Riding a Suzuki motorbike can be quite thrilling. However, when a motorbike develops an issue, it may be tempting to run immediately to the mechanic and pay an exorbitant sum to fix what may be a minor problem. There are many things that even amateur mechanics can do to maintain, fix, and improve a motorbike, so the rider may need to get some replacement parts from time to time. It is useful for buyers to understand the common issues and easy solutions that people with even the most limited mechanical abilities can deal with.
Suzuki motorbike parts can be bought at garages or specialist shops for motorbikes. They can also be found online at eBay,, which has a wide selection of products. In addition to the cost savings produced by installing a part without a professional mechanic, bike parts bought on eBay are generally less expensive than those found at other sources.
Common Issues with Suzuki Motorbikes
While regular maintenance prevents many issues with Suzuki motorbikes, there can still be problems that occur. The following categories present modifications and fixes that amateur mechanics can perform to return their motorbike to full functionality, along with the parts that are required.
Adjusting the Valves of a Suzuki Motorbike
Riders can adjust the valves of a Suzuki motorbike, such as the GS, to ensure that the combustion chamber is sealed completely during the compression stroke of the engine. Adjusting the valves can help to maintain clearance, which is the small gap between the rocker arm and the valve stem. In order to adjust the valves, the spark plugs and the individual access caps, if present, must be removed. Each valves' clearance should be measured when the valve is open and closed. To correct any deviations in the clearance, a feeler gauge can be used to measure the difference. To adjust the clearance, the locknut on the adjuster in the rocker arm should be loosened. The clearance should be remeasured after tightening the locknut.
Changing the Battery of a Suzuki Motorbike
The battery of a Suzuki motorbike needs to be charged periodically. The battery can be found under the seat inside a plastic box. The bike should be parked on level ground and the engine should be cool. The seat can be removed using the screws or bolts. The wire harness on top of the battery box should also be removed. The cable connector can be loosened and the cables can be removed from the battery. Then, the battery can be removed and replaced.
Changing the Brake Pads of a Suzuki Motorbike
If changing the brake fluid does not result in an improvement when stopping the motorbike, the brake pads may need to be replaced. Suzuki motorbikes have disc brakes installed on the front and rear rotors. The bike should be parked on level ground and completely cool. The mounting bolts on the face of the brake calipers can be removed. The brake pads should be exposed and a Suzuki brake compression tool can be used to remove the pads from the caliper. New brake pads can be inserted and the bike calipers can be replaced on the rotors. Finally, the mounting bolt should be tightened.
Modifying the Exhaust Baffles of a Suzuki Motorbike
The baffles on the exhaust system of a Suzuki motorbike can limit the emission of noise from the bike and create back pressure in the exhaust system. Modifying the baffles can affect engine performance, but can result in a quieter, smoother ride. It may be necessary to remove the tailpipe section of the bike to modify the baffles. Older models of Suzuki motorbikes have a bolt that secures the baffles in the tailpipe. For slide-in baffles, secure the outer end of the baffle with a bench vice. The length of the baffle should be measured and the result divided by four. The rider can modify the baffle by cutting a quarter of the section using a hacksaw. Cutting one or two sections should be sufficient to modify the baffle to produce better results. After cutting, the baffle can be reinstalled.
Maintaining a Suzuki Motorbike
Once any parts have been replaced, it is a good idea to maintain the Suzuki motorbike well in order to prolong the life of the new parts. By taking care of the motorbike regularly, many of the following steps can prevent major problems from occurring.
Changing the Oil of a Suzuki Motorbike
Perhaps one of the most crucial steps when maintaining a Suzuki motorbike is changing the oil regularly: it is also an easy first step for the amateur mechanic. Before adding new oil, the motorbike should be run for 5 to 10 minutes to warm the existing oil. This process allows the existing oil to be removed more quickly. The oil filler cap should be removed and a drain pan should be placed underneath the motor. The drain plug can be removed with a socket wrench. Allow the oil to drain completely. Remove the old oil filter and replace with a new one.
The new oil filter can be screwed in by hand until it is seated against the motor. New oil can be added to the motor via the oil filler neck using a funnel. The buyer can find the maximum capacity listed on the engine cover of the motor. The motor should be started and the new oil should be warmed for 5 minutes. The oil level should be checked and adjusted as necessary.
Types of Motorbike Oil
There are various types of motorbike oil that Suzuki owners can use. It is important to check the Suzuki model to determine the right type of oil. Older bikes are usually designed to use fossil-based oil and should not use synthetic oil. The following table provides details on the types of motorbike oil available.
More expensive than conventional oil used in cars
Resists high engine operating temperature better than fossil-based oil
Reduces internal engine friction
Used in racing bikes
Cools and regulates the engine with high temperatures generated from racing
Not required for standard and recreational riding
Single and multi-grade
Designed for maintenance purposes
Detergents added to disperse deposits, build up, and sludge
Most types of Suzuki motorbike use synthetic oil. Racers use performance oil. Other motorbikes may use a synthetic blend that consist of single and multi-grade engine oil.
Checking the Brake Fluid of a Suzuki Motorbike
Brake fluid becomes less effective as it absorbs other fluids. The brake fluid should be replaced at least once every two years. Suzuki motorbikes have two brake fluid reservoirs: at the front near the handlebars and at the rear. Both reservoirs should be checked periodically and only new brake fluid should be used to refill them. Riders should be careful not to spill brake fluid on the bike because it erodes bare metal and ruins paintwork.
Examine Tyres of a Suzuki Motorbike
Suzuki motorbikes run most effectively when the tyres are inflated to the appropriate level. The inflation level can be checked with a simple low pressure tyre gauge. Tyres that are under inflated generate heat and tend to wear out quickly, which can result in a burst tyre. Riders should be able to feel the difference when tyres are inflated properly. Motorcyclists can also inspect the depth of the tread on their tyres to determine if the tyre needs to be replaced. If the tread depth is 1 to 2 millimetres, then the tyres should be replaced. It is always wise to replace tyres sooner rather than later.
How to Find Suzuki Motorbike Parts on eBay
When looking for parts and accessories on eBay, you can use the search engine to find what you are looking for quickly. You can access the search engine by using the text box found on most pages on the site. Type "Suzuki motorbike parts", which provides you with many results. To narrow the focus of the listings, you can add the particular part or model of bike that you are looking for in the search phrase. Make sure that you spell the search terms correctly because eBay only has a moderate ability to suggest alternative words.
Saving a Search on eBay
If you do not have time to look through all of the results or would prefer to look through the results at a later time, you can save a search.. Once you have performed your search, you can click "Save search" at the top of the results. You can name your search for future reference and examine results, including any new products, by using the My eBay page. You can also have an email sent to you daily when new items that meet the search criteria become available.
Maintaining, fixing, and buying parts for a Suzuki motorbike can make owning the bike an even more rewarding experience than simply riding it. Understanding how to modify or adjust the exhaust baffle, and change the battery can help the buyer to select the correct parts. These maintenance tasks may be a little bit involved, but an amateur mechanic should still be able to accomplish them with the appropriate tools and some elbow grease.
There are many other simple tasks that a motorbike owner can do to maintain the bike to enable it to perform at its peak. Changing the oil, keeping the tyres in top condition, and checking the brake fluid can be done by everyone. When looking for motor oil or replacement parts, eBay is an excellent place to visit. The site has great bargains on all kinds of Suzuki motorbike parts that can be purchased without leaving the comfort of home.