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Old 03-09-2012, 05:02 PM   #16
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An obviously well loved machine, awesome to see it continue being traveled on. Kudos fellas
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:10 PM   #17
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Cool bike but the front fender looks like a vagina.


It also looks like he used a whole tube of ultra copper on that front valve cover. Not too good for the oiling system.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #18
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History of The Loser as I understand it.

chopperito (Dirty Dave) payed money for this machine.
It was then given to Geek to introduce him to adventure riding.
It was then given to Spooph fix for Felix Delarge's Western United States tour. [Trip planning and original RR]
And then passed on to Gummy who lived with Tha Rick at that time.
And then passed on to NoSpark?

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Old 03-11-2012, 12:27 PM   #19
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I was at a poker game last night with some friends. One of them used to ride dirt bikes in Oregon. He has occasionally told me he wants a dual sport so he can get around the mountains cheaply/easily. The only problem is he has no money for a bike. I thought about it for a minute and realized I might have a lead on a bike in his price range. This morning I sent him an email with the history of The Loser and the responsibilities that handling such a machine entails; we'll see if he's up to the challenge.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:35 PM   #20
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found this on Geek's Happy B-Day thread. Thought it should be posted here too

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:08 AM   #21
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oil in the airbox

How much oil is getting in the airbox? A couple tablespoons, or a cup or so? Was the bike dropped on it's side when this happened, or does it happen on every ride?

Also, is there smoke coming out of the exhaust?
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #22
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What about a manual

Does anyone have a shop manual for the bike?
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:31 PM   #23
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Does anyone have a shop manual for the bike?
Nevermind, found it.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:23 PM   #24
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #25
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Plugs:
front cylinder: looks good
rear: mixture is right, but it looks like it's been burning oil

Compression test:
front: 110 PSI
rear: 115 PSI

I added a tablespoon of oil to each cylinder and tried again:
front: 130 PSI
rear: 140 PSI


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Old 04-18-2012, 11:37 PM   #26
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #27
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Got my hands dirty today

Went to Pablo83's today and we took off the heads. It was fun to get started and I hope we can get her up and running at some point.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #28
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Per Honda manual:

Removing the valve cover
Step one: remove engine from frame.

We managed to remove the valve covers without removing the engine. We also removed the front cylinder head with the engine in place, but the rear was a different story. But we were able to just move the engine a little and get it off. Unfortunately the drive shaft became disconnected and I think the swingarm will need to be removed to get it back in place.



We had a slight incident with an impact driver and now we will be looking for a new cam shaft. Anyone have any leads?
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:40 PM   #29
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So who's riding in this picture?

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:41 PM   #30
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Results are in ...

... well some of them at least.

Front cylinder bore measurements range from 71.00mm to 71.03
Rear cylinder measures from 71.02 to 71.06.

Spec is less that 71.17 with less than .05mm taper, so the jugs are good.

Honda seems to so rarely understand their customers, but in our case they have managed to grasp the transient nature of The Loser and have graced it with steel sleeved jugs. So the bores will get a quick hone and a re-measure and we'll call it good.



Ring end gap:
Front 1st and 2nd ring = .559mm
Rear 1st and 2nd ring > .813 (my feeler gauges only go to .813 and the gap was bigger than that)

Spec = .50, so all the rings need to be replaced.

The rear rings are worn quite badly and I'm guessing this was causing excess blow-by gasses which where pushing oil through the breather tube into the airbox.

Another benefit of steel sleeves is that you can put oversized rings in them, AND Honda sells oversized rings for the bike. The problem is, I don't know how to determine what size to put in. Any suggestions?
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