New Arrival

Discussion in 'Southern Area' started by Rob1957, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. Rob1957

    Rob1957 Registered User

    Hi my new 2008 Blackbird arrived safely this morning and she is a dream. Being new to these bikes can the forum please tell me if the following points are ok:

    1. Engine runs at 110 degrees in traffic drops to mid 90 on motorway?
    2 During warm up phase the clutch rattles but stops if you pull it in.
    3. Slight light knocking from clutch assembly when hot.

  2. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor


    My opinions-

    1. My 03 'Bird gets to 105 in traffic and mid 80's on motorway. Coolant change may help.
    2. Clutch rattle on start up is standard on mine if it's not been run for a while. An oil change will help.
    3. Knocking may be cct???
  3. ScottyUK

    ScottyUK Filtering Through Club Sponsor

    That's running warm.

    My '07 is at 82 on a run, 90's in traffic and never goes over 102 even in 30C heat at red lights in the City.

    Clutch cage rattle is normal.

    Agreed on CCT - prob worth swapping regardless.
  4. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Let's talk about the cam chain tensioner (cct)

    If it is worn and this can easily be the case from about 15000 miles or even earlier the engine sounds like a bag of nails at about 4000 rpm. Really scary noisy. An easy replacement with an upgraded replacement from JAWS on here.

    You however have said the rattle is from the clutch. It will rattle but should shut up when the clutch is pulled in.

    Whilst talking about the clutch it is important that you use semi synthetic and NOT fully synthetic oil. Ignore anyone who says fully synth is better and they have been using it in their Bbird for a zillion miles without problem. Exceptions MAY happen but Honda have stipulated semi synth and virtually everyone on here, even rich bankers, use (or used) semi synth.

    Bbirds DO run feckin hot and whilst it might be an idea to change your coolant and make sure your radiator is not blocked, externally or internally, the temps you quote aren't excessive IMHO. :-0)
  5. Squag1

    Squag1 Active Member Club Sponsor

    2007 104 ? in traffic no problem.
    82? on the road generally
  6. Rob1957

    Rob1957 Registered User

    Yes the noise does stop when I pull the clutch in. I noticed today that at light throttle, in fact when changing from throttle to overrun there is what sounds like metal rubbing, not heavy or harsh?? Also it is very jerky in the same conditions. Finally when hot at idle there is a very faint knocking from the engine, hear it more from the left hand side........

    I think I have a case of new owner paranoia
  7. ianrobbo1

    ianrobbo1 good looking AND modest Club Sponsor

    Hiya and welcome to the site, might I be so bold as to suggest a read of this thread,

    it does concern your bike and it is a worthwhile preventative measure, good luck and please don't take offence from the sarcastic comments on here, the only times piss taking is frowned upon is in the "help" section and even then, only until you get the answer to your question,

    OH!! and our "site pedant" Bill will possibly pick you up on spelling and grammar, if he's got his glass's on!! :whi5tl:
  8. Rob1957

    Rob1957 Registered User

    Being thick, but what is CCT an abbreviation for?
  9. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    Cam Chain Tensioner.
  10. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    See post #4! 8rfl@
  11. noobie

    noobie Clueless in most things Club Sponsor

  12. andybirdless

    andybirdless Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    1. Is well within tolerance, my old FI ran much hotter than that in traffic in hot weather! However, the Bird radiator is prone to getting rubbish chucked at it in the wet so worth giving it a good soak of Muc Off :bow: or similar then blasting water through it from the back - can be done without removing any plastics. I used to use a jet wash on a fine spray setting without any problems but others will frown on this.

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