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General GS500 Discussion / Re: Identifying weird engine knocking/rattle
« Last post by herennow on Today at 06:28:40 PM »
If it went to the dealer all bets are off.... They can break anything those guys...

I got pics uploaded. Hope these help.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Leaking fuel from petcock hose
« Last post by Citroso on Today at 12:25:34 PM »
Alright alright, sorry for the late reply, I've been busy with other things.

I've resolved the issue: the leaking hose was the vacuum hose which for some reason wasn't connected to the carb (the bike run though).
Checked the hose routing, all good except I am missing the battery vent one. Will get one soon.
About the petcocks : the frame mounted one: toasted, basically was in "prime" even in "on" or "res". I have changed it and now it's all good. The tank mounted one: also toasted, when I turned the screw to "on" after changing the fuel lines the screw started pissing gasoline. Changed this one too.

The bike now is runs fine.
Meet and Greet / Re: New Member, Brisbane, Australia
« Last post by MichaelM3 on Today at 02:52:31 AM »
Hi Carl,

Welcome. A 2013 model - nice.

How do you keep a GS500 running happily - oil changes and use.
In this forum you'll read a lots of "I've got a problem..." posts that start with, "The bike has been unused for weeks / months / years".

All the best from south of the border.

Michael M
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Buying a used 2001 GS500 as my starter bike
« Last post by Bluesmudge on March 20, 2019, 10:15:40 PM »
If it has 12k miles on it and has never had the valves adjusted, the valves might be too tight. Especially if the symptoms you describe go away after the bike has been running for 10 - 15 minutes. Or maybe the clutch cable isn't adjust properly. With the bike off and in gear, does it roll around almost as easy as neutral when you pull in the clutch? When you are sitting with the bike on in first gear, does it seem like its trying to inch forward even when the clutch is in?
Of course, first rule yourself out as mr72 has described. I agree with Watcher, if you haven't taken an MSF course to get your motorcycle endorsement you need to do that.
Meet and Greet / Re: New Member, Brisbane, Australia
« Last post by peteGS on March 20, 2019, 07:14:44 PM »
Ah ok... I'm the other direction in Keperra  :thumb: Work in the Valley for another week and a bit before we move office in to the city.

I always like seeing other GS' out and about of any variety.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Buying a used 2001 GS500 as my starter bike
« Last post by Watcher on March 20, 2019, 06:54:43 PM »
You should consider professional training, like an MSF course.

It will really help you learn to operate the machine properly, will.give you a lot more confidence, and may rule out you as the culprit with some minor issues with the bike.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: GS500f white smoke on startup
« Last post by Numewsm on March 20, 2019, 12:01:17 PM »
I would say definately float levels. White smoke  indicates fuel overflow into the cylinders and the pop is excess fuel igniting in the exhaust.
Check your oil to see if it smells of fuel. The no creek could of been a small hydro-lock in the cylinder due to excess fuel in there, and it then drained in to the crank case. If the oil smells of fuel it's a oil change asap as the petrol with eat away at the internal bearings if left  alone.
Have experience of this....  :o
Meet and Greet / Re: New Member, Brisbane, Australia
« Last post by Carlos1340 on March 20, 2019, 04:54:04 AM »
Gday Pete,

Down at Redland Bay....

For Sale / For Trade / Wanted / Hot Deals / Re: Needs
« Last post by jpfeiffer14 on March 20, 2019, 02:05:57 AM »
I've got brand new front progressive fork springs and a v&h supersport exhaust brand new
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