So if you look closely, you will see the remains of the spring retainer ring that melted away. So it was a good excuse to upgrade to a belt primary and a better clutch.
Installed the new BDL kit and lookin forward to testi it out. Had the clearance the inside of the primary a bit but it went in pretty easy. Removed the primary chain oiler and return line. Once I plug them off at the oil pump she will be back on the road!
So the title comes from watching this car flipping show about El Reys Garage in SoCal. The owner always had the idioms for what he was doing. When he would take an untested car for a test drive, he would call it the "Danger Ride"! This was absolutely the Shovel danger ride!! I tore the clutch down and cleaned everything real well and refaced the friction disks. Put everything back together and adjusted it. For the first time I was able start the bike in gear and shift from neutral to first, time to ride!
Chris continues work on the Virago. He reworked one of the tank mounts because it was crooked as hell from the factory. Haven was just waiting for the ride!
The bike ran beautifully until the clutch disks flattened out and I needed to readjust. Got them readjusted but it heated up getting me off the road.
Stopped to readjust again and the inner spring retention ring had melted off and gummed up the clutch disks. My danger ride was over and we had to trailer it home. I didn't hang my head because this bike went from backetcase to this and you have to ride it to figure out the issues. It was a great day and great ride. I have named this bike Maud because she is one unforgiving bitch. Next step is an upgraded clutch and belt drive to get rid of the oil bath primary.