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Date Posted: Fri September 05, 2014 9:26:34AM
Author: Joe
Subject: Should I replace the motor????

Hello from Austin, Texas!

I bought a Voyager about a year ago after regretting selling my first one. I was lucky enough to find one in about the same shape that was the same year and color! I rode this bike for a couple of months and had a few issues here and there, then the transmission started popping. The dog ears on a couple of gears were messed up and a couple of shifting forks were bent. Took the bike to a recommended mechanic in Austin and he pulled the bike apart, and was supposed to fix it! After bugging him and bugging him, and hearing a trail of lies, I decided to go pick the bike up from him. Turns out he pulled the motor and didn't do anything to it but pull it apart. He hadn't even ordered the parts! Got the bike back and my deposit I gave him to buy the parts. Now I have a basket case Voyager in my garage! However, I am looking to fix the bike as a fall/winter project. I am fairly mechanically inclined, and not too scared of the motor. My question is though, my motor has 26,000 miles on it. I would be looking at putting a new or possibly used gear set in from a bike with close to the same mileage. The head gasket is bad on my Voyager motor as well. The previous owner had apparently used that sealer that you pour in. I am honestly looking at having my head machined or putting a new head on, and doing the gears as well as a few little things on the outside of the motor while I have it out. Should I fix the motor I have or should I order a new motor off of Ebay? I have seen them that are running motors, but all appear to have something wrong with them. Head gasket, just leaks in general on a "3,000 mile motor." I am between a rock and a hard place on this one. I do want to get this bike back on the road though. I have too much time and money in it at this point, I might as well have fun with the project and enjoy my bike again! I am not planning to ride across the country on the bike. I use it as a commuter and weekend ride bike. Would like to go on a long ride but not out of Texas really.

I will say this, I am thankful that I bought a Victory while this was in the shop! I do miss my Voyager though!

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