1974 Suzuki GT185. This handsome ride has had a life not unlike that of Black Beauty, from a kind and loving owner to some lowlife delinquent who stole the little pony and took him for a joy ride. After I get him back in tip top shape, some lucky person will get the chance to park this scoot in a stable of their own.
I got the CB360 back in proper running condition today. New old stock cylinder, NOS piston and rings and the best used cam and rockers that money could buy. A little tweak to the advance mechanism, points cleaned and set and a new pair of float needles have this bobber humming like a bird! The craziest thing I found were the piston rings installed upside down!! They are designed to flare hard against the cylinder wall on the up stroke and relax on the down stroke, ergo, they performed the exact opposite due to improper installation, moving oil into the combustion chamber and raw fuel into the oil galley. Not good. Hope this sweet ride has many happy miles ahead of her!!