Those of you who have following the blog for awhile knew that a big plan was that I was building up a proper race engine for this season. Not to create a high-hp monster, but something that was tuned up nicely, perhaps getting a few more ponies to keep those damn SVs in sight.
After the long winter I had the engine complete. Totally rebuilt from top to bottom, new lightened and balanced crank, new pistons and rings, refinished cylinders, and a ported and polished head.
Back in the bike and installed, I was running it though some gentle heat cycles in the weeks before the trip to MAM in order to get it ready for the track. About 8 days before departure, after another heat cycle (never revving the bike past 6000 rpm), I decided I'd better take the machine for a short trip around the block. Just exiting the driveway, the bike started to run very poorly, and seemed to act like it was running lean. Wheeling it back in the barn, with just over a week before we were going to leave, I decided to put the stock engine back in, and figure out the problem with the engine later. To be honest, I thought I had really screwed up somewhere, and made a mistake with assembling something.