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Warranty and Major breakdowns log

Discussion in 'Servicing & Maintenance' started by Andy Griffiths, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Well I'd take it back to the dealer because mine is good.

    Peter
     
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  2. Strommer

    Strommer Active Member

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    "Somewhat agricultural" is being quite kind, lol. I know they have improved them greatly which tells me they know they had a problem that needed to be fixed. Being that my bike is worth half of what I paid for it a year ago, I'm a leery to ride a current model. It's that wallet thing :)
     
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  3. Dave W

    Dave W Active Member

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    A good way of taking the tension out of the spring is to extend the stand and put 2 pence pieces in between the coils in the spring, put the stand up and the spring dows not compress and is easy to remove.
     
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  4. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Thanks, I'm aware of that one Dave. I'll give it a go but it doesn't always work in my experience.

    Peter
     
  5. Bob Ain't Stoppin'

    Bob Ain't Stoppin' Member

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    So would this trick work with US coins? Or could you send me some 2 pence coins so I could do it here in the states?
     
  6. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Washers are good. If anyone can let me have a dozen Krugerrands I believe they are perfect.
     
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  7. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Krugerrands deform and are too thick to be useful. Use a couple of bitcoins instead.
     
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    Which are now worth $12,000 USD each. :eek:
     
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  9. Peter Burridge

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    As ever, theory is all well and good but....

    I had a packet of fairly thin washers, much better suited to the purpose. Using a strong cord and all my strength laterally towards me I wasn't able to open the edge of the spring enough to get even one washer between the coils. Plan B. Allow stand to gain another year of rust or C. Ask the dealer if he has the tool.

    Peter
     
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  10. Jim Evans

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    I recall pulling on the centrestand spring on my v- strom and nearly pulling the bike over on top of myself. Take care!
     
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  11. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Thank you I will :)

    Peter
     
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  12. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    Can you release a pivot to get some slack?
     
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  13. Peter Burridge

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    It’s chicken and egg. The pivots are under a lot of spring load. I sense clusterfuck if I try :)
     
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  14. Leon.P.

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    Peter,. Will I find that word in the dictionary?? LOL:):)
     
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  15. Aussie Import

    Aussie Import Well-Known Member

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    I had to release a stubborn spring on my Spyder. I was able to stretch the spring using a small chain anchored to the frame and multigrip pliers hooked to the spring via a cut chain loop and the anchor point. Squeeze the pliers, spring stretched.
     
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  16. Peter Burridge

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    I’ve done a lot of fettling and adapting over the years. I’ve developed a good sense of ‘don’t go there’. I’m still thinking on it. One of the problems is that it has two springs on plates that pivot. So even if you stretch one spring to unhook it the second spring simply causes the plate to pivot and take up the slack. Stretching both springs at once is a real challenge. I’m thinking of something to replicate the BMW tool. A dealer visit seems on the cards though. Could save blood and pain.
     
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    Whoa, whoa, whoa ... hold on there now. There is no transmission worse than on a Harley. :) Except maybe that on a farm tractor. Sure I would love a transmission that worked like a sewing machine, but mine is not all that bad. It has its coarse-ish moments but for the most part it is smooth. :)
     
  18. Leon.P.

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    I agree with you Grumpy. Mine is the 2015 model and it's fine. Maybe some of us are lucky.:)
     
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  19. Peter Burridge

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    As I said earlier, with respect, these bikes benefit from some finessing as opposed to just expecting the gearbox to cope with a lack of it. These things are difficult to say with tact. My lovely wife for example (who although immensely beautiful is no 'spring chicken') drives and rides with a lack of finesse when changing gear in both our car and on her bike. That's her way, I notice it and it irks me but I don't say anything. For her it's normal.

    I know the earlier poster has oodles of miles/years/experience and I'm not getting into that game (that I'd win, pointlessly). My point, again with immense respect that doesn't always come over online is that some folk just don't have or understand it however many miles, years or whatever under their belts. I do a lot of advanced rider training and I meet a lot of older very experienced riders who have developed the same bad practices for over half a century. They are usually lovely folk and we have a great time if we are all open to learning (yes me too).

    Either that or the bike has a fault.

    I apologise if I come over as a complete dick but I'm a nice guy really :)

    Peter
     
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  20. Leon.P.

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    It's something that can't be easily explained nor shown.You either feel it or you just ride it.
     
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