Friday, March 23, 2012

2 for the price of 1

Due to unforeseen circumstances I now have 2 engines to build at the same time. This is my street bike engine that has been sitting on the bench for 4 months. It should've been finished ages ago but one thing after another meant the rebuild was delayed.

Brief specs: 90mm Wiseco pistons with lightweight pins, Megacycle X10 cam donated from my racer as the old one ate a lobe, twin plug and ported MK 1 spec heads, V11 rods, 78mm crank, V11 twin plate clutch, V11 pushrods, California sump and steel SP cylinders which was the latest delay as the old ones were pitted so I had to find new ones and get them bored from 88 to 90mm. Oh and I had to wait for a ring end gap filer.

The engine kindly donated a set of big bolt Carrillo rods and Ti pushrods that will go into a second endurance engine. This engine was a bit of a speed demon but the go faster goodies are much better off in a race engine. Should still be a a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing though :)........

Good things come in pairs.

Mike Rich twin plug heads.

These were a little delayed due to Mike's seat supplier letting him down but they are worth the wait. The old seats had started to loosen so while Mike was at it I had him twin plug them too. The conversion Mike does is different to the usual method in that he uses the boss for the breather port in the head as the new oil inlet point (with some welding and fancy machining of course) and has devised a way to use the original cylinder stud rather than using a socket
head bolt. The stud is shortened slightly and uses a special 10mm 12 point nut so the second plug just clears the nut. Tricky stuff.

Training for Belguim.

I've graduated from a milk crate.

This picture was supposed to be at the top.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


After a kafka-esque experience with the local post office the lovely Bormi brackets are finally on the bike. Thank you Samuele.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

For Nigel and Ralph

Obviously it's not a Guzzi but in a pinch I'd have one of these.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Still trying to get a head.

This is where I should've been 3 weeks ago.