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alright cool, I'm not alone in that regard.

I am putting together the pieces for an SU carb setup too which is insane given the brand new bendix on there, but I like choices and should be easy enough to get rid of whichever lands 2nd place.

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Some of the stuff in the parts box.

Laid lace paint tank
Buco mirror
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I also received my 2piece buckhorn bars and the two tone seat.
Here are photos of the bars I found on craigslist. What exactly have I got here?



clutch side top

clutch side bottom


throttle side top

throttle side bottom





No spot for kill switch on right side? No nurling on bars where they sit in the clamp

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The two piece bars for the true "fly by wire" throttle. The clamped end appears to be short, they had splines where they clamp. What does the inside of the clamp show?

Parts book shows it well, p132

Used, broken. If you went with paypal you can file a case in the resolution center.

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Or hand knurl the cut off ends yourself with a file and vise if no joy in the resolution center.
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Thanks both of you.

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The two piece bars for the true "fly by wire" throttle. The clamped end appears to be short, they had splines where they clamp. What does the inside of the clamp show?

Parts book shows it well, p132

Used, broken. If you went with paypal you can file a case in the resolution center.
Inside clamp shows knurl marks



I thought someone may have cut the knurled ends off but couldn't think of why, I guess to narrow them, though it doesn't seem you'd want to run the bars without the knurls, sketchy.


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Or hand knurl the cut off ends yourself with a file and vise if no joy in the resolution center.
Read somewhere using drywall screen does the trick too...

Luckily I didn't pay much for them but trying to complete them looks to be expensive...starting to see why the set that appears to be complete on ebay is $400

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I'm sure there is somewhere out your way that has a knurler.

I had one in the shop that was basically a set of rollers with a knurling wheel above them made like a giant C clamp. We did piston skirts mostly but would do seat posts and other stuff as well.

Ill bet some old geezzzer has one in his shop.
You just need to find a place that does old stuff.
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FWIW I have been running a cut in half set of K&N bars with no knurling for a very long time with no issues. One thing I was sure to do though is not have any portion of the bend in the bars entering the clamp. Straight sections only in the clamp.
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...but a few years ago, while looking for a bike to buy, I found myself constantly looking at photos of 60's sportster photos and appreciating their lines. I ended up getting a '64 triumph (had one in the past) which I rode for only a couple of months before an idiot ran a red light making a left turn and hit me head on snapping the frame and sending me rag dolled in the air. I was fortunate but ended up swearing off motorcycles while living in LA because the people all drive like lunatics.

That was a year and a half ago and I've since been spending a lot of time in San Francisco working and longing again for 2wheels. A google image search for 60's xlch's turned up an ad in Holt, Missouri for this bike and I spent several weeks hoping it would sell out from under me and it didn't so I spent several more weeks shooting the shit with the owner over the phone and yesterday I sent the man his money and the bike will be headed my way soon.

Apparently the bike belonged to the PO's (guy I bought it from) friend and he tried to buy it several times as it sat sad for 30 odd years until finally they agreed on a price. The bike changed hands and the new owner had another friend who had an old set of original paint birch white tins that came off his 1970 (I think) the same year he bought it new. Those were fitted and he had the whole top end done with fresh stock bore new pistons rings valves etc and a new carb though I'm not yet sure which.

Head and tail light need to be wired, front break needs a cable, and the clutch drags he says likely due to sitting for so long and maybe rust. I'll have to get these things sorted and then start breaking in the new top end. Any advice on the above or links to how-to's or books I ought to own would be appreciated.

As I was waiting for the bike to get sold out from under me I was of course set on having it so I found some '68 buck horn bars and an original two-tone seat on craigslist which I picked up and now I'm looking for an original exhaust and debating whether or not the tank deserves decals.

PO sent several videos of him riding it and I'll probably watch those every day until it arrives, can't wait.

Oh man many compliments. This ride is awesome. This white is awesome too. Your story is a story of love :applauso
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I'm sure there is somewhere out your way that has a knurler.

I had one in the shop that was basically a set of rollers with a knurling wheel above them made like a giant C clamp. We did piston skirts mostly but would do seat posts and other stuff as well.

Ill bet some old geezzzer has one in his shop.
You just need to find a place that does old stuff.
Ya you're probably right, I'll dig around

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FWIW I have been running a cut in half set of K&N bars with no knurling for a very long time with no issues. One thing I was sure to do though is not have any portion of the bend in the bars entering the clamp. Straight sections only in the clamp.
My $.02
I figured the guy who ran these must have done the same, I know I'd feel better with some knurls though

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Oh man many compliments. This ride is awesome. This white is awesome too. Your story is a story of love :applauso
Thanks, I love it. I've got a pile of parts (front brake stuff, new wiring harness, steel & kevlar clutch plates, heavy duty worm gear etc) all ready to go on the bike which I hope gets her road worthy but I won't get a chance to work on her for several weeks, it's killing me.
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