Originally Posted by nightcruiser
I am also interested in what the more experienced riders have to say about this, I would guess you need to replace the top end as you suggested. Personally I would probably follow your second path if possible, swap out the motor and set this one aside for a complete rebuild.
Still I wonder, with all the damage to the piston being below the rings, and all the major damage to the cylinder below the ports, might she still run if you just replace the broken ring(s)? Seems she would still get compression as long as the damage is below the ports and rings???
I'm wondering that too. Too bad I can't live stream a 'Skype' style conference call.. it would be interesting to have a few 'armchair mechanics' watching and able to comment in realtime.