Yeah, remember I said we are over 5,000' here. The builder said it was a powerful motor, he thought it had closer to 180 HP. I spoke with the seller and he said he'd allow me to have it dynoed, he was curious too as he doesn't have the original dyno sheet. I of course wouldn't do this unless a purchase was imminent.
It's hard in good conscience to want to buy this after talking it over with friends and hearing from you guys. Off hand, how much is a rebuild? Can you keep all the same components save for piston rings? 15,000 miles might get me 2 years of riding, maybe more and possibly less. I would love to have a motor that would last 50,000 miles, but if this was build well, which the builder gave me the feeling it was; then maybe it would still be worth picking up. Did I mention I love silver? ;-)
Could I rebuild it myself, or would that be retarded? I'm fairly mechanically inclined with a great attention to detail. I've built all my mountain/road bikes for years and have 3 in the garage right know.
Once I had to replace a water pump in a GMC Jimmy, in the parking lot of a McDonald's (that's where it rolled to from the interstate where it blew up). I had no experience, help from anyone or service manual. I was glad it turned out the be the pump cause I wasn't positive and didn't really have the money to toe it. I actually took a duffel bag full of tools on my CBR900RR to the auto store, bought a water pump, gasket, razor blades, premixed coolant and went to town. Guess where I had lunch ;-) I digress...
I know that there can be art to some things, and motor building may not be a talent I have. So, I'm certainly willing to use a service manual and do some work myself. Check out this thread I started over on Gixxers forums. I know some of you will be entertained. (My buddy constantly calls me a squid.
Well, I guess I had a lot of questions and comments. Mom always said it's "good to talk about thinks". So this is prolly a little therapy to help pass on a burning desire.