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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Bike: NC700X
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    Aug 2019

    Mouse in Air Box

    Im a new member, but long time reader of this forum.

    2014 NC700X purchased new in 2017. I put about 5K miles per season. I just passed 13K, so time to change the air filter for the first time. I pulled out the air box cover per service manual.

    I found the remains of a large mouse nest. The mouse had been there long enough to store several handfuls of seeds and peanuts. The filter was completely full of hair. I have no idea how the bike was running.

    I completely cleaned the air box and installed the new filter. I did a 50 mile test ride and the bike has noticeably more power than before. Not a sport bike, but I can feel more power. Again, I cant believe it was even running before.

    Heres was has me thinking. The bike has noticeably more power now than when I first bought it. This was a 2014 model that was sold new in 2017, so the bike was in some storage facility for 3 years. This is the first time since purchase that the air box has been removed. Did I buy new bike with a mouse nest in the air box???

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    Senior Member HarveyM's Avatar
    Bike: 2016 NC750X DCT
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    Ottawa, Ontario
    It's possible, just be glad it didn't decide to use your wiring to line it's nest!

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    Senior Member Jt105's Avatar
    Bike: 2015 NC700X, 2012 ST1300A
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    May 2018
    Michigan, USA
    Welcome to the Mouse Club!
    I had a similar situation this spring. Its a wonder that the engine would even run with all that mouse bedding and seeds.


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    Senior Member Rapturee's Avatar
    Bike: 2012 NC700x
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    Post Falls IDAHO
    Welcome F150 and congrats on a good purchase(mouse bedding included it seems). Glad to have you here, there is an amazing amount of seasoned knowledge here to avail yourself of. :{)
    Fiat Justicia et Peret Mundus = Do the Right thing, Come what May!

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    Member Juan_Banjovy's Avatar
    Bike: 2014 Honda NC700XE
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    May 2019
    Lewisville, Texas
    Wow, I think I'd better check my air filter. I got a new 2014 NC700X in May, no telling how many places it's been stored. Will do it Monday, putting up a ceiling fan tomorrow.

  6. #6
    Bike: 700x
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    May 2019
    san diego
    couple of weeks ago a friend of mine parked his truck overnight in the mountains, next morning he had a mouse in his glove box. so who knows. Imagine storing camp food in or around your motorcycle.

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    Bike: NC700x, ST1300, XR250L, CX500 Turbo, TRX350fwd, CT90, C70, TRX250, TRX 500, VFR1200x
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    Wausau WI
    A garage, shop, patio, car port, shed, barn or even outside storage with dog, cat or bird food near by is an invitation for mice to take up residence in all vehicles or equipment.

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