I already changed the oil, I put some 10w40 I had in there for now.
I'm not sure what you mean by a slipper clutch?
When I roll it forward in gear, I'm up against engine compression. I've run the engine a bit on spray, enough to know it sounds ok but certainly not enough to get it hot. I did that before I bought it as well.
A guy at one dealer I stopped at said these have something in the clutch to prevent engine braking, he didn't seem too alarmed that it freewheeled in reverse.
I just can't picture what they did to make that happen other than maybe a roller sprag or ratchet of some sort?
When I roll the bike backwards in gear, I can feel resistance, then it lets go, sort of a slip, grab type of feeling accompanied by a light clicking sound.
When I had it running, I could tell the clutch grabs and moves the bike because when I first started it, I stalled it letting out the clutch feeling to see which gear it was in.
It will run if I put gas in the carbs but the idle is erratic. The fuel pump is working, but I bought a new one just to be safe. I also bought both petcocks, some spare exhaust gaskets, and a pair of new Dunlop 404 tires for it.
I didn't think of doing the magnet check, so I just ran out there and tried it. The rims are definitely not magnetic, They are a dull, extruded aluminum looking rim with big chunky looking chrome spokes. The front hub is all steel, its got rust coming through the paint on the one flange. My guess someone was using wire wheel cleaner to clean the spokes and stripped the hub paint off. The fender has a few spots on it as well from the same type of chemical etching. The rear hub looks like it may be aluminum where the spokes attach but steel in the center where the splines are. Its hard to tell since its all painted silver like the front hub. I couldn't get a magnet in there to test it without it grabbing the spokes or the steel parts.
Did someone make aftermarket wheels for these or did they just switch to aluminum rims?
The bike has under 5k on it, so most all I'm dealing with is sitting damage and a pile of cheap parts the original owner hung on it.
The one mirror fell apart on the ride home in the trailer, it was a 5/16" shaft with a plastic bat wing shaped mirror head, even the mirror was plastic. Everything had these bright yellow price tags or inventory tags on it. The handgrips were huge plastic things with some sort of heater built in, the heater wires were cut off by the cheap plastic cruise control he added between the pod and the grip. The guy duct taped the old sleeve and shoved the grips in place, both slipped easily.
He had those flashing LED lights on the valve stems, there's nothing like adding all that weight to a wheel either. Both of those broke off the instant I touched them. Each one had 5 357 watch batteries in it, a 12 led ring, and a tiny circuit board. They're in the trash now.
He had cheap chrome plated aluminum bat wings attached to the rear engine mount, they were eaten away pretty bad from corrosion, but worse yet, they made the engine mount bolts too short. The bolts were only grabbing by one or two threads.
The mini windshield wrapped around the headlight and covered only the speedo and stood up about 5 inches or so above that. It was all split from age. It was zip tied to the forks and had two metal brackets with velcro wraps around the handle bars. It too is in the trash. The entire headlight bucket and rim were chrome plastic, the rim had a huge molded in chrome brow on top and an elongate section below the light. The thing was cracked, split, and had no high/lo beam. The original wiring was wrapped up in a ball and stuffed behind the light, with only two wires going to the light itself.
Again, that thing is in the trash, and the original light is back on the bike. I can't imagine someone thought that thing looked good. I guess the fact that it had a ring of cheap LED's around the outside made it look cool?
The guy had stick on LED light strips under the tank, around the sissy bar, and under the rear fender, none had any wires going to them, so I have no idea what they were there for. They hit the can just as fast.
So far I've been lucky in that he didn't drill any holes or ruin any parts of the bike itself adding on that junk.
He also removed all the emblems and glued on cheap Harley emblems to the tank. The tank emblems are aluminum and from the 50's, he had those on with double sided foam tape.
The dealer told me that the original Boulevard emblems are not available, so unless I find a set somewhere, its going to be without any Suzuki badges for the rest of its life.
The exhaust is loud, way too loud to get away with around here. Especially if I decide to keep this thing and end up coming home late at night. The woman next door to me would flip as her house, and bedroom is close to my driveway.
I don't mind it being heard but the way it is now is just too loud.
Judging by the way the exhaust was adjusted and mounted, I highly doubt if the jets were changed. When I asked around at a dealer one day trying to find out what jets should be in the carb, they weren't sure, I was told the Boulevard models had different carbs and they didn't see many of them. Since the air boxes were all still perfectly intact, my guess is that guy was never in there. If he had been, I'd have found missing screws, clamps, etc. Nearly all visible hardware has those cheap plastic chrome caps glued on top, even recessed Allen bolts and such. He just stuck the chrome cap over those bolts with two face tape, even on the engine. It looked ridiculous. The tech at the dealer said that re-jetting wasn't a good idea on these bikes, they felt it did more harm than good.
My goal is to just find the stock exhaust and put back to the way it was. It will likely run better that way and be alot easier on my ears.
I've had a few bikes with drag pipes in the past, they never seem to work out was well power wise on the road as you would think, they just make it louder and kill the mid range power. Besides the fact these drag pipes will require constant polishing to keep the rust off them.
The hard part will likely be finding all the little brackets and hardware to remount the factory pipes, I don't see any of it here.
What's hardest to understand is that the original owner likely did this to the bike in the first year or two of its life.