No more poker runs... Head gasket kablooey...

Charles Scappaticci scapco at
Mon May 23 11:03:23 PDT 2011


Bummer about the head gasket, but you've got the right attitude in
taking the opportunity to clean the carbs while it's apart.  Hopefully
you're back on board soon!

Charles S.

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:15 AM, Don Wilcox <leanintree at> wrote:
> I knew I shouldn't go on a HD poker run.
> My riding buddy with the ZX11 conned me and the wife into going on a local
> charity poker run yesterday. Highway, highway and more highway. Total
> participants in our little group was My buddies ZX11, his wifes new (to her)
> Ninja 250, my GPZ, my wife on her new Bandit 600, another buddy on a
> VTXsomethingorother, and my buddies brother on his new (to him) GS550 rat
> bike (and it really was a rat bike...).
> I'm not an elitist, but I swear my buddy should have thought about this
> group just a little more (As should I). This was his wifes first highway
> jaunt on her ninja 250, and she couldn't force herself to wind it out
> sufficiently to get over 55. On a 65 limit highway with prevailing speeds of
> 72+. Apparently, the GS550 ratter was in pretty much the same shape, new
> rider on board that couldn't force himself any faster. After the first 10
> miles, the wife and i couldn't stand feeling like a target for every vehicle
> coming up from behind and jacked it up to cruising speeds.
> That of course is when Karma reared it's head. At the first stop (40 miles
> away), the wife tells me that she's having issues with her clutch cable. I
> adjusted it on Saturday, and checked the local no brands shop for a
> replacements, but without it off the bike, we couldn't compare lengths (and
> the kid at the counter couldn't find a match in the computer... he was
> DEFINITELY new though, so I cut him some slack). After adjusting it again at
> the first stop, it became apparent that it was NOT going to last the full
> ride, and I called a halt to our day.
> Good thing too, since that was when I noticed that I had a hell of a head
> gasket leak. When I did the valves last spring, I noted a *small* leak
> there, but I think that small leak may have become a bit larger. Until I
> strip it and pull the tank, I won't know for sure (but I guess it's a
> perfect chance to pull the carbs and clean the funk out of the pilot jets...
> )
> Hope I'm done in time for Memorial day...
> Don in GJ
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