Alive and in the wild!
So a lot has happened since our last update on the 850. The coils we ordered to hopefully fix the sparking issue showed up, but they didn’t fix the problem. Still no spark on cylinder 3 and a weak spark at best on the others. Being very new and self taught to this whole wiring thing things were not looking up. Everything seemed to be connected correctly, but in addition to the weak spark the starter solenoid was clicking off after only a few turns of the starter. After hours of scratching our heads and troubleshooting it was time to call in backup.
That backup was none other than the famous Phil (as in Eric’s dad). Phil is an expert when it comes to basically everything. He is an ace mechanic, incredible mountain biker, and apparently electrical genius to boot. He stopped by the Spin Cycle studio and in a few hours all of our issues were resolved! We had great spark, a fast spinning starter, and even a fixed kill switch.
After our success with the electrical system, and confidence at an all time high, we decided to go for it and see if we could get it to fire. Phil did a couple quick checks then we installed the fuel tank and gave the button a push….
As you can see the bike fired up beautifully! Instantly 5 months of work was all worth it. We have been confidant that visually we made a killer bike, and with that first start we confirmed it was mechanically good as well. All of the doubts about our wiring and rebuilding vanished and we had our first fully working Spin Cycle motorcycle.
The 850 is Josh’s personal bike so as you can see he is pretty pumped about it.
As we mentioned in the last post, the following day we had scheduled our bikes to be photographed so it was rad to be able to ride it down to the shoot.
We have some tuning to do still as the new pod filters and exhaust have caused some carb issues. After our ride to the shoot we checked the pugs and it is defiantly running very lean. That afternoon we headed over to bike mechanic extraordinaire Jackson’s shop and dropped it off. He is going to work his magic with the carbs and give a proper professional tune at which point it will be officially released onto the streets of Bend.
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