Anyway, you're probably not into me ranting about a thing that never came to play, so better tell the story how it started. My good mate Andy knew about a dead cheap XS400 SE that looked like it had been chewed up, partially digested and spit out again. The only real point in its favour was that Andy had done the engine and knew that except for the kickstart mechanism, which was missing a few parts, it was all there and checked over.
|In all its glory|
|Heaps better, but still rubbish|
|18" wheel in|
Now there's no point in trying to achieve anything performance-wise on a XS400 with the stock carbs. It's just not worth it. So I found myself a nice set of flatslides out of a snowmobile and re-spaced them, so that they would fit on the inlets.
With the carbs tackled, the next step was to make sure how to get fuel into the carbs. This meant knocking up an adapter for my favourite fuel taps - Guzzi, Ducati (and lots of other pasta rocket) M16x1 fuel taps. They flow nicely can be overhauled simply and are dead cheap new.