Saturday, 2 July 2016

Perseverance & Patience

Steady on, it's not that bad.  I shall persevere!

The never ending tale of Concours carburetors continues.  My most recent attempt was to check the fuel amounts in each bowl and then reinstall and test (I'm getting very quick at this).

Once again the old Connie coughs and backfires and dies on throttle application.  The removals and re-installations have upset the old connectors between the carbs, which have developed a gas leak, so the whole thing came off (again) and is now apart on the work bench (again).

I contacted the local Kawasaki dealer for
The plastic bits that connect the carbs have
become brittle and leaky.
parts last weekend, but they've been radio silent.  The parts I need were easy enough to find, but maybe 22 year old carb bits aren't sexy enough to warrant a timely reply.  Maybe I should have ordered them online, in spite of a number of magazines lamenting people's lack of support for local motorcycle dealers.  Had I ordered them online they'd probably have been here by now.  Instead I'm left wondering if I can even get these parts.

The goal now is to take each carb apart, double check float depths and ensure all the internal jets and such are properly installed, then it'll all go back together again with new connecting pieces and go back on the bike (again).  With any luck I'll get some sort of clue that I'm moving in the right direction.  That's been the most frustrating part of this process.  I make changes and there is no change when I fire it up.  Whatever the problem is, I haven't come close to touching it yet.  At least a fuel leak is an obvious and easy fix.

Any day now...