Indian piston gets scalped

I heard what turned out to be the exhaust valve (black thing in the photo) snap and rattle around. I pulled over instantly, and drove it home (didn't feel like peddling across SF hills), and figured there was a broken rocker arm or valve rod. Instead it turned out to be a giant fucking hole where my piston used to be.

Couldn't have been more than 100 rotations, but just goes to show everythings gotta go somewhere.

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Indian piston gets scalped

Any advice on clearing the thousands of metal shards from my crankcase? The bike ran like a peach till that very moment, and I think my immediate stop kept the damage from spreading.

And I think I cashed in some serious replacement points, because a box with a spare engine I ordered from some guy on MA just for shits arrived a few days ago. Still waiting on Box number two though...

Re: Indian piston gets scalped

People say using play doh works because the shards stick to it.

Re: Indian piston gets scalped

Pieces of aluminum will be all through the oil pump and in the gears, etc.

Really, the only solution will be a complete teardown.

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