Another gear

IMG5197I really have to pick up the pace although I am currently spending at least an hour and half every night doing what needs to be done. The clutch is mounted, so is the the alternator. What’s lacking though is the oil cooler (waiting on two collars before I can mount it) and the starter motor with the starting clutch (waiting for the gear shaft). So today I began working on the cylinder head…

IMG5209Are exhaust ports supposed to be black? I mean black as covered-in-several-millimeters-of-carbon-deposits-black? I guess all those deposits are contributing to the foul smell the Honda sometimes gives off. Cleaning them up is not easy, and that’s why I figured I should try to remove at least one valve, just to see if it could came loose at all or if the IMG5208deposits somehow affected function. I chose the grimiest one and removed it. Pretty cool because now I know how to use the valve spring compression tool too.

Yesterday was another story. With 15 degrees Celsius and sun, the era of the Nite Ryderz began once more. Even Nite Ryderz love to ride during the day. Of course I couldn’t bring out my lovely beast since she’s in pieces right now, but the old KTM 450 EXC did just fine. It was epic. We rode for a few hours and then we rode some more. The entire city was our playground and feeling the kick that comes with a flick of the wrist washed away all worries. It was here and now that mattered.

IMG5199I even managed to do a wheelie although that was totally unintentional. We stopped at a redlight when this car pulled up beside us and roared the engine. My buddy and I responded in style and when we took off I popped the clutch and up came the front wheel. Fortunately for me it came right down but I imagine it must have looked intentional from the sidelines. Epic anyways.

Now I’m just waiting for some parts and my frame, currently being powder coated, to arrive so I can put the Beast back in order. I am hoping for a miracle, the miracle of her running as she should, because my pretty baby will have a total makeover and the bad bitch inside her wants to come out and play…