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Gearbox cover installed
Believe it or not, this is what progress looks like.  Yeah, I know I'm missing the bits that go suck-squeeze-bang-blow, but before I started it was even more apart than this.  After smearing some assembly lube on the cams and oil pump drive gear, I timed them all up and reinstalled them.  I pressed in a new seal for the timing hole, installed the cam sensor, new gasket for the gearcase cover and also removed the lifters to soak in some oil and re-gasketed the pushrod tube bases.

I don't think it will take more than two afternoons to wrap this all up, with the only time hangup being getting the jugs to a machinist to hone and measure and make sure I'm still in spec for roundness.  If not, no biggie - it just means a bore job and new pistons.  Figuring on new rings anyway, so at least those wouldn't be extra as well.

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Sweet dreams.
Meanwhile, the other bike, my Buell 1125CR, has officially been sold.  It will hibernate in my garage until spring when the new owner, a fellow BadWeBber, can come get it.  We're finally getting some cold and snow up here in the Northeast, so it doesn't seem like finding a nice day to get it to his place 45 minutes north of me is going to happen anytime soon.

I will miss the 1125 terribly, but in all honesty I just wasn't riding it enough to justify keeping it - perhaps only a few hundred miles a year.  The S3T is just so much more comfortable that there are only rare occasions where I'd prefer not to take it, and those were typically only because I knew the 1125 needed to be ridden.  It will be odd only having one bike again - I've been a multiple-motorcycle household (fitting as many as 4 bikes plus a car in my one-car garage) for the past 5 years.  If the S3T breaks (like it is now), I'll have no backup.

I'll cross my fingers that a I can afford to buy and build the X1 project I have in my head sometime soon.

Dave
2/25/2012 10:07:18 pm

Mark I also would love an X1 project!! I am currently using my CR as a sort of sport touring bike. I put the high bars and dropped the pegs 1" added panniers and dropped the Barker to a 1" quietcore. The bike is actually very comfy for long rides. The desire for an X1 is simply because they are GORGEOUS machines IMO.

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Mark
2/27/2012 11:29:06 am

I've got big plans for one!

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