I got the RS finished on Sunday and called Monday to see if I could go. They were full so I didn't go. I can tell you how things will go on Thursdays track day, but I'm not sure if I can go to that either. What did you do today?
I went to the beach, and the circus, and a museum, had a picnic, walked in the park...... I worked on my bike all fuckin day that's what I did. Same thing I'll be doing tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that for as long as I live.
It was one of the inboard studs (sorta inside the upper motor mount?).
Right side as you are sitting on the bike?
Jeez, hope it's the nut...but that's doubtful, they are all new. Worse case scenario it's the bottom of the stud that's striped and the engine will have to be torn down to fix it. If it's the top of the stud then the engine can just be pivoted down and the stud replaced. Seems strange...they were all torqued to spec and drew down nicely....wonder if someone decided to tighten a stud to stop the leak and stripped it.
Surprised noone has told you about this yet. There was a leak, people started to help, someone may have stripped it trying to tighten it. I was not there for the fixing. Leak was not serious enough to have stopped me from running the bike, but H. saw it and that was it. It's the inboard right front.
I heard a report that Hiroshi had a wrench in his hand....not good news.
I had a problem with the head cover leaking a bit, thought I had it fixed. Strange place to leak too...lots of big tight bolts up there.
I torque the heads to the maximum allowed on 8mm bolts. If there was a leak it was because something was wrong, not because they were lose. But...I wasn't there to tell him that. I told George that Hiroshi really really....REALLY needs to find himself a mechanic. That bike is 40 year old technology pushed to the limit it will NOT live without proper maintanence and care by a race experienced mechanic.
Once again...I should have never gotten involved in this. I know what the problem is...some old gasket material probably stuck on the head cover which I missed. To fix it properly would take about 1.5 hours, remove pipes, chain, shifter, plug wires, tach cable, remove the top motor mount bolts and the top rear motor mount bolts, pivot the engine down in the front and remove the head cover. Clean, seal with hylomar and a gasket, reassemble.
Yes I'm going to bring the necessary parts to VC in case I end up doing it Friday night....which I probably will. Last time I'm going to touch that bike.
I still don't know if my bikes will be ready to race at the VC. Mary's 50 is ready, still have to finish both tanks and seats on our 175's, set up a new oil catch tank, belly pans, install the PVL on my bike....six hours a day for the next week might get it done.
I'm not happy.
Branson, didn't mean to jump over your thread. I posted during the time you were typing. My bikes we'll be done and ready, mostly because of your help so if you need a hand with Hiroshis bike let me know. If its a pain to have someone else helping, then I will just heckle you. I have helped people in the past and as time goes on, I'm the one that looses out. I will procede to help those who try to help themselves or Jeremy who doesn't mind when I yell at him. Jeremys a homo.
Building race bikes or doing work for a race bike, is a mess waiting to happen. They require so much attention. If the person doesn't know how to wrench or ride a vintage race bike, then the next broken item is either your fault to the person or you feel guilty enough that you put more time and effort in to it then needed.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I had plans for stealing stuff off that bike the next event anyway.