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Hey all,

I bought my first bike (2002 6R) at the end of last riding season. It's safely tucked away for the winter now, but while it's sitting there and I'm unable to ride it, I figured it's a good time to work on it.

Is there any regular maintenance I should be doing on the bike? I plan to clean and lube the chain, but I have no idea what else I should be doing.

Oh, it has 24,000 kms on it (roughly 15,000 miles)
 

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If you plan on not using it for a while, fill up the tank and put some "Stabil" or other fuel stabilizer in as directed and start up the bike and let it run for about 5-10 mins so that the mixed fuel can get thru the whole system.

Put the bike up on stands if you have them to keep the tires from possibly getting a flat spot.

Put the battery on a battery tender.

Not a bad idea to stick a rag into or cover the pipe opening with something to keep little critter from getting in there.

You can armor-all (SIDE WALL ONLY, AGAIN....SIDE WALL ONLY) the tire....(AGAIN, SIDE WALL ONLY!!!!!!!!!)

Give her a good wash and wax and put a cover over her.
 

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You're on the right track. I would say in addition to cleaning and lubing the chain, check the following:

1. Check tires for dry rotting, unusual wear, or low tread depth.
2. Spark plugs (I like to put in a fresh pair everytime I buy a new bike).
3. Check your airfilter. If it's dirty replace with an OEM or aftermarket.
4. Your 2002 is carbureted, check the carbs.
5. Check chain tension. Make necessary adjustments. Inspect chain and sprockets and replace if needed. DOT4 fluid ONLY.
6. Listen for the tick from the cam chain tensioner. If needed, replace tensioner.
7. Swap out brake fluid and bleed your brakes. (I always do this on a used bike too).
8. Change your oil.
9. Check brake pad thickness. Replace if needed.
10. Inspect fork seals.
11. Check all the wiring on your bike.
12. Check coolant level. It would be a good idea to flush the radiator and add new coolant.
13. Check throttle. Make sure it's self closing.
14. Inspect your brake lines, clutch cable, and brake cable.
15. Adjust your clutch if needed. Should be about a dime or nickel freeplay between perch and lever.


That's all I can think of for now...
 

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You're on the right track. I would say in addition to cleaning and lubing the chain, check the following:

1. Check tires for dry rotting, unusual wear, or low tread depth.
2. Spark plugs (I like to put in a fresh pair everytime I buy a new bike).
3. Check your airfilter. If it's dirty replace with an OEM or aftermarket.
4. Your 2002 is carbureted, check the carbs.
5. Check chain tension. Make necessary adjustments. Inspect chain and sprockets and replace if needed. DOT4 fluid ONLY.
6. Listen for the tick from the cam chain tensioner. If needed, replace tensioner.
7. Swap out brake fluid and bleed your brakes. (I always do this on a used bike too).
8. Change your oil.
9. Check brake pad thickness. Replace if needed.
10. Inspect fork seals.
11. Check all the wiring on your bike.
12. Check coolant level. It would be a good idea to flush the radiator and add new coolant.
13. Check throttle. Make sure it's self closing.
14. Inspect your brake lines, clutch cable, and brake cable.
15. Adjust your clutch if needed. Should be about a dime or nickel freeplay between perch and lever.


That's all I can think of for now...


1. Check tires for dry rotting, unusual wear, or low tread depth. DONE
2. Spark plugs (I like to put in a fresh pair everytime I buy a new bike). DONE
3. Check your airfilter. If it's dirty replace with an OEM or aftermarket. DONE
4. Your 2002 is carbureted, check the carbs. DONE
5. Check chain tension. Make necessary adjustments. Inspect chain and sprockets and replace if needed. DOT4 fluid ONLY. DONE
6. Listen for the tick from the cam chain tensioner. If needed, replace tensioner. DONE
7. Swap out brake fluid and bleed your brakes. (I always do this on a used bike too). DONE
8. Change your oil. DONE
9. Check brake pad thickness. Replace if needed. DONE
10. Inspect fork seals. DONE
11. Check all the wiring on your bike. DONE
12. Check coolant level. It would be a good idea to flush the radiator and add new coolant. DONE
13. Check throttle. Make sure it's self closing. DONE
14. Inspect your brake lines, clutch cable, and brake cable. DONE
15. Adjust your clutch if needed. Should be about a dime or nickel freeplay between perch and lever. DONE

My J2 is going to run like a dream :-D

I would also add to get the Valve Shim checked if you have the spare cash... makes a hell of a difference to the bike :)
 

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Wow!! You're ON IT Nugget!!! She WILL run like a dream :)
 

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Wow!! You're ON IT Nugget!!! She WILL run like a dream :)
Hell yeah!!!

I spent about £1000 on bit an pieces ect to make it right.

last things are to replace the rear shock as mine is a bit old now lol

did you see the Late Christmas Presents thread? lol
 

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I figured I'd fill out the checklist too...

1. Check tires for dry rotting, unusual wear, or low tread depth. DONE
2. Spark plugs (I like to put in a fresh pair everytime I buy a new bike).
3. Check your airfilter. If it's dirty replace with an OEM or aftermarket.
4. Your 2002 is carbureted, check the carbs.
5. Check chain tension. Make necessary adjustments. Inspect chain and sprockets and replace if needed. DOT4 fluid ONLY. DONE
6. Listen for the tick from the cam chain tensioner. If needed, replace tensioner.
7. Swap out brake fluid and bleed your brakes. (I always do this on a used bike too).
8. Change your oil.
9. Check brake pad thickness. Replace if needed. DONE
10. Inspect fork seals.
11. Check all the wiring on your bike.
12. Check coolant level. It would be a good idea to flush the radiator and add new coolant.
13. Check throttle. Make sure it's self closing. DONE
14. Inspect your brake lines, clutch cable, and brake cable.
15. Adjust your clutch if needed. Should be about a dime or nickel freeplay between perch and lever. DONE

Stabil in the tank: DONE
Battery Tender: DONE

Got a few more things to do. Downloaded the service manual, now it's time to get at it
 

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You have made a good start... just work though slowly and take your time :)
 
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