A disturbance in the force
I'm in the middle of handing off my '99 to a friend, and we wanted to knock out some maintenance items like a valve adjustment in the garage before he takes it home. The bike was running and to my knowledge had no motor issues at all. Since the valve cover was going to be off and the price was right, we also decided to swap in a set of Ninja 500 cams while we were in there. So far so good, right?
As we removed the bearing caps over the cam, we discovered something. Looks like the intake valve camshaft has eaten one of the bearing locations away completely leaving a gruesome mess.
How was this even running? The only thing I can figure is that it happened years ago, before I ever bought the bike. Somehow enough material wore away that the problem stopped getting worse and didn't make a horrible noise.
The good news is that a decent used replacement head is less than $100.
'99 Vulcan 500, 29k miles
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