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    Adding a Mille to the stable

    I've been wanting a track bike ever since a track day at Hallet on the Futura. So I've been looking for an early Mille and found a nice specimen in Houston.

    Had my buddy Mikeyyc from the Futura forum check it out yesterday and hopefully I'll have it in my possesion next week sometime. Its missing a few dzus fasteners etc but it appears to be all there and no previous damage. Pics next week.

    Its a '99 VIN ...003.
    When in doubt.........power out!!!

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    And post pics of the stable when she arrives.

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    Ok...so maybe pics later this evening. Made a late night run to Houston and picked the bike up at about 10pm and got home at 2am.

    Definitley needs some TLC...cleaning and refreshing. Its all there and doesn't appear to have been abused. Nothing about the bike makes me think that it has ever been down. The fuel smells something akin to varnish.

    And so the love affair begins.
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    hey, haven't you been on this rodeo before? Let me know, I have a few parts lying around.
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    Say hello to Mille #3









    So the guy kept telling me....."it needs a starter" over and over. In my mind I'm thinking "yeah....whatever...it probably needs the sprag clutch done". The first time I actually saw it was when I picked it up. Dark and rushing to get it back because I had to go to work the next morning, little did I realize...



    it really DOES need a starter...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkansawyer View Post

    it really DOES need a starter...lol
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    Don't worry...its a long way from just needing a starter before it runs. Notice the plates expired FEB of '03? Thats probably not far from when it was last ran.
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    OMG that chain looks fucked!!!! That cant feel nice!
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    run two cans of Chevron fuel injector cleaner through it, that will help immensely, well, after you get the starter issue taken care of...lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEGr33k View Post
    OMG that chain looks fucked!!!! That cant feel nice!
    Honestly it doesn't look all that bad. It is adjusted properly, but does have a bit of rust. Don't worry....its going to get new sprockets and chain.
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    What'd you pay for that thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbobvfr View Post
    hey, haven't you been on this rodeo before? Let me know, I have a few parts lying around.
    James, now in SD
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    Quote Originally Posted by velowood View Post
    I have a starter for you, PM me
    PM sent.
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    Well my refurbish of this bike is coming along nicely.

    FalcoLion provided the starter from his Tuono along with a shiny new carbon front fender. Both have been installed and a new Yamaha starter relay that I bought from the neighbor who works at a boat shop that sells Yamaha products. I ran jumper cables from my pickup to the leads on the Mille but not before removing a couple sparkplugs. You have to remember it hasn't been tagged since '03. She cranked over nicely which tells me the sprag is still in good shape. I'll pick up a battery for her this week.

    Installed a new MPL clutch slave that I found on ebay for a $100 bucks. The clutch was a wet noodle when I picked it up and immediately figured that the slave cylinder was the culprit. New DOT 4 all the way round.....front brakes and rear. Drained a sample of engine oil last week and it looks surprising good considering the time thats probably passed since the last time its been fired up. I'll replace the coolant and oil after getting it running.

    All the bodywork is there just missing a few bolts here and there. Bought a grab bag of bolts off ebay to replace the ones missing plus have some extras. Thanks to sirgregory I'll soon have all the dzus screws. Bought two stock original turn signals from lieb1890 to replace the broken right signal. The two rear signals were ditched by the previous owner in favor of a couple of cheapo tucked in rear signals. One more signal will be needed to complete the rear.....Velowood has a couple so thats all but fixed.

    Being bought with no key meant that the gas cap, seat release and igntion had to be replaced. FalcoLion provided those as well.

    Whats left you ask? The tank had to be left open as mentioned above the keys were no where to be found. This allowed moisture to get into the tank and cause a little bit of rust. But worse than that was the left over fuel in the tank. Add the vent lines broken off, floating around and it made for a messy stew. I pulled the fuel pump off, removed the vent line remnants and proceeded to clean up the pump. Carb cleaner was having very little effect on 3 year old gunk that had coated the pump. Not wanting to risk whatever might be in the pump I've bought a used replacement on ebay for $45. My Por 15 should be here this week and I'll give the tank a good cleaning, seal it, replace the vent lines, add a new filter to the pump when it gets here and reassemble.

    New tires, chain, sprockets and I'm good to go.

    Damn this is fun and great therapy.
    When in doubt.........power out!!!

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    The can looks real close to the swingarm. Is it just the pic? Could the strap be moved to the outside of the hanger? A great find!
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