Had some time this weekend to devote to the garage and the CL450, so I decided to try and start it for the first time since at least 2011. The bike seemed to have been stored VERY well, and was in really nice shape so I was hoping that it would not fight me to much. I was happy to find out that this turned out to be the case. The bike runs again!

While waiting for the new battery to charge I could not help myself from polishing the bike up a bit. Chrome and paint are going to show very well. I am not one to want a perfect bike, just a really nice bike with the original finishes.

I pulled the bowls and was surprised to find that they were clean. This bike is really going to spoil me, I am used to people just riding a bike into a garage and forgetting about it for 30 years. Pleasant change to be working on a bike that was properly stored.

At some point the coils were upgraded. I think these are XS650 coils.

At some point the coils were upgraded. I think these are XS650 coils.

As soon as the battery was charged it was installed and the bike check for spark. It had a nice fat spark so the tank and new fuel lines were installed.

Next thing that happened was a first in all my years of messing with old bikes. It literally started on the first bump of the starter button! Idle was high at first, but once warmed up settled down nicely. I have take the bike for a nice ride to get some heat into the engine and then sync/set the carbs for the season. I never even looked at the points the bike ran so well.

Snow is good for scramblers

Kerry Pierno

I could not be happier with the way this bike is going. So far everything has gone nice and smoothly. Really did want to jump on the bike and take if for a ride, but the weather was not having it...

Snowed a fair bit in the last few days.

Snowed a fair bit in the last few days.

After digging out a bit I honestly thought about braving the snow just to get a shot of the bike moving under its own power for the first time in a while, but in the end I wimped out. Just did not want to risk damaging the bike for no good reason. My good friend Kerry was egging me one though with a few choice text messages. I guess the weather was better in Ohio.

Pushed it outside, mostly for fun.

Pushed it outside, mostly for fun.

Hope that the next update is a short trip report!

Fingers crossed that the weather takes a turn for the better soon.

Fingers crossed that the weather takes a turn for the better soon.

I have to look at the date codes on the tires, but they hold air, have nubs and the rubber feels soft. Brakes and suspension feel perfect. All the lights work as they should. Engine did not make any funny noises or leak any fluid. Maybe the next step really will be to polish some of the alloy covers on the bike!

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