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Motorcycle Repair: sluggish tachometer, vjmc members, vintage honda
vjmc members, vintage honda, bill silver: Gene, the problem is in the speedometer, itself. When the meters sit for years the lubrication dries out for the main bushing and the other parts tend to get sluggish, as well. Sometimes, with riding/operation, they will wake back up again, otherwise take...

Motorcycle Repair: starter freespins, clutch design, starter clutch
clutch design, starter clutch, bill silver: Scotty, it would have been immensely helpful if you had mentioned the year, make and model of your motorcycle...... Most motorcycles have a one-way clutch design with rollers, springs and spring caps that only allow the starter motor to pull the crankshaft...

Motorcycle Repair: Vibration putting feet to sleep, wheel bearings, jap bike
wheel bearings, jap bike, air leak: If you are getting that much vibration and you have check the drivetrain as well as the frame, then it seems to be coming from the motor. If your motor has enought vibration to put your feet to sleep and it just started, then your flywheels might have come...

Motorcycle Repair: XLCH Pushrod removal, pushrod, pushrods
pushrod, pushrods, push rods: You didnt do anything wrong. Makw sure you rotate the motor so the lifters are all the way down at the bottom of their stroke and adjust hem all the way down as far as they will go. If you still cant get them out you will have to use a screwdriver it slide...

Motorcycle Repair: 1955 panhead, compression pistons, compression check
compression pistons, compression check, motorcycle repair: If the pistons you told me were installed then you should be running around 90 to 100 PSI, so your compression is a little low. As to your oil pressure, if you are running 45 to 50 PSI cold that is fine. If anything, its a little high depending on how cold...

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 CL175 clutch, honda cl175, oil level
honda cl175, oil level, crankcase: Bill, it s not uncommon for a bike s clutch to stick together if the bike has been sitting for a long time. If you can get the bike started, just ride around for a little while while holding the clutch in. The torque and heat will loosen up the clutch. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CB350 clutch, clutch plate, clutch cable
clutch plate, clutch cable, key way: If you look inside the clutch cover the you will find a key where that key way lines up with. It keeps the disk from rotating when you turn the adjuster screw. I think you will find the ball that is supposed to be inside the bore of the lifter mechanism...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cb500 four, cb500 four, honda cb500
cb500 four, honda cb500, air fuel mixture: Mark, the points and timing have to be set at the factory specs to get the engine to run right. The high speed sputtering was probably a lean air fuel mixture. I d recommend you set the points to .014 thou and then check the dynamic timing with a timing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda cb500 Electric ignition, 1973 honda cb500, stock coils
1973 honda cb500, stock coils, electric ignition: Shawn, I think the two are unrelated. The current draw by the parts you changed is pretty small compared to the current required to crank the engine. Unless there s a constant current draw on the battery by the parts you replaced, it s probably a bad battery....

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda XL 350 single cylinder, honda xl 350, clymer manual
honda xl 350, clymer manual, volt ohm meter: Chuck, if the coil and condenser are known good, then either the points are not installed correctly or they have some contamination on the point faces or the KILL switch is getting in the way. If in doubt, wire around the kill switch. The ignition switch puts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Sportster Harley Davidson, start model, metal tube
start model, metal tube, harley davidson: The pipe your referring to on the right side of the bike is your breather pipe. How much oil comes out of this pipe? Is there any oil in the oil bag or did it all drain down into the crankcase? Is the bike an electric start model? When you try to start it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda CB400t questions..., honda cb400t, rear brake lever
honda cb400t, rear brake lever, chain and sprockets: It all depends on how you take care of the bike and how well the previous owner took care of it. I would not be surprised if that bike didn t go past 50-75,000 miles or close to 100K km. At least the engine will. You will have some maintenance to do to get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CM 400 C, honda cm 400, well lit place
honda cm 400, well lit place, bike wreckers: If it s just second it could be a fork that s just bent enough that it works OK when cold but hangs up a bit when it has expanded as the engine warms up. For $200, I would say take it, get a shop manual (2 different ones are better - a Factory Shop Manual...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb750 {brake problem}, 1981 honda cb750, ring groove
1981 honda cb750, ring groove, o ring: Jeff, I m afraid bleeding them won t help. You need to take them apart and clean them. There s a varnish that forms inside the o-ring groove that closes up the clearance pinching the o-ring hard against the piston so it can t retract. You have to pull the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450 E, 1982 honda cm450, freeplay
1982 honda cm450, freeplay, synthetic oil: It could be the plugs need to be replaced or as you said, the carbs could need to be cleaned. A 1982 with only 14,000 miles says the bike sits a lot and the carbs could be varnished up. It s not uncommon for an engine to miss once in a while. If it starts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Nighthawk 650SC DOHC, 1984 honda nighthawk, bill silver
1984 honda nighthawk, bill silver, header section: Michael, if the header section is still good and there is a joint or connection point where you can attach an aftermarket muffler, then go ahead and do that. You MAY have to rejet the carbs for the different backpressure/flow of an aftermarket muffler, however....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 ironhead 1000, screw, good luck
screw, good luck, inspection plate: The primary and trans share the same oil. You add oil from the center inspection plate on the primary cover. If you dont have a leak, then you dont need to check the level. If you need to add oil then, with the bike sitting upright, at the bottom of the primary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Aspencade alternator, conventional incandescent bulbs, duty alternator
conventional incandescent bulbs, duty alternator, car harness: Rick, there isn t a high output alternator option that I m aware of. I d looking into replacing as many lights with LED lights and see if that doesn t help. You may also want to put some kind of a switch in the side car harness so you can reduce the load...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda interceptor vf500, honda interceptor 500, vf500
honda interceptor 500, vf500, proplem: Chris, it sounds like a dead battery to me. Check the voltage at the battery when you try and crank the engine. I think you ll find it drops way down. I d recommend you try charging the battery, and see if that doesn t fix the starting problem but be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda xl600, honda xr100r, honda xl600
honda xr100r, honda xl600, honda shop: Charles, you just have to check them over good by checking out every system. If you don t feel confident doing it yourself, I d recommend you take it to the local Honda shop and have it checked out. It will cost you a few bucks, but it could save you a whole...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda shadow clutch not disengaging, port holes, honda shadow
port holes, honda shadow, bill silver: Bryan, the master cylinder for the clutch is really no different than that for the brakes on the bike or a car. When the pressure cups are worn or harden, then you get a fluid bypass and loss of pressure to the slave cylinder. There are some bleed port...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 sportster, cam follower, weak part
cam follower, weak part, speed transmission: The 86-90 sportster transmission has a weak part in the shifter area. There is a spring loaded cam follower that is cast metal and it is usually the cause of the shifter problems on these models. The problem is that the cast cam follower breaks and the 2 springs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 flhs, tank caps, stop wait a minute
tank caps, stop wait a minute, flhs: There are two different reasons for your problem. One is gas starved. Go for a ride with the air cleaner off. When it starts to shut off or shuts off, give it a shot of starting fluid and see if it keeps running. Your float in the carb might be sticking. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VT700C Shadow, pulse generators, jim christensen
pulse generators, jim christensen, clymer manual: I doubt it s the pulse generators. It would be pretty unusual for both to fail at the same time with the same resistance. Have you pulled the plugs and check to see if the plugs are firing. Put the plugs back in the caps and lay them on the head and then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VT700C Shadow, houseofmotorcycles, plug caps
houseofmotorcycles, plug caps, honda motorcycle: Jim, if all of your electrical connections are clean and tight, the spark plug caps are good...(around 5k ohms) and the pulse coils and ignition coils are different, then the final component is the ignition module. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vt700c-shadow-1987/o/m2876...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki zx 600, kawasaki motorcycle, ninja 600r
kawasaki motorcycle, ninja 600r, vacuum lines: Tyler... more history would be helpful... Bike been sitting? Happen suddenly? What you describe is probably a rack of carburetors that have old gasoline in them or it all evaporated out, leaving plugged up idle jets and worse. The entire fuel system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Honda elite 80, honda elite 80, electronic module
honda elite 80, electronic module, older models: Information on troubleshooting the ignition system should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is 15 years old and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 harley sportster question......, harley sportster, oil tank
harley sportster, oil tank, question question: I have to back up. the ball and spring are located in the oil filter housing. I was thinking of a big bike. Sorry. Remove the filter and where the filter screws into, that is a threaded fitting. Unscrew it and the ball and spring are behind it Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 harley soft tail, volt meter, stator
volt meter, stator, charging system: First thing you need to do is check the battery to make sure it has water in it and its good. If it is then charge it up. Start the bike and at the battery, with a volt meter, check the voltage. At around 2000 RPM you should be showing 13.5 volts. If not,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Sportster XLH 883 fuel valve, harley davidson motorcycle, vacuum line
harley davidson motorcycle, vacuum line, fuel valve: Sam, I am a Honda guy. If you have questions about recalls, check the web or with local H-D Dealerships on defective parts. The parts counter guys would surely know about any defects like that. Usually recalls that are safety related like this would have no...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 FXDWG Engine Vibrations, vacuum leaks, vibration problem
vacuum leaks, vibration problem, wheel bearings: With that many miles I would suppect that the rod bearings are worn and lose, which would cause the vibration. The other thing it could be would be the left main bearing is worn. The only way to be sure is to tear the motor down and inspect them. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 heritage springer softail, good luck, heritage
good luck, heritage: On the shifter cam in the trans, there is a fine line where netural is. over time it gets harder to shift into netural due to the wear of the cam. usually, you can shift into netural very easily without a load on the trans. The two routes you can go with this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 FLSTC Starter Problem, boat mechanic, starter clutch
boat mechanic, starter clutch, clutch assembly: If the jackshaft pops out then the jackshaft might be bad. What you would have to do is pull the primary, clutch assembly and motor sprocket and then take out the jackshaft. Check the inner hub on the jackshaft to make sure its not damaged. That is what the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 1340cc heritage classic, aftermarket pipes, stock ignition
aftermarket pipes, stock ignition, classic question: You probably have a intake manifold leak at one of your heads. To check for a leak start the bike up let it warm up. Then with bike at an idle spray carb cleaner on the clamps where the intake manifold meets the heads all the way around on front and rear head...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Triumph seat & gas tank removal, triumph seat, triumph thunderbird
triumph seat, triumph thunderbird, tank removal: I m not sure I can help as my knowledge is on the older bikes but if their the same this is how to do it . At back of the seat there is a metal bracket with a bolt through it, this secures the seat to the fender if this is not there try looking at the under...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600 - is rejetting necessary?, jetting, mufflers
jetting, mufflers, shadow: Changing the way an engine breathes without changing the jetting usually won t do any harm to the engine. My own GoldWing has had Harley mufflers for 10 years with no adverse effects. However, if you have access to the right test equipment, you can almost...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 honda rebel 250, honda rebel 250, 2003 honda rebel 250
honda rebel 250, 2003 honda rebel 250, speed jets: John, my experience is on older Hondas but it sounds like your carb is still plugged up. THe low speed jets are plugged not letting any fuel in at idle. When the choke is on, the fuel flows through a different circuit so the engine runs. You may have to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 street bob, clutch lever, starter relay
clutch lever, starter relay, starter button: It sounds like you have a short in the wiring. I would start by disconnecting the wire going to the starter from the starter relay. Using a test light connected to the wire going to the starter hit the starter button with the bike in netural. then try it by...

Motorcycle Repair: 201 Dyna, stock pipes, head pipes
stock pipes, head pipes, dyna jet: Generally, adding a high flow exhaust will lean the bike out a little. Your best bet is to go for a ride and check the plugs. If they are white, then you need to rejett. I would suggest adding a dyna jet kit. It will richen your bike back up and will give...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 iron head, jumper wire, battery cables
jumper wire, battery cables, iron head: You must flash the field coils, this is done by momentarily touching a jumper wire between BAT terminal and GEN terminal on the regulator, after all wires have been properly hooked up. If this doesn t do it there are test that can be done with an amp gage...

Motorcycle Repair: 75 sportster oil line routing, oil tank, oil lines
oil tank, oil lines, oil line: The oil line cannect to the back of the tank. The lowest port ont he tank is the feed to the oil pump. The highest one is the return from the oil pump and the other one is the vent from the motor. You should only have 3 hoses going to the oil tank Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CB900 Custom exhaust, honda cb900, pressure pulses
honda cb900, pressure pulses, exhaust pipes: Mike, that will change the performance some. Those systems are designed to create positive and negative pressure pulses at the exhaust valve to maximize the scavanging in the cylinder. Adding the length will change the timing of the negative pulse which...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 vt750 shadow air gap, spark plug gap, hydraulic control systems
spark plug gap, hydraulic control systems, air gap: Amber... I don t know exactly what you are referring to with an air gap question. I can only guess that it is about the valve clearances...? See http://nv750.motolab.ru/manual/manual/23.pdf for details, where you will discover that the valve train is...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 honda shadow 500, vacuum leaks, honda shadow
vacuum leaks, honda shadow, petcock: Maria, there is a fuel filter or screen. It s inside the petcock. You have to take the bottom bowl off the petcock, and there s a screen up inside the petcock. There is probably an o-ring holding it up inside so you ll have to remove the o-ring before the...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 ELECTRA GLIDE F/FENDER REMOVAL, rear fender, turn signals
rear fender, turn signals, bolts: To take the front fender off you will have to remove the front tire and caliber. Then just remove the bolts for the fender and slide the fender out. For the rear fender, remove the rear wheel and then remove the bolts for the fender. Loosen the bolts for...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow no spark, honda shadow 750, 4 ohms
honda shadow 750, 4 ohms, pulse generators: If the coils are okay, the spark boxes could be the problem or the pulse generators. You can check the pulse generator with a VOM. They should have 3.4 ohms or there abouts. If they have the right resistance, it s probably the spark boxes under the seat....

Motorcycle Repair: 87 flhtc, battery cables, random times
battery cables, random times, oil pressure: I am assuming that the gage you are refering to is the oil pressure. It sounds like you have a short in the ignition system, which would cause your shutting down. What you need to do is start by checking the battery cables for tightness on both ends as well...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 fxsts rebuild, ev3, pushrods
ev3, pushrods, pushrod: Go to the front exhaust. Rotate the motor so the lifter is all the way at the bottom of its stroke. Now adjust the pushrod so its tight and then go a few more turns. Now, let it sit for about 15 minutes so the lifter can bleed down. Go back and check it. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 sportster 1200, upper tubes, fork extensions
upper tubes, fork extensions, riser sets: I say just go to a swap meet and pick up a couple of cheap riser sets of various lengths as well as your straight bars and then try them on your bike to see what you like. The only way I know of to lengthen your forks is to replace the upper tubes. They come...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Fatboy headlight adjustment, triple trees, fatboy
triple trees, fatboy, bolts: I believe the fatboy has a tin kit on the upper triple trees behind the 7 headlight. If you loosen the 2 bolts on either side of the tin kit you should be able to remove the small section of tin on the back side of the triple trees and from here you can get...

Motorcycle Repair: Air cleaner, dyno jet power commander, nessacary
dyno jet power commander, nessacary, stock air: Your bike came from the factory a little lean. Adding the air cleaner will lean it out a little more. If you add the power commander it will be able to make the fuel adjustments you need. As to the warrenty, you would have to check with your local dealership...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb, vernier caliper, honda ct200
vernier caliper, honda ct200, level gage: There s a rim around the base of the carb where the gasket sits. You measure from the edge of that rim. The carb needs to be upright to measure the floats. The weight of the floats should hold it to gage. You have to look close at the pin in the middle...

Motorcycle Repair: CL175 HONDA RUNNING PROBLEM, genuine honda parts, oversize pistons
genuine honda parts, oversize pistons, lines tank: Phil, the bike is running too rich. It starts without the choke because it s running so rich. As the engine starts to warm up, it s too rich of a mixture to burn correctly. You can check my theory easily by turning off the fuel petcock. The fuel level...

Motorcycle Repair: Common Ground for Speedo / turn signals ?, rear fender, sportster 1200
rear fender, sportster 1200, fusee: I ve had a problem similar to yours with the speedo and the fuse blowing, what had happened was after the new paint was installed, the wiring thru the wire lume in the rear fender wasn t routed properly. It was bunched up at the front end of the rear fender...

Motorcycle Repair: CX500D 79 Camchain lock nut spins, shaft seals, cam shaft
shaft seals, cam shaft, cx500: Howard, I ve not heard that it s a common problem either but if someone repeatedly over tightens the lock bolt, it could fatigue the aluminum and strip the threads. It s not too big of a job other than you may have to pull the engine to get to it. A helicoil...

Motorcycle Repair: carb cough, air filter assembly, spark plug wires
air filter assembly, spark plug wires, fxd: Your cough in the motor could be caused by a pushrod being to tight if you have adjustable pushrods or a leaking valve. I would think the coil would be ok, since it runs good when you give it the throttle and only has the problem when you ride a constant speed....

Motorcycle Repair: carlini handle bars, handlebars, apes
handlebars, apes, gangster: Here is how I go about putting on taller handlebars. First, I remove the cables and install the handle bars. then I measure from where the cable is attached to the handlebars. That way you are sure you get the right length. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: chain, drive sprocket, honda cb550
drive sprocket, honda cb550, accellerate: Don, it s pretty common for a chain to wear unevenly. If you lube the chain up good, it may help but more than likely you ll need to replace the chain. You can get by for a while, depending on how unevenly the chain is worn by adjusting the chain so it has...

Motorcycle Repair: chain oiler rear drive chain, chain oiler, hose line
chain oiler, hose line, dirty oil: Your rear chain oiler runs from the t on the oil pump and drips on the chain from a hose fitting above the chain close to the front sprocket. It should drip about one drop a minute. Personnally, if it were me, I wouldnt reconnect it. What happens is you sling...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problem?, honda cl350, continuity check
honda cl350, continuity check, volt ohm meter: Sounds like the charging system isn t keeping up. After you charge the battery, start the engine and rev it up to 3-4000 rpm and check the battery voltage with a volt ohm meter. It should read 13.5-14.5 volts. If it s less than that, the charging system...

Motorcycle Repair: chirping ( alignment eliminated), celleration, chirp
celleration, chirp, pulleys: Since your belt is aligned properly then its probably the belt itself. About the only thing you are going to be able to do is change the belt, unless the pulleys are bad. I have seen the same things with brakes squeeling. You change them out and after that...

Motorcycle Repair: choke, honda cb 750, honda cb 750 custom
honda cb 750, honda cb 750 custom, 1981 honda cb 750: Jeff, it s likely the choke cable is rusty or routed wrong increasing the cable resistance. If it s routing, you ll need to re-route it to take any sharp bends out if it. You can take the LH switch apart and lube the cable with light oil if it s not rust...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine cuts off during idol, air mixture, fuel mixture
air mixture, fuel mixture, cam chain: Ken, it could be timing or it could be a poor idle fuel mixture. I d start by giving the bike a tune up, adjust valves, cam chain, replace plugs, points, condensor, set ignition timing, sync carbs and adjust the idle air mixture. Make sure the air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: external shift shaft, chain assembly, side foot
chain assembly, side foot, transmission side: To change that shifter shaft you will need to first disconnect the battery, now remove the exhaust then the right side foot peg, sprocket cover, chain and sprocket. Then on the primary side remove the shifter arm, foot peg and primary cover then remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Fork Leak, fork seal, whick
fork seal, whick, o ring: there are only a few places for it to leak. One is the bolt going into the bottom end of the fork, whick holds the forks together. The other is the fork seal, where the upper and lower forks go together and the top cap for the forks, where there is a o-ring....

Motorcycle Repair: Fork seals 1981 Aspencade, honda aspencade, fork legs
honda aspencade, fork legs, good job: Bruce, you have to pull the front end off, remove the lower fork legs, pry out the seals and replace them. I d recommend you invest in manual. It s not a good job for an inexperienced mechanic to try without having some close instructions or help. Regards...

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Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CM 400 C, clutch lever, lock nut
Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CM 400 C, clutch lever, lock nut, clutch

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600 - is rejetting necessary?, loud pipes, driving a car
Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600 - is rejetting necessary?, loud pipes, driving a car

Motorcycle Repair: CX500D 79 Camchain lock nut spins, cam shaft, chain tension
Motorcycle Repair: CX500D 79 Camchain lock nut spins, cam shaft, chain tension, cam chain

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL450, fuel system, condenser
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL450, fuel system, condenser, hesitation

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle problems, handlebars, honda cbr
Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle problems, handlebars, honda cbr, wd40

Motorcycle Repair: oil pressure on a shovelhead, head gasket, shovelheads
Motorcycle Repair: oil pressure on a shovelhead, head gasket, shovelheads, oil lines

Motorcycle Repair: Shineray, XY200GYE, 2006 wont start, float bowl, screw
Motorcycle Repair: Shineray, XY200GYE, 2006 wont start, float bowl, screw

Motorcycle Repair: feul relay in yamaha thunderace 1000cc, partslist, australian model
partslist, australian model, yamaha dealers: Mohammed... Being that you are asking a non-Honda question, giving all the information about your bike would have been more helpful. Your model is probably like the FZR-YZF1000 sold in the US from about 1989-on. Because you didn t give the year, I will...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel vacum, petcock, manual
petcock, manual, SCB: This information should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is old and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of the mechanics working now are too young to...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing starter, starter clutch, goldwing
starter clutch, goldwing, NGW: This is usually caused by the starter clutch. Have a look at this thread on the Naked Goldwings forum http://www.nakedgoldwings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14808 Basically, the starter clutch consists of 3 steel rollers in cutouts in the outside edge of...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA SHADOW 1100 - 99, gas stabilizer, honda shadow
gas stabilizer, honda shadow, shadow 1100: Jeova, yup it s a carb problem. Engines that sit a lot will develop varnish in the carbs which plugs the small jets and passages in theh carbs. You need to clean the carbs and use gas stabilizer in the fuel to keep this from happening. Stabilizer will keep...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1973 CL125S, volt system, voltage side
volt system, voltage side, speedometer: Larry, I ve had to think about this question a bit. I can t think of anything that could explain this. The only thing I can think is that the current is finding another way to ground that is easier than going through the coils. The power to those systems...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL175 Electrical trouble, honda cl175, vintage honda
honda cl175, vintage honda, electrical trouble: Chris, it sounds like you have a charging problem. The electical system won t work properly unless the battery is fully charged. The alternator bearly puts out enough current to maintain the battery. If the battery is low, the blinkers don t work and the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL450, air fuel mixture, combustion gases
air fuel mixture, combustion gases, fuel hoses: Andy, I had a 69 CL450 and I loved that bike. I put over 25 thousand miles on that bike going to see my girl friend in Indy and tooling around in the summers. My brother still has it....great bike. Well, it sounds like you are running out of fuel. You can...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cg125 timing, honda cg125, little hammer
honda cg125, little hammer, metal debris: Ashley, there s no way to adjust the ignition timing so if it s running the timing is probably okay. It depends on what type of noise it s making. If it s a knocking noise like a little hammer is tapping inside the crankcase, that s bad. Take a long screw...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda QA50 transmission problem, honda qa50, transmission problem
honda qa50, transmission problem, crankcase: Jerry, does it shift properly with the engine shut off? If it does, the clutch may be dragging some. If it doesn t you ll want to take the right crankcase cover off and check the shifter mechanism. Sometimes the roller detents wear to the point they don...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel, valve piston, piston rod
valve piston, piston rod, honda rebel: Mike, you can locate the source by taking a long handled screw driver and hold the handle to your ear that the blade on various parts of the engine. Where ever the sound is the loudest, is the problem. It could be a cam, valve, piston, rod or crank bearing...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow -changing batery, honda shadow spirit, wd 40
honda shadow spirit, wd 40, vintage model: I m not sure what year we re talking about but generally those are just set in there. It s possible that the rubber pads it s sitting on have just become stuck to the battery case. You can take some WD-40 or something like it and spray it on and around the...

Motorcycle Repair: help, bill silver, cam timing
bill silver, cam timing, petcock: Sean, my info page asks for questions that have specific information about the make, model and year of the bike. You have provided none of that. Engines need: *Compression, based on cam timing and condition of valves and rings/pistons *Spark at the...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb 360, honda cb 360, rectifier
honda cb 360, rectifier, voltage regulator: Devin, the rectifier won t prevent power to the coils. It just won t charge the battery if it s missing. The alternator puts out 3 phase alternating current and the rectifier converts that AC current to DC current. There s a voltage regulator that maintains...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb750, barnett clutch, honda cb750
barnett clutch, honda cb750, barnett springs: Karl, clutch adjusting is done by loosening all the cable adjusters first, then making the clutch adjustment on the lifter arm under the chrome cover. Once you get that in range, then you can fine tune the cable slack with the bottom cable adjustment, then...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cmx250cd, throttle cables, rubber boot
throttle cables, rubber boot, fuel line: Well Judy, on the back of the cylinder head there s an intake manifold with a rubber boot on it. The carb outlet goes in that boot and there s a clamp that will seal it. There are two throttle cables that have to be hooked up. You ll have to figure out...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xr 250 L, honda xr 250, honda xr250l
honda xr 250, honda xr250l, camshaft lobes: Tim, if there is a master link with a clip, you just remove the outer spring clip and the outer link plate. Sometimes, the chains are assembled with pressed fit links, so you have to use a chain link pin tool to push the link back off again. Timing chain...

Motorcycle Repair: horn wiring diagram, honda vf, horn button
honda vf, horn button, control switch: Tim, the horn should have power to it all the time when the key is on. The horn button on the handlebar switch grounds the circuit to make the horn work. Check the black wire at the horn and make sure it has 12 volts to it. Then check continuity on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Idle problems, new bikes, sensers
new bikes, sensers, cam sensor: The problem with the new bikes is there are so many sensers that it is hard to tell which one it is, unless you just start changing them out until you find it and that would really be very expensive. The only way to be sure is have a dianostic run on the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition, crane hi4, fire ignition
crane hi4, fire ignition, modual: The single fire coil has three posts. Usually the one in the center is the positive one, but check with a test light to be sure. It should be hot when you turn the ignition on. The other two posts are the negitive. SInce you are trying to connect a tach to...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition switch, release button, electra
release button, electra, good luck: Put the key in and unlock. With the key still in turn the knob to access. There is a small release button at bottom, left side. Depress it with a small screwdrive and while pushing key down, turn 60 degrees in a counter-clock wise direction. then you can lift...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki vulcan 500 1999, kawasaki vulcan 500, couple time
kawasaki vulcan 500, couple time, gas tank: This is a long shot, but do you store your bike outside? Squirrels and mice have been known to make nests or store food in airboxes and mufflers of motorcycles... what you describe sounds like the motor isn t getting enough air, so check the air filter to...

Motorcycle Repair: Keith Black pistons, keith black pistons, 883 sportster
keith black pistons, 883 sportster, machinist: Keith Black pistons are good pistons and should hold up quit well as long as the cylinders are honed to the correct specs and the breakin of the pistons are done correctly. Pistons, like many other products, are sometimes a personnel preference. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Leaky Carburetor, cbr 900rr, float bowl
cbr 900rr, float bowl, screwdriver: Caleb, the hose is the overflow from the carbs. One of your floats is sticking and not shutting the fuel off properly. Try tapping the float bowl lightly with the plastic handle of a screwdriver. If that doesn t work, you ll have to get the carbs cleaned....

Motorcycle Repair: Light grey smoke, fuel stabilizer, water evaporation
fuel stabilizer, water evaporation, water droplets: Jamie, leaving a bike unused for most of 6 months with old fuel in a partially filled tank is a recipe for water production and fuel separation. Several problems occur with today s fuels. While it is fortified with alcohol in the original blend, in a couple...

Motorcycle Repair: Loose rear Harley transmission shift lever, clutch basket, shift lever
clutch basket, shift lever, o ring: If you just loosen the screws you still cant move the inner primary until you remove the clutch basket and starter. Also, when if you dont take it off you cant replace teh o-ring at the front of the motor. Since there is such a small space between the shaft...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking front cyl. head gasket on a 2003 fatboy, head gasket, torques
head gasket, torques, gasket: Not sure what you marn by good tips. Its just the question of removing the tank and tearing down the top of the head that is leaking. Make sure you follow the torque pattern and torques for the head, so you dont over tighten it and it seals properly. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: motor year?, honda shop, head gasket
honda shop, head gasket, headgaskets: Gary, I don t know of any way to cross reference the engine serial number to a model year. When you go to buy parts, the parts are referenced to the frame serial number. The good news is that most of those engines were the same. The later headgaskets were...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle problems, frozen lock, SCB
frozen lock, SCB: I have no direct exxperience with this model and you didn t say where you are so I cannot tell whether the following is applicable or not. A couple of months ago I drove my 84 CX650E based sidecar outfit to an out of town event it rained most of the weekend....

Motorcycle Repair: Nightster clutch LOTS of friction., clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, locknut: You can adjust the clutch yourselfwithout a problem. Loosen the clutch cable so there is some play in the clutch lever. With the bike sitting upright remove the large derby cover at the back of the primary cover. Loosen the locknut in the center of the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: no neutral switch, honda gold wing, volt ohm meter
honda gold wing, volt ohm meter, bolt hole: There should be a neutral light switch on the inside of the lower front cover. It s held in with two screws and fits in the center of the shift drum. You can t see it unless you have taken the front cover off. It s the cover that is behind the water pump...

Motorcycle Repair: noise in honda 1980 cb750c engine, 1980 honda cb750c, cam chain
1980 honda cb750c, cam chain, 10w40: Ken, it sounds like the cam chain needs adjustment. The best way to adjust the cam chain is to loosen up the pinch bolt and then put a wrench on the crank and rotate the crank so the slack is on the back side of the cylinder. Tighten up the pinch bolt and...

Motorcycle Repair: Occasional Cold starting problem, air fuel mixture, stock honda
air fuel mixture, stock honda, piston rings: Andrew, normally I only answer questions on older Hondas but it sounds like you need to find another opinion. A bike needs a richer mixture to start cold. Normally, it needs an air fuel mixture around 10-12:1 for good cold starting. If the engine has that...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil pressure drop in Honda CB900F, CB900, oil pressure
CB900, oil pressure, main bearing: I think the theory is that the spun bearing would have greater than normal clearance. As the engine warms up and everything expands the clearance will increase even more and the oil will become thinner. Thinner oil + greater clearance means that there will...

Motorcycle Repair: oil draining into crankcase, breather vent, oil tank
breather vent, oil tank, drain pan: I can think of about 3 ways. First there is a 1/4 inch pipe plug under motor in the center, if you can get this out it would be your best bet, but I ve never had much luck at that. 2nd remove the return feed hose to the oil tank and position it over a oil...

Motorcycle Repair: oil light-no pressure, oil pressure gauge, oil pressure switch
oil pressure gauge, oil pressure switch, heritage softail: Either your bike has low or no oil pressure or the oil pressure switch and acceding wiring is bad. Lets go for the simple and easy first. The oil pressure switch on your bike is mounted on the back end of the rear cylinder on the cam case side of the bike....

Motorcycle Repair: oil pressure on a shovelhead, oil pressure gauge, crossover pipe
oil pressure gauge, crossover pipe, rocker boxes: If I m following your follow up right you ve removed the crossover pipe between the rocker boxes and installed 2 lines that are larger than the stock pipe and the other ends of the hoses tie together and enter the case where the stock upper oil feed pipe mounted...

Motorcycle Repair: oil return, oil tank, oil return
oil tank, oil return, oil pump: In the oil pump there is a ball with a spring. When the bike is not running the ball is suppose to be held closed by the spring so the oil will not run into the motor, since the oil tank is higher than the motor. Over time the ball gets some dirt or some carbon...

Motorcycle Repair: Primary chain on a 750 kawasaki, starter clutch, kawasaki 750
starter clutch, kawasaki 750, japanese bikes: Mike, While not a Honda question, it is so helpful to have the year and model of your Kawasaki 750 known, if I am to attempt to help you. Kawasaki made 750 twins, 750 Triples, 750 Fours..... from the 1970s until the end of the last century, from what I...

Motorcycle Repair: paint, lacquer thinner, stock powder
lacquer thinner, stock powder, plastikote: I haven t tried to paint over powder coat, but Plastikote (www.plastikote.com) sells paint that s designed for use on calipers. You could e-mail them and ask if it will stick to the powdercoat before you try. Another possibility is to buy a small powdercoating...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear Brake Pads 99 Softail, room hope, maneuvering room
room hope, maneuvering room, caliper: At the shop I worked at I didn t work on the brakes only engines and transmissions on those models but I do remember the guys having a bit of trouble getting those calipers off at times. Are you sure that you ve removed the bolts for the caliper and not the...

Motorcycle Repair: Rich mixture 2004 1200XL, octane value, rich mixture
octane value, rich mixture, clean needle: I can t think of anything that would cause this that you haven t already checked. During the winter your oil may have drained down into your lower end from your oil tank then pumped into the air cleaner when you rode the bike for the first time this season...

Motorcycle Repair: rocker cover bolts, seat area, fuel lines
seat area, fuel lines, sugestions: There is really no problems with removing the tank. You just have to drain the gas, remove the seat and center console. You can remove it and just fold it back to the seat area. remove the fuel lines and the crossover line and then the bolts holding it on....

Motorcycle Repair: Shineray, XY200GYE, 2006 wont start, Shineray, forum
Shineray, forum, ignition: Before your question I had never heard of Shineray motorcycles so I looked it up on Google. I don t like to be the one to tell you this but, from what I ve been able to find out, I m afraid that the problem might be simply that you have a Shineray XY200GYE....

Motorcycle Repair: Slip-ons or hole in baffles, sportster 1200 custom, stock pipes
sportster 1200 custom, stock pipes, screaming eagles: First, pipes change colors due to heat. The leaner a bike runs the hotter it runs. When you open up the exhaust by changing pipes you are leaning out the bike. The sizes of the pipes you are talking about is the diameter of the pipe, so you have to get mufflers...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster will not start, sportster 1200 custom, cold cranking amps
sportster 1200 custom, cold cranking amps, jumper wires: Its located behind the left side cover. Its a small black square device that has 4 wires plugged in to it. You can check the operation of the starter relay with the use of a ohmmeter, jumper wires and a battery that is fully charged. You ll need to disconnect...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki vz 800 coolant tank reservoir problem, coolant recovery, shop manual
coolant recovery, shop manual, SCB: I don t have any direct experience with your specific model, but if your cooling system is like every other one I have encountered it is a coolant recovery system. In a coolant recovery system the rad cap has 2 pressure dependent (spring loaded) one way...

Motorcycle Repair: Synthetic oil usage, synthetic motor oil, high mileage
synthetic motor oil, high mileage, amsol: i know that using synthetic will make the bike run cooler and is suppose to last longer. The problem I see is the high cost and once you go to synthetic you shouldnt go back to regular motor oil. Really there is no problems with switching. Amsol makes a very...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, starter button: There are 3 posts on the solenoid. One large one is constant hot. The other one gets hot when you hot the starter and the small one is from the starter relay. When instlling it make sure you dont have the two big wires crossed. If they are on the wrong posts...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug, plug colors, spark plug
plug colors, spark plug, ok thanks: If you are talking about a harley, the front cylinder stays a little cooler than the rear. If you can have slightly different plug colors because one cylinder may burn a little less oil. It doenst really hurt anything Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster speedo problem, magneto, magnets
magneto, magnets, tranny: Since your bike has a speedo that run off the front wheel then you have a problem with one of the three parts that run it. Either the speedo drive unit is bad, the cable is bad or the speedo itself is bad. What you can do is disconnect the cable from the...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster starter silenoid, harley manual, harley davidson sportster
harley manual, harley davidson sportster, starter solenoid: I don t know of any test for the solenoid. But you can remove the solenoid plunger, remove the disc and turn it around and reinstall it. Also I ve had starters that wouldn t work and found the problem to be the drive gear inside the starter housing at the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, xlh, stock front
xlh, stock front, oil tank: Does your motor have a blank plate on the back side of the primary area under the oil tank. If it does the you can install an electric start. Depending on the year, in the 60 s XLH ment it had a circuit breaker timer and factory low pipes while the XLCH had...

Motorcycle Repair: starter not engaging to crank the engine, old ford mustang, flywheel teeth
old ford mustang, flywheel teeth, torque starter: Justin, I don t know anything about H-D machines. But if it is like my old Ford Mustang, when the starter spins and the motor doesn t either the Bendix drive is dead/slipping or there is a bad spot on the flywheel teeth where it engages. There are H-D...

Motorcycle Repair: starting issues, vacuum problem, starter fluid
vacuum problem, starter fluid, petcock: Steven, it could be a couple of reasons. The engine may not be getting any fuel so the petcock or carbs may need cleaning or repair. The other cause could be low compression. Ether has a very low ignition point and it will ignite easily and once the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: stator, chain and sprocket, screw driver
chain and sprocket, screw driver, magnetic force: The round disc with the 2 holes in it is called the rotor and its not spring loaded its held on to the stator by magnetic force. They make a puller for this but before I owned one I just use to put a screw driver in each hole or some sort of hooked tool and...

Motorcycle Repair: stator check, ohm meter, softtail
ohm meter, softtail, stator: First, unplug the regulator. At the plug for the stator go from one pin to ground with a OHM meter, then the other. Should show no OHMs. Then go from pin to pin. Should show about .2 OHMs. Then start the bike and with a AC volt meter check the voltage output....

Motorcycle Repair: taillights, vt500c, handle bars
vt500c, handle bars, loose connection: Jason, have you checked the bulb? I m pretty sure the headlights and tail lights are on the same circuit so it s unlikely it s the fuse. It could be a loose connection in the wiring harness. Or it could be a corroded bulb socket. The fuses are under the...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, cam timing, cam gear
cam timing, cam gear, pulse generator: Troy, that sounds right to me. Do you have good compression when you set the cam timing there? If you do, it s probably not the cam timing that s keeping it from running. If you don t have a compression gage, you can check compession with an index finger....

Motorcycle Repair: tranny, jp cycles, ebay
jp cycles, ebay, night train: On the trans. even though they look the same the mounting is different so you are going to have to stick with the 2000 and up. On the open primary, I know the Barnett open primary will fit a 99-06. As to the Ultima it will only fit a 90-99. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Upper Fork Legs FXDWG Won't come off, fork legs, brake calipers
fork legs, brake calipers, fork tubes: I think the problem you re having is the fork tubes are stuck in the triple trees. If you re just going to polish and replace seals you could do that with out taking the tubes off since there already chromed. You would just need to remove the lower leg from...

Motorcycle Repair: V65 magna starter, 1983 v65 magna, expirence
1983 v65 magna, expirence, crankcase: Henry, if you are sure it s a starter and not the solenoid, or starter clutch, it s a simple job. YOu pull the starter cable, and two screws holding the starter to the crankcase, and then slide the starter out. You ll probably have to remove the oil filter...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve sets sticking, throttle cables, wd 40
throttle cables, wd 40, throttle cable: Mike, it sounds like the throttle cables aren t routed correctly. The cable needs to have as gradual bends as possible. The correct routing is to behind the gages, to the opposite side of the steering head of the frame, and then over the top of the coils....

Motorcycle Repair: Vibration through pegs, new vibration, softail standard
new vibration, softail standard, swing arm: I would start by checking all the motor mounts and the swing arm for tightness. Also, check the steering head bearing to make sure its at the proper tightness. If that is all ok, then check your front tire for wear or bumps in it. If it looks a little bad...

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum/breather lines, honda cl77 scrambler, vent hoses
honda cl77 scrambler, vent hoses, drain hoses: Louis, here is an illustration to use... http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl77-scrambler-305-us_model1037/partslist/E++01.html The top vent hose goes down the back side of the cylinder head and cylinders, through the notch in the transmission cover and turns...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage gauge pegs, voltage gauge, voltage test
voltage gauge, voltage test, meter test: First, unplug the regulator. Do a OHMs test from pin to pin on the stator and then pin to ground. You should have OHMs pin to pin and no OHMs pin to ground. Then start the bike and with a AC volt meter test the voltage coming out of the stator. You should...

Motorcycle Repair: not sure, honda shadow vt 750, rotor stator
honda shadow vt 750, rotor stator, regulator rectifier: Mike, there are three parts to the charging system, the rotor, stator and regulator rectifier. You can check the stator by checking the resistance between the three yellow wires. They should all have the same resistance between them and no continuity to...

Motorcycle Repair: saw, honda shadow 750, honda shadow vt750
honda shadow 750, honda shadow vt750, yellow wires: Mike, that s a bit unusual...the only explanation I have is that the clutch is dragging some. This preloads the transmission so the shift drum is difficult to rotate. When you apply enough force to move the drum, it jumps to the next next gear. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 duo glide electrical regulator or generator, volt system, voltage regulator
volt system, voltage regulator, voltage output: You are not going to have to proper meters to do the testing. Since you are putting out some voltage make sure the points in the voltage regulator are clean and not burned. If they are then replace it. If they are ok, then you need to pull the generator and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 305 scrambler, wiring connections, fuel tank
wiring connections, fuel tank, coils: Brian, you need to go back through the head light connections and the connections under the fuel tank. All of the wires are color coded and if you connect them to the right colors, it should work. If all that looks okay and if you re brother painted the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1969 SL90, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda
wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda, sweet 69: John, that is a great bike and only made for one year. There is a kill switch on the handlebars, that either needs cleaning or has a loose wire connection. Take the handlebar switches off and clean the contacts with contact cleaner. Move them back and forth...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 harley rapido 125, woodruff key, magneto
woodruff key, magneto, thanks for your time: You probably need to rewire the bike to solve the problem. On the key breaking, make sure you are using the right one and check the mag to make sure it turns freely. I do have a wiring diagram, but I have no way to scan it or send it on here Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CL175 gas tank rust, honda cl175, polymer coating
honda cl175, polymer coating, aluminum oxide: James, if the tank isn t rusted through you can clean it out with phosporic acid. It desolves rust and leaves behind a very good protective coating. There are also other products that will seal up the rust with a polymer coating. If the rust isn t more...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cl100, needle nose pliers, honda cl100
needle nose pliers, honda cl100, cam lobe: Jordan, you just need to adjust the valves. Put the piston on TDC and then loosen up the lock nut on the valve adjuster. Turn the adjuster in until it just touches the top of the valve and then loosen it up 1/4 turn. Hold it with needle nose pliers and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda 450, air fuel ratio, backyard mechanic
air fuel ratio, backyard mechanic, honda 450: Keith, I m afraid you have to start over. You need to check the compression. If the engine got too hot it could burn a hole in a piston. Next you ll probably have to clean out the carbs again. It s very important you get the floats set right or the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 cb360 twin, crank case, clutch plates
crank case, clutch plates, metal plates: Chris, how much detail do you think you need. You have to remove the kick stater, the foot peg, and the right crank case cover. YOu have to remove the four bolts holding the pressure plate on the cover and then you can slide out the clutch plates. Be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CB550 Turn Signals, honda cb550, flasher relay
honda cb550, flasher relay, regulator rectifier: A turn signal that comes on but will not flash is usually the result of a blown flasher relay (assuming that your battery is fully charged and the regulator/rectifier is also working). Somewhere under the seat or behind the sidecovers of your bike is the flasher...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cb550 liquids?, honda cb550, slave cylinders
honda cb550, slave cylinders, master and slave: There s an air filter and oil filter. The oil needs to be changed, and besides that, there s not much else to change. If the brakes work okay, you don t need to change the brake fluid. If they don t work, you ll have to rebuild the master and slave cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cb550 not running?, fuse holder, turn signals
fuse holder, turn signals, kickstart: Josh, you have to fix the short first. The bike must have a charged battery to run. Start by unplugging the system you think is the causing the problem. If the fuse doesn t blow you ve isolated the problem. The recitifier can drain the battery but won...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CB550K1 Carburator balance, vacuum pipes, lock nuts
vacuum pipes, lock nuts, cb550: Gerry, you will need a tool to loose up the lock nut to allow you to make the adjustments while you hold the center adjustmet screw with a screwdriver. On that year there s no right way to go about it. I typically adjust the one farthest out of adjustment...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 HD Sportster oil lines, hd sportster, vent line
hd sportster, vent line, tank fitting: This is routing for a kick start bike if you have an electric start let me know and I ll send you info for that model. Bottom tank fitting goes to the oil pump suction,the pump suction is located on the rear of the oil pump under the motor on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CL 360 headlamp, volt ohm meter, beam indicator
volt ohm meter, beam indicator, high beam: All of the power to the light goes through the left hand handle bar switch. There s a black wire wire going into the switch and a white wire and blue wire coming out. The blue is high beam and white low beam. You can test these easlily enough with a volt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 xr75, air screw, dirt bikes
air screw, dirt bikes, piston rings: The soot on the spark plug, is it oily? If so, you are looking at a valve job or piston rings. If it is a dry, powdery soot then it is an excess fuel problem. Beyond that, I can t think of anything else beyond what you ve already tried to cure the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 cb550 rear wheel bearings, rear wheel bearings, spanner tool
rear wheel bearings, spanner tool, 1976 honda cb550: Eli, those can be really difficult to get out. They use a special spanner wrench that fits into the 4 holes in that retainer. I ve destroyed one before trying to get it out without the spanner. The retainer is pretty soft and will easily gall in the threads...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 FLH ignition problems?, weber dcoe, jet size
weber dcoe, jet size, flh: Start by taking the bike for a ride. Do not go over 2500 RPM. Go for about 5 miles. If the bike bogs then go bigger on the intermitate jet. If it spits through the exhaust, go small. Once you have it set, go for another ride, but ride over 2500 RPM. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda Goldwing, honda goldwing, light fuse
honda goldwing, light fuse, light socket: Dave, I hate to state the obvious but you have a short. It can be in the tail light socket, It could just be connected incorrectly. There could be a pinched wire under a bolt somewhere. I d start by unplugging the tail light and see if it blows the fuse....

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda cb750a hondamatic, honda cb750a, wireless router
honda cb750a, wireless router, yellow wires: Sorry it taken so long Robert, my wireless router quit working last week. The two systems are not related other than it takes a charged battery to get the bike to run. The three yellow wires don t really matter how they are connected. I ve alway tried to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 ATC 90 won't start, air fuel ratio, motorcycle shop
air fuel ratio, motorcycle shop, spark tester: Jason, as you know you need to have compression, spark and the right air fuel. All you have to do is figure out which one of the three is out of wack. You have to make sure the timing is at the right time with a timing light. It s also possible the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 cb400 hawk weak spark, honda hawk, open circuits
honda hawk, open circuits, cb400: There are several things to check for the cause of weak spark. Check the battery for charge and strength, check the ignition coil(s) for open circuits, check the CDI box, the spark plug cables and the spark plugs themselves. Any of these components could require...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 cx500, cx500, brake hose
cx500, brake hose, slave cylinder: Nycol,this one is a little strange. If the master cylinder is working, the problem has to be in the slave cylinder. The movement in the caliper indicates the system is building pressure so unless it s leaking the pressure externally, it should be working....

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 CB750K Ltd Overheat & Charging, air fuel mixture, regulator rectifier
air fuel mixture, regulator rectifier, lean air: David, the fact that it s running hot indicates the carbs are providing a lean air fuel mixture. It s possible the float levels are set too low. You can verify this theory by applying a little choke and see if it doesn t run a little better. I can t connect...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Goldwing, GL1000, Goldwing
GL1000, Goldwing, breather: This is usually caused by a full condensate storage tank or a blocked hose between the air cleaner housing and the condensate storage tank (parts of the breather system). Here s why your engine needs a breather system and how it works: It is impossible...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 harley FXR, harley fxr, oil tank
harley fxr, oil tank, dry sump: The older Harleys use a dry sump motor, which means the oil is stored in a tank separate from the motor. Look closely at the oil tank under the seat and you should find a drain hose or valve somewhere near the bottom of it - that is where you drain the oil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 110 honda atc, honda atc, feeler gage
honda atc, feeler gage, cdi ignition: Raymond, the points have to be set with a feeler gage to set the point dwell. They are set to .014 inches. You then have to check the timing with a timing light by rotating the backing plate. The points ground the coils so I m pretty sure it s not a CDI ignition....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CB650 hard starting, nature of the beast, cb650
nature of the beast, cb650, fuel enrichment: The cold hard starting indicates it s not getting the fuel enrichment properly from the choke system. If the float level is set correctly, the choke system is actually working and the jets are clear, it should start within a few seconds of cranking. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CB750 Custom, petcock, steady stream
petcock, steady stream, speedometer: Conor, you have to figure out if it s not getting spark or not getting fuel. I m assuming the engine has good compression but if you aren t sure, it would be good to check it. You can pull the right two plugs and lay them up against the head while you crank...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 cx500 custom, speed jets, cx500
speed jets, cx500, speed circuit: George, sounds like the low speed jets are plugged. As the speed increases, the slides lift and fuel start to flow through the main jet. I think you will find out when you take the idle jet out it s plugged when you hold it up to the light and look through...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 cx500 starting, air fuel mixture, cx500
air fuel mixture, cx500, acceptable range: No Jim, that s not normal. It sounds like the choke system on one carbs isn t wroking right. The air fuel mixture is too lean when the engine is cold but as the engine warms up the air fuel mixture comes into an acceptable range and the plug starts to fire...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda ct110, honda ct110, jet needle
honda ct110, jet needle, burning a hole: Chris, the engine is running too rich. Try lowering the float level 2-3 mm. That will improve it but it may require a little more than that depending on how out of adjustment it is. If you have a manual, it will tell you what the float level should be and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 kawasaki kz 650 wont start, kawasaki kz650, kawasaki kz 650
kawasaki kz650, kawasaki kz 650, starter relay: Check all the fuses first to make sure none of them are blown, if that doesn t work then you need to start troubleshooting the starter circuit to see what the problem is. It could be a fried starter relay, a corroded start button or the starter itself. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB900C Honda, honda models, honda 750
honda models, honda 750, cable lights: Some parts can almost certainly be exchanged between various Honda models of similar vintage. The speedometer & tachometer have the same gearing so they will work, but you my have to modify the bracket or make up something. Headlights, tail lights & turn signals...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CX500C Master Cylinder Bypass Port, calcium buildup, carburetor bodies
calcium buildup, carburetor bodies, approximate diameter: Craig, I don t have anything around here to check, but I think that going in with something like .010 is safe enough. If you have a small scribe with a 90 degree tip, you might be able to try from the inside the bore and poke the passage from the bottom....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda 250CM, race bikes, skooters
race bikes, skooters, cylinder motor: Sorry it taken so long Jim, my wireless router quit working last week. Jim, try giving Rob at Cycle Re-Cycle Part 2 in Indianapolis. I ve dealt with Rob for years and he knows his business and has a pretty good inventory. Honda are almost alway 4 strokes....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CX500C master cylinder bypass port, honda cx500c, approximate diameter
honda cx500c, approximate diameter, copper wire: Craig, I d use a copper wire or some other soft wire. That won t damage the aluminum but to be honest, it s not that critical. As long as you don t attempt to drill it out or something like that. I ve not found any solvent that will take that varnish off....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha maxim 550, changing spark plugs, exact location
changing spark plugs, exact location, 1982 yamaha maxim 550: I would try adjusting the pilot screws first before changing spark plugs. Also, check the air filter to make sure it is not plugged. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact location of the pilot screws for your particular bike. You might want to try asking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 FXRS Harley, gasket, ahold
gasket, ahold, primaries: When you install the gasket, make sure the surfaces are clean. You can put some gasket sealer on the gasket or the surfaces, which will probably help. When tightening the bolts do one from the front and one from the rear, then top to bottom. I dont know...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda 750 Shadow, honda 750 shadow, starter clutch
honda 750 shadow, starter clutch, clutch springs: Alan, I don t see any recall info on VT750s on this list... http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/motorcycle_recalls/01/honda/index.html What you describe sounds like the starter clutch springs are tired and the starter clutch hub is slipping when it runs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 V65, screw driver, starter button
screw driver, starter button, starter motor: Sounds like the starter motor is bad. If you supply power directly to the starter and it doesn t crank the engine, it s a bad starter. You have to be pretty careful when you try this. It will burn up a starter in a hurry if the rotor is stalled and you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700, honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700
honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700, shift forks: Scott,I m guessing the shift drum is damaged or the gears are jammed together. If you take the engine side cover off, you can get to the end of the shift drum. Try rotating the drum directly. It might free up but if it doesn t you re looking at splitting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda 250cr brake light, Honda, brake light
Honda, brake light, SCB: I don t know your level of electrical knowledge, so here are a couple of important definitions (in case you don t already know): Open circuit - (infinite ohms) - The same ohm meter reading you get when the meter leads aren t connected to anything. No current...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda TD engine, high tension wires, honda cm125
high tension wires, honda cm125, ebay: Sorry it taken so long Darren, my wireless router quit working last week. First, I can t say where to buy a exhaust, If Honda doesn t offer them anymore, you re left with EBAY, a recycler, or some other on-line outlet. The ignition is most likely the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vt700 shadow, honda vt700, pressure fuel
honda vt700, pressure fuel, fuel pump: Robet, it could be a fuel pump problem but if it s running every 5 sec, that sounds about right. You can check out the fuel pump delivery by disconnecting the hose off the pump outlet and provide power directly to the pump. It should fill a cup in about 30...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago xv 700 charging problem, regulator rectifier, rectifier unit
regulator rectifier, rectifier unit, local bike shop: Definitely check the ground cable and any ground wires coming off the battery. If there is no ground wire provided with the reg/rect, make sure it is bolted properly in place. Most reg/rect units use the mounting bolts as the path to ground, so ensure they...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder Backfiring, vs1400 intruder, aftermarket pipes
vs1400 intruder, aftermarket pipes, battery cables: You can try draining the gas tank and carb and filling with fresh fuel - if the bike sat for a long time without any fuel stabiliser added then it won t run right until the system is flushed of the bad gas. Does it have the stock exhaust or aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Ninja 600 is idling at 9k, ninja 600, screw adjustment
ninja 600, screw adjustment, throttle grip: A leaking water pump is definitely a problem that needs to be fixed, but it has nothing to do with the idle speed. If adjusting the throttle cable reduced the rpm s a bit, I would check the routing of the cable itself to see if it is hung up somewhere. A sharp...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Sportster 2 questions, rear muffler, tank drain
rear muffler, tank drain, oil tank: yes, the drain hose is at the bottom of the tank. Its the short one. There is no drain for the motor, so you cant drain it. Use 20w50 for your bike, not straight 50w. you can get 20w50 in synthetic. The 6R12 plug is a good plug, but if you want to go to a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 suzuki gsxr 750, suzuki gsxr 750, regulator rectifier
suzuki gsxr 750, regulator rectifier, mike thanks: The alternator always plugs into the regulator/rectifier, so the first step is to find that component. Then plug the alternator wires into the reg/rect wires, charge the battery and you should be good to go. There s a chance that if your bike was missing the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 FLSTN OIL LEAKING AT CYLINDER BASE GASKET, rocker boxes, flstn
rocker boxes, flstn, gas tank: Its not that hard. You would have to pull the gas tank, rocker boxes, pushrods, head and cylinder. Depending on how many miles you have on the bike I would suggest getting it reringed. Also, I would do both at the same time, so you dont get a leak at the other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Sporster gas tank removal, tank removal, gas tank
tank removal, gas tank, sporster: Theres no cross over line on your tank so just unhook the fuel line from the carb and then remove the forward and aft mounting bolts and lift the tank off. After you have it off, take the cap off and turn the tank upside down over a funnel that goes into a...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 buell blast, buell blast, excess gas
buell blast, excess gas, fuel flow: Check your fuel tap, it probably isn t shutting off the fuel flow when you turn off the motor. I m not 100% certain, but I believe your Blast has a vacuum operated fuel tap; there should be a large hose going to the carb and a small hose going to the back...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 kawisaki zr7s, starter solenoid, suzuki bandit
starter solenoid, suzuki bandit, jumper wire: If you don t know when the oil was changed last, it s probably due. If the ticking noise is coming from the top of the engine where the valves are, then chances are it needs a valve adjustment setting. To do this yourself you really need a service manual,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 ultra, oil tank, shovelhead
oil tank, shovelhead, dipstick: Look under the bike and you will see the oil pan. Looking from the right side at the middle you will see a plug. That is the trans drain. Towards the other side of the pan, at the front, you will see a plug. That is the motor oil Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 roadking claissec, power commander, roadking
power commander, roadking, hi mike: Check your intake manifold and exhaust for a leak. For the exhaust, you can run your fingers around the pipes at the connections, carefully, and see if you feel air movement. On the intake, Let the bike warm up and spray a little carb cleaner around the manifold....

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 fxdl low rider fork slides, fork tubes, fork leg
fork tubes, fork leg, low rider: This job can be do without pulling your forks out of the trees. First prop the bike up so the front wheel is off of the ground then remove the front wheel and brake calipier. On the under side of the lower fork leg where the axle fits you ll find a allen head...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 defiant quits running after idle, virago owners club, timing light
virago owners club, timing light, knockoffs: Chances are an 03 Chinese knockoff will have an electronic ignition. I found a photo of a Defiant online, it looks like a 250 Virago. You could try purchasing a repair manual for the Yamaha version and use it as a guide to help you with yours, but it s no...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 1200custom, o rings, air cleaner
o rings, air cleaner, upstate ny: I think their talking about the ignition module. Generally if thats going bad the bike will start and run as it always did but once it gets warm the bike will stall and won t start until the motor cools off. Did you make any equipment changes just before this...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 fatboy, trans gears, retainer ring
trans gears, retainer ring, belt pulley: You dont have to pull the trans case out, but you do have to pull the trans gears out. You would have to remove the inner primary and belt pulley. then remove the right side of the trans and slide it out. You would also have to remove the top cover and shifter...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda Sabre VT1100C2 general electrical question, sabre, charging
sabre, charging, battery: 12.5V at idle is about normal, but it should run up to 14V at speed. Two possibilities occur to me: - It is possible that either one winding of the stator or a diode in the regulator/rectifier has failed. Your shop manual should have instructions for checking...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Suzuki gs 500f, ignition, wasted spark
ignition, wasted spark, SCB: Do you mean the voltage at the spark plug or at the coil s electrial connector? The voltage at the coil s electrial connector should be the same as at the battery. (The ignition electronics control the connection between the coil & ground.) 11.55 is a...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Ultra Classic, hose clamp, ring seals
hose clamp, ring seals, fuel tank: First, drain the tank. Uncouple the fuel line. Then remove the cover for the tank, so you can get inside. You will see the line going into the fuel pump. remove it. You will see a hose clamp at the check valve on the bottom of the tank. Remove it and the assemble...

Motorcycle Repair: 250 suzuki intruder pinging, suzuki intruder 250, exhaust manifold stud
suzuki intruder 250, exhaust manifold stud, exhaust gasket: The oil leaking out the exhaust port is not a good sign and is something that should be investigated further. Remove the left spark plug and check to see if it is oil fouled, if so you are probably looking at a top end rebuild. The loose exhaust bolt is...

Motorcycle Repair: 4stroke backfirring, 4 stroke engines, vent hole
4 stroke engines, vent hole, air leaks: Adrian, 4 stroke engines back fire from either the exhaust or the intake. Backfiring in the intake and dying on full throttle or prolonged acceleration sounds like it is running out of fuel to me or has a bad air leak on the intake side. It is 9 years...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 Honda SL350 electric problem when hot, honda sl350, fuse block
honda sl350, fuse block, loose connection: Kevin, you are looking for a loose connection in either the main fuse block or the ignition switch. When the bike is cold the circuit is closed but when current starts flowing the loose connection heats up because of the increased resistance and then opens...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 iron head, jumper wire, battery cables
jumper wire, battery cables, iron head: You must flash the field coils, this is done by momentarily touching a jumper wire between BAT terminal and GEN terminal on the regulator, after all wires have been properly hooked up. If this doesn t do it there are test that can be done with an amp gage...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 Sportster tranny locked up, ironheads, drive sprocket
ironheads, drive sprocket, movement 1: I m thinking you posted this question to me by mistake, but it does sound like the transmission has locked up. There is a Sportster expert and another Harley expert here that you should ask this to, as they have more experience with Ironheads than I do...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 xl 175, honda shop, cam chain
honda shop, cam chain, chain tensioner: That bolt is the cam chain tensioner locking bolt. It probably has an o-ring inside. I don t recall anymore how that is sealed and the parts catalog doesn t show it. The local honda shop will have better information than I have access to. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 honda cb750k low compression, honda cb750k, milage
honda cb750k, milage, squirt: Art, there s a simple trick you can use to figure out if it rings or valves. Pull the plugs and squirt a little oil in the cylinders. Not too much or you can hydraulic lock the engine and it will bend a rod. Just one squirt from a oil can. Open the...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 CB650C Airflow, airbox, perfect answer
airbox, perfect answer, o rings: Accelerator pump! I should have known that s what you were talking about. Anyway, it sounds like you ve pretty much done everything possible to cure the problem and I m out of ideas. The only other possibility lies in the air filter itself... it is not...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 cm 400e no spark, resistance measurements, resistance measurement
resistance measurements, resistance measurement, ground circuits: Shawn, there are only a couple of things that will cause a no spark condition. The stator doesn t have to be charging but you must have a charged battery. There needs to be 12 volts to the black and white wire out of the kill switch back to the spark unit....

Motorcycle Repair: 81 goldwing headlight, starter button, sticky residue
starter button, sticky residue, starter motor: The START button has a second set of contacts that turns off the headlight while the button is pressed so that there is more power available for the starter motor. Over the years the contacts can become oxidized or the grease in the switch can become contaminated...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 kawasaki Kz440 electrical, kawasaki kz 440, kawasaki kz440
kawasaki kz 440, kawasaki kz440, 1982 kawasaki kz 440: A better way of testing for spark is to use the spark plug itself. With it plugged into the wire, place the threaded part of the plug firmly against a bare metal surface (the cooling fins on the motor should do), making sure the center electrode doesn t touch...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 kawasaki spectre 750 fuses, kawasaki spectre, metal probes
kawasaki spectre, metal probes, ac volts: A Voltmeter usually has four different ranges on its dial - DC volts, AC volts, Amperage and Resistance (Ohms). You want the Resistance setting, which is sometimes indicated by a funny looking symbol that kind of looks like a flat tire. Put the dial on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 yamaha virago 750, contact cleaner, SCB
contact cleaner, SCB: If I understand you correctly, sometimes you need to press the START button several times before the starter motor turns. This is usually caused by dirty contacts in the START button. The first thing to try is spraying the switch with contact cleaner. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 Harley softail flst, blown head gasket, harley softail
blown head gasket, harley softail, nozzel: Start with changing the spark plugs, if that doesn t help look at the front plug wire coil and then ignition. The manual for your model has all the tests in it for the before mentioned equipment. Insure your enrichner nozzel is spraying squarely into the center...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Softail Starter switch, starter relay, wire harness
starter relay, wire harness, wiring harness: The clicking sound you hear is probably the solenoid on the starter engaging or the starter relay energising, which usually means that all switches and wiring on the handlebars are working and power is getting all the way to the relay or the starter itself....

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda CBR 600, honda cbr 600, rectifier unit
honda cbr 600, rectifier unit, regulator rectifier: Considering the age of the bike and the short life span of new batteries, I d say the regulator/rectifier unit is blown and is no longer keeping the battery charged. Call your local Honda dealer to see how much it will cost to have it replaced... and be warned,...

Motorcycle Repair: !977 FLH Shovelhead, solenoid starter, starter button
solenoid starter, starter button, solenoid: I would go ahead and replace the wires youa re refering to, since they look old and bad. If the starter still isnt working, then replace the solenoid and relay. What is happening is the voltage is being dragged down by the above items and your not getting...

Motorcycle Repair: Adapting a V Star tank, yamaha virago 1000, tank tunnel
yamaha virago 1000, tank tunnel, wireing harness: You will need a V-Star wiring harness from the handlebars and from the gauges. You will then need to splice all the wires into the correct locations on your existing Virago harness - a difficult, but not impossible, task. You will need a wiring diagram for...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustement, harley davidson shovelhead, clutch lever
harley davidson shovelhead, clutch lever, motorcycle tire: Go to the adjuster on the cable and loosen it so you have slack in the cable. Now remove the back cover on the primary. Under it you will see the clutch adjuster in the center. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster screw outward and then inward, just until...

Motorcycle Repair: ape hanger install, ape hangers, best bet
ape hangers, best bet, handle bars: Your best bet is to remove the old handle bars and install the new ones. Leave the lines attached to their location and remove them from the old handlebars. Using the old lines, measure what additional length you need to reach the new bars. this way you wont...

Motorcycle Repair: atc 200 voltage, ballast resistor, regulator rectifier
ballast resistor, regulator rectifier, ac volts: Chad, you didn t give the year or model variation of your bike, so I am guessing here. I used the illustrations at: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-atc200m-1985/o/m1893 For that model there is a regulator/rectifier, as there...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery problem, blown fuse, suzuki 600
blown fuse, suzuki 600, positive cable: Chances are you have missed a fuse somewhere. Try tracing the positive cable from the battery and see where it goes. hopefully it will lead to a blown fuse, but if it ends at a small black box, you ve probably fried some electronics that will need to be replaced...

Motorcycle Repair: I AM BUYING A 1985 HONDA REBEL, rear sprocket, honda rebel
rear sprocket, honda rebel, bill silver: Jeff, changing the rear sprocket will reduce the rpms per mph ratio, that s for sure. Top speed on a well-tuned CMX250 is a little short of 80 mph. To some extent, that speed is limited by the lack of horsepower generated in that engine size/style. So, in...

Motorcycle Repair: bleeding a hydrolic clutch, suzuki intruder vs800, clutch master cylinder
suzuki intruder vs800, clutch master cylinder, snap ring pliers: http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/122_0306_hydraulic_clutch_service/index.html The bike is now 10 years old and may need the clutch master cylinder rebuilt with a repair kit. You will need some special snap ring pliers for that, in most cases. ...

Motorcycle Repair: blowing fuse, suzuki gsxr 1100, main switch
suzuki gsxr 1100, main switch, riding my bike: You probably have a short in the ignition wiring. A wire has probably worn through its sheath and the bare wires are touching the frame or another metal part, causing the fuse to blow. Check all the wires from the battery to the fusebox, the fusebox to the...

Motorcycle Repair: bmw, speedo cables, wiring harnesses
speedo cables, wiring harnesses, square holes: I ve never changed one on a BMW, but most older bikes have speedo cables that are very similar in design. One end should be screwed onto the back of the speedometer and the other, depending on the bike, goes to the front or the rear wheel or the transmission....

Motorcycle Repair: bringin it back to life, honda cl360, great shape
honda cl360, great shape, gas tank: Erik, you need to start by cleaning out the fuel tank and sealing it up. Next, take the carbs apart and clean them out. Make sure the jets and passages are all clean and clear and the float level is set correctly. Next change the oil and lubricate the cables...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, motorcycle safety training, suzuki gs550l
motorcycle safety training, suzuki gs550l, msf motorcycle: Whoops, my bad... didn t realise you were already an experienced rider. I used to teach the bike course and am still very much safety oriented; sometimes I ll end up preaching to the converted without realising it. Or being asked to. :-) You re welcome...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Adjustment, gas milage, cv carb
gas milage, cv carb, air screw: You can do that, but you have to give up one for the other. If you want more performance you have to give up some gas milage. If you want good gas milage, you have to give up some performance. I would try a 180 main.that will help with both Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: CB nighthawk 650 SC, nighthawk 650, regulator rectifier
nighthawk 650, regulator rectifier, speed jets: Simey, your two problems are unrelated. The charging system has a stator and a voltage regulator/rectifier. You can check the stator with a VOM but the reg/rectifier can t be checked with normal equipment at home. If you check the resistance between the...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing Slip-ons, new bikes, jet issues
new bikes, jet issues, dyna jet: One thing you have to remember on the new bikes is they come from the factory a little lean to pass EPA. Adding a high flow air filter and higher flowing pipes is you make the bike leaner. So you would need to rejett. Your best bet is to get a Dyna-jet kit....

Motorcycle Repair: Charging system problem, charging system, volt meter
charging system, volt meter, battery voltage: Blake, motorcycles usually don t charge the battery at idle. The engine has to be reved up to 3-5000 rpm before it puts out enough current. The battery voltage should be 13.5-14.5 volts if the battery is fully charged so 13.25 doesn t sound too far off. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Cleaning a gas tank with kreem liner., tank liner, tank cleaner
tank liner, tank cleaner, gas tank: The only experience I have with that tank liner is bad and I d replace the tank. But it you don t want to replace it I do believe that the company that sells the tank liner also sell a tank cleaner or prep to use before you put in the cream product. Hope this...

Motorcycle Repair: CT90 Carb problem, air screw, float bowl
air screw, float bowl, petcock: Cody, this a bit of a puzzle. It sounds like it s not getting fuel or running out of fuel but it starts without the choke when the engine is cold which say s it s running too rich. First, take the float bowl off and turn on the petcock and let fuel run out...

Motorcycle Repair: CX500 runs rough after warm-up, air fuel mixture, main bearing
air fuel mixture, main bearing, wireless router: Sorry it taken so long Paul, my wireless router quit working last week. The poor running is probably an overly rich air fuel mixture. I d guess the float levels are too high making it run rich. A warm engine needs a lot less fuel then when the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator, 1987 harley 883, speed jet
1987 harley 883, speed jet, spark plugs: I don t know which jets go with that model number but if your fouling plugs at an idle you could try shutting down a little on the idle mixture screw its the big gold one on the top of the carb. body. If this just makes your bike run poor then put the setting...

Motorcycle Repair: cb900, valve stem seals, vacuum gauge
valve stem seals, vacuum gauge, honda cb900: Ken, you didn t mention what year we re talking about but my guess is that you have to pull the engine for this repair and once it s out, getting the head off is only a little more work. I d recommend you do it right and pull the head. You may have more...

Motorcycle Repair: charging, honda cb750k, oil temps
honda cb750k, oil temps, window fan: David, it depends on how long it s been sitting idling. You can overheat an engine if it idles too long without moving. It needs air over the engine to keep it cool. It doesn t take a lot of air and a 20 inch window fan will keep it cool at idle. Normal...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problem, ac volts, dc volts
ac volts, dc volts, voltage test: Since your stator is testing good then it can be only one of three things. Short in the wire or bad connection at the terminal for the regulator. The regulator is either bad, or the battery is bad. If you have a dead cell in th battery you will not get a good...

Motorcycle Repair: chave a carb problem i think, slow jet, vacuum
slow jet, vacuum, pipes: Are you starting the bike for the first time since putting that kit in the carb. If you have a stock CV carb you could have pinched the vacuum boot when reinstalling it and it got a hole in it causing it not to hold vacuum. Or is it that you just need to turn...

Motorcycle Repair: How to check Harley for front end or frame damage, rims tires, cracked paint
rims tires, cracked paint, wheel and axle: It takes a pretty good hit to damage the triple trees as well as the wheel and axle. Just laying the bike down would probably not damage them. If the upper fork is bent you can rebuild them and install a new upper fork tube. Good luck and happ riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: chrome lower fork legs, allen bolt, fork legs
allen bolt, fork legs, bike mike: First you have to jack up the bike so there is no pressure on the forks. Since you have removed the wheel and fender, remove the drain for the fork oil located on the side if the forks. Under the frok tube there is a metric allen bolt. Remove it and the lower...

Motorcycle Repair: cl350 o'ring or not, cl350, o rings
cl350, o rings, inch clearance: No, there are no o-rings around the dowels between the head and cylinders. On later models they had o-rings but not that year. If the headgasket holes around the dowels fit close around the dowels it doesn t need o-rings. If there s about 1/8 inch clearance...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch cable, harley service, clutch cable
harley service, clutch cable, handle bars: In order the install a clutch cable you first have to remove the derby cover on the primary cover. Then you remove the primary cover and install the cable in the swivel. Reinstall the primary and route the cable tot he clutch lever up the side of the frame...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch fluid, gold wing owners, clutch fluid
gold wing owners, clutch fluid, honda dealer: Your local Honda dealer could answer this much more quickly than I could. The clutch reservoir requires hydraulic fluid, but as I don t have the owners manual or service manual, I cannot say what type. You can also try posting this question at a Gold Wing...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch frozen to flywheel, brake calipers, rubber seals
brake calipers, rubber seals, cluth: After sitting unused for 10 years, the clutch is going to be the least of your worries - all the rubber seals will need replacing, the brake calipers will need rebuilding, the carbs will require a disassemble and cleaning, etc, etc. You are looking at a lot...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch plate, clutch plate, clutch cable
clutch plate, clutch cable, clutch: If the shop did not correctly adjust the clutch after replacing it that would cause it to wear out quickly. Also, if they (or you) improperly adjusted the clutch cable it would also cause it to wear out fast. Have you taken the bike back to the shop to see...

Motorcycle Repair: Dyna Pro 4000 Pro Drag Series TO BE USED FOR A SINGLE CYLINDER BIKE, IS IT POSSIBLE?, drag racing bike, timing curve
drag racing bike, timing curve, gsx 1100: I really don t think you can get an inductive ignition system meant for a four cylinder drag racing bike to work on a single cylinder motor. It just won t have the same timing curve and characteristics needed to make your bike run - keep in mind it is designed...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical issue, honda xl500r, spark plug wire
honda xl500r, spark plug wire, rubber gloves: This is pretty much impossible to answer without looking at the wiring schematic and me being physically at your bike, unfortunately. But if you have a couple of cut wires at the rear of the wiring harness, chances are someone removed the turn signals and...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical problems on 1977 CB550K, regulator rectifier, field coil
regulator rectifier, field coil, yellow wires: Aaron, you need to start by checking the voltage on the battery when the bike is reved up to 3-4000 rpm. It should be 13.5-14.5 volts when the battery is fully charged. If it s low, the problem could be the staror, the field coil or the regulator/rectifier....

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical Question, XR500R, ingnition
XR500R, ingnition, SCB: I need more information and a bit of clarification to answer this. - You say that you have power and ignition . Ignition means that the compressed fuel/air mixture in the cylinder is ignited. If you have ignition the plug must be sparking. I think you...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Idle Speed control location on 05 GSXR 600, throttle cables, adjustment screw
throttle cables, adjustment screw, control thanks: I have never worked on a GSXR 600, but most bikes have common carb setups and mechanisms. Take a close look at the mechanism where the throttle cables connect at the carbs... twist the throttle a few times and watch how everything moves. There should be a...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine problems, adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters
adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters, air leaks: So what your told me so far is that both cylinders are getting good spark and adequate fuel and there are no intake air leaks so all thats left is the delivery of the fuel and the head gasket so do a compression check and since thats a S&S motor it should...

Motorcycle Repair: early 1984 ironhead, vent hose, loose chain
vent hose, loose chain, oil tank: In that area you have a cam chest vent hose and a oil pump suction and return oil line. Also there is the mainshaft seal and the gasket for your cam chest. Any of the hoses could have been rubbed through by your chain or your mainshaft seal could be leaking...

Motorcycle Repair: evo starter sticking !, starter switch, ground lead
starter switch, ground lead, rear tire: Your starter gear is stuck out onto the starter ring gear on your clutch hub, which will energize your starter. With the key off put the bike in gear and push it forwards, the dragging of the rear tire will turn the motor over and release the starter gear....

Motorcycle Repair: Fourwheeler, oil hoses, oil return
oil hoses, oil return, fourwheeler: That the bottom end of your motor had to much oil in it and your breather system pumped it into your air filter. The oil could get there from a weak check ball on your oil pump, or loose rings on your pistons to restricked oil return system ; plugging up oil...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel Tank, gas line antifreeze, water in the fuel
gas line antifreeze, water in the fuel, float bowl: Sam, if you get water in the fuel tank, the engine will die at some point. It s unlikely it will ruin anything but you have to get it cleaned out. You can drain the tank by pulling the fuel line off the carbs and drain the fuel into a gas can or some other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 ATC 90 won't start, cam shaft, compression stroke
Motorcycle Repair: 1978 ATC 90 won't start, cam shaft, compression stroke, advancer

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 cx500, honda cm, oil box
Motorcycle Repair: 1978 cx500, honda cm, oil box, clamps

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda ct110, air filter element, top groove
Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda ct110, air filter element, top groove, clip position

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago xv 700 charging problem, corrosion, spit
Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago xv 700 charging problem, corrosion, spit

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder Backfiring, wards, mechanic
Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder Backfiring, wards, mechanic, bikes

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda Sabre VT1100C2 general electrical question, sabre
Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda Sabre VT1100C2 general electrical question, sabre

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Idle Speed control location on 05 GSXR 600, clutch side, silver cable
Motorcycle Repair: Engine Idle Speed control location on 05 GSXR 600, clutch side, silver cable, throttle cable

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel Tank, clean rag, fuel water
Motorcycle Repair: Fuel Tank, clean rag, fuel water, throttle bodies

Motorcycle Repair: gear ratio, r100, rpms
Motorcycle Repair: gear ratio, r100, rpms

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C70 power, dish soap, soap and water
Motorcycle Repair: Honda C70 power, dish soap, soap and water, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CRF 80 Carb, bad idea, screw
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CRF 80 Carb, bad idea, screw

Motorcycle Repair: honda interceptor 1984 vf750, starter clutch, brushes
Motorcycle Repair: honda interceptor 1984 vf750, starter clutch, brushes, clutch

Motorcycle Repair: honda magna turn signal wiring, running light, dc voltage
Motorcycle Repair: honda magna turn signal wiring, running light, dc voltage, turn signal

Motorcycle Repair: honda question, phillips screw, vent hose
Motorcycle Repair: honda question, phillips screw, vent hose, diameter pipe

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 1994 VN1500 backfiring/popping, resinator, grade fuel
Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 1994 VN1500 backfiring/popping, resinator, grade fuel, kawasaki vn1500

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki gpz 750, gpz750, har
Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki gpz 750, gpz750, har

Motorcycle Repair: oil light/no start?
Motorcycle Repair: oil light/no start?

Motorcycle Repair: Piston valve stuck, flathead screwdriver, throttle cable
Motorcycle Repair: Piston valve stuck, flathead screwdriver, throttle cable, wd40

Motorcycle Repair: Having to push start my 1981 Yamaha
Motorcycle Repair: Having to push start my 1981 Yamaha

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Motorcycle Repair: spark plug, metric size, spark plug
Motorcycle Repair: spark plug, metric size, spark plug, motorcycles

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gn 125, newton meters, valve clearance
Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gn 125, newton meters, valve clearance, chain tensioner

Motorcycle Repair: Terrible gas mileage, fuel
Motorcycle Repair: Terrible gas mileage, fuel

Motorcycle Repair: XL 250S Headlight problems, regulator rectifier, voltage spike
Motorcycle Repair: XL 250S Headlight problems, regulator rectifier, voltage spike, compression release

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, intake leak, petcock
intake leak, petcock, question thanks: You could have a couple of different problems. First, check to see if you have a intake leak. Let the bike warm up and spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the bike revs up, then you have a leak. The other thing it could be is the float is sticking....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel management, cam kit, fuel management
cam kit, fuel management, screamin eagle: What I do is reprogram the ECM with a custom map for your bike. Then you know how its running through the RPM range. If you dont hae anyone in your area to do this kind of work then I would recommend the power commander. It works quit well. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel petcock positions & startup, float bowls, cb 400
float bowls, cb 400, reserve position: Bill, there are three positions on the petcock. There s off, on and reserve. There s a small stand pipe in the petcock the sticks up in the fuel tank. The fuel will drain down to that level, and when you put it on the reserve position it will allow the rest...

Motorcycle Repair: Gasket, kle 500, head gasket
kle 500, head gasket, dipstick: Check the oil, if there is coolant in it (very foamy and milky looking on the dipstick) the head gasket is blown. You can also check the spark plugs to see if they are oily, too. You don t need to rebuild the entire motor if the head gasket needs replacing,...

Motorcycle Repair: Golwing 1200 charging problem, home mechanic, goldwing 1200
home mechanic, goldwing 1200, drinking too much beer: Martyn, it s a fairly big job. It s not impossible for a home mechanic to do it with just hand tools. You ll want to invest in a manual and ask a few friends over to help lift the engine out when you re ready for that step. Avoid drinking too much beer...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in oil, piston rings, honda rebel
piston rings, honda rebel, float bowl: Gas in the oil is not good, it means the carb has flooded at one point (usually because of a stuck float) and gas has seeped past the piston rings into the oil supply. The first thing you should do before anything else is to change the oil - do NOT run the...

Motorcycle Repair: gear ratio, bmw r100, stock gear
bmw r100, stock gear, gear teeth: The first number of the ratio is how many teeth are on the final drive ring gear, the second number is how many teeth are on the drive pinion. Dividing the ring gear teeth by the pinion teeth gives you the final drive ratio, expressed as how many revolutions...

Motorcycle Repair: generator not charging battery, stator rotor, ohm resistance
stator rotor, ohm resistance, regulator rectifier: Sorry it taken so long Bill, my wireless router quit working last week. There are four parts to the charging system. The regulator/rectifier, the stator, rotor and field coil. You need to check the resistance on the three yellow wires on the stator. They...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Start Hot, stock cams, twin tec
stock cams, twin tec, screamin eagle: It sounds like the problem is the starter drawing to much voltage. When this happens it kills the battery and has trouble turning over the motor. You can try adding the wiring setup from Crane and see if that helps, but you will still have a voltage drop from...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 2005 FLSTF Fatboy, cold motor, hypercharger
cold motor, hypercharger, brownish color: When you start the bike you need to leave the inrichner about half way out for about 10 minutes or while the bike warms up. A cold motor needs more fuel to run. At 40 degrees it takes about 5-10 minutes for the bike to warm up all the way Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: HELP--NO POWER, test light, hot wire
test light, hot wire, volts: Chec your hot wire going from the battery to the ignition switch with a test light. If you have power there then go fromt he ignition switch to the breakers and see where you are loosing power. Sounds like you dont have a wire connected Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC 250cc, bikebandit com, honda atc
bikebandit com, honda atc, honda atv: Gayla, Depends on if you have a ATC250R below or http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-atc250r-1986/o/m1910 ATC250E below. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-atc250es-1986/o/m1903 If the engine is all...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C70 suspension, honda c70, lean mixture
honda c70, lean mixture, chassis number: Keith, there s not much in the way of suspension on those little bikes. There s just a couple of springs and shock absorbers. If the shocks are replaced in the right locations there s not much else that can go wrong. Sorry, I can t help more. Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB125 Turn Signals, 12 volt, metal strip
12 volt, metal strip, battery voltage: Check the battery voltage, if it s dropping it would explain the loss of turn signals. The flasher needs a certain level of current to go through it to generate heat. When the bi-metal strip heats up it opens the circuit. If there s too much resistance...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CRF 80 Carb, honda crf 80, screw driver
honda crf 80, screw driver, float bowl: Normally, I don t address later model Hondas but this is an easy one. The needle and seat aren t shutting the fuel off. Sometimes if you tap on the float bowl with a plastic handle screw driver it will free things up. If that doesn t work, you are probably...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90 1969 K1b (Carb issue), honda ct90, altitude compensation
honda ct90, altitude compensation, air screw: Cody, I checked the illustrations at http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct90-trail-90-k1-us_model620/partslist/E++13.html to see what it has in this model. Looks like that one has the high altitude compensation system, with #35 idle jet and #75 main jet. Float...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda not charging, regulator rectifier, rectifier unit
regulator rectifier, rectifier unit, honda magna: If you are absolutely certain the new battery was fully and properly charged, I would suspect one of two things - either there is an electrical leak to ground that is draining the battery after the bike is shut off, or the regulator/rectifier unit is fried...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cx650c forks, honda cx650 custom, google
honda cx650 custom, google, proper job: According to p. 28 of Haynes #442 CX/GL500 & 650 it should have 480cc per leg. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Nighthawk 450, honda nighthawk 450, bikes
honda nighthawk 450, bikes, honda: Curt, you need to figure out if the plugs have spark or if it s a fuel problem. Pull a plug and lay it up against the head. If you crank the engine you ll be able to see the spark. If it s not spark, it will be fuel and it will require a car cleaning to...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel Fuel Question, float bowls, honda rebel
float bowls, honda rebel, leak fluid: Michelle, the black hose is one of the carb overflow hoses. The needles inside the carbs aren t shutting the fuel off properly. You need to get that corrected. The engine won t run properly when the needles don t control the fuel level in the float bowls....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda won't start after storage, honda vtx 1300c, starter fluid
honda vtx 1300c, starter fluid, minnesota winter: If it fires up with the starter fluid, than that means the ignition system is working. You have a problem with the fuel system and I would suspect the fuel itself. Sometimes even the use of fuel stabiliser won t prevent moisture from getting into the gas,...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XR250R Dirt Bike '84, honda xr250r, cold engine
honda xr250r, cold engine, dirt bike: Keith, it s not too unusual to take a few kicks to get a cold engine going. You have to get enough fuel into the cylinder for the plug to fire it off. I m guessing the carb adjustment isn t quite right so it s running a bit lean. Does it start well hot?...

Motorcycle Repair: harkey rear lighting, night train, loose connection
night train, loose connection, tail light: Its odd that they both quit at the same time. You re sure its simply not that the bulbs are bad I m guessing. Must have a place in the wiring where they both connect together into the main harness and at this point theres a problem. Best you can do is try...

Motorcycle Repair: harley stalling, crane ignition, exhast
crane ignition, exhast, heat sensor: Nest thing to check would be to see if you have power at the coil when it shuts off using a test light. If you have power then your ignition is probably bad. If you dont have power, then you have a short in the wiring. Trace it back to the on/off switch. ...

Motorcycle Repair: harley xl1200 fuel problems., gas line antifreeze, hyper charger
gas line antifreeze, hyper charger, fire ignition: It sounds like a heat related issue with the ignition system, but all the checks you ve done seem to indicate otherwise. Sometimes the ignition pickup plate will stop working when hot, but if you still have spark at the plugs then this is probably not the...

Motorcycle Repair: harleys, glyde, pan head
glyde, pan head, vin number: Harley didnt use vin numbers on the frames before 1970, only the motor, so you probably have a pre 1970 frame. About theonly thing you can do is take it to a shop who has the specs for frames to check it or try the parts you need and see if they fit. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight problems, GL500, Honda
GL500, Honda, headlight: The first thing to check is the fuses. Don t trust a visual check - glass cartridge fuses are notorious for having the weld between the link and an end cap fail, leaving a perfect looking fuse that does not conduct. In a pinch you can check a fuse by holding...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1300 vtx 2007?, vtx owners association, vtxoa com
vtx owners association, vtxoa com, honda 1300: I ve no idea. Sometimes, especially if your bike is a California model, the vent hose goes to a charcoal canister and then into the air filter. This is done to cut down on pollution. On a 2007 model I would suspect it probably goes to a similar device. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: honda aspicade 1100, piston moves, sewing needle
piston moves, sewing needle, tiny holes: When the brakes lock up without any lever application it is usually caused by a blocked return port in the bottom of the master cylinder. If you look in the bottom of the master cylinder you will see two holes drilled about 1/8 into the metal. In the bottoms...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cl100 (scrambler), honda cl100, ebay
honda cl100, ebay, yellow wires: Robert, there are three parts to that charging system, the stator, the rectifier and the voltage regulator, You need to figure out which one isn t working and just replace that part. THere should be three yellow wires coming out of the stator, You need...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cm 400 engine problems, honda cm 400, honda cm400
honda cm 400, honda cm400, pick ups: I think I understand now. Gregor, the clutch is frozen up. The friction and metal plates are stuck together. It s possible the clutch cable needs adjustment but it sounds like the clutch is just stuck together. I ve had some luck by riding around a while...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cm400T engine problems, honda cm400t, rubber seal
honda cm400t, rubber seal, residual fuel: Gregor, the carbs need to be cleaned good. The fuel coming out the overflow indicated the needles aren t shutting off the fuel flow so that cylinder is running very rich to the point it s fouling the plugs. Yes, there should be oil in the top of the engine....

Motorcycle Repair: honda interceptor 1984 vf750, honda interceptor, starter problems
honda interceptor, starter problems, starter problem: Dale, it sounds like the engine is bound up putting a lot of drag on the starter. Try rotating the crank with a wrench and see if it turns freely. Normally, when there s high current in the starter, it burns up the wiring and brush leads. It doesn t result...

Motorcycle Repair: honda magna turn signal wiring, honda magna v30, 1985 honda magna v30
honda magna v30, 1985 honda magna v30, turn signals: Richard, I can tell you what the bike wiring color code is but you ll probably have to take the lens off to figure out the aftermarket light color code. The front turn signals orange, or light blue, which are the turn signals. Orange or light blue with a...

Motorcycle Repair: honda question, honda 200s, gaskets
honda 200s, gaskets, overflow: Richard, if the fuel is leaking out of the overflow, the needle and seat is leaking or the float level is set too high. You will need to take the carb back apart and make sure it s assembled correctly and the floats are adjusted correctly. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vf500f, auto parts dealer, plug caps
auto parts dealer, plug caps, copper core: The first thing to do is eliminate the easy stuff: - Make sure the kill switch is on. It probably won t solve your problem, but it wouldn t hurt to spray some contact cleaner into the switch clusters (particularly the one with the kill switch). - Make...

Motorcycle Repair: horn and blinker, turn signal switch, harley sportster
turn signal switch, harley sportster, modual: what you are going to need is a test light. Check the hot wire going to the horn and then at the switch. If the wire is hot at the switch, thenthe switch is bad and needs to be replaced. On the turn signal. Check the wires on the turn signal switch. One...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition problems, bill silver, pulse generator
bill silver, pulse generator, possition: You can t mix coils from CDI and points ignition systems. Point coils have around 4-5 ohms resistance and CDI coils have about 1-2. CDI coils in points applications will draw too much current and vice-versa for the CDI units. CDI Sparks are usually very...

Motorcycle Repair: I am an idiot - Nighthawk 650SC taillight, shop manual, nighthawk
shop manual, nighthawk, SCB: According to P. 198 of Clymer shop manual #M345 (CB550 & 650 Nighthawk 1983-1985): 1. Remove both side covers and the seat as described in Chapter Eleven. 2. Reach into the rear cavity of the rear fender (Figure 32). Push in on the bulb socket assembly...

Motorcycle Repair: inconsistent starts, cmx 450, volt ohm meter
cmx 450, volt ohm meter, honda rebel: Dustin, if you put a volt ohm meter on the battery and check the voltage when you are trying to start the engine. If it drops below 8.5 volts, the starter may be dragging and may need to be replaced. If the starter is okay, you may just need to clean the...

Motorcycle Repair: Jetting Honda CV Carbs, jet controls, needle jet
jet controls, needle jet, lean condition: Kevin, you are right it needs to be richened up. You can get small washers from the hardware store to shim up the needle jet. If you raise it about .040 that about all that Honda normally built into their stock adjustments. You can also try raising the...

Motorcycle Repair: jackshaft install, shallow side, pinion gear
shallow side, pinion gear, snap ring: I dont have anyway to send pics on here. The shallow side of the large coupling goes towards the trans. Check your clutch housing to make sure its all the way back and the nut it tight. Also, if it chattering, you might not ahve a fully charged battery. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 1994 VN1500 backfiring/popping, vroc vulcan, drifter 1500
vroc vulcan, drifter 1500, air intake system: Do you have a low restriction aftermarket exhaust or stock mufflers? Any changes to the air intake system (low restriction air filter, jetting, etc)? Unfortunately, I have very little experience with Vulcans except for the 99 Drifter 1500 I owned a few...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki fuel flow problem, kawasaki zrx1200r, triumph thunderbird
kawasaki zrx1200r, triumph thunderbird, dirty fuel: I have no experience with the ZRX, but what you ve described sounds like a similar problem I had with my 95 Triumph Thunderbird. When the weather was very hot, the fuel inside the gas tank would heat up and cause the top part of the plastic mesh filter inside...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki gpz 750, kawasaki gpz 750, spark plug wires
kawasaki gpz 750, spark plug wires, plug caps: Start by giving it a good tune up - new sparkplugs & air filter, adjust valve clearances, check ignition timing, balance carbs (this may or may not be possible if one cylinder isn t running). This probably won t solve the problem but it will eliminate the...

Motorcycle Repair: kickstart to electric start, clutch basket, xlch
clutch basket, xlch, jackshaft: They make a spacer for the clutch basket that will work for kick and electric start. I did what your about to do on a 1971 XLCH and all worked well except I never could get the clutch to adjust properly. Sometimes it would pull at a corner in gear and other...

Motorcycle Repair: Lifter adjustment, cam circle, finger and thumb
cam circle, finger and thumb, pushrod: The lifter adjusting procedure your referring to is for solid lifters and since you said you ve got hydraulics, heres what I d do. I ve always adjusted lifters when the motor was cold. Don t adjust them when the motor is warm because the heads are aluminum...

Motorcycle Repair: Lights, lighting circuit, light bucket
lighting circuit, light bucket, low beam: Are the bulbs of the affected lights good? The 76 ironhead has a wire connection on the back of the head light bucket that might need to be pushed together tighter so contact is made on the rear lighting circuit. Check continuity on the low beam wire between...

Motorcycle Repair: Loose throttle grip on 2003 yamaha R6, throttle grip, yamaha r6
throttle grip, yamaha r6, barrel assembly: By loose do you mean there is a lot of slack in the cables or do you mean that the grip is almost falling off the handlebar? If it is cable slack, follow the throttle cable from the handlebar towards the carbs. Somewhere along the way, usually underneath...

Motorcycle Repair: leekin mass amounts of oil after replacing all my push rods, head bolts, push rods
head bolts, push rods, mass amounts: there could be a dozen places for a leak. Clean the bike and let it dry. Spray the motor with deoderant that has baby powder in it and start the bike. Where there is a leak the powder will turn black. Try looking when the bike is sitting still. If no leak...

Motorcycle Repair: lights on question when running, suzuki 800 intruder, turn signals
suzuki 800 intruder, turn signals, signal light: Very few bikes have parking lights (aka running lights) on the rear signals, so I think your bike is okay. To make absolutely sure, all you need to do is remove one of the rear signal light covers (usually held on with two small, long screws... be careful...

Motorcycle Repair: loss of power and backfire, suzuki marauder 800, rich fuel mixture
suzuki marauder 800, rich fuel mixture, 2001 suzuki marauder: High speed misfiring usually indicates a too rich fuel mixture, which can be caused by a plugged air filter, incorrect carb jetting or the need for a tuneup. Swipe your finger inside the rear of the muffler once the bike has cooled down; if your finger comes...

Motorcycle Repair: lowering, wheels tires, useable area
wheels tires, useable area, kickstand: you can probably lower your bike by the 1 without problem, but adding air to the shocks will do nothing for you. All the aire does is help with damping. If you hit a hard bump it will still bottom out with more air. You can also check around with some aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: master cylinder, screw pump, master cylinder
screw pump, master cylinder, caliber: Look a the brake caliber and you will see a screw on top with a hole is in. That is the bleeder screw. Pump the brake and while holding it, crack it open and then close it. Pump the brake again and keep doing this until you get fluid and no air. Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle disc brake size, disc brake rotors, pitch diameter
disc brake rotors, pitch diameter, bolt holes: I believe they are referring to what is also referred to as bolt circle diameter , which is the diameter as measured through the center of each bolt hole around the disc. In other words, if you have five bolt holes in the disc, then their bolt circle is...

Motorcycle Repair: oil cooler, oil coolers, model bike
oil coolers, model bike, bike check: They still make oil coolers for your year bike. Check with anybody that sells Sifton or Jagg. they both make coolers for your bike. You should always run a thermostat when running with a cooler. The oil needs to get hot to one, do its job and two needs to...

Motorcycle Repair: oil cooler, oil coolers, twin cams
oil coolers, twin cams, filter adapters: I dont think the adapter will fit on your bike. When installing the cooler go from the return line on the filter to the cooler then go to the oil tank. The thermostat would go inline before the cooler so the oil wont go through it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak on 01 heritage springer, oil drip, oil leak
oil drip, oil leak, breathers: You have oil there from the breathers in the heads. When the heads breath a small amount of oil goes with the air and after a while builds up and drips. You can clean your air cleaner on the inside every once in a while and you would have the oil drip. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: oil light/no start?, yamaha seca ii, leather gloves
yamaha seca ii, leather gloves, oil light: Ok, sounds like it is not an oil related problem, which is a good thing. Now you have to check out the ignition and fuel systems. There should be spark at the spark plugs, the easiest way to check is to remove the spark plug from its hole and, with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Piston valve stuck, piston valve, mineral spirits
piston valve, mineral spirits, sticky residue: I m not entirely sure what you mean by piston valve (maybe the carb slide?), but I think the answer will be the same anyway. Try using a quality penetrant (AKA penetrating oil). PB Blaster is the best one I ve tried yet. I would soak it in solvent...

Motorcycle Repair: petcock leaks, honda vtx 1300, vacuum petcock
honda vtx 1300, vacuum petcock, chemical erosion: Joseph, looking at the illustratons on Bikebandit.com http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vtx1300r-2006/o/m2927 I see that you are referring to the vacuum petcock diaphragm. The small vent hold allows the diaphragm to move...

Motorcycle Repair: Having to push start my 1981 Yamaha, starter, solenoid
starter, solenoid, troubleshooting: Starter systems are usually fairly easy to figure out. Look at the wiring drawing in your shop manual while you read my description below. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrod kit, holes in the head, thrust washer
holes in the head, thrust washer, bolt cutters: The push rod is a 3 peice unit. The 3rd part of the pushrod is only about 1 inch long and is right behind your clutch adjusting screw.Remove the derby cover and loosen the clutch adjusting nut and screw. Remove rear exhaust pipe and then tranny side cover,pull...

Motorcycle Repair: Question, honda xl500r, ray raymond
honda xl500r, ray raymond, high tension: Raymond, is the battery charged? It may require a charged battery to get power to the coils. I m not sure anymore if that model had a magneto or relied on the battery. If it has a magneto, you need to see if you are getting voltage out of the coil down by...

Motorcycle Repair: radian, lock cylinder, joisey
lock cylinder, joisey, yamaha dealer: A key from a junkyard bike is not going to work on your bike unless you use the lock cylinder from the junkyard bike, too. If you do that, you will still need to change the lock cylinders on other parts of the bike if there are some (like a helmet lock or...

Motorcycle Repair: rd250 yamaha, fuel air mixture, main bearings
fuel air mixture, main bearings, stroke oil: Josh, in some cases, removing the oil pump will damage the engine as some of the oil feeds the crankshaft main bearings. It really isn t a good idea, from what I have heard. What s done is done, though.... If you look at the label of the 2 stroke oil,...

Motorcycle Repair: re-building primary on 96' elctro glide classic, manual haynes, electra glide classic
manual haynes, electra glide classic, classic harley: If you re going to attempt a primary rebuild, you really should have a service manual. Haynes or Clymer sell them for cheaper than the factory version and they have the benefit of showing you how to do things without the factory tools. Here is one site where...

Motorcycle Repair: How to remove the push rod tubes on a 1977 Harley Davidson FLH Shovelhead, harley davidson flh, rod tubes
harley davidson flh, rod tubes, pushrods: You have to remove the pushrods in order the get the covers out and remove the seals. Remove the clip, remove the pushrods and they will slide out. replace the seals, reinstall and adjust he pushrods and install the clips Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: how to replace clutch on a 1989 elctra glide?, clutch lever, pressure spring
clutch lever, pressure spring, elctra: Drain the primary fluid. Remove the primary cover. Looking at the clutch you will see the clutch pressure spring held on by 3 bolts. remove them and the pressure spring and ring will come off. Pull the clutches out. The new clutches need to be put in primary...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing vintage main bearings, main bearings, skf
main bearings, skf, mains: If it were me I would stick with the bearing that is called for. If you use another bearing, and it doenst work then your right back to tearing down the motor and starting over. Check with Competition Distributing Company at 605-720-1903 and they should have...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifter Pawl Assembley, screw out, pawl
screw out, pawl, trans fluid: To remove the shifter shaft you have to pull the gears out of the trans. there is not enough room to get it out otherwise. I would make sure the shifter shaft is the leak. It might be yor main seal or the seal you installed was bad. There will be a little...

Motorcycle Repair: Slow turn over, jumper cables, starter solenoid
jumper cables, starter solenoid, starter clutch: Bill, when you were trying to run it on a low powered battery, starter motors, solenoids and other circuits tend to get overheated and sometimes damaged. 1st: Jumper across the starter solenoid posts with a screwdriver or pliers (beware it will arc and...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster, sportster 1200 custom, fork tube
sportster 1200 custom, fork tube, clamp: Prop up bike and remove front tire and fender, loosen lower triple tree pinch bolt and then remove top clamp tube cap. Twist tube out of tree set and put on bench remove set screw that is at the bottom of lower leg where it sets on the axle. Disassemble tube...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting Harley Sportster, 2005 harley sportster, engine cranks
2005 harley sportster, engine cranks, starter moto: Your bike doesn t have a generator it has an alternator. First you need to check to make sure your getting a good solid signal from the battery to the starter, the electrical parts in that line are the ignition switch, the starter button on the handle bars...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki 450 Carbs, suzuki gs450, last ditch effort
suzuki gs450, last ditch effort, propane torch: You can try spraying penetrating oil, such as WD-40, into the piston bore. Let it soak in and keep reapplying until it seeps out the bottom, then try gentle taps with a block of wood to break it free. As a last ditch effort, you can try heating the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GSX600F Gear lever, suzuki gsx600f, motorcycle gearshift
suzuki gsx600f, motorcycle gearshift, splined shaft: Most motorcycle gearshift levers are clamped onto a splined shaft. You should be able to loosen the one pinch bolt that holds it in place, then gently pry/wiggle it off the splines. Then reinstall it in the position you want and tighten the pinch bolt...

Motorcycle Repair: s&s carb, brass screw, mixter
brass screw, mixter, shovelhead: Standing in front of the carb on the far left is the idle adjusting screw in the center is a large headed brass screw this is your low speed fuel mixing adjuster and on the far right is your accelerator pump adjusting screw. All are turn out for more and in...

Motorcycle Repair: slip on exhaust, harley sportster, harley dealer
harley sportster, harley dealer, slip on exhaust: I don t have a lot of experience on the newer sportsters but if it has a computer then you ll want to put on the slip ons that you like but also change the air filter to a high flow model then take it to a Harley dealer and have a stage 1 electrical module...

Motorcycle Repair: slip on exhaust from 2Brothers racing, fuel mixture, slip on exhaust
fuel mixture, slip on exhaust, jet sizes: Any low restriction exhaust will require a carb rejet, as the reduced backpressure will actually cause the motor to run leaner. The danger here is that lean motors run hot and if not corrected they can burn valves and put holes in pistons - expensive! You...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark could it be the coil or the rectifer?, volt ohm meter, rectifer
volt ohm meter, rectifer, elsinor: Zack, the battery has to be fully charged for the bike to run. The alternator puts out AC voltage and the rectifier converts the AC current to DC current. The rectifier can be checked with a volt ohm meter. If you check continuity one direction it should...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug, kawasaki zx10, kawasaki dealer
kawasaki zx10, kawasaki dealer, socket size: I don t know what size of socket the spark plugs need. What you could try is to get the number off them and find one inside the store. Take it over to the tools section and use it to find the right socket. You might have to pay for the socket and the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: spec on front tire, kawasaki motorcycle, kawasaki 500
kawasaki motorcycle, kawasaki 500, torque wrench: No idea. You should phone a Kawasaki motorcycle dealer and see if they could answer this or at least direct you to someone who can. You will need a torque wrench to do the job properly, so if you don t have one and/or don t know how to use it you should take...

Motorcycle Repair: wanting to become a motorbiker engineer, internal combustion engine, speedo cable
internal combustion engine, speedo cable, entry level position: Gianni, if you are wanting to be an engineer, you ll want to go to college to take mechanical engineerin. If you want to be a technician, so you learn to work on them, there are a number of trade schools for that. I d recommend you try your local motorcycle...

Motorcycle Repair: spitting gas, harley 883 sportster, rear fender
harley 883 sportster, rear fender, petcock: Sounds like your oil in your oil tank leaked by the check valve in your oil pump down into the lower end of your motor during the time that your bike was layed up. I d drain all oil including the crankcase and refill. Possably your petcock also leaked by allowing...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster sprocket cover, rear pulley, belt tension
rear pulley, belt tension, rear axle: First you have to jack the bike up and then remove the rear axle. Once the axle is out remove the belt from the rear pulley. jack up the bike higher, so you can get the wheel out. Remove the bolts for the pulley and install the cover. Install the wheel back...

Motorcycle Repair: no start 1980 cb900c, voltage circuit, voltage output
voltage circuit, voltage output, wile: Scott, I assume the battery is fully charged. There are only two things that can cause this. The coils could be internally shorted or have a bad ground or the CDI units could be going bad. If the coils don t have a good ground it increases the resistance...

Motorcycle Repair: start up of a new engine, oil pressure switch, air pockets
oil pressure switch, air pockets, ball spring: Whenever I was installing a new motor I would remove the check ball plug on the oil pump then pull the spring and use my pencil magnet to retrieve the steel check ball then fill the oil tank when oil came out here I would reinstall the ball,spring and plug....

Motorcycle Repair: just out of storage, intake manifold, sportster
intake manifold, sportster, joints: Sounds like you ve got a intake manifold to head leak. Start bike and let warm up then with bike at an idle spray carb cleaner on the joints where your intake manifold meets your heads on the front and rear heads at the compliance fittings if the bike stalls...

Motorcycle Repair: sudden loss of power..., inline fuse, fuse box
inline fuse, fuse box, battery cables: Check to see if either of the battery cables are loose and that the battery is fully charged. Some bikes have a fuse somewhere along the positive cable, so follow the route of the cable until you find an inline fuse or a fuse box. Another possibility is a...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gn 125, motorcycle safety course, suzuki gn 125
motorcycle safety course, suzuki gn 125, compression stroke: I ve never had a GN 125 apart (although I rode one extensively during my tenure as a Motorcycle Safety Course instructor), but a slack timing chain on one is not a good thing. It is possible that the tensioner come loose, which would cause the chain to jump...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gsxr 600, suzuki gsxr 600, suzuki dealer
suzuki gsxr 600, suzuki dealer, specialised tools: Tuneups usually consist of replacing spark plugs, the air filter, an oil and oil filter change, a carb synchronisation and a valve adjustment. The valve adjustment and carb synch require specialised tools and parts, so you might be better off getting that...

Motorcycle Repair: Terrible gas mileage, ground squirrel, gas mileage
ground squirrel, gas mileage, vf750: You are right Ryan, that s bad mileage. You should be getting about 40-45 miles per gallon. You have to start with the basics. Check compression, set the valves, check the timing advance unit for proper timing advance, and then make sure the carbs are balanced....

Motorcycle Repair: Top end Rebuild, valve stem seals, yamaha 550
valve stem seals, yamaha 550, tank air: Jason, you need to acquire a shop manual, good set of metric tools and a high limit credit card. I am not a Yamaha guy, but I believe that they are DOHC engines; two cams, 8 valves and 4 carburetors. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-xj550h-1981/o/m8193...

Motorcycle Repair: Trouble code 2004 XL1200R, sensers, trouble code
sensers, trouble code, senser: It means you might have a short in one of the sensers or a bad TSM. The problem is, as a lay person, finding it. You would have to test each senser as well as th TSM. Your best betis to take the bike in, so it can be dianosed in more depth Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signals, police model, signal light
police model, signal light, signals: As this is a Police model, it s possible the signal light wiring circuit was modified in some way for police use. However, a regular flasher unit should work if the wires are stock. When a signal light comes on steady and does not blink, that usually indicates...

Motorcycle Repair: throwout bearing, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, fxstc: First, you drain the trans fluid. Then go to the clutch cable and put some slack in it. Go to the clutch adjuster, located inside the primary, and loosen the locknut and loosen the adjuster. You will probably have to remove the rear exhaust pipe, depending...

Motorcycle Repair: back tire wobble, gsxf 750, suzuki katana
gsxf 750, suzuki katana, axle nut: Sounds like you either have an oil leak that is getting on to the rear tire and causing it to slip, or you have an axle nut that has loosened and caused the rear wheel to come out of alignment. Those are potentially serious issues that should be checked out...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission slipping, clutch, gears
clutch, gears, free play: I suspect an improperly adjusted clutch. Something is preventing the clutch from engaging after the shift is made and the lever is released... does your friend notice a large amount of free play at the lever afterwards? Check the cable routing to make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: URAL charging system, ural tourist, battery terminals
ural tourist, battery terminals, charging system: You ll need to purchase a multimeter to check the voltage from the alternator. You do that by starting the bike and placing the leads on the battery terminals, you should see 13-15V while the bike is running and 12V when the motor is shut off. If you don t...

Motorcycle Repair: Vibration through pegs, new vibration, softail standard
new vibration, softail standard, swing arm: I would start by checking all the motor mounts and the swing arm for tightness. Also, check the steering head bearing to make sure its at the proper tightness. If that is all ok, then check your front tire for wear or bumps in it. If it looks a little bad...

Motorcycle Repair: VT250 carburetor rebuild, air screws, twin carbs
air screws, twin carbs, keihin carbs: Chris, there isn t a specific measurement on the idle screws. You want to make sure they are about equal and that they are opening at the same time when you twist the throttle. The idle air screws will lean out the mixture by turning them in. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment on a 1982 harley sportster, harley sportster, nylock nut
harley sportster, nylock nut, cc motor: First telescope the pushrod tube on the lifter you wish to start with and then turn the engine over until lifter is at the bottom of its travel. You should be able the spin that pushrod freely but have no up or down movement. If you do not have this then...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, vintage japanese motorcycle, honda cm
vintage japanese motorcycle, honda cm, motorcycle owners: I believe the clearance is 0.005 , but it is best to refer to a proper service manual to make sure. It will also detail all the procedures for maintaining and repairing the bike. You can also try asking your question at the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle owners...

Motorcycle Repair: valve and cam chain adjustment, chain tension, bill silver
chain tension, bill silver, cam chain: Brian, valves should always be checked when the engine is cold. Theoretically, the camchain will tighten up a little when the engine is hot as it grows some when warm. Clean the points real good, then it will start on the first kick! Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring, inline fuse, fuse panel
inline fuse, fuse panel, battery terminal: If you add electronic items to your bike without going off a fuse then you are taking a chance, if the item shorts out, of frying your wiring. If you are adding alot of items you can always install a inline fuse, then you wount have to add another fuse panel...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel, headlight assembly, proper steps
headlight assembly, proper steps, speedo: When that small tab breaks that usually means the drive unit is froze up and needs replaced. the cable just screws into the drive unit. the speedo movement is probably from the cable being froze up and binding. I would replace the drive unit and the cable....

Motorcycle Repair: wheel bearing removal 78 XL100, wheel bearing, soft aluminum
wheel bearing, soft aluminum, xl100: Mark, the retainer is threaded into the hub. I ve alway made a spanner wrench to remove it. The retainer is very soft aluminum and will gall in the threads if you aren t careful. If you have a dremmel grinder and cutter disks, it s not too difficult to make...

Motorcycle Repair: white exhaust smoke, cylinder head gasket, blown head gasket
cylinder head gasket, blown head gasket, extreme cold weather: White smoke coming from the exhaust is normal for the situation you ve described. When a bike is stored for long periods of time - especially if in an unheated garage - condensation forms inside the motor due to temperature changes. This moisture gets burned...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, test light, high beam
test light, high beam, wiring diagrams: Steve, I don t have any wiring diagrams for H-D brands handy. All you need is a 12v test light, though... Ground the test light to the frame or known grounding point and then use the probe end to check each connector end with the lights ON and see which...

Motorcycle Repair: XL 250S Headlight problems, headlight circuit, resistor
headlight circuit, resistor, spikes: Jason, I m not aware of any resistor in the headlight circuit. The battery normally absorbs the additional current and prevents current spikes. If the battery is dead or bad, it will increase the current in the system and could cause the light to blow out....

Motorcycle Repair: Burnt valve?, valve question, oil tank
valve question, oil tank, valve seal: That condition would be a valve guide problem, Either the valve seal went bad,came off or was never installed. Could be that your valve stem to guide clearance is worn to wide and oil is slipping through or your guide is cracked. For a valve to be burnt the...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha charging problem...Sorry it's not a honda, dt400, yamaha 400
dt400, yamaha 400, bill silver: Chris, the bike probably has a battery-powered ignition system, so if you have a dead battery or the bike isn t charging, then it won t run. You didn t say if it was a DT400 or a street bike, but probably both have similar ignition systems. Start with a...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xv125, traffic lights, air filter
traffic lights, air filter, gears: Make sure the choke lever is in the off position once the motor has warmed up, as this will cause problems similar to what you have described. You might want to check the air filter to see if it is clogged and needs replacing (I m assuming this is a used...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha/xv700/1985, virago owners club, oil viscosity
virago owners club, oil viscosity, single one: I m guessing the owner s manual wasn t included in the purchase. :-) There are so many makes, models and years of motorcycles out there it is impossible for me to know the required oil viscosity and change interval on every single one. Try your question over...

Motorcycle Repair: 1 5/8th Belt Drive kit. Good or Bad choice?, vent holes, bad decision
vent holes, bad decision, hot rod: Harley made the primary belt drive for a few years, but went back to chain drive, due to the belt not lasting as long as the chain. The work well as long as your not a hot rod, you keep oil off it by not having any leaks, and keep it cool by having a primary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966, CT200, Trail 90, Carb. info., petcock, o rings
petcock, o rings, fuel intake: Howard, there isn t an upgrade that I know of but there may be a trick you can try. If you take the petcock apart you will find a round gasket with a number of holes through it. Those holes have an embossed o-ring around each one. Those o-rings wear out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 honda cbr 450 ko, honda cbr 450, michael honda
honda cbr 450, michael honda, bike design: Michael, Honda uses the K designation to identify major design changes or variations in the bike design. The first model was always the K0, the next generation was a K1, etc. Usually, Honda used model year changes for updates but not always. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 honda ct90, crank case, hand crank
crank case, hand crank, gears: Bill, I m not sure what you mean by clanging noise. But if you are going into the transmission, you ll be disassembling the whole engine. THe head and cylinder have to come off, the right hand crank case cover has to be pulled along with all of the hardware...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cl 100 honda, honda cl100, engine crankcase
honda cl100, engine crankcase, screw out: Dave, on the left side of the engine crankcase behind the cylinder is a lock nut with a slotted screw in it center. You have to loosen the lock nut and turn the screw out. This model is a little more difficult because it isn t automatic. It takes a little...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda C50 idle, ngk spark plug, needle nose pliers
ngk spark plug, needle nose pliers, air fuel ratio: Steve, if the engine hangs up at 2-3000 rpm and then slowly drops down and stalls, it s probably worn out timing advance springs. You will have to pull the flywheel to get to them. I ve used needle nose pliers to pinch the loops on the ends of the springs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda cl175, honda parts, course thanks
honda parts, course thanks, classic bike: Mike, the internet is full of information and websites that are very helpful but ti depends on what you need to know. I use the honda parts direct website quite often to see how parts go together and come apart. There are automotive classes at local vocational...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 SL350 points/timing, point gap, gapping
point gap, gapping, coils: Kevin, the points that are mounted directly to the plate are adjusted by using the plate but the other points you ll adjust the point gap to get the timing right. On later years, they put an additional adjuster plate on the points to address this problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 sl 125 honda, t grip, cx 500
t grip, cx 500, grommets: Shawn, the only way to get a key is to buy a new ignition switch. Honda used to sell the keys but you need to have the code off the old key to know which cut to use. You ll have to go to one of the recycle shops to find a side cover. It s not unusual to loose...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Hond CB350, air fuel ratio, cl350
air fuel ratio, cl350, jet size: Andy, the air fuel ratio is off, the muffler you replaced had a different back pressure than the one you installed. It could be either too rich or too lean depending on which unit had the most restriction. You will need to figure out if it s running rich...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 honda cb450, stator rotor, continuity check
stator rotor, continuity check, electrical trouble: It may take a little while but you can probably find a later year bike that had the round head light and had a replaceable bulb. I think the 78-80 750s had those type of headlights. The problem will be that you ll have to use the larger headlight shell....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda 550 four, honda 550 four, voltage reg
honda 550 four, voltage reg, stator: Bob, those alternators don t put out a lot of current. The regulator is normally set to keep the battery at 13.5 volts when the engine is revved between 3000 - 4000 rpm with the headlight on. If you step on the brake, the voltage will drop below 12.5 volts....

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CB360T, spark plug gap, cylinder pressures
spark plug gap, cylinder pressures, inline filters: Michael, I was going to say it sounds like it s running out of fuel but I don t understand why you would recover just as suddenly. Start by checking fuel flow to the carbs. It could be a plugged fuel filter or the vent in the tank cap is partially...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB 360t- Oil leak, camshaft bearings, liquid gasket
camshaft bearings, liquid gasket, honda cb: From what I can find out, there isn t a gasket for the cylinder head cover and fitting one wouldn t be a good idea. This cover includes the upper halves of the camshaft bearings so if the extra thickness of a gasket was added the bearings would become lose....

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB200t....not running, engine switch, signs of trouble
engine switch, signs of trouble, compression check: Tony, sounds like you have a couple of things going on. The electrical problem is probably a loose or dirty connection in the wiring harness somewhere. One the right hand switch there s a black wire that should have 12 volts on it. Coming out of the switch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB750, high tension wires, wire splicers
high tension wires, wire splicers, spark plug wires: Jeremy, the wires are not replaceable so replacing the coils are about the only way to replace the high tension wires. However, I ve seen some plastic wire splicers that can be used to repair or extend plug wires. They are a plastic cylinder about 1/2 inch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 gl 1000, 20w50, 10w40
20w50, 10w40, ruptures: Carl, I d use a Castrol 10W40 or 20W50 if I was running in very hot climate. Honda also makes a very good oil but it s expensive. I always use Honda filters because they have the best performance an protection for the money. If you buy a cheap filter and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB 750A, solenoid valve, honda cb
solenoid valve, honda cb, fallon nv: Alan, I don t have a fische that lists the o-ring size but it s approximately 5 mm diameter with a 1 mm cross section. The solenoid valve opens the throttle when you put the engine in gear to keep it from dying. Does the engine die or the speed drop low...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda 400T Hawk, cbx motorcycles, honda cbx
cbx motorcycles, honda cbx, cam chain: The best way is to take the valve cover off, set the crank to tdc and watch the top of the tensioner while you undo the locknut, which is on the back of the cylinder block in the middle between the cylinders. When you undo the locknut, you should see the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda CB750K choke, adjustable tension, plastic tubing
adjustable tension, plastic tubing, sidecar: Many of us who have older Hondas consider their chokes to be semi-automatic . Whether they were designed that way on purpose or not, the choke knob usually moves back in just about when the bike no longer needs choke. The problem is that if the cable...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Hondamatic CB400A Clutch issue, speed jets, starter clutch
speed jets, starter clutch, sprauge: Jeff, you still have a problem in the carbs. THe low speed jets or the passages are still plugged. That s why it only runs with the choke on. If you take the low speed jets out and hold it up to the light to look through the passage, you should see light...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 cb750, turn signals, ground wires
turn signals, ground wires, cb750: Fred, there are three wires in the front turn signals and as you observed they are color coded so you can get them hooked up correctly. There are light blue (which I think are LH lights) and Orange which I believe are the RH lights. You can just plug them...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CX500, 1980 honda cx500, delivery problem
1980 honda cx500, delivery problem, fuel delivery: I sounds like it s starved for fuel. I can t understand why it s only at that one speed though. Try putting a little choke on and see if it doesn t go away. If it does, it a fuel delivery problem. If it doesn t, it could be ignition. I suppose the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb650c, fuel mixture, compression check
fuel mixture, compression check, cold engine: Wayne, it sounds like the choke isn t working. The fuel mixture needs to be much richer when the engine is cold. Before you take the carbs apart again, put one small squirt of oil in the cylinders and check the compression again. Be sure to open the throttle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda GL1100 Goldwing, honda gl1100, gl1100 goldwing
honda gl1100, gl1100 goldwing, punch marks: Greg, it depends on what all you did when you were in there. You didn t need to change anything in the transmission or shift linkage to get to the stator. Assuming you didn t take anything else a part when you replaced the stator, check the shifter lever...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Yamaha Midnight Special XS 1100, xs 1100, chemtool
xs 1100, chemtool, electrical problem: I can understand your frustration, but I ll need some more info before we can start to track down the problem. From what you ve told me so far it appears that you believe the problem is with the carbs. However, I need to know for sure if this is a fuel system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CB750C air fork seals, slide hammer, cb750c
slide hammer, cb750c, honda shop: Jim, there s nothing too special about them. You have to take the dust seal off, remove the snap ring and the allen head screw in the bottom of the fork leg. Then you have to use the lower fork leg like a slide hammer and pop the seal out of the leg. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 cx500c carb float level, vernier caliper, wireless router
vernier caliper, wireless router, plastic hose: Sorry it taken so long George, my wireless router quit working last week. That s a pretty clever way to check the float levels. Unfortunately, as you ve noticed there isn t a way to adjust them so I don t have a spec you can set them to. If you pull the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda cb900c, crank case, petcock
crank case, petcock, stock parts: Corby, it is possible to bypass the petcock but not with stock parts. You can take the guts out of the petcock and plug all the external holes and it will work. You ll give up the ability to shut the fuel off, and if the bike sits for a while (like over...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda stock forks cm400e, honda motorcycle dealer, fork seals
honda motorcycle dealer, fork seals, exact type: Neither do I. You should purchase a service manual for your bike, as it will have this information. You can find one here: http://www.repairmanual.com/motorcycles/ You could also call your local Honda motorcycle dealer and ask them; they can also tell you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 virago (clutch slipping), clutch discs, friction pads
clutch discs, friction pads, clutch plates: Yes, it sounds like the clutch is slipping and is in need of adjustment. When you whack the throttle, it places a large and sudden load on the clutch plates and if they are not set under the correct pressure, they will slip until the motor speed catches up...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 750 virago, oil dipstick, spinning engine
oil dipstick, spinning engine, yamaha 750: Ken, buy a clutch cover gasket and drain the oil, pull the cover, clean the window and put it back together again. Jamming a dipstick of unknown length into an opening that isn t designed for a dipstick could lead to a disaster, if it contacts part of spinning...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB 900 Custom, chain tensioners, cam chains
chain tensioners, cam chains, cb 900: David, I would pull the valve cover and check the camchain tension visually. You can rock the crankshaft back and forth, watching the cams as they move back and forth in synch, if the camchain is tight. Otherwise, you will feel and see a delay between backwards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb 900 f wont fire, volt ohm meter, cb 900
volt ohm meter, cb 900, yellow wires: Nicholas, you can hook the yellow wires from the stator up in any pattern. The black and white wire is power to the coils. Check to see if that has 12 volts to it. Also you may want to check the other fuses and see if there isn t another one blown. Power...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cm 250, vent hose, honda cm
vent hose, honda cm, emissions control: The wiring harness you ll need to fabricate to suit whatever controls you decide to install in the driver s area. At a minimum you will need the kill switch, start button and wiring, along with the ignition components such as the coil, CDI box and related...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Goldwing air shocks, air shocks, rear shocks
air shocks, rear shocks, fork leg: There should be a valve stem like the ones on tires on the top of the right fork leg and a rubber hose running from the right leg to the left. There should be a decal that says how much pressure to put in (they changed it between 82 & 83 if I remember correctly)on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Goldwing Starting issue, 1982 honda goldwing, clutch lever
1982 honda goldwing, clutch lever, screw driver: Pierre, the solenoid may be okay. You need to check the voltage going to the solenoid when you press the starter button. There s a diode in the starget circuit that requires the newtral light to be on or the clutch lever pulled in before the starter motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda gl1100 goldwing won't start, honda gl1100, honda cbx
honda gl1100, honda cbx, gl1100 goldwing: As my profile clearly states, I only know the ins and outs of Honda CBX s. But I would imagine there can only be one of three issues that is the problem here. If the button in the switchgear for the starter is good, you will get a 12V trigger signal on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS 1100G, shade tree mechanic, piston surface
shade tree mechanic, piston surface, clymer manuals: If the lobe on the exhaust cylinder was worn, the intake and compression strokes would operate as normal, but the missed exhaust stroke would keep the compression in the chamber. When the intake valve opens again, the compression charge would escape back out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda V45 750, honda v45, fuse box
honda v45, fuse box, turn signals: Shane, the front and rear turn signals are on the same fuse so if the front one s are working, and the rear aren t, the problem is either in the bulbs, sockets or in the wiring harness somewhere. There are connectors behind the headlight from the left hand...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kawasaki valve Adjustment, valve adjustment, correct settings
valve adjustment, correct settings, exact model: This is the sort of thing you need to have a service manual for, as it will contain all the repair and maintenance procedures and specifications for your bike. You can find one here: http://www.repairmanual.com/motorcycles/1983/34 Without knowing the exact...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 CB700SC ( Nighthawk S) turn signal, turn signals, relay switch
turn signals, relay switch, cold weather: Tony, the connectors are under the seat. You need to take the seat off and follow the wires back up to the main wiring harness. Don t cut the wires...you dont need to. Yes, the slow blink rate sounds like a flasher unit getting tired. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda goldwing charging system, honda goldwing, voltage gauge
honda goldwing, voltage gauge, spade connectors: Yes, 15.5 volts is too high. The burning of the connector has more to do with the resistance at the connector than the current going through it. The spade connectors get loose, the resistance goes up and things get very hot. My neighbor had his bike catch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda TRX 350 atv, honda 4 wheeler, mile fron
honda 4 wheeler, mile fron, honda atv: Tom, I don t do much with ATV/ATCs, but I looked at the microfiche at http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-trx350-fourtrax-4x4-1986/o/m2623 I see you have a fuel tank, fuel pump, fuel lines, fuel filter, fuel cap in the system. Start...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 YAMAHA VIRAGO XV 700, regulator rectifier, yamaha virago xv
regulator rectifier, yamaha virago xv, electrical troubleshooting: Without the actual wiring diagram to refer to it is pretty much impossible to diagnose the problem. But most sidestand cutout switches operate a relay that is connected to the ignition circuit. The idea is that if you try to start the bike with the sidestand...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FLHTC clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, locknut
clutch adjustment, locknut, good shape: If it slips then it to tight. Go to the cable and at the adjuster loosen it so there is slack in the cable. Remove the derby cover. In the center you will see the adjuster. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster outward and then go inward, just until it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki VS1400GLP-JS1VX5127H2102123-Neutral indicator switch, motorcycle chassis, base assembly
motorcycle chassis, base assembly, ebay: From what I can figure out, all VS1400s use the same neutral switch. It consists of a Neutral Switch Holder 25312-38B01 that engages with the gear shift cam (I think), a Switch Contact 09209-04021 that goes in a hole in the Neutral Switch Holder, a Spring...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Sportster Clutch Adjustment, hd sportster, sportster 1200
hd sportster, sportster 1200, clutch adjustment: Remove the derby cover and under it you will see a spring and nut. remove the nut. There is another nut behind it. Leave it in there. Go to the cable and loosen it so there is alot of slack in the cable. Go back to the clutch and turn the screw in the center...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 yamaha vmax, yamaha vmax, proper job
yamaha vmax, proper job, google: The information you need should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of the mechanics working now...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 suzuki lt 500 no spark, suzuki lt 500, electrical systems
suzuki lt 500, electrical systems, few days: Spark could be difficult to see, and also even if you see the spark, it doesn t mean it is there under compression... Make sure the plug is wet; if there is no spark there should be plenty of fuel. If not then you are more likely to have a carb problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 kawasaki ex500 loses power, 1991 kawasaki ex500, vapour lock
1991 kawasaki ex500, vapour lock, filter screen: Check the routing of the fuel line from the gas tank to the carbs. It s possible the heat from extended high speed riding is causing a vapour lock that is starving the engine of fuel. When you pull over and let the bike cool off a bit the fuel will condense...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Honda 1100 ACE, electric cooling fan, coolant level
electric cooling fan, coolant level, foot pegs: It s very unlikely the floorboards are affecting the airflow over the exhaust headers, especially since they sit lower than the damaged area of the rad cover. If the pipes got hot enough to melt the rad, I suspect something is not right in the cooling system....

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 gsxr 750, gsxr 750, electrical switch
gsxr 750, electrical switch, pivot point: Check to see if there is a small electrical switch on the sidestand near the pivot point. It is a safety feature designed to kill the motor if you put the bike in gear with the sidestand down; if it is broken or the contacts are stuck it will cause the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Heritage Softail Classic, heritage softail, dyna jet
heritage softail, dyna jet, classic question: Since your plugs are black you are either running to rich or you have bad coil or plug wires. I would test the coil adn plug wires. If they are good then you need to rejett the carb. I would add a dyna-jet kit. It will give you the proper jetting. On the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha R6 (No Fire), tilt sensors, clutch lever
tilt sensors, clutch lever, yamaha r6: Not sure if I can be much help, especially without a wiring diagram for your bike to refer to. Most safety cutouts like a kill switch or a clutch lever safety switch cut power going to the coil, not coming from it, otherwise those would be the first things...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha zuma II, yamaha zuma, jet nozzle
yamaha zuma, jet nozzle, dirt buildup: Robert, I am in a good mood, so I ll take a shot at it.... Mid-range to top end power is determined by: Main jet size, selected to match the intake and exhaust and porting designs of the engine. If you have changed anything in that regard, the main jet...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 ninja 500r won't start, 2001 ninja 500r, float bowls
2001 ninja 500r, float bowls, kawasaki dealer: The only way to run out the old fuel is to completely drain the tank. I would suspect the fuel is still contaminated, especially what remains in the carb float bowls. Try draining the float bowls and see if that helps. If not, you ll need to pull the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Sportster XL1200C, clutch cable, stock bars
clutch cable, stock bars, drag bars: In order to install the drag bars you need to remove the controls on the old bars. On the right side, remove the two bolts from the control and slide them off. Do the same for the left, but the grip will have to be cut off. Its glued on. You would have to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 v star 650 classic, vent hoses, fuel stabilizer
vent hoses, fuel stabilizer, yamaha v star 650: Well, Brian, it isn t a Honda question, but I think I can give a good guess about the source. Usually hoses that go nowhere are vent hoses for the carburetor float bowl vent tube. Gas only comes out when the float valve in the carburetor isn t closing off...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 night train fluids change, head bolt, trans case
head bolt, trans case, oil tank: the primary drain is located at the rear of the primary, on the bottom. The drain for the trans is in the middle of the trans case on the underside. to fill the primary, remove the derby cover and with the bike sitting upright fill with primary fluid tot...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 road glide fork, lock nut, bolt
lock nut, bolt, good luck: If you are refering to fork nut, loosen the lock nut on the side. With the bike sitting on a jack, with the front wheel off the ground, snug the fork nut, just until the forks rotate freely, without play. then tighten the locknut. Check after your done to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2009 FXSTB Backfire, train stock, bone stock
train stock, bone stock, night train: What is happening is the cylinder is loading up with fuel and when you try to start it you are getting a backfire. What you need to do is take the bike in and have a dianostic run on it. You might have a injector leaking through when you shut it off Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 4 Speed leaks from drive shaft, drive shaft, leaks
drive shaft, leaks, bearings: Check the race that the seal rides against. It might have a burr on it or a flat spot rubbed on it and it might need replaced. On the other seal, check the mainshaft. You never said what year the 4 speed is from, but the early ones had a cork seal behind the...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 honda 360 no spark, screw driver, ionized air
screw driver, ionized air, condenser: Jeff, the condenser won t keep it from generating a spark. The condenser just stops the current flow the moment the points open. If the condenser is bad there will be a lot of sparking right at the points as they open and close. When the points start to...

Motorcycle Repair: '76 flh oil pump, rocker boxes, mike hope
rocker boxes, mike hope, static timing: You can hone the seat or try to tap a little harder on the ball. i use a old pushrod to hone the seat and some honing compound. On the pushrods, just tighten them so that they just turn in your fingers. there are not spacers. Solid pushrods do make a little...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 goldwing 1000, brake cylinder, master cylinder
brake cylinder, master cylinder, orifice: The brake may be stuck on slightly, heating up the fluid which makes matters worse. I would clean the brake cylinder, especially the seal on the piston and behind it since corrosion builds up behind the seal. Chnage the fluid, and check that the return orifice...

Motorcycle Repair: '79 cb125s carb help, adjustment screw, initial adjustment
adjustment screw, initial adjustment, throttle cable: Jim, there is no initial adjustment setting for idle screw. The cable adjustment is to take up the free play in the throttle cable. You need to back the idle screw out to make sure the slide is all the way down and then adjust the cable adjustment so there...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 cm185t stupidity., regulator rectifier, volt source
regulator rectifier, volt source, 12 volt: Shane, it all depends on what was turned on and how long the battery was attached. Hooking up a 12 volt source would have doubled the current through all elecrical devices. If connected for a while, chances are they are all cooked. Start at the fuses and...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 suzuki gs850, calibration curve, plug caps
calibration curve, plug caps, bill silver: Waylon, there is a website called www.gsresources.com I think that specializes in these bikes. Sounds like you have an air leak in the manifold connections or the ignition timing is off. Could also be bad spark plug caps, too. If carbs are good, then it...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda shadow 500, honda shadow, spark plugs
honda shadow, spark plugs, rpms: Sounds like the bike is only running on a few cylinders. This may be bacause of carburettor issues, or possibly timing. The best way to check is to run it for a while and then remove the spark plugs. Check out the spark plugs, if they are wet, then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750, flasher relay
honda shadow 750, flasher relay, cbx honda: I only know CBX Honda s, but I would get a cheap voltmeter and check the voltage on the battery as the bike is running. When the bike is revved above about 2000rpm the voltage should rise to about 13-14V if it doesn t then your charging system is not working....

Motorcycle Repair: 84 nighthawk 700, solenoid starter, honda cb700sc
solenoid starter, honda cb700sc, starter clutch: James go to this link, sign up for the Yahoo group and then you can access the repair files. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/honda_nighthawk/message/75616 I think it is an engine pull and split the cases job, if you have eliminated all the other...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 yamaha virago 700, vacuum leak, rubber seals
vacuum leak, rubber seals, exhaust pipe: Sudden overheating and popping is usually the result of the motor running lean. This can be caused by a vacuum leak on the intake runner and/or a leak at the exhaust header. Check the rubber seals from the carb to the cylinder head to see if they are cracked....

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda rebel, honda rebel, metal filter
honda rebel, metal filter, gas tank: The filter doesn t have to be completely plugged for it to stop airflow, if it is visibly dirty then it is reducing the amount of air getting to the carb and causing it to run rich. Definitely replace the filter and wash or replace the foam and see if that...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 Shadow, tappets, hydraulic tappets, head gasket
hydraulic tappets, head gasket, outer cylinder: Andy, unfortunately, the tappets probably won t bleed themselves because they are installed upside down, so any air in them will be trapped. I had to do a little research on this question since I ve not done this myself. My experience is on pre-82 Hondas...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 VT500, vt500, loose connection
vt500, loose connection, tach: Paul, the tach gets it signal from the spark boxes under the seat. You need to check the wires from the spark boxes to the tach to make sure they are connected. There could be a loose connection or a broken wire somewhere. If the bike runs, the spark boxes...

Motorcycle Repair: '89 Ultra Classic hard to start, stock carb, hypercharger
stock carb, hypercharger, starter fluid: There are a few things to check. One, make sure your choke is working properly. Two, make sure the pumper in the carb is not plugged with dirt. Three, test the coil and plug wires to make sure they are not weak, and last, check the timing, to make sure it...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Evo Starter (FLHTCUI), clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, sprocket: First, disconnect the battery. Then you have to drain the primary and remove the cover. remove the clutch basket and motor sprocket and chain adjuster. Above the clutch basket you will see the jackshaft. Remove it. Go to the other side and remove the wires...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda Shadow flooding problem, honda shadow 600, plug caps
honda shadow 600, plug caps, air passages: Steven, Can you define flooding for me? Is fuel coming out of both of the overflow tubes in the float bowls? If so, and you replaced both of your float valves, then there must be a problem with either the floats themselves or the float bowl chamber is not...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 harly classic, output shaft, netural
output shaft, netural, classic question: Your motor mount would not have anything to do with it, but if its bad you should replace it. Your problem is that on the shifter cam there is a very small space for netural. When trying to get into netural, from first or even second, you have to just barely...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustin my clutch, harley chopper, clutch plate
harley chopper, clutch plate, clutch cable: For the springs adjustment, its 1 3/32 space fromt he front plate to the plate the goes against the clutch plate. To adjust the clutch itself, loosen the cable so you have slack in it. Turn the adjusting screw, on the clutch, outward and then inward, just...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike starts with key and kill switch off, yamaha virago 750, honda cbx
yamaha virago 750, honda cbx, 1982 yamaha virago 750: Sounds like a possible problem with grounding. Check the ground connections in the headlamp as well as the ground on the coil. I am sorry I do not know the electrics on this bike... If you cannot find the problem then let me know and I ll put it into the...

Motorcycle Repair: Broken Spark Plugs /Removal,Repair, quality plug, harley davidson
quality plug, harley davidson, spark plugs: I think you will find these plugs are manufactured by someone else and have the HD stamp put on them. I have never, ever, had this problem, but then I only work with Honda s. Have stripped a few threads removing plugs that were seized, but never broke one...

Motorcycle Repair: bleeding brakes, bleeding brakes, brake caliper
bleeding brakes, brake caliper, yamaha r6: If you are certain that the hose is tight over the bleed screw and that the other end is always immersed in the fluid in the container, try bleeding one side at a time. It may take several tries before the air is bled from the system. It is possible, though,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problems, speed jets, honda shadow
speed jets, honda shadow, copper wire: You are right Pat. You ll need to clean the carbs. Be sure to use a copper wire to poke through the low speed jets to make sure they are clean. Just soaking them won t get them clean. You will need a set of gages to balance the carbs. Theres no way I...

Motorcycle Repair: Carborator upgrade for 75 ironhead, cv carb, new cv
cv carb, new cv, drag pipes: There are tow things you can do. Either change carbs, like the S&S, or rejett the CV carb. If the CV carb doesnt let you ride correctly, then I would change. I like the S&S do to it flows alot of air and it simple to install. If you install a S&S you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing transmission sprocket, changing transmission, tooth sprocket
changing transmission, tooth sprocket, shop time: You can change the trans sprocket, just remember that you will loss some bottom end when you do that. It usually takes about 3 hours to replace it. On your gaskets, I also use James gaskets. Its my personal opinion, but I have used them for years and never...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problem? Master/Slave??, clutch pack, clutch springs
clutch pack, clutch springs, clutch cylinder: Jeff, it sounds like the clutch pack isn t assembled right. You need to take the side cover back off and figure out what s preventing the clutch from compressing. What s happening its that the clutch springs or belville washer isn t applying pressure on...

Motorcycle Repair: Coolant hose routing nv/vt 750, thermostat switch, coolant level
thermostat switch, coolant level, coolant hose: Sorry Lee, that it s taken so long to get to this question. My wireless router quit last week and it s taken a while to catch up on my backlog of question. The no. 38 hose is the overflow hose from the radiator to the coolant recover tank. The hose should...

Motorcycle Repair: Custom Bobber Project, frame accessories, mechanical experience
frame accessories, mechanical experience, custom motorcycle: Sho, I could write pages and pages in response to your questions and still not give all the info you need. :-) Suffice it to say that what bike, frame, accessories and shop equipment you get are wholly dependant upon your budget. So here s a few websites,...

Motorcycle Repair: caburator spitting, rean, pushrod
rean, pushrod, intake valve: If the bike rean without spitting before the top end job then it is either a leaking intake or exhaust, a intake valve leaking or a exhsust valve leaking. If you have solid pushrods then it could be a pushrod to tight as well. If wont be the electronic ignition....

Motorcycle Repair: cb750 k8, diaphram pumps, throttle linkage
diaphram pumps, throttle linkage, fuel leak: Terence, if you take the carbs off and put some fuel in the float bowls, you should see fuel squirt out of that small tube near the inlet of the carb as you open the throttle. The throttle linkage depresses a plunger rod that has a diaphram on the other end....

Motorcycle Repair: choke lever, clutch lever, gl1200
clutch lever, gl1200, gl1100: It would be impossible for me to tell you where to get a replacement clutch lever without knowing where the part that is on the bike came from originally. This is why I always recommend keeping a complete record of the make/model/year that each part came...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch fluid, foot clutch, clutch fluid
foot clutch, clutch fluid, clutch pedal: You do not need to bleed the system if the cover has been removed, it is there so you may add fluid as needed. Just make sure the bike is in an upright position or propped up so that the reservoir is level, otherwise it will spill fluid when you remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch issue, wont disengage, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, neutral state: As you said, I m more of a Honda guy but it sounds like the plates are just stuck together. The lifter is working so it t not adjustment. You ll probably have to take the clutch apart, oil up the plates and put it back together. I ve often been able to get...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch master cylinder, clutch master cylinder, american iron horse
clutch master cylinder, american iron horse, clutch lever: yes, you would have to bleed the master cylinder. Locate the bleeder valve, pump the clutch lever and while holding the lever closed, open the bleeder. Keep doing this until you get fluid out. Make sure the master cylinder full of fluid Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch problem, older models, proper job
older models, proper job, necessary time: It sounds like your clutch is not fully disengaging. Your shop manual should have better instructions on how to adjust the clutch than I could give you. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is 7 years old and you will soon have...

Motorcycle Repair: ct110 modification, honda ct110, wondering what sort
honda ct110, wondering what sort, piston: Spencer, you could pull the engine and bore it out to a much larger diameter. That will increase the HP. I m afraid there won t be too many hop up kits for that model. I d be surprised if Weisco doesn t make a big bore piston that would work. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: One cylinder running hot?, honda cbx1000, aftermarket pipes
honda cbx1000, aftermarket pipes, cb1100r: Yes the pipe that is discoloring more is running leaner, so a carb sync will definitely help. If the pipes are stock, then they will normally not discolor too much unless the bike is revved while not moving. If they are aftermarket pipes, usually they will...

Motorcycle Repair: De-winterizing Honda cycle: Get it to run!, gas stabilizer, honda cm450e
gas stabilizer, honda cm450e, trickle charger: The battery really will not last long wihout a charge, especially in cold winters. So either charge it frequently or buy a battery tender. It does sound like the carburettors are having problems, I personally use Sea-Foam rather than Stabil, but what I would...

Motorcycle Repair: Dry Cell Charging, dry cell battery, battery check
dry cell battery, battery check, stator: I dont think it was me who said a stator will not charge a dry cell battery. What I said was you need to check the battery to make sure its good. You might have gotten a bad battery. If the battery is ok then at the battery check with a volt meter and with...

Motorcycle Repair: dragging sound when attempting to start..., starter solenoid, soleniod
starter solenoid, soleniod, electric starter: Make sure you have a really good ground. If it still drags then your starter soleniod is either bad or the starter itself is bad. I would pull the starter and check the brushes and armature in it. If its ok, then replace the starter solenoid Good luck and...