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Fazer 600 Oil and Filter Change - Problem - By Ren Withnell
Repairing or Servicing Rear Brake Light Switches - By Ren Withnell
Be Sure To Be Insured - By Ren Withnell
Renewing My Photocard Licence - The Easy Way - By Ren Withnell
Bike Won't Start - Battery First - By Ren Withnell
New Tyres - By Ren Withnell
Buying A Motorcycle Helmet - By Ren Withnell
Staying Warm Through The Winter On Your Motorbike - By Ren Withnell
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Peter Hawker said :-
Dear Ren,
I'm the chap with the Honda Innova, a new, nervous scooter rider. Has there been any advice in your column about mending a puncture in tyres with tubes? I'm also a cyclist and well used to mending cycle punctures, but the tyres on the Innova, altho' small by motorbike standards are large compared to a cycle. I've bought a set of motorcycle tyre levers - very 'eavy! and I've found that my cycle pump, with patience, can inflate sufficiently to get me to a garage.
I have insurance, which purports to cover such an eventuality, but i'd rather be independant if poss,
Your advice would be appreciated.
regareds, Peter.

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Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Peter. The Innova page still goes well.

Regarding puntures, there's no quick fix like a push bike. One option is to get some kind of anti-puncture goo put into your tyres, but be sure it's recommended for tubed tyres too.

Other than that, like all other motorcyclists, it's either the AA (RAC, Green Flag etc etc) or a lift home off ya mate.

Cheers, Ren.
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mick groocock said :-
Dear Peter Hawker, I have had 4 rear punctures on my innova and it has taken me less than 30 minutes to repair the puncture the way you would with a cycle.I have 3 mettle tyre levers,a small cycle pump and a motorcycle puncture repair kit.I usually remove the back wheel,after the 2nd time it gets easier,and remove the tube the same way as a cycle.Maybe I should do a youtube vid on it, Mick.
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D Richards said :-
Superglue and a self tapper wood screw - glue the screw and hole and screw well into the meat of the tyre so none is showing - pump up and ride away - should last the life of the tyre
21/10/2017 15:11:12 UTC
D Richards again said :-
If you have a tubed tyre forget the screw bit it only works on tubeless - get the old style OKO or Finileck tyre sealant(I think how its spelt) from Halfords and pump up the bugger after it has a chance to spin around inside the tyre - then off you go slowly and get the tube replaced - cheers
ps: EP90 gear oil is the finest chain oil known to mankind - I have been using it in an old CBF500 and haven't adjusted the chain for about 11,000 miles !!!
21/10/2017 15:14:28 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Never got finilec to work myself. And the one I carried all over France, Italy and Greece decided to empty itself in a pannier. The mess was enough to put me off ever carrying one again.

Although at one time I thought nothing of repairing a tube by the roadside, I'm afraid the breakdown services are my first port of call nowadays.
22/10/2017 10:22:43 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I've used tyreweld and Halfords own brand with very limited but did get us home success. Both times on tubed 125s. I do worry about them "going off" in the top box but I've had worse things happen.
23/10/2017 06:55:21 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
As for gear oil being the best chain lube - mix in about 30-40 percent cheap grease and tell me it's not even better.
23/10/2017 06:58:00 UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Mixed my second batch of ren's chain elixir.

Chain still looks good done 1067 miles on the new chain and still haven't had to adjust it.

It sounds better and is very easy to keep clean. Doesn't spray around to much and is simple to apply with a tooth brush.

Uses up my old oil Which is eco freindly. I leave the pot next to my bike and apply everyday I return the bike to the garage.

No more castrol spray cans for me.
23/10/2017 08:06:00 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
I'd be astonished if you had to touch it at that mileage.

I've mentioned here before the 955i Triumph Tiger I ran for 20,000 miles. It was on its original chain when I sold it (at around 24,000) and I'd adjusted it precisely once. And I don't think it really needed it then. A check on the length between 20 links showed it well within wear limits.

Sole lubrication was Wurth chain wax, and yes I did ride it in the rain.

A far cry for the rubbish we used to have that needed boiling in Linklyfe.


24/10/2017 14:31:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
There are SO many factors that affect chain wear. Is the bike used in all weathers and is it used off-road. Single cylinder engines tend to wear chains faster than 4 cylinder engines. Is the chain itself good quality. These things have to be taken into account BEFORE we consider if the lube is any good.
24/10/2017 14:52:16 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
That is of course very true. However, you'd expect a bike like the Tiger with oodles of low speed torque to be fairly rough on chains.

Of course I don't have a single chain on the Guzzi although I may seek out a chain driven twistgrip like this:


25/10/2017 14:32:19 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Ooops! seem to have lost my pic.....


25/10/2017 14:32:53 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Chain driven twist grip? It took me a while but I'm guessing it has a better action due to the cable always being pulled in a straight line? Less chance of cable fray too.

25/10/2017 16:59:37 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Correct. They were fitted to BMWs and other expensive bikes but I haven't actually seen one for a long time.
27/10/2017 09:23:40 UTC
 

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