Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – January 08, 2021

Welcome to the first edition of Partzilla Live Q&A for 2021, with John Talley answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions. 

As usual, Honda ATV questions were aplenty, but several Suzuki motorcycle questions popped up as well, including a couple that had answers with GSXR comparisons to Honda CBR models. Check out excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition.

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 01-08-21

Partzilla Live Q&A – Suzuki/Honda Motorcycle Questions and Answers 

Suzuki GSX-R1000/Honda CBR 600

I have a 2007 GSXR. I changed the oil, but forgot to tighten the oil cap and it fell out while I was riding. I think it blew a rod because it has a hard knock and I’m swapping a new motor in. Do I have to remove the front sprocket before I install it?

John Talley: There was one particular unit, I can’t remember if it was the CBR or the GSXR where you actually had to remove the sprocket ... It can’t hurt, because it’s one less thing that gets in the way. I remember a couple of different units where it can be tight getting them up into position. So I would say yes, go ahead and pull it off.

I have an ‘07 Honda CBR 600RR with 77,000 km. Should I be concerned about steering head bearings or suspension bearings?

John Talley: Well, this is something you need to take a look at, especially one with that many miles. We didn’t do the bearing replacement on that one, but I did do a full bearing replacement, I think we did steering head and swingarm bearings on our GXSR 1000. So if you would, take a look at that playlist and just watch how I determined whether or not we needed to replace the bearings. It’s pretty easy to do. You just want to lift it up on a jack under the engine itself to where the back end is just hanging off, and you just want to rock it back-and-forth and feel its pivot points. Just see how they feel, and if it all feels solid …  you’re going to be fine. Same thing for the front end. Bring up the front end to where the front tire is off the ground and just bring it out and back, and side-to-side to see if you have any play. If you’ve got some play, does that mean the bearings have to be replaced? No, it may just mean that the head bearings just need to be tightened down a little bit. … With the rear suspension, most of the time you’re going to find needle bearings in there, and when they start to wear, there is no tightening them. They’re just done … Now, the GSXR was a bit of an extreme case, but it really made it possible for me to show what you should be looking, feeling and listening for. 

Suzuki GSXR 1000 

What maintenance should I do on a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000?

John Talley: We’ve got an entire series on an ’07 GSXR 1000. It’s almost identical to the 06, so go take a look at that playlist on our YouTube channel.

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