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Motorcycle Repair: Honda C70 motorcycle timing, honda c70 motorcycle, air fuel mixture
honda c70 motorcycle, air fuel mixture, exhaust stroke: Rick, you have almost answered your own question. Yes, the system sends a voltage spike to the plug again at the start of the exhaust stoke but it doesn t have any effect. Since there are no combustible gases in the cylinder at that time, it doesn t help...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 400F SuperSport 1977, starter solenoid, honda cb
starter solenoid, honda cb, thermal fatigue: Intermittent electrical failures are very hard to diagnose. Those two fuses are the main fuses for the electrical system. Things like lights, horn, starter solenoid etc. are probably on those circuits. I don t have a wiring diagram for that bike so I can...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB175, throttle cable, cranks
throttle cable, cranks, air filter: The throttle cable is stuck, idle screw is in too far or the slide is stuck in the carb. It could be caused by a rusty throttle cable or a dirty carb. Take the air filter off or remove the carb and watch inside the carb bore as you open and close the throttle....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBR600F carb balancing / syncronisation, honda cbr600f, adjustment screws
honda cbr600f, adjustment screws, gages: Bertie, the procedure is too complicated to write out a step by step. Once you hook up the gages and start the bike you will see the balance between the 4 cylinders. You will find some adjustment screws between the carbs. Those screws adjust the balance...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT-90 1969 K1B, honda ct, honda parts
honda ct, honda parts, aftermarket parts: Any of the 90 CC engines will fit that bike. The 110 cc engine were almost identical if you want to swap the whole engine but the rings and piston won t fit your cylinder. I d look around some or check the internet for aftermarket parts. The Honda parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Twinstar 185T-1978, honda twinstar, ac volts
honda twinstar, ac volts, volt system: EWB, I don t think that will work. I ve never tried it but the AC voltage you measured was an open circuit voltage but you ll loose half of that voltage right off the bat because the rectifier can only pass the current that has the right polarity. I d be...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL250S, volt electrical system, rare thanks
volt electrical system, rare thanks, xl250: Hi Martin... Umm.... A Honda XL250S is a single cylinder engine that runs on a 6 volt electrical system. The CB250 (NightHawk) is a twin cylinder that runs on a 12v system. Let s assume that I have not misread something here and you fitted a Nighthawk...

Motorcycle Repair: hand grips, stock grips, hand grips
stock grips, hand grips, deuce: You have to have a grip with two slots, since you have two cables. When you get ready remove the cover over the throttle and you will see how the grip is installed. On the other side remove the cover and the grip will have to be cut off. It is glued to the...

Motorcycle Repair: handlebars and pulls to tke left at 50mph, clutch cable, throttle cable
clutch cable, throttle cable, pully: If you are wanting to pull the handlebars back and there is not enough wire then you will have to splice wire in. The other problem you might run into is the throttle cable and idle cable, clutch cable and brake line might be to short. As to the pulling to...

Motorcycle Repair: about harley davidson, harley davidson xlh, harley davidson
harley davidson xlh, harley davidson, 30th anniversary: In 87 I dont think a sportster cam with a belt. It might have been converted to a belt. What you need to do is measure the width of the belt and then count the number of teeth on the belt and then get one that matches Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight trouble, honda ascot vt500, starter button
honda ascot vt500, starter button, green mountains: PETER!!!! Oh man... Sorry to hear the extra troubles. The reason I needed to know what bike you had was cuz my first thought was the starter button. On a lot of bikes, the starter button actually performs two functions. One is to energize the starter solenoid,...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight/turn signal problem., turn signals, signal problem
turn signals, signal problem, signal lights: On a 2000 the front turn signals have a two filment bulb. One it for turn signals and the other is for running lights, so a light is suppose to be on. If your headlight is not working then you have a wire off or a shorted wire, so you need to check it Good...

Motorcycle Repair: heating, suzuki gsxr 750, radiator cap
suzuki gsxr 750, radiator cap, ok buddy: Patrick, first of all i cant really remeber but if its water cooled you have either a bad thermostat or a bad cooling fan sensor that kicks on your cooling fan when the bike starts to heat up, be carefull not to run it till it shuts off that is very dangerous...

Motorcycle Repair: heating, oil pressure gauge, gixxer 750
oil pressure gauge, gixxer 750, gsxr 750: Hi Patrick!! Gixxer 750... Best sport bike ever built!! Ok... A problem like this is difficult to resolve without being able to put my dirty little hands on it. But lets run through the facts here: the 91 GSXR 750 is air/oil cooled. It has a small oil cooler...

Motorcycle Repair: help with my yamaha yz 125 94, yamaha yz 125, yamaha yz125
yamaha yz 125, yamaha yz125, kickstarter: hello gary, it sound like to me you may have bent a valve causing the pressure to stay inside the engine head instead of blowing it out the exhaust head or make sure you are on top dead center with yur timing marks this can also cause the kickstarter to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cx500 '79, fuel tank, honda
fuel tank, honda: Miano, it could be as simple as installing a new battery or it could require a complete carb rebuild along with and fuel tank flush and sealing. It s really hard to tell. The fact that it runs when you jump it is a pretty good sign. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: my honda magna v45 750 1982, honda magna v45, throttle linkage
honda magna v45, throttle linkage, trottle: James, sounds like the throttle cable is stuck. You should be able to force it to idle by pushing the trottle closed. They have a push/pull cables for just that purpose. It s also possible the throttle linkage is binding up with dirt or rust. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow ace 2003, honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750
honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750, air fuel mixture: Hi Billy... Start by putting all the mixture screws back to their factory setting. The air/fuel mixture screws have no effect on de-accelerating. They only control the fuel/air at idle. The process of rejetting the carbs can be timely and frustrating to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vfr750 front brake problem, caliper pistons, honda vfr750
caliper pistons, honda vfr750, piston seals: Hi Alan... Wow.. tuff question. Being as how the brake lever was bent outward, I am at a loss to understand how this mishap has caused the problem. It may be a coincidence. But at anyrate, we need to determine where the problem is exactly. A VFR750 Interceptor...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xl350 1975, honda shop, exhaust side
honda shop, exhaust side, valve clearance: Mike, with what you just told me I d recommend you put the indicator on the intake side. The IN indicates the intake side on the stock piston and the triangle should also be used the as the intake indicator. If you don t reverse it you may find that the...

Motorcycle Repair: about the hot start, plastic flange, flange nut
plastic flange, flange nut, model bike: Hi Josh... I m not intimately familar with the model bike you have, but that shouldn t matter... the choke plunger is usually held down with a plastic flange nut (black in color). You will need either a 12mm or 14mm wrench. Loosen that flange nut and the...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition coil, accel coils, duty coil
accel coils, duty coil, spark tester: Coils are like anything other electrical part. In time they will fail. As to why it only lasted 14 months, I cant tell you. Personnally I use Accel coils and have great luck with them and they have a warrenty on them. Check with the company for your company...

Motorcycle Repair: Jets, vance and hines pipes, slow jet
vance and hines pipes, slow jet, dyna jet: Your best bet is to get a Dyna-jet kit for your bike. In it you will find the proper jets you need. There are some holes you will drill out which will give you more throttle responce and jet it correctly. Its easy to install and only takes a couple of hours...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki ninja zx10, kawasaki ninja, coolant temp
kawasaki ninja, coolant temp, crankcase: Don t know the specifics on this bike but the speed and rpm are cable linkages to the front wheel and the crankcase, usually. The gas is driven by a sender unit which sits in the tank. The sender unit may need adjustment. The temp (coolant temp I m guessing)...

Motorcycle Repair: kehin butterfly sceaming eagle carb, air fuel mixture, eagle carb
air fuel mixture, eagle carb, harley dealer: Your starting point for the air/fuel mixture screw is about 1 1/2 turns. Once you get it running and warmed up slowly turn the screw inward, just until the bike starts to stumble then, counting the turns, turn it outward, just until the bike starts to stumble....

Motorcycle Repair: kx85 is bogging, stator plate, k n air filter
stator plate, k n air filter, scilencer: You can tell pretty quickly. First shut off the fuel a run the bike, if it runs better for a little while before the carbs run out of fuel, the dealer was right. Then put some choke on (not full on)and see if it runs better. If it does run better with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Lowering an Ultra, stock shocks, spacer
stock shocks, spacer, good luck: you can lower it at the rear. There are kits out there you can buy which moves the stock shocks so the rear is lower by 1 . to lower the front you would have to remove the front end so you can get to the fork springs. You then change them out for a set of...

Motorcycle Repair: This Magna VF700 has a MYSTERY AILMENT that we just can't figure out! HELP!, mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna
mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna, clutch fluid: Luke if the stator were the problem your bike would lose voltage to the whole ignition system. Check info at: http://users.rcn.com/kochc/moto/spark/ig_repair.html http://www.sabmag.org/Sabre-Magna%20FAQ%20v2.htm There is a fuel cut relay for the...

Motorcycle Repair: Modulating light, beam element, buld
beam element, buld, low beam: the modulating light is designed to make the bike more visable to other drivers. the buld will not burn out faster, I dont think it will hynotize the rider, it make other drivers more aware, it will not run your battery down faster. I would recommend it if...

Motorcycle Repair: is this mechanic going to rip me off?, bike mechanic, old bikes
bike mechanic, old bikes, rare model: Its really hard for me to say whether he is goign to rip you off or not. I do know some really small shops that charge a deposit to do work. This helps them pay for parts. You can always ask him for a few customers phone numbers that he did work for. You could...

Motorcycle Repair: motorbike, honda cbr600rr, electric starter
honda cbr600rr, electric starter, hondas: My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas but it depends on what you mean by getting the bike turning. Will the electric starter not spin the engine or won t it run? If it spins with the starter but not fire and run, I d bet you have old fuel in it and it...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, honda cb750k, dohc motors
honda cb750k, dohc motors, motorcycle oil: Bryan///// http://motorbikearchives.com/Bike-Tests/Road-and-Street/Honda-CB750F-1980.html Looks like you better buy a 5 pack, along with a filter. Most all of the DOHC motors are the same design and size, if not equipped with an oil cooler. Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: Need a Key, honda cb650 custom, 1980 honda cb650
honda cb650 custom, 1980 honda cb650, fuel tank cap: Bill, the ignition lock used to have a number stamped on them that corresponded to a key code. Sometimes dealers had a stash of old keys that you might be able to match up with. The dealer I used to work for always took 2 of the 4 keys that came with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Nighthawk clutch, clutch replacement, clutch lever
clutch replacement, clutch lever, shop bike: Hi Mike... We have a 92 Nighthawk 750 that we use as a shop bike to run errands and fetch parts, etc. Our bike also makes that same sound, but only when started with the choke on (before the engine is warmed up). So before ya start ripping the clutch apart,...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Leak, two different things, chest area
two different things, chest area, oil leak: Under the rocker box there is a rubber disc which is suppose to vent air. It must be bad so a little oil is going with it. You can do two different things to cure the problem. One is replace the rubber. the other is to get a kit that will vent the air to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil spitting out of hose, ultra groundpounder, oil pump
ultra groundpounder, oil pump, cranks: When running the bike you cant plug that hose, its a vent for the lower end. there is not much you can do for the dripping unless you run the hose so it is higher than the vent, then the oil will flow back into the motor Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Oiling the chain? 1982 Honda CM450E, chain oilers, squeeze bottle
chain oilers, squeeze bottle, autozone: I use 90 weight gear oil. This is what the service manuals recommend. You can buy it in a squeeze bottle. Just trim the tip real small and drip some on the chain every 200-300 miles. Wipe off the excess with a rag. I ve heard of automatic chain oilers which...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change, heritage softail classic, 2003 heritage softail
heritage softail classic, 2003 heritage softail, tank drain: Start the bike and let it warm up. Under the bike you will find the drain hose coming from the oil tank. Drain the oil and remove the filter and replace it. Fill the oil tank, with the bike sitting upright, with 20w50 oil. It will take about 3.5 quarts Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Possible electrical overload, honda cb 550, amp fuse
honda cb 550, amp fuse, fuse block: Hey Terry... Well... I m not sure which fuse you are referring too. I haven t worked on a bike the age of yours for some time now, but I do know that Honda used more than just one fuse on that bike. If you are talking about the main fuse, then the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: Primary cover removal on 2002 Harley Sportster, harley sportster, locknut
harley sportster, locknut, clutch: You first have to remove the clutch adjuster. remove the derby cover and you will see the adjuster under it. remove the locknut and then turn the adjuster nut out. then you need to loosen the chain adjuster under the primary. Once you have the above done then...

Motorcycle Repair: punched out baffles., performance changes, sorry one
performance changes, sorry one, runnig: The plugs are the best way for you to tell. The only other way is to check the exhaust coming out for air and you probably dont hae the equipment for that. Your plugs sound fine Synethic oil does make a bike run cooler, so it does take a little more time...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing carburaters, honda v45 magna, air inlets
honda v45 magna, air inlets, throttle cables: Lynn, I had to fix a similar fuel line leak from the fuel pump line to the carb rack. You have to carefully remove the screws for the lower half of the air box, then it will lift off and away. Put some paper towels or rags down the air inlets, so you don t...

Motorcycle Repair: No rear spark, plug wires, position sensor
plug wires, position sensor, corroded: I would start by tracing the wires back from the coil to the ECM to see if you have a pinched or broken wire. Check all the connections to make sure they are tight and no corroded. If you cannot find anything then you will have to replace the ECM. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: how to remove starter off honda 83' 750, honda sabre, 750 honda
honda sabre, 750 honda, crankcase: Amber, there are two bolts holding the starter in. First you have to remove the oil filter to make clearance to pull it out. Then disconnect the starter cable and the two bolts in holding the starter to the crankcase. Then pull the starter out of it bore....

Motorcycle Repair: rough running until warm up, several miles, sportster
several miles, sportster, chock: Sometimes you have to. There are some bikes that are more cold blooded than others and it takes a while for the motor to completly warm up. It doensnt hurt anything to keep the choke on until it runs good. The only problem you will run into is if you forget...

Motorcycle Repair: Seat repair: 1982 Honda CM450E, mink oil, automotive upholstery
mink oil, automotive upholstery, upholstery shop: Hi Kirk!! Honda uses simulated leather (IE: vinyl/plastic) seats. Assuming you have an original seat, there prolly isn t much you can do at this point to save it. I have actually tried those miracle vinyl patch kits in the past... they suck. The best...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifting problems on 05' VTX1800F, honda vtx 1800f, cluch
honda vtx 1800f, cluch, ok god: hello joe , i ve seen this before try bleeding your clutch to get better pressure to the cluch for you to be able to shift . to do this you need to locate the cluch slave cylinder nera the side of the bike pump the clutch in and out about 5 times then open...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifting question, honda magna, vt700
honda magna, vt700, downshift: Clunky shifting is normal if the bike is cold or if the oil is a bit heavy causing the clutch to stick. Popping out of gear into neutral is possible if the clutch dogs have worn out. Check the condition of you clutch cable and make sure it has correct slack...

Motorcycle Repair: Slinging Oil, rocker boxes, oil spots
rocker boxes, oil spots, shoulder area: Sorry, I ment the air filter. Your bike vents in the rocker boxes to the air filter. You can clean the filter and this will stop it for a while, but you have to clean it regulary. They do make kits that will vent the air to the bottom of the bike so you dont...

Motorcycle Repair: Spark Plug got wet, sportster 883, dynatech
sportster 883, dynatech, plug wires: The first thing I would check is the intake for a leak. Witht he bike warmed up, spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up you have a leak. The next thing I would check is the coil and plug wires. You can do a OHMs test on them to determine...

Motorcycle Repair: Spark plugs/caps, 1971 honda cb350, clymer honda
1971 honda cb350, clymer honda, honda shop: Hi Dave... If Clymer, Honda and NGK all say the proper plug is the B8ES, then that is the plug to use. The B8ES is a cooler plug than the B7ES, which is a hotter running plug. I doubt any damage has been done by running the B7ES plugs. Best way to know...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster, bearings, amount of time
bearings, amount of time, good luck: You will probably have to rebuild the motor. Over that amount of time the bearings will rust and seize up. You will also probably have a rust ring in the cylinder from the rings sitting in one place. the carb will be gummed up as well Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Sticky Clutch Plates on 1981 FX Shovelhead, barnett clutch, chain oilers
barnett clutch, chain oilers, harley manual: Skuff the clutch disks with some emery cloth. reinstall them after putting a little anti-seize on the pins. When you install the outer plate go with the measurement you have been using and then back off the nuts a couple of turns. It sounds like the plates...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki Copy Idle problems, hyosung comet 250, suzuki sv650
hyosung comet 250, suzuki sv650, needle jet: It sounds like there s either an intake airleak or the carbs are still not feeding enough fuel due to blocked jets or channels. When you cleaned the carbs did you remove the idle mixture screw? You may need to adjust idle mixture to get the low throttle response....

Motorcycle Repair: seats, honda models, upholstery shop
honda models, upholstery shop, shadow ace: Hi Dan... Yup.. some seats on some Honda models are interchangable... but not many. I once had a 1980 CM200 come thru here with a GoldWing seat on it!! Yeah... it looked hideous. Unfortunately, I don t know of anywhere that shows a list of which seats fit...

Motorcycle Repair: shift pedal, suzuki intruder 1500, pivot bolt
suzuki intruder 1500, pivot bolt, locktight: Hi Alan... Yeah.. that don t sound right. It shouldn t be backing itself out like that. Unfortunately, I don t know if your bike has stock controls or aftermarket forward controls... but in either case, the pivot bolt should not be working itself free...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead electrical problem, fuel fires, key switch
fuel fires, key switch, electrical problem: When it wont start, do you have power at the coil hot post? If you pull a spark plug and turn the motor over do you get a spark? When it wont start and looking down the throat of the carb, twist the throttle, as you getting gas? Turn the motor for a second...

Motorcycle Repair: slipping, clutch lever, clutch plates
clutch lever, clutch plates, motor oil: Check that the clutch lever has about 1 mm of play. You don t want it too tight as that will keep the clutch from engaging. If there s play in the lever and it still slips make sure you are using the right motor oil recommended for the bike. Finally if all...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark at the plug, honda nx 250, clymer manual
honda nx 250, clymer manual, starter switch: Hi John... wow.. Tuff question. My first avenue would be to disconnect the right side handlebar control switch and check if the run switch is working properly. After 20 years of operation, it is possible the switch needs to be cleaned or replaced. It is also...

Motorcycle Repair: sputterer, yamaha 650, petcock
yamaha 650, petcock, float valve: Is the bike starting via a kickstart or on the battery? What year and model is this? It sounds like either the petcock is not supplying enough fuel or the carbs still have some dirt which is limiting the fuel supply at WOT. A problem I ve sometimes seen...

Motorcycle Repair: starter/wide glide, clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, dyna: First disconnect the battery. To remove the stater you will have to remove the primary cover, motor spocket, chain, and clutch basket. then you remove the jackshaft from behind the clutch basket. Go to the starter and remove the two bolts holding it and slide...

Motorcycle Repair: not starting, honda vtr 250, suzuki gs1100
honda vtr 250, suzuki gs1100, line splitter: Ok Robert. We have here an intermitant electrical problem. They can be difficult to solve. You will need to do any troubleshooting at night, as you can t locate the problem if the problem isn t happening (in the daytime). The first thing I would do is remove...

Motorcycle Repair: starting issue, spark plug wires, spark plug wire
spark plug wires, spark plug wire, starter solenoid: make sure your battery is good and charged and check both ends of the battery cables for good contact. At the starter, check the wire that is from the starter relay. When you hit the starter button, are you getting power to the starter solenoid on the starter?...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problem Raptor 350, continuity tester, clutch lever
continuity tester, clutch lever, grey hairs: Hi Jonas and sorry for the delay in answering. Ok, before you wind up totally gray, I think we can get ya running again. It is hard to diagnose electrical issues thru an email, but thanks to the info you provided, I think we can solve this. Although I have...

Motorcycle Repair: stator plug leaking after i had a new drive belt installed, sealent, stator
sealent, stator, happend: If the stator plug is leaking there is not much you can do about it. It is a pressed fit and the plug is suppose to keep it from leaking. You can remove the plug, clean it and put some sealent on it, but that is no guarantee that is will not leak. The only...

Motorcycle Repair: straight pipes for a harley rocker, drag pipes, straight pipes
drag pipes, straight pipes, straight pipe: Your bike comes from the factory running a little lean. Adding drag pipes will make it run leaner, so you would have to remapp the bike in order to get it back to running right. The other thing is drag pipes make you lose some performance in the low end...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki chain, gsx r 600, 2001 gsxr 1000
gsx r 600, 2001 gsxr 1000, sprockets: The number of links will change if you change the size of the sprockets. I can recommend www.z1enterprises.com as a great place to get your chain and sprockets. Give them a call and they will walk you through the sizing process and will ship you a chain that...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gz125 marauder., air intake system, flow restriction
air intake system, flow restriction, street bikes: Hi Wilson... Man, how come us guys are always trying to make what we got go even faster??? LOL... By de-restrict, I assume you are talking about puching out or altering the exhaust? Ok... the 125 Marauder is a single cylinder 4 stroke cruiser. Yes it is...

Motorcycle Repair: Tachometer connection, honda cm400t, frequency input
honda cm400t, frequency input, engine speed: It depends on what you need as input. If you just need a input from the coil tap into either the yellow or blue wires coming out of the coils. That will give you a frequency input equal to 1/4 the engine speed so you will have to adjust your input so your...

Motorcycle Repair: Temperature Guage, gauge cluster, honda dealership
gauge cluster, honda dealership, honda shadow: hello jerome , im almost sure yur gauge is electrical im not sure what the ohms are but you can call yur local honda dealership and they can tell you for sure ,im sorry i couldnt be exact but i wouldnt want you to harm m the electrical system ,if i...

Motorcycle Repair: Throttle Sticking, vt750dc, hondas
vt750dc, hondas, side impact: Sorry Rich, but my experience is with older pre-82 Hondas but I d start by taking the right hand switch loose and see if it isn t binding up. A side impact can jam the throttle against the handlebars and make it bind up a little. If loosening the screws...

Motorcycle Repair: timing belt renewal, honda st1100, fabric belt
honda st1100, fabric belt, timing belts: George, my experience is limited to pre-82 Hondas but a 2002 with 128K miles is impressive. Someone lived on that bike. Yea, the timing belts should be replaced pretty soon. I think on the old GLs recommended belt replacement every 50,000 miles or something...

Motorcycle Repair: V-Star stalls out at high speeds, volt power supply, yamaha 650 v star
volt power supply, yamaha 650 v star, fuel pump relay: Hi Michelle!! Well, I m impressed that you had the good sense to get this far in diagnosing the problem. You are on the right track. I too would suspect a fuel delivery problem is to blame. Near as I can tell, the petcock is not vacuum operated. The reason...

Motorcycle Repair: VF1100 Loss of power, rich fuel mixture, water coolant
rich fuel mixture, water coolant, smoke oil: Hi Alan... Sorry to hear of the trouble you re having. Okay... I need you to answer a few questions for me and then we ll see what I can do to help ya out... 1) What year is the bike? 2) By lose power , do you mean it has trouble maintaining speed or...

Motorcycle Repair: VT500C loss of power, crankcase pressure, intake hole
crankcase pressure, intake hole, using a voltmeter: OK, if it runs without the air filter that s a good data point. I would start by replacing the air filter. It may be old and plugged up. Sometimes its hard to tell visually. If that doesn t correct the problem then its most likely the carb idle mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: Vt500C - Bogging issue, air ports, bill silver
air ports, bill silver, paul well: Paul, well that is a good clue. The choke cable just pulls the small plungers out to uncover small fuel/air ports that both increase the idle speed and add extra fuel to help with warm-up. I don t have any specs on measurements, but the plungers need to...

Motorcycle Repair: valve clearances Honda cb100n, honda cb100n, valve clearances
honda cb100n, valve clearances, contact breaker: Arachno, I always used 1/4 turn on the adjuster screw. Tighten the screw until it just contacts the top of the valve and then back it off 1/4 turn and hold it while you tighten the lock nut. If you feel uncomfortable with that method use .005 in on both...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring speakers/amp, honda shadow spirit, wiring speakers
honda shadow spirit, wiring speakers, volt line: Sorry Carl, my experience is with older pre-82 Hondas so I can t say specifically where to hook up. Generally though, the power wire color code is black. About any black wire will be fused and shouldn t impact another system. Depending on what load you...

Motorcycle Repair: winter storage, gas stabilizer, winter storage
gas stabilizer, winter storage, petcock: you dont have to put any oil in the heads. It will stay oily enough. Start the bike and let it warm and and change the fluids. If you have a carb, when you run the bike, shut off the petcock and let it run out of gas. that way the carb is dry. You can use...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring problem honda cb 550/4k3 1978, honda cb 550, ground terminal
honda cb 550, ground terminal, eyelet: Green and yellow is the brake light wire. I ve never seen one with an eyelet on it. They is a green wire typically with an eyelet and it connects to the ground terminal on the battery or to the frame as ground. If you connect that to the positive side of...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha YZF600 1997 eletrical problem, good luck jack, starter solenoid
good luck jack, starter solenoid, safety switches: Sergio... First, get the Clymer manual for your bike. The YZF600 has a complicated electrical system. Once you have the manual, start by checking the easy stuff, the clutch switch on the left handlebar, the kickstand switch, etc... based on the fact that...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha carbs 700 maxim x, vacuum petcock, vacuum system
vacuum petcock, vacuum system, float valves: Yes. Alot of people willl simply put a plug over the vacuum like and install a non-vacuum petcock. On the other hand, a vacuum petcock is a nice thing to have as you might find out the first time you set out on the bike and forget to turn the petcock. The...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha PW80 autolube, yamaha pw80, stroke oil
yamaha pw80, stroke oil, autolube: Hi Steve, and you re welcome!! Ok Steve... it is not unusual at all for a dark (black) oily substance to be coming from the exhaust. It happens at where the header attaches to the head and sometimes at the rear of the pipe as well. The Yamaha Autolube injection...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha radian smoky, valve stem oil seals, yamaha radian
valve stem oil seals, yamaha radian, valve stem seals: If the smoke is particularly bad on startup it is probably the valve stem seals. You can do a compression check on a warm engine to determine the condition of the rings. You should do a valve clearance adjustment first. The only solution to bad valve...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha yzf600r idle, accurate diagnosis, yamaha yzf
accurate diagnosis, yamaha yzf, time 2: Hi Bry... Man, I d like to help ya out here, but I need to know more to try to give ya an accurate diagnosis... 1) Has the bike been sitting for an extended period of time? 2) Has it always done this or did it just suddenly start acting up? 3) Is it hard...

Motorcycle Repair: 06 Harley Davidson 883R Front Brakes, harley davidson 883r, replacing brake pads
harley davidson 883r, replacing brake pads, brake squeal: You can have the rotors turned, but you would have to find somebody with a big enough lathe. You probably would be better off buying new ones. If theya re not warped, then you dont need to turn them. If you are having brake squeal, try a different type of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1340 EVO, high octane fuel, ballpark figure
high octane fuel, ballpark figure, semper fi: running hot can be caused by two things. One is running the bike to lean and the other is the timing to far retarted. Pull your plugs and if they are white in color then you are to lean and need to rejett. Also check the timing. As to replacing the seals,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda CT90 Torque Specs, honda ct90, torque chart
honda ct90, torque chart, torque specs: Bob, you have 8mm bolts/nuts on those studs. Keep this link handy... http://www.dansmc.com/torque_chart.htm I would clean the threads on both the studs and the nuts, lightly oil the threads and put about 15 ft lbs on them. If you pay attention,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CT90 charging system, honda ct90, honda trail 90
honda ct90, honda trail 90, bridge rectifiers: Kent, here is a good overview of charging systems.... http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/articles/how-motorcycle-charging-system-works.php The rectifiers are basically one way valves for electrical flow. You can use Radio Shack bridge...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cb 350, grit stone, chrome rings
grit stone, chrome rings, perfect shape: Terry, you installed the rings correctly. The ring gaps sounds okay. First, you need to check compression with the throttle held wide open. If the compression is still low, You can check real quick if the problem is rings or valves. Pull the plugs and squirt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 SL350 float level, rich fuel mixture, pilot jet
rich fuel mixture, pilot jet, fuel level: You are exactly right Kevin, if we knew what that targeted level was supposed to be. Both of those conditions will tend to raise the float level. The dented float changes the volume of fuel it displaces and raises the level. The plastic floats will also change...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cl350, scrambler 350, honda cl350
scrambler 350, honda cl350, cmsnl: Eric, the fork lock and seat lock numbers are somewhat hidden, unlike they were on the earlier 305s. You have to remove the lock assembly to see the numbers in most cases. If you can get underneath the seat on the hinge side, you can work out the hinge...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL200- Running One cylinder, CL200, carb
CL200, carb, SCB: OK, what makes the exhaust get hot is burned fuel/air mixture passing through it, so it makes sense that the pile on the side that is running would get hot fast and the other side would stay cold. Other than the carbs, the only thing that could cause this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cb200 front brake, honda cb200, thrust plate
honda cb200, thrust plate, hydraulic disc: Kevin, many of those components were common but I can t say for sure if they are interchangeable. You will probably have to find one and check it out. If it has a hydraulic disc already, you only have to find a caliper that will bolt up to your mount. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 CB550K Carb malfunction, rich thanks, carbs
rich thanks, carbs, screwdriver: The hardest part of the job is getting them off. Try tapping the float bowls with the plastic handle of a screwdriver and see if they don t stop leaking. Sometimes it just needs a little help loosening things up. If you have to rebuild them, it s a pretty...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb360, motorcycle repair, cam lobe
motorcycle repair, cam lobe, valve train: Will, that s an easy one. When the valve followers are loose the valves are closed. You need to follow the procedure for setting the valves or you could set the valves on the wrong portion of the cam lobe which can result in a bad setting and noisy valve train....

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda 550f, honda, shipping
honda, shipping: Nathan, if you can find a good engine it s a lot less work to swap an engine rather than rebuilding it. You save all of the labor and cost associated with the rebuild. I can t direct you where to find a good one since, you won t want to pay for shipping....

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 FLH ROAD KING CULTCH, clutch plate, clutch cable
clutch plate, clutch cable, cultch: I m going to have to ask you some questions about your bike. The original throw out bearing on a 1977 FLH was a large top hat style, do you know if yours has been updated to the new one its about the size of a quarter.If its the new one it could be that the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb750, little snag, carb settings
little snag, carb settings, burning a hole: Sorry Mitch, I know it a little late, but I wouldn t recommend you take them out. If you do, you ll have to rejet the carbs because the engine will run too lean if you don t. It won t make the bike any faster because the intake and exhaust system are balanced...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CX500d, cx500, forum
cx500, forum, SCB: This is a common symptom for these bikes so I looked it up on the Honda Transverse Twins of America (HTTA) forum. Have a look at these threads: http://choppercharles.com/cs/forums/37916/ShowPost.aspx http://choppercharles.com/cs/forums/51648/ShowPost.aspx...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Yamaha Special 850, question index, transmission issues
question index, transmission issues, mrhonda: You are asking MrHonda about Yamaha Triple Transmission issues??? All I could find was this: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070825221147AArYVe7 He covers the causes pretty well. The fix isn t pretty or cheap, however, especially if the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CM400E Oil Leak, peterborough cycle salvage, bolt holes
peterborough cycle salvage, bolt holes, center bolt: Sorry. I was pretty tired last night and I was sure I read Honda Canada . I don t know if I can help you. I have never worked on one of these bikes and I don t have any pics of what the head should look like. Please feel free to ask someone else...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 goldwing, bill silver, firing on all cylinders
bill silver, firing on all cylinders, rings etc: Tom, probably broke a timing belt on that side. Pull the front timing belt covers and check that first. If everything is spinning over then check compression. If the bike hasn t run in a long time, the carbs are plugged up and some of the rattle is from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Ascot VT500FT blinkers don't work, Ascot, VT500
Ascot, VT500, VT500FT: Firstly, do you know that the front signals are also running lights? You might be surprised at how many people don t. They have the same dual filament type 1157 bulbs that are used in the tail/brake light. The lower power filaments are on normally and the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM 250 custom, CM250, fuel
CM250, fuel, carb cleaning: If I am reading you right, it sat for many years, you had it running (but not well) and then let it sit for 3 months and now it won t start. It could be as simple as stale fuel. I assume that you put fresh fuel in 3 months ago because after 17 years any...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda c70 wiring problems, c70, atc70
c70, atc70, ignition: There s more to it than just hooking up the points to some wires from the engine. Points ignition works basically by opening and closing a switch in series with the coil. When the switch is closed a magnetic field forms around the primary winding of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow 500, vacuum petcock, vacuum source
vacuum petcock, vacuum source, vacuum lines: Jeremy, not a lot of info to work with here... WHAT vacuum lines were disconnected? How many miles on the engine? How long have you owned it? How long has this been a problem? Are both cylinders firing all the time? http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vt500c-1985/o/m17170...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow vt700 won't start, shadow, tipover
shadow, tipover, forum: I think your bike might have a tipover switch that cuts off the fuel pump if the bike isn t upright. Maybe yours is suck in the off position. I have no personal experience with Shadows, but the guys at the Honda Shadow Resource Centre seem to be pretty...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 FXST VOES, acceleration problems, crane hi
acceleration problems, crane hi, fire ignition: Since your bike has had the sputter since the rebuild I would suspect that it is not the VOS. I see you changed carbs and that didnt help. If it were me I would do a compression and bleed down test to see if you have a valve that is leaking through. Also,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 fzr600, infinite resistance, zero resistance
infinite resistance, zero resistance, safety relay: Hi Bryan... Ok... let s try to narrow down the field of possible problems. First thing: by no spark, do you mean that all four plugs are not being fired? If 2 plugs spark, but not all 4, then the coil that feeds the two non-sparking plugs is prolly...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 heritage softail, inch gap, cold motor
inch gap, cold motor, heritage softail: Its not the pickup, since you have a spark. The pickup is nothing more than a on off switch for the spark. When you pulled your plugs, what color were they? I am going to assumn that you did the compression test with a cold motor. If you did then it would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 FXDL, stock cv carb, harley service
stock cv carb, harley service, ring gasket: the next time it happens, pull the bowl off the carb and check the intermediate jet. the bowl has a o-ring and you dont really need a rebuild kit, unless you tear the 0-ring. If you do you can just buy a o-ring gasket Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 honda vfr750c2 starter clutch, starter clutch, clutch slippage
starter clutch, clutch slippage, synthetic oils: Bill, it could just be a coincidence that the oil change and clutch slipping happened at the same time. However, I ve had problem with using synthetic oils in my motorcycles. I ve had clutch slippage issues after using synthetics. I went back to regular...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 HD 1200c Sportster, umbrella valves, 1200c sportster
umbrella valves, 1200c sportster, vent hose: Your umbrella valves, located in the rocker boxes, are probably bad and need replaced. They are suppose to vent air, but over time they get hard and brittle and let oil through. You would have to pull the rocket boxes, on top of the heads, and replace the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 SPORTY 883, time out, good luck
time out, good luck, last time: Lucas is a good oil, so if you want to run syn. you picked well. Try running the 91 octane and see if the knock goes away. Usually though, you get a gas knock when you are reving the bike. If you still get the knock, let me know Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Sportster rear brake, dot5, master cylinder
dot5, master cylinder, passages: With the light being on and the pads dragging it sounds like the brake was stuck on. Adding fluid and bleeding is not going to fix this. You may have a plugged fluid pressure return hole in the master cylinder. I suggest removing the master cylinder and rebuilding...

Motorcycle Repair: 68 harly, timing hole, hole plug
timing hole, hole plug, timing light: You need a timimg light and a clear timing hole plug. Pull the timing plug out of the left side of the case and install the clear plug. Connect the timing light to the front plug and run the motor. You are looking for the timing mark on the flywheel. It will...

Motorcycle Repair: 69 CT90 12v Conversion, 12v battery, voltage output
12v battery, voltage output, straight answer: Matt, as far as I know it can t be done with standard available parts. You ll have to rewind the stator winding to double the number of windings to increase the voltage output. You ll have to get a 12 volt recitfier/regulator, a 12v battery, coil, along with...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 Sportster Iron Head Rebuild Project, xlh sportster, transmission area
xlh sportster, transmission area, iron heads: Your cases were probably damaged from the trans locking up, not a motor problem. Many iron heads from that period were hopped up and stroked for more power, without problems. I have build many of them and were reliable. How much power are you looking for for...

Motorcycle Repair: '74 Honda CB550 tight clutch lever, honda cb550, clutch lever
honda cb550, clutch lever, clutch springs: Phil, you may just need to re-route the cable. If there are any tight bends in the cable it can bind it up. The cable should route to the right side of the fork stem and then down the frame to the clutch cover. It s also possible the cable is rusty inside....

Motorcycle Repair: 78 CB550K Timing Problem, point gap, advance mechanism
point gap, advance mechanism, retarded timing: Terry, with 15k miles and your careful cleaning of everything, the spark advancer should not be an issue. You can check them for any slop/play and sometimes tweak the ends of the springs just a bit to tighten them up, so you get a full range of spark advance,...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 Honda Hobbit, reed valves, reed valve
reed valves, reed valve, float bowl: Lee, have you checked compression? Assuming that s okay, you may have an exhaust that s plugged up. If applying choke doesn t improve the performance it s probably not a carb problem. It could also be spark timing so you may want to make sure that s okay....

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda V45 Magna gears out, honda v45 magna, gear failure
honda v45 magna, gear failure, shift mechanism: Dan, a 3rd and 4th gear failure is pretty unusual. It s a lot more common for the lower gears to go out since they have more torque going through them. If the transmission shifts normally but jumps out of gear when in 3rd or 4th, you re looking at a...

Motorcycle Repair: '82 VF750 Magna, vf750 magna, 2 quarts
vf750 magna, 2 quarts, fluid capacities: Sorry Bruce for taking so long to get back to you. I had to did out my manual for this one. I haven t committed those numbers to memory. The fork oil capacity is 375 cc in the right fork and 390 in the left. The engine oil capacity is 3.2 quarts. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 fxwg, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, nature of the beast: Check your throw out bearing to make sure its ok. Also, check the plates to make sure they are not sticking on the rods they slide on. readjust the clutch. make sure you put some slack in the cable before adjusting the clutch itself, then adjust the cable....

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda magna v45, honda magna, ground connections
honda magna, ground connections, magnas: I realy have no experience with Magnas, but I will make a few general suggestions. Check the ground connections. An intermittent or poor ground connection can cause all kinds of electrical problems. Is your engine rubber mounted? If it is make sure that...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 z50r, z50r, blue spark
z50r, blue spark, beroe: Jason,the carb is probably letting too much fuel in the cylinder so the mixture is too rich to burn. The leaking drain indicates the needle and seat are shutting off the fuel properly. It could be dirt or rust coming from the tank, a worn out needle and...

Motorcycle Repair: '94 Kawasaki ZX600 idle problem, kawasaki zx600, kawasaki motorcycle
kawasaki zx600, kawasaki motorcycle, ninja 600r: Emerson, you aren t going to get a lot of real detailed answers about Kawasakis from me... MrHONDA. First of all, bikes need to be warmed up. I think you have carburetors on your bike, so there is a choke system that must be used until the engine gets up...

Motorcycle Repair: ACETONE ON CHROME, acetone, safe side
acetone, safe side, good luck: I dont think it will hurt it if you are using it to clean chrome. I use carb cleaner to clean chrome and it has some asetone in it and it doesnt hurt the chrome. Just to be on the safe side, try it in a small spot where you really cant see the chrome. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: ACETONE ON CHROME AND BAFFELS, manifold vacuum, bill silver
manifold vacuum, bill silver, shadow 600: Doug, Acetone on chrome plated metal appears to be safe. It will take chrome off of plated plastic parts, though. If you are dead set on drilling out the baffles on your bike, you may have to go to Home Depot or somewhere to get LONG bits that they should...

Motorcycle Repair: air screw setting, yamaha bw200, air screw
yamaha bw200, air screw, google: The information you need should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one and learn to use & rely on it. Like it or not your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact...

Motorcycle Repair: BAFFLE PLATE DRILLING, exaust, horsepower
exaust, horsepower, pipes: Depends on how large of a hole your going to drill. If the pipes start to blue than gotta rejet. I wouldn t think a simple drill job could lean you out so much that it would burn valve and decrease horsepower or make the engine run hotter. But keep those things...

Motorcycle Repair: battery change on tour glide, battery change, connecting link
battery change, connecting link, dead battery: The only problem you will have is if you left the on/off switch on with the ignition. If you did you will need to check yoru coil. You might have fried it. The battery is either under the seat, or on the right side of the bike, behind the side cover. The plyg...

Motorcycle Repair: battery tender, battery tender, negative terminal
battery tender, negative terminal, pigtail: It doesnt come with one. You would need to install it. Just connect the wires to the battery and have the pigtail sticking out somewhere you can get to it to plug it in. You have to remove the seat to get to the battery Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Getting bike out of long term storage, suzuki gs550e, long term storage
suzuki gs550e, long term storage, good luck jack: Hi Bruce... I guess it all depends on how it was stored. Was the fuel drained out of the tank and carbs? If the fuel was drained out properly, then you start by putting fresh gas in the tank. Check the existing oil level, make sure there is oil in the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light fuse, light fuse, flstc
light fuse, flstc, fuses: You dont have fuses on your bike, you have breakers. If only your brake light is not working then check the bulb connection for power. Your one breaker powers all the lights. If no power, then check at the connection under the seat for power. Keep following...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb jetting???, crane hi, ft elevation
crane hi, ft elevation, fuel mixture: you have a problem with the carb. If you have to air/fuel mixture screw in all the way the bike should not start or run at idle. If you are getting black smoke, then you are getting to much fuel. Your best bet is to contact S&S and talk to them about the...

Motorcycle Repair: CB160 idling issues, needle nose pliers, clymer manual
needle nose pliers, clymer manual, clutch lever: I m betting the timing advance unit springs are worn out allowing the timing to advanced when it should be retarded. I normally just take a pair of needle nose pliers and pinch the loops on the springs closed a little to increase the tension on the springs....

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 Oil Leak, crank case, shaft seal
crank case, shaft seal, rod seal: Bobby, there are three seals on that side of the engine in that area....the clutch rod seal, the countershaft seal and the shifter shaft seal. Any or all of them could be leaking. If you can t tell which seal is leaking, I d recommend you replace all of them....

Motorcycle Repair: CB500/550 Four - ignition timing, genuine honda parts, point gap
genuine honda parts, point gap, charge time: John, I ve never had to make any modifications to either the point plate or points to get the timing right. It s possible aftermaket points don t hold the same tolerances genuine honda parts have so accomdations may be required. The point gap should be set...

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C 1981, starting problem, CB900c, honda custom
CB900c, honda custom, starter motor: You didn t say whether the starter turned the engine over at a normal speed or very slowly. If it is very slow you might need to service the starter motor - after 27 years the grease is probably hard & contaminated. I m not sure of the details of cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C Cam Swap, honda 4, cb900
honda 4, cb900, cb1100: I do not know if the cam from an 1100 will fit a 900, let alone improve the performance, but I know who would know: The folks at the Honda DOHC Customs forum http://www.cb750c.com/index.php There is no cost to join the forum and if anything can be done...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing the rake on a 1973 Honda CB350G, triple clamps, stock tires
triple clamps, stock tires, stock wheels: Douglas, the stock caster angle on the 350s is 63 degrees. I don t know where you are taking your ride height measurements from. I am assuming that you are measuring the ground clearance figures, which would run about 6 on a CB chassis. You can...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch slip 1970 Honda cb 350, honda cb 350, wet clutch
honda cb 350, wet clutch, clutch plates: There s a dipstick has a high and low mark and anywhere in between there is good. If the clutch is worn out, you just need to replace the friction disks. Provided the metal plates aren t all blue and warped. If they are warped you will need to replace both...

Motorcycle Repair: Opinion Bearing Migration, color dots, main bearing
color dots, main bearing, retaining clip: What you have to do is measure the inner race and the bearing, then hone the outer race to size it. the bearing come in different sizes and have color dots on them for the sizes. Youw ould have to get a service manual to determine what bearing you need and...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor, cr250r dirt bike, air fuel ratio
cr250r dirt bike, air fuel ratio, honda cr250r: Keith, there are three things needed to get an engine to run right...spark at the right timing, fuel in the right ratio, and good compression. You ve checked the spark and assuming it has the right timing, you re probably lookings at a problem with the air...

Motorcycle Repair: changing a clutch handle on a 1200 sportster, sportster, clutch
sportster, clutch, good luck: Go to the adjuster on the cable and loosen it so you have slack in the cable. Remove the pin holding the lever in and remove the lever and you will see how the cable is attached to it. Put it badck together in reverse and adjust the cable so you have about...

Motorcycle Repair: changing turn signals, turn signals, running light
turn signals, running light, purple brown: If you are refering to the front turn signals the black is ground, blue is running light and the purple is turn signal. the rear turn signals have only two wires. Purple/brown is hot and black is ground. Your tail light should have 3 wires, black is ground,...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problem, honda sl125, ac generator
honda sl125, ac generator, charging system: The first thing to do is get a shop manual for the SL125. Make sure that you have made all of the charging system connections exactly the way the SL125 schematic shows (not necessarily the way the ATV s system was originallywired). If you have wired it...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, honda sl125, pink wire
honda sl125, pink wire, bill silver: Stephen, The charging systems are all pretty sound on these bikes, other than the rectifiers. If all of your wiring connections are correct, as shown in the wiring diagrams, probably the rectifier is bad or not grounded correctly. You have to run both the...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, honda sl125, ac generator
honda sl125, ac generator, charging system: Stephen, you re going to need to re-wire the whole charging system. You can check the output by checking the AC outout of the alternator. If there s voltage there, you have to make sure you have the regulator and rectifier wired correctly. It would take...

Motorcycle Repair: chattering noise, head gasket, cylender
head gasket, cylender, pistions: The noise you are hearing might be coming from the head gasket. When they blow, they do make some noise with compression. I would go ahead and replace it and then see if you still hear the noise. If you have alot of miles on the motor you might want to check...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: During your adjustments did you do anything to the cable adjuster. Its in the cable should be located on the left front frame down tube just below the triple tree lower clamp. You should adjust this so the clutch lever has about 1/8 of play and then adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch repair, clutch pack, clutch repair
clutch pack, clutch repair, friction plates: My guess is that the clutch pack-- fibers and steel plates-- are all stuck together in one big hunk from sitting. This will need to be removed from clutch shell and either replaced with new or pried apart and the fibers cleaned up and the steels sand blasted...

Motorcycle Repair: ct-90k1 12v Conversion, baja designs, bill silver
baja designs, bill silver, time matt: Matt, your rotor and stator and rectifier are all wired for 6v system. I think that the late CT110s might have gone to 12 systems. If so, then you would have to chase down those parts to make the conversion. .......Took a moment and went on the CMSNL.com...

Motorcycle Repair: dented gas tank vt1100c honda shadow 95', cold rolled steel, new tank
cold rolled steel, new tank, honda shadow: Tony, I m afraid I can t help you. I ve made some tools using 1/2 cold rolled steel rod with a rubber tip that I bent up to reach a dent and it works pretty well. It depends on where the tank is dented. That small filler neck doesn t offer much room to...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical problems nighthawk 1991 750cc, electrical response, bike stand
electrical response, bike stand, key switch: I do not work on Hondas so I don t know the color code for the wiring harness at the key switch. I was wondering if the key switch went bad. I d try to jumper the switch to see if I could get some sort of electrical response.[lights to come on.]But I don t...

Motorcycle Repair: EVO vent to oil tank, oil tank, carbon buildup
oil tank, carbon buildup, resident experts: If you vented everything to the oil tank the oil tank would be pressurized and the dipstick would blow out. Its not really a common issue, it is just somthing that happens as the motor gets older. Here is a fix for your problem. Remove the check ball and...

Motorcycle Repair: electric start problem, switch buttons, battery connection
switch buttons, battery connection, terminal connections: You need to determine where you short is, so you will need a test light. First, check you connections of your battery on both ends. Your ground might not be making good connection. If that is not it, then go to start the bike so the power goes off. Go to the...

Motorcycle Repair: electric startor1972cl450, starter clutch, metric bolts
starter clutch, metric bolts, vintage bike: The only special tool you will need is a flywheel puller. The rear axle happens to be the right side tread to do the job but you have to do some extra work to get the axle out. I d recommend you take the nut off the axle and take it to a place that sells...

Motorcycle Repair: engine sound like valves, pressure gage, oil light
pressure gage, oil light, oil pump: Your ticking is probably the lifters not getting enough oil. What you need to do is connect a pressure gage to the oil pump and see what pressure you are running. If your pressure is low, then you need to remove the oil pump and do an inspection. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Float bowl leak, fuel flow, fuel lines
fuel flow, fuel lines, carbs: The needles and seats are not sealing and shutting the fuel flow off. This can be caused by dirty carbs or by dirt coming into the fuel lines such as rust from the tank. You ll have to pull the float bowls off and see what s keeping them from sealing properly....

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel Pump Problem, fuel pump relay, blown fuse
fuel pump relay, blown fuse, fuel pumps: Ryan, before making any changes you need to charge the battery and make sure it s good. Take a volt meter and measure the battery voltage before testing the voltage at the fuel pump wire. That wire should have the same voltage as the battery or about 1 volt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CX500d, sliders, graphite
Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CX500d, sliders, graphite, cxs

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Ascot VT500FT blinkers don't work, ascotts, vt 500
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Ascot VT500FT blinkers don't work, ascotts, vt 500, ascott

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda c70 wiring problems, stroke engines, crankshaft
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda c70 wiring problems, stroke engines, crankshaft, flywheel

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow vt700 won't start
Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow vt700 won't start

Motorcycle Repair: '74 Honda CB550 tight clutch lever
Motorcycle Repair: '74 Honda CB550 tight clutch lever

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda V45 Magna gears out, witch, honda
Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda V45 Magna gears out, witch, honda

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda magna v45, magna v45, ebay
Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda magna v45, magna v45, ebay, generatores

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C 1981, starting problem, shine light
Motorcycle Repair: CB900C 1981, starting problem, shine light

Motorcycle Repair: gl1100 fuel problem, combustion chamber, gl1100
Motorcycle Repair: gl1100 fuel problem, combustion chamber, gl1100, ebay

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Trail 90, battery engine, battery voltage
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Trail 90, battery engine, battery voltage, plug wires

Motorcycle Repair: Need help if one connected wrong terminals to jump start a battery, fusible link, amperage
Motorcycle Repair: Need help if one connected wrong terminals to jump start a battery, fusible link, amperage, car battery

Motorcycle Repair: oil line routing, xlch, oil cooler
Motorcycle Repair: oil line routing, xlch, oil cooler

Motorcycle Repair: Refilling carburetor after cleaning on Honda VT500C, vacuum line, petcock
Motorcycle Repair: Refilling carburetor after cleaning on Honda VT500C, vacuum line, petcock

Motorcycle Repair: sparking units, cb900, airflow
Motorcycle Repair: sparking units, cb900, airflow, cb750

Motorcycle Repair: my fathers motorcycle, honda cb450, motorcycle repair
honda cb450, motorcycle repair, gas tank: First thing you need to get is a service manual for your bike so you know the specs and how to work on it. A bike sitting that long is not good. the seals are probably worn out as well as the bearings dried out or rusted. the motor will probably have to be...

Motorcycle Repair: flathead 50's servi-car, oil pumps, breather valve
oil pumps, breather valve, car question: We might be talking about two different oil pumps, since they made several diffrent ones for the 50 s. If you would, go to the web page of antique cycle supply inc. You can look at their catalog and it has pics.Find the oil pump that you have and let me...

Motorcycle Repair: front fork reassembly, honda cl 350, rubber biscuit
honda cl 350, rubber biscuit, light brackets: Ron, that s the way those bikes were designed. There was a firm rubber biscuit between the head light bracket and the steering stem. The fork tube slides up inside the headlight bracket inside that rubber biscuit and the spring seated on that lower ring...

Motorcycle Repair: fouling out plugs, straight pipes, harley dealer
straight pipes, harley dealer, evo motor: Since you changed your coil Iwould recommend changing the plug wires. They could be going bad, which would cause the problem. If you still are having problems after doing that, then I would check the carb. You might have it jetted incorrectly or the inrichner...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR 600 CLUTCH PROBLEMS?, harley davidson sportster, sportster models
harley davidson sportster, sportster models, clutch lever: Clayton I don t know much about the foreign bikes but I was reading your question and it reminded me of a problem I ve had with 86-90 Harley Davidson sportster models. The alternator on these sportster models is located on the back side of the clutch shell....

Motorcycle Repair: gl1100 fuel problem, fuel air mixture, screw adjustment
fuel air mixture, screw adjustment, combustion chamber: If you had flames in the air cleaner then you did indeed have backfire as well as an afterfire. That s not very commmon. I have never personaly encountered something like this. My best advice (other than checking the stuff I mentioned before) would be...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing carbs, mechanical abilities, intake manifolds
mechanical abilities, intake manifolds, fuel lines: THey are pretty simple compared to a car. The number of moving parts are less and the number of adjustments are fewer. I d recommend you only take off the float bowls when you re cleaning. That s normally the only area that needs to be cleaned. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Headlight low beam, wireing harness, low beam
wireing harness, low beam, harley davidson: Your short would be between the switch and the light itself. Check the plugin for the headlight to make sure its good. Also, check the plug for the low beam to make sure the you have 12 volts there. the bulb might be bad Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1986 TRX 350 Fuel pump problem, honda street, honda shop
honda street, honda shop, vintage honda: Dave, I am really more of a vintage Honda street bike guy and not ATV/ATC and Goldwing/off-road expert... even though your TRX is 23 years old.... A relay is a relay, however and unless there are some resistors inside, battery voltage should be going in...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 750 K7, honda cb 750 k7, honda cb 750
honda cb 750 k7, honda cb 750, aluminum: I m assuming you re saying someone painted the engine. You can use a paint stripper to remove it. You can bead blast the engine but you ll probably want to remove it and plug all of the openings so you don t get grit in the engine. or you can paint it aluminum....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL200, air fuel ratio, right cylinder
air fuel ratio, right cylinder, release changes: Michael, the air in the carb has me a little puzzled. THere are three things needed to get an engine to run, spark at the tight time, compression and fuel at the right air fuel ratio. You may have spark but is the timing correct on that cylinder? THe compression...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL200 Carb issue, fuel starvation, starvation problem
fuel starvation, starvation problem, air screw: Michael,your engine is only running on one cylinder. It could be spark or fuel. Does your engine have one or two points. If you have one point, it could be a fouled plug. You can pull the plug cab off the plug and if the cylinder starts to fire when you...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL200- idle/throttle cable prob, needle nose pliers, timing advance
needle nose pliers, timing advance, throttle cable: Michael, the first make sure the slides are moving freely when the engine isn t running by lifting and letting the springs inside the carbs close the slides. You should hear a crisp crack as they close and bottom out in the carb body. They should also click...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL200 RPM response, needle nose pliers, rich thanks
needle nose pliers, rich thanks, timing advance: If the engine speed tends to hang up, it s usually the timing advance unit. The springs get tired and allow the engine to stay advanced loner that it should. I usually take needle nose pliers and pinch the loops on the end of the springs closed to slightly...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ca160, volt system, benly
volt system, benly, cb160: Mac, the CA160 is a carryover from the CA95 Benly and CB92 Benly Super Sports designs. So it is with the engine electrics.... even though the CB/CL160s have the big 12v battery system, there was too much re-engineering to do for the Touring 160, so it remained...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ct200 valve guide, valve stem seals, honda ct200
valve stem seals, honda ct200, bill silver: Yvan, that is not a bad idea, if you can machine the top of the valve guide to suit a valve stem seal. If you really wanted to go wild with machine shop services, you could try to install a whole valve guide from a CT90, but you are working with steel on...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna '84 electrical, magna, VF750C
magna, VF750C, V65: You did not provide the complete model number. I will answer your question based on the VF750C (V65) Magna, which I was able to find a schematic for online. If you have a VF500C (V30) Magna you will have to check the schematic in your shop manual to see if...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Trail 90, honda trail 90, motorcycle mechanic
honda trail 90, motorcycle mechanic, air screw: Cody, it sounds like the carb is running too rich. An engine like a rich mixture to start cold but as it warms up, it needs a leaner mixture. You can verify this theory by shutting off the fuel petcock. As the float level drops, the bike will start to run...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL185 Oil leak, valve stem seals, honda xl185
valve stem seals, honda xl185, gasket set: Beth, the only thing I can think of is that the rings are not fitted correctly. The rings could have been installed upside down, or have to much clearance to the wall or too much ring end gap. It s also possible the finish on the cylinder wall could be too...

Motorcycle Repair: head mods, stock type, drag specialties
stock type, drag specialties, pistons: As long as the pistons are designed for conversion from 883 to 1200 you dont have to do anything to the heads. If they are stock type 1200 pistons you will have to make a cut on the heads or you will have to much compression Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct110 backfiring, honda ct110, fuel adjustment
honda ct110, fuel adjustment, carby: Mike, the air fuel adjustment is off and the carb is set too lean. YOu need to richen up the mixture a little. You need turn the screw in slowly until the engine speed starts t drop and then turn it out until the speed starts to drop. Then set the screw...

Motorcycle Repair: honda z50, american honda motor, honda motor co
american honda motor, honda motor co, american honda motor co: Hi Chris.... Boy do I love a good mystery!!! Ok.. here s what I found out: I used the Honda Motorcycle Identification Guide (1959 - 2000) published by American Honda Motor Co. (ISBN 0-9642491-1-1). It would seem that your Z50 is a 1972 Z50AK3 Mini Trail...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition timing, piston pin, dowel pin
piston pin, dowel pin, compression stroke: Adam, Setting cam timing is pretty much the same for all engines. Set the piston at TDC, then rotate the camshaft so the lobes are both DOWN equally... inverted V = / That might put the dowel pin locater at the 12 o clock position. Guessing here, as...

Motorcycle Repair: Locked Front Brake/Wheel, yamaha bikes, brake calibers
yamaha bikes, brake calibers, harleys: Most brake calibers have whats called a puck inside. It is moved by the pressure when you apply the brakes. Over time, when sitting for a while, they will stick. What you would have to do is remove the caliber and the puck, clean it, remove the old fluid and...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking front shock??, model bike, fork seal
model bike, fork seal, seal replacement: Rich, the fork seal replacement is not too difficult. But there s are some thinks you have to know. The manual will help but if you get stuck, let me know and I can talk you through it. As far as the cost of repair, it seems high to me since it only takes...

Motorcycle Repair: Main fuse? '86 Goldwing, starter solenoid, jumper cables
starter solenoid, jumper cables, goldwings: Hi Bill... Hm.... you didn t mention which model Goldwing you have or if the ignition key was turned on while the battery was reversed. But most often on Goldwings, you can locate the main fuse (30amp) by first finding the positive battery cable. Trace...

Motorcycle Repair: Major clutch problems: 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit, honda shadow spirit, honda sabre
honda shadow spirit, honda sabre, clutch packs: Paul, normally I steer clear of questions on later model Hondas because my experience is with pre-82 Hondas and I don t want to give recommendations on bike I don t know too much about. In your case I ll make a slight exception. First the clutch will last...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle Honda 650 Custom inline 4, honda 650 custom, speed jets
honda 650 custom, speed jets, motorcycle honda: Dennis, I m not sure I m understanding your problem. I think you re saying the bike will only run with the choke on. If that s the case the low speed jets are plugged and will need to be cleaned out. I usually use a very thin copper wire to poke through...

Motorcycle Repair: mid range throttle problem, long periods of time, vacuum lines
long periods of time, vacuum lines, valve clearances: Joe, I went to http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-atv-yfm350fwb-big-bear-4wd-1991/o/m8614 for illustrations. From your description, the idle circuit and choke system seem to be working okay, which is unusual as they are often the first...

Motorcycle Repair: Need help if one connected wrong terminals to jump start a battery, car toyota avalon, toyota avalon
car toyota avalon, toyota avalon, motorcycle battery: I m a harley/triumph man but I ll give your problem a shot. First off I ve always been told to never jump start your motorcycle off from a auto. But if this is the only means available, at least don t have the auto running. Connecting the cables backwards...

Motorcycle Repair: Nothing Major, shadow sabre, dirt bikes
shadow sabre, dirt bikes, motorcycle tire: Well Rick...I m afraid my experience is on older pre-82 Hondas so I can t really say. I d never recommend patching a motorcycle tire, except dirt bikes. You only have two of them and if you happen to be cruising the highway at 70 ro 80 mph and that patch...

Motorcycle Repair: neutral switch installation, oil lines, installation question
oil lines, installation question, oil tank: Your right on the wires. I was thinking of another year. the chrome cover should just slide off. then you use a wrench to remove the switch. Try to push the oil lines out of the way. Its a tight fit, but it can be done Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: O5 FLHTCUI oil consumption, poor gas mileage, ngk iridium
poor gas mileage, ngk iridium, combustion chamber: If you donthave a leak then you are burning oil. There are two places that you can get oil in the combustion chamber. Around the rings and around the valve guides. Since you have seals for the valve guides, i would suspect the rings. the dealers reasoning...

Motorcycle Repair: oil coming out of air intake, half pint, intake question
half pint, intake question, butterfly valves: You have a couple of butterfly valves in the rockers to vent air out of the motor durning the downstroke. One of them might have gotten stock open, which would let oil go out the vent. If it happens again or keeps happening, they would have to be changed out....

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, oil tank, deoderant
oil tank, deoderant, oil leak: your leak could be about anywhere. heres is the best way to find it. Clean the motor very well. After it dries, spray it with deoderant that has baby powder in it, so the powder is all over the motor. Go for a short ride and where there is a leak the powder...

Motorcycle Repair: oil line routing, vent line, tank fitting
vent line, tank fitting, bottom tank: Ken, After seeing the photos you sent it appears to me that someone has put 2 fittings in the holes that are for 2 3/8 by 16 threaded bolts that hold down the bracket that supports the battery box on one side and the oil tank on the other if your bike had...

Motorcycle Repair: Plug wire to boot connector problem, spark plug cap, spark plug wire
spark plug cap, spark plug wire, SCB: I am not familiar with the specific caps on your bike, but if they are similar to the ones that have been on every bike I have had they consist of a hard plastic spark plug cap with rubber boots to seal out moisture where the wire goes in and where the cap...

Motorcycle Repair: Problems when accelerating, honda cb350, five hundred miles
honda cb350, five hundred miles, bike shop: Scott, the oil doesn t have anything to do with your problems, as long as it was not a full synthetic. If the bike is not staying in the selected gears, something is worn or loose in the shift selector system. Go here for some parts illustrations and...

Motorcycle Repair: pistons, honda shop, main bearing
honda shop, main bearing, kroil: Bruce, I hope you have pulled the motor from the frame! You can t do any kind of top end work or work on the bottom end with the motor in the chassis. Beware... Motor weighs about 176 lbs, so get help. Bike engines often seize from sitting for many years,...

Motorcycle Repair: Question about your industry, dirt bikes, lifetime career
dirt bikes, lifetime career, decent money: Rick, A good mechanic can make pretty decent money. It s probably more for a young person as a way to earn money as they figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. It s not something you would want to do as a lifetime career. I really...

Motorcycle Repair: question, butane torches, cinder blocks
butane torches, cinder blocks, degs: Shane, my experience is with older hondas, but if they have cast iron liners, you can tip the cylinders upside down on some cinder blocks and heat them to 350 degs with butane torches. Once the aluminum expands enough, the liners will drop out. You just reverse...

Motorcycle Repair: Rebuliding, auto mechanic, speciality tools
auto mechanic, speciality tools, good books: One of the things you need to get is a service manual for the year you are looking at. What ever year you are looking at to start, read the manual from cover to cover. It has all the specs and how to of taking things apart and putting them back together. the...

Motorcycle Repair: Refilling carburetor after cleaning on Honda VT500C, honda vt500c, fuel pump relay
honda vt500c, fuel pump relay, jumper wire: Yea, that s a pain. The shutoff valve needs both vacuum and the fuel pump running to prime those carbs. You can use a mity-vac to get the tank petcock to work and I usually put a little jumper wire in the fuel pump relay to turn the pump on. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing the clutch lever, clutch lever, sportster nightster
clutch lever, sportster nightster, clutch: Loosen the adjuster on the cable so it has alot of slack in it. remove the pin that holds the lever in and the lever will slide out with the cable. remove the cable and install in reverse. Adjust the cable so you have about 1/8 inch play in the lever Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing Headlight on 1979 CX500, brake caliper, wheel and axle
brake caliper, wheel and axle, fork tube: Hi Chris... To be honest with ya, it s a pretty simple task to reinstall the original headlight. Start by putting the bike on the centerstand, then use a small jack under the front of the motor (make sure it s a solid strong area) and lift the front wheel...

Motorcycle Repair: re-jet, drag pipes, fuel mixture
drag pipes, fuel mixture, v star 1100: First off I only work on harleys and truimphs, but I ll attempt to answer your question. I ll assume the bike ran great after the rejetting from the installation of the cobra drag pipes? Assuming that a speedstar airfilter housing is for higher air flow, this...

Motorcycle Repair: rejetting carbs, kawasaki vulcan 800, aftermarket pipes
kawasaki vulcan 800, aftermarket pipes, jet size: Hi Daran... I m not sure why someone would tell you to check the color inside the pipe, as that is not an accurate way to determine if a re-jet is in order. First, let me state some facts: Installing aftermarket pipes does not ALWAYS require a rejetting....

Motorcycle Repair: removal of the rear fender and gas tank, strut bolts, sportster 883
strut bolts, sportster 883, rear fender: To get the fender off you have to remove the wheel so you can get the strut bolts out. You would also have to remove the struts or when you put the new painted fender on you will probably scratch it. To remove the wheel you would have to jack the bike up,...

Motorcycle Repair: how to remove baffles, heritage springer, performance pipes
heritage springer, performance pipes, eagle street: Look at the back of the pipe. If there is a bolt then remove the bolt and you can pull the baffle out. If there is no bolt then they are welded in and would have to be cut out. Remember, if you remove the baffles you will lean out the bike. You will also...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing forks, head bolt, fork oil
head bolt, fork oil, fatboy: First, you need to jack up the bike so the forks are off the ground. remove the fender and brake caliber and wheel. On the side of the fork there is a small screw to drain the fork oil. remove the top nut. At the bottom of the fork, inside, there is a allen...

Motorcycle Repair: rocker box leak, rear cylinder, gasket
rear cylinder, gasket, gaskets: Usually your leak is between the lower box and the head. Since you have to tear it apart, you need to replace all the gasket anyway. If it were me, while you have it torn apart, I would do both the front and rear. You dont want to do one cylinder and 6 months...

Motorcycle Repair: running bad and getting worse, GL1100, GoldWing
GL1100, GoldWing, forum: It sounds like a carb related problem to me. Or maybe the vacuum line that runs to the timing advance has come off or started to leak. You didn t mention when (if ever) your carbs have been serviced. Your bike is 25 years old. That s a long time for rubber...

Motorcycle Repair: not running right., blue spark, thegsresources
blue spark, thegsresources, proper job: It sounds like ignition to me too. Start by checking for spark by removing the plugs, grounding them and running the starter. If you don t see a fat, blue spark on each plug you will at least know which ones aren t firing. Your shop manual should have...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer/ Police Special, electronic speedo, speedometer
electronic speedo, speedometer, tranny: Your speedo runs off the front wheel and has a speedo drive unit. Disconnect the cable from the speedo and, with the bike jacked up so the front wheel is off the ground, Spin the wheel and see if the cable turns. If it doesnt, then remov ethe cable from the...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster Forks, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, v twin: Pretty much any forks from 82-99 will fit your sportster as long as you change the triple trees. There are many companies that make kits to change to bigger forks. Look at the V-Twin Manufacturing catalog on-line. They have a kit for your bike Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250 Misfire, gn250, carb
gn250, carb, SCB: The simplest thing to check, if your bike has a vacuum operated petcock, is if the vacuum hose has become cracked or isn t sealing tightly enough on the carb & the petcock. After that I would check the ignition s timing advance mechanisim. I think it should...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GSF500, starter clutch, starter solenoid
starter clutch, starter solenoid, motorcycle batteries: Mike... go back to http://www.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-gs500f-2006/o/m9752 and look at the illustration for crankcase and crankcase-cover. Starter motor is underneath the metal cover at the rear of the crankcases. Probably find the starter clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GT380 vacumn isssue, harley davidsons, vacuum leak
harley davidsons, vacuum leak, suzuki gt380: My specialty is on Harley Davidsons but I ll try to help you out. Most CV carburetors have a vacuum boot in the top of the carburetor attached to the slide if this gets even the smallest of holes in it,like getting pinched when you put the cover back on after...

Motorcycle Repair: Swing Arm Bolt Removal, bolt removal, swing arm
bolt removal, swing arm, bushings: Once you have the weight off the swing arem it should just slide out when you remove the nuts. It sounds like it is frozen in the bushings. Let it soak for a day with some oil on it and try it again. it it wont come out then it would have to be pressed out...

Motorcycle Repair: seat removal, 750 honda, seat removal
750 honda, seat removal, tool kit: Tammy, sorry it s taken this long to get back to you. Under the left side of the seat you will see a helmet lock. Take your key and open that lock. Captured in that locking mechinism you will see a small level. If you pull on that lever, you will unlock...

Motorcycle Repair: signal light issues, cb750k, metal strip
cb750k, metal strip, time jeff: Jeff, the flashers require a certain current to generate the required heat to open the flasher mechanism in the flasher. As the bi-metal strip heats up it expands and opens the circuit. If the one side has too much resistance, it won t pass the current and...

Motorcycle Repair: slow electrical drain, lead acid batteries, electrical drain
lead acid batteries, electrical drain, slow drain: Todd, like you said this is outside my experience but if the bike was sitting in my shop, I d start by using a VOM to measure how much current, I m using. It s possible the battery has an internal leak. Lead acid batteries will drain themselves over time....

Motorcycle Repair: sparking units, honda cb750, electrical units
honda cb750, electrical units, time doug: Doug, I ve never seen the potting melt out so I m not sure what to tell you. There shouldn t be a lot of current in those boxes since they only switch the ground on and off to the coils. It could be high resistance in the connections or high voltage output...

Motorcycle Repair: speedo/turn signal cancel, electronic speedo, mini speedo
electronic speedo, mini speedo, speed signal: You are correct on the speed signal output wire from the speedo. As to the mini speedo having the wire, you would have to check with the manufacture ont he one you are looking at. Another thing you can do is install a canceller, made by Badlands, and it will...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer ratio 77cb750f, cb750f, speedometer
cb750f, speedometer, speedo: Greg, I don t know the ratio but it s easy to figure out. Jack the front of the bike up to get front wheel off the ground. Then slowly turn the wheel and count the revolutions of the cable. You may want to turn it ten times and then divide the number of...

Motorcycle Repair: sputter, harley dealer, question thanks
harley dealer, question thanks, oil filter: Nest time you change plugs, get a set of Champions. They are cheaper and do the same thing as the harley plugs. Harley plugs are more expensive because they say harley, not because they are any better. I think its sad that a dealer wont replace a defective...

Motorcycle Repair: no throttle response (continued), air fuel mixture, spark plug wires
air fuel mixture, spark plug wires, fire ignition: The jets you are using should make the bike run with maybe a little miss, but it should still run well enough to ride. the only other thing i can suggest, is to change out the ignition to a know good one and then test ride. Its pretty rare, but I have seen...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, honda ct, cam chain
honda ct, cam chain, cam gear: The crank has to be positioned so the flywheel indicates it s on top dead center T and there s an O on the cam gear. There s a couple of tabs cast into the head under the cam cover. You have to line the O in between those two tabs. If there s not two...

Motorcycle Repair: Upper end rebuilding, softail 1340, rod bearing
softail 1340, rod bearing, milage: When you rebuild the top end you remove the heads and rework the valves, remove the cylinders and install new pistons if needed, and regasket. Whith the amount of milage you have on the bike you really dont need to worry about doing the bottom end. It should...

Motorcycle Repair: Z50 timing? no start, cam lobes, compression stroke
cam lobes, compression stroke, bill silver: Bill, do you have compression on the rebuilt engine? If yes, then you are missing the other ingredients.... spark or fuel/air. If no, then the cam timing is incorrect and/or you bent a valve because it was incorrect. F mark is FIRING mark.. the time...

Motorcycle Repair: 08 Road Glide oil fouled plugs at 5K mi., valve seals, vent hose
valve seals, vent hose, leak down test: It is not common for the valve seals to go bad. They should last a long time. You could have oil leaking past the rings. You would need to do a compression test and a leak down test to dtermine if that is whats happening. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1340 engine, shaft seal, oil cap
shaft seal, oil cap, check valve: Charge the battery up fully and start the bike. the oil coming out is just oil that has weeped past the check valve and it will clear up after the bike runs for a few minutes. The breather gear should be fine. If it still blows the oil cap out let me know...

Motorcycle Repair: 1955 H-D Hummer and 1956 H-D K-KH, type engines, streight
type engines, streight, odenton md: For the hummer they made a 125 and a 165 CC model. Both were single cylinder and 2 stroke. On the K model they didnt make a KKH. they made a K model and a KH model. the K model was a 4 stroke 45 cubic inch and the KH was a 55 cubic inch 4 stroke. What did...

Motorcycle Repair: 1965 CA95 USA model, chain tension, outer diameter
chain tension, outer diameter, open valves: A. .0012 minimum/// break in gently if you set it up this tight, though. .002 would be a little better for it. B. 49mm, with .25, .50,.75 and 1.00mm overbore pistons available. C. Valve stem clearance is .0004-.0012 intake and .0008-.0016 exhaust....

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sporty clutch, clutch cable, sportster
clutch cable, sportster, clutch: What is happening is the clutch is not releasing all the way. Loosen the cable at the adjuster so you have alot of slack in it. Now loosen the clutch adjuster. taske the cable and push it towards the primary, so the lever inside is all the way back. Now adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 ironhead sportster, push rods, ironhead
push rods, ironhead, timing light: Yes, the cam marks have to line up perfectly or your bike wont run correctly. So, make sure you recheck them. To set the timing the motor has to be at top dead center. At that point the points should be just starting to open. After you have the bike running...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 cb 360, stock coils, condenser type
stock coils, condenser type, electronic ignition system: Nik... see http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb360-us_model1007/partslist/F++24.html #3 and #4. Should be able to find them on Ebay. I used a 360 coil on my CB350 and the only difference is the color of the coil. There has to be a primary wire going to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Hondamatic CB400, honda cbx1000, cheap tires
honda cbx1000, cheap tires, hondamatic: First get on the net, possibly ebay, and get a manual. 9/10 times the speedo problem is a broken cable, so check the cable first. Enjoy the bike. Jan In addition, after you rated my answer... First learn to read; note I only want to answer questions...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB450SC Nighthawk, throttle grip, carbs
throttle grip, carbs, screws: Easiest is typically to undo the screws on the throttle grip housing, remove the cable from the top and then undo the cable at the carb end. It may be tricky to unclip, perhaps easier to do this with the carbs off. Anyway put the new cable on at the carbs,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB450SC Nighthawk, throttle assembly, gas tank
throttle assembly, gas tank, throttle cable: Hi Matt, I ve never worked on a Nighthawk 450 before, so I m not 100% sure. I do know that you will have to remove the throttle from the handle bars and it should come apart in two half s. The throttle cable will need to be removed from the throttle assembly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cm250, dune buggy, fluid drag
dune buggy, fluid drag, petroleum oil: Erik, safe oil temperature ranges for regular petroleum oil is 200-240 degrees F. If you put the motor in the back of the buggy, it probably isn t going to get good air flow to cool the motor, which will increase all the temperatures of the oil and engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cm250, honda cm250, dune buggy
honda cm250, dune buggy, clutch basket: Erick, with a non-stock intake and/or exhaust system, you have to find your way to success with the carburetors. I would try raising the needle (lowering the clip, if possible) one notch and put in one size larger main jet. If it still is flat, put in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 nighthawk cb750sc, crouch rocket, front ends
crouch rocket, front ends, nighthawk: Hey Larry, I honestly don t know what front ends would fit your bike. There are two ways to do a front end swap. The first is to use your own triple tree s and mount the forks into your triple tree s. You have to make sure the diameter of the donor bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cbx1100, exhaust pipes, question thanks
exhaust pipes, question thanks, cbx: The carb cleaning on a CBX is an art, the low running circuit is almost impossible to clean without taking the pressed in jets out. If you did not remove those, then the bike will never run right. Adjustment typically does not go bad enough to stop cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 750, rod bearings, honda 750
rod bearings, honda 750, model bike: Hey Steve, Engine ticking could be from a number of things. First and foremost, if the engine is ticking, then it indicates that something is wrong...how severe this is will depend on how long you can ride it before maintenance must be preformed. The ticking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda cb700 sc, honda cb700sc, piston seal
honda cb700sc, piston seal, honda cb: Micheal... The small pushrod seal will just pry out and you can drive in a new one, pretty easily. Parts list here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-84-nighthawk-s-us_model1018/partslist/E++09.html Replace ALL the seals, rebuild the slave cylinder by...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 nighthawk 700s
Terry, with stock OEM intake/exhaust, you really don t want to put a lot of big jetting in it. Just some subtle tweaks will do just fine. Lift the needle with a shim, richen up the idle mixture screws. I don t think bigger mains will probably be beneficial,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 xl250r, xl250r, bill silver
xl250r, bill silver, dual carb: Andrew, where to start is to pull the spark plug when it quits/won t start and see what it looks like and if you are still getting spark or not. If you still get spark, then something is going on with the dual carb setup, which is a nightmare to repair,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda vf700, pilot jet, air mixture
pilot jet, air mixture, honda vf700: Hey Robert, It sounds like you are reporting that the bike will only run when the choke is fully engaged? I would take the carbs off and soak/clean them. Also, if the gas is old then drain the tank and fill it up with fresh gas. Make sure the plugs are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 honda vfr 750, honda vfr750f, honda vfr 750
honda vfr750f, honda vfr 750, starter clutch: Mike, here are the parts involved: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vfr750f-91-us_model7614/partslist/E++06.html Real one for sale here: http://www.amazon.com/1991-Honda-Starter-Clutch-Assembly/dp/B000PFQQOO I believe you can access it behind the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 suzi, air leaks, throttle cable
air leaks, throttle cable, dominick: Hi Dominick, It is normal for the idle to go up high when you start the bike cold and if the choke is on. If the idle is high when you start the bike warm or if when the choke is off, then there is a problem. If this is the case, then I would look for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Harley Roadking -Oil Pan removal, harley roadking, evo motor
harley roadking, evo motor, ww grainger: You can remove the oil pan without removing the trans. Its a tight fit but it will come out. I wouldn t use a helicoil. they dont work real well on bolts that you are going to be removing alot. I use a stainless steel insert. You can get them at WW Grainger....

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Honda VT1100 oil leak, honda vt1100, oil leaks
honda vt1100, oil leaks, radiator hose: Hi Rich, I don t have any experience with the VT1100. However, to find the source of the oil leak, I like to clean the suspected area off really well (or clean the entire engine for that matter) and then wait for the oil to leak again. This should show...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 sportster s, bank angle, throttle controls
bank angle, throttle controls, oil light: You need to get a test light and start checking the wires for shorts and to make sure its wired back correctly. Also, the bank angle senser might have stuck after you got the back wired, so you need to check it as well Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 harley 883, harley 883, exhaust pipes
harley 883, exhaust pipes, axles: I think what you are going to have to do is pull the motor and tear it down. You probably have a bearing that has gone bad from the water. The problem right now is which one. If the motor sat in water for a while its really hard on bearings. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 r1, missing ring, cylinder valve
missing ring, cylinder valve, valve clearance: Hi Ryan, Sorry to answer this so late. Are there any scratches or gouges in the cylinder? Sometimes when there is build up on the pistons, a small piece can crack off and scratch the cylinder walls. Other then that, the rings might be worn or the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 harley night train fuel problem, fuel pressure gage, mechanical wonder
fuel pressure gage, mechanical wonder, gas additive: First thing you need to do is determine if your fuel pump is working and pumping up. You would have to purchace a fuel pressure gage from harley to tell that or you can have it done at a shop. If you have pressure, but no fuel then you need to check the filter....

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 ATV, delivery problem, needing attention
delivery problem, needing attention, fuel treatment: Hey Jeff, Its most likely a fuel delivery problem. If it were me, then I would take a look at the fuel petcock (Fuel on/off switch). It might need to be rebuilt. Also the carbs might need to be cleaned too. What you could do, since it does run for 3 or...

Motorcycle Repair: 75 CL360K1 charging system, zero ohms, forward bias
zero ohms, forward bias, wiringdiagrams: Peter, you seem to have thoughtfully checked the whole system out very well. The rotor could be weakened and it is difficult to quantify the field strength. With the LIGHTS ON headlight function, there is a good load into the system right off the bat. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 75 sporty tranny, old harleys, harley sportster
old harleys, harley sportster, clutch lever: Yoru clutch is sticking is the problem. Has nothing to do with the trans. First, loosen the cable so you have alot of slck in it. remove the rear plug in the primary and loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster screw outward. Now push the cable back towards...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 shovelhead wide glide, harley shop, volt power
harley shop, volt power, lakeside az: The 12 volt power goes to the oil pressure senser, then a wire goes to the light from the senser. The light should have two wires. One if from the senser and the other goes to ground. When the pressure comes up the senser is a switch that shuts off the circuit....

Motorcycle Repair: 78 sx 650, signel, metal connectors
signel, metal connectors, rust: Hey Danny, As with any wiring problems, the best way to fix it is to go over all the wiring and look for the bad grounds. Also, I would take any connectors apart, clean them with electric contact cleaner and reassemble. If there is any rust on the metal...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 cx500 carb trouble, intake airflow, intake runners
intake airflow, intake runners, gl500: Do you have an air filter installed? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but some engines won t run right if there isn t enough restriction to intake airflow. It could also be an air leak. When I got my GL500 it wouldn t idle properly and I discovered...

Motorcycle Repair: 83vt750c, rear fender, resistance values
rear fender, resistance values, check connections: Mark, you could have issues in several areas. I would check all the spark plug leads to the coils and ensure that they all have the same resistance values measured from spark plug boot to the coil tower end. If the plugs are old, replace them and be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 FXRT Bad Clutch Drag Problem, wet clutch, type clutch
wet clutch, type clutch, clutch plates: It sounds like your clutch plates are sticking together. What you need to do is pull the plates and clean them and rough them up with some emery cloth. If they are to worn then replace them. Put the clutch back togeting and adjust the clutch first, then the...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Harley FXR Primary Adjustment & Frt Brake Master Kit P/N?, harley fxr, oem numbers
harley fxr, oem numbers, fork legs: Your rear one should be 42374-82A. To adjust the chain, remove the inspection cover from the center of the primary. Check the chain. It should flex about 1/2 inch. If its to loose loosen the nut in the center and slide the bracket up. Do this while the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 nighthawk s carb bowls, throttle cables, vacuum line
throttle cables, vacuum line, fuel selector: Hi again Steve, That inline filter seems to be the reason why only the #2 & 3 bowls are getting fuel. This is a common issue with in-line filters. Also, if it ran fine without the filter then this would point to the filter as the culprit. Are you using...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 HONDA ACE 1100, honda ace, radiator fan
honda ace, radiator fan, fan switch: Hi David, I don t have any experience with the Honda Ace. So I m not sure if the rad fan switch is something that commonly fails on this bike? I would talk to the dealer and find out if this is a common issue. If not, then I would check your wiring for...

Motorcycle Repair: '95 xl, 1200 evo, sprocket flange, worn bearings
sprocket flange, worn bearings, wheel alignment: If the compensator nut nut, chain was loose or a bearing was worn in the primary you would get a rattle in the primary at idle.When you go to pull away in first gear the chain would slap if to loose. On the sprocket, you are fine. You have to have a little...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 ultra classic no start HOT, battery cables, starter relay
battery cables, starter relay, starter button: I would start by checking the voltage at the battery at idle. The volt meter on the bike could be off. The battery might not be up enough, because of low charging, to start. Next, Check the battery cables on both ends. If they are really old, replace them....

Motorcycle Repair: 98 fatboy lights off engine runs, free thanks, running lights
free thanks, running lights, fatboy: I would start by checking all the lighting connections to make sure they are tight. Then you will have to wait until it happens again, if it does, and check the power from the battery to the ignition switch and to the lights to see where the problem is. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Road King Starting Problem, starter relay, starter button
starter relay, starter button, battery terminal: If you have 2.79 volts at the small wire on the starter then unplug it and see what the voltage is at that wire when you hit the starter button. If its less than the battery voltage then replace the starter relay. If its 12 volts then you will have to pull...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator Ring Lip broken, hi mike, o ring
hi mike, o ring, oil leak: I know that V-Twin Manufacturing used to make a kit for that repair, but they dont have them anymore and I dont know of any other company that makes one. About the only thing you are going to be able to do is tear the motor down and have it welded up. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake Light stays on, honda 750 ace, brake light switch
honda 750 ace, brake light switch, short circuits: Check if it is the front light switch or the rear brake light switch. Easily done by disconnecting one wire from the brake light switch on the front brake lever, or one wire off the rear brake light switch near the foot pedal. Once you find out which one...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, exhaust leaks, speed jets
exhaust leaks, speed jets, lean mixture: Adrian, backfiring can be caused by: Tight valves...check clearances Air leaks at the intake manifold.... spray some carb cleaner or WD40 around the manifold. Lean mixture due to mixture screws out of adjustment or carb idle speed jets plugged. Fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, screw drive, custom harley
screw drive, custom harley, brake pad: First, you need to take a screw drive and open the pads so the new ones will fit. Just pry against the piston so you have space in there. Next, pull the pins that hold the calibers is and they will drop out and slide the new ones on. the spring will stay in...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam sprocket, advance mechanism, spark advance
advance mechanism, spark advance, center sections: Kevin, you do have to address the loose sprocket issue, either with some TIG welding at the corners of the sprocket and center sections or replace the unit completely. There are at least three spline configurations, so you have to match the cams to the sprocket...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam timing, rev tech 100, cam timing
rev tech 100, cam timing, pinion gear: Looking at the cam you will see two marks. One is for the cam timing and the other is to time the breather. Look at the pinion gear that the cam rides on and you will see a mark on it. rotate the motor so the mark on the pinion gear is at 12:00. Line up the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator, pilot jet, air mixture
pilot jet, air mixture, needle jet: Hi Bob, The carbs will need to be taken off the bike and soaked/cleaned. I would drain all the fuel from the tank and clean the fuel petcock (on/off switch) too. I will post here how I clean the carbs on the Nighthawk. The carbs are probably different...

Motorcycle Repair: cb750, oil level, dipstick
oil level, dipstick, white smoke: Hi Dale, The CB750 engines are prone to this symptom. My CB750 will do it sometimes for a minute when I first start it. I notice it does it more when after an oil change with the oil is at the top of the dipstick and it will do it less when the oil is down...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch tensioner, clutch lever, custom harley
clutch lever, custom harley, couple times: To adjust the clutch, first loosen the cable at the cable adjuster so there is some play in it at the clutch lever. With the bike sitting upright, remove the rear derby cover on the primary. Behind it is a spring and a lockplate. remove them both. Now turn...

Motorcycle Repair: Eccessive Oil out of Breather
there are two possible reasons. The cam you installed is a high lift cam and it is causing blowback in the bottom end. You can fix it by installing the crankcase vent made by S&S. Its a reed type vent. the other thing could be your oil pump, return side, is...

Motorcycle Repair: no electrics at all, starter solenoid, fuse box
starter solenoid, fuse box, cb550: OK so you re getting voltage to the solenoid, from there there should be one or two fairly thick red wires going into the wiring loom. Check the plug that connects those wires, and there should be a main fuse in that part of the circuit too. Check that one...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel lines, vent hoses, drain hoses
vent hoses, drain hoses, vent lines: Don, you didn t mention if you had a CB750K or CB750F or CB750A....... Are you talking about the two lines from the carburetors? There are also crankcase vent hoses, crankcase drain hoses, carburetor vent lines and oil tank lines running through these bikes....

Motorcycle Repair: Reserve gas tank, lower tank, main tank
Motorcycle Repair: Reserve gas tank, lower tank, main tank, fuel spill

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start, slop oil, airjets
Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start, slop oil, airjets, vt500

Motorcycle Repair: ZXR250 1989, exhaust stroke, fuel burns
Motorcycle Repair: ZXR250 1989, exhaust stroke, fuel burns, long stroke

Motorcycle Repair: back firing on deceleration, aftermarket pipes, honda 500
aftermarket pipes, honda 500, cylinder compression: Hi Steve, The carbs need to be in perfect sync for the bike to run correctly. If it stalls out or revs too high when the sync is perfect, then you need to use the idle adjust screw to set the idle back to a normal level (usually 900 to 1200 RPM). The...

Motorcycle Repair: Back firing after a short ride. wont start now., k n air filter, back fire
k n air filter, back fire, cb450: It sounds like you have an ignition problem. Your bike may have points so I would first check those (if it has them) to ensure the gap is correct and the opnening/closing time is correct. First thing to do is make sure you are getting a good spark at the...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, magna v65, fork oil
magna v65, fork oil, yves: Hi Yves, I don t have any experience with the 84 Magna V65, so I don t know the exact fork oil specs. However, you want to use a 0w oil. ATF fluid is a totally acceptable fluid for forks too. If you are going to be changing the fork oil, I would recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas spill, gas spill, fracture lines
gas spill, fracture lines, bike mechanic: Your fuel leak could be from either the vent on the gas tank or the carb. If the bike was leaned to far the float on the carb does not shut off the gas and it will come out the overflow tube. As long as its not leaking when the bike is running you sould be...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Tank Problem?, bike cranks, yamaha maxim
bike cranks, yamaha maxim, fuel starvation: Yes I have used Kreem, it can get everywhere inside and block things so you need to follow the instructions carefully. You may have to clear the lines since it sounds like your bike is suffering fuel starvation. Don t get a sealed gas cap, your gas tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Gharging System, zero ohms, stator
zero ohms, stator, alternator: Your bike has a stator, not a alternator. What you do is take a OHMs meter and test the OHMs on the stator from ground to one pin and then do the other. Should be zero OHMs. Now go pin to pin and you should show OHMs. Now, start he bike and with a AC volt...

Motorcycle Repair: Hand Brake not illuminating brake Lights, softail standard, foot brake
softail standard, foot brake, brake lever: Check your control housings where the brake lever is. You will se that its in two sections. They have to be pushed together tightly or the light will not work. When you push them together there is a switch that the button is being pushed in. If that is not...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Sportster Cutom 883, 2006, harley davidson sportster, hot place
harley davidson sportster, hot place, throttle cable: First, it takes a while for your bike to warm up. If the motor is cold it will sputter without the choke out a little. the other problem is it sounds like the idle is not set right. Ride the bike for about 20 minutes, that way its completly warm. Looking at...

Motorcycle Repair: Heat Management, fuel management system, management question
fuel management system, management question, screaming eagle: If your bike is that hot, I would start by making the dealership repair it, not adding anything. its under warrenty and it should be right so you can ride it. and not cost you anything. If you want to replace the mufflers, I would check around and listen...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBX 1000 1982 electric or starter problem, honda cbx 1000, using a multimeter
honda cbx 1000, using a multimeter, kind reply: Hi Marcello, Yes it is quite common for the starter brushes to get too short and waste large amounts of battery power. If the rest of the circuit (solenoid and connections) are known good, then the next logical step is the starter motor itself. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cb900f clutch noises, honda cb900f, clutch basket
honda cb900f, clutch basket, clutch lever: Dana, The clutches are chain driven, as you probably know. There is a tensioner for the primary chain, which can fail/wear over time. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900f-900-super-sport-82-us_model7251/partslist/E++15.html There are rubber dampers in the...

Motorcycle Repair: hard starting 82 v45 magna, honda v45 magna, fuel delivery system
honda v45 magna, fuel delivery system, sabmag: Jeff, with any new purchase of an old bike, you need to do a baseline of the engine to determine what you have to work with. Start with a compression check/valve adjustment so you know if you have issues with the basic engine configuration. The fuel delivery...

Motorcycle Repair: harley Spark Plug Thread Repair, spark plug thread repair, harley shovel head
spark plug thread repair, harley shovel head, ww grainger: I use stainless steel thread repair inserts. You hae to drill out the hole and install the insert. the insert has 3-4 pins that stick out. Once the insert is in then the pins are driven into the threads, so it will never come out. You can find them at WW...

Motorcycle Repair: honda nighthawk 250, honda nighthawk 250, signal relay
honda nighthawk 250, signal relay, left hand side: Hi Tony, I m not sure what the exact problem is. But if it were me, I would check the turn signal relay and the fuses. Then I would go through all the wiring, front to back. Check for bad wires and disconnect any of the connectors, clean them and reconnect....

Motorcycle Repair: oil pressure, pressure gage, senser
pressure gage, senser, oil pressure: Since your idle is jumping all around I would suggest getting a dianostic run on the bike. You may have a senser that is getting ready to go out. It should be stable at idle. Your oil pressure is dropping from the fact that the idle is so low Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Race Tuner, power curve, fuel injection
power curve, fuel injection, good luck: A race tuner is a program that is installed in your bike and what it does is change the settings on the fuel injection. If you add a different exhaust, cam or intake your bike will run somewhat lean. the race tuner will richen the power curve back up so you...

Motorcycle Repair: Re: only 2 bowls getting fuel, float bowl, petcock
float bowl, petcock, inline filter: I didn t take the bolts out of the intake to take my carbs off. You use some compressed air in the main gas line and if there is something blocking the line it might push it out into the float bowl. That might work, but I suspect you are going to have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Reserve gas tank, reserve tank, center of gravity
reserve tank, center of gravity, gas tank: Hey Rob, Sorry, but I don t know enough about the 84 Magna 700 to answer this correctly. To my knowledge, most bikes do not have a separate reserve tank. However, it is possible that your Magna does have one. The only way to know for sure, would be to...

Motorcycle Repair: Running issue., rubber diaphragm, gravity feed
rubber diaphragm, gravity feed, rear cylinder: Hi Chris, What you ve described is classic symptoms of a stuck slide. I would take the carbs apart again and make sure the slide on the right carb. Also make sure the rubber diaphragm at the top of the slide is sealing well and has not rips or tears in...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake pads, rear brake pads, brake pads
rear brake pads, brake pads, caliber: remove the caliber. Pry the pads open so you have room to install the caliber back in with the new pads. remove the pins that hold the pads in and install the new pads. re-install the caliber and pump the brakes so the pads will close and you good to go! ...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake sticking, internal spring, master cylinder
internal spring, master cylinder, good luck: there is a spring inside the master cylinder that is used to return the master cylinder. Also, your master cylinder might be bleeding through and holding the lever down. I would replace the master cylinder, since it is probably going to fail in the future...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cylinder cuts out, rear cylinder, coil pack
rear cylinder, coil pack, electronics system: Your EFI can short on one cylinder. Since your getting spark, I would start by checking to see if you have power to the fuel injector. If no power then follow the wiring back to the EFI to make sure there are not breaks or shorts. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: ref bandit 600 p reg, bandit 600, headlight bulbs
bandit 600, headlight bulbs, tension spring: Chris, I am not a Bandit expert, but the fundamentals of electrical systems all apply. Bandits in the US have headlights on all the time, but I am aware that UK and Euro bikes apparently still have the option of turning them all the way off when riding. ...

Motorcycle Repair: return cable 81 fx, throttle assembly, brass knob
throttle assembly, brass knob, throttle cable: Loosen the adjusters on both cables so there is slack in the cables. Remove the air cleaner and backplate, then the carb. Take the throttle cable out of the carb and then the idle cable. Go to the throttle assembly. Remove the bolts covering the cables and...

Motorcycle Repair: revtech 100, spark plug wire, power arc
spark plug wire, power arc, custom chopper: Since yoru plugs are fouled that is what is causing yrou running problem. It sounds like your coil is weak or the plug wires which would cause the problem. You can switch ignition if you wish as long as the ignition you wish, but that wont solve the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Shifter Pedal, honda vt750c, car mechanic
honda vt750c, car mechanic, honda shadow: It sounds like the linkage between the shaft the pedal attaches to and the shift drum has disengaged. I m not sure if the cover(s) that need to be removed to access the linkage (commonly a pair of gear segments) can be taken off without removing the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Shovel Head Bolts, fxe 1200, jp pistons
fxe 1200, jp pistons, shovel head: The number 3 cam from andrews is designed for a low compression engine and wont work very well with you 10-1 pistons. If you want a little more power at low end you need to get rid of the drag pipes and get a tuned exhaust. Drag pipes work well at high RPMs,...

Motorcycle Repair: Sorry Bill! Honda elite 80 scooter Q?, honda elite 80, honda motorcycle
honda elite 80, honda motorcycle, vacuum line: Aaron, Check valve adjustment to be sure that you aren t causing burned valves due to the exhaust leak. When the engine cools down it can draw cold outside air into the exhaust system and in rare cases cause the valve head to warp slightly. Clearances should...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, starter relay: Looking at the starter you will see two wires going to it. The large one is from the battery and the small one is from the relay. remove the one from the relay. With a test light, check to see if you have power going to the starter when you hit the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Steering Head Adjustment, heritage softail, cam chain
heritage softail, cam chain, chain tensioner: Yes as long as you dont tighten it to much. As to question 2. they need to be inspected since you have that many miles. If they wear through you can break a chain, which I have seen, and then damage a cam. I have had to replace them at 20,000 miles Good...

Motorcycle Repair: SU, oem battery, battery cables
oem battery, battery cables, std case: you never said if you have solid lifters or not. If you do have solid lifters check them. If they are to tight, it will be had to start. Also, check the timing, if its to far advanced it will turn over slow and will be hard to start Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead valve/piston collision, valve piston, faint marks
valve piston, faint marks, ebay: Without knowing what was done to the motor there are several posibilties. First, the pushrods might have been to tight or not adjusted correctly. The pistons might not have been put in the right direction or the wring pistons were put in. Changing the cam...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, middle prong, modual
middle prong, modual, bank angle: If you have voltage at the coil and you installed a new modual the other thing it can be is the cam position senser which tells the modual to fire. The other thing it can be is the is the bank angle senser, which would stop the firing. The bank angle senser...

Motorcycle Repair: stalls, vapor lock, korry
vapor lock, korry, electrical component: Korry, I really don t speak H-D brand motorcycle. When it dies, you have to check right away for the absence of spark or fuel. The bike is almost 10 years old now and if it sat for a long time, the fuel venting system could be restricted or whatever other...

Motorcycle Repair: Testing stator, maximum gap, honda sl 125
maximum gap, honda sl 125, reverse polarity: Roger, the SL125 has a battery operated ignition system. Install a fresh 6v battery before going further. Point maximum gap is .014-.016 then move the points plate so the points open at the F mark alignment on the flywheel/stator marks. The stator recharges...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission repair, honda nighthawk 250, torque wrench
honda nighthawk 250, torque wrench, shift fork: Hi Nick, I don t have any experience with the 91 Nighthawk 250. I suspect that the problem is a bent shift fork though. However when doing any major repair, a shop manual is a must have . It will outline how to remove the engine from the bike and take...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve clearance size, honda cbx1000, valve clearance
honda cbx1000, valve clearance, model id: I always set mine a little roomy; the inlets at 0.08. Official specs are: Valve Clearance Cold - Inlet : 0.06-0.13 Valve Clearance Cold - Exhaust : 0.06-0.13 A site where a lot of the specs are displayed: http://www.motorbikespecs.net/index.dyn?flag=2&model_id=25292&make=Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheel Fitment, wheel fitment, stock wheels
wheel fitment, stock wheels, 16 wheels: What size tires do these models take? I am not familiar with the CB450, but the CX500 %26 GL500 came with 18 %26 16 wheels respectively so the situation may be similar: Honda recommended a 3.75/18 (110/90-18) for the CX and a 130/90-16 for the GL. When you...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start, honda vt500, plug holes
honda vt500, plug holes, delivery problem: Hi Steve, Have the carbs been removed and soaked/cleaned? If not, then I would start there. BTW, does it run if you pour a small amount of gas down the spark plug holes? If it only runs for a few seconds after doing this, then its a fuel delivery problem...

Motorcycle Repair: winter riding, fuel additives, electrical connections
fuel additives, electrical connections, good luck: Make sure the bike is in good order, electrically as well as having fresh fuel. A good spark and good compression as well as fuel is needed to get the engine to fire easily. Ensure all the switches are making good contact and all your electrical connections...

Motorcycle Repair: ZXR250 1989, question pool, advancer
question pool, advancer, carburation: I think your carburation is still way off. Also check the advancer for the ignition, as when that sticks the bike will not rev out. Sorry I don t know the ZXR so if you need more, ask me a follow up and I will put the question into the main question pool....

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 Harley Sprint value
Since its been sitting that long and the motor needs to be gone through, its not going to be worth much. I can give you the prices acording to condition. Excellent 4600.00 very good 2400.00 good 1700.00 fair 1000.00 poor 750.00...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 fxe, kick start, internals
kick start, internals, kicker: I am not sure which part you need answered so I will do both. the kicker can be put back on without a problem. You would just need the cover and internals for the cover if they are missing. As to the whirling problem, does tne motor turn over when you say...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 harley sporster, harley sporster, swing arm
harley sporster, swing arm, coupler: I dont know of any swing arm that you can put on your bike to install a wider tire. You may have to do a search in the net to see if you can find one. You bike is so old that there are not many custom parts made for it anymore. Same ting with the wide glide...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 flt oil out filter, crankcase breather, wet sumping
crankcase breather, wet sumping, time scott: Your oil is coming out the vent, which goes to the air filter. There are two possible reasons for this. One, is the return side of the oil pump, even though it looks good, is not pumping fast enough. the other reason can be is the crankcase breather gear is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM 250, clutch cable, clutch plates
clutch cable, clutch plates, wire strands: Erik, I wondered why you needed a clutch in the first place. These bikes are not known to eat clutches as far as I know. They are very underpowered and the clutches are quite strong. I would ask your professional what he thought of the old parts. Perhaps,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cm250...again, clutch cable, bill silver
clutch cable, bill silver, partslist: Erik, If the clutch is not engaging, either the clutch adjuster (/) on the side of the case is out of adjustment or the judder spring and seat were not installed properly, there isn t too much else to prevent the clutch from engaging that I can think of....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda cm250c, plug caps, ohm resistance
plug caps, ohm resistance, resistance values: Sean, misfiring under load problems can stem from several causes. I guess you know that the ignition is CDI, so not adjustable. Pretty much works or it doesn t, however the CDI modules can fail and give erratic output. You need to put a timing light on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda cbx1100, exhaust pipes, question thanks
exhaust pipes, question thanks, cbx: The carb cleaning on a CBX is an art, the low running circuit is almost impossible to clean without taking the pressed in jets out. If you did not remove those, then the bike will never run right. Adjustment typically does not go bad enough to stop cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 vt500c starting issue, air leaks, vt500c
air leaks, vt500c, valve clearances: Chris, if you didn t get the cams in correctly, it won t run. Check the compression. If both cylinders have about 175 psi, then the cams are probably okay. Pull the carbs and clear the idle jet and main jets, check for any air leaks at the manifolds. Adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Road King FHLRI, throttle grip, new originals
throttle grip, new originals, locknut: Go to the throttle cable and turn the adjuster on it just until you have slight play in the throttle grip. Tighten the locknut. Then go to the idle cable and tighten it until the slack is out of it and your good to go. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Harley sportster front brake issues, 2004 harley sportster, sportster 1200
2004 harley sportster, sportster 1200, mechanic work: Sometime a dry master cylinder is a bear to bleed. Fill it with fluid and let it sit for a couple of hours. Then pump it alot. It takes alot of pumping to fill the cylinder. If it still wont pump up, I would look at sending it back for a new one Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 fxdi bearing, modile, failer
modile, failer, loud noise: Not really sure why they told you that. That bearing is not different than any other big bike. They all use the same bearing. If you look at the v-twin manufacturing on-line catalog on page 386 they do sell a bearing that is sealed and it should solve your...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 450 Nighthawk Turnsignals., filament bulbs, dual filament
filament bulbs, dual filament, rear lamps: Brandon.... when you have power to the turn signals and they are dim and/or don t flash, then the usual issue is the ground path back to the chassis/battery ground. Make sure that you have the correct bulbs in the rear signals. The fronts have 1157 dual...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 shovel head, engine cranks, shovel head
engine cranks, shovel head, happy thanksgiving: To adjust the points remove the plugs and rotate the motor until the high point is on the points and they are open all the way and then check the space. On the condenser, there is no test. Just replace it when you replace the points Happy thanksgiving Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 ignition, ft elevation, compression stroke
ft elevation, compression stroke, good jet: If you have no power at the coil, then you have a wiring problem. On the hot side of the coil you should always have 12 volts when the ignition switch is on. As to your jets. Before changing jets do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. If they are bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 88 1200 sportster, triple trees, iwant
triple trees, iwant, showa: As long as the triple trees are made for your bike you should have no problems. Just installt he triple trees and forks the same way you take the old ones off. You would have to check to see if your caliber will fit since there are many different forks. Since...

Motorcycle Repair: acceleration, compression check, valve damage
compression check, valve damage, fuel filters: Usually if valves are burnt you will notice a drop in overall power. I have also heard that an exhaust problem, which reduces back pressure, can give rise to valve damage although I have not personally seen it. Best thing is to do a compression check. If...

Motorcycle Repair: atv, suzuki ozark, bill silver
suzuki ozark, bill silver, brake drum: Dan, take the cable off of the rear brake arm first. If the brake is still sticking, then the brake cam is probably frozen in the backing plate or there is something loose in the brake drum. With the cable disconnected, check to see if the cable is seizing...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinker problem, filament bulb, high beams
filament bulb, high beams, honda shadow: Dale... The front signals are combined running lights and turn signal indicators, so both must have an equivalent 1157 type of two filament bulb. Rears are single filament types. If you put the high beams on, both running lights should go out temporarily,...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, starter solenoid, amp battery
starter solenoid, amp battery, battery question: It can if the starter solenoid is sticking. But if it does the starter and wiring usually gets really hot. You are loosing all the voltaqe in your battery, so its either a short in the wiring, or you have a bad battery. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: bike shuts down
Your voltage is probably dropping and shutting the bike off. What you need to do is test the stator. Unplug the regulator and with a OHM meter test from one wire of the stator to ground, then do the other. Should have 0 OHMs. Go wire to wire. Should show OHMs....

Motorcycle Repair: bleeding brakes on harley, bleeding brakes, bleeder valve
bleeding brakes, bleeder valve, brake fluid: Make sure you have brake fluid in the master cylinder and while bleeding dont let it go dry. Pump the brake and while holding the brake lever open the bleeder valve, then close it and pump the lever. Keep doing this until no air comes out. It takes a while...

Motorcycle Repair: blow back, crank case vent, head gasket
crank case vent, head gasket, excessive oil: There are two possible reasons for this problem. One is the crank case vent is work and oil is getting past it. You would have to remove it and mic the hole it goes in. the other would be that the oil pump is worn and the return side of the oil pump is not...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, brake light switch, switch button
brake light switch, switch button, brackets: Check your front brake. Where the controls are you will see that there are two brackets. One holds the lever and the other is for the throttle. Both brackets have to be pushed tightly together so the brake light switch button is pushed in Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing air and fuel intake for better mpg, suzuki bandit 1200, stock air filter
suzuki bandit 1200, stock air filter, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200: Go back to the stock setup; you will find it s pretty well sorted and will bive you good performance and good fuel economy. Change one thing at a time to try and improve things, and verify every step. too many things changed at once will get you where you...

Motorcycle Repair: Compression rating for 1982 honda magna 750, honda magna 750, 1982 honda magna
honda magna 750, 1982 honda magna, cv type: Bill.... Honda compression readings for most of their street bikes is about 175 psi. You may be getting somewhat lower readings if you didn t hold the throttle wide open, plus you have carb slides hanging down in the way of the airflow through the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: cb360, head gasket, cam chain
head gasket, cam chain, advancer: Larry, I m glad that I am amusing everyone out there with my hopefully helpful comments... I have no idea of who is really reading it all, after I have answered a specific question. Gotta start with the basics first... Compression test.. should be about...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, ac volts, digital meter
ac volts, digital meter, flst: What you need to test is the stator. Unplug the regulator and at the prongs for the stator, od a OHMs test from one prong to ground and then the other. You should have no OHMs. Now test prong to prong. You should have OHMs. Now start the bike and at the prongs...

Motorcycle Repair: cleaning a s&s carburetor, petcock, diaphram
petcock, diaphram, flh: First, you need to get a rebuild kit for the carb. Also, if your carb is leaking like that, your petcock is probably leaking also, so you would need to replace it. Remove the carb and take the bowl off and remove the jets. clean the jets and bowl. remove...

Motorcycle Repair: cr 80 fouling, cdi ignition, cr 80
cdi ignition, cr 80, piston rings: First check that you are using the correct oil/gas mixture for your bike. Then I would verify the jets in the carbs have not been messed with; this can also cause plug fouling, then lastly you may need to check the piston rings and cylinder for scoring. ...

Motorcycle Repair: crankcase breather location, harley davidson motorcycle, harley davidson fxdx
harley davidson motorcycle, harley davidson fxdx, bikebandit com: Well, Mario.. MrHonda doesn t know a lot about H-D brand motorcycles, engines or components. I went here:http://www.bikebandit.com/2000-harley-davidson-motorcycle-fxsts/o/m1541 and put breather in FIND box and came up with some references to the air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: cylinder head cover, honda cb900c, cam towers
honda cb900c, cam towers, torque wrench: These bolts go into the cam towers. You can remove the cam towers once you have the valve cover off and make sure the valves next to the cam towers you are removing are not fully open. (reduces stresses) remove the cam towers and take them to a machine shop...

Motorcycle Repair: Eccessive Oil out of Breather
there are two possible reasons. The cam you installed is a high lift cam and it is causing blowback in the bottom end. You can fix it by installing the crankcase vent made by S&S. Its a reed type vent. the other thing could be your oil pump, return side, is...

Motorcycle Repair: Evo Flywheels and rods, harley flh, pinion shaft
harley flh, pinion shaft, flywheels: Doing that would change the stroke. the 77 flywheels have 3.96875 stroke and the EVO has 4.250. So you would have to shim the cylinders to make up the difference. the pinion shaft is going to be different as well as the mainshaft Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: no electrics at all, starter solenoid, fuse box
starter solenoid, fuse box, cb550: OK so you re getting voltage to the solenoid, from there there should be one or two fairly thick red wires going into the wiring loom. Check the plug that connects those wires, and there should be a main fuse in that part of the circuit too. Check that one...

Motorcycle Repair: engine stall, motorcycle engine, engine stall
motorcycle engine, engine stall, heat of the sun: You never told me the year and model so i can only be general. You tank has to be vented or the fuel will not flow. If you part the bike in the hot sun a couple of things can happen. The fuel can vaperize makeing it tough to keep running until you get cold...

Motorcycle Repair: FLAT TIRE REPAIR?, flat tire repair, yamaha store
flat tire repair, yamaha store, gas mileage: You would have to have the when taken off and the tire removed as well as the innertube to see what the problem is. If the tire is damaged, after inspection, then it needs replaced. If the inner tube is damaged then it needs replaced as well Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: FLSTS-C Replacing neck berrings, harley service, step by step directions
harley service, step by step directions, softail springer: You need to remove the front fender, caliber, wheel and forks. You will have to remove the handlebars so you can remove the top of the triple tree. Once you have that off you can ge to the bearings. If you need more detail you can get a harley service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: Front fork repair
Your fork seal is probably leaking. You dont have to take the upper forks off to remove the lower fork. You have to remove the oil from the forks, front fender, brake calibers, and wheel. Under the fork there is a allen bolt. remove it and the lower will slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1982 185s ATC, market muffler, stock muffler
market muffler, stock muffler, needle jet: Matt, probably your aftermarket muffler is an open core unit. Can you see all the way through it? If so, it will be difficult to keep the backfiring down. The baffles in the stock muffler help to suppress the backfiring which is due to a pressure wave being...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CA160, bill silver, 6v battery
bill silver, 6v battery, cmsnl: Elmo... if you bought the correct battery it will only install one way and the cables will only attach in one configuration. Sounds like you just found a 6v battery that might not be the correct one for that application..... so the short answer is that all...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda xl100sb electrics problem, regulator rectifier, wiringdiagrams
regulator rectifier, wiringdiagrams, headlight bulbs: David, you must have a fully charged 6v battery in the circuit with all wiring connections intact. If it is generating 11volts, then the charging system output is okay, just the regulation is at fault. A dead/dying battery won t load the system properly...

Motorcycle Repair: harley trans. leak, gear shaft, shaft seal
gear shaft, shaft seal, main bearing: the seal is on the outside of the main bearing and is pushed against the case and rides on the shaft spacer. If the bearing was loose, first it would make noise and second, where the seal is it wouldn t leak. I think I would make them try again. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: kdx 200 1986 not starting, lean mixture, bill silver
lean mixture, bill silver, cmsnl: Shaune, Lot of variables here... Did you get all the pieces of the old piston out of the crankcase? If there is any metal left it can fly around inside the ports causing more damage or fouling the spark plug with debris. Pistons are generally marked with...

Motorcycle Repair: moter, happy thanksgiving, pushrod
happy thanksgiving, pushrod, pushrods: First, you need to remove the fuel tank. Then remove the top cover, middle cover and then remove the bolts for the lower cover. remove the clips for the pushrod covers. Slide the pushrods out and mark them so you put them back int the same place. Remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: oil seal, honda cb, bill silver
honda cb, bill silver, oil seal: Randall, I haven t worked on this specific model and from appearances of the illustrations, the seat should have come out of the recess from the outside, which is normal Honda practice. In rare occasions Honda has put seals in from the inside, before the cases...

Motorcycle Repair: overheating, blown head gasket, coolant line
blown head gasket, coolant line, coolant system: So what part of my previous answer was unclear? This is not something that will go away if you nurse the bike or ride it slowly. The engine is pumping up your coolant system, and it will overheat every time you ride it any distance. You need to start...

Motorcycle Repair: primary leak
You will hae to remove the primary cover and drill the hole out and install a insert so you can reinstall the plug. I would not use a heli-coil. they dont work very well on threads where the bolt is being removed alot Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Repair front fork tubes, upper tubes, fork tubes
upper tubes, fork tubes, allen bolt: You will need to replace the seals as well. Have the bike sitting on a stand so there is no pressure on the forks. Remove the tire, fender and brake caliber. Drain the oil. You will see a screw on the side of the fork for the drain. remove the top cap on the...

Motorcycle Repair: not running properly, loud bangs, fuel mixture
loud bangs, fuel mixture, suzuki dr: Sounds like your fuel mixture is out of whack. Instead of trying different jets etc, it s usually a good idea to make sure everything is as the engine expects; i.e. the air filter is stock and clean, the exhaust is stock and clean, and the compression and...

Motorcycle Repair: S & S CARB ADJUST, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, air fuel mixture screw: Start the bike and let it warm up to temp. Slowly turn the air/fuel mixture screw inward, just until the bike starts to stumble and then outward 1/4 turn. Remember, the air/fuel mixture screw only affects the bike when at idle. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: STRPPED SPARK PLUG HOLE, tap handle, bill silver
tap handle, bill silver, plug hole: Jackson, part of the decision depends on the size of the spark plug hole and how many threads are gone/left to work with. You can try to find a matching metric tap, grease up the flutes and slowly turn it into the hole, feeling for it to catch some threads...

Motorcycle Repair: "Stabil" in gas tank?, gallon tank, agricultural agent
gallon tank, agricultural agent, gas tank: Staybil works by adding chemicals to the gas to keep it from degrading over time. Fill your tank and then add the Staybil to it. If you have a 3 gallon tank then add a oz to it. Start the bike and let it run until it warms up, then close the petcock and let...

Motorcycle Repair: Stator motor replacement, 1982 honda cb900f, stator windings
1982 honda cb900f, stator windings, stator rotor: Okay... http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900f2b-bol-dor_model14514/partslist/E07.html #5 If you have removed the long screws, then the stator windings should slide out with event tension on both sides. Reach inside with your fingers and push the case away,...

Motorcycle Repair: where do i start?, 1984 honda magna, motorcycle knowledge
1984 honda magna, motorcycle knowledge, fork seals: John, in almost all cases of bikes that have been left in non-running condition, the carburetors and fuel system is the usual cause. Gasoline will evaporate in the float bowls, leaving varnish and other residues that will plug up the tiny idle jets and/or...

Motorcycle Repair: strange bits in oil, should I worry?, honda ct90, drip oil
honda ct90, drip oil, guide rollers: Kirby, about the only source of black bits inside the motor would be shown here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct90-trail-90-k0-us_model619/partslist/E++04.html The camchain tensioner/guide rollers and tensioner rubber tip. Although you have low miles...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki front wobble/ sway, suzuki gs 650, paint flakes
suzuki gs 650, paint flakes, fork oil: Front bearings and or a bent wheel should be fairly easy to see so I m sure you looked at that. Check the triple tree bearings for excessive play, and make sure the headstock is straight. look for telltale paint flakes where things are bent. Also make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: tail lights, led tail light, motorcycle applications
led tail light, motorcycle applications, bill silver: Larry, I have a full LED tail light on my 1964 CB77 Super Hawk, which has a barely adequate charging system. I got it from this site: www.bulbsthatlast4ever.com/pdf/Bill_Silver_HM1.pdf Straight bolt on, no gimmicks to the charging system or load balancing....

Motorcycle Repair: un used fuel? popping on the end can, bandit 650s, suzuki bandit
bandit 650s, suzuki bandit, power commander: I don t really know these bikes (read my profile) but if the exhaust pops on the overrun (as you shut off the gas) then a muffler with better airflow can cause some popping as the revs come down. For mapping differently you can try a power commander of such...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve job, valve job, valve guides
valve job, valve guides, valve seats: First, you have to check the clearence of valves to valve guides. the guides usually wear and have to be replaced. Once the guides are replaced the valve seats have to be ground so the seats are square to the valves. This would take a special grinder. then...

Motorcycle Repair: vt500c, piston movement, camshaft timing
piston movement, camshaft timing, piston crown: Chris, the crankshaft doesn t really know what stroke it is on. The piston is either up or down or somewhere in between. What constitutes one of the 4 cycles is how the cam timing is affecting the valve train. When the piston is at TDC, the valves are either...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, starter switch, test light
starter switch, test light: When you try it start it and it doesnt start, check at the coil with a test light. Do you have power at the hot side? Check at the starter switch, do you hae power going to the switch and when you push the button do you have power going to the starter? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha, crankcase breather, piston ring
crankcase breather, piston ring, filter chamber: John, the specific model would have been helpful, but oil in the air box is coming from the crankcase breather tube. Oil solids will collect in the air box system when the engine is run hard, is overfilled with oil or is just getting tired. Run a compression...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha banshee back fire!, fmf pipes, float bowls
fmf pipes, float bowls, response temperature: Matt... two stroke Yamahas are REALLY not my specialty! I would drain both carbs first, to see if you have contaminated fuel from sitting. You really cannot leave old gas in motorcycles or ATVs or Watercraft anymore. It separates, grows fungus inside and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB175 K6 Air Screw Adjustment, air screw, maximum gap
air screw, maximum gap, float bowls: Adam, you just have to pop up the seat, loosen the back of the fuel tank mount to get enough room to remove the carburetor tops where the cables go into them both. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb175-super-sport-175-k6-us_model422/partslist/E20.html #8/10...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 sportster, cam gears, oil line
cam gears, oil line, oil pump: Your timing marks are the same as stock. Put in the cam gears and then align the marks on the gears. Make sure they are correct or your bike will not run. The oil line are from lowerst port of the tank to the feed of the oil pump. The one that flows into...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda cb750k, honda cb750k, roller bearings
honda cb750k, roller bearings, bill silver: Don.... First answer, The CB350-400-500 fours all have sealed alternators, with crankshaft seals, so no oil can pass from the crank to the alternator. The CB750 design doesn t provide for isolation of the alternator from the oil system, though. Second...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 sporster, swing arm, good luck
swing arm, good luck, triple tree: If you want to put a wide tire on you will have to either modify your swing arm or locate a wide swingarm so you can make the tire fit. In order to put a wide front end you will need a triple tree from the 70 s up to 85 Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 flh 80 electra glide classic, runout, ft lbs
runout, ft lbs, high point: If your main shaft is bent, then you are going to have to replace it. Even if you can bend it with a hammer, which I doubt, you will never get it perfectly straight. Once you get the trans repaired then you will have to have a cut taken on the inner primary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FLHT CLASSIC REMOVAL OF FRONT FENDER, calibers, hi mike
calibers, hi mike, fender: First you have to jack the bike up and remove the front axle and the calibers. Next, remove the front wheel. Next, if you have a front light, unplug it. then remove the 4 bolts holding the fender to the fork and slide the fender out Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2 stroke oil mixture, suzuki rm125, stroke oil
suzuki rm125, stroke oil, oil mixture: Hi My son has a 1991 RM125 and we run that at 40:1. Seems to run OK at that. Check the plug when you have been riding for correct mixture. Basically you should JUST detect a little smoke if it is running right. If it s smoking heavy blue smoke when it...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 indian spirit s&s motor hard starting, indian spirit, smell of gas
indian spirit, smell of gas, petcock: It sounds like to carb is overloading on gas when you turn the choke on full. The idea of the choke is just to give it a little more fuel when the motor is cold. There is nothing that says you have to turn it on all the way. Just enough to get the bike started...

Motorcycle Repair: 77' honda xl 125, honda xl 125, rotor case
honda xl 125, rotor case, point gap: Well I used to have a TL125 and I think the motor is the same. There is a little cover at the left side top of the crank case. Remove that cover and you will be able to see the F and the T on the crankshaft. F is for fire, when the points are supposed to...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 honda goldwing, junkyard, good luck
junkyard, good luck, honda: The starter needs to be overhauled, sounds like the connection has been stripped or has just come loose. If you re handy you can probably re-attach it yourself, but the starter will have to come apart. Might be easier to just pick up another from a junkyard....

Motorcycle Repair: 94 ultra classic, youtube video, classic question
youtube video, classic question, control radio: I cant comment ont he oils you are refering to since I have never used them. Fluids are a personnel preference. What one person likes another can hate it. Stick with a good quality SAE oil and you will do fine. On the tranny, drain the oil from underneith...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 1200c sportster electric start, starter relay, oil light
starter relay, oil light, test light: Did you have the on/off switch in the on position? Look under the cover on the right and check the fuses. If the fuses are good then with a test light see if you have power goign to the starter relay and see if you have power going to the starter when you...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350K2 top end noise, camshaft lobes, cam bearings
camshaft lobes, cam bearings, head gasket: If there are any rough edges on the scoring, you can smooth them down slightly. Oil up a new wrist pin before you install them again. If no excessive play, then that should be okay. Pull the rods up and down to see if there is any vertical play/motion in the...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350K2 top end noise, cam chain, bill silver
cam chain, bill silver, masterlink: Paul, I think your assessment is probably correct. You might notice some signs of the camchain slapping around inside the cylinder block tunnel. The loose wristpins will cause some clicking noises if noticeably loose. You do need to replace the camchain, as...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350K2 top end noise, camshaft lobes, camshaft timing
camshaft lobes, camshaft timing, cam tower: Paul.... I may need clarification on upper con rods part. The connecting rods for the pistons are one piece and part of the crankshaft. Did you mean the upper end of the connecting rod, where the wristpin goes? If you can wiggle a new wristpin in the end...

Motorcycle Repair: Cold weather problem today, cold garage, noticeable drop
cold garage, noticeable drop, cold weather: Sorry to say, but I am not going to be able to help you. I don t even know what a R6 is let alone how to work on them. You have to many electronics on there for me to be any help Good luck and happy riding Mike I see you gave me a poor rating, even though...

Motorcycle Repair: cb77 spark advance, cams and followers, electronic ignition system
cams and followers, electronic ignition system, spark advance: Alex, the ends of the weights usually have a layer of rubber bonded to the tips to soften the motion as the weights reach the outer edge of the holes where they travel. When the weights are left to move excessively, the total spark advance will exceed the...

Motorcycle Repair: choke cable replacement, elestra, plastic nut
elestra, plastic nut, cable replacement: In order to remove the choke cable you first need to remove the air cleaner to get to the carb. Go to the choke side and loosen the nut behind the choke bracket that holds the choke in. Once you hve the cable loose from the bracket pull the carb off. It is...

Motorcycle Repair: ct125, cam and motor, honda ct
cam and motor, honda ct, wiringdiagrams: Paul.... These bikes require a fully charged battery, plus a working charging system to go with it. Ignition is NOT magneto, in case you had that impression. Just wanted to be clear on that before you went further. If you clean points, set properly to open...

Motorcycle Repair: cylinder no. 2 not getting hot '71 cb750, air screws, brown hue
air screws, brown hue, valve adjustments: Randy, start at the beginning. Check the valve adjustments first, then do a compression test to see that all cylinders are equal/close to 175 psi. If all are close to the same, then you can move onto electrical issues, like checking the spark plug cap resistances....

Motorcycle Repair: Disc Brake Honda 1971 CB450 K4, disc brake pad, electric hotplate
disc brake pad, electric hotplate, slide hammer: Mark, if your master cylinder is fresh and functioning properly, just hook the brake line back up to the caliper and use the hydraulic pressure to push the piston/pad out of the caliper body. That normally works in most cases. If try something like drilling...

Motorcycle Repair: EXHAUST, flhr, good luck
flhr, good luck, hd: Your bike came from the factory a little lean. Adding the slipons will make it run a little leaner. You dont have to add the highflow air kit if you dont want to. You bike will run, but I said a littel lean. You will not get the performance that you get if...

Motorcycle Repair: FJ 1100, yamaha fj 1100, rubber diaphragms
yamaha fj 1100, rubber diaphragms, vacuum leaks: Lee, I suspect that you didn t get all of the old fuel solids out of the system before you fired it up, so some residues could have come down through the petcock, fuel lines and behind the float valves and wound up in the float bowl and gotten sucked back...

Motorcycle Repair: FXR chain conversion, chain conversion, rear tyre
chain conversion, rear tyre, bikers choice: If you just convert to a chain you will be able to go to about a 150 tire. If you are looking for wider, there are kits out there to convert your bike. You would have to install a new swing arm and fender. Alot of the wide tire kits will still allow you to...

Motorcycle Repair: gear allignment, harley sportster 1200, pinion gear
harley sportster 1200, pinion gear, gears: Put the gears back in their holes. Looking at the gears you will see marks on them. they have to line up and the main gear has to line up with the mark on the pinion gear. Go to www.sportster.org/tech/quad88/ and go to picture 12 and you will see a pic of...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda c105 54cc trail, air leaks, compression stroke
air leaks, compression stroke, valve clearances: Garrett, in order for the bike to run and idle properly, you need: Compression.. about 100 psi. Check the valve clearances cold at .002 on intake/exhaust valves on compression stroke. Spark, with timing set at the F mark on the flywheel as the points...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1980 Xr80, cbx 1000, rear sprocket
cbx 1000, rear sprocket, output shaft: Check the condition of the chain and the gears. Also make sure the rear wheel is in the swing arm straight, and lined up with the front wheel. Ensure not too much play in the rear sprocket, and also that the output shaft of the engine is not bent. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: indicators, honda vt 500, filament bulbs
honda vt 500, filament bulbs, high beams: Rob, the front signals due double-duty as running lights, thus have two filament bulbs installed. The only time the fronts will go out is when the high beams are selected. Make sure that you have all the correct bulbs in all four signal assemblies and that...

Motorcycle Repair: inner primary, ridged frame, health problems
ridged frame, health problems, kicker: Your best way to do what you want is to get a kit that has the 3 belt drive. It will have all the parts you need to change over the 1.5 to a 3 . Check out V-twin manufacturing online catalog and you can find what you need Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: inner shift arm broke, liberay, copyer
liberay, copyer, best bet: I dont have anyway to send you what you need and I am not sure if your local liberay has is or not. You would have to check with them. Your best bet is to get a service manual if you are planning on doing alot of your own work. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle repair, air screw, engine vacuum
air screw, engine vacuum, adjustment screw: Valine, it depends on what carburetor you are asking about. If you had given a specific make/model/year I could tell you specifically. However, the idle mixture screws do one of two functions.... If the end of the screw is blunt ===) then it is an air...

Motorcycle Repair: miss firing dyna., plug wires, hoses
plug wires, hoses, good luck: the black plugs mean that your are fouling plugs and that is what is causing the missing. What you need to do is a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires and make sure they are good. If they are not then they will have to be replaced Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil filter replacement, oil filter housing, cbx 1000
oil filter housing, cbx 1000, filter change: Hi, Good luck with the rebuild! In fact there should be a spring and a washer, and they should go in the following order: Put new O ring on the bolt, and install bolt in the oil filter housing. Then install the spring, then install the washer, and lastly...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Super E Enrichener, mixture control, gauge
mixture control, gauge, good luck: I have never haeard of anybody doing this. It would probably work, but sounds like it would be alot of trouble making hte adjustments while riding down the road. If you have yoru main jet set where is should be you shouldnt have to make any adjustments. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S super E carburator, air fuel mixture, crane ignition
air fuel mixture, crane ignition, air leaks: Your problem is probably your cam. that cam has a really hight lift and long duration. At idle the valve are close to overlapping and that is probably causing the spiting. Try drtarding the timing a little and that might help the problem Carbs sont usually...

Motorcycle Repair: Shovel Head Bolts, fxe 1200, jp pistons
fxe 1200, jp pistons, shovel head: The number 3 cam from andrews is designed for a low compression engine and wont work very well with you 10-1 pistons. If you want a little more power at low end you need to get rid of the drag pipes and get a tuned exhaust. Drag pipes work well at high RPMs,...

Motorcycle Repair: Spark problem, valve clearances, wiring harness
valve clearances, wiring harness, rectifier: I don t know what type of bike this is, but when things get hot they expand. Perhaps valves are sitting off when they get hot, resulting in a loss of compression. Did the valve clearances get checked at the last service? If so I d re-check them. Unless...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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