The only incident was one block from the house when the engine died. Turned out, I forgot to open up the fuel petcocks. As they would say in the Army, it was a user "head space and timing" problem.
I think I have the fuel distribution issue sorted out, Fiona pulled very strongly in all gears and had more throttle to go as she powered up the local hilly portions of road. Her engine and exhaust growled sweetly as I rode along, easily keeping up with cager traffic and sometimes even passing them as they gaped at the sight of us.
She idled smoothly right from the first start of the engine too. She really picks up speed very easily and I had to remind myself it's just drum brakes all around with Fiona, not the powerful disc brakes that Scarlett, my 2014 Patrol is equipped with.
Fiona and I ranged as far east as the Cherry Creek Reservoir, as far north as the Plains Conservation Center and as far south as Inspiration Drive with not one hiccup on her part.
At speed her oil pressure gauge read 80 PSI and at idle 40 PSI. I am hoping to learn what the baseline behavior is with this rig so I know when something is amiss in the future. I am finding having a real oil gauge on the motorcycle a real plus, and will probably add one to Brigitta, my '87 BMW R80 as well.
A cheapo tachometer is on order for Fiona so I can also monitor her RPMs as she cruises along. Speaking of RPMs, with the '84 BMW R80 engine on her, her RPM limits have gone from 5400 on a URAL engine to 7000! Gobs more torque and I believe 10 more horse power.
Of course, one still needs to drive the rig like it's a URAL, the final drive is URAL and really not designed for high speed (constant above 60 mph speeds) driving.
I remain ambivalent about the big red star
Still a bunch of work to do on Fiona of course:
- Install Tachometer
- Finish wiring inspection and determine what blew out the fuse which caused her to go dead yesterday
- Figure out a proper air box for her instead of using cone shaped air filters attached to the carburetors
- Re-do her fuel line assembly so each petcock supplies fuel to both carburetors if needed.
- Order and eventually replace the main drive shaft with a newer one with coarse splines instead of the fine-splined version presently on Fiona