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Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki VS 750 engine problem, power interruptions, fuel contamination
power interruptions, fuel contamination, model bikes: Eddie, V-twins have a certain harmonic vibration set that can jar electrical connections loose and cause other vibration related issues. That is but one of several causes of engine misfiring or power interruptions. It is important to establish a baseline of...

Motorcycle Repair: s&s motor vibration,compensator nut loosened up, clutch side, compensator
clutch side, compensator, dial indicator: When your nut came loose you might have damaged the compensator and its out of round. the only other thing it could be is the flywheels got knocked out of round, but that would really take a good hit, unless the nut on the flywheels was not tight already ...

Motorcycle Repair: to seafoam or not to seafoam?, time lol, vt 750 shadow
time lol, vt 750 shadow, shadow spirit: Damon, Seafoam is allright for maintenance. However, if they are dirty enough to effect the way the bike runs , then you will need to take them apart and clean them...in this case seafoam is not good enough...use Berkbile 2+2 carb cleaner or Carb-medic...

Motorcycle Repair: serial number, honda 750, frame number
honda 750, frame number, head tube: The frame number on any bike is stamped in the steering head tube of the frame. The engine number above may not be the same exactly, but should be within a couple of hundred of the frame number. I have no idea which year that motor number is, but some people...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead brake problem, hydrolic, master cylinder
hydrolic, master cylinder, caliber: You must be refering to the brake caliber on the left side of the wheel. If you dont have any leaks and you have replaced the master cylinder, then you probably have air in the brake line. You need to bleed the brakes for a while, since the hole in the master...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter button, flt
starter button, flt, 12 volts: I would clean the ground wire and make sure its tight. Since you have 12 volts to the relay and only 5 volts out, check the pins on the connection and make sure they are not corroded. If they look even slightly bad, then replace the plug. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter solenoid, power arc
starter solenoid, power arc, starter relay: Check the wire going from the starter relay to the starter solenoid. If you have power at that wire when you hit the starter button then the starter solenoid is bad. If the there is no power then the starter relay is bad Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter solenoid, thrust washer
starter solenoid, thrust washer, starter relay: Kickback on the starter might not mean high compression, it might mean the timing is advanced to far. If the timing is advance to far the starter has trouble turning the motor over. I would get it running and check the timing, replace the starter solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: Taking bike out of long storage, shadow 750, honda dealer
shadow 750, honda dealer, fuel filters: Yes. I agree. The carb definitely needs to rebuilt!-- As gas sits it breaks down and becomes a solid. Change all fuel filters. Fuel tank needs to be removed and cleanned. The additive that was added did not help any because everything had been sitting for...

Motorcycle Repair: Timing a 1974 FLH that will not start, timeing, flh
timeing, flh, plug wires: Since you put the timing back where it was, your timeing is probably not off. It sounds more like the carb is plugged with dirt or the coil is bad. I would do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires and remove the carb and clean it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Tires and fairings, vintage tires, customer service rep
vintage tires, customer service rep, j p cycles: The best place to check for vintage tires and parts is J & P Cycles. I use them for alot of my parts and accessories. Their website is: www.j&pcycles.com They should be able to help you out. You can call and speak with a customer service rep and they are...

Motorcycle Repair: Torque specs for exhaust on 1976 cb400f, exhaust leaks, torque specs
exhaust leaks, torque specs, cb400f: Well the key is that the bolts are tight enough that they don t fall off, and that you do not have any exhaust leaks. Use new gaskets unless the old ones are in good shape, and make sure you put the collets on correctly. They do not have to be any specific...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission Leak, custom chopper, transmission leak
custom chopper, transmission leak, speed transmission: There are two seals on the that side of the trans. The main seal and the seal inside 6th gear on the end. You would have to pull all the components on that side to get to either one. the main seal is pretty easy to replace, the other one however is tough....

Motorcycle Repair: tr6, rocker boxes, stock oil
rocker boxes, stock oil, oil tank: you are going to have to send me a picture, so that I better understand ....please send to johnsonmotors1@yahoo.com. What you are describing is a stock oil tank, but the tee should not be missing...how far off of the bottom of the tank does the return...

Motorcycle Repair: trans sprocket, xlch, exhast
xlch, exhast, hi mike: There is not torque for the trans sprocket. Just tighten it tight. On the pushrods, they should be all the same length. If you have aftermarket ones, they might be different. If they are the longer ones go to the exhast and the shorter ones go to the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission fluid leak/ 2002 nighttrain, shaft seal, oil seals
shaft seal, oil seals, 5th gear: Either one can leak over time. What you need to do is really claen the area as wella s you can, then go for a short ride. When you take it apart, you will see the wetness where its leaking. SInce youa re going ot have to tear it down, I would replace both...

Motorcycle Repair: twinstar, cmsnl, clutch lever
cmsnl, clutch lever, bill silver: Allan, the switch contact is on the end of the shift drum.. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++16.html You should find the wire to it under the left rear engine side cover http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++11.html...

Motorcycle Repair: twinstar, brake light switch, lighting circuit
brake light switch, lighting circuit, bill silver: Allan, the leads on the brake light switch are only so long... they connect with matching wires inside the headlight shell or just behind it. Remove the headlight bulb and check the wiring connections inside. The black one is HOT and the other one feeds...

Motorcycle Repair: V45 magna, v45 magna, muffler system
v45 magna, muffler system, salvage yards: Honda is usually pretty good about their replacement parts...I would try another dealer and see if you get the same response...you may have to resort some fabrication for the bracket..and you may be able to use header tape for the packing that you require..last...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago, performance clutch, yamaha 750
performance clutch, yamaha 750, compression check: First, do a compression check to see how much compression you have and then you can always bump up that engine by oversizing the cylinder by getting bigger pistons. You could also high performance clutch as well. Getting power out of a bike is limitless!!...

Motorcycle Repair: Volt meter fluctuation, stator, load test
stator, load test, problem thanks: First, hav the battery tested to make sure its good. In order to do that you need to do make sure the cells are filled to the mark and then have a load test done on it. If the battery is good then do a OHMs test and a AC volt test on the stator. If the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheel Bearing Repacking, harley sportster 883, wheel bearings
harley sportster 883, wheel bearings, palm of your hand: Remove the wheel and the bearing seals. Remove the bearing, one at a time and clean all the grease off the bearing. Make sure if there are spacers you dont loose them. Clean the race, where the bearing rides. Once the bearing is clean take some grease in the...

Motorcycle Repair: wet sumping, crankcase breather, pencil eraser
crankcase breather, pencil eraser, oil tank: Your having a little oil sump in the bottom end of the motor. The pol pump cant pump it back fast enough so it comes out the vent. Your check valve ball might be sticking or have a small spec of dirt on it. If your breather was out of time, your bike wouldnt...

Motorcycle Repair: zxr750 1994 starting problem?, odysey, starter relay
odysey, starter relay, starter button: Are you getting voltage at the starter? You have to check backwards from the starter, if the solenoid is clicking then check both large terminals, one should always have 12V on it and the other only when you press the starter button. Make sure your grounds...

Motorcycle Repair: '02 Springer Throttle Sticking, beach bike rally, myrtle beach bike rally
beach bike rally, myrtle beach bike rally, sure what kind: No problem Elmer. You can usually adjust the throttle cable where the cable enters the throttle body and also where the cable meets the carbs. Unscrewing it at both ends will tighten the cable. There should also be a lock nut that will lock the cable into...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 Honda z50k1, honda z50r, camshaft lobes
honda z50r, camshaft lobes, fly wheel: Alex, I found a kind of rough PDF shop manual copy here: http://www.fullgas4strokesquad.be/images_info/manuals/Honda_Z50R_ShopManual.pdf Page 38 has a dim reproduction of the cam chain installation and timing image. Basically, you need to have the crankshaft...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 XLH Carb issue, air fuel mixture, rubber insulation
air fuel mixture, rubber insulation, tank fitting: Start the bike and let it warm up. Set the idle at around 900 RPM. The screw at the rear is for a air/fuel mixture. Slowly turn it inward, just until the bike starts to stumble, and then outward about 1/4 turn. The other screw is for the main jet. I would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 flh, spring pressure, fork oil
spring pressure, fork oil, good luck: Jack the bike up so there is no pressure on the forks. Remove one top cap on the fork. Do it slowly, it will be under some spring pressure. Once you have it off you can add the fork oil. Do it slowly so it doenst run over. Put the cap back on and do the other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CB125S 12 Volt Conversion, stator rotor, ebay sellers
stator rotor, ebay sellers, honda cb125s: Keith, the stator/rotor on a 6v CB125 is fairly small, so something from a larger twin will probably be too large and/or the rotor won t fit the end of the crankshaft. I suggest that you map out all the dimensions of your current parts and then contact Ebay...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB650, kawasaki vulcan 1600, honda cb 650
kawasaki vulcan 1600, honda cb 650, stock air filter: Ken, your flat 650 problem could be due to several sources. First of all, the battery needs to be fresh and able to pass a load test with flying colors. Then, you need to check the charging system output... these bikes have a history of bad alternator rotors,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 FXWG Ignition, queen seat, instructional sheets
queen seat, instructional sheets, dual points: If you go to the dyna web site you can get the instructional sheets for your ignition for the switches. You might either be hitting the rev limiter or its not set correctly. In order the know if you are hitting hte rev limiter you would have to know the RPMs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB650, 1980 honda cb650, continuity tests
1980 honda cb650, continuity tests, jacob miller: This is a puzzling one. Either you have an intermittent huge short somewhere or the charging is not consistent. Do the lights appear dull and does the horn still work after an hour s riding? The horn is a good indication as to the voltage in the circuit....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb 650, honda cb 650, sea foam
honda cb 650, sea foam, air filter: Hi Conor, So let me see if I got this...if the bike is at a stand still and you put it in first gear and rev it a little and slowly release the clutch, it dies out? When you do get it going (rolling at 6 or 7 MPH) does the bike have good power? Some things...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 750sc Nighthawk carb upgrade.., cb750, bill silver
cb750, bill silver, cmsnl: Andre, the 1982-3 CB750 was the last of the DOHC 4 valve motors, which used shim adjustment for the valves instead of the later hydraulic valve train designs. Basically, any carburetors from the 1979-83 CB750 series... SC, K or F models will fit that motor,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb750sc nighthawk, cb750c, oem replacement
cb750c, oem replacement, cb750f: Hi Andre, The 82 nighthawk takes a VB42A carb. They came on the 1979-1982 CB750K and on the 1980-1982 CB750C as well as the 1982-1983 CB750SC. The CB750F came with VB42B [C] carbs, which will fit but are likely jetted different. The VB42A carbs have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda nighthawk 650, honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk, 1982 honda nighthawk 650: Hi Jim, Will it turn over if you boost the battery? (remember when boosting a motorcycle from a car, to turn the car engine off) It sounds like your starter might be grounding out against itself. Is it the original starter in the bike? Another thing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 700 s nigthhawk, starter clutch, crank case
starter clutch, crank case, bike engine: Hi Edgar, To gain access to the starter clutch, you have to take the engine out and split the case. However, I have to ask...is your starter spinning and not engaging? If so, it might not be the starter clutch. A common problem with the Nighthawk S is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda shadow VT700c, intake holes, intake hole
intake holes, intake hole, ebay: Are there threads on the bottom of those brass fittings? If so, then I do suspect they are what needs to be screwed into the small intake holes on the carb boots. I m not sure why they need to be that long though... So one tube for each meter and then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 600 saber, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinders
clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinders, brake master cylinder: Larry.... is that really a 1984 VF700S Sabre, not a 600cc because they didn t make them....? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700s-sabre-1984-us_model1112/partslist/ for part number references. K&L offers aftermarket kits for most Honda clutch and brake...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 750, honda magna 750, 1984 honda magna
honda magna 750, 1984 honda magna, regulator rectifier: Hi Justin, Street bikes need to have a (somewhat) charged battery to run. If the battery is completely dead or no battery is present, the bike won t run. The bike cannot run off the alternator alone. The electrics on street bikes are different then dirt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow Clutch Slack, honda vt500c, clutch assembly
honda vt500c, clutch assembly, clutch cable: Cyrus, remove the clutch cable and inspect it carefully. Sudden failures like this are usually the cable, especially after 23 years of service. IF the cable is, in fact, still functional, then the next step is to go into the clutch cover and see if the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cbr 600, mototrade, firing order
mototrade, firing order, clnk: The firing order on these bikes appears to be 1243. I obtained this from the www: http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:b7mv8tSXdIMJ:www.mototrade.cz/img/data/pages/114.pdf+1987+cbr600+firing+order&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Good luck with your troubleshooting,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FXRS STARTER PROBLEM, compression piston, jackshaft
compression piston, jackshaft, fxrs: Since you are running a high compression piston, the stock starter isnt handling it. Its taking so much current to turn the motor over that is burning the solenoid and making it stick. First, you need to make sure you hve a really good ground. A weak ground...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 FLHT, blown fuse, check battery
blown fuse, check battery, music stop: You dont have fuses, you have breakers. Check the main breaker going to the ignition switch and see if there is power on both sides. If you have power going to the ignition switch, then check the ignition switch to see if you bave power going away from the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, yamaha fzr1000, matter what type
yamaha fzr1000, matter what type, dirty air: Hi Steven, What kind of work has the shop done to the bike? Real quick: Do you have a new/clean air filter in it? Dirty air filters can cause a bike to run rich and that can cause it to bog. A couple more questions... -Is the bike stock? -Has...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Heritage Clutch Plate/Disks replacement, clutch plate, clutch plates
clutch plate, clutch plates, spring plate: No problem. Drain the primary fluid. Remove the primary cover. In the center of the clutch you will see 4 bolts. remove them, evenly and that will let the pressure off the clutch spring. remove the plate and spring and the clutch plates will slide out. Make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha r6 electrical problem, amp fuse, ground wires
amp fuse, ground wires, electrical problem: Hi Tyler, It sounds like something was missed or not put back correctly when you re-assembled the bike. The fact that you keep blowing fuses indicates that you either have a bad ground or something is not connected correctly. You stated that you already...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha r6 inconsistent idle, gas millage, intake leaks
gas millage, intake leaks, intake leak: Hi Tyler, Does the bike run ok when not idling? If the plugs haven t been changed in a while then its a good idea to change them (don t forget to gap them). Same with the fuel filter...change it if its been a while. However I would make sure you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 HD fuel injection, senser, high flow
senser, high flow, air cleaner: On the throttle no going into high idle, your temp senser is probably going bad and not kicking hte bike into high idle. The other problem, how often does it do it? Do you have a modifications to the bike, like exhaust, cams, high flow air cleaner? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Road King FHLRI, rear swing arm, rear fender
rear swing arm, rear fender, rear tire: You can buy a new swing arm and install it, but I would check to make sure the fender struts are not bent first. It might be the fender, not the siwng arm. The only way to tell if the swing arm is bent or the frame, is to take the bike to a shop that specializes...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 XL1200C Backfire through Carb, plug gap, rear cylinder
plug gap, rear cylinder, screaming eagle: I would doa OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. That can cause your problem. Also, check for a intake manifold leak. You can check it by spraying some carb cleaner around the manifold and it the RPMs go up you have a leak Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 HD Deluxe, fluid leak, bleeder
fluid leak, bleeder, brake fluid: On your first bike. Pull the brake handle and crack the bleeder on the caliber. you will see brake fluid leak out. then close it and punp the handle. Keep doing this until they pump up. Make sure you dont let the master cylinder go dry. On the second bike,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 roadking police bike, head bolt, fork oil
head bolt, fork oil, police bike: I am going to suggest that you purchace a service manual if you are planning on working on your own bike. Its a wealth of information. You need to start by jacking up the bike and draining the fork oil. Remove the top caps. Remove the fender and caliber....

Motorcycle Repair: 305 clutch, clutch assemblies, clutch pack
clutch assemblies, clutch pack, flat screwdriver: Kevin, just push the ends out with a flat screwdriver. If you don t bend them, they will go back in part-way and then you can hook the end with a scribe tipped tool and pull them the rest of the way back into the hole. They are there to help separate the...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 harley sportster electric start right side shift wont start, harley sportster, damn bolts
harley sportster, damn bolts, jumper wire: When it does it check to see if you have power going to the starter solenoid from the starter relay. If you dont the relay is bad. If you do, check to see if you have power going fromt he solenoid to the starter. If you dont the solenoid is bad Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 honda CB 360T cam chain guides, bike bandit, honda cb360t
bike bandit, honda cb360t, honda cb: Other than the upgrade parts for later model engines, any of the CL360, CJ360 or CB360 engines can supply parts for your needs. You are probably going to have to haunt some motorcycle junk yards to find a good one. Apparently there are no more in Honda s inventory....

Motorcycle Repair: 79 lowrider charging system, charging system, stator
charging system, stator, riding my bike: First, charge the battery and start the bike. At the battery, you should be showing about 13.5 volts at 2000 RPM. If you are below that then your charging system is not working. What you need to do is test the stator. Unplug the stator, and at the stator pins...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda CB650 won't start, honda cb650, honda nighthawk
honda cb650, honda nighthawk, air filter oil: Sounds like your solenoid may have gone bad. Check that you are getting 12V at the starter motor when you press the start button. If you hear a click, then the solenoid is activating but perhaps not making a good contact. If you are getting 12V at the starter,...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 V45 magna, honda vf750c, v45 magna
honda vf750c, v45 magna, cmsnl: Ron, here is a link to parts illustrations.. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1982-us_model761/partslist/ It is helpful for you to check what you have and don t have when the bike quits.... Does it still have fuel? Does it have spark?...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow 750 quits after 15 min., honda shadow 750, generator coils
honda shadow 750, generator coils, regulator rectifier: Curtis, we had the 700cc versions down here, so the reference will be close to yours. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vt700c-shadow-1984/o/m2873 I am a little confused, because a VT700 is only a 2 cylinder engine and you...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Nighthawk S Petcock, vacuum line, intake holes
vacuum line, intake holes, vacuum pressure: You should be able to just puncture the diaphragm and leave it intact in the petcock. This will stop the leaking and disable the job that it preforms. You will have to block the little tube on the petcock that the vacuum line connects to, or it will leak out...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 nighthawk, brake calipers, clutch fluid
brake calipers, clutch fluid, pet cock: Hi Chad, With any bike that has sat for a while there will be several things to change/replace. For the carbs, I d recommend taking them off and doing a thorough cleaning. I have attached my basic carb cleaning procedure to the end of this msg. Be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 FXST Solenoid/Starter ???, solenoid starter, starter relay
solenoid starter, starter relay, starter button: If you have 12 volts going from the starter relay to the solenoid and you have 12 volts at the post on the solenoid from the battery and no power at the other post, then either the solenoid is bad or the jackshaft is bad. There is not fuse for your starting...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 vulcan 750 charging, motorcycle battery, yellow wires
motorcycle battery, yellow wires, electrosport: 13.1 Volts at 4k RPM sounds a touch low. Either way, if you have a good battery that is charged, even if it gets no charge at all from the bike, then you should be able to run the bike for a bit before the battery completely dies and you should be able to...

Motorcycle Repair: 88 harley sporster, harley sporster, wire tie
harley sporster, wire tie, cable line: Might be that the enrichner cable has snapped just behind the gold colored nut that you d tighten against the mounting bracket by the knob that you pull on, in the plastic area. Causing it to stay on a little bit or you might have a throttle cable line routing...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 harley softtail cjutch adjustment, harley softtail, screw out
harley softtail, screw out, lock nut: remove the derby cover then loosen the lock nut then turn the adjusting screw in a couple of turns now you can adjust the cable at the cable adjuster so that you have about a 1/8 of an inch of play at the lever. now back the adjusting screw out until you feel...

Motorcycle Repair: Binding Clutch on 1960 XLCH Sportster, clutch plates, dry plates
clutch plates, dry plates, old timers: Sticking clutch plates were always a problem. One of the things that causes the problem is sitting for a long time. your plates are dry plates, even though they get oil on them. What I do is clean them in my bead blaster and they are good as new. If you dont...

Motorcycle Repair: Blow back, crankcase breather, straight pipes
crankcase breather, straight pipes, head gaskets: You can probably do the work yourself without problem. If you need a oversize breather you would have to hone out the hone or get somebody to do it. they only make standard and .030 over. I would get a service manual and in it you will find how to do the work....

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring and spitting back, dyno jet kit, mile test drive
dyno jet kit, mile test drive, harley dealership: Since your plugs are fouled, there are two reasons that can happen. First is your carb is jetted to rich and second is the coil or the plug wires are weak. You can do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to determine if they are bad. If they check out ok,...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake sticking, suzuki 750 gsx, calipers
suzuki 750 gsx, calipers, pistons: Typically if the brakes are sticking that means that they have been sitting for too long. Usually corrosion builds up behind the seals and bind on the pistons, causing them to stick. the easiest way to get them working properly is to overhaul the calipers,...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, honda cb750, brakes
honda cb750, brakes, good luck: You need to take this to a person who knows all about brakes. You do not want to learn the hard way that you made a mistake on your front brakes. They may need a number of different repairs and should be checked out by a qualified bike technician. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 650 Nighthawk, nighthawk 650, pet cock
nighthawk 650, pet cock, cct: First, if you don t have a shop manual for your bike, get one. It is a must to preform any work on your bike. It will show you how to remove the pet-cock, some info on carb syncing and how to remove/disassemble the carbs. For the carb sync you will need...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 engine rebuild question, honda cl350, head gasket
honda cl350, head gasket, side valves: What pistons did you use? Overbore/big bore? Did you use an OEM head gasket? There are two marks on the rotor.... LT (top dead center left side) and LF which is the timing mark for the ignition timing. The L mark on the flat of the sprocket should be at...

Motorcycle Repair: Cleaning Carbs, pilot jet, air mixture
pilot jet, air mixture, needle jet: How I clean carbs... A couple of things first..you don t need to completely disassemble the carbs to clean them and you don t need to purchase a carb rebuild kit, unless you have a bad seal or bad rubber on the carb. In most cases, the rubber is fine. -...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problem on 1973 XLH, clutch lever, clutch assembly
clutch lever, clutch assembly, friction plates: Thy this. Loosen the clutch cable so there is alot of slack in it. then loosen the clutch adjuster so it has play in it. Now take the cable and push it towards the primary. this will move the lever inside towards the rear, where it should be. Now adjust the...

Motorcycle Repair: calibration of vacuum synchronizer, sync tool, needle type
sync tool, needle type, desired position: Hi David, I really cannot answer this question without know what kind of carb sync tool your purchased. However, if it is the needle type, there should be a release button or a zeroing button on each gauge that will put the needles back to zero. Thanks,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb settings for a 77 yamaha it175, yamaha owners, air screw
yamaha owners, air screw, carb settings: Jason, is the air filter cleaned and oiled? If it is too dirty, it will run very rough (too rich) And as with any 2 stroke, make sure the compression is good and the timing is spot on. Also, if you suspect its the mix, then drain the fuel and put fresh gas...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, dj style, dynojet
dj style, dynojet, ebay: Hi James, That looks like it, but I don t know if I would use this type of jet. The carbs on the Nighthawk S are keihin and that jet is for Mikuni. Sometimes the jets are interchangeable, but you might want to be sure. You can actually purchase the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, dry clutches, clutch disks
dry clutches, clutch disks, dry clutch: No, you dont soak the disks. They are dry clutches. You do your mesurement from the back of the plate at the edge to the front of the other plate. Since everything slides ok and its still grabbing, try skuffing the clutch disks with some sand paper and backing...

Motorcycle Repair: Drive Chain Adjustment, axle nut, ft lbs
axle nut, ft lbs, infront: loosen the axle nut. infront of the axle nut you will see the adjuster nut. Turn the nut on both sides until you get about 1/2 inch flex in the chain. Now you have to measure from the end of the adjuster to the center of the axle to make sure they are both...

Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, suzuki madura, float bowls
suzuki madura, float bowls, rubber tubes: Hi Frank, Yes those do sound like breather tubes coming from the carbs. If fuel was coming out of them, then your float bowls are filling up with too much fuel. My guess is that the floats are stuck open. I would pull the carbs and take the float bowls...

Motorcycle Repair: dropped bike, 2006 kawasaki ninja, hey bobby
2006 kawasaki ninja, hey bobby, fuse: Hey Bobby, Not sure what the clicking is exactly. But if you suspect it is coming from the battery, then I would check all the connections around that area. Remove the connectors, clean them and put them back together. I m not sure about the 06 Ninja s,...

Motorcycle Repair: ENGINE AND BATTERY LIGHT COMES ON WHILE RIDING, fxstc, stator
fxstc, stator, battery charge: Either the stator or voltage regulator is bad. You can ride with the battery charged, but when you get around 9 volts the bike is not going to run right and will not start. It is hard to say how far you can go. You will probably make the 15 miles, the 30 to...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, dash light, dash lights
dash light, dash lights, electrical question: Having someone wire your bike for a trailer would add a new layer of possibilities. When was the wiring done? Did you notice the dash light problems immediately after this or has it been working ok for a while? Is it working better now with the new fuse?...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, ampmeter, bare wire
ampmeter, bare wire, electrical problem: Could be the stator or any number of things; usually the ignition switch is a first suspect. Easiest thing to do is to disconnect one of the battery leads, and connect an Ampmeter in the circuit. If it kills the battery quickly there could be 2 or 3 Amps...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, solo seat, electrical problem
solo seat, electrical problem, volt meter: the stator runs in the primary oil to keep it cool. If you are getting oil at the plug then the rubber plug in the hole is letting oil leak by. You can wipe it out, it wont hurt anything, unless it get to leaking alot Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHT-PI speedometer, flhtpi, speedometer
flhtpi, speedometer, speedo: Not really. I would disconnect the cable from the speedo and jack the bike up. Spin the front wheel and you should see the cable turning. If its not then remove the cable from the sending unit and see if the ends are broken. If the ends of the cable are ok...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuelpump, fuel pump, good luck
fuel pump, good luck: Sounds like you have a short in the switch. Check both sides of the switch to see if you have power when its turned on. If you have power when its turned on then you would have a short, either int he fuel pump or the wiring going to the fuel pump. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, great falls mt, gas tank
Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, great falls mt, gas tank, fuel level

Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, fuel level, o rings
Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, fuel level, o rings, madura

Motorcycle Repair: not running right, vulcon, volts
Motorcycle Repair: not running right, vulcon, volts, kawasaki

Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, bike stand
Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, bike stand

Motorcycle Repair: back fire, screaming eagles, steady speed
screaming eagles, steady speed, mufflers: Youn dont need to go to a bigger air filter, but I would recommend it. It will let your bike breath better. You do need a remapp, since adding the pipes. What has happened is you have made the motor a little leaner which would cause the backfiring. However,...

Motorcycle Repair: forks 73 Sprint, triple trees, pinch points
triple trees, pinch points, pipe wrench: If you have released the pinch points on the triple trees, the part that the forks are in, and they wont come out, then try spraying some WD40 aroudn the pinch points and let it sit for a while. If they stil wont come out, then you might have to drive them...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel in oil, carburated, chocolate milk
carburated, chocolate milk, petcock: At one time the petcock was probably left open for a long period and gas leaked into the carb. If the float in the carb did not shut off then the gas can run into the intake and into the motor. I would change the oil, run the bike for about 20 minutes to...

Motorcycle Repair: No fuel to the spark plugs, honda cb350, float bowls
honda cb350, float bowls, air screw: There are typically two jets in these carbs, a primary and a secondary. Then there is also an idle circuit with a seperate air supply, adjusted by the air screw. So take the carbs back off, take off the float bowls and look in the center of the bowl, you...

Motorcycle Repair: Gearbox seal on WLA 42, clutch side, clutch basket
clutch side, clutch basket, oil slips: You can replace the seal without tearing the trans apart. Its on the outside of the trans. You have to remove the primary, clutch basket and its behind that. I dont know of anything onthe web to look at. You would have to get a service manual for your bike...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard ride: 1983 Honda CM450E, honda cm450e, tire pressure
honda cm450e, tire pressure, shocks: Hi Kirk, What kind of shape is the seat in? Has it been shaved down for a vertically challenged person? If the seat is original or has been modified, you might need to get new foam for it. I d recommend taking to someone who does upholstery. I had a...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 883 Sportster Battery recharge, harley 883 sportster, 883 harley
harley 883 sportster, 883 harley, battery cables: Remove the strap that holds the top cover and then remove the top cover. If you have a front cover, just slide it out. Using a wrench, remove the bolts on the battery cables and slide the battery out. If you have small clips ont he battery charger, you can...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Starter problem, starter clutch, starter solenoid
starter clutch, starter solenoid, stock bikes: There are a coule different routes you can go. I would suppect that you running 10:1 or 12:1 compression. You can get compression releases. One type goes in the heads and the heads have to be removed and drilled and there is one form Spyke that just screw...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CRF 80 Flooded?, honda crf 80, compression stroke
honda crf 80, compression stroke, valve clearances: Chuck, I have a couple of suggestions for you.... First, check the valve clearances.... maybe no one has and the valves are tight.. .002 cold on intake and exhaust, set on T mark of the flywheel.. compression stroke. Drain the old gas out of the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda xl100 doesn't run right at high throttle, honda xl100, honda xl
honda xl100, honda xl, bill silver: Jack... the most common problems with these bikes are: The cams get loose in the head, so you can t time them correctly. If there is more than about .006 sideplay in the camshaft, you are going to have a tough time getting it to fire correctly. The...

Motorcycle Repair: harley, test pressure, harley davidson
test pressure, harley davidson, fuel pump: What you need to do, before changing the fuel pump, is do a test pressure to see if its pumping up or not. You might have a short to the fuel pump and that is whey its not pumping up. Also, you might want to consider a dianostic run on the bike. That will...

Motorcycle Repair: harley charging system, zero ohms, mike wells
zero ohms, mike wells, stator: Go from one prong on the stator to ground. then do the other. You should get zero OHMs. then go prong to prong, you should get OHMs. Try the AC volt test again and make sure the meter prongs are not touching the case or you will ground the stator and get smoke....

Motorcycle Repair: harley davidson sportster, jet size, gas mileage
jet size, gas mileage, speed jet: First I would ask you how does the bike run right now, if the answer is great then I wouldn t touch anything. To get more power ie.. 1100 to a 1200.. it takes more fuel. But if its bogging down upon acceleration then you probably need a jet size or 2 smaller...

Motorcycle Repair: harley Vibrations, electra glide standard, throtle
electra glide standard, throtle, motor mounts: Your telling me somthing different than before. Since you say that the vibration quits then its a motor problem. Since the motor mounts have been replaced and tightened and you still have the problem, your flywheels might be out of balance Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: high idle, stock exhaust, somthing
stock exhaust, somthing, tach: Without knowing the idle speed I dont think you should lower it. The bike is designed to idle at a certain RPM. Also, lowering it to low is hard on the rods. You can always take it in and have the shop check the RPM and that is somthing that can be done while...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb 650 sc nighthawk carbs, honda cb 650, pilot jet
honda cb 650, pilot jet, air mixture: Hi Terry, Does the cb650sc have plastic floats or metal floats? If metal, you might need to adjust them. If plastic then they cannot be adjusted. However, I have heard of plastic floats shrinking, which would case them to over flow. Check the specs in your...

Motorcycle Repair: honda Trail 55 C105, wheel and sproket, transmission bearings
wheel and sproket, transmission bearings, cmsnl: Aaron, the rear wheel sprocket has a rubber cushion system to help take the shock out of the driveline. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-c105-worldwide-except-usa_model11342/partslist/F12.html #18 A little motion is to be expected, but often the rubber dampers...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition won't turn to on postion, spare key, key hole
spare key, key hole, postion: Hi Corey, If you haven t done so, try spraying a small amount of lubricant into the key hole, work it around and see if it will turn properly. Also try using a spare key, if you have one. If that doesn t work then I suspect that you will need to get a...

Motorcycle Repair: installing ape hangers on a 2009 nightster, ape hangers, handlebars
ape hangers, handlebars, good luck: Anytime you are installing taller handlebars wnat you need to do first is instll the bars. then at each cable take a measurement to see how much more cable you need and then add that measurement to the stock cable. On the Wiring you will have to splice in...

Motorcycle Repair: ironhead 1000cc and shorty super e carb., ironhead, hello mike
ironhead, hello mike, plug wires: A good coil is either a Crane or Accel. Make sure you get one for your bike depending on if you have points or electronic ignition. If you put a points coil on a bike with electronic it can ruin the ignition. For the plug wires I would go with Accel 8mm Good...

Motorcycle Repair: what jets to use, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750, straight piping: Hi Garrick, Are you changing the air filter or modding the air box too? Either way I recommend getting a dynojet kit. These things make jetting easier. You can find one for your bike here: http://www.dynojet.com/jetkits/motorcycle/honda.aspx However,...

Motorcycle Repair: KE125, kawasaki 1976, jets air
kawasaki 1976, jets air, cmsnl: Steve.... http://www.cmsnl.com/kawasaki-1976-ke125-a3-ke125_model15210/partslist/46361.html The spark could be off because it has points and condenser ignition. The point contact faces must be clean and gapped properly. On a Honda the gap is around...

Motorcycle Repair: LED taillights, turn signals, signal wires
turn signals, signal wires, turn signal: I am confused. Why are you wiring the turn signals to the brake light? If you wire them to the brake light, then when you hiot the turn signals they will both flash, because you are making a circuit through the brake. What you have to do is wire the turn signals...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking fluid on clutch cable, clutch cable, trans fluid
clutch cable, trans fluid, indian chief: Since the cable goes into the trans, I am going to assumn you are refering to the level of the trans fluid. You need to get fluid that is made for your trans. You can use harley trans fluid if you wish. You should have a dipstick on the trans just above the...

Motorcycle Repair: lower rpm on hwy., rear sprocket, hyw
rear sprocket, hyw, rpms: If you want to lower your RPMs on the hyw you would have to either go smaller on the rear sprocket or bigger on the front sprocket. If you do this you will rev the bike a little more to get going and the RPMs wont go up as fast Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: New Exhaust, honda vtx 1300s, motorcycle journal
honda vtx 1300s, motorcycle journal, vtxoa com: There is a VTX website that can give you a better idea of what works and what doesn t than I do. You have to rely on the manufacturer s statements, to a certain extent. Generally, a little richening out on the mixture screw takes away the flat spot off-idle...

Motorcycle Repair: New Handlebars, control wires, drag bars
control wires, drag bars, wire tie: The wires are plugged in under the tank. You have to drain the tank, disconnect the fuel lines and crossover line and then remove the bolts holding the tank at the front and rear. When you disconnect the crossover you will get some gas running out, so have...

Motorcycle Repair: new grips caused clutch issues, clutch cable, stock harley
clutch cable, stock harley, play travel: Remove the derby cover and loose the clutch adjuster lock nut then turn the clutch adjusting screw in a couple of turns now adjust the clutch cable at the cable adjuster so you have about a 1/8 of an in of free play travel at the lever now loose the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: nighthawk carbs, correct screw, pod filters
correct screw, pod filters, float bowl: James, if you haven t done so, remove the screw from the bottom of the leaky float bowl and inspect it...make sure it is the correct screw and it is not too short or broken. If it looks fine, then you might have to take the carbs off again for a better look....

Motorcycle Repair: OIL CHANGE, oil drain plug, dipstick
oil drain plug, dipstick, oil pan: The oil drain plug is located under the bike on the oil pan to the left and foward. The trans is located on the oil pan on the right towards the middle. Use about 3 quarts of oil and check the dipstick and fill to the mark. Fill the trans with a little less...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil + Push rods, cam bearings, pressure gage
cam bearings, pressure gage, push rods: If you oil light is staying on, then you dont have enough oil pressure. You need to get a pressure gage and check your oil pressure first. If you dont have any pressure then there is somthing wrong with the oil pump. You would have to pull the pump and check...

Motorcycle Repair: Idleing, adjustment screw, screw driver
adjustment screw, screw driver, impact gun: There should be an idle adjustment screw in and around the carbs. It looks like a knurled knob and it usually sits in the middle of the carbs. Sometimes on top or underneath. Turning it clockwise will increase the idle and counter clockwise decreases the idle....

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, valve guides, loose power
valve guides, loose power, exhaust pipe: there can be two reasons for oil coming out the exhaust. Oil is leaking past the valve guides or oil leaking past the rings on the piston. You would have to pull the top end and check the cylinders for damage as well as the valve guides Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: oil pouring out of the breather vent line, breather vent, vent line
breather vent, vent line, breather tube: No, nothing is stuck. The oil tank sits higher than the motor. There is a check valve in the oil pump to keep oil out of the bottom end when the bike is not running. Sitting like that, oil has weeped past the ball and into the bottom end. When you started...

Motorcycle Repair: no oil pressure 07roadking, oil light, oil flow
oil light, oil flow, oil pump: You would have to remov ethe oil pump and do an inspection on it. In order to do this you have to remove the exhsust, pushrods, cam cover, cams with chains. The oil pump is located behind the cams If you plan on doing this yourself, I would suggest that you...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear Brakes on 85, V65 locking up., rear caliper, vehicle mechanic
rear caliper, vehicle mechanic, ring groove: Jim, You are correct that master cylinders need the second bleed hole to relieve the pressure in order for the caliper to relax its grip on the disc. The bleed hole is very tiny, but needs to be there to do its job. A second concern is that it appears...

Motorcycle Repair: Rejetting super g carb, air fuel mixture, screw out
air fuel mixture, screw out, air fuel mixture screw: If you go to the S&S web site and go to the tech pages you will find how to jet your carb. The air/fuel mixture screw you are turning is only for idle. Start the bike and slowly turn it inward, just until the bike stumbles and then outward about 1/4 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Rocker cover bolts on a 2009 FLHX, rear cylinder, tight fit
rear cylinder, tight fit, special tools: you dont need a special tool. Its just a tight fit. I use a shortened allen head. Any time you remove somthing that has a gasket, its always a good idea to replace the gasket. Are you just taking off the top cover? If you are then just remove the bolts and...

Motorcycle Repair: Rich Fuel Adjustment, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, intermediate jet: On your bike you have a air/fuel mixture screw which is plugged. If you are running rich all the time, the the air/fuel misture screw is not the problem. It only works when the bike is at idle. Off idle you are running off the intermediate jet. Pull your plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake master cylinder 1995 Fatboy, brake master cylinder, rear brakes
brake master cylinder, rear brakes, bleeder valve: Your parts inside the master cylinder are being held in by dirt probably. You can use air pressuse to blow it out and then clean it out. Also, remov ethe bleeder valve and check it to make sure the hole in it is not plugged. On the pic, you would have to...

Motorcycle Repair: remove forks, fender bolt, triple trees
fender bolt, triple trees, fork oil: Jack the bike up and remove the fender, brake caliber and wheel. On the fork you will see a screw on the side. Remove it and drain the fork oil. On the underside of the fork is a bolt which holds the upper and lower together. Remove it and slide the lower...

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: not running right, v45 magna, crank case
v45 magna, crank case, smell of gas: Hi Fred Smell of gas in the oil usually means the carbs are over-flowing and leaking into the crank case. Black smoke can either be burning oil (does it smell like burning oil), or it can mean it is running very rich from too much gas. If its been a while...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S problems, voes, intake manifold
voes, intake manifold, cranks: It can. What the VOES does is change the timing when under throttle. It connects to the intake manifold by a hose in a nipple. Once you have it connected see if it runs correct. If it doesnt, then the carb was probably not jetted correctly Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Solenoid, honda v65 magna, jumper cables
honda v65 magna, jumper cables, motorcycle battery: Solenoid and Main fuse are good places to start. BTW, when you were boosting the bike with the cables, was it hooked to a car battery? If so, was the car running or turned off? When boosting a motorcycle battery from a car, the car needs to be turned off....

Motorcycle Repair: NO SPARK, spark plug wires, honda shadow
spark plug wires, honda shadow, electrical problem: Hi Stuart, From what you have told me, it sounds like the coils could be a fault here. I would take them off and test them according to your manuals instructions. Also check the spark plug wires and caps, they should be in good order too. And as with any...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter or soleinod, clutch basket, heritage softail
clutch basket, heritage softail, jackshaft: What you need to do is drain the primary fluid and then remove the rear cover. looking above the clutch basket, hit the starter. is the jackshaft engaging the gear on the clutch? If not then you are going to have to remove the starter. to do this you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Stereo fuse/ brake light problem, stereo fuse, test light
stereo fuse, test light, fuses: Check the bulb and check the socket with a test light. If you dont have power to the brake light, then you are going to have to follow the power to the power source. The fuses for the CB should have nothing to do with the lights. Somebody might have done some...

Motorcycle Repair: Straight Pipes/Gas tank., high temp paint, straight pipes
high temp paint, straight pipes, gas tanks: Four a four cycle engine, the back pressure is not needed for performance like a two cycle engine. However it may influence your fuel economy. And it will be significantly louder. Regarding your second question, I would go to a bike junkyard and start fitting...

Motorcycle Repair: Strong gas odor, crank case, gas cap
crank case, gas cap, hot sun: Hi Larry, If a bike is running rich, it will smell like gas from un-burnt exhaust. Have you made any mods to the air filter/box or exhaust? Any jetting changes? Is the air filter dirty? Also, riding in the hot sun will cause gas to expand in your tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki C90T Blvd, suzuki c90t, solenoid
suzuki c90t, solenoid, dummies: I found this page http://www.mambaville.com/forumfaq/MotorDrivetrain.htm that may have some useful info (you should probably consider joining their forum too). On that page there s a link to Decomp for Dummies http://www.moccsplace.com/images/decomp/decomp.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250 starting prob's, suzuki gn250, model bikes
suzuki gn250, model bikes, clutch lever: Stella, later model bikes have several safety switches in place to prevent the bike from taking off with the side stand down or in gear. There is a switch on the side stand, just above the pivot and one on the clutch lever bracket. Be sure that you start...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, modual, flt
modual, flt, ohms: Since you have replaced the above parts and its still doing it then you either have a bad breaker or a short in the wiring. You didnt say anything about losing lights, so I would suppect the ignition system. I would go for a ride and when it stops check on...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, oil drip, little louse
oil drip, little louse, oil tank: Sounds like your referring to the front cylinder upper mounting stud. This stud doesn t protrude into a oil passage so I think what you actually have is the front rocker box upper rocker plate/piece is leaking and running down on this stud then dripping off....

Motorcycle Repair: starter button, starter button, light sand
starter button, light sand, electrical contact: Hi Chris, I would, at the very least, take the starter button apart and clean it up. Some electrical contact cleaner and perhaps some light sand paper. Make sure it is good and dry; don t lube it with WD40. If it still continues to give you problems, you...

Motorcycle Repair: starting, shovel head, big twin evo
shovel head, big twin evo, harley davidson: If the bike your working on is an electric start Harley Davidson of the sporty, big twin evo or shovel head era. Your problem is probably the starter drive also called a starter bendix. Its a small one way gear mounted on a shaft that turns the clutch shell...

Motorcycle Repair: starting, spark plug cable, motorcycle battery
spark plug cable, motorcycle battery, exact specs: I would take a look for any shorts or grounds in any of the wiring (the starter could be shorting out against itself too). Also, I would take the coil(s) off and give them a test too. You will need to refer to your manual for exact specs on testing the coil...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems, harley sportster 883, starter relay
harley sportster 883, starter relay, starter button: First, make sure you have a good battery. If you have a weak battery it wont turn over. Next, with a test light. check the wire coming from the starter relay going to the starter. When you hit the starter button you should get 12 volts. If not the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Front strut on 1983 Honda CM450E?, winter advice, pant leg
winter advice, pant leg, fork seal: Hi Kirk, You are referring to your front forks . It sounds like you have a leaky fork seal. The dampening system on front forks, in its basic form, consists of springs and a very light oil. The oil is held in the fork by a oil seal that sits where your...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gn125 trottle, stock air filter, gn 125
stock air filter, gn 125, suzuki gn125: Hi Paul. It could be jetting. Is the bike stock? Any mods to the intake, air filter or exhaust? Are the jets stock? Air filter clean? Make sure everything is in order and try running a half bottle of SeaFoam engine treatment through the tank and see...

Motorcycle Repair: Tappet block leak, correct torque, cylinder side
correct torque, cylinder side, rear cylinder: The only other thing it can be, if that is where the leak is, is a problem with the case where the tappet block goes not being flat. Here is somthing else you can try. use the sealer and put the gasket on and then sealer and then another gasket and then sealer....

Motorcycle Repair: Front Tire, gsx r 600, 2005 gsx r 600
gsx r 600, 2005 gsx r 600, triple trees: Hi Rabie, I would make sure your triple tree s are in alignment. Also check and make sure the support brace between the forks is not bent. This can be either on top or underneath your front fender. To adjust the triple trees, you will need to loosen the...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signal-Brake lights, turn signals, electrical issues
turn signals, electrical issues, charging system: Hi Bob, It could be a couple of things. First, I suspect your battery/charging system is weak and when your brake light comes on, it drains so much from the electrical system that the signals can t function properly. Another thing it could be is a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: tank swap on 87 electra glide, bikers choice, jp cycle
bikers choice, jp cycle, time mike: The tank you are refering to would have to be modified to fit your bike. Check some of the aftermarket catalogs online and you can find a newer looking tank for your bike. try v-twin manufacturing, bikers choice, and jp cycle to name a few Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain adjustment, cam chain, cm400
cam chain, cm400, timing chain: Hi James, Sorry, but I really don t have any experience with the CM400t. However, most bikes have an automatic cam chain adjuster. Not sure if the CM400 is an auto adjuster? But if it is, and your cam chain is still too loose, then it might be time for...

Motorcycle Repair: tune-up, honda shadow vt700, 1986 honda shadow vt700
honda shadow vt700, 1986 honda shadow vt700, full tank: My guess is that the carbs need cleaning. Since the bike does run, I would pour half a bottle of Sea Foam fuel treatment into a full tank of gas and run it through the bike. Also make sure the other stuff is working good: - new plugs - new/clean air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal bracket, new signal, nighthawk
new signal, nighthawk, shape: Hi Jeff, Those rubber signal extensions are prone to cracking and breaking, aren t they? I had a signal in the same shape as the one you are describing. I ended up having to purchase a new signal and rubber extension. I know this doesn t exactly answer...

Motorcycle Repair: VOES, emissions testing, vacuum switch
emissions testing, vacuum switch, fxdl: What the VOES does is advance the timing after the bike is running. You can chaeck it by starting the bike and unpluging the hose and putting your finger on the hose. When you unplug the RPMs should drop. When you plug it back in they should go up a little....

Motorcycle Repair: venture carbs, yamaha venture royale, star venture
yamaha venture royale, star venture, brackets: Hi Mike, I m not too familiar with the Yamaha Venture. I did check the part number for your carbs and it looks like the carbs on your Venture were used on the following: 1988 Yamaha VENTURE 1988 Yamaha VENTURE ROYALE 1989 Yamaha VENTURE ROYALE 1990...

Motorcycle Repair: xs 750, k n filters, style filters
k n filters, style filters, stock exhaust: Hi Steve, As you probably already know, when you ad K&N filters they will lean out your jetting and this is noticeable mostly on the top end. It looks like the stock main jet for your bike is a 120. My guess is that it is running too rich on the the top...

Motorcycle Repair: 200xr valvea, air fuel mixture, full throtle
air fuel mixture, full throtle, seat damage: Hi Dylan, Valves: Keeping valve clearances within spec is important. Regular maintenance should be performed. Tight valve clearances will eventually cause dishing/cupping of valves, valve seat damage, and poor performance. Loose valve clearances will...

Motorcycle Repair: MY 1964 Honda CL72, rear sprocket, thread pitch
rear sprocket, thread pitch, transmission ratios: CL72 questions....!!!! Bring them on! : ) Terry, Some people have written the the transmission ratios on CLs were X d from the original CB72 pattern. I have not found that to be the case. The X gear procedure is helpful for Scramblers, especially CL72s...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 Honda CT200, screw head, thread pitch
screw head, thread pitch, crescent wrench: David, well it does look like a C/CA200 clutch with the two screws holding the outer plate in place. It is possible that the two screws have been in place for 46 years and they do get bonded into place. Whenever you start loosening screws in the 1960s models,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda XL250K2 keyed ignition switch, magneto ignition system, bill silver
magneto ignition system, bill silver, magnetos: Bob, it seems to be a hard to find part... superseded number is: 35010-361-017 Found one listed (maybe)on this site in Australia.. http://www.motoretro.com.au/honda_partnumbers_2.htm They are not normal ignition switches, due to the magneto ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda cm 185 won't start, honda cm, 4 ohms
honda cm, 4 ohms, cmsnl: Nick, I guess you found out the hard way that the bike has a 6V battery in it and you probably jumped it with 12V source. You probably burned out the ignition coil and the rectifier and any light bulbs that were lit at the time. You can do a basic test...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda hawk 400 t2, regulator rectifier, honda hawk
regulator rectifier, honda hawk, starter solenoid: Randall... Well, it could be minor or it could be really bad for the electrics. SEE: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb400tii-78-us_model7218/partslist/F++17.html #3 the silicone diode-rectifier (not the rectifier for the charging system) that keeps...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 flh 1380, push rods, pushrod
push rods, pushrod, pushrods: First did you bleed the lifter units before trying to set them. If you didnt, you need to remove them abd do that. After you have that done put the units in and set the pushrods. You dont need to worry about TDC. Go to the front pushrod and rotate the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx 1000cc ironhead sportster, hot glue, motorcycle repair
hot glue, motorcycle repair, xlx: It doesnt sound like you removed the jets to clean them. The intemediate jet is located under a rubber plug and spraying carb cleaner in the bowl will not clean it. The pickup has a glob of glue on it. It is just a on/off switch for the ignition modual. It...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 fzr 600 trouble going into nuetral, clutch adjustment, clutch assembly
clutch adjustment, clutch assembly, 1991 fzr 600: Quentin, generally the clutch is dragging to cause the neutral selection issues. If the adjustment is correct, then the plates are warped. Remove the clutch assembly and check all the plates for flatness. I imagine that you will find some warped steel plates...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 HD Evolution, evolution question, honest opinion
evolution question, honest opinion, leaks: You never said how many miles ago the motor was rebuilt, but being a 1994 bike I think I wuold have a shop check it over. Have the compression checked and check for any leaks. Leaks will cost you money later since they do get worse. Check the belt and make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Road King, harley road king, agas
harley road king, agas, additives: It sounds like its been sitting for a while, so yes, I would change them. You dont need to put anything in the tank, but if the bike has been sitting for a long time with old agas in it I would drain it and put in fresh Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda 1100 starting, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, bill silver: Richard, when you press the start button, it automatically cuts off the headlight until you release the button. That allows extra amperage to be directed to the starting circuit. As you noticed, the clicking sounds occur when there is insufficient voltage...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 yamaha xt225, valve stem seals, yamaha xt225
valve stem seals, yamaha xt225, adjustment screw: Vern, I am not a Yamaha specialist, but in general bikes that are hard to start are suffering from: Fouled spark plug Bad spark plug cap Choke not functioning properly or adjusted correctly. Valves not adjusted to specs. Tight valves reduce compression....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 VZ800 Suzuki Marauder throttle problem, suzuki marauder vz800, 2003 suzuki marauder
suzuki marauder vz800, 2003 suzuki marauder, intermittent connections: Jason, not really my bike brand, but does it rev up with choke on any better or not? Some bikes have a tip-over switch that kills the ignition when the bikes go down, but mostly those are on FI bikes of later models. If yours still has a carburetor, there...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Road Glide forks, allen bolt, fork oil
allen bolt, fork oil, caliber: What you have to do is jack the bike up and remove the wheel, caliber, and fender. Drain the fork oil. Under each fork there is a allen bolt. Remove it and the lower will slide off. then install the new ones and install the fork oil. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 650 suzuki savage, suzuki savage, hoses
suzuki savage, hoses, overflow: Normally you can t just flood a bike, the float in the carb would have to be stuck or the bike would need to be really leaned over. Then the gas would flow out of the carb overflow, which is typically routed to hoses and these may come out underneath the...

Motorcycle Repair: '69 Sportster, oil tank, oil pump
oil tank, oil pump, squirt: St the fitting where the oil goes into the oil pump squirt some oil in there till it run out. Connect your hose and fill the oil tank and let it sit for about a hour. That will get the air out of the line and you should be fine Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 magna, honda magna, bill silver
honda magna, bill silver, tachometer: James, the tachometer signal comes from the ignition coil. Either the coil is failing or the spark unit that controls it is failing. The 1-3 spark unit is the one that signals the tachometer. http://www.bikebreed.com/Honda-magna-&-sabre-info.html#elec_ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, air jets, slow jet
air jets, slow jet, cbx club: You can re-use the originals, I do all the time. You only need about two threads worth to be able to pull the little guys out. I use a long screw with a nut and a couple of washers. put the screw in, then tighten the nut against the carb body with a washer...

Motorcycle Repair: Choke pull, plastic nut, fastener
plastic nut, fastener, deuce: Yes, you have to remove the carb and take the choke cable out of the bracket. then you have to remove the cable from the carb. It is all one unit so the whole thing will have to be replaced. It isw held into the carb by a 9/16 plastic nut Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: cb350 guide blade, little chunks, chain assembly
little chunks, chain assembly, bill silver: Kenneth, the camchain guide/tensioner is a critical component in controlling camchain whip inside the cylinder block. This is not something like an appendix. It is not an option to keep running the bike with a broken guide/tensioner. The part is now 37 years...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch to hard, dry clutch, wheo
dry clutch, wheo, gear set: Your calble probably dry and needs lubed. Try that and see if its easier to pull. One the tranny, you would have to get a 5 speed case that fits your frame. I dont know of anyone wheo makes a 5 speed gear set that will fit in a 4 speed case Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: compression test, honda shadow vt 750, valve stem seals
honda shadow vt 750, valve stem seals, cylinder bores: Gamalier, if the rings were worn badly the compression would jump up with addition of oil in the cylinders. The lack of major change indicates that the problem is probably more related to valve leakage. After 27 years, the valve stem seals certainly will need...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, slow jet, coetzee
Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, slow jet, coetzee, many thanks

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, vacuum pumps, fork oil
vacuum pumps, fork oil, heritage classic: There are two ways to do your fork oil change. Both, you jack the bike up, or do one fork at a time. Drain the fork oil out. the difference is if you can get to the cap on top of the fork. If you can remove the cap then remove it and pour the new oil in and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 200 1974, honda cb 200, point gap
honda cb 200, point gap, plug caps: Marcus... the runaway idle speed is probably from a sticking spark advancer. Remove the points plate and check the function of the mechanical advance weights and springs. Once that is clean and lubricated, then you can reset the point gap and timing to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 500 T - 1975 oil in Generator?, honda cb 500, throttle cables
honda cb 500, throttle cables, honda logo: Whilt this is not a bike I normally work on, you can check the throttle cables making sure they actuate properly. It is more likely that the jets in the carbs are dirty and stop the fuel from being delivered as cleanly and efficiently as it should. Also...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB500 T caburettor spitting, honda cb500, carburettors
honda cb500, carburettors, ngk: More likely old fuel in the carbs, take the carburettors off and give them a good thorough clean. 1.5 turns out from closed is usually a good start but this varies between bikes; your manual should have the correct setting. If you feel the carbs are clean...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL175 K6 1972 High Speed issue, hairline crack, honda cl175
hairline crack, honda cl175, petcock: James... start at the beginning..... Check compression... should be about 175psi. If you see aluminum deposits on the ends of the spark plugs, then the pistons have been seizing. Check valve adjustment.. .002 cold intake/exhaust Check spark advancer...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda dirt bike, honda xr 100, dirt bike
honda xr 100, dirt bike, factory settings: The piston has to sit at the very top (TDC) called top-dead-centre. There is a mark on the flywheel that lines up with a mark on the case. Then there are usually dots or lines on the camshaft sprocket that have to line up with marks or edges on the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL175, model xl, stock ignition
model xl, stock ignition, cdi ignition: Mike, the bike was sold for five years in small quantities and it doesn t have really high-rev capabilities. As long as the spark advancer is kept lubed up properly, the points kept clean and gapped correctly, set to fire on the F mark, then the stock ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Horrid Grinding Noise, drive pulley, clutch basket
drive pulley, clutch basket, clutch assembly: the mainshaft of the trans is pretty hard and is usually not damaged. But it can happen. In order to get to the pully you have to remove the inner primary and to remove it you have to remove the clutch assembly and motor sprocket and chain. You do not have...

Motorcycle Repair: harley repair, fuel gauge, loose connection
fuel gauge, loose connection, speedometer: SInce your lights wont work that would lead me to think you have a short in your wiring. You would have to trace the wiring that goes to the items that dont work and see if there is a short or loose connection. Low voltage will make your bike not idle correctly...

Motorcycle Repair: my honda crf 80, 2005 honda crf, honda crf 80
2005 honda crf, honda crf 80, honda motorcycle: Nick, I would clean the fuel tank and carburetor out first, refilling with fresh fuel. Pull the spark plug out and see if it looks wet/dry/black/sooty/oily. That will give clues about what is happening inside the cylinder. Check for a good spark. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: Intermittent missing, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, power commander iii: The only thing I can think of is your bike is running lean in that RPM range. That is why I asked about the air/fuel misture. Since you have a extented warrenty, the I would really press him to repair it. Not seeing it is a cop out! If he says he never saw...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 22 bayou, oil molecules, bill silver
oil molecules, bill silver, bikebandit com: Dylan.... Put motorcycle related oil in the engine. Anytime you have an engine and transmission sharing the same oil, the gears in the transmission tend to tear up the oil molecules, so special rated oils are needed to ensure long life. If the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: lower fork sliders, allen bolt, harley street
allen bolt, harley street, fork sliders: You have to jack up the bike and drain the fork oil. Remove the front wheel, caliber and fender. At the bottom of the for there is a allen bolt,. Remove it and then remove the top cap of the fork. The lower will slide off. You will have to replace the fork...

Motorcycle Repair: nighthawk 250 shaft seal, shaft seal, sproket
shaft seal, sproket, fresh oil: Typically you can drill a couple of small holes in the side of the seal, put some self tapping scres in the seal and then use those to pull the old seal out. Careful that you do not drill into the case. I don t know if the nighthawk has a locating ring which...

Motorcycle Repair: Odd problems with Hondamatic, vacuum leak, cb400a
vacuum leak, cb400a, hondamatic: Your problem could be any of the things your friends have suggested and it would be impossible to diagnose it without seeing it in person. Carbs are precission instruments and need to be adjusted properly in order to work so if you just disassembled & reassembled...

Motorcycle Repair: some power, valve spring retainers, coil ignition system
valve spring retainers, coil ignition system, 50cc bikes: Billy.... First, be sure that you have a sound engine to work with. Check valve clearances and compression readings. If within specs, check the ignition timing. The points rubbing block wears down and retards the timing. Always check timing FIRST before fiddling...

Motorcycle Repair: That Speedometor Cable ?, speedometer cable, bike mike
speedometer cable, bike mike, axle nut: If you want o remove the cable completly that is what you have to do. If you are just removing the front wheel and now replacing the cable then just pull the axle. the speedo drive unit will come out when you remove the wheel. Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Replace crank timing sprocket on Honda SL125, conn rod, wheel pullers
conn rod, wheel pullers, piston kits: Bob, You just need to index the crankshaft sprocket referenced to the keyway slot, so your cam timing will be correct when you reassemble it again. Honda doesn t offer replacement parts nor instructions for disassembly and reassembly. It is pretty much like...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing Front lower fork sliders, damper rod, allen bolt
damper rod, allen bolt, brake calipers: There is an allen bolt with a copper seal holding the damper rod into the fork lowers. Once you remove that, the fork tube should come off. Depending on the fork design, the seal may have to come off with it, or it may stay in the lower leg. Depends on...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter issues, flstc heritage, leather saddlebags
flstc heritage, leather saddlebags, clutch basket: You probably have a bearing going out in your starter and it needs to be removed and checked. Yes, you do have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket and clutch basket to get it out. On your bags, they made a change in 96 on the bags. About the only...

Motorcycle Repair: slow starting 05 softtail, big bore kit, wiring connections
big bore kit, wiring connections, softtail: If the bike is turning over fine, like it was before, but not firing then you need to check your wiring connections. At 11.5 volts it should start. Where are you checking the voltage? If you are checking the voltage at the battery, then check it at the hot...

Motorcycle Repair: slow turn signals, honda cb550, filament bulbs
honda cb550, filament bulbs, double filament: Gene, I would check all the turn signal bulb connections in the wiring harness, plus the ground connections and verify that you have the correct bulbs in the signal housings. The fronts are double filament 1157 type and rears are single filament bulbs. Beyond...

Motorcycle Repair: springer shakes, wheel weights, light grip
wheel weights, light grip, bar bushings: couple of things to check. You can lean the bike over on the kickstand so the front tire is off the ground and have somebody pull the front wheel inline with the bike and see it there is any play. If there is then the steering bearings are bad. Next, spin...

Motorcycle Repair: starter motor, starter clutch, starter motor
starter clutch, starter motor, wrong direction: This is not possible. You have to reverse the polarity and since the bike is wired with a negative chassis, you would blow other things up. You can get the starter re-wound but why on earth would you need to do this? The starter clutch will stop the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: How do you sync a carb?, synchronised, carbs
synchronised, carbs, ninja: Congratulations on getting the bike. The first purchase you absolutely need to make is a workshop manual if you are going to do your own work. The carburettor aspect will be well covered in that. Normally the carbs are bench synchronised, followed by...

Motorcycle Repair: Triumph 650, head gasket, piston rings
head gasket, piston rings, triumph 650: The answer is yes you can, however when you have the engine down that far, why not do a quick check on the piston rings and re-evaluate that decision then. The base gasket is cheap, but the time and labor (plus new head gasket) make it expensive enough that...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle issues, 1981 honda cx500, vacuum petcock
1981 honda cx500, vacuum petcock, bikebandit com: Richard... You might have any of the following issues.... -Carburetor main jets plugged up ... likely when a bike has been sitting with old fuel in the system. -Ignition failure in one side... due to bad spark plug, spark plug cap, coil or pulse coil......

Motorcycle Repair: top end, light scratches, rod bearings
light scratches, rod bearings, rod tubes: I would have the cylinders checked to make sure they were honed correctly. Since you have a EVO motor you need to make sure the cylinders were honed and checked with pressure plates on. If they mic out correctly then your pistons should be fine with light...

Motorcycle Repair: troubleshooting ignition on 81 yamaha xs 650, yamaha xs 650, test jim
yamaha xs 650, test jim, ebay: Jim, I am not a Yamaha expert, but found that there is lots of info elsewhere on the web... http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-test-the-ignition-coil-on-a-Yamaha-XS-650_W0QQugidZ10000000008112707 http://www.650central.com/tech/tips.htm http://xs650forum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve guide seals, oil smoke, valve guide
oil smoke, valve guide, valve guides: You smoke can either be the valve guides or the pistons. You would have to pull the heads and remove the valves to change the guides. You would have to remove the cylinders to mic the cylinders to see if its the pistons Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: vn750 carb problem, blowing gas, pilot jet
blowing gas, pilot jet, bill silver: Hard starting/no starting issues are generally caused by blocked pilot jets, assuming that you have no intake tract leaks, adequate compression, correct cam timing, valves adjusted properly and spark timing correctly delivered. If you leave old gas in carburetors...

Motorcycle Repair: wrist pin, head gasket, wrist pin
head gasket, wrist pin, mike hope: i would check to make sure its is a wrist pin that is making your noise. You never said if you check for play in your rods while you had the top end apart as well as checking the cam bearing. If you do find its a wrist pin, then it does have to be reamed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda 305 Scrambler, honda 305 scrambler, bill silver
honda 305 scrambler, bill silver, assembly procedure: Mike, I can put together a dual bike CD set for you, that covers most all of the steps (working backwards from the dis-assembly procedure). Not sure where you live, so I would need that info to try to direct you to someone in your locale who might be willing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB500 electrical issue, fuse holder, honda cb500
fuse holder, honda cb500, auto parts store: Jon-Michael, Go to an auto parts store and buy a cheap $5 12v test light with probe end and ground wire so you can do effective testing, if you don t have one already. Check your fuses first. Refit the 4 bulbs and harness back in place. It sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda xl185s timming, camshaft lobes, punch mark
camshaft lobes, punch mark, compression stroke: Arthur, The camshaft lobes should be rotated so they are DOWNWARDS in an inverted vee /0 so both valves are closed on the top of the compression stroke. The piston is located at the top of the stroke (T mark on the rotor/flywheel). Cam sprockets generally...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 CB1100RD vibration, gas tank, model forum
gas tank, model forum, filler cap: Yes there are baffles inside the gas tank, and yes these do go loose occasionally. I know someone who sold a gas tank because they couldn t stand the noise. Perhaps you bought this one? No idea how to fix, perhaps contact the CB1100R model forum to discuss...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 1000 xlx backfiring and slowing down, intermediate jet, plug wires
intermediate jet, plug wires, rpms: Since your plugs are fouling then it can be a couple of different things. I would OHMs test the coil and plug wires. If they pass the jets in the carb might be to large. to determine which jet it is take the bike and go for a ride. Keep the RPMs under 2500....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna V45 fuel cut-off relay?, honda vf750c, 1984 honda magna
honda vf750c, 1984 honda magna, v45 magna: Michael... http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1983-usa_model7608/partslist/F++18.html #18 is the fuel cut relay, which looks like it is located towards the front of the battery box. The fuel pump setup is run by the ignition module which runs a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda scooter elite 250, honda scooter, correct polarity
honda scooter, correct polarity, circuit paths: Ralph, battery arcing is not an indication of a bad battery. It would seem to be a failed ground connection from the battery to chassis ground. The battery must be grounded to the chassis and the engine, possibly through two different circuit paths. Ground...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda fourtrax 125cc, 1986 honda fourtrax, bill silver
1986 honda fourtrax, bill silver, partslist: It isn t designed to be adjustable after factory installation, however if you tore the top end off for some reason and didn t mark the pulse generator plate, you can reset the timing plate by setting the crankshaft to the F mark alignments on the rotor, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 heritage classic soft tail, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, dry cell: Make sure you have a good battery and you dont have a dry cell. Check the voltage at the battery, with the bike running at around 2000 RPM you should show about 13.5 volts. If it to low then do a OHMs test on the stator. One side to ground then the other....

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 flhtcui, crank sensor, o rings
crank sensor, o rings, fuel injection: You could be running on one cylinder since the plugs are black. They are fouling. Fouling plugs dont fire well. I am not sure why you are fouling plugs since I cant check the work that the shop did, but I would take it back. Somthing they did is wrong. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 Yamaha V star 650 classic, ape hangers, yamaha v star 650
ape hangers, yamaha v star 650, throttle cables: David.... Check the cable routing from the throttle grip to the carburetors. If you can see the carb cable ends while you turn the handlebars back and forth, you will probably see them opening if there is incorrect routing or the cables are not long enough...

Motorcycle Repair: 65 160 Throttle, sediment bowl, vent hole
sediment bowl, vent hole, cb160: David.... Look at the tiny vent hole in the edge of the gas cap, just outside of the gasket area. If plugged up fuel flow will be reduced/stopped. You may also have to check the petcock sediment bowl/screen for debris and/or remove the petcock to see if...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 cb360 kickstart, honda cb360, honda 350
honda cb360, honda 350, cmsnl: Bin, Honda 350-360-450 twins all have similar kickstarter designs and issues. If the kickstarter stop in the case has been broken away, then the gears try to engage. If this continues, especially while riding, then large amounts of damage can occur, perhaps...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 shovel, weight oil, shovels
weight oil, shovels, shovel: I use 50wt oil in all my shovels. If you are in a really hot area then you can use 60 or 70 wt. Change the oil and filter and it will tale around 3 quarts. Fill with the bike sitting upright and fill to the mark on the dipstick Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow
Paul, the ignition module controls the fuel pump relay. It will run the pump for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON and then will wait until the engine is running to resume fuel pump operation. As long as the engine is running, then the pump...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 VALKYRIE NO START, need a little help, valkyrie owners
need a little help, valkyrie owners, cmsnl: Dick, I can t say that I have any wrench time on a GL-based Valkyrie, but no spark conditions are somewhat universal in nature. Sounds like you have juice in the battery. Check ignition switch base to be sure that it isn t falling apart, which happened...

Motorcycle Repair: CAM Cover SL350, cam lobes, arm pins
cam lobes, arm pins, cam shaft: Ken, loosen all the rocker arms, by rotating the shafts so that they move the rockers away from the camshaft. Loosen the camchain tensioner and pull the tensioner shaft outwards, if you can get a grip on the tip and lock it in place. This will take some tension...

Motorcycle Repair: Cable length for 16" apes, heritage softail, brake cable
heritage softail, brake cable, cable length: In order to determine what cables you need you first have to install the handlebars. Then you need to measure for the cables or use the old cables and then see how much you have to add. That is the only way do do it correctly Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 carb adjustments, carb adjustments, cbxclub
carb adjustments, cbxclub, postage cost: Hi David, It is difficult to do anything with the carbs or adjustments while everything is in place, as you already discovered. You can save time by just removing the rear 4 exhaust bolts and leaving the system in place while tilting the engine, you can...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 doesn't idle, cbx 1000, vacuum valve
cbx 1000, vacuum valve, fuel supply: Hi, Congrats on buying a CBX. It sure does sound like a carburettor problem, most people who clean CBX carbs will clean the primary and secondary jets (which are hardly ever clogged) but they do not remove the tiny slow-running jets which are pressed in,...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 RPM Problem, nuetral, air cleaner
nuetral, air cleaner, air filter: If the air supply into the engine is good, and the air filter box as well as the air collector is clean (no animal nests inside) then the next suspect would be a blocked exhaust, especially when it revs OK without load. What exhaust system is on the bike?...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 top end noise, honda cb350, cam chains
honda cb350, cam chains, cam chain: Vince, I don t think you can replace the camshaft housing case with the engine in place. It might be possible if you drop the motor down off the mounting bolts to gain some vertical clearance, though. The camshaft needs to be shimmed up so there isn t...

Motorcycle Repair: chaange of frame leith, frame jig, chaange
frame jig, chaange, sporster: You can lengthen the frame, but you need to know what you are doing. You cant just cut and then start welding. You really need a frame jig to do it correctly. Check around for somebody that can do the work and has a frame jig Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: not charging, ac volts, dc volts
ac volts, dc volts, stator: There is no test for the regulator. If the stator is good then you have to assumn that the regulator is bad. Unplug the regulator from the stator. From each pin to ground you should get zero ohms. Pin to pin you should get ohms or contunity. Start at the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment 1978 shovelhead fxe, clutch adjustment, clutch basket
clutch adjustment, clutch basket, clutch kit: Loosen your cable so you have plenty of slack in it. Now go to the adjuster in the clutch basket. Slowly turn the adjuster inward, until it bottoms out and then back it out about 1/8 a turn. Now go to the cable and adjust it so you have about 1/8 inch play...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust back pressure, honda dream, heavy breather
honda dream, heavy breather, stage one: In order the get the sound you are looking for you would have to change mufflers. To get more sound you would have more open mufflers with less back pressure. More open means runnign leaner. You might not lean it out enough to hurt anything however. You would...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal, headlamp, bolts
headlamp, bolts, good luck: Start by removing the headlight and housing. Remove the top bolts of the fairing and then looking inside the fairing there are 2 bolts. One on each side inside where the headlamp housing goes. Loosen them and the fairing will slide off Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: How to find year of CBX?, 7 digits, vin lookup
7 digits, vin lookup, cbx: Hi Brian, Well the earliest CBX s are from 1978, but there may have been some earlier ones which we are always interested in. If you can send me a picture and check the frame, on the headstock there should be a number starting with CB1, or if that is the...

Motorcycle Repair: flh handlebar starter switch, thin metal plate, brake light switch
thin metal plate, brake light switch, drag specialities: If you have a aftermarket switch housing it might be a different thread pattern. the drag specialities should be the same as harley. When putting the wires in the housing, you should not have to push the wires in. The slack should be outside the housing. just...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlamp won't turn on, 81 Honda ct110, yellow lead, ground path
yellow lead, ground path, ground lead: Alan, After 1975, all the street bike headlights came ON automatically when the ignition switch was turned ON and/or the engine was running. Your wires... Blue=High beam White=Low beam Green=Ground With switch ON and/or engine running, you should...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1984 magna, master brake cylinder, surface damage
master brake cylinder, surface damage, oil seal: Assembly is reverse of removal, in the sense that if the oil seal groove is all cleaned up and the dried oxidized junk has all been removed from behind the seal, you are ready to reassemble. First reinstall the seals after inspecting them for integrity; the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB400A bogs down under load, generator coils, cb400a
generator coils, cb400a, resistance values: Rod, what are your compression readings? The spark advance is electronically controlled, so needs to be checked as much as the stock idle ignition timing. Stock air filters? If not, then it will need re-jetting on the main jets. CB400A models had...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda goldwing gl1200 interstate, honda goldwing, fault finding guide
honda goldwing, fault finding guide, issue model: Noah, Do your troubleshooting in a logical sequence. http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/known-issues/common-tech-issue?model=GL1200%20Goldwing%20%2884-87%29&cat=STREET http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/diagnosis-center/fault-finding-guide...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Overcharging, resistance values, stator
resistance values, stator, volts: No very unlikely. More likely that the regulator is faulty, since that regulates the supply into the rotor which is responsible for the output on the stator. First thing to check is all the connections, since resistance plays a role in all of this and corroded...

Motorcycle Repair: hydraulic lifters, hydraulic lifters, lifter
hydraulic lifters, lifter, intervals: Hydraulic lifters indeed self-adjust and do not ever need adjustment or bleeding. Change your oil regularly and you will never need to touch them. Sometimes a lifter will get stuck, and then there will be a fairly loud ticking sound coming from the engine....

Motorcycle Repair: Installed spark plug thread insert now kick starter is seized, shaft gears, metal chips
shaft gears, metal chips, plug holes: Dylan... verify that the spark plug insert wasn t hanging down into the combustion chamber and then broken away to get lodged in the cylinder head. Dylan, take off the dyno cover on the left side of the crankshaft and use a wrench to turn the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting for the mountains, fuel injection, higher elevations
fuel injection, higher elevations, rockies: No, you will be fine. When you get high int he mountains you will lose some power. but you will be fine. If you tried to rejett, it would be to much of a pain. You would have to stop and change jets by taking the carb apart. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, bigdog bikes, mastiff
bigdog bikes, mastiff, motorcycle: I am not to familure with the bigdog bikes so I need some more info. When you say you have power to both sides of the coil are you saying that you have power goign to the plugs from the coil or are you refering that you have a single fire coil? Also, do...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil in Lower Unit, 2003 heritage softail, oil tank
2003 heritage softail, oil tank, good luck: What do you mean by the lower unit? are you refering to the oil tank? Mike With the bike sitting upright remove the derby cover and filll until the oil is at the lower lip the primary cover. Its a little over a quart Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: oil blowby, crankcase breather, alignment marks
crankcase breather, alignment marks, blowby: Your oil pump is not working fast enough to remove the oil. This has been a problem for the 88s. S&S sells a product to stop this. Its called a crankcase breather. the other solution is to install a high volumn oil pump which would cost more Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: PushRod, pushrod, push rod
pushrod, push rod, lifters: Rotate the motor so the front exhaust is all the way at the bottom of its stroke. tighten the pushrod up so it start the lift the valve. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Check the pushrod. If you can rotate it easily then tighten it up again and then wait...

Motorcycle Repair: panhead case boring, boring question, external oil
boring question, external oil, thier heads: I looked at the web site for the cylinders that you are planning on getting. It says it uses a standard base, but I an not sure how they do that since its bigger. Personnally, I would not go over 3 1/2. Like I said before, you are loosing alot of metal cutting...

Motorcycle Repair: rear tire repair, heritage softtail, rear tire
heritage softtail, rear tire, tire repair: Start by jacking the bike up so there is no weight on the tire. remove the nut on the axle and slide the axle out. You might have to remove the exhaust if it is in the way. Once the axle is out, slide the wheel foward and remove the belt. Keep jacking the...

Motorcycle Repair: Shocks, honda magna, shock assembly
honda magna, shock assembly, honda kawasaki: Mark, I have amassed quite a bit of general Honda knowledge, however I haven t put a database of ATV shock applications together for use on a Magna. There are Sabre/Magna sites out there who may have some specific applications for shocks, or you can contact...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster Issues, air fuel mixture, sportster 1200 custom
air fuel mixture, sportster 1200 custom, intake leaks: Do your straightshots have baffels in them? Put the air/fuel mixture screw back where it was and go for a ride. pull the plugs and let me knwo what color they are. By the way, the air/fuel mixture screw only affects idle. The sportster is a little cold hearted,...

Motorcycle Repair: Sporty Problem continued, followup questions, modual
followup questions, modual, senser: There are only a couple of things that can cause your bike to run rich. First is to big of jets in the carb. But if you didnt change jets then that cant be it. Second is bad coil or plug wires. but you changed them. the pickup, or what you call a timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Stuck front brake, brake caliper piston, piston seals
brake caliper piston, piston seals, bill silver: Jim, one or two things have happened to your bike s braking system. 1. The small bleed hole in the floor of the master cylinder is plugged up, not allowing the fluid pressure to release. There are two separate holes in the master cylinder floor.. one allows...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki '00 vs800 intruder electrical, quality grease, vs800
quality grease, vs800, battery terminals: Hi, First take both connections off the battery terminals, first the negative, then the positive. Clean the terminals, and put a good quality grease or vaseline on the terminals. re-attach, negative last. Unless your battery is bad, this should fix the...

Motorcycle Repair: tail light fuse keeps blowing, 1980 honda cm400t, light fuse
1980 honda cm400t, light fuse, cmsnl: Alex, pull the seat off so you can check the wiring from the harness connectors back to the tail light assembly. Probably the tail light wire has been grounded or pinched against some grounded metal. Sometimes, the bulb sockets come apart internally. Pull...

Motorcycle Repair: white honda 50 scooter.........., 50cc bikes, long term storage
50cc bikes, long term storage, honda cub: Dave, the frame and engine numbers are near each other, assuming that you have a C100-C102 Honda step-thru Cub model. Look at the left side of the frame directly above the footpeg area, just above where the motor is mounted. The engine numbers are just...

Motorcycle Repair: Year of this Honda Dream, honda dream, bill silver
honda dream, bill silver, wiring harness: Teresa, Honda began the 7 digit serial numbers in 1965 production. Yours is 19,323 after the start of the run that year. Honda didn t give any clues about year production breaks after 1965, they just kept cranking them out. Your bike would be either a late...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cl125s, upholstery shop, bill silver
upholstery shop, bill silver, craig: Craig..... Not sure of your question intent... Raise the seat, like remove it? Raise the seat, like to make it taller? You are stuck with the forward mounting point, but you could add a small piece of metal to raise the back end a little. Otherwise,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CB400/4 carbs/timing, mesh filters, pod filters
mesh filters, pod filters, caferacer: Jeff... I got one just like that here now! First, check compression... should be above 150psi. You didn t mention the exhaust system.... With the change from air box to pod filters, the engine will be running leaner than normal. The needles needed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 flh starter relay, amp circuit breaker, starter solenoid
amp circuit breaker, starter solenoid, starter button: The relay maintains 12 volts to the starter solenoid while you have a voltage drop when you hit the starter button. the voltage drop is from the starter drawing so much current. If the starter continues to run, its a relay problem, but a starter solenoid problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda xl175, valve stem seals, digital caliper
valve stem seals, digital caliper, head diameter: Aaron, the valve stem size is probably 5.5. I can t say I have had one apart to compare against other models of that size and type. 14711-362-000 is the Honda part number. Apparently, they used the same part on ALL XL175s, so if you are on Ebay seeking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 tire rub, fxrs sp, frame work
fxrs sp, frame work, rear tire: Your rubbing tire could be one of two things. Either the tire is to wide or the belt is not properly aligned. The belt rubbing on the tire will either cause the tire to fail or the belt. You can have the rubbing. The tire has to be square to the frame. To...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 honda xr100, cdi system, bill silver
cdi system, bill silver, lh side: Michael... I trust that the stator cover is in place and no dirt is packed into the stator?? Do check the wiring coming out of the stator cover on that side, though. You have an electronic/cdi type of ignition system so moisture should not be a problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 nighttrain will not run, fuel pressure regulator, nighttrain
fuel pressure regulator, nighttrain, senser: The dianostic you are on the bike is not deep enough to tell what the problem is. You are getting a general code. I would take the bike in and have a dianostic run on it. Right now it could be anything. The map senser might be getting high voltage or it might...

Motorcycle Repair: '78 hawk type II - fading spark, honda hawk, engine cranks
honda hawk, engine cranks, yellow wires: LOL... I hoped it would be a Honda manual... here is the extracts for the ignition system.... Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measuer between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms between leads Ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 honda XL185S clutch, long term storage, clutch assembly
long term storage, clutch assembly, clutch plates: Jeff, It may not be a clutch issue.... or it may well be. You didn t say if this was a sudden problem or if the bike has just been revived after long-term storage. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xl185s-1979-usa_model1140/partslist/E++08.html shows the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 Sportster, primary or clutch issue, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, clutch plates: Replacing the cable and the actuator will not do anything for you. You will still have the same problem. If the bike feels like its pulling when in gear and the clutch is pulled then the clutch is not adjusted correctly or the clutch plates are bad Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: bad olie spil, oil tank, web side
oil tank, web side, oil pump: the problem you are having is oil is weeping out of the oil tank to the motor. There is a ball and spring in the oil pump which is suppose to keep this from happening. Over time the spring gets weak or the ball gets some carbon on it. Looking at the top of...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000Z Valve Shims, silicon carbide paper, valve shims
silicon carbide paper, valve shims, clock components: David, Don t be penny wise and pound foolish. Shims are only a buck a shim. Most dealers allow you to exchange shims for a buck and your old shim. Most of us do rely on the numbers on the shims, so if you insist on doing the grinding, remove the numbers....

Motorcycle Repair: carburetors, honda cb900f, vent holes
honda cb900f, vent holes, plug caps: Vince, so you bypassed the fuel control system? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900f-900-super-sport-1982-usa_model7251/partslist/E++19.html That s not a bad thing, but hopefully you plugged off the vacuum fitting at the carb rack. Check intake manifolds for...

Motorcycle Repair: cb400n 1981, yellow wires, generator test
yellow wires, generator test, bill silver: Richard... Here are some notes that I have given out previously to 400-450 owners... taken from a CB450T manual. Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measure between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms...

Motorcycle Repair: cb500t seems to be missing above 4500rpm, pod air filters, point gap
pod air filters, point gap, plug caps: Jamie... check compression first, after adjusting the valves, so we have a baseline to work from. Hopefully, the camtiming is all set correctly, as that can cause performance issues if you are off one tooth on either camshaft setting. Beyond that I would...

Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, zip ties, rubber washer
Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, zip ties, rubber washer, prongs

Motorcycle Repair: fluid change, drain plugs, dipstick
drain plugs, dipstick, tranny fluid: Its best to change all the fluids at the same time. Its easier to keep track of. The drain for the trans is on the pan under the bike on the right side. The drain for the oil is on the same pan, but on the left and foward of the pan. The drain for the primary...

Motorcycle Repair: follow up question about my harley, vin number, apraiser
vin number, apraiser, insurance purposes: Acording to your vin number you bike is a 1979 and the 5e stands for FXEF 1200, not a 1340. The only way you can tell the difference in the 1200 and the 1340 is to remove the heads and check the bore. The black plugs indicate you are fouling plugs. There...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL90, helicoil kit, valve seals
helicoil kit, valve seals, intake leak: Joe, I think your cam timing is off one tooth. Compression should be 157-180 psi. You didn t say how much end gap you had on the rings. Does it have excessive blow-by coming from the breather tube? What does the spark plug look like? Does it smoke excessively?...

Motorcycle Repair: handa atv, honda foreman, honda street
honda foreman, honda street, honda rancher: Chuck, that is a system warning error light. First, check with your Honda dealer to see if all the recalls and warranty fixes have been done. I don t have a list of codes, as I don t normally deal with ATV/ATC models, just vintage Honda street bikes....

Motorcycle Repair: harley, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, harley xlh: Loosen the adjuster on the cable so there is slack in it. Remove the clutch adjustment cover on the primary cover. Loosen the locknut and tun the adjuster outward. then turn it inward just until it bottoms out and then turn it outward about 1/8 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: honda 2003 shadow spirit 750, honda 750 shadow spirit, honda 750 shadow
honda 750 shadow spirit, honda 750 shadow, bill silver: Dennis. the big clue for me was sitting for months in shed . That almost always means carb cleanout time, as today s fuels evaporate, separate and plug up the idle and often the main jets. The bike starts on the choke because it is a separate fuel/air...

Motorcycle Repair: more horsepower, piston manufacturers, bonneville speed records
piston manufacturers, bonneville speed records, piston kits: Michael... What is your intended purpose for this power increase request? Drag racing, road racing, Bonneville speed records? Each application requires different design parameters and parts. What is your budget? There are a number of things that...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 4 wheeler, kawasaki lakota, kawasaki 4 wheeler
kawasaki lakota, kawasaki 4 wheeler, lakota sport: David.... Here s what I found... http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_remove_the_seat_from_a_kawasaki_lakota_sport http://forums.atvconnection.com/kawasaki/116150-removing-seat-97-lakota-300-a.html http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/1997-kawasaki-motorcycle-lakota-300-kef300a3/o/m3969#sch31871...

Motorcycle Repair: Low compression 73 st90, honda st90, npr rings
honda st90, npr rings, piston size: Al, I can t imagine why the shop wouldn t want to hone the cylinder, unless they overbored it to the piston size. A proper cross-hatch ensures a good ring wear-in procedure and end result. Clearance should be in the 1 to 1.5 thousandths of an inch range. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Main Jet, intermediate jet, turs
intermediate jet, turs, plug wires: You need to do a OHMs test ont he coil and plug wires to makes sure they are good. If they are weak they will cause the plugs to foul. Also, bad points and condenser will cause the problem I would do all that before changing jets. If you find that its the...

Motorcycle Repair: misfire at 5000-6000rpm, thrust washer, advancer
thrust washer, advancer, cmsnl: Jamie.... The fixing bolt for the advancer should lock the unit to the end of the camshaft. The knock pin is just for alignment purposes. If the hole in the advancer or cam is worn out of round, the parts should be replaced, however try a new pin locate the...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle r6 yamaha, r6 yamaha, yamaha motorcycle
r6 yamaha, yamaha motorcycle, transmission gears: Joe, when bikes don t want to shift cleanly in/out of neutral, usually it is due to clutch drag loading the transmission gears. Make sure you have about 1/8-1/4 slack at the lever and not more. If that is adjusted correctly, the next probable cause would...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking heavily through blow by tube, harley davidson shovel head, harley davidson shovel
harley davidson shovel head, harley davidson shovel, e tank: When I asked about the color ot the plugs I am refering to the tip and porcelin of the plug. we they really black and fouled? What voltage are you showing at the battery with the bike running at around 2000 RPM? Charge the battery with a 2 AMP charger....

Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk 650
honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk: Houses have fuse panels. A bike just has fuses on some parts of the circuitry. If you try to charge the battery with the key on, it is possible you did damage to the regulator or the alternator. It is very possible a diode is blown which could give a dead...

Motorcycle Repair: Rm80, piston kit, cylinder bore
piston kit, cylinder bore, good shape: The cylinder bore should be inspected for scratches or scores, if the bore is in good shape, the new piston with new rings may be fine, but usually you will have to go with a first oversize piston and the the bore machined and honed one oversize to make things...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cylinder smoke on pipe tube, valve stem seals, air filter system
valve stem seals, air filter system, piston ring: Gamalier, When you had the engine out before, did you notice large amounts of sludge and varnish build-up inside? Did you change the oil before you started it up again? If new oil is dark and smelling burnt, then there is some kind of overheating of parts,...

Motorcycle Repair: SL350 CAM Cover - Valve Timing, camshaft lobes, gasket sealers
camshaft lobes, gasket sealers, screw slot: Ken, do not use grease on a gasket for a Honda motorcycle. Grease will break down the gasket fibers and just make it easier to scoot around away from where it needs to be. Just use fresh OEM gaskets on dry, clean and flat surfaces. I am attaching a drawing...

Motorcycle Repair: setting float valve hight, float valve, furthest edge
float valve, furthest edge, bill silver: Float height is 14.5mm setting. The height is measured from the carburetor base to the furthest edge of the float, while the float tang/tab just closes the float valve needle, but does NOT compress the spring-loaded float valve needle tip. Looking at...

Motorcycle Repair: no start, honda cb 400, droplet of water
honda cb 400, droplet of water, honda manual: LOL... I hoped it would be a Honda manual... here is the extracts for the ignition system.... Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measure between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms between leads Ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Tachometer install on 2011 FLHR, serial data line, trip odometer
serial data line, trip odometer, pink wire: Not a problem. It buggs me that harley sells things without good directions on how to install! The 8B I was refering to is the ignition harness connection. Follow the wire on the scematic that you have for bike with the tac, and follow it all the way to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Tapping sound in my engine, heritage classic, lifter
heritage classic, lifter, pumps: That tapping you are hearing is a lifter. When your bike goes to idle it looses a little pressure. When you rev it up, it pumps back up. In order to stop the tapping you would have to replace the lifter. You will get to the point where the lifter does not...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve re-seat, lapping compound, valve seat
lapping compound, valve seat, previous question: In order to lap the valve you would first have to inspect the valve and valve seat for damage. If there is any damage to the valve it would have to be replaced. If the seat is damaged it would have to be ground. Once that is all done then you have to lap the...

Motorcycle Repair: 02 flhtc fairing removal, online catalogs, speedo
online catalogs, speedo, good luck: Your taking on a really big job. If you remove the fairing and disconnect the wiring the bike wsill not run. You would have to do alot of splicing of wires together. If you still want to do it you need to get a wiring diagram for your bike so you have somthing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB500 Fuel issue, honda cb500, overflow tube
honda cb500, overflow tube, seat interface: Jon-Micheal, First of all, it is always a good idea to turn off the fuel petcock when you park the bike, especially if you park it on the sidestand. With a leaking float valve, you could potentially lose the whole tank of fuel into the street which is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB 500T, smoking exhaust
smoking exhaust: Hey Mike,This bike i m not real familiar with.In general though,the compression sounds a little low.Hard starting is a good sign of it being to low.Make sure the hard staring isn t a carb problem.If it starts easy with spraying intake with carb cleaner or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda xl250, honda xl250, wattage output
honda xl250, wattage output, volt bulb: If you can find a 6v light bulb with higher wattage output, use that, but the market for that application is probably pretty small. HDLT (6V 35/36.5W) 33100-428-671 is description & part number. The problem is that the stator is only wound to put out so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Cm 250 engine rebuild, cam lobes, metric bolts
cam lobes, metric bolts, fiche section: Erik, if you can find a TIME-SERT http://www.timesert.com/ for best results, but you can use a Heli-coil, too. Just be sure to get the correct thread pitch. Spark plugs have a different pitch than regular metric bolts. The timing chain is endless, so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cbx won't start, cbx, vagueness
cbx, vagueness, diaphragm: How often have you put fresh fuel in it? 10 miles per month means 10 months between fill-ups. That gas will be stale. The 1981 and 1982 CBX s have a vacuum fuel cutoff, so fuel doesn t flow unless there is a vacuum on the inlet. You can override this and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cb450sc, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, bill silver: Beth, http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb450sc-nighthawk-450-1982-usa_model456/partslist/F++15.html #36 is a master fuse that plugs into #18 on top of the solenoid. There are two types used back then.. either a fusible link )----( shaped piece of metal or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 YZ 490, crankcase oil, oil mixture
crankcase oil, oil mixture, stroke engine: John, There is a drain on the bottom of the engine to change the transmission oil. http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-yz490j-competition-1982_model8899/partslist/B-02.html #23 A two-stroke engine has separate transmission oil, partitioned from the actual...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT 700 shadow carburetor, float valve, float bowl
float valve, float bowl, bill silver: Kevin... the spring loop just keeps the needle in contact with the float valve tang, so it doesn t swing to far down if the float bowl is empty, which might allow the float valve needle to drop out of the seat and into the float bowl. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt700c-shadow-1985-usa_model7657/partslist/E++1801.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Yamaha FZR 600, white smoke
white smoke: The white smoke is coolant being burned,blue smoke is oil and black is fuel.It could have a bad head gasket.Check for coolant in the oil and oil in the coolant.If found it is a major problem.While test riding pay close attention to any motor noise such as...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Katana 750 Engine Problem, dirty carbs
dirty carbs: Hey Jeff.Cleaning a set of carbs is actually very tricky.There are many passage ways in carb that can clog.The jets are just the begining.The way your bike was running carbs are the problem.I would recommend taking them to a motorcycle repair shop.If you are...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 honda foreman es450, reverse problem
reverse problem: The most common problem for reverse failure with your model is simple.On the very back of your engine towards the very bottom is a switch.Its the reverse indicator switch.It has one wire that connects to it and it can come loose by sticks,roots or vibration.Look...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 night train harley, throttle position sensor, bad throttle position sensor
throttle position sensor, bad throttle position sensor, bill silver: I answered a H-D question????? Basically, you have to look at it just like a car. When the check engine light comes on, there is a trouble code stored in the computer. You have to retrieve the code and find out what the reference is about. I found...

Motorcycle Repair: 49FL, battery eliminator, polding
battery eliminator, polding, joe hunt: You can add the mag without a problem and you can run the generator without a battery. Just remember, a generator relies on RPMs to keept he voltage up. With the lights on and having turn signals on your generator will not put out enough voltage and the lights...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CM 400 rich mix/ hard bucking and jerking, honda cm 400, clymers
honda cm 400, clymers, black oil: Brian..... refer this illustration of the carb parts that may be involved. Yes, you can reverse the primary and secondary main jets and cause a rich low end condition, coupled with severe leaning out as the throttles are opened. Primary jets are #72 (a...

Motorcycle Repair: ape hangers, ape hangers, cycle catalog
ape hangers, cycle catalog, pullback: The best way to install apehangers is to first instll the bars. Then you will have to take measurements to see how much longer you need. Not all apehangers are the same, they have different pullback and width, that is why you need to measure Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Black smoke, Running rich
Running rich: Hey GreenNad,The black smoke is fuel for sure.What I don t know is if the rich condition started right after your aftermarket intake was installed.If so it could be the problem.If not than first I would check to make sure your oil level isn t to high and smell...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, screw driver, pipe wall
screw driver, pipe wall, time mark: If you installed them there should be a bolt holding them in. If they are tight you are going to have to use a screw driver to bend the edges of the baffles and try to pull them out. If the baffles were installed at a factory they are probably tack welded...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit 1200, cold weather lean condition
cold weather lean condition: Hey Mike.It sounds to me like your bike is running lean,probably due to dirty carbs or incorrect jetting.In cold weather air is more dense,meaning your getting a lot more air than in warm weather,causing a lean air to fuel ratio.You can confirm this sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake pads on a '77 CB750K, caliper piston, ring groove
caliper piston, ring groove, cb750k: Todd, if the pad is rusted/gummed up in the caliper, then just use the master cylinder to push the piston outwards, which will push the pad out ahead of it. Once it is just above the flush surface of the caliper body, you can grab it with fingers/pliers and...

Motorcycle Repair: CB125 N disc brake, honda cb125t, cmsnl
honda cb125t, cmsnl, cb125: Tony, most of the cable operated brakes were used on early CB125S, CB200T, MT125R and the CB125T models. Here is an illustration of the parts involved. I recall that the self-adjusting ratchet needed to be set up close, so it could continue on its own,...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX Carb Jetting, stock pipes, k n air filter
stock pipes, k n air filter, 1979 honda cbx: Hi Bob, I do not know if the Delkevic pipes are made the same way as the original pipes, with a double wall header pipe. I know that the new Sankei pipes are identical to the originals, and they are quite resistant to blueing... If you have individual K&N...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing forks out, triple trees, roadking
triple trees, roadking, caliber: Are you just wanting to change the legs and not the triple trees? If you are then about any year will fit as long as they are the same diameter. If you are planning on using the dame brake caliber then you would have to make sure the lowers are 84-99 Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Curious carburetion discovery, discovery question, air velocity
discovery question, air velocity, ebay: Oh yes lots of experts out there but only a few who really know what they re doing. Lots of interest in aftermarket seats and needle valves because of price, however not getting the OEM s is more expensive in the end! We raced a cbx a couple of years...

Motorcycle Repair: cl 125 ignition problems, carburetor jets, coil tester
carburetor jets, coil tester, mechanical advance: Mike, Older Honda s depend quite heavily on the battery to create a good ignition spark. Always use a good fully charged battery. The mechanical advance unit under the points plate can also stick which may cause a misfire. Points should have a...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, honda rebel 250, clutch lever
honda rebel 250, clutch lever, clutch cable: Bring it by the house and I can tell you EXACTLY what is wrong with it.... : ) The most probable cause is that there is not enough slack at the clutch lever. You must have about 1/8 free play at the lever before it actually begins to pull the clutch arm....

Motorcycle Repair: e-starter on 305 engine, starter clutch, bill silver
starter clutch, bill silver, spark advance: Elliott, Usually the binding is the starter clutch trying to grasp the inner clutch hub to spin the motor over. Generally, the electric starter issues are the three springs that collapse, causing irregular gripping of the inner hub. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-c77-dream_model15007/partslist/E10.html...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, loose wire, low beam
loose wire, low beam, teardown: Sounds liek you have a loose wire. Start at the headlight and check for power from there back. Go from the hedlight to the hi/low beam switch and then follow it back tot he power source and you should find the problem Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Fluid changes, bill silver, cc view
bill silver, cc view, fluid changes: Ross, I don t have any knowledge about REVTEC 100 engines. I am a Honda guy not a HD guy. Never wrenched on them or care to, really. Did some quick searches after I realized your typo was asking about big twins and didn t find any concrete answers to share,...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal 02 flhtc, gas tank, senser
gas tank, senser, safe list: No, your bike will not run with everything unplugged. You can keep the orgional gas tank if you wish. You would have to go with a handlebar speedo, since you want to keep the orgional tank. You would probably have to change out the speedo senser for the new...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal (follow-up), senser, wiring diagrams
senser, wiring diagrams, handlebars: You would have to check your wiring diagram. I am not going to be able to list everything for you. Follow the wires and anything that is a senser needs to be plugged back it. Anything that goes to the handlebars will need to be plugged back in. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank, water in gas
water in gas: Hey Christy,The only true way to remove all water is to remove tank,drain it turn upside down and shake it to get all the drops you can then let sit in sun till completely dry.You will probably have water in bottom of carburator.Try to loosen drain screw at...

Motorcycle Repair: gs1100 suzuki, gs top end
gs top end: Hey Amir,With the info I have it seems like just the top end needs rebuilding.A Suzuki dealership is the most common way to get parts or you can use world of powersports.com.Depending if you have to buy pistons and get cylinders bored or just rings.The cost...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 305 Scrambler fenders, honda 305 scrambler, silver tank
honda 305 scrambler, silver tank, rear fender: Eric, the last of the Scramblers made in 1967 have chromed fenders, the later style oval tail light, metallic Blue/Orange paint on the tank/side covers. Changeover came at CL77-1056273 and later machines. I have restoration guides on CD available to help...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB500t, spindle shaft, shaft assembly
spindle shaft, shaft assembly, shift forks: Pete, It sounds like you will have to pull the right side clutch cover off to inspect the shifter parts. The problem may be with the shift spindle (shaft) assembly. Check the screw on the end of the shift drum or barrel as they sometimes come loose....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda shadow 750 vt 2006, honda shadow 750, motorcycle superstore
honda shadow 750, motorcycle superstore, mick dundee: Mick, Honda doesn t supply charging leads with their bikes. Most motorcycle smart chargers come with leads that you attach to your battery terminals, leaving a pigtail out to where you can charge the battery at will, without removal. http://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/ProductImages/OG/0000_Battery_Tender_Plus_Charger_Black.jpg...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cl200, metal shavings, compression stroke
metal shavings, compression stroke, piston rings: Al, Tap loudly could mean a number of things.... A blown exhaust pipe gasket at the head makes a loud and sharp noise. A valve adjuster screw that has loosened up and backed off can make a lot of noise in the top end. First thing to do is to check...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, piston rings, valve clearances
piston rings, valve clearances, jet size: Pablo, a number of things can cause gas-fouled plugs, including a weak spark (be sure that the battery is new and fully charged), incorrect ignition timing or sticking/frozen spark advancer and incorrect float level settings. There are 4 carb models listed...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, vacuum type, piston rings
vacuum type, piston rings, correct heat: Hello Pablo, Make sure your air filter is not restricting air. It may need a new filter. Check that the cutaway part on the carb slide bottom is facing the air filter. Use the correct heat range spark plug, not too cold. Check the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking inside primary cover, o ring, tranny
o ring, tranny, good luck: You have two places that the inner primary can leak. The o-ring where the inner primary attaches to the motor and the trans seal where it attaches to the trans. If either one is leaking you are going to have to remove the inner primary and replace the seal...

Motorcycle Repair: oil tank level down after sitting, oil tank, tank level
oil tank, tank level, flywheels: Yoru oil is leaking into the bottom end of the motor. there is a ball and check valve that is suppose to stop it, but its probably leaking out. When you start the bike it pumps the oil back in the tank. It doest hurt anything, justs make it a little harder...

Motorcycle Repair: Pulse Coil Generator, honda xr250r, dealer inventories
honda xr250r, dealer inventories, honda dealers: Pat, you didn t mention the year.... 30300-KZ1-000 PULSE GEN ASSY for a 1992 30300-MA0-000 for 1981, also fits XR500R 30300-HA0-033 GEN COMP,PULSE for a 1998 http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xr250r-1998-usa_model7762/partslist/E++10.html Once you determine...

Motorcycle Repair: PW 80, two stroke engines, old engines
two stroke engines, old engines, pw 80: Dustin, If your bike runs when you spray fuel into the carb mouth it means you are not getting enough fuel. First check that the fuel is flowing well to the carb from the tank. Second, you will have to check that the float inside the carb is not...

Motorcycle Repair: my pw80 a few issues, bike repair shops, pw80
bike repair shops, pw80, throttle cable: You will need to buy a throttle cable. Installationmay be a little challenging unless you have done it before. SOmetimes it is worth paying a little more to have things done/checked out by an experienced mechanic, sounds like your bike has some more issues...

Motorcycle Repair: repainting, Sportbike, paint job
Sportbike, paint job: Hey Lance,Yea your bike should have came with a fuel tank with no cover.With my experience over the years I believe having it professionally painted is the best option.If you shop around you should find someone to do it for a little over $300.Good Luck,Davi...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter is slow to engage, starter delay
starter delay: Hey Tim,Usually this is due to a battery problem.You can verify this buy either installing a known good battery or by hooking jumper cables to your battery and a fully charged known good battery.If the delay is still there than your starter needs rebuilding...

Motorcycle Repair: starter drive clutch, starter clutch, yamaha virago 750
starter clutch, yamaha virago 750, starter image: Victor, The Virago had some starter design problems on the 750 models up to about 1985. They redesigned the whole thing and added a starter drive clutch. The early models did not have this one-way clutch. If the gears are not worn and the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: water leak, head gasket failure, motorcycle engines
head gasket failure, motorcycle engines, bill silver: Sultan, you haven t given me sufficient information about this bike to be able to tell you if this is something that you can fix yourself or not. From your description, it sounds like the engine has suffered a head gasket failure, allowing coolant to be mixed...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, turn signal switch, turn signals
turn signal switch, turn signals, wire connections: Hi Bob, Always check the fuses and bulbs first and then see if the power is getting to the wires. The low beam might be a bulb filament, loose wire or fault in the dimmer switch. Turn signals may be bad bulbs, bad flasher or turn signal switch....

Motorcycle Repair: 03 xr70r, valve seals, oil consumption
valve seals, oil consumption, overrun: If it is smokey, does it smoke while under power, during acceleration then it is worn rings, or on overrun, or when you shut the throttle, it is likely to be valve seals. If the bike runs fine, makes no noises and does not smoke excessively, I d leave it...

Motorcycle Repair: 06 injected deuce, dyno time, necessary thanks
dyno time, necessary thanks, taking a chance: you need to tune the bike. What you are wanting to do will lean out the bike. Running lean makes it run hotter and you are taking a chance of burning a valve. If you run to hot you will burn the motor. Shop around on the dyno time. You might find a aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sl350 Honda runs rough at low speeds/some backfire, exhaust system components, calibration issues
exhaust system components, calibration issues, pod filters: Bill.... Start with the basics... you ve adjusted the valves, so check the compression. Should be in the 170 psi range. Once you know you have good compression, then you can move forward into troubleshooting. There are stampings on the carburetor, denoting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 superglide fxe, straight pipes, intermediate jet
straight pipes, intermediate jet, superglide: Adding straight pipes will lean the bike out a little. What you would have to do is install the exhaust and warm up the bike. Once its warm, adjust the air/fuel misture acrew and go for a ride and see how it runs. You might end up going bigger on the intermediate...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda Xl175, point gap, bill silver
point gap, bill silver, xl100: Nick, there is good information here: http://www.dansmc.com/valveclearence.htm http://www.dansmc.com/bat_coil_ign.htm Specifications are: intake valve .002 and exhaust .003 clearance when piston is at the T mark on the flywheel and both valves are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda xl 125, honda xl 125, exhaust stroke
honda xl 125, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Either way, lobes up or fully down will work. This is what is called a wasted spark engine design meaning it fires on the compression stroke, but also on the exhaust stroke. So whichever way you put the camshaft in, it will work out fine. Make sure it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda CT110, honda ct110, cmsnl
honda ct110, cmsnl, compression stroke: Tim, did your new one come from Honda and was it a Keihin brand unit? What was the part number? Compare what you have to the part numbers and jet sizes listed here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct110-trail-110-1984-us_model7376/partslist/E++14.html ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda interceptor v four 500, honda interceptor, long periods of time
honda interceptor, long periods of time, carburetor body: Ronald, the fuel system is designed to briefly prime the carburetors, then shut down until the motor is running. Then, the fuel pump is enabled all the time. This is normal operation. Fuel leaking out the overflow is due to a dirty, sticking float valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx ironhead 1000cc sportster, little spark, xlx
little spark, xlx, plug wires: Since you have replaced most of the electronics there are a couple of things to check. Check your wiring to make sure all the connections are good and no shorts. I would test the coil, plug wires and pickup. Even though they came out of a box, they can be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx sportster 1000cc ironhead, stock carb, xlx
stock carb, xlx, petcock: Even though you installed a new carb kit you might have some dirt in the carb that is plugging up things. I would take the carb apart and soak it over night in carb cleaner. Also, make sure the petcock is not plugged. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 nighthawk 700sc, honda cb700sc, rubber hoses
honda cb700sc, rubber hoses, cmsnl: Aris... sorry to hear someone has been messing with your bike. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-85-nighthawk-s-us_model7229/partslist/E++18.html for some of the hoses http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-85-nighthawk-s-us_model7229/partslist/F++15.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 fxsts repair ?, cam lobes, lifter
cam lobes, lifter, bearings: Rebuild the top end will not hurt the bottom end at all. Since its a 1988 I would check the cam lobes and replace the cam bearing and check the lifter bearings. As to the cost. I cant comment on that. Prices differ all over the country as well as shop to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 fzr 600 no spark issue, jumper cables, 1989 fzr 600
jumper cables, 1989 fzr 600, bill silver: John, not really my brand or type of motorcycle. If you jumped the battery you probably damaged it and the system isn t getting sufficient reliable voltage to run the ignition. Putting the sidestand down, in gear, will kill the engine due to safety devices...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 883 starter problem, starter solenoid, 883 sportster
starter solenoid, 883 sportster, earth cable: The thickness is fine. If you have power going to the starter and the starter solenoid is moving the shaft outward then the starter should spin, unless the motor is not turning, or there is damage to the starter solenoid and its not letting power go to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Heritage, Backfire etc., intermediate jet, mike bike
intermediate jet, mike bike, air leak: If you have adjustable pushrods, make sure they are not to tight. Check for a air leak at the intake. You can warm the bike up and with some carb cleaner, spray a little around the intake. If your RPMs go up you have a leak. Lastly, remove the bowl on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2009 Iron 883 fuel tuners and exhaust systems., air fuel mixture, heavy breather
air fuel mixture, heavy breather, vance and hines: You should notice a little change. You are not going to get alot more horses unless you change cams. The only problem you will have is knowing what the air/fuel mixture is. You are uploading maps and trying them to see how thery work Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 superglide, superglide, dipstick
superglide, dipstick, kicker: It depends on what kicker cover you have. Looking at the kicker cover is there a small allen head plug just to the left of the kicker? If there is then remove it and fill the trans just until oil runs out that hole and put the plug back in. If you dont have...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 honda400 carbs, bill silver, float bowl
bill silver, float bowl, cmsnl: Jesse, take the float bowl off and release the float downwards so the needle drops down out of the float valve seat. If nothing comes out, then there is a block in the interconnecting tube between the two carburetors. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb400tii-78-us_model7218/partslist/E++19.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 custom 1200, starter switch, test light
starter switch, test light, kill switch: Start by checking, with test light, to see if you have power going to the ignition switch and to see if you have power going away from it to the start/stop switch. If you have power then check the switch to see if you have power going away from it. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Heritage springer, heritage springer, good luck
heritage springer, good luck: Sometimes it can be. There is a very small space on the shifter drum where netural is and it can be tough to hit with the trans spinning. You never told me how many miles you have on the bike, but since its a 98, the drum might be worn and needs replaced....

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Heritage springer, heritage springer, full tank
heritage springer, full tank, clost: Looking at the carb you will see where the throttle cable goes in the carb. Clost to it you will see a screw. Start the bike and let it warm up and then turn the screw so the idle comes up to where you want it. If it is still sputtering and backfiring pull...

Motorcycle Repair: atv, honda rubicon, bill silver
honda rubicon, bill silver, rev limiter: Adam, I don t get involved with ATV and water craft. It it runs fine going forward, perhaps it is a rev limiter kicking in so you don t go backwards too quickly. Try http://www.hondaforeman.com/ and check the forums there or start a new thread after you...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, air fuel mixture, carburation
air fuel mixture, carburation, carburettor: Not many bikes need hi-test fuel, but it sounds like yours was laid up for a while. The backfiring is either pre-ignition or carburation problems. Since the gas in the US is so bad, I suspect a carb issue so clean the carburettor properly especially the...

Motorcycle Repair: Bikes been sitting for years, electroglide, harley
electroglide, harley, good luck: You need to start by gettig a new battery. remove the old gas in the tank and put in fresh. then start the bike. If its carberated you will probably have to rebuild the carb. Once you have it running I would change the fluids Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake handle replacement, sorry mike, harley davidson
sorry mike, harley davidson, brake lever: No problem. Look at the lever and you will see a pin going through it. On the underside of the pin there is a clip. Remove the clip and slide the pin out and the lever will come right out. Install the new one in reverse Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, calibers, sportster
calibers, sportster, caliber: Since they never made a springer in 72 on a sportster you are going to have to find out who the manufacture of the springer is. Then you can check with them. the other thing you can do it take some measurements on the caliber holes and then you would have...

Motorcycle Repair: Coil / ignition, revtech motor, wire coil
revtech motor, wire coil, mark thanks: you should be showing aprox 3 ohms. I would check the plug wire to make sure its good. Generally, if the coil and plug wire is good then then the ignition is to blame. As to the timing mark on yoru revtech motor, I am not sure about the timing mark on it....

Motorcycle Repair: cb900c, cb900c, cb900
cb900c, cb900, heat range: Well unless the iming is miles off, I do not suspect this will be the problem. Is the valve timing 100%? Also the carbs are nice and clear and the boots are tight between the head and the carbs? Fuel is nice and fresh and the compression is good? Use the...

Motorcycle Repair: cleaning carbs, honda750, cmsnl
honda750, cmsnl, partslist: John, a factory shop manual would probably be beneficial for you, if you choose to do this yourself. It isn t rocket science, but does require some patience, $$ carb kits, access to cleaning fluids, then a carb synch tool when it is back together and running...

Motorcycle Repair: Extended crank, fuel valve, diaphragm
fuel valve, diaphragm, crank: Looking down the throat of the carb twist the throttle. Are you getting a shot of gas everytime? If you are then open teh enrichner and try to start it and let me know what happens. If it doesnt start right up, then put your hand over the carb and turn it...

Motorcycle Repair: engine problem, honda unicorn bike, insufficient levels
honda unicorn bike, insufficient levels, peak speed: oil removes heat and lubes moving parts. Without oil the parts that need lubed start rubbing together, metal to metal and wear out very quickly. Pistons will be damaged and seize. the motor probably needs to be rebuilt. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHP oil in air filter, drip oil, rocker boxes
drip oil, rocker boxes, breather tube: That is oil being mixed with air. Clean it out. Every so often you will have to clean it so it doesnt drip. oil is getting past the vent screens in the heads. You would have to remove the rocker boxes and replace the screens Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: LED indicators, side signals, led signals
Motorcycle Repair: LED indicators, side signals, led signals, 1n4004

Motorcycle Repair: frozen pistons in caliper, piston seal, honda rebel
piston seal, honda rebel, bill silver: Chuck, rebuild the master cylinder so it can maximize the fluid pressure, if it is not in good shape already. Using the hydraulic pressure of the master cylinder pushes the pistons out of the caliper in most cases. Just remove the caliper from the brake assembly...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel system, sensers, fuel tanks
sensers, fuel tanks, roadking: Alot more than you want to do. Its a long process. You are removing the ECM and all the wiring, and rewiring. Removing most of the sensers and rewiring. Changing fuel tanks. Personnally, if it were my bike, I would do it. Its alot of work Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda-CB160 year by Vin. #?, honda cb160, fork sliders
honda cb160, fork sliders, speed bikes: Dan, Honda began making CB160s in 1965 using 7 digit serial numbers, which they used on all the twins from that year forward. Your bike was the 67,747 made. The online parts listings show that your bike may still have the steel fork sliders that are chassis...

Motorcycle Repair: harley clutch cable, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, clutch: Go ahead and adjust the clutch. Before you do that put alot of slack in the cable and then adjust it. Then adjust the cable so you have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever and see if that doesnt solve your problem. If you are still having trouble let me...

Motorcycle Repair: harley race tuner, harley race, air cleaner
harley race, air cleaner, pipes: You dont have to get the race tuner or the air cleaner. One thing you need to remember, adding free flowing pipes will lean your bike a little. Your bike came from the factory already somewhat lean so it could pass EPA. If you add the tuner it will richen...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1993 nighthawk oil screen, phillips head screws, honda 250
phillips head screws, honda 250, drain oil: oil screen is on the right side of the engine (as you sit on the bike) -- you have to remove the right side cover (drain oil first) to see it -- may require a new 15 dollar paper gasket. it is on the bottom (intake side) of the oil pump mounted against what...

Motorcycle Repair: kehein carb. flooding, harley manual, throttle gas
harley manual, throttle gas, slow jet: There is still a small vaccumn port that is probably slightly plugged and causing your problem. Letting a carb like that sit for a long time with gas in it really causes problems. It will varnish up and is tough to get it clean. I have seen some where they...

Motorcycle Repair: LED indicators, honda cg, flash frequency
honda cg, flash frequency, signal relay: The load on the turn signal relay is important, as it causes the correct flash frequency etc. It soulds like the LED signals had a different load and this caused a problem with the flasher unit (sometimes referred to as a flasher or turn signal relay) You...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking from bike, oil tank, oil line
oil tank, oil line, oil pump: you can do it. I is pretty easy. If you look at the top of the oil pump you will see two plugs. the one to the rear is the plug you need to remove. you will either have to pinch off the oil line or drain the oil. Once you remove the plug remove the spring....

Motorcycle Repair: Pops out of gear into neutral @ 5000rpm, oil viscosity, selector fork
oil viscosity, selector fork, pops: Could be any number of things, but typically it means a bent selector fork. This is usually a large job. Does it feel like the gear is engaging positively? You can change the oil and see if it makes a difference; use the manufacturer s recommended oil viscosity....

Motorcycle Repair: Running between 5000 and 6000 rpm, exhaust leaks, throttle cables
exhaust leaks, throttle cables, careful care: Dex, the 250-350 carburetors need some careful care and correct parts to run properly. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb250k4-england_model8207/partslist/E19.html for a list of parts. Poor running on one side could be a lot of things..... Low compression......

Motorcycle Repair: Stage 1, bone stock, power commander
bone stock, power commander, air cleaner: They all claim to be the best and all work really well. Most all you listed use a K&N filter or the same style. All in all there is not much differnence in them and you will not notice a difference in them when you ride the bike. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Storage hints for the Goldwing, goldwing 1500, storage hints
goldwing 1500, storage hints, followup question: No, do not try to run the bike with diesel in it. Does your fuel tap have a vacuum shut off? If so, override that to get diesel in the carbs. Once there, you re good to go and leave the bike for a few months. Once you want to start riding again, take the...

Motorcycle Repair: Storage hints for the Goldwing, storage hints, notch shape
storage hints, notch shape, diesel fuel: While you can drain the carbs, the risk is that all the rubber dries out and then you have to deal with leaks when you return. What I have done before, is to drain all the gas, fill it up with diesel, and store the bike with diesel in the carbs as well as...

Motorcycle Repair: starter and battery, starter solenoid, solenoid
starter solenoid, solenoid, low rider: I would first have the battery tested to make sure its good. If it is, check the ground wire at both ends to make sure you have good contact. Also, when you replaced the solenoid did you replace the spring as well? It might be weak Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, left turn signal, fxstb
left turn signal, fxstb, ryhme: Since it works on and off I would suspect a loose wire or connection. I would start at the light and work my way back, checking the wires for chaffing and all the connections. Unplug the connections and make sure they are not corroded. After that if its still...

Motorcycle Repair: vaccum switch, jumper wire, modual
jumper wire, modual, throttle grip: In order to do the test you need a part which splices into the cable going to the pickup. You cant use aligator clips. They wont fit. You need an ignition test adapter, part #HD-94465-81. Once you have that you can tests. You need to get a service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: water in tank?, water remover, cbr 600
water remover, cbr 600, wet environment: I would recharge the battery and try again. Not likely that water is your problem, these bikes are used all over the world and LA is not a wet environment. So check the usual, plugs, leads etc. but first make sure your battery is up to the job. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 Sportster 883 Low, question thanks, air cleaner
question thanks, air cleaner, gaskets: Pull the plugs and see if they are getting fouled. If they are black and sootly then they are fouling and you need to OHMs test the coil to make sure its good. If the plugs are ok the you need to check the intake gaskets and make sure they are not leaking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 CL72, ebay sellers, roadside emergencies
ebay sellers, roadside emergencies, size hose: Terry, Will try to answer your questions in order here: There are Ebay sellers who supply the correct 5.5 metric, which can be purchased from Honda, but only in 25 ft lengths for about $50. P/N for clips is 9500-250-000. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl72-scrambler-250-us_model1036/partslist/F++05.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Harley Sportster XLH 1000 CC IronHd, air fuel mixture, harley sportster
air fuel mixture, harley sportster, jumper wire: You need to get the charging problem fixed first, before you mess with the carb. To set it, start the bike and let it warm up. ASlowly turn the air/fuel mixture screw inwward just until the bike starts to stumble and they outward about 1/4 of a turn and its...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CB250, plug caps, plug gap
plug caps, plug gap, bill silver: Andrew, I am trying to figure out what kind of CB250 you own built in 1974. There were CB350 twins and fours, but nothing sold in the US as a CB250, unless it was a domestic model that snuck into the country. If you power washed your bike, you may have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 flh motor sproket seal, adjustable pushrods, drip oil
adjustable pushrods, drip oil, hex head: If your check valve ball is sticking it will dump oil into the bottom end, not into the primary. The primary gets its oil from a port on the oil pump. It is a small line going to the back of the inner primary. All it does is drip oil through the line. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB125S Seized Piston, transmission fluid, piston
transmission fluid, piston, tarp: After what you have tried, time for tricks is pretty much over. You ll need to take the top end apart and free things up. The piston should move down the barrel OK, usually the oil stops corrosion from building up below the piston. Then clean the barrel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 CB400ti idle, stop screw, full tank
stop screw, full tank, setting 1: Ben, Because the engine only has a single coil, it has to have a wasted spark, doesn t it? : ) The motor is 360 degree crankshaft, so both pistons go up and down together, like the pairs of a 4 cylinder bike that also have a single, dual lead coil for each...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CB750 C, 1980 cb650, turn signals
1980 cb650, turn signals, reflectors: Well usually the items will look like they will interchange, but I have been in the same position only to find out that some small things are different. The best thing to try is to go to a website like www.cmsnl.com and check the part number of the parts,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 cm400e, honda cm400, speedometer shop
honda cm400, speedometer shop, speedometer drive: Gary, the most likely possibilities are that a: The bike has been altered with a different speedometer drive, if the history is not known. b: The speedometer bushing inside the meter is failing and causing wobble inside the magnetic assembly, which...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Hondamatic, float bowls, balancer shaft
float bowls, balancer shaft, jets air: Jared, probably not the easiest way to introduce yourself to motorcycling, but I m sure it can be repaired. My dad had one, back in the 1980s. With a little rejetting, it would drive all day in one gear, if you weren t in a hurry. Basically, when bikes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450E, 1982 honda cm450e, asbestos fiber
1982 honda cm450e, asbestos fiber, deer hair: i havent seen that wrap for a long time, but if you can find some you can try it. It wont last to long though, since your pipe gets really hot. That is about the olny thing you are going to be able to do, besides replacing it Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Nighthawk 450 CARB issues, 1982 honda nighthawk, honda nighthawk 450
1982 honda nighthawk, honda nighthawk 450, fuel mixture: Check the primary as well as secondary carb circuits. A blockage in a secondary circuit will cause backfiring. Also check the timing, as well as the valve clearances. It is all about having the right fuel mixture, the right compression and the right ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda cm250, honda cm250, flow mufflers
honda cm250, flow mufflers, dune buggy: Erik, If the shift shaft was welded then broke, you have to remove the clutch so you an push the shifter shaft through the cases and into the shift selector components.... if that is what you are talking about.... you mentioned fork which could be something...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow vt750c, fuel pump relay, pain in the arse
fuel pump relay, pain in the arse, honda shadow: You need to get a workshop manual. Since you are doing the work yourself, and saving the cost of a delaer or mechanic, you should spend money on the right manual! Then you should be able to find out if there is a timer, or a preset sensor to allow the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda VT700c, vacuum leaks, vacuum hose
vacuum leaks, vacuum hose, petcock: Daniel.... Check it for spark, first. If no spark, then make sure that the KILL switch on the handlebars is in the ON position. If you have spark, then perhaps the idle jets are blocked/plugged up. IF the fuel smells old, replace all the fuel in the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 softail, spark plug wires, timing hole
spark plug wires, timing hole, hole plug: To set the timing you need a timing light and a clear timing hole plug. Install the timing hole plug and attach the timing light to the front plug wire. Start the bike and looking through the timing hole, look for the timing line on the flywheel. If you dont...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 1200 Harley Sportster, negative battery cable, dead battery
negative battery cable, dead battery, starter motor: I have to tell you, your model is not my specialty but I would try tightening both ends of that negative battery cable, it this doesn t work I would replace the positive battery cable, I have seen the cables come apart under the insulation right where the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 S&S 113ci engine clack, rod bearings, main bearing
rod bearings, main bearing, lifter: I would start by checking the cam bearing, cam and the lifter rollers. One of these bearing might have gone out. If that is not the problem then you need to check the left and right main bearing and then check the rod bearings Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 harley flhtcui, harley dealer, changing oil
harley dealer, changing oil, finter: You can put sytethic in your bike without a problem. Use can also use it in the trans and primary as long as the oil you are using is made for all three. You can get a service manual from any harley dealer or check online. your suppose to change the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Yamaha Raptor Carberator, overflow tube, screw out
overflow tube, screw out, float bowl: Perhaps you overtightened it, it is a needle seat screw typically. Could also be a stuck float causing the problem.you need ot establish if it is leaking out of the drain screw or out of the overflow... Float bowl needs to come off either way. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Soft Tail Deluxe, Wont start, battery cables, dollar bill
battery cables, dollar bill, good luck: Since you know you have a ggod battery and your bike is turning over slow, then check the battery cables at both ends and make sure you have a good connection. If its still not turning over fast enough then your going to have to pull the starter and have it...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Sportster, rubber gasket, petcock
rubber gasket, petcock, starter fluid: I am not sure about bypassing the petcock like you say, but if you are not getting any gas then either the petcock is not working or the screen in it is plugged. Either way you will have to remove the petcock. If its not plugged with dirt then I would replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 XL 1200 Roadster oil light/smoke, oil light, light smoke
oil light, light smoke, long periods: When you turn the key on the oil light should come on. Without the bike running you have no oil pressure. Without oil pressure the light comes on. When you get pressure the light should go off. Letting your bike sit and idle for long periods is not good. Without...

Motorcycle Repair: 62 honda dream 305, spark plug wires, plug caps
spark plug wires, plug caps, primary resistance: Darin, the Bike/Engine is 1962 production... #2483 motor, anyway. The single coil is double ended and needs both plugs grounded to test. Check the primary resistance values on the coil, which should be about 4.5 ohms on the two small wires, disconnected...

Motorcycle Repair: '72 Ironhead Clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, ironhead: I am confused by your question, so I will tell you how to adjust the clutch and see if this helps you. If not, maybe you can explain it to me a little clearer. First, loosen the cable so there is alot of slack in it. Loosen the clutch adjuster screw. Take...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 shovelhead-electric starter?, open primaries, shovelhead engine
open primaries, shovelhead engine, electric starter: There are open primaries that can have a electric starter added. It is going to depend on what brand and application its being used. You will have to look at the back of it, where the starter would go, and see if any fittings are there to install a starter....

Motorcycle Repair: '78 Honda CM-185T leaking gas, cm 185t, point gap
cm 185t, point gap, overflow tube: Tommy.... Pretend it is in for a major service..... Adjust the valves ... .002 cold in/ex check compression... should be above 150psi on both sides. Replace the spark plugs Check spark plug caps for excessive resistance.. more than 5k ohms Clean the...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda cm250c no spark, coil windings, plug caps
coil windings, plug caps, honda cm: Greg, it would have been helpful for me to know the values of the coil and pulse generator. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm250c-custom-1983-us_model7282/partslist/E++09.html you should be measuring the small 2 pin connector that goes to the pulse generator...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 v65 magna 1100 clutch problem, clutch master cylinder, v65 magna
clutch master cylinder, v65 magna, air bubbles: William, The only way the clutch master cylinder plunger can come out is if the snap ring breaks, rusts through or isn t installed properly. At 27 years of age, the hydraulic system needs to be disassembled, cleaned inspected and new kits installed for maximum...

Motorcycle Repair: 860 VT700C w/ V+H pipes: sputters etc, plug caps, air leaks
plug caps, air leaks, ohm resistance: Cindy, usually all you need to do is to go up one size on the main jets, put a thin washer under the needle retainer and remove the limit caps on the idle mixture screws, so you can adjust them to a nice smooth idle that will transition into part throttle...

Motorcycle Repair: 883 to 1200 conversion problem, adjustable pushrods, stock harley
adjustable pushrods, stock harley, conversion problem: As I stated I only know about ironhead sportsters, ones made between 1957 and 1985, But If I were you I would slow down the advance curve but if you have the stock ignition you wouldn t be able to achieve this so you will need to install an aftermarket system...

Motorcycle Repair: 883 harley, 883 harley, motorcycle engines
883 harley, motorcycle engines, rocker arms: Your bike has hydrolic lifters and there is no adjustment. The tapping you are hearing is the lash in the pushrod. You can try changing to synethic oil and that might help. It doesnt really hurt anything. the only other thing you can do is change the lifters...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 custom softail, good luck, tank
good luck, tank, fluids: Start by draining the fuel out of the tank and putting in fresh. I would pull the carb and remove the bowl and make sure its clean. make usre hte battery is charged. Start the bike and let it run until its warm and then shut if off and change the fluids Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't turn over, rectifier unit, starter solenoid
rectifier unit, starter solenoid, regulator rectifier: Charlie.... Doesn t say a lot for the dealership s repair department, if they are guessing at the cause of the problem. On the back side of the battery tray is the regulator rectifier unit, which is far more likely to fail than a stator. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt700c-shadow-1986-us_model790/partslist/F++18.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Burning rich, hooker header, header pipes
hooker header, header pipes, fuel mileage: Sounds like your SE tuner is not working correctly and is sending to much fuel. Having the programmer will not help, unless you have a exhaust 02 analizer. You need to have it run on a dyno to see what is happing with the race tuner and see if it can be adjusted....

Motorcycle Repair: blinkers, turn signal switch, harley dealer
turn signal switch, harley dealer, blinkers: I would start by checking the turn signal switch on the handlebars. With a test light, check to see if you have power on both sides of the button when you press it. The test the wire going to the module and see if you have power going to it. Next, check to...

Motorcycle Repair: break caliper, caliper pistons, piston compressor
caliper pistons, piston compressor, friction material: To do this properly you need a brake piston compressor, but depending on how free the caliper pistons are you may be able to lever them back using a large screwdriver. Do not force against the friction material as you will damage it, but you can lever against...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor, havock, flht
havock, flht, yost: The only time you need to rebuild your carb is if the bike is not running correctly and you have checked everything else. If its bogging really bad the jets int he carb may be plugged. Then you would need to rebuild it. The only other time is if the carb starts...

Motorcycle Repair: CL72, spindle oil, float bowls
spindle oil, float bowls, throttle valves: Terry, The way I usually synch the carbs is to drop the float bowls and unscrew the main jet holders, so you can see the tips of the needles. Then, adjust the cable stops at the carb tops as necessary. This is the LAST thing you do, after setting timing, adjusting...

Motorcycle Repair: Correct Seat Strap Buckles, correct seat, variations on a theme
correct seat, variations on a theme, cb77: Ted, there seems to be a lot of confusion over seat strap buckles, for sure. There are small ones for the Cubs, larger ones for the CB/CL 72-77 models, then you have CB450K0 and then later on CB400F, CB750s, GL1000 and other variations on a theme. I m not...

Motorcycle Repair: charging sys, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, voltage regulator: You need to unplug it and at the plug for the stator do a OHMs test on the stator. Do a pin to to pin and a pin to ground. You should have no OHMs. Then start the bike and at the stator plug you need to test for AC volts. At 2000 RPM you should be getting...

Motorcycle Repair: coil, jumper wire, dual fire
jumper wire, dual fire, condensers: The points system that you installed is dual fire unless you have a points plate that holds 2 sets of points with 2 condensers mounted some wheres else on the bike. You still can run a dual fire points setup on a single fire coil as long as you install a jumper...

Motorcycle Repair: ct70 air fuel mixture, air fuel mixture, flywheel engine
air fuel mixture, flywheel engine, air screws: Betty, You didn t say what year model the CT70 is. They have been making them since 1970... here is a sample of the parts listing illustrations. Carb section shows a round and rectangular float bowl option. Because I don t know the year I don t know if...

Motorcycle Repair: exhausts, sound thanks, vance and hines
sound thanks, vance and hines, straight shot: your bike came from the factory a little lean. Changing the pipes to a more free flowing pipes makes the bike run even leaner. Leaner means more heat. To lean and you could burn a valve. You dont have to remapp, but if you do you bike will run better and correctly....

Motorcycle Repair: FXWG starter, starter shaft, battery cables
starter shaft, battery cables, oil tank: First, chck the battery cables. If they are old and cracked, replace them. have the battery tested if its old. Lastly, check the timing. to far advanced and the starter will kick in and out. The brass spacer you are refering to is a shim and yes, you need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB125S Seized Piston, plug hole, spark plug
Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB125S Seized Piston, plug hole, spark plug, realy

Motorcycle Repair: flhr belt primary ?, engine case, oil seal
engine case, oil seal, good luck: there are only 3 routes you can go with this. First, replace the cases, second, have the cases repaired. That would require the cases being split. Lastly, is replace the chain drive with a belp drive. Anyway you do the above is going to be expensive. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: front fork seals and oil change, fork seals, allen bolt
fork seals, allen bolt, fork oil: First to change the fork seals you have to remove the caliber, fender and front wheel. Remove the top cap. Be careful, it has a spring under it. Remove the screw on the side of the fork to drain the fork oil. Once that is drained, at the bottom of the fork,...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pump, fuel pump relay, pain in the arse
fuel pump relay, pain in the arse, fuel pumps: I do not know much about these bikes, but I ll have a stab at helping you. You ve tested fuel pumps, and your have checked that the fuel line to the carbs is clear. Is there a return line from the carbs back to the fuel tank? Check that that is clear too....

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Tank, warm soapy water, rusty tank
warm soapy water, rusty tank, mineral spirits: Jared, there are several ways to ensure that the tank is cleared of fumes. One is dry ice! http://www.continentalcarbonic.com/dryice/weld-tanks-with-dry-ice.php Another one would be to use some mineral spirits, alcohol or acetone to flush out the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: HOOKING UP BLINKERS ON A 1974 HARLEY SPORTSTER 1000CC, harley sportster, low beam
harley sportster, low beam, blinkers: It sounds like to need to rewire the handlebars since you have so many problems. If you only have low beam then either you have no power going to the high beam or the bulb is burned out. As to the kill switch, same thing. You need to check the wiring. You...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda gas leak into crankcase, honda ascot vt500, vacuum petcock
honda ascot vt500, vacuum petcock, cmsnl: Roy, the whole fuel system needs to be checked, cleaned and secured with new parts. The vacuum petcock diaphragms can rupture and allow fuel to pass through the diaphragm, into the small vacuum line and back into the intake manifold connection, where it...

Motorcycle Repair: hard starts, torque starter, haveing trouble
torque starter, haveing trouble, revtech: First, make sure you have a good ground from the battery, at both ends. Then start the bike and make sure your timing is not to far advanced. If you retard it a little it will start easier. If you are still haveing trouble then your either going to have to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 74 MT 125 Elsnor, primary resistance, rust free
primary resistance, rust free, spark test: Chris, magneto ignitions need very clean point contact faces to ensure maximum spark. After that they need to be adjusted so they just OPEN at the F mark alignment of the flywheel to the index mark. If the points faces are deeply pitted, then the condenser...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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