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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2007, 2:30 pm Thread Starter
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Heavy rain, tires and leakage

Life is full of new experiences. Yesterdays experience included my first ride in very heavy rain with my new 07GT (3000km-1800mi). The stock Z6's did very well, but the 1 1/2hr ride was in some congested areas so a high speed evaluation is not available. I will say that they handled a number of low speed twisties very well though. My only concern has nothing to do with tires. After returning home I discovered the fairing pocket had a 1/2" of rainwater in it. This was not from the wash and wax earlier in the day cause I wiped it out (it was bone dry) following the wash job. The rubber gasket appears in good shape, no tears or marks apart from the lid sealing on it. Is this common for the GT? My 95LT didn't leak like this. Should I drill a drain hole in it and live with it or talk to the dealer and request a new seal? Your commments and suggestions are always welcome. Glenn.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2007, 3:01 pm
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Life is full of new experiences. Yesterdays experience included my first ride in very heavy rain with my new 07GT (3000km-1800mi). The stock Z6's did very well, but the 1 1/2hr ride was in some congested areas so a high speed evaluation is not available. I will say that they handled a number of low speed twisties very well though. My only concern has nothing to do with tires. After returning home I discovered the fairing pocket had a 1/2" of rainwater in it. This was not from the wash and wax earlier in the day cause I wiped it out (it was bone dry) following the wash job. The rubber gasket appears in good shape, no tears or marks apart from the lid sealing on it. Is this common for the GT? My 95LT didn't leak like this. Should I drill a drain hole in it and live with it or talk to the dealer and request a new seal? Your commments and suggestions are always welcome. Glenn.

I assume your talking about the locked compartment to the right of the gas tank? Funny, I have washed my bike on many occasions, never had it in the rain though, and never noticed any leakage. fact my registration and insurance papers are there, and no problems what so ever, wonder if you have a deformed lid or something?

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Bone dry here through many very wet rides. Perhaps it wasn't fully latched?

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 2007, 3:24 pm
 
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I would place a small rag in the compartment, close the lid and pour a cup of water
over the area and see what happens. I would see the dealer before drilling. The only
issue I have had was the lid gets stuck in the full open position and needs firm pressure
to lower it.

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Fairing pocket

I have not seen any water in there either from rain or washing.

Sorry for pirating your thread Glenn.

The lid on mine sticks open as well. I don't want to break the plastic. Am I doing something wrong?

Incidentally I noticed an earlier thread of yours mentioning the $487.00 Southwest Motorad in Kelowna charged you for first service. I cancelled my "fist service" appointment there and did it at Argyll in Edmonton. The price was $203.00 with 1.5 hours labour at 95.00 hour.
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Dave,

I don't think you are doing anything wrong in opening the lid. I believe that there
is a point of resistance once the lid is opened to the fullest. I try to open to
a minimum and avoid any potential problems. I have tried lubricating, but nothing
works. First time it happened I played with it in a service station for 15mins before I coaxed it shut. The next time it happened my wife pushed it down, that was the end of
coaxing for me.

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... The only issue I have had was the lid gets stuck in the full open position and needs firm pressure to lower it. Phil
Odd you mentioned that. My '06 did have a sticky lid and it acted like it was going to break when i closed it.

The new fairing after the tip-over doesn't have that problem. Works much freer.

Makes one wonder....
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Life is full of new experiences. Yesterdays experience included my first ride in very heavy rain with my new 07GT (3000km-1800mi). The stock Z6's did very well, but the 1 1/2hr ride was in some congested areas so a high speed evaluation is not available. I will say that they handled a number of low speed twisties very well though. My only concern has nothing to do with tires. After returning home I discovered the fairing pocket had a 1/2" of rainwater in it. This was not from the wash and wax earlier in the day cause I wiped it out (it was bone dry) following the wash job. The rubber gasket appears in good shape, no tears or marks apart from the lid sealing on it. Is this common for the GT? My 95LT didn't leak like this. Should I drill a drain hole in it and live with it or talk to the dealer and request a new seal? Your commments and suggestions are always welcome. Glenn.
Glenn, A few times I have gone for a ride and when removing the key noticed the glovebox ajar. Then I remember that the previous evening I opened it to remove or put something in. Mine hasn't leaked--when I remember to snap it shut--fwiw. Phil
btw, am riding up to visit a friend in Vancouver, False Creek, from San Francisco next week. He's told me that they haven't had a dry day in 5 months. Will be wearing my waterproof stuff.

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No leaks on mine and plenty of rainy rides, torrential rains even.
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This was not from the wash and wax earlier in the day cause I wiped it out (it was bone dry) following the wash job.
Actually, it probably was, the rain I mean!!! I'm sure that is why it rained so hard, you washed and waxed that bike!!!!

Mine stays dry, and it has seen some really heavy rain at times...
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