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Old 09-26-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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My Bike Hates Me

My panniers, tail bag, and tank bag are packed.

All that was left to do was get out of work early tonight (much begging involved), pick up the bike, and hit the road for the slab ride to Alabama for an ADV rally.

But Wilbur doesn't want to go.

After wrenching all day Saturday, I noticed my idle was running high. I attributed this to my TB Sync, and adjusted it back. The next time I fired it up it revved high again, but after warming up to three bars on the temp gauge it came back close to normal. I thought maube I'd crimped a hose or forgotten a connector when I put the bike back together.

Monday night after bike night & football, the bike stalled at a light. I had always used the starter (yes, while the bike is still running) to get the sensor to trip and allow me to make a left turn. It didn't start up right away, so Biwwy and Sparky blocked traffic while I pushed it across the intersection. We let it sit for a minute (I was fuming and cussing, as you can imagine) while Sparky called Mollie to ready the pickup and ramp. I guess I had flooded it, because after sitting a bit it started up again. Biwwy followed me home and I sulked for a while.

The next morning, I called Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited and as soon as he heard the symptoms he had an idea what was going on. I told him about my trip - the longest solo trip for me to date - and he said "get it here".

Patrick made me a priority, and I thank him dearly. He said if it was what he thought it was, I could have it back the next day (today) and the trip wouldn't be affected.

While the bike sat overnight waiting to be looked at, it leaked oil and coolant. I'd never noticed this at home, but they had taken the belly pan off before leaving for the night - so the leak had been disguised at home. I'd also not ridden more than ten or fifteen miles total in the last six weeks, so I could have easily overlooked it in passing.

He called with the prognosis a few hours ago. The idle issue is fixed, but while looking over the bike (he is very detailed) he found other issues - the biggest of which is a leaking clutch push rod seal. From the looks of it, he says it's probably been leaking a while, although I hadn't noticed the oil level decreasing (but again, I haven't been riding it). He spent half his afternoon calling around to parts suppliers and dealerships trying to get me taken care of, but it was no use - nobody has what we need. Parts ordered, I was prepared (against his advice) to take a quart of oil with me and check at every gas stop along the way.

He set to the task of getting the bike back together so Becca (RocketBunny) could go pick it up for me before the shop closed. I was going to leave tonight and hit the slab after-hours to avoid heat and traffic - but then I got another call. Tightening all of the hose clamps for the cooling system didn't stop the leak as he'd expected. He wasn't able to immediately locate the source of the leak, so there's no telling what kind of fix that will end up being.

My trip is shot. I can't chance getting stranded - or worse, crashing - because I wanted to have fun on a bike that just isn't up to it. Could I have made it? Maybe. There's a good chance I would have been Ok with extra upkeep through the weekend. Then again, oil could fling onto the back tire causing me to careen off a cliff. I'm not willing to take that chance.

For those that doubt my wrenching - neither of these problems are related to what I did (or didn't do) last Saturday. The bike has 44k miles on it and is subject to wear and tear just like any other mechanical device. I might have been lax on routine maintenance all along, but this probably would still be the case.

Thanks for letting me vent....
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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all i gatta say is " OUCH !! ".....probly is true that does happen for a reason, but there is alwayz ganna be a "next time" not a "what if"
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:31 PM   #3
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hey dont feel bad, sometimes just happens. ive learned that often a "tune-up" can bring out problems indirectly. you do things to make the bike run better, and so you regain some HP, that extra power can vibrate things loose, put additional wear on items that were "ok" before the tune up due to not running at 100%.

for example, take an old beater street bike, give it new plugs, air filter, oil change, install a jet kit and sync the carbs...bike might run great, for a while until all the extra oomph wears out the clutch that was on its last legs.

props to patrick for being on top of it, i got a chance to stop by his shop the other day to get a bike for awesome cycles, his shop looks good! havnt been there in forever.
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The silver lining is that I was able to recover the vacation days, so when the bike is back up to snuff I'm going camping. Don't know when or where, but I'm going.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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I understand completely. I went out this evening and cleaned the chain, checked the tires, etc for riding tomorrow for the meet and greet in Katy and to ride to work on Friday. Went to start it, runs for less than 2 seconds and drops dead, smoke pooring out exhaust.
Brand new $9,000 bike with less than 1300 miles and five weeks old and it's back on the trailer for the 3rd time to go back to Mancuso's.

Is it Suzuki or just my luck of the dead?!
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Maybe it's for the better...
What if oil and coolant started leaking in the middle of the trip
That would've been messy
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Maybe it's for the better...
What if oil and coolant started leaking in the middle of the trip
That would've been messy

True..true...Things happen for a reason.

Squeaky: Your Guardian Angel is protecting you.!!
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:41 PM   #8
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Squeaky: Your Guardian Angel is protecting you.!!
Could my guardian angel have spoken up last week or the week before? Anyone want to buy a used and slightly defective guardian angel that has something against Alabama?
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Could my guardian angel have spoken up last week or the week before? Anyone want to buy a used and slightly defective guardian angel that has something against Alabama?


But seriously, poor Squeaky. And Wilbur.
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Could my guardian angel have spoken up last week or the week before? Anyone want to buy a used and slightly defective guardian angel that has something against Alabama?

LOL....The plan was NOT to let you go out on that trip..!!!
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i was wondering what wilbur was doing at Motorcycles Unlimited.
better not to go, than to push your luck and getting stranded somewhere by yourself with no cell service.
44k miles
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i was wondering what wilbur was doing at Motorcycles Unlimited.
better not to go, than to push your luck and getting stranded somewhere by yourself with no cell service.
44k miles
For real!! Better to be stuck at home then stranded on some back road of Alabama with these guys wantin to help ya out.... Let me know when ya plan on the camping trip, might tag along if ya don't mind the company. I was just talking about camping lastnight.
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:23 AM   #13
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For real!! Better to be stuck at home then stranded on some back road of Alabama with these guys wantin to help ya out....
I had rationalized going with just the seal problem by having a friend up in Dallas with a pickup on call for the weekend. Yes, I was THAT close to going.


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Let me know when ya plan on the camping trip, might tag along if ya don't mind the company. I was just talking about camping lastnight.
Sure! Will probably be something close yet far enough to feel like a vacation - the Piney Woods area up in East Texas has some good riding to be had, but it's always just more than a one-day ride. Setting up camp for two or three days of riding in the area would be awesome, especially with the cooler air coming in!

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i was wondering what wilbur was doing at Motorcycles Unlimited.
better not to go, than to push your luck and getting stranded somewhere by yourself with no cell service.
44k miles
44k is nothing. My goal is to make at least 100k before I kill it, preferably more. I guess this was just his time to get sick. It happens. When Patrick and crew are done with him, it'll be like a brand new bike!

Did he look sad?
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There's the problem right there! Bikes are like children, they get pouty/whine/kick/scream if you're not devoting all your attention to them. Sorry your trip got hosed, but I'm sure another one will come up soon enough.

I was talking to Marishka29 about needing a camping trip the other night. I've been working way too much. May be time to load up the kitty again.

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He's Done!

The list (from my receipt):
  • "Major tune up" including: adjust valves, sync throttle bodies, lube and adjust chain, check front and rear brake system, 23 point inspection.
  • Coolant flush
  • Replace clutch pushrod, clutch pushrod seal
  • Replace countershaft seal

I've only ridden it from the shop to work (where I'm stuck now) but I can already tell the difference. The bike runs much smoother now, and the bad noises are all gone.

THANK YOU to Patrick, Joe, and the rest of the crew at Motorcycles Unlimited for making it as quick and painless as possible to have the bike in for service.

Other than the "battle of the undefeateds" this weekend, I have nothing on my plate other than adding on the miles!
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