Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – April 15, 2022
John Talley returns for another edition of Partzilla Live Q&A, answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions.
Honda Motorcycle Repair
Can you share any tips for assembling the fairings on a Honda CBR600?
John Talley: On the 600, it’s just a matter of keeping up with which bolts go where when you’re pulling them off. Because it’s not nearly as complicated as the Goldwing, but I think there are still two or three different length and diameter bolts that hold all the fairings on the 600RR. If you’re confused as to which one goes where, go to our website, to the exploded parts diagrams and it’s going to call out each bolt. And I believe in the description it’ll actually give you the diameter and the length of the bolt itself, and that makes it a lot easier to put it back together.
Can you recommend a set of tires for a 2007 Honda CBR 600RR that performs well in the rain?
John Talley: Off the top of my head I’m not going to be able to hit it, but my favorite tire manufacturers are Michelin and/or Continental. Either one of those. If you go to their all-season tires, I think you’ll find something that will do well in the rain. Are they just going to be for track use in the rain? A wet set for the rain? Now, you may want to go with a soft high performance compound with a rain groove cut in it. If not, just go for a higher wear all-season set.
Suzuki Motorcycle Repair
What’s your opinion on balancing beads for Suzuki GSXR tires instead of getting a wheel balanced traditionally?
John Talley: Alright, for a bike like the GSXR, I mean if you’re really going to be running it at high speeds, only on a track of course, then I would recommend actually getting them balanced at a local shop. With that being said, that little dot they put on the tire, if you line that up with your valve stem, that’s kind of their balance point. That balances the tire to the best of their knowledge, but your rim may not be perfectly balanced as well. If you’re running at really high speed, where you need to have all the wobbles out of it, then it is worth doing. For just regular daily street use, I don’t think it’s really worth it. But that’s just my opinion.
While riding an all-stock 08' Suzuki C90, I heard a whistling sound coming from the gas tank area. Pitch of the sound changed as I twisted on/off throttle. What could it be?
John Talley: Hmm. That indeed is an odd one. Well there must be some type of, I don’t want to say vent, but maybe a vent tube that’s partially stopped up. Maybe that’s what you’re hearing, and it’s changing with RPMs. I’ll look at the intake of an 08 Suzuki C90 and maybe come up with a better answer next week.
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