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Bike Talk / When to tell?
June 16, 2020, 09:58:02 PM
If you have a spill, but don't want to claim, (either break the bike for parts yourself or fix it at your own cost) when do you typically have to tell your insurer, and when don't you typically need to?
Projects / Project suggestions please
June 16, 2020, 09:53:22 PM
Just suppose you had a 2010 ZX6R9F, with 16000 miles and generally pretty good condition.
Or it was until you dropped it at 30-40 and thrashed it cosmetically. Probably an insurance right-off ... if you made a claim.

Or you could stick with a bike you've owned from new, and trick it out.
Assuming there was nothing major mechanical that got broken, what would you you choose to upgrade and what would you budget?
Mechanical / Separating corroded exhaust
October 12, 2019, 09:40:36 PM
I need to get my silencer off, and possibly the pre-muffler. I can't get separate them due to corrosion.
I've tried Plusgas, heat, tapping with a hammer to crack the rust, gently prying the union open with a screwdriver ... and it ain't budging.
Twisting or waggling the end can around just moves the pre-muffler by exactly the same amount.
Short of cutting them apart, any thoughts on what I can try next?
Mechanical / Yellow crust
October 05, 2019, 07:55:03 AM
Having taken the air box off my ZX6R R9F I've found a yellowish crust (like some fluid has leaked and evaporated) around the air pressure switch hoses.
Any idea what it might be?
Mechanical / Fan / engine temp
May 08, 2016, 02:42:41 PM
The manual for my 2010 ZX6R says the fan should come on at 100c.
Having just fitted a new rad, running the engine with the bike stationary, and the fairing off, the temp guage is showing 103c, and the fan is still not kickin in.

I've seen mention on other websites about the fan starting at higher temps, but ...
1. What is usual real-world temp for the fan to start?
2. What is the tollerance on 100c?
3. What is the temp you should definitley stop the engine at?
Mechanical / Filling / bleeding rad
May 07, 2016, 05:25:58 PM
I've had to replace the rad on my 2010 ZX6R9P.
Using the Official Kwak service manual I have done the following:

Slowly filled the rad to the neck.
Filled the reserve tank to full mark.
Run the engine with the rad cap removed.

Initially I got small bubbles.
Then coolant started coming out of the filler neck faster.
I gave all the hoses a good tap to dislodge bubbles.
Then the level dropped back down and coolant couldn't be seen in through the filler neck. I assumed that meant a large air bubble had worked its way out. In the meantime the level in the reserve tank had gone up by nearly 1". I was summed that was just coming through the overflow take off on the rad cap neck.
I topped up the rad, and ran the engine again, and coolant started coming out of the neck faster than before. When this seemed to get worse I stopped the engine. Again I can't see coolant through the rad cap neck.

I can't poor the coolant in much slower, so I'm wondering ...
Is this normal?
Bike Talk / No Haynes or Clymer?
May 01, 2016, 09:47:55 AM
I need to get hold of a service/repair manual for a 2009/2010 ZX6R, but I can't find anything listed from Haynes of Clymer.

Am I missing something, or do they not exist? And if not, is there an alternative?
All I can find is manuals like these ...

... and I've no idea whether they walk you though repairs in the same way Haynes always have. (Which is what I need.)
Bike Talk / Kids boots
April 18, 2016, 02:35:15 PM
Anyone got any experience of bike boots for kids? (Preferably road, not MX. Fewer bits that could take chunks out of my tail unit!)
Baby Biker do some, as do Wulfsport and RST, but I've yet to find any local dealers that stock anything.
Bike Talk / Pillion back rest
July 12, 2014, 01:29:00 PM
I can barely believe I'm thinking this ... but it's in a good cause. HONEST!

I'm working towards getting my 6yr old on the back of my 2009 ZX6R and having just seen a (random) bike with a top box, I'm wondering whether it's worth sticking one on for her to use as a backrest. (I've always though the grab strap is a waste of space for pillions and the only other accessory I can think of is sissy bars AND I"M NOT ******* DOING THAT TO MY BIKE!!!!)

Any thoughts on economic ways to get a removable top box that doesn't need a ton of scaffolding left on the bike all the time?
Bike Talk / Chiltern Young Riders
July 05, 2014, 04:10:02 PM
Does anyone have any experience of Chiltern Young Risers?
Bike Talk / Kids' lids 'n' clothing
June 24, 2014, 04:45:39 PM
Anyone got any recent experience of lids, clothing etc?
I'm chuffed to **** that my 6yr old can reach the pegs at last and she wants to go on the back with me.
So I need to look at lids etc.

Cash isn't plentiful at the moment and ...
She might not like it.
She might grow out of anything I get her before she gets much use out of it.
I want her to be safe should it all go Pete Tong.

Any recommendations for what to get, where to get it, and what to avoid?
Bike Talk / Touring / camping
March 25, 2014, 01:07:02 PM
I'm planning on doing a spot of bike touring, staying at campsites in the UK.
It would be nice to "go to the pub" in the evening, but having not done any camping for many years I'm a little nervous about leaving a load of expensive leathers, lid etc in a tent.

Any thoughts?

(FWIW I can't justify the cost of a hard luggage, and certainly nothing big enough to to take lid and leathers.)
Bike Talk / Pillion kids
March 14, 2014, 06:57:31 PM
Does anyone have any actual experience of getting their kids on the back of their bike? Mine's almost big enough and definitely keen so I'm just trying to plan ahead.
Lids n leathers? Pillion handle belts? Intercoms? etc?

(I've "had it up to here" with opinions of people who think they know better but have absolutely no experience so I thought I'd ask round here!)