Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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RE: Bike Rage
On a serious note (!), here's a couple of thoughts.
First, if you still like riding, don't give it up. Any decent machine shop (and I think they still have those on your side of the pond) can fashion you a new shifter lever a la the old Honda 90, so it would extend both front and back. That way you're always stepping down on it. You'd probably lose some cornering clearance on the left side, but better than not riding at all.
Second, if you've not ridden it in two years, stop beating a dead mule and drain the old fuel out of the Daytona. I'm sure it's all separated and full of varnish, etc. Meaning that even if you manage to get it started with the fluid (without catching everything on fire), it will run poorly (if at all) and die constantly. Drain it out, fill it up and then give it another shot.
In addition, I'd also check for actual spark, it's easiest and safest on these EI units to use an old spark plug and ground it rather than trying to hold the wire, etc. Once you're sure you have spark, then it's just a matter of getting clean fuel in it.
The Daytonas are great bikes, so don't torch it. I'd offer to come work on it for you, but it's a hell of a commute. [:)] (On the other hand, I need a vacation, so put me up for a week or two and I'll see you soon.)
Take care and enjoy the ride -- both kinds.