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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Newbie Needs Help on Drive Chain and Speedometer

I just got my very first bike, CBR600RR. Yep, after waited for 4 years ever since I got my license, I finally able to get my hands on my own bike. Closed my savings account? It worth every penny.
Though, because of the budget, there are couple issues on the bike. Wonder if y'all can help me out here.

On the drive chain, there is one link tightened down by wire! I know that the previous owner changed the sprocket. But why the hell there is a wire on the drive chain? I have no clue. Any chance y'all can let me know how to DIY changing the drive chain?

On the speedometer, the left side has temperature and gas gauge. Per the previous owner, his wife drove the bike into the garage beam, and did not drop the bike. He fixed the odometer and speedometer on the right side. The left side, I need to fix it myself. Every time when I put my key in the ignition, temperature would show 270, while 90 when it is running. Also, twice already, I ran out of gas, one on freeway, one in front of a Starbucks. Ain't that great.

I really love my bike. All I gotta do is to get these little things worked out, so I can enjoy it more. Can y'all give me some tips?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 10:41 PM
 
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Is the wire on the chain holding the chain together? If so, you need to get a master link for your size chain pronto. As for the temp gauge, you might try reversing the wires. And don't bother with the gas gauge, as they're always pessimistic. Use the trip odometer to see how many miles you've gone and fill up often.
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On the drive chain, there is one link tightened down by wire! I know that the previous owner changed the sprocket. But why the hell there is a wire on the drive chain? I have no clue. Any chance y'all can let me know how to DIY changing the drive chain?

unless you like road rash dont ride the bike again till you get this fixed, you can either take the chain off and take it to a bike shop to get a master link or if you know what it is tell em at the shop theyll fix you up. If youre gonna do it yourself im guessing you wont have a chain staking tool so youll have to get a clip type master link, make sure you check the clip pretty often.
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Check your petcock. I bet its on reserve or you have it set to ON and didn't know you could switch it to reserve.




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GM, its a 600RR, which is fuel injected and doesnt have a petcock on it. on the master link being held on by wire, dont ride it until you replace the chain. I generally dont suggest replacing just one link as the new link isnt worn equally to the ones already there, which will cause odd wear on the sprockets.
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GM, its a 600RR, which is fuel injected and doesnt have a petcock on it. on the master link being held on by wire, dont ride it until you replace the chain. I generally dont suggest replacing just one link as the new link isnt worn equally to the ones already there, which will cause odd wear on the sprockets.

new chain is the way to go, just make sure you buy the right size(520 525 530 etc) if youre not sure how to tell take it to a bike shop.
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Sorry and thanks King Bob... I missed that part.

Did you not see the gas light?




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Cool, y'all are giving me good tips.

Over the weekend, I got a master link to get the clip. Though, yet get a chance to put it on. But as for a newbie, is it easy to replace the chain? I mean, yeah, a new clip would "temporary" fix the problem, but in the long run, it would be better to replace the whole chain, rite?
Man, it was HOT HOT HOT here in SoCal. I rode to the shop and literally was able to smell my own sweat. Ain't fun!!

Anywayz, I tried to use the trip meter and see how far I got from a full tank. Tried both bottoms and was not able to reset to zero every time after I pumped the gas. I know that I will be able to tell the same thing by the mileage meter. But I just don't do that. Yeah, Im a lazy ass who likes to complain things.
I want to restore my bike to perfect condition, so I guess Im trying to fix the gas guage, as well as the temperature indicator. There is no "light" indicates I am running low because it is like a little meter, showing wat % Im running on gas. Any chance y'all can provide me more tips?

Thank y'all who helped me and would be still needing your help.
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OK... on the chain... if you replace the chain you have to replace both sprockets. New is always better.

tripometer... I'm not sure... check the botton.

I didn't know the 600RR's had a fuel gauge.




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If you have a manual with your bike, that should tell you how to reset the trip meter, if not, you can always just keep randomly pushing stuff til something works.

on the chain, like Gas Man said, new sprockets are needed with chain. its not REALLY hard to do. you'll need basic hand tools, a rear stand to support the bike while you remove the rear wheel to change the sprocket, and you shouldnt have much trouble.
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If you ask Drewpy.. .you don't even need rear stands... straps and one of those multifold ladders!!




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OK... on the chain... if you replace the chain you have to replace both sprockets. New is always better.

tripometer... I'm not sure... check the botton.

I didn't know the 600RR's had a fuel gauge.
they sure do I seen trips I have a oh chyt we neeed gas light.
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Anywayz, I tried to use the trip meter and see how far I got from a full tank. Tried both bottoms and was not able to reset to zero every time after I pumped the gas. I know that I will be able to tell the same thing by the mileage meter. But I just don't do that. Yeah, Im a lazy ass who likes to complain things.
I want to restore my bike to perfect condition, so I guess Im trying to fix the gas guage, as well as the temperature indicator. There is no "light" indicates I am running low because it is like a little meter, showing wat % Im running on gas. Any chance y'all can provide me more tips?

Thank y'all who helped me and would be still needing your help.

What year is your RR? I know the 03 had a common problem with the button on the cluster. There is a little white clip that connects the black button you push and the microswitch. It falls out of place and rattles around inside the cluster. You can just pop out the black button and push "reset" to zero out the odometer. (You can set the clock by holding both buttons). A permanent fix to this is superglue the black and white parts together.
I need to do mine one of these days. I'll try to post a write up.

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Thanks for all of y'all. Ima try to see if I do have the same problem on my 03's RR on the bottoms. Also, I will try to see if I can get a good deal for a bike stand to fix the chain problem.
Talked to another friends of mine who rides, too. He said that since the gas meter always shows 100%, the problem could be caused by the sensor. I did go to a local bike store; they did not know what exact sensor I was talking about. Guess next weekend, I need to go to a Honda dealership and see if they have a gas-sensor.

Will keep y'all updated.
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"Fuel level sensor"

It is in the tank.
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I've swing by a Honda dealership locally in SoCal.
Thanks to 777Customs providing the exact name, I got to the counter and asked for the exactly thing, "fuel level sensor."

Last time when I went to a sub-dealership, they have no clue.
But even w/ Honda dealership, they still did not know what i was referring to.
So, I've explained what the problem is on my bike, the gas guage now working, the guy said that i "might" need to replace the gas pump, the whole unit, which runs about $380. And yes, it is not guaranteed to fix the gas guage problem!!
Can any of y'all help me out here a bit? Should I just get a used gas pump, or should I try to seek other Honda dealership for the fuel level sensor?
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for the part you need, look online, you'll probably find it, for a reasonable price. its typical that a dealer will tell you it isnt guaranteed to fix the problem, rememer, they want your money.
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