9700 miles on the bike in just under a year. Some of those miles were pretty hard. Probably the two toughest rides on the bike were the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route #5 and the Hey Joe Canyon ride in Utah. Both were hot, dusty and at times really slow going. I didn’t notice the bike was burning oil after the OBDR ride in September but a month later in Utah I noticed it. It wasn’t too bad, then in December on the ride down to Baja I really noticed it, even more on the way back north three months later. 1qt. of oil every 300 miles. uuugh – something was definitely wrong.
I finally took it to a service center in March and asked them to take a look. Pre-planning some options at the same time, we came up with that If the problem could be fixed under warranty lets do that and then install an after market muffler, companion jet kit and air box. Install the balance lever kit (doo-hickey) and the thermo-bob kit. – oh and replace the headlight lamp. If it wasn’t covered under warranty then install the 658 big bore kit plus all the other extras.
After the tear down the shop called to give me the news. Nothing was broken, the cylinder, rings and piston were wore out. It would be covered under good faith because there was no single smoking gun indicating a specific reason as to why it wore out. (dirt through the filter and in to the cylinder is the most likely reason though).
Complete new top end – OEM valves, rings, piston & cylinder were installed. Also installed was an FMF PowerCore 4 exhaust and jet kit in the carburetor along with a larger airbox and new uni air filter. The infamous doo-hickey and therm-o-bob kits were installed. Lastly a new chain and rear sprocket were put on. Dyno tested and tuned, washed and ready to go.
I was only able to get a few rides on the bike before having the head back to work – first impressions put an evil grin on my face. It’s got a little more kick. It’s quite a lot louder. It stays consistently cooler and of course I don’t need to add a quart of oil each day. The shop did a great job. Although the top end was covered – I still spent a pretty penny for the other items.
I’m ready for the next adventure. I’m not sure what it will be yet. I’m thinking of another BDR – Washignton? Colorado? Utah? Maybe one of the awesome routes that Rocky Mountain ATV put together..