I was asked for pics and the story so here goes:
The Barnstormer was resurrected after I restored a Honda CL360 and helped restore 2 more. I found a parts bike with a Barnyard history to add to the two other parts bikes, the Hindenburg (a disaster) and the Flamer (fire took out the whole left side - rubber/plastic anything).
I put every free moment into the project in order to have it done by May 1st. We work in the basement of a downtown building that belonged to my Father in Law who owned a paint store. The current owner likes having us around.
First was to mold the seat - quite the project in itself. Tank repair, gather parts (rearsets off a CBR600 F1 or F2) cut non-essentials off the frame and study lots of photos of other bikes.
Lacing and truing a wheel was not as big a job as we thought as VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) had a step-by-step article on how it is done. I learned how to use a dial indicator - always the tool nut.
Figuring out the wiring is a treat but not too difficult. You start with a fairly good harness, a lot of patience and do some cut and pasting. One needs to add resistors for LED bar end turn signals - same as when we do some of the LED taillight mods with our 919s.
I received permission to use a logo from the Barnstormer football team. They are located on the west coast. They sent me a PDF file, which I had vectorized so it could be recolored. Nice people.
So up from the basement - out the door - the Barnstormer's Super Trapp mufflers sounded very sweet... and the carbs leaked like a sieve. I didn't think to check the overflow tubes in the carb bowls for tiny leaks...
It rides heavy on the hands and the padding on the seat isn't much. It corners well and I have yet to 'do the ton'.
I will likely have the bike entered in the cafe section at mid-Ohio Vintage Bike Days on July 25 - 27th. http://www.amadirectlink.com/vmd/2008/
I may have it at the Gilmore event on June, 8th and will for sure have it in a little show in Pierceton IN on the 24th of May.
I am not looking for awards or slaps on the back - only to build the appreciation and enthusiasm for a great past-time.
The guys at VJMC will be at mid-Ohio in the swap meet and infield areas. Share their enthusiasm and you will experience the best ride of your life....
I need to go clean the Niner's headers....