I haven't ridden a bike regularly since the early 80s but recently decided to get back on. I found a nice clean 2001 WR426F that just needed some TLC.
I got it home and poured some gas in it and it leaked all over the place from the carb (which i figured was just dry from sitting) and a crack in the bottom of the tank.
I don't know of a good way to fix that so I just found a used tank for $70. If anyone knows a way to fix the old tank please let me know.
So i get my tank and it holds gas great. On the bike it goes and then I find this.
Ok, so somebody before me put a Baja Designs tank and seat on the bike and the original tank is not only smaller but shaped differently.
It's rideable but bothers me all the same.
The shocks were all messed up with one fork set all the way hard and the other soft. The rear shock set super hard too. Adjusted things for my heavy ( 210lbs ) old ( 45 ) butt. Next I'll tackle the wiring and get all that working.
BTW, the carb healed itself and the bikes starts on the first kick everytime. I ran it up and down the road and it seems very strong to me. If the speedo is right the bike hits 60 in a blink and keeping the front tire on the ground is a serious concern for a wobbly old guy who lost all his skill. Since then I've relegated myself to the yard with my riding buddy.
I also had to build a new license plate bracket. The old one ( I'm assuming a Baja Designs piece ) was broken. Cleaned up what was left of the original bracket
Found some pretty scrap metal from my trusty junk pile and fashioned a new bracket which I then over welded to make a new piece.
I'll bet that thing never breaks.
I really like the website. Been learning alot so I thought I would join and meet some fellow riders.