Suzuki GN250 update

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by The Older Gentleman, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. The Doctor trundled it home, and decided that as a town scoot and
    shopping trolley it knocked spots of the MZ TS150 which she refuses
    point-blank to ride.

    Spent much of this morning cleaning it (it hasn't been cleaned for what
    looks like years), adjusting the chain, topping up the oil (recently
    changed but a bit low), adjusting the clutch, lubing the clutch cable,
    and fixing the typical Suzuki floppy gear lever.

    You know the scene - pinch bolt down up so tight it's pinched the slot
    completely closed, and it still wobbles on the shaft. Solution: remove
    it, open up the slot, then use a cutting disc on the Black & Decker to
    enlarge the slot, so it can be pinched up more, replace lever, job done.

    Why does this ailment seem to affect Suzukis more than any other bike?

    The exhaust is not long for this world, but I have a reserve waiting in
    the wings, so no worries there. Battery's newish, and it's charging

    Removed the dead rear shox and threw them in the bin. Replaced with a
    nice shiny pair of pattern shocks that have been knocking around the
    garage for a couple of years. Transferred rack and ShiteOldTopBox from

    The engine just ticks over like a watch. Sweet. It's got three days' tax
    and one week's MoT left on it, so I'd better get that sorted.

    One oddity - a couple of times pressing the starter button just produced
    a loud click from the solenoid and nowt from the starter motor.
    Re-pressing the button brought one click per press, and then all of a
    sudden the starter churned and away it went.

    Odd. I assume this means current is getting from ignition switch to
    starter button to solenoid, but then solenoid isn't sending current down
    fat cable to starter motor. Sounds like a dirty contact or just possibly
    a faulty solenoid, but if it's clicking it's working, surely?

    Anyway, it's not much, but it's not quite old and shite enough to be
    classed a ShiteOldBike, and for ukp250 I feel quite pleased. The MZ goes
    on Ebay tomorrow evening (timed so the auction times out at about 6.30pm
    which means there should be lots of bidders at home in front of their
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 27, 2003
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    Loz H Guest

    If it`s clicking, that does not always mean it`s working. There is the
    possibility that the internal contacts are buggered as well. Not very
    common, but possible.
    Dirty/worn brush or dirty comm on the starter motor? It may have come to
    rest in that *exact* spot where the brush is not making a decent contact.
    Again, fairly uncommon but possible.

    The most likely suspect would be the clips on either end of the main cable,
    either coming from the battery to the solenoid or from solenoid to starter.
    Either they`re dirty and not making a decent contact (clean with wire brush)
    , or with them usually only being crimped onto the cable, oxidization gets a
    chance to do it`s usual stuff within (clean and re-crimp)
    Loz H, Sep 27, 2003
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    Alan.T.Gower Guest

    A few years ago I would have said dodgy build quality, however, even
    though I was dissappointed at the inital poor quality of the fasteners
    on my GSXR1000 I must admit that in general the quality has been pretty
    good, the fur has not pregressed and the rest of the bike is holding up
    pretty good considering it's now going into it's third winter.

    It could that the contacts in the solenoid are getting tired and when
    they are drawing a large current they are heating up and bending
    slightly. As Champ said it may also be the earth.
    Alan.T.Gower, Sep 27, 2003
  4. Yeah, this is what I figure.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 27, 2003
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    Tim Guest

    Don't park it so close to the Ducati then :)

    Tim two#21, YGL#3 & BOTAFOT#84

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    Tim, Sep 28, 2003
  6. Nah, don't think so. It's right as rain now.
    The Older Gentleman, Oct 5, 2003
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    Platypus Guest

    Gunsons Speedplate.

    Platypus - Faster Than Champ
    VN800 Drifter, R80RT
    BOB#1 SBS#35 ANORAK#18 TWA#15
    Platypus, Oct 5, 2003
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