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Motorcycle Repair: Idling issues, carburetor issues, air leaks
carburetor issues, air leaks, cable issues: TJ.... Do the simple stuff first.... Make sure the valves and camchain are adjusted properly. Then, check the compression. If you have about 160-175 psi in each side, then you can go troubleshooting the other stuff. Take the points plate off and check...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle Carburetor, motorcycle carburetor, fuel mixture
motorcycle carburetor, fuel mixture, cbr1000: The mixture is only regulated by the fuel mixture screw at idle. The rest of it is adjusted through jet sizing and needle height. Us a smaller jet to get less fuel into the carb throat. Do not change carb size. Should have bought a Honda replacement or...

Motorcycle Repair: front master cylinder, bathroom plunger, tiny holes
bathroom plunger, tiny holes, long spring: first thing to go back in is the long spring big end first then the stop which is a 1 inch long piece thats probably white also the long end of this goes into that 1st spring, next in is the cup, its a little black rubber piece that looks like a miniature...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle lift on sportster, tie down straps, motorcycle lift
tie down straps, motorcycle lift, sportster: Slide the lift under the bike being centered on the frame. Jack it up to touch the frame and make sure its not hitting anything else. If it is you might have to move it around a little. Jack it up slowly and test the bike to make sure its balanced and then...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL, harley sportster, oil tank
harley sportster, oil tank, opil: If the oil pump is letting oil past the ball then its going into the bottom end of the motor. If you fill the tank it will overflow. The best thing to do is start the bike and let it run for a few minutes, so the opil can clear out of the bottom end and then...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil through the crankcase breather, honda cx500, crankcase breather
honda cx500, crankcase breather, crank case: Some bikes have a drain tube on the airbox because of this phenomenon. If you use the bike for short distances typically, (and 50km is a short distance) then there can be some moisture or fluid that collects in the airbox. This also is related to the humidity...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, oil leak, sportster
oil leak, sportster, bolt: Since that is not a through bolt to anywhere you would not have oil coming out of it. You probably have a rocker box leak and its running down to the motor mount. Cleant he area really well and then run the bike and check for a leak and let me know Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: oil pump, oil pump, sportster
oil pump, sportster, gears: I am a little confused as to what is slipping apart. Align the pump with the hole and slowly slide it up. If the gear on the oil pump and the pump drive gear dont align the slide the pump out and move the gear ont he oil pump just a hair. Keep doign this until...

Motorcycle Repair: primary leak, rubber plug, stator
rubber plug, stator, voltage regulator: What the problem is on your leak is the rubber plug for the voltage regulator, over time, gets hard and cracks for the heat. The only repair for this is to replace the stator. Trying silicone around the hole will not work. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: removing forks, triple trees, calibers
triple trees, calibers, bolts: You have to remove the front wheel, fender and calibers. Once you have that done loosen or remove the pinch bolts that hold the forks to the triple trees. Remove the top caps and then the forks will slide out of the triple trees Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Set timing to pw80 yamaha, jet nozzle, bill silver
jet nozzle, bill silver, plug cap: Jerry, the microfiche at http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/2003-yamaha-motorcycle-pw80r/o/m7449 wasn t too helpful, however it appears that the bike has a CDI type of ignition that is non-adjustable. Generally the systems are pass-fail. If you see...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometers, speedometer drive, gear ratios
speedometer drive, gear ratios, cm400: Austin, I don t have a definitive answer for you. That is a question that was never asked before. It may work but the calibration may be off, depending on the tire size circumference speedometer drive gear ratios and the internal speedometer drive gear...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter, starter motor, splines
starter motor, splines, bolts: Starter on the goldwing is located on the left side as you re sitting on the bike. Look at the cylinders, then back a little you will see a 100mm long 3inch round motor held in typically with two bolts. If you undo the bolts, the starter motor will come...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter problem!!!, trickle charge battery, starter button
trickle charge battery, starter button, starter problem: First you need to try to start it again. If it doesnt start then you need to check the following with a test light. Do you have power at the starter button? Do you have power at the starter relay from the starter button when you press it? Do you have power...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting Problems on 1983 HD FLHT, havock, neks
havock, neks, flht: Your bike is not charging. Now you need to test the stator. Unplug the regulator and at the pins for the stator do a OHMs test from pin to pin and pin to ground. If it passes then start the bike and at the stator do a AC volt test. At 2000 RPM you should show...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting problems, jackshaft, starter relay
jackshaft, starter relay, starter button: If your starter is spinning then your relay is ok. With the bike sitting upright remove the derby cover at the back of the primary. Looking at the top of the clutch and slightly behind it you will see the jackshaft. Have somebody press the starter button....

Motorcycle Repair: Stator Rotor for Honda 900 CB Custom, stator rotor, honda 900
stator rotor, honda 900, permanent magnet: No i don t believe so, these are all alternator designs which get their magentic fields from the regulator, and the battery. So you need some power in order to generate power... In the case of older bikes, which had dynamo s, there was a permanent magnet,...

Motorcycle Repair: Stripped Oil Drain on 84 sportster, oil drain plug, steel inserts
oil drain plug, steel inserts, helicoil: I dont like heli-coils in places where you are removing a bolt alot. They tend to pull out. I use steel inserts, which will hold better. You can drill it and tap it while its together. Put some grease on the drill bit and tap so the shavings will cling to...

Motorcycle Repair: spark issues, loose wire, loose connection
loose wire, loose connection, 12 volts: If you are showing 12 volts at the battery and only 9 volts at the coil, with just the key on then you need to follow the power from the battery to the coil. Check all the connections and see where your power drop is. You will probably either have a loose...

Motorcycle Repair: sporster tranny, through bolt, motorcycle repair
through bolt, motorcycle repair, kickstarter: That bolt should be a through bolt into the case. It is not close to the kickstarter so it shouldnt have anything to do with it. I would pull the primary cover and you can see the kickstarter and then you can see what is binding it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, check fuse, starter relay
check fuse, starter relay, starter button: First, with a test light, check to see if you have power going to the ignition switch. Next, check to see if you have power going to the starter relay. After that, with the starter button pressed, check to see if you have power going to the starter from the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter problem, yamaha grizzly atv, starter problem
yamaha grizzly atv, starter problem, new brain: Sounds like your battery needs to be replaced. (original answer) Further:, after receiving low ratings from you: You need glasses, and a new brain because you cannot read anything about my profile nor interpret it. Your low marks just reinforce the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter just spins, honda valkyrie, starter clutch
honda valkyrie, starter clutch, ingage: Hi, The starter clutch is a one-way device that can get corrosion on it, or dents in the rollers. First thing I would do is change the oil, this can sometimes fix the problem. Otherwise it can be a big job depending on how much you need to dissassemble...

Motorcycle Repair: Tranny fluid drain plug, 2 quarts, drain plug
2 quarts, drain plug, motor oil: The drain for the trans is inbetween the shocks in the center. there are only 3 things that are drained underneith the bike. The tranny, motor oil and primary oil. If it were motor oil you should have gotten out about 3 quarts. Primary oil you would have gotten...

Motorcycle Repair: can't give gas or else it dies and back fires, yamaha sr500, cylinder motorcycles
yamaha sr500, cylinder motorcycles, air fuel: Hi Kevin, I do not know if the sr500 has an accelerator pump, but usually the carb does have a primary and secondary air/fuel circuit and it sounds like one of the two is still partially clogged. Check the air filter, and the exhaust also. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: test coil on twin cam, bank angle, mike thanks
bank angle, mike thanks, time bob: You can test the coil, but that in not going to be the problem. Coils wear out slowly over time. They just dont go out. You bike would start running badly while the coil is going out. your problem is either going to be the bank angle senser, the cam position...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle sticking, harley davidson, low rider
harley davidson, low rider, condenser: You are going to have to remove the carb from the bike. I am going to assumn you have a stock carb. remove the cable from the carb and turning it by hand see where it is sticking. Its either going to be the shaft that goes through the carb or the butterfly...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal wiring, turn signals, universal light
turn signals, universal light, blinker relay: The blinker relays usually rely on a load to make them blink. Did the relay come with the kit? Are all the turn signals connected? Is there a repeater light that should be part of the load? led s don t use anywhere near the power that incandescents use,...

Motorcycle Repair: Water leakage, crf 450 2005, honda crf 450
crf 450 2005, honda crf 450, honda crf 450 2005: I have a CRF450X myself, and if water comes out of the case, then one of the seals is leaking. The case will need to come off, and check the seals and the integrity of the case itself. I ll have to take a look at my case now you have me thinking about it....

Motorcycle Repair: 06 cr 125, power reeds, cr 125
power reeds, cr 125, stock condition: I have had good results from my FMF fatty gold series pipe, but in order for that all to help, the basic engine has to be in good shape. Before adding performance parts and complicating things with more variables, make sure the bike is running well in stock...

Motorcycle Repair: 1884 Honda nighthawk cb700sc l. front turn signal, honda nighthawk, honda cb700sc
honda nighthawk, honda cb700sc, cmsnl: Randall, I think you will find the wiring connections beneath/behind the headlight/fairing unit. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-84-nighthawk-s-us_model1018/partslist/ for illustrations. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-84-nighthawk-s-us_model1018/partslist/F++27.html...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1972 honda cb 350, honda cb 350, pb blaster
honda cb 350, pb blaster, wheel pullers: Ken, if the pistons are stuck in the cylinder bores, it is due to rust and corrosion. In some cases, where the corrosion bond is recent, then you can try a penetrating oil like KROIL or PB Blaster or some people have good luck with diesel fuel in the cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 cl 360, honda cl360, clutch cable
honda cl360, clutch cable, cable adjusters: Mike... here is the illustration for the parts: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl360-scrambler-360-k0-us_model551/partslist/E++09.html Loosen up the outer lock nut, and back off the adjuster screw, so the inner mechanism can sink down inside. Put some grease...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 superglide fxe, punp, oil tank
punp, oil tank, superglide: You will already have oil in the punp so you wont have to prime it. After installing the oil tank and putting oil in it, let the bike sit for about 1/2 hour so the air will bleed out of the main feed line and your good to go. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 flh chain oil system, chain oiler, engine crankcase
chain oiler, engine crankcase, crankcase breather: ok, first you cant clamp the vent line off for the primary or it pressurize and backfeed into the oil tank. It need to be open. Next, the sticking clutch plates might be from the vent closed off. What you need to do is remove the clutches and clean them....

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 cb750, honda cb750kz 1979, halogen headlights
honda cb750kz 1979, halogen headlights, cmsnl: Don.... won t idle very well could be any number of things. Is it firing on all cylinders at idle or dropping one set? Have you had the carbs off for cleaning and inspection of the air cut valve? Is your charging system working? DOHC Honda fours have a history...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 flh inner primary, shaft bearing, wheel cylinder
shaft bearing, wheel cylinder, dial indicator: Are you refering to the bearing that 4th gear rides on or the bearing that is at the other end of the main shaft? If you can, go to v-twin manufactring catalog on the net. Go to page 492 and you will see a view of the mainshaft. Then you can gove me the part...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CBX 1000Z Charging problem, friction plates, driven plate
friction plates, driven plate, thick edge: Hi Nick, the problem is likely with the drive. There are two friction plates which provide the drive to the alternator. The spring behind the driving plate can get hot, and relaxes. There are two washers, one fiber washer and one steel washer which go between...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 virago, valve stem seals, piston ring
valve stem seals, piston ring, oil consumption: Ken, it sounds like it is oil fouling, rather than fuel fouling the spark plug. Depending on the mileage it could have piston ring wear issues or more likely is needing new valve stem seals. Check compression and watch your oil consumption for more clues...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 GL1100, master brake cylinder, piston movement
master brake cylinder, piston movement, rear caliper: If you can move the pistons by hand, then the problem lies with the master cylinder. If not then did you get all of the corrosion cleaned off in the groove where the seals sit? Sounds like the return orifice is blocked in the master cylinder though. Don...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 nighthawk, generator coils, plug caps
generator coils, plug caps, air leaks: Jered... which version Nighthawk? 650 or 700? Do you mean that it turns over and doesn t start, doesn t turn over or something else? Do you have spark when it doesn t start? Do you have fuel? You could have fading pulse generator coils, heat sensitive...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda vts1100 Shadow, fuse box, starter button
fuse box, starter button, happy hunting: Does the bike start when you try to push-start it? Perhaps your kill switch has shorted out? When you hit the starter button, do you hear anything? If you hear clicking, then the solenoid may be bad, or the starter motor. If you hear nothing, then the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT700 starter button, starter solenoid, clutch lever
starter solenoid, clutch lever, starter button: Bud, the starter button does two functions.... button out HEADLIGHT ON. Button pushed IN.. headlight OUT and starter button activates starter motor. There are safety switches on the clutch lever bracket and diodes in the circuit, that can prevent starter function....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 883 sportster air/fuel mixture screw, 883 harley davidson, air fuel mixture
883 harley davidson, air fuel mixture, 883 harley davidson sportster: The carb will probably have to come off to clean all of the jets properly; your manual should state how many turns the air screw should be out, on most bikes it is 1.5 turns but on HD I m not sure. Again refer to the manual, but clean the carb first. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Shadow VT1100, starter clutch, shadow vt1100
starter clutch, shadow vt1100, shadow 1100: Hi, Your starter clutch is slipping. First change the oil. If that does not work, you will have to check/replace the starter clutch which is a fairly big job on a CBX but I don t know how difficult this is on a VT1100. I would get a manual first if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 honda cbr 600 f4, honda cbr 600, bill silver
honda cbr 600, bill silver, board electronics: Kirk.... I assume you changed the stator due to charging system failure. Did you fully charge the battery? Is it still a good battery that will pass a load test? These bikes MUST have a fully charged battery and functioning charging system. Once the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 honda elite 50, honda elite, plastic connector
honda elite, plastic connector, battery terminal: It sounds like part of your bike is not getting a positive feed. Check fuses and connections, especially where there are signs of previous work and tape. Also cehck the ignition switch, as it may not be connecting properly. You will need a circuit diagram...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 xr 70r honda dirt bike, dirt bike, kick starter
dirt bike, kick starter, piston: Sounds like the engine is seized. Check the camchain and make sure the piston is free. You can check if it is the kickstart mechanism by engaging a high gear and rolling the bike. If the wheel turns the engine then it is a problem with the kickstart mechanism....

Motorcycle Repair: 90' 1200cc sportster, starter shaft, starter relay
starter shaft, starter relay, grape fruit: the clicking you are hearing is the starter relay. What you need to do is, with a test light, make sure you have power going to the starter relay. Next, check the wire from the relay to the starter and see if you have power going to the starter. If you dont...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter, honda 305 scrambler, davidsilverspares
honda 305 scrambler, davidsilverspares, vintage honda: Well searching the web doesn t have to take that long, just narrow your search term. Join the 305 scrambler club, and they will know where to find parts. Or try somewhere like: http://www.classichondarestoration.com/Vintage_Honda_305_Parts.php http://www.cmsnl.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake and shifting issue, yamaha maxim, disk brakes
yamaha maxim, disk brakes, drum brakes: Danny... not a Maxim expert, but if you have drum brakes on the back, then the brake cam is sticking in the backing plate. If disk brakes, then the master cylinder needs a rebuild. Shift lever shaft could be bent or binding in the side case... or the return...

Motorcycle Repair: bafels, dyna jet carb kit, drag pipes
dyna jet carb kit, drag pipes, best bet: you can take the baffles out, but it will cause you to loose power in midrange. Your turning your pipes into drag pipes. You would also be leaning out the engine, so you would have to rejet the carb. your best bet, if you plan on doing this, is to get a Dyna-jet...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, disk brakes, caliper
disk brakes, caliper, brake pads: You are going to hear the brake rubbing a little when you push it. All disk brakes do this. At 6000 miles they should not be worn out. Look at the caliper, with a flashlight, and you can see the pads. Check and see if they are worn out or not. If they are...

Motorcycle Repair: brike spark plug, fuel starvation, starvation problem
fuel starvation, starvation problem, shop bike: Sounds like you have a fuel starvation problem, which is why the engine stops after a while, so check filters in the gas tank etc. Now to get the plug out, this will be difficult with a hardened steel easy-out in there. Only way is to take off the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor, havock, flow line
havock, flow line, throttle cable: The hose you are refering to is the over flow line. It doesnt attach to anything. Its there incase the carb bowl overflows. If you have two cables, one should have a spring on it close to the end, the one with the spring is the return cable. The other one...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 1975, starter button, bill silver
starter button, bill silver, side switch: Bob, the starter solenoids are rarely at fault in cases like this, but it is always an outside possibility. The 1975 onwards Honda have auto ON headlights, so the headlight function and starter functions were combined in the handlebar switch. These original...

Motorcycle Repair: cam, weisco pistons, advance curves
weisco pistons, advance curves, timing curve: Since you are running high octane and your still getting pinging, before you go to the trouble and expense of changing cams or pistons I would first try retarding it a little more. If that doesnt work then I would go with the new ignition so that you can change...

Motorcycle Repair: carb, honda xr100r, compression stroke
honda xr100r, compression stroke, honda xr: Desmond.. the screw on the side is the idle speed screw. Normally, it is turned out until it isn t lifting the slide, then turn it in until it just raises the slide and then add about 1/4 turn. The screw underneath is the idle mixture screw and that is the...

Motorcycle Repair: carb rejetting nightmare, hydraulic lifters, valve lifter
hydraulic lifters, valve lifter, screw out: There is no adjustment for the lifters. The problem is, the pushrods are on the outside of the bike, so you hear the noise. Lifters in other bikes and cars are internal, and you dont really hear them. They will tick somewhat. I guess on a scale it can be around...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator, throtle, excelent
throtle, excelent, poor quality: You probably have a clogged idle jet in the carb, this is the most common problem with carbs in the US because of the poor quality of the gasoline. Clean all of the jets in the carb and try again. The main jet rarely clogs up, but it is the easiest to remove....

Motorcycle Repair: cb350 engine rebuild, pattern texture, piston ring
pattern texture, piston ring, intermittent compression: Pete.... Did you install NEW o-rings on the rocker arm shafts? Old o-rings can get hardened and loose their ability to seal properly. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb350-super-sport-350-k2-us_model431/partslist/E++03.html #17. Check the shafts for wear,...

Motorcycle Repair: not charging, charging battery, stator
charging battery, stator, ac voltage: First you need to determine what the problem is. First thing you need to do is check your battery. Make sure you dont have a dry cell and it holds a charge. Next, unplug the regulator from the stator and check the stator posts for OHMs. Now start the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: Is my clutch due for replacement., motorcycle clutches, clutch lever
motorcycle clutches, clutch lever, honda bikes: Well there are normally three things that affect the clutch: Cable adjustment, Clutch operation adjustment, and wear. Sounds like you have taken care of the cable adjustment, but perhaps the clutch is worn. On Honda bikes, there is normally a round cover...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch problem, clutch pack, center hub
clutch pack, center hub, vf750f: Bill, it is likely that the clutch pack is stuck together from sitting so long. You will have to spring for the hub tool, which should be available from Motion-Pro dealers to get the clutch pack apart. Master cylinder rebuilds often result in trapped air...

Motorcycle Repair: engine dies, bill silver, switch connections
bill silver, switch connections, sharp turn: Richard.... a little mention of year make and model would have been helpful. If your bike has an ignition switch mounted up on the handlebars, most likely the switch base is working loose. Honda has repair kits for some of the 70-80s models. Other possibilities...

Motorcycle Repair: engine paint color, aluminum paint, engine paint
aluminum paint, engine paint, auto parts stores: Ed, the kickstarter and clutch covers were painted a kind of flat silver aluminum. We used to paint them with Krylon Dull Aluminum paint. There are some new Dupli-color hi-temp engine paint at auto parts stores now that has a similar color style. Bill Silver...

Motorcycle Repair: Not your expertise but probably can answer, fuel guage, turn signals
fuel guage, turn signals, wire harness: Your first sentence is the key here. Replacing the + cable to the best you know; typically the + cable powers the main positive line into the loom, and then a big fat cable to the solenoid, only used for starting, and then paerhaps another depending on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 honda elite 50, helmet holder
Motorcycle Repair: 2000 honda elite 50, helmet holder

Motorcycle Repair: follow up, wiring connector, connector plug
wiring connector, connector plug, screamin eagle: Somebody, at some time, has changed the wires on your bike. You should have 2 white wires and 1 blue wire. You would first need to determine which wires are always hot. There should be two of them. Once you have them it should be the third wire that you connect...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil change, fork oil, rough spots
fork oil, rough spots, harshness: All for oil does is take the harshness out of the ride, it doesnt keep the forks from bottoming out. You might need to take the forks apart and inspect the springs in them. You might either have a bad one or a damaged one. Good luck and happy riding Mike...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley exhaust..backpressure cylinder volume, drag pipes, harley exhaust
drag pipes, harley exhaust, drag pipe: For an exhaust to work at its best, on both cylinders, the pipes should idealy be the same length. Being the same length doesnt always look the best, however. Without a baffle in the exhaust you have dreated a drag pipe. Drag pipes work great at high RPMs...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA CB 450, honda cb 450, starter clutch
honda cb 450, starter clutch, rubber hammer: It sounds like there are some teeth stripped off the starter gear. Usually this is a major job since it is coupled to the primary shaft or the crankshaft. Not sure on the CB450 since I do not know that engine well, but if you obtained this bike cheap, you...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA CB750K STARTING PROBLEMS, honda 750k, header pipes
honda 750k, header pipes, cmsnl: Ed... Looking at the other illustrations for the carburetors: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb750kb-1981-four-general-export-kph_model14706/partslist/E18.html You will see that there are vent hoses for the float bowls, and a pair of vent hoses that help maintain...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda '71 scrambler 350 points, honda cb350, rotor stator
honda cb350, rotor stator, air leaks: Dan, setting the ignition timing requires several steps.... I recommend removing the point plate, removing the spark advancer and checking it for proper advance/retard function. Lube it up and reinstall it all. Turn the motor over until the points are...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C72E, replacement frame, restoration guides
replacement frame, restoration guides, bill silver: Gordon, the frame number is stamped down on the left side of the frame, behind the engine, where the footpeg bracket bar mounts to the frame. Usually covered in dirt and grease, but it is there, unless it was a replacement frame with no numbers re-stamped....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CDI, honda magnas, cmsnl
honda magnas, cmsnl, cbx1000: Hi Chris, I think a lot of that era Honda s have the OKI type CDI igniters. I know an outfit in Holland who supply equivalent units for the CBX1000 1979 and 1981 models, which have different connectors. I do not think they can be repaired, so replacement...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Electrics, honda st1100, regulator rectifier
honda st1100, regulator rectifier, yellow wires: Hi John, Bad contacts increase resistance which increase heat, etc. etc. I would say clean all the wiring and use clean terminals if possible. Then verify the voltages and make sure the rectifier and regulator is working properly, by checking at high...

Motorcycle Repair: hard starting 03 xl1200c, intermediate jet, oil residue
intermediate jet, oil residue, sporster: Your problem of hard starting is the foulded plugs. There are two reasons for this. First is the coil or plug wires are bad. You can OHMs test them to make sure they are good. The other reason is to big an intermediate jet in the carb. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: head gasket leak, head gasket leak, piston ring
head gasket leak, piston ring, torque specs: you cant just tighten it down. You would have to replace the gasket. To do the work that is needed you need to get a service manual and it will give you the steps you need. the problem you are going to run into is you will need to mic the cylinders to make...

Motorcycle Repair: My headlight on my 1994 honda cbr 600 dems when at idle, honda cbr 600, high beams
honda cbr 600, high beams, bill silver: Micheal, Do a load test on the battery first, then do a charging system check. The charging systems don t put out a full output at idle, anyway. Do not overtax the electrical system by running around with high beams or extra lights on, unless you are on...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb350 starter, honda cb350, starter solenoid
honda cb350, starter solenoid, jumper cables: Nate.... If you jump across the two big starter solenoid posts, back by the battery, you should be able to determine if the starter motor is at fault or the the solenoid. You can also use jumper cables to connect directly to the starter motor cable post to...

Motorcycle Repair: humo en escapes, gasoline vapors, head gasket
gasoline vapors, head gasket, mofles: This isn t getting any easier... bill - shadow vt750c 1983-corri the motorcycle and the smoke ciguio in cylidro of back I tested equal of comprecio 185psi leaves to enfrial the motor prendi and at the outset smoke after 5 minutes enpeso to humial demaciado...

Motorcycle Repair: idle jets, 1979 honda cx500, cx650
1979 honda cx500, cx650, backpressure: In the standard Keihin carbs, the idle jets are possibly pressed in, I m sorry I don t know which carbs are used on the CX500. My CX650 is injection so I cannot check... If you remove the baffles, the backpressure of the exhaust will be lower, and this can...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition switch compatibility, honda cb900, ebay sellers
honda cb900, ebay sellers, switch repair: Tim.... the 78-79 switches should be identical, thus interchangeable. There are switch repair kits for non CDI switches... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honda-CB900-CB750-Ignition-Switch-Base-Repair_W0QQitemZ380222183972QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcycles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item5887021a24...

Motorcycle Repair: Jetting a dual S&S super B carb, intermediate jet, drag pipes
intermediate jet, drag pipes, piston rings: What you need to do is start with the intermediate jet. Clean your plugs and go for about a 5 mile ride. Don not go over around 2500 RPMs. If you stay below that you are only running on the intermediate jet. What you are trying to do is set the intermidate...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki carbs, bench test, vacuum line
bench test, vacuum line, float bowl: If it is leaking gas, I would cehck the following: Float height. sounds like you already did that, but also make sure the needle and seat are spotless and shut off the fuel when the level is reached. Secondly, the carbs have an overflow standpipe and on...

Motorcycle Repair: Motor Rebuild, harley dealer, independent shop
harley dealer, independent shop, stock motor: Building your motor up would be cheaper than buying a new motor. As to how much I am not going to be able to tell you. I have no way of knowing what labor costs are across the country. Also, it is going to be different depending on if you use a harley dealer...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle trouble shooting, yamaha seca 2, 1992 yamaha seca 2
yamaha seca 2, 1992 yamaha seca 2, carbs: If you did not drain the fuel from the carbs when you stored it, you will have to clean the carbs out first. With a bit of luck that will get you going again. CHange the oil in the bike too, during storage it almost certainly picked up a lot of moisture...

Motorcycle Repair: Noise like tappets that is not tappets, massive apologies, bike mechanics
massive apologies, bike mechanics, honda 650: I am not familiar with this bike, but you may be hearing pinging which is an indication that the ignition timing may be too far advanced, or the fuel grade may be too low. Since bikes normally run on low-grade fuel, unless the compression has been increased...

Motorcycle Repair: I need help, dyna jet carb kit, intake leak
dyna jet carb kit, intake leak, stock bike: First, you need to make sure its a carb problem. You need to do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to make sure they are good. If they pass, you need to make sure that you dont have a intake leak or a exhaust leak. If that is ok, then you need to pull...

Motorcycle Repair: oil coming through air filter, rocker boxes, rubber valves
rocker boxes, rubber valves, air filter: Your bike vents throught the heads and then goes to the air filter. In the Rocker boxes there are rubber valves which lets air through. Over time they get old and stiff and start letting a little oil through as well as air. The rocker boxes need to be removed...

Motorcycle Repair: oil routing, oil tank, problum
oil tank, problum, oil lines: Looking at the oil tank you should have 3 fittings. The lowest one is the feed line that goes to the oil pump. Next highest is the vent from th motor and the highest is the return line. the return line goes from the motor, to the filter to the oil cooler and...

Motorcycle Repair: push rod tube, push rod, cork
push rod, cork, silicone: If there leaking from the top or bottom you probably have weak tube springs if its leaking from the center are you sure that you have the steel washer installed in the right order. cork goes against lower tube then steel washer then spring if this is all good...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrod tube removal, pushrod, tube slide
pushrod, tube slide, locknut: remove the clip on the tube. Slide the tub together. Now rotate the motor so the pushrod you are working on is in the down position. Now you will have to loosen the locknut ont he pushrod and turn the pushrod so it is shorter and take it out with the tube...

Motorcycle Repair: Revtech coil, gmc 1500, elso
gmc 1500, elso, fuse: Sounds like everything elso is probably ok, but the only way to be sure is to hook up the new coil and try it Do you have a 3 post coil or a 2 post coil? When you get this you will have to gice me a call. I am going on vacation and you are not going to...

Motorcycle Repair: replaceing handle bars, decorator plates, handlebars
decorator plates, handlebars, handle bars: you have to start by removing the trim around the key lock. Under it you will find screws. remove them and the bolt that holds on the top cover. Once you hve the top cover off the handlebars are attached to risers. remov ethe bolts for the top cap of the risers...

Motorcycle Repair: rocker box leaks, bottom side, long trip
bottom side, long trip, ordeal: No leak is normal. You have a gaket that is leaking. You can still go on your trip as long as the leak does not bother you. It wont hurt anything except getting oil on the motor. Its hard to say how long it will just weep. Could be a year could be a month....

Motorcycle Repair: smokeing, valve seals, cross hatch
valve seals, cross hatch, smoke oil: Yes it is probablly the oil pump check valve leaking the oil out of your tank into the lower end when the bike is off. Your bike doesn t have a ball and spring against a seat though so a simple reseat with a punch and hammer wouldn t help you. Also 6 ounces...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug removal, push rods, pushrod
push rods, pushrod, sportster: You have duel head plugs. What you need is a very thin walled socket to get those out. If you still cant get it out I would contact the company and see if they have a special tool to use. I have never seen it where the pushrod was in the way. you can contact...

Motorcycle Repair: speedo/tach combo install, fxstc, test light
fxstc, test light, volt: Looking at the coil you will see two posts, either on the sides or the front of the coil. that is where the 12 volt wiring is attached. One is the hot side and the other is the negitive side. use a test light and with the key on check both posts. The one that...

Motorcycle Repair: splitting the cam case, honda c100, rubber mallets
honda c100, rubber mallets, honda xr250: If you have stripped the entire engine down to the crankcases/lower end, then they should come apart with some effort. Rubber mallets are generally not firm enough to impart the kind of blow you need to move them apart. There is an adhesive that seals the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter removal, starter removal, xlh
starter removal, xlh, bolts: on the starter side of the bike just remove the two starter through bolts and work the starter loose from the housing you may have a chrome cover on the end of your starter covering these bolts but to remove that take out the screw in the center...

Motorcycle Repair: sticky brake light, brake lever, handlebar
brake lever, handlebar, handlebars: Looking at the handlebars, where the brake lever is, you will see that the lever is attached to the handlebar by a bracket and the throttle is connected by a different bracket. Those brackets have to be pushed together tightly or the light will come on and...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki vs800gl, battery connections, indicator lights
battery connections, indicator lights, light oil: You definitely have a connection problem. Check and clean your battery connections and move towards your ignition, starter motor, and ground locations, looking for loose and/or dirty connections. Both positive, and ground sides of circuit, can lead to this...

Motorcycle Repair: on off switch, spring tension, side cutter
spring tension, side cutter, ironhead: To replace this switch you will need to split the handlebar control block where the affected switches are. Use a side cutter to snip the wires off of the on/off switch then remove the 2 screws holding the switch in place, remove and replace the old switch...

Motorcycle Repair: Timing chain Replacement precedure, timing chain replacement, honda elite 80
timing chain replacement, honda elite 80, exhaust valves: I would recommend that you get the manual before you attempt this. Each bike is different, however the marks are normally fairly easy to spot. Usually you have to put the bike on TDC, and then put the valves symmetrically on the rock and line up the marks...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission won't shift, while running, clutch lever, dry clutch
clutch lever, dry clutch, clutch plates: You should have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. When you try to shift it while running, does the shift lever not move or is binding like it does not want to go into gear? If that is the case, then is sounds like the clutch is not disengaging. remove...

Motorcycle Repair: timing marks, twin cylinder engine, compression stroke
twin cylinder engine, compression stroke, grainy photos: Anthony... there are a couple of ways to approach this situation. 1. Remove the stator cover, if there are no access plugs to inspect the timing. Note the T and F marks on the flywheel for F and R cylinders. There may be an additional cam timing mark set...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny ?'s, engine case, bad case
engine case, bad case, kicker: The rebuild cost on your tranny would depend on whats wrong. Its hard to set a price until you have it all apart and can see what needs replacing. I have rebuilt many a ironhead transmission. I can t help you with the welding issue probably need somebody that...

Motorcycle Repair: troubleshooting piston and rings,other nternal parts for damage, main bearings, cylinder wall
main bearings, cylinder wall, engine noise: Once you have the parts cleaned up, evaluate the score in the bore, if it is just a discoloration, you may get away with it but if you can feel it with your fingernail then the engine will smoke on reassembly. It may be best since you have the whole thing...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring Diagram, cm250, ebay
cm250, ebay, nice thing: The nice thing with Honda s is that the wires are always color coded correctly, so plug the same colors together and this will get you a long way. Pay particular attention though, the colors have to match well. I do not have a wiring diagram, but I would...

Motorcycle Repair: 0il lines, rear cylinder, oil pump
rear cylinder, oil pump, sportster: The feed is underneath the bike on the oil pump and the vent is either on the back side of the rear of you cam cover or right behind the rear cylinder right next to the return port. The vent will be a 5/16 inch fitting and the feed and return lines will be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 Custom not starting, ground cable, few more miles
ground cable, few more miles, old battery: If your positive wire is smoking then you need, first, replace it. Then check the ground cable at both ends. You probably dont have a good ground. When you say you lose power, is it like you turn the ignition off or does it feel like you have no fuel? When...

Motorcycle Repair: 1926 Harley Model J, harley model, middle school kids
harley model, middle school kids, flash flood: If it were under water you would have to kick the bike over until you get the water out of the heads. Once you have the water out, as long as the ignition didnt get wet it should start. If the ignition got wet you would need to wait till it dried out Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda S65, grocery getter, honda s65
grocery getter, honda s65, wiringdiagrams: Dan, there is a wiring diagram here: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class The fuse is on the blue wire, but that wire goes back to the ignition switch, which is grounded. Odd concept, but it works. The ignition system is magneto...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 Harley sportster 900, harley sportster, worm gear
harley sportster, worm gear, good starting point: Start by loosening the cable so there is alot of slack in it. then loosen the worm gear. Now push the cable back towards the primary. that wasy the worm gear is all the way back. Now adjust the worm gear. tighten it and then back it out about 1/8 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB 100, bill silver, cb100
bill silver, cb100, cl100: Carson, The small 22mm carburetor was used on all CB/CL100, CB/CL125 and XL100 models, as I recall. Make sure that you match the jetting of your old carb with whatever different model you source for a replacement. There is a difference in the jetting between...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb360t, partslist, bill silver
partslist, bill silver, cmsnl: Duane... see illustrations here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb360t-1976-us_model439/partslist/E++03.html It looks like it sits in a recessed well in the lower engine case, based on the shape of it. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb360t-1976-us_model439/partslist/E++12.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda XL250s, victor reinz gasket, gasket paper
victor reinz gasket, gasket paper, cmsnl: Andrew, http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xl250s-79-us_model7690/partslist/E++02.html #2? Honda doesn t put those kinds of channels in the gaskets for no reason. 760-244-2626 is the number for XRs-only, who might be able to give you specifics about the gasket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda cx500c, honda cx500, air leaks
honda cx500, air leaks, pulse generators: David... Make sure that the choke cable isn t hanging up. It has a fast idle function when the knob is pulled out. The ignition timing is CDI automatic, so shouldn t be a problem, but is worth checking if nothing else shows up. I would be looking for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB650, stator coil, bike expert
stator coil, bike expert, component failure: Nick, Each component needs to be checked carefully before replacement, so you don t waste money on repairs unnecessarily. http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/known-issues/street_43250.php Use their troubleshooting tree on the other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda XL250S, honda xl250s, hook up
honda xl250s, hook up, gears: Sounds like you have a problem with the clutch on your bike. If you can select the gears, inspect the clutch first. If the clutch is OK, then perhaps all of the engaging dogs have broken off a gear, which is a major overhaul job to replace. Good luck, ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM450E seat attachment, honda cm450e, shop ebay
honda cm450e, shop ebay, balancer shaft: Kirk, the photos didn t come through, so I am a little in the dark about your question/problem. Look at the illustrations here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm450e-82-us_model1052/partslist/F++15.html The rear of the seat clipped into retainer latches,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 What charges the Battery, honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk 650
honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk 650, 1983 honda nighthawk: The thing that actually charges your battery is the alternator. But the alternator needs input voltage to excite itself, so the battery needs to be working before it will charge. A regulator decides how much current is put into the alternator to get the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, ebay seller
honda goldwing aspencade, ebay seller, bill silver: I assume you have the digital dash feature on your bike. I am not a GW expert. A quick search mentions that the front wheel sensor can affect both speedometer readings and apparently the self-canceling turnsignals. If the relay, sensor or other control modules...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 250ES Big Red 3 wheeler, honda motorcycle, vacuum hose
honda motorcycle, vacuum hose, dirty fuel: Tim, it sounds like perhaps you flushed some dirty fuel back into the carburetor after the clean-out and it plugged up the idle jet. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/1986-honda-motorcycle-atc250es/o/m1903 CARBURETOR for illustrations of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VF700C Magna Carbs overflowing, keyster carb kits, cmsnl
keyster carb kits, cmsnl, dip tank: Well Bryan, you are in for an adventure. Sitting bikes develop a lot of aging issues, such as your float valves overflowing the bowls due to varnish deposits gumming up the jets and float valves inside the float bowls. Get a good shop manual so you can do...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 fxrs primary chaincase oil leak, shoulder bolts, gasket kit
shoulder bolts, gasket kit, sealent: I have somthing better than a sealent. There is a gasket kit that will work for you. Go to Teds v-twin manufacturing web site. Go to their catalog and then go to page 388. Look on the right side of the page and you will see a repair kit. The part number is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Harley Softail, harley softail, plug wires
harley softail, plug wires, 12 volts: the only thing that burns out coils is voltage that is going to the coil and not being released. What happens is, voltage is going to the coil. The coil changes the voltage for 12 volts to around 30,000 volts. If this voltage is not released fromt he coil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 honda xr100 timing, camshaft lobes, honda xr100
camshaft lobes, honda xr100, punch mark: Matthew, If you haven t bent the valves by having out of time, here is the easy procedure. Piston at TDC (T mark) Camshaft lobes DOWNWARDS in an upside down V (/-). That should allow the sprocket to install on the camshaft with the O punch mark straight...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Sportster 1200, xl1200, sportster 1200
xl1200, sportster 1200, harleys: Since you have spark then I would suspect a fuel problem. Looking down the throat of the carb and twisting the throttle, do you see a shot of fuel going into the intake? If you do then try this. Turn the bike over with your hand over the carb, for just a sec,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 honda trx 90, honda trx 90, ohm resistance
honda trx 90, ohm resistance, carb settings: James. I don t do much with ATV series bikes. The 90 engines have been built for years, however. Always begin troubleshooting efforts by establishing a baseline tuneup.... adjust the valves first, check compression, check spark plug condition and spark...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Road King TC 88, kit dynojet, true duals
kit dynojet, true duals, oil pump: I would go with the Andrews 26 cam. It will give you the HP and torque for the RPM you ride in. For what you have I would stick with the ignition, plugs, wires and oil pump that you already have. they will work just fine for your setup. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: '72 XLH sportster 1000, sportster chopper, exhaust clamps
sportster chopper, exhaust clamps, head gasket: If its coming out between the cylinder and head then you will have to replace the head gasket or it will get worse. You can remove the head without removing the motor. Once you have the head off you need to inspect the cylinder wall and mic the piston to see...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 superglide fx, test light, solenoid
test light, solenoid, breakers: What you need to do is take a test light and with the ignition switch on, check to see if you have power at the switch. Then check your on off switch and then see if you have power going to the coil. Also, check your breakers Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 cb750f charging issue, cylinder motorcycles, voltage c
cylinder motorcycles, voltage c, specific gravity: Mike.. from the www.sohc.net site: Testing of the excited-field coil charging systems: Three-phase charging system inspection and maintenance for all pre-79 SOHC 4- CYLINDER motorcycles. I. Initial inspection. A. Charging system fuse check 1. If open...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 ironhead, valve seals, ironhead
valve seals, ironhead, valve seal: To change the guide you have to press the old one out and press the new one in. Then its has to be lapped to the valve. Once that is done the valve seat has to be ground. When the shop said it looked ok, you cant tell be look. You have to mic the valve and...

Motorcycle Repair: 82kz1000 ltd, timing light, carburettors
timing light, carburettors, carbs: More than likely the carburettors need cleaning. It is also possible the carburettor boot is not sealing properly and you are getting false air into the engine. You ll need to remove the carb and inspect/clean. It is less likely to be ignition in my experience....

Motorcycle Repair: 83 VT750C Fuel Shutoff Relay, fuel pump relay, bill silver
fuel pump relay, bill silver, starter button: Tom, try bypassing the fuel pump relay so the pump gets a full 12v to the input line. The pump is 12v rated. Honda did set them up to basically refill the bowls after short intervals, but it doesn t stay on until the carbs are full, if they are empty. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 fxst primary, clutch basket, clutch plate
clutch basket, clutch plate, shift linkage: You need to start by removing the primary cover. Once that is off you need a impact wrench to remove the motor sprocket nut. Remove the chain adjuster. Then remove the clutch plate cover. Once that is off you have to remove the clutch basket nut. That will...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 rebel 450 shifter sticks, shift linkage, clutch assembly
shift linkage, clutch assembly, crash damage: Kevin..... any number of things come to mind about sticking shifters.... 1. Bent shift shaft, due to crash damage 2. Corroded shift shaft where it comes through the cases 3. Worn, damaged forward control shifter linkage parts.. or needing some lubrication/adjusting....

Motorcycle Repair: Blue smoke, needle jet, side exhaust
needle jet, side exhaust, blue smoke: Sounds like something was dislodged and ended up stopping the needle jet working in the carb. Stop the carb from overflowing first because that will give you fuel wash. Once it s running right, and the carbs do not overflow, pull the plugs and check their...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, honda motorcycle, cb650
honda motorcycle, cb650, calipers: Hi Jake, The problem is probably with the calipers. You will need to take the pistons out, remove the seals and clean the oxidation out from behind the seal. Make sure everything is clean and check the pistons before reassembly. Any pitting and you will...

Motorcycle Repair: blowing fuse, 30 amp fuse, royal stars
30 amp fuse, royal stars, ohm meter: I think your diagnosis on the ignition key may be correct. However most of the circuits on the bike are only powered when the key is turned on, so it may need further investigation. I m not that familiar with Royal Stars but what I typically do is to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, rear brakes, air bubbles
rear brakes, air bubbles, residual pressure: I am not sure what you are refering to when you say residual pressure valve. To bleed the brakes you pump the lever and while holding it, open the bleeder. Once the fluid comes out you close the valve and pump the brake lever back up. You keep doing this until...

Motorcycle Repair: Chatter in the engine, evolution engine, cylinder walls
evolution engine, cylinder walls, push rods: Its probably not a lifter, pushrod or ricker arm. They usuall;y make more noise at idle than higher RPMs. It could be a cam bearing going out or a bearing on the lifter going out. i woudl remove the cam cover and check them first Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjustment, air fuel mixture, accelerator tube
air fuel mixture, accelerator tube, intermediate jet: You probably need to rejet the carb after what you have added. Start by runnign the bike until warm and then adjust the air/fuel mixture screw by turning it inward, just until the bike stumbles and then back out about 1/4 of a turn. Now go for a ride, keeping...

Motorcycle Repair: cb750 c 1981, overflow pipes, overflow pipe
overflow pipes, overflow pipe, needle valves: The carbs were not cleaned correctly, or there is a small hole in the overflow pipe which can cause this problem. You will need to take the carbs off, identify which one(s) are leaking, and ensure the needle valves are functional and clean, and ensure the...

Motorcycle Repair: how do i change spark plugs to my honda?, honda 650, ebay
honda 650, ebay, carburetors: Normally the plug socket is part of the regular bike toolkit. In the case of the Nighthawk engine I would imagine the tool is longer than a regular plug socket. If your bike does not have a toolkit, I d look on ebay or other on-line resources to see if you...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment, honda nighthawk 650, 1984 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 650, 1984 honda nighthawk, clutch adjustment: Jim, there is no adjustment on a hydraulic clutch 650, assuming that this is a CB650SC model. First gear lurch is normal on almost all motorcycles during the morning wake-up routine. The clutch plates have been compressed overnight squeezing all of the...

Motorcycle Repair: DR370 Suzuki point gap settings, rotor stator, point gap
rotor stator, point gap, bill silver: Al, setting points is a 2 step process. First you turn the crankshaft/points cam until the points are at their widest gap. Adjust the gap to specified setting. Then turn the motor over until the F mark alignment is made with the rotor/stator indicators. The...

Motorcycle Repair: dirt bike reving on its on, reed valves, yz80
reed valves, yz80, dirt bike: You either have a big air leak in the connection between the carb to the cylinder, or a blown lower cylinder gasket, or you have the slide in the carb installed incorrectly. The bevelled end goes towards the airfilter. Do you have the reed valves in correctly?...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical i think, honda cb900c, going fishing
honda cb900c, going fishing, system checks: If your battery is draining while the switches are all off, then there is a connection active allowing current to flow. The easiest way to cehck is to connect and Ampmeter in series with the battery, and check for current flow, Anything more than a couple...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 What charges the Battery, honda nighthawk 650, battery tender
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 What charges the Battery, honda nighthawk 650, battery tender, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: General question-electrical, start button, solenoid
start button, solenoid, good luck: Could be the solenoid, but if the starter was spinning all that time, the starter may be burnt out too. Check if the starter is getting 12V when the start button is pressed. If the starter is getting 12V but not spinning, then it is the starter. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley clutch problems, clutch lever, clutch problems
clutch lever, clutch problems, clutch release: It souunds more like a trans problem than a clutch problem. In order the check the trans you have to pull the clutch so I would start there and do an inspection on the clutch. If you find no problems then you need to pull the trans and check it Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Hissing Harley Gas Tank, hex screws, harley fat boy
hex screws, harley fat boy, torx screws: Without looking, right now you dont know what is hissing. It might be as simple as a leaking line or could be the fuel pump is going out. You would have to look inside and see what is going on. The bolts you are talking about are torx screws. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 125, sohc vs dohc, valve piston
sohc vs dohc, valve piston, point gap: Mike... gotta clarify if you are speaking about SOHC vs DOHC pistons or something else?? The combustion shape of using a 4 valve piston in a 2 valve combustion chamber would probably upset the flame travel. With that much more bore, even a flat top piston...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CM450E Front Seals, honda cm450e, bill silver
honda cm450e, bill silver, bushings: Kirk, would you drive your car around with bad shocks? In this case, the lack of oil in the forks will begin to cause wear of the fork bushings and the inside of the fork cases, which is not repairable. The lack of damping will eventually cause wheel hop,...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel 250, honda rebel 250, ground connections
honda rebel 250, ground connections, running light: Hi Larry, You have a bad or missing ground wire on the bike somewhere. So firstly find the locations where the ground connections are made, and clean those, make sure there is no paint between the connector and the frame. Secondly it sounds like your...

Motorcycle Repair: Hyosung 250, vacuum leak, sport bikes
vacuum leak, sport bikes, bill silver: Mike, I don t have any references for your bike, as far as parts goes. If it has a vacuum operated petcock, it could have a bad diaphragm, which makes a vacuum leak and shuts down fuel flow at the same time. I don t know if your bike has that setup or not,...

Motorcycle Repair: help, transistorized ignition system, yamaha maxim 650
transistorized ignition system, yamaha maxim 650, bill silver: Guinel... the carburetors need an overhaul, as well as checking the whole fuel system for old gasoline deposits and varnish. After 3 years, all the idle jets are plugged up and there is a lot of gummy stuff in the float bowls. Hopefully, you installed...

Motorcycle Repair: high preformance jetting, air fuel mixture, compression pistons
air fuel mixture, compression pistons, stock cams: Your starting point would be the jets you have in there now. Start by starting the bike and letting it warm up and then set the air/fuel mixture screw. Go for a ride, but dont go over 2500 RPM. If the bike spits out the carb or bogs the intermediate jet is...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb 350 carb, honda cb 350, honda 350
honda cb 350, honda 350, web group: Usually there will be an owners club or web group of people who may be able to help you. In the older Honda carbs, very small jets are used in the idle circuit, and in a lot of cases these jets were pressed in. It has to be removed to be cleaned. Find the...

Motorcycle Repair: honda magna vf750c ` 82 rc09, honda vf750c, honda magna
honda vf750c, honda magna, v45 magna: Cosmin... see drawings here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1983-us_model7608/partslist/F++14.html http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1983-us_model7608/partslist/F++24.html http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/84-HONDA-MAGNA-700-VF700-V45-DRIVE-SHAFT-DIFFERENTIAL-/370377134970...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow 600, honda shadow 600, kill switch
honda shadow 600, kill switch, postion: Usually with ignition problems like that, I will check the ignition switch and the kill switch, including the connectors. Typically that will fix 90% of these issues. also see if the problem is linked to the postion of the handlebars, sometimes there is...

Motorcycle Repair: honda z50r 1986, stator plate, wiring loom
stator plate, wiring loom, rubber gasket: There is only one side of the points that needs to be insulated, the moving side. There is a wire which comes from the wiring loom that goes through the cover and is connected to the point that moves, which should be isolated. It will only show continuity...

Motorcycle Repair: honda400cb, rubber mounts, gas tank
rubber mounts, gas tank, fuel line: Normally the gas tank has locating rubber stops on the front. When you have undone the fuel line, and undone the bolt (typically only one on the back end underneath the tank) then the tank will wiggle back and up out of the way. If it hasn t been off for...

Motorcycle Repair: (Lock?) Nut size needed, ace hardware stores, honda cb350
ace hardware stores, honda cb350, honda motorcycles: Sara, Well usually the dimensions on most common nuts are coded into the part number system. I assume you need: #11 on http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb350-super-sport-350-k3-us_model432/partslist/E++10.html illustration. Interestingly enough it is the same...

Motorcycle Repair: loading up?, stock cam, performance cam
stock cam, performance cam, highway speeds: You need to rejet your carb, since you have gone from a high lift cam to a stock cam. If you need to know how to rejet the carb, go to S&S web site and at the tech pages you will find the instructions on how to do this Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: What to look for in a garaged motorcycle, driveable, fuel system
driveable, fuel system, bearings: The biggest problem you will have with a bike sitting like that is bearings rusting and a rust ring in the cylinder from the rings. Also, all the seals will probably leak from sitting and drying out. If you are going ot buy it you had better figure rebuilding...

Motorcycle Repair: manifold gaskets, ring gaskets, manifold gaskets
ring gaskets, manifold gaskets, good shape: those o-ring gaskets are a real pain. What I do is put them on the manifold, but push them back over the lip so they stay on there. Then I hold the manifold where it should be and pop one o-ring to where its should be and put the clamp on. then I do the other....

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle under water for a few 3 days, sensers, maintance
sensers, maintance, dyna: First, drain a the water out of the trans, primary and engine. Next, refill them with oil and start the bike and see if it will run. If it doesnt, then the electricals need to dry out. Wait about a week and try again. If it still doesnt start then your going...

Motorcycle Repair: points, valve clearances, compression check
valve clearances, compression check, bill silver: Nate.... Did you take the spark advancer apart? You have a 50-50 chance of putting it back right again....... If points are arcing heavily, you have loose condenser leads and/or bad condenser. Got good compression? Check valve clearances. Marks at ends...

Motorcycle Repair: REAR FENDER REMOVAL, rear fender, bottom head
rear fender, bottom head, poor explanation: To remove the rivet you just need to remove the cap on it and then using a punch drive it out. If you want to get under the fender, put a lift under the frame and remove either the upper or lower bolts from the shocks and then jack the bike up. the rear end...

Motorcycle Repair: repair, back fire, carburettors
back fire, carburettors, tail pipe: Your carburettors will almost certainly need thorough cleaning. Unlikely that gas is coming out of the exhaust, more likely it is condensate from the pipes. Let the bike get nice and warm and this should stop. First you need to get the carbs sorted out...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifter switch, linkage, shaft
linkage, shaft, good luck: You would have to make sure the door on your trans is the one that has the hole in it for the shifter shaft. You can just cut a hole in the primary. You would have to cut it and then weld some metal to back of it for support. It would be alot of work good...

Motorcycle Repair: SL100 head on SL125, piston crown, combustion chamber
piston crown, combustion chamber, cb125: Bob, the combustion chamber is beveled on the edges to accept the larger bore of the 125 piston and lower the compression slightly, I suppose. The rest of the hardware is pretty much the same. If you want to bump the compression, use an XL125 piston instead...

Motorcycle Repair: s and s carb excessive oil leak, filter element, excessive oil
filter element, excessive oil, oil leak: That is the vent for the motor. There are 2 things you can do. One is clean the filter element often or you can remove the hose from the filter and run it downward, to the bottom of the motor. then it drip on the ground. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: shock leak, wheel and axle, fork oil
wheel and axle, fork oil, oil leak: There are 3 places it can leak. One is where you drain it at the bottom. If that is it there is a metal gasket behind it. Two is the screw in the bottom of the fork. This holds the fork together. It has a metal gasket behind it. The last place is the seal...

Motorcycle Repair: No start 93 lowrider, battery cables, motorcycle repair
battery cables, motorcycle repair, ground connections: It cant be the regulator. It does not draw any current. Since you have such a big draw I would test the battery cables and recheck your positive connections as well as grounds. You have changed the starter so it cant be that. When you are trying to start it...

Motorcycle Repair: Will not start after running., water cause, air bubble
water cause, air bubble, computer line: Sounds like you ran the bike with a fairly large air bubble in the system for a while. No way of knowing if there is damage because of that over a computer line... Use a coolant since it improves the wettability i.e. the cooling efficiency of the cooling...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, remov: First disconnect the battery. Next, you have to drain the primary. remov the primary cover, motor sprocket, chain adjuster and clutch basket. then you remove the jackshaft from the starter. Next, you need to remove the exhaust system if it is in the way of...

Motorcycle Repair: Top end seens noisy, camshaft lobes, honda sl350
camshaft lobes, honda sl350, cam lobes: Hi, Craig.... I am back in SD now, mostly working on 305s lately. Top end noisy can be a couple of things.... Loose camchain tension.... check cam chain tensioner setting and adjust as needed. Worn camshaft/rocker arms... if excessively worn,...

Motorcycle Repair: tapping hot, hydraulic lifters, hi mike
hydraulic lifters, hi mike, pushrods: Since you changed the lifters and that didnt help I would try adjusting the pushrods looser and let them pump up. If that doesnt solve the problem then you need to recheck your work. You may have a rocker the is too loose on the shaft. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: trees and forks, fork tubes, sportster
fork tubes, sportster, good luck: What you need to do is install your trees. With the bike jacked up and the bottom of the bike sitting level take a measurement at the same angle that the trees are to where the axle will sit. then you will know what length forks you need to keep the bike level...

Motorcycle Repair: trhottle cable, assembley, throttle cable
assembley, throttle cable, handlebar: You will have to remove the carb. Loosen the adjuster for the cable and remove the cable from the carb. Next, remove the cover on teh twistgrip and you will see the old cable inside. remove it and unscrew the cable from the throttle assembley and install the...

Motorcycle Repair: trx 90, honda service manual, torque chart
honda service manual, torque chart, torque specs: Joey, I don t have access to TRX 90 info, but there are known values for the bolts that you are using, available at sites like this: http://www.dansmc.com/torque_chart.htm 6mm med grade bolts get about 7 ft. lbs. or if you have developed a feel for...

Motorcycle Repair: upgrade 80`` to 89``, ultima 4, vib
ultima 4, vib, crankshaft: With just changing the stroke and nothing else you are gaining 9 CI. Without changing the cam and exhaust you would probably be gaining about 10 horses and a little less in torque. You wont get any more vibrations in the motor and since you are only going...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration in handlebar, vibration problem, fork spring
vibration problem, fork spring, senser: Since your problem is from idle to 80 MPH and the mounts are fine, it can only be a motor problem. Sounds like the motor is running rough, which would cause the vibration problem. If it were me, I would have a dianostic run on the bike and see if there is...

Motorcycle Repair: Worn clutch release finger on 86 FXR Liberty Ed Low Rider, worn clutch, clutch release
worn clutch, clutch release, clutch kit: If you need a diagram you would have to purchace a service manual. To install the parts you need to remove the end cover of the trans and the derby cover on the primary. On the primary side remove the adjusting stud and then on the tran covr side remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 sportster, open pipes, diaphram
open pipes, diaphram, hi mike: I would start by OHMs testing the coil and plug wires to make sure they are good. If they dont pass then you need to replace them. they can cause the problem you are having. If they are ok, then your carb is going to have to be rejetted Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB360T Issues, 1975 honda cb360t, electrical problem
1975 honda cb360t, electrical problem, carburetors: Brandon, bringing these bikes back to life is an exercise in patience and careful observance of all systems and components. Step 1: Adjust valves and check compression. Should be about 170 PSI. Step 2. Always have the battery fully charged Step 3. Remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 CB 750 F2 clutch will not disengage, cb 750, guide bush
cb 750, guide bush, outer case: The only time I had a problem like that was when the wrong length guide bush was used upon reasssembly of the clutch. Once you have the clutch base tightened down, can you spin the inner shaft independently from the outer case? Sometimes the clutch just...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 cm185t, ground connections, kill switch
ground connections, kill switch, killswitch: No spark could be either due to a connection problem to the points, or a bad kill switch, or a bad spark unit. I don t know the specifics for your bike, but It s worth checking for continuity across the killswitch, and making sure all the ground connections...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 suzuki gs550 carbs, suzuki gs550, needle valves
suzuki gs550, needle valves, factory settings: Normally the air needle valves are turned in fully, and then turned out 1.25 to 1.75 turns. These settings should be given in your manual. Most importantly, all internal parts of the carbs shuld be spotlessly clean, and watch for perforated membranes. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda nighthawk 650, honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk, 1982 honda nighthawk 650: Hi Jake, well this is not one of my better known models, but it does sound like carburation is still the main problem. However to be sure, I would remove all the spark plugs and evaluate the running condition of each cylinder. While they are out, do a compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 fxrt, cheap batteries, harley fxrt
cheap batteries, harley fxrt, charging system: Check your grounding point. If you dont have a good ground it will have trouble turning over. Make sure your bike in not to far advanced, that will cause dragging. The new battery you bought, make sure its a good battery. Some of the cheap batteries dont have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FXWG ... transmission oil change, transmission oil change, allen screw
transmission oil change, allen screw, clost: On the underdide of the trans, clost to the middle of the case, is the drain. The fill is a allen screw on the right side cover of the trans. Fill to the line on the dipstick with the bike sitting upright. Use oil that is made for harley trans Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 1340 miss fire, miss fire, hi mike
miss fire, hi mike, lowrider: There are a couple of things that can be happening. One is you have a short in the ignition system and it kicking off durning the time the bike is vibrating. The other is the ignition system is breaking down and getting ready to go out. I would check all the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 FLHTCI stalling, bank angle, senser
bank angle, senser, electrical works: If the coils, ECM, and the bank angle senser were bad you wouldnt have a spark at all. I would suppect the temp or the bank angle senser breaking down, but the only way to be sure is to have a dianostic run on the bike and see what the problem is. That way...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 fx shovelhead, stators, rub marks
stators, rub marks, stator: I have pondered your question trying to think of a good reason for this to happen to 3 stators. To be grounded the outside of the stator would either have to be touching the case or the rotor or the wire be damaged and touching. I cant think that 3 in a row...

Motorcycle Repair: 85' XL350R, construction mechanic, oil leaks
construction mechanic, oil leaks, auto mechanic: You need to replace the crank seal, this is a fairly big job, don t know if it can be done from the alternator side, the seal needs to come out and replaced. You re right there should be no oil in there. You should get a manual for the bike and determine...

Motorcycle Repair: '96 FXDWG - Primary/Compensating Sprocket, fsm states, torque wrench
fsm states, torque wrench, fxdwg: If it gets worse after you ride a while I would say, might be to loose. It will stretch a little as it get hot. I dont know of a way to check it without a rider ont he bike. When I check them I get my wife to sit ont he bike! lol 50,000 is alot of miles on...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting tappets after removal of cylinder head., shovel head, rear cylinder
shovel head, rear cylinder, hydraulic unit: yes, you can do that, but you will have to wait till they bleed down. Its not hard to remove the tappets. without the pushrods in you lust pull them out. You dont have to take the whole unit out, just the hydrolic unit from the top Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator, honda hornet cb600f, stator coils
honda hornet cb600f, stator coils, rotor coil: Hi Jo, It s interesting that you know the alternator is bad but you don t know where it is... Are you relying on someone else s diagnostics? This could be risky. The alternator is usually on the end of the crank, and consists of a stator (wound with...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Not staying charged, ampmeter, fuses
ampmeter, fuses, couple of days: It sounds like there is a problem with the ignition switch or perhaps you have other accessories which drain the battery. There are also diodes in the chanrging system which can go bad if someone tried to charge the battery without disconnecting the terminals....

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light stays on 86 XLH1100 Sportster, cream puff, mike thanks
cream puff, mike thanks, brake lever: For your brake light. Looking where the lever is attached and the throttle is you will see that there are two sections. One holds the brake lever and the other holds the throttle. You have to make sure they are slide together tightly or the brake light will...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, suzuki vl800, bikebandit com
suzuki vl800, bikebandit com, aftermarket pipes: Jerry, they are not removable. They are usually welded in and/or riveted. If you feel a burning need to make more noise, you will either have to buy aftermarket pipes or but some long drill bits to get into the inner baffles. http://www.bikebandit.com/2004-suzuki-motorcycle-vs800gls50/o/m6863...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, oil light, turn signals
oil light, turn signals, operator error: I would say check the battery first. The oil light is always on when the ignition is on and the engine is not started; it means the oil pressure is low. It is not a level indicator. The light should go out as soon as the engine starts. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 left 3 cylinders not running, stock airbox, medium jets
stock airbox, medium jets, cbx: It is almost certainly a carburettor issue, since the ignition system is shared between 1-6, 2-5 and 3-4... Usually the slow-medium jets clog and this causes the problem you describe. Unfortunately you will need to tilt the engine forward to get the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: Chatter in the engine, evolution engine, cylinder walls
evolution engine, cylinder walls, push rods: Its probably not a lifter, pushrod or ricker arm. They usuall;y make more noise at idle than higher RPMs. It could be a cam bearing going out or a bearing on the lifter going out. i woudl remove the cam cover and check them first Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Coil, plug wires, grommet
plug wires, grommet, spark plug: Normally you can remove the wires, there is a fitting on the end with a grommet that can be unscrewed, or sometimes the wire is just screwed on to a threaded post in the coil. You can buy replacement HT wire in most automotive stores, but it sounds like perhaps...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 750k honda 1981, kill switch, handlebars
kill switch, handlebars, fuses: There is more than likely some corrosion on the contacts, so exercise the ignition switch a few times. Also wiggle the kill switch to ensure it is making a good connection. Check the fuses under the handlebars, but also look for the main fuse which is somewhere...

Motorcycle Repair: cb650z, valve stems, head bolt
valve stems, head bolt, bill silver: Richard, the rocker arm cover bolts are all 6mm x 1.0 pitch threads. Very common on motorcycles and automobiles. Heli-coil or other inserts should be fine for this repair. Removing/reinstalling the top cover requires loosening the valve adjuster screws,...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problems, 1976 honda cb750, honda fours
1976 honda cb750, honda fours, fault finding guide: Danny, well I am not god, but might be able to help give you some directions about how to tackle this situation. : ) Start with a fully charged battery that will pass a load test, then read the info at the first link, then run the diagnostic suggestions...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, honda magna 750, charging system
honda magna 750, charging system, battery voltage: Sounds like your chargng system is inoperative. When the engine is running, the battery voltage should measure up to 14V. If you rev the engine you should see the voltage go up. Check all your connectiosn to the engine, and ensure the contacts in all plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, suitable piece, clutch
suitable piece, clutch, good luck: It s called a sprag nut. There is a special tool you need to undo it, or you can make a tool by using a suitable piece of pipe. Buying the tool saves a lot of time, the part number is known by the dealer or is described in the manual. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch sticking, clutch cable, clutch
clutch cable, clutch, gl: If you bought the right cable, and have made the adjustments correctly, the clutch should be disengaging just fine. Was it working before you exchanged the cable? If the clutch is worn, it will disengage just fine but slip when you try to put power to the...

Motorcycle Repair: cluthe, master brake cylinder, clutch lever
master brake cylinder, clutch lever, paint stripper: This should be an easy fix, in the master brake cylinder (near the clutch lever) there is a very small bleed hole, which may be blocked, or the piston in the master cylinder may not be returning fully. Either way you will need to overhaul the master cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Dual Foot Brake, stock master, foot brake
stock master, foot brake, master cylinder: I have never seen this setup before so I am going to assumn that there are two lines coming off the master cylinder. You will have to get the stock master cylinder and the stock brake line for the rear as well as the front brake. After you get that just hook...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical Problem, honda xl500r, regulator rectifier
honda xl500r, regulator rectifier, honda oem: Raymond... Here is a Honda OEM manual page section with troubleshooting steps. http://www.hondaxl.it/download/Manuali/76_89_HondaXL400R_XL500R.pdf I worked on a bike like this some months ago and found some broken wire strands in the harness running...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, battery connections, wideglide
battery connections, wideglide, starter button: When you turn the ignition off and let the bike sit for a few minutes and then turn the ignition back on do the lights come on? When you say you checked the battery connections did you remove them, at both ends, and clean them and retighten them? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problems!, honda cb500, wiringdiagrams
honda cb500, wiringdiagrams, clutch lever: Rick, Sounds like you could write a book on the possibilities. See wiring diagram on site below and then break out a 12v test light and strip the headlight out and the bodywork off, so you can get to all the wiring. http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 suzuki gs550 carbs, gs550, suzuki
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 suzuki gs550 carbs, gs550, suzuki

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, center reference, electrical circuit
Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, center reference, electrical circuit, fuse

Motorcycle Repair: GR650 Vibration, bikebandit com, flywheel system
bikebandit com, flywheel system, foot pegs: Pete, I had to look up info on this model, as it is not a Honda and not a model I have encountered before. Barely remembered it at all, really. I found a GR650 forum: http://hotel.messageboard.nl/3669/viewforum.php?f=2 I am reminded that this motor...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBX1000 Prolink (1982) Tires, honda cbx1000, bridgestone tires
honda cbx1000, bridgestone tires, rears: Ha Olaf, We can still get Michelin, Avon, Pirelli and Bridgestone tires in those sizes. I have never shipped a tire to Holland but I can put one in my suitcase for the next trip? These tires normally cost $150 for the rears and around $120 for the fronts......

Motorcycle Repair: Honda SL 350 K1 carb, honda sl350, bike mechanic
honda sl350, bike mechanic, carb settings: Bill, if you have these carbs: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-sl350-motosport-350-k1-us_model733/partslist/E++18.html They are pretty straightforward to repair and tune. Recheck your basics first.... you mentioned doing the valves... what is the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: harley rebuild, mount victory ohio, dark oil
mount victory ohio, dark oil, black oil: Your tapping is probably from the lifters. Most motors will create dark oil pretty quickly. The things you need to look at, if you thinking rebuild, are compression, any loss of power and if the motor is smiking. I am located in Mount Victory Ohio. You can...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition modules melting, rotor coil, stator windings
rotor coil, stator windings, insulation resistance: Tanya, First, the ignition modules (spark units) often show signs of gooey tar/black stuff coming out of them now. The parts are interchangeable with many models and one company is making reproductions of them, however they are expensive. The ignition modules...

Motorcycle Repair: Ironhead question, factory spec, xlch
factory spec, xlch, sewing machine: Your plugs should be a tan color. Since your rear plug is black then your rear cylinder is not burning correctly with is probably causing your problem. You changed your coil and plug wires so that would not be the problem, but I would still test them. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition h.d., vance hines exhaust, market pipes
vance hines exhaust, market pipes, exhaust clamps: What is happening is when you shut the throttle off fuel is still being put in the throttle body. the ECM is not reacting fast enough. The ECM on the bike probably has not been remapped for the exhaust, so that is with needs to be done Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 90mc1-a 1974, wiring loom, lighting circuit
wiring loom, lighting circuit, tail light: I believe the connection to ground is bad on the lighting circuit. Check all the connections from the battery to ground, make sure the ground points don t have paint on them, and that the grounds on the wiring loom all are tight and clean. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki bayou 300 starter, kawasaki bayou 300, solenoid starter
kawasaki bayou 300, solenoid starter, starter solenoid: Nacho, the starting system consists of the battery (fully charged and able to pass a load test), the starter solenoid, starter button control, starter clutch and starter motor. Clicking sounds are generally either a faulty solenoid and/or low battery...

Motorcycle Repair: lots of white smoke from exhaust, header pipes, valve seals
header pipes, valve seals, valve train: Sounds like you have oil in the header pipes. Could be bad rings or generally worn bores if it keeps smoking. If it does finally stop, perhaps it is just getting in there from the valve train, which means your valve seals are bad. It would help to know...

Motorcycle Repair: lower cases, cracked case, tappet
cracked case, tappet, sprocket: In 1989 they did have a problem with cases, but it was where the motor sprocket was and it had a leak. Other than that I have not heard of a problem. Even if they did and were replacing them at one time they wouldnt now. Its been 20 years Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle problems, honda rebel, bill silver
honda rebel, bill silver, hello bill: Nick, if you have no neutral light or other lights, then the battery has been drained down from cranking it earlier. If you let the bike sit with old fuel in the carburetor, often it will evaporate/separate and then it plugs up the idle jet, so hard starting...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak on 1977 sportster 1000 kickstart, investagation, deoderant
investagation, deoderant, kickstand: Your going to have to do some investagation to find the leak. I would clean the motor really well. then get some deoderant that has baby powder in it and spray the motor so it looks white. Take the bike for a short ride and then check it. Where it leaked the...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak,, rear cylinder, oil leak
rear cylinder, oil leak, high flow: It sounds like your leak is at the rocker box. Over time it will keep getting worse, so you need to get it fixed. This is not a common leak, its just a leak that happens. If it were me and since the bike is 11 years old, I would replace both the front and...

Motorcycle Repair: oil is spitting out while i am riding, rocker boxes, couple areas
rocker boxes, couple areas, exhaust pipe: First, you need to locate where the is coming from. Clean the oil off really well and start the bike and let it idle.Take a flashlight and look for a leak. You might have to rev it a little. If you dont see it take the bike for a short ride and stop and look....

Motorcycle Repair: RE-JETTING A 1985 H-D HEIHIN CV CARB., cv carb, jet needle
cv carb, jet needle, mr ray: If the bike ran fine before then you dont need to rejett. I would pull the carb, clean it out really well and rebuild. You can still get rebuild kits for your carb. You could also install a S&S carb which would make your bike run alot better Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Rejetting stock carb, white brothers porker pipes, drag pipes
white brothers porker pipes, drag pipes, stock carb: You will have to test ride the bike after installing the pipes and see if you need to rejett. Your best indicator is the plugs. ride the bike and check the plugs. Black and to rich, while and to lean. There is no set jet size when you start changing things...

Motorcycle Repair: Road King mufflers, drag pipes, baffles
drag pipes, baffles, mufflers: You can. What happens is opening up the exhaust like that makes your exhaust drag pipes. Drag pipes work well at high RPMs, but at the RPMs that you ride they take power away. When you remove the baffles you will lean out the bike. Lean makes it run hotter...

Motorcycle Repair: replaced water pump and wont start, float bowls, fuel compression
float bowls, fuel compression, safety switches: Steve, you need air, fuel, compression and spark to make the engine operate. According to the www.bikebandit.com site you have a VZ800, if it is a 2003 bike or it is a 2002 VL800, the best I can tell. Make sure you have your models/years straight, when...

Motorcycle Repair: restoring my baby, stock motor, cbx
stock motor, cbx, crankcase: Has the engine been turned over? If the bike has been stored without the engine being turned, then I d take out the spark plugs and put 100ml of diesel fluid in the pots. Leave it sit for about a day. Don t put the plugs back in. Remove the right crankcase...

Motorcycle Repair: single cylinder not firing has fuel, spark, and compression, plug caps, honda 650
plug caps, honda 650, 1980 cb650: Peter... normal compression for a Honda 650 Four is about 175 psi. You are down 40-50psi, unless you didn t hold the throttle open all the way when making the compression check. Compare all 4 cylinders to verify what is normal for your bike. If all have...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, bank angle, senser
bank angle, senser, flhrci: The problem with having a fuel injected bike is when it doesnt run. You need to have a dianostic run on the bike so you know what the problem is. It sounds like the dealer is taking a wild guess as to what the problem is. Right now it could be anything. It...

Motorcycle Repair: starter problems, nighthawk 650, starter solenoid
nighthawk 650, starter solenoid, starter clutch: James, when the starter just clicks, generally it is a solenoid problem, if you are sure that the battery is fully charged and passes a load test. Clicking in the solenoid is usually due to some corrosion that has built up on the two big battery posts internally....

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki intruder, bikebandit com, suzuki intruder
bikebandit com, suzuki intruder, fuel stabilizer: Henry.... Hearing gas in the tank isn t the same as checking to see if it has to go on reserve (if the bike has reserve). I am not familiar with Suzuki Intruders, so can t say for sure what is going on. If the bike is misfiring and weak, it sounds like...

Motorcycle Repair: tires, rule of thumb, sportster 1200
rule of thumb, sportster 1200, mileage: There is really no rule of thumb for tires. Harder the compound int he tire the longer it will last. It also has to do with weight on the tire and riding style as well as keeping them properly inflated. If you still have good tread on the tires then you would...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal light stuck on, filament bulbs, double filament
filament bulbs, double filament, left turn signal: Grant, I am not familiar with Yamaha electrics. In the past, they used all kinds of relays and modules to control lighting, so it is hard to troubleshoot w/o a manual. What I would start with is to remove all the bulbs, inspect the sockets/bulbs and the...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cam lower end rebuild, torrington bearings, case need
torrington bearings, case need, crankshaft: Since you are replacing the cams with gear driven cams you will be fine using the bearings that comes with the kit. As to using Torrington bearings, You would have to check with Torrington for what you want to do. I am not sure why you are welding the crankshaft,...

Motorcycle Repair: valve timing, factory service manuals, harley factory
factory service manuals, harley factory, cam gears: I was wondering whether you have a general service book or an actual repair manual. The best HD manuals are the Harley factory service manuals. I will forewarn you they are cashy but well worth it. I will look in my books and see if I can find the into you...

Motorcycle Repair: it wont start., starter relay, time doug
starter relay, time doug, loose wire: Look ont he starter and you will see two wires. The big one is from the battery and and small one is from the relay. Check, with the test light, the small wire and see if there is power there when you press the starter button. Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Virago 750, yamaha virago 750, plug caps
yamaha virago 750, plug caps, system deficits: Pam, this is obviously not a Honda question, however whoever replaced the carbs needs to check their work. Viragos are very difficult to do carburetor work on and have lots of emission lines and controls that need to be checked over. Then, check the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 dyna low rider, clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, low rider: You have to remove the primary cover, the clutch basket, motor sprocket and chain. then you remove the jackshaft. Once that is done go to the other side of the bike and remove the bolts holding the starter and it will slide out Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: '03 Honda Shadow ACE 750, honda shadow ace, bikebandit com
honda shadow ace, bikebandit com, honda shadow ace 750: Craig.... http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/2003-honda-motorcycle-vt750cdc-shadow-ace-deluxe-metalic-silver-black/o/m2898 CARB COMPONENTS #6 is the idle mixture screw set. What you probably need to attend to is the idle jet, itself. #32....

Motorcycle Repair: 06' Sportster Custom Rear brakes, rear brakes, master cylinder
rear brakes, master cylinder, leaks: There are only 3 reasons that you cant get a pedel. One is a leak and you said there is none, you have a bad master cylinder, or you still have air in the line. It takes along time to get fluid through the system since the hole is really small in the master...

Motorcycle Repair: 07 honda shadow VLX 600cc lights dimming and flickering back to normal, honda shadow vlx, last knight
honda shadow vlx, last knight, voltage regulator: This is characteristic of a voltage regulator. This part adjusts itself to maintain a constant voltage going back into the battery. If it fails or is starting to fail a power fluctuation occurs. Lights dim and brighten, and in extremes engines can cut in and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 CB160, rear sprocket, fiche section
rear sprocket, fiche section, cb125: Tobi.. Yep, it can be confusing... http://hondapeninsula.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=120058&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1965&fveh=2876 Got lots of options! If you know your CB160 stuff, however, then you know that the product code...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda CB350 Charging Issues, 1971 honda cb350, wiringdiagrams
1971 honda cb350, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda: Mike... Here is a wiring diagram for reference... http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The three wires are all carrying AC voltage to the rectifier (well two do directly). The third one will be added in when the headlight ON is selected....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 - 360 honda, internal passageways, honda cl360
internal passageways, honda cl360, cmsnl: Tony, you probably ran out of fuel.... and/or fouled a spark plug. Either the gas cap vent hole is blocked, the petcock passageways are restricted, the float valves have dirt/corrosion backed up behind them or you had old fuel/deposits come down the lines...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 XLCH Replacing Clutch cable, replacing clutch, harley service
replacing clutch, harley service, clutch cable: If you need diagrams you would have to get a harley service manual. You would find the diagrams you need in there. Once you remove the primary cover then you remove the cable. Then you install the cable in the primary, install the primary and then install...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Shovelhead, dot 5 brake fluid, shovelhead
dot 5 brake fluid, shovelhead, master cylinder: To add fluid remove the cover on the master cylinder that is located on the handlebar. To bleed the brake, look at the brake caliber and you will see a bleeder screw on the top. Pump the brake and while holding it open the bleeder and fluid will come out and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978honda hawk t2, honda cb400t, generator coils
honda cb400t, generator coils, gasket sets: Randy... early model Hawk series bikes had a lot of issues with stator/pulse generator coils, which can cause low-voltage output from the coil. Sometimes, when an engine will idle, but not take throttle above idle, then the coil is bad/weak or there is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Yamaha XJ650, gauge wire, starter switch
gauge wire, starter switch, heavy gauge: Sorry it took me so long to respond. I would check the starter relay. It should be right beside the battery. It will have the power wire off of the battery connected right to it. Try to jump the connects on it with a heavy gauge wire and see if the started...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cm250, spark plug gap, honda cm250
spark plug gap, honda cm250, spark plug wires: Erik, the coil wires are manufactured into the coils. In some cases you an work the joint loose with a Dremel tool, remove the wire, add new wire, then re-glue the joint with JB weld or something similar. They are really not designed for wire replacement....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda nighthawk, 1983 honda nighthawk, clutch adjustment
1983 honda nighthawk, clutch adjustment, wet clutch: The first question is did you change the oil in it before riding it again? If not was it still full of oil when it was taken out of storage? Being these bikes run a wet clutch system after they have sat for a long time the oil that was absorbed into the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 shovel head motorcycle fxsb, shovel head, bill silver
shovel head, bill silver, bikebandit com: Michael, I don t know a thing about this brand, but if it is stuck between gears, either something has broken inside the transmission or the shift selector mechanism has failed. You might find illustrations at www.bikebandit.com I imagine that it has to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 goldwing 1200 lti, goldwing 1200, overhaul kit
goldwing 1200, overhaul kit, weep hole: Typically an overhaul kit will take care of such a problem. Remove the slave cylinder and clean things thoroughly, install the overhaul kit (seals, springs, actuating rod typically) and reassemble. Then bleed the system and you should be back on the road....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago, radiator shops, yamaha virago
radiator shops, yamaha virago, good tank: Paula, there are a number of ways to treat rusted fuel tanks. The extent of the rust will determine how worthy it is of reusing again. Some options: http://www.rusteco.com/MotorcycleCruiser.htm http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3664...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, 2001 suzuki intruder 800
suzuki intruder 800, 2001 suzuki intruder 800, suzuki: I am not specifically familiar with these. I would carefully go to the dealer and politely ask how to remove it. If you are nice they have no reason not to be. Or purchase a good service manual not only will it tell you how, but can greatly help with problems...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Dyna quits after about a block of riding, petcock, straight shots
petcock, straight shots, gas cap: First, try going for a ride with the gas cap off. If it runs fine then you know the vent in the cap is plugged. if it still shuts off then check the vaccumn line going to the petcock. If it still shuts off then when it does shut the petcock and pull the bowl...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FLHRSEI Performance Mods., air filter system, screaming eagle
air filter system, screaming eagle, eagle road: The screaming eagle slipons should work very well for you. I would nto change them. Install a high flow air filter system that has a K&N filter in it. I would go with the power commander or the race tuner system for your bike. If you do either one of these...

Motorcycle Repair: 250 honda shadow 1985, honda rebel 250, rear axle nut
honda rebel 250, rear axle nut, 1985 honda rebel 250: Okay, Sam... You had me a little confused with the 1985 Honda Shadow at first. If you are ordering parts always refer to it as a 1985 Honda Rebel 250 or CMX250, so the parts guys know what you have to work on. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cmx250c-rebel-250-1985-us_model570/partslist/F++12.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 yamaha xs 400, motor bike shop, yamaha xs 400
motor bike shop, yamaha xs 400, nook and cranny: Tom, a Honda has color-coded wiring, so the coil wiring issue would have been more noticeable. Actually, the wiring usually can t be reversed on a Honda, as they use male/female connectors at the coil. Good for you to have sorted out an unusual problem, though,...

Motorcycle Repair: '83 gold wing carbs, nylon tubing, carburetor repairs
nylon tubing, carburetor repairs, vacuum lines: Charles.... Can offer you a couple of info options... 1. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-gl1100i-gold-wing-interstate-1983-us_model654/partslist/E++23.html for part numbers. I don t see anything listed that looks like plastic, however. The #16 knock pins...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda cb550sc carb, bench test, float valve
bench test, float valve, standpipe: You can check the floats and the overflow tubes for leaks, these are common problems on old carbs. If the bike is still not running right, then the carbs are still not working correctly or you may also have an ignition problem. Assuming ignition is OK, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 magna carburetors, honda vf750c, vacuum ports
honda vf750c, vacuum ports, v45 magna: Beau, in general the differences between carb body IDs like this are in the calibration, but not always. Compare the carb bodies carefully for any differences in the fittings (vacuum ports, etc.) and if they look identical, you can then check the jets and...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 600 honda shadow, capible, honda shadow
capible, honda shadow, system checks: One of the biggest problems with components over heating is connections. Make sure your powers and grounds are all clean and tight. Also was the battery load tested? Have it checked at an autoparts store capible of doing so. The battery may have tested good...

Motorcycle Repair: Many bad batteries, battery minder, bells and whistles
battery minder, bells and whistles, stator: If your regulator was bad, they usually fail closed not open. If it failed open your battery would cook while you are ridding the bike. The regulator is located on the front of the bike and not attached to the stator. I would do a OHMs test on the stator and...

Motorcycle Repair: bogging in 2004 cbr 600rr, 2004 cbr 600rr, tank air
2004 cbr 600rr, tank air, correct tools: At that high of an rpm, you way be getting valve float. That is where the valves are not completely closing between each cycle. They hang open and can cause a huge power loss. The tank, air box, and cam cover will have to pulled off to check that the shims...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb 1979 Honda CM185T, horizontal screw, point gap
horizontal screw, point gap, cmsnl: Carl, the horizontal screw at the middle of the carb body moves the slide up and down...changing idle speed. The mixture screw is at the front towards the intake manifold, mounted vertically. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++17.html...

Motorcycle Repair: CB900 custom main bearings, main bearings, bill silver
main bearings, bill silver, cmsnl: Tim, the chart cross reference is here, but probably the same as your manual. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900c-900-custom-82-us_model7250/partslist/E++14.html You will have to mic the crankshaft with a metric caliper/micrometer and use the figures to...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging System, wire colors, best guess
wire colors, best guess, charging system: Hi Jay, I think the first place you should start is replacing the wiring harness. Wires twisted and melted are a sign someone didn t know what they were doing. As to the thing that has two wires and works when you shake it? My best guess there is that, that...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch on 07 Sporty, barnett clutch, clutch lever
barnett clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable: It sounds more like an adjutment problem. Loosen the cable so there the alot of slack in it. Now go to the adjuster and turn it until it seats then back out just about 1/8 of a turn. Then go to the adjuster on the cable so that you have about 1/8 inch play...

Motorcycle Repair: Curious Idle, vacuum ports, vacuum tube
vacuum ports, vacuum tube, cb750: Yes the vacuum ports should have a screw in them, they are only used for synchronizing the carbs, unless one has a connection to a vacuum shut-off on the fuel system. A choke cable is about $10, I d fix that too and have the engine run properly. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb question, sediment bowl, fuel valve
sediment bowl, fuel valve, fuel lines: I would try checking the fuel valve on the tank. Pull it off and look at the screen and sediment bowl and make sure the are clean. Also check the stand pipes on the valve and make sure they are clear of debris also. If they turn out to be clean, check your...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator on 96 220 bayou, reputable shop, carburator
reputable shop, carburator, float valve: Float valve assembly is stuck. You will need to remove the carb from the machine and pull the bottom bowl off of it. If you cant do this take it to a reputable shop to have them perform the repair. If you can, get back with me and i can explain how to check...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system on a 1980 cb750f, bike check, cb750f
bike check, cb750f, charging system: The first thing to check is that the charging system is working. If you have access to any kind of DC voltage tester attach the tester positive to positive and negative to negative on the battery posts with it installed in the bike and start the bike. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical Failure, yamaha v star, repair suggestions
yamaha v star, repair suggestions, electrical failure: Sorry for the slow response. Go to any auto parts store and look for a solid core male, female plug. Look at the amperage rating on the package and make sure they can handle at least 50 amps. That s a high guess but for the year and electronics on the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, negative cable, swing arm
Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, negative cable, swing arm, bolts

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, throttle cable
Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, throttle cable

Motorcycle Repair: firing order, yamaha xj 650, firing order
yamaha xj 650, firing order, coils: I m pretty sure the left side coil runs cylinders 1 and 4 and the right side coil runs 2 and 3. Those are twin fire coils, so it doesn t matter which wires on which plug number. As long as the coils are attached to the right cylinders it should run. The cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: gas leak, kawasaki ninja, full tank
kawasaki ninja, full tank, gas tank: Does your bike have an aircraft style gas cap? If it does check the rubber ring around the bottom of the cap. Usually the recessed portion around the cap on the top of the tank is where that hose is connected to. If that rubber is cracked or gone you would...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Road King 1997 Fuel injected throttle sticks, throttle cables, homer ak
throttle cables, homer ak, road rally: It may not be a throttle problem. Are the throttle cables routed correctly? Also check that the cables have no corrosion or kinks. I d replace the cables first and then check functionality. Make sure that the grip moves easily without cables too. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 305 Scramblers 66&67, honda scrambler, lynden wa
honda scrambler, lynden wa, bill silver: Joe.... You might try to connect with other 305 owners at the Yahoo Group (honda305) to see if there are some enthusiasts up there. I have been in contact with another WA owner, who is having problems getting qualified assistance. I do sell at CD full...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, air leaks, fuel mix
air leaks, fuel mix, black carbon: Blowing air through the carb orifices will not clean it. Typically the slow/medium jet clogs, and since they are normally very small (a few 10ths of a mm), they can be very tough to clean, even carb cleaners will not dissolve the old fuel. It is usually...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, honda ct90 motorcycle, carburetor body
honda ct90 motorcycle, carburetor body, gas leaks: Sam, your old carb may have been fine with some good cleaning and adjusting. The gas from the bottom fitting of the float bowl is due to the float valve not shutting the fuel off when the float has risen up to push the needle tip closed. The needle could...

Motorcycle Repair: heavy oil consumption, oil consumption, black carbon
oil consumption, black carbon, airbox: See if you can take the air filter housing apart. There should be a tube that comes off the engine and goes into the airbox. You are checking the airbox to see if it has any oil inside. If it does have an excessive amount then you are getting too much blowby...

Motorcycle Repair: Idle problems, air passages, compression stroke
air passages, compression stroke, cmsnl: Lesa, I watched and listened to your video. Did you disassemble the carburetor completely and clear all fuel and air passages? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm250c-custom-1983-us_model7282/partslist/E++1501.html I see that it has primary and secondary...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition wires hot, loose wire, good luck
loose wire, good luck: You have a short in the wiring. You will have to check the wires coming from the battery to the ignition. If you dont find anything there you will then have to trace the wiring from the switch. You need to look for a loose wire or a wire touching metal. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: issue on 86 yamaha xv700, wiring harness, backlight
wiring harness, backlight: You have a short to ground somewhere. Look at the entire wiring harness and look for any chafed or broken wires. Look for spots in the wiring cover that are worn through. Check all your connections and your frame grounds. The way you explained it look around...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Bayou 220, kawasaki bayou 220, fourwheelers
kawasaki bayou 220, fourwheelers, valve clearance: I think you may have found your own problem. I can t be for sure but the growling noise you heard could have been a bearing failing or the rings on the piston giving way. If you stated that it had almost no compression, short of pulling the cap on the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: KNOCKING, pushrod, redlight
pushrod, redlight, lifter: Ticking is usually a lifter. Its where the pushrod is slapping against the rocker. It doesnt really hurt anything. its just annoying. If you want to replace it you would have to change all 4 of them, since you wouldnt know which one it is Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 222 atv, starter button, kill switch
starter button, kill switch, spark plug: The ignition part is typically different from the starter button. Make sure the coil is getting power. Did you check the kill switch? If the coil is getting power, then the problem may be in the pickups or in the ignition unit; or the coil may be bad. ...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking fuel, fuel needle, reputable shop
fuel needle, reputable shop, quality repair: This is definitely a carb issue. It sounds like the fuel needle and seat in the carb are stuck. I don t know the specifics on this particular model on how to remove the carb. I would suggest purchasing a quality repair manual or taking it to a reputable shop...

Motorcycle Repair: lock nut threads, pitch gauge, thread pitch
pitch gauge, thread pitch, delkron: I am not completely familiar with Harley transmissions. I am assuming that delkron and HD tranny are close to the same year. If not without further information all I can tell you is to check the threads on both shafts with a thread pitch gauge and tape measure....

Motorcycle Repair: Neutral indicator, engine wiring harness, honda cbr
engine wiring harness, honda cbr, bill silver: Devon, unfortunately I can t find any parts manuals with exploded views of your engine. However, do the easy stuff first... Check the bulb. If the bulb is okay, test the wires to it. One will be HOT with battery voltage when the key is ON and the other one...

Motorcycle Repair: oil questioon 92 EVO fxlr, rear cylinder, valve guides
rear cylinder, valve guides, exhaust port: If a valve guide seal has come loose you can get oil on top of the piston when the bike is sitting. I would still pull the heads and check them. If you dont see any problems there, then you will have to pull the cylinders Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: pe wee 50, pee wee 50, oil injection system
pee wee 50, oil injection system, crankshaft seal: Emun... The oil in the motor is only for the transmission gears. It is a 2-stroke engine, which has no valves or oil in the crankcase. The only oil is in the oil injection system, which mixes with the gasoline to fuel the motor. When an engine won t start...

Motorcycle Repair: RE-JETTING A 1985 H-D HEIHIN CV CARB., cv carb, jet needle
cv carb, jet needle, mr ray: If the bike ran fine before then you dont need to rejett. I would pull the carb, clean it out really well and rebuild. You can still get rebuild kits for your carb. You could also install a S&S carb which would make your bike run alot better Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake spongyness, vacuum pressure, air bubbles
vacuum pressure, air bubbles, vacuum pump: If you have a new master cylinder there shouldn t be a problem within that part. A weep from the top gasket has no effect on the operation of the master cylinder piston. It sounds as though you have thoroughly bled the system. I would check the brake line...

Motorcycle Repair: Sending unit, heritage softail, gas tank
heritage softail, gas tank, ity: You need to remove the cover, with the speedo, off the tank. Under ity you will see a cover that has to be removed. Inside you will find the sending unit. Unplug it, remove it and install the new one. Make sure you replace the gasket as well Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Solenoid or Rectifier/Regulator, starter solenoid, honda shadow
starter solenoid, honda shadow, wiring connections: First check that all your battery and wiring connections are tight and clean. If so it sounds like the starter solenoid is shorted or stuck. You will have to have the rectifier checked by a shop to verify that it was not harmed. If the solenoid freezes, as...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer Issues ..., shadow vt1100c, speedo cable
shadow vt1100c, speedo cable, honda shadow: One of the common problems with cable driven speedos is that the gears inside the meter are plastic and basically molded on to the shafts that hold them in place. After time they spin on the shafts and no longer read correctly or at all. I would first get...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, stator coils, comeing
stator coils, comeing, repair manual: The next thing you can check is the pickup for the CDI. Being that you have replaced the previous two components check the resistance for the pickup on the motor. There should be two wires coming out the engine on one side. Make sure you are checking the pickup...

Motorcycle Repair: No spark/ not firing, suzuki gs550e, ebay
suzuki gs550e, ebay, ohm meter: It sounds like the regulator may have fried the CDI box. This controls the ignition. Check your coils and ignition pickups with an ohm meter and compare the results to a good service manual. If they check out okay then unfortunately it probably took the CDI...

Motorcycle Repair: sparkplug gap, spark plug gap, air intake system
spark plug gap, air intake system, pulse waves: Greg, the spark plugs come out of the box at about .026-.028 which is fine for your bike. Any leaks in the exhaust system disrupt the exhaust pulse waves that enhance the fuel metering system calibrations. Changes to the exhaust system and/or air intake...

Motorcycle Repair: Tranny oil leak, clutch assembly, delkron
clutch assembly, delkron, jackshaft: The trans does not attach to the engine. It is connected by the inner primary. Where it ataches to the motor there is a large o-ring. There is no gasket at the rear. There is a seal in the inner primary however. If you are going to replace the 0-ring or...

Motorcycle Repair: v45 q until Wayne comes back?, clutch action, hydraulic clutch
clutch action, hydraulic clutch, clutch assembly: Eric... sorry about the delay. Message got lost in my email box for awhile. Actually, I have had a similar problem with a CB550SC last year. Works fine cold, then coming off the freeway.. bike very hot... then the clutch action was gone, until I pumped...

Motorcycle Repair: vf 750 magna, vf 750, fuel monitor
vf 750, fuel monitor, cylinder engines: I have dealt with these bikes. Make absolutely sure you have the carbs synchronized. If not the the engine will struggle like it trying to pull it self apart until you are in the higher RPMs. The same goes for the adjustments of the carbs. If one is running...

Motorcycle Repair: vn2000, aftermarket pipes, fuel injection system
aftermarket pipes, fuel injection system, exhaust gases: If they are factory replacement pipes, no you do not. If they are aftermarket, yes you do. Most aftermarket pipes provide less resistance to the exhaust gases as they pass through. This leads to a lean condition in the engine as there is less back pressure...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulator, heritage softail classic, stator
heritage softail classic, stator, voltage regulator: The coil does not have anything to do with the regulator. You neecd to do a OHMs test on the stator and a AC volt test on the stator. If the stator tests ok, then the regulator is bad. If it tests bad then you need to reoplace the stator Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Wrapping exhaust pipes, fuel milage, fuelpak
fuel milage, fuelpak, exhaust gases: The heat wrap could have alot to do with it. As the exhaust gases travel away from the engine they normally cool. Since you have wrapped the pipes the gases are staying hotter longer and enhancing the scavenging effect. They are traveling faster away from...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring diagram, wiringdiagrams, wire colors
wiringdiagrams, wire colors, matching colors: James.... You are off a good 11-15 years on the year. CB350 models were built from 1968 to 1973. Honda wiring colors are pretty consistent from end to end, so look at the components to see the wire colors and then plug matching colors into the connectors....

Motorcycle Repair: XL250R Engines Dies, fuel drain, spark tester
fuel drain, spark tester, valve clearances: Grant, the valve clearances are only .003 - .004 in/exhaust, I think. If they are tight, the motor will start then sputter as it warms up. Make sure that the gas cap is venting properly. Backfiring as you mention sounds like it is fuel starving. How much...

Motorcycle Repair: xr250r, fork leg, allen wrench
fork leg, allen wrench, internals: Take out the front wheel axle, put a correct size allen wrench in the bolt, hold the lower fork leg and remove it. Do not remove the spring first, and if it is stuck or the threads are bad and the internals are turning, then you have a problem. I sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha PW50, yamaha pw 50, cylinder bore
yamaha pw 50, cylinder bore, bill silver: Mark, if the engine doesn t turn over, most likely the piston has seized in the cylinder bore. Could be stuck from rust or sometimes from varnished oil/gasoline deposits. Small bore 2 strokes are pretty easy to repair, but you will have to take it apart...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda 750, fuel air mixture, vent hole
fuel air mixture, vent hole, compression stroke: Wesley, You need to start with a foundation check first. Does it have compression and how much? 175psi is the benchmark figure. If all four cylinders are near that and fairly even, then you can go onto the next step. If one or more cylinders are low,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sl175 starting issues, bill silver, advancer
bill silver, advancer, fuel petcock: Tyler... sounds like the same problem a guy called me about the other day..... Carb slides are in backwards.. left in right side, right one in left side. The cutaways go towards the air intake/air filters. Otherwise, the engine gets no air at idle, just...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB500 Overheating?, maximum gap, exhaust leaks
maximum gap, exhaust leaks, pod filters: Mark.... First, do a tune-up on it. Adjust the valves (.002 intake and .003 exhaust) and camchain tensioner. Check compression to ensure that you have four strong cylinders firing. Then, remove the points plate and check the spark advancer for proper advance/retard...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb200t petcock issues, vent hole, petcock
vent hole, petcock, cmsnl: Issac.... here is the petcock in exploded view: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb200t-usa-1976_model425/partslist/F++11.html If the tank was rusted/contaminated inside, I would hope that they completely cleaned the tank AND the petcock, by disassembling...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cm450e exhaust, 1982 honda cm450e, header pipes
1982 honda cm450e, header pipes, cmsnl: John, maintaining a tight fitting exhaust system is a key part of a good performing machine. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm450e-82-us_model1052/partslist/F++19.html #1 x 2 gaskets should take up the gap in the joint between the exhaust header and the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 hondamatic, 1982 hondamatic, high beam
1982 hondamatic, high beam, low beam: It does not work on either low or high beam? If so, the ignition switch may have developed a bad contact. Check if the rear light still works, as it can also be affected by this fault. If the bulb is bad, typically it will still work on either high beam...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 venture clutch issue, motorcycle salvage yards, tiny air bubbles
motorcycle salvage yards, tiny air bubbles, clutch pack: Hello Wayne, Parts are getting tough to find for these older bikes unfortunately. Sometimes you can get parts from Yamaha and the rest from sites like Bikebandit.com That leaves motorcycle salvage yards as the last resort or often Ebay will be helpful....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 vf500f, oil filler cap, starter solenoid
oil filler cap, starter solenoid, oil gauge: Ben, the faint clicking is from either a very low battery state of charge and/or a faulty starter solenoid. Have the battery fully charged and load-tested, then try it again. If you still get clicks with a fully charged battery, then the starter solenoid is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 FLSTC, good luck, debris
good luck, debris, rear wheel: Put a jack under the bike and lift it just enough so there is no weight on the rear wheel. Remove the axle and lift the bike and the wheel will stay on the floor as the bike lifts. Once you have the axle out you can push the wheel foward and remove the belt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 FLSTC, stock air filter, heritage softail
stock air filter, heritage softail, synthetic oil: You can try some synthetic oil in the trans and see if that doesnt help with the noise. If it continues you will probably have to pull the trans. You could have a bearing going out. Check the filter and see if it has any company name on it. The other thing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Suzuki RM 125, suzuki rm 125, torque chart
suzuki rm 125, torque chart, bill silver: Randy, the bolts bottom out when the washers hit the tops of the spring stands. Just torque them as you would any other fastener of that size, mounted anywhere else. If they are 6mm bolts, the torque spec is about 5-7 ft lbs, depending on the grade of bolt....

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 FLHTCI, rotor stator, gas milage
rotor stator, gas milage, lab scope: What you need to do is start with the coil and plug wires and OHMs test them to make sure they are good. A weak coil will cause the problem you are having. I am not goign to be able to tell yout he values for a lab scope, since I dont use one. If there was...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow won't start, honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace
honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace, solenoid starter: Jenny... First, the battery must be fully charged and able to pass a load test before you move onto other areas to check. If the battery has been discharged down to near zero a few times, that will damage the cells to a point where you need to replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 FLSTCI Harley Davidson front shock, shock body, oil seal
shock body, oil seal, harley davidson: If it has just come loose then all you need to do is tighten it back up. If you lost oil then you would have to drain the oil out and put in new oil at the correct amount. If you didnt lose any oil or less than a oz then you dont need to worry about it Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Heritage Softail - Leaking gas into oil, harley shop, 2 quarts
harley shop, 2 quarts, heritage softail: I had one with about the same problem 2 weeks ago. After testing everything I found that the ECM was bad and I had to replace it. It was pumping alot gas into the cylinder and not firing. It got about 2 quarts of gas in the oil and gas coming out the exhasut...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Dyna Super Glide, battery tender, pigtail
battery tender, pigtail, dyna: You have to remove the seat and you will see the battery on the right side. You have to remove the bolts holding the cables and then install the pigtail for the tender. It will charge the battery, but if its to low you should charge is with a charger. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 CB750 sputter, plug caps, straight pipes
plug caps, straight pipes, vent system: Brent, if you are still using stock jets with straight pipes and/or air filter changes, you are running WAY TOO LEAN. Not sure what series carbs you have, but I imagine that you will need some 120-130 main jets to get it into the ball park. Don t run it lean,...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 sportster ironhead keeps cutting out, sportster ironhead, striker plates
sportster ironhead, striker plates, striker plate: Well the answer to that depends on what ignition your running some have everything behind the cover in the center of the cam cover and others have the actual module remotely located with only a striker plate behind the cover in the cam cover.[also striker...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 cb750, speedometer repair, honda cb
speedometer repair, honda cb, invisible repair: Roger.... is the lens FLAT or convex? If it isn t flat glass you won t be able to find anything like that, other than to rob another gauge unit. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb750k8-four-usa_model14397/partslist/F02.html shows that these meters are not designed...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 sportster starter problems, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, starter button: If its been sitting for a while will the motor roll over easily with the kick starter or could you try it electrically with the spark plugs out so there s no compression against the starter motor. Doing this will ensure the engine is not the cause of the high...

Motorcycle Repair: 82' Honda V45 Magna, honda v45 magna, honda vf750c
honda v45 magna, honda vf750c, gasket kits: Kent, assuming that all 4 cylinders have spark and good compression, then the carb rack will have to come off for a good cleaning. Idle jets are tiny and easily plugged up after 28 years. The spark units can fail killing off one set of plugs. With choke...

Motorcycle Repair: '83 Honda CB650 electrical, honda cb650, starter solenoid
honda cb650, starter solenoid, battery cables: Darryl, Get a cheap test light from the auto parts store, so you can trace the voltage flow, starting with the battery. If you have a fully charged battery and the fuse link is okay, and all the fuses are good, then the ignition switch base may be loose/broken....

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Magna 700cc 4-clylinder, vacuum leaks, honda magna
vacuum leaks, honda magna, spark generator: Gary, it sounds like you have done a great job of going through the electrical/ignition system. These are problem areas in most of the V-4 Hondas of that era. Assuming that you have checked the valve clearances and gotten favorable compression readings,...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 ultra classic, sensers, classic question
sensers, classic question, back fire: It sounds like there is a ECM programing problem or one of the sensers in cutting in and out. the problem is, which one. You would need to have a dianostic run on the bike or you would just be changing sensers out until you hit the correct one Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 98model1200 trans, clutch pack, genuine service
clutch pack, genuine service, netural: Unless it is required in Australia you bike does not have a netural lockout. It should start in gear. I have seen bikes that will shift just fine wheile turning the rear wheel and not shift correctly while under a load. You can over adjust the clutch and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery draining/something sounds like its continually cycling..., blue interior, fuel pump
blue interior, fuel pump, idle speed control: That is, from your description, the idle speed control actuator. It sounds like there is a short in either it or the wiring. You would have to remove the tank and start looking at the wiring for any shorts and if you dont find any then you need to replace...

Motorcycle Repair: bucking at just on gas,cruising at low rpm., honda vf750c, honda magna
honda vf750c, honda magna, v45 magna: Dana, changing the oil should never be a factor in the bike s performance, unless you didn t put any back in and it is trying to seize. Too much oil can lead to problems as the oil can get air bubbles trapped where it is being whipped up by the crankshaft....

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch replacement, clutch replacement, clutch basket
clutch replacement, clutch basket, output shaft: If you have never torn a trans apart I would suggest you get s service manual to follow. You would have to pull the trans and tear it down and replace the mainshaft as well as the clutch basket. Once you replace the shaft you have to check all the gear spacing...

Motorcycle Repair: c100 weak spark, flywheel engine, bill silver
flywheel engine, bill silver, plug cap: Kieran, Are you using a fresh spark plug to do your testing? If not, try a new one. Yours could be cracked at the insulator or carbon tracked. Other than that you can remove the flywheel, using the correct removal tool, clean any rust from the magnet surface,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjustment on Honda Trail 90 (1974), honda ct90, honda trail 90
honda ct90, honda trail 90, carburetor body: Jim, the idle speed screw just screws into the carburetor body and pushes the slide upwards, which increases air flow and idle speed. The other screw is for idle mixture control and is basically only affecting the idle speed mixture and none other. The...

Motorcycle Repair: cb400a, honda shop, jet sizes
honda shop, jet sizes, cmsn: Carlos, I have to retract an earlier statement, as I was looking at the wrong carb chart for the 1978-A model calibrations. Stock jets are 72/105 according to my Honda tune-up booklet. Based on your 78/125 settings, I think it may be too rich on the top end...

Motorcycle Repair: cdi ingniter box, cdi system, generic answers
cdi system, generic answers, bill silver: Andy... generic questions get generic answers..... You have to remember that a CDI system needs a pulse generator coil, charge coil, CDI module, secondary ignition coils to run a 4 cylinder bike. Start with the simple and cheap stuff first.... go to the...

Motorcycle Repair: compression test, compression test results, bill silver
compression test results, bill silver, guestion: If you removed the limit caps on the idle mixture screws, you can adjust them to make the idle smooth again. If the bike runs well cold, then rough when it warms up, it could be an ignition coil breaking down due to heat. When it runs rough, you will need...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical issue..., amp fuse, fuse box
amp fuse, fuse box, turn signals: A weak battery will not cause a fuse to blow. Only to much current draw or a short will do that. I would start by unplugging all the components that are on that circut. then plug them in, one at a time amd go for a ride. that way you can narrow down which...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley tailight, signal lights, somthing
signal lights, somthing, harley: The somthing simple is you have a short. The problem is locating it. Start by unplugging the plugin for the taillight. Then try it. If it shorts then you have to trace the wires from the plug to the power sourse. Look for a broken or chaffed wire that is touching...

Motorcycle Repair: harley jackshafts, splined shaft, rigid chopper
splined shaft, rigid chopper, jackshaft: I have to see what you have to be able to help you. That is why I had you look at the pics. I have to have a starting point. You never said if you have a open belt or closed belt drive. Which one do you have? If you have a open belt drive, what brand is it?...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1979 cb650z, honda cb650, float bowls
honda cb650, float bowls, plug caps: Graham, assuming that your model is somewhat related to this one: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb650-79-us_model472/partslist/ We know that you don t have points so the ignition system can be mostly excluded. I would check the connections between the...

Motorcycle Repair: Jump start a Nighster, harley davidson nightster, harley davidson
harley davidson nightster, harley davidson, battery tender: If you are going to have a bike sit like that the best thing to do is use a battery tender on it. That will keep the battery charged while it sits. the tender will charge the battery and then shut off when it fully charged. If you dont keep the battery charged...

Motorcycle Repair: new exhaust and fuel management, fuel manager, power commander
fuel manager, power commander, honest answer: Here is my opinion. When your bike comes from the factory it is running a little lean to pass EPA. Any changes you make, like high flow air filter, exhaust, ECT makes the bike run even leaner. To many changes and you really run lean. Lean means a little loss...

Motorcycle Repair: permanent fairing removal, handlebar, speedo
handlebar, speedo, windshield: That is quit a project you are taking on. You would have to get a wiring diagram and follow it to see what you can either shorten or get rid of. You would have to end up putting what you need inside the headlight, like the bikes do now. To put a speedo on...

Motorcycle Repair: points on 1979 shovelhead, electronic ignition, high point
electronic ignition, high point, hold down: The points, if the bike has them, is located under the round cover on the cam cover. Your bike came with electronic ignition. To replace them you remove the hold down screw and install the new ones. rotoate the motor so the lobe is at its high point on the...

Motorcycle Repair: re: cb400a, wiringdiagrams, bike on line
wiringdiagrams, bike on line, automatic models: I would stay with the CB400T series parts, especially if the plugs don t fit readily. The CDI for an Automatic has way different functions than a 450 Rebel. There was a CM450A which may be similar. Interchanging the automatic and regular CDI units is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: removal of rear sprocket bushings in hub, network tool warehouse, slide hammer
network tool warehouse, slide hammer, die grinder: Bob, I m not sure if there is a procedure in Honda s shop manual for bushing removals in a blind hole. There are various type of slide hammer bearing removal tools that could work. http://www.ntxtools.com/network-tool-warehouse/OTC-4581.html You may be...

Motorcycle Repair: rough running 05 eletraglide fuel injected, air fuel mixture, vibs
air fuel mixture, vibs, fuel injector: If you changed the fuel injector leads around it would not run. As to what they did you make your bike run bad, that I cant tell you since I didnt see their work or know what they really did. I would start by having somebody run a diagnosic on the bike and...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Carburetors "E" or "G" ?, bike mike, stock motor
bike mike, stock motor, best bet: First Mike is your motor stock or close to it? If its stock or close to it an S & S E would work great for you, if your motor is not stock and I m talken at least stroked then a S & S G would be your best bet. The E model has a smaller throat diameter...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer is out, speedometer, speedo
speedometer, speedo, harley: First you need to determine what the problem is. Remove the cable from the speedo. Lift the front tire off the ground and spin the wheel. then inner cable should turn. If not, pull the cable out of the jacket and make sure it is not broken. If it not then...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster ?, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: Depending on how long the fluid was low and how low it was it might have made the clutches wear more and your chain wear. Since your trans didnt slip doesnt sound like any damage, but you might want to inspect yoru clutches and primary chain Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Stator, clutch basket, precious possession
clutch basket, precious possession, woman rider: In order to change the stator you have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket, motor sprocket, chain and chain adjuster. You are going to need an impact wrench to get the motor sprocket nut off. Once you have all that done you have to remove the rotor...

Motorcycle Repair: starter clutch gear, clutch gear, starter clutch
clutch gear, starter clutch, gear teeth: If the jackshaft is not turning and everything else is ok, then your clutch gear is bad. Personnally, if it were me and I was having problems with my starter, I would replace the whole starter. When you start bying parts like this you get pretty close to...

Motorcycle Repair: starter removal, clutch basket, starter removal
clutch basket, starter removal, oil tank: You have to remove the primary cover, morot sprocket, clutch basket and then the jackshaft. Once you have that out go tot he other side and prmove the bolts holding the starter and it will slide out. Its a tight fit, but you dont have to remove the oil tank...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel and brake replacement, triple disc brakes, rear drum brakes
triple disc brakes, rear drum brakes, model motorcycles: Deron.... are you planning to roadrace this bike? Triple disc brakes is kind of overkill on a CX500, in my opinion, but it is your money. The CX500 Turbo has a pro--link, single shock suspension frame, so that isn t going to be an easy bolt-on setup for...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha MX100 1980 something, piston cylinder, partial seizure
piston cylinder, partial seizure, compression gauge: Taylor.. yeah, not my favorite subject...... Pull the exhaust pipe and head to see if there was any piston/cylinder damage from broken rings or partial seizure after start up. You have to break them in easy for a little while. Get a compression gauge...

Motorcycle Repair: more "zip" & louder pipes, personal preference, old bike
personal preference, old bike, oomph: What carb and cam are you running? On the pipes, the sound is going to be a personal preference. What I think sounds aggresive you might not think so. Listen at different pipes and find somthing you like on another bike and then find out what the pipes are...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 road king volt reg, battery voltage, dumb ass
battery voltage, dumb ass, piece of shit: Thanks for the low ratings, moron. First, learn to read. Sell your Harley and buy a bicycle, because you are too stupid to own a motorcycle of any kind. If the bike doesn t have a modern piece of equipment like an alternator, then it has a DYNAMO, which...

Motorcycle Repair: 1962 honda trail 55, cast iron engine, fly wheel
cast iron engine, fly wheel, wiringdiagrams: Sam.... Use the C100 wiring diagram here: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class This is a self-powered magneto ignition, not requiring a battery to make spark. There is a primary ignition coil under the flywheel and the secondary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 FXE Shovelhead Starter removal and replacement, clutch assembly, starter removal
clutch assembly, starter removal, jackshaft: You dont have to remove the starter housing to get the starter out. Loosen the two long bolts at the end of the starter and it will slide out. To remove the jackshaft from the solenoid fork you just bend them then the jackshaft will slide out if you have the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB200T electric start issue?, brake light switch, high beams
brake light switch, high beams, starter button: Adam, hopefully the new battery was a good quality one and was fully charged before installation. From 1975 onwards, the headlights come on as soon as you turn on the switch, dimming off while the starter button is depressed and then back on again. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CB750K crank oil seal, 1981 honda cb750k, generator coils
1981 honda cb750k, generator coils, stator windings: Pat... Breathe! Relax! The pulse generator coils are oil-cooled and there is nothing wrong with your bike s engine there, unless a pulse generator coil has failed. The only crankshaft seal to deal with is on the other end at the rotor. Usually the CDI modules...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 low rider - no power up to switches on handle bars, camly, componet
camly, componet, directionals: If you dont have any power coming from the breaker to the front, then you need to check your ignition switch. That is where the power comes from to go to the breaker. Make sure you dont have power on the hot side of the breaker. If you do then you have a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda magna outpur gear case, pvc pipe fittings, magna v45
pvc pipe fittings, magna v45, seal shaft: Richard... Magna V45 or V65? In most cases, you can replace the seal without a motor teardown, unless the seal was designed with a location lip on the outer edge or was installed from the inside of the case. Basically, you can remove the shaft and carefully...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1985 honda 110 atc, honda 110, partslist
honda 110, partslist, cmsnl: Jason, What kind of cleaning did you do with the carburetor? Did you completely strip the carburetor apart and clean all the air and fuel passages? Did you replace the o-ring inside the mating flange to the manifold? Did you clean out the main jet holder...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow VT700C - no clutch, piston cup, cup seals
piston cup, cup seals, hydraulic clutch: Grady, think of the hydraulic clutch the same as the brake system. You have a master cylinder which provides hydraulic pressure and a slave cylinder which converts the hydraulic pressure into motion. When you lose hydraulic pressure, either the piston cup...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda shadow 700 vt, honda shadow, promblem
honda shadow, promblem, negative terminal: Well you clearly have a dead short in the system. I would disconnect the negativ ebattery terminal first, then disconnect the cable to the starter. Then reconnect the negative terminal and push the start button. You should hear a click and the fuse should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Heritage Softail - Leaking gas into oil, harley shop, 2 quarts
harley shop, 2 quarts, heritage softail: I had one with about the same problem 2 weeks ago. After testing everything I found that the ECM was bad and I had to replace it. It was pumping alot gas into the cylinder and not firing. It got about 2 quarts of gas in the oil and gas coming out the exhasut...

Motorcycle Repair: 8 degree rake in the neck, frame jig, softail standard
frame jig, softail standard, bike builder: Adding rake at the tree and cutting the neck and adding rake is doing the same thing. the only difference is adding the rake at the tree cost less. Also, cutting hte neck means that you would have to find somebody with a frame jig to do the cutting and welding....

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FXST starter wont disengage, solenoid, solenoids
solenoid, solenoids, good luck: Your solenoid is sticking and that is why its still turning. Even though you replace the solenoid you are going to have to replace it again. the new one you have is bad. I use accell solenoids and I dont have that problem Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 hugger, fuse one, chris answer
fuse one, chris answer, angle sensor: There is no test for the bank angle that you can do. You have to test it with a new one. Here is how I locate a back wire or connection. Start by disconnecting all the plugs that are plugged in on that circuit. Leave the fuse out and just touch a jumper...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting clutch, clutch hydraulics, clutch assembly
clutch hydraulics, clutch assembly, bill silver: Joe, based on a quick search, it appears that the clutch is hydraulically operated, thus no adjustments are possible. If the clutch is slipping, then replacement is necessary. http://www.venturers.org/Tech_Library/index.php?action=article&cat_id=001006&id=48...

Motorcycle Repair: aftermarket tank replacement with 3 post ignition switch, harley sportster, stock ignition
harley sportster, stock ignition, grey stripe: What you have to do is test the switch. they are not all the same. Which the switch in the off position touch one of the posts with the hot wire and check the other posts with a test light. There should be no power. Once you have found that post, then turn...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding Brakes, bleeding brakes, rear brakes
bleeding brakes, rear brakes, disc brakes: Look on the caliber and you will see a bleed nut with a hole in it. Loosen it and then just slightly snug it up. Remove the cover on the master cylinder and make sure its full. Pump the brake and while holding it down, open the bleeder. Close the bleeder and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery not charging, heritage softail, gel battery
heritage softail, gel battery, charging battery: Your bike is not charging. You should be showing around 13.5 volts when its charging. You need to test the stator. Do a OHMS test on the stator wires and then a AC voltage test ont he stator. It should be showing around 50-60 volts at the plug at around 2000...

Motorcycle Repair: bike smoking, oil temperatures, filler valves
oil temperatures, filler valves, leak down test: Lee, I don t know a lot about the brand, however the rear cylinder doesn t get the same cooling as the front, so the excess heat raises oil temperatures and thermal loading back there. Smoke, if gray and wet fouling the spark plug is usually due to either...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Question, suzuki bandit 600, jb weld
suzuki bandit 600, jb weld, throttle shaft: Arwyn, the carbs are designed to be used as they are. You didn t give the year, but I looked up the 600 Bandit carb illustrations and it looks like the fuel passages are all interconnected from the middle going out, so I understand your question. If...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 100 Z engine rattle, cam chains, cbx 1000
cam chains, cbx 1000, rattling sound: Congratulations on your purchase! Hope you will be able to join the ICOA at www.cbxclub.com. Most of the rattling sound should go away when you pull in the clutch. Some noise will still be there, but it should be significantly reduced. Sometimes the...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 Fuel and Oil, castrol valvemaster, wet clutches
castrol valvemaster, wet clutches, starter clutch: I normally buy the better grade unleaded fuel for the CBX, lead substitute is not necessary, and the recommended oil is 10W40. Synthetic oil is much thinner and can indeed cause undesirable effects such as clutch slip, although some of the CBX owners have...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 Z whirring after engine stall, cbx 1000, starter clutch
cbx 1000, starter clutch, typical motorcycle: Hi David, The starter motor on a CBX actually has a typical motorcycle starter clutch, which consists of three rollers on a smooth spindle. The starter never actually disengages but the starter clutch rotates freely in one direction and locks up in the...

Motorcycle Repair: CHARGING SYSTEM, good shape, charging system
good shape, charging system, magneto: Your 1983 does not have a magneto , it has an alternator. An alternator needs power to generate power. Is the battery in good shape? If so perhaps the connections to the regulator are corroded. Chack all the connections and wires, and make sure all the...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch cable repair replace question, open heart surgery, phillips screw
open heart surgery, phillips screw, clutch cable: Robert, this is not going to be an open heart surgery experience for you.... but it isn t a walk in the park, either, usually. See this illustration... http://www.houseofmotorcycles.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=133770&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1974&fveh=3153...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch replacement, clutch replacement, clutch basket
clutch replacement, clutch basket, output shaft: If you have never torn a trans apart I would suggest you get s service manual to follow. You would have to pull the trans and tear it down and replace the mainshaft as well as the clutch basket. Once you replace the shaft you have to check all the gear spacing...

Motorcycle Repair: Cuts off wont restart, wonce, starter switch
wonce, starter switch, time plug: First thing I would do is check the battery while running with a volt meter at the battery if you havent done that already. You might have a bad gage on the dash. If you are still having a draw, then you are going to have to locate what is pulling the current....

Motorcycle Repair: carb problem, 1982 honda nighthawk, little squirt
1982 honda nighthawk, little squirt, plug caps: Andrew, the accelerator pump is there for a reason. If it isn t spraying a little squirt into the air stream when you crack the throttle open, then the engine will fall flat on its face. Check your carb needles for the updated parts, too. http://www.hondanighthawks.net/82_450_CarbSB.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor / air box /rubber boot reinstall, rubber connectors, air boxes
rubber connectors, air boxes, mrhonda: Robert, MrHonda will direct you to http://www.thegsresources.com/index.htm for more specifics on their brand. Honda has similar problems with a number of their four cylinder machines, which are compounded by the carb connector boots hardening up and...

Motorcycle Repair: cylinder, sportser, special tools
sportser, special tools, novice: Your smoking is one of two things. Oil is getting past the rings or oil is getting past the valve guides. You would have to remove the head and cylinder and mic them to see which one it is. If you have never done tis type of work I wuold recommend taking it...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust and mapping, o2 sensors, sensers
o2 sensors, sensers, performance tuner: You might want to check your warrenty. I dont think there is anything in there that says you have to use a Harley product. That would be like saying that you can only use Harley oil or spark plugs. Some dealers even use a Power Commander for mapping. The...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire on 1 and 6, broken wires, coil pickup
broken wires, coil pickup, battery tray: Cool, a CBX question!! Cylinders 1 and 6 share coil, pickup and OKI200 igniters. I would start by checking the wires going to the coils, they have been known to corrode a little and need to make good contact. You can switch coils and see if the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pac, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, harley dealership: The one thing I dont like about installing this type of fuel pac is that the download is generic. Vance & Hines have written downloads that is for all Hertigage Softtails with their exhaust and highflow intake. The problem lies in that, even though all the...

Motorcycle Repair: GL500I Engine straining, head gasket problem, caliper pistons
head gasket problem, caliper pistons, piston seals: Jeff, certainly any excessive rotational drag is harmful to the engine and the bike and maybe you if the brakes seize up while driving. Brake drag is either a product of sticking caliper pistons, due to piston seals swelling up in the caliper bodies because...

Motorcycle Repair: GoldWing, 1980, Intrst. Starter Probs, honda gl1100, worst case scenario
honda gl1100, worst case scenario, head gasket: Walt, Jump across the solenoid posts, so that you are directly connecting the battery to the starter motor. If all you get is big sparks and no motion, then the starter motor needs to be replaced, unless the motor is locked up. Pull the front cover off...

Motorcycle Repair: gearcasebreather, 2 quarts, rocker boxes
2 quarts, rocker boxes, pant leg: SInce this started after you had the pushrods changed and your oil pump works correctly, then the only other problem could be in the rocker boxes. I have see where the wrong gaskets were put in and they pushed out through the breather. Even though Harley...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Benley - adjust clutch, honda benly, gearbox oil
honda benly, gearbox oil, friction plates: Ron, Just drain the oil, buy a clutch cover gasket, remove the cover and clean the plates. Usually all you need to do is wire wheel brush the metal plates, sand a little glaze off of the friction plates and put it back together again. The original Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBX1000Z ignition switch, honda cbx1000z, usa connections
honda cbx1000z, usa connections, brown wires: I will need to have a look at a European bike to see how the connections go, please feel free to ask your question on the CBXClub forums, located on www.cbxclub.com and perhaps someone can take a picture of a UK bike gnition switch wiring... Sorry I cannot...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL100 shifting issues, snap ring pliers, clutch pack
snap ring pliers, clutch pack, friction plates: Ernie... You only need about an 1/8 free play at the clutch lever. If you have too much slack, the clutch won t release and the gears will be dragging along with torque on them that prevents smooth shift action. If the clutch is sticking from sitting...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Cl70 1970, honda cl70, rear sprocket
honda cl70, rear sprocket, chain sprocket: The rear sprocket is cushioned on rubber dampers. Unless the hub recesses for the dampers are cracked/damaged or the centering section for the sprocket is worn/broken, replacing the dampers will stabilize the rear sprocket. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl70-scrambler-k1-us_model523/partslist/F++10.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL 175 broken kick start spindle, honda xl 175, cmsnl
honda xl 175, cmsnl, bill silver: Trevor, the process takes up about 10 pages in a shop manual. I don t have the space here to add in a dozen photos and 20 paragraphs of text, in a step by step procedure. Check E-bay or similar sources for copies of the shop manual, so you have a specific...

Motorcycle Repair: Horn, radio and oil preasure gauge, oil pressure gauge, horn button
oil pressure gauge, horn button, half hours: Since they all quit at the same time, then you would have to assumn that they receive there power from the same place and its broken or shorted before the above parts. Check the fuses and breakers to make sure theya re good. If they are then start at the horn,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda repair, honda vt750c, coolant level
honda vt750c, coolant level, honda repair: Richard, you have to make sure that the system is completely full to the highest point on the chassis/cooling system. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt750c-shadow-750-1983-us_model791/partslist/E++16.html Bolt #19 is the air bleed bolt that needs to be...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow vt1100, honda shadow, connector block
honda shadow, connector block, stator: Sounds like your bike needs a good service, and possibly a new battery. stator s don t normally burn out, unless there is too high current flowing. Check for shorts in the wiring if your battery is known good. And yes, NEVER run with low oil. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignitors, transistor technology, fuel mileage
transistor technology, fuel mileage, swingarms: Hi Michael, Yes physically you can change the connectors, as long as you can extract the spades from the connector. particularly the early 1979 units are now leaking the insulation all over the swingarms... If you are trying to exchange with a later year...

Motorcycle Repair: jack shaft seal replacement, shaft seal, seal replacement
shaft seal, seal replacement, starter motor: You nedd to pull the seal out. If you dont have a seal puller then use a screwdriver and hammer and tap it out. The to install the new one use a socket that is just a hair smaller than the outer ring of the seal and drive it in Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: oil sumping, oil tank, sportster 1200
oil tank, sportster 1200, oil pump: Its not normal, but it happens. What is happening is the oil tank sits higher than the oil pump. There is a ball and spring that closes when the bike is not running so the oil does not run into the motor. Your ball is letting a small amount of oil get by and...

Motorcycle Repair: Pecking noise, adjustable pushrods, lifter
adjustable pushrods, lifter, sportster: If you have a ticking sound it probably is a lifter. Its valve lash that is making the noise. It really doesnt hurt anything, its just annoying. There is no repair except to repalce the lifter. In order the replace it you would either have to remove the heads...

Motorcycle Repair: Restore Honda, brake caliper piston, 1975 honda cb360t
brake caliper piston, 1975 honda cb360t, fork seals: Not sure we have space here to restore a motorcycle with full instructions! Anytime you are buying a project like this, take time to ensure that the paperwork matches the bike, that the engine actually still turns over, and there isn t other hidden...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter problems, torque starter, starter wire
torque starter, starter wire, starter button: Check your wires. If the starter is not connected and you hit the starter button you should get the same voltage as the battery since there is no load on the battery. If it all looks good then you might have a bad starter. I would have it tested Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plugs, rear cylinder, good luck
rear cylinder, good luck: Popping back through the carb when cokld is pretty common. With 62,000 miles you plugs could look a little different. Your rear cylinder could be burning a some oil and that would make it look rich. Since you only have one carb you would have the same amount...

Motorcycle Repair: used engines, phpbb portal, bill silver
phpbb portal, bill silver, yam: Micheal... Tough question for MrHonda ! Try these links, instead.... http://www.viragoclassic.com/forum/index.php?s=07925d6504126f3f08d082e8ee71d22c http://viragotechforum.com/phpBB/portal.php http://www.thevirago.co.uk/viragoarticles/vitalizing/vitalisingthevirago-2.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: valve chatter, harley dealer, valve adjustment
harley dealer, valve adjustment, softtail: If you have stock pushrods then there is no adjustment. they are solid pushrods. You can install adjustable, but they dont come that way. If you have a ticking in your lifters that is common and it doesnt hurt anything. the only way to get rid of the noise...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulation, silicon diodes, wiringdiagrams
silicon diodes, wiringdiagrams, cb160: Jerry, a permanent magnet charging system needs revs to make more volts, so you will see the voltage rise from 12 at idle up to 15 or so, above 2500 rpms. Wiring diagram here: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php use CB/CL160 diagram....

Motorcycle Repair: 125dr suzuki dirt bike, suzuki dirt bike, engine combustion
suzuki dirt bike, engine combustion, fuel mixture: Hi Jason, The high speed fuel mixture is controlled mostly by the main jet in the carb. That is the one directly in the center when you remove the float bowl. A lack of fuel can occur if the main jet is plugged or the carb is not getting a good supply...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda CL160, wire strands, pivot shaft
wire strands, pivot shaft, orange county ca: Robert, I would agree if the carbs have never been cleaned and kitted in 45 years, then they would need a thorough cleaning and adjustment. http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/Rcarbs.html http://www.dansmc.com/carbs.htm It is important to identify your...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CL 175, rich fuel mixture, honda cl 175
rich fuel mixture, honda cl 175, throttle cable: Hi Dan, The throttle slides have a cutaway on the bottom of the slide. The cutaway part always faces the rear as it allows air into the carb. The slides will fit backwards if you switch the left and right but then the cutaway part will be facing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CL 175, honda cl 175, bill silver
honda cl 175, bill silver, throttle cable: Paul, you have a 50-50 chance of getting them right.... One way the bike runs crappy and fouls the spark plugs and the other way makes it run normally. Slides are L & R specific... the cutaways go towards the air filters, when properly installed. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 360T, honda 360t, stator rotor
honda 360t, stator rotor, rotor stator: RB... there is no leak. All the 160-175-350-360 and 450 DOHC motors run an oil-cooled stator/rotor. All you have to do is to make sure that the dyno cover gasket, engine cover gasket and o-rings are all in good order. The rest is OEM design. Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 xl250 electric problem Honda, voltage rectifier, honda xl250
voltage rectifier, honda xl250, uk motorcycle: Hi Alan, It sounds like a 1976 Candy Sapphire Blue Honda. The serial number began XL250-4000001 on those. The only resistor I know of is usually inside the headlight shell. It is shown on this wiring diagram: (copy/paste in browser) http://www.hugedrive.com/published/WG/show.php?q=RFJVSURFQ0s=-f33044af...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda goldwing exhaust, honda goldwing, oxygen sensors
honda goldwing, oxygen sensors, exhaust pipes: Damien, The exhaust headers are a dual wall construction and sometimes the inner tube can disintegrate. I wonder if that is what you are seeing?? Very strange, let me know what it is if you figure it out. Wayne S --------------------------------------------------...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 CBX 1000 Oil line size, honda cbx 1000, 1979 honda cbx
honda cbx 1000, 1979 honda cbx, hose manufacturer: Recently I have had some aeroquip hoses put on the original clamps before, so it can be done. This will be something that we will start offering through the club, watch the website at www.cbxclub.com I do not know the ID of the hoses but the hose manufacturer...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CBX Speedometer makes whining noise, cbx club, speedometer cable
cbx club, speedometer cable, speedo cable: The mechanism in the gauges is prone to some issues after all these years. The grease dries out so the lubricating properties deteriorate. You can try some simple penetrating oil VERY SPARINGLY on the bottom of the cable connection, but likely the mechanism...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda shadow vt1100, honda shadow vt1100, connector connection
honda shadow vt1100, connector connection, timing signals: Joe.... if you know that all 4 plugs are dead at the same time, then there is a commonality to check into. Things that affect the whole ignition system in that way would be: Ignition switch: With CDI ignitions, the ignition switch grounds the sparks out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Maxim XJ700X, transistor ignition, plug colors
transistor ignition, plug colors, combustion chambers: Hi James, There are a few things that can cause this stalling on older Yamahas. First things to check (as you have been doing) are the basics. -Clean/soak the carbs and idle jets thoroughly, these gum up easily. -Check float levels or fuel height...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 atv yamaha 350 big bear, yamaha 350, shaft assembly
yamaha 350, shaft assembly, atv yamaha: Hi Rod, It sounds like the shifter shaft assembly is broken. The hooks you mentioned are probably the ones that pull on the shift drum pins to make it rotate and shift the gears. The shaft should pull out after removing the lever bracket on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 yamaha big bear 350 atv., clutch plates, little shoes
clutch plates, little shoes, shift assembly: Hi Rodney, Your atv has two clutches but that may not be the problem. One clutch is actually a centrifugal set of little shoes like brake shoes. They swing out when the motor speeds up and start the machine moving. The other clutch is like a regular...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 suzuki gs500e wont idle, 1993 suzuki gs500e, air leaks
1993 suzuki gs500e, air leaks, bill silver: Brian, I think you must have it figured out already. A sudden tear in the diaphragm will render the carby useless. Checking the rest was a great idea, so that you have a good baseline to work from, but your new diaphragm will probably get it back to full function,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996FXSTS, khrome werks, mixture settings
khrome werks, mixture settings, slow jet: Lets go back to square one. First, go back to the stock size jet. Since you are fouling plugs you will only foul them worse by going to the next size bigger jet. Changing the air/fuel mixture will not help. The only affects the idle mixture. Your best bet...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 goldwing, starter relay, loose connections
starter relay, loose connections, goldwing: Hello, Check the clutch switch on the left handlebar lever and the side stand switch. These two switches create a ground circuit that allows the reverse and starter relay A to operate. When you pull in the clutch with the side stand up you should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 suzuki 125 DZL, piston rings, air leaks
piston rings, air leaks, compression stroke: Hello, The problem could be low compression but there are many other possibilities. First thing I would do is to check all the basic tune up items. Check spark plug, air filter, fuel supply from tank, air leaks around carb or intake, and very...

Motorcycle Repair: 305 Dream year and key, drive sprocket, shaft assemblies
drive sprocket, shaft assemblies, shaft replacement: Louis, The engine number indicates a 1963 model CA77. The frame number is on the left side, down behind the engine on the frame, where the footpeg bracket mount bolts to the frame. The chassis number will probably show CA78-3XXXXXX numbers. Frame and engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 CL 200 Muffler swap, honda cl175, little twins
honda cl175, little twins, bore stroke: Matt, you can compare some of the mounting details at sites like this: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl200-scrambler-200-usa_model1041/partslist/F06-1.html http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl175-scrambler-175-k7-usa_model544/partslist/F10-1.html 18300-378-670...

Motorcycle Repair: '75 XL350 carb loose, honda xl 350, search ebay
honda xl 350, search ebay, air leaks: Aaron, your 35 year old rubber manifold has shrunken and hardened to the point of causing air leaks and instability in the mounting of your carburetor. There is no easy fix for this kind of problem. It needs to be replaced. Search Ebay or the web for a...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 gsxr 1100 running terrible, suzuki gsxr 1100, vacuum hose
suzuki gsxr 1100, vacuum hose, air leaks: Hi Tucker, Usually backfires are caused by lean fuel mixtures. This can mean a lack of fuel or an excess of intake air. Other causes can be loose exhaust header pipe or bad pipe gaskets. Also having no backpressure from the mufflers or having open...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 fatboy starter does not engage, battery cables, jackshaft
battery cables, jackshaft, pinion gear: Even though you have a new battery you can bad cables, so, did you check them? Like I said before, the jackshaft needs the bearing in the primary cover to work correctly, or it might bind and not work. You can install the primary cover and remove the derby...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting Clutch Lever, friction zone, clutch lever
friction zone, clutch lever, handgrip: If you want it to engage nearer the handgrip then one, you will have alot of play in the lever and two, your clutch will not disengage all the way which is hard ont he clutch plates. If you still want to do it all you have to do is loosen the nut ont he clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, flash check, blinkers
flash check, blinkers, half mile: Not sure what you mean by not working do you mean they don t flash or they do not come on? If they don t flash, check the flasher unit which is frequently mounted under the seat. If they don t come on, check that youer rear light is working, if not it...

Motorcycle Repair: Camshaft 180 degress out?, compression stroke, fuel compression
compression stroke, fuel compression, oldmanhonda: Hi Nathan, Glad to hear yuu got it running. The top end commonly makes a little noise but pull off the valve adjust cover and make sure the oil is spraying around the top end okay. If it looks fairly oily in the top then you can try rechecking the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs are to rich, worn piston rings, pilot jet
worn piston rings, pilot jet, rubber plug: Hi Robert, You did not mention what you have tried or why you think it is running rich so I will give you what information I can. First thing you want to do is a spark plug reading to determine if it is running rich or lean. If the plugs are very...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, newport beach ca, hello art
newport beach ca, hello art, air vent: Hello Art, This carb problem should not be too hard to resolve. There are only a few things that can cause this flooding problem as follows: 1. The float needles and valve seats are gummed up by old fuel deposits. 2. The floats have been misadjusted...

Motorcycle Repair: CONTINUTITY TO GROUND, fxstc, beautiful machine
fxstc, beautiful machine, ground cable: Like I said before, you need to get the battery tested. It might be the battery that is leaking down. A bad battery will slowly loose voltage. The only other way you would lose voltage is if somthing is turned on or is using power Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adj,2005 shadow 600, vacuum line, fuel mixture
vacuum line, fuel mixture, honda motorcycle: Hi Ken, There are a few things that can cause the rich idle condition. The pilot or idle mixture screw on these bikes controls fuel not air. It is located on the front bottom of the carb near the engine. It is in a vertical position so it s hard to...

Motorcycle Repair: carb problem??, mtx 200, engine seals
mtx 200, engine seals, reed valves: Hi Adrian, There are a few things that can contribute to this problem. The first thing is the design of the two stroke engine. It fires every stroke so has a constant push of piston acceleration to deal with. This is sometimes countered by fitting ...

Motorcycle Repair: Dirt bike dies when in gear, ft lbs torque, worn clutch
ft lbs torque, worn clutch, kdx 200: Hi Andy, It sounds like the clutch is not releasing. This can be caused by the clutch plates being stuck together or by a worn clutch basket. The basket can get wear grooves in it which cause the plates to hang up instead of separating. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA xr250r, overflow tube, valve clearances
overflow tube, valve clearances, bill silver: Rod, fuel coming from the overflow tube indicates a couple of possibilities..... Float valve is worn/dirty and not sealing off at the correct fuel level. Remove float bowl, float and float valve to inspect for wear/damage or contamination. Float...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda: What is it?, wing tank, cm450
wing tank, cm450, cb450: Hi Alyssa, The bike in the photo is: 1985 Honda CB450SC (Nighthawk) Specs are: Candy Andromeda Red The pinstripes were red The Honda wing tank emblem was silver The Nighthawk 450 side cover decal was silver and red The front fender was chrome...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda SL125 engine cuts, camshaft bearings, ohm resistance
camshaft bearings, ohm resistance, honda sl125: John, it still sounds like a low-voltage problem. First, be sure that the ignition points are clean and adjusted properly. These early engines tend to have poor camshaft bearings, which allow the cam to wobble around during rotation. With the point cam on...

Motorcycle Repair: harley sportster 1978 xlch, harley sportster, jp cycles
harley sportster, jp cycles, electric starter: Yes, you can install a electric starter. You do have to make some changes, however. Your best bet is to buy a starter kit. It will have all the parts you need to convert the bike over to electric start. JP Cycles or V-Twin Manufacturing should sell them. ...

Motorcycle Repair: head light knob on CL72, honda scrambler, headlight reflectors
honda scrambler, headlight reflectors, headlight bulbs: Joe, The big black knob on the headlight shell controls the lighting, turning the whole headlight and tail light circuits on or off. There are both 2 position (on-off) and some 3 position (off-park-on) versions. Bikes sold outside the US had parking lights...

Motorcycle Repair: hi beam not working, suzuki rf600r, left hand side
suzuki rf600r, left hand side, test light: Hello Jason, I believe these models have the lights going through some fuses before reaching the bulb. Check on both sides of the headlight fuses for power with your test light. Even though you have power to the passing switch it still has to make...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, honda cb750, level gauge
honda cb750, level gauge, bill silver: Pablo, the 5mm setting is the height above the carb body to the highest portion of the float, when the float tang is just pushing the float needle closed into the seat, but not compressing the spring-loaded needle tip. I don t know what this carb looks like,...

Motorcycle Repair: Will not idle without choke, dies when throttle is applied., custom pipes, pilot jet
custom pipes, pilot jet, yamaha v star: Hi Lane, This problem is almost always that the fuel has gelled and plugged up either the pilot jets or the carb idle circuits themselves. The carbs should be soaked in some good Yamaha carb cleaner and blown out with carb cleaner spray or compressed...

Motorcycle Repair: Kick start side crankcase cover, clutch cables, clutch cable
clutch cables, clutch cable, honda dream: A.C. Honda 250-305 Dreams did go through numerous mods through the years. If you look at the illustrations here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ca77-dream-touring-305-usa_model992/partslist/E08.html you will see that there were three different covers for...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil leak between head and barrels, aftermarket gasket, oil seepage
aftermarket gasket, oil seepage, gasket material: Gary, after over 40 years, the head gaskets do get some oil migration laterally through the gasket material, which eventually causes some oil seepage/leaks on the external surfaces. While I don t see them shown in most parts illustrations, Honda has typically...

Motorcycle Repair: push rod covers, push rod, pushrods
push rod, pushrods, big t: The only thing that I think synthetic does for you is make the bike run cooler. Alot of the fight about using standard compared to synthetic is mostly personnel preference. I still run regular oil in my bikes due to the cost of synthetic. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: raking, fork tubes, protractor
fork tubes, protractor, good luck: What you need to do is measure from the ground to the center of the axle. Next, take a protractor and use it to see the rake you are adding. Now measure to where the axle would be with the rake and that will tell you how much more you will need to add to the...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brakes seizing, master brake cylinder, brake caliper
master brake cylinder, brake caliper, rear tyre: Hi Josh, Sometimes, if it has a hydraulic brake the fluid will have small bubbles in it which are hard to get out. I would try pumping some new brake fluid through it if you don t find any mechanical misalignments. Get a jar and add some fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cylinder not getting gas on 1200 sportster, rear cylinder, petcock
rear cylinder, petcock, battery tender: First, its not a good idea to start your bike like that in the winter. When a motor cools it draws moisture. When you start it you have to let it run long enough to drive the moisture out. At around 30 degrees that would take about 20 minutes of sitting there...

Motorcycle Repair: Sheng Wey PZ 27, wey, jets
wey, jets, kawasaki: Hello Joe, If you try your local Honda and Kawasaki shops they may have something that will fit. The Sheng Wey carbs seem to be a Keihin carb copy so they usually have the Keihin small round screw in jets. There are many suppliers of carb parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Smoke, piston rings, valve guides
piston rings, valve guides, ironhead: There are two places that would cause smoke to come from the exhaust. Either the valve guides are worn or the piston rings are worn. You would need to have a top end done on the bike. I can tell you how much it will cost. Prices differ all over the country...

Motorcycle Repair: Source lighting coil, volt system, source lighting
volt system, source lighting, lighting source: Steven, not being a Yamaha expert, we have to dig into microfiche for some clues... http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-dt175a-19741975_model8509/partslist/B-11.html #3 So, yes the engine has to be running to supply voltage to the headlight. That is what the...

Motorcycle Repair: No Spark, wiring schematics, ac volts
wiring schematics, ac volts, volt ohm meter: Jim, most of these small bore bikes have a CDI ignition system that consists of a pulse generator down at the flywheel, an ignition control module, the coil and associated wiring. Also in the mix are safety switches for the clutch and sometimes for the side...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki C50T Electrical, suzuki c50t, light flicker
suzuki c50t, light flicker, battery cables: Hello Antonio, The battery condition can definitely be an issue as these bikes use transistor ignitions that are sensitive to power loss. Even a loose or corroded battery cable or connection can cause a power drop like that. If everything is...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark wont fire, kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500 ltd
kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500 ltd, kawasaki manual: Steve, I am not familiar with your Kawasaki, but in general they are equipped with a CDI style ignition with a pulse generator, CDI module, coils and associated wiring. In addition, there are safety switches at the clutch lever bracket and perhaps on the side...

Motorcycle Repair: Tuning, fuelpak, vance hines
fuelpak, vance hines, baffles: Removing the baffles makes your pipes drag pipes, which will cause some loss of horses in midrange. You need a little back pressure on the exhaust system. You wont cause any harm as long as you are not running the bike lean. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: transmissions, fxe, shovel
fxe, shovel, enough space: I dont think you can do that. the 89 tranny is a different size from the shovel, so you would have trouble spacing the tranny to the motor. The starter is not going to fit either. Not enough space. they do make a 5 speed for your shovel that will work Good...

Motorcycle Repair: triple tree, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, impact wrench: Are you refering to the fork tubes? If you are you have to remove the top caps, the side bolts on the triple trees and the pinch bolts on the bottom triple tree to get the fork tubes out of them. Then they should slide out. The top caps just screw in, then...

Motorcycle Repair: Vmax handling problem, worn bearings, fork brace
worn bearings, fork brace, center profile: Hi Patrick, The frame on these bikes is less rigid than most race type bike frames and the wheelbase is longer which adds flex. There is some flex in the front forks which can be stiffened with a heavier gauge fork brace. A big improvement is adding...

Motorcycle Repair: water leak, honda steed, bill silver
honda steed, bill silver, water pipes: Sultan, I really don t have an answer for you on that particular question. I haven t worked on that bike and don t know if it is possible or not. Best thing to do is to start removing it and see what happens. If there is interference, you might be able...

Motorcycle Repair: two wheelers - motorbikes, motorcycles etc running on cng, compressed natural gas, design constraints
compressed natural gas, design constraints, input fuel: Prashant, I worked for a company that did CNG conversions for cars and vans. Biggest issue is where to mount a large, 3,000 psi high-pressure tank to store the fuel source. The system basically was a dual fuel installation, where you could switch it off...

Motorcycle Repair: wr 250 starting problems, two stroke engines, plug cap
two stroke engines, plug cap, wr250: Hi Chris, Sounds like it needs a new kickstart spring. Watch out it doesn t backfire with that kick lever down or the lever can come rushing upwards at a powerful speed. Don t ask how I got the scar on my forearm :/ ouch! Anyway the wr250 has to...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Exciter 250 1981, yamaha exciter 250, independent mechanic
yamaha exciter 250, independent mechanic, ground cables: Hi Steve, The starter may need to be cleaned up and checked out unless the starter drive is slipping. If it sounds like the engine is turning over okay then the starter itself might be weak and the drive system may be okay. You could try cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 Honda CL175 K0, stator coils, honda cl175
stator coils, honda cl175, copper color: Debra, cracks on the stator coils are probably not harmful. If you checked the individual leads with an ohm meter, they should read connections to each of the other leads, but not to ground/stator frame contact. If any coils are shorted to ground, just replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 HONDA SL350--NOT CHARGING, magnetic rotors, stator windings
magnetic rotors, stator windings, magnetic rotor: Ira, The system consists of the magnetic rotor, the stator windings, the rectifier and a small current regulator. Wiring diagram on http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The magnetic rotors seldom lose their magnetism and the stators...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb 750 honda electrical, wiringdiagrams, cb 750
wiringdiagrams, cb 750, 750 honda: Tim, just which ground wire is hot? Battery Ground, wiring harness ground or ? Looking at the wiring diagram at: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class It looks like a ground for the rectifier needs to be connected to a clean,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Starter works but slips, missing teeth, machined surface
missing teeth, machined surface, freewheels: Robert,there is such a thing as a one-way clutch used for starting on the back of the flywheels.The starter chain spins the flywheel to start then once the engine fires the clutch freewheels on a machined surface. The CM250 clutch part#28120-201-040 is about...