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Post  TomCom on Wed Apr 11 2012, 05:42

after winter i think i should change some things in bike. can you tell me what?
sparks? oil? filters? is that important? if more please tell me what
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Post  Mapman on Wed Apr 11 2012, 08:55

Hi Tom, you would only need to change what is required as per the service intervals. If you don't know when anything was last done then I would change the oil and oil filter and have a look at the air filter for visual inspection. No point in changing spark plugs unless you have a problem.

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Post  weasley on Wed Apr 11 2012, 09:49

As above really. To be honest, every spring I pull mine out of the garage, give it a wipe over, put some air in the tyres and then ride it. It has always made me smile how it just takes it - it is as easy to own as a car.

If you're really bothered and have the time and money, then an oil change is always worth doing, plus oil filter. If you don't know the status of the brake fluid then it's an easy job to flush and replace that. Check the coolant level and make sure the brakes work before setting off.
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Post  JAM on Wed Apr 11 2012, 10:41

Depends how many miles you put on it, as mine is a summer machine and doesn't do many miles I change the oil & oil filter every couple of years, I changed the sparks for the first time in eight years last year and the air filter about 5 years ago.

I usually put new brake pads on every 3 years.
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Post  TomCom on Wed Apr 11 2012, 16:15

i gat this bike 4 month ago so dont know what was done to it.
i dont want to give it to service i ask them and they inform me it wil cost 200£ so no thx
i will buy filter and oil and change .. no service no thx
chain and tires look ok break fluid and coolant level is ok. so i dont know what to do is it anything more to be done? it will be MOT next 3 weeks
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Post  Wooster on Wed Apr 11 2012, 18:15

I haven't changed the coolant or brake fluid on mine in six years. green smile
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Post  Snowcat on Wed Apr 11 2012, 18:54

Someone once told me the oil at least needs changing every 1000 miles, don't know if theres any truth in that?? I've done a couple of thousand miles on mine since I got it in October and even though it had a full service last August I plan to change the oil and filter before I go to Assen in June.

Incidentally how does everyone else find there oil burning is. Mine hasn't lost a drop in the time I've had it, just wondering how others find theirs?
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Post  Roll The Bones on Wed Apr 11 2012, 19:13

Not many miles put on mine but seems to lose no oil.
MOT time this weekend affraid and down for an oil & filter change. Everything seems fine so fingers cross.

As I don't have too much of a clue with mechanical things Don\'t Know the bike and car get left until I know something's up, with modern stuff seemingly reliable I'm of the opinion if ain't broke don't fix it. Smile
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Post  weasley on Wed Apr 11 2012, 19:29

@Snowcat wrote:Someone once told me the oil at least needs changing every 1000 miles, don't know if theres any truth in that??

No, there's not! I think the oil change interval was raised from 4,500 to 6,000 miles wasn't it? Mine is every couple of years.

Incidentally how does everyone else find there oil burning is. Mine hasn't lost a drop in the time I've had it, just wondering how others find theirs?

Never had to top mine up in 10 years of ownership.
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Post  Wooster on Wed Apr 11 2012, 20:17

I change it when it turns black or once a year, whichever is soonest.
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Post  TomCom on Thu Apr 12 2012, 10:09

so back to my topic.... i have change oil filter dont need to change sparks
is that right? do i need to do anything else before MOT?
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Post  past-it on Thu Apr 12 2012, 12:22

How many miles has the bike done?

For the MOT, clean the bike(no one likes working on a dirty bike) check all the lights work, Check tension and lube the chain, lube all the levers and cables, dig stones out of the tyres and check pressures take all the paperwork and arrive on time, first impressions work wonders, if you annoy the tester he'll find something wrong.
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Post  Snowcat on Thu Apr 12 2012, 14:01

MOT on mine on Saturday morning and sods law the rear indicator isn't working, went riding back from Wales the other day.

Managed to flip the cover off but can't get the bulb out to save my life because of my big fat grandma fingers, can't even work out if the bulb twists or pulls!! Don\'t Know
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Post  past-it on Thu Apr 12 2012, 14:08

If it's got a metal base to the bulb most of the time it pushes in and turns anticlockwise, if it has no metal base it should!! just pull out.
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Post  HEHORE on Thu Apr 12 2012, 22:38

If all else fails remove the indicators , if it ain't got none they can't fail it for not working
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