Fri., after I realize that I couldn't register it to the next day, after replacing the left side engine cover, I took it for a short test ride and found that I could not select 4th gear. So, I pulled the cover again and found that I had indexed the selector incorrectly. I moved the pawl carrier what seemed like one spline on the shaft and notice there was a line on each which seem to line up. Sat,, after I got the license plate on, I took off to visit a friend in Mystic, a little over 40 miles away. As soon as I left I realize that I now couldn't select 1st gear, but decided to carry on anyway. The motor is quite torquey and with a little clutch slip and patience, I seemed to manage fine starting in 2nd. I was pleasantly surprise by how well it handles and how decent the suspension is. The brakes however and very underwhelming and the motor does vibrate some. I missed a turn and ended up going through Bozrah, probably making the 40 mile trip 50 miles. In Norwich, I noticed the nuts on the front engine stud spinning loose. And, I was gaining clutch freeplay and it didn't want to disengage fully. At my friend's house, we tightened the engine nuts and readjusted the clutch cable and discovered that I had a slight gas leak from one of the mounting tabs on the fuel tank, despite the fact that I had coated the tank with POR-15. Jim took me over to a neighbor he had met who I used to race with in the good ol' days, Tom Silva. I raced Tom's H-2 Kawasaki once at Bridgehampton, and it seized on one cyl., but was still pretty fast.
I headed back at maybe 6:30 and it started to get cool. I had replace the ignition/charging system with a cheater Powerdynamo, a 12V, 150 watt system with pointless electronic ignition. So, I plugged in my electric jacket liner and gloves and enjoyed a toasty vintage ride. I drained the tank when I got back, but didn't get anything else done before dark.
|Yes, I did lube the chain after taking this photo|
|Amy Roper photo|
|With the left side cover in my lap, figuring out the indexing. Amy Roper photo|
|Brother Doug getting his Benelli ready for the ride. Amy Roper photo|
All together, a pretty successful debut for the Horex, successful enough to justify investing some more into it. I need sprockets, exhaust head pipes, a speedometer that works, and a few 7 X 1.0 X 40mm oval head slot head screws (where do I get those?).