Main Motorcycle: Bonneville T100
Join Date: Dec 2014
I read everyone else's posts about doing this, including someone who did exactly as I did - drop a dowel into the same hole. I have some time to kill as I'll be waiting for my new shims and other little parts to arrive. This would have added insult to injury - one of my telescoping magnet tools came apart right over the head, and two little pieces that hold the thing together popped out and fell on either side of the hole.
I made a flexible tool by taking the magnet off of a telescoping stick and attaching it very securely to some 1/4" vinyl fuel hose. This can snake around curves, and might do a better job.
So, thinking that the dowel fell past the balancer shaft, it would have landed somewhere in front of or below the timing chain, or bounced to one side and ended up in the sump. I'm looking at all of the pictures I can of the "landing area" to see what the most logical place would be.
Going to keep at it, not panicking yet. Other guys have had luck with this.
Lone Commuter of the Apocalypse
2012 Bonneville T100
2013 Honda CB1100