Hi, sorry for asking this question, seems to be a lot of discussion on the topic. Love the looks of the AVL engine versus the UCE and have a beauty in my sights. However, I will be using it to commute to work as well as weekend rides around the country side. I can handle routine fixes and maintenance but am looking to reliably run it daily at 60-65 mph during my commute. Will a well maintained AVL (looking at a 2007) hold up or should I loose some looks and go with the UCE? Thanks--Ken
straffordrt........Because someone could paint a iron barrel cylinder with aluminum paint for whatever reason it's best to look elsewhere to see if the engine is a AVL Lean Burn or a older iron barrel........
So is the general concensus among AVL owners that 60-65mph for extended periodsis safe for a stock motor? Since the compression release isnt really that (isnt it more of a compression preventer?) How useful is it in getting past TDC?
So is the general concensus among AVL owners that 60-65mph for extended periodsis safe for a stock motor?
Since the compression release isnt really that (isnt it more of a compression preventer?) How useful is it in getting past TDC?
Same... I don't use the decomp lever to get to TDC. Once you get the feel for it, it becomes very, very easy to find. I do use my decomp lever when I'm killing the engine.
+1 The "decompressor" on the AVL is totally useless as an assist to finding TDC with the kicker. The only thing it's good for, as you say, is killing the engine to save the sprag. If you use the decompressor instead of the key to kill the engine there's no danger of the engine turning backwards. THEN turn the key off.
So I guess I'm not losing my mind when seems my AVL de-compressor makes no difference when I try using it?
When these machines were more (?) popular, some riders found the valve lifter worked better with an old-fashioned chrome decompressor lever fitted to the bars rather than the sorry plastic thing on the left hand switch cluster. Cost you just a few $ to try it out.A.