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My baby is mad at me for (almost) dropping her :(

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by Admiral Thrawn, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. Was turning right at the South Tce / Hutt St intersection this morning, snatched the front a bit too much with the steering pointed to the right... and down she went. I grabbed the clutch and managed to stop her from hitting the ground by supporting the bike with my right leg and trying to heave her back up. As I did I twisted the right handlebar, she started revving angrily and I went for the kill switch.

    Ironically the car coming the opposite direction that I stopped for was a Police paddy wagon. :shock:

    They got out and helped me wheel the bike off the intersection, as it was flooded and wouldn't start. Nothing like a police escort right when you need it. :LOL:

    Once we were in a park, they asked if I was okay, checked my bike license (in jacket pocket), gave a random breath test (0.00), asked how long I had had the bike (1 week), and whether I knew I had to give way (which I did). They could see what I did wrong (as described above), and were on their way.

    Amazingly the bike sustained no damage at all. I tried starting it with the throttle full open, giving the starter motor a rest every 5 seconds or so, and she eventually spluttered to life, albeit refusing to idle and rev above 3500rpm.

    Decided to give her a rest and went for a walk down Hutt St to contemplate the past 10 minutes.

    Looked for a cafe nearby to have some breakfast and calm down. Spotted one not far away. "Please enter, we are open for business!" it said on the door. I go in, and there is noone in sight.

    Then the bloody alarm goes off!

    I hastily made an exit in search of another cafe...

    Made my way up the street (while listening to the alarm blaring loudly in the background), and headed into Citrus for a toasted ham/cheese/tomato sandwich.

    Only they don't do the aformentioned sandwiches. I didn't feel like forking out $16 for one of their breakfasts, and left hungry to walk back to my bike.

    It still took ages and ages for her to start, but I eventually got her going. As I started moving I noticed she was spluttering unhappily between 4000 and 6000rpm, and was refusing to idle at stop lights.

    She was having her revenge and protesting my mistreatment, I thought.

    The bike was bunnyhopping back and forth when trying to hold constant throttle between those rev ranges. Eventually it improved slightly, for example she wasn't stalling as often, but I was still getting nasty flat spots all over the place.

    As of now my beastie is sitting in the garage on the centrestand and we have come to the end of this little tale.

    Any tips or things I need to do or check to get her running smoothly again?
  2. 86 views, 0 replies. Nice! ](*,)
  3. sounds like you had a bad day! At least you didn't get any injury, have you switched on your reserve tap? probably just aint enough fuel in the tank?!? :?
  4. I heard something about the carby float getting stuck after being laid down?
    Is it injected or carby?

    when you're in nuetral and you rev it aggresively between 4 and 6 (where it's spluttering) is there unburnt fuel coming out of the exhaust, (black and stinks of fuel?)
  5. She'll be right, just need to ride her, and since when do you start a flooded bike by having the throttle wide open?

    For the not running smoothly, you could try riding it higher revs for a bit to blow everything out of the carbs, when i go down on my dirt bike and she's having trouble starting/running, i'll get her going and redline(or close to it) her, and you'll see all the crap getting blasted out the back, after that...perfect.
  6. Yes! If a cop pulls me over for excessive noise as a result of red line launching I'll just tell them I was cleaning my carbs :rofl:

    As for the incident - I'm sure you're thankful that the bike (and you) are fine. Could have been worse. And I doubt you'll ever make the same mistake!
  7. I hopped back on the bike not long after making this thread. Still took a little while to start, but the flat spots were gone and no more stalling.

    Everything was back to normal (after ~ 1.5hrs of sitting in the garage). :cool:

    Went for another ride up in the hills, this time around Mt Osmond. Amazing view of Adelaide!

    I've done just over 400km now since I got it. Gave it and my car a wash afterwards. Even swept the garage while I was at it. :p

  8. The joys of riding, glad it finally smoothed out.
  9. Here is the road I used yesterday to get to where I took the photo posted above.


  10. Good to see she sorted herself out.
    Had a similar incident of laying the bike down with the same results.
    A night in the shed fixed it right up.

    Sorry I wasnt here to suggest it earlier.

    Be careful if it happens again. If it doesnt start right away afterwards. Leave it for half hour or so. Else you risk running the battery flat.
    Then you have nothing left when its good to at least start.
    Its hard not to try and turn it over every 5 minutes but be patient and wait.

    Oh and clean your camera lense

  11. ohhh ahhhhhhh i like the look of that i'm coming to adelaide :LOL:
  12. Wow, thats a whole lot of knee down right there!
  13. Only took about 1.5 hrs of sitting in the garage to sort itself out.

    BTW, I took the photo with my phone. :p
  14. Thats a pretty good picture for a phone.
    I'd tell you all how to start you bike in 2 minutes are it falling over, but no one listens to me and all my ideas are crazy and have no theory behind them.
  15. This is my thread and I say you are welcome to make your theory known! :LOL:
  16. I've said how i use to do it the best i could before but i don't think anyone made any sense of it.

    But this is what worked for me after downing a bike(carby only) is sit there squeeze the clutch in and out and few times, hit the start and do the clutch thing as fast as possible, like really fast, and you should hear the bike try to kick over splatter and then start, only do this for roughly 15 seconds and then give a brake for like a minute.

    I've used this on a Gpx250(2000), zx7r(1996) and some 125 dirt bike(2005) So it works for me, the first time doing it, you may find it hard.
  17. Presumably you mean doing this when the bike is in gear?

    In neutral the clutch wouldn't do anything. In gear, the starter motor would not only be trying to turn the engine over, but also drive the gearbox and rear wheel. With the clutch disengaged, as soon as you release the clutch lever the bike should hop and the engine stall.
  18. In netural, as i said before, beats me as to how come it works but it does.
  19. Ah right.

    I don't know how it could work either. Shouldn't the clutch system be isolated from the engine and starter motor?

    In neutral the clutch shouldn't do anything.


    EDIT: Unless you're not really in neutral, and the bike doesn't start because it is in gear. Pulling the clutch enables the starter to turn over just the engine? *shrugs*
  20. Nah, the bikes were in Netural, puzzles me how it works but it does, so im not really gonna question it.