Just the facts folks.....
-installed a crankcase vent tube
-moved the bike out to the shop
-Installed a new petcock and fuel/vac lines
-put 2 gallons of fresh gas in the tank (pre-treated with Stabil just in case).
-heated the shop to 60 degrees
-primed the carbs
So then I pressed "Run", pulled the choke, pulled in the clutch, and pressed the starter button.
AND IT RUNS!!!! Idles well. I'll try and shoot a video at some point when I get an extra set of hands to hold the camera.
Downside? It doesn't want to rev too well. First time I tried it, it bogged and died frequently. I figured I was just rushing things a bit (choke off too soon). Then, a few minutes later, I tried it again when warmer and it would rev "ok" and seemed ok at full throttle too. Showed some subtle "hanging" at idle though and the bogging was still evident at lower throttle positions.
With the jet kit, new pipes, and K&N filter, it's gonna be "fun" to tune this thing. I'll start by adjusting the fuel-mix screws, idle, and doing a carb sync. Then I'll probably check compression again. After that, I'll probably end up taking it to the dyno to tune it better and sort out the off idle issues (as well as any other issues). There is likely a class of students at Wastenaw Community College starting next week who can help tune it as part of their "carb tuning" course. The beauty of a dyno tune is that you can analyze the fuel/air mix at any throttle position and make sure it's optimal. I suspect that I'll need to adjust the needles and perhaps swap pilots/mains a few times to sort it out. My jet kit came with an adjustable needle and some spare jets, so that should help, although getting four carbs right won't be the easiest thing in the world. All of the boots, o-rings, and other bits are brand new though, and at least I'm starting with clean carbs. Best of all, I still have a few months to get it all sorted out before the riding season starts.
Very excited to get this thing so close.
Oh yeah. I want a new muffler. This one is too quiet and doesn't fit the style of the bike. I'm gonna start shopping around.....