Second - The Green Hornet
Now the question of what bike to get as a 2nd bike came up.
I continued to monitor ebay and the cycle trader.
I was thinking about getting a bigger one for me, and was
looking mostly at Honda and Yamaha 125's.
The Honda Elsinore
4 stroke was a definite candidate. It's low end power
was appealing to me, but I was concerned about having to
maintain two different brands of bikes. The Yamaha 125
Enduro is very simlilar to the LT2, and shares many parts,
and so I thought about getting one of those.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized it would
be better to get two bikes that were the same, so that they
would ride comfortably together.
Then, as I was looking for some parts for the Yellow Hornet, in one
of my many Yahoo searches, I came across an ad for a 1972 LT2 with
extremely low miles, on a service called Monkey Ads.
Hmmmm ... it wasn't on Ebay or in the Cycle Trader. It was in Tucson.
Arizona. Hmmmm ... It still had the original green paint job in good
shape. I was concerned still about registering it in California,
but since the Yellow one had gone so smoothly, and I recognized this
as a cherry little bike, I gave the guy a call.
He was asking $900 as I remember, but confessed that he had
recently replaced the clutch and that it slipped and he didn't
know what was wrong, so he knocked a $100 off for that, and another
$50 if I would pay in cash, so I got the bike for $750.
I got up early the next morning
and drove out to Tucson. When I tried the bike, it rode good,
though a little rough, like the carb was gunked a bit.
I didn't notice any problem with the clutch, it had
great compression and pop, and it was noticably quieter
than the Yellow Hornet, without the piston slap, rattling in the gears,
and with the factory silencer still in place.
The key did not work to shut the motor off, so the guy just told me to
pop the clutch to stop it.
When I got the bike home, I really began to appreciate what good
shape it was in. The carburetor was misadjusted -- the air screw
was all the way closed -- and when I opened it the factory specified
1.75 turns, the bike woke up! Wow. It was way better than the Yellow
one. The only thing I ever found wrong with the clutch was that
the adjustment screw for the push rod (in the LEFT DRY side of
the crankcase) had not been set or tightened. And the key not
working turned out to be a connector that had become unplugged,
and was an easy fix.
This thing is pretty darned cherry. The oil pump works great,
so there's no premixing needed. Original paint job. Original
chrome air cleaner. It's tight and quiet (for a 2 stroke),
the horns and all lights work (after I scared up a 6V flasher),
and after a bit of time at the DMV, I got it registered and
also insured as street legal in the state of California. I took
it out for the first time to
and more recently we took both bikes out to
Sequoia National Forest for a little
riding, and the Green Hornet never faltered!