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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.

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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.

https://www.ehayes.co.nz/

https://www.transportworld.co.nz/motorcycle-mecca/

Ride safe,

Al (barnfindmotorcycle.com)

 

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.

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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.

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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 ebay.co.uk).

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 (Barnfindmotorcycle.com)

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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Clutch Master Cylinder Repair Kit for 1995 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 WSK-S (L/C) (Race

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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 (barnfindmotorcycle.com)

Suzuki GSXR1100 master cylinder rebuild

Leaking Suzuki GSXR1100 master cylinder and rebuild

I’ve been having a few problems with my GSXR1100 clutch recently, where when the clutch lever is fully pulled-in it still feels like the gear wants to engage when the engine is revved. I tried bleeding the system a few times but didn’t see any difference, so looking at the master cylinder was the next logical step. The master cylinder dust seal showed signs of leaking, so I decided to undertake a complete overhaul.

The first task was to strip and clean everything in the ultrasonic clear before installing the repair kit. Hopefully this will resolve this resolve the problem, but also expecting to service the slave cylinder, which hasn’t been off the bike for a long time.

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Another job on the list!

Ride safe,

Al (Barnfindmotorcycle.com)

An evening away on the Aprilia Futura at Trew Fields

Trew Fields Festival 2018 on the Aprilia Futura

The weather has been amazing recently, and the opportunity came up to camp at the Trew Fields Festival in Surrey. The Aprilia Futura is my main bike for touring, so I packed the camping gear and heading off on Saturday morning.

The Trew Fields Festival is a cancer awareness event and holistic retreat over the weekend. There were lots of interesting speakers, live music and healthy food. I could only stay for the Saturday and headed home early on Sunday morning, but I had a great time meeting new people and taking riding the Futura on some lovely roads through Surrey. I’ll be coming again next year!

Check out the Trew Fields website for more information

Ride safe,

Al (Barnfindmotorcycle.com)