After the restoration: Service

The bike has been restored, but the work is not done. There are the initial tweaks to get it running as well as regular maintenance. These aspects of maintaining the bike will be documented in these pages.

I’m planning on servicing the bike every 1200 miles in addition to two break-in services at 300 and 600 miles. This may seem excessive, but I figure the best way to keep the oil slingers clean is to at least change the oil that often. Other things will be done as recommended in the owners manual.

I’m going to use a service schedule (PDF) that I put together from information from various sources (primarily the /2 instruction manual/handbook).

The links at your left point to the pages dedicated to the various services. There is a place holder page for services not yet performed. There is also a section named Oops! to document the various screw-ups I’m bound to make over time. Example, the one labeled “engine teardown” describes tearing into the bottom end at a level equal to the original restoration.

Enjoy!

Tools

Tools

Tools

Tools

These are the bike specific tools I’ve accumulated to work on the R69S. Well, the impact driver isn’t bike specific but I have two of them for some reason so I included one in this picture. Missing from the picture is the modified socket used to remove the fly wheel cap screw.

Most of these came from Ed Korn and are now available from Cycleworks.

 

Some starting notes

oil leak?

oil leak?

oil leak?

I noticed this when cleaning the bike after a longish (150 mile) ride following my 600 mile service. The picture is of the “tray” that sits under the engine/transmission junction. The oil most likely means either my (new) main real seal is leaking or my (untouched) transmission input seal is leaking.

The problem mainly went away by 1800 miles, but I’ve noticed a weaping of transmission oil around the shift lever. New seals are in the future of this transmission.

brake cable

brake cable

brake cable

I also took off the new brake cable and put the old cable back on the bike. I’ve not been happy with the feel of the front brake and want to see if this makes any difference. One thing is different: the old cable is much shorter and fits my low bars better. This is strange as the bike used to have the high bars.