The bike repair sagas continue

Blast and double blast.

Wednesday evening I rode the bike home only to find when I went to get my bag out of the top box that the rack holding it had broken. In fact I was bloody lucky – the other side of the rack had almost gone too – that would have meant the top box coming off, bouncing down the road and maybe causing an accident – REALLY not good!

sports rack fail

I had a lot of Dad duties to take care of, so I rolled the bike into my garage, and got on with it. Once I’d dispensed with collecting kids, cooking dinner, and the swim club taxi run, I could go and get the rack off.

Rolling the bike out of the garage I noticed a suspicious puddle on the floor under the bike. Coolant. Feck.

Stripping the lower fairings off I was expecting to find a cracked hose, or maybe a loose connection. Instead it was the radiator.

Considering the radiator was brand new in February that came as rather a surprise!

rad leak

I got in touch with the bike shop that fitted the new radiator – as far as I was concerned the bike wasn’t driveable, the rate of leakage was too high, it was at risk of boiling dry. Only problem being that with their current workload the shop couldn’t get over to me until mid way through the following week, meaning investigation into the fault couldn’t start until then.


Time to get the tools out then. So I whipped the radiator off myself.

Big hole where the rad should be :

no radiator

I took the radiator over to the bike shop. A quick pressure test, and it’s an element in the radiator core that’s split. Dam. New radiator needed.

The shop called the supplier – a new radiator will be couriered up first thing on Monday, and then we need to work out when/how I can get hold of it… and then of course I need to fit it!

At least I don’t have to buy loads of coolant – I caught all the coolant when I removed the radiator, and filtered it, ready to be bunged back in – hopefully soon!

I leave you with my heath robinson coolant filtration system, involving masking tape, some ply wood, a funnel, some kitchen roll and an empty milk carton! Hi tech…

high tech filtration

Oh, and the rack problems – I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered a proper Givi rack to take the top box. Should be a lot safer. And the burst sports rack? Well, thanks to a mate with a welder and talent for fixing stuff, that will be repaired and can be used again, just not for a top box!!!