The nice thing about a single cylinder two-stroke is that they are pretty easy to work on. I'm used to roadracing, having to care for a twin cylinder EX500 superbike and a four-cylinder FZR 489 hybrid with finicky Keihin flatslides. The KDX is a delight compared to them.
What I find during the autopsy is anything but delightful.
Cylinder: in need of boring
Luckily I have another motor from a parts bike. I had it running briefly last year and everything seemed basically in order. I'm planning a cheap and dirty rebuild on it. Run a flex hone through the bore, new piston and rings, swap over the BDK steel valves from the other cylinder and pray for the best. After 3 events I am running 2nd in points in class with the VCHSS, not about to quit now. The pressure is on. Going to be close. I may have switched genres, but one thing about racing that never changes: it's always a goddamn struggle.
|An hour prior, this was a motorcycle.|