Here is a little update
on the old Barnfind bike , as I saw that the last time I wrote
about this one was 3 years ago. It has turned out to be my
favourite traveling bike in the last few years and has taken me to
3 Tripouts in the UK, the Chopperbash in Belgium a few times, KKF
in Germany, many trips in Holland and a few weeks ago on a 2000 km
roadtrip through Belgium, France (Linkert Attack) and Luxembourg.
Before the roadtrip to
France I made a few small changes; replaced the seat pivot bushing
as the seat had become quite wobbly, replaced the front brake
caliper bushings as the caliper was rattling and most visible of
all the mods I tried a different (Bates Baja) front tire.
Allthough the tire looks
like an offroad tire it has vastly improved the handling of
the bike, mostly because it has a rounder profile than the Avon
I guess, with that one the bike tended to weave a bit if there
were length grooves in the road.
This was before the
roadtrip in France, the bike ran like a champ but perhaps because
of the hot weather it went from sweating a little bit of oil to
sweating a lot of oil through the valvecover gasket of the front
head, so after the trip the whole left side of the bike and my
left leg were covered in oil..
I removed the heads to
replace the valvecover gaskets and tried to clean off the oil from
the heads. Brakecleaner did not work and neither did soaking in
degreaser for a night, so I ended up having them blasted with
dry-ice, worked great!
I gave the
valvecovers a quick polish while I was at it, then I reassembled
the bike with all new gaskets and decided to repaint my pipes as
well as I had bits of my boot melted on to them and they were also
starting to rust a bit, so I sanded them down to bare metal and
after a good degreasing painted them with heatproof paint. As I
write this the bike is running again, no leaks yet, and in a few
days we ride to the UK for another Tripout!