Niiice one Stuart, thanks for sharing, much appreciated
I have the engine stripped completely and am rebuilding her with a new set of bearings,rings and cam chain etc. I was gifted the bike last year, as the fella who had it before me didn't see himself having the time to rebuild her. It seems it was a project that had gone through a few hands before me and was never finished.
When I got the bike the engine was already out sitting on a pallet. Practically all the bits of the bike were in boxes. A new tank, wheels, shocks and custom handle bars where the only bits attached to the frame. There was two custom aluminum mud guards in a box that someone obviously put a considerable amount of time into making. It also had the seat frame chopped halfway and raised up at the back with two Harley Davidson straight through cans that fit neatly under the seat. This yoke looks like its straight out of a Mad Max movie.
The project had been abandoned and had been lying up for a few years. Unfortunately the engine was seized solid and when I started investigating I found that one of the cam chain guides had snapped and was jammed in the crank sprocket! (glad i wasn't on the bike when that happened!!)...
I decided a complete strip down and rebuild of the engine was the safest option to check everything and make sure there was no further damage. So far so good! I've never ridden a speed triple before and was told they could do with a few more horses and that changing to 750 pistons was a good option.
Its nice to hear from someone who has actually done it, so thanks again for the info