20090926

Broken Exhaust

A few months ago I noticed my exhaust sounded different. I checked for leaks several times but didn't find any. It was running fine with no cnhange in performance or fuel economy so I figured it was my imagination.

Then one day as I was headed home from work it got really loud. I made it home with no problems. After everything had cooled off I started taking it apart for a closer look. It didn't take long to find the exhaust pipe had broken underneath the heat shield where I could not see it.





It cost a little over $200 for all the replacement parts. Yet another reason I should buy some welding equipment.

It was very easy to replace the exhaust. A few bolts and some careful use of a torque wrench and it was done.

I have found a few others that had the same problem but fortunately for them it happened under warranty.

20090805

Undramatic Braking

I came across this term "Undramatic Braking" and immediately understood what it meant. Undramatic Braking is Coming to a FULL stop without drama. Drama being things like screeching and/or smoking tires, bent o broken motorcycle parts, front or rear wheel skids, and a trip to the emergency room.

How do you do prevent the drama?

Don't follow to close. If you are riding within two seconds of the vehicle in front of you I can almost guarantee that sooner or later you are going to get to do a tire screeching stop. That's if you are lucky. If your not lucky you might get to find out what its like to bend the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you. You may even get to do a little flying.

Do not ride so fast the you can't see further than it takes you to stop, Yes this means you need to slow down for those blind turns. Come flying around a blind turn and finding the mail man. stopped in the road and a dump truck coming the other way could ruin your day.

When you are in traffic stoped at a light, when the light turns green let the car in front of you get to a good following distance before you start. Cage drivers have a nasty habit of taking of to soon and then hiting the brake. If you have kept your distance this will be no big deal. If not, add a little bit of sand on the road to a bit to much front brake and you'll be on the ground. I like to let the car in front of me go until I can see under it. This helps avoid surprises like a board full of nails, pot holes, or 2x4s that might be in the road hiden from sight by the car in front of you.

Undramatic breaking is dull and boring. Just sthe way I like it.

20090629

Preventing Oil Leaks

When it's time to check your valve clearance be sure to replace the inspection cap o-rings. These get hard eventually begin to leak oil. The oil gets on the cylinder, runs to the left side when you park and will slowly bake on. You can't see it very well while the GZ250 is on its side stand. Once the oil gets baked on it is very difficult to remove. Both of our GZ250's had this type of leak. I have seen photos of other Suzuki motorcycles with the same engine that had the same oil leak.