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Motorcycle Repair: i need more help. thank you, loud pop, start button
loud pop, start button, odometer: It sounds like you might have a bad battery. I would have it tested. If you are sure that the battery is good then you have a short int he wiring, do to the fact that the headlight is dot as bright as normal. this would also cause the bike not to start good...

Motorcycle Repair: i need to replace my latch assembly, latch assembly, small pin
latch assembly, small pin, gas cap: You have to drive the pin out that holds it on the tank. Take a small pin punch and just drive it out. Have someone hold a hammer on the opposite side to prevent bending the tabs on the tank. You can replace the pin with the one that comes with the latch...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil change disaster, drain bolt, bolt hole
drain bolt, bolt hole, bikebandit com: Sorry to break the bad news but you will need to remove the oil pan and put a helicoil type insert as your drain bolt hole is stripped. In an emergency, you may be able to JB Weld it into place to get you on the road but then you ll have a mess getting it...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil thru breather, crankcase breather, stock pipes
crankcase breather, stock pipes, indian scout: Your oil is backing up in to the bottom of the motor. Your check valve in the oil pump is leaking through. What happens is when you start the motor the oil cant be pumped back to the oil tank fast enough and it comes out the breather. Start it and it will...

Motorcycle Repair: oil, honda magna, 20w50
honda magna, 20w50, 10w40: I ve always used Honda oil or Castrol 10W40 or 20W50 depending on if the engine is water cooled or air cooled. I m sure you can get a lot of opinions on this subject and I m sure there are people that know a lot more than I do about the types and brands of...

Motorcycle Repair: oil drain plug, oil drain plug, heli coil kit
oil drain plug, heli coil kit, drain bolt: Hi Brian... I have never heard of any problems with the drain bolt on Katanas. I would say that either it wasn t reinstalled properly or perhaps the threads are stripped. Get yourself a new drain bolt and see if it tightens down properly. If it doesn t,...

Motorcycle Repair: oil dumping from crankcase breather, crankcase breather, cometic
crankcase breather, cometic, c oil: For the over heating, check to make sure you are not running to lean and also that your timing is not to far retarted. On the leaking of oil, I would check to make sure the breather gear is timed correctly. If it off a tooth you will get your problem. As...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking out, vent tube, oil level
vent tube, oil level, oil pump: There is a ball in the oil pump that is held down with a spring and is suppose to keep oil from going into the bottom end when the bike is not running. When you start it the oil pump cant pump it out fast enough, so you get oil out the vent tube. The seat...

Motorcycle Repair: Problem Starting My bike, kawasaki ninja zx6, air filter element
kawasaki ninja zx6, air filter element, fuel pump relay: Hi Brody!! Ok... I m kinda at a loss to understand why you were told to replace the battery to fix the hot starting problem, but perhaps there were extenuating circumstances I am not aware of. At least we know ya got a good battery now!! When the bike started...

Motorcycle Repair: more power, honda rebel, best bet
honda rebel, best bet, one of the guys: If the bike is in tune and has good compression you should be able to outrun the rebel unless your fiend weighs 90lbs and you weigh alot more. There s not much you can do to improve on it if it s running ok. Your best bet would be to find a bigger bike....

Motorcycle Repair: Quick increase of rpm but no acceleration., friction plates, clutch lever
friction plates, clutch lever, yamaha yzf600r: Hi Josh... Hmmm.... Yeah, sounds like the clutch is slipping. I would open the clutch, pull the friction plates and measure them with a caliper... could be that the previous owner was a bit hard on the clutch and the you might need new plates. But don t...

Motorcycle Repair: Re RX 1000 GPz, correct speed, gpz
correct speed, gpz, high speeds: When the idle RPM goes up, it typically means the idle mixture is set too lean. Try enriching the mixture via the idle mixture fuel screws. This will cause the RPMs to go up so then adjust them back down to the correct speed using the throttle knob. You...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear break squeals a little: 1982 CM450E Honda, motorcycle safety instructor, knowledgable service
motorcycle safety instructor, knowledgable service, drum brakes: The only time I d recommend not using the front brake is when the road is wet or there s the potential for loosing traction like on gravel. The front brake can contribute almost 60% of the total braking effort. Just apply it judiciously until you get the...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Speedo on 93 Heritage, odometer reset, cowling
odometer reset, cowling, speedo: Remove the cowling over the speedo. There is a nut on top of it. If the odometer reset is in the way of it coming off, then you have to remove it. There is a small screw inside the knob. Once you have the cover off look at the back of the speedo and you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing Rocker cover gasket, rocker cover gasket, motorcycle mechanic
rocker cover gasket, motorcycle mechanic, breather tube: If you are planning on working on your own bike you should purchase a service manual. It will really help you with repairs. When changing the rocker cover gaskets you should do both. Drain and remove the gas tank. Remove the 4 bolts holding the top cover...

Motorcycle Repair: Right front turn signal stay installation help, honda vt500c, source point
honda vt500c, source point, headlight assembly: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Tony, the disconnect connectors are inside the headlight shell. Remove the headlight assembly and you will find the connectors. Those will be threaded through the new stay. I...

Motorcycle Repair: Risers for Fatboy 2003, headlight assembly, risers
headlight assembly, risers, headlamp: First you have to remove the headlight assembly. Once you have that done you remove the passing lamp bracket and at the back of the cover remove the screws that hold any lines. the narcell will then come off and you can get to the risers. There is a bolt on...

Motorcycle Repair: When to do a re-build, proper tools, pistons
proper tools, pistons, bolt: A rebuild is when you remove the engine, tear it apart mic all the parts and replace whats needed. You need to determine a rebuild by noises in the motor or alot of smoking out the exhaust or a loss of power. I have seen 80,000 miles before having to tear...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake moan 2008 drz400sm, drz400sm, new bike
drz400sm, new bike, service manuals: Service manuals often suggest the caliper bolts get re-tightened on a new bike after brake in. That s my only guess right now. If its really a problem you may need to remove the pads and inspect them. Low freq vibes can also be caused by an uneven rotor but...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brakes on a '97 heritage, brake pumps, rear brakes
brake pumps, rear brakes, heritage softail: Follow the brake line from the pedel back and you will see the master cylinder. Remove the cover and see if any brake fluid is in there. If its dry add some DOT 5 fluid. If it is then go to the brake caliber and pump the pedel and while holding it down, open...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S carb kits, jp cycles catalog, extra power
jp cycles catalog, extra power, intake manifold: You need to get the complete kit, otherwise you cant mount it. It will not mount to your intake manifold you have on there now. You dont have to change the mifflers at all if you dont want to. You just jet the carb to what you have. If you are looking for...

Motorcycle Repair: NO START AND NO HEADLIGHT, honda shadow 750, starter button
honda shadow 750, starter button, turnsignals: Hi Patrick... I am 99% sure that the problem is the starter button switch located on the right handlebar. This switch is designed to kill the headlights when ever the starter is activated. They are notorious for going bad. Replace the starter button and...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter install 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100, starter solenoid, 4 quarts
starter solenoid, 4 quarts, clutch cable: Hi Randall... Ok.. I would start by suggesting you get a manual that covers your model bike... they are invaluable in such a task. You will also need a left side engine cover gasket and a little less than 4 quarts of engine oil (you ll need to drain the...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GSX1100F Head Gasket repair, head gasket repair, suzuki gsx1100f
head gasket repair, suzuki gsx1100f, katana 1100: It depends on how many miles are on it but you can also look at: valve seals valve guide honing valve reconditioning (machine shop or valve lapping) piston rings cylinder honing These all require special tools but may be worth it. When replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: size of flywheel puller, honda cb400n, metric scale
honda cb400n, metric scale, rear axle: Bob, it just happens to be the exact same size as the rear axle thread. I m afraid I can t tell you what that is but you can figure it out with a metric scale and counting the number of threads in 10 mm and the divide by 10. I ve even used the rear axle to...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, new spark, bikebandit com
new spark, bikebandit com, starter motor: Check the voltage to the coil. It s the item numbered #3 in this image: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m1887sch5843 You should see 12v. According to the fiche, the bike has a spring starter, not an electric start. Maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: spring, honda parts, ball bearing
honda parts, ball bearing, steel ball: Ian, I was searching the Honda parts manual for that spring but didn t find it. I recall that spring but I m not sure anymore what it was for. It was about 2.5 inches long and about 1/4-3/8 in diameter. I m thinking the spring was the neutral detent...

Motorcycle Repair: Where to start, motorcycle publication, motorcycle schools
motorcycle publication, motorcycle schools, math classes: Since your in school right now, I would take a automotive repair class if you have one. That will give you some basic knowledge of motors and how they work. Also, make sure you take math classes as that is a big part of working on bikes. Once you graduate...

Motorcycle Repair: starting my harley after storage, returning home, harley
returning home, harley, good luck: Probably goiing to have to replace the battery and drain the old fuel. the other thing you will need to do is pull the carb and clean it out. Its probably varnished Once you get it running I would let it warm up and change the fluids Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: stator cover, stators, stator
stators, stator, spec ed: First drain the oil from the bike. The stators are usually sitting in oil to cool them. Have something handy to catch any drips and a towel to clean any spills. The cover will come off with the stator on it and a the wiring so have a small surface handy to...

Motorcycle Repair: Triple clamp set up, fender brackets, wheel spindle
fender brackets, wheel spindle, correct torque: I m not familiar with this bike but I don t understand how your top clamp could be out of alignment, the way you describe. Are you sure its not the bars that got knocked out of place? For the top clamp to go out like that, the fork tubes would have to bend...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signals Honda Trail 90 1965, honda trail 90, ebay
honda trail 90, ebay, gas tank: I m afraid the only place I know of to find original parts is on ebay or recycling shops. The fuel tank leak is a little easier. You will have to empty out the fuel and seal the tank. There s a product called Kreem that I ve used successfully. Just follow...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain rnr, honda xr100, timing chain
honda xr100, timing chain, rnr: Depends on what you consider easy. It requires taking the top cover off, pulling the cam and the right side cover with all of the parts to get the point you can remove the chain off of the crankshaft. It s not simple but it s not too difficult. I wouldn...

Motorcycle Repair: true duals, harley dealer, flhr
harley dealer, flhr, epa standards: Your bike came from the factory a little lean to pass the EPA standards. When you change exhaust, you make the bike breath better and by doing this it will lean it out more. Changing the air cleaner to a high flow is a good idea, so the bike will breath even...

Motorcycle Repair: Upper head noise, honda rebel, head noise
honda rebel, head noise, valve clearances: Michael, you didn t mention the mileage on your bike or any service background. The camchain tension is automatically tensioned. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cmx250c-rebel-250-2000-us_model7291/partslist/E++04.html Be sure you have plenty of oil in the crankcase....

Motorcycle Repair: VT500 Front wheel wobble, wheel wobble, tire changes
wheel wobble, tire changes, tyre: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. David, its the front tire. I have the same problem on my VF1100. I m not sure what makes it happen but overtime something in the tire changes and it causes the wobble. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: VT500C bogging, adjustment screws, honda shop
adjustment screws, honda shop, float valves: Carbs are funny animals. First I would check your battery with a multimeter while the bike is running. You want to eliminate the easy stuff first. It sounds like at the very least the carbs are tuned too rich for idle. I would check the size of the idle...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 1500 side stand switch, kawasaki 1500, wire colors
kawasaki 1500, wire colors, vulcan classic: Hi Anthony... Ok... I don t have the wiring diagram for the 1500 Vulcan, but I do have one for the 750 Vulcan. If your bike s wire colors are the same, then I would say what I am about to say is true: The sidestand switch should have two wires coming from...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage guage, volt ohm meter, electrical system
volt ohm meter, electrical system, guage: 15.5 volts is a little high. It could boil the electrolyte out of the battery shortening the battery life. I d check the voltage at the battery with a volt ohm meter to verify the gage is reading accurately. It could be just gauge error. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing Bike for Storage, gas tank, petcock
gas tank, petcock, antifreeze: Fill the tank all the way. Start the bike, shut the petcock off and let it run until it runs out of gas. You can add stablizer to the gas, but personnally I like to drain the gas when riding season starts and put in fresh gas Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: wont start honda 400ex, fuel system, carbs
fuel system, carbs, few days: Have you primed the carbs before trying to start it? They need to prime for 5 minutes if the bike has sat for more than a few days. Have you applied choke if the bike is cold? If all this checks out then the problem can be more complex to diagnose. It...

Motorcycle Repair: xr 80 r, air fuel ratio, xr80r
air fuel ratio, xr80r, fuel line: Donnie, there could be a number of things causing this problem. Does the engine have good compression? It should have somewhere around 140-160 psi compression. Assuming that s good, you may have too much fuel getting into the cylinder or too little. A overly...

Motorcycle Repair: YZF600R revs quickly with no acceleration, poor college kid, clutch lever
poor college kid, clutch lever, yamaha yzf600r: It sounds like the clutch is slipping. Did it do this before you changed the oil? You may have burned out the clutch if you ran it with gas in the crank case. Check the clutch cable for the right slack. You need 1-2mm of slack at the clutch lever. If...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xs 750 1977, yamaha xs 750, clutch lever
yamaha xs 750, clutch lever, drain valves: First verify the operation of the petcock. Next verify that your battery is charger up and in good condition. If fuel is coming out of the petcock, verify that the carb bowls are getting fuel by losening the drain valves. Also verify that there s spark at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 Honda CL77 head light case problems, wire hook, meter lamp
wire hook, meter lamp, bill silver: Phil, the green wires from the headlight bulb are ground. One attaches to the tab on the headlight rim and then plugs into the harness ground. Pre-64 Honda twins did not have a high beam indicator when produced. The wiring harness diagrams date from 1962...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 honda sl 350, honda sl350, vent hole
honda sl350, vent hole, gas caps: John, be sure to take a small drill bit to all the passageways inside the petcock to ensure that there is equal flow to both carburetors. The other thing that is often overlooked is that the gas caps have a tiny vent hole that can get clogged up, causing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cb350 honda, honda cb350, cb350 honda
honda cb350, cb350 honda, throttle cables: Soaking carburetors for 3 days should never be necessary. If you were putting them in high-grade carb cleaner you can dissolve some of the parts inside, in extreme cases. Check around the throttle shafts for excessive movement, due to missing shaft bushings/seals....

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CL350 Twin, honda cl350, honda scrambler
honda cl350, honda scrambler, plastic jug: Tim, I don t know any suppliers that I d recommend. Unless you have lost the jets, I m not sure why you d need to replace them. I ve never had to replace a jet in all of the carbs I ve rebuild. Those jets have o-rings on each of those jets that can be replaced...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, turn signal flasher, honda cl360
turn signal flasher, honda cl360, signal problem: Steve, the turn signal flasher depends on heat from the current going through it to heat a bi-metal strip that opens and closes as it heats up and cools down. If the battery is low or if there s a reduction in current due to resistance in the circuit, it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., continuity test, battery recharge
continuity test, battery recharge, stator: It sounds like a stator problem. It s possible the stator wires overheated at some point with the old reg/rect and there s a short somewhere. The service manual should have a procedure for doing a continuity test on the stator. If you want to run the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB400 Hawk valve stem seals, nylon rope, rubber glue
nylon rope, rubber glue, combustion chamber: It sounds like the diaphragm got damaged or is not sealing properly. I m afraid you will need to replace it. You might be able to repair it will some rubber glue but I ve never heard of anyone getting to work right that way. The smoke on startup is likely...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 xr 200 clunking noise, head gasket, xr 200
head gasket, xr 200, connecting rod: Well, you need to find out what s clunking. I m concerned it may be a piston or connecting rod knocking. Take a long screwdriver and press the handle to your ear and the blade to various parts of the engine. If you hear the noise loudest in the cylinder,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB 125 electrical, reversed polarity, trickle charger
reversed polarity, trickle charger, murder mystery: I don t think it s related to reversing the polarity. It sounds like a loose or corroded connection. There are a number of places it could be. I d start in the headlight and work my way back to fuses. There s a head light connection that goes to the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb400t hawk, honda cb400t, there some sort
honda cb400t, there some sort, safety mechanism: Peter, the clutch is dragging holding pressure on the transmission making it hard to shift. Try adjusting the clutch. If you have an owners manual, it described in there how to adjust the clutch. If you don t, let me know and I ll see if I can recall. ...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1981 superglide tach.needle flutter, wiggle test, battery terminal
wiggle test, battery terminal, key switch: in your previous question you didnt mention the power loss, so I assumed it was a bad tach. When you have the power loss does it only happen when you are riding the bike? Does it do it at idle when the bike is sitting still? Does it do it when you rev it up...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450E Oil Change disaster!, 1982 honda cm450e, replacement bolt
1982 honda cm450e, replacement bolt, cmsnl: Kirk, the bolt is metric, of course, and when overtightened can really get stuck in place. I would suggest that you find a 6-point impact socket of the correct size to loosen the oil filter cover bolt. Using a 1/2 drive breaker bar and a matching 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna not wanting to start., 1982 honda magna, fuel filter
1982 honda magna, fuel filter, fuel pump: Martin, I ve said this before but bears repeating in this case. An engine needs three things to run, fuel, spark and compression. It sounds like you have fuel, so you need to confirm spark and compression. Pull the plugs and lay them up against the head...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, 1982 suzuki gs650, questionable accuracy
1982 suzuki gs650, questionable accuracy, shaft drive: What you describe indicates a dead battery or a lack of voltage to run the ignition system while the starter is operating. What condition is the battery in? It s possible for the battery to have enough juice to run the starter but not enough to fire the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid, starter
solenoid, starter: Start by making sure you don t have a dirty connection. The cable from the negative terminal of the battery should be attached to an engine mount or a bolt on the engine. Loosen the mount and wiggle the cable a bit to break any oxidization that may have formed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow, fuel pump relay, jumper wire
fuel pump relay, jumper wire, honda shadow: Randy, the relay is a safety device that keeps the fuel pump from continuing to pump fuel if the engine isn t running. Like when the bike tips over or in an accident. The relay gets power through a fuse and from the ignition circuit to trigger the relay...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda GW speedometer cables, speedometer cable, goldwing 1200
speedometer cable, goldwing 1200, left hand side: If you look at the left hand side of the front axle, you will see a sending unit with a wire going up to the headlight. That s the speedometer cable. Remove the screw holding the sending unit to the drive and replace the cable. When you replace the sending...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 FXSTC oil tank outlets, oil tank, fxstc
oil tank, fxstc, oil line: The bigger one is the drain that is going to the solid rod. Look inside the tank to see where the inside lines go. The lowest one is the feed to the oil pump. The highest one is the return and the other one is the return from the motor. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FXR oil leak, opprotunity, mike thanks
opprotunity, mike thanks, oil leak: Probably the hardest thing on a bike is sitting that long. the gaskets get old and dry out and dont hold very well. the leak on the left is probably the primary gasket and it needs replaced. the rockers leak is the rocker box gasket and it needs replaced....

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 honda 600 hurricane, fuel pump relay, houseofmotorcycles
fuel pump relay, houseofmotorcycles, honda motorcycle: Are you looking at the parts microfiche: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cbr600hurricane-1988/o/m2039 http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m2039sch2765 The wiring harness isn t labelled but I couldn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 HERITAGE SOFTAIL NOT CHARGING, clutch basket, dirt bikes
clutch basket, dirt bikes, heritage softail: You first need to test the stator. Unplug the regulator and do a OHMs test from each wire on the stator to ground. If you have OHMs its bad. Test from wire to wire, you should have OHMs. Start the bike and at the stator with a AC volt meter you should get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Yamaha Virago Battery Not Holding Charge, yamaha virago 535, 1996 yamaha virago 535
yamaha virago 535, 1996 yamaha virago 535, dry battery: What s probably happening is that the regulator/rectifier is shot and needs to be replaced but before you do that I would get a working (calibrated) multimeter and put it on the outputs to see what kind of voltage you are getting right there at the leads....

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 honda xr200r, clutch action, clutch springs
clutch action, clutch springs, clutch lever: Chris, First of all, you need to find out why the clutch pull is so difficult. It shouldn t be like that on any Honda, unless someone put racing clutch springs in it. Loosen up the cable adjusters and undo the clutch lever from the bracket, then check the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Honda Rebel CMX250, honda rebel 250, vacuum hoses
honda rebel 250, vacuum hoses, oil dipstick: Pete, get a hold of a 3 foot piece of 5/8-3/4 inch diameter rubber hose. Hold one end to your ear and sweep the other end over the bike until you locate the source. The hose will help you focus on the sound by eliminating other noises. If you have an single...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 ultra classic twin cam 88, odometer button, twin cam 88
odometer button, twin cam 88, stock bike: Since you have a check engine light you need to know the codes to know what to repair. Hold the odometer button and turn the ignition on. Let off the button and count the numbe of slow flashes. It should have flashes for the first number, pause then flashers...

Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, goldwing, fires
goldwing, fires, yellow wire: Take the blue or yellow wire (which ever coil is not working)and ground it by hand and see if the coil fires. If not, you may just need to replace the coil. If it does spark, you need to check the points to see why they are not grounding the coil. It could...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 dyna 88ci engine, piston damage, cam bearings
piston damage, cam bearings, volumne: I havent heard of this problem with the twin cam unless there is a alingment problem on the oil pump which would cause the same problem. the SE cam plate and pump, as far as I know, is a good product that should give you no problems Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 FLHTC, harley shop, shimmy
harley shop, shimmy, oppinion: A shimmy in the front end can be caused from a couple different problems. Bad front tire, bent rim or out of shape rim, bad steering head bearing, or to loose steering head bearing. I have run across the problem before, but usually its the tire itself. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 FXD idle, bike mike, factory stock
bike mike, factory stock, warm weather: Since you havent made any changes then you dont need to remapp. you can adjust the idle, it will not hurt the motor. If you adjust it you have to shut the bike off and unplug the fuse to the ECM for about 15 minutes to get the idle to set Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 400N superdream carbs.tickover too fast, throttle cables, stop screw
throttle cables, stop screw, superdream: Bob, I d start at 2 1/2 -3 turns out and then adjust from there. You turn the screws in until the engine speed starts to slow down and them out until it starts to slow down again and then put the screws in the middle of those two positions. Regards ...

Motorcycle Repair: 5 degree tree, good luck, measurement
good luck, measurement, trees: What you need to do is install the tree and then with the bike lever at the frame, take a measurement fron the top of the trees to where the axle would be. then measure the old forks and subtract. That will tell you how much longer you need Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 ct90, dirty point, stator
dirty point, stator, rectifier: Todd, the bike needs a charged battery to fire the coils. Assuming the battery is charged, the problem could be inteh coil or in the points. Dirty point contact will prevent the coils from sparking. Take a points file and clean them and spray them with contact...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 cb360 jetting, pod air filters, cb360
pod air filters, cb360, jet size: No, sorry jetting is always unique to every situtation. I m afraid it s a trial and error process. Start by raising the slide needles .030 inches and .010 mm on the mains. Another alternative is try raising the float level 1.5 mm and see if that was enough....

Motorcycle Repair: '75 Sportster--Needle bearing stuck, propane torch, needle bearing
propane torch, needle bearing, evidentally: This is outside of my expertise but if the housing is aluminum, I d take a propane torch and heat the back side of the housing. Once it gets to about 350 deg, the steel bearing will drop out. Just be careful not to get it too hot or you could melt the cover....

Motorcycle Repair: 750 nighthawk carb repair, air fuel ratio, speed jets
air fuel ratio, speed jets, initial transition: Kim, the problem is still a lean air fuel ratio at idle and just off idle. If the jets and passages are clear as you indicate, the only other thing that would cause this is a low float level. My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas so I can t tell you how...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 goldwing 1100 interstate, goldwing 1100, fuel gauge
goldwing 1100, fuel gauge, gl1100: Well, I m not aware of any particular problem with those units but things do eventually break or wear out. THe problem could be either the sender or the gage. If you disconnect the sender the gage should go to empty and if you ground the unit it should go...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, motorcycle knowledge, upholstery work
motorcycle knowledge, upholstery work, yellow wires: You can connect any of the yellow wires together. The won t start problem is either fuel or spark. You ll have to figure out which. If you pull the spark plug and lay them up against the head as you crank the engine, you can see the spark. If the plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 HD rear brake pad replacement, pad replacement, remov
pad replacement, remov, brake pad: Its pretty easy. remov ethe caliber from the bracket. While the old pads are in there pry open the pads. remove the old pads and install the new ones and install the caliber. Pump the brake so they close and your good to go Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch master cylinder, honda shadow 1100
clutch master cylinder, honda shadow 1100, clutch hydraulics: Jeff, I understand Bill s comments and it is certainly a possibility. I ve never see a worn spline or final drive fail so completely that it wouldn t make some grinding noise or at least indicate that something is seriously out of wack. I would suggest...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 ironhead, gasket leaks, special tools
gasket leaks, special tools, gasket: the gasket leaks probably from old age. in order the replace the gasket you have to remove the head and pushrods. You dont need any special tools. You might want to get a service manual to follow if you have never done this before Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 VT1100 Shadow lighting problem, lighting problem, vt700
lighting problem, vt700, turn signals: Charlie, sorry it s take this long to get to your question. My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas but my wife has a 85 VT700 and I have a manual I was hoping could shed some light on your problem. The manual is for the VT700 but I m hoping they are similar...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 XL 1200C, rear fender, tight squeeze
rear fender, tight squeeze, conversion kit: On the front tire you can use the 90/90H-21. On the rear, you can go to a 140 tire, but its going to be a tight squeeze and going from a 130 to a 140 is really not that much and looking at it you wont notice a difference. Also, you will be taking a chance...

Motorcycle Repair: !981 Honda cb650 Custom, honda cb650 custom, head bolts
honda cb650 custom, head bolts, head gasket: Christian, when the engine runs out of power or backfiring, apply a little choke. If it runs better, you still have a carb problem and it s not getting enough fuel. If it doesn t improve, it s probably an ignition problem. It s pretty common for the headgaskets...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjustable pushrods, adjustable pushrods, cam lobe
adjustable pushrods, cam lobe, pushrod: Go to the front exhaust and rotate the motor so the lifter is all the way to the bottom of its stroke. Now tighten the pushrod until you can rotate it between your fingers and wait about 15 minutes, Check it, if you can rotate it it is not bled all the way...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator? :(, regulator rectifier, float tank
regulator rectifier, float tank, pigeon hole: Nix, not being a Yamaha expert, I can only tell you that when bikes sit for a long time... just a few weeks/months, the carburetors get clogged with evaporated fuel gunk and the tiny passages need to be clean and clear for the bike to meter fuel correctly....

Motorcycle Repair: atv will not start with electic start, starter
starter: This is somewhat difficult to diagnose without actually being able to make some measurements, but I will try. To start with, if it starts easily when you pull start it you can rule out the ignition, carburetion and compression as possible problems. That...

Motorcycle Repair: Bogging Down - Honda Nighthawk, intake vacuum leaks, electronic ignition system
intake vacuum leaks, electronic ignition system, fuel caps: Jerry, These bikes have an electronic ignition system that requires a fully charged battery and functioning charging system in order to run properly. Fix that first, so you know that low voltage is not the main source of your problems. Note that failed rotors...

Motorcycle Repair: left blinkers not blinking, turn signals, flasher
turn signals, flasher, GSXR1100: There is only one flasher, so if the signals on one side work but the ones on the other don t it means that the problem is either the wiring, a bulb or the switch. The first thing to check is the bulbs. If one bulb is dead (or disconnected) the circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: CARBURATOR, vernier caliper, air fuel mixture
vernier caliper, air fuel mixture, air screw: Make sure you squeeze out as much oil as you can if you are using a foam filter. If there s too much oil it will cause the problem you describe. You ll have to lower the float level. Inside the carb you will see a float with a small metal tab the contacts...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb? need help with this, please e-mail me, exhaust pipes, question thanks
exhaust pipes, question thanks, bobber: Lamont, the bike is leaning out. Removing the exhaust increases the air flow and the carbs aren t jetted right anymore. You can raise the needles aobu .03 inches and go up a couple sizes in main jets or you can raise the float level 1.5-2 mm and see if it...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, throttle cable, shims
throttle cable, shims, screwdriver: Don, you probably don t need to replace them but you do need to find out what s causing them to stick. Those are plastic non-adjustable floats. Unless they are cracked or damaged somehow, I can t imagine why you d have to replace them Check to see if the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor problems, honda cb250n, carburetor problems
honda cb250n, carburetor problems, vacuum lines: Lynton, we didn t get the 250N version in the US, only the 400-450cc one. Hopefully, the carb design is still the same. US bikes have an anti-backfire diaphragm on the side of the carb body, which introduces a little air into the intake system to prevent...

Motorcycle Repair: CB250 carb problems, honda cb250, improper adjustment
honda cb250, improper adjustment, needle valves: Brett, the needles aren t shutting the fuel flow off. It could be dirt in the fuel line. It could be the improper adjustment or, floats that have become saturated and no longer float. If the carbs have brass floats, shake them and see if you can hear fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: CB550K3 and oil temperature, lars leon, oversize pistons
lars leon, oversize pistons, plug caps: Lars, air cooled engines are going to heat up in traffic, when air flow is limited. Honda has designed the bikes under grueling conditions, so I wouldn t be too concerned about occasional temperature spikes. There will be some additional friction in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing triple trees, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, nightrain: Adding the 7 degree will be fine and give the bike a streched look. If you dont lengthen the forks then the fron end will be to low, so you need to go longer. To determine what length you need install the new triple trees, have the bike sitting level, and...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch not working (?) on an 85 Honda Shadow 1100, honda shadow 1100, clutch master cylinder
honda shadow 1100, clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics: Jeff, Think it over again. The clutch is designed to be engaged all the time, unless you release it with the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder on the engine case. If the clutch plate pack were damaged or burnt up, the clutch wouldn t engage under any...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment, harley 883 sportster, clutch adjustment
harley 883 sportster, clutch adjustment, clutch lever: If you have to much play in the clutch lever go to the adjuster in the clutch cable. If will be covered by a rubber boot. Slide the boot out of the way, loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster on the cable so you have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever....

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment (Heritage Softail Springer), clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, allen bolt: First, go to the cable and loosen it, so you have play in the clutch lever. Now, loosen the locknut. Turnt he allen bolt outward a little and then inward, just until it bottoms out, then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Now go to the cable and adjust it so you...

Motorcycle Repair: ct110 cam timing & chain tension, chain tension, ct90
chain tension, ct90, ct110: Gavin, I d recommend you find a manual if you aren t familiar with small engine repair but it you want to tackle it without a manual...you ll find a T stamped on the flywheel. THis is top dead center. You will also find a 0 stamped on the cam gear. There...

Motorcycle Repair: DOT4 for a 1973 CB350G, brake fluid, master cylinder
brake fluid, master cylinder, badges: There s not much difference between those two fluids. You don t have to flush it or anything. By the time you have pumped enough through to bleed the system it will work. You have to go to the recycling shops. I d recommend cycle-recycle part 2 in Indy....

Motorcycle Repair: EFI tuning, straight pipes, decel
straight pipes, decel, rush slip ons: the popping is from not enough back pressure which will cause a build up of gas in the exhaust. richening it will not solve the problem. you will probably have to install torque cones in the exhaust or get bigger baffles to get it to stop popping Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine, compression pistons, crane hi
compression pistons, crane hi, torque starter: Any time you pull the jugs you should hone and re-ring. Since your bike is a 94 you need to mic the cylinders to make sure you dont need the next size bigger piston. If you go with higher compression pistons, depending ont he compression, you might have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Testing, bench test, engine test
bench test, engine test, fuel lines: Dave, I d recommend you not try to bench test this engine. After going to the trouble of rebuilding it, you ll be really disappointed if you break something because it wasn t hooked up right or the engine wasn t setting at the right level and oil didn t get...

Motorcycle Repair: Firing problems on 72 CB450, electrical diagnostics, carbs
electrical diagnostics, carbs, overflow: The carbs may be flooding the engine causing it not to start. If you are getting spark at both plugs, it s something else. The leaking fuel is caused by dirt under the float needle and seat or the needle and seats are just worn out. Check the tank for rust....

Motorcycle Repair: FLHPI, running lights, flasher
running lights, flasher, good luck: The problem you will run into is the power for the lights come from the TSSM which makes them flash. If you disconnect the front lights from it the rer lights wont flash, because they wont draw enough power to flash. You would have to remove the TSSM and replace...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHRC Front Caliper Installation, flhrci, calibers
flhrci, calibers, calipers: Its best to have the front wheel off the axle and the bike jacked up a little. Install the fender and put he wheel in without the axle. lower the bike slowly and put the calibers on the rotor, then lower the bike to get the axle in. Then install the bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, honda cb 175, blinkers
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, honda cb 175, blinkers, k5

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., rectifier diodes, stator
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., rectifier diodes, stator, light bulb

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, battery test, rectifier
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, battery test, rectifier, suzuki

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid

Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, black boxes, honda 1
Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, black boxes, honda 1, electronic ignition

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, honda shadow, fule
Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, honda shadow, fule, fuel filter

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch pack, clutch
Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch pack, clutch, alignment

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, float valves, battery tray
Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, float valves, battery tray, neat trick

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent tube, vent line
Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent tube, vent line, bikes

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, pressure relief valve, overflow tube
Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, pressure relief valve, overflow tube, drain tube

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, vance and hines cruzers, burning tires
Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, vance and hines cruzers, burning tires, luggage rack

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, plug cap, rpm
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, plug cap, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda powersport, bike builder
Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda powersport, bike builder, model mr

Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, push button
Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, push button

Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, flywheel
Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, flywheel, lobes

Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, emery paper, fuse
Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, emery paper, fuse

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent line, california emissions
vent line, california emissions, charcoal cannister: your correct, the vent line should not be plugged. I dont know much about the valve since I am in Ohio and havent worked on any California bikes. I would suppect that the valve is a one way valve that keeps vapors from excaping to the air. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Governor ?, electronic ignition units, 1984 honda magna
electronic ignition units, 1984 honda magna, reserve tank: Just about everything I know about Magnas is in the first answer I gave. As I said, from what I was able to figure out, it would appear that there is a governor in one of the ignitors and I think that if you were to replace the one with the governor with a...

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, metal needle, float valve
metal needle, float valve, needle valve: Check that the scooter has either a manual or vacuum operated fuel tap. Verify that the fuel tap is in the correct position and is operating correctly. Remove the carburetor and put it on a bench with a small bottle feeding into the fuel line. Verify that...

Motorcycle Repair: HARLEY FUEL, sensers, gas milage
sensers, gas milage, lay person: the fuel injection is more efficent than the carb and creates a little more power through the power band and it make the motor run smoother and usually gets a litle more gas milage. The down side is, the lay person cant really work on the bike, since there...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Signal Canceler Module (TSM), hd signals, google search
hd signals, google search, light bulbs: Its notthe fact that you have low voltage at the turn signal modual, its that the light bulbs are not drawing enough current to make it work. If the voltage is low, then you have low voltage at the bulbs and it wont flash or work Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Won't Start, volt meter, angle sensor
volt meter, angle sensor, starter relay: First thing you need to do is determine if you have power going to the starter. there is a small 12 volt wire going to the stater from the starter relay. Unplug it and with a volt meter check the wire when you hit the starter button. Do you get 12 volts at...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA brand motorcycle oil, diesel engine manufacturer, rolling joints
diesel engine manufacturer, rolling joints, honda oils: Kirk, the subject of oil can be debated with strong opinions. There are probably folks reading this response that know more about the subject than I do. I ll tell you what I learned as an engineer working for a diesel engine manufacturer. The oil base...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA brand oil, friction modifiers, clutch friction
friction modifiers, clutch friction, harley davidsons: The manufacturers know the best way to lubricate and protect their designs, especially motorcycle engines, which are far more harsh on motor oil blends than automotive applications. If you have a motorcycle, which uses the oil to lubricate the transmission...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, honda vlx 600, valve heads
honda vlx 600, valve heads, big bore kit: Without knowing too much about this bike I would suggest you try giving it a good factory tune up. Does it have solid lifters or tappets which might need adjustment? Has the carb been cleaned recently? What s the condition of the battery? Also check if...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 90 1973, filter screens, hash marks
filter screens, hash marks, book specs: This is a puzzle. It doesn t sound like a carburation problem but it still could be. It sounds like a compression or timing problem. I d recommend running a compression test. It should be 150 psi or higher. Be sure to hold the throttle wide open when...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, honda ct90, centrifugal clutch
honda ct90, centrifugal clutch, clutch plates: You need to adjust the clutch. There s an adjustment screw that you need to loosen up the lock nut. Turn the screw in until it feels loose and then back the screw out until you feel some resistance. Then turn the screw in 1/2 turn and tighten the lock nut....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda GL 1200 1985, honda gl, gl 1200
honda gl, gl 1200, stock honda: That s a pretty common problem on the Hondas. It happened on my 85 sabre and I think it caused my neighbor s bike to catch on fire as he was riding it to work one day. There s quite a bit of current going through the connector and it gets hot which relaxes...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, connecting rod bearing, honda cb700sc
connecting rod bearing, honda cb700sc, high mileage: Take a long screw driver and press the handle up to your ear and put the blade on various parts of the engine. You can pin point where it s coming from and it will indicate what s causing the noise. It sounds like a rod to me but if you use the technique...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda QA 50, honda qa 50, compression test
honda qa 50, compression test, qa: The procedure procedure for checking the bore and the service limits are in the service manual so I don t have the details on this. But I would do a compression test (dry and wet) and compare the numbers you get to determine if you need to rebuild it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda QA 50 1973, honda qa 50, bill silver
honda qa 50, bill silver, bandaid: Dave, I have never worked on one or owned one, but the bulletins in the below link should solve the problem, as far as I know. Honda doesn t do band-aid cures for mechanical problems. http://www.hondaheaven.org/modules/gallery/QA50_serv_sheets Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel CMX 450 won't idle, carburetor cleaners, speed jets
carburetor cleaners, speed jets, honda rebel: Kren, the low speed jets in the carb are plugged again. If it ran well when you got it back from mechanic, something is continuing to plug the low speed circuit. It could be rust in the gas tank getting down into the carbs and plugging the jets. I d...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow 600, honda shadow 600, cdi ignition
honda shadow 600, cdi ignition, vacuum hose: Kat, it would be nice to know the year of your bike. They have been making them since the 1980s and they do have some different stuff on them now. The mileage showing on the speedometer would be beneficial to know, too, as it relates to the amount of age and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Trail 90, honda trail 90, shift forks
honda trail 90, shift forks, shift lever: Karen, the transmission is still probably dry and needing lubrication. It could also have some rust that is binding up the shift forks or inteh gears. I m not sure how to free things up without taking it apart. It will probably free up if you run the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda V45 Manga, v45 magna, jumper wire
v45 magna, jumper wire, honda v45: Darrick, It sounds fuel flow related. Could be from the relay or the fuel pump. The pump doesn t normally run for more than about 15 seconds after the switch is turned on, I think. Remove the fuel line to the carbs and put it into a small container. Turn the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda vf, speed jets
honda vf, speed jets, motorcycle experience: Jessie, the low speed jets are plugged preventing fuel from getting into the engine at idle. I ve never found a cleaner that will clean those jets. It require taking the carbs off and pulling the jets. Run a small wire in the jets to clean it out. As...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 200s timing, honda 200s, cam lobes
honda 200s, cam lobes, honda atv: Seems a little late to ask about timing with the motor put back together now... ?? If it turns over easy and still has compression then at least the cam timing is within a tooth or so. If you get the cam timing wrong, then the valves hit the piston and...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 250r wont start, honda 250r, crank case
honda 250r, crank case, honda 250: The 250R is a 2 stroke. Assuming the timing is right and the carb is set correctly, the only other thing that will keep a 2 stroke from starting are compression and crank case seals. You ll have to check the compression and if that s okay, you ll need to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct90 caborator, honda ct90, adjustment screws
honda ct90, adjustment screws, screw: Alex, start at 2.5 turns out and then once it running and warmed up, adjust the screw in slowly until you hear the engine start to slow down and then turn it out slowly until it slows down again. Then set the screw midway between those two points. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xr 80 head tension, camshaft lobes, honda xr 80
camshaft lobes, honda xr 80, head tension: David, measure the bolt size (not head size) and use the chart shown here: http://dodgeram.org/tech/specs/bolts/M_bolts.html small 6mm bolts/studs need about 5 ft lbs. larger 8mm nuts should get about 14 ft lbs. Valve clearances are .002 COLD on...

Motorcycle Repair: installing a clutch cable, clutch cable, heritage softtail
clutch cable, heritage softtail, o ring: Its not that tough at all. You will have to remove the exhaust if the pipes cover the trans cover. Drain the trans. remove cover and remove the old cable and install the new one. Dont forget the o-ring on the cable where is screws into the cover. Install...

Motorcycle Repair: knocking, hydraulic lifters, oil pressure
hydraulic lifters, oil pressure, lifter: Those heads have hydraulic lifters. It sounds like one of them might have stuck and then broke free. I guess I wouldn t worry about it unless it happened again or consistently. Then you ll have to go into the head and find out what s binding. It depends...

Motorcycle Repair: kz440 carburators, kawasaki kz440, overflow tube
kawasaki kz440, overflow tube, inlet tubes: According to the microfiche: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m3956sch38437 #32 and #34 are both fuel inlet tubes so they should go to the petcock #37 and #36 are fuel overflow tube which should run to the ground There...

Motorcycle Repair: Modern Oils, vintage honda, cam area
vintage honda, cam area, traditional oils: Dan, there are oils that can extend engine life dramatically, I know Valvoline used to make an oil that had anti friction additive that prevented a new engine from properly breaking in properly. Cummins used to recommend the use of blue only after the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: main fuse blowing, brake light switch, wiringdiagrams
brake light switch, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda: Zayne, from what you describe, it sounds like there is a short in the brake light switch system or the brake light wiring is grounded somewhere. There is a front and rear brake light switch. Try disconnecting them and see if that stops the fuse blowing....

Motorcycle Repair: makeing front brake switch work, honda street, line switches
honda street, line switches, street bikes: Edward, it would have been so helpful for you to tell me what the heck you are working on. Honda street bikes use a front brake lever-operated switch (hydraulic or micro-switch, depending on application) and a separate rear brake switch, so whenever you...

Motorcycle Repair: master cylinder, snap ring pliers, brake master cylinder
snap ring pliers, brake master cylinder, mechanical experience: Chris, it s not too difficult if you ahve some mechanical experience. Remove the unit from the handle bar and empty out the brake fluid. Remove the lever and pull out the rubber seal over the plunger. Inside you will see a snap ring holding the plunger...

Motorcycle Repair: modle, sportster 1200, vin number
sportster 1200, vin number: You can give a dealer the vin number and they should be able to tell you what model it is. The only way to tell on the motor work is to tear the motor down to see what has been installed Hard to find netural might be your shifter drum is worn. The only way...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycles, in general, weight shifts, front wheel drive
weight shifts, front wheel drive, motorcycles: No. The problem is that when you accelerate, the weight shifts to the rear wheel. On a really powerful bike you can often feel the front want to come off the ground. A front wheel driver motorcycle wouldn t work because as the weight lifts off the front...

Motorcycle Repair: mpg, air fuel mixture, engine efficiency
air fuel mixture, engine efficiency, cb350: I d start with a thorough tune up. Make sure the timing advance is working and advancing to full advance at the right speed. If you re getting 30 mpg in town driving, that would be about right. If it s high way mileage, it s a low indicating a poor engine...

Motorcycle Repair: My New pit bike, model bikes, bill silver
model bikes, bill silver, pit bike: Benjamin... it doesn t start but sounds really good ? You are losing me here.... With little knowledge of your make/model, I will take a guess that it is one of the Chinese made clone bikes, resembling a Honda OHC 50 or 70cc engine machine. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: nothing with key on?, vt500, fuses
vt500, fuses, oxidation: Jeff, I ll have to see if my Shadow manual has a diagram. I m not sure how to send it to you. It doesn t look like I can attach a file to these responses. I d bet the ignition switch is just worn or has some oxidation on the contacts. Try turning it on...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Change from Hell: 1982 Honda CM450E, motorcycle oil, socket wrench
motorcycle oil, socket wrench, drain plug: Depending on how long the filter has been in there, the media can deteriorate in time and it will eventually plug up. I ve seen this a number of times. People over tighten the plug wanting to make sure it doesn t back off. There s a trick I find successful...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Drain Plug / synth. oil, oil drain plug, drain plugs
oil drain plug, drain plugs, classic answer: There are certain oils that can be used in all three. What you need to do it check with the sales person and make sure that is the case. You can also look at the bottle and it should say can be used in all three on a harley Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Light problem;, oil pressure guage, pressure gage
oil pressure guage, pressure gage, unit acts: there is one sending unit for your bike. it is on the right side of the motor. Should be a single wire. I would make sure you have good power to the light as well, before changing the sending unit. the sending unit acts as the ground for the light. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Really boggy off idle, vacuum leaks, fuel accelerator
vacuum leaks, fuel accelerator, intake hole: Jonathan, the engine is running too lean meaning it isn t getting enough fuel as you tip in the throttle. That year honda tried to intentionally lean out the carbs to meet emissions but they added the accelerator pump to address the problem you are experiencing....

Motorcycle Repair: Rear tire Removal, drum brake, rear axle
drum brake, rear axle, tx750: You did not provide the information I need to answer your question. I have little or no knowledge about models outside my expertise and a complete model number is absolutely necessary for me to find the information with Google. I have just spent about 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Baffles, harley dealer, two different things
harley dealer, two different things, anniversary edition: Check your mufflers. If you see a small bolt going into the side of the muffler then you can remove it and remove the baffles. If there is no bolt, then they are welded in and cant be removed. One thing you need to know. If you remove the baffles you will...

Motorcycle Repair: remove fairing from flhtcu, roadking, mike thanks
roadking, mike thanks, wiring harness: When you get a wiring harness it wil be the main harness running from the front of the bike to the rear. Basically you would be rewiring the whole bike. You should be able to get one at about any aftermarket parts companies. You would also need to get a service...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing gaskets 73 honda 750, honda 750, chrome pieces
honda 750, chrome pieces, leak oil: Shawn, all of those covers have some amount of oil in them. The oil tank normally will drain into the crankcase so you could get as much as 3.5 quarts out but I doubt that all of the oil will drain out. You should expect to get a couple of quarts out. ...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S 113, drag pipes, fuel mixture
drag pipes, fuel mixture, size tests: On your jetting, you can keep going smaller until you stop fouling plugs or the bike does not correctly. Make sure you adjust he air/fuel misture screw every time you change jets. Also, turn off the pumper when riding the bike after jetting. If will give you...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Leaking from head, crankcase pressure, gasket seal
crankcase pressure, gasket seal, fuel ratios: LOL! I answered a SS/Harley question before? I must have been delirious.... From what I know about HD and clones, the basic design has built-in overheating factors. Pinging is a sign of too much spark timing, along with a lean fuel condition, too hot of...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Shorty Sputter, pet cock, gas caps
pet cock, gas caps, fuel caps: Since you have spark and you ran the bike without the gas caps and its not a vent problem, then the only thing it can be is a petcock problem. I would replace the petcock. Also, you said you have a filter. If you are talking about a inline filter, I would...

Motorcycle Repair: Signal Lights 93 Softail, flasher relay, axle nuts
flasher relay, axle nuts, reostat: In order for the turn signal modual to work there has to be so much currect drawn. The factory lights draw the current, so they flash. Alot of aftermarket lights dont, so the modual does not work. You can pruchace a load equalizer and that will solve the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Smoking at star up, valve guides, clatter
valve guides, clatter, goldwing: I m afraid that s not enough information to go on. The smoking can be caused by parking the bike on the side stand. With GL s you should make a habit of parking them on the centerstand. The oil could also be worn rings or valve guides. Does the clatter...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, starter, solenoid
starter, solenoid: Start by making sure you don t have a dirty connection. The cable from the negative terminal of the battery should be attached to an engine mount or a bolt on the engine. Loosen the mount and wiggle the cable a bit to break any oxidization that may have formed...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting the motorcycle, harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster 1200 custom
harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster 1200 custom, harley davidson: The bad thing about starting the bike and letting it idle is the motor does nto get hot enough. When you ride the bike and shut it down it will draw a little moisture. When you start the bike and ride it the oil get hot enough to drive the moisture out. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki 1980 GS 450, light machine oil, speedometer cable
light machine oil, speedometer cable, purpose grease: It s probably the speedometer cable. You can lube it with some general purpose grease or you can just replace it. They are not expensive. The too ends screw off pretty easily. If you want to lube it, remove the cable and clean it first (with some WD-40 and...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki DS80 kicks start shaft replacement, suzuki ds80, shaft gears
suzuki ds80, shaft gears, shaft replacement: Tommy, you are in for a lot more work then you planned.... http://www.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-ds80s-1995/o/m5932 The kickstarter shaft/gears are all locked into the engine cases. This is a motor tear-down project. The engine cases are split...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250, volt ohm meter, fuse panel
volt ohm meter, fuse panel, heaps: Clair, your right, I m more of a Honda mechanic and I normally don t try to answer questions on other brands so I don t mislead someone but I ll see if I can help you out. If you have a volt ohm meter, we can probably figure this out together. The circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: s&s oil pump removel, panhead, oil pump
panhead, oil pump, oil pressure: First you have to remove the outer cover. On hte shaft that goes through the pump and into the case there is a clip. You have to remove it. Then remove the gears and keyway. Slide the body off and then remove the inside gears and keyway. If you want to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Front shock leaking oil FLHR-1 2003 Road Ki, air shocks, fork oil
air shocks, fork oil, o ring: You need to jack up the bike so there is no pressure on the forks. remove the top cap. If that is where the leak is, there is a o-ring. replace it. you probably havent lost enough fork oil to worry about draining it and replacing it. If you dont fix it the...

Motorcycle Repair: sl70 problems, hash marks, light hook
hash marks, light hook, jobit: Brian, try applying a little choke when you open the throttle. If it improves the problem, it a carb problem. If it doesn t help, it could be the timing advance unit. You can check the advance unit easlily enough if you have a timing light. Hook up the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, gear teeth, screw driver
gear teeth, screw driver, loosly: The bearings should just press in. You might have to use a socket the same size as the inside of the bearing race and knock them in. the brushes which are on springs have to be pushed in to install. Cock the brush holder to one side and get one started and...

Motorcycle Repair: starter problem, sportster 1200, starter solenoid
sportster 1200, starter solenoid, starter problem: It sounds like you need to pull the starter and test it. there are several tests that need to be done to find the problem or you can replace it. To find how to do the tests you would have to get a service manual. It will have pics to follow. It would be to...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission slap, honda cbr, tight spots
honda cbr, tight spots, gearbox: Chris, I d bet the problem is the drive chain. Put some weight on the bike by sitting on it and check the tension in the chain. Roll the bike forward and again check the tension. Continue to do this until you ve checked the chain all the way around. I...

Motorcycle Repair: Triple Trees, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, fxst: The one thing you have to remember about adding degrees to the front end, it will handle better in a straight line, but will handle worse in a turn. Adding 4 degrees is not a problem, but you will have to lengthen the fork tubes to make up for the angle. ...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition, cb500 four, primary coils
cb500 four, primary coils, yellow wires: That s not the best way to test a coil. The continuity between the black and white wire and the yellow or blue wires indicate that primary coils have continuity and that s good. The black and white wire is the power into the coils and the blue and yellow...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle, suzuki gsxr 1100, float bowls
suzuki gsxr 1100, float bowls, switching gears: Jesse, I am not a Suzuki guy, but went to http://www.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-gsxr1100h-1987/o/m6198 for any clues. It doesn t appear to have a fuel pump or extra fuel filter, so I guess we rule those items out. Sounds like it is starving for fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, degree timing, spark advance
degree timing, spark advance, btdc: To stop the pinging you can retard the timing a little, which should help. Since you stated that you seem to be losing power, that wouldnt have anything to do with the timing, unless it was way off. Sine the timing is direct drive off the cam, it should change...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage gage going wacky, loose wires, highway speed
loose wires, highway speed, mr wells: Connect a volt meter to the battery and go for a ride and see if the volt meter does the same thing. If it doenst, then you have a bad gage. You have to remove the front of the faring by removing the bolts at the top and the bolts holding the spotlights bracket...

Motorcycle Repair: Winter Storage, inexpensive gasoline, trickle charger
inexpensive gasoline, trickle charger, trickle charge: You might want to take the spark plugs out and squirt a little oil in the cylinders and then bump the starter over to lubricate all of the internal parts of the cylinders. Then put the plugs back in. THis will keep rust from condensation from causing you...

Motorcycle Repair: xl 1200s fork extension, fork tubes, sportster sport
fork tubes, sportster sport, 1200s: It will work on your bike. When you extend the fork tubes you need somthing in there to take up the space between the spring and the top cap that you made by making the tubes longer. If you are adding a inch then you need a inch spacer Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: xr 75 coil test, volt light, kill switch
volt light, kill switch, spark plug: If you have voltage to the coil, the only two things that can keep it from firing are the grounding circuit through the points and a bad coil. There s no 100% coil test that can be done at home without a coil tester. So if you check the points and they are...

Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, delivery problem
cam timing, delivery problem, fuel delivery: Justin, it either fuel, ignition or compression. I can t tell from where I m sitting which one is the most likely cause. I m assuming when you kick the bike over, it feels like normal compression. If that s the case, it s either fuel delivery or timing....

Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, voltmeter, electrical system
voltmeter, electrical system, fuses: Only way to track this down is to put a voltmeter on it and take readings at various points. You probably have a corroded connector somewhere which is sensitive to temperature. I would get the wiring diagram from the service manual and use that as a guide....

Motorcycle Repair: '01 road king w/ apehangers, head nut, happy holidays
head nut, happy holidays, shims: the problem you are having is the higher you go with the handle bars the more flex you get. You can start by installing solid riser shims, instead of the rubber ones. This will tighten up the handle bars. The down side is you will pick up a little more vibration...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 FLSTCI Runs Rich, blowing gas, power commander
blowing gas, power commander, vance hines: No problem. The power commander can have gone out as I said in my previous answer and you still have the same problem. Without the proper testing equipment you have no way to test and adjust the power commander, so you still have to take it into a shop. Happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 Dyna, exhaust ports, thunderheaders
exhaust ports, thunderheaders, lean condition: Your best indicator of a lean condition is checking the spark plugs. Pull them and they should be a little tan in color.If they are white then you are runing lean. If you run lean, then you run hotter and you dont get the full power out of the bike. To lean...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 shovel, vent tube, oil tank
vent tube, oil tank, cam gear: the pressure is created when the piston moves down. What is happening is the oil pump has a check valve in it. Since the oil tank is higher that the motor, the check valve keeps oil from entering the case when the motor is not running. the check valve is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda CL450 not throwing spark, CL450, spark
CL450, spark, points: OK. To start with, I will assume you know that the kill switch should be turned on. Don t ask why I know to mention this ;-) The first thing to check is whether the points are making contact. Connect one wire of a 12V test light to the wire that connects...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CL360, throttle cable, pivots
throttle cable, pivots, carbs: John, it could be a couple of things causing the throttle to hang up. The cable could be rusty or the pivots in the carbs that is gummed up with old gas and grud. I d recommend you loosen up the throttle cable adjustment and then work the throttle back...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4 Super Sport., honda 550, plug caps
honda 550, plug caps, stale gas: Marcel, when bikes have been laid up for this long, a lot of things can deteriorate. I would check the compression, adjust the valves and camchain tensioner, clean and gap the points, then set the ignition timing correctly and replace the spark plugs. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4, air fuel ratio, velocity stacks
air fuel ratio, velocity stacks, speed jets: Yes, removing the velocity stacks and air cleaner will change the air fuel ratio and lean out the mixture. It could cause a high speed miss or even burn a hole in a piston. However, it won t cause the problem to the degree you are describing. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4 Super Sport., velocity stacks, honda 550
velocity stacks, honda 550, carbs: Those are really packed in there. I always pull the rubber velocity stacks out before trying to get the carbs off. It could be difficult if they are hardened up but that s the way the carbs come out. If they are too hard to pull out, you may have to take...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb550, 1976 honda cb550, starter solenoid
1976 honda cb550, starter solenoid, engine cranks: Aaron, I m not exactly sure how you symptoms are related so you may have more than one thing going on. First, charge the battery and put it back in the bike. Then check the voltage in the battery. If it s less than 12.5 volts the battery is bad. If it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 mr 175, mr175, elsinore
mr175, elsinore, carb: It sounds like your carb needs a good cleaning and possibly a full rebuild. If your carb has never been rebuilt (or not for a long time) it would probably be a good idea to rebuild it anyway - it realy doesn t take much longer than a thorough cleaning....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB 650 Custom, cb650, finger nail
cb650, finger nail, piston: Adam, anytime you remove a piston you should deglaze the cylinder and replace the rings....all of them. You can tell if the cylinders need bored by the depth of the ring ridge at the top of the cylinder. If you can catch your finger nail in the ridge, it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Goldwing Speedometer cable, silicone lubricant, speedometer drive
silicone lubricant, speedometer drive, speedometer cable: If the cable is going in as far as it should, the screw should slip right in. Try jacking the front wheel off the ground and rotating the tire while trying to slip the cable into the drive. Sometimes it just needs to find it s seat. If you pull the cable...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CX500C, rectifier unit, regulator rectifier
rectifier unit, regulator rectifier, yellow wires: If it s the stator, you have to pull the motor. You can check it by measuring the resistance between the three yellow wires. They should have equal resistance and no continuity to ground. If that checks out, you re looking for something else. Probably the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cr250r, honda cr250r, torque chart
honda cr250r, torque chart, torque specs: Jim, I m not sure what size those are but I m guessing they are 10 mm or so. This link should help you. Just remember to put a little oil on the threads so you get an even torque. I d recommend torquing them up in 3 steps to make sure you get an even load...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Suzuki 450 back firing, GS400, GS425
GS400, GS425, GS450: I have owned 78 & 83 GS400s (the 425 & 450 are basically bored out 400s), so I know that somewhere between 78 & 83 they went from points to electronic ignition. I don t know off hand which yours has. If if has points, the timing can be checked by connecting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 suzuki gs 1000g, compression gauge, piston ring
compression gauge, piston ring, oil consumption: A number of things could cause this. The first thing I would try is swapping the plug with one from another cylinder - it is possible for a plug to make a nice spark in the open air when it won t inside the cylinder with compressed mixture around it. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 gl500 s/w fuel leaking, CX500, float valve
CX500, float valve, forum: Fuel coming out of the overflow tube is usually caused by the float valve in the carb not shutting properly. This can be caused by a defective or damaged float, but it is more often the result of debris that has made it s way from the fuel tank and prevents...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r, air fuel ratio, honda 250r
air fuel ratio, honda 250r, piston skirt: Ramiro, it s not a good idea to run any engine without the exhaust. It can drastically change the air fuel ratio and can lean it out to the point it can score the cylinder or worse. If you look inside the exhaust port, you can see the piston skirt. If there...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 flhtc shovel 5speed, rubber gaskets, head gasket
rubber gaskets, head gasket, rear cylinder: On the oil leak, just replace the rubber gaskets and that should solve the problem. On your pipes, the left one will always run cooler. There is not much exhaust that goes into it. Most of the exhaust goes through the right side Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 V 45 Magna Valve Seals Replacement, magna v45, snap on tool
magna v45, snap on tool, valve keepers: Gene, I ve seen a snap on tool that can remove and replace the valve keepers without removing the head. If you put the piston on top dead center and then lock the flywheel some how so it can t turn and then put air pressure in the cylinder so it holds the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 gl1100, GL1100, GL1200
GL1100, GL1200, GL1000: You have either the model or the year wrong - Honda made the GL1100 from 1980-83 and the GL1200 from 1984-87. But the possibile causes of this problem are the same for GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200. A few possibilities come to mind: - You didn t mention the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Hinda 250x timing, timing chain, crank
timing chain, crank, avail: Bill, I ve seen this before. Sometimes the timing marks don t exactly line up. There should be a point where it closer than if you move it one tooth advanced or retarded. You just select the timing that gets the timing as close as you can. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 flhs, starter solenoid, instrument cluster
starter solenoid, instrument cluster, solenoid: If your voltage is dropping that low, the you have a grounded wire somewhere and its killing the battery. I would disconnect the breakers and check the battery, if its up then connect each one and check the voltage after the connection. that will help you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Honda Shadow VLX 600 CARB, honda shadow vlx 600, fuel stabilizer
honda shadow vlx 600, fuel stabilizer, honda shadow vlx: Charles, you can try the Yamaha carb cleaner product, mixed with gasoline and fed to the carbs. Most likely, they will have to come off for cleaning of the float bowl and the tiny idle jets, which are plugged from old fuel. Always use Sta-Bil or similar fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 stock 1200 xl carb., vance and hines pipes, intake leak
vance and hines pipes, intake leak, vance and hines: I would first check to see if you have a intake leak. Next, check for a exhaust leak. If they are ok, then do a compression test and a bleed down test. they will tell you if you have a valve leak. Last, i would pull the carb and check the jets for dirt. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 heritage softail classic, eagle pistons, harley dealer
eagle pistons, harley dealer, heritage softail: Your grinding noise might be coming from the starter motor. When your riding the bike, the starter motor picks up heat from the motor. The next time you ride, listen at the starter by using a tube to the starter and see if that is where the noise is coming...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Harley Davidson clutch engagement, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, evo motor: Loosen the adjuster on the cable so you have some slack in it. Go to the adjuster on the clutch and loosen the locknut. Turn the adjuster screw outward a few turns and then inward, just until it seats, then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Tighten the locknut....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda VT750CD electrical conduction issue?, honda ace, speedometer needle
honda ace, speedometer needle, electrical conduction: Ina, you will have to run down a good wiring diagram for your bike, to begin with. There are too many connections and components to contain in this forum. First, have the battery fully charged and load tested to see if that is the primary source of your...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Fatboy FLSTF lower fork replacement, harley service, car mechanic
harley service, car mechanic, head nut: Your best sourse would be the harley service manual. Its not that hard to change them out. Lift the bike on a stand and drain the fork oil. remove the top caps on the forks and remove the springs. remove the wheel and fender. Go to the bottom of the fork...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Dyna Super Glide, best bet, battery tender
best bet, battery tender, dyna: Your battery is located on the right side of the bike. Your best bet on the battery is to install a battery tender for the winter. It will keep the battery charged and make it last longer. You dont have to take the battery out for the winter Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 2009 Road King SE packages, gas milage, pciii
gas milage, pciii, performance exhaust: Anytime you go for more horses you will give up some gas milage. With the current motor on the 2009 I would go with the performance exhaust and air cleaner. You will have plenty of power to go touring. You will get more throttle responce with the SE setup...

Motorcycle Repair: 305 oil leak, gasket sealers, gasket surfaces
gasket sealers, gasket surfaces, gasket seal: Cool! An actual vintage Honda question! : ) You have to be careful about using gasket sealers/cement on Honda engines. They are usually put together with dry gaskets. You have to check and ensure that all the old gasket material is removed carefully and...

Motorcycle Repair: 67-68 ct90 KO, centrifugal clutch, changing oil
centrifugal clutch, changing oil, classic bike: You have a classic bike there. Those were pretty neat for that period. Yes, the clutch is automatic. There s a lever inside the clutch case that disengages the clutch as you press on the shift lever. The clutch is a centrifugal clutch and engages once you...

Motorcycle Repair: 67 CL77 honda 305 scrambler, air leaks, advancer
air leaks, advancer, dynamic auto: M. Miller, this condition can come from a number of sources. 1) Weak/broken camsprocket advancer return springs. 2) Ignition timing not set properly. Ideally, the spark timing should be at the F mark at idle (set statically) and the advancer should swing...

Motorcycle Repair: '69 CL90, rotor stator, compression gauge
rotor stator, compression gauge, compression stroke: Cody, congratulations on getting it all back together again. As far as fuel goes, even though these were built in the time of leaded fuels, the designs and materials are still compatible with today s unleaded fuels. I just use premium fuel in my bikes,...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic 400, air fuel mixture, speed jets
air fuel mixture, speed jets, hondamatic 400: Michael, the backfiring is caused by a lean mixture. The idle air shut off valves are supposed to keep the fuel from going into the cylinder when you decelerate. Have you checked the low speed jets? If those are partially plugged or if the float level is...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, air fuel ratio, speed jets
air fuel ratio, speed jets, lean mixture: Michael, backfiring is normally caused by a lean mixture. The air fuel ratio is too lean to ignite when the sparkplug fires. The raw fuel is pumped into the exhaust system and then gets ignited by the hot exhaust from the other cylinder. The air fuel cutoffs,...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CX500 won't fire, CX500, HTTA
CX500, HTTA: OK, I ll assume that you know that the kill switch (on the right hand switch cluster) needs to be switched to RUN and the petcock (under the left hand side of the fuel tank near the back) has to be switched to ON (or to RES if the fuel level is low)....

Motorcycle Repair: 83 goldwing headlight, starter button, strange one
starter button, strange one, goldwing: That s a strange one. I ve not seen this problem. The headlight normally goes out when you push the starter button but there s no relay in the circuit that I m aware of. It s all in the right hand switch. You may just need to clean the contacts in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 Fatboy burning oil., harley shop, piston rings
harley shop, piston rings, valve adjustment: There are two places you get oil to burn. One is from the valve guides and the other is around the piston rings. Since you said that your heads were installed in April, then I would not think that it would be coming from there. I would say that you have bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 honda rebel nighthawk, silicone grease, rubber grommets
silicone grease, rubber grommets, honda motorcycle: Rick, which one is it? Rebel or Nighthawk? Same engines, but different chassis. See illustrations from this website: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb250-nighthawk-250-1993/o/m1953 Nighthawk 250 seat removal is to unlock...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 kx250, 2 stroke, exhaust
2 stroke, exhaust, carb: I wondered if you were an Aussie when you called it a carby . I have some very good friends in Aus. on the CX/GL500/650 forums. They re great folks, but they have no real concept of what cold means. Except for Don who spent some time in Antarctica in his...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting the carbs, vacuum leaks, throttle cables
vacuum leaks, throttle cables, air leaks: SHANE! I am not psychic, I don t know what bike you are working on and it would help SO MUCH if you would have told me what it was..... If an engine doesn t start on anything but starting fluid, then probably the carburetors are all plugged up with old...

Motorcycle Repair: Bolt On Chopper Kits, chopper kits, fork tubes
chopper kits, fork tubes, rake: i have never used these kits, but I did look at them on the web. What you are doing is adding rake to the bike with new trees and adding longer fork tubes. It is no diffferent than adding a degreed triple tree. Since I have nevered used one of these kits...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike wont go into gear, honda motorcycle, tabatha
honda motorcycle, tabatha, shaft: Tabatha, there are a few things that could cause it. You could have a bent shifter shaft. You could have a gear frozen to the main or counter shaft inside the transmission. The shift drum could be stuck from lack of use or from being damaged. If you can...

Motorcycle Repair: Cant get my motorcycle to stay running, vacuum line, gs550l
vacuum line, gs550l, petcock: It sounds like the diaphragm in the petcock is leaking. The vacuum line goes from one carb throat to the diaphragm of the petcock. When the engine is turning over the intake suction provides vacuum on the diaphragm to open the valve. If there is a hole...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 carbs etc., throttle levers, adjustment screws
throttle levers, adjustment screws, exhaust pipes: Marta, the only way to sync those carbs is by watching the throttle levers and adjust the cables so they start to open at exactly the same time. If you back off the idle adjustment screws until both throttles are closed and then adjust the screws until they...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing Shocks, progressive shocks, cables and wiring
progressive shocks, cables and wiring, lowering blocks: The Progressive shocks will give you a better ride than the stock ones. As to lowering, if you lower the rear you need to lower the front or you will change the way the bike handles. You can lower the rear by about an inch, but dont go lower. You would be...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging two batteries, brake master cylinder, voltage gauge
brake master cylinder, voltage gauge, linear slide: Your problem sounds more time related than amp related. I would start by adding a battery, but use either a car battery or go with a Big Bore battery. Both would have more amps than a standard bike battery and would last longer in time when you are using...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging problem . . ., ac volts, logical choices
ac volts, logical choices, stator: First you need to start the bike and make sure you have a charging problem. Ater the bike is running, check at the battery and see what the voltage is. At 2000 RPM you should have around 13.5 volts. If not, then you are not charging. to check the charging...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, air screw, stop screw
air screw, stop screw, plug caps: Marc, I appreciate the detail but it s not the cam chain. The camchain only impacts the valve timing and it won t get so loose to cause this problem. This is a fueling or ignition problem. You need a timing light to diagnose this problem. First, manually...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, air screw, stop screw
air screw, stop screw, plug caps: Yeah. It sounds like you have done all the right things to get it running. Without actually seeing & hearing it I don t know how much I can help. I would start by eliminating a couple of possibilities: You don t mention balancing the carbs. If you haven...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, v45 sabre, clutch adjustment
v45 sabre, clutch adjustment, hydraulic clutch: Does the slave cylinder move freely in the bore? There s a spring in that bore. If the piston won t move freely with just the force of that spring, it still bound up in the bore. The problem is that the piston is applying pressure to the clutch and I think...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch related oil seal, clymer manual, oil seal
clymer manual, oil seal, side edge: Eric, if I remember correctly, you can pull out the push rod and use a seal puller and get it out. Remember to grease up the new seal before you drive it in or it will peal the outer rubber off. It might also help if you chamfered the out side edge of the...

Motorcycle Repair: CMX 250 HONDA CARB, air fuel mixture, adjustment screw
air fuel mixture, adjustment screw, air fuel mixture screw: The flooding can can bed caused by a coupleof things. The float levels could be set too high, or the air cleaner may be plugged or the choke could be stuck on. I m afraid you arelooking fro anything that increases the fuel or restricts the air getting...

Motorcycle Repair: cam chain, 1982 honda cb750k, cam chains
1982 honda cb750k, cam chains, cam chain: James, a cam chain can last a long time if the oil is changed regularly and kept in adjustment. It will typically let you know before it s in danger of breaking. It will start making noise when the tensioner runs out of adjustment. To replace the cam chain,...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, 1981 honda cx500, mr johnston
1981 honda cx500, mr johnston, good chance: I can t say what years will interchange. The only way I know would be to set the two sets side by side and compare the features. If you were talking about a model that was closer to the year in question, I d be more comfortable saying there s a good chance...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 350 wiringing, resistance values, bill silver
resistance values, bill silver, xs 650: Walter, check the wiring diagrams out here... http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php Ignition coils have different primary winding resistance values. Hondas with points and condensers usually measure out around 4-5 ohms on the small wires....

Motorcycle Repair: cbr valve springs, natural harmonics, dual springs
natural harmonics, dual springs, valve springs: Eric, my experience is on older Honda but in general, the springs are tuned for each application. The inner spring is often added to dampen the natural harmonics of the valve train. If your set up uses dual springs, removing the inner one would not be a good...

Motorcycle Repair: cl450 carb parts, oem honda parts, valve sets
oem honda parts, valve sets, carb rebuild kits: 16011-375-004, VALVE SET,FLOAT 16013-283-004, Float Set Just punch in the part numbers in to a browser search window and all the sources will come up for you. Try to stay with OEM Honda parts, but KEYSTER float valves and floats are probably okay, if necessary....

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Removal, '82 V45 Magna, cylinder heads, muffler
cylinder heads, muffler, clamps: I think you can get the engine out with the pipes on but I ve never tried it myself. If you look under the engine between the engine and on top of the muffler chamber you will find one more bolt. If you take that one out, the exhaust will come right off....

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, header pipes, cb900
header pipes, cb900, carbs: Joey, the number one cylinder isn t firing. It could be spark, fuel or compression. You said you have already checked for plug spark so it either compression or fuel. Does the pipe get hot when you put a little choke on? If it does, then the problem is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: front end bearings, perse performance, professional frame
perse performance, professional frame, fork brace: the bottom bearing should be pressed on all the way tight to the dust cover. Check your play in the bearing also. You can do this by raising the front end and pull on the wheel inline with the bike. There should be no play at all. If you have play, then the...

Motorcycle Repair: extra fuel tank for trike, main tank, reserve tank
main tank, reserve tank, tank fuel: You can add a float to the main tank to pump the fuel and shut the pump off when it full, but the problem will arise as to where inside the tank to put the float and attach it to the tank. A simpler solution which you might consider is to put a pump in the...

Motorcycle Repair: FLOAT VALVE SIDE CLEARANCE, honda cb350f, float bowls
honda cb350f, float bowls, vent system: Ed, the bracket holds the jets in place, using tension from the bottom of the float bowl to push the retainer against the jets, because the jets are only held in with O-rings, not screwed into the carb bodies, as before. What often happens with these...

Motorcycle Repair: Flooding, dirt bike, rust
dirt bike, rust, tank: Ian, I m not sure what model or year bike we re talking about but the problem is that the needle and seat in the carb that controls the float level is not shutting the fuel off. So it s overflowing. This could be cause by a gummed up carb or dirt or rust...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel / oil mixture, oil mixture, race bikes
oil mixture, race bikes, speed jet: My second race bike was a CR250 Elsinore. I loved that bike..light and very quick for that period. Compared to today s technology, it might as well have pedals but in their day, few race bikes could stay with it. The oil to fuel mixture depends on the type...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, hondamatic motorcycle, condensers
Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, hondamatic motorcycle, condensers, condenser

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, carb synchronizer, hondas
Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, carb synchronizer, hondas, carbs

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch master cylinder, clutch springs
Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch master cylinder, clutch springs, fibre discs

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, clutch, rpm
Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, clutch, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, shaft, threads
Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, shaft, threads, fan hub

Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, high flow, air filter
Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, high flow, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: followup on no throttle response, exhaust leaks, engine rpms
exhaust leaks, engine rpms, fire ignition: Your compression is fine. Couple of questions. What carb are you running, are you using solid lifters or hydrolic, when you say you lose throttle responce, is the bike bogging down or popping throught he carb or exhaust, and what type exhaust are you running?...

Motorcycle Repair: General Checklist, vintage bike, happy holidays
vintage bike, happy holidays, compression test: One of the worst things for a bike is to sit for a long period of time. About he only thing you can do is check the gaskets for leaks, start the bike and take it for a ride, do a compression test. Pull the spark plugs and check them for oil fouling Happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Generator light on, harley sportster, jumper wire
harley sportster, jumper wire, generator light: To polorize the generator you attach a jumper wire to the A post of the generator and momentarily touch the positive side of the battery with the other end of the wire. Start the bike and see if you are charging. If not, then you would have to do what I said...

Motorcycle Repair: gel battery for 78 CT90?, battery lifespan, standard batteries
battery lifespan, standard batteries, gel batteries: Chris, most motorcycles have 12v systems, which are fairly well covered with the new gel batteries. CT90s have 6v systems, so the options are either few or none. Try www.microbattery.com http://www.ebatteriestogo.com/ http://webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-battery/...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley jackshaft starter problem, jackshaft, starter problem
jackshaft, starter problem, cogs: Check the bearing in the primary where the jackshaft goes to make sure it good. I would also check the jackshaft where to attaches to the starter gear for wear. If it is engaging but just spinning then the starter gear on the jackshaft is bad. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Can You Help!!! Plzzzz, cb750 honda, rubber bushings
cb750 honda, rubber bushings, rubber bushing: Amanda, sounds like a good deal to me. If you look inside the front of the tank, you will see two metal sockets that look like U s. On the frame there are two rubber bushings that are mounted on two steel pegs on the frame up near the front forks. The...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 504, 1975, mail thanks, rusty tank
mail thanks, rusty tank, bike mechanics: Haroon, the problem is that the floats can t control how much fuel is going into the float bowls so the fuel is running out the overflow vents. The problem could be incorrectly set floats, worn out needles and seats or dirt in the fuel line coming from a rusty...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Motorcycle, honda gold wing, honda motorcycle
honda gold wing, honda motorcycle, flat six: Scott, I could tell you how to get the heads off but it would take a pretty long e-mail to do it. I d recommend you want to get a manual before tackling that project. Your performance problem could be pistons, carbs or ignition so I can t give you much better...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda trail 90, honda trail 90, fork tube
honda trail 90, fork tube, screwdriver: On the back side of the steering stem, you will find a pinch bolt that clamps the fork in the stem. Remove that bolt completely. Pull down the old boot and grab the fork tube and give it a twist as you work it out. Sometimes you may have to drive a screwdriver...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 305 scramblers, honda cl77 scrambler, heat shields
honda cl77 scrambler, heat shields, rear fender: Ed, Honda used the outside seat strap buckles up to early 1965 on the CL72 250 Scramblers. Later replacement seats came with straps that connected under the seat pan. Most all CL77s would have the later style seat, but the early CL77s used the same frame mounts...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb100 no spark, 12v battery, 12 volts
12v battery, 12 volts, coils: RJ, 12 volts on the system would burn up most of the components that happened to be turned on at the time depending on how long it was connected. I d start by checking the power wire going to the coils first. If the black and white wire has 12 volts to it,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct125 clutch problem, clutch
clutch: I think we need to clarify something first: The clutch is engaged when the lever is released and the springs push the plates together, allowing power from the engine to be transmitted to the transmission. When you pull the lever closer to the handlebar the...

Motorcycle Repair: honda s90, honda s90, flywheel puller tool
honda s90, flywheel puller tool, steel hammer: Sorry, I mis-understood. I thought you were using the right puller. I ve not had a lot of success using a puller that grabs the outter rim of the flywheel but it would probably put enough pressure on to break it loose. If I remember correctly that flywheel...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vt250f, honda vtr250, plug caps
honda vtr250, plug caps, cylinder fuel: Dimitrios, Check http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vtr250-interceptor-vtr-1988-us_model1135/partslist/ for the parts involved. Could be a lot of things.... water in the fuel system, weak pulser coils in the stator, bad coils, bad coil wires or spark plug caps,...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition timing, using a digital multimeter, volt ohm meter
using a digital multimeter, volt ohm meter, point gap: Warren, you need to start over. First, there are two slots in the backing plate. Center that up in the slot on the block or just put the screws in the midpoint in the backing plate slots. Second, adjust both point gaps to .014 to start. I wouldn t recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, oil additives, oil additive
oil additives, oil additive, oil change: Jeffrey, oil additives won t hurt anything but I m guessing it won t fix the problem either. I m betting the knocking noise is from a carb sync imbalance causing one cylinder to fire harder than the others. It could also be the typical clutch knock that...

Motorcycle Repair: Old Gas, honda goldwing, continuous agitation
honda goldwing, continuous agitation, vf1000f: The carbs are pretty straight forward since you can take them apart and clean them. The fuel tank is a little more of a problem. I had an old 85 VF1000F tank that had 1/2 inch of tar in the bottom after a full tank of gas went bad after sitting for years....

Motorcycle Repair: oil on stator coil and other electric system Qs, stator coils, stator coil
stator coils, stator coil, replacement regulators: Steve, you can use electrical contact cleaner to clean out any remaining oil in the stator housing. The voltage regulator rectifier is one unit. I m afraid there s no easy way to check it. I d recommend you check the stator and field coil to make sure they...

Motorcycle Repair: pulley cover sportster, rear pulley, happy holidays
rear pulley, happy holidays, brake pads: If you are refering to the rear pulley you would have to jack the bike up, remove the axle, push the wheel foward and remove the belt and then remove the wheel from the bike. Then remove the bolts for the pulley and install the cover. Then install everything...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrod adjustment 2001 fatboy, adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters
adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters, proper clearance: i was just checking. Remove the spark plugs and rotate the motor so the front exhaust is at the bottom of its stroke or all the way down. Now ajust the pushrod by making it longer until its tight. Now you need to wait for about 15 minutes so it can bleed....

Motorcycle Repair: Quiet exhaust for a '77 Superglide FXE, electrical problem, flexable
electrical problem, flexable, superglide: The problem with turn outs is getting a baffle in. They dont really go around corners and I dont know of a flexable baffle. If you want quiter pipes you would either have to change them out or you can do what you wanted, cut them and add different muffles....

Motorcycle Repair: qa50 clutch cover install, ball bearings, nutral
ball bearings, nutral, foot lever: Line the shift lever up so the end points to the center of the clutch. The little cam with the ball bearings that has the notch rides on the end of the shift lever. When you press the foot lever, it moves the clutch lifter with the ball bearings and releases...

Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, 1981 honda cx500, radiator fan
1981 honda cx500, radiator fan, bearing puller: What part are you having trouble with. There s the bolt holding the fan to the shaft and the fan is splined to the shaft. If the slines are rusted, it may be difficult to remove without busting up the fan. You will want to use some type of a bearing puller...

Motorcycle Repair: Rotor and stator Help, stator, measure 5
stator, measure 5, vdc: If you are showing that low of voltage at the sttor then the stator is bad and needs replaced. You shouldnt have to replace the rotor, unless its damaged. The only damage that can occure is the magnets have come loose Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: removel of rear wheel, honda elite, honda info
honda elite, honda info, honda motorcycle: Wayne... Go to http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-ch150d-elite-deluxe-1986/o/m10720 for illustrations. To remove the rear wheel, you have to remove the muffler, lock the rear wheel with the parking brake and have a big socket...

Motorcycle Repair: removing rear fender, sportster 1200, rear fender
sportster 1200, rear fender, happy holidays: First, jack the bike up. Remove the axle and shide the wheel foward and remove the belt. Then remove the wheel. Unplug the wires for the fender under the seat. Remove the bolts holding the fender on the struts and slide the fender out Happy holidays Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Sputters at lower rpms, CX500, carbs
CX500, carbs, ignition: If your bike is an 82, it must be a CX500C That means it has the same electronic ignition system that the GL500 and CX/GL650 models have, and they almost never cause any problems. (Earlier CX500s have a CDI ignition that is powered by special coils in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter drag, harley service, solenoid
harley service, solenoid, cables: Once you have checked the cables and made sure thy are not the problem then you would have to pull the starter and do some tests on it. You would need to get a harley service manual so you can do the tests on the starter, as there are about 5 tests to do....

Motorcycle Repair: Starting trouble, gs650, bill silver
gs650, bill silver, float valves: I ll assume that this is a new acquisition and it hasn t run for awhile. The carbs are full of gunk, which has plugged up the idle jets and/or has contaminated the float valves. Drain the carburetors and buy some Yamaha carb cleaner. Mix with gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: Steering problem, honda cbf 150, goa india
honda cbf 150, goa india, sharp turn: Mohnish, that s not uncommon. Try bracing the front wheel up against a telephone pole or some immoveable object and then give the handle bars a good twist in the direction to straighten them. If the front forks aren t bent, this will usually straighten thing...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead pushrod length, 1972 flh, new bikes
1972 flh, new bikes, ball tip: First, when installing the pushrods you should bleed the tappets to make sure they are not pumped up all the way. So if you havent done this already I would. the bend pushrod would indicate that the the valve hit the piston, so I would check the valve as well...

Motorcycle Repair: solenoid, starter relay, starter button
starter relay, starter button, test light: First, make sure you have a good battery and good ground. Go to the starter and locate the small wire going to it from the starter relay. Take a test light and see if you have power going to it when you hit the starter button. If you dont then the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster 1st gear slips, clutch adjustment, clutch
clutch adjustment, clutch, slips: If it skipped a tooth is would do it all the time and skip thoughout the RPM range while you are in 1st gear. It sounds more like a clutch problem. Makse sure the clutch is adjusted correctly. If it still does it then you will have to pull the clutch apart...

Motorcycle Repair: spring from rear brake caliper, rear brake caliper, heritage softail
rear brake caliper, heritage softail, happy holidays: This is going to be tough to explain on here without a pic, but it goes ont he back of the caliber bracket with the two ends of the spring going into the two holes in the back of the bracket. If you can figure it out you might have to get a service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: ss eng, crank case, indian spirit
crank case, indian spirit, oil tank: That is the vent for the bottom end of the motor. What happens is the oil tank probably weeped some oil past the check valve in the oil pump. It goes into the bottom end. When you go to start the bike, oil comes out the vent, due to the oil pump cant pump...

Motorcycle Repair: starter solenoid, starter solenoid, starter battery
starter solenoid, starter battery, starter relay: First you need to check to see if you have power going to the starter from the starer relay. Locate the small 12 volt wire going to the starter from the relay. With a test light check to see if you have power when you hit the starter switch. If not then the...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki sv650R cranks but won't start, spark plug wire, kill switch
spark plug wire, kill switch, spark plugs: Do you have spark? Most ignition systems have a crankshaft trigger, which then sends a signal to the CDI or spark module, then to the coils. Coil failures are very rare these days on any modern motorcycle. Did you check the KILL switch for a malfunction?...

Motorcycle Repair: tach hookup, butt connector, heritage classic
butt connector, heritage classic, fire ignition: The yellow wire from the adapter goes to the negitive side of the front coil. The blue wire from the adapter goes to the negitive side of the rear coil. the green wire goes to the pink wire under the gages. It should have a butt connector or a clear connector...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring harness fitment, wire colors, wiring harness
wire colors, wiring harness, good luck: If you cant find a harness for your 92 then you are going to have to go the route of using a different year. I would suggest that if you get a 1990 harness that you get a 1990 service manual to follow as well as a 1992 so you can see the difference. The wire...

Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, honda xr650r, valve adjustment
honda xr650r, valve adjustment, needle positions: Kendall, the engine is rich as you say. This can be caused by too large of a jet, a restricted air filter, restricted exhaust, float level set too high. The air screws only modify the mixture at idle and just off idle. I d suggest you check the float level...

Motorcycle Repair: why my Yamaha will not start, fuel stabilizer, yamaha xvs1100
fuel stabilizer, yamaha xvs1100, water in the fuel: Dirt or water in the fuel could cause this. The cure is to drain the tank & carbs and then fill it up with fresh fuel. Information on how to do this should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one before you do anything more...

Motorcycle Repair: 01 sportster has no spark, sportster, 12 volts
sportster, 12 volts, checks: First, let me say, that its not a good idea for you to start your bike in the winter and let it idle for about 10 minutes. the motor doesnt get warm enough to evaporate the moisture that has gotten in the fluids. You are better off letting it sit. Pull your...

Motorcycle Repair: 01 yamaha raptor, starter solenoid, yamaha raptor
starter solenoid, yamaha raptor, starter button: Their are two wires on the starter solenoid one is ground black, the other is from the starter button on the handle bars which could range from a variety of other colors. But the ground is black. Turn the ignition on and push the button on the handle bars....

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 Honda paint, paint code, paint job
paint code, paint job, copper: The came in red blue copper black and so on.They have no paint codes nor can you buy the paint from the dealer.So my answer is no.If the bike is in the condition you described it is worth more money as is.A good paint job will run about $500.00 and UP.From...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 honda sl100, honda sl100, needle bearings
honda sl100, needle bearings, gel batteries: Don, the bike was designed to be a battery operated ignition system. Any small 6v battery in the circuit will suffice, including gel batteries. There is a way to make the ignition into a energy transfer type, but it requires carefully repositioning the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cb100 spark, magnetic rotor, point gap
magnetic rotor, point gap, wiringdiagrams: Jeremy, go there for a wiring diagram. http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The ignition system is battery powered. Try push-starting your car with a bad battery and you get the same results. It has no spark, because you have no battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb750F1, wheel alignment, flat washers
wheel alignment, flat washers, correct tension: Brett, Make sure the engine is completely okay first.... Even compression on all 4 cylinders Clean carburetors, synchronized after ignition timing is verified. After you are sure that the engine is sound, then look at loose items on the chassis, like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda 550 4 carburators, honda 550, air mixture
honda 550, air mixture, motorcycle shop: This is something that will require a trip to your local motorcycle shop do to the fact that special tools and equipment will be required. Here is the low down on the process.You have what they call a base carb one that is not adjustable the others are.What...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb650c not charging, regulator rectifier, resistance values
regulator rectifier, resistance values, t drain: Daniel, If you put a NEW stator on the bike then we ll pass by that item, which is the most common cause of non-charging on these bikes. If you put a used stator on the bike, check the brush slip rings to see what the resistance values are COLD and then HOT....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb900 custom, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, needle jet: Rick, the small idle jets in the carbs may be plugged unless you cleaned them physically. After being stored so long the carbs will need very thorough cleaning. The gas tank fuel valve or petcock has a filter up inside the tank and often the rubbers...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb900 custom, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, bikebandit com: Rick, when bikes don t want to idle properly, the various possibilities are 1) low battery voltage due to charging system malfunction 2) idle jets plugged up from the bike sitting with fuel in the carbs for extended periods of time. Today s gasohol fuels...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 kdx 250 cdi, kdx 250, nature of the beast
kdx 250, nature of the beast, breathing fire: I know of no interchange charts for CDI units.Because of the nature of the beast they are usually specific to each bike.This is a good question I will do some checking and post if I fine any more information. I would say a trip to the dealer is in order....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 suzuki 550l, rubber boots, sharp bends
rubber boots, sharp bends, light oil: Make sure that the cables are free and not sticking.Remove the hand grip and clean and lube handlebar with light oil. When you twist the throttle completely open and let it go it should snap closed and not creep closed. Also make sure that the slides are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 400 electrical, amp fuse, yamaha 400
amp fuse, yamaha 400, starter bike: The first thing I would check is the fuse the right amp. Or has someone put the wrong fuse in before you got the bike.It may be that the fuse is really to small for the application.Check with your dealer for the proper amp fuse to use.If it is the right fuse...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha virago xv750 electrical, starter solenoid, yamaha virago
starter solenoid, yamaha virago, electrical failure: In order to repair the charging system you will need to check with your local motorcycle shop.Have them give you an estimate on the price of stator and regulator.This job defiantly will require expert and special tool. Sorry no way around it. Ride Safe...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda saber v45 starter, engine cranks, starter solenoid
engine cranks, starter solenoid, honda saber: OK here we go.Two reasons that this will happen. 1. On this old of a bike the starter button on the handle bars is bad,making contact all the time. 2. The starter solenoid is bad making contact all the time. We will test the starter solenoid first as...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow 700, honda shadow, carbs
honda shadow, carbs, sabre: It sounds like the carbs need cleaned.This would be a very good place to start. If you go to this web page you can download the service manual it is for the Sabre & Magna but this is the same bike. http://www.magnaclub.ru/download.html The information...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda gl1200L, mail tag, cap tank
mail tag, cap tank, gas cap: I will have to do some more thinking on this one but I think I can help you out.The answer will be complicated but I certainly can get you pointed in the right direction.If you would e-mail me at jerry@mad-dog-cycle.com.we can play e-mail tag for an answer....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Magna restore, honda magna v45, emission control devices
honda magna v45, emission control devices, uwaterloo ca: Luke, some of those black fittings on top are carb vent connectors that to the carbon canister or other emission control devices. Look here to begin with: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700c-magna-1984-us_model755/partslist/ http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700c-magna-1984-us_model755/partslist/E++18.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki GS550ES Motor, suzuki gs550es, ebay
suzuki gs550es, ebay, design differences: Dan, to save yourself alot of work stick to engines made from about 1983-1986. Early engines have some design differences like 8 valves instead of 16 and also the early engines use contact point ignitions instead of electronic ignition components....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna v45 clutch slips, honda magna v45, barnett clutch
honda magna v45, barnett clutch, new barnett: If you will e-mail me at jerry@mad-dog-cycle I will send you the portion of the service manual that covers this. Or if you follow the link below you can download the complete manual.If you don t see your exact year they are all the same. http://www.magnaclub.ru/download.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987TRX250x 4 wheeler, bill silver, 4 wheeler
bill silver, 4 wheeler, hondas: Jim, the T mark is for TDC Top Dead Center meaning the piston is at the top of the stroke. F mark is the FIRING mark, meaning that is where the ignition timing should be at idle. Usually on most Hondas the F mark is either 5 or 10 degrees before TDC. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Yamaha Virago 750, yamaha virago 750, battier
yamaha virago 750, battier, black cap: As you are financial embarrassed as we all are,try this first.The thing you turn on the bars for the choke follow the cable down to the carbs and you will see a black cap that the cables go into. Make sure that the cable is firmly seated in the black cap.the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 DR 125 SE WILL NOT REV ABOVE IDLE, dr 125, starter battery
dr 125, starter battery, cranks: I REALLY think you still have a carb problem.The intermediate circuit is still not worming.You have to compleat dismantle the carb before cleaning spray every passage with carb cleaner and make sure it comes out all proper holes.Idel INTERMEDIATE and main.The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 gsx idle problem, suzuki gsx 600, filter change
suzuki gsx 600, filter change, brake fluid: I think you need to check those carbs again this is your stalling problem Check this link on how to clean carbs http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb Cleaning.htm After you get the carbs up to snuff I would have your local shop sink them.After this I think...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Sportster Cams, pinion shaft, rocker boxes
pinion shaft, rocker boxes, compression check: Your knocking sound could be several things. With it sitting that long your lifters might have to pump up which will take a few minutes. If you got the cams to far out you could have hit the valve on the piston and either damaged the piston or bent the valve....

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 FLSTF won't run, flstf, mr wells
flstf, mr wells, camshaft: First, you need to determine if you are getting a good spark and fuel. Pull the plugs and holding one to the head, turn the bike over. Are you getting a good spark? Also, what color is the plug? Looking down the throat of the carb, when you twist the throttle,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 sportster blown motor rebuild, rod bearings, evo motor
rod bearings, evo motor, main bearing: I would get new pistons, due to the fact you dont know how much the used pistons are worn. You wont need new valves unless one is damaged, but I would check the valve guide clearence, lap the valve seats and install new valve seals Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 zx6e, motorcycle shop, throttle response
motorcycle shop, throttle response, plug wires: This is a carb issue.Check this link if you think you can tackle a carb clean.If not I would contact your local motorcycle shop for help.I also do carb cleaning but you most UPS carbs to our shop. www.mad-dog-cycle.com carb cleaning link http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 FLHRI, oil pan, tight fit
oil pan, tight fit, oil pump: One you have the bolts out of the pan it should slide rearward and out. When you go to intall it you have to slowly slide it in and using a screwdriver compress the springs to get them in. the removal and installation is a pain and a tight fit, but it will...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Raptor660R, wire cutters, pickup coil
wire cutters, pickup coil, insolation: This can be a complicated fix. But you can check this and see if it helps.I want you to check your plug wires,on the end is a Bakelite cap with a rubber boot on it at the WIRE end.Gently work the boot back and unscrew the Bakelite cap (counter clock wise)yes...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 SOFTAIL DUECE ELECTRICS MESS, turn signals, lighting system
turn signals, lighting system, test light: What you need to do is start by tracing the power back from the brake light to the power sourse. What you have is a short in the lighting system. With a test light start at the bulb and work your way back. You probably have a broken wire or a bad plug good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 yamaha rapture atv 660cc, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, starter motor: Two wires coming from the black box that clicks (the starter solenoid)One will go to the battery and one will go to the starter motor.Turn on the ignition and check the wire going to the starter it should be 12 volts when you push the starter button.If no...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 883Sportster not charging battery, 883 sportster, ac volts
883 sportster, ac volts, charging battery: With a volt meter, check at the battery with the bike running. At 2000 RPM you should be getting around 13.5 volts. If not then you need to test the stator. Unplug the regulator and at the stator test for pin to ground with a OHM meter. Then test pin to pin....

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Heritage Trik, dyno jet kit, rear pulley
dyno jet kit, rear pulley, work stock: He has to remember that adding the trik rear end will keep the bike from reving up as fast as before. Changing the rear pulley will help, but then you will be running higher RPMs at top end. I would go with the carb and intake first and see how he like it...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000, suzuki gsxr 1000, 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000
suzuki gsxr 1000, 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000, battery cables: David, problem could be due to various reasons. If it has not been run every few weeks the fuel can go bad and start to separate and plug things up. -Plugged fuel filter, -Gas tank fuel valve or petcock faulty. -Blocked gas tank air vent....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600 baffles, honda shadow vlx 600, exhaust gas analyzer
honda shadow vlx 600, exhaust gas analyzer, baffles: NO on most imported bike even removing the air cleaner element will make them run like crap.If you do I am sure you will get more interest from local Law Enforcement.An after market exhaust system would be the way to go.Even with this jetting changes will...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 honda xr100r no choke responce, nosle, air leaks
nosle, air leaks, air seal: Remove the air cleaner and check to make sure that the chock it going all the way closed.And were the choke is closed lever up or down most have arrow to tell you what position it is in.Also you will need to check the rubber flange that connects the carb to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Kawasaki Mean Streak, kawasaki mean streak, rear cylinder
kawasaki mean streak, rear cylinder, insolation: I wont you to check this first on the end of the plug wire is a Bakelite cap the thing that pushes onto the plug.Unscrew it off the wile (counter clockwise)an see it the wire is burned back in to the insolation.If the wire is burned back clip the insolation...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 yamaha raptor 660 battery won't charge, yamaha raptor 660, 2003 yamaha raptor 660
yamaha raptor 660, 2003 yamaha raptor 660, stator: When the engine is running take a volt meter and check from positive side if battery to a good ground.You should get around 14 volts or higher.If not your battery defiantly is not charging. Now find the 3 wires coming from the stator these wires are usually...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 / 1200 custom - clutch problem, harleys, traffic lights
harleys, traffic lights, clutch: Adjusting the clutch wont help. Harleys have been known to be tough to find netural. On the shifter cam there is a very small space to go to netural. Since you have a 05 there is a little wear in the cam, making it tough. I have a 98 dresser and it is really...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, head gasket leak, domed pistons
head gasket leak, domed pistons, power commander: That is going to depend on how thin they make the piston. removing .060 from the heads, you would have to remove .060 from the pistons to make them work. You have to have enough piston to valve clearence or they will hit at high RPMs. I would check with the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 ultra engine noise, noise engine, lifters
noise engine, lifters, engine noise: You have hydrolic lifters that adjust themselves. If you are hearing a ticking it is just the lifters. Ticking doesnt hurt anything. If one get to ratteling then you need to replace it, because its probably collasping Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda VTX 1800, honda vtx 1800, 2006 honda vtx 1800
honda vtx 1800, 2006 honda vtx 1800, honda parts: David, if you go to www.bikebandit.com and select HONDA parts, all the illustrations for the bikes are listed there. Normally the flasher is down around the battery box area or under one of the side covers, where all the electronics bits are stashed. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 KX450F, clutch lever, oil level
clutch lever, oil level, clutch: This is a common problem with most motorcycles as neutral is between first and second gear.You need to check a couple of things.This is commonly caused by the clutch dragging.Adjust the clutch so you have about 1/4 inch free play in the clutch lever before...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, pushrods, lifter
pushrods, lifter, harleys: Your ticking noise is probably a lifter. Most harleys have this noise. Its from the valve lash and due to the fact that the pushrods are on the outside of the motor, so you hear it more. Since your bike is under warrenty, you can go back to the dealer and...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 sporty, side shift, cracked case
side shift, cracked case, kick starter: The 73 case in not going to work. You going ot have to find some 77 cases to replace yours. You can check at some swap meets for cases and see if you find any. the only other thing you are going to be able to de is buy new ones. I have repaired quit a few...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 FXE Shovelhead, wet clutch, clutch basket
wet clutch, clutch basket, crank case: the clutch is dragging do to adjustment adjust you clutch as per service manual.I would replace the fibers AND steels the steels will get warped with heat causing the clutch to drag. Save your money on the tamer. If the clutch is working properly you wont...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Yamaha xs400rj seca twin, air leak, ok check
air leak, ok check, cylinder head: Make sure that your throttle is not sticking.If this is ok check for an air leak. Spray carb cleaner around base of carbs were they go into the cylinder head It you get an increase in engine RPM it is likely an air leake.Reseat the carbs an try again.Carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FXSB Shift Lever Sticks in 3rd, alignment problem, broken spring
alignment problem, broken spring, shift fork: there are several things that can cause your problem, another broken spring, bad bearing, bent shifter fork, just to name a few. What you are going to have to do it pull the trans and tear it down to locate the problem. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 vt700c clutch problem, clymer manual, clutch plates
clymer manual, clutch plates, slave cylinders: Josh, -if your clutch is working ok after you re-open the bleed screw it likely has a pressure relief hole plugged in the bottom of the master cylinder. -The fluid pressure has to be released so the clutch can hold. If the master cylinder relief...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 vfr 700f probs, clutch system, bleeding brakes
clutch system, bleeding brakes, couple questions: YES the carbs need cleaned.Hydrolic clutches work fine when they work.you need to bleed the air from the clutch system.This is the same as bleeding brakes on a car.Consult your service manual for proper procedure. Check this link it will help. Jerry http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb%20Cleaning.ht...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 FLSTS Oil Lines, harley manual, jp cycles
harley manual, jp cycles, jack savage: Your best bet it to comtact JP cycles to find the plumbing on the pump. All pumps are not exactialy the same. The oil should go from the tank, to the pump, to the return side of the pump, to the oil filter, to the tank. there should be 4 fittings on the...

Motorcycle Repair: batteries not beign charged, honda 1000 goldwing, ac volts
honda 1000 goldwing, ac volts, yellow wires: Check this out on the right side of the bike remove the side cover and you will find a plug with 3 yellow wires. These go to the stator. Unplug these wires and check to see if they are burnt or the plastic plug is melted.If so I want you to take a volt meter...

Motorcycle Repair: battery keeps dying, dead cells, auto parts store
dead cells, auto parts store, battery place: Sounds like a charging issue.Remove the battery from the bike and charge it.Make sure it will hold a charge.Then load test the battery and see if you have any dead cells.Your auto parts store will test the battery.Replace if needed.Install it back into the...

Motorcycle Repair: C102 Super Cub, classicmotorcycles, honda honda
classicmotorcycles, honda honda, classichonda: Pat, I asked the VJMC group about the chart and I got a copy of the Japanese site data. Bit blurry and confusing, due to the fact that they show the C-series C102s starting production in Feb 1964, then the 1965 section is blank and then the D series starts...

Motorcycle Repair: CA 95 carburetor, honda benly, thread pitch
honda benly, thread pitch, ebay: Doug, I am not clear as to whether your main jet holder is stripped on the inside, holding the jet or the carb body is stripped where the main jet holder threads in. This isn t a common repair and it may cost more to buy the repair kit than to just replace...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb intake boots for '82 cb 900c, vacuum line, vacuum leak
vacuum line, vacuum leak, honda motorcycle: Trey, before you go tearing into the manifolds, spray some WD40 or carb cleaner/starting fluid around the manifold junctions while the motor is running. If there is no change in the rpms, then I would suggest that either a vacuum line to the carbs is loose/broken...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator Problem., crf 50, screw out
crf 50, screw out, air leaks: Scott, -I would either replace or use some sealant on the gasket between the engine cylinder and the intake tube. It sounds very much like an air leak there. -Is the fuel petcock valve allowing a good flow of fuel to the carb? -did the slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, goldwing, carburetors
goldwing, carburetors, air cleaner: I need to at least know what you think the general area of the leak is. On the bottom of one of the carbs is an accelerator pump I cant remember witch carb,this may be leaking.Also each carb is connected to the pump with tubs each tube has o rings these may...

Motorcycle Repair: CB100N not running right, fuel tanks, petcock
fuel tanks, petcock, fuel tank: The fuel tanks are not lined from the factory.Remove the fuel from the tank and look inside.If you see any rust inside you will have to remove the tank and clean it.Your local dealer has the stuff to do it.When the tank is off remove the petcock and clean...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging system, stator rotor, bare wire
stator rotor, bare wire, system battery: Your stator should not show any OHMs from prong in plug to ground and .2-.4 prong to prong. It sounds like your stator is shorting out the regulator. You might have a bare wire on the stator and it just touching the case at times. I would pull the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: First, loosen the clutch cable so you have alot of play in it. Now go to the adjuster on the clutch and loosen the locknut. Slowly turn the adjuster screw inward, jut until it touches and then back out about 1/8 of a turn and tighten the locknut. Now go to...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, clutch lever: To Adjust the clutch, first loosen the clutch cable so you have some slack in it. Now, with the bike sitting upright, remove the derby cover. Under it you will see the adjuster screw with a locknut. Loosen the locknut and turn the screw outward a little and...

Motorcycle Repair: Converting 77 FXE Super Glide To Wide Glide, size 35mm, fxe
size 35mm, fxe, tube size: What you are going to have to do is buy a complete fork assembly to do the change. You can still use the same wheel, just have to space it different. The wires under the visor are to the idiot lights that are there. You can remove them if you wish. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Crankcase seal gone?, crankcase oil, clutch basket
crankcase oil, clutch basket, clutch assembly: John, -it sounds reasonable that the seal is leaking on the crankshaft/crankcase. If you look here the seal is #15: http://www.cmsnl.com/img/Suzuki_CRANKSHAFT_TS185_1979_ERN-partslist-big-SUE0218FIG-4.gif -the following directions are if the seal...

Motorcycle Repair: Cycle battery, vent tube, sealed batteries
vent tube, sealed batteries, leak acid: Batters produce gas as the battery does it thing.Car batters don t have the vibration that a motorcycle has. They also have a vent in each cap but they don t leak acid because they aren t subjected to the vibration of a motorcycle battery. Just extend the...

Motorcycle Repair: c65, horizontal singles, drive sprocket
horizontal singles, drive sprocket, honda cub: Ron, in case you don t have the wiring diagram, go here: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class There are a couple versions listed there, so I am not sure which one will work for you. If you have a rectifier with more than 2 connections,...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, vacuum hoses, air leaks
vacuum hoses, air leaks, rev check: Steven, if the backfire is happening in the exhaust system it might just be a loose pipe or bad exhaust header gasket. If the exhaust pipes leak, the engine sucks cool air in and backfires. Also too little backpressure can cause this, like if the baffles...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 750 seal, cb 750, chamfer
cb 750, chamfer, plastic pipe: Bill, if you are careful you should be able to replace it from the outside. Drive a pointed object into the seal to pry it out. It may have one or two seals. Pay attention to the way the seals are positioned, are they flush with the case? and watch...

Motorcycle Repair: cb900 exhaust missfire, nylon mesh, honda models
nylon mesh, honda models, automatic fuel: Gary, Honda thinks the compression should be 170 psi! If you checked it with carbs on/throttle closed, it is harder to get the higher numbers. Even with the throttle open, the slides are in the way of airflow. Still your results seem low, so maybe the gauge...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system 2002 honda shadow 1100, honda shadow 1100, battery cables
honda shadow 1100, battery cables, computer module: Bill, no, bikes are different than cars and I highly advise against running the bike with the cables off the battery. The ignition and charging circuits are electronic and balanced with the battery and other devices connected. The computer module...

Motorcycle Repair: how do i check for spark, cbr 600 honda, spark plug wire
cbr 600 honda, spark plug wire, honda parts: Sham, you will have to get down to a spark plug wire and either remove the wire and the spark plug, then lay the plug and wire on the cylinder head and check it that way, or if you have a spare plug, just attach the wire to it, grounded against the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment on 85 sportster, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, clutch lever: Holding the bike upright, remove the clutch cover. Loosen the clutch cable so you have some slack in it. Behind the clutch cover you will find a spring and a step nut. remove them. turn the clutch adjuster outward and then inward just until it bottoms and...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment problems, clutch adjustment, clutch plates
clutch adjustment, clutch plates, clutch lever: Did you presoak the clutch plates? If you didnt they will stick. :If you did try this adjustment. Loosen the adjuster on the cable, so it has slack in it. Now go to the clutch adjuster and turn it inward, intil it bottoms. Make sure it bottoms. Back it out...

Motorcycle Repair: color code of engin cut-off switch wires, fuel tank, dyna
fuel tank, dyna, hookup: Should be a grey wire for the hot side of the start/stop switch. the out side of it should be white/black. I am not familer with the system you are installing, so it would be hard to comment on it. You might check with the manufacture and see what they recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: EV3030 cam, stock springs, flhs
stock springs, flhs, qestion: When install a new cam there is really no such thing as a bolt in cam. All cams have to be spaced out os they dont burn the bearing. Not sure what other allowances you are refering to. the cam you have will work with stock springs and hydrolic lifters. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: engine noise, piston pin, auto mechanic
piston pin, auto mechanic, rd king: Noises on here are hard to determine, due to the fact I cant hear them. You are probably hearing lifter noise. Since the lifters are outside the motor you can hear them ticking. right now I wouldnt worry, but if the noise get louder or the bike starts running...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust, honda varadero, valve clearances
honda varadero, valve clearances, plug cap: Anthony.... Do a tune-up on it first! I would definitely check the valve clearances and adjust the camchain, if that is an option. We don t have this model in the US, so I don t know much about them. Changed the spark plug lately? Be sure the spark plug...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust, bike supply, supply house
bike supply, supply house, exhaust system: I dont know of anyone wh makes fishtails for dynas. What you are probably going to have to do is get a set of fishtail mufflers and install them on dragpipes. You would have to cut the dragpipes shorter and make some brackets to hold the pipes. There are...

Motorcycle Repair: First edition Honda dream 305, honda dream, california dmv
honda dream, california dmv, 7 digits: Thomas, my Honda Dream restoration guides on CD have all the information about how to date the Dreams, through 1965. From 1965 onwards, the serial numbers were 7 digits and continued sequentially until the end of production in 1967, so the breakdown between...

Motorcycle Repair: FLTRI voltage regulator testing procedures, line mechanic, voltage reg
line mechanic, voltage reg, interstate battery: You first need to check at the battery for your voltage so you know its not the gage. At 2000 RPM you should show around 13.5 volts. At idle it will drop a little. If you are not, then you need to test the stator. Do a OHMs test from one prong to ground. should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, cometic gasket, gasket
Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, cometic gasket, gasket, good luck

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, fuel injectors
Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, fuel injectors

Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, belt drive
Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, belt drive

Motorcycle Repair: Generator/Regulator match, c generator, state regulator
c generator, state regulator, sportsters: There was no difference in generators and regultors on the kickstart bikes as compared to the electric start. The difference is a bigger battery for the starter, due to the draw. If the battery was used from a kickstart bike it would have trouble turning it...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in oil and flooding, excess fuel, specks
excess fuel, specks, carbs: Sounds like the needle and seats are leaking.Turn on the gas and look inside the carbs. If you see gas coming from the main jet of the carb (were the needle on the slide goes into the carb )Replace these and make sure the float hight is to specks.Also check...

Motorcycle Repair: gas "starvation", gas tank, pressure test
gas tank, pressure test, jolts: I would first drain the fuel in the bike and put in fresh and go for a ride. If you are still having hte problem, then check the filter in the tank. If it is ok, then you would have to have a pressure test done on the fuel system. Changing the battery would...

Motorcycle Repair: HELP..I AM A NOVICE!, honda cbr600, motorcycle shop
honda cbr600, motorcycle shop, brave attempt: At this point I think it would be a good idea to contact your local motorcycle shop.It certainly sounds like a carburetor problem.90 percent of the non running issues I encounter are carb related.Try this link for some insite on cleaning carbs. http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb%20Cleaning.ht...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1981 GL 1100 front brakes lock up, caliper piston, rubber seal
caliper piston, rubber seal, disc type: Here is the fix. What has happened is that the brake fluid has gotten behind the rubber seal that seals the caliper piston in the caliper. Take the caliper off the bike and use the brake to pump the piston out of the caliper.Make sure that you keep the brake...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 750CB Custom 1981, release lever, clymer
release lever, clymer, helmet: If I remember right Their is a place to lock your helmet on the left side of the seat (as you are sitting on the bike)this is also the release for the seat. Turn the key and lift up. Some times they stick so you may have to move the seat around some to get...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CA110: Won't Run, displacement engines, exhaust stroke
displacement engines, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Nik, the valve clearance is .004 (TDC compression stroke) and critical on small displacement engines. Do check it for compression before you pull out all of your hair trying to get it lit off. When these bikes sit for years and years, often the piston rings...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CM125 2003 Import, beam light, low beam
beam light, low beam, electrical fault: It sounds like the switch (high beam low beam) is bad.This is a common problem.Also check the grounds (battery and headlight) If the battery is older check it (load test after charging good) If load test fails replace the battery. After all this is...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Cub, honda cub, cub 50
honda cub, cub 50, flat pad: Mark, Are you sure that the serial number isn t a C105? That would be a 55cc Cub model from the early 1960s. The engine number should start with C105(?) then a different series of numbers than the frames. Motor number is on the left, down by the shift lever...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Drivetrain, honda cm400t, piston rings
honda cm400t, piston rings, cmsnl: Matt, take the spark plugs out first. Look here to see illustration of the left side cover and alternator flywheel beneath the cover. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm400t-80-us_model7286/partslist/E++10.html Remove the bolts from the outer cover and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda xl125 won't start, honda xl125, pilot jet
honda xl125, pilot jet, plug cap: Ken, these bikes need a good battery to run and most have contact points under the left top engine cover. You didn t mention what year it was. It may have a plugged idle pilot jet in the carb. The jets are small and need to be carefully checked...

Motorcycle Repair: How many Hours/miles before top end rebuild, tolerance stack, piston rings
tolerance stack, piston rings, chain tension: Randy, the wear issues on the one-piece heads are a combination of production tolerance stack-ups, frequency of oil changes and overall use/abuse of the engine. I would also keep an eye on the camchain tensioner adjustment. Kind of a funky design, but it works...

Motorcycle Repair: hd cv jetting, air fuel mixture, rubber side down
air fuel mixture, rubber side down, intermediate jet: Blach plugs are a sign of running rich. First, start the bike and let it warm up. Adjust the air/fuel mixture screw by slowly turning it inward, just until the bike starts to stumble and then outward 1/4 of a turn. Now you need to set the intermediate jet....

Motorcycle Repair: honda cr 250, honda cr 250, piston size
honda cr 250, piston size, cylinder line: On the top of the piston is an arrow this will point towards the front of the cylinder ( front wheel )But just to make sure install the piston in the cylinder as indicated by the arrow and make SURE all the ports on the piston and cylinder line up. I have...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow carb issue, dynojet stage 1, shadow ace
dynojet stage 1, shadow ace, rear cylinder: The low speed jet in the carb is to small.What you are hearing is known as a lean pop.Increase the low speed until the pooping stops.You should be able to set your ideal adjustment to about 1.5 to 2 turns out for a good idel.As the bike is idling smell the...

Motorcycle Repair: Idle control on a Yamaha Vstar 650, yamaha vstar 650, motorcycle shop
yamaha vstar 650, motorcycle shop, gas tank: With out a tack it is very hard to tell what the engine is idleing at. Try this,start the engine and let it worm up.Turn the idle down until the engine stumbles (almost stops running)now turn the idle up until the the engine is running smothley.Sit on the...

Motorcycle Repair: inner primary dyna wide glide 2003, 5th gear, pulley
5th gear, pulley, dyna: If you have a leak behind the pulley they you will have to pull it. You dont need a puller to get it off. Your leak is either your main tran seal or 5th gear seal. If it is 5th gear seal you will need a puller for the mainshaft race Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting?, pumper, allways
pumper, allways, good luck: It sounds like the pumper is open to far. Close the screw for the pumper and then open it about 1 1/2 turns and go for a ride. If it bogs when you get on it, open it about a 1/4 of a turn and go for another ride. Keep doing this until you get it not to bog....

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Ninja 500, kawasaki ninja 500, piston rings
kawasaki ninja 500, piston rings, cylinder wall: The carbs need to be looked at your funning problem.The oil problem is usually from rust building up in the cylinder from sitting. Causing ring of cylinder wall damaged.If you leave your bike sit for extended periods fog the cylinders with fogging oil...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Prairie 360 4X4 2003, kawasaki prairie, speed jet
kawasaki prairie, speed jet, gas tank: Not to be a wise gay but back to carb cleaning.The reason that it will not run is the low speed jet is plugged! Remove the jet it should unscrew with a screwdriver.Get your wire brush and pull some wires out. Use this to clean the jet out.A can of good carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Magna Mixture, dyno jet kit, k n air filter
dyno jet kit, k n air filter, jet one: Your bike is running LEAN This is do to the low speed running out of fuel every so often ( the pop )Increase the low speed jet ONE size and see if it stops. NO Cams or cam timing will NOT be affected by any of the changes.Check and make sure the carbs are...

Motorcycle Repair: Monda MR175 Piston source, bikebandit, wiseco
bikebandit, wiseco, piston: After doing some looking on the net it seams that your not the only one looking for a piston.You can check with Honda as they usually carry parts for many years. Or try this e-mail it is for J.E. Pistons jemc@jepistons.com Drop them a kite and see...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle carburetors on 1977 550 4, band clamps, intake tubes
band clamps, intake tubes, throttle cables: J, You will have to remove the gas tank, and the air box to get the carbs off. Turn the fuel valve off, remove the fuel lines from the tank, lift the seat and remove the tank. Remove the air cleaner element and any screws holding the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: new regulator dead already?, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, ac voltage: Your stator should be putting out around 60 AC volts, so you need to test it. Make sure youa re testing AC volts, not DC. You should get no OHMs from ground to either pin, but test both pins. Since you are burning up regulators I would pull the stator and...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Problem in top end, pushrod, flht
pushrod, flht, locknut: Starting with the front exhaust, rotate the motor until the lifter is all the way to the bottom of its stroke. Tighten the pushrod until its tight. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to bleed. Go back to it. If the pushrod is loose, tighten it again. Keep doing...

Motorcycle Repair: too much oil, screaming eagle exhaust, bike mike
screaming eagle exhaust, bike mike, new spark: Unless you have oil leaking past the rings or past the valve guide oil seals, it is not your oil that is the problem. Carbon fouling is not from oil, but from to much fuel or not enough air. I can also be from a weak spark. Your jetting could be correct, but...

Motorcycle Repair: oil, head gasket, old timers
head gasket, old timers, herritage: The gasket below the head gasket is the base gasket, so that might be it. I think your leak doesnt have anything to do whith the oil change, it is somthing that just started close to the same time. what youa re going to have to do if find the leak, however,...

Motorcycle Repair: oil on electronic ignition, 1980 honda cb750, oil level
1980 honda cb750, oil level, condensers: NO The seal behind the points plate is bad. Check your manual on how to remove the plate and check the seal. you will see oil coming from the bottom of the seal.The rubber will get hard from the heat of the engine and the seal will leak. Also check the...

Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, tryed, many things
tryed, many things, good luck: About the only benifit to them is they are less noisy. Personnally, I dont like them. they dont last as long as a chain, you have to change to many things to go to a belt, and they have a tendensy to break when you are the farest distance from home. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: REAR TIRE ALIGNMENT, tire alignment, clost
tire alignment, clost, rear tire: the tire should be aligned to the center of the frame, then you measure on both sides to see what size spacer you need. The caliber should be centered to the brake disk. The caliber can be as clost to the frame as need be as long as it isnt touching or rubbing...

Motorcycle Repair: REPLACING FOTBOY FRONT END, harley fatboy, conversion kits
harley fatboy, conversion kits, rake: It is not the forks that make the clearence, but the fork neck. Changing the front end would do anything. You can, however, add rake by changing the fork cups out. They do make 3 degree and 5 degree cups which will add space. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: RF400R, strange problem, schutte
strange problem, schutte, circuit breaker: Johann, I have learned that some of these bikes have a side stand relay. They also have a side stand switch as well. The relay is under the right frame cover and may require removing the seats to access it. It should have an orange/black wire and...

Motorcycle Repair: rear wheel removal, suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia 800
suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia: First you have to get the axal out. Remove all spacers and pull the wheel away from the drive shaft side of the bike.The wheel is on spines so you may have to get personal with it.COMPLEATLY CLEAN the spines both side and apply grease to all spines.Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifting fork, suzuki rf900r, shift linkage
suzuki rf900r, shift linkage, extreme detail: If this in line 4 runs true to form you will have to remove the engine from the bike and remove the lower case half. What you are looking for lurks there in.Right behind the clutch.Before you do all that I would certainly check every thing external first.Shift...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting up problem, yamaha dt230, vent line
yamaha dt230, vent line, walmart: Try this Replace the spark plug ( new )check your manual or local dealer for proper plug ( yes it will make a difference ) Check the vent line to the tank make sure it is clear Disconnect gas line from carb and check for good gas flow. Drain and replace...

Motorcycle Repair: front shock, harley shop, brake calibers
harley shop, brake calibers, fork seal: Sounds like your fork seal is leaking and needs replaced. In order the replace the seal you will have to remove the front tire, brake calibers, fender and lower fork assemblys. it does take a special too to install the seal, but that is the only special tool...

Motorcycle Repair: slipping kick start, engine crankshaft, clutch lever
engine crankshaft, clutch lever, clutch assembly: Stephen, not really a Honda question, is it? Still, kickstarters are either driven directly through the gears to the clutch hub, driven through the transmission gears or through the clutch assembly. If the clutch is used as the pathway, then the clutch could...

Motorcycle Repair: smoking exhaust, two different places, oil breather
two different places, oil breather, shovelhead: Smoke from the exhaust can be from two different places, Either you have oil leaking past the rings or you have oil leaking through the valve guides. Sitting for a long period is hard on a motor. You might have gotten a rust ring in the cylinder which will...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, valve stem seals, honda motorcycle
valve stem seals, honda motorcycle, xr200r: Paul, Refer to: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-xr200r-1984/o/m9704 Right crankcase cover... The pulse generator could be the source of the no-spark issue, but if it tests out okay, then the CDI box may be at fault. Lot...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problem vfr 400 nc24, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, starter relay: I would say that the starter button on your bars is bad.To check it on the starter solenoid ( the thin you short with the screwdriver )You will find 2 small wires. Unplug the wires and check for voltage as you depress the starter button.( button side of solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems with 2002 zx6e ninja, zx6e, time paul
zx6e, time paul, filter air: You will have to start out with full service including plugs, oil and filter, air cleaner element, lube the cables, ect. I would also clean the carburetors. http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb Cleaning.htm and a list of instructions of what is needed for cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: switching an all time fourwheel drive to a two wheel drive, locking differentials, differential drive
locking differentials, differential drive, drive shaft: Dylan, Do you mean to change it permanently to 2WD? I haven t heard of anyone that has done this. I believe it may be complicated and would require the removal of the front differential drive shaft and u-joint yokes or The front cv-joint axles could...

Motorcycle Repair: TC88B UPGRADE, rev range, money pit
rev range, money pit, mikuni: First, I would go with gear driven cams. That gets rid of the chains and rub blocks, so you dont have to worry about them in the future. I would go with a Andrews 31 cam. Works great through the RPM range and will give you more torque Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Can't set fuel level, spring loaded plunger, little spring
spring loaded plunger, little spring, fuel level: That is what you are looking for the fuel to shut off.I usually start with the top of the float completely horizontal with the carb body. Do the needles have a little spring loaded plunger in them if so the float should just start to depress this when it is...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble shooting for my kdx 200, kdx 200, engine fires
kdx 200, engine fires, compression tester: Daniel, if you have a spark now it is most likely some other problem than the cdi. Try checking the compression, make sure it has enough pressure to blow your finger off the spark plug hole when held tightly or better yet use a compression tester....

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment on a 1998 gsxr 750, cam shaft, valve clearances
cam shaft, valve clearances, valve adjustment: Timing marks are under the round cover on the right side center in engine right under cylinders. Vale clearances that another thing.This is what is called a shim and bucket motor.It works like this,you have a valve.on top of the valve you have a bucket.Lookes...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration ticking sound, softail springer, good luck
softail springer, good luck, bearing: Your vibration is either from the front tire or the steering head. Make sure the steering head bearing is adjusted correctly. If it still vibrates, then check the front tire for wear. run your hand around it and it should feel smooth. If it feels bumpy then...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel spokes, wheel spokes, dial indicator
wheel spokes, dial indicator, work thanks: You have to remove the tire in order the tighten the spokes. Not only do you do side to side, but also front to back. You just cant tighten the spokes. They wheel needs to be put in a wheel stand and tightened as it is checked with a dial indicator. You are...

Motorcycle Repair: What's it worth?, throttle cables, night train
throttle cables, night train, custom bike: Its hard to put a value on a custom bike, its usually what the market will stand. Right now Harleys are not holding there value like they used to. A stock 83 woould be worth around 7,000 in good condition, then you would have to take into account what you...

Motorcycle Repair: xtz 750, yamaha xtz 750, overflow problem
yamaha xtz 750, overflow problem, oil tank: If you have an oil tank you have what they call a dry sump engine.Meaning that the oil is stored in a tank external from the engine.The term dry sump is not really true. The engine will still have oil in the bottom of it after you have drained the oil from...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha FJ1200sc Carbs/fuel pressure/Overflow, facet fuel pump, gravity fed
facet fuel pump, gravity fed, fuel pumps: Did you replace the needles and seat in the carburetors? If not this would be a good place to start. I am unsure of the fuel pressure these carburetors can withstand. Either way, new needle and seat is always good. Ride Safe,...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha 1981 xv750, chris answer, drive shaft
chris answer, drive shaft, cheap option: The down under thing is cool.When you change the fluid in the final drive.Big plug in shaft side of final drive by back wheel.It goes in there.On the bottom of the same side right under the fill plug is drain look around you ll see it take it out measure the...

Motorcycle Repair: ZRX1200 top end noise, connecting rod bearing, piston valve
connecting rod bearing, piston valve, rpms increase: Kyle, -First see if you can check the compression to see if any cylinders are low. It should ideally have over 150 psi on all cylinders. It is possible that something broke or is loose in the engine. -Is the bike still running? If so, try using...

Motorcycle Repair: 04 crf 80, air screw, altitude changes
air screw, altitude changes, crf: Ken, since all bikes run different in various parts of the country due to altitude changes this adjustment is best done manually. By this I mean turn the air screw in until the engine falters, then turn it out until you find the highest rpm. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 100cc mid 1980's 2 stroke kawasaki starting problem, oil injection system, point ignition
oil injection system, point ignition, mid 1980s: Scott, if your carb is in the side cover, it is a rotary valve engine. The valve can get scored and cause running problems. It may just be a bad spark plug, flooded due to a dirty carb or plugged carb jets. It may have contact point ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 CB450 AIR FILTER??, honda cb450, honda cm400e
honda cb450, honda cm400e, motorera: Brian.... I m confused... are you? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm400e-1980-us_model1048/partslist/F++16.html look familiar? CM400E, also later on it became a CB450 model in about 1982-86...WRONG BIKE! The 447 is a product code number, indicating the model...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CB500 fork oil capacity, 1973 honda cb500, fork oil
1973 honda cb500, fork oil, oil capacity: Dave, the capacity for each fork is 5.4 ounces or 160 cc. Although you can use motor oil or ATF fluid most fork oil swells seals to prevent leaks. It contains organosiloxane, an anti-foaming agent for consistent damping action. It s your choice...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Harley Sportser, harley, good luck
harley, good luck, 4th gear: Sounds like you have a trans problem, which would be unrelated to changing the primary. Your going to have to pull the trans and do an inspection on it to see what the problem is. You might have a broken shifter spring Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Sportster starting problem, starter problem, posibility
starter problem, posibility, sportster: All you have to connect is the positive on the meter, you can attach the other one to any ground. You can use the head. You will probably hae to charge the battery up, or have the battery tested to see if its any good Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Twinstar Carburator, ebay, twinstar
ebay, twinstar, throttle valve: Jerry, it s getting tough to find parts for these. I think because the carb feeds two cylinders it should be about 28-30 mm size. You may have more luck getting the slide loose with the carb soaked in some good carb cleaner or at least spray type...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 yamaha1100 xs, vacuum line, air vent
vacuum line, air vent, tank air: Aaron, I think it may be having trouble with the fuel supply. -The fuel tank air vent could be plugged which prevents fuel flow. -The fuel petcock valve rubbers may be cracked or hardened. -The fuel valve has a vacuum line from the engine that allows...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda magna 750v45, 1982 honda magna, battery check
1982 honda magna, battery check, charging system: I would replace your battery,them you will be able to check your charging system.After replacing the battery check the charging system by placing a meter on the battery when the bike is running. You should get about 14 volts. if not get back to me. Jerr...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 sportster xlx, intake leak, rear cylinder
intake leak, rear cylinder, thanks hank: You could have a bad plug wire, which would cause the problem. If the pushrods are to tight, you could have the same problem and if you have a intake leak it cill cause the backfiring. You also what to make sure the bike is charging. Check with a volt meter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VT500C Carb/Exhaust issues, honda vt500c, air fuel mixture
honda vt500c, air fuel mixture, straight pipes: James, Since straight pipes mainly affect high speed running I suggest trying a #118 jet in the front carb and #125 jet in the rear carb. This will richen the air/fuel mixture at higher speeds. The 1/4 to half throttle or so mixture is affected...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 XLH1200 Shifter, harley dealership, home position
harley dealership, home position, hi mike: Sounds like you have a broken shifter spring. It is located in the trans. To get to it the trans will have to be pull out and taken apart. Your service manual should tell you how to do the work. the spring can be purchaced at any harley dealership. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 ultra classic, vacuum line, timing light
vacuum line, timing light, few degrees: Check your intake for a leak. You can start the bike and let it warm up. Spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up you have a leak. Also, check your connections at the head for the exhsust for leaks. If they are ok I would look at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 honda shadow 600 vlx, honda shadow 600, oil drain plug
honda shadow 600, oil drain plug, honda shadow 600 vlx: Del, If my memory is not completely shot I believe the drain plug is on the bottom left side of the engine. It should be a 14mm bolt and will be pointing to the side rather than downward. It takes between 2.3 and 3.0 US quarts depending on how dry...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 honda cr 125 engine crank ceased, honda cr 125, coolant leak
honda cr 125, coolant leak, engine coolant: Elliot, 2 stroke crankshafts need oil for the main and rod bearings. The coolant flows through the cases and up the cylinder and cylinder head and is pumped around by the water pump. The main bearings are on both the flywheel side, where a seal leak can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 sproster oil, oil tank, fresh oil
oil tank, fresh oil, drain hose: There is a drain hose on the underside of the oil tank, so you need to locate it. It is either plugged into the frame or has a plug in the end of the hose. Drain the oil and remove the filter. Install a new filter and fill the oil tank with fresh oil and your...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 Electraglide front brake bleed, electraglide, brake fluid
electraglide, brake fluid, master cylinder: Remove the lid on the master cylinder and make sure it full. Go to the first caliber and on top of it you will see the bleed screw. Pump the lever several times and hold it. Open the bleed screw and brake fluid will run out. Close the bleed screw and pump...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 harley 883 speedo cuts out, harley 883, speedo
harley 883, speedo, rpms: What you need to do is test the ignition system. It sounds like the pickup is cutting in and out, which might be causing the speedo problem. Get a service manual and it will have the tests in it you need to do and how to do them Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 shadow stalling, honda vt600c, faulty side
honda vt600c, faulty side, couple seconds: Andrew, since the bike was running normally yesterday as you said, I suspect something like a faulty side stand switch or clutch switch. You may be able to bypass the side stand switch temporarily by connecting the green wire to the green/white wire....

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 buell, intake leak, plug wires
intake leak, plug wires, buell: If the plugs are fouling then you might have a intake leak, a bad coil or a bad plug wires. You would have to do a OHMs test ont he coil and plug wires to determine if they are bad or not. You can check the intake by start the bike and spraying a little carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Honda Goldwing 1800, honda goldwing 1800, goldwingfacts
honda goldwing 1800, goldwingfacts, vintage honda: Oh, Chuck.... this is so NOT a vintage Honda question! You need to be talking to these guys... http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=106192&start=25&sid=a81ffab3f67a357d6c22f1be706d796b http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=73592&sid=ba7572eaff3bd11c090733f5c761384f...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 FLHRSI ROAD KING CUSTOM, intake leaks, head pipes
intake leaks, head pipes, true duals: Your poping is from loading up on fuel and its burning in the exhaust. You probably need to remapp to stop this problem if you are going to keep that exhaust. When you got your stage one download it might have been just a genertic download and not a custom...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Harley Sportster 1200 HL, harley sportster 1200, fire ignition
harley sportster 1200, fire ignition, dual fire: One quick way to tell if you have single fire. First, locate the positive wire with a test light. It will be the continuce hot one. You will probably have to take the wires off to find it. Now connect one of the other wires and with the plugs out turn the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 HD Dyna Wide Glide-Battery drain, lojack system, dyna wideglide
lojack system, dyna wideglide, gararge: That is going to depend on the draw. I know that I can leave my dress sitting for about 3 weeks without charging the battery. It has a draw for the radio. If it were me I wouldnt accept the dealers notion that you have to have a battery tender. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 3-wheeler, honda oem, clutch adjustment
honda oem, clutch adjustment, honda 110: Tyler, it sounds like the clutch plates may need replacing. It is probably holding some of the time. It might possibly be something loose on the shifting mechanism as well. The clutch is under the right engine cover, and also the clutch adjustment...

Motorcycle Repair: 68 z50 ko, stator coil, battery ignition
stator coil, battery ignition, stators: Chuck, it depends alot on the year of the c70 engine as some had magnetic flywheels and some had rotors and stators that need to be excited with a battery to produce current for the ignition. Later models (about 1983?) even used a CDI type ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 CB350 Rebuilding Problems & Questions, piston heads, combustion chambers
piston heads, combustion chambers, piston rings: Kevin, Was your carbon buildup black fuel based or brown-ish oil based deposits? How long did you run it after you rebuilt and replaced all the parts you have listed in your question? Sometimes, bike engines, which have been sitting for years can suffer...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 sporty, dual fire, xlch
dual fire, xlch, ethier: Your super B carb is fine for your bike. It might not be the carb, but the coil which is causing the problem. If the coil is weak it will foul plugs, so dont worry about the carb since you are changing the ignition system anyway. In order the put a starter...

Motorcycle Repair: '76 honda cb500t cam marks, honda cb500t, compression stroke
honda cb500t, compression stroke, index marks: Jeff, watch the valves at the T and LT positions. They will either both be closed on compression stroke or they both will be partially opened on overlap stroke. As you arrive at the T or LT, you should be seeing the exhaust valve just closing, while the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Ironhead Sporty blowing blow, oil rings, project bike
oil rings, project bike, valve guides: blowing blue smoke is an indication of burning some oil, but with only 300 miles on the motor the rings might not be seated yet. It could also have not been bored correctly or there is to much clearence in the valve to valve guides. By the way, you cant bore...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 Z50R NO SPARK, honda z50r, plug cap
honda z50r, plug cap, xr80: Don, use a new or good spark plug. (.024 gap) try disconnecting the kill button wire, (black/white) check for spark again. Check for spark with the plug cap off, it could be faulty. Clean points, gap at about .014 They should just break open...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 flt 5speed, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, locknut: With the clutch cable loose, go to the adjuster in the primary. Slowly turn the adjuster screw inward, jut until to bottoms out, then outward about 1/8 turn. Tighten the locknut. Go to the cable adjuster and turn it until you have about 1/8 inch play in the...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 honda magna vf700c questions, honda magna, spark plug wire
honda magna, spark plug wire, plug caps: Sean, First answer.. No, not that I know of Second answer... The hard starting/low idling could be from plugged idle jets in the carburetors. If you let the bike sit for more than a couple of weeks, the fuel separates into a layered alcohol/gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 Honda Magna - No Spark, honda magna, plug caps
honda magna, plug caps, battery cables: Jason, it seems unlikely that both spark units went bad when sitting. Check your side stand switch and clutch switch operation with a multimeter. I think the side stand can be bypassed temporarily by connecting the G/W wire to the G wire on the wire...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 ulta glide clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, starter problem: With the bike sitting upright, loosen the cable so it has some slack in it.. remove the derby cover and in the center of the clutch you will see the adjuster. Loosen it and then turn it inward, just until it bottoms out and then outward about 1/8 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: 89 ultra classic starer hangs, bolt torque, battery cables
bolt torque, battery cables, starer: I would first check to see where the snap ring came from. You have one holding the bearing in the clutch and one holding the release plate for the clutch. If your starter is draging, check the battery cables. If they are old, replace them. I would also replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 honda nighthawk cb750 - no spark, honda nighthawk, plug caps
honda nighthawk, plug caps, vacuum leak: Mark, which spark plug boot are you disconnecting? Plug caps are generally in the 5k ohm range, so I don t see anything out of line there. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb750sc-nighthawk-750-1991/o/m1985 for parts illustrations....

Motorcycle Repair: '97 Ultra - Stator, dc volts, voltage gauge
dc volts, voltage gauge, crank case: I think you got a bad stator. Here is the deal with the 19 to 26 volts.The charging system starts with AC voltage.but you can t charge a battery with AC voltage. so they change it to pulsating DC voltage.This accrues when the AC voltage is clipped to say ...

Motorcycle Repair: !981 sturgis, gears, good luck
gears, good luck, stock: If you are locking up in two gears, then you are having a spacing problem with the gears. the trans would have to be pulled and all the gears spacing needs to be checked. You might have a bent shifter fork also, which would cause that problem Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 V-Star 1100 custom, caliper pistons, corrosion issues
caliper pistons, corrosion issues, v star 1100 custom: David, generally it is possible, with the right tools. If you are new at working on bikes and you are doing brake work, you might want to get some professional help on this one. Otherwise, check with this site: http://groups.msn.com/YamahaStarClub/1100vstartech.msnw...

Motorcycle Repair: aftermarket brake light, inspection time, buld
inspection time, buld, running light: Alot of the aftermarket companies use different color wires, so its would be hard for me to tell you what color they are. You can however test which is which. Make sure the light is a two filment bulb. Check it. If its not then you will not have a running...

Motorcycle Repair: air leak, vacuum hose, bill silver
vacuum hose, bill silver, air leak: Jimmie, if the noise only happened after you did the work, then recheck your work. Probably left a vacuum hose loose or the air filter is not seated properly in the air box.... Beyond that, I can t help you with a non-vintage, non-Honda question. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, discount auto parts stores, discount auto parts
discount auto parts stores, discount auto parts, interstate batteries: First, get a good battery. I dont like the batteries that the discount auto parts stores sell. I use interstate batteries myself. I would also get a battery conditioner. When youa re not riding you can leave it plugged int to the bike and it will keep the...

Motorcycle Repair: BLEEDING THE CLUTCH, clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics
clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics, suzuki intruder: Jesse, clutch hydraulics can be a real pain to bleed out properly. Not a Honda question, but the basics apply. First, be sure that all the components are clean and functioning. The master cylinders have 2 bleed holes in the bottom of the reservoir. They...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleed the clutch, clutch slave cylinder, vacuum brake bleeder
clutch slave cylinder, vacuum brake bleeder, hydraulic clutch: place the hose from the vacuum pump on the bleeder screw on the clutch slave cylinder.Open the screw about one turn and start pumping.Make sure the reservoir that holds the fluid NEVER goes dry.Do this until you get a good flow of new fluid. Close the bleed...

Motorcycle Repair: basket case, irone, starter button
irone, starter button, sporster: The rocker arms shaft has a compression washer on the one side of the arm and the other has a o-ring. the rocker arm itself, has a washer with a spring to hold alignmant on the wiring, are you talking about starter to starter button or starter to key switch?...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charging, stator, gecko
stator, gecko, volts: What you need to do is test your stator. Do a OHMs test on the pins of the stator. If that passes then do a AC volt test. At 2000 RPM you should be showing about 60 volts. If the stator passes the above tests, then the regulator is bad. If it fails then the...

Motorcycle Repair: bike sat, won't start, cb750f, spray bottle
cb750f, spray bottle, maintenance tips: Take a plug out and ground it on the head when you crank the motor you will see spark.I think you will have to clean the carbs.I use a spray bottle with gas in it to spray into the carbs.If it starts after spraying gas in the carbs you need to clean the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: bringing my panhead back to life, panhead, tolerence
panhead, tolerence, condenser: Your first problem is the sitting for the 14 years. You probably got a rust ring in the cylinders that is letting fuel and oil pass back and forth. Also, it sounds like when you are trying to start it you are flooding it. If you are running points make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 wont start, starter motor problems, starter solenoid
starter motor problems, starter solenoid, starter clutch: Doug, if you have a fully-charged, correct battery with 12.5+ volts, then the starter solenoid contacts are corroded over. In some cases, you can disassemble them enough to clean the contacts and reassemble. Otherwise, you will have to chase down a good used...

Motorcycle Repair: Changed my exhaust pipes, fuelpak, exhaust pipes
fuelpak, exhaust pipes, modual: Adding the pipes probably leaned out the motor, so you need to richen it back up. Riding it is going to depend on how lean it is. to lean and it runs really hot and you take a chance on burning a valve. If you add the modual and then later add the air cleaner...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Problem, wet clutch, clutch lever
wet clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable: You have a wet clutch, so it should be satarated. I would try to adjust the clutch. Loosed the clutch cable so you have alot of play in the clutch lever. Now remove the derby cover over the clutch, with the bike sitting upright. In the center of the clutch...