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  1. Olivier

    Olivier

  2. As a follow up on my tappet/camshaft failure; I've been struggling to take the timing system out, mainly because of the 32mm nut on the crankshaft. I was finally able to remove the camshaft today. The lobe corresponding to the damaged tappet doesn't look good. Next step, I'll take the camshaft to Moto International, they have proposed to look at the camshaft, if it can be rebuilt (acceptable cost), or if I need a new one :-( Pictures below attachment=11461:Camshaft_1 (Medium).jpg] Olivier
  3. Interesting, I have the same issue with my V11 Le Mans 2002. 1 tappet is worn pretty badly, the bike has to go through surgery as well, :-( Regards Olivier
  4. Thank you again to all of you for your comments and recommendations. Great Forum!! For information, more pictures here. Note that the gasket between the Crankcase and the cylinder was not fitting correctly
  5. Good idea, I'll check with Moto International, My main concern, is that a new Tappet + CamShaft + misc is going to cost me $450++. I don't feel confortable replacing parts, without knowing the root cause, and make sure it'll not happen again. If the second tappet (intake) was worn the same way, I will understand the oil/zink, but in this case the "bad" tappet lost 0.4mm within 200 miles, when the other one on my left head lost 0mm. I'll check the 2 others tappets when I'll take the Camshaft out. Mike, I use Motul 5100 ester 15w50, I buy the oil from Moto International in Seattle, and have changed oil and filter every 3k miles. I wonder if the abnormal wear on 1 tappet only could come from a deffective valve spring; if the effort on the tappet is more important than the others, it will wear faster. Olivier
  6. Mike, I use Motul 5100 ester 15w50, I buy the oil from Moto International in Seattle, and have changed oil and filter every 3k miles. I wonder if the abnormal wear on 1 tappet only could come from a deffective valve spring; if the effort on the tappet is more important than the others, it will wear faster. Olivier
  7. Thank you all for your answers. The bike is "only" 17k miles. Olivier
  8. Hi, I have a 2002 V11 Le mans. I have noticed recently some "clicking" noise coming from the left head cover. I figured out the bike was due for valve clearance. I did open the head cover and found the intake valve set correctly, and the exhaust set to 0.8mm!! I did adjust (0.18mm), check the Right side, which was set correctly, closed everything, the noise was gone. 2 weeks later and about 200miles, same noise came back, from same left side...damned. I opened the cover again, intake valve clearance OK, exhaust valve clearance was at 0.6mm!! I checked if the adjust bolt/screw was loose, it wasn't. I then decided to check pushrods and tappets, and surprise, I found the exhaust tappet pretty wear/damaged and shorter than the intake one (picture enclosed). I'm wordering what could have caused this, and why only one tappet out of the 4 would have been damaged? I removed the complete head to access the tappets, but I cannot access the camshaft, without removing the timing system, I'm wondering now if I should check the camshaft to verify if the lobe has been damaged as well. Any recommendation? Olivier Seattle, WA
  9. I do have a swollen tank on my V11 Lemans 2002. I believe this is a common issue on plastic tanks. The ethanol modify the properties of the plastic, which expands. It's mainly visible close to the seat, and just above the air box plastic cover. When I remove the screw that hold the tank in the back, I have as well difficulties to insert the screw back, due to misalignment of the hole on the tank with the frame. I had the same issue on my previously owned Ducati, the gas tank was replaced by Ducati under warranty. Olivier
  10. I bought last week online, from MG cycle the workshop stand for the V11. They still have some in stock: http://www.mgcycle.com/product_info.php?products_id=1567 Olivier
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