Originally Posted by ducatiman
session 5 .... starting and running fine. As ultimately diagnosed yesterday (after hitting the proverbial brick wall).... valve timing was in fact, off.
Both cams were advanced 1 tooth on the chain, i corrected early this morning and bingo...she runs.
Diagnosis and repair went to the next level on this one.
Shiroun got him the bargain of the century, and as a bonus, while in there yesterday..checked valve clearances, all within spec.
And I'm done, taking the rest of the day off!
Do you want me to bring a 6 pack for you when I come to get the bike? I think it's well deserved.
I ordered new tires all around, caliper rebuild kits (FROM THE UK NO LESS!), a new front master cylinder, and my girlfriend to come visit so we can ride.
The total cost for the bike, excluding ducatiman's payment (which -- considering everything would have cost around 3-5k at a shop, is absolutely a bargain) is roughly $1600. I haven't ordered my new sprockets or chain, I want to do about 600 miles of low-speed riding before I drop the money for those, albeit they're included in the final costs.
Buying a parts bike was definitely worth it, and hiring ducatiman for his help is something I would do time and time again. Why? Because he's one of the most knowledgeable motorcyclists I've ever met.
Now if it hadn't been 90 degrees out we MAY have gone for a ride (not on this bike, no brakes could be a problem). But sadly it is.