Check that... it appears Yamaha has come close. They're taking their Royal Star Venture and stripping it down to cruiser form for 05. Basically, they're bringing back the 90's Royal Star, but with the souped-up Venture engine. 98hp V4 with modern styling. Add V-Max valve springs, cams, final drive, Dyna 3000 ignition, and a Big Air kit and the bike should put out 120hp. I'm cool with that. Looks like I need to buy a new motorcycle.
The chopper is coming along. I just installed the 673cc engine (stock was 498cc's) over the weekend, but am having trouble getting it to start. Also found that the rear cover has a crack in it that is seeping oil, so I'm going to have to drop the engine back out and either replace the cover or have a competent welder fix the crack. (Finding someone who can weld cast aluminum is difficult)
I won't be at Michael's next weekend (I'll be at the Honda Hoot), but the weekend after I should be back on the chopper again.
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