This is part of the fifteenth section of our
around the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from France or read our previous visit to the United Kingdom
24/10/09 The ferry arrived to thick fog and rain but
it soon cleared as we headed around the south of London on the M20,
then the M25 was slow again, like most times we have been travelling on
it, stop start, no accidents, just volume of traffic on a Saturday.
Went straight to the Thames Valley Harley-Davidson shop, who will be
looking after our motorcycle when we are back in Australia, and met up
with the local HOG Chapter's Saturday
afternoon coffee session, and
ended up chatting with them for most of the afternoon.
25/10/09 A last repack of what is staying and what
we are taking home after the six and a half months in Europe, and just
winding down at the Etap Hotel in Beaconsfield.
26/10/09 We were again at the Thames Valley H-D shop
early morning and on closer inspection of our old engine, in pieces on
the work bench, we could see many problems with rebuilding it. The oil
pump drive cog that failed in
Germany earlier in the year seemed to
have dispersed broken metal pieces into the oil
scavenger area and into the
main bearing causing its failure. But there were other problems, a
small crack in the casings near the cam
bearing, a crack in one of the
heads near the valve guides, and another casing crack on the primary
side casing. All the bearings and bushings would need to be replaced,
a new oil pump, and ultimately, would the engine be reliable enough to
continue with its trip? We had been thinking of options for the last
week since receiving the report on the engine, and had decided that
if it was not repairable to be reliable, we would still like it
repaired. The casing and head cracks could be welded and machined, and
the cylinders honed, so that most components would remain original.
This engine, along with the rest of our motorcycle, is still
the only vehicle to have been ridden in every country of the world, and
as the world is still creating new countries, fairly regularly, it
would seem fitting for it to have the opportunity to visit any new
countries that are created, using the original engine. Hopefully the
Harley-Davidson Company might have a similar view and assist with the
repairs, and as we flew out of
the UK for Australia, we left that decision with them.
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