Ok - today my impatience has done me in. I was trying to remove the right-side exhaust pipe, and instead of being smart and soaking the nut and bolt with some WD40 and waiting when I encountered resistance, I tried pushing just a little bit harder, and then - SNAP. Yep - snapped the dang bolt clean off (pic attached).
So now, I am pretty freaked out obviously, and wondering what I need to do. First question is this : it looks to me like there is some kind of exhaust manifold maybe? Or is it the cylinder head, that the bolt actually comes from? There is some fixture with four similar looking nuts on the front of the cylinder, just behind the radiator, and I am wondering if I am going to need to replace it...? And if so, what it entails.
Another question would be (and I seriously doubt this) if I took it to a shop, could they tap it out, and resink another bolt or something? I am REALLY hoping there is some fix that isn't all too hard or all too expensive. The weather is awesome, the bike was running great, and I was merely trying to put on some brackets for mounting highway pegs I got from Chad. Ugh! I knew I should have soaked it - I was just in a hurry, and as the old adage says - haste makes waste.
As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated. In fact, it is so much appreciated that I am becoming a site supporter as of today. Lord knows, this is one thing in my life that is worth far more than I have (not yet) paid for it!