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Offline Woody

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won an auction half way up the left coast.
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:15:39 am »
ok i am going to nor cal tomorrow night to pick up my new to me used 02 connie.  i have a feeling it has sat for a while.  problem is i need to get it down to so cal, preferably with me on its back.  is there anything i can or should do before i start it the first time?  :??: :??:  any cog'ers live near redwood city that may have time on sunday for a bit of help with this first run? :beerchug:

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2019, 09:56:07 am »
If you're really concerned about it sitting, I'd pull the tank, dump all the gas, drain the float bowls on the carbs, flush the tank as best you can, refill with fresh gas from a new gas can, with the drain screws removed, have something to catch the gas, set the petcock to prime and flush the float bowls.  Replace the drain screws.  Set the petcock to prime to fill the float bowls.  Here's the possible issue with doing that.  If a float valve doesn't seal, it will allow fuel to go into the cylinder and set up the conditions for hydrolock.  If you're being really careful, pull the tank again.  Pull the spark plug caps, take a can of air like you'd blow in a computer and blow any debris around the spark plugs so nothing falls down in the cylinders.  Pull the spark plugs, cover the plug holes with a rag and turn the engine over.  If you don't have fuel spraying out of the plug holes, then the float valves are sealing.  While the tank is off, doing a hydrolock test would be a good thing to do as well to see if it's been hydrolocked in the past.  If it has, you need to walk away.  If not, put it all back together and try starting it.  Enrichener should be fully engaged.  Doing all this at least insures you're not sending unknown quality fuel to the carbs.  Here's a link to SISF's video about doing the hydrolock test.  I'm sure others will chime in with more advice.  Best of luck to you!
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 11:22:45 am »
The quickest way to check for hydrolock is to pull the spark plugs as Bud mentioned. If there is no fuel in the cylinders, then it's okay to try and start it. If the bike has sat for a while without running, I probably would trailer it home. If the owner says it runs good, then I might try riding it back. But, take it on a test ride first. Even then, make backup plans in case you need to transport it.
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2019, 02:45:23 pm »
 Very good choice Reply#2 Good luck on 02 c-10. :beerchug:

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2019, 03:37:36 pm »
here are two responses from seller yesterday while i slept.  so im a gonna go try and ride it) >:D
Hi,I think that my brother fired it up about a month ago. He said that it ran well. I don t think that I d hesitate to ride to S CAl.
At the time we bought it, I wasn t aware of the concours tendency toward hydrolock. I never thought of looking for the modification. I d sure do it, if I were keeping it.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2019, 05:13:07 pm »
Look/smell around for gas. Start the bike carefully. Hydrolocks happen in that split second.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2019, 12:52:27 am »
Still amazes me that Kawasaki and other manufacturers stopped putting overflows in . Bikes I had in the past had them from the factory .
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2019, 01:48:19 am »
Great advice. Another thing I do is put the bike in top gear with everything all put together, pull in the clutch, push it to get it rolling then let out the clutch, rear wheel should roll, if its hydrolocked, it won't turn.
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2019, 12:41:43 pm »
Safest way is to pull the spark plugs out and check for fuel in the cylinders by putting a towel over the top to cover the plug holes, and cranking the starter briefly. Alternatively, after the spark plugs are out, you can take a long plastic drinking straw and use it like a dip stick to check for fuel.

If I remember right, it was an EPA mandate to prevent gasoline from being dumped onto the ground. Shhhh, don't tell the EPA we're putting overflow tubes on, we're probably doing something illegal by fixing the hydrolock problem.
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2019, 03:58:14 am »
its sitting in my garage now!  8.5 hours of an introduction to my new silver connie. will get some pics up once i can relax a little.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2019, 10:50:05 am »
its sitting in my garage now!  8.5 hours of an introduction to my new silver connie. will get some pics up once i can relax a little.

Glad it worked out for you. Don't forget the pics.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2019, 04:01:49 pm »

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2019, 04:03:47 pm »
but now here is a question to accompany the pic.  I cannot find a California emmission control sticker. only a federal one.  two stickers mention emmissions, one under seat one on frame near front forks.  anywhere else the may be hiding it?  or do i need to resell this bike out of state?

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2019, 04:16:35 pm »
after closer inspection of the sticker, it doesnt say not in California, so i think i am good.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2019, 04:16:58 pm »
IIRC that bike came from Indiana.  Don't have to mess with CA emissions stuff here.  Don't know how CA handles non CA spec bikes.
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2019, 08:17:46 pm »
I read on ca DMV that any vehicle not approved for CA registration will have a sticky that states it " is approved for registration everywhere except in CA.*  There is an emissions sticker on bike but no CA exclusion wording
 Think I'm good to go.

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2019, 02:04:58 am »
I read on ca DMV that any vehicle not approved for CA registration will have a sticky that states it " is approved for registration everywhere except in CA.*  There is an emissions sticker on bike but no CA exclusion wording
 Think I'm good to go.
how many miles are on it? If it has over 7500 I’m pretty sure you can register it in Calif, what state license plate is on it now if any?

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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2019, 02:44:45 am »
its from indiana. according to ca dmv ---

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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2019, 01:18:49 am »
its from indiana. according to ca dmv ---
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2019, 03:26:24 pm »
So didja rose this thing home or what?
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2019, 05:12:44 pm »
its sitting in my garage now!  8.5 hours of an introduction to my new silver connie. will get some pics up once i can relax a little.
I think the 8.5 hours of an introduction to my new silver connie, meant he rode it home and it took 8.5 hours.
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Re: won an auction half way up the left coast.
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2019, 02:28:33 pm »
An out of state bike that does not meet Calif emission standards  has to have 7500 miles on it to be registered in Calif. which makes no sense at all, nothing changes after 7500 miles, Back in 03 I flew to Oregon and bought an 02 Gold Wing with 950 miles on it, but the 1800 Gold Wing is a 50 state bike so I was able to register it here. But be careful, the first guy I talked to at the DMV said all bikes had to have 7500 miles on them, but the 1800 wing has a sticker that says it is a 50 state bike. 
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