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Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha XS850, vacuum leaks, yamaha xs850
vacuum leaks, yamaha xs850, plug caps: http://www.bikez.com/msgboard/msg.php?id=17326&type=bike is probably your best source of help with this non-Honda question. Go also to www.bikebandits.com for illustratons of the parts involved in the carburetion, ignition and charging systems, which may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 850 special, oil filler cap, yamaha 850
oil filler cap, yamaha 850, oil level: Hi Johnny, Check the stamping on or near the oil filler cap for oil amount. About 3 litre s is right. You should keep the oil level between the lines on the sides of the window, or ther should be a small bubble at the top of the window with the MC help...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 850 special, valve shims, bolt nut
valve shims, bolt nut, yamaha 850: jonnyveeee..... I actuall owned one of these things about 20 years ago. There is a certain amount of mechanical noise associated with these engines. A three cylinder engine has a lot going on inside and they have their own special cadence and engine sounds....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 850 special, local bike shop, clutch lever
local bike shop, clutch lever, clutch cable: Johnny, Don t know of one. Pick yourself up a copy of the Haynes or Clymer aftermarket manual at your local bike shop or order one online for about $20. It s fairly straight foward, loosten and remove both locknut mounts both on the side cover and the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha electrical, stator coil, worst case scenario
stator coil, worst case scenario, fuse box: Hi Paintdoctor. The fact that you are blowing the fuse as soon as you turn the switch on means that there is a short somewhere in the main power line. Start by tracing the connections and components that you have reconnected. Then trace the wiring from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha maxim 550cc, japanese bikes, japanese bike
japanese bikes, japanese bike, xj550: Hi Rick. I happened to have had an XJ550 and the one problem that it had, which is common to most all of the Japanese bikes built since 1980, is that there is a small switch on the frame at the sidestand. It is called a sidestand cutoff switch and it commonly...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha, seca 750, yamaha seca 750, plastic bolt
yamaha seca 750, plastic bolt, e mail: Hi Steve. Take a look at your initial question. It didn t say that it was a bolt, just a plastic. Now a bolt with a wire going to it, that s something different. What is the bolt inserted into? Perhaps the air box or is it something else? Any time...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha special electrical problem, electrical problem, electrical component
electrical problem, electrical component, electrical test: Hi Harry, If I had your email as requested, I could return electrical test information. I recommend buying the service manual for your MC. It will explain all the testing procedures for every electrical component on the MC. It will pay for itself with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha virago xv750 starter problem, yamaha virago, yamaha dealer
yamaha virago, yamaha dealer, starter problem: You can find out by going to yamaha s webs site and locating the warranty and recall page.Type in you vin number and it will give all the info about your bike and the work that has been done to it by a yamaha dealer.being a 81 i would think that the recall...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha xv750, yamaha xv750, replacement brushes
yamaha xv750, replacement brushes, shaft seal: Hi Bob, I can appreciate the DIY approach. I know what dealers pay for parts and know the mark-up. A few minutes ago, a Kroger pharmacist was explaining that she pays .52 cents for a 80mg. Oxycontin tab and it retails over the counter at $7.75 each tab....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Z50R no spark, spark plug wire, overflow problem
spark plug wire, overflow problem, honda 50: Hi Randy. In order for you to properly proceed with repair of this issue you really need the repair manual. It has the testing proceedures and specs for every part the bike. As long as the coil is good and all of the connections and wiring is good,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981hondacb650c, fastener holes, motorcycle message board
fastener holes, motorcycle message board, harley engine: Hi Dennis, It been so long ago, I cannot remember specifics on either frame. The engines may swap without any difficulty. I would need to read camshaft characteristic profiles from the service/repair manuals and compare the differences, if any, between...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981hondacb650c, air fuel mixture, check air filter
air fuel mixture, check air filter, leak down test: Hi Dennis, I recommend a cylinder compression and a leak-down test be performed to know the condition of the engine. To see how the repair is holding up. Carbs need good compression to work properly. Good compression is essential for combustion, too. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982-3 honda cb900, honda shadow aero, bluebook value
honda shadow aero, bluebook value, new bikes: Hi Roland. Well, to start with $1900 for a bike that is, at best worth about $1500 (bluebook value), the bike had better be in showroom condition. Not to say that it s a bad bike. Quite the contrary; it s a Honda, after all. However, the Hondamatic...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 650gs carb, oem carburetors, gorilla glue
oem carburetors, gorilla glue, bike bandit: Hi Michael, The price estimate is accurate. Shop labor flat-rates in Ohio are just as high at $50+ per hour. New OEM carburetors can cost well over $1000. Compare prices at Bike Bandit. www.bikebandit.com Try finding used carbs on eBay. Trouble...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB900f charging sys, 1982 cb900f, engine rpms
1982 cb900f, engine rpms, check voltage: Hi Arnold, your bike is not charging. The parts you replaced? Were they used parts or new parts? I would be suspect of any used stators. You need to trace the source of the problem starting at your stator. Disconnect the connector out of the engine case and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb750k, head pipes, metal clamps
head pipes, metal clamps, header pipe: Hi Spencer, You ll get detailed instructions with the product packaging. There is no adhesives used. Usually metal clamps hold pipes together. I cannot explain the entire process to you. Too involved and I cannot cover everything you may encounter....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb750k, head pipes, exhaust pipes
head pipes, exhaust pipes, cb550: Hi Spencer. About 20 years ago, I did the same thing to my CB550. I was a novice then and I found it to be very simple to do. You will need NO special tools. You shouldn t need to remove them either, although you may find it easier to cut the pipes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 clarion type II radio, honda dealers, radio repair
honda dealers, radio repair, clarion: Hi Eric. I can t tell you anything about what I may or may not be able to help you with on this problem without knowing exactly what the problem is. Have you tried to find the manufacturer of the radio? It isn t Honda; I can tell you that much. Let...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 FLHP Questions, flhs, starter battery
flhs, starter battery, new couple: the wiring is a little different for the police accesories is about it. Should be worth around $7400.00 in excellent condition so you will have to take some off for damage. Hard for me to tell without seeing the bike. There was no standard equipment. It...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 FXRS, eagle race, screamin eagle
eagle race, screamin eagle, transmission case: I dont think it will thus the creation of the race brace was made, maybe the holes are washed out in the one you have allowing this see-saw action to happen? Take a close look at all of the mounting hardware holding the motor and trans in, if anything is washed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 fxwg, overflow tube, gas leaks
overflow tube, gas leaks, carberator: Hi Robert, The carb should be removed to set the float correctly. Please don t pinch the overflow hose, for all this will do is send that fuel straight to the cylinders and flood the motor. Try tapping the carb float bowl with a soft mallet, this may seat...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 GL1100 fork seals, ball peen hammer, torque wrench
ball peen hammer, torque wrench, critical repairs: Hi Kevin. All the information that you are looking for is in the repair manual, which is a book that you need any time that you are doing critical repairs, such as fork seals. There are also a couple of job-specific tools that you will need, such...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 GL1100 headlight, vetter fairing, gl1100
vetter fairing, gl1100, chrome ring: Hi John, I ve always had difficulty with the Vetter fairing headlights. You may have to remove the fairing to do the task. How far along are you with removal? What s holding up the task? Use my email: mshively1@woh.rr.com Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 GL11100 stator, stator assembly, fuel vapors
stator assembly, fuel vapors, yellow wires: Hi Tony, Yes, pre-1996 GL s are prone to charging system problems. Send me an email and I ll return necessary electrical testing files. My email address is: mshively1@woh.rr.com Visit www.electrexusa.com to see quality replacement parts for your GL....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 GL500 Silverwing Electrical problem/backfire, amp fuses, fuse holders
amp fuses, fuse holders, flasher relay: Hi Kawazacky. Sounds like a few problems here. I will address them one at a time. 1) For the lights, the issue is normally fuses for these things, but in your case, the fuses could have bad/corroded connections. Also the wiring could have multiple...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Gold Wing, Oil Light, honda repair, independant shop
honda repair, independant shop, oil light: Hi Tom. Having changed the sensor and the light is still on, then there is a problem in the wiring. Somewhere it is shorting against power and energising the light. Go over the wiring very carefully. Make sure that you have the repair manual as it will...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Gold Wing, Stator or Regulator, regulator rectifier, prevention techniques
regulator rectifier, prevention techniques, yellow lead: Hi Tom, If the stator s multi-connector has been eliminated and the wires soldered together, indicates prior charging problems or prevention techniques. You ll have to separate the wires to perform the following tests. Most charging system problems can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 HONDA CB 750 C, honda cb 750, cb 750 c
honda cb 750, cb 750 c, air leaks: Hi James. Check for air leaks in the intake manifolds and their connections and check the valve gap and timing. If the bike spends time in seasonal storage, then you may want to give the carbs a proper cleaning if it hasn t been done yet. That could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda 750 timing chain, honda 750 nighthawk, internal combustion engines
honda 750 nighthawk, internal combustion engines, motorcycle mechanics: Hi Jim. As an automotive mechanic, you are already equipped with the basic knowledge (and most all of the tools) to repair this, or any problem with the bike. Many times, mechanics get flustered by simple mechanical problems in vehicle types that they...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Ascot Carburettor, internal combustion engines, honda ascot
internal combustion engines, honda ascot, vacuum leaks: Hi Gordon, I suspect the carburetor is a bit lean and/or may need a thorough cleaning. Also, check the air cut-off diaphragm. Replace if you can see light through the rubber or if it is not soft and pliable. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Ascot Carburettor, air fuel mixture, honda ascot
air fuel mixture, honda ascot, rubber diaphragm: Learn more here.... http://www.4strokes.com/tech/carbover.asp An air-cut valve is used to prevent popping in the exhaust system during deceleration. The valve enriches the air/fuel mixture during deceleration. A diaphragm in the air cut valve is activated...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Aspencade, honda aspencade, windshield replacement
honda aspencade, windshield replacement, nut fall: Scott, If im not mistaken there are whats called Pembs in the fairing assy. that should stay in the fairing when you remove the bolts. We don t always like what manufacters built and the way they build it, however they usually make windshield replacement...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CB 900F Supersport electrical system, honda cb, honda repair
honda cb, honda repair, powder substance: Hi Jon, Get a copy of the Service Manual. Visit www.bikebandit.com to view parts microfiche and order manuals. Visit www.electrosport.com and follow their Fault Finding Chart for assistance diagnosing the charging system. Review the tech...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CB450T, motorcycle batteries, real antiques
motorcycle batteries, real antiques, honda dealership: Hi Matthew. Well, for starters, only the smaller bikes and real antiques have a magneto. Modern bikes have what is called a staor coil. It is more efficient. The way to determine if it is the stator or something else is to start the bike and test...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CB900C, pollution restrictions, american motorcycle
pollution restrictions, american motorcycle, harley davidson: Hi Luis, I will try to be as gentle as I can...take your stock carbs off your motorcycle and throw them in the trash. That is the best advice I could offer you. They were/are junk from the factory. Too small and restrictive, constantly plugging up with the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CB900C, honda cb900c, combustion chambers
honda cb900c, combustion chambers, piston rings: Luis, thanks for the update. Review the following file on carb cleaning. I suspect the carburetors may need a thorough cleaning. Perform a cylinder compression test before cleaning carbs. This will tell us the sealing properties of the combustion chambers....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM250 Custom, honda cm250, cluch
honda cm250, cluch, cold engine: Hi Duane. The slides in the carbs are sticking. Dump some fuel treatment (the kind with jet fuel in it) into the tank and run the bike like normal. If it does not solve the problem, then you will likely have to clean the carbs, which I suspect is the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM250 Custom Wire Harness Path, honda cm250, nylon ties
honda cm250, nylon ties, common service: Hi Duane, Thanks for the compliments. That s an easy question, but hard to answer. Check out the following link and view Honda s Common Service Manual. http://www.honda4fun.com/man_officina/man_officina.html The wiring harness has a memory-like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM250 Part Number, honda cm250, salvage yard
honda cm250, salvage yard, lycos: Duane, you are right, my database is not correct on the cm250. after correcting it i have come up with this and explains my confusion. only thing is did they drop the tb for the C ? CM250TB CUSTOM 82-84 U.S. CM250 EUROPE 1983 CM250 D EUROPE 84...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450E carbs, hair line fracture, 1982 honda cm450e
hair line fracture, 1982 honda cm450e, jet needles: Hi John, If performance improves with choke, the carbs need to be jetted richer. Another lean indication is backfiring. A hair line fracture in a overflow brass pipe may not be visible to the eye and may leak as if a needle valve was stuck open. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda GL1100 GoldwingHi..., honda gl1100, davidsilverspares
honda gl1100, davidsilverspares, ebay: Hi Bob, Repairing may be a possibility. Depends on what is defective. Check the tach cable and cable ends for defects. Carefully remove and disassemble the tachometer gauge and investigate. If replacement is necessary, try Ebay and other on-line resources...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Goldwing Aspencade Headlight removal, honda goldwing aspencade, 1982 honda goldwing
honda goldwing aspencade, 1982 honda goldwing, falcon: Hi Max. the secret is the adjuster knob for the headlight. 1) Loosen the lockdown screw on the knob and remove it. 2) Underneath that, you will find a nut that holds the whole mechanism in place. Remove that nut and push the headlight out. 3)...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Goldwing, wingthings texas, mounting bolt
wingthings texas, mounting bolt, fuel gauge: Hi Wings, For our convenience, please send me your email address as requested and explained in my instructions. I return tech information files by email. We ll go from there. Respectfully, Mark Shively (sample tech files) GL Tech Resources...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda magna vf750, 1982 honda magna, water coolant
1982 honda magna, water coolant, coolant water: Ron, sounds like alot of problems, all you can do is tackle them one at a time. -Carbs shouldn t overflow at all if the float levels are correct, carb is clean and float needle/valves are not faulty. -How are getting so much water everywhere? ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Nighthawk 750 blinkers, j c whitney, honda nighthawk 750
j c whitney, honda nighthawk 750, fuse panel: Ray, Yes, the blinkers are designed to work w/ two lights per side. There is a device that makes them blink called a relay and is located near or on the fuse panel. If one light is blown or dosn t exist the current is no longer dived amongst two lights,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda V45 750 Carbs, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi George, The problem you described is consistant with carburetors that are out of synchronization, an air leak, or routing of a cable. Review the following information files. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda V45 Magna Clutch, honda v45 magna, 1982 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1982 honda v45 magna, banjo bolt: Levi, other than a mechanical problem with the master or slave cylinder, the only thing I can suggest is to try to purge the air from the top down. Pump the lever and hold, then open the banjo/bolt fitting on the line at the master (top) cylinder slightly,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda XL500R, fly wheel, tension settings
fly wheel, tension settings, timeing chain: Hi Dan. As a matter of fact, the chain being loose could throw it out of time enough to cause it to die like that. There is a reason that there are tension settings for these things. It keeps them correct and functioning. Reset the tension and recheck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda XR200 wont start, honda xr 200, honda xr200
honda xr 200, honda xr200, kick starter: Hi Kit, I suspect the carburetor may need more thoroughly cleaned. The fuel system should be inspected for evidence of contamination that may be the source of repeated carb cleanings. The entire fuel circuit needs to be inspected and cleaned. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda XR200, electrical diagnosis, electrical tests
electrical diagnosis, electrical tests, troubleshooting procedures: Hi Tony, Get a copy of the Service Manual (repair manual) and follow troubleshooting procedures. Perform electrical diagnosis on the charging and ignition systems. If you re not experienced I recommend having a local tech inspect the problem for you....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda XR200R - Starting problems, honda xr 200, honda xr200r
honda xr 200, honda xr200r, air fuel mixture: Hi John, I suspect the problem is a varnished carburetor. If so, the cure is easy. It s difficult to diagnoses with limited information and not being present to perform a few tests. For an engine to run properly it must have the following elements: ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda z50r, psi reading, punch mark
psi reading, punch mark, compression stroke: Darren, the first thing to do is to adjust the valves! Very often they are overlooked and with only .002 to begin with, the clearances tend to tighten up and then the valves either burn around the edges or they just don t close enough to trap compression....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Hondamatic, 1982 hondamatic, good tank
1982 hondamatic, good tank, tank sealer: Dave, what did you use to attempt the repair with? Yamaha makes good tank sealer system products. You have to completely clean the tank, using the cleaning products, then put the sealer inside and let it set up for about 24 hours. Some tiny leaks can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 hd sporster 1000cc, hd sporster, stock ignition
hd sporster, stock ignition, valve adjustment: I am puzzled by you not getting a spark. You stated you have a new coil and plug wires. Since you have a stock ignition it will be duel fire and both plugs should make a spark at the same time. When you say you are not getting a spark, what method are you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 185s atc, shively, email addy
shively, email addy, air intake: Hi Phil, Does varying restricted amounts of air intake improve full throttle performance? For our convenience, I return tech information files by email. There was no email addy with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r?, honda 250r, crank case
honda 250r, crank case, bolt hole: The only oil you can add to the motor is for the transmission and clutch. Use regular motor oil. 10-40w should work just fine. I found this page but it doesn t have all the specs! http://www.3wheelerworld.com/1982HondaSpecpage.shtml Generally, when...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 750 chargeing system, stator coil, regulator rectifier
stator coil, regulator rectifier, honda 750: Hi Doug. When the bike is running, what is the voltage that you are getting across the battery terminals? If it is less than 13VDC, then the problem is likely to be the stator coil, anyway. There should be a bench or static test proceedure for the regulator/rectifier....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda cb 750, honda cb 750, dyna coils
honda cb 750, dyna coils, dyna ignition: Cole, is this a correct DOHC 750 Honda engine from 1982? The carb rack has a choke function, of course, and sometimes the cable slips from its correct position and the engines don t get enough choke to fire up. Your mention of the Dyna ignition and coils puzzles...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda cb650 nighthawk, 1982 honda cb650, starter clutch
1982 honda cb650, starter clutch, assembley: Charles, I have not heard of any kickstart conversion for these bikes, and the other bad news is that the starter clutch is inside the engine. The engine has a primary shaft with a chain on it and also the starter clutch that has the little rollers and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda magna v45, honda magna v45, 1982 honda magna
honda magna v45, 1982 honda magna, valve clearances: Hi Craig, Excessive valve clearances causes tapping noises. This is normal and not harmful. Zero or not enough valve clearance is harmful. Consider checking valve clearances. If out of service limits, adjust clearances accordingly. You ll find links...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda v45 magna (vf750c), honda v45 magna, 1982 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1982 honda v45 magna, fuel pump relay: Mike, it sounds like it ran out of gas! Check the fuel tank petcock filter/screen. If the petcock has a vacuum operated fitting, then check the diaphagm for failure. If not, then I would check the fuel pump/relay and the fuel filter. Just follow the fuel line...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda xl185s, bikebandit com, bike bandit
bikebandit com, bike bandit, shively: Hi James, Q: ...can u tell me have to remove a rotor from a 1982 honda xl185s and what do i use too take it off... A: Use a Honda special puller to remove the rotor. Find the puller at Bike Bandit s website: www.bikebandit.com Remove the cover...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda xr 80, honda xr 80, rubber mallet
honda xr 80, rubber mallet, float bowl: The carb float may be stuck. gently tap the float bowl (bottom of carb body) with a small rubber mallet or block of wood (GENTLE NOW!) and it may unstick it. Best to take carb off and inspect and clean it. You will need to make sure the float height is correct...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda xr100 dirtbike, honda xr100, bikebandit com
honda xr100, bikebandit com, passage way: Hi John, I suspect the carb may need cleaned again and some minor adjustments made. Remember, every pinhole inside the carbs is critical to proper operation. Every air-fuel passage way, jet, and other parts must be cleaned with spray cleaner and compressed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda xr100, honda xr100, screw adjustment
honda xr100, screw adjustment, valve clearances: Hi John, Most Honda valve clearances are .003 to .006 you should be fine. A couple of things to check: 1. Throttle and choke cable routing and adjustment-causes high or low idle. 2. Idle screw adjustment. 3. Intake air leak-causes high idle. 4....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki 440 LTD, kawasaki 440 ltd, motorcycle wrecker
kawasaki 440 ltd, motorcycle wrecker, rubber tubes: James, Finding parts is not my speciality, mainly technical repair questions. You can try bikebandit.com or CMSNL.com for various parts info. -Chain drive conversion may cost about the same as a belt unless you can find a used belt at a motorcycle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki Plugs Not Firing., electrical diagnosis, plug caps
electrical diagnosis, plug caps, measure resistance: Hi Robert, The inside cylinders fire from the same ignition coil. I suspect a electrical problem within the ignition circuit. This model has electronic ignition, no breaker-points type ignition. Perform electrical diagnosis to learn the source of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kwaka 250 LTD single overheating, air fuel mixture, header pipes
air fuel mixture, header pipes, fuel mix: Hi Al, I suspect the carburetor enrichment circuit (choke) has a problem. If the choke is left on too long, the header pipes will glow a dull orange (and so will the exhaust valve). This can happen manually or defectively. Glowing pipes within 45...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1982 low rider. I..., clutch basket, clutch assembly
clutch basket, clutch assembly, scratchy sound: I would start by checking the primary chain to make sure its not to loose. Next taking off the primary cover and pulling the clutch basket and checking the bearing in it, also making sure the nut which holds the clutch assembly isn t loose. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 magna v45 honda, honda magna v45, regulator rectifier
honda magna v45, regulator rectifier, starter solenoid: Rod, Check the battery first. It must be a fresh fully charged unit. Batteries don t last more than 2 years in most bikes, so if in doubt, change it. You could have some issues with the regulator rectifier, perhaps. If the rectifier shorts out internally,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Silver Wing Water Pump, rubber boots, water pumps
rubber boots, water pumps, silver wing: Hi Curtis. To start with, water pumps are generally easy to replace. Always refer to the repair manual for specific proceedures and specs as some pump assemblies require a gasket while most others require a gasket and a gasket sealer as well. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Starter removal & Instal, phillips head screws, needle nose pliers
phillips head screws, needle nose pliers, goldwing 1100: Hi Mike, Review the following tech information file on the GL1100 starter motor fix. Respectfully, Mark Shively GL1100 Starter Removal By Bill Adams on December 22, 1997 tarter removal is actually quite easy. Begin by removing the four...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki 250SP with Compression release, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, leak gas: Hi Brent, I suspect the needle valve is worn, has debris trapped between the valve and valve seat, or the petcock is not sealing. Send me an email address as requested. I ll return information files such as the one below. My email addy is: mshively1@woh.rr.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki Carb problem, private question, question option
private question, question option, email addy: Hi Carter, I ll send you numerous carburetor tech files, but I ll need your email address as explained in my instructions. AllExperts is serious about keeping your email private. lol.. Send the email addy in a reply and we ll go from there. Use the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki DR 100, suzuki dr100, plug caps
suzuki dr100, plug caps, dr125: Fancy, I dread the non-Honda questions like this. According to Bikebandit.com there is no DR100 in 1982. I found a DS100x in 1981 and a DR125 in 1982. The DR100D comes in 1983. Maybe it was sold in 1982 as an 1983 model. Apparently the DR100s were made from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS550m engine problem, spark plugs, carburetor
spark plugs, carburetor, carbs: Hi Bob, Describe the appearance of the spark plugs to me. Remember which cylinder each plug is removed from. If there s a problem with a specific carburetor, we ll know. Does the throttle respond better or worse with the choke applied? I return tech...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 4cylinder, 1982 suzuki gs650, internal combustion engines
1982 suzuki gs650, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi David, There s more going on than I can explain by typing. Review the following information as a start. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS750E, air screw, gsx750r
air screw, gsx750r, valve clearances: Hi Rich, Bogging is associated with rich air-fuel mixtures. It should be occurring in all gears because carburetors don t differintiate between gears. The set-up described may work well. You may need to tune the carbs a bit to get the mix just right....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki Gs550L engine problem, 1982 suzuki gs550l, mikunis
1982 suzuki gs550l, mikunis, electrical tests: John, The air-fuel screws are located on top of the carbs and to the rear of the carb caps (diaphragms). You may have the infamous Suzuki charging system problems causing your improper running problems. Take a peek at this site and consider performing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki gs1100 gk, 1982 suzuki gs1100, electro magnet
1982 suzuki gs1100, electro magnet, electric cables: Hi Neil, The clacking sound is an indication of a low charged or defective battery. The clacking sound is likely the starter motor solenoid. When 12vdc is applied to the solenoid s winding, it becomes an electro-magnet and drws the high current contacts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 suzuki 50 atv, crank case, shively
crank case, shively, suzuki: Hi Vance, Q: ...too much oil in the crank case. how to fix this problem... A: Drain the oil and add the correct amount of oil. Get a copy of the Owner s Manual and Service Manual and learn about perfroming this task. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 suzuki 750 disrepair, worth it?, suzuki gsx 750, suzuki 750
suzuki gsx 750, suzuki 750, suzuki gs: Hi John, Q: ...is it worth fixing up and how much money do you think i will have to sink in it? A: The first question you ll have to decide. How much money depends upon the work that needs done and replacing parts that may be defective, if any. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 suzuki gs 550L, stator rotor, solenoid switch
stator rotor, solenoid switch, regulator rectifier: Jeremy, -could be a couple of things, first off just to clarify something, the charging system and the starting system are two different things and related only by battery condition. -the charging system consists of the stator, rotor, regulator/rectifier...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 suzuki gs550L, 1982 suzuki gs550l, 5k ohms
1982 suzuki gs550l, 5k ohms, primary coil: Jeremy, the coils are usually between 2.4 - 3.8 ohms on the primary coil wire and 13k - 18k ohms on the secondary or plug wire with the cap off. Caps are usually 5k ohms or less. Seems odd both coils would quit at once, do you have points or an ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 V45 Magna, vent hose, stale gas
vent hose, stale gas, vacuum valve: Kyle, here are some things to check: Gas tank vents plugged in cap or tank preventing fuel flow. Carb overflow/vent hose misrouted/pinched. Fuel filter plugged or no fuel. Collapsing gas line(s). Rubber slivers in line. Rust in gas tank plugging fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 VF750 V45 magna, honda v45 magna, internal combustion engines
honda v45 magna, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Steve, I suspect the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned and the rubber manifolds will need to be replaced. Honda s VF750 engines cannot be bored beyond stock sizes. The engine cases are designed for max efficiency. No room for larger bore cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 VF750C Clutch Problem, tiny air bubbles, v45 magna
tiny air bubbles, v45 magna, hydraulic clutch: Hi Bob. Your problem is not in the clutchplates. It is in the hydraulic clutch assembly. The manual gives you a fairly easy to understand walk-thru of the bleeding proceedure for the clutch and brakes, But, here s the part they don t tell you; ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Virago XV750 suddenly doesn't start, yamaha virago xv750, starter relay
yamaha virago xv750, starter relay, time mike: Mike, Here is a Virago starting system diagram: http://wsamel.fortunecity.com/virago-starter-wiring.jpg -the battery sounds a bit low for being fully charged. Try charging the battery, then briefly try connecting the large solenoid terminals again....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 v 45 magna dropping 2 cyl., v45 magna, electrical testing
v45 magna, electrical testing, electrical problems: Hi Russ, You re already over your head or you wouldn t be here, respectfully. Electrical problems can be frustrating even for pro techs. Some components cannot be tested. In such cases testing requires comparing with a known good component. Not an easy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 v45 magna honda, v45 magna, soleniod
v45 magna, soleniod, solenoid: John, when you hear the solenoid click there should be a connection between the two bigger solenoid terminals. One side goes to the battery and the other to the starter. Make sure your battery is good. -If there is a connection between these terminals...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 XT 550 yamaha, xt 550, test gas
xt 550, test gas, old bike: Hi Jeremy. When in doubt, always do as the book says. The bike is designed to run on regular, so just use regular. It will run just fine like that. Check your tune up schedule as well and make sure that you follow that. You would be surprised how...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamah 750 Maxim - Engine cuts out, faulty side, yamaha 750
faulty side, yamaha 750, fuel petcock: Tim, -a few things could cause this, one is a bad fuel petcock that starves the fuel occasionally. -weak battery or dirty connectors or grounds. These bikes like lots of voltage or the coils can cut out. -faulty side stand switch. -ignition pulser...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Maxim 400 Question..., xs400, throttle cable
xs400, throttle cable, 1982 yamaha maxim 400: Sonya, the 10 digit being a C means it is a 1982 model. The Maxim officially came out in 83 but your bike may have been manufactured in 82 for the 83 year model. Otherwise your bike is a 1982 XS400 special, which is basically a maxim anyway. Wayne...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Maxim 750 trans problem, worn clutch, yamaha dealership
worn clutch, yamaha dealership, mechanical shape: Hi Bob. If the problem is not related to clutch adjustment, then most likely, this job will require the removal of the engine and splitting of the case. Make sure that you have the repair manual before you start this project. The likely problem is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Maxim Carburetor, mechanical experience, shively
mechanical experience, shively, varnishes: Hi Scott, Gasoline varnishes (gels) with time. The carbs will need cleaned. Most people can perform the work at home. Average shop fee for carb cleaning is about $280. If I had your email address as requested, I could have returned repair info files....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha XJ750 Seca, yamaha xj750, bikebandit com
yamaha xj750, bikebandit com, hotmail: Hi Eric, I don t know of any specific speedo that will replace the XJ s, but I ve had success with various Yamaha parts interchanging. Try searching eBay and other XJ dedicated websites for discontinued parts resources. Check out this website: ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha XS400J fuel leaking into crankcase oil, crankcase ventilation, crankcase oil
crankcase ventilation, crankcase oil, ventilation tube: Hi Arne, The problem you re experiencing is common on a variety of brands and models. When fuel in and on the float valve (needle valve set) varnishes, the valve and float may become stuck open. This allows fuel to overfill the float bowl. Fuel would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha XS400J Maxim Cam and lifter dammage while adjusting valves, valve shims, cam lobes
valve shims, cam lobes, cam lobe: Hi Allan, Sorry to hear about the damage to your Mc. Unfortunately, the parts are ruined and must be replaced. Camshafts are machined to mate with their journals and wear accordingly. Swapping cams will not work. The head must be replaced which requires...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 400 maxim, phillips screw, yamaha 400
phillips screw, yamaha 400, clymers: Hi Cory. To fill the forks requires removal of the forks. There is a drain/fill hole at the bottom that is capped with a phillips screw. As far as the quantity, I am not certain, however the complete instructions for replacement as well as quantities...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 400, yamaha 400, petcock
yamaha 400, petcock, fuel filter: Sounds like u have more than one issue. Let s deal with the choke first. Jumping a battery increases the voltage no matter what, more volts = hottor spark. Your bike is lean, check the jets for clogging and make sure the carbs r clean. If u r fouling...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 550 maxim carb, speed jets, yamaha 550
speed jets, yamaha 550, speed circuit: Hi Greg. As I said before, the main, and possibly sole cause for your problem is with the stickiness of the mechanisms in the carbs. There is still the possibility of leaking vacuum seals in the needle valve sets, but that is the least likely. It sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 650 seca suddenly wont go past 2nd gear, 1982 yamaha 650, repair person
1982 yamaha 650, repair person, seca: Hi Ryan. I see one of 2 reasonable possibilities, because of the age of the bike, it is possible that you have a bent/broken shift shaft or a broken shifter fork. Those are both internal engine issues that I would relegate to a mechanic to go into to check....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 650 special, stator coils, stator coil
stator coils, stator coil, worst case scenario: Hi Steve. Is the manual that you have the owner s manual or the repair manual. If it s the owner s manual, then get the repair manual. It will have the wiring diagram; you ll need that. 1) The coils have checked good, so you know that there is a problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha 650xj maxim, callipers, brake switch
callipers, brake switch, multimeter: Hi Jeremy. If you get used parts and do the work yourself, you may be looking at about a hundred bucks or a bit more. About half the cost of new parts. You may also need to replace all or part of the brake line, but that could be fixed if it s in good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha seca xj750, clutch plates, xj750
clutch plates, xj750, warpage: Hi Mack, she needs a clutch. If the bike sat for a long time the clutch plates may have fused and one might disassemble the unit and free it up and inspect it for wear. If it looks ok and the steel plates are straight and free of warpage and the springs free...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha starter problem, starter problem, starter motor
starter problem, starter motor, virago: Hi Bill. If this is a Virago, then yes, there is an easy fix. it requires removal and disassembly of the starter motor. You need to clean the contacts of the motor internally as well as the brushes. That usually fixes the problem for a few months,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha virago 750, yamaha virago 750, battery cables
yamaha virago 750, battery cables, drag bars: Jason, other than making sure the battery cables are tight, connector on the ignition module is clean and fuses are tight, it sounds like a ignition module acting up. Check here for solutions and symptoms of this problem: http://members.aol.com/ddenowh/TCI/symptoms.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha virago xv750 carb, exhaust leaks, mixture control
exhaust leaks, mixture control, loud explosions: Kerry, I can tell you that backfiring from the exhaust is related to air leaking into the exhaust system (exhaust leaks at the header pipe/cylinder head or at any exhaust pipe joint/junction. Bikebandit.com has some online illustrations of parts, so I went...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha xj650 charging problems, regulator rectifier, yamaha xj650
regulator rectifier, yamaha xj650, charging system: Hi Shawn, You ve performed an ouput test of the charging system. Now, check individual charging system components and verify the integrity of those parts. The problem may be a defective regulator/rectifier. Dunno, you ll have to test it to know. Get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha xj750 starter clutch r&r, starter clutch, case thanks
starter clutch, case thanks, starter motor: Hi Fixit. The problem is in either the starter gear or the starter motoe. One of the gears there is obviously worn and needs replacement. Start by checking the starter motor to see if the gearing on the shaft is worn. If that is good, then it is one...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 650 Honda Nighthawk 20K Miles, honda nighthawk, fuel leaks
honda nighthawk, fuel leaks, piston ring: Given that information, the carburetors have varnished. They will need disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. The petcock may be varnished, too. Try cleaning it to remove varnishing. If leak continues, replace it. Send me an email. I ll return several...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 650 xs Yamaha 3rd gear, xs650, basket case
xs650, basket case, harleys: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I may be able to help. If the pat numbers are different then they are probably not interchangable. The might have a different number of teeth or a different teeth pitch. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 6v5 magna / 1985 v65 sabre eng. repair, v65 sabre, 1983 v65 magna
v65 sabre, 1983 v65 magna, shift fork: Hi James, Q: I have a 1983 v65 magna that pops out of 2nd gear. I believe it is a bent shift fork, what is the cost to repair? A: Service department flat-rates vary. You ll need to make a few calls and inquire about cost of repairs. Q: I am...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 750 nighthawk, exact adjustment, honda 750
exact adjustment, honda 750, cam chain: Hi John. There is an adjuster on the center of the head, right between the #2 and #3 cylinder positions, either in front or on the back of the head. Exact adjustment proceedures are in the repair manual. If you are planning on doing any or all of your...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 750 virago, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, red kote: Hi Rick, 10-4... you know what to do, Sir. Here s a great Virago resource: http://viragotech.com/phpBB/portal.php Red-Kote: www.damonq.com/TechSheets/Red-Kote.pdf www.usaimports.co.uk/FBO_Pages/red_kote.htm Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Aspencade, caliper piston, banjo bolt
caliper piston, banjo bolt, brake system components: Hi Doug, I need to investigate the parts to make accurate diagnosis. I suspect the brake return spring may be defective or missing, and/or the caliper and/or master cylinder are gummed by brake fluid and needs to be thoroughly cleaned. I return tech...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 GL1100 Interstate signal light problem, honda gl1100, warm weather
honda gl1100, warm weather, cold weather: Hi Earl, That s a common problem with those GL s. Honda doesn t seem to have a fix other than replacing the cancellor and sensors, which costs a fortune used. Clean all connectors and use dielectric grease on terminals. Try browsing these links:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 GL1100a ignition question, voltage drop, bottom row
voltage drop, bottom row, multimeter: Hi Russ, What brand meter are you using? What scale are you using? Do you have the service manual for this model? The service manual indicates which contacts to connect meter leads and how to test the ignition switch through the different key positions....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Goldwing clutch problem, honda goldwing, hydraulic clutch
honda goldwing, hydraulic clutch, clutch cable: Michael, Have you checked the cable? Otherwise it could be the little worm-like device at the bottom of the cable that pushes on the clutch. Lastly,clutch plates should be checked and also the nut that holds the clutch hub on. Did you check those already?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Goldwing GL1100, throttle assembly, gwrra
throttle assembly, gwrra, ebay: Jerry, it sounds like you are in for a MAJOR redo of this bike, if the throttles are stuck. For base info go to: http://www.classicwingclub.org/ they specialize in GL1000s, but much of the design is similar to yours. http://www.scotiawings.org.uk/GL1100.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 GS 450LD SUZUKI, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, valve seals: Hi Stacey, I suspect one or more of the following: Carburetors out of synchronization Vacuum leak Carbs need more thoroughly cleaned Throttle cables need properly routed, lubed, or replaced Other I return tech fiels by email. There was no eamil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 gpz 750 pingging, high octane gas, gpz 750
high octane gas, gpz 750, drop the needle: chk yur oil make sure that it doesnt look milky if it does you have a busted head gaskt. also take yur plug out after overnight if you have one with rust on it you have a busted head gasket on the exhaust side ,if yur oil looks like chocale milk yur gasket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 gs550l, gs series, shively
gs series, shively, coils: Hi Peter, Q: ...no fire on spark pulgs.ignt coils,and pick up coils are ok.switches ok. where do i go from here?... A: Start by following my instructions. Next, visit www.thegsresources.com and read about common problems with the GS Series...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 HONDA CXR REBEL?, case restoration, model bike
case restoration, model bike, motorcycle repair: Hi Ami. Welcome to the wonderful world of motorcycle repair and (in your case) restoration. It is rare for women to work on their own bikes, so you respect level has just gone up amongst real riders, like me. As you will soon discover, not all parts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 HONDA GOLDWING BRAKE PROBLEMS, 1983 honda goldwing, honda gold wing
1983 honda goldwing, honda gold wing, wheel cylinders: Lowell, you need to clean out all the calipers. Generally corrosion builds up behind the seal rings in the caliper body and then they won t let the piston retract normally. Use the master cylinder to pump the pistons out and then remove the seal rings inside,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda 450 Nighthawk, honda 450, competition accessories
honda 450, competition accessories, exhuast: Hi Steve, I m not sure about replacement pipes for your 1983 Nighthawk. You may find something on Ebay. Try contacting Competition Accessories (www.compacc.com) or other major retailers and ask the sales staff if they can check their catalogs or if they...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda C70 Passport Throttle, honda c70 passport, wire strands
honda c70 passport, wire strands, outer sheath: Michael... first piece of advice... STOP RIDING THE BIKE until you fix it! Little problems like this will put you in the hospital or worse.... : ( DON T FORGET THERE IS A KILL SWITCH on the right side handlebar for emergencies like this. If your bike is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM250 gas tank, honda cm250, rebel tank
honda cm250, rebel tank, ebay: Rob, the CM250s were only sold for two years, as you probably know. The predessor was the CM185-200 Twinstar and the models following are the CMX250 Rebels, all built along the same lines using a similar powerplant. If your tank has just small tiny pinholes,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CX 650 starter, honda cx 650, starter clutch
honda cx 650, starter clutch, clutch repairs: Bruce, you are in for an education. Starter clutch repairs require pulling the motor, buying a special flywheel rotor removal tool and the starter clutch springs, rollers, gaskets, oil seals, a water pump seal,etc. http://cx500.gobinet.se/smb/thread.cfm?TID=1777...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda cx 650 Custom Seat Removal, honda 650 custom, honda cx 650
honda 650 custom, honda cx 650, seat removal: Hi Bryan, If its not obvious, try the helmet lock area. Sometimes the manufacturer likes to double over and use the helmet lock to lock down the seat as well. Otherwise, you may need to remove some covers to find the bolts which remove it. Sorry I dont...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda GL1100, honda gl1100, metal shavings
honda gl1100, metal shavings, wheel bearings: John, you didn t say how many miles are on the bike, but I guess a lot after 23 years. Drive shaft u-joint failures are not unknown, so that seems the most likely place to go next. The u-joint is more forward, near the swing arm pivot, but sometimes sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Magne V45 750 turn signal, left turn signal, right turn signals
left turn signal, right turn signals, loose connection: Hi Richard, The turn signals must be grounded to the chassis and properly connected for the signals to illuminate and flash properly. If they are properly connected and grounded, I suspect you re on the right track by suspecting a loose or defective...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Nighthawk CB650 - dead battery, 1983 honda nighthawk, vdc systems
1983 honda nighthawk, vdc systems, specific gravity: Hi Dipanjan, Use a multi-meter (VOM) to check battery voltage. Use a hydrometer to check individual battery cell specific gravity. Use a battery charger with a charging rate of 1/10 the battery s ampre hour rating. In other words, try a 1 amp charger....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow 750 starts w/ button only, honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750
honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750, spark test: Hi Steve. It sounds as if you could have a couple of issues to check. 1) Fuel flow issue. Make sure that the carbs are clean and the fuel is flowing when the engine is running. 2) Wiring issue in the ignition circuit. 3) Compression loss. Start...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow quits after button released, honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750
honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750, starter button: Hi Steve, Q: ...I have a 1983 Honda Shadow 750 that will only run if the starter button is pushed and quits the second you let off the starter button. It ran fine last year but on startup this year after the winter it began doing this. Any ideas?... ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow VT500 battery removal, japanese bikes, battery removal
japanese bikes, battery removal, 1983 honda shadow: Hi Skip. The battery on any of the Japanese bikes is in only one of 3 places, and that access changes based on year, model and configuration of the bike. All of them under the seat. Access is either from left or right sides, behind the side covers, or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow VT500C, bikebandit com, spark plug wire
bikebandit com, spark plug wire, plug caps: Justin, sounds like some kind of hot soak issue, where components are going out of range when the engine heats them up. http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/honda-motorcycle-vt500c-shadow-1983/o/m9690 for illustrations of the various parts. Some...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi John, First thought after reading problem description is water shorting. Rain or other water source may have caused a temporary short. If the MC was non-started in awhile, gasoline in the float bowls may have varnished. You mentioned rebuilding the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda shawdow vt750, honda shawdow, electrical tests
honda shawdow, electrical tests, shively: Hi George, You wrote and ask: .....My motorcycle won t start, it clicks when I hit the start button. How can I fix it? I ve replaced the starter,regulator,ingnitor,cyclonoid and battery..... Can you provide more information? Be thorough and explain...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda V 45 forks seal replacement, damper rod, axle caps
damper rod, axle caps, rod bolt: Royal, -remove the drain screws and pump the fork oil out. -you must block the bike up good so you can remove the front wheel and work on the forks. -remove the top fork cap and spring. -remove the brake caliper(s) from the fork leg(s) -remove the big...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda V45 Magna starter, honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna, electrex usa: The battery is most likely the suspect component. Boosting with another battery may not provide enough current flow through cables and the defective battery to overcome cylinder compression to start the engine. You ll need a fully charged battery in good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda V45 Magna, honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna, magnas: Hi Steve. If this were a Kawasaki or Yamaha, then I would say yes, it is a lot of miles. But being as Honda has placed a lot of emphasis on building engines that really last, I say no it is not a lot of miles. I have met guys with near to 200,000 miles...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda VT750 shifter, honda vt750, honda shop
honda vt750, honda shop, shift lever: Hey T. Yes. Unfortunately, if they are talking about the shifter forks, then yes it is. The reason, which they should have explained, is that they need to pull the motor and split the case to acess the parts that they need to replace. Oftentimes, the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda v45 magnum vf750c, chrome air cleaner, screw head
chrome air cleaner, screw head, honda v45: Chris, the only way out of pulling the carbs is to go to the Yamaha dealer and get some of their carb cleaner solution. You mix it with gasoline, drain the carbs, pour it in the fuel line to fill them up again..wait overnight and pray that it worked for you....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda 550 nighthawak, stator coil, voltage rectifier
stator coil, voltage rectifier, honda 550: Hi Andy. The stator should be putting out between 13VDC minimum at all times. It sounds like the stator coil is on the way out. The fact that the headlight changes brightness, does mean that the stator coil is working, but, as I said, it sounds like it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda 750 shadow, honda 750 shadow, friction plates
honda 750 shadow, friction plates, clutch lever: Kim, sounds like the clutch is slipping. If everything looks and feels normal on the outside, like the clutch lever, wheel, drive line etc and you don t hear any strange noises, it is likely the clutch plates are slipping. -Make sure the clutch push...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cb1000c custom, fuel air mixture, intake leaks
fuel air mixture, intake leaks, float bowls: Josh, Have you checked that the slides are moving freely and rubber is not cracked? Is there fuel in the float bowls? Are spark plugs good? Are carbs leaking air on the intake tubes? Intake leaks can cause lean mixture. Here are some basic carb specs:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cb550sc nighthawk, electric fuel pump, marine mechanic
electric fuel pump, marine mechanic, vacuum line: Howard, -the vacuum line is there to open the petcock so the fuel flows. When the vacuum stops the petcock shuts off the fuel. These are often faulty. -The gas tank or cap has a vent that may be plugged. If so it creates a vacuum in the gas tank...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cbxf 550 4clylinder, honda cbx 550f, metric wrenches
honda cbx 550f, metric wrenches, local bike shop: Hi Billy. You will need a set of metric wrenches (open end, box end or combination) as well as a metric socket wrench set, screwdriver set (phillips #2 & 3 as well as standard) and (ideally) a torque wrench. As far as the manual is concerned, your local...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cx650custom, haynes manual, rich mixture
haynes manual, rich mixture, carburator: Mike, Sounds like you are running too rich. Check a good manual for the air/fuel screw setting. It s possible your carburator needs to be cleaned and adjusted. A Clymer or Haynes manual will walk you through this. The backfiring can be caused by improper...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda goldwing, blown head gasket, 1983 honda goldwing
blown head gasket, 1983 honda goldwing, full throtle: Griff, have someone read the spark plugs and do a compression check to see if you have a blown head gasket. Go from there. Be sure that the spark advancer isn t stuck/sticking and that the ignition timing is correct and all carbs are carbureting and synchronized....

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1983 honda goldwing..., 1983 honda goldwing, leak down test
1983 honda goldwing, leak down test, valve guides: Hi Rob, Sounds as if the rings/valve guides are worn. Theres no simple or inexpensive fix. If you perform a compression test, also perform a cylinder leak-down test. Leak-down may tell what exact part the problem lies by listening to escaping air past worn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda nighthawk cb550sc, 1983 honda nighthawk, fuel mixture
1983 honda nighthawk, fuel mixture, cyril: Cyril, -cylinder 1 and 4 use the same coil so if the right side is hot and the left side warm I suspect the ignition is okay. Check if you have spark on the left side. -You may want to get the compression checked to see if the cylinders are equal...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda plug fouling, internal combustion engines, 1983 honda nighthawk
internal combustion engines, 1983 honda nighthawk, pilot jet: Hi Larry, The carburetors have multiple tuning problems. I suspect the fuel service levels are out of the service limits, air-fuel mixtures incorrect, and synchronization off. The ignition system may be failing, too. Fine particles of rust pass through...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750, fuel system components
honda shadow 750, fuel system components, 1983 honda shadow 750: Hi Scott, Learn about testing the fuel system components at the following web resources. Respectfully, Mark Shively HONDA COMMON SERVICE MANUAL (393 PAGES) http://www.nighthawk750.com/maint/Honda_Common_Service_Manual.pdf http://www.diff.ru:8000/Honda_Common_Service_Manual.zip...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow vt 500 c, vt 500 c, vacuum leak
vt 500 c, vacuum leak, vacuum hose: Keven, Perhaps, it isn t getting enough fuel from the tank. There is a screen inside the tank on the end of the petcock tube. Not uncommon for them to clog up after 22 years. Below that the vacuum operated diaphragm for the petcock may have a hole in it,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda v45 magna VF750, honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna, vacuum pressure: Daniel, a couple of possibilities are: Check the gas tank for vacuum/pressure buildup, it may have a plugged vent which can either flood or starve the fuel flow. Open the gas cap when it stops and listen for air. -loose battery cables. -the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda vt500c stator cover?, honda vt500c, bikebandit com
honda vt500c, bikebandit com, houseofmotorcycles: Keith, http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/honda-motorcycle-vt500c-shadow-1983/o/m9690 for illustrations. First, I thought maybe you had a model with the hydraulic clutch system, but this one seems to have a cable, instead. If the stator was...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda XR200R won't start, honda xr200r, internal combustion engines
honda xr200r, internal combustion engines, cylinder compression: Hi Tim, Cylinder compression is low, but engine should start and run. May lack power when riding. I suspect the fuel system needs inspected for evidence of contamination and the carburetor more thoroughly cleaned, respectfully. See the below tech...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kawa Gpz 750 hard/won't start, air filtration, powder substance
air filtration, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Greg, Those GPz s were really cool MC s. First thing is to install some type of air filtration. Restricting the air a bit may improve performance. The Mikunis on this model are not good candidates for un-restricted air flow. Check performance...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kawasaki 550 shaft drive problem, kawasaki 550, alternator problems
kawasaki 550, alternator problems, shaft drive: Hi Chris, Q: Do bikes have alternator problems like cars? A: Yes. MC s have similar charging system problems. Q: Am I looking at a severe electrical problem? A: I suspect the problem is a loose battery cable connection. It may be other,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kawasaki Carburetors, kawasaki kz550, cylinder problem
kawasaki kz550, cylinder problem, broken spring: Ok, first of all I m almost certain u can find this little turd of a spring at www.carbkitscapital.com. Second, I m not downing your procedure but I m a bit curious as to y u took off the carbs due 2 a firing issue. As for the flap where is it located...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kawasaki KZ550-M1 engine rattle, kawasaki kz550, cleanup work
kawasaki kz550, cleanup work, cam chain: Hi Bill, Remove and inspect the cam chain tensioner. The service manual describes how to inspect tensioner operation. The cam chain and cam chain guides wear. The tensioner automatically adjusts and compensates for this wear. Check valve clearances...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 kawasaki gpz550, kawasaki gpz550, drum groove
kawasaki gpz550, drum groove, output shaft: Hi Dave, I suspect the transmission and/or clutch has problems. I cannot be more specific without inspecting the MC. Get a copy of the service manual and follow the troubleshooting procedures. Review the following tech information below. I return...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 midnight virago 750, starter clutch, fly wheel
starter clutch, fly wheel, starter button: Jesse, -yes, you are exactly right. The gear gets flat and it doesn t engage properly. -You can replace the gear OR you can try this: http://home.ccworks.org/index_files/starter.htm -You will have to remove the left cover to work on this, if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 NightHawk - Starting issue, regulator rectifier, exhaust pipes
regulator rectifier, exhaust pipes, vacuum hose: Hi Mario. Did you do (or have done) a complete disassembly cleaning of the carbs? Have you checked to make sure that the exhaust pipes are seated and tightened down correctly to the heads? How about the timing and valve adjustment? Are those...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 nighthawk 650 (honda), stator windings, regulator rectifier
stator windings, regulator rectifier, carbon brushes: Mike, you can go to a website: www.electrexusa.com and download a ton of troubleshooting info, if you don t have access to the shop manual. These bikes had a different charging system than the earlier ones. Related to the DOHC engine series, there are a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 nighthawk carb problem, needle jet, excessive fuel
needle jet, excessive fuel, check fuel: Hi Lar, I suspect the needle jet may have bell-mouthed and is metering excessive fuel in that carburetor. Look for an oval or oblong wear shape (front to rear) on the jet s main bore where the needle jet makes contact with it. Look for an air restriction...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 nighthawk, nighthawk, bread and butter
nighthawk, bread and butter, carbs: Hi John, carb service for motorcycles is a closely gaurded secret, I doubt any one will detail it for you online, this type of repair is a motorcycle technicians bread and butter. The factory service manual is the only trustworthy reference out there. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Shadow 750, piston crowns, psi readings
piston crowns, psi readings, combustion chambers: Hi Mike, Pistons are cast or forged in an oblong like shape. Cylinders are bored as round as humanly possible. As the engine reaches operating temperatures, pistons change shape and grow more round like resulting with better sealing piston rings, valves,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Shovelhead FXRS, harley davidson fxrs, inch stock
harley davidson fxrs, inch stock, tappets: First, take the pushrods out and then remove the tappets. Looking at the tappets you will see where the pushrod sits. At the other end is a small hole. Take a piece of wire gently push intot he hole and pump the other end. This will bleed them so they are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 SUZUKI 125 ATV, suzuki 125, timing chain
suzuki 125, timing chain, sprockets: Hi Henry. There will be marks on both the cam sprocket and the crankshaft. Your repair manual will show precisely what those marks are for your bike and where they should be in relation to each other on reassembly. They can be anything from matching...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Suzuki 850, drive shaft, panka
drive shaft, panka, ebay: Hi Troy, Sorry for the delay...If you can narrow down what exactly the issue is (ie final drive gearcase, I would say if your even slightly mechanically inclined, the answer would be yes, i believe you can do this yourself, however I would suggest buying...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Suzuki DR125 S, suzuki dr125, jet pilot
suzuki dr125, jet pilot, mikuni carb: Hi Bill, I suspect the fuel level is too rich. Review the information below about adjusting fuel level (float height) and carb cleaning. For some reason everyone seems to think tuning a carb is simple. Change a jet or two and you re done. There are quite...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Suzuki GS 300L, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, pilot jet: Hi Lonnie, Buy the mother-in-law something thoughtful for the MC. The carburetor s pilot circuit is obstructed. Gasoline in the float bowls has varnished and is obstructing fuel in pilot jet and it s passageways. The choke and pilot jet share passageways....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Suzuki Tempter 650, 1983 suzuki tempter, motor carbon brushes
1983 suzuki tempter, motor carbon brushes, starter solenoid: Hi James, The clicking sound usually indicates a weak or defective battery. Check battery voltage and specific gravity of each battery cell. Charge or replace battery accordingly. Other possible causes: Worn starter motor carbon brushes. Loose battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 shadow won't start, electrical diagnosis, cylinder compression
electrical diagnosis, cylinder compression, rear cylinder: Hi Gary, Check the following: Are the spark plug leads on the right cylinders? Are the spark plugs fouled? Flashover or current leaking from secondary leads (plug wires)? Are plugs in good condition? Are plugs properly gapped and correct plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 sportster fouling plugs, harley dealership, screaming eagles
harley dealership, screaming eagles, iron head: You will need an OHM meter. remove the coil and at the primary side (where the 12 volt wires attach) test. You should get a reading of around 3 OHMS. Now do the same thing where the plug wires go. You should get a reading of around 20,000 OHMS. If not hen...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 sportster, clutch tool, clutch basket
clutch tool, clutch basket, rear exhaust: on the right side of the bike you are going to have to remove the rear exhaust,chain, chain cover and sprocket. You will need a impact wrench to remove the sprocket nut. On the left side of the bike you will need to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 suzuki dr100, exciter coil, plug cap
exciter coil, plug cap, coil wire: Gus, -the exciter coil can be checked with a multimeter set on AC voltage. -Just unplug the wire and connect one wire to the engine (ground) and the other to the coil wire. -Be careful, they can put out up to 200 volts on some bikes. You will...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 suzuki GS850L, vacuum line, vacuum hose
vacuum line, vacuum hose, needle valves: Don, have you checked the carb slides to make sure they slide freely and if diaphragms are rubber check for cracks. The air filter may help a little, but not alot. Here is a big list of things to consider: Idle speed setting. Replace the spark plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 suzuki gs450l, high octane fuel, spare tank
high octane fuel, spare tank, cause havoc: Bryan, If you can find a spare tank, that would be best. Otherwise, there is a kit sold, a 2-part epoxy that will coat the inside of the tank and harden creating a barrier. You can get it at a good cycle shop. Besides doing a basic inspection of tires,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 suzuki, internal combustion engines, electrical diagnosis
internal combustion engines, electrical diagnosis, powder substance: Hi Bill, I suspect the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance to both cylinders. An electrical problem may exist, too. Electrical diagnosis should be performed to veify that the ignition system is working properly. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 V65 Magna overheating, 1983 v65 magna, overflow tube
1983 v65 magna, overflow tube, exhaust pipes: Hi Rick. It sounds like you ve got oil seeping past the rings. That s what the white smoke is. This could be a problem depending on how badly it is smoking. If it s only a very small amount, then you have a bit of time, but if it s a lot, then the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 VT500C Brakes, hydraulic clutches, vt500c
hydraulic clutches, vt500c, honda shadow: Hi Neal. This sounds like you have a reverse trap in the fluid line. It is a very common problem with the newer (post 1970 s era) bikes due to the configuration of the master cylinders. This also applies to hydraulic clutches, so here is the proceedure;...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 VT750C, valve stem seals, frequent oil changes
valve stem seals, frequent oil changes, honda shadow: Tim, the 83 was a one year model before the embargo restrictions, causing the Japanese manufactures to drop the displacement sizes to 700 ccc until 1987. I am not sure if they debored or destroked the engines during that time, otherwise the motors should interchange....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 v65 magna, battery cables, flasher relay
battery cables, flasher relay, 1983 v65 magna: Alan, -get yourself a testlight or multimeter if you don t have one. There should be power to your flasher relay at all times with the key on. -I think the wire is white and some other color. -The grey wire goes up to the handlebar signal switch....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 venture running on 2 cylinders, volt ohm meter, fuse protection
volt ohm meter, fuse protection, resistance ohms: Hi Joe, Electrical Testing (Basic electrical troubleshooting tools) Few things can be as frustrating as trying to troubleshoot an electrical problem on a modern street or dual sport bike, with their plethora of unidentifiable electrical components,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vf750f, plug caps, resistance value
plug caps, resistance value, bill silver: Phil, check this site for possible help: http://users.rcn.com/kochc/moto/spark/ig_repair.html Did you check/change the spark plug caps? What is their resistance value. Should be around 5k ohms. If they are originals, they may be arcing through the caps...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt 500 ascot ,engine rebuild?, crankshaft bearings, valve stem seals
crankshaft bearings, valve stem seals, filter hoses: Doug... at 40k, I am sure that you will need new camchains, tensioners, valve stem seals and fresh rings/pistons/pins, plus a full gasket and seal set. On top of that a new water pump, thermostat, hoses, coolant flush or replacement radiator or at least a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt 750 coolant tank, coolant tank, nearby components
coolant tank, nearby components, little tank: Hi Bob. You should not need to remove the engine to remove this tank. You most likely will have to remove a number of nearby components to get it out of there. Unfortunately, there is no additive that will seal a leak in the coolant overflow tank. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vx500 no spark, plug caps, yamaha virago
plug caps, yamaha virago, bob bob: Bob, try this: http://wsamel.fortunecity.com/xv500k-virago-ignition-wiring.jpg Could be a fuse, dirty connector, bad plug caps, ignition coils or TCI transistor controlled ignition module or faulty ignition pulser units. Make sure battery is up also....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 XT 550--4 stroke, exhaust pipes, adjustment screw
exhaust pipes, adjustment screw, float bowl: Mark, Typically the fuel/air ratio adjuster is at the intake end of the carb. right below the barrel. Basic setting is 1 and 1/2 turns OUT from seated. You may be getting some LIQUID fuel blow by which is making it s way into the exhaust pipes and then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 50, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Larry, The carb will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. Review the information below. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 750 cc Midnight Virago, check battery, specific gravity
check battery, specific gravity, yamaha 750: Hi Todd, Get a copy of the Service Manual and learn about troubleshooting and maintaining your Virago. Check this site for manuals: www.repairmanuals.com Things to check: Test battery voltage and specific gravity- charge or replace accordingly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 750 Virago, gas tank liner, 750 virago
gas tank liner, 750 virago, float bowls: There s no liquid plumber for MC carburetors. Many fuel additives can harm MC carb parts. I do not recommend the product you described. If you insist on trying a gas additive, use Sea Foam or Marvel s Mystery Oil only. Carb Cleaning 101...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 750 Virago, 750 virago, riding habits
750 virago, riding habits, cylinder compression: Hi Bill, The fouling may be attributed to a person s riding habits, improperly use of choke, carburetor detuning, restricted air flow, or ignition (CDI) problem. Riding Habits: Does the rider lug the engine around or does he stay within the power band?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 900, vintage honda, yamaha 900
vintage honda, yamaha 900, petcock: Kevin, Definitely not a vintage Honda question.... I went to http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp and found your bike listed there. Appears to NOT be one of the YICS models that had a butterfly shaft system inside the head, which is proabably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha 920 virago tachometer works intermittently, yamaha virago 920, electronic tach
yamaha virago 920, electronic tach, spark plug wire: Ah, u r the one who wrote those nice comments about me. Lol, u still expect me to help? Well, I will. U took my words and laid them out to your needs and then wrote me down. What I meant was for u to find the sensor, gears, or whatever the hell the wires...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha cant start, fuel air mixture, compression check
fuel air mixture, compression check, right cylinder: Hi Pat, I return test & repair information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested in my instructions. Email makes my volunteer time here possible. Review the following tech information files. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha DT100K carb trouble, petcock, petcocks
petcock, petcocks, air hose: I m so sorry 2 have to do this, but I answer a lot of questions and have forgotten your original question. If the petcock isn t vaccum, then does it function properly in the off position? U can test with an air hose, but if the air goes in and comes out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha Midnight Virago 920, virago owners, rare bike
virago owners, rare bike, 8 years: Hi Ray. I don t know of anywhere that will specifically carry the parts that you need, but if you check online for your bike, you may find a few groups that will be able to help you find the parts you need as well as some links and connections to suppliers...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha Seca Turbo Elecrtical Problem, turbo bike, conversation pieces
turbo bike, conversation pieces, time chris: Hi Chris, I am really sorry but I cant help you with that bike. The reason why is, the electrical system is just so primitive I am really amazed the bike is still able to be ridden. In fact I dont think I have ever seen a turbo bike/injected bike from the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha Virago 500, plug caps, loose plug
plug caps, loose plug, battery cables: Marston, first thing to do with problems like this is to check the condition of the engine with a cylinder compression and/or leakdown test. If the engine has about 150 psi on both cyliinders then you can start looking for other causes. -the plug caps...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha Virago, yamaha virago, consistent problem
yamaha virago, consistent problem, spark plugs: U have a carb issue bro. Remove em , don t seperate them from each other though, and clean thoroughly! Make sure the jets r not pluged or plugging. Good luck and let me know! We may need to further our investigation, but for now that s a good start...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Yamaha XT 550 won't stay running, yamaha xt 550, tank interior
yamaha xt 550, tank interior, air filtration: Hi Mike. Ressurection of a long-sleeping bike is a tough process; 1) The carbs need complete and thorough deep detail cleaning. 2) The fuel lines need replacing. 4) The tank needs to be resealed to prevent recontamination of the carbs (this is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 YZ250 Engine, yamaha dealership, yamaha factory
yamaha dealership, yamaha factory, yz250: Hi Russ. That is a question best left for a Yamaha factory tech to answer for you. Go to a Yamaha dealership and talk to the parts guys and service people. They should be able to answer that better than I could. I do know this; not every part from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha 250, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, spray cleaners: Hi Mike, I suspect the engine is starving for air under load. Check for air intake obstructions and correct accordingly. If the MC was stored for periods of time, consider cleaning the varnish from the carburetor. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha 750, fuel hoses, tank interior
fuel hoses, tank interior, needle valves: Hi Jaws, Gas in the airbox is caused by needle vlaves (float valves) not sealing. Causes are varnished pin springs in needle valves, rust particals or other debris caught between needle valves and needle valve seats, worn needle valves and seats. Fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha 850 special no power to headlights, dead insects, yamaha 850
dead insects, yamaha 850, headlight circuit: Hi Clint, You ll need a wiring diagram to trace voltage through the headlight circuit. Until then, you re just guessing, bassically. You could disassemble the hand controls and inspect headlight and starter button switches. Look for corrosion, dead...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha midnight virago 920, load test, current connection
load test, current connection, starter motor: Christine, If by turning over you mean the starter seems to have a tough time even turning the engine, you could be dealing with a one or more of three possible causes: 1) The battery is in need of a charge or replacement. Have a load test done...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha seca 900, spark plug fouling, gasoline additives
spark plug fouling, gasoline additives, shively: Hi Carl, Q: What would cause spark plug fouling after only 2 or 3 hundred miles? A: What kind of fouling? Visit NGK s website and compare your Seca s plugs to those displayed under Plug Problems. http://www.ngk.com/sparkplug411.asp Possible...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha venture.coil problem???, cylinder engines, coils
cylinder engines, coils, falcon: Hi Joe. It is very likely that one of the coils is bad. On 4 cylinder engines, the coils are set up so that each coil operates 2 cylinders. There could be other reasons that 2 cylinders are not firing, but that would depend on which 2 cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha virago 500, cam chain, max speed
cam chain, max speed, spark plugs: Nick, -check the spark plugs color to see if it is running rich (black) or lean (whitish). It may need adjustments made. -Have you checked the air filter? Perhaps it is restricting air flow. -Compression should be 140 or higher on both cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha virago 750 carb, yamaha virago 750, twin cylinder engines
yamaha virago 750, twin cylinder engines, bikebandit com: Hi Vincent, Get a copy of the service manual. The main jets does not need to be counted. Main jets are like threaded fasteners; run them down and tighten them. Air-fuel screws are tuned by turning in and out from lightly seated positions. Most...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 200s honda 3 wheeler, spark gap, 3 wheeler
spark gap, 3 wheeler, dirty air: Hi Tracy, The fouling may be restricted or dirty air filter, improperly tuned carburetor, incorrect gas/oil mix if two stroke, lugging engine, defective ignition system, poor compression, or other. Gap is.... 0.024 to 0.028 Resectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Aspencade won't start, starter solenoid, goldwing 1200
starter solenoid, goldwing 1200, aspencade: Hi Angela. Your husband could have one or more problems. 1) A short in the starter circuit. 2) Dirty start motor contacts. 3) Dirty contacts in the starter switch. 4) A bad starter motor. 5) A bad starter solenoid. If the bike is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 CB700S keeps making Knocking Noise..no Start, starter solenoid, forum message board
starter solenoid, forum message board, motorcycle usa: Hi Raj, I suspect the starter motor clutch is defective, not the starter motor or solenoid. Visit: www.bikebandit.com and click on OEM Parts to view michrofiche parts on-line. Select your MC or the VF700S from the menu, find Starting Motor Clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 CB700S does not start...makes only the KNOCKING SOUND, starter solenoid, sympton
starter solenoid, sympton, solenoid: Hi Raj. Start by checking the wiring from power to start switch and from start switch to solenoid. Also from power to solenoid and from solenoid to starter motor. The description of your problem sounds like you have a wiring problem. It could be a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 CR 250R blown head gasket, blown head gasket, head gasket problems
blown head gasket, head gasket problems, honda cr 250r: Hi Matt. I, personally, am unaware of any issues with the heads on the CR250, however, if you check with a Honda mechanic, you should be able to find out if there are, or have been, any. I don t hold too much with home-made gaskets. If it were cut...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 cb750 nighthawk, hydraulic tappet, piston slap
hydraulic tappet, piston slap, oil chamber: Jim, with the noise as you described, I suspect a bad tappet or possibly cam wear, I can t see it being a lubrication problem if the other tappets are quiet, oil flow is likely okay. I think the tappet would need to be cleaned or replaced and cam...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS OIL LEAKING, harley manual, radiator shops
harley manual, radiator shops, tank lines: Your problem is a common one. The tank sits higher than the motor. Over time oil will weep past the check ball into the lower end. When you start the bike the oil cannot be pumped back to the tank fast enough and has to go somewhere, so it goes out the vent....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS, fuel air mixture, variable venturi
fuel air mixture, variable venturi, mixture problem: Hi Raymond,Try cleaning your slow idle jet, if it has been sitting that long.The blue flames could be a jetting and or fuel/air mixture problem.The exhaust does get red hot at the exhaust ports and is primarily only at stand still,for they are air cooled...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRT (first year evo) 18,000 mi, clutch disks, clutch system
clutch disks, clutch system, coutch: The clutch disks run in the oil, so yes they have to have oil to work the clutch. When trying to find netural, there is a very small space on the shifter drum that netural is located. So at times you find your self going back and forth from first to second,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 fxr poping through exhaust, shotgun sound, fxrs
shotgun sound, fxrs, loose connections: Sounds like you have a short in the main wiring. Start by checking the battery posts at both ends. Then follow the wire to the ignition switch. Look for bare wires or loose connections. You also might have a bad ignition switch or a bad breaker Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 fxrs low glide, hot rodder, exhaust stroke
hot rodder, exhaust stroke, fire ignition: Since the bike doesnt smoke and you are haveing a problem with the one cylinder there are are a couple of things to check. Check to see if you have a intake leak, You can do this by spaying a little carb cleaner around the intake when the bike is running....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 fxrt clutch, clutch plates, vent hose
clutch plates, vent hose, oil tank: A quart of oil in the primary is to much. In the back of the inner primary there is a return line that goes to the vent hose going to the oil tank. Check it and make usre its not plugged or pinched off. Look on the top of the oil pump and you will seee a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 GL1200 Goldwing - Starter motor, wingthings texas, clutch installation
wingthings texas, clutch installation, bikebandit com: HI Joe, The 84 GL1200 shares few parts with the 1100 s and 1000 s. Check out some of these GL resources: http://bbs.gwrra.org/scripts/board/discus.pl?pg=topics www.electricalconnection.com/index2.htm www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Plateau/2800/gl1000.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Goldwing Interstate front fork springs, honda oem, cycle salvage
honda oem, cycle salvage, goldwing riders: Jon, -the parts seem to be listed here: http://216.37.204.206/starcity/Honda_OEM/HondaMC.asp?Type=13&A=25&B=44 and possibly at bikebandit.com -Another place to check is ebaymotors.com and all cycle salvage places. -Many online forums will connect...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 glodwing clutch problems, goldwing 1200, clutch plates
goldwing 1200, clutch plates, clutch problems: Well here are some things that could be the problem.No it is not the switch.There are a couple different things.1.It could be that the hyd system isnt properly bled.2.The shifting shaft has worn down,not letting the pressure plate release.3.warped clutch plates.4.Grooved...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 HONDA NIGHTHAWK 700SC, 1984 honda nighthawk, narrative description
1984 honda nighthawk, narrative description, proper performance: Hi Jim, I suspect the carburetors need thoroughly cleaned, tuned, and synchronized to restore proper performance. This problems is dificult to diagnose from the narrative description. Ya have to be there with many problem types. Throttle opening positions...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda 1200 Aspencade Starter Problem, starter problem, aspencade
starter problem, aspencade, gwrra: Hi Roger, The usual cause of this common problem is starter motor clutch failure. Learn more about the problem by reading a few comments at the following website. Other GL owners who experienced similar problems posted questions and answers. http://archive.gwrra.org/board/messages/78/22061.html?964464358...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda 750 Magna, honda 750 magna, model honda
honda 750 magna, model honda, honda logo: Rick, check with www.westernhillshonda.com and see if they have it or can give you the correct part number. Honda is the only source for these parts as far as I know. Honda has made so many models/colors that it is difficult for a company to attempt to reproduce...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda 750 Shadow, honda 750 shadow, drowning in water
honda 750 shadow, drowning in water, timing signals: Timmy, it sounds like either the pulser coil next to the flywheel has died or the control module has failed. Sounds like it is only running on one cylinder. You could have gotten a load of water laden fuel and the carbs could be drowning in water. Drain...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Ascot 500, honda ascot 500, charging system
honda ascot 500, charging system, electrical connections: Hi Catherine, With the limited information given, it s difficult to diagnose. Maybe start by checking charging system output and individual components. Verify that the charging system is operating properly. Check all electrical connections or corrosion...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda ATC 200 Carb adjustments, honda atc 200, internal combustion engines
honda atc 200, internal combustion engines, vacuum leak: Hi Paul, I suspect the carburetor needs more thouroghly clean and maybe tweaked to correct the air-fuel mixtures. The irratic revving may be from a vacuum leak, throttle cable routing, carb tuning, or other. Review the tech files pasted below for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda CB650SC Starting problems, honda cb650sc nighthawk, multimeter
honda cb650sc nighthawk, multimeter, roadside assistance: Hi George. Start by checking the connections and wiring in the ignition circuit. You are looking for connections that are loose as well as shorts in the wiring. Use a multimeter for the shorts check. Next, check the fuse and fuse connections in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda CB700S Nighthawk, service manual motorcycle, barnes noble
service manual motorcycle, barnes noble, moving to hawaii: Nicholas, Try the following resources: #1... Your local public library www.ebay.com www.bikebandit.com www.barnes&noble.com Google seaches with variations of keywords such as: Repair Manual, CB700 repair manual, service manual, motorcycle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda CB700SC, honda cb700sc, gear indicator
honda cb700sc, gear indicator, wiring connections: Hi Steve, I would start with the basics like check your fuses and all wiring connections, I believe the wires for the lights route into headlight bucket..check there too. You would be suprised at the results a little wire wiggling will get you good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, wingthings texas
honda goldwing aspencade, wingthings texas, clutch installation: Hi Sara, There is no adjustment for the charging system. Respectfully, Mark Shively GL Tech Resources http://bbs.gwrra.org/scripts/board/discus.pl?pg=topics www.electricalconnection.com/index2.htm www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/Plateau/2800/gl1000.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Goldwing Interstate (Transmission), goldwing interstate, honda goldwing
goldwing interstate, honda goldwing, motorcycle oil: Hi Ken. It is very likely that the clutch needs to be rebuilt. After 22 years, you can expect to have to replace a few items, since they don t last forever. For any smaller bike, I would say just go ahead and do it yourself, but unless you have a garage...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Goldwing Interstate, vintage japanese motorcycle, goldwing interstate
vintage japanese motorcycle, goldwing interstate, honda goldwing: Hi Jim, The ignition switch is fastened by two bolts from the underside of the switch. It may be necessary to remove the fairing to access these bolts. Respectfully, Mark Shively (Tech file) Here s a couple of links you can use to trace...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Goldwing, honda goldwing, clymer manual
honda goldwing, clymer manual, signal relay: Ok, what u need is the Haynes or Clymer manual for your machine. These r complete with anything u would need to know. I would tell u to look where the buzzing is coming from and then report what u see, but your relay is most likely near your battery....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Interceptor 1000, honda interceptor, long periods
honda interceptor, long periods, fuel system: Hi Gordie. Changing the gas was a good start, but not enough. Fuel, when left for long periods, creates a film on everything that it is in long term contact with. We call that film varnish and it creates havoc with all of the components of the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna Brake Problem, 1984 honda magna, lever watch
1984 honda magna, lever watch, honda shop: hey, ron , still fighting it aat . well lets think for a few seconds ,did u look at the little plunger at the brake lever , i spoke to a few of my mechanics at the sshop we all seem to agree possibbly the pluger is bad .it is wher the lever meet the master...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna Hydraulic Clutch, friction plates, 1984 honda magna
friction plates, 1984 honda magna, clutch springs: Hi Brian, Visit www.bikebandit.com to see microfiche parts views on line. Visit www.dansmc.com to learn about repairing your MC. Things you can do now: Check the master cylinder located on the left handlebar. The bleeder valve in located...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna V45?coil bad?, honda magna v45, 1984 honda magna
honda magna v45, 1984 honda magna, fuse box: Lee, if all the sysmtoms are correct i would start at the fuse box and work my way thru the wire harness, get a manual if you dont have one and check the wire diagram and follow all leads and try to find the break. also check grounds to frame. Eri...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna VF700 motorcycle, honda shadow 750, 1984 honda magna
honda shadow 750, 1984 honda magna, 1983 honda shadow 750: Cary, a good 250 Rebel will go about 80 mph, so something is amiss. A VF700C should go about 115-120, maybe more. Did you use an aftermarket kit to do the carbs? Hopefully, the calibration of the kit is correct for your application. I believe the rear...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna Vf700 "bogging" Problem, spark plug wires, 1984 honda magna
spark plug wires, 1984 honda magna, flow restriction: Bruce, check out this link first... http://users.rcn.com/kochc/moto/spark/ig_repair.html You have focused on the carbs, and it would appear that they should be in fine condition. Excess use of fuel cleaners can damage other parts in the system... Petcock......

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna, j c whitney, 1984 honda magna
j c whitney, 1984 honda magna, airplane engines: Hi Toni. Welcome to the world of REAL riders, little sister. Wow!! A 71 302? Sweet!! I love Stangs, btw, and I currently ride an 84 V65. The first thing that you must do is to remember that, except for jets and the like, an engine is an engine is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Nighthawk 750S, 1984 honda nighthawk, internal combustion engines
1984 honda nighthawk, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Wendy, The service manuals should cover both models. Try this link for a manual: http://www.manualclub.com/index.php Try and download a copy of Honda s Common Service Manual, too. If ya can t find it, advise. Note: I return tech information...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Nighthawk CB650Sc, 1984 honda nighthawk, clucth
1984 honda nighthawk, clucth, truck battery: Hi Doug, I suspect the carburetors need thoroughly cleaned to remove varnishing. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested, so I pasted a couple of files below for your convenience. FYI......

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Nighthawk SC CB700 S, 1984 honda nighthawk, bikebandit com
1984 honda nighthawk, bikebandit com, engine teardown: Anthony, I would have done a little more troubleshooting before an engine teardown. And even I wouldn t tear one down without a manual. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/honda_nighthawk/msearch?query=engine+noise&submit=Search&charset=UTF-8 http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/Honda-Motorcycle-CB700SC-NIGHTHAWK-700-1984/o/m9660...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Nighthawk trans, 1984 honda nighthawk, defective gears
1984 honda nighthawk, defective gears, drum groove: Hi Brian, The transmission should be inspected and defective gears repaired or replaced. Trying to mate slower spinning sliding gears with very high spinning fixed gears is hard on the transmission. If the transmission is slipping out of gears, the gear...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda night hawk, honda night hawk, loud pipes
honda night hawk, loud pipes, unwanted attention: Hi Michael. It is ALWAYS illegal to remove the baffles. It is also very bad for the bike because it changes the back compression which requires proper retuning of the engine. That is something that only a properly trained mechanic can do right. Contrary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow, banjo bolt, clutch plates
banjo bolt, clutch plates, vt700: Keith, Timing is not adjustable. The engine should run well on regular unleaded. Are you confident that the valves are not the source of the sounds? I believ the detonation would clear-up with higher octane gasoline and oc booster. It s a bit of work,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Clutch Problem - Please help!, banjo bolt, honda shadow
banjo bolt, honda shadow, vacuum bleeder: Hi Anne-Marie. The clutch line SHOULD be a relatively straight line without any ups and downs, between the master and slave cylinders, for air to get trapped in. Check the repair manual for the details on the length of the clutch line and routing. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Tachometer/temperature gauge., motorcycle salvage yard, v twins
motorcycle salvage yard, v twins, honda shadow: Tom, Before you condemn the meter, check the ignition coils or ignitors/ignition control module, as the V-4s back then used the signal from the coil/ignitor and they had some problems and the V-twins may have had similar designed parts/problems. On a 22 year...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C Tachometer/temperature gauge., honda vt750, motorcycle models
honda vt750, motorcycle models, honda motorcycle: Hi Tom, 83 Honda VT750 and 84-85 VT700 Tachs These tachs were defective from the factory. A cold solder joint on the circuit board is the culprit. The problem can be fixed at home. The challenge is getting them open and putting them back together....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C, continuity test, resistance values
continuity test, resistance values, honda shadow: Hi Sean, I would need to be there to perform the same electrical tests. If you answer the following questions, I ll try and interpret the meter readings. Advise the meter readings you received. What meter type do you have: digital or analog? ...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1984 Honda Shadow..., honda shadow 750, leak fork
honda shadow 750, leak fork, bikebandit com: Hi Jason, I rate this task as a 5 on a 10 scale. Review the procedure prior to starting the task. Know what you ll need in advance and have it on hand. Work patiently and if you become frustrated, take breaks. View microfiche parts at: www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda V65 Magnum, honda v65, electrolyte acid
honda v65, electrolyte acid, motorcycle batteries: Hi Steve, I suspect the battery is not fully charged or is defective. Check all battery cable ends for loose connection. If acbles are clean and tightly fastened, test battery. Test battery voltage with a multimeter. Test individual battery cells...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda VF1000F, excessive oil consumption, combustion chambers
excessive oil consumption, combustion chambers, cylinder compression: Hi Peter, A litre per 200km is excessive oil consumption. Is there any evidence of a leak on the engine cases? Perform cylinder compression and leak-down tests to determine the sealing properties of the combustion chambers (condition of engine). These...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda VT700C Shadow starting problems, solinoid, autozone
solinoid, autozone, load test: Shaun, If you here the solinoid it is probably working as far as kicking out the starter gear however there is a switch it also trips which makes that large current connection between your battery and starter motor. You may have a faulty switch, part of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda vt700c stops running, spark plug wires, yellow wires
spark plug wires, yellow wires, cylender: Hi Chad. Connections don t just burn out. There is an electrical short somewhere in the ignition and/or main power system(s). If you don t already have one, get the repair manual. You will need it for the test specs and wiring diagrams, among other important...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda XR 80 no start-4 stroke, honda xr 80, haynes manual
honda xr 80, haynes manual, altenator: Al, There are quite a few weak links that can cause this. Let s move backwards as they say. replace the plug with a known working one that is gapped correctly. Make sure the coil wire is in good condition including the plug cap. Make sure the coil has the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 harley FXRS, harley fxrs, variable venturi
harley fxrs, variable venturi, hollow tubes: It won t idle probably because the low speed jet is clogged. Clean it out with an .018 needle drill. Yes the pipes will get red at the head but only noticeable at night, or it s running too lean, or there s a leak at the head. Backfiring is also common...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 200s, honda 200s, vent hose
honda 200s, vent hose, 3 wheeler: Here s what I would do. If there a vent hose in the gas tank cap? Check that it is working and not clogged or kinked. Disconnect the fuel line and drain gas into an approved container from the petcock valve. Is it flowing freely? Clean carbs and check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 500 shadow, cam chains, service intervals
cam chains, service intervals, honda 500: Hi Parker. The factory service manual has everything (and more) about the bike, so if it isn t in there, then don t worry about it. Everything that needs to be serviced will be listed in the manual along with service intervals and specs. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda atc 200s, honda atc 200s, ac volts
honda atc 200s, ac volts, measure resistance: Hi Matt, Testing the electrical systems on your ATC is less complicated. Unless you know component specs such as turns ratio of coils, etc..., measuring voltage is fruitless unless measuring charging system output and battery voltage. Instead, measure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda blowing smoke., honda xl600r, cylinder hone
honda xl600r, cylinder hone, combustion chambers: Clint, a compression or leakdown check would verify compression readings, which indicates any wear or leakage at the piston rings. Blue smoke is oil smoke.... Sources are: Piston/ring wear, rings sticking in the piston grooves from sitting for years and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda cb700sc, engine oil viscosity, worn clutch
engine oil viscosity, worn clutch, worst case scenario: Hi John, On occasion, bleeding a clutch or brake circuit takes several hours. This kills a techs efficiency and pay, but we ve found ways to deal with it. Depending upon what tools you have at hand, the amount of air trapped in the system, and where the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda goldwing, clutch slave cylinder, honda goldwing
clutch slave cylinder, honda goldwing, box end wrench: Hi Lyle. Start by bleeding the clutch. Honda s have one very small, but important peculiarity that no one ever mentions in regards to bleeding the clutch, in that the system is designed to create a reverse trap near the master cylinder. This problem applies...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda interceptor, honda interceptor, bill silver
honda interceptor, bill silver, fuel pump: Frank..... I think that Honda knows better than your advisor who thinks that the fuel pump is not necessary. The petcock exit is lower than the carb float bowls, I think and you will have feed problems once the level drops down very much, if it will feed at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 700 bogging, 1984 honda magna, fuel mixture
1984 honda magna, fuel mixture, fuel drain: Hi Bruce, Q: The problem is when I open the throttle to 5 k rpm or higher, the bike hesitates and bogs big time. It has plenty of power up to 5k rpm on all gears. I fully open the throttle and it then sometimes sputters and accelerates to high rpms but...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 700 bogging, 1984 honda magna, fuel mixture
1984 honda magna, fuel mixture, fuel drain: Bruce, sounds like multiple problems, pehaps. First, using a full bottle of FI cleaner in a 4-5 gallon tank is WAY too much concentration for most any fuel system. Considerations: You mentioned changing the jets... did you know and properly place the front...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna, 1984 honda magna, panka
1984 honda magna, panka, impeller: Hi Brian, Soundsto me like you ve covered most of the bases. My question to you is, Once the system has been re-filled, did you run the machine with the fill cap off untill the system burps ? This happens when the system gets up to operating temp, and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow ignition puzzle, arc welder, honda shadow
arc welder, honda shadow, pulse generator: Hi Bruce, Sounds to me like something is very possibly fried in the ignition modue itself. If it had points, id say they were stuck, but since you have a pulse coil, this is not an option. Try that, i believe this will cure your spark issue.. Hope this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow- lost a cylinder- spits &pops, torque readings, coolant system
torque readings, coolant system, head gasket: Bruce, Sounds like the best scenario would be having to just replace the head gasket. Worst case, you have a cracked head or block. Silicone ok for the coolant system but not for anything else. I believe head gasket should go on clean and dry and make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt 700, air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines
air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Baryy, From the description given, I recommend a more thorough carburetor cleaning. Inspect throttle slide diaphragms for defects such as pinholes and fold/crease tears. Check air intake path from airbox opening to intake manifold for air restrictions....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt500 ignition coil, 5k ohms, honda models
5k ohms, honda models, plug caps: Chris, I don t see anywhere in your note about checking and cleaning the fuel system. Probably the idle jets are blocked and main jetting are partially restricted. The fuel filter could be plugged up, and the air filter restricting air flow. You can t leave...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt700, honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700
honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700, clutch: Robert, -if your bike doesn t move, the clutch is likely burnt out. You say it engages when hot but does not move, is that right? -if you are having shift problems, it is likely the clutch as well. If it works when cold but slips when hot, it won t...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda trx 200, honda trx 200, 1984 honda trx 200
honda trx 200, 1984 honda trx 200, odds and ends: Chris, try checking the magneto or flywheel for rust, if it has been sitting the magnets on the flywheel could be corroded. Then check the stator condition while the flywheel is off. It could be the trigger/pulse coil, The CDI unit is best checked by trying...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Kawasaki LTD 700 (4 cyl/shaft dr) engine/drive-train oriented trouble/failure (a), electrical wiring connections, kawasaki ltd
electrical wiring connections, kawasaki ltd, valve clearances: Hi Bob, That was the most detailed (and longest) narrative I ve ever received. Good job! There a problem with compression on cylinder #2. Can you perform a leak-down test? I would need to know the results before offering a dianosis. If the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Kawasaki LTD 700 (4 cyl/shaft dr) engine trouble/failure, electrical wiring connections, oil seepage
electrical wiring connections, oil seepage, kawasaki ltd: Hi Bob. At first, I thought that the problem could have been related to a possible dirty set of carbs, from years of seasonal storage. This is a constant problem with bikes up north. However, I am thinking that the problem could be in the cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 KZ700 Carbs, free email servers, powder substance
free email servers, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Doug, I suspect the choke circuit needs more thoroughly cleaned. Review the following tech files. Yahoo and other free email servers will not receive my tech files due to their large file sizes. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Nighthawk 700 hesitation, loss of power, vacuum hose, open throttle
vacuum hose, open throttle, throttle settings: Ryan, I think I had one of these the other day.... Probable causes: Restricted fuel screen inside the fuel tank (remove the petock) Petcock vacuum diaphragm failure. Small pinholes will cause vacuum loss on the petcock, restricting the fuel flow. Wide...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Nighthawk 750 s, starter clutch, martin roach
starter clutch, martin roach, 1984 honda nighthawk: Martin, that is unfortunate that the bike seized up right after delivery! First, get one of the crankshaft covers off so you can put a wrench on the crank and see if it turns over. If the engine will rotate, then the starter drive seems to have jammed up...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Shadow 700 wont shift out of first!, honda cb650, shifting a motorcycle
honda cb650, shifting a motorcycle, drum groove: Hi Ryan, I suspect the shifter linkage has separated or broken. The side cover will need to be removed for further investigation. Usually a minor fix, but all fixes are expensive. Respectfully, Mark Shively Gear Shifting Faulty: Doesn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Shovelhead Engine noise, loud bangs, shovelhead
loud bangs, shovelhead, wrist pin: I have seen valves hit the pistons, but only from the pushrods being to tight or the lifters havent been bled properly. Piston slap is caused from wear on the piston. You can try readjusting the valves again and try that befor you tear it down Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 SRX won't start-compression?, powder substance, leak down test
powder substance, leak down test, crystal powder: Hi Bill, Try cleaning the spark plugs and re-starting. If that fails, consider checking cylinder compression. Follow with a leak-down test if compression readings are out of service limits. If the SRX was parked awhile, inspect the carburetors for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gs
suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gs, gs series: Hi Dave, You can replace the parts from another same model, but you ll soon have the same problems. Suzuki GS series motorcycles are known for the design flaw of their charging systems. Visit www.thegsresources.com for details. Visit this site to purchase...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 V65 Magna Turn Signal Relay, honda v65 magna, 1984 honda v65 magna
honda v65 magna, 1984 honda v65 magna, starter solenoid: Honda supersedes parts from time to time, so if you got it from the dealer, it should be correct, just a different shape nowadays. Sometimes, generic auto parts flashers will work depending on the number of terminals. Yours should be connected with a black...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 v-65 magna, motorcycle salvage yards, coolant hoses
motorcycle salvage yards, coolant hoses, bike doctor: Hi Tim. Well, you may be in a little luck. Some parts are still available for the V65 (I own one, so I know). There are a few that are no longer available (some of the coolant hoses, for example). However, you can still find some parts through motorcycle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 vx700L yamaha, fuse holder, ground wires
fuse holder, ground wires, power wires: Matt, -if your front signals are on then the fuse is okay. -Fuse holder is located near the battery, possibly above or to the rear of it. -Have you checked the bulbs, sockets and wiring to the rear flashers? -also check the black ground wires,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xr 80 4stroke, james haines, exhaust valve
james haines, exhaust valve, valve timing: Hi James. Setting the valve timing is a little tricky for me to describe. Unfortunately, I am not much of a tech writer. There should be a very thorough description with diagrams and pictures in the repair manual. If you do not have one, then you should,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xr200r, clutch pack, clutch assembly
clutch pack, clutch assembly, friction plates: Walter.... Did you soak the friction plates in oil before installation? Sounds like either a clutch assembly problem or the clutch release system is not disengaging the clutch to allow for gear engagment. If the clutch doesn t have any free play at the lever,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha 400 Special II Ignition problem, secondary windings, plug caps
secondary windings, plug caps, caps and plugs: Hi Marty, The problem could be a variety of causes. Check for clean, tight connections with multi-connectors and bullet connectors. Check pick up coils for continuity and spec resistance as in service manual. Check primary and secondary windings of ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Venture carb cleaning cost, internal combustion engines, red kote
internal combustion engines, red kote, powder substance: Hi Scott, You re spot on with diagnosis. Cleaning the carbs is about $300 plus parts, etc.. around my area. I offer services at about $150 plus parts and shipping. Consider repairing the tanks with Red-Kote: www.damonq.com/TechSheets/Red-Kote.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 1000cc Engine Problems, 1000cc engine, battery cables
1000cc engine, battery cables, gas tank: Kyle, since the bike restarts and runs okay for a time, and it only happens at high speeds, I suspect the fuel and or air venting systems. Check your gas tank vent as this can plug up and restrict fuel slowly as it creates a vacuum in the tank. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 700, sleepy eye minnesota, starter problems
sleepy eye minnesota, starter problems, starter motors: Hi Van. Pull the starter motor and clean the contacts and if the brushes are worn, replace them. Viragos have always had a reputation for eating up starter motors, but I have found that cleaning the contacts and brushes kept the starter working on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 700 starter interchange, starter motors, interchange
starter motors, interchange, gears: Hi Terry, Should be no problem interchanging starters. Visit www.vroc.com and www.viragotech.com to learn more about interchanging starter motors. Another good Virago resource: www.ravensroads.com/xv1000/20031130_starter.php Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago XV700, platinum electrode, piston damage
platinum electrode, piston damage, transistor ignition: Berry, -fouling the plug could be for various reasons. -Is it dry black fouling or wet oily fouling? -Dry fouling is an overly rich fuel mix or lack of air. check the air filter. Check choke. -Oily fouling could be valve seals, but more likely bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha 400 special ii ignition problem, local bike shop, yamaha 400
local bike shop, yamaha 400, gas tank: Hi Marty. You definitely have a problem with the ignition wiring between power and the affected coil. You can find the answers to almost every question along with the wiring diagram in a repair manual. Those can be found through the local bike shop, a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha 700 virago, yamaha 700, light shades
yamaha 700, light shades, cylinder compression: Hi Doug, I would need to be present with the MC to perform several checks and accurately diagnose the problem(s). Before carburetors will work properly cylinder compression and valve clearances must be within service limits. The carbs and fuel system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha virago 750 starter gear assembly, yamaha virago 750, motorcycle dealership
yamaha virago 750, motorcycle dealership, gear assembly: Hi Tyler. I don t know of any websites that show that information, but if you order the repair manual from the dealership, all of that and more will be in it and that will show you everything and more about your bike. Good luck and ride safe. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 19843 fj1100 oil, yamaha service, sight glass
yamaha service, sight glass, oil level: Hi John, Due to the varying information, I recommend using the oil level sight glass on the side of the crackcase cover. Try the below listed links for more information. Respectfully, Mark Shively http://fudge.fjclub.co.uk/fj/page39_service%20data.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 700cc Yamaha Maxim electrical, circuit switches, electrical tests
circuit switches, electrical tests, shively: Hi Stephan, I suspect the source of the problem may be with the CDI, circuit switches, or caused by water shorting (rain/washing). A loose or corroded ground connection may have similar syptoms. I would have to perform electrical tests to accurately...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 CMX Rebel 250 carburetor, cmx rebel 250, honda motorcycles
cmx rebel 250, honda motorcycles, ebay: Randall, yes and no... If your bike has all the emission control stuff on it, you can at least see the components on sites like http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp sign up and log in, choose Honda motorcycles and then your model to see the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 cr 500, cr 500, air leaks
cr 500, air leaks, bill silver: I know nothing about 2-stroke MX machines, but if you have decent compression, I would check the spark timing CDI box to see if it isn t advancing properly. Otherwise, check your expansion chamber/silencer and exhaust port for being plugged up. Be sure that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FJ1100 cutting out, electrex usa, car mechanic
electrex usa, car mechanic, component tests: Hi Jim, I appreciate long descriptions. Thanks! I suspect the charging system is defective. A simple output test and isolated charging system component tests will verify the integrity of the system. Such defects may cause similar symptoms. I recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FLH Clutch, throwout bearing, pushrod
throwout bearing, pushrod, bearings: I would replace the spring first. Make sure you have the proper amount of oil in the trans or you will keep burning the throwout bearing. Harley used the design for quit a few years, only the rods were different, but it was the same throwout bearing. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FXRS Engine, rev tech, fxrs
rev tech, fxrs, mech: I would keep what you have. You can still get parts for them. the seals last as long in them as any other seals. Converting it would be expensive since you would have to buy new heads, cam and do a top end. If you need more info give me a call on my cell at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FXRS Low Glide (Evo), happy mike, power stroke
happy mike, power stroke, rear cylinder: Both plugs fire at the same time because they receive their spark from the coil at the same time. One piston is a little off top dead center when it fires. Harleys have been this way since day one. this however doenst have anything to do with coughing. One...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 fltc HD part # 91583-84 solid seat mounting handrail, luggage carrier, rubber mounts
luggage carrier, rubber mounts, fltc: The backrest for a dresser is attached to the tour pac and I have never seen a problem with the tour pac cracking. Just make sure you reinforce the bolts on the inside of the tourpac. I would also add the rubber mounts. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 GL1200L Coolant leak, coolant leak, gl1200
coolant leak, gl1200, freeze plug: Hi Herb. You may find quite a few things that are not on the fiches. You really need the repair manual, which will have a bit more info as well as a few pics of some of the areas. Without seeing the area of the bike, it is hard for me to visualise...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing 1200, gasoline additive, position openings
gasoline additive, position openings, throttle position: Hi Jack, You may try the gasoline additive awhile and see if it improves performance. The additive alone may not be enough to thoroughly cleanse the varnish from the carburetor components and passageways. Consider replacing the fuel filter and air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing ignition, charging system, fuses
charging system, fuses, fuse: Eddie, I would first check all your fuses, it sounds like a main fuse might be gone. Double check that your battery is fully charged and the connections are good. I would check the charging system if you get it started. It is possible the switch is bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing LTD.- It will..., shively, carburetors
shively, carburetors, circuits: Hi Guy, I suspect the carburetors have varnished fuel circuits. Does the engine start and run with choke, but rough running happens as choke is eventually turned off? Please include your email address as requested. I return tech files by email. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 goldwing 1100, blown head gasket, valve stem seals
blown head gasket, valve stem seals, goldwing 1100: Kim... If anti-freeze got burned and deposited into the mufflers, you just have to go and run it until it burns out again. Dunno how many miles were on the engine, but note that the valve stem seals are 20 years old, as well as the pistons and rings. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley FXST 1340, harley fxst, drag pipes
harley fxst, drag pipes, change thanks: Actually I can t. If I was you I would just run it and see how the plugs look after a short speed run. I don t do any work with drag pipes because except for wide open throttle (like at the drag strip) you lose some torque and horsepower and performance...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley FXST 1340 Primary Lube, harley fxst, sae 40
harley fxst, sae 40, proper lubrication: Andy I would not use auto. trans. fluid in your primary. It s too lightweight. Harley s primary chaincase oil which they came out with in 1984 for the Evo motor is actually a single weight oil, more like SAE 40. You should use HD primary chaincase oil or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley Sportster 1000, harley sportster, bolts
harley sportster, bolts, clutch: First, drain the oil from the primary. Next, remove the cover for the clutch adjuster and remove the adjuster. Next, loosen the chain adjuster, located under the primary cover. Now remove the bolts holding the cover in place and it will come off Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail, drag pipes, bolt
drag pipes, bolt, harley: If the drag pipes and the baffles came as a set, there should be a hole in the pipes for a bolt for the baffles. If not then your going to have to drill a hole for a bolt to hold the baffles in. The 2 end goes towards the head. Install them about 6 from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail 1340 EVO 4spd., stock pipes, cv type
stock pipes, cv type, fuel mixture: Andy, If your carb is stock it would be a Keihin butterfly type carb with a flange connection. Newer carbs are also Keihin but have a constant velocity chamber on the top and rubber hose type connection. -Often if one cylinder is rich, it may be some...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail, adjustable pushrods, rocker boxes
adjustable pushrods, rocker boxes, harley dealers: The service manual will not have the procedure for doing the adjustable pushrods since harleys didnt come with them. You can get the adjustables at about any bike shop, even harley dealers will have them. Most have different ways to adjust, but should come...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda 110 ATC 3 Wheeler, desired tension, honda 110
desired tension, honda 110, chain tension: Curt, the rear bearing carrier is used to adjust the chain tension. On the left side at the bottom of the frame, behind the chain guard is a tensioner unit, you have to remove the small bolt and adjust it upwards to obtain the desired tension and then tap...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda 700 shadow carburetor, chain tension, shutoff valve
chain tension, shutoff valve, cam chain: Hi Armand. The air shutoff valve is a choke, or enricher, of sorts. Do not tamper with it s operation if you can avoid it. The problem that you are having could be one or more of the following; 1) Carbs are out of synch. Synchronize them. 2)...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda ATC 200s will not idle, honda atc 200s, internal combustion engines
honda atc 200s, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Jim, The pilot circuits are obstructed by varnishing. Fuel in the float bowl has gummed and is obstructing pilot jet and pilot circuit passageways. The engine may start and idle with choke, but stalls off choke because the choke shares circuit passageways....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda atc 250sx, honda atc, mrcycles
honda atc, mrcycles, battery down: take side plate off the engine where stator is spray brake cleaner in ther also if its got point they may be sticking . also chk on and off switch while switch is of turn bike over see if you have fire if you do def. a short.im here at my cycle shop 2day if...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda CB 650 Nighthawk, honda cb 650, valve seals
honda cb 650, valve seals, piston rings: Hi Kendall. This sounds like an internal engine leak. Perhaps valve seals, leaking piston rings or a leaking head gasket. How difficult or expensive it will be to stop the oil leak, and thus the white smoke, is hard to say without seeing the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda GL-1200 Aspencade, honda gl, honda motorcycles
honda gl, honda motorcycles, gl 1200: Hi Ed, I would need to perform a few diagnostic checks to accurately diagnose the problem(s). I recommend that you have a local Honda tech inspect the problem. It may be hard to find a dealer that will service Honda motorcycles over five years old. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda gl1200L, fuel pump relay, fuse holders
fuel pump relay, fuse holders, battery cables: Nick, there is a fuel pump relay but I am more suspect of it being a loose connection somewhere. -Check the battery cables, fuse holders and any connector plugs and wires that go into the ignition module, coils etc. -A wire may be loose in the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Nighthawk 700/ starter, worst case scenario, starter clutch
worst case scenario, starter clutch, starter shaft: Hi Clark, the starter may have stripped the idle gear in which case the debris is in your oil. Change your engine oil and check for metal particles. If it is a starter failure its drive gear may have stripped or the starter has suffered an internal problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow Clutch Problem, clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid
clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid, vacuum extraction: Ken, here are some links for you. www.uponone.com/howtos/38.pdf http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/122_0306_howto/ Both look the same, however. Worth a try... http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tech/brakeserv04/ is about brakes, but the same...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT500c, blown head gasket, piston check
blown head gasket, piston check, coolant levels: Josh, I don t know your level of expertise on m/c repair. You need to understand the concepts of camshaft timing, at the very least. The motor has to come out of the chassis, as far as I know, but you can verify with a manual. If someone either made a gasket..(hard...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT700, clutch cable, honda shadow
clutch cable, honda shadow, riding my bike: Hi Erik. You may need the clutch rebuilt. If you want to do it yourself, it is not difficult, but you will need some very specific tools. You will also need the repair manual to get the torquing specs as well as detailed instructions on the proceedure....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda spree 50 scooter, honda spree, scooter engine
honda spree, scooter engine, couple times: Rob, I m not sure I quite understand you. Best guess, there is some type of serious internal problem here. Any fluid would fairly quickly be expelled though the ports. Try to roll it in 2nd downhill and pop the clutch. If the engine turns you may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda VT1100, honda vt1100, lower tank
honda vt1100, lower tank, petcock: Steve, The metal extension tube is probably the non-reserve outlet for fuel delivery. Meaning, when the petcock is set to on it will feed from the extended side and when set to reserve it will feed from the low side, the idea being that the sputtering...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda XR100, honda xr100, wire strands
honda xr100, wire strands, cylinder compression: Hi John, From the description given and without being present to perform basic tests, I suspect an ignition or other related electrical problem. The problem could be carburetor, ignition, or a combination of both. Any tech would have to investigate the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 hONDA vt1100, electric fuel pump, honda vt1100
electric fuel pump, honda vt1100, lower tank: Not one of my specialities, but I checked the online microfiche cruiser section and see that the petcock does mount on the side. The section with the tube is for the main tank feed and the bottom one is for RESERVE, to drain the rest of the fuel when you run...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda goldwing aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, bill silver
honda goldwing aspencade, bill silver, stator: The 3 wires from the stator don t care where they go. They are just AC leads headed towards the reg-rectifier. Check all the wiring between the stator and harness. Here is a troubleshooting guide to help you... Unless you got a defective stator http://www.electrosport.com/electrosport_fault_finding.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda goldwing, ac volts, fuse holders
ac volts, fuse holders, fuse panel: Brian, -have you checked the charging output at the battery? Should have 13.5-14.5 volts. -The stator output can be checked with a multimeter. First disconnect the stator plug and see if all the yellow stator wires going to the stator show continuity...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda shadow 700, honda dealers, honda shadow
honda dealers, honda shadow, ebay: Hi Mike, You should be able to find parts on eBay. Otherwise, I believe other models will interchange with the Shadow. I cannot remember which, though. Visit www.bikebandit.com and use their microfiche to compare part numbers. Call Honda dealers...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1985 honda v65 sabre...., honda v65 sabre, starter solenoid
honda v65 sabre, starter solenoid, bill silver: Check for a fusible link around where the starter solenoid is ... somewhere around the battery box, generally. I suspect that the back side of the ignition switch has come apart and/or the fuses under the handlebar covers. Check the switch base and the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vf500f, valve timing, fuel tank
valve timing, fuel tank, fuel system: Hi Justin. Start with the carbs. They probably need a proper cleaning and synchronization. Then check the valve timing and gap. Also check the air filter and replace it if it is dirty. If the carbs are dirty, then the fuel tank may need to be resealed...

Motorcycle Repair: what can i do for my 1985 honda vf500f?, honda vf500f, dosent
honda vf500f, dosent, electrical system: Hi Ezequiel. What have you checked on the bike? Have you checked for shorts in the ignition system or for bad ignition components? Get the repair manual for the specs and specific test proceedures. Also check the ignition fuse. When you say...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vt700 stops running when hot, honda vt700, thermostatic switch
honda vt700, thermostatic switch, honda shadow: Hi Omar, The spark units can become hot enough to melt the electronics protective packing materal. They ll generate a bit of heat from normal operation. Excessive heat is a result of system trouble- usually high resistance due to corroded electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda xl350r, bikebandit com, honda xl350r
bikebandit com, honda xl350r, stroke singles: Buck, Thumpers can be pretty fussy about lighting off. Make sure that the engine is in a perfect state of tune. Adjust the valves and then adjust the compression release cable, to ensure that it is functioning properly. The carburetor idle jet needs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda xl350r wont run, honda xl350r, compression check
honda xl350r, compression check, needle valve: Robert, -have you checked the run/stop switch? -Make sure you have over 130 psi compression. -Check the spark, try a new plug. If you have a good spark I would check the carb float needle/valve for sticking. -The raw gas you added may have been too...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda, honda 200s, vent holes
honda 200s, vent holes, vent system: Ron, ATV/ATCs are not my regular bike thrill and I have stayed away from them, for the most part. Basics, however... You need to establish the the float valve is closing the the float isn t sinking or out of adjustment. If you use carb cleaner on the float...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 KAWASAKI GPZ750R, cylinder compression, valve clearances
cylinder compression, valve clearances, 15minutes: Hi Bruce, I suspect the engine is overheating. There s not enough information to accurately diagnose the problem. Upon reassembly of the engine, how was air purged from the cooling system? What are cylinder compression readings? Was a leak-down performed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawi 750 Vulcan-coolan in oil, coolan, head gasket
coolan, head gasket, fresh oil: Hi Mark, Thanks for the detailed description of the problems. First thing to do is a leak-down test. This will determine the source(s) of the leak. (Should have done compression and leak-down while engine was still in frame.) That s ok, we ll get around...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawi stalling out, valve stems, rear cylinder
valve stems, rear cylinder, cylinder valve: Ok, cool. Commpression is acceptable. That narrows down our possibilites to either fuel delivery or ignition. The symptoms indicate the engine is starving for fuel at high rpms rather than flooding with fuel, the fact that the choke allows the bike to rev...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 kawasaki zx6, kawasaki zx6, clutch friction
kawasaki zx6, clutch friction, clutch side: Steven, -get a piece of rubber hose and put one end on the engine and the other on your ear. -See if you can pinpoint the area the sound is coming from. -If your clutch is dragging it must need some adjustment or something isn t right. -The clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 maxim x, bikebandit com, shaft removal
bikebandit com, shaft removal, engine shaft: Hi Mike!! You ll find the procedures for engine/shaft removal in the service manual. Try comparing part numbers at www.bikebandit.com or www.yamaha-motor.com to learn if the airbox is a direct match. Otherwise, I would have to measure the parts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Nighthawk 650 starved for fuel, nighthawk 650, water in the fuel
nighthawk 650, water in the fuel, fuel line: Hi Ron. You may want to check for blockage in the float bowls, water in the fuel system and contaminants in the fuel. If you haven t already, then install a good fuel filter in the fuel line. Start there and see what you find. Good luck. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 ninja 900, float bowl, gpz900
float bowl, gpz900, air leak: Jamie, first thing to check if you want a good running bike is the compression, it should be at the specs kawasaki lists in the manual. Unfortunately, I don t have the manual right now. So, I am going to give you some averages. Compression should be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Shadow, vapor state, excess fuel
vapor state, excess fuel, best bet: Hi Barbara, Chances are good that the backfiring is only a product of a rich condition Which means a few things and reasons for them. 1 could be there are holes in the mufflers (common for that year shadow) producing insufficient back pressure in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Suzuki Intruder, suzuki intruder, overflow tube
suzuki intruder, overflow tube, rear cylinder: Hi John, The fuel pump or fuel pump cut-off relay may be defective. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and learn about testing these components. It s possible that the fuel in the carburetor float bowl and/or the needle valve has varnished....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Suzuki TS250X, suzuki ts250x, rear shock
suzuki ts250x, rear shock, messy job: Ah, I love those bikes. For the rear shock, which has both gas and oil, separated by a seal. If there is oil on the shock s shaft, or the shaft looks blue, it means your shock needs to be rebuilt. If you don t have any of these problems, why rebuild?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 susuki ignitor, stator coils, eric fowler
stator coils, eric fowler, gs550l: Hi Eric, Visit www.thegsresources.com and review the site for details on testing the electrical system. The site will link you to www.electrosport.com to use Electro Sport s Fault Finding Chart. Get a copy of the service manual. Testing the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 V-Max, check tires, dry rot
check tires, dry rot, v max: Hi Ernie. Here s what you need to do. 1) Empty and reseal the fuel tank. DO NOT USE ANY OLD FUEL. It will undo any work that you have done on the fuel system. Use only fresh fuel. 2) Replace the fuel line. 3) Remove, disassemble and completely...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Virago, yamaha virago, starter shaft
yamaha virago, starter shaft, gouges: Mike, There may be damage to your flywheel. Other than that all I can think of is that the gear is somehow getting hung up on the shaft it slides out on. Possibly the shaft is slightly bent or has some damage/gouges on it. Sorry I can t be of more...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 Shadow, multimeter, major components
multimeter, major components, fuse: Hi John. Get the repair manual out and refer to the wiring diagram as you will be chasing down a short in the system. The short will be after the fuse that keeps blowing out, not before it, so that part of the wiring (power to fuse) should be no concern....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100C Clutch, friction discs, clutch plates
friction discs, clutch plates, clutch lever: Hi Jim. Clutchplate removal is a very simple procedure. 1) With the bike on the centerstand, drain the engine oil. 2) Place a block of wood between the clutch lever and handlebar. Secure it in place to insure that the clutch is not accidentally actuated....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 virago 750, stator coil, virago 750
stator coil, virago 750, exact specs: Hi Kurt. When checking to see if the stator is producing enough power, place your multimeter leads on the battery terminals. At idle, it should be producing right about 12.5-13VDC. Slowly increase the rpms to about 4000rpm and see what the voltage changes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 virago xv700, yamaha motor, fuel tanks
yamaha motor, fuel tanks, bikebandit com: Hi Lori, It sounds as if the seller was not completely honest, or is ignorant mechanically (or both). Most states have a vehicle Lemmon Law to protect buyers from shady sales transactions, however, the marketplace is still a buyer beware market. Look...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 vmax stops firing on one cyl within 60 miles after plug change, plug caps, powder substance
plug caps, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Thomas, This is a common problem with V-Max carburetors. Here s a link that illustrates and explains the problem and the fix. http://vmax.lvlhead.com/tips/shotgun.htm I ve pasted a couple of my tech files below. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 xj700 maxim x, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak
vacuum leaks, vacuum leak, air leaks: Hi Ron. Check all your connections for the manifolds (Manifolds to carbs and manifolds to heads). Make sure that there are no air leaks. Then check the manifolds themselves for cracks and the like. You could have a small vacuum leak because of things like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 YAMAHA MAXIM 700 ( NO SPARK ), old bikes, repair manual
old bikes, repair manual, redone: Hi Kevin. You may have spent a bunch of money that you didn t need to. There are a lot of things that could be the problem. 1) CDI unit. Rarely is that the problem. 2) Wiring short. Often a problem in old bikes. 3) Pick up coils. Sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yam. XV1000 Virago, fuel hoses, powder substance
fuel hoses, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Paul, Right... the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned and related rubber vacuum and fuel hoses will need replaced. Use fuel rated hose on fuel lines. I ve attached a couple of tech files for your convenience. More files are available upon...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha FJ 1100, air screw, yamaha fj
air screw, yamaha fj, clip position: What you are going to have to do is call you local Dealer. Ask for the parts or service department (I ask for parts because service can be fussy sometimes about giving information) and tell them you need to know the stock settings for your bike and write...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim, clutch lever, netural
clutch lever, netural, old bike: You should always start the bike in netural. What is happening is the clutch is cold and wants to pull the bike foward. If you have trouble finding netural rock the bike back and forth while using the shift lever and it should work. If not then park it in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim 750, vent tube, engine flush
vent tube, engine flush, thick oil: Hi Al. Doing the oil changes will not get rid of the problem. The engine needs an engine flush. You can get the stuff you need at any decent auto parts store. Do it right and there will be no more fungus in the engine. Yes, I said fungus. That...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi John, Very common problem caused by gas left in the float bowls during storage. Gas changes to varnish (gel like substance) and obstructs jets and air/fuel conduits. Requires removal of carbs and thorough cleaning. See the file below. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago 1000cc, combustion chamber, fuel mixture
combustion chamber, fuel mixture, preignition: Brain, Sounds like a tune up is in order. First, check your ignition timing. Second, check your plugs, replace if neccesary. Third, be sure your carburators are properly adjusted and all air and fuel ways are clean. Preignition can contribute to misfiring...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago XV700, spark plug heat range, air leaks
spark plug heat range, air leaks, exhaust pipes: Berry, backfiring has many causes, alot of bikes new and old have the occasional backfire. Newer bikes are running very lean fuel mixtures which tend to contribute to the problem. -here are some of the possible causes of backfiring: I believe the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha VMAX Clutch problem, clutch lever, loose pins
clutch lever, loose pins, clutch system: Hi Marc. Start by bleeding any reverse traps in the clutch system. The most common one is at the banjo fitting. Here s the proceedure for that if it hasn t been tried; 1) Bleed the clutch line like normal. 2) With a rag placed over anything near...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Electrical problem, pain pal, electrical circuits
pain pal, electrical circuits, appreciative thanks: Hi Perry, I can feel your pain, pal. I suspect a loose connection, faulty ignition switch, or faulty safety switch. You ll have to learn how to check suspect electrical circuits and related components. Easy to do. Remember, include an email addy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Float adjustment, rubber tubes, float bowl
rubber tubes, float bowl, hatachi: Hi Dave, I don t have fuel service level specs on the Maxim, either. Kawasaki and Honda are the only two manufacturers to provide such intel for this type of measurement. Other brands measure float height. I ll send tech files to your email. They...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim Exhaust, straight pipes, hi aaron
straight pipes, hi aaron, aftermarket exhaust: Hi Aaron, Welcome to AllExperts. I m not familar with all the exhaust systems available for the Maxim. I recommend calling one of the major MC parts retailers at their tool free numbers and ask the sales staff what they know. They have the catalogs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ750XN fell over.., yamaha dealership, lighting problem
yamaha dealership, lighting problem, motorcycle parts: Hi Rob. It sounds like you have a couple of different things going on. The cracked ignition switch could be responsible for the shorting problem, but not completely. Start by replacing the ignition switch, then see if the lighting problem continues....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha maxim 700, internal threads, charging system
internal threads, charging system, voltage drop: Hi Nick, Q: ...I bought this bike last spring and everything on it is working fine, but when I went to winterize it, the nut was stripped to be able to change the oil filter. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to get it fixed. A: If the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha maxim xj 700 problem, vacuum hoses, diaphrams
vacuum hoses, diaphrams, bill silver: Steve, I am not really strong on info for Yamahanamas.. http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp for references to the parts involved. I see that it doesn t have a vacuum operated petcock, but it does have a large screen for the petcock, up inside...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, problems, yamaha virago, fuel pumps
yamaha virago, fuel pumps, s joe: Joe, The carburetors will need cleaned. The pilot circuits are obstructed. When this occurs, the enrichment circuit (choke) allows the engine to idle. The pilot and choke circuits share some passageways enabling the engine to by-pass the obstructed jets...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, gauge cluster, panka
gauge cluster, panka, ebay: Sevy, I usually Go to eBay to find what parts i need for just about anything im looking for. Also you can do a search on google, and type in Motorcycle salvage Most of these places have a sattilite link which if they don t have the parts, somewhere on Earth,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, problems, stator coil, fuel pumps
stator coil, fuel pumps, needle valves: Hi Joseph. One of the problems that Viragos run into is that the needle valves sometimes slip out, causing the bike to not run correctly. You may want to check the carbs and see if the needle valves (one or both) have slipped out and need to be reset....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago will not start, yamaha virago, tank fuel
yamaha virago, tank fuel, new spark: Hi Craig. Bad gas will cause the bike to not run. If the fuel is old, it will have formed what we call varnish in the entire fuel system (tank, fuel line, carbs) and they all need to be tended to. Start by having the carbs cleaned properly, replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha, yamaha dealership, orany
yamaha dealership, orany, bike accessory: Hi Terri. You can get a repair manual from any of the following sources; Any decent bike accessory shop, the local Yamaha dealership orany of the following websites; www.repairmanuals.com www.denniskirk.com www.jcwhitney.com Good luck. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 1100 Shadow V twin, bench test, v twin
bench test, v twin, valve springs: Hi Jeff. There is the distinct possibility that you have a couple of things going on here. The fact that the compression is lower than what the book says, indicates that you may need new rings or the cylinders need to be rehoned. There is also the possibility...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Aspencade hydraulic clutch, v65 magna, hydraulic clutch
v65 magna, hydraulic clutch, air bubbles: Hi Jon. So many people have come to me with this problem. Yours is not the only bike that has it, so you would think that they would tell us all the secret to bleeding hydraulic lines like you have on the GL series, the Magna, the Intruder, the Vulcan,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Aspencade, 1986 honda aspencade, turn signal switch
1986 honda aspencade, turn signal switch, emergency flashers: Hi John. All of the specs that you are looking for are in the repair manual. Order one. In the meantime, check under the false tank for the major electronic components. The flasher should be either there or under the seat. You may also want to check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 BMW RT 1000, bmw rt, bmw r1150rt
bmw rt, bmw r1150rt, repairmanual: Cameron, Try to find the answer at one of the following links: Respectfully, Mark Shively R1000 S http://www.diff.ru/manual/files/BMW_R1100S_Repair_Manual.zip http://www.themotorhead.com/downloads/BMW-R1100S-RepairManual-.pdf http://bmw.k100rs.free.fr/files/repair_manuals/BMW%20R1100S%20-%20ENG.PDF...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Goldwing, valve adjustment, goldwing
valve adjustment, goldwing, gaps: Hi Steve. Start by checking your valve gaps on both sides. It is possible that one or more has worn to the point of needing adjustment, so do them all, just to be safe. That is what your problem sounds like, a simple valve adjustment. The bike is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 gpz 1000a1, air fuel mixture, kawasaki gpz1000
air fuel mixture, kawasaki gpz1000, coil windings: It is possible the coil is not working properly when hot and /or under load. If this is the case, the problem would exist on two cylinders assigned to that coil. If isolated to a single cylinder, the gremlin lies between the coil windings and combustion processes,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley 883 alternator magnets, oil pressure switch, 883 harley
oil pressure switch, 883 harley, harley 883: If you spend $500 now or in 5 years, if or when the magnets come loose, youre going to spend the same amount of money. You know as well as I it ll happen at the most incovenient time, (murphys law) but either way, same amount of money. you wont do anymore...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley Davidson Low Rider, crank case vent, vent tube
crank case vent, vent tube, exhaust pipes: the check ball in the oil pump is not seated. and when the bike sat, it let oil pass the check ball and filled the crank case with motor oil. when the bike was started it pumped the oil out the crankcase vent and up into the air cleaner where harley puts the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley FXRT, cross country trip, fresh paint
cross country trip, fresh paint, fxd: The FXRD is kind of a unique bike. Harley only made them for a few years. They were not very popular. As to parts, the motor and trans is the same as any other 1986 big bike so there is not problems there. you might have trouble finding a seat and exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 700 Magna, coolant leaks, honda model
coolant leaks, honda model, dept id: Hi Nick, I need to know exactly where the coolant is leaking from. Try visiting this website: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=190700§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1986&model_dept_mfr=Honda&model_dept_id=190619&model_dept_name=VF700C+%28Magna%29...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 700 Magna, hose clamps, fuel level
hose clamps, fuel level, indicator lights: Hey Chewy. As far as the leaking coolant, I would check the hose clamps. Make sure that they are tightened down as far as they can go. Then check for cracks in the hoses. Also, if there is nothing wrong with the connections then the thermostat could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Aspencade Starter replacement, 1986 honda aspencade, starter clutch
1986 honda aspencade, starter clutch, starter motor: Hi Shep, Review the following tech information. Always include your email address with question as requested so I may return tech files to you. Respectfully, Mark Shively Removal / Overhaul of GL1200 Starter Motor I have attempted to make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB 700sc Starter/Alternator, honda nighthawk, starter clutch
honda nighthawk, starter clutch, honda cb: Hi Steve. For analysis of problems you should always have the repair manual for the bike. Specs will vary from each make/model as well as, sometimes, testing techniques. It will also have the correct disassembly/assembly instructions for all aspects...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB700S Nighthawk, powder substance, crystal powder
powder substance, crystal powder, manuals repair: Hi Paul, I suspect the carburetors need more thorough cleaning. It s likely that fuel upstream of the carbs has recontaminated your cleaned carbs. Inspect the entire fuel system for evidence of rust and varnishing. Clean, repair, or replace parts accodingly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB900 will not start, honda cb900, vent hose
honda cb900, vent hose, vacuum hose: Hi Tim, I suspect the part is either a atmospheric vent hose (float bowl vent) or vacuum hose. Try and find an image of the carbs on eBay and send me the link. Manifolds are the rubber mounts at the rear of the cylinders in which the carburetors...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Elite 80 Carb, honda elite 80, honda tech
honda elite 80, honda tech, plastic filter: Hi Kevin, I agree that the choke is not working properly. Visit www.bikebandit.com to view parts microfiche. You ll be able to see the carburetor and related parts. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and learn about troubleshooting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Gl1200I, manifold vacuum, gold wings
manifold vacuum, gold wings, bill silver: Tony, a Gold Wing is way out of my expertise, but I found this site, which may help http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/ Is this bike a fuel injected GL1200i or a GL1200I Interstate? Big difference in the possibilities between the two versions. I did check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing
honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, starter relay: Steve, -the battery positive wire goes to the main fuse. On the other side of the main fuse is where the red and red-white wires go. -green/red and yellow/red are hooked into the starter relay. -other end of green/red goes to the clutch switch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing
honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, altenator: Hi Denny. Visual inspection for shorts, while reasonably effective will rarely show intermittent shorts as they tend to be almost or, as is most common, completely invisible. The only way to be sure that you have none or to find one that s there, is to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing GL1200 aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, gl1200
1986 honda goldwing, gl1200, aspencade: Hi Daniel. You have two choices here; 1) Manually chase the wire til you find the short. This is very time consuming. 2) Get the repair manual which has the wiring diagram for the bike. The repair manual will prove to be worth it s weight in gold...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Rebel, compression stroke, honda rebel
compression stroke, honda rebel, valve clearances: Hi Ronnie, Remove spark plugs, cover one plug hole with a finger tip, press lightly to allow compressed cylinder air to escape past finger, watch timing marks, when you hear air escaping past finger-align TDC mark, this piston is now at TDC on Compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow Transmission, metal aluminum, honda shadow
metal aluminum, honda shadow, shadow vt1100: Hi Michael, Inspect engine oil for evidence of metal & aluminum particles. The problem is likely the result of worn gear cogs/dogs. When the edges become rounded, sliding gears may separate from their mating gears. Inspect the transmission gears for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow VT700, 15,000 miles, honda shadow vt700, internal combustion engines
honda shadow vt700, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Roy, I suspect the carburetors need a more thorough cleaning, and then synchronization. Also, check the airbox and ducts for obstructions such as nests. Mice and bees favor this place for their security and confort. Review the following file and consider...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow, haynes shop, rod bearings
haynes shop, rod bearings, wrist pins: Jeff... stay away from the guys with the wrist pin bearing diagnosis... they don t have bearings for the wrist pins! Without hearing it myself, at 20k miles, it could be a number of things, depending on how well it was treated in the past. I would check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VF 500 Carbs, honda vf 500, internal combustion engines
honda vf 500, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi George, You should perform a more thorough carburetor cleaning (see the information file below). Synchronize carbs after cleaning. If the carbs were thoroughly cleaned and synchronization is within service limits, check for an intake air leak. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VF500F runs on ether, not with gas tank, honda vf500f, internal combustion engines
honda vf500f, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Ed, I suspect the enrichenment and pilot circuits need more thoroughly cleaned or have become re-contaminated by fuel contamination such as rust or varnish up stream from the carbs. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VT700 Carburetor, braided fuel line, bike bandit
braided fuel line, bike bandit, honda vt700: Dick, Dick: Looking at the drawing on bike bandit it looks like the J tube is a vacuum hose that attaches somewhere on the carburetor itself. The assembly is called the Air cutoff. Mark: That s an air cut-off diaphragm valve. Located on the sides...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 harley electra glide classic brakes, emery cloth, elctra
emery cloth, elctra, calipers: Sounds like the puck is sticking and not letting the pressure off. Pull the caliber and take it apart again. the puck is the piece that slides in and out. Take some fine emery cloth and lightly sand the inside of the caliber where the puck rides. the puck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda elite 80, honda elite 80, wheel bearings
honda elite 80, wheel bearings, brake caliper: Hi Stephen. It sounds like you have a possible number of problems. Are the wheel bearings frozen? You may want to check those as well as greasing the axle. Have you checked the brake caliper assembly? If it is frozen, then that would be the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda fourtrax 350 4x4, 1986 honda fourtrax, charging system
1986 honda fourtrax, charging system, shively: Hi Colby, Q: ...i have problems with my battery. i have put 6 batteries in it and i am wondering if it is my charging system... A: The problem may be within the charging system. Test charging system output. The battery must be fully charged and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda magna, honda magna, check fuel
honda magna, check fuel, white smoke: Hi Chris, I suspect the fuel in the carburetors has varnished. The entire fuel system should be inspected. Clean and repair affected parts. Check fuel tank for evidence of rust. Consider having the tune-up done soon. I return tech information files...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda rebel 450, honda rebel 450, exhaust gasses
honda rebel 450, exhaust gasses, exhaust stroke: Ronnie, I think you may need to recheck your interpetation of TDC. There are two TDC s at alternates of the four strokes however you are only concerned w/ the compression stroke, the one that happens right before the plug fires. There is the intake stroke,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xl600r, motorcycle oil, thick oil
motorcycle oil, thick oil, honda xl600r: Eric, I think a 10W40 motorcycle oil would be the best unless you live where the weather is quite warm, then 20W50 is okay. -It takes thick oil like 20W50 awhile to get pumping and damage can occur during that time if used in colder climates. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr100r, valve stem seals, sprocket teeth
valve stem seals, sprocket teeth, compression stroke: Dylan, somewhat of a vague, multi-part question...... Is the clutch adjusted so there is a little freeplay at the lever? Is it slipping? Is the chain tight going to the back wheel? Is the chain jumping over the sprocket teeth? Check freeplay, test it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr80r carburetors settings, honda xr80r, silver screw
honda xr80r, silver screw, brass screw: Hi Joe, I recommend getting a copy of the Service (Repair) Manual. I can give you basic base settings. You ll have to test and tune to dial in the carb s air-fuel mixtures. it s not an easy task for the inexperienced. You can try setting the brass...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, kawasaki ninja, brake hoses
kawasaki ninja, brake hoses, red kote: Hi Allen, Inspect the fuel tank interior for evidence of rust. I recomend a product named: Red-Kote for sealing fuel tanks. Much better product than Kreem sealer. The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Carb parts may need replaced. The fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, kawasaki vulcan 750, 1986 kawasaki vulcan 750
kawasaki vulcan 750, 1986 kawasaki vulcan 750, blade pitch: Have you checked the thermostat? Also, check for milky oil or white exhaust smoke which means a leaky head gasket. Sometimes the fan blade can be slipping even though it s motor is spinning. Any air leaks in the intake or exhaust may increase heat. Make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 kawasaki vulcan 699cc, not running right., kawasaki vulcan, rev limiter
kawasaki vulcan, rev limiter, shively: Hi Victor, What engine speeds (RPM) does the problem occur while in neutral? When this occurs, is someone in the saddle? Is the Vulcan on the stand? Is this a new problem? What basic checks have you performed and what were the results? Do you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Rebel 250, clink clank, compression check
clink clank, compression check, chain tensioner: Carlo, -it sounds like the starter drive is broken or worn. It has little rollers and springs, they grab one way and slip the other. It is on the end of the starter chain by the alternator. That is the reason it didn t turn the motor when you first...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 radian, vacuum leaks, engine speed
vacuum leaks, engine speed, carbs: Hi Jeff, Check carburetor synchronization and adjust accordingly. If the carbs are out of synch, an irratic idle is one of the symptoms. Check for vacuum leaks around the carbs and manifolds. Vacuum leaks may cause high, irratic engine speed as described....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 SEi (Electrical), don castro, ase certified mechanic
don castro, ase certified mechanic, trailer plug: Big Larry, some Gold Wings have a reserve lighting unit that switches brake lights on when taillights are out etc. That is a possible trouble spot. I would try pulling some fuses to see what circuit the problem is on. If you can trace the wiring to it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki TS250X float bowl leak, pit holes, enduro bike
pit holes, enduro bike, fuel service: Hi Harry, I could find no tech or spec information on your TS250X. The drain screw seal could be defective or there may be a tuning issue. The fuel service level may be rich. Try adjusting the float leaner and observe the results. Measure float height...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 suzuki GS400e, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, check engine oil: Hi Jason, A very common complaint following storage. Not serious, though preventable. Expect to pay about $250 labor to have the carburetors cleaned and synchronized. The gasoline left in the carburetors has varnished. The carbs will need cleaned. Carburetor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 suzuki intruder 700, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, suzuki intruder: Hi John, Check cylinder compression to verify combustion chamber sealing properties. I suspect a valve may be slightly open causing the regursion through the carburetor and hard starting. If necessary, perform a cylinder leak-down check, too. Check valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 V-65 Magan transmission, motorcycle transmission, drum groove
motorcycle transmission, drum groove, output shaft: Hi Frank, I recommend you find another motorcycle to purchase. The transmission repair may exceed the cost of the MC. The usual cause of gears slipping out of gear is worn cogs and dogs. When these part s edges become rounded, they tend to slip and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Venture 1300cc, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, valve shims: Hi Shawn, The gas in the float bowls has varnsished. The carburetors need to be removed and very thoroughly cleaned. The pilot jets are obstructed, preventing the engine from idling. The choke shares the pilot circuit passageways and compensates for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Virago 750 - Dead Battery/Loss of Power, buckets of money, virago 750
buckets of money, virago 750, stator: Jen, have you checked all the fuses? The battery voltage should read 13.2 to 13.8 volts when the bike is running, so the bike is not charging. Make sure you check any connectors around the battery and clean them if need be. The stator is sometimes the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 VT 700 oil leak, oil leaks, honda motorcycle
oil leaks, honda motorcycle, shaft seal: Ed, I will assume that you changed out the shift shaft seal when you had the cover off, just as a future precaution. Go to: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp sign up for free and find your HONDA-Motorcycle-VT700 index then go to the gearshift...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 VT700 complete power loss, electrolyte levels, electrical diagnosis
electrolyte levels, electrical diagnosis, accurate diagnosis: Hi Aaron, I suspect a loose battery lead, though the problem may be other. Electrical diagnosis should be performed to determine the cause of the problem(s). Inspect battery voltage and specific gravity of each cell. Recharge or replace the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 vt700 shadow, carburetor bodies, throttle grip
carburetor bodies, throttle grip, butterfly valves: Calvin, either you have some kind of mechanical blockage in the carb butterfly valves/shafts or linkages or the throttle grip is turning over the throttle drum. Beyond that, the throttle cable may be unraveling inside due to corrosion damage. Don t drive it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 XL Sportster 1200, retarded timing, oil hose
retarded timing, oil hose, oil level: First, you plugs need to be gapped at .040, not .042. Your plug for the primary needs to be repaired, so when it time the change the primary fluid you have a way to drain it. There is no dipstick for the primary, when you change it you put in 32 ozs. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 xr600 Honda, burning oil, air filter
burning oil, air filter, vacuum: Philip, these engines have lots of vacuum and so need lots of air available through the intake system. If it has trouble getting the air into the air filter box it might suck the cover like that. At the back of the air box there should be a plastic fitting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha FZ 750 Carb Question, yamaha fz 750, float bowls
yamaha fz 750, float bowls, trickle charger: Hi Josh. First let s talk prevention for next year. 1) When you store the bike for the winter, the one thing that you should do, that no one seems to do, is to drain the fuel out of the fuel tank and use it elsewhere. 2) Then run the bike till the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Radian Oil and Clutch Problems, clutch problems, clutch cable
clutch problems, clutch cable, honda nighthawk 450: Joseph, -check below your rear brake pedal on the engine, there should be a little glass window. Set the bike straight up or on the center stand and make sure the engine oil is between the high and low marks on the site glass window. -the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Radian problems, 1986 yamaha radian, yamaha yx600 radian
1986 yamaha radian, yamaha yx600 radian, robert mcwilliams: first take out the floats put them in a gallon can of gas if one of them does not float correctley then thats where yur problem is. when looking at the floats without gas in the carbs the floats should be down all the way ,when they fill up if one has a hole...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha SRX-6, yamaha srx 6, yamaha motor co
yamaha srx 6, yamaha motor co, lean condition: John, I have a couple of friends who have had these bikes and the good news is that you can do a few mods to make them run very well. The bad news is that they are VERY frustrating to work on, especially the carburetors when the air box is still in place....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha fz 750, yamaha fz 750, worst case scenario
yamaha fz 750, worst case scenario, clutch lever: Hi Paul. Something like that is hard to say for certain. It could be either or both. Start by checking the clutch for smoothness and to see if it engages early enough. After that check your adjustments for the clutch and shifter. Worst case scenario,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha fz750 s, yamaha service, yamaha fz750
yamaha service, yamaha fz750, yamaha fz: Hi Bunthai, I checked my resources and could not locate torque specifications for the FZ. Try online message boards and forums such as: www.motorcycle-usa.com/forum and post the same question there. Someone should have the service manual and give you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha maxim 700 base model, pcv system, excessive smoking
pcv system, excessive smoking, open throttle: Hi Mike, I think the problem will be resolved by thoroughly cleaning carburetors. It s important that the carbs be synchronized after cleaning. When needle valves varnish, wear, stick open, fuel may overfill the float bowls. When this occurs, fuel may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha maxim x starting problems, stator coil, motorcycle mechanics
stator coil, motorcycle mechanics, selonoid: Hi David. Check the battery with a hygrometer. If even one cel is bad, then replace the battery. Also check the charging system. If it isn t charging at 13-15 VDC at the battery leads, then the stator coil is bad and needs to be replaced. Also, check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha radian ignition, air fuel mixture, whas
air fuel mixture, whas, shively: Hi Ben, Easier asked than explained. You ll have to obtain a wiring diagram and see for yourself. A service manual will have a diagram. There are many wires involved with just the ignition switch. Cannot answer such questions. FYI: An engine needs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha radian, starter clutch, yamaha motor
starter clutch, yamaha motor, starter motor: Hi Phil, Q: ...i can turn by hand in one direction only is that normal? A: Yes Q: ...it seems that the direction it turns freely in is the direction the starter turns, is it maybe a starter clutch? A: Yes You can see microfiche parts at Yamaha...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago 700, battery cables, needle valves
battery cables, needle valves, spark plugs: Mike, if the compression is equal on both cylinders I would check: -spark plugs and caps -air filter. -the carb idle jets and the little filters under the float needle valves. -poor sealing on the choke plungers. -poor fuse conections that limit...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago 700, starter solenoid, bench test
starter solenoid, bench test, fuel light: Hi Irv. This sounds like a short. A bad one; possibly multiple shorts. You will need to check all of the affected circuits as well as the wiring at the instruments and starter solenoid and ignition coils. Also check each of the affected components...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yz 125s yamaha, piston action, dirt rider
piston action, dirt rider, power valve: Well, I could go into a long discussion about the power valve, but you have the opportunity to do the following first: bring it back to the dealer! If you paid to have a dealer do an engine bore and he checked the power valve and told you it was good -...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 z50 kick start issue, z50r, carby
z50r, carby, mechanical work: Hi Nina. It sounds like either a gear is stripped in the kickstart mechanism or an engagement spring is gone south on you. As far as repair manuals are concerned, Clymers is very good, but the absolute best is the factory repair manual. You will be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 1100 sportster, piston rings, valve guides
piston rings, valve guides, compression test: Your probably starting to burn some oil, but not enough to show on the plugs. Your oil would either be coming from the valve guides or the piston rings. Start with a compression test. Your two cylinders should be within 10% of each other. If not then you need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 700 magna, chain tensioners, cam chain
chain tensioners, cam chain, magnas: Chuck, the chain is just replaced during rebuilds. It has no adjustment. It should have 1/4 to about 3/8 ideally. If you have engine noise it is more likely low oil volume to the cylinder head and cams or cam chain noise. The cam chain tensioners can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 883 SPORTSTER, allen bolt, allen screw
allen bolt, allen screw, locknut: Look under the primary and you will see a nut witha allen screw in it. this is the adjuster. remove the inspection cover on the primary. You should have about 1/2 inch play inthe chain. If not, then loosen the locknut and turnt he allen bolt until you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 CBR1000 transmission, trans gears, honda hurricane
trans gears, honda hurricane, rachet mechanism: Jared, it is possible the transmission is damaged, but another possibility is the shifter mechanism. -The shifter is a rachet mechanism that turns the shift drum which in turn moves the shift forks which slide the trans gears into place. -Any of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Custom softail miss, intake leak, ohm meter
intake leak, ohm meter, opnion: First thing I would do is check for an intake leak. Start the bike and let it warm up. Spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up then you have a leak. Also, test the coil with a OHM meter. It might be weak If this doesnt help let me...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cbr 1000 hurrican, blown fuse, starter button
blown fuse, starter button, bill silver: Michael, I believe that your starter button switch on the right side is the problem. When the starter button is pushed in for START, then the headlight is disconnected. Letting the switch button back out, stops the starter circuit and enables the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cr 125, cr 125, powervalve
cr 125, powervalve, motorcycle repair: Hi Wes. Do you have the repair manual for the bike? If so, then it should show you how to set that or give you some idea as to where the original notch was (if it was an aftermarket mod). Outside of that, I really am not sure how to advise you on that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cr125, driveing, exhaust manifold
driveing, exhaust manifold, intake manifold: Hi Brandon. Have you done a check of the intake manifold? It could have a small leak that only makes itself known when at high rpm s. you could also have a slightly loose exhaust manifold. Check those but do not overtighten any lockdown bolts or nuts....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FXRS runs on one cylinder, piston rings, fxrs
piston rings, fxrs, light oil: When the bike starts running on one cylinder, change the plug wires from one to the other. If it was the front cylinder not running, is it the back one now? If that is the case then either you plug wires are bad or the coil is bad. If this is not the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FZ 700 Engine "Cuts Out" Problem, mile road trip, battery cables
mile road trip, battery cables, battery mark: well, for starters, most motorcycles are not designed to run without the battery cables connected. So if the bike dies out because the cables are removed, This is why. 2nd, does the corner have something to do with the bike dieing? To A technician, we only...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 GL 1200 Honda, bike bandit, engine control module
bike bandit, engine control module, bikebandit com: Hi Ron, The GL s fuel pump is powered by the main fuse. It is controlled by the Engine Control Module and other components such as relays, sensors, and switches. I recommend the Service/Repair Manual for testing procedures. Too difficult to explain...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 gl 1200 I, fan switch, fan motor
fan switch, fan motor, shively: Hi Ron, A tech would need to see and experience the problem as described to accurately diagnose the problem, if any. Your GL may have a faulty temp sensor, fan switch, temp gauge, stat, fan motor, improper coolant mix, air in the cooling system, or other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 gsxr engine noise, stator coil, driven gears
stator coil, driven gears, gsxr 750: Hi Danny. Have you checked to see if there is damage to the stator coil, the rotor assembly or internal engine case at the stator side? Perhaps something is loosened or out of balance. Try manually turning the engine (the same way you would to do...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Harley Softail clutch, clutch lever, harley softail
clutch lever, harley softail, clutch cable: Drain the trans. Remove the right cover from the trans. Inside you will see the cable.Remove it from the inner ramp. You ahve to rotate it and the inner ramp will come out. unscrew the cable and also remove it from the clutch lever. Install the new cable in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honada Shadow 1100, shadow 1100, pulse generator
shadow 1100, pulse generator, shively: Hi Jason, Do not use the choke while riding. Allow the engine and spark plugs to reach operating temperatures before putting a load on the engine. If the engine starts and runs with choke, but stalls without the choke; indicates the carburetors need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda 1200 wing, water in the fuel, fuel filter
water in the fuel, fuel filter, fuel pump: Hi Kim. Yes there should be a fuel filter on the bike. Since you have a GL, there is also a fuel pump to consider as well as the possibility that you could have dirty carbs if the bike sits, over the winter, in storage. Also you could have water in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Cbr 600 Hurricane, heavy duty clutch, honda cbr 600
heavy duty clutch, honda cbr 600, clutch springs: Hi Oliver, Is the clutch and clutch cable adjusted, properly routed, in good condition, and lubricated? Did the previous owner install heavy-duty clutch springs? If so, consider going back to OEM springs. Check the above and change or repair accordingly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Cbr 600, honda cbr 600, hydraulic clutch
honda cbr 600, hydraulic clutch, hand strength: Hi Oliver. The CBR has a hydraulic clutch which is not adjustable in that manner. No clutch is, really. Your hand strength will increase through use of the bike, though and it will get easier over time. We all go through this as beginning riders, so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Hurricane CBR1000f overheating, honda hurricane, radiator cap
honda hurricane, radiator cap, resevior: Hi Fred, The cooling system needs flushed. I encourage home maintenance. Review the procedure in the repair manual and see if you are up to the task. Coolant capacity is not given usually because we simply add fluid until filled. Cooling systems...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna 700, honda magna, stores ebay
honda magna, stores ebay, color preference: Carl, you haven t told me where you have been looking and if there is a color preference. Try: http://www.sabmag.org/general.htm http://www.supermagna.com/html/0787roadrider.htm http://www.motorcycle-bike-parts.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/motorcycle_parts.html?l_make=Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna 700 cc, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, honda magna: Hi Greg, Sounds as if the fuel has varnished. If so, the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Inspect the fuel tanks, pump, filter, and hoses for evidence of varnishing. Clean or replace accordingly. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Shadow security lock and light, honda shadow vt700, goose neck
honda shadow vt700, goose neck, shively: Hi Roger, I suspect a short within the wiring, possibly around the triple tree area (goose neck or steering stem area). When the front end is turned lock to lock, the wiring harness may become pulled by the movement. This may cause chaffing and lead...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VFR 700F Interceptor, combustion chambers, honda vfr
combustion chambers, honda vfr, gauge needle: Hi Rusty, From the limited information provided in the description, I suspect the problem may be a variety of causes. I would need to be present and perform several checks to accurately determine the source(s) of the problem(s). Cylinder compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VT1100, mobil 1, synthetic oil
mobil 1, synthetic oil, castrol: ryan, i have a suzuki 1400 all i ever run in it is castrol 20/50 its a 1991 never had problems . if you need more info im here.p.s please leave feedback for me and you may also nominate if you feel inclined to do so. mitch kruszynsk...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda XR100, bike bandit, google search
bike bandit, google search, ebay: Hi Jim, Find new and used parts and service manuals on eBay. I don t have a specific source for the XR s. Google search for combination keywords of XR100, XR Tech, etc... you should find websites dedicated to the XR100 with tech pages. View microfiche...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 harley FXR, harley fxr, starter solenoid
harley fxr, starter solenoid, batttery: It depends on which wires are damaged. your two main wires, the one from the batttery to the solenoid and the one from the solenoid to the starter get pretty hot when the starter runs away. Most of the others will be ok. They are taking the current. Also the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda aspencade, honda aspencade, kill switch
honda aspencade, kill switch, solenoid: I know this may sound very basic, However, its a often looked over thing. Make sure the nuetral light is on (or at least in nuetral) The clutch is pulled in, and the kill switch is in the RUN position. One of those may be tripped and causing your bike to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda elite 50, porcelain insulator, honda elite
porcelain insulator, honda elite, center electrode: Tim, scooters aren t my specialty, but a number of things can affect any engine to keep it from starting, 2 or 4 stroke. GOTTA HAVE: Compression... either get compression test done or pull the muffler and look up into the exhaust port to see if there is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda elite help, ebay auctions, honda elite
ebay auctions, honda elite, salvage yards: Robert, I really don t have any scooter info. Check with www.westernhillshonda.com for assistance as to what years they fit. I would check with any local m/c salvage yards to find a good one or have yours chemically cleaned, unless it has a hole in it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 interstate piston rod, piston rod, honda dealership
piston rod, honda dealership, gl series: Hi Jerry. I have never heard of any cases of bent rods or repeated bent rods in the GL series. You may want to ask your local Honda dealership if there were any recalls issued for the 87 GL. Sorry I can t help any further on this issue. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Kawasaki VN1500 88 (SE), sight glass, changing oil
sight glass, changing oil, filter screen: Hi Todd, I don t know of any dipstick mods that will work. Try Vulcan Owner s Club websites and post the same question on their forums/message boards. While chaging oil and filter, you may remove the clutch cover and attempt to clean the sight glass....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 KDX 200, torque specs, shively
torque specs, shively, merry christmas: Hi Dick, I don t have the service manual for the KDX and I couldn tfind the torque value specs in my resources. Visit http://justkdx.dirtrider.net and post your question on their forum. Soemone there will get you the intel. Merry Christmas! Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1987 KZ 1000 P6...., kz 1000, clutch adjustment
kz 1000, clutch adjustment, clutch components: Hi Randy. As I recall, the cable end of the clutch adjustment cam, as with most dual adjustable cables, goes at the clutchbasket end. The problem that you are having may be in the clutchbasket. Your repair manual has all of the specs for the clutch components....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki 454, kelley bluebook, kawasaki en450
kelley bluebook, kawasaki en450, motorcycle salvage: Hi Jennifer, Good price for a peppy little MC. The carbs are very expensive if purchased new from a Kaw dealer. Find a used set from a salvage yard. Find a salvage yard on the internet by typing keyword variations of motorcycle salvage. Replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ex500, speed jets, carburater
speed jets, carburater, vacuum line: Thomas, -gas gets bad very quickly, it can varnish or plug up carb jets in just a month or two of sitting. You should add fresh fuel and make sure it is getting to the carbs okay. -The gas valve or petcocks usually have a vacuum line attached that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ke100, kawasaki ke100, cause havoc
kawasaki ke100, cause havoc, tiny particles: Bret, Sounds like you may be dealing with a fuel delivery problem. If there is a malfuntion in the ignition system is is usually more abrubt, sudden or total failure. Typically you won t get a coil with poor resistance to succesfully sustain a running engine....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ninja 750, clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever
clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever, kawasaki ninja: Tommy, it may be the hydraulic system has air in it but also it may be the clutch plates stuck together. Has the bike been ridden lately or sitting awhile? The clutch plates can rust, warp or just get gooey and stick. -You can bleed the air by following...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ninja zx750, kawasaki ninja, bill silver
kawasaki ninja, bill silver, charging system: Sounds like the charging system went overvoltage or you had corrosion buildup in the connectors or had a partially loose connector. Other possibilities are shorted out stator or voltage regulator. You need to test all components in the charging system and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawi ninj zx750, odd configuration, salvage yard
odd configuration, salvage yard, whole new thing: Hi Joe. If the used stator is off of a wreck, then it should be ok. as long as the engine was intact and under 50k mi. As far as the fan is concerned, it should stop when you turn the key off, however some do not. Some run till the fan has completed...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1987 klr 650 is shaking/vibrating, klr 650, engine mounts
klr 650, engine mounts, direct contact: Jeff, There could be any host of problems that would make you experience such strong vibration. There could be something seriously wrong with the engine or something as simple as incorrect timing or poor carburator adjustment. It s just about impossible...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki Intruder 1400 starter relay, specific gravity test, starter solenoid
specific gravity test, starter solenoid, suzuki intruder: Hi J.R., I suspect water shorting causing the original problem. I suspect the battery is the source of the now problem. You should test the battery thoroughly. Perform a voltage test and specific gravity test on each cell to learn the condition of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki LT250R Quadracer oil leak, suzuki lt250r quadracer, crankcase oil
suzuki lt250r quadracer, crankcase oil, lean air: Kieth, I m assuming this oil is a bit dirty looking and thin. If so you may be dealing with leaking main seals. These are the seals at either end of the crankshaft that create a tight barrier in the intake system. They can leak the fuel/oil mix out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki Savage, suzuki savage, rapid acceleration
suzuki savage, rapid acceleration, fuel mixture: Chris, -Check for spark, try a new spark plug. -Make sure battery cables are tight. Ignition timing is not adjustable on electronic ignition for the most part. A faulty ignition pulser or main module can be trouble. -Backfire usually means a lean...