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

Tom Wheeler the74impala at
Mon May 23 14:25:36 PDT 2011

When you get the linkage off, post what worked for you.  I still don't have my eyes crossed quite right yet.
> Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 10:15:14 -0600
> Subject: No more poker runs... Head gasket kablooey...
> From: leanintree at
> To: THE74IMPALA at
> 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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