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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Repair: Coils wont fire, primary resistance, resistance values
primary resistance, resistance values, amp meter: James, check the primary resistance in the coils.. and the secondary resistance between the two spark plug leads with no plug caps installed. Then, check the plug cap resistance values... should be around 5k ohms. When checking spark, BOTH plugs have...

Motorcycle Repair: cam and jetting carb, air mixture, stock cam
air mixture, stock cam, model stock: I would do nothing at this point. Do your cam instillation and get the bike running.You may find that after you get the bike running that every once in a while at ideal it will hickup.If so increase the low speed one size or until it stops.As for your main...

Motorcycle Repair: carb and back brakes, stock carb, bendex
stock carb, bendex, e bay: On your brakes, your probably not bleeding them long enough to get the fluid to the brake caliber. It takes quite a while. The hole in the master cylinder is really small for the fluid to go through. I use a vaccumn pump to pull the fluid back. Keep pumping...

Motorcycle Repair: carb problems, sportster 1200, flow filter
sportster 1200, flow filter, high flow: You have either a problem with the ignition or the carb. I would first do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to make sure they are good. If they pass then I would check the intake manifold for leaks. Then check the jets in the carb for dirt. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator jeting, dyno jet kit, puff of smoke
dyno jet kit, puff of smoke, air breather: Get yourself a Dyno-jet kit. In it there will be the correct jets and some other parts you need. You should be able to install it yourself in a couple of hours. It will give you a little more throttle responce and probably will get rid if the cough Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor problem, air leaks, incorrect fuel
air leaks, incorrect fuel, fuel mixture: Bill, there is an o-ring on each side of the insulator block between the carb and the engine. Any air leaks will lean out your fuel mixture. Have you checked the flow of fuel from the gas tank valve and checked the needle jet above the main jet in...

Motorcycle Repair: charging issue on 1994 Sportster, rotor stator, harley manual
rotor stator, harley manual, turn signals: First, have the battery tested. You might have a bad cell in it. Once you know the battery is good then test the stator. Do the OHMs test as well as the voltage test. If the stator tests ok then the regulator is bad Electronic parts can fail at anytime, but...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, rectifier unit, regulator rectifier
rectifier unit, regulator rectifier, honda cx500c: Craig, Unplug it s connector and check the stator output. Approx 60 volts AC on any stator wire with the meter set on AC voltage is good. Any of the three yellow wires should read the same. The yellow wires should not have any connection to ground....

Motorcycle Repair: coil test, dual fire, fire ignition
dual fire, fire ignition, ohm meter: Check at the posts on the coil for OHms. You should get around 3 OHMs. then check at the posts where the plug wires go. You should get around 16,000 OHMs. If you are missing only from one cylinder and only one plug is fouling, then it might be your plug wires...

Motorcycle Repair: confusing spark problem., complete fuel system, motorcycle engine
complete fuel system, motorcycle engine, andy c: Check the wire(s) that tells the ATV it is in forward or reverse. This switch does not let you rev the engine when changing the F/R selector. The wires could be pinched or the switch faulty. Also try disconnecting the kill switch temporarily. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: I crossed the battery terminals, street model, ground connections
street model, ground connections, test light: Andrew, Let me know what you find, I was thinking of the old RT360 when you wrote me. You likely have a street model XS360? You should have about 4 fuses to check. Try disconnecting the rectifier plug temporarily when you check for power to the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: I dont know what to do, suzuki rm 125, carborater
suzuki rm 125, carborater, 1999 suzuki rm 125: Jesse, it may be needing some top end work. After sitting so long, it is good to double check that carb jets are clear and also all carb passagways or circuits. It could be the piston rings are carboned or rusted up preventing proper compression....

Motorcycle Repair: EVO oil seal, clutch basket, oil seal
clutch basket, oil seal, sprocket: To change the mainshaft oil seal you have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket and clutch basket. the seal is behind the motor sprocket. You can get it out with a seal puller. There is a tool to put the new on in, but you can use a pipe that is big...

Motorcycle Repair: engine knocking, tank time, oil tank
tank time, oil tank, superglide: Start will just unbolt from the inner primary and slide out under the oil tank. As to the time for a ground up rebuild, that would have to be determined by you. If your motor is knocking in the bottom end, it sounds like a rod going out. If you are interested,...

Motorcycle Repair: engine upgrades, piston head, engine upgrades
piston head, engine upgrades, fxd: You are probably fine, but if you want to check you put some clay on the piston and install the head. Turn the motor over a couple of times, remove the head, and carefully measure the thickness of the clay. You need around .060. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: not enough juice?, cold cranking amps, brand new harley
cold cranking amps, brand new harley, battery cables: First, test the battery. Even though its new it might have a bad cell in it. Next, check your battery cables. Worn cables have alot of resistance. Check both ends of the cables for good connections. Make sure the compression releases are working correctly....

Motorcycle Repair: front exhaust pipe, 2005 honda crf450x, fuel mixture
2005 honda crf450x, fuel mixture, noisy engine: Anthony, this is not a bike to let idle for more than a minute or two. They get hot very quickly and often a red pipe is normal if not moving. To be safe, you should check the spark plug color after a fast run and make sure it is not running too...

Motorcycle Repair: *Fire in the hole* problems!, plug gap, drag pipes
plug gap, drag pipes, hole problems: There are a few different reasons for fouling plugs. One is the coil is not hot enought, so I would do a OHMs test ont he coil. Next is plug wires, so do a OHMs test on them. the other is the carb not jetted right. If you have to big of jets then it will fould...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, road king
Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, road king

Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, gasket kit, head gasket
Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, gasket kit, head gasket, torque values

Motorcycle Repair: fork leak around dust boot, chrome caps, pvc pipe
chrome caps, pvc pipe, head bolt: To take the lower leg off you have to remove the allen head bolt in the bottom of the lower then it will slide off. You can then slide the new seal upward. There is a clip you hae to remove to get the seal out of the lower leg. You can use a piece of PVC...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, harley dealer, naples fl
harley dealer, naples fl, cannister: Since the vapor line is plugged, I dont hing the smell is coming from there, but you can remove it and try that. It is located under the seat. If you still have the problem, go for a ride until you smell the gas. To look for a leak, spray some deoderatnt that...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Gear assembly, worn gears, honda manual
worn gears, honda manual, drive belts: Daniel, I believe you have to remove the left head and cylinders and split the engine to get inside the transmission. The left engine case has to be lifted off. Of course this involves removing cam drive belts etc. It is a big job but it depends...

Motorcycle Repair: gl 100 carb leak, bell crank, fuel inlet
bell crank, fuel inlet, o ring: Yes In the air box the thin the carbs are hooked to under the air cleaner are o rings. This box is two pieces the o ring is in the center at the bottom.Do not forget to replace the plastic piece you find in the opening were the o ring is at. There are about...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting, custom chopper, david answer
custom chopper, david answer, big boar battery: If you have compression releases, then you are not fighting much compression when trying to start. I would start by having the battery tested to make sure it good. Might have a bad sell in it. make sure you have a good ground. If the battery and the ground...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1977 XL350, exhaust gasket, compression release
exhaust gasket, compression release, exhaust valve: Justin, I hope you didn t turn those valve adjusters down too far? They could cause the valve to hit the piston when you turn it over. Loosen the adjusters off and just set them all with about .003 clearance. Make sure the T mark is aligned on...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATV, honda rubicon 500 atv, 2002 honda rubicon
honda rubicon 500 atv, 2002 honda rubicon, honda rubicon 500: Many Hondas have a little rubber slot, just below the odometer or where the indicator is. Push your key into the slot and the indicator resets. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-trx500fa-fourtrax-foreman-rubicon-2002/o/m2696 I don...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBR600, honda cbr 600, psi cylinder
honda cbr 600, psi cylinder, honda cbr 600 sport: Jason, these things can be hard to diagnose. First thing to check is the compression to eliminate the possibility of low compression when hot. These bikes should have above 150 psi cylinder pressure with a minimum of about 130 psi. Any lower and running...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CR80 4 Stroke, thread repair kits, thread chaser
thread repair kits, thread chaser, pitch diameter: Tommy, most auto parts stores or machine shops can offer you various thread repair kits. http://www.z1enterprises.com/reference/Z1-spark-plug-guide.aspx Looks like the thread pitch is 1.25 for most NGK plugs. If you can find a specific thread chaser...

Motorcycle Repair: handlebar grips, throttle grip, handlebar grips
throttle grip, handlebar grips, cables: on the right side you have to remove the cover for the throttle. Inder it you will see the cables attached to the throttle grip. remove the cables from the grip, remove the grip and install the new one. On the left side, remov ethe cover and slide the grip...

Motorcycle Repair: hard start, compression stroke, battery cables
compression stroke, battery cables, weight oil: Even though you say the battery is new, it might still be weak, so I would have it tested. Your test on the cables needs to be a test of voltage drop. What you have at the starter when the starter button is pushed. It sounds like your battery is being dragged...

Motorcycle Repair: head gasket leak- '77 honda cb750k, head gasket leak, honda cb750k
head gasket leak, honda cb750k, gasket maker: Dave, go to any auto parts store and look for some high temp, oil resistant RTV silicone sealant. Clean the area with brake cleaner or contact cleaner, so it is nice and dry, then use a thin stick or tool to work the sealer into the edge of the gasket, where...

Motorcycle Repair: headlamp install on 2000 fxstd, duece, buld
duece, buld, good luck: Check the buld and make sure its a two filiments. If it does you need to figure out which one is the high and which one is the low. SInce you have only two wires then the housing of the light must be the ground. Ground the housing and touching each wire to...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight housing wires, rear brake lever, xlch
rear brake lever, xlch, v twin: The rear brake wire comes to the headlight housing for the front brake lever, so when you apply the front brake the light comes on, so you should have a constant hot to the front brake switch. If you step on the rear brake lever, does the brake light come...

Motorcycle Repair: heavy vibration, kawasaki klr650, ba kennedy
kawasaki klr650, ba kennedy, nuts bolts: Bruce, sounds like a balancer problem. Check the balancer idler lever (Kawasaki part no. 13168-1436) and the idler shaft spring (Kawasaki part no. 92144-1860) These balancer parts keep tension on the balancer chain. I suspect the idler lever...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cl200 1974, vacuum gages, local bike shop
vacuum gages, local bike shop, short shift: It is done with vacuum gages.You are setting the carbs so they all draw the same amount of air at any given time.This is some thing you local bike shop can help you with as it requires special tools.Also I would not put the bike into 3rd gear until you are...

Motorcycle Repair: Intruder Electrical issue, switch fuses, battery cables
switch fuses, battery cables, red button: Mark, check your fuses, you should have power going to the coils on the orange/white wires. The wire goes from the fuse to the kill/stop switch and then on to the ignition coils. The other wire on the coils goes to the ignitor unit. If there is...

Motorcycle Repair: idle setting 1999 Elctro Glide Classic, torx screw, positive cable
torx screw, positive cable, battery cable: It should be set at 900-1000 RPM. To set it remove the air cleaner and on the back plate you will see a hole on the right side. Inside there is a torx screw to set the idle. Start the bike and go for a ride to get it good and warm. When you return adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: KZ 700 Fast idle, mixture settings, vacuum lines
mixture settings, vacuum lines, valve plates: Randall, if you want me to answer non-Honda questions, I need more info to even begin... like the year of production. Also, information like if the intake or exhaust has been changed from OEM specs. I tried a quick web search and found a 1984 reference,...

Motorcycle Repair: Loose Chain, loose chain, deflection
loose chain, deflection, rear wheel: Chain adjustment is not as easy as you would think.Get the bike up in the air. turn the rear wheel until you find the spot were the chain is the tightest.This is the point were you adjust the chain loosen the axal nut and move the rear wheel back until you...

Motorcycle Repair: lowering, lowering kit, fxst
lowering kit, fxst, shocks: All you need to do is either find a lowering kit or replace the shocks. Make sure you have enough room to lower it when you are sitting on the bike. You want to have enough room so if you hit a hard bump you dont rub the fender Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Making trunk lights on Ultra run-turn-brake, filament bulb, lighting companies
filament bulb, lighting companies, somthing: That is somthing that is added on, probably aftermarket. In order the make a light a run and brake you would have to have a two filament bulb. Check with some of the aftermarket lighting companies online and you might find what you are looking for Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle problem, kawasaki zx600, air fuel ratio
kawasaki zx600, air fuel ratio, plug colors: Jose, at high speeds the engine and clutch are turning fast, when you pull the clutch and close the throttle there is still alot of clutch drag until the rpms drop. The clutch drag may be excessive due to adjustment, worn plates or sticky oil. Try...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle repair, goldwing aspencade, clutch replacements
goldwing aspencade, clutch replacements, starter clutch: Barbara, the zinging sound is a sign that the starter clutch components are failing to grip the hub. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-gl1200a-gold-wing-aspencade-1985/o/m2342 for illustrations. See GENERATOR section. The...

Motorcycle Repair: after market sissy bar for 93 sportster 883, sportster 883, sissy bars
sportster 883, sissy bars, blinkers: Most of the aftermarket sissy bars have a cutout so the bracket will fit without removing the blinkers, unless the blinkers have been relocated to the rear of the strut. If they have then you might have to drill for the wire, depending on the sissy bar kit...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, crank case, oil tank
crank case, oil tank, flhs: The location you are talking about is probably the vent. Over time, since your oil tank is sitting higher than your motor, oil will weep through the oil pump. There is a ball and spring in the pump that is suppose to stop this, but there might be a speck of...

Motorcycle Repair: question to your response on a question I asked about a honda shadow, answer homework questions, honda shadow
answer homework questions, honda shadow, e mail: If you would e-mail your question to me at Jerry@mad-dog-cycle.com I will get back to you with some kind of an answer.With carberation and ignition problems the answers are not always cut and dry.I have spent over 8 hours just doing testing on ignition and...

Motorcycle Repair: run ability, suzuki gsxr 750, plug colors
suzuki gsxr 750, plug colors, header pipes: Robert, backfire in the exhaust usually indicates a lean fuel mixture. In your case since the bike was stored awhile it may be the main jets or needle jet tubes above the main jets that are still plugged. Is there a fuel filter? Do the float bowls...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting a dormant engine, plug holes, motorcycle oil
plug holes, motorcycle oil, honda rebel: Randall, I am not sure exactly what parts of the bike have been rebuilt but since it has not run in a long time you will need to check the fuel valve function and clean the carbs very thoroughly. If you had the engine apart I would imagine all...

Motorcycle Repair: SUZUKI SV650S K3 2003, suzuki sv650s, nutral
suzuki sv650s, nutral, sensor wires: Albert, the speed sensor wires are usually orange/red, pink, and black/white (ground) The tach might be black/yellow. Try this link to a wiring diagram, maybe it will help: http://www.no1special.com/SV650/1st-gen-wiring.pdf http://www.no1special.com/SV650/2nd-gen-wiring.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki Bandit stalling, high pitch sound, throttle position sensor
high pitch sound, throttle position sensor, bandit 600s: Philipp, could be one of many things, are the plugs normal or do they look rich (black)colored? Is the choke adjusted okay? Have you tried new spark plugs, caps, wires? Check for a plugged gas tank vent, this can starve the fuel flow. Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: shovel will not stay running, mr wells, hey mr
mr wells, hey mr, plug wires: The positive side of the coil, where the two 12 wires attach, you should show around3 OHMs. On the other side, where the plug wires attach, you should show around 20,000 OHMs. Both should be about the same hot or cold. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: smoke, flsts, o rings
flsts, o rings, cape fear: First, the valves dont have any o-rings so I am not sure what they replaced. The smoking means youa re burning a little oil. It doenst take much to make smoke. There are two places you can get the oil from. Either the valve guide seals or oil leaking around...

Motorcycle Repair: spark advance '68 cl350, compression stroke, cl350
compression stroke, cl350, valve action: Tom, the process of setting up the ignition timing will tell you immediately, whether the point cam is in correctly or not. Remove the valve cover caps, so you can watch the valve action, then turn the engine over, until you are coming up on the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer failed 1996 fxdwg, speedo sensor, harley dealer
speedo sensor, harley dealer, senser: You can test the speedo with a speedo tester part #Hd-41354. In order to test the senser you have to have a test harness for the senser. If they cant do it they I would start by replacing the senser first, since it cost the least amount. If its still not working...

Motorcycle Repair: sportser rockerbox leak, rod tubes, assembley
rod tubes, assembley, push rod: Yes you can remove the lower rocker box without removing the pushrod tubes or the rocker arms. Just take the upper one off, then the middle and last the lower. You will have to remove the pushrods to get the lower off Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: static timing, harley fxr, static timing
harley fxr, static timing, quick reply: Remove the timing plug and locate top dead center. Go to the points and rotate the adjuster, just until the points are starting to open with the advance weights outward. If you dont turn the weights to fully advanced you will be off. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, tbilisi georgia, motorcycle dealer
tbilisi georgia, motorcycle dealer, borning: First, if you pulled the threads out, there is nothing there to rethread. I would pull the head and inspect the cylinder for metal. You can go a couple of different routes on the head. You can either buy a new on, or what I do is born out the plug hole and...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gs450 1981, suzuki gs450, carburetor jets
suzuki gs450, carburetor jets, battery cables: Jeff, some of the early models still had contact point ignitions which require maintenance occasionally. The point gaps are set about .014 and the points timed to break open when the flywheel rotor marks align. Other problems could be from a...

Motorcycle Repair: timming, honda shadow, bill silver
honda shadow, bill silver, shadow vt: Larry, the ignition timing starts with the pulser coil, next to the flywheel, and then is controlled by the ignition control module. There is no adjustment to be made or needed. www.bikebandits.com has online microfiche illustrations, showing the components....

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 535 Starting Problem, classic bikes, exaust pipe
classic bikes, exaust pipe, motorcycle covers: The starting problem is the plugs.The reason is that the main jet needle in the slide has worn the seat or the thing it goes into egg shaped.This will give you excess fuel causing the plugs to fowl.Viberation is the culprit here Also the end if the plug wire...

Motorcycle Repair: water in transmission, wideglide, vent
wideglide, vent, good luck: There are only a few places that water can enter. Top cover, side cover, dipstick, drain, vent or cable fitting. If it entered the left side it would have to go through the inner primary. I susspect you got some water through the vent Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: waterpump drip, honda sabre, ebay ca
honda sabre, ebay ca, mcmart: Curt, Check the hoses carefully. Small leaks usually show up under pressure like when engine is warm. -the leak may be the seals around the cover o-rings or possibly pump impeller shaft or worn pump bearings. I think Honda only sells complete pumps...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Banshee, cylinder compression, fuel inlet
cylinder compression, fuel inlet, needle valve: Jorge, first thing to do is see if the cylinder compression is near the same on both cylinders. They should have about 125 PSI with a minimum of about 100PSI. Any lower and the rings or pistons are needing repair. If the comprssion seems about equal,...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha r6, adjustment screws, battery condition
adjustment screws, battery condition, cable connections: Sai, I suggest replacing the fuel filter, checking the battery condition and the cable connections. Check for missing idle adjustment screws. Next, clean the idle/pilot jets in the carbs. Make sure you can see light through them. Could be a...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha silverado 1100, passive pollution, pollution control system
passive pollution, pollution control system, harley dealer: Not really Almost all engines have at least a passive pollution control system. They take the vent from the engine and feed it into the air cleaner.Along with this air comes oil as a vapor.The air goes away but the oil remains in the bottom of your air cleaner....

Motorcycle Repair: 1795 Honda CB360T, dyna systems, dyna ignition
dyna systems, dyna ignition, bill silver: James, the ignition timing has to be absolutely correct on both sides, but at idle and full advance, to create ideal conditions for the fuel metering systems. The carbs have to be matched, synchronized and clean in each and every circuit. Plus the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 1916 harley- fully restored, thanks alot, excellent condition
thanks alot, excellent condition, harley: Alot depends on the restoration. If all the parts are orgional it will be worth more. You never said what model the bike is. A single in excellent condition is worth around 37,000 and a twin is worth around 50,000 by the NADA book Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 CB 160 No spark, nippon denso, spark plug leads
nippon denso, spark plug leads, center electrode: Clarke, First, clean the contact faces thoroughly, set the gap to about .014 at the high spot on the point cam and then move the plate until the points open at the F mark alignment of the rotor and stator marker. A quick condenser test is to just spin...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 harley sportster 900/cc, friction drive, harley dealers
friction drive, harley dealers, male friend: Hi Carolyn, If you are calling Harley dealers for the price, they can t do anything to change the price on the parts you need, 2nd, anything 1966 is going to be a bit pricey just because the most of it will be obsolete, and very difficult to come by. In...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 honda, bill silver, maximum benefit
bill silver, maximum benefit, cleanout: Tina, the value of a CA77 Dream is anywhere from $200 to $6k depending on originality, mileage, condition, etc. For maximum benefit, you should get it running again. Probably needs fresh fuel, carb jet cleanout and a fresh battery. www.nada.com has...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970SL 350 timing, point gap, light key
point gap, light key, engine case: Phillip, The points are under the top left engine cap. Make sure they are shiny clean and flat. Check that the mechanical timing advance under them is able turn slightly forward. Grease the point cam sparingly. Set the bike up straight and remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 cl 175, ebay auctions, piston rings
ebay auctions, piston rings, honda parts: Kyle, You can find a lot of good Honda parts on Ebay auctions. Most any motorcycle shop or machine shop that does work on bikes can evaluate and hone/bore the cylinders. Let them measure the pistons, evaluate the damage to the cylinder walls and then you can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cb350, trickle charger, bill silver
trickle charger, bill silver, light bulbs: Danny, DO NOT push start the bike with a dead battery. New ones cost about $40. They only last about 2 years, anyway. Running the engine with a dead battery will cause the charging system to go full output and possibly damage the rectifier and any light bulbs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda Cb750 spark problem, 1974 honda cb750, neg terminal
1974 honda cb750, neg terminal, cb 750: Hi, I have owned a CB750 Four of the same year for sixteen years, sooo good memories riding her... She was cherry red, ... Still have all the tech. manuals, so I believe I can help. I ve just checked my memory against the schematics, here is the result:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda CB360t, honda motorcycle, throttle cables
honda motorcycle, throttle cables, bill silver: Dustin.... PUSH or PULL? http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/product_catalog/Product.jsp;jsessionid=VI4GIZ4RXGS5RLA0WTVSM4VMDK0NCIV0?skuId=&store=Main&catId=115&productId=pC6504F&leafCatId=&mmyId= $10! for the pull cable. Push cables are a safety feature and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda cb750 fast idle, 1976 honda cb750, vacuum ports
1976 honda cb750, vacuum ports, silicon seal: Mike, any air leak on the boot side may affect the idle. The boots can sometimes be checked by spraying some wd40 or carb cleaner around them and see if the engine speed changes. The rubbers can be replaced or sealed with some high-temp silicon seal...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 sportster, gears, good luck
gears, good luck, 4th gear: Anyone who deals with V-twin Manufacturing can get you a service manual. About the only thing you are going to be able to do is pull the trans and see what the problem is. Could be a bent shifter fork, bad bearing, bad shifter cam etc. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda xl 125, honda xl 125, honda wiring diagrams
honda xl 125, honda wiring diagrams, wiringdiagrams: I don t have much data on MotoSports/Enduros in my inventory. Try the SL125 diagram at: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class Or: http://www.cmsnl.com/classic-honda-fansite/honda_wiring_diagrams/XL175.jpg The early bikes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB900C, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, crankcase pressure: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb900c-1980/o/m2011 The 11.5x7 plug on the end of the camchain tensioner rod? There is a separate part number for it and you should be able to remove the old one and push in a new one, if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda goldwing gl1100 charging issue, honda goldwing gl, honda goldwing gl1100
honda goldwing gl, honda goldwing gl1100, stator coil: Steven, yes, a bad battery could be trouble. The battery should be charged fully and connected at all times. Also check the fuses. The voltage with a good battery should read 13-14 volts at 3000 rpm. If not, try disconnecting the black wire on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 kdx400 dirt bike, stroke oil, stroke engine
stroke oil, stroke engine, dirt bike: Tim, yes, your bike is a 2 stroke engine. The fuel/oil premix ratio is about 4 ounces of motorcycle two stroke oil to a gallon of gas. The stator needs to be working to have spark or ignition. The ignitor or ignition module gets it s power from the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 shovel kick only, oil tank, oil pump
oil tank, oil pump, shovel: What has happened ove the winter is oil has weeped into the bottom end of the case. When you start it oil will probably come out the breather. It doenst hurt anything. the oil pump cant pump it back into the oil tank fast enough and it comes out the tube....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 yamaha 400 s, 2 stroke engines, vacuum conditions
2 stroke engines, vacuum conditions, fuel mixture: Chris, if you have a clean air box and air filter and the choke is not stuck or needing adjustments, it might need smaller main jets. Always do a short fast run after jet changes and check the spark plug color for tuning clues. http://verrill.com/moto/sellingguide/sparkplugs/plugcolorchart.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 goldwing radio problem, left turn signal, clarion radio
left turn signal, clarion radio, amplifier circuit: Joel, you may need a radio technician to check out the radio. It could be the amplifier circuit. The fuses are usually under the left turn signal base. The amplifier circuit may have a fuse or loose plug on the terminal, it is the red wire there and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Suzuki GS550, suzuki gs550, rubber diaphragms
suzuki gs550, rubber diaphragms, filter screens: Darrell, -it sounds to me like the float levels are set too low. When correct the fuel in the float bowl should sit about 4mm below the mating surface of the carb body and the float bowl. -Another thing to check is the function of your fuel petcock....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 250 CC, fuel mixture, tank fuel
fuel mixture, tank fuel, 8miles: Marla, it sounds like it still has some fuel problems. The tank, fuel valve, fuel line, and /or filter plus the carb needs to be really clean and adjusted properly. If it smells hot it may be low on oil, if not it may be a lean fuel mixture causing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha Virago VX750 Backfire & Sputtering, transistor ignition, float bowls
transistor ignition, float bowls, plug caps: Matt, try filling the carb float bowls with some good yamaha carb cleaner and let them soak overnight. It only takes a few weeks for fuel to go bad and plug up carb jets while sitting. You have to use a fuel stablizer when parking a bike for any...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha xv750 virago starter, starter solenoid, yamaha xv750
starter solenoid, yamaha xv750, starter moter: hello steve , sounds to me you have a bad starter solenoid, or you have a short in yhe wiring where your solenoid attaches to the starter, if you need more info please contact me. but if you can jump the solenoid at the starter and it engages then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Custom fusebox?, battery cables, winter storage
battery cables, winter storage, pop sound: check the battery cables to make sure there not backward and if not check the cables for a wear spot or short.you have a conection problem or dead short.Also make sure you have a good ground because DC current will hunt a ground back through the positive side...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda vt750 Shadow clutch, honda vt750, hydraulic clutch
honda vt750, hydraulic clutch, resivior: Hi Billy, Im not sure if you have a hydraulic clutch or cable clutch, but you could have one of 3 problems going on... If you have a hydraulic clutch (you have a master cylinder resivior on the left that looks the same as the right brake side) Your slave...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS Neutral hard to find, netural, wron
netural, wron, harleys: Finding netural on some harleys has always been hard. I have a 1998 that is a bear to find netural. It is because the netural space on the shifter cam is very small. The only thing you can do is remove the trans and check the chifter cam for wear. Also, the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 HD Sportster rear lights, hd sportster, fuse box
hd sportster, fuse box, hi mike: You donthave fuses, you have breakers. They are located under the seat. Follow the wire coming from the rear and you will see them Test on both sides of the breaker to make sure its good. If you dont have any power on either side then you will have to follow...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL 1200, honda goldwing gl, gl 1200
honda goldwing gl, gl 1200, ac voltage: Mack, it doesn t matter which wire goes where. Just connect them to the 3 yellows. The other ends of the wires are connected together within the stator windings anyway. They are just wound in different phases and come out separately. They output...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Magna v45 carb no power., honda magna v45, vacuum lines
honda magna v45, vacuum lines, sabmag: Luke, Is the bike warming up okay at idle? These bikes tended to be cold blooded, so choke is usually required for several minutes, especially underway. Carbs DO need to be synchronized after removal and disassembly. Be sure that your fuel pump and filter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 xt 250 m, air vent, xt 250
air vent, xt 250, filler cap: Hi there, have you checked that the air vent of the fuel tank in the filler cap is not obstructed? This could prevent the fuel to flow after some times with the engine running. Then as the bike slows down the fuel request becomes low, the air pass in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha BW 200, bike wreckers, ebay ca
bike wreckers, ebay ca, yamaha dealership: Aaron, you will have to search the bike wreckers or repair your muffler if possible. They are expensive. Another solution might be to try to fit a slip on muffler. If you search eBay for exhaust can there are many cheaper mufflers that could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr100, honda xr100, compression gauge
honda xr100, compression gauge, oldmanhonda: Martin, I don t know if timing is the problem but usually Hondas have an F mark on the flywheel or magneto. When this F mark lines up with the timing mark on the engine case the contact points should just break open. The contact points are under...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 zx600 kawasaki ninja, kawasaki ninja, vent holes
kawasaki ninja, vent holes, tank fuel: Bill, the problem is almost always gas varnish stuck in the carb idle, needle and main jets. Other than a complete cleaning job on the carbs you can try filling the float bowls with some good yamaha or other carb cleaner and let them soak overnight....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 kx80, air leaks, kx 80
air leaks, kx 80, plug hole: Mike, most likely the idle jet or passages in the carb are plugged. Check that the choke is functioning as well. Check for any air leaks where the carb hooks up to the engine. Make sure you can see daylight through the idle jet, it is next to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 Marauder VZ800 speedo drive ratio, marauder vz800, damaged stock
marauder vz800, damaged stock, electronic units: BC, Most Suzuki s use a 1:4 ratio speedo. The speedo drive may be 2240 cable RPM = 60 MPH. The speedo nut thread is usually about 12mm. http://www.oldbikebarn.com/Motorcycle_Parts/Speedometer/Mini-Speedo Have you looked into programmable electronic...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 XL 1200S, spark plug wires, rear cylinder
spark plug wires, rear cylinder, 1200s: looking from the top of the bike, like you sitting on it, the front plug end on the coil on the right is front cylinder left. the back one on the right is the rear cylinder on the right. One the left side of the coil, the front one is the front cylinder right...

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

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 FLH Standard, jumper cables, fuse box
jumper cables, fuse box, milwaukee wi: First, dont jump start your bike with a auto or truck. To many cranking amps. Get a battery condtioner and plug it in. It will keep the battery charged for you. You probably burned a fuse. Check your fuses, probably a main fuse, burn out. The fuse box is...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 nighttrain, harley davidson nighttrain, twin cam 88
harley davidson nighttrain, twin cam 88, oil tank: Check your motor oil sitting on the sidestand, not upright. Check the primary and the trans sitting upright. The motor takes about what you put in. the trans takes a little less than a quart, but check it with the dipstick. to fill the primary, remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FLSTSI rear cylinder dry fouling plug, valve seals, piston rings
valve seals, piston rings, valve guides: You stated that you were losing oil, but no leaks. In order to lose oil, it either has to leak or burn. There are two ways that oil can get into the cylinder to burn. One is past the valve guides and one is past the rings. Since your bike has valve guide seals...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Super Glide charging issue, ground 0, meter changes
ground 0, meter changes, issue question: What might be happening is the covering on the wires of the stator has come off. As you ride the wire vibrates, touching the case and shorting out. If your battery keeps going dead, then I think I would pull the stator and inspect it good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki bandit 1200, suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200
suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200, crank case: Chris, if it is flooded with fuel it has to be coming from the fuel tank. Some possible problem areas are: -fuel tank or fuel cap air vent plugged, this causes pressure to build in the tank and push the fuel out to the carbs. -bad float, try swapping...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 vl 1500, air fuel mixture, air leaks
air fuel mixture, air leaks, exhaust pipes: Dude, Lean carburetor settings can contribute to carb backfiring. If the mixture is too lean, it may burn very slowly and unevenly. This condition, in turn, may result in burning mixture remaining in the cylinder until the beginning of the next intake stroke...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 ninja zx6r, electronic control unit, battery cables
electronic control unit, battery cables, fuel pump: Sergio, it can be hard to find an intermittant problem like this. I recommend if it quits to quickly check if it has spark and also listen for the fuel pump turning on, it should click a few times when you turn on the ignition. If you can isolate...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Sportster rear brakes, rear brakes, pedel
rear brakes, pedel, master cylinder: Because the the small diameter of the hole for the brake fluid to go through in the master cylinder they take a while to bleed. make sure you are bleeding them correctly. Fill the master cylinder, pump the pedel about 10 times and while holding the pedel down...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 RT3 Voltage regulator, mag wire, rt3
mag wire, rt3, voltage regulator: Gerald, If it is a Yamaha 6volt regulator you might want to tap into the yellow mag wire as it is the one that goes to the hi/lo beam switch and on to the headlight. The red/green is a charging circuit wire but may not affect the voltage at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 Dt250 Cutting Out, yamaha dt250, fuel mixture
yamaha dt250, fuel mixture, excess fuel: Matt, when you shut off the gas it starts to lean out the fuel mixture which indicates your problem is probably due to excess fuel. This could be a few things. One- is a plugged exhaust pipe. Two- is a main jet that is a size too large. Three-...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 yamaha dt100, yamaha dt100, clutch system
yamaha dt100, clutch system, clutch plates: Ian, I suggest checking your clutch push rod to make sure it is not bent. If it was low on oil the clutch plates could be burned or warped. You may need to inspect each part of the clutch system. Start with the actuator arm on the left side of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 76' cb 750 popping at idle, air screws, air screw
air screws, air screw, pipe joints: Mike, with the kerker on it I would suspect it is running a bit lean due to less backpressure. If it runs okay at mid-speed, you can just adjust the air screws or increase the idle jet size a bit to smooth out the idle. Carb boots can leak which...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 harley sportster, jumper wire, battery terminal
jumper wire, battery terminal, harley: Dusty, -the Field wire (green?) or F terminal on the generator goes to F on the regulator. -the A wire (green/yellow?) on the generator goes to GEN on the regulator. -the regulator will also have a BAT or battery terminal. Usually...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 suzuki gs450, suzuki gs450, fuel gauge
suzuki gs450, fuel gauge, contact breaker: James, With wiring it gets tricky here because Suzuki uses yellow/black wires that go to the igniter box and up to the ignition coils. They may also be used on the fuel gauge and it s sender unit on the gas tank. Notice I said yellow/black which...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda vt 700 c, honda vt, honda shadow
honda vt, honda shadow, bill silver: Cliff, clicking at the solenoid is generally a sign of low voltage. If the battery is more than 2 years old, it may have voltage but not enought current to turn the motor over. You can jump the two big solenoid posts with a screwdriver to bypass the solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 honda fourtrax wont start, reed valves, honda fourtrax
reed valves, honda fourtrax, blue spark: Chris, if it has a good spark, then you are not getting fuel I suspect. Have you checked if fuel is filling the carb? Check the gas line and fuel petcock for good fuel flow. Try spraying some wd40 or carb cleaner in the back of the carb, see if...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 sportster engine/tranny noise, clutch basket, noise question
clutch basket, noise question, pushrod: Its have for me to tell about noises on here, due to the fact I cant hear them. What you need to do it determine if it is coming out of the bottom end or the top end. If its the bottom end it could be a motor sprocket nut coming loose, or the clutch basket...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 Yamaha srx250, float bowl, carborator
float bowl, carborator, yamaha srx250: Rusty, it sounds like the jets or passageways in the carb may be gummed up. Make sure the throttle slide is closing okay as well. You can also try draining the float bowl and maybe spraying some carb cleaner down the gas line and into the float ...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 XLD Base Gasket Issues, cylinder head gaskets, gasket kit
cylinder head gaskets, gasket kit, head bolts: You can only torque the heads bolts to the specs. Once they are set you cant retorque then. If you do you are taking a chance of pulling out a head stud You are going to have to tear it back down. Make sure all the surfaces are clean before installing the...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Honda cbr600f3 fuel pump, honda cbr600f3, starter solenoid
honda cbr600f3, starter solenoid, honda bike: Sierra, most all manuals will have the hose routing listed. It may be in the first chapter or two. There are too many hoses for me to accurately describe where they all go. Maybe the Honda dealer would print you out a diagram? Make sure your fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Road King cuts out spontaneously, factory fuel injection, fuel injection system
factory fuel injection, fuel injection system, crank case: Its probably either your bank angle senser or your cam position senser. the problem is you have to get it to shut off so the dianostic can be run or you wont know which one it is, unless you just start chenging them out. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 EVO rocker box leak, rocker boxes, hourly rates
rocker boxes, hourly rates, gasket: I am about 3 hours from Cleveland and yes I still repair harleys To replace your rocker boxes you dont need to pull the motor. There is enough space to get them out, but its tight. I am not sure what the dealerships charge for this type of job, since I...

Motorcycle Repair: at approx.4500rpm the engine has power loss, honda cx 500, 1979 honda cx 500
honda cx 500, 1979 honda cx 500, trickle charge: Ronald, sounds like the high circuit on the stator is bad. This is the blue wire which has a high 100 volt output for high speed running. Check here: http://www.elsham.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/cx500/stator/ for a temporary white wire fix as replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Not Holding Charge, kawasaki ninja zx6r, yuasa battery
kawasaki ninja zx6r, yuasa battery, trickle charge: Hi Hammad, 1st thing you should do is get a real good trickle charge into the battery BEFORE you try and use it. 2nd, once you have done so, you ll need to obtain a multi meter and test the output of the charging system at the battery. My best guess is...

Motorcycle Repair: battery location, yamaha venture royal, battery cells
yamaha venture royal, battery cells, battery fluid: Gerald, the battery is under the fake fuel tank cover. You have to lift the fuel cover and remove the screw that secures the tank cover. The cover then pushes ahead and lifts up revealing the battery. The rubber strap holds it in and you have to...

Motorcycle Repair: best performance when cold, and with choke closed, 1979 honda cb650, lean mixture
1979 honda cb650, lean mixture, air leaks: Jonathan, Should be richer, rather than leaner at that altitude. If the engine runs better with choke partially on, when warm at part throttle, then you have probable air leaks or lean mixture condition. If the bike will idle smoothly with your 2 turns...

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont start, battery cables, starter relay
battery cables, starter relay, bike check: Hector, Is this a Honda RR? What year is it? It makes a big difference in the wiring etc. it is probably your starter relay that is faulty. It is under the seat near the battery. Check for power going to the starter motor when the relay clicks....

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, switch button, brake switch
switch button, brake switch, brake lever: Check your front brake handle. If you look at the switches and the brake lever you will see that they are attached in two parts. They two parts have to be pushed together tightly. When they are together the brake switch button is pushed in, thus turning off...

Motorcycle Repair: CA95 Honda petcock, silicon spray, benly
silicon spray, benly, petcock: Doug, other than bad or missing seals, warped body or tank cracked, the only thing might be the wrong screws. The original screws may be JIS thread and if someone replaced them they may not screw in properly. Do the screws have small sealing washers...

Motorcycle Repair: CARB ISSUES, bike repair shop, solenoid systems
bike repair shop, solenoid systems, mechanic friend: Jerry, sounds like the carbs are flooding the cylinders or the air filter/box is restricted. Were the float needle valves ok? Was the float level about 13.7mm? If the float valves are stuck, tapping on the float bowls might help. Is the choke adjusted...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb cleaning 1978 Honda Goldwing GL1000, honda goldwing gl1000, techtips
honda goldwing gl1000, techtips, seafoam: Donnie, You might be able to run some carb cleaner, like Seafoam through with the fuel depending on how bad the carbs need cleaning. Rather than rewrite a bunch of good info on this for you, just copy and paste these webpage links (one at a time):)...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 750 4 K Jetting, pod filters, cb 750
pod filters, cb 750, little honda: George, the little Honda tune-up book I have says you have 110 main jets in there now. Generally, you go up on the main jet sizes about a step per change.. i.e. one step for an exhaust change and one for an air filter change = 120 mains. That will get you...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging system, steep cliff, old battery
steep cliff, old battery, free battery: First, check the voltage at the battery witht he bike running. At 2000 RPM you should show around 13.5 volts. If not, then unplug the stator and do a OHMs test on it. then do a AC voltage on it with the bike running. You should show around 60 AV volts over...

Motorcycle Repair: cam chain adjustment on 1982 Kawasaki 305 CSR, starter clutch, stethascope
starter clutch, stethascope, cam chain: Graham, clunking may be in the starter clutch if the springs are weak or worn engine parts such as clutch hub or other. Can you isolate the sound with a mechanics stethascope or sounding rod (long screwdriver) held to your ear? These engines are...

Motorcycle Repair: cam chain tenaioner, kz1300, bikebandit com
kz1300, bikebandit com, cam chain: James, I assume that you were reading what I found, which is: http://www.kz1300.com/techarticles/z1300-cam-chain-tensioner.html http://www.kz1300.com/techarticles/zn1300-valve-adjustment.html If there is a defect in the chain system, you should address...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, honda cb550, cb 550 four
honda cb550, cb 550 four, honda 550: Rob, your carbs are engineered and designed to work on the Honda 550. The only replacement possible is another set from the same models. Possibly the carbs from 1974-1978 would fit. The problem with other carbs is that there is not much clearance...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs cb160, bill silver, 76mm
bill silver, 76mm, cutaways: Mike, you probably put the slides in backwards. They are left and right sided. Cutaways always go towards the air filters. Also, the float level setting is 19.5 or 21.0mm, depending on if the carbs are stamped C or LD. Bill Silver www.vintagehonda.co...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator repair, air filter system, 1985 honda nighthawk
air filter system, 1985 honda nighthawk, vacuum hoses: John, your 23 year old bike probably needs a good tuneup, carb clean and thorough going-over. SEE: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb450sc-nighthawk-450-85-us_model457/partslist/ for details about the parts involved. It is important to determine what you have...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 750 starter, solenoid switch, cb 750
solenoid switch, cb 750, battery cables: Brent, is your battery in good shape? You might be losing power through the wires or magnetic switch (solenoid) Does the starter work when you run power directly to it bypassing the solenoid switch? The starter under load uses about 120 amps of...

Motorcycle Repair: not charging my battery, shovel head, stator
shovel head, stator, ac voltage: You need to teat the stator first. Do a OHMs test at both pins of the stator. Then start the bike and test the AC voltage. You should be getting around 50 volts at 2000 RPM If the stator passes then the regulator is bad Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, locknut: With the bike sitting upright, remove the derby cover. Go to the clutch cable and adjust it so there is some slack in it. Go to the adjuster on the clutch, loosen the locknut and turn it inward, just until it seats. Now turn it outward about 1/8 of a turn...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, allen bolt, allen screw
allen bolt, allen screw, clutch: Hi Richard, With the derby cover removed, and the cable fully collapsed, loosen the 11/16 nut in the center of the clutch hub. and loosen the allen bolt in the center. Then turn IN the allen screw, just until its snug. then back it out one half turn...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch problem?, clutch plates, honda motorcycle
clutch plates, honda motorcycle, bikebandit com: Gary, Wings are not my specialty. First, you may just need a new clutch, if you have it adjusted properly and it isn t working. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-gl1100-gold-wing-1983/o/m2331 For illustrations of parts. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: coolant system, honda helix, honda reflex
honda helix, honda reflex, coolant system: Leo, this why I try to steer people away from the Chinese stuff.. no parts and service support over here. First, you have to check the cooling system for air trapped in the system. Then, I would probably change the thermostat and bleed all the air out of...

Motorcycle Repair: ct 70 bogs when throttle is cracked open, stock air filter, bikebandit com
stock air filter, bikebandit com, air filter element: Gary, http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-ct70-1981/o/m2293 to look through the parts illustrations. If you cleaned the carb and main jet circuit, inspected and cleaned the slide needle and noted the 10.7mm float level, the...

Motorcycle Repair: dirt bike, air leaks, dirt bike
air leaks, dirt bike, throttle control: David, the carb has a throttle slide that goes in the top, it has a slot in it and there is a pin inside the carb that it lines up with. Make sure the slide goes in with the pin lined up with the slot in the slide. Then reach in the back of the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: dt100, push rod, armm
push rod, armm, clutch: Ian, the clutch arm pushes on the clutch push rod. The push rod should not be bent. Between the outer push rod and the shorter clutch push rod inside the clutch there is usually a little round ball bearing. If this is missing then the clutch arm...

Motorcycle Repair: Electical Problems, honda ignition, plug caps
honda ignition, plug caps, oldmanhonda: Antonio, try this webpage for Honda ignition timing. http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/Rtiming.html Also you need a good battery to start these bikes. Check the fuse or fuses. You should have 12 volts going to the ignition coils with the key on. Coils...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine light off and on, throttle position sensor, efi systems
throttle position sensor, efi systems, pciii: Kevin, The historic code data can stick for up to 50 ignition cycles. Check the connections from the main circuit breaker to the ECM for loose crimps. Could be a loose ECM fuse or bad ECM relay to cause this condition. Throttle position sensor might...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine noise?, crank shaft, noise question
crank shaft, noise question, problem thanks: About the only thing that wouls whine on that side of the bike would be the belt or the gears in the trans. Check the alignment on the belt and the tention. If that doesnt solve the problem try replacing the trans oil. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Evo oil pump gear shaft, gear shaft, half moon
gear shaft, half moon, oil pump: You never said what year or model you have, but generally the pump and shaft have to come out together when removing them. There are a few models that the motor had to be tipped to get the oil pump out due to clearence. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: electrial problems, yamaha xt500, fuse holder
yamaha xt500, fuse holder, signal flasher: Jason, while it could be separate problems with each of these components, I suggest you check the brown wire that goes to the signal flasher. This wire comes from the ignition switch and should have power on it. It also is the power to the horn...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, circuit breaker trips, amp breaker
circuit breaker trips, amp breaker, lighting system: It sounds like you have a short in your lighting system. I would look for the short. If you change the breaker for a bigger one, you might burn some wires. Also, before looking for the short replace the lighting breaker. It might be weak Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: engine idle speed, honda shadow aero 750, honda shadow aero
honda shadow aero 750, honda shadow aero, engine oil pressure: Dwayne, about 1100 rpm is a good starting point. Idle speed can be set slightly higher or lower depending on your personal preference. Setting the idle too low can reduce the engine oil pressure which is not good. Also a high setting may cause added...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust, minor inconvenience, screaming eagle
minor inconvenience, screaming eagle, best bet: your best bet is to go with HD. They know what pipes go with what bike the best with the least amount of effort, Also, f the bike runs different, It ll only be a minor inconvenience to have it re mapped when its more affordable.. Hope this helps! ~Mar...

Motorcycle Repair: Firing, honda gold wing, 5k ohms
honda gold wing, 5k ohms, plug caps: Chris, the 82 models have a separate ignition system for plugs 1-2 and for plugs 3-4. If you have two spark units this is the system you have. Do you have any visible spark on any of the plugs? The spark units are triggered by the pulse generators,...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHTC BUMPERS, rear fenders, rear fender
rear fenders, rear fender, bumpers: If youa re wanting just to remove the rubber, they are attached on the inside of the fenders. If you wan to remove the chrome as well, they are also attached to the inside of the fender. Both jobs will require you to remove the wheels to get to them Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Fluid in crank case breather, crank case breather, 1979 honda cb650
crank case breather, 1979 honda cb650, crankcase breather: Jonathan, that breather is connected to a little liquid collection tank so it does collect some fuel over time. Have you had the idle and main jets cleaned on the carbs? If not you might want to fill the carb float bowls with yamaha or other carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Fouled plugs, valve seals, cb 750
valve seals, cb 750, fuel mixture: Brent, have you checked the ignition advance unit? If the timing is late the fuel may not have enough time to burn fully, hence the dry fouling. is it dry carbon fouling or wet oily fouling? If it s dry, it is the fuel mixture, or plugged exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 harley sportster 900/cc, ironhead sportster, sporty specialties
Motorcycle Repair: 1966 harley sportster 900/cc, ironhead sportster, sporty specialties, j p cycles

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda Cb750 spark problem, cb 750, spark plugs
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda Cb750 spark problem, cb 750, spark plugs, screws

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda vt750 Shadow clutch, clutch master cylinder, hydraulic clutch
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda vt750 Shadow clutch, clutch master cylinder, hydraulic clutch, clutch systems

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS Neutral hard to find, clutch
Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS Neutral hard to find, clutch

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 nighttrain, pussie
Motorcycle Repair: 2001 nighttrain, pussie

Motorcycle Repair: FLHTC BUMPERS, rear fender, front bumper
Motorcycle Repair: FLHTC BUMPERS, rear fender, front bumper, rear bumper

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 2002 ACE Carburetor, air fuel mixture, plastic piston
Motorcycle Repair: Honda 2002 ACE Carburetor, air fuel mixture, plastic piston, air plenum

Motorcycle Repair: Vance & Hines short shots, heat shields, screws
Motorcycle Repair: Vance & Hines short shots, heat shields, screws

Motorcycle Repair: white milky oil coming down thru my oil level when running the bike ., diarea, crankcase
Motorcycle Repair: white milky oil coming down thru my oil level when running the bike ., diarea, crankcase, nipple

Motorcycle Repair: No fire!, amp fuse, pickup coil
amp fuse, pickup coil, electronic ignition: John, that is your ignition pickup coil under that small cover on the right side of the engine unless it looks like a set of contact points? The pickup has a blue wire and a black wire that go up to a connector under the gas tank. Check if you...

Motorcycle Repair: no fuel to carb...starting, petcock, fuel flow
petcock, fuel flow, fuel filter: You have a vaccumn hose connected to the petcock. Make sure its attached and not pinched. You can remove the hose from the petcock and attach another hose. Suck on the hose the put a vaccumn on it. If you dont get a fuel flow then the petcock is bad Good...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leak, electric fuel pump, fuel stabilizer
electric fuel pump, fuel stabilizer, vacuum lines: Gerr, Dunno much about Kawis, but a few things come to mind. 1: Did you put the old plugs back in or replace with new ones. Old plugs will be fuel fouled and that will make starting very difficult. You might want to leave the plugs out overnight, to help...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas in the Oil pan, overflow pipes, seal leaks
overflow pipes, seal leaks, piston rings: Hello, first check that with the fuel tap open and engine not running for 10-15 minutes with the bike standing flat (on the main stand) there is no sign of carb overflow, i.e. gas leak from the float chamber of the carbs through the overflow pipes that...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Tank, paintless dent removal, gas tanks
paintless dent removal, gas tanks, bill silver: Leroy, that kind of work is pretty much for experts. In some cases, people that have tools, like the paintless dent removal pros, can work dents out from the inside, but they have to be shallow ones and you have to be able to get tools inside the filler...

Motorcycle Repair: My GS450 blown fuse, suzuki gs 450, light dims
suzuki gs 450, light dims, jumper cables: Clint, I don t recommend using your car battery as they have way too much current for motorcyles. It is likely you have a dead short on a battery positive or hot wire, maybe a wire got pinched in the handlebar change. The main hot wire is the...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing will not move, goldwing aspencade, honda oem
goldwing aspencade, honda oem, steel plates: Wallace, it sounds like a clutch problem. On the right rear side of the engine under the clutch cover. The friction and steel plates are likely worn out. Check the clutch springs also. http://216.37.204.206/starcity/Honda_OEM/HondaMC.asp?Type=18&A=41&B=15&Action=...

Motorcycle Repair: my gs 450, clutch plate, clutch plates
clutch plate, clutch plates, vacuum tube: Clint, the clutch push rod may be bent or the clutch plates stuck together from rust or corrosion. The push rod can be accessed under the sprocket cover. The clutch is under the right engine cover. Sometimes if the engine is warmed up and the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Starter, starter clutch, clutch basket
starter clutch, clutch basket, solinoid: Your going to have to pull the starter. Its either the starter clutch or a bearing is going out. You have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket and motor sprocket to remove the starter. The jackshaft has to be removed to get the starter out Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: High idle on my Yamaha, yamaha yics, vacuum leaks
yamaha yics, vacuum leaks, plug caps: Rich, many of these had idle problems. Most of it is related to lean idle mixtures and they are very fussy about the carbs being synchronized correctly. Make sure you have no vacuum leaks anywhere on the boots as you mentioned or on any hoses. Most...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 2002 ACE Carburetor, honda vt750, carburetor issues
honda vt750, carburetor issues, honda 2002: Sounds like the high speed jet is clogged. The best thing to do is make you a bowl with a hose that will fit the carb and pour yamaha carb dip so that it fills up the carb or take the carb off and submerge it. let it set over night and reassemble. It will...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow 1986 VT700, honda shadow 1986, banjo bolt
honda shadow 1986, banjo bolt, clutch fluid: Tim, -Try to purge the air from the top down. Pump the clutch lever and hold, then open the banjo/bolt fitting on the line at the master (top) cylinder slightly, just to let any trapped air out. Always close the bleed screws or bolts before you release...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda z50 197?, honda z50, auto parts store
honda z50, auto parts store, new spark: hello rick if you have oil on the valves and the plug , that would be why your plugs are not lasting they are getting fouled due to the oil. what you can due to help it out. is go to an auto parts store and buy an adapter you put on the end of the plug...

Motorcycle Repair: Horn and tail lights do not work, loose head, running lights
loose head, running lights, tail lights: If you have power going to each conponent, but they dont work then you have a bad ground. Make sure you have power at the light or horn, if you dont, then you need to follow the wire back tot he power source to find the problem Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: harley won't start, harley 883, sparkplugs
harley 883, sparkplugs, mechanic: Yes, you can charge the battery in the bike and use the frame for ground. It sounds like you fouled a plug. Leaving the choke out for 20 minutes is to long. Leave the choke out just long enough to keep the bike running. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb750 with no spark, 1974 honda cb750, fuse panel
1974 honda cb750, fuse panel, night mare: Sam, as far as having spark goes you need battery power coming from the ignition switch to the fuse with the yellow/blue wire. Then up to the run/stop switch. From the run/stop switch there is a black/white wire that sends the power up to the igntion...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition, stock ignition, modual
stock ignition, modual, screamin eagle: You might have gotten a bad modual, but i doubt if the dealership will take it back. What you are going to have to do is get a dianostic run on the bike to see why the light is coming on. that is the only way you will know for sure Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 500, two cycle engines, flash rust
two cycle engines, flash rust, kawasaki 500: Tim, Having the year and model make it easier to diagnose due to changes in design through the years. Is this a single, twin or triple? -It needs reasonable compression to start and run well. At very least 100 PSI. -it might be flooded with fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: Km100 shifting problems, hook arm, double hook
hook arm, double hook, shift forks: Hiroki, the way it works is when you push your gear shift pedal it moves a shifter arm shaped a bit like a little double hook. This is usually under the clutch cover. It has a return spring on it so it can act like a rachet and keep centering itself....

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking and Bogging, piston slap, bike mike
piston slap, bike mike, lean condition: The plugs should be a tan in color, so you are not running lean. The knocking can be several things, collasped lifter, piston slap, bearing going out of the cam, rod going out. It is going to depend on where the noise is coming from. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Leaky crankcase, gasket kit, crank case
gasket kit, crank case, harley shop: If you havent started it yet, then there should be no leak. They base gasket only leaks when you are running the bike. Clean it off really good and let it sit and see where the oil is coming from. It might be just leftover oil that was there. If it still leaks...

Motorcycle Repair: Lean plugs and popping, but only lately, exhaust gaskets, vacuum line
exhaust gaskets, vacuum line, intake leak: I am located in Mount Victory, Ohio, which is about 50 miles from Columbus. As to your problem, I would check the intake manifild for leaks. If they are ok, your hissing might be a blown head gasket. Start the bike and run your fingers around the head and...

Motorcycle Repair: lost, gas bike, air mixture
gas bike, air mixture, air cleaner: You probably fouled a plug. Make sure the plugs are clean. Start the bike and once it warms up turn the idle mixture screw inward slowly, just until the bike starts to stumble. Then outward about 1/4 turn and its set. Let the bike warm up all the way and then...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle bearing wear and installation, specialist stores, installation question
specialist stores, installation question, automotive supplies: Hi, apologies for the delay to come back here. About the cleaning of the bearing, you have only one option: Patience and extreme care to clean off and degrease just the outer race using clean dry rags changing them as often as required and finishing...

Motorcycle Repair: manco talon, override switch, fuse holders
override switch, fuse holders, coil resistance: Eric, first off check your fuses and fuse holders. Use a good battery. Use a good or new spark plug. Then check if there is power getting through the kill switch to the pink wire on the ignition coil. (primary winding is: 3.6-4.8 ohms) (secondary...

Motorcycle Repair: mileage on a Harley Davidson, sportster 1200, harley davidson
sportster 1200, harley davidson, xlc: That is not a bad deal on the bike if it is good condition. 15,000 miles is not alot on a bike. One thing you might consider is getting it checked over, by a shop, just to make sure everything is ok with the bike before buying Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: motor mounts, harley dealer, best bet
harley dealer, best bet, recomendation: I dont have any books to send. You best bet is to buy a service manual from a harley dealer. Do one thing for me, ride the bike down the road with a passenger, and get it to vibrate. Pull the clutch, shut the motor off and coast. Does it still vibrate? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, vf750c magna, v45 magna
vf750c magna, v45 magna, clutch adjustment: No, it is hydraulic. If the clutch is slipping it is probably burned up, unless the master cylinder bleed ports are blocked, which prevents the hydraulic system from depressurizing. If the clutch doesn t disengage, then there is either a bad seal or air...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, honda motorcycle parts, bikebandit com
honda motorcycle parts, bikebandit com, honda shadow: 600 or 1100 Shadow????? http://www.bikebandit.com/honda-motorcycle-parts-1994/oem-parts Choose a model and you can see the illustrations about how the seats attach. I recall working on a 600 of that vintage and the seat bolts are allen bolts that...

Motorcycle Repair: oil, oil drain, oil pan
oil drain, oil pan, transmission oil: Primary drains from the left side, at the back of the primary cover at the bottom. You will see a plug to remove. Remove the derby cover to refill. Fill it just to the bottom of the derby cover, with the bike sitting upright. The oil and trans drain are located...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change, shovel head, oil tank
shovel head, oil tank, case thanks: The 85 sportster is a shovelhead. there is not drain for the bottom end of the case, just drain the oil tank. Make sure you start the bike and let it warm up before you change the oil. There is oil in the primary,however. the drain for it is under the primary...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, bike mike, winter storage
bike mike, winter storage, funning: there is a ball int he oil pump that is suppose to keep the oil from funning into the motor when its shut off. You might have a speck of dirt or some carbon under it, keeping it open slightly. you can remove the plug on top of the oil pump and the spring....

Motorcycle Repair: Primary/Transmission Oil Change issues on 2005 Sportster XLH1200, transmission oil change, clutch adjustment
transmission oil change, clutch adjustment, clutch lever: First, the primary only holds 32 ozs so you need to drain it and replace it. Next, remove the derbly cover and check the clutch adjustment at the clutch and at the clutch lever. Once you have them set you should be ok Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Removal of tanks and dashboard on 1973 FLH, center bolt, flh
center bolt, flh, fuel line: Remove the center bolt which holds the chrome cover on. If you have a choke knob there, remove the knob so the cover will come off. Once you have it off, drain the fuel, remove the fuel line from the carb and the crossover line. The dash and speedo will stay...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing seat, rear cowl, vf700
rear cowl, vf700, key lock: Paul, it depends on the model. One has 3 bolts, one on the top rear and one on each side of the bike where the front/rear seats meet. Pull the seat up and rearward to remove. It hooks under the frame at the front. On the VF700, I think you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing trottle cables., suzuki marauder 2003, clutch cable
suzuki marauder 2003, clutch cable, handle bar: Their is no easy or hard way. You just back the cable adjustments off, disassemble the handle bar control housing remove the cables from the handle, then remove the cables from the carb or throttle body(which ever you have)and install them in the reverse manner...

Motorcycle Repair: Rod Bearings, honda goldwing gl1100, rod bearings
honda goldwing gl1100, rod bearings, main bearings: Brent, The clearances should be checked with plastigage to be within .001 -.003 for rods. and .002 -.003 for main bearings. Rods are marked either #I, or #II, or #III. Rod journals are marked, A, B, C. Crankcase main journals are marked 1,2,3....

Motorcycle Repair: re: honda bol d'or cb990 f not charging, rotor stator, feeler gauge
rotor stator, feeler gauge, battery connections: Jay, your problems are somewhat related but really separate issues. The ignition system consists of the pulse coils under the left engine cover which tell the spark units under the seat when to fire the igntion coils etc. The charging system...

Motorcycle Repair: rear caliper rebuild 82 gl1100 I, rear caliper, metal corrosion
rear caliper, metal corrosion, high temperatures: Bruce, the silicon brake grease is to prevent future metal corrosion as it can stand the high temperatures generated by brake operation. It also helps to lubricate and preserve the brakes piston seals. The brake fluid should NOT be silicon based ...

Motorcycle Repair: removing rear signal lights, signal lights, light assembly
signal lights, light assembly, superglide: Tony, do you mean the connectors? They use AMP style connectors on some of the wiring harness. Usually you have to unlock them somehow. You may have to pry or squeeze depending on the type. Many owners choose to cut and/or splice as needed to...

Motorcycle Repair: repair my oldie, timing chains, head surface
timing chains, head surface, camshaft: Jose, the problem here is you never mentioned the year, brand or model of bike. There are thousands of different engines and timing marks. Most timing chains use the T mark on the flywheel and have a mark on the camshaft sprocket. If the mark...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S carb issue, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, air fuel mixture screw: Correct jetting will make it idle slightly higher, but changing the jets will not help. Lean running will not make it idle higher. You should be able to turn the idle screw outward and make the bike shut off, because the idle is to low, so I thik there is...

Motorcycle Repair: No Speedometer, roadking, cancell
roadking, cancell, senser: Your best bet, since your check engine light is coming on, is to get a dianostic run on the bike. That will tell what the problem is. You have a senser that is going out and that is why the check engine light goes on and off. The dianostic should tell what...

Motorcycle Repair: Not Starting after winter!, mount victory ohio, air filter
mount victory ohio, air filter, gap: My shop is located in Mount Victory Ohio, which is close to columbus. Pull your plugs and make sure you are not flooding it. Put in a new set of plugs and gap them at .040. remove the air filter and put your hand over the front of the carb and turn the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: screaming eagle on 07 heritage, drag pipes, screaming eagle
drag pipes, screaming eagle, best bet: You can remove the baffles, but what you are doing is just changing your exhaust into drag pipes. removing the baffles, also will not give you any back pressure on your exhsust. With no back pressure, you will lose some mid range power. You would also have...

Motorcycle Repair: seals, engine seals, fork tubes
engine seals, fork tubes, fork oil: Zac, If you mean the fork seals, they can leak awhile but you lose some fork oil over time. This affects the handling of the bike and safety too. They also keep dust and dirt off the fork tubes. How long they last depends on the conditions they...

Motorcycle Repair: shifter not returning to center, yamaha maxim, japanese bikes
yamaha maxim, japanese bikes, shift rod: Hello, although I have never put hands in a Maxim engine my experience is that on every bike that I ve serviced the spring returning the gear shift rod to its central position was always reachable without major dismantling. On Japanese bikes of this kind...

Motorcycle Repair: slipping clutch, friction modifiers, suzuki gsxr
friction modifiers, suzuki gsxr, metal shavings: Charles, the clutch sounds like it may need checking. These bikes used a diaphragm type clutch spring rather than the usual coil springs. The friction plates may be worn thin or heat may have weakened the clutch spring. I suspect the clutch needs...

Motorcycle Repair: No spark on left spark plug wire., honda rebel 250, 2002 honda rebel 250
honda rebel 250, 2002 honda rebel 250, spark plug wire: Alfonso, one side of the ignition coils is grounded. The yellow/black wires run to the ignition box separately for each coil. You could try switching the coils to see if it is the ignition coil. Check that the coils are grounded well by the green...

Motorcycle Repair: starter going crazy, starter solenoid, starter wire
starter solenoid, starter wire, starter button: Jason, this is likely your starter solenoid or relay sticking. It could be the starter button I suppose. Pull the yellow/green or might be yellow/black wire off the relay. Connect a test light to it and see if it goes on and off when you push the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter removal, drive gears, honda vt700
drive gears, honda vt700, starter removal: Wayne did you check if battery voltage was getting to the starter from the solenoid? Use a test light. Have you tried applying battery power directly to the starter? The starter goes straight in and out, it also has an o-ring seal on the end...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems, honda atv, advancer
honda atv, advancer, bill silver: Manuel, NOW you tell me the rest of the story! Yes, it probably is cam timing issues..... The cam goes in so that when the piston is at the T mark on the flywheel, the lobes of the camshaft are both DOWN in an inverted V shape. There is a mark on the sprocket,...

Motorcycle Repair: stator test GS550E suzuki, electrosport, car batteries
electrosport, car batteries, stators: Ricardo, here is some info about stators, in general. http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/articles/motorcycle-stators.php From the same site, how to troubleshoot your whole system: http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/pdf/fault-finding-diagram.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki c50, suzuki boulevard c50, rear axle nut
suzuki boulevard c50, rear axle nut, suzuki c50: Lester, -block the bike up so the rear wheel is off the ground. -unscrew the rear brake cable or rod adjusting nut. -push the brake down to get the brake cable/rod out. -keep track of the small parts. -remove the cotter pin and bolt from the brake torque...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki ts 100, tank oil, suzuki ts
tank oil, suzuki ts, straight gas: Seb, the compression sounds low on that bike for it s low mileage. The rings may be stuck in the piston. Is the air filter clean, not too oily? Check if fuel is coming from the tank to the carb. If it has points , make sure they open about...

Motorcycle Repair: timing marks, point gap, honda 125
point gap, honda 125, engine case: J, are you asking about ignition timing or valve timing marks? Honda uses an F mark to indicate ignition timing and a T mark for setting valve timing. The marks are on the flywheel or rotor under the left engine cover. They align with a mark...

Motorcycle Repair: timing a sp 125 suzuki 1984, engine case, fire mark
engine case, fire mark, timing light: Jim, are you asking about ignition timing? There is a F or fire mark on the flywheel that has to line up with a mark on the engine case. You can check it with a timing light. Here is a Honda timing page that may help as they are generally similar...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission leak, williamsburg ohio, harley softail
williamsburg ohio, harley softail, loose rocks: In order to replace that seal you will have to remove the inner primary. Without taking out the shift shaft out, the seal is bear to get out, but it can be done. The lever you are talking about that is loose can be replaced at the same time. that lever...

Motorcycle Repair: V65 Magna Tune up, v65 magna, metric wrenches
v65 magna, metric wrenches, bill silver: Brad, go to this webpage: http://www.sunley.ca/moto.html and then scroll through the various links to get a bigger picture of what is in store for you. http://www.sabmag.org/maintenance.htm is also helpful. You will need a good set of metric wrenches,...

Motorcycle Repair: Vance & Hines short shots, harley softail custom, vance and hines pipes
harley softail custom, vance and hines pipes, bolt head: I am not sure if those baffles are bolted in or welded in. Look on the back of the pipe. If you see a bolt head, then they are bolted in. You might be able to tighten it up. If it is welded, then you would have to take the pipe off and have it rewelded Good...

Motorcycle Repair: VIRAGO 750 engine noise, yamaha virago 750, stethascope
yamaha virago 750, stethascope, leak down test: Gary, try locating the sound with a mechanics stethascope or a long screwdriver held to your ear. Try setting the valve clearance tighter, about .004 -.006 It could be valve clatter or cam problems, also check if oil is getting to the top end,...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, compression stroke, cb160
compression stroke, cb160, oldmanhonda: Ken, set the valve clearances cold at about .004 on both valves. This is safe and they rattle a bit less with the settings equal. The T mark is correct but the valve clearance needs to be set when each cylinder is on it s own compression stroke...

Motorcycle Repair: white milky oil coming down thru my oil level when running the bike ., head gasket, milky color
head gasket, milky color, oil level: All motors draw some moisture when you park them. As the motor cools down it draws air. After you start it the heat from the motor drives the moisture off. Since you have changed the oil, like I said before, keep an eye on it. If you had a bad head gasket...

Motorcycle Repair: xs650 1983, yamaha xs650, bad god
yamaha xs650, bad god, winter storage: hello michael, what you should probably do,is check the wire coming from the coil to see if you have any damage to. it if not then i would have the coil checked . its very possible that the coil could be going out ,maybe due to being stored for awhile...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Mate Scooter, 2 stroke engines, oil injection system
2 stroke engines, oil injection system, reed valves: Andrew, If the spark looks good, try a good spark plug and spray some carb cleaner or wd40 in the back of the carb. See if it fires, if it does then you know it is having trouble getting enough fuel. The carb may need more cleaning or the reed valves...

Motorcycle Repair: Z50 identification, motorera, bill silver
motorera, bill silver, honda z50a: Mike, http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0050/z50a/z50a.htm It looks like it is a 70-71 K1 version, from the above webpage. See also: http://www.oldhonda.com/z50a.htm http://www.hondaminitrail.com/z50.html http://www.hondaminitrail50.com/ Doubt...

Motorcycle Repair: '01 FLHT front end, harley dealer, bad tire
harley dealer, bad tire, triple trees: I am not sure what that measurement is. You would have to check with a harley dealer on that. They would probably have to check with the factory. If your front tire wore out that fast, you might have had a bad tire in the first place or the neck bearing might...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 Nighthawk 250 carb issues, disconnected line, carbon canister
disconnected line, carbon canister, lean condition: David, if you have done a lot of V4 carbs, then I am not too sure what else I can say about this problem. The carb does have an accelerator pump, which you can usually tweak a little bit to compensate for off idle lean conditions and you can try to put a very...

Motorcycle Repair: 08 dyna fat bob, drilling holes, midrange power
drilling holes, midrange power, dyna: I dont recommend drilling holes in the exhaust. First, depending on the number of holes and size, it could lean your bike out. Second, if you drill to many, you lose midrange power. I would suggest gettting some new mufflers for your bike. just remember,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 Custom 1999, transmission area, battery connectors
transmission area, battery connectors, starter relay: First, I would have the battery tested or just replace it. A battery sitting for that long is probably bad. All the water has probably boiled out of it. Once you replace the battery if it still just clicks, the the starter relay is probably bad Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1918 CM400 Carb leaking, brass tubes, cm400
brass tubes, cm400, factory spec: Well 1918 is a little before my time but I ll give it a shot. You re right those two brass tubes are the overflow tubes that prevent the fuel from getting into the cylinders if the floats stick. The problem is that the floats aren t shutting the fuel off...

Motorcycle Repair: 1963 Honda CA95 150 Benly, piston rings, bill silver
piston rings, bill silver, paint job: John, if the bike is complete and has a rebuilt top end, then the smoking problems should be solved. Owner s manuals are often listed on Ebay, as are the various parts you need, also check with www.apexcycle.com for some repro items for Benlys. At $250...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 SL 350 REMOVING OIL PUMP, oil pump housing, spanner nut
oil pump housing, spanner nut, impact gun: Jon, the two parts you describe are actually two separate systems. The pump you correctly described is attached to a plunger plate driven by the clutch housing. The cylinder attached to the crank with the spanner nut is the oil filter. You have to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cb 750 k four, honda cb 750, gasket sets
honda cb 750, gasket sets, gasket set: Well, each piston has three rings, the top compression ring, the oil scraper middle ring and the lower oil control ring. Normally, you have to buy a set for rings for each piston, so you ll need four sets. I m not sure what you mean by a gasket set. Typically,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cl350 piston ring install, honda cl350, piston ring
honda cl350, piston ring, compression ring: Jeff, the ring with the chrome face is the top ring. The second ring is a ductile iron ring and has a black face. Make sure you get the rings install right side up. There will be a T a dot or some other indicator and that indicates it s the top of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Sportster, breather vent, oil drip
breather vent, oil drip, vent line: Inside your oil pump there is a small ball and spring. the ball is suppose to keep the oil from draining out the oil tank and into the bottom of the motor. Sometimes the ball gets a speck of dirt on it and lets oil drip into the motor. Since you had the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 honda cb500 four - rich-hotshift problem, 1973 honda cb500, vernier caliper
1973 honda cb500, vernier caliper, cb500 four: I ll answer the easy one first. The shift problem is the clutch dragging. It could be adjustment or warped plates. To adjust the clutch, loosen the lock screw turn the set screw all the way counter clockwise until you feel some resistance to take out all...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 shovehead conversion, shovelhead, garage floor
shovelhead, garage floor, shovel: Yes, you can convert it to the bigger front end, but I would go with a FLH shovel front end. Easier to install. the expensise would be the cost of the front end. It would take about 5 or 6 hours to do as well as the painting of the fender. With the front end...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 XLCH, stock battery, oil tank
stock battery, oil tank, starter system: If your bike way totally kickstart before, you have to change out the battery box and go to the bigger battey in order to have enough juice to start it. When harley made the sportster there was one that was totally kick and one with a starter. the one with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda cb360, 1975 honda cb360, cam follower
1975 honda cb360, cam follower, punch marks: William, there were two recalls, if I remember correctly, on that model. There was a cam chain tensioner slipper and there was the cam follower rocker shaft recall. The slipper had a different material that wore less and the socket it rode in also had a different...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb360t kehin carbs, 1975 honda cb360t, kehin
1975 honda cb360t, kehin, process of elimination: Have you checked the float levels? The engine is getting too much fuel or too little air and it s a process of elimination on which one. I ve had mice build nests in the air cleaner housing before that caused this problem. Tell me what you ve already looked...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb550, honda cb550, stock exhaust
honda cb550, stock exhaust, stock parts: Well, as I recall there was a CB550K and CB550F model. Most of the engine parts were interchangeable between the K and F but the tank exhaust, handlebars and body parts were obviously different. The camshafts may have had a different grind but you d have to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750K Limited Problems, 1979 honda cb750k, timing advance
1979 honda cb750k, timing advance, wheel chair: Robert, Take a look at the timing advance unit. If you give the outer drum a quick twist does it snap smartly back to the zero advance? If it hangs up or doesn t return at all, that would be my guess. It may need a new advance unit or I ve adjusted the springs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750k cam adjustment, 1979 honda cb750k, cam lobes
1979 honda cb750k, cam lobes, clutch lever: Alex, the later dual cam 750 uses shims to adjust the valve clearance. You need a special tool to hold the valve down in order to change the shims. If it has the locknut and screw you just set the clearances at .003 with the cam lobes pointing away...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 FLT TOURGLIDE PRIMARY, flt tourglide, clutch
flt tourglide, clutch, hub: If your chain is only two year old, it is not likely it bad. Go for a ride and when the bike starts to vibrate, pull in the clutch and coast and see if it still vibrates. Do the same thing, but shut the motor off and coast, does it still vibrate? let me know...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb750c timing chain, 1980 honda cb750c, staking tool
1980 honda cb750c, staking tool, mr honda: Nope, I wouldn t recommend it. The cam chain is the same size and pitch as the CB450 chain so it would be possible to remove a link and replace it with the master link from a 450. The problem is that you ll need a staking tool to install the new master link....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 200twinstar motorcycle, starter button, oil bath
starter button, oil bath, engine oil: Tammy, that s a problem...it s stuck because there s either rust in the cylinders or maybe gas has leaked down into the cylinders and the engine is hydraulically locked. The best thing to do is take the plugs out and try turning it over by hand or just bumping...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM 250 custom, honda cm, learning to ride motorcycles
honda cm, learning to ride motorcycles, 5th gear: Yup, it will do more than 45mph. My daughters had one of these bike when they were learning to ride motorcycles. The problem is that bike is running out of fuel or fuel is not getting down to the carbs. The first thing I d do is ride it and make it act...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 XT250 with no power, fuel mixture, xt250
fuel mixture, xt250, float bowl: Travis, check the air filter for clogging. The carb jets could be gummed up, try filling the float bowl with carb cleaner and let it sit awhile or do a full carb cleaning. It might be a good idea to see what the compression is like. It needs at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 fxe shovel, ac volts, dc volts
ac volts, dc volts, volt meter: You need to check your regulator at the battery. With a volt meter you should be getting around 13.5 volts at the battery. If not then test the stator for OHMs as well as ac voltage. The voltage will drop at idle on the stator. Your voltage seems ok at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow Camchain tensioner, 1983 honda shadow, crankcase
1983 honda shadow, crankcase, spindles: Well Barry, I can t see the picture without a password but if it is the camchain tensioner spring it requires pulling the motor because the lower mount is buried inside the lower crankcase. Does the engine start? Does it sound like something is really loose...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750, combustion gases
honda shadow 750, combustion gases, 1983 honda shadow 750: Dan, those compression numbers are way low. I would have expected them to be in the 140-150 range. Try squirting just a little bit of engine oil in the cylinders through the plug holes. and take another compression reading. Not too much or you ll be taking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c fuel pump relay, fuel pump relay, fuel lines
fuel pump relay, fuel lines, fuel pump: Yes there is a relay that powers the pump and it gets it s signal from the ignition circuit to indicate when the engine is running. I m puzzled by why it only partially works. Typically, those work or don t work. Are you trying to pump fuel through the system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FLHTC Evo clutch adjust, clutch adjustment, locking nuts
clutch adjustment, locking nuts, thanks john: If your bike is pulling you foward at a light, tehn your clutch needs adjusted. Go to the cable and turn it so you have play in it. Now go to the clutch and in the center you will see the adjusting bolt and locknut. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 sporty ironhead, open pipes, straight pipes
open pipes, straight pipes, car mechanic: Do your compression test with a hot motor. Also, do a bleeddown test. I am not familar with the mikuni round side carb, never worked on on since they are not very popular. They are a vintage carb. If it were me, I would switch it out for a S&S carb. to see...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 V65 magna, float valves, float valve
float valves, float valve, carbs: The originals are the best as aftermarket quality varies. The Keyster s are a commonly used replacement and float valves may be ok but carb jets can be iffy. It is getting harder to access original parts for older bikes and we may come to depend on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow 500cc, brent bowman, lump of coal
brent bowman, lump of coal, plug holes: Brent, any bike that s been in the barn for 20 years is going to need a lot of work to get it ready for the road. I have a few of those in my barn too. There are a few diamonds out there but you should assume it will take some effort and cash to get it running...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda vt700, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, screw adjustment: I m assuming the back fire occurs when you let off the throttle. That s an indication of a lean mixture to the point it can t be ignited by the spark plug. It could be the idle screw adjustment. I think on that year you re adjusting the air and not fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki Intruder VS750, suzuki intruder, us bikes
suzuki intruder, us bikes, wire colors: Gene, the only thing these bikes had extra was a sidestand light. Other than that I would be guessing, low fuel light or high rpm/shift light? If you send me the wire colors I might be able to figure it out. Are they orange and green/white? That...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 cr250, crankshaft seal, honda elsinore
crankshaft seal, honda elsinore, pilot jet: Wes, are we talking oil fouling or fuel fouling? Two different conditions there.... If you put in a fresh plug and you still have the bogging problem at low end, then the carburetor is probably too rich.. high float level, pilot jet too large or the idle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Honda CR125, powervalve, goove
powervalve, goove, power valve: Mark, you might need a manual or at least a parts diagram for this. http://www.cmsnl.com/img/exhaust-manifold-87-89-cr125r-89-us-partslist-big-HU0261E0501.gif Here is some info I gathered that might help if it applies to your situation: On Hondas...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 FXSTC performance, drag pipes, intake leak
drag pipes, intake leak, jet sizes: Since you said it ran fine and then started running bad, I would look other places. Once you have set the carb and it runs fine, it really doesnt go out of adjustment. Check for a intake leak or an exhaust leak.You can check the timing, but the timing,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 honda xr 100r, tick tick tick, honda xr
tick tick tick, honda xr, screw driver: My experience is with older pre 1982 Hondas so the 1992 is a little newer than I have direct experience with. In general though, a rattling noise like a bunch of loose washers rattling in a tin can, is usually a loose cam chain. A single tick, tick tick...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Honda Z50R, honda z50r, intake valve
honda z50r, intake valve, good luck: Sorry but if the valve are adjusted properly, you either have a bent, stuck or burned intake valve. I d start by making sure the valves are not mis-adjusted and go from there. Also check to be sure there s not something stuck between the valve and the seat....

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Honda Magna 750 stalls while riding---periodically, honda magna 750, 1996 honda magna
honda magna 750, 1996 honda magna, older models: Sorry Wil, but like you said, my experience is limited to pre 82 Hondas so I can t give you a specific answer. This is the second question as many days on this model and this problem. Based on your description, you are probably right it s starved for fuel....

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Valkyrie Iginition, wire colors, park position
wire colors, park position, lock smith: Tom, the bolts that hold the switch on are called break off bolts The drive part breaks off when they are installed. You just chisel a small slot in them and use an impact screwdriver or small chisel to remove the bolts. On some bikes the contact...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 600 honda cbr f4, blown fuses, honda cbr
blown fuses, honda cbr, white strip: Sorry but my experience is with older Hondas, pre 1982 so I can t give you specific directions for your year. But in general, there are no relays on the ignition system. There will be an ignition module that controls the spark map, a trigger that tell the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Softail evo hard to start, mikuni carburetor, hydraulic lifters
mikuni carburetor, hydraulic lifters, intermediate jet: First, make sure you bleed the lifters before adjusting them. It sounds like the bike is fuel starved. Check for a vaccumn leak at the manifold. You can do this by, spraying some carb cleaner around the manifold when the bike is running. If the idle goes up...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 FXDWG, disk brakes, rotor
disk brakes, rotor, bearings: Jack the bike up so the front wheel is off the ground and spin it. You are probably hearing a disk rubbing against the rotor, which most disk brakes do anyway. If its rubbing to bad you need to remove the rotor and check it for warpage Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FATBOY, old tank, fuel gauge
old tank, fuel gauge, new tank: You have to remove the plate you are refering to. Inside is the fuel pump and the wiring for the fuel pump. You will also have to remove the float for the fuel gage and the gage as well as the wiring and all the fittings. Your best bet, since you are working...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Dyna factory mixture screw setting, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, air fuel mixture screw: Its not your air/fuel misture screw that is the problem. the air/fuel mixture screw only affects the idle. Once you are off idle, youa re on the intermediate jet up to around 2500 RPM, then you go to the main jet. Clean the plugs and start the bike and let...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 heritage flstc, allen bolt, stock front
allen bolt, stock front, fork oil: You will have to jack the bike up and remove the front tire, fender, brake caliber. Once you have that done drain the fork oil. there will be a small screw on the side of the fork to take out to drain. at the bottom of the fork, inside, there is a allen bolt...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 vulcan 1500 splitting the crankcase, metal dowels, heavy hammer
metal dowels, heavy hammer, last resorts: Cliff, often the problem is a missed bolt somewhere in the case. I believe these have about 20 bolts more or less holding the crankcases together. The cases have metal dowels that can be tight or maybe rusted in. Sometimes shops have a tool that...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Road King, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, clutch: It sounds to me like the clutch is to tight. Make sure the finger for the rod on the right side of the trans is all the way back when you put it together. When adjusting it loosen the cable so you have alot of play in itbefor adjusting the clutch itself. When...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Fatboy clutch issue, motorcycle repair shops, harley service
motorcycle repair shops, harley service, clutch basket: What you are going to have to do is pull the primary cover and inspect the clutch basket. Your clutch rod might have gone out, or the spring plate broke, or the clutch basket came loose. If you plan on doing it yourself, I would get a harley service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Sportster XL883C Questions, harley davidson sportster, sensers
harley davidson sportster, sensers, retaining clips: the only place you can get the clips you are refering to is a dealership. As to the check engine light, the only way to know what the problem is you have to take the bike to someone who has the programing to do a dianostic on your bike. You have alot of sensers...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 shadow aero speedometer, bike check, loose wire
bike check, loose wire, speed sensor: Russell, since it is an intermittant problem it might be hard to diagnose without replacing parts. The speed sensor can be checked for a 0-5 volt pulse when the sensor shaft is turned. The wire connector is in the headlight and must be checked while...

Motorcycle Repair: 73/74 honda, cylinder car, leaded fuel
cylinder car, leaded fuel, unleaded fuel: Shawn, I don t know of a way to use a typical dwell/tach meter on a 450 scrambler. The problem is that the coils are separate with separate points rather than have a single point to fire the coil four times every two revs. I suppose you could just hook them...

Motorcycle Repair: 73' CB500, cb500 four, exhaust leaks
cb500 four, exhaust leaks, stock air: The exhaust leaks won t cause your symptoms. I m betting the low speed circuit is still plugged in the carburetors. The fact that it runs well with the choke on is an indicator. Another cause could be a float level being set too low. The engine is just...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 honda cb350g super sport, frank bishop, gmail
frank bishop, gmail, right cylinder: Frank, check that the points for the right coil are opening and closing okay. You can lay the spark plug and wire on the engine and then snap the contact points open with a screwdriver to see if you get any spark. There should be some power or...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 RT3 360, crankshaft seal, air screw
crankshaft seal, air screw, screw out: Gerald, It is likely a small air leak somewhere. Possible trouble spots are: the carb flange o-ring the reed valve Flywheel side crankshaft seal. Cylinder base gasket. You can try spraying some carb cleaner around the gaskets and see if engine...

Motorcycle Repair: '75 CB360T Clutch "pop" issue, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: Sean, Looking at http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb360t-1975/o/m9224 Left crankcase cover illustrations and clutch to review the parts involved. My questions/comments for you are: Did you thoroughly clean the clutch plates,...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 sportster, exhaust stroke, dyna ignition
exhaust stroke, dyna ignition, dual fire: The difference between single fire and duel fire is, the duel fire fires the spark plugs on the intake and the exhaust stroke. the single fire fires the spark plugs on the intake stroke only. You can use either, but if you use the single fire you have to use...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 cb750k clutch loose on handle, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, cable adjusters: Dave, there are cable adjusters on both ends of the clutch cable. The cable adjuster on the handlebars has a slot to allow the cable to pass through the inner adjuster bolt and the outer locking nut. Aligning the slots up will allow the cable to be disconnected...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 CB 750 Float needles, vent tubes, cb 750
vent tubes, cb 750, old bikes: Wes, it doesn t normally take much pressure to close a float valve. Have you checked for debris in the fuel tank or lines? Add a lawn mower or other fuel filter. Some of these carbs have o-rings on the float valve seats. These are press-in...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda GL 1100 Goldwing, honda gl1100, honda gl
honda gl1100, honda gl, intake leak: Carey, your problem could be a couple of things. The first thing I d do is check compression. If the compression is low, it will take more throttle just to keep the bike running and so it will be unstable because as the speed picks up there s less compression...

Motorcycle Repair: '82 Honda Magna VF750C, battery tender jr, honda magna
battery tender jr, honda magna, fuel pump relay: As you know it takes three things to make an engine run...compression, spark and fuel. You didn t mention if it would continue to run if you left the choke on. My response is assuming it won t continue to run with the choke on. I d vote for the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 V65 magna, v65 magna, speed jets
v65 magna, speed jets, crankcase: Rick, if it runs better with the choke on, I d put my money on the low speed jets being plugged up. The idle circuit controls the fuel from 0 to about 1/4 throttle which is about the range you re talking about. It will take a carb cleaning to unplug the...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Harley clutch problem, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, ball bearings: The cable should be counterclockwise. Put it back together and put the cover on with alot of slack inthe cable. Then use the cable to push the plate back, counterclockwise. Then adjust he clutch and then adjust the cable. Use 32 ozs for the primary Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: '84 Honda VT500C Shadow, honda vt500c, solenoid starter
honda vt500c, solenoid starter, starter clutch: Peter, I m not sure what you mean when you say the gears stick. Does the engine turn over at all? Those systems are pretty simple as you can see. The starter clutch should rotate freely in one direction and lock up when turned the other direction. If it...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow 500, volt ohm meter, light sensors
volt ohm meter, light sensors, honda shadow: I ve never heard of the voltage regulator causing that problem but that s about the time manufacturers started to add more electronics like rear brake light sensors. It s an easy thing to check. Charge the battery enough so it can crank the engine easily...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow vt 700c, jp cycles, market signals
jp cycles, market signals, turn signals: Clifford, the front turn signals had both running lights and turnsignal and that s why there were two wires plus the green ground wire. The blue and white or orange and white wires are teh running lights. The replacements you describe only have the turnsignal...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 CBR 1000F, head gasket, plug holes
head gasket, plug holes, cracked head: That s peculiar...is the bike left outside all the time? Could it be rain puddling in the muffler? Are you loosing coolant? It s possible it s a headgasket problem but normally that will show up as vapor coming out of the exhaust for a while after the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 flhtc clutch /cable adjustment, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, locknut: Loosen the cable alot. With the bike sitting upright remove the derby cover. Under it you will see the clutch. In the center is the adjuster. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster screw outward. turn it inward, just until it bottom out and then out about...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 magna, honda magna, starter relay
honda magna, starter relay, starter button: Stuart, that clicking sound is your starter relay switch. It may be faulty or it may be your battery, starter or wiring. Get a test light or multimeter and connect it to the starter cable terminal and the frame or negative battery terminal. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 CBR 600 engine quits while driving, honda cbr 600, honda cbr 600 f4
honda cbr 600, honda cbr 600 f4, air vent: Mitch, sounds like a fuel problem. Could be: -a plugged gas tank air vent or cap. You will notice vacuum or pressure in the tank when you open the cap. -A plugged petcock screen inside gas tank. -Dirty fuel filter. -Faulty fuel pump. Wayne...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire / Low Power, air screw, drag pipes
air screw, drag pipes, resivor: Your air/fuel mixture screw is closed to much. Should be around 1 1/2 turns. Change your intermediate jet to one bigger and test ride. The other time you can do is get a Dyna-jet kit for your bike. In it you will find the jets you need and how to set the carb....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, battery cables, battery box
battery cables, battery box, dyna: Remove hte battery cover on the side. there are two bolts at the bottom of the battery box. Loosen them. At the top of the battery ther is a bolt that when you turn it it lowers the battery box so you can get the battery out. Remove battery cables and install...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike dies when I put it in gear, clutch plates, batery
clutch plates, batery, nuetral: Mark, will the bike keep running if you get it rolling and put it in gear? If so, the clutch may be locked up. The clutch plates sometimes get stuck together from corrosion or wear. If it still stalls out, I suspect it might be the clutch switch,...

Motorcycle Repair: Blue Smoke, 1998 Sportster, harley dealer, independent shop
harley dealer, independent shop, speedy response: Its hard for me to say what the price would be. Labor prices are different all over the country as well as going to a dealer or a independent shop. Worse case would be reduing the top end. I would call around and get some prices in your area Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake Light won't brighten, yamaha yzf r1, brake light switch
yamaha yzf r1, brake light switch, blown fuse: Steve, Check your fuses, then check if you have power on the brown wire to the rear brake light switch. Also check the bulbs and sockets for corrosion. The power for the brake light comes from the fuse box to the brake switches and then on to the tail/brake...

Motorcycle Repair: battery problem, police bike, battery problem
police bike, battery problem, flht: First, I would start by having the battery tested to make sure it good. Even though you have 12.5 volts, you might not have any cranking amps. If the battery is good and you are still having problems let me know and I will help you Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal, battery removal, battery box
battery removal, battery box, low rider: remove the seat. Looking at the front left side of the battery box you will see 2 bolts. Loosen them. Go to the top of the battery box and at the back you will see a bolt. turn it and the battery box will lower and you can remove the battery Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: CAM CHAIN MASTER LINK, cold chisel, honda dream
cold chisel, honda dream, staking tool: Yea, that s a problem. Try looking at the CB450 cam chain master link. I think that s the same size and pitch as the old 305s. It requires a staking tool to rivet the ends on the link or if you re careful with and hammer and cold chisel you can stake it....

Motorcycle Repair: CBX750 engine noise, hydraulic tappets, reed valves
hydraulic tappets, reed valves, emissions controls: Paul, Being that it appears from your question/info that you didn t change out the camchain tensioner, it is probably the culprit. On the V-4s of that era, the rubber damper sleeve on the tensioner spring would get hard and brittle, causing the tensioner...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing gas tanks and ignition switch, gas tanks, best bet
gas tanks, best bet, good luck: If you change to a sportster tank you will have to fabricate some mounts for it. You would have to test fit it for the mounts. As to the switch, you can locate it anywhere that will be conveniant for you to get to. Your best bet is to locate it to the side...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch fades on 86 Honda shadow, clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder
clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, clutch fluid: Pat, did someone look carefully at the clutch master cylinder bore inside? If there is corrosion or deep pits, the new seals won t be able to hold pressure. There are 2 bleed ports in the base of the reservoir that must be clean and clear, as well. You...

Motorcycle Repair: Codes for 2003 Road King, king thanks, harley
king thanks, harley, scanners: Most of the scanners are expensive and the one from harley can only be purchased by a dealer. the one I use is a program in my laptop. Your beat bet is to look around on the net and see what you can find. Harley doesn seel a electrical dianostic book for...

Motorcycle Repair: CT 90 carb, honda ct90, rotor stator
honda ct90, rotor stator, screw adjustment: Deni... check valve clearances first. COLD .002 on both sides. Second, take the spark advancer off and mark the cam location to the advancer base. Remove the cam, gently... clean, lube and reassemble it in the correct orientation. Clean point faces and...

Motorcycle Repair: cam shaft chain, cam gears, cam shaft
cam gears, cam shaft, cam chain: Billy, you never gave me the year, make or model of the bike, there is no way I can answer your question. There are thousands of different engines and they all have different cam chain designs and procedures for replacing the chain. You can break the...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjustment, air filter element, honda nighthawk
air filter element, honda nighthawk, nighthawk 650: Rafael, go here to look at exploded parts illustrations: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb650sc-83-nighthawk-650-us_model476/partslist/ The carbs have idle circuits, needle circuits (for transition from idle to main jets) and main jets. In addition you have...

Motorcycle Repair: cb400 rear tire removal, propane heat, honda motorcycle
propane heat, honda motorcycle, wheel assembly: Joe.. go to http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb400f-1977/o/m9441 Brake pedal/brake panel for illustrations. You can swing the chain adjusters down, behind the end of the swing arm, remove the stopper and then slide the whole...

Motorcycle Repair: How to change REAR BELT FINAL DRIVE, clutch motor, best bet
clutch motor, best bet, rear tire: What you are going ot have to do is remove the primary, clutch, motor sprocket, jackshaft, starter, and inner primary. the you have to remove the rear tire and the swinging arm bolts to get the new belt in. Your best bet, if you are planning on doing it yoursef,...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problems, lifetime warrenty, flhtcui
lifetime warrenty, flhtcui, stators: Sounds like the stator you installed was bad. I use accel stators and dont have any problems with them. They also come, unlike harleys, with a limited lifetime warrenty. After 4 weeks I would return the stator and see if you cant get a refund or a replacement....

Motorcycle Repair: checking for draining problem on battery, honda v45, bad hope
honda v45, bad hope, best guess: Hi Ken, My best guess would have to be that your system is not charging at all.. The best way to check this is to full charge the battery so that the bike will run, then use a multimeter, using the VDC stetting, to see what your charging system puts out at...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch master cyl., banjo bolt, cup seals
banjo bolt, cup seals, v45 magna: Well there could be a few things wrong. Should I assume you got all of the parts back in correctly including putting the cup seal in right? Did you put a little fluid on the master cylinder plunger and cup seals when you reassembled it to help seal things...

Motorcycle Repair: contershaft seal, outer rim, xr250r
outer rim, xr250r, hondas: John, my experience is with pre 1982 Hondas. Generally speaking though, you may not be able to. If you get a new seal and it has a ridge in the outer rim of the seal, that ridge is a locater ring and you have to split the cases. If the rim is smooth, you...

Motorcycle Repair: crane hi 4 and low oil pressure, low oil pressure, crane hi
low oil pressure, crane hi, oil light: If the oil light doesnt come on, you might not be losing oil pressure. try another gage. On the timing, the clear plug is really the only way you can time it. I use a computer in my shop, but I dont think you want to go to that expense Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: cx500 honda 1980, float bowls, cx500 honda
float bowls, cx500 honda, steady stream: Mike, does the bike have compression? It s either spark, compression or fuel and you said there s spark. Do you know you are getting fuel to the carbs? Try opening the drain screw in the float bowls and make sure you have a steady stream of fuel coming...

Motorcycle Repair: drum brakes yamaha xt225, drum brakes, brake shoes
drum brakes, brake shoes, foot brake: Marshall, is the brake pedal hitting something? Sometimes they get hit or bent and it stops the pedal from moving. Check that the lever on the brake drum has not slipped or stripped the spline on the brake shaft. Check the threads on the brake rod....

Motorcycle Repair: dyna mid controls, good luck
good luck: Stick with 05 parts. I dont have anything that would tell what years will fit for midcontrols, so I dont want to tell you wrong. If you are buying the parts new, the package for the parts should say what years they fit Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, 1991 honda nighthawk, starter solenoid
1991 honda nighthawk, starter solenoid, connector wires: Robert, the battery could be failing. Have you tried it with the battery charger connected? Have you checked the main fuse? It may be near the battery or on the starter solenoid/relay. Check all the fuses. Check any large ground wires that go...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical trouble, electrical trouble, starter relay
electrical trouble, starter relay, starter button: The popping you are hearing is probably a breaker. I would start by replacing it. If it still keeps popping then you have a short in the wiring, so you will have to trace it out from the breaker, to the starter button to the starter relay to the solenoid and...

Motorcycle Repair: engine idle screw, throttle cables, carberator
throttle cables, carberator, float bowl: Karl, look on the right middle side of the carb very close to the seam where the float bowl meets the carb body. The screw goes in a hole here from the bottom side pointing upward. It should be close to where the throttle cables hook up as it pushes...

Motorcycle Repair: engine noise, piston slap, rod bearings
piston slap, rod bearings, valve job: With 70,000 miles and you have it part way down, I would go ahead and inspect the rod bearings, just to be on the safe side. Your tapping might be a rocker arm that is worn, but while you have it apart check them, as well as do a valve job. Your pistons are...

Motorcycle Repair: Foork Seals, fork seals, head bolt
fork seals, head bolt, fork seal: You can replace the studs. they screw in. To replace the seals you need to remove the front wheel, caliber, and fender. remove the drain screw and drain the fork. Inside the bottom of the fork there is a allen head bolt. remove it and the fork will slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Fork seals, http www youtube, honda cb 650
http www youtube, honda cb 650, flat screwdrivers: Tim, it can be done at home with a little care. Most of the tools are common or can be fabricated without too much trouble. You will need some metric wrenches, an allen wrench to fit the bolt that goes up from the bottom of the fork leg. A large...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuses, turn signal flasher, blown fuses
turn signal flasher, blown fuses, lighting circuits: Chuck, which is the fuse as I think there are is more than one fuse for the bike. You haven t told me if the solenoid was new and correct for that application. You haven t told me if the fuse blows when you turn the ignition switch ON or if it only blows...

Motorcycle Repair: FXR, possiblity, harleys
possiblity, harleys, hte: the shifter drum is located inside the trans, so you would have to pull the trans out. If you plan on doing thes yourself, I recommend getting a service manual. In it you will find how to work on hte trans and the steps to remove it Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb750c timing chain, timing chain, hondas
Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb750c timing chain, timing chain, hondas

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM 250 custom, fuel starvation, fuel line
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM 250 custom, fuel starvation, fuel line, kinks

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c fuel pump relay, shaft returns, fuel line
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c fuel pump relay, shaft returns, fuel line, end result

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 sporty ironhead, iron head, befor
Motorcycle Repair: 1984 sporty ironhead, iron head, befor

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Honda Magna 750 stalls while riding---periodically, weather one, inclement weather
Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Honda Magna 750 stalls while riding---periodically, weather one, inclement weather, vent hose

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 FXDWG, brake pad, spring clip
Motorcycle Repair: 2000 FXDWG, brake pad, spring clip, caliper

Motorcycle Repair: '82 Honda Magna VF750C, spurt
Motorcycle Repair: '82 Honda Magna VF750C, spurt

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire / Low Power, intermediate jet, jet kit
Motorcycle Repair: Backfire / Low Power, intermediate jet, jet kit, anser

Motorcycle Repair: charging problems, volt ohm meter, ac volts
Motorcycle Repair: charging problems, volt ohm meter, ac volts, regulator problem

Motorcycle Repair: crane hi 4 and low oil pressure, crane ignition, engine vacuum
Motorcycle Repair: crane hi 4 and low oil pressure, crane ignition, engine vacuum, vacuum advance

Motorcycle Repair: FXR, allen key, pawl
Motorcycle Repair: FXR, allen key, pawl, good luck

Motorcycle Repair: GL1100, rich thanks, caliper
Motorcycle Repair: GL1100, rich thanks, caliper, bearings

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX650 water in exhaust, o ring, crankcase
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX650 water in exhaust, o ring, crankcase

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cb400F, old bikes, headlights
Motorcycle Repair: Honda cb400F, old bikes, headlights

Motorcycle Repair: hesitation/throttle, diaphragms, pistons
Motorcycle Repair: hesitation/throttle, diaphragms, pistons

Motorcycle Repair: honda xr80 ignition coil wire
Motorcycle Repair: honda xr80 ignition coil wire

Motorcycle Repair: motor cycle clutch, clutch master cylinder, banjo bolt
Motorcycle Repair: motor cycle clutch, clutch master cylinder, banjo bolt, clutch lever

Motorcycle Repair: noisy honda, cam timing, torques
Motorcycle Repair: noisy honda, cam timing, torques, good luck

Motorcycle Repair: Oil and gas coming from vent line.
Motorcycle Repair: Oil and gas coming from vent line.

Motorcycle Repair: oil on stator side 96 vlx 600 honda shadow m/c, stator rewind, epoxy coat
Motorcycle Repair: oil on stator side 96 vlx 600 honda shadow m/c, stator rewind, epoxy coat, spare part

Motorcycle Repair: Plug Removal, cb650, ebay
Motorcycle Repair: Plug Removal, cb650, ebay, thin wall

Motorcycle Repair: Sleeping FXR, low beam, wiring harness
Motorcycle Repair: Sleeping FXR, low beam, wiring harness, screws

Motorcycle Repair: VIN# Location / 1983 FLHT Harley Shovelhead, timing hole, hot bike
Motorcycle Repair: VIN# Location / 1983 FLHT Harley Shovelhead, timing hole, hot bike, four stars

Motorcycle Repair: v65 Magna overheating, circulation problem, internet search
Motorcycle Repair: v65 Magna overheating, circulation problem, internet search, manual switch

Motorcycle Repair: vance & Hines Straightshots slip on, stock filter, sealent
Motorcycle Repair: vance & Hines Straightshots slip on, stock filter, sealent, lean condition

Motorcycle Repair: GL1100, brake calipers, wheel bearing
brake calipers, wheel bearing, shaft drive: Nope...there s no alignment required. It s not uncommon to have the brake calipers bind up. There are o-rings in the calipers that seal the pistons. The brake fluid reacts with moisture and creates a varnish around the o-rings causing the pistons to stick...

Motorcycle Repair: gas mileage, honda shadow ace, gas mileage
honda shadow ace, gas mileage, riding gloves: Sorry, Joe my experience is in pre-82 Hondas so I can t give you a specific answer. My VF1100S gets about 40-45 depending how I drive so I agree you have something going on. The only thing I can think of that would explain the sudden drop is a problem with...

Motorcycle Repair: ghanging fluids, motor oil, harley
motor oil, harley, good luck: The drain for the trans is on the bottom of the trans, close to the center of it. The primary has its own oil. You use primary oil that is made for the harley primary, not motor oil. You fill it from the center inspection cover of the primary cover and you...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 650 Nighthawk, fault finding guide, honda 650
fault finding guide, honda 650, bill silver: William, there are several versions of 650 Nighthawks, so am not sure which one you have; SOHC or DOHC. Go here and print out the troubleshooting guide to help sort out your charging system questions. http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/fault-finding-guide.php...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 750 Shadow idle problem, honda 750 shadow, gas plugs
honda 750 shadow, gas plugs, passageways: Kevin, the bikes having so few miles on them leads me to believe the carb idle jets and passageways are likely plugged with fuel varnish. While sitting the gas corrodes the inside of the carbs and makes a mess. The other jets may be partially plugged...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX650 water in exhaust, honda cx650, head gaskets
honda cx650, head gaskets, radiator cap: Sounds like a head gasket, at a minimum, but that doesn t explain the water in the oil. It s possible if the bike sat outside or in a building with extreme swings in temperature, it could be just condensation. The head gaskets are the first thing to go after...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda carb slide needles, rear cylinders, jet sizes
rear cylinders, jet sizes, honda parts: I can tell you that the rear cylinders had smaller main jets 120 vs. 122 but I ve checked my manuals and the Honda parts books and I can t find a reference to which needle jets go in the front and rear carbs. They are different needles according to the parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cb400F, field coil, volt meter
field coil, volt meter, field coils: I m assuming the bike runs fine when the battery is charged and dies when the battery gets low. Put a volt meter across the battery when the bike is running after you have charged it again. It should read 14.5 volts when reved above 3000 rpm. If it doesn...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel key, honda rebel 250, helmet holder
honda rebel 250, helmet holder, 1985 honda rebel 250: Walter, it is stamped on the edge of the ignition switch and underneath the helmet holder unit. You will have to remove either one of those components, in order to see the codes stamped on the items. Take the switch to the key shop/locksmith or an Honda dealer...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda won't start, honda cb500t, piston rings
honda cb500t, piston rings, surface rust: Gregg, if it has been sitting the compression will likely be low from lack of lubrication and/or corrosion on the piston rings etc. When in good shape the compression would be above 150 psi, maybe 170 or so. It needs 130 psi or up to run very well....

Motorcycle Repair: Hondas, goldwing 1800, fork legs
goldwing 1800, fork legs, fork leg: I d recommend you get a manual before attempting this repair. It s a pretty involved job and you ll need to know how much oil to put back in. To get the front forks apart, you have to remove the front wheel fender and brakes, pull the forks out of the...

Motorcycle Repair: hd cases, machinest, good luck
machinest, good luck, hd: Your better off getting a new set of cases. You would have to get a machinest to make the repair by making a new insert and then cutting the case for it to fit. then it would have to be pressed in and the cases line reamed to match back up. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: maybe you can help me?, vlx 600, shotguns
vlx 600, shotguns, carbs: John, I can t imagine the exhaust installation causing the front cylinder to cut out. So the first thing I d do is take one of the front plugs out or stick another plug into the plug socket and find out if it has spark. If it doesn t have spark you re looking...

Motorcycle Repair: hesitation/throttle, spark plug gap, air fuel ratio
spark plug gap, air fuel ratio, ratio problem: If it s a severe miss, I d be looking for a spark leak, either in the coil or plug wires. If its a rather soft miss it could still be an air fuel ratio problem. Take the bike out and get it to miss for a few minutes and hit the kill switch and allow the...

Motorcycle Repair: honda magna 750, honda magna 750, coolant pumps
honda magna 750, coolant pumps, water coolant: Yea, I guess that would cause the water in the exhaust but I ve never seen a cracked head, but it could happen. If it is, they are on ebay all the time since there s not much demand for heads. They rarely fail so I d be surprised if it s cracked...unless...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vt 750 misfiring and backfiring, honda vt 750, lean mixture
honda vt 750, lean mixture, vance and hines: Well,I can t say what it will cost because shop rates vary quite a bit. A knowledgeable mechanic can do the job easily in 3-4 hours including rebalancing the carbs. It will partly depend on how much extra stuff has to be removed to get the tank and carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xr80 ignition coil wire, honda xr80, coil wire
honda xr80, coil wire, gas tank: Dan the wire goes to the points wire. Coming off the coil there should be a wire with a double connector. One of the wires goes down to the points and the condenser is also plugged in at the same location. Sorry for the late response, I ve been out of...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition switch, hot wire, sportster
hot wire, sportster, different color: There is no ground on a ignition switch. You have a hot wire, a lights wire and a acc. wire. Different manufactures use different color wires, so it would be tough for me to tell you what wire is which. Generally the red wire is hot from the battery. You can...

Motorcycle Repair: installation of baffels, bolts, pipes
bolts, pipes, torque: Installing baffles will not affect the starting of your bike. Most baffles are installed by drilling a hole in the exhaust and a hole in the baffle for a bolts to hold them in. Adding baffles will help your midrange plower Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Katana gas lines, suzuki katana 600, vent hoses
suzuki katana 600, vent hoses, 1995 suzuki katana 600: these bikes have alot of confusing hoses. Even more so on Calif models. Some of the hoses belong to the emissions system, others are for vacuum and fuel. The fuel petcock on the gas tank has two fuel lines branching to the four carbs and one smaller...

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking, piston slap, bike mechanic
piston slap, bike mechanic, head gaskets: Since you just changed the rings and did some honing, you might have to much clearence in the cylinder to piston causing piston slap. Using the James gaskets wouldnt change anything. What you would need to do is mic the cylinders to make sure they are not...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki ex250f3, starter solenoids, bill silver
starter solenoids, bill silver, starter motor: Chad.... dead battery.... Charge it, load test it, if it is more than 2 years old, replace it. Clicking starter solenoids are almost always due to low voltage/current from the battery. You can jump across the solenoid posts to apply battery voltage directly...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki zl900, cam lobes, degree wheel
cam lobes, degree wheel, head surface: Jeff, Align the #1,4 T mark on the rotor. Set the lines on the cam gears so they are aligned with the cylinder head surface facing away from each other. Example: IN mark facing to back of the engine on the intake camshaft. and EX mark facing...

Motorcycle Repair: Loss of Power/fuel loss, air fuel ratio, motorcycle mechanic
air fuel ratio, motorcycle mechanic, fuel tanks: Alex, you are correct it sounds like the float levels aren t adjusted properly yet. There s a specific float level the have to be in order for the bike to run correctly. I ve often hooked the carbs to the fuel tanks, turn them right side up and made sure...

Motorcycle Repair: Lousey gas milage, friction discs, fuel consumption
friction discs, fuel consumption, compression check: That bike should get somewhere between 35 and 45 mph depending on how you are using it. There are a few things that can cause a significant loss in fuel consumption. First, do a quick compression check. I think that bike should have about 140-150 psi. ...

Motorcycle Repair: loses power during deceleration, neutral position, deceleration
neutral position, deceleration, efi: If the motor doesnt die then the bike is not losing power, it has just cut back on fuel, dince you are not using any for power. if you are coasting in gear, close to idle, you will get surges in power. I dont htink there is anything wrong with your bike. ...

Motorcycle Repair: MOTORCYCLE NOT STARTING, honda goldwing, starter solenoid
honda goldwing, starter solenoid, bill silver: Randy, with a fully charged battery in the system, try jumping across the two starter solenoid posts with a screwdriver or something similar. If that actuates that starter motor then you have either a bad solenoid or the wiring to it has failed. Try a...

Motorcycle Repair: Motor swap, honda nighthawk 650, 1984 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 650, 1984 honda nighthawk, car motors: Robert, it s not much more than a engine swap in a car. You have to disconnect everything attached to the engine and then put it all back on once the engine is changed out. I don t think there s any major changes between the 83 and 84 but my experience is...

Motorcycle Repair: motor cycle clutch, slave cylinder, brake fluid
slave cylinder, brake fluid, master cylinder: There s a bleed screw on the slave cylinder mountend on the end of the clutch housing that you need to open after building up a little pressure in the master cylinder. I have a mini-vac pump that I use to help pull the air and brake fluid through the system....

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle electrical problem., gear jammer, starter button
gear jammer, starter button, electrical problem: If your starter is turning on its on when you hook up the battery, then either the starter button is stuck or the starter bendix is stuck. First, check the button. If its ok, the you will have to pull the starter and do an inspection on it Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Need some advice about a 550 Honda, motorcycle repair, repair experience
motorcycle repair, repair experience, street bike: Well, if you get it at the right price, it could be worth it. It will require a top end overall at a minimum. That s a fair amount of work since it requires pulling the engine out of the frame. So I guess it depend on what you re up for and what it will...

Motorcycle Repair: In need of Torque specs, honda cx500c, torque specs
honda cx500c, torque specs, head bolts: Chris, they don t list torque specs for common parts. They advise using the average torque recommended for the size and grade of the bolts you are using. For example: If your bolt is 6mm thick on the shaft or threaded part, use 7-9 ft lbs. 8mm...

Motorcycle Repair: ninja clutch oil leak, push rod, rod seal
push rod, rod seal, cylinder seal: Reid, Yes it could be either the slave cylinder seal or the push rod leaking. If you lose clutch fluid then it s the slave, if not it might be the push rod leaking engine oil. Sometimes the push rod seal is not shown on parts diagrams. You might...

Motorcycle Repair: How much noise?, trans fluid, screamin eagle
trans fluid, screamin eagle, heat heat: All lifters make some noise. Because harley lifters are on the outside of the motor you hear it more. the ticking you hear doesn hurt anything, its just annoying. Dont worry about the heat, heat will build up on the motor if its just sitting there. there...

Motorcycle Repair: noise when hit bumps, lehman trike, trike kit
lehman trike, trike kit, fork spring: I would first check the front end to make sure everything is tight. Check your brake pads in the calibers to make sure they are not rubbing. Probably the only other thing it could be is a fork spring rubbing in the forks. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: noisy honda, v65 sabre, honda xl
v65 sabre, honda xl, hand clutch: Like I mentioned in my earlier response, my experience is limited on this model year. If you had ask me how to get the cams out of a 1969 Honda CB450 or an 80 goldwing. I could give you step by step. But I ll give you my best guess having never taken...

Motorcycle Repair: noisy honda, loose clutch, clutch baskets
loose clutch, clutch baskets, honda xl: Mark, is this a tapping noise or a rattling sound? Have you checked the valve clearance? It could be rocker or camshaft noise or most likely a bad cam chain or tensioners. Also a loose or collapsed piston or rod bearing can knock. Does it look...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL CHANGE, honda goldwing, 4 quarts
honda goldwing, 4 quarts, 2 quarts: You are right in that it take a little over 3 quarts. I don t have a manual for that bike but I think it was 3.4-3.7 quarts. I used to put in 4 quarts with a filter. There s a sight window on the left side of the crankcase that you can use to check. I don...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL FILTER, clutch disks, randy becker
clutch disks, randy becker, honda dream: Randy, the oil filter is centrifugally driven by the small chain off the end of the crankshaft. On the clutch cover you have a round sub cover with three screws. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ca77-dream-touring-305-us_model992/partslist/E05.html http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ca77-dream-touring-305-us_model992/partslist/E09.html...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL LEAK, crankcase blowby, combustion gases
crankcase blowby, combustion gases, honda goldwing: Randy, that little can is the crankcase breather. There s only a couple of reasons that will have oil coming out of it. First, you could have overfilled the crankcase with oil or the carbs could have leaked gas down into the crankcase. Check the dipstick...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil and gas coming from vent line., crank case vent, vent hose
crank case vent, vent hose, vent line: the oil tank sits higher than the motor. What happens is oil is weeping past a ball in the oil pump which is suppose to stop this from happening. the oil goes into the bottom end. When you start the bike the oil pump cant pump it back fast enough and it comes...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change, suzuki gs 650, 2 quarts
suzuki gs 650, 2 quarts, motorcycle oil: Tammy, when changing oil, you should always add a couple of quarts or litres (10W40 motorcycle oil) and then run the bike briefly to circulate the oil and fill the oil filter. Let the bike sit a moment and then recheck the oil with the bike sitting...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak from air cleaner?, atm machine, fxstc
atm machine, fxstc, deoderant: First, you need to find out where the oil is coming from. Clean the bike really good and let it dry. Spray the motor with deoderant that has baby powder in it and run the bike. WHere the oil is leaking the powder will turn black. Let me know where it looks...

Motorcycle Repair: oil pump, oil light, oil pump
oil light, oil pump, valve guide: That is somthing new to me too. I have never seen the teeth gone on oil pump gears. They are hardened gears and it would take alot to break the teeth. Somthing hard would have to go throught he oil pump to do that. I think I would ask to see the gears to be...

Motorcycle Repair: oil on stator side 96 vlx 600 honda shadow m/c, crank case, honda shadow
crank case, honda shadow, rain water: Well, my experience is limited to 1985 and older bikes so I m going to take a guess here. All of the Hondas I ve worked on have wet alternators, meaning the alternators are oil cooled. As the alternator is running it gets hot and needs to be cooled. If there...

Motorcycle Repair: Plug Removal, vt700, gas tank
vt700, gas tank, spark plugs: John, I m sorry but my experience is in pre 1982 models. The plugs on my wife s 85 VT700 are pretty easy to get to so I m guessing any advice I give would not be correct. Chances are good you ll have to at least raise the tank. The 85 VT700 has 2 bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: Power, low beams, high beams
low beams, high beams, mounting bolt: Wow Matthew, I ve never seen this one before. I m going to take a bit of a guess and say you probably have a bad wiring harness ground. The electrical system is trying to find a ground through what ever circuit it can so a bunch of systems are acting up....

Motorcycle Repair: Proper spark plug selection, speed tranny, double platinum
speed tranny, double platinum, thunderheader: Spark plugs, like alot of other things, are personnal preference. Ask a 100 people which plug is the best and you will probably get 100 different answers. A spark plug is nothing more than a place for spark to jump across, so performance wise they all work...

Motorcycle Repair: points adjustment, 1975 honda cb360t, emery paper
1975 honda cb360t, emery paper, point gap: Corey, make sure the points are flat and clean. Use a small file or some emery paper to clean them and then use some clean paper to pull through and make sure they are really clean. Replace them if necessary. The points should open about .014 gap...

Motorcycle Repair: primary oil change, sportster ironhead, screw hole
sportster ironhead, screw hole, oil change: Looking at the bottom of the primary cover, close to the center, you will see a screw. remove it. With the bike sitting upright, pour oil into the primary just until it starts to drip out the screw hole and you are set. takes roughly about a quart Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrods, hydraulic lifters, wrong bike
hydraulic lifters, wrong bike, stock rods: Even the bike you are refering to has solid pushrods. If you have adjustable pushrods then they have been changed. To adjust them start at the front exhaust. Roatate the motor until the lifter is all the way down at the bottom of its stroke. Tighten up the...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing fork seals, bike torque, hammer puller
bike torque, hammer puller, dust seals: Tom, remove the front wheel, it is good to put a wedge or something like that between the brake pads so no one comes along and accidently pops your pads out of the calipers. Big mess. The speedo gear or cable will need to be disconnected. Remove...

Motorcycle Repair: rake degree for triple tree, harley sportster, fork tubes
harley sportster, fork tubes, back bottom: What you need to do it first block bike so it will sit level without the front tire and the frame is lever or where you want it. the rear tire need to be touching the ground. You can use a inexpensive bike lift for this. Now you can run a stringline from the...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake pad replacement, car disc brakes, hd sportster
car disc brakes, hd sportster, disc brakes: using a certain pad is a matter of opinion, but if it were me I would go with a kevlar type pad. takes the heat better. As to replacing them, on the front of the caliber you will see two bolts that are the pins that hold the pads inplace. remove the bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cyclinder very lean, dyno tuner, mobile dyno
dyno tuner, mobile dyno, intake leak: Since the bike only runs on one carb and the fuel is split between two cylinders and you have only one cylinder lean then you need to look at a intake leak, exhaust leak or a burned valve. I would do a compression test and a leak down test on both cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: rjohnston@barbeckbb.com, v65 sabre, head bolts
v65 sabre, head bolts, bolt torque: Rich, they don t list torque specs for common parts. They advise using the average torque recommended for the size and grade of the bolts you are using. For example: If your bolt is 6mm thick on the shaft or threaded part, use 7-9 ft lbs. 8mm...

Motorcycle Repair: rpm problem, yamaha vstar, intake tubes
yamaha vstar, intake tubes, vacuum lines: Greg, The carbs are probably a bit sticky from sitting so long. The throttle is controlled by vacuum slides that are under the top caps on the carbs. The slides may need cleaning or some carb cleaner sprayed in the carb mouth may help. You may have...

Motorcycle Repair: Saddlebags for GL1000, honda line, mounting brackets
honda line, mounting brackets, gl1000: Lelton, that s going to be a problem. If I remember correctly, those bags had a neat bracket that the bag slipped into that could be locked and unlocked to take the bags on and off. Without that bracket you won t get the same functionality. I guess you can...

Motorcycle Repair: Shovelhead, fxrs, shovel
fxrs, shovel, wholesaler: Go to V-twin manufacturing web site. You can look at their catalog. They have all the parts you need for your bike. You cant buy from them, they are a wholesaler. You can find a list of dealers in your area for them on the site Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Sleeping FXR, hollow horn, gel battery
hollow horn, gel battery, starter relay: You have a short in one of the systems. I would start by removing components from the different systems to see if the power comes back. Start by disconnecting the lights and ignition from the key starter. If the battery stays up, then connect each wire and...

Motorcycle Repair: Smoking Battery Cable when starting, bike mike, battery cable
bike mike, battery cable, electrical problems: They should have replaced them. What you are running into is you have to much compression for the starter to turn the motor over. When that happens the cables overheat, because the starter is trying to fight the motor. I suggest that you get some compression...

Motorcycle Repair: NO SPARK, honda goldwing, emery cloth
honda goldwing, emery cloth, volt ohm meter: As you can imagine there are a lot of reasons for not getting spark at the plugs. The points actually ground the coil circuits and when the points open, the circuit is interrupted and the coil fire the plugs. Here s how I d start the troubleshooting 1....

Motorcycle Repair: Sputtering fuel (1987 CBR1000), exhaust pipes, running on three
exhaust pipes, running on three, cbr1000: Sounds like one of the carbs is leaking fuel past the needle and seat and flooding one of the cylinders and running out the overflow onto the motor or frame somewhere. If you just let the bike idle in place for a while you should be able to spot which carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Starving for fuel, random problems, full tank
random problems, full tank, petcock: Sorry Travis, but my experience is limited to pre 82 Hondas so I can t give you a specific answer. Based on your description, you are probably right it s starved for fuel. It s unlikely all four carbs are bad and the only thing that can prevent the fuel from...

Motorcycle Repair: Stator, clutch basket, voltage test
clutch basket, voltage test, jackshaft: First you need to do a OHMs test and a AC voltage test ont he stator to make sure it bad and not the regulator. In order to install it you have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket, motor sprocket, starter, jackshaft and inner primary. If you planning...

Motorcycle Repair: shadow won't start, wd 40, honda shadow
wd 40, honda shadow, airbox: Ray, -check if the compression is about equal on both cylinders. -check that you have spark on both wires. -likely the carbs idle jets are plugged up with old gas varnish. -try some wd-40 or carb cleaner in the carb intake, see if it fires....

Motorcycle Repair: shadow won't start, honda shadow, airbox
honda shadow, airbox, long winter: Hi Ray, Being in the used bike buz, I can almost guarantee you The carbs need to be cleaned. What happens is, there are very small jets called slow or pilot jets. The size of these holes is so small its almost hard to even see light through them, however...

Motorcycle Repair: shifting, petcocks, side shift
petcocks, side shift, sportster: Your problem is the shifter cam is probably worn and needs replaced. It wouldnt be the fluid. In order to replace it you would have to pull the trans to replace it. You need to run 50W oil in the primary. You fill it by removing the small cover on the primary...

Motorcycle Repair: shifting to neutral, honda shadow vt1100, clutch adjustment
honda shadow vt1100, clutch adjustment, clutch cable: David, the clutch cable has an adjuster on the ends, so you can take up the slack. Loosen the lock nut and turn the cable adjuster or cable end mechanism until you minimize the excess free play. You only want about 1/8 of free play at the lever before you...

Motorcycle Repair: smokin, 2 quarts, santa fe nm
2 quarts, santa fe nm, gear changes: First, it would be very expensive to convert to fuel injection from a carberated bike. I dont think it would be worth it in the long run. If you are burning oil, the places it can come from is either the pistons rings or the valve guides or both. So you would...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, volt ohm meter, motorcycle shop
volt ohm meter, motorcycle shop, honda 750: Rick, take a volt ohm meter and check to see if you have power to the coils. The black and white wire should have 12 volts when the ignition and kill switch are on. Next try cleaning the points to make sure they don t have oil or carbon in them preventing...

Motorcycle Repair: No spark at the points!, plastic washers, metal screws
plastic washers, metal screws, yellow wires: First make sure the kill switch isn t on. I can t tell you how often I ve accidently bumped the kill switch and wasted time trying to figure out what s wrong. Assuming you have power at the coils, I m guessing the terminals are being grounded at the points....

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer/odometer not working, honda cbr 600, voltage pulse
honda cbr 600, voltage pulse, speed sensor: Arnold, the speed sensor next the starter motor sends a voltage pulse to the speedometer. If you can get at the connectors just down from the speedo you can check for this pulse. Block the back wheel off the ground. Unplug the connectors and hook...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer and tachometer ratio, 1976 honda cb550, proper ratio
1976 honda cb550, proper ratio, cafe racer: David, I ve never been asked this question before so I don t know the answer. There s an easy way to find out. Pull the tack cable off the head and count the number of tack drive revolutions for 10 turns of the crank, Then divide the number of tack revolutions...

Motorcycle Repair: sporster harley 1999, sporster harley, leakdown test
sporster harley, leakdown test, petcock: Generally, if your petcock leaks through you dont get fuel in the oil, but it can happen. But, in order for it to happen the float in the carb would have to leak too! I would go ahead and change the oil. Disconnect the fuel line to the carb, put the hose...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster 2004 starter replacement, mechanical experience, starter button
mechanical experience, starter button, female friend: Pull the primary cover and bump the starter button to see if it engages the gear on the clutch. The shaft on the starter should slide in and out. If it doesnt, then disconnect the battery and remove the starter by removing the two bolts holding it in. Also,...

Motorcycle Repair: no start, system battery, starter motor
system battery, starter motor, charging system: First make sure your ground wire is good. bad ground and the starter will heat up. If the battery is good and the ground is good then you need to remove the starter and have it tested. to remove it you have to disconnect the battery,remove the primary cover,...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, sportster, bolts
sportster, bolts, bolt: Remove the battery and the wire going to the starter. Remove the two bolts holding the starter in and the starter will slide out. Be careful when sliding it out that you dont pull it apart. the two bolts holding it in also hold it together Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, hondagoldwing, header pipe
hondagoldwing, header pipe, gls: Allister, my experience is with the pre-82 Honda so I can t tell you specifically. On the older GLs you could get the starter out but it was a job. Now because it was difficult to get to but because it was just so tight. You have to drop the exhaust header...

Motorcycle Repair: starter relay and solenoid wiring, starter relay, starter button
starter relay, starter button, ironhead: You are going to have to get a wiring diagram and start tracing the wires out. If you are hookinig up the ground on the battery and burning wires, then you have a short to ground which you need to find. At the key switch, disconnect the ignition and lights...

Motorcycle Repair: starter solenoid, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, harley davidson: A solenoid is nothing but a magnet. When you hit the starter button it sends 12 volts to a post on the solenoid. One of the other posts are hot with 12 volts. When you hot the starter buttton it engerizes the magnet and it slides, completing the circut to...

Motorcycle Repair: starting trouble, battery breaker, battery cables
battery breaker, battery cables, solonoid: First, I would test the battery. You might have a bad cell. Check both battery cables. the starter will drag with a bad ground or bad positive cable. Last, check the breaker to the starter. It might be weak. If the battery, breaker and cables check out then...

Motorcycle Repair: stator on a 1980 cb650 custom, honda oem parts, regulator rectifiers
honda oem parts, regulator rectifiers, carbon brushes: Ryan, do not blindly replace a component until it has been tested. Stators are not common failures on these bikes, unless the connector from stator to wiring harness is melted down. Defective stators can occur and can also take down the rectifier-regulator...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission leak, white lithium grease, quad ring
white lithium grease, quad ring, adavance: James gaskets are all I use in in my shop. If your bike is leaking on the kickstand then it either the main seal, behind the sprocket or the small seal inside 5th gear. I would go ahead and replace them again. Be careful you get them in straight and dont roll...

Motorcycle Repair: tapping noise on my 95 flhr, crank case breather, adjustable pushrods
crank case breather, adjustable pushrods, harley screaming eagle: If you want to get rid of the noise you are going to have to go with different lifters. The Harley ones will tap. You can either get Jims or S&S. They are not cheap though. Like I said befor, the tapping doessnt hurt anything, its just annoying Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: tapping noise from top end, yamaha virago 750, kawasaki kz
yamaha virago 750, kawasaki kz, exhaust gaskets: Gary, Do you have a fuel pump? -It only pumps when it senses the need, so it may click a few times when you first turn on the key and also when the bike is running of course. Mild backfiring is fairly normal, Richening the idle mixture screws...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle grip, custom vstar, yamaha motorcycle
custom vstar, yamaha motorcycle, throttle cables: David... Being that it isn t a HONDA question, I went here: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-v-star-classic-xvs1100am-2000/o/m7844 But there really isn t any detail on how the throttle cables interact with the carbs....

Motorcycle Repair: timming, timing light, flywheel
timing light, flywheel, good luck: There is a timing plug on the left side of the case. You have to remove the plug and install a clear plug and use a timing light. the marks are on the flywheel. If you have not changed the timing, then it wont change. the timing is direct off the cam and dosent...

Motorcycle Repair: Vaccum lines, honda shadow 1100, 1986 honda shadow 1100
honda shadow 1100, 1986 honda shadow 1100, vacuum lines: Vince, they are probably part of the emissions system, maybe go to a control valve, air cleaner box or other evap canister etc. The fuel lines have a T . One line goes to the fuel pump and the others to the carbs. Is the bike running? Look...

Motorcycle Repair: Vance & Hines Straightshot Slipons, harley dyna, dyna jet
harley dyna, dyna jet, harley dealership: If you change to a highflow pipes you make the bike run a little leaner. Adding a highflow air filter will make it even leaner. If it were me I would add the highflow air filter and add a Dyna-jet kit to the carb to bring it back to where it should be Good...

Motorcycle Repair: VIN# Location / 1983 FLHT Harley Shovelhead, mental anguish, duplicate title
mental anguish, duplicate title, flht: Look around the neck, where the forks connect to the frame, and there should be a vin number. It might be covered with paint, so it might be tough to see. You can also get the vin number off the side of the motor on the case. Good luck and happy riding Mike...

Motorcycle Repair: VW coil on my cb200, volkswagen beetle, voltage spike
volkswagen beetle, voltage spike, stock motorcycle: Ben, I ve not seen this modification before so I ll have to take a guess based on the physics. The arcing you see is typically an indicator of a bad condenser. That engine had one coil for both cylinders. By using two separate coils to do the same job,you...

Motorcycle Repair: Vz 800, combustion problems, suzuki vz 800
combustion problems, suzuki vz 800, head gasket: Jeff, tough question for MrHonda.... A thick cloud of smoke, coming from a water-cooled engine, usually means that the head gasket has blown out, with coolant being drawn into the combustion chamber and then burned. Coolant is quite flammable, especially...

Motorcycle Repair: v65 Magna overheating, v65 sabre, v65 magna
v65 sabre, v65 magna, coolant temp: I guess it depend on what you mean by hot. I, currently, have a V65 Sabre. I had Magna once upon a time but it didn t fit me very well....legs and arms too long. They were nice bikes though. The Magna has an analog meter with a white and red zone. Does...

Motorcycle Repair: vance & Hines Straightshots slip on, stock air filter, straightshots
stock air filter, straightshots, air mixture: Your popping is probably from a lean condition as well as no back pressure on the exhaust system. Installing the baffles would probably help. The only way to be sure you are not running lean is to have to exhaust anyalized to see what the air mixture is Good...