I will try and get some pics up at some point, hopefully over the weekend although life is pretty manic at the moment. Basically I took delivery of my NX 650 on Saturday 14th Feb, itís been a while since owning a bike but feel that Iím already getting the hang of things again. I appreciate you never stop learning though so will take it very steady for the foreseeable future.
Itís a 96 model, got a new MOT on it Friday 20th, passed with no advisories so very happy. Going to keep the bike as it is at the moment, just using it for riding to work and planning a trip to watch the Paris Roubaix cycle race in April.
Future plans are to strip the bike back and give it a proper clean and lube, it needs to be reliable for me to get to work on so happy to hear any maintenance tips for trouble free running no matter how obvious they may seem. Oil has only recently been changed but will also schedule this in soon. At the moment the levels are good and oil looks very clean.
The bike does sometimes stall when stopping at lights or in traffic, seems to be a fairly common occurrence depending on where I look inline, itís got a non standard exhaust with the carb re-jetted to accommodate but it still seems to occasionally stall. I donít think I am at the level or stage at the moment where I will want to pull the carb off and mess about with testing new jets. However, once again if anyone has any tips or advice where to buy new jets I will be happy to hear. Before any one might ask I donít know what size jets are currently in the carb. As mentioned I donít really want to find out yet either. Let me enjoy the bike for at least another few weeks before I take it apart and forget how it goes back together. As long as the stalling is just occasional and wonít cause any issues with the engine then happy to get embarrassed and have to restart every now and then. The bike does smell like its running rich. Starts fine though hot or cold. Oh it has backfired about four times in 20 journeys. three times from starting warm, as an example after filling up with petrol, I think I flooded it using the throttle though and once while driving. I accelerated fast then slowed down quickly, BANG!
A few questions then, I have looked these up and done various searches so hopefully you wonít mind answering questions which I know have been asked before.
If Iím stuck in traffic, how long can I sit with the bike at idle before I need to get worried about over heating? Normally the bike idles around 1500rpm.
Iím going to change oil/filter in the next couple of weeks. Change the spark plug and attempt to look at valve clearances. Anything else I need to look at or lube. I have done the chain already and will be looking at this again in a week or so.
Tappet noise, is a slight tappet noise acceptable? I seem to recall from my days as a motor mechanic youíre always going to get a very faint slight noise. Did I remember this correct?
The bike rides great, starts great etc, just the occasional stall at lights. Just wish I had the confidence to get some speed up around the bends but guess this will come over time. Iím not a maniac but its clear by being overtaken by every other bike out there that I am being a bit cautious at the moment.
Think thatís it for now. I should be able to get the pics at the weekend.