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Exclamation Bike problems and Owners knowledge......

Thought I'd start this thread as bikes have there inherit problems that a lot of potential
new buyers wudnt know about.
For example the zx12r has a problem with oil running back up the electrical connections and burning out the loom.
Other bikes have loads of potential things that need to be sorted....
So any owners put down there fixes here for there bikes and ill sticky it so potential owners can see wot there getting into
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Cbr600 camchain tensioners?
Varadero 1000 camchain tensioners?
All Honda reg/recs?
Yamaha FJR 1300 rear shocks?
BMW 1200GS fuel pump failure?

Chopper is going to have a ball in this thread - it'll be like a big kids sandbox for him...

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Cbr1000rr engines
Cbr1000rr gearboxes
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Originally Posted by Interceptor
Cbr600 camchain tensioners?
Varadero 1000 camchain tensioners?
All Honda reg/recs?
Yamaha FJR 1300 rear shocks?
BMW 1200GS fuel pump failure?

Chopper is going to have a ball in this thread - it'll be like a big kids sandbox for him...

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Id be more worried bout the varedaro stories of the gennie heating so much it end up blowing the front rocker cover off. ! The fjr is a linkage issue , 3 bearings are easy enough to grease but the front one requires a fookin huge strip. Fairings/rad/full echaist etc etc .huer of a job. You can do a grease nipple mod .
Most cbrs tensioners had recalls .
Dont get me started on fecking beemers ffs
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05/06 zx6r
soft 2nd gear seemed to give trouble on American bikes
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RSV Mille (and other probably)

clutch fluid leaking and turning black (MC problem?)
Speedo failure (sensor replacment, easy job)
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Might be good to put this kind of thing in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

Honda Blackbird:
- cam chain tensioner, like other hondas
- R/R like other Hondas
- Test port on the loom from the factory is taped up and corrodes, causing electrical gremlins
- Stator issues
- gets hot fast, overheating is common if everything isn't in good shape
- linked brakes, bit of extra complexity to keep an eye on
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Every Honda
- cam chain tensioner
- reg/rec

Every kawasaki
- rusty fuel tanks

Well all honda/kawasaki's i've had.
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Great Idea Iano. Pan euro 1100s . Exuasts and swing arms soft steel rots. Rear shocks go a good bit. and to lesser degree differential final drive teeth go as well..
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DRZ 400 (All models)

Guaranteed Problems:

- Countershaft nut comes loose (Loctite it)
- Stator Bolts come loose (Loctite them)
- Automatic Cam Chain Tensioner failure, replace with a Manual one.

Worth a look:

-Auto decompression unit on the exhaust cam can fall apart. (Remove it)
- Primary drive nut can come loose (more loctite)
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KTM 990 superdukes....reg/rec goes and take the battery with it-in a very exposed area in belly pan-keep fins clean! Chain adjusters seize solid-drill two tiny holes at the bottom rear of the swingarm on the sidestand side and lube occasionally. Rough running-throttle bodies out of synch.

KTM RC8-missed gears/poor shift quality-regrease linkages and make sure everything moves as it should. Standard clutch slave is a know weak point on all LC8s and is vastly improved by replacing with an Oberon unit.

Poor/ rough running-try the 15 minute reset....

Ensure tank has sufficient fuel - ensure fuel is the usual fuel that will be run - Turn on ignition - do not touch throttle - start bike - do not touch throttle - allow to run for 15 mins - do not touch throttle - turn off - do not touch throttle.

Goldfish
Not all bikes were supplied with a headlight goldfish. This can be rectified by pivoting the instrument console forward and up to access the rear of the head light. Remove the bulb and rubber seal. Install goldfish ensuring sufficient water is present. replace bulb and instrument console.



Benelli Tornado...

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Yamaha Fazer (FZS600):

* Downpipes WILL rot away - it's just matter of time. Most often it goes at the collection box where four pipes join into two and then on, and at the top near the engine. If you see rust, treat it straight away, paint or whatever. Stainless steel ones around around 250 euro. Easy enough to fit if you can get the original off without breaking the studs (easily done, major PIA).

* Rear brake calipers gunk up very often. Front does too but less often. Keep them clean and keep them serviced regularly.

* Front sprocket nut might come loose. There's a 12mm thick replacement nut from Yamaha, get hold of one.

* Get K&N filter for better mid-range.

* Check foc-u.co.uk for everything Fazer-ish.

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Originally Posted by Inchiuvatu
RSV Mille (and other probably)

clutch fluid leaking and turning black (MC problem?)
Speedo failure (sensor replacment, easy job)
sprag clutch.
They need a whole thread of their own ffs :-)
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Originally Posted by Austy T
Great Idea Iano. Pan euro 1100s . Exuasts and swing arms soft steel rots. Rear shocks go a good bit. and to lesser degree differential final drive teeth go as well..
And the final drive splines go if not greased with honda molycote every time the wheel is off or if the o-rings go.
Not to mention the corroding alternator issue on the 96 on model which will seize the engine if not looked after, the carb diaphragms splitting causing rough running, the coolant hose elbows cracking in the vee between the cylinders and the abs system faults which can be a bastard to track down.

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Suzuki GSR 600

Full beam wire is too short needs to be longer as it keeps breaking/snapping when you turn handlebars to full lock......just annoying more than anything else
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Dragstar 400 and 650 Custom (not Classic) -

The front mudguard is too short to prevent moisture and road debris from being thrown all over the regulator, which is directly behind the mudguard. If wiring isn't properly sealed and bike is driven a lot in rain, the moisture will get in leading to lots of electrics problems and breakdowns.

Went through 2 regulators because of this
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VFR800Fi - all models
Cooling problems: If a silica-based coolant is used the overall high temps the bike runs tends to break it down and it settles out like sand. This wears away the ceramic seal on the drive to the water pump and it pisses coolant allover the place from area under the LH footpeg.

Also, the thermostat housing is between the cylinder banks and again heat seems to cause premature failure. They either stick closed, or stick open. Cheap parts wise, pain in the sack to get at it.

Clocks issue: There is a small access panel under the fairing nose: it often goes walk about. If it is used without it, water ingress corrodes the pathways int he PCB behind the clocks. Clocks fail.

ZZ-R600/1100/ZXR750 etc:
4 pot Tokico calipers are made of a very poor alloy. When working OK, brakes are good. However, if seal seats get corroded, no amount of cleaning will ever get them back to top condition. Answer: dump them for the calipers form a GSX-R600/750 K1-K3. Same design but better alloy.

Ducat ST series:
Jumpy rev counter: check the wiring first, this can be a voltage issue sometimes. Check main earth in particular. Then, remove the rev counter and give each of the three small brass screws on the back a little tighten. Usually sorts it out.

Lump low rev or constant throttle issues:
On the front left of the engine, ahead of the water pump, there is a an RPM pickup sensor. This needs to be very accurately shimmed and if not can lead to very poor low RPM signals being sent to the ECU. Check that it is OK before going any further.

Keep three things in your inventory for the inevitable failures:
Starter solenoid (about Ä40)
Headlight relay (about Ä20)
Oil pressure switch (about Ä20)
For some reason, Ducati consider these consumables.
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Hayabusa can jump out of 2nd and 5th gear when you're wringing its neck. It's a fairly common fault if you're a bit heavy on the loud twisty thing, and it's an expensive fix that involves new gears and undercutting the dogs to stop it happening again.
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SV650 bigend bearing seizing
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Honda Vfr 1200F

Little stones can burst the radiator. Few quids worth of a Rad Guard is a solid investment!
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990 Smt -

Squeaky brakes, particularly the back. Replace with bendix pads.
Snatchy throttle/fueling - Remap the engine, akra remap helps hugely. Fit G2 throttle tamer. RC8 throttle bodies also help I believe.
Rusting at swingarm/chain adjustor - drill small hole underneath to stop water retention.

Kawasaki er6n - nearly 6 years day in day out in every weather imaginable and I cant think of anything! Folks seals need maintaining, after that I'm struggling.
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"Kawasaki er6n - nearly 6 years day in day out in every weather imaginable and I cant think of anything! Folks seals need maintaining, after that I'm struggling."

Same for the ER5
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xrv 750 Africa Twin. oem fuel pump will fail .
replace with a Facet model 40105

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Honda sp1/sp2

Exhaust mufflers destroy good relationship with neighbors.

Fuel tank failure. Need to be refilled with petrol every 100miles or so

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Originally Posted by proto
Might be good to put this kind of thing in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

Honda Blackbird:
- cam chain tensioner, like other hondas
- R/R like other Hondas
- Test port on the loom from the factory is taped up and corrodes, causing electrical gremlins
- Stator issues
- gets hot fast, overheating is common if everything isn't in good shape
- linked brakes, bit of extra complexity to keep an eye on
- Neutral switch on high mileage ones will give trouble. 5 min Ä20 fix.
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Originally Posted by proto
Might be good to put this kind of thing in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

Honda Blackbird:
- cam chain tensioner, like other hondas
- R/R like other Hondas
- Test port on the loom from the factory is taped up and corrodes, causing electrical gremlins
- Stator issues
- gets hot fast, overheating is common if everything isn't in good shape
- linked brakes, bit of extra complexity to keep an eye on
F.I. blackbirds donít like K&N panel filters either unless set up properly with a Power Commander etc.

Mine ran like a bag of shite in the low rpm range with the K&N and once I changed it for a normal panel filter (HiFlo) is was back running sweet as a nut instantly.
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Yamaha Xt660X/R

Fuelling issue with all of them. It's just the way they're built, engine surging thru the bottom half of lower gears. There is a fix with a fuel device mod, only works on certain years (certain ECUs, serial no. ending 01), some (2004- early 2005 models) are practically un fixable. The issue is current right from 04-present.

Here's the low-down.... Courtesy of XT660dotCOM

XTX & XTR

2004 to late 2005, part number on ECU 5VK-8591A-00, very hard
to fix the surging. Twin spark ECU. Fuel device does help with the
surging.

Late 2005 to 2006, part number on ECU 5VK-8591A-01, almost
surge free, runs perfect with a PCIII & custom fuel map or fuel
mod. 01 ECU used under warranty to replace the 00 ECU on
2004/2005 models, when customers complained about surging &
cutting out. Twin spark ECU.

Mid 2006, introduction of a remapped 00 ECU with white paint dot
on rear of ECU, part number on ECU 5VK-8591A-00. This was a
parts supply only & was not fitted in production, parts catalogue
part number is 90891-30032 to be fitted to pre 2006 models. Not
bad for surging, better then a 00 ECU by far. Twin spark ECU.
Was also used for complaints under warranty from customers with
the 00 ECU 04/05 models.

2007 to 2008 ECU, part number on ECU 5VK-8591A-10,
introduction of the O2 sensor with single spark, altered ignition
timing & an increase in idle speed. Bike surges with no real fix at
present. Bike runs better with a custom made fuel map using a
Power Commander.

2009 >, ECU part number 5VK-8591A-11. A 50/50 result on
surging, some do & some don't.

XTZ

2008>, ECU part number 11D8591A-00. No reports of surging
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Bike Make : Honda

Bike Model : VFR 1200 FA

Year : 2010 - 2012

Time of ownership; 3.5 years
Miles; 20,000 miles added, 24,000 miles total

Tyres;
Std fitting Bridgestone BT021, they're crap, they donít suit the weight of the bike and should have been replaced by now

Recommend; Michelin PR3, PR 4, Bridgestone BT023 or T30

Tyre life;
Rear; 8000 km,
Front 8000 km,
PR3 front wears as quick as the rear coz of the weight

Services, yearly or mileage, whatever comes first, change air filter every time also
8000 miles, £150 stg
16000 miles, £180 stg valve clearance
24000 miles, £150 stg,
32000 miles, £250 stg, replace plugs

Tank range
Depends on how its ridden
I got 310 kms out of a tank, it took 18.3 litres to fill, Tank size is 18.5 litres
In most times I fill up at 250 Ė 280 kms
When the reserve light flashes you have 80 kms left

Suspension settings 2 up
You will never get the front sag correct on the VFR1200, however the best suspension set-up I managed two up was the following.

Front Forks.
Spring pre-load, 1 full turn out from fully in.
Front rebound, 3 clicks out from fully in.

Rear Shock.
Spring pre-load, 19 clicks, from fully soft.
Rear Rebound, 1/4 of a turn from fully in.

My weight ready to go 78kls
Pillion weight, ready to go, 68kls.

Rider only
VFR1200F 78 Kls rider ready to go

Front forks.
Spring preload, 2 full turns out from fully in.
Rebound 4 clicks out from fully in

Rear shock
Spring preload 15 turns in from fully soft,
Rebound 3/8ths turn out from fully in

If weight is 100 kgs, I would try the rear spring preload at 17 or 18 turns in from fully soft,

Warranty /recalls
ECU remap FOC
RHS rear side panel, small crack develops. Replaced FOC
Rear shock adjuster seizes, Honda replace shock under warranty, bikes out of warranty, Honda replace the shock but you pay the labour, approx £100

Other issues
Front brakes stick when the bike is put away wet after riding in winter or after washing
The brake pads bind to the discs
Callipers must be cleaned every few months esp if riding in winter

Standard discs warp on some bikes. This will affect most bikes at with more than 14000 miles, They warp like a dish so you donít feel any pulse on the front brake lever, but the disc pushes the pad away causing a spongy lever or lever to be pumped to get a brake
This is sorted by replacing with EBC brake discs and pads

Comfort is very good, great bike for 400 mile days
Standard screen works best for me as it direct the air towards my shoulders, taking pressure off my wrists
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Re: Bike problems and Owners knowledge......

Originally Posted by Kwak
"Kawasaki er6n - nearly 6 years day in day out in every weather imaginable and I cant think of anything! Folks seals need maintaining, after that I'm struggling."

Same for the ER5
Er500. An unsung hero I couried an er500 for a few years. And averaged about 140miles a day for about for a couple of years without a problem. Apart from consumable's and after fitting bike alarm but apart from rattly sound cold was a super commuter surprised they never really caught on
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