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For better or worse, I present to you Heinz 57, just after I unloaded her off my truck. There are side covers but I didn't want them to get lost while driving. Anyway, here she is, sans side covers.





















These pics were taken on the morning, notice the dew. Using a Olympus SP800UZ camera. another toy that I picked up.



The good, I think that the mileage is accurate. The frame and hoses and wiring, plastic are in really good shape, the shock holds air and the forks seem to also. It has a new air filter, fresh oil and a new oil filter. It also came with half a dozen new oil filters. It starts and runs but is a little wonky at partial throttle openings. A carb clean is in the works. Also the PO was complaining that the bike would run out of gas. He believed that the petcock was at fault. Upon inspection I noticed that the hose that he was using was to soft and was pinching shut when their was a lot of vacuum. The tires are new. The brake calipers are look new and the pads show hardly any wear. The right disc shows signs of contamination from fork oil. That is another thing that is going to require inspection. The left mirror has a tiny bit of road rash. Looking closer I also noticed that the fairing was pushed about a 1/2 inch off center, not a lot but noticeable. The fairing edge trim also has a slight amount of damage and the handlebars are tweaked. The fairing is not cracked anywhere and shows no sign of repair inside or out. I think I dodged a big bullet there



The bad, The saddle bags are painted shut. That's right, painted shut. This is going to take a bit of time to resolve since whatever solvent eats paint in most cases also eats plastic. The inner fender is not in the correct position. The rear shock does not seem to have any dampening. It holds air though. The color. I have no idea why the guy painted the bike this color. It is a rustolium rattle can paint job. Not so bad on the fairing and tank, but the rest of the bike looks like painted leather.



That's it. Any feedback would be appreciated.
 

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Hey man, it looks like a good find. I don't know where you are going as far as building her back up but restored to original condition wouldn't be impossible since all the parts look like they are there. Have fun !!!!
 

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Nice and clean looking bike! If you keep it wet no one will ever tell it's rattle can painted. Maybe on one of your hot sunny days you will be able to tease the bags open. That or a hairdryer gently along the mating surface.
 

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Nice buy!



as far as the fairing being 1/2" off center, this is probably something you will want to look at closer before you put many miles on it. If the mount has taken a hit and is tweaked (ie the left mount is no longer aligned with the right mount) then it will stress the fairing and the bottom of the fairing will soon start to crack. This is a fairly common problem with the Hondaline fairing, just dropping a bike in the garage can tweak the mount enough to cause future problems.

To check for trueness in the mount, if the mount is off the bike, it is fairly easy to lay the mount upside down on the edge of a table and confirm both left and right mounts lay flat. If the mount is on the bike you may have to eyeball it, which is tougher to do. Watching the fairing for spring-back or tension when you unbolt it from the mount should also give you a good idea whether or not the mount is true, the bottom of the fairing should fit nice and flat on the mounts with no tension or force needed to draw it down.
 

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Nice find. Good luck with it. I like the oranges in the background.
 

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I don't know what happened, but I don't see any pictures.



Try replacing the Schroeder valve on the rear shock before you do anything else.



Added later ...

I went to Internet Explorer and the photos are there ... but not on Foxfire ... anyone have any ideas???



By the way, the bike looks pretty darn good.
 

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I had a case on my last one that I could only open about an inch. Turns out the hinge on the bottom was rusted tight and wouldn't swivel. I soaked it in PB Blaster for several days and that didn't help. I was afraid to force things much to keep from bending the trim or cracking the plastic. I finally drilled out the rivets and used a micro torch and Blaster to free it up.
 

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I like it when they still have the 600 mile break-in sticker on the speedo
 

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I like it when they still have the 600 mile break-in sticker on the speedo


My Blue CX500 has 11+ times more mileage on her(86,000 miles).I have bugs on the Wind-shield with more mileage than the above bike<grin>
 

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Mmmmm... I sure could go for a cheeseburger and fries now.




Seriously, the bike looks like a great find. Congratulations!
 

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Looks great from here! Congrats, looks like a clean bike.
 

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I like it! She looks pretty clean !
 

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I like the color, hardest thing for me was to decide between Blue and Red although it will be true metallic/effect Urethane. I like my blue but I'm seriously tempted to drop a small amount of tiny metalflake into the second coat of clear.



Seriously needs tank decals even if only a simple set of wings. Let's also see how that exhaust cleans up.



I'm very impressed.
 

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Good score. I love the color. The bad paint job your describe doesn't show up in the pictures at all. If you decide to repaint, the available factory colors are boring in my opinion.
 

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Looks good and very clean. AGB-1
 
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