Hey everyone, my names chris and Im 28 years old. I am new to this site and live in York PA. I have been riding bikes ever since I was 12. I started with a $200 1979 suzuki ts 125 enduro dirtbike which I loved to ride in the backyard. After that was sold I missed riding it so I decieded to sneak rides on my dads 1979 Harley sportster when noone was home. Later on in life my friend got an 80's Honda hurricane which he let me ride sometimes which really got me into sport bikes.
My fiance bought me an 1988 Suzuki Katana 600 in 2006 which I still have and love riding. It needs some minor maintenance work though like tires and carbs cleaned and such and has been sitting for a little over a year. I figured it was time for me to step up and get a faster/newer bike. I am in the process of buying a 1997 Honda CBR900RR black in color. I will be picking it up this coming Saturday and can't wait. Unfortunately I live in PA and there is snow on the ground now
. I have a few questions about my new bike with some things that I noticed when I took it on a very short 20 degree test ride. I have a lot of questions so strap on your helmets and enjoy the ride.
First off the bike is clean and was never dropped or wrecked and has a clean title. When I was riding it, I noticed that at slow speeds the handlebars wanted to twist to the left on their own. I almost had to fight to keep them straight. This also occurs when you get on the throttle pretty hard and they want to jerk to the side. When you are cruising, the pulling goes away and the bike rides straight and easy. It only happens at really slow speeds and when hitting the throttle hard.
Something the owner told me and showed me is that the tires are pretty bad and have around 2/32's tread on them. Also the center of the tires seems to be raised more than the side of the tread almost like there is a high spot in the center of both tires. Would bad tires cause an issue like this? Any other ideas what may be causing the pulling? I can't say if it only pulls to the left or not as I just went on a very short ride and i was concentrating on freezing my butt off and not wrecking the guys bike.
Another thing I noticed is the right turn signal doesn't work much. The lever seems to be kinda hard to move and when I pushed the lever to the right and pushed and held it in to cancel the turnsignal (than the front started blinking but the rear never came on. Left turn signal works good though. Any ideas what may cause this problem?
The choke lever does not stay up when you pull it up. You have to physically hold it out or it goes back in. Any ideas how to fix this?
Also I noticed that the clutch doesn't grab until the lever is almost all the way out. Is there a way to adjust it so it releases when the lever is halfway out?
Can anyone recommend me some good tires for this bike that are not too pricey. I don't ride and corner too aggressively but I want something that won't have me sliding all over the place.
Lastly, I noticed in the front there is some kind of black cover above the headlight where a third light would be located however this cover appears to be painted the same color as the bike and has two screws in it. Was the third light an option or did someone remove mine? How hard would it be to install a third light on mine?
Whew. Sorry this post turned into a novel. I look forward to talking with you guys and learning all I can about my new to me bike. I plan on getting a repair manual for it. I am pretty mechanically inclined so if you tell me what to do, I can probably troubleshoot or repair the problem myself. Hopefully there is some members around the york pa area that may be interested in getting together for a ride sometime.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
BTW I tried to ask all this over at the CBR forums but my account is still awaiting activation even after a week of waiting !! Something tells me I will be on here more often than there.