I'm glad you dug up your old thread. It's interesting to see what's going on under the seat. You did a fantastic job and congrats on putting it back together and keeping it running. Paint job looks great as well.
Location: at the Gateway to the Sierras, in California
Current state of affairs:
Although I never noticed any lack of power on the bike (it has always pulled harder than my SV650), I was never happy with the low mileage I was getting — 36MPG vs others reporting over 42MPG on their Vee's. So, out of curiosity, I performed a compression test and got low readings on the front cylinder
Oh well, lets take everything apart.
Yup, big pressure leak on the front exhaust valves. The air is escaping with almost no resistance
Now I need to figure if the problem is in the valves or the head itself.
Oh, and I guess this explains the poor charging output I was getting from the generator.