Dumb luck

Anyone who tells you that removing the rocker cover from an early 80s GSX250 engine, is a damn liar. After an hour of ‘valve cover jujitsu’, as it has has been put before, I removed the valve cover and found the hole in behind the spark plug goes to nowhere. Nowhere! Like Suzuki knew some goober, at some point, would poke a hole in his cylinder head and it looks like I have been lucky in this.


So we are good now. After working some metal putty into the hole, following s good clean of the area, the best I could carry out with the access to such a tight area. The main problem with cleaning such an area was that the spark plug was in the way, and if I pulled it out, run the risk of pushing detritus into the cylinder itself.

We are good now though, utilising my Father’s Day putting the fuel tank back on with my little helpers, I have drained the fuel bowls after I have left the bike sitting for so long, and I am ready to fire up this machine that I love and hate in equal amounts.

Stay tuned, video soon to feature me starting the bike.

Or beating it with a big stick.

Ode to a small displacement


Short of having an autobahn to ride on, it seems beyond me that people need big displacement bikes to enjoy the world of the motorcycle. I admit, the Yamaha R1 is a cool bike, as is the BMW S1000RR, however where is the place for such machines in any environment where you can really just get around in first gear.

Personally, and this is just my belief, but surely it would be more fun to aim for a smaller bike, or an older bike, to enable one to be able to push a machine to its limits in a corner? Less horsepower requires more thought before taking a turn at a cracking pace, and these new breed of super bikes make it too easy to for one to be able to ride like an entrant in the Isle of Man. It also allows people to over estimate their ability to ride. Traction control, ABS braking, stability control, all these add to the confidence one may have while riding.

Of course they can be helpful in a dangerous situation, but they should be fall back positions, not badges of honour for one to be able to push their super bikes to the limit.

Take your time, don’t take the easy route into motorcycling and go for the biggest capacity bike you can get. Get a bike you can push to its limits safely, something that isn’t going to get you featured in the newspaper for having an accident, don’t get the style of bike that Hunter S Thomson once described as a ‘sausage machine’.