- be quick as f*ck, i.e. fast
- be reliable and not wear out its components prematurely.
When taking the head off, it became apparent that the liquid gasket used as a base gasket couldn't fill the gap anymore, once the head was lifted as the cylinder is only bolted down on one side to the engine case. So a case of clean and reseal everything.
And then get started on re-installing everything. Admittedly the pistons didn't come this clean out of the running engine. But the carbon deposits were only very minor, meaning that the new piston rings are doing their job alright.
Timing the engine gave me a night of very bad sleep, as I was pretty convinced I had my timing off by one tooth. It turned out, that marking the timing mark with white paint makes it a lot easier to find the mark when you need to.
The last job on the list was to try out a softer ignition curve, intended to give the internals an easier life. Add that to the fact, that due to the more efficient squish the engine should run a lot nicer, I expect next to no performance loss.
Oh and that's what it sounds like:
At the time of writing this post, everything is assembled and I am playing around with several ideas on how to modify to centerstand to make it work with the new exhaust.The most stunning effect of tightening up the squish in connection with the new needles and the new db-killer-inserts with slightly larger bores has yielded some surprising results. The bike feels faster by an incredible amount, but actual data won't be gathered before the weekend, when I have some time (and hopefully good weather) to actually find out just what she can do.