Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Speed Triple R
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany
Other Motorcycle: Yamaha FJR
S3 Has Sprung A Leak
I need some assistance from the smart folks on this forum. I have an oil leak that appears to be coming from head gasket area on the front left of the engine. I can't really see where it's coming from and I spoke with a reputable mechanic about it yesterday.
He said that if one or more of the spark plug tower seals was leaking that there is a passage that would take this leaking oil out to the front of the motor and that would be the cheap and easy fix instead of a new head gasket. He told me to check this first. So I just took off everything to look down at the plugs. There does appear to be a small leak as there is some oil around spark plug number one. The other two are clean. As I did the valve adjustment a few months ago and replaced the gaskets this would be my fault. No biggie, I can fix it.
My question is, does this hole that the mechanic talked about really exist? I've never heard or seen of such a passage. When I look down in to the spark plug towers I don't see anything and I've never seen it on any other bike I've had.
The mechanic in question works on all sorts of bike and I have a lot of confidence in him. Is he correct?
2012 Triumph Speed Triple R