Jump to our 10 step guide for sorting your sparksThese days bikes are fitted with more electrickery than you can shake a stick at and, since many electrical components are sealed units it is usually a case of binning the old one and fitting a
mains power where the bike is parked2 Keep the battery terminals and leads (shown here) corrosion-free. Clean them up with a wire brush, then coat with grease, Vaseline or Würth's battery terminal spray3 Bulb bases are usually made of cheap metal
. And non-UK import owners - do yours dip the right way?12 Make sure none of the electrics affect any of the others when. Did you know your bike will fail if it has a gong fitted in place of a horn?
or silicone spray onto the electrical connectors so you stand half a chance of getting the bike going again after submerging it in a river.
chain with a light penetrating lube such as WD-40. Use the same lube to coat every electrical connecter block, which will help waterproof the electrical system.Most bikes will have breather tubes with bungs fitted. These fill with water, oil or fuel
1 Get all the necessary bodywork/tank/side panels out of the way and put them somewhere safe. Now loosen the jubilee clips that hold the carb to the inlet manifold and airbox.2 Undo and disconnect all the fuel lines and electrical connectors
'O'-ring, particularly when refitting. There will also be one or two breather tubes and at least one electrical connector for the fuel gauge. Once these have been detached the rear fixing bolt can be removed and the fuel tank lifted away.With the bike
will be felt as a knock through your fingers. Next, ideally with a friend to help, lift the front wheel off the ground and turn the bars to check for over-tight bearings.Now check the the electrics - the commonest cause of bike MoT failures. Check the high
Jump to our descriptive step by step guide for clean carbsWith more and more bikes now coming with fuel-injection the art of fettling carburretors is gradually being forgotten, so here's a reminder. It's only in the last five years that fuel
; fully-faired modern sports tackle is harder to work on. Removing bodywork is time consuming and has to be done carefully as it's far too easy to scratch and damage panels as they're taken off. Also, a sports bike's compact design means things are harder
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