Okay, so I FINALLY get around to starting the official build thread of my Yamaha Venture Royale. The background (from my Spacecab thread) On December 12th of 2015, this bike was GIVEN to me by my friend Mike. It had been given to Mike about 5 years ago by it's form owner. The bike hadn't been run since 1998, when that owner's wife had their first child and said "no more bike". On getting the bike, MY wife said "no working on the bike until you are done fixing stuff around the house (another potential build thread that included -started as- painting the inside, all main living area flooring - had to scrape every square inch of glue
, and a host of side projects as we (are still going on) went. At some point I negotiated "Motorcycle therapy" which broke down into 30 minute (okay maybe two hours here and there) "sessions".
It started with cleaning "rat waste" out of the battery box, jumping the bike to make sure it wasn't seized from sitting (at many points there were "if this doesn't work, the bike goes" decisions. From there, all the hydraulics were frozen or inoperable (it has dual front calipers, and a disc rear brake as well as a hydraulic clutch - kind of an Isuzu on 2 wheels
. Then came the "I have to hear it run or it goes" - covered that in the Spacer thread. Last week, I rigged an auxiliary gas tank (the main tank leaks, but I have a replacement), and got it started and running on it's own. Today, I finally decided the rear brakes were going to get bled. You think an Isuzu clutch is bad? The rear brake is plumbed from the reservoir (see picture) down to the master cylinder, then UP to the top of the front forks and down to the left front caliper
. I figured a way to pressurize the master cylinder - using the banjo from an Isuzu front brake hose
. Next biggie will be replacing the fuel tank (wait till you see the pictures of THAT, and replacing the clutch slave cylinder, and handle bar master cylinders. Time, patience, and waiting for the wife to go somewhere for a couple of hours. Tomorrow, front door and frame (of house) get replaced
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1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N airfilter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.http://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=64060
The American dream is getting farther and farther away from the American.
If your wife has 5.00, and you have 20.00, your wife has...25.00
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