These bikes are known for the little steel ball in the gas cap used for venting, to rattle at different times and it can sound like a ping!
No, I'm sure the tapping is coming from the motor not the gas cap... The gas cap rattles, the motor taps...
As a fellow that has owned and maintained myself since I purchased new in 1996, and have put only 60,000 KM on, I have experienced all kinds of noise. The headlight had a rattle until I installed a shade on it, gas cap rattled until I cut and installed a 3mm felt pad under it, gas tank recently developed loud rattle at certain RPM's, sounded like bike was going to explode, replaced all the rubbers under it; solved the problem...
I have built and installed a terminal extender for the battery, which is basically a large 85 amp, 300 volt diode connected to the positive terminal and mounted with a plastic mount and an aluminum terminal to charge and or jump start the old girl... I have also built and installed on the front signal lights a small set of halogen running lamps, and a separate switch wired to the accessory fuse, however do not use the accessory fused ground terminal, as it is attached to the foot stand relay and will shut off the motor when switched on, use a frame ground to solve problem.
Aside from brake pads, tires and a new battery in 2002, the old girl runs strong and and looks fantastic...
Hope these comments can help you...Bob.
After cleaning and balancing the carburettors, checking all electrical components with a multi-meter, my Suzuki VS1400 will not reach above 50 mph. After this speed it will not accept any more throttle and begins to sound confused, either the timing feels out or the rev limiter is kicking in. I've had the CDI checked by circuit board technician and it is OK. The only fault I have found is the decompresser relay doesn't check out to the spec in the manual. Any ideas of what is the matter? Thanks.
I have the same bike, exactly the same symptoms. Have changed all the relays, only difference is the fuel pump does not run. Going to try a new CDI from www.ignitech.cz when they return my email. What's your outcome? Thanks, Lee.
1996 VS1400 gas cap rattle fix: Disassemble gas cap and remove steel bearing that acts as a fuel shut-off if bike is tipped. You're removing a safety precaution, yes, but you'll fix half the rattling.
For the other half of the rattling, take a sandwich baggie and cut to slightly larger than the hole where the lock itself goes into the cap. About the size of a quarter. The insert baggie into hole and then place lock into hole. You'll need a needle or wood screw to punch through the baggie so that the screws that hold the lock to the gas cap will thread. Then tighten down. Check for rattle (or lack thereof). MAKE SURE LOCK BOLTS RETRACT WHEN TURNING KEY IN GAS CAP BEFORE REINSERTING CAP INTO TANK. Don't want to insert the cap onto the tank, then find you can never get it off again.
Premium burns too slow. My mechanic said, "don't put premium in this (S83), only regular".
I am buying an 04 Intruder in a couple of days. What is the deal with the oil cooled engine? Is there any sort of over heat on a long trip? I really can't find any info.
No problems with overheating, but best to keep moving. Don't hang around in long traffic jams.
Just bought a 99, no problems on the highway, but I was stuck in traffic for 1/2 an hour the other day and she died... let it cool down and there seemed to be no problem. My previous bike was air cooled, and this never happened.
I bought a 2007 S-83, new but a year old. Old gas had the carbs plugged, the dealer cleaned the carbs, runs nice, only get around 37 mpg, I was told around 50 mpg.
While taking off, the clutch will abruptly finish engaging itself, I have less than 4000 miles on it, and have needed front and rear brake pads replaced, no other problems, reasonably happy with it.
I just bought an Intruder that was in a garage since 2007. I was considering getting the carbs done, but am concerned about the cost. What did you pay?
Hello Bob, I just bought a 99, and am having a hell of a time trying to find service info. Even the Clymer is not very complete. The carbs look like a nightmare to get out, is it as bad as it looks? Also, the fuel shut off under the tank, which way is on? Mine seemed to run dry all the way to the right. Should the screw be straight up and down?
Dropped my Intruder 1400, does anyone know where the tip over safety is located? Or any other ideas; it won't start.
Under the tank, just one click, have all fluids changed and get a smaller bike.
Bought a 2006 S83, had 3000 km on the clock, great looking bike, a ton of in-line power.
Now the negatives:
The pillion seat is not liked by my lady; her knees end up scrunched up too high and long trips were a problem.
This bike does not handle, on every corner I was fighting those long forks and that narrow front wheel.
Gas tank is tiny and trips had to be well planned to find gas stations along the way. The bike ran out of gas on the highway at speed and there is no way you can fiddle around under your left leg to put it on reserve while you are trying to find neutral.
I loved my S83, the look, the sound and its old school twin carbs and spoked wheel look, but seriously it did not handle well and I was beginning to think it was my riding style, but I have since spoken to many ex Intruder/S83 riders and they told me the same thing... if you love your S83, great, but it just didn't do it for me.