Classic Motorcycle Mechanics

Welded bliss!

Last month I introduced my wife’s Stinky. For those who are not in the know, Stinky is the moniker afforded to her bitsa Z650, which has caused me mountains of work and frustration over the years.

As with many Z650s of the period, the sidestand is a bit bent and the bracket welded to the frame is a bit cream crackered, so it leans over far more than Ben Inamura at Kawasaki Heavy Industries ever intended. Consequently, the VM series Mikuni carbs are unable to keep the contents of their float bowls to themselves and dribble it over the top crankcase, which leaves a little brown gummy river as the petroleum stream trickles down the engine to the floor, hence the smell of petrol and why Stinky was so Christened. This also meant that Stinky had to live in a garage that is not attached to our dwelling. I guess one day I might completely strip the little bugger and sort

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