Kickstarting Cadbike 1 for the first time after the rebuild.
| The bike started
ok after the rebuild allthough there was a bit of smoking from
the rear head. The heads on this engine are slightly worn but
I figured they would last one more season. Then a few weeks ago
I had a photoshoot with Sik, he temporarily changed my old barn
into a photostudio. Sneak preview below.
| All went well with
the photoshoot, but afterwards I kickstarted the bike and noticed
the rear rockerbox was moving! I had stripped the valvecover threads
on the rear head, shit! I actually already had set of new STD
heads that I was planning to install next winter so I removed
the rear head to see what the damage was.
| It turned out that
the threads that had stripped out had already been repaired earlier
with Helicoils, so I put aside the old heads to be repaired later
and started preparing the new heads. First job, external oil returns
to keep the oil from reaching the spark plugs (because of the
bigbore conversion the oil returns are very close to the combustion
The heads were
machined and tapped, and we made some brass adapters to fit
the AN fittings of the oillines. The original holes in the gasket
surface were welded shut, to be continued... .