So I just picked up a VT500c Shadow as a project bike, it runs (barely) but the body is in 6/10 shape. I plan on powdercoating the entire frame, engine, wheels and all the miscellaneous little parts thereof, going for a very clean minimalistic look, like a bobber.
I have some years of experience modding/building cars, and back when I was young I used to tinker/fix pocketbikes and mini-bikes.
Right now I'm dealing with some engine issues, as I want to make sure the engine runs fine before tearing it down. The bike is impossible to start without starter fluid. When I got it the intake tube had a huge leak, so I had that replaced, and I also went ahead and bought a jet kit and rejetted the bike. Right now it's running #40 pilot jet with #115 and #125 mains.
Bike runs a little better after starting, smoother, but after about 30 seconds of revving and starting, the bike starts to smoke from the exhaust mating surface on the rear cylinder, and a really bad smell takes place.
It also makes a very loud clacking/rattling sound when revving from low engine speeds to high engine speeds, that's a little troublesome.
If anyone has ever had those issues before, please speak up, I'm going to take apart the engine anyways, so maybe I can get some pointers on what to look for!
Thanks in advance