Any bikers on this forum changed a head gasket on a water cooled bike before.
My normally reliable CBR1000F appears to have possibly blown its gasket. when it gets warm i'm getting loss of coolant thru a jubilee clip ( they've been checked along with operation of the thermostat)Drained coolant, there's no sign of oil in it, checked oil no signs of emulsion, i'm thinking gasket failure from water jacket to cylinder.
Anyway how much of a job is it to get the engine out, break it down, rebuild and refit?
Also whilst it's out i'm thinking about changing the camchain tensioner and doing the valve clearances, what about the camchain (32K) as it needs to be split(?) to remove. It's between cylinders 2 and 3.
I had this... appeared to be weeping coolant on RH side of engine. When I tried to tighten the jubilee clip visible through RH fairing 'louvres' for want of a better description, I found that a small black plastic 3-way 'elbow' had hardened and split. Cost from Honda eleven quid, available next day. Might be worth checking this before you decapitate it! As for the cam chain, if its not noisy leave it alone - some do, some dont. Usually noisy by 24k if they're going to be, so I've heard.
that's exactly where mine is leaking,on the pipe running from the water pump, had all the pipes out twice to tighten it. Started of as a small sepp then became full bore flow after disturbing and re tightening. Thing is it only leaks when warm which is why i,m thinking head gasket ( cylinder pessurisation ).
Will delay stripping the head untill i've replaced this "Elbow" replacig radiator pressure cap ( relief valve ) at the same time.
Appears that i don't need to drop the engine out, can do it in situ, if i need to do this then i'll do the valve clearance and cam chain tensioner at the same time.