When they're good, they're very very good

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Statto, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Statto

    Statto Guest

    But when a bike breaks down they're fucking awful.

    Get up at sparrowfart this morning, for a 6 o'clock start at work. On
    bike and trundle off. Get onto M4, and it loses power and cuts out.
    Coast onto hard shoulder have a quick check - fuel O.K., as I can see
    into the newly fitted inline filter. Prod the starter and the bike
    coughs into life, albeit running on 3 cylinders. Blip the throttle a
    couple of times and it clears its throat. Back on and away we go.
    Except, after about a mile, the bike cuts out. Coast onto hard
    shoulder, check the exhaust headers - yup, definitely running on 3.
    Scratch boll^Whead, try starting - yes, but still on 3 cylinders. One
    final try to either get to work, or, turn around at the next junction
    and head home. Yes, you guessed it, repeat the cut out, coast, stop
    process. Except this time, it's time to give up and, for the second
    time in 2 weeks, call Auntie Carole's breakdown service.

    Watch the sunrise over the Severn Estuary, which was nice and wait.
    Give the bike another chance and this time, the awkward little sod
    decides that it'll run on all four cylinders. Bloody thing. Breakdown
    bloke turns up - small recovery truck with a bike trailer on the back.
    Bike onto trailer, strapped down and recovered to home.

    Hopefully, all it'll need is a new set of spark plugs or at worst the
    CDI unit's fucked. Any other suggestions, apart from get rid of the
    fucking thing?
    Statto, Aug 13, 2003
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    WorkTOG Guest

    If it's just one pot it's unlikely to be the CDI, or the coils, or
    indeed anything expensive. My guess is a plug, plug cap or HT lead.

    *Conceivably* the carb, but unlikely.
    WorkTOG, Aug 13, 2003
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