And it sure was fast, compared to anything else that I had ridden. My buddy, Ross bought a brand new Harley Sportster and all he could do was eat my dust at every traffic light! I rode that thing for a year or so and had a lot of fun with it. One day, I got on the throttle hard and the chain broke, bunching up and punching a hole in the aluminum crankcase. Jeez, I knew this was going to be an expensive repair and boy, was I right. A new crankcase alone was over $200 and the quote from the dealer to take the engine out and replace it was ridiculous. So, after buying a shop manual, I decided to remove the motor myself and let the dealer do the engine work. It was a big job to pull that motor but wasn't too difficult with the step by step instruction in the book. During the time spent doing that, I figured, if I’m going to spend all this money on it, I want a better bike after it is done. So, after getting some performance ideas from the dealer, I had them bore the block out to 811 cc and put a hot cam in it. After getting the engine back in the bike, I re-jetted the carburetors and put a low restriction exhaust on it. And what a world of difference in the performance! I don’t remember what the total cost ended up being (it wasn't cheap), but I was sure happy with it.
I took it out to the drag strip and was running mid-twelve second quarter miles with it at over 103 MPH. That was a pretty fast motorcycle back in the 1970’s! That was a fun bike to ride and I sold it just before I got married about 1975. Having sold it to the brother of a friend, I kept track of it and actually tried to by the bike back in the mid-80's after the guy had stopped riding it, due to a serious work injury. The bike had been sitting outdoors for a couple years and it would have been way too much work to get it back in running condition. So, I passed on it and bought a really nice 1983 Honda V65 Magna. But, that's another story! Click here to read it!