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    My Black Widow is Back on the Road

    Thanks to GaryL’s “How to Bring a Sitting Bike Back to Life” write-up in the Tech section, my Black Widow is back on the road.


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    There is plenty yet to go through over the winter, but I wasn’t sure if it would ever be roadworthy again. Until now!

    My biggest mistake was not checking the valves before attempting to start it. It was noisy, but after inspection and adjustment, it now sounds like every other TW.

    I bought this bike (1989 with 4,500 miles) this summer in Michigan where it sat for the last 5 years with ethanol gas. On the bright side, it was garage stored. The gas tank cleaned up with white vinegar. No rust or leaks. The carb was a mess. It cleaned up ok in the ultrasonic cleaner, but the choke was stuck and after weeks of trying to free it, the choke rod broke off with the plunger stuck inside. So I went the cheap Chinese TK clone route. I’m still fiddling with throttle cable routing, but the conversion was not too bad. I was able to reuse the old boot on the engine side but needed a new airbox boot for 01+ models. I put Dunlop K180s on and got rid of what appeared to be the original tires.

    I logged about 30 miles on my test ride and made notes of what will need attention over the winter. Mostly putting around close to home but did get through all gears and momentarily hit 60 mph with relative ease.

    New steering head bearings, due to slop and a notch at center.
    Fork service, due to signs of leaks and worse than normal performance. PO included Allballz seals with sale. Glad it has drain screws.
    Valve adjuster screws need to be replaced due to crowning. Also need closer inspection of valves.

    The clutch actuation is better (smoother) than my other two bikes, but there’s lots of slippage in every gear. I’m hoping it’s related to the Rotella the PO was using. I’d like to put some more miles on and get another Mobil1 oil change and see if that helps. If not, I’ll add clutch inspection and service to the winter list.

    The brakes still need a bit more adjustment, but I’m surprised how good they feel for what they are. Better than my 96.

    Most of the rest is inspection, cleaning, lubrication, etc.

    So far the bike has exceeded my expectations and it feels good having put it back on the road. Cheers
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    A worthy cause ....
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    Sweet looking bike! Congratulations on getting her back on thr road!

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    Very nice! Congratulations, I really like the black and red, looks great!

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    You need new tires - the rear is cracking up where it meets the rim .....
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    Old photo - Dunlop K180s on now. Thanks for looking out. The old tires were rotten
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    Looks really great.
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    Lookin good...the BW is by far my favorite year. I have the 88 BW with the black motor and I enjoy it more then my 06.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerflorida View Post
    Old photo - Dunlop K180s on now. Thanks for looking out. The old tires were rotten
    Hey, Badge...how do ya like those "flat track" tires?

    I just mounted them on my bike, then ~20 mile test ride, all paved, mostly straight.
    First thing I noticed was they are slightly slower to react to steering input.
    Second thing was get 'em laid over a bit and they just rail! Accurate and predictable.
    Can't wait to try them on some good corners & curves on paved and improved roads...maybe some nice slides!
    Anxious to try some trails too, just nothing too radical.
    The bike will be great as a 80/20 paved & improved roads/off-road, as intended.
    First ride with new suspension & upgraded brakes as well.

    The service mgr. of the shop that mounted them is an old road racer & flat tracker.
    He knows the bike and my riding preferences and said with a big grin, "You'r gonna love those tires on this bike!"
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    Badgerflorida, that is a good looking bike, and an encouraging story. Thanks for including the reference to GaryL's "How to Bring a Sitting Bike Back to Life" thread (big thanks to him, if he sees this!). I think I read it years ago, but it is very welcome and timely advice with a sitting 2000 TW now in my garage, particularly since I'm not an experienced wrencher. I've decided to gather parts and tools before I begin the project. Because I'm on a modest monthly budget, it is proving to be an excruciatingly slow process, but the anticipation is building. So thanks for the motivation.

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