I had some questions that I couldn't really find answers for (or maybe not clear ones). I bought a 2008 GSXR 750 with about 100 miles on it during the summer of 2009. Because of certain life events and situations I wasn't really able to ride it to the fullest until this past summer (2010). The bike now has 1600 miles on it. The only maintenance I've done on it is the first service (done at dealer), change the oil, and lube the chain. My questions are the following:
1. Do I change the spark plugs? Manual says that it should be done after 12 months and it has technically been 3 years.
2. Brake fluid is recommended to be replaced every 2 years but is this necessary?
3. Do I change the oil once I start riding again? Been in storage for about 3-4 months now.
As a side note, bike has been riding fine and has technically been in storage for the winter. Thank you all in advance for your help!
changing the plugs would make sense if the bike was ridden - perhaps the same goes for the brake fluid, unless the bike has been sitting for a very long time. IF the brake fluid has a good color to it (clearish) and not leaking or anything, you are probably fine.
good practice to change the oil after the bike has been sitting for a while.
- just what I do...others may do things differently.
just do a visual inspection of it...same for the plugs. If the plugs are showing normal signs of wear, you can clean the carbon off them with a brush or shop rag and continue to use them. Change it if necessary. I don't change mine after Winter storage.
Change the oil and filter, charge the battery, clean and lube the chain, verify there are no mice living under the tank, check the air filter, check the radiator fluid level, check tire pressures and ride.
If it's sitting that long and you want it to run like mint again and want to keep riding it then I would do the battery, plugs, tires, and ALL fluids. then inspect the brake pads pretty well also. As others said, and it may seem funny, but check for anything living in the ram air, airbox, or under the tank. It happens more then you would think.
Actually the battery died but I got it up and running again with a tender.
I just rode it in November but I went to check to make sure nothing made my bike a rental home and it seems clean. I'll do a an inspection of everything I guess to make sure nothing needs replacement. Tire pressure and tread is good, same goes with air filter.
Does the brake fluid still need to be changed even if it LOOKS clear?... I know brake fluid absorbs moisture and that degrades the efficiency of it however is that what causes the brake fluid to turn dark?