Just got to the point of final Inspection and registration of a 1975 RE5M in Victoria , BC Canada. It is now registered and insured. I had never even seen one of these until my purchase of 2 of them a while back. In order of believed existance at that time, RE5, Sasquatch, Unicorn. We normally don't get any snow here, but that changed the day after final registration. Did get a chance to take photos for Collector Plate status before the snow came. Hope for first drive this weekend. Fortunately I have owned a Chrysler Sno-Runner for 4 years and never had a chance to use it. Well worth the wait. Most fun you can have with thermal lined pants on. Included clip from video which is not great as I needed to use the cover of darkness. (Not exactly a motor-head, smoke spewing, 2 stroke, loving neighourhood), As we almost never see snow here, this was quite unexpected. Snow almost gone now so looking forward to the weekend. I heard they also might smoke a bit but has to be better than my Kawi Triples
They smoke a bit on startup, especially after a long layup but that settles pretty quickly and if ridden regularly they don't do it so much. Regardless, if they're in reasonable condition they don't smoke when being ridden. Even my 110 psi bike doesn't smoke once out on the road.
You may find high sump oil usage in the first 500 miles or so, make sure you keep a close eye on the sump oil level until it settles.
Really good to see, I wish you good riding (I'm in Australia by the way, I'm in shock that there is actually somewhere in Canada that it "rarely" snows. My only friend from that part of the world lived in Yellowknife so that may have influenced my perception).
Congrats on getting it up and running! Both are nice looking rides. Truck too...
Two 09 Victory Visions, RE-5 parts bikes merging into one. Former bikes are a 75 RE-5, Sportster, several XS-11's, XJ-750, GL1000, GL1100, Several Valkyries, VTX 1800, Vstrom 1000, and a few other bikes along the way.
That is very heart warming for sure.Two thumbs up. I take it you completely rebuilt your proper?
Please accept my overly cautious suggestions of following the owners manual on break-in and oil usage . Allow the bike to warm up gently and take every precaution not to overheat or subject engine to rapid temperature extremes, ask me how I know. Again,a beautiful restoration.
Snow is almost gone so 1st ride should happen today. Yes Yellowknife is miserably cold this time of year. Spent a number of years working north of there in Inuvik. Got sick of the snow/cold so moved to Victoria, Canada. Victoria AU would have been a better choice. Thanks all for the advice and compliments. Presently running 2 stroke mixed fuel until I can verify oil injection working. Bike still has original proper, it had been sitting for a long time but after some oil and rotating was little work to start. Previous owner had invested some time to restore including rebuilding the carb. Other than an overflow leak if left on prime, seems he got it right. Came with complete parts bike that needs a proper. Came with 2 with cracked rotor housings, Overheating issue maybe.
They will all leak if left on prime. The needle and seat cannot handle the pressure/weight of the fuel in the tank.
Your bike is lovely, you should be proud. Enjoy her and keep the shine side up.
Jess. Thanks for that advice as I was hoping to not go after the carb at this time. Was able to get my 1st ride in yesterday. Kept it short, and everything worked as it should. Very impressed with the smoothness and handling. The RE5 is great at everything the H2 isn't good for. Perfect pairing. Did boil over some rad fluid just after I stopped it. Temp gauge showed it to be cool and rad temp seemed within reason. Maybe fan or sensor issues.
Regarding the shocks, they should be stock height as they are identical to the parts bike's shocks. I think the picture makes them look that way as it was taken at a height just above sea level?
Did it actually boil over? Or was it just self correcting the level. People fill them too full... when it gets hot and the expansion takes place, once the overflow tank reaches a certain level, the fluid has nowhere to go.
Just a thought.
1952 HD Servicar, 1970 FLH HD, 1997 FXD HD, 1993 Yamaha GTS1000 2008 Suzuki BKing, 2010 Can-Am Spyder, Several "Floor Sweepings" Customs,... and oh yeah... one or two, Rotary Bikes. ESTILL SPRINGS, TN.