I would buy it and try it. Let me know what the results might be. Good luck!??
Got that coolant pressure tester and had some time yesterday to do it. Much to my surprise, I found a leaking coolant hose. Slap myself in the f-ing head. I actually had a brand new one on hand that I bought just as a precaution. How’s that for luck? It’s the one that come from the oil cooler to the radiator. So, replaced it, filled the system, pressure tested again and hot damn! She holds right at 19psi for several minutes. I should play the lottery right?I would buy it and try it. Let me know what the results might be. Good luck!??
I considered that the last time I rebuilt. That’s a lot of extra money but it might be fun. I need a good machine shop that could check the head surface, check for cracks, and do the valve job. Setting valve lash is no big deal. Did that last time. But a machine shop I can trust is the biggest obstacle. Not sure that exists around here (lower Michigan/Northwest Ohio).It sounds like you are starting to get a handle on it. If you havent already while you take the heads off might as well deck the head and clean up the block surface maybe cam it and port, polish, set the valve lash, and tune it. Maybe gain a few ponys with pain of pulling the head.????
Indeed. PM me if you care to with a phone number or something. I can talk/text or whatever. Where is he/you located? I figured if I want someone that really knows R1 motors for machine work, I’d probably have to send it out somewhere. It’s not a big thing here unfortunately.If you want I can talk to Brian Livengood when he gets back from vacation and I know he does all that stuff. I think if westby racing sends all of their stuff to him and now yamaha has started sending him engines straight from the factory. You know if yamaha, and dynojet are asking him questions about how to do what they specialize in he must be good. To top it off he was rookie of the year in 2002 2003 for factory team Suzuki ama superbike before he crashed at rd atlanta at 185 on the back straight. Blew out the rear tire so needless to say ended his racing career and now is one of the best in the business. He also has a 2017 r1 he started to get back on the track after all this time. ????
IMO, since the bike has enough power for you, I would rebuild with an eye to reliability. Then ride it for the next 20 years.Still deciding what to do.
I don’t have much interest in a super high end engine build. Too much money for not enough return. Some higher hp mods that would work well together might be ok. Bike has a good amount of power for me in stock form though.
Good reason to keep it. I regret not keeping my '02 when the motor sh*t on me. Best bike I've ever had in terms of setup, the way it worked for me and the way it fit me. I'd already found all the pieces that I wanted on it and it was perfect for me. I decided that I didn't want to spend more on a 12 year old bike and pulled all the components to part out and sold as a roller. I still love to ride and every time I do, I miss the '02. Good luck on your bike.I also don’t really want to give up on her and part it out (even though that may be the smartest financial move). I’ve got a lot into her and she’s set up just perfect for me. Brakes, suspension, etc. She handles like a dream for an old school, no electronics type of bike.
For those of you still following, thoughts? Opinions? Options?