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Top tip: When reinstalling your engine to the frame, especially if you can't get a friend to help.
1. A hockey stick shaft, the Easton aluminium shafts work best imho, through the head, it's a perfect fit and makes for an easier lift.
2. Leave the oil drain plug out.
3. Leave off the starter motor and only loosely attach the Lt side cover. This is required to be removed to install the starter motor, chain and sprocket.
The engine is lighter and smaller and much easier to lift into the frame.
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Good tips, Nigel. The starter motor removal definitely makes the overall weight significantly less and the drain plug removed gives the engine a flat bottom, much less chance of scratching the frame. Now, for those who have the entire bike apart, you can block the engine flat on its side and lay the bare frame over the engine as well. that's what I did, made it more than manageable for a one man job.
 

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That's exactly what I did too Tom. Although I was a bit more cautious and I wrapped my frame in pipe insulation to make sure I didn't ding it. Once the bike motor was mounted I removed the insulation.

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