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Motorcycle Holidays

I’m still working my way through lots of motorcycle videos from the New Zealand holiday in 2018, which is taking longer than expected! Whilst I’m finishing up with the editing and article writing, I’ve created a short montage of holidays over the past few years – enjoy 🙂

You can view write-ups from my previous holidays below, and remember to share with your friends 🙂 Happy travels!!

South Africa



More work on the GSXR1100 clutch

With the weather finally becoming a bit warmer it was time to get stuck-in to some more jobs in the garage. I ordered a replacement clutch hub for my GSXR1100 before Christmas, and with bike on the lift I can get started.

I had previously replaced the steel plates, which looked very warn, and possibly part of my clutch issues where the plates were sticking. I’d also previously tried to dress the wear damaged on the clutch hub splines, but having ridden the bike again it was clear I needed a new hub.

Suzuki gsxr 1100

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The process takes roughly 90 minutes to complete, plus a bit more time if you also need to remove the bottom fairing. I prefer to remove all the clutch plates before removing the hub, so you’ll need a magnet to make your life easier. The clutch hub minus the plates is also easier to handle, and you are less likely to dislodge the clutch basket when removing the hub.

You’ll also need to replace the crush spacer and washer when refitting the hub. The 50 to 70 NM required torque for the hub spacer nut is fairly low when compared to later models, some make double sure washer is folded around the nut to prevent any movement.

I’ve not had a chance to ride since reassembly, maybe I’ll have time for a quick spin before I start on the suspension linkage.

Ride safe,


The World’s Fastest Indian and Classic Motorcycle Mecca

Classic motorcycles in New Zealand

I’ve recently returned from a motorcycle holiday in New Zealand, and wanted to share some highlights. One of the places I wanted to visit was Invercargill, the home of “The World’s Fastest Indian”. If you are unfamiliar with the story, I suggest watching the film, which features superb acting by Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro.

The World's Fastest Indian DVD (2006) Anthony Hopkins

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Burt Munro set multiple land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his custom built motorcycles. I was very keen to see the original bikes, now displayed at E A Hayes Hardware store in Invercargill.

Classic Motorcycle Mecca is also a great place to visit, which features an amazing collection of classic road and race bikes, including the amazing Britten v-twin race bikes. If you are ever in the area, I thoroughly recommend a visit to these places if you are a keen motorcycle enthusiast.

Ride safe,

Al (


TuneECU free diagnostics tool

Making the most of your Tune ECU

Update! Android versions now available for download via Google Playstore

If you own a motorcycle which has fuel injection installed, you will probably have an Engine Control Unit (ECU) installed which controls and monitors various aspects of your motorcycle.

In the past the only way to analyse your ECU was to visit the local dealer who had access to expensive diagnostic tools, such as the Texa Axone.

Texa Axone 5 Nano S Car & LCV Diagnostic Package

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Due to the rise of open source software development and on-line owners forums, you can now access your engine ECU to diagnose and review your ECU by downloading free software.

USB cable for Triumph Motorcycles TuneECU FTDI FT232RL Chip OBD II KTM Tune ECU

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I started to experience running problems with my 2003 Aprilia RST, and found the options to accurately review fault codes via the motorcycle dashboard are limited and clumsy.

If you experience intermittent faults it was virtually impossible to diagnose because the dashboard would only display the latest fault code after turning off the ignition, removing the seat to connect up the diagnostic circuit, then turning of the ignition.

If the fault didn’t reappear when the ignition was turned on you would be back to square one – very frustrating! After lots of searching around the internet I found a website called TuneECU which provided free software to analyse your ECU through a custom made cable. The website also contains information regarding how to make the cable for your specific bike, alternatively you can buy the correct cable from most online auction sites (I got mine from

Before you get started with TuneECU you should be aware that you can cause some serious damage to your ECU (and your bike) if you don’t know what your are doing, so please read all the tutorial information on the website and watch the various YouTube videos.

I found TuneECU to invaluable for diagnosing problems, rather than trying to work through the fault tree in a maintenance manual. I hope you enjoyed the article, and find it useful for your modern barn finds!

Ride safe,

Al (

Suzuki GSXR1100 clutch slave cylinder rebuild

Suzuki GSXR1100 clutch slave cylinder rebuild

When I removed the sprocket cover and clutch slave cylinder, it was clear the slave cylinder was in poor condition. The outer surface rim was damaged, and the inner cylinder wall and piston were worn beyond repair.


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Genuine Suzuki Clutch Master Cylinder Repair Kit GSXR750 F G H GSXR1100

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I ordered a complete replacement clutch slave cylinder, and also painted the sprocket cover whilst removed from the bike. Hopefully I’ll have some time this weekend to reinstall, and hopefully resolve my clutch problems!

Ride safe,

Al (