Get road worthy and able to pass NY State inspection the goal. Owner reports sitting about 2 years.
This morning saddlebags, seat, tank cover, battery, some access panels all removed, determining a coherent strategy of "attack" while building a list of service parts needed, coordinating with owner to get stuff on order ASAP. In the meantime, carburetor removal will be a priority. Deliberate, step by step progress. A miracle....NO stripped, overtightened hardware encountered to this point.
Adding coolant flush to the "to-do" service list. Meanwhile...too fiddy carb parts "in the drink". Busy on many fronts.
Installed new iridium NGK's, stable idling at 1100RPM, instant push button start. Cleaned clutch and brake reservoirs of leftover fluids, bled clutch with the good stuff, it is now functional, prior just floppy "do nothing" movement in the lever. The bike can now actually be ridden as is, however new tires are next on the list.
Owner was ecstatic upon hearing it was starting/running. This thing trumps the VFR as far as body panels. To do any type of service requires some removal...the price to pay for excellent touring aerodynamics I suppose.
Owner not at all aware of age being so critical....heck, never mounted and they were new...in 2011. I convinced him to invest in brandy new, an older guy, he'll be piling on miles....I inserted the word safe to the phrase. 11 year old tires are far from safe, especially on a heavy touring rig as this. Admittedly, I was rather insistent but in his best interest.
I'm gonna put new tire valves on too. Nowadays I'm keeping multiples here for both Honda and Ducati (different size)
I dunno, me thinks you. overworked the restoration . It’s a Honda, charge the battery,add fresh gas an go. The usually Honda restoration.
my HondaPowred preasure washer has sat outside under a carport for 14 years, and still starts with 2 pulls, yes I changed the oil
Brought to me after years of neglect and dormancy (owner claims 2, which actually means 5) fully dead battery, clogged carbs, squared off worn tires....I guess you had to see the brake and (lack of) paste-like clutch fluids. Overworked? Not at all. I'm not returning a bike barely able to crank and running on full choke only....with NO brakes, functional clutch and blatantly worn, dangerous tires.
Quite the contrary it must pass NY State inspection and be rideable, reliable and SAFE. Not a restoration, but a full, complete service to accomplish the goal of becoming safe and legal....doing whatever that requires.
ST reaching completion...new tires, bodywork mounted, tomorrow brake bleeding all around. As the clutch is offering a tough pull, will remove and inspect clutch slave piston and innards. Pic of the sleazy front engine case and clutch slave (since scrubbed, SOP....I clean as I go)
The ST project now complete, ridden home by a most generous owner. Successful....he remarked about clutch action and shifting being back to normal (clutch master and slave efforts), instant start/stable running (carb efforts) brakes, tires, electrical....everything functional and legal. He's anxious to get riding again. Here's a shot of the clutch slave piston as removed and the bike apart and completed before leaving. Gratifying job, though not easy, not by a longshot, ton of effort required.
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