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.

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.

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.

2/27/2012 11:29:06 am

I've got big plans for one!


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