The second dismantling came when it wouldn't start after the flood. The spark plug was always dodgy, so I've gotten a pair of new ones (no problem finding them at Canadian Tire).
|Good advice, straight from Yamaha|
This is such a simple machine that it's a great way to get a handle on the basic motorbike system. If you want to get handy with bike maintenance, start with a dirt bike (I started with a Concours...).
The next strip down has been more comprehensive, though to remove the tank, fairings and seat takes all of seven bolts. The air filter was pretty bad with chunks of mud in the air box. It's a shame that people treat a bike like that then just chuck in storage. Why not clean it first? In any case it's clean now.
|The metal shop at school|
sorted out the broken muffler.
With a new plug in it has strong spark - the carb is stinking of gas and it still won't start. Time to pull the carburetor and sort it out before giving it another go. Leaving it open overnight doesn't appear to have done it any favours.
|The unhappy carburator|
|A Yamaha PW80 down to the mechanicals|
I've got to get my mits on a me-sized dirt bike so we can go into the woods together up at the inlaw's cottage. That DR600 Dakar is still for sale, I wonder if he'd take a grand for it. It's a bit more than a mid-sized dirt bike, but it would do the business and also eventually adventure bike for me too.
It'd make a good Swiss army knife bike.