Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: St Thual, , France
After a long period of being laid up – about 12 years – I decided to have one last look at my old K75. The motorcycle dates from 1986 and has about 66 000 miles on the clock. (I am a lot older and have clocked up a greater mileage). Firstly to bear witness to the wonders of the K series. After cleaning repairing mouse damage to wiring – cleaning plugs etc after adding petrol the machine started on the second attempt. Here follows the need to pick some brains! After starting any attempt to increase revs cut the engine – after about 3 or 4 minutes of running the yard filled with white exhaust fumes (with a rather acrid smell I have never smelt before coming out of an exhaust) . One last thing I noticed a trace of oil on the plugs – oil seeping down the valve stems? The problem one of time and money, I can see that I could be on the edge of a financial and time black hole. What I need is a logical step by step approach before taking drastic action.
Does this sound reasonable?
Clean out fuel tank and replace petrol filter – the tank had been drained but when I drained it after its test run what came out didn’t smell like petrol! Visually the tank has no sign of corrosion but I suspect plenty of sticky goo.
Which leads to cleaning carbs etc.
At this point change oil and try again and reassess the situation.
Your comments would be more than welcome – before buying another machine I would like to give this one a chance!