January 15th Minnesota Tech Session Update
Date: Friday, January 28 @ 02:03:03 EST
Topic: Rally News
Here’s a report on the January 15th Minnesota Tech Session AKA the annual PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrom) Tech session. Linda was kind enough to send this in.
Although I think she killed her back trying to get the garage clean and put
on two tech sessions (COG and CBX) Linda was about as happy as any CBX owner
could be yesterday. She started her CBX after being down for nearly two
years. It was a good thing to be there. And to help her along the way. Of
course it is winter so it really won't be ready for a while. Especially
considering her rear shock is somewhere in sunny California or somewhere
warmer than here anyway! BTW it started right away and seemed to be firing
good in all 6 cylinders. Although the 1-3 car side seemed a bit richer than
4-6???? Flames 2" out the 1-3 side none out the 4-6. Can the right and
left side be out that much? I don't think she split her carbs or even
fooled with the settings. But it will need to be balanced and synced I am
Yep, and I am still smiling! I thought I'd be excited when I heard the
motor start, but I found myself listening like a worried Mother. Then John
mentions the flames coming out of the exhaust port. Now I'm envisioning
flames similar to the 10 to 12 inch flames that were coming out of Noels
bike on the Drunks and Bums tour this year. I jumped off the lift, and was
relieved to see them minor!
I did have the carbs completely gone over too. Tom pulled them all apart,
putting new rubber everywhere. So does anyone have a suggestion for the
flame situation on the left, and no flames on the right? I sure did sound
wonderful! The guys cranked the engine over by hand first to circulate the
oil before we tried to fire it off.
Somewhere along the way. the throttle cables were attached to the carbs
backwards. When I tried to hook them up, it was obvious there was a
problem. We opted to connect it up to the throttle as is. So to put gas on,
you had to push the throttle! We had 25 COG members, 3 more of us with
COG/CBX affiliation, and 8 more CBX members at the tech session. Not a bad
turn out for 11 below zero! 13 COG members stayed to hear us fire up the
After the crowd thinned, we attempted to change the cables without dropping
the engine. In the end, it was easier to drop the engine to reverse the
cables. There wasn't any pipes or drive chains attached yet. A few simple
bolts, and a few good laughs. My shock is still having fun running around
the hills in Southern California. I'll wait to put on my newly polished
pipes and clean chain until the shock is back on.
Here's a link for one of the COG guys community web page that mostly shows
the work we did to the front bevel gear case on a 2000 Connie with 85,000
miles. (and a couple of CBX) It had been leaking oil for 20,000 miles.
What a mess! Don brought the bike over a week early, and we spent 5 man
hours pulling it apart, and still didn't have the bevel case cover off. We
had to drain the coolant and oil, and clean everything as we went. Yuck.
Don was going to have the bike off the lift for the start of our 2pm CBX
session, but it didn't get back together till 2:30. The CBX group was
patient as Don and other COG members scrambled to wrap it up.
We found another CBX! One of the COG guys brought along his friend Larry
Volk who has an 80 CBX that has been sitting for a number of years. He
stayed all day and had a great time. We sent him home with a CBX express
and information on joining the club. In addition, when Mike sent me the
mailing list, I discovered 2 more ICOA members that live within 2 miles of
me! That makes 5 of us within 4 miles of each other. What a small world.
Larry and Karen Watson came with their late teens grand daughter Robyn.
They bought a pristine 78 with an extra motor. They are considering a turbo
project. Any of you Turbo guys want to give them some advice, send me an
email and I'll forward their email address to you. We told them they must
make Morganton this year! (JP, a personal invite?????) Also, Dennis
Shirley lives within a couple of miles. He listed off 3 CBX's that he owns.
He came in time for the CBX session and had a great time too. We are all
looking forward to the Spring Tech Session at Jeff's to see him demonstrate
his new timesaving idea for valve adjustments.
The up side to having problems with my CBX is the camaraderie that it has
brought within the group. We've really had a lot of fun tearing it down,
and putting it back into the frame and firing it off! I have a long way to
go. I hope to have it on the road in spring.!
Thanks to John, Chuck, Steve and Jeff for all the help and advice, good
times and laughs. We had a great time on Saturday. Wish you all could have