Now I'm running those Alto Red clutch fibers (wet). I soaked them overnight, then lightly wiped 'em off. I left the clutch basket cover off. The clutch in this thing has always been touchy as hell. Tiny adjustments make big differences - dragging or slipping in high under acceleration. Better hit neutral before you stop type-o-deal. Just a little draggy. As the clutch warms up - there goes any free play you had at the lever - not good. After a lot of testing, I can live with it now. I made a "clutch cable luber" from a piece of rubber hose - and ran everything from Motion Pro Cable Lube, DuPont Chain Lube, a shot of Lincoln Spray Grease - and finally some lube from a 30 year old can of genuine Harley-Davidson chain lube . . . which works perfect since it dribbles out (with no pressure in the can shooting back at you from the straw). Now it works a bit better. Wiley has a genuine H-D clutch cable for me, and I'm getting it soon - gotta get this bike working for The Meltdown Drag Run.
Ultra dark shield on the Simpson Street Bandit is so I can ride across town and not have to wave at everybody . . . small town life. They know who I am anyway.
This style of saddlebag was first offered in 1954. I believe they were designed by William Harley, and he patented his design? I bought the bags(without lids) for $75/pair since they had holes, and were all beat to shit. Using sheet metal, old sign material, license plate metal, pop rivets and Gorilla tape . . . they are now solid. I sealed the seams with gasket maker - then lined the bags with speaker cabinet carpet(when I was in a rock band for 3 months) and 3M spray fixative.. They look crusty from the outside, but nice and soft on the inside. Ready for your leather jacket, clothes, camera or a bag of chips and cookies.
PS. Last night I sprayed 'em with the garden hose all over to see if they'd leak - Nope ! But we all know a garden hose ain't no match for Mother Nature....
This motor came with .325 lift cams (stock are more like .318 or .320) so, I'm not sure if they're a later model camshaft? Hmmm? I went with my patented cast-iron-gray high heat paint on the iron parts. It will run an FM magneto. This motor will power a TROG-ish, period race-type 45 with original frame and springer.
All tappet faces were resurfaced on the valve grinder stem attachment. WR/early XLCH solid mount magneto base plate.