Fall Service Tech Tip
One of the things we see too often when bikes come in for tires are washed out and ruined wheel bearings. These pics are of a pair of sealed front wheel bearings that came in last week on a bike needing a front tire. The owner had no idea he had a more serious problem and had ridden the bike a long way.
As you can see the inner cage is completely gone and the seal had long separated from the race and all the grease was gone. Dangerous condition certainly.
This is often associated with high pressure washing of the motorcycle and the wheels. The high pressure forces the water past the seal of not only the bearings but into primary cases, and into fork legs literally anywhere that otherwise would be safe.
It is fine to use a car wash for limited cleaning but avoid spraying directly at certain areas. It can also peel paint.
Tim & Mike -Cruisin ’66
Summer Service Tech Tip 2013
We get complaints regularly regarding running issues. The complaint often is that the bike misses or stumbles or backfires etc. There are lots of reasons that contribute to this but something we are seeing on fuel injected bikes that are now around ten years old or older is leaking manifolds.
The fuels we use today are very hard on rubber components and the deterioration of the manifolds creates air leaks that can show up when the motor is revved up or flexes in the chassis. One of the checks we do is to look for this condition when we service a bike with a running problem. If you are experiencing problems be sure to describe your symptoms to the service writer or to the tech. It may be more than just needing a new set of spark plugs.
On the positive side, this is repairable and it can make a huge difference in the way your bike runs.
Tim & Mike
Tech Tip for Winter 2012-2013
"Outside the snow is falling..." Unless you're one of the brave your motorcycle is likely tucked away in a corner of your garage waiting for warmer and more pleasant weather. There are some steps you can take over the winter to make sure your bike will not disappoint you when you go to fire it up.
Battery: Use of a battery tender will likely prevent the dreaded "click" when you press the starter button for the first time after a long sit. The electronics on your bike are constantly drawing juice from your battery and over time it will lose enough that it will not have the necessary volts to start your bike. The added strain on your starter by attempting to start the motorcycle with a weak battery can also damage the starter. We recommend
Battery Tender Jr ($39.95) - Currently In Stock
Fuel: The fuel in your tank has a relatively short shelf life. Allowing stale fuel to sit in your fuel system can cause buildup in your carburetor or fuel injection system. Also running your bike on stale fuel can lead to spark plug failure and poor running. Adding a fuel stabilizer to a full tank of fresh fuel and allowing it to circulate through your system can help keep it fresh so your motorcycle performs better when you're ready for
it. We recommend Stay-Bil (8 oz, $8.49) - Currently In Stock
Tires: Allowing your motorcycle to sit on flat or underinflated tires over the winter can cause them to dry rot more quickly or develop flat spots. We recommend inflating them to the manufacturer's recommended tire pressures and checking them frequently (FREE)
- Paint/Chrome: To protect the appearance of your motorcycle it is important to take this opportunity of non-riding to thoroughly clean and polish your bike, including final drive. This will prevent rust and other damage causing corrosion from building up. Spend some time this winter with a bottle of polish and really make that chrome shine. Regular check-ups on your vehicle while in storage will also help prevent rodents from building nests in air filters and other places on your bike. We recommend the line of Pure Victory Polishes (starting at $11.99) - Available in Store
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Now a full time technician and recent graduate from Linn State Technical College with an Associates in Applied Science and a Powersports Technology Certification, Dillon started as an intern with Cruisin' 66 in the summer of 2013. He is an avid dirt bike rider, competing in the HBGP Series and Motocross. He spends all his time either working on motorcycles or playing on them. Dillon is eager to take on any task he is challenged with.
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