Interesting comments guys,
I have the name of a mechanic in Barcelona recommended buy a guy called Jens. He says that Sergio is a good mechanic and can be trusted.....I normally never let anyone touch my bike unless I know them personally, I´ve seen more damage done to bikes by shitty mechanics than have ever broken down by themselves...BUT I am going to have to get my bike delivered there and fixed by a guy whose workshop I have never seen and who I havnt met. Its a huge risk but I have little choice if I´m to make amy appointment with the desert in six weeks. All I can do is hope that the great reputation of the HUBB stays as sound as it always has and helps get me out of the shit one more time!
In response to your questions...
I am pretty confused about what is going on too! I´ve never even heard a sound like the one my engine is making in 10´s of thousands of off road miles. Its pretty wierd. Its also really frustrating to have no tools and to be flying home tonight unable to sort it out properly. I dont think the engine is out of balance, I´ve ridden three DRZ´s in recent months and it feels the same as any other, certainly no more vibes than before. The counter shaft nut was torqud up to spec, but I´çve not checked it since, I´ll have a look tonight before I leave to mke sure its OK.
The bike itself is everything all my other desert bikes should have been. Each of them has had its merits, but the DRZ is the best of them all. The only thing I would change given the option is to put an ´s´model engine into an "e" bike frame. I like the simplicity of the "e" frame and setup. Stuff like the weight and the grease nipples make for little differences that really work out well, BUT, the "e" engine is a little fussy on fuel quality because of the higher compression ration and for me its a bit top end buzzy. The torque you get from the "s" engine at lower revs makes it a better sand plugger, and I´m never going that fast to use the top end of the "e" range anyway..
As it is I currently have neither!!! So I´ll do my best top get something sorted next week and keep you guys informed of the outcome.
As ever, cheers for the support. I´ll put up some pics and post the final spec of the bike if I get the chance in the next few weeks. I think if I get this problem sorted I´ll finally have my ultimate lightweight desert tourer after a ten year search! But if you have any other ideas I´m all ears!