Motorcycles are almost a way of life for many riders. Symbols of freedom and independence, these vehicles give riders the tools to get out on the open road and seek adventure. Of course, there are many different kinds of motorcycles and everyone has a favourite brand, but for many riders, Suzuki motorcycles stand out from the rest of the famous brands. Suzuki motorcycles are fast and they can take whatever a rider wants to dish out, but they still occasionally need work. Of course, there are many skilled mechanics able to fix an ailing Suzuki, but for many people, working on the bike is as much a part of the experience as riding it.
Replacing engine parts or rebuilding the engine is not something just any rider can do, for it takes skill, but it is a skill that can be learned. Beginners who want to learn their way around a Suzuki motorcycle engine but are worried about where and how to get the right parts should not worry. A basic introduction should make it clear this is within a rider's grasp.
An Introduction to Motorcycle Maintenance
A good first step before going shopping for Suzuki engine parts is to get an overview of how motorcycle engines are put together. A description of the major engine parts is also useful. An introduction to the Suzuki brand should help provide some useful context.
Why Suzuki Motorcycles?
Obviously, Suzuki motorcycles are only one quality brand among many, but they stand out mostly for speed. Like a number of other Japanese brands, Suzuki first made a name for itself with small bikes fitted with two-stroke engines. These were lightweight, powerful machines that went fast and did very well at international races. Since then, the company has added larger, four-stroke engines to some of its bikes, and the brand competes in all the major motorcycle markets, from mini-bikes to cruisers. As a group, however, they remain fast machines that are fairly simple to maintain.
Motorcycle Engine Anatomy
In a motorcycle engine, like a car engine, repeated explosions of a fuel and air mixture in a combustion chamber drive a pumping motion of a piston. The linear motion of the piston is then converted by a connecting rod into the circular motion of the crankshaft, which passes it on to the transmission and from there to the drive and the rear wheel. The combustion chamber and the piston together is a cylinder, and the number and arrangement of cylinders in an engine is one of the ways an engine can be described. The famous V-twin, for example, has two cylinders in a V arrangement.
The capacity of the combustion chamber, in cubic centimetres (cc), and the number of piston strokes per power cycle are also ways to identify particular engine types. In the power cycle, the combustion chamber fills with a fuel-air mixture, ignites, and then prepares to fill again. In a two-stroke engine, the piston pumps twice during this cycle; in a four-stroke it pumps for times.
Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts
A motorcycle engine consists of a large number of parts, some of which are very small. But the major parts can be thought of in two groups: those associated with the cylinder head and those associated with the engine block. Minor parts are not less important, but some simplification makes the description clearer.
The cylinder head is a box that contains the valves. The intake valve, where the fuel and air mixture comes in, and the exhaust valve, through which exhaust gases get out, are both pushed open in turn by the rotating camshaft. They close by means of a spring. A spark plug ignites the fuel and air mixture.
The engine block is the box that contains the combustion chamber and other engine parts, including the piston, connecting rod, and crankshaft. At the bottom of the block is an oil pan that holds a reservoir of oil used to lubricate the engine. Any of these parts could need to be replaced. However, except for the spark plug, they are not designed to wear out regularly. If properly maintained, they might never need to be replaced at all.
Buying Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts
A rider who wants to get the Suzuki back on the road as quickly as possible has different priorities than someone doing a complete custom rebuild. Not all motorcycle work is equal, and different types of projects demand different shopping strategies for parts. Finally, there is always the issue of where to go to find the right part.
Buying Parts for Basic Maintenance and Repair
The big question with replacement parts, including Suzuki motorcycle engine parts, is whether to go with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or aftermarket parts. Using OEM parts is much less risky choice because the new part exactly matches the old one. Quality and performance are assured. However, since aftermarket pieces are less expensive than OEM parts, the temptation to use them is understandably very real.
Some aftermarket parts perform as well or even better than their OEM equivalents, but not all of them do. Extremely low prices are sometimes a sign of poor quality. The key, if considering aftermarket parts, is to research the product completely. If it is cheaper, find out why it is cheaper. Find out whether the manufacturer has a reputation for safety and quality with other riders. And make sure that the part really is intended for the right Suzuki model.
Customising Suzuki Motorcycles
By definition, customising a bike means changing it, so buying parts for customisation projects means installing aftermarket parts. Although many aftermarket parts do work perfectly well, there is a risk and it is still up to the buyer to minimise that risk by doing thorough research on the part. Then, too, some high-performance parts perform better in one area because they perform worse in another.
Few riders are going to mind the reduced noise-control of a high performance exhaust system, of course, since more noise is usually part of the point, but remember motorcycles are sold with mufflers for a reason; a really loud bike might be fun, but it can seriously disturb passers-by. Other trade-offs could involve safety or air quality, and it is up to the buyer to weigh these choices. As a word of warning, altering the engine is one of those things that should only be done by an expert because even a small mistake could wreck the engine. Riders who are not themselves experts should hire an expert rather than attempt this alteration themselves.
Buying Parts for Classic Suzuki Motorcycles
When working on a classic Suzuki, historical accuracy demands using either original parts or accurate reproductions of the original parts. Otherwise, the bike might not be eligible for showing as a classic and its resale value is much lower. Original parts are also, by definition, compatible with the bike. However, original parts for classic bikes can take a long time to track down, and meanwhile the road is calling. Some riders buy and install whatever they can find so they can ride now, and replace them with original parts as these turn up. This strategy can certainly work, but the buyer still bears the responsibility to make sure that everything that goes in the bike is compatible and safe.
Where to Find Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts
A simple way to find the right engine parts is to go to a Suzuki dealer or a mechanic who specialises in this brand. However, it is often possible to get a much better deal by other means, and of course, some riders are looking for off-brand aftermarket parts. Buying a beat-up bike for parts from another rider is a good option, as is going to a junkyard. There are many online dealers. Remember that buying used engine parts is a good way to get an excellent deal, but the buyer is responsible for making sure the part is still in good condition. If buying online, make sure to find out as much as possible about the used part before purchase, and if it arrives in a worse condition than described, then send it back. Of course, this means working with sellers that accept returns.
How to Buy Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts on eBay
eBay has a broad selection of Suzuki parts and the buying process is simple and convenient. There are new listings almost every day. In addition to listing parts, eBay is also a good place to browse for tools and accessories for working on a motorcycle.
How to Find Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts on eBay
Begin by typing 'motorcycle engine parts' into the search box. Use the menu options to narrow down the search to Suzuki bikes and the engine part you are looking for. The results might vary a lot, so this is a great way to browse. You can also type in the search box the exact name or model number of the Suzuki motorcycle part you are looking for and browse the listings until you find the right part for your motorcycle.
How to Buy Suzuki Motorcycle Engine Parts on eBay with Confidence
A big part of smart buying on eBay is to communicate with the seller. Especially if buying used motorcycle parts, the seller can provide detailed information on the condition of the part so the buyer can make a more informed decision. If something arrives not as described, return it. The seller's profile page lists his or her contact information, feedback score, and return policy. It is also important to read the listing once more before finalising the sale; sometimes people misread the listing and buy the wrong thing by mistake.
Riding a motorcycle, even a fast, powerful bike like a Suzuki, is only part of a rider's lifestyle. Almost as important is learning how to work on the bike. After all, the freedom of the open road does not go very far if a person cannot also fix his or her own ride as needed. And knowing how to repair, or even completely rebuild, a Suzuki motorcycle engine is not much use if a person cannot find a good source for quality parts at a reasonable price. Fortunately, there are many possible sources for motorcycle parts, including eBay. For a new rider just getting into motorcycles, motorcycle maintenance might seem a bit daunting because there is a lot to learn. However, an overview of the workings of a basic engine and some information on how to find quality Suzuki parts should provide enough of a good foundation to help the newcomer get started.