Carb therapy

carbFor various reasons, mostly concerning work, career, future and introspection regarding these things, I had to go wrenching on the Honda today. Of course I want it to be finished before the summer ends but at the moment, with a functioning KTM 690 Enduro, wrenching on the CBR fulfills severals needs and sometimes its therapeutic value exceeds the riding value. When wrenching I can enter a stage of being in the moment, hence no worries about where I’m heading in life…

Today I managed to check all the valve clearances (first time doing this but they were within spec), put the valve cover and pulse generator back on, install the spark plugs and ignition coils and mount the radiator, the latter having been removed to be able so get the valve cover off properly. All in all not very complicated but still a little bit time consuming.

Then I started working on the carbs. It’s amazing how much dust and deposits will gather when they are off a bike for a while. All that gas dissipating leaves a lot of residue and the o-rings and gaskets dry quickly. I took two of the carbs apart and cleaned them pretty thoroughly, changed o-rings and oiled some of the springy parts up. The remaining two I’ll do in ten hours or so.

carbmechThe plan is to get the carbs back on, connect them to my new auxiliary tank and fire the bike up. With a lot of luck, prayers, juju magic and divine intervention this might happen but most likely it will sputter and tell me to get the fuck away from her which is exactly what I will do in that case. I might leave the bike to a mechanic or leave her like that for a winter project, but if she won’t work now, I don’t know what’s wrong. Probably the timing but I have followed the instructions so carefully which means that I won’t be able to adjust anything because my comprehension has reached its limit. Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…