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What's Your Worst Bike Failure(s)

I suppose we've all had some mechanical let down(s) along the path of biking nirvana. My first was my Honda S-90 that rounded out the 2nd gear shift dogs (sounded like chain was slipping on sprocket). Then I holed a piston on a 250 YDS5 Yamaha (perhaps a result of adding STP to the oil tank?). A wrist pin keeper came out gouging the left cylinder of my first Suzuki, a 250 X6 Hustler. Front brake stay bolt of race bike coming loose and locking front wheel (in pit area thankfully). Had a valve shim retainer bucket in a Z1 come through the valve cover in the burn out box. Flat tires, dead batteries, etc, etc.


But for some reason I always remember the time my sister needed a ride home after I had finished preping my CB-450 Honda for the next days trip to the races. Oh well a short ride shouldn't hurt. As I'm accelerating up the freeway entrance ramp, I hear a short crisp sound akin to, say, breaking styrofoam and I feel warmth on my right ankle. I coast to a stop and to my dismay discover the right cylinder connecting rod went through said cylinder wall/ casting/starter motor. Apparently it was so traumatic, I can't remember how I got home. Surprisingly, as I was second owner, American Honda had never seen this even in race bikes and warrantied the parts, I only had to pay labor. Unfortunately, that was April and due to a dock strike, I didn't get bike until September. [Maybe that's why one should have more than one bike.] .


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Mine was a chain. It was on my old yz 490, and the brand was "RK". It snapped.

I assume it was the master link. I installed new link, and it snapped again.

Being smart, and prepared, I had several links with me. By now, I was about 3/4 mad, and a total expert at chain repair.

One thing led to another, and the rear wheel rolled backwards, with good force. It trapped my index finger in the chain and sprocket. I was flexible enough to end up with my arm upside down, finger stuck, and it went clear to the chain guide. I had to roll the wheel forward to release the finger.

Smashed, broken, and cut. Filled with chain lube and dirt. I'll never forget the doctors curious look.

Somehow, I damaged a nerve as it happened, so it was almost painless.
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Dude, That hurts to read about. Hope all is well by now? I remember those YZ490s--they were badazz for the time.
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failure failure, gee tough question, had about 17 bikes since 1969 the worst failure i can remember was running out of fuel coz none had fuel gauges , until recently that is, and now they all do . I would forget to turn the little tap , you remember them don't you ? under the tank back to ''fuel'' after refilling , when you ran out of gas you turn it to ''reserve'' and hope you would make it to a station, but the secret was to turn it back after re filling, otherwise when you ran out , there was no reserve and it was time to walk.So i am 17 and poor and again out of gas on a steep hill , so i hop off and push it around in a U turn to roll back to where i had seen a gas station and the bloody cops pull me over , while i am pushing and book me for an illegal U turn, ah welcome to us versus them kiddo , you criminal you **** biker person you, anyway it taught me something .... DONT RUN OUT OF GAS numnut
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I only had 1 bike fail on me. And it did so miserably. I bet you can't guess which one from the below list.

One day, riding with a group sport bikes, my engine started coughing up gobs of oil and spewing it all over my rear tire. Lucky, someone noticed it before we hit the infamous "9 Turns", a local speedway on/off ramp high speed extravaganza. I rode it to the dealer and they said the whole motor had to be rebuilt and they needed to order the parts and it would be down at least a month. I said "Keep it and give me the Honda in the window". Biggest piece of crap out of all my bikes.




1-1986 Harley Sportster 883
2-1992 Suzuki Bandit 600
3-1993 Kawaski Ninja 600
4-1994 Suzuki GSXR600
5-1995 Buell M2 Cyclone
6-1996 Honda VTR1000
7-1997 Suzuki Hayabusa

8-1997 Suzuki DR650
9-1998 Yamaha VStar 1100
10-2000 Kawaski Z1000
11-2003 Yamaha FZ1
12-2005 Ducati S2R 1000
13-2006 Honda CBR600RR
14-2007 Honda CBR1000RR
15-2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000
16-2013 Harley Davidson Switchback

17-2016 Suzuki GSXS1000


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Two, on the same bike, which resulted in total failure: '86 Honda Interceptor VF500F. First, chain master link clip fell off, chain separated and front sproket drove it into the crankcase. Second, on the replacement motor, clutch pushrod seal failed on a long ride, slow leak caught up to me after a few hundred miles, piston seized, blew the number one connecting rod right out through the case. Gave up on the bike after that, 20 year old model at the time, engines were getting hard to find. Loved that bike, was sad to see it go, GSXS feels a lot like the Interceptor did though ��
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I was working on a bike to sell it. It was a Hyosung GT650. I was chasing an electrical short. OMFG that bike was a piece of **** hahaha.

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Never had one yet! But I've only been riding for 3 years.
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I only had 1 bike fail on me. And it did so miserably. I bet you can't guess which one from the below list.

One day, riding with a group sport bikes, my engine started coughing up gobs of oil and spewing it all over my rear tire. Lucky, someone noticed it before we hit the infamous "9 Turns", a local speedway on/off ramp high speed extravaganza. I rode it to the dealer and they said the whole motor had to be rebuilt and they needed to order the parts and it would be down at least a month. I said "Keep it and give me the Honda in the window". Biggest piece of crap out of all my bikes.
have to be one of the italian bikes
my guess the ducati
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Nope. The Buell with the old XL Sportster motor. Didn't have but 2,000 miles on it and just could not hang with the other sport bikes. It was the biggest POS.




1-1986 Harley Sportster 883
2-1992 Suzuki Bandit 600
3-1993 Kawaski Ninja 600
4-1994 Suzuki GSXR600
5-1995 Buell M2 Cyclone
6-1996 Honda VTR1000
7-1997 Suzuki Hayabusa

8-1997 Suzuki DR650
9-1998 Yamaha VStar 1100
10-2000 Kawaski Z1000
11-2003 Yamaha FZ1
12-2005 Ducati S2R 1000
13-2006 Honda CBR600RR
14-2007 Honda CBR1000RR
15-2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000
16-2013 Harley Davidson Switchback

17-2016 Suzuki GSXS1000


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