Monday, 3 January 2011

The Motorcycle DIaries (8) - Service!

While a man waits for his computer to render, there are many things he can do. Some minor DIY, cook, or fix up his motorbike...

When I first got the bike, I did a quick oil change, but I knew the oil was not that good, but better than the stuff already in the engine. I have rode the bike a fair bit, but over the past fortnight, the exhaust fumes were getting a bit smoky - not a good sign.

So I had to ride the bike a little more gently, until I had the time to get and change the oil. As always with me, the filming took precedent, but while I was rendering copies of Irfan, I went off to the bike shop and got myself some new oil.

The good stuff too, and four litres of it. Seeing that a CG125 has capacity for about 1L of oil, that means I can get 3 more oil changes out of that bottle.

Worryingly, about half a litre of old oil came out of the engine when I changed the oil Where had the rest of the oil gone to?

Anyway, after that, it was time to change my spark plug. A car normally has four cylinders, hence four sparks, but a bike is a wonderful contraption that relies on only one plug. I have not got a clue when it was last changed, so while the oil was draining (and the computer rendering) now seemed as a good a time as any to change the baby.

(New plug on the right)

Changing a spark plug is as easy as changing a light bulb. First, gently tease off the cover casing (located on the right side of this bike, above the engine). Then, get a Spark Plug tool (I know there are more technical names for these things, but I just know what they are, not what they are called). Anyway, it looks like this:

And untwist the spark plug. Now some people check and clean the plug. I checked and threw it away, as the new plug is pretty cheap to buy, and hey, I only have one of them, so I'll spoil myself!

Next, insert the plug back in.

What I did was put a little WD-40 on the threads, so it would screw in a little easier. Did the job just fine. Tighten (enough, not too much) with the Spark Plug Tool and pop the Cap back on. Once I had filled the engine with oil, I gave it a crank and voila! The engine started. What can cost £70 at a garage, cost me nothing in labour. £30 for the oil (good for four oil changes, as I got 4L of the stuff) and £6 for the Spark Plug. In other words, per service, that would work out to £14 (one oil change and one spark change). Also lubed up the chain, and yeah, the bike is good to go for the rest of the winter! Oh yeah...


Asad said...

Admirable stuff, man...

magiceye said...

way to go!!