Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
If you go looking for trouble on a 36-year old bike, you are going to find it. A blown head gasket isnít necessarily an indication of deeper trouble with the engine. Watch your exhaust gasses. Steam, as you have already seen, is prolly the head gasket. Oil smoke (blue, grey and lingers) might mean valve seals or rings. A compression test would be a good idea. Absolute pressures are not as useful as relative pressures. A good engine will have each cylinder within 10% of the others.
Your money would be better spent replacing old rubber brake lines with braided stainless, rebuilding calipers, changing control cables, upgrading the coils, cutting out the alternator connector next to the battery. Seafoam treatments to the fuel and crankcase oil. Other low dollar, low labor jobs. You want to spend your time riding, not wrenching.
74 CB750 K4
77 CB550 K3
82 GL1100 Interstate w/ Auburn Gemini (doublewide) Sidecar
What?? SELL a bike??
Can I have a motorcycle when I get old enough?
If you take care of it.
What do you have to do?
Lots of things. You've been watching me.
Will you show me all of them?
Is it hard?
Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes that's hard.
PGR since 2011