Main Motorcycle: KTM 620 (...640)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Athens - Greece
Other Motorcycle: Tiger 2006 ....
new owner , SOS : Tiger 955i '06 clutch and gear box issues
Hi from Athens , Hellas (Greece) to all !
I want first to thank everyone in the forum trying to help all the rest of us !!!
I've been reading 100's of posts for 4 months now ... you have been very helpful !
Then to ask for forgiveness for my English for it's not my language ....
So , I got a black ''girlie'' 2 months ago with 49000 km on , to finally travel a little after 20 years of riding...
So far , I had noticed some vibration between 5-7000 rpm on the highway but didn't pay attention cause it had the panniers on (driving it after buying it ...).
Due to a radiator problem (and a second bike) I hadn't move it for 2 months now - trying to fix a few things - .
Five days ago , on the way home , I noticed that front was knocking hard. Like bearings need tightening or missing a ball...
I was on to a Triumph dealer (....) anyway , to give it a close look , and advice me of the condition of the bike (...there's always an option to ''paint it blue and throw it in the Sea '' as we say here in Greece ! ).
They said that surprisingly (!!!) the motor was very quiet for the mileage and I have to say that I was shocked !
... ''where was I getting into again ''was my first thought....
(if I had to describe my 20 years 2 wheels experience , I'd have to use the whole server's capacity writing , and many would ''die'' out laughing !!! ...as a hint , the older bike was 620 '97 and now has 640 '01 motor with only 41000 km since new .....))
When service guy got back from the test ride , he noticed a clutch problem ''finding neutral as well as bike still pulling when clutch lever pressed '' , something had not have happened to me ( must have heated up problem and showed up) .
His supervisor said ''must be the disks'' .
Story on , (...sorry once again for babbling...) yesterday with a 2nd person up , my ''trip'' for a coffee was ruined up , once again....
Although front was not knocking at all , a frightening hammering noise from gear box was heard after a few km as if chain was string tight ( a problem first noticed in AT i sold when I got the tiger) or a ball from bearing was missing . One could say that teeth in gear box had a mile spacing between them ! (I'll loosened it up more tomorrow and check again ).
When we got back to city traffic , I couldn't find neutral from 1st or 2nd gear , and to shift from 3rd or 4rth I had to rev up a few times...
...I must have had hit the start button 80 out 100 times I had to stop !!! The fact that I wasn't on the side from drained battery must have been a miracle (to my own history IT IS ; )
Of course , coolant was over boiling point and I was served almost a glass of it on some traffic light . 90% of the city drive was with fan working -outside temp was no more than 22-24 Celsius !!! - .
Under TuneEcu -just to erase error light- I saw that fan started at 103 C and kept temp at 105 C at idle !
How can I lower that point from ECU side sirs ?? or do I have to change the bimetal valve ? (1st question...)
2nd question : Did someone found a solution for the gear change problem when bike gets hot ? (I must say that i was trying to find a better clutch lever regulator adjustment all the way back , but of no luck...)
and 3rd : You think that it's a ''good'' time to puti it on sale ?!?
I'm too old to go through the same sit I've been through ALL those years fixing or rebuilding bikes , reading only posts of traveling !!! Lets assume that for 45000 km bike was on tight chain , so is the strong noise - a gear box problem or bearing out - .
I found a few old posts about wandering around internet but I'm very stressed at the moment as I feel I'm in deep sit once again , in desperate need of advice !!!
My apologies for babbling once again.
Apologies to the administrator for any misuse of your site so far - my first forum participation since ever- ....
Thanx for your time reading this , any help will be most appreciated !!!
P.S. Any tech advise will help . Father and grandfather were servicing any kind of internal combustion engine , gas or petrol, so I can understand a few stuff myself .
Thanks again for all the help from all posts so far !
hope someone will help with this one too