At long last, I found a pair of foot rests for the Beezer. After seeing a few go for $100-$200, I found a set of mid-50's Gold Star foot rests for $30. They had the correct spline to fit the B33. One was good, but the other required 2 hours of attention with a file to fix every single spline. And then a bit of gentle persuasion with the torch, and the Beezer has some place for my feet! Now to just clean the gas tank and it should be mostly good to toodle around the streets on.
I've been taking a break from motorcycles to concentrate on finishing the longest kitchen remodel in history. We're planning on selling in April and it's go time to finish the house repairs and updates. So in the meantime, here's the XS running.
After chasing different possibilities on the XS for 3 days, Occhio Lungo Pete suggested I try removing the seat to see if I'm pinching anything. That's crazy, I DID have that issue before, but I solved it already. But I decided to try it... yup, that was it. My fat butt was compressing the seat affecting the kill switch. It is ALWAYS the simple problems that cause the longest problem-solving! Well, she rips now! I'm going to keep an eye on the head torque and slowly take longer rides, no highway for a bit. Not legal right now anyway... hah!
I got everything tightened and set again and was about to embark on a test ride when I realized I couldn't find my gear lever. I've done a few Yamahas since this has been apart and I think I may have mistakenly gave away the lever. Luckily the RD had a spline that fit an I have a big foot.
When I went to go on a test ride it would sputter and die in gear. I figured the clutch may have stuck together since it was down for a year and a half. I spent the night reconditioning the clutch, but it seemed fine.
I had one idea left and pulled the left cover off and looked at the worm gear. There should be a 8mm / 5/16" / #10 ball bearing in there. It must have fallen out at some point. I'm going to hit up a bicycle shop to see if they have anything today. Amazing what one little bearing can do.
I tackled the rocker cover on the XS. It was a bit more of a challenge at first than I thought and have had experience with on other bikes. To remove the rocker, you unscrew the side screw cover, tap out the alignment rod, and then pull out the rocker shaft with a bolt.
This is my opportunity to get rid of the flaking black paint. Stripper did what it could, but i guess I need to get out my continuously clogging soda blaster next week.BR>