For those of you who don't feel like reading a back-story, my question is simply this:
Am I going to see much in the way of a performance gain by simply upgrading to a 34mm Carburettor on an otherwise stock engine?
For those with more time on their hands I'll try and make it worth your while to read on:
I'm a fan of Italian machinery and have been for 15 years. My friends think I'm laughable for this and, having had a lot of mileage with "Fix It Again Tony" jokes now take delight in pointing out that I have a glorified blowervac / lawnmower / chainsaw etc. To the stage where I can now arrive helmet-in-hand and be asked if I've been out doing the gardening...
For the most part I would consider myself a sensible person, it just so happens that I very occasionally find myself with both an idea and some money at the same time and a downright ridiculous decision often results. Such a time is now, partially thanks to a situation which has my friends laughing all the more...
My bike blew over.
Turns out that a cover acts as a sail and when you add an uneven grass surface (rookie, I know) it results in fairing damage. Fortunately for this ex-Financial Planner with a well-researched insurance policy (as well as mechanical and eBay skills) this may not cost me anything but time... and possibly a few friends if they keep this up.
Now to tie my ramblings in to my opening question.
I like improving things. Not that I want to turn this bike into something it's not designed to be but as a sensible person I upgraded the headlights to Phillips CrystalVisions (difference is like...night and day ) and less sensibly decided it 'needs' the tail tidy (despite the associated implications). I've done some questionable things like matching the jacket and helmet - although I reason that drivers will be impressed with my fashion sense and so are less likely to hit me - but also stooped as low as putting Marchesini stickers on the rims.
But should I touch the engine and will it make me feel better when I tell the next naive soul that it's not a 600 or even a 250?
I've read that the earlier bikes run the 34mm carburettor as they didn't need to comply with the later, stricter emissions requirements that necessitated the 28mm Dellorto on mine. So can I glue one of these on for an instant marginal hp increase or will the "poor thing drown" as a vintage GS1000 rider put it (after failing to keep up with me around a few corners)? Should I go ahead would much head-work be required to get a worthwhile result and, if so, is a dentist going to be more useful than a mechanic? I’d rather leave all else as it is, at least until it’s first major rebuild in another 7,000km. Apart from maybe some tent-pegs to keep it parked upright...