Well the bike is back on the road now & everything seems good!
Engine feels more responsive alright which is what I expected. Only gave is a short test ride tonight to see if all was ok but I give it a good blast tomorrow.
Checked the valve clearances & throttle synchronisation all is good. Sparkplugs looked ok but 3 plugs need to be gapped back to 0.8mm. Cam lobes were in spec save for 1 intake cam which was just out by 0.02mm - not worth bothering with really.
What interests me is that the bottom end seems a little worse but that does make sense. If the timing was late due to the streched cam chain it should make the bottom stronger & the top weaker as it would shift the peak torque down the RPM range. This is exactly how the bike felt the last few months.
Also am interested in the fuel consumption - will it improve I wonder??
Honda gripe again:
After putting the engine back together I try start the bike. It wont start properly, coughing, backfiring, not idling. Fcuk I think & strip it back down to check the timing again since I couldnt see the intake cam marks easily. Took out the camshaft again & put it all back together triple chiecking the timing & although it started it still would idle or run properly. Took it out for a quick run & it was terrible - lurching, agressive, etc. Got a 1 blink FI warning & checked the manual. Something to do with the map sensor. Turned out I had the MAP & TP sensor plugs switched. Swapped them over & wholla - bike ran perfect. Why oh why can you mix these up. I mean evey other plug on the bike is unfcukupable with different shapes & colours, etc. Here a 2 sensors right beside each other & they are the same shape plug
Just pissed off cos I was chasing a problem for hours that shouldnt have occured. Rant over