Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Queensland, Australia
Serious mechanical help required!
MY BIKE DIED THIS MORNING!!!
Was cruising at around 75mph, doing 5k rpm, when I thought I could hear a clattering sound over the noise of the pipes / wind. I slowed down and the noise got louder, then really loud, then the engine "clunked" and died. All of this happened within about 5 seconds, tops.
The back tyre didn't lock-up at all and I kept the bike coasting as far as I could (I was only 5 mins from work). I couldn't see inside the fairings, but the bike smelled oily. However, there wasn't any signs of oil on the road, bike or back tyre.
Luckily, a collegue, who lives close to me, was five minutes behind me and he stopped when he saw me. He has a tray-back ute, so he continued to work, got another guy and a scaffold plank and came back to load the bike up.
I've had a look at it in the daylight and I still can't see any signs of oil leaking anywhere. The oil appears to be low (below the minimum line), but the bike is on the centre stand, so it's not quite accurate. There is some there. When I checked it a couple of days ago (off the stand), it was just above the line. The oil light hasn't come at all.
I have no idea what I've broken. I'm not game to try to kick it over in case I do any more damage. I would have suggested it's siezed, but the back tyre never locked-up, so I've ruled that out (I'm no mechanic, but that just seems logical to me on a bike that doesn't have a slipper clutch).
Anyone with knowledge have any ideas??? No nonsense stuff, please, this is going to cost me $$$$ and I don't even know how to break it to Mrs Tree. We really can't afford this. It's not something I'm going to be able to fix myself. I'd like to be able to give her some probabilities so she doesn't stress out too much.
Thanks in advance...
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