Garage ANY QUESTION ANSWERED OWNING & RIDING Q Do I have to shell out to get my valves sorted?
If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find the person who does Do I need to tread carefully when buying a decent adventure boot? Has my BMW got problems in the pipeline? Q
My Suzuki GSX-R600 K7 fires up okay from cold, but once hot it’s a struggle to get going. I’ve sent the starter motor off to be looked at and it’s come back with no faults. My local garage thinks it’s valve clearances, which I’ve never had done due to cost. Every time I stop for fuel I have to wait for the bike to cool down, or bumpstart it. What could it be? Mick Connolly, Liverpool motor that you get checked out, the problem is still going to be there. It sounds like your garage is on the right track. If your valve clearances haven’t been adjusted for years, then it’s quite likely they have closed up. Once the engine is up to temperature and everything has expanded, some of the valves are being held open, so the bike is losing so much motocross boot, but the Corozal’s reinforced sole will be designed to take the weight of a bike resting against it, so it won’t fold in and crush your foot. The soles are designed to work in road conditions and so are relatively smooth. The Drystar breathable waterproof liner Alpinestars use has proved itself to be very reliable over the years. Others to consider in a similar vein are the Sidi Adventure Gore-tex boots or the TCX X-desert Gore-tex. compression that you can’t get it going on the button, but a bump in second or third gear will work because it will get the engine turning over quicker than the starter motor can manage, even when it’s healthy. As the engine doesn’t get noisier in this situation, it’s easy to put off the financial pain of getting the valves adjusted. The work costs about £280, but it’s a false economy to dodge it as the hot exhaust gases are going to eat away at the bike’s valve seats and heads and you could be faced with a repair bill that’s three times the size. I bought a 56-plate BMW F800ST in October and it’s been great. The problem is that after a decent run out, it stalls as I change down the gears at junctions and traffic lights. I’ve had the bike’s ECU updated without success. Chris Brown, email
Answered by Steve Bellars, BMW GB There are two pipes that feed air from the airbox to the idle control valve. Those pipes can soften over time and when you throttle off that creates negative pressure that’s sometimes strong enough to close them up, starving the engine of air so it stalls. Replace them and all will be well.
I took my Kawasaki ZX-12R off the road several months ago although I have been paying my road tax by direct debit. I got a letter in early July warning me that it was not insured, but the letter didn’t have the DVLA logo on it so I thought it was marketing mail and ignored it. Now I’ve got another letter saying I am being fined for not informing the DVLA that the insurance had run out. Why is this a problem when I am paying road tax? Name and address supplied
Answered by Chris Dabbs, MCN Unfortunately that first letter was an ‘Insurance Advisory Letter’ from the Motor Insurers Bureau as DVLA records had shown you were paying tax while your bike is uninsured. Continuous Insurance Enforcement legislation came into force in 2011 to cut down on the thousands of irresponsible road users cruising around in uninsured vehicles. CIE says that if you take a vehicle off the road, you must make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to the DVLA. As your cover ran out in March you can see they give you a few months grace and a warning too, but now you are liable for the fine I am afraid.