A little back story. A friend of mine picked up this bike as part of a deal he made with some guy on craigslist. Of course the only thing wrong with the bike is that it "wasn't shifting properly". After picking it up he brought it directly to my shop and asked if I would take a look at it. We started it up THWAK THWAK THWAK and quickly shut it back down.
I said, well... "seems like you got some work to do on the bottom end", and he smiled back and asked if I was willing to take a look. I agreed, knowing that I have never torn down a v-twin before but probably overly confident of my mechanical abilities I figured I would be able to handle it.
The first thing I was to assess is, SHOULD we try to fix it. Sometimes buying a used motor can be a lot more time/cost effective than tearing into one. On the other hand, when you are done rebuilding a motor you know that it is in order while a used engine can be a bit of an unknown. After doing a little research, even looking around for an used engine, I decided to tear it down to see what I needed besides some bearings and gaskets.
Here is how it sits now, thanks to sfair's willing to be a second pair of eyes I now know that the crank will need to be ground and I need to find out if I can get over-sized bearings for it. The transmission looks fine from first glance, I am starting to believe that the linkage was the issue there.
Enough rambling from me. PICTURES!!!