I started this topic over in the technical tips area by mistake, but it will now reside here and I hope to update fairly regularly.
So, I thought I would introduce this project before leaning on the contributors for what might be lots of information in coming months!
This story begins back in 1984 when I bought a near-new R65LS. Pretty sure it was an '83 model, but it was very low kilometres and a very good price. Fell in love with the looks, handling, low maintenance, etc. Sold it in 1986, to move to a remote area in Australia - no sealed roads I'm afraid. This was the first of a string of airheads in later years including a couple of R80s (interspersed with a number of other brands and styles of bikes) but nothing else seemed to measure up.
Fast forward to about 2005 and skip the adventures and assuming family responsibilities in between, and an '82 R65LS came up for sale locally. Very low kilometres and very good price, so I had to have it. Ran like a dream for several years, rode it a lot, but it eventually assumed it's place as one of the bikes in a stable which grew to 4 bikes at one stage. I'm a bike tart, as long as it has 2 wheels I'm interested, but I still have my preferences.
Then came an unfortunate driveway incident which tipped it on it's side. I still have that nightmare because I was driving the vehicle and as I was reversing down the driveway (where, earlier in the day I had parked the bike) and from the driver's seat I couldn't see the bike until I just caught it toppling over in the passenger rear view mirror. Only suffered panel damage, but a couple of gouges in the fairing kinda spoiled the looks. Not sure why, but it then spent a couple of years at the back of the garage, unridden and unregistered, while I played with other, more shiny toys.
Late last year I decided to do something with it and always had a custom in mind. As soon as I started my research, I realised I mustíve been the only person on earth who was oblivious to the craze of doing cafť-racer-scrambler-bratbike restorations on these things. I discovered a world of parts and nice bits for the 80ís air head. This suits me fine. Iíve always wanted another cafť racer (my very first bike was a Ducati 350 and later progressed to a 450 Desmo Ė damn, why did I sell that bike?).
So, the 1982 R65LS is in bits Ė see attached photo.
To the point of this first post. I have the motor on the bench and the cases have generally cleaned up very nicely, but the fins have years of build up between them. I've searched the forum and can't find anything specific, so if anyone has a good method for cleaning up between the fins I'd really appreciate it.
More photos and updates will follow. I promise.