Un Petit Tour De France

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Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:05 am

Hey All,

I’m heading out on Friday on a ride to France with my mate. We’ll be doing about 250 miles a day or so for five Consecutive days.
The bike has been serviced, oil, filters, new chain and sprockets, brakes fully cleaned and serviced, new pads etc. I was just wondering if anyone has had any problems running the little sports bike over these sort of distances? It’s an L9 with about 11,000 miles on and since I cleaned out the pilot jets no running problems. The carbs were spotless in fact. All I haven’t got round to doing is balancing the carbs. The bikes probably as tight as it has been in years but all I’ve ever done is about 150 miles on it in a day so any experience would be appreciated.

P.S I know my legs and back will be knackered after but that’s not stopping me.

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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by banner001 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:54 am

You should have no problems mate...but I would suggest padded mountain bike pants and painkillers for your wrists...depending on how tall you are
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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:04 am

Yeah my wrist and butt are sore AF. It was a good trip though and the ZXR did well for a pretty hard going 1100 miles.
On the last 60 miles somewhere in Derbyshire though I was unfairly writing its neck around the Peak District and I lost a cylinder and the engine note changed to a hollow grumble. It’s since been brought home as I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to tackle at the side of the road.
I went to turn it over and it ran with the same hollow roughness then stopped dead. Now the engine won’t turn over but you can hear the starter motor straining to do it so it all sounds jammed up inside. A few people I’ve asked said it could be electrical. But I have an image of battered valves and holy pistons in my mind...any ideas?

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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by banner001 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:00 pm

first off remove the starter motor and the pulsar cover and see if you can turn the engine over by hand, if you cant then its cylinder head off and investigate...

if it was electrical it would still turn over by hand...if its a valve thats let go then its possibly game over for the top of that engine...
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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:30 pm

Ta!

I’m having a look at it Saturday so I’ll give that a go if there’s nothing obvious. I’ll post what I find then...

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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by banner001 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:38 pm

Where about a in the country are you, I can come over if your not too far...
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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:26 pm

Well I took your advice and removed the starter pulsar cover (a little of what looks like engine oil in there too, that can’t be right...) the engine would not turn by hand. Removed the tank, air box, carbs and had a peer down the inlets...second cylinder RH valve mashed...the face that should face inward is looking at me, well, see the pic...

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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by banner001 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:25 pm

No picture attached...but I can't imagine it's good
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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:16 am

https://pin.it/gwlxh6g7e35vuc

The pics are on this Pinterest link with the rest of my fannying about under August 2018. I’ll try to keep the board updated with any progress I make but with work it’ll probably be next year by the time it’s running.

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Re: Un Petit Tour De France

Post by Wagman2000 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:07 pm

Well the cams are off and the next sign of damage are the heavily worn cam followers on no2 inlet side and no3 and a little on no1. Possible oil starvation?
Pics are under September 2018
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