ANY QUESTION ANSWERED OWNING & RIDING Q How can I free off a seized fairing fastener?
If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find the person who does Which do-it-all jacket will keep me comfy in all conditions? Is FJR1300 warning light a storm in a teacup? Q
I was about to give my Honda CBR600RR a good clean when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I’d take the left-hand fairing off and carefully remove the V-piece. Then I found another bolt seized in its grommet in the fairing. How can I get them out? Tom Affleck, Liverpool
I’m looking for an all-season jacket with a removable thermal liner for under £300. I don’t really like waterproof linings; I’d prefer to slip on a waterproof oversuit and keep the rain out. Nick Paulley, MCN forums
Answered by Keith Roissetter, Infinity Motorcycles There are a number of threelayer jackets which tick your boxes. They have a thermal Answered by Scott Bullett, Doble Motorcycles These grommets have got a threaded brass top hat insert, which gets corroded and seizes − but there are several ways you can go about removing them. Give it a good soak with penetrating oil first, and if you can get around the back of the grommet you may be liner closest to your body with a waterproof liner zipped in place between that and the outer shell. The waterproof liner also works as a windproof layer, so it will give you some warmth and it’s breathable - waterproof oversuits are not. Your best bet is the RST Adventure II. The thermal and waterproof layers are interchangeable so you can choose which layer (or both) you want to have. able to grip the top hat with pliers or small molegrips and gently force the fastener to move, but beware rounding it off. Here in the workshop we’ve got a rattle gun which spins a lot faster and is more successful at ‘shocking’ and freeing the thread off.
If it still won’t budge and you can see enough of the rubber portion you can slash and break that up with a very sharp craft knife until you can remove the rubber, which will allow the brass insert to pass through the larger hole. Whenever we have a bike in for a service we always use a dab of copaslip on all the fasteners and it’s the first bit of preventative maintenance I do when I buy a used bike. I braved Storm Katie over Easter on my Yamaha FJR1300 and was rewarded with a yellow engine warning light. At first it flickered, but by the last day of my mini-tour it was on continuously, along with a ‘31’ fault code. I was able to get home and once it had dried out for a few days the fault code and light have both gone away. Where do I start trying to trace it? Leslie Peters, Earlswood
Answered by Ernie Lodge, FJR Centre When a warning light is intermittent it’s generally a ‘glitch in the matrix’ caused by moisture. The FJR electronics run on low voltages and it doesn’t take much dampness to make it borderline. Now it’s dried out I’d pull apart the main connectors and clean out any corrosion. If the ‘31’ code was real it would indicate a lean air/fuel ratio, which could be caused by a faulty fuel pump giving low fuel pressure, clogged injectors, a defective oxygen sensor, a short circuit in the loom or a malfunctioning ECU. So focus on the connectors in those circuits, then give the whole bike a good coating of corrosion inhibitor on a low-humidity day to give it the best chance.
My son bought a Kawasaki ZR-7 last week but only carried out an MCN Bike Check after we had collected it. The check revealed the bike was made a Category B write-off in 2010. I thought Cat A and Bs had to be taken off the road, so I’m worried it could be dangerous. Trevor Jones, Golders Green
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN There is no legal impediment to a Category B write-off being put back on the road, as there is only a code of conduct between insurers, the police and Government departments, not legislation. If it has passed Mots since 2010 and you are happy with the way the bike handles then you shouldn’t have a problem. You may find it harder to sell on, assuming your buyer performs a bike check before buying. You have no legal recourse against the buyer, unless you directly asked them if the bike had been written off.