Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: far south coast nsw
08 DL 1000 near death experience
Not so much that the bike kept conking out in heavy traffic...more because my wife was getting worried we'd be crushed under all the other vehicles when i couldn't reliably take off at the lights.
The day started with a 400k ride with absolutely nothing but sunshine and happy revs until I reach Sydney traffic (we live on the far south coast of New South Wales). We were both enjoying the ride until the traffic took the temp gauge up to the 3rd bar and suddenly we start misfiring. I'm having to play the clutch continuously in heavy traffic until the misfiring gets too bad and we pull off the road into a petrol station. My wife had lots of nifty ideas about finding a bike mechanic but at 4pm on a friday arvo I wasn't so optimistic.
We were both a bit rattled from the stress of trying not to be run over and the only strategy I could suggest was to let the bike cool down for a while as the symptoms only started when we reached the 3rd bar. Sure enough after 20 minutes cooling down then starting off on 1 bar we were off playing with peak hour traffic again. This time I switched the engine off each time we stopped in traffic and as long as we stayed below 3 bars all was fine.
Over the next two days I did another 600 ks and it was only the few times the bike reached the 3rd bar that i would have the same spluttering issue again. This was in winter so I can only imagine what summer temps and Sydney traffic would have led to...a complete breakdown of both motorbike and mental state. I'm thinking its not so much the engine temp (as 3rd bar is far from 'hot') but that something like coils or other electrics are absorbing heat while stationary and failing. I even wondered if the fuel pump could be failing once the tank has absorbed enough warmth while stationary. I'm getting 3rd-bar anxiety!