At first Paochow wasn’t sure if the damage was from the inside or out. A quick review of the “exit” wound revealed that the carnage had come from within. BCRides and codys arrived to listen to paochow shout a well choreographed string of expletives.
Paochow popped the clutch cover to see a well worn outer clutch basket, several chipped tips of the fingers, and aluminum everywhere..
A quick call was placed to the dealer via Sat phone (Thanks to BCRides). The dealer stated that the bike should still run if paochow could change the oil, and attempt to remove some of the excess aluminum. Fortunately each of the riders had 1L of oil with them, and codys had a spare filter, so the decision was made to try to fix the bike. Paochow once again put his Spanish to use and convinced the head grounds keeper of a the tool shed of a nearby beach house/resort to change the oil.
Here is the beautiful grounds, which the trio pushed paochow’s oil leaking beast across…
Paochow proceeded to under take a 990 field oil change, which surprisingly can be done with the stock tool kit, except for you need a 19mm socket or wrench for the drain plug. Pao also pulled the clutch plates and cleaned them..
and proceeded to stuff rags into the cavities to extract what metal he could. The results would make silver miner dream of retirement
, until of course he found out it was aluminum.
Here is the outer clutch basket, ever so slightly nicked.
What to do with the hole you ask. Paochow had asked the grounds keeper for JB weld. The grounds keeper returned with a twin tube of household epoxy, stating that this was all he had. Paochow happily purchased it, even though it was only rated to 200 degrees F.
While paochow and BCRides worked on the 990, codys cleaned the clutch cover. Paochow selected a $10 peso to patch the hole, which the grounds keeper taught codys the proper way to deface, sanding one side smooth with the help of some sandpaper and some elbow grease.
Paochow used the low temp epoxy to do this beautiful artwork..
Meanwhile codys head towards Cabo San Jose (1hr) to try to find some JB weld. Paochow filled up the 990 with oil and low and behold it ran, although not quite as smooth and quiet as before. A brief test ride confirmed the peso would hold.
As it was now very dark the grounds keeper insisted the trio stay on his land. BCRides and paochow set up the tents and awaited codys return. Codys returned several hours later complaining of being lost in Cabo San Jose, without JB Weld, but did bring beer.
Funny how beer seems to make everything better…