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Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Is this a front wheel lockup? but why would engine stall?
08 cbr600rr, no abs
2 days ago, I was riding on the freeway, and it went from 60 to 0 in about 2 -4 secs, the bike just seized on me, loss of power, throttle cut off, and I saw white smoke. I halted to a complete stop then the engine shut off. it wouldn't even coast to a stop. you can't clutch in or push it on neutral so I was literally stuck in the middle of the freeway. the car behind me would've hit me at 70mph. when chp got here, the engine would start, and I can feel the bike engaging, but it wouldn't go. is it possible for the transmission to be locked? but I feel 13k miles are too low for the tranny to get messed up
2 hours before that, I had a similar problem. the clutch would grab, then it wouldn't go, I was basically doing mini burnouts without holding the brake and it wouldn't push on neutral. after an hour, it unlocked itself? and rode it for a good 20 mins before it stalled in the middle of the freeway and had it towed.
today, I test rode it down the block up to 30mph, starts up just fine, went through 1st, N, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear, and started on 2nd gear with no stalling.
this is what I think: the tranny is fine and the front wheel was locked? the white smoke was from skidding on the tires? but I don't get why would the engine would shut off? is it even possible for front brakes to lock up without applying the brakes? my friends helped flushed the front brakes this past weekend and installed new levers, and I just opened the reservoir and the grommet was kinda upside down, so there may be no room for expansion causing the pistons to seize up? I vaguely remember while trying to move it on 101, I could not apply pressure to the front brakes, like the levers were just stiff and stuck in the 'unactivated' position. what do you guys think?
one more note, we flushed the front brakes because we thought there was a lot of air in the system, since the old lever would go all the way down before braking, but when flushing, there was only 1 or 2 air bubbles, after changing to a new brake lever, the brakes were stiff and felt normal, so I thought it was because of cheap ebay levers the previous owners had left on.