Garage Why is my Intruder juddering?
I have a 2008 Suzuki M1800R Intruder, which has done roughly 6000 miles. The day I picked it up from the garage it had a slight judder and this has continued until now. When I first start it up and let the clutch out, I get a big judder for around 50 yards, however for the rest of day it runs OK – even when I start it up again. It went back into the dealer I got it from for the clutch to be stripped down, but it was still no good. I took the bike to another bike garage I have used for 20 years and they also couldn’t find fault with it. Any idea what the problem could be? Dave Pratley, email Answered by Steve Scully, GT Motorcycles It sounds to me like it probably isn’t to do with the clutch, but instead a misfire. This sounds like a case of the customer deciding diagnosis, rather than telling the mechanic what they are feeling. The dealers need to experience the fault and identify it themselves. You need to try and work out whether it’s definitely a clutch issue or whether or not the engine is running properly. Alternatively, you may find that the spark plugs have been fouled up. We have had that before here with the Intruders, but it is not common.
I have £2500 to spend on a new track bike and I want to know what I should go for? My local track is Cadwell Park, so it will spend most of its time there. Chris, Sleaford
Answered by Tim Thompson, MCN Content Editor You really don’t need a litre bike around Cadwell Park. The Lincolnshire venue is a flowing circuit that’s made for a 600. I would look for something like an early Honda CBR600RR. That’s just about the perfect track bike. It’s got modern everything and has the build quality too. Plus, it absolutely flies around Cadwell Park – which is basically a non-stop corner. The CBR had something about it that made it feel un-crashable. Honda crammed everything around the centre of mass on this bike and this made it feel like a really calm machine to ride. At some point, you would want to uprate the suspension though. The brakes could also be sharper. However, you can’t really go wrong with these bikes and you could make the necessary upgrades along the way. Just apply some common sense when buying. You want to buy as new as possible and the 2003 bike was the moment the CBR stopped being a great road bike and became a good track tool.
Juddery Intruder? No sniggering at the back there