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Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xt 550 1982, cluth, safety switch
Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xt 550 1982, cluth, safety switch

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xt600 1984
Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xt600 1984

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha yz450f, plunger, bugger
Motorcycle Repair: yamaha yz450f, plunger, bugger

Motorcycle Repair: yz 125 won't shift, yz 125, sand pit
Motorcycle Repair: yz 125 won't shift, yz 125, sand pit, deller

Motorcycle Repair: yzf 750, clearences, inlet valves
Motorcycle Repair: yzf 750, clearences, inlet valves, inlet valve

Motorcycle Repair: ZX2R cutting off when clutch is released, clutch lever, zx2
Motorcycle Repair: ZX2R cutting off when clutch is released, clutch lever, zx2, clutch

Motorcycle Repair: ZZR1200 CAMS, kawasaki uk, warentee
Motorcycle Repair: ZZR1200 CAMS, kawasaki uk, warentee, labour costs

Motorcycle Repair: zzr600, fuse box, zzr600
Motorcycle Repair: zzr600, fuse box, zzr600, falcon

Motorcycle Repair: f4i fuel injection problem, lake shore drive, sporatically
lake shore drive, sporatically, injector system: Hi Harry. I don t really think that your problem is the injectors. It sounds more like there is a short in the electrical component of the injector system. If you are not extremely confident with electrical, then take it to someone who is. Good luck....

Motorcycle Repair: f4i fuel injection problem, lake shore drive, sporatically
lake shore drive, sporatically, shively: Hi Harry, I suspect a loose sensor or interruption in the fuel pressure to be causing the problem. It may be other, not sure. Before you have a local tech check into it, visit f4i message boards and see if others have any experience whit same problem....

Motorcycle Repair: f7 175 oil pump problom, 1974 kawasaki f7, safe bet
1974 kawasaki f7, safe bet, oil injection: Hi Andrew, I would think there is a clog in the oil pump, unless the pump is just shot. I believe you can purchase either a new pump, or a rebuild kit, however, if youd rather not spend that kind of money, its just as easy to block off all of the oil injection...

Motorcycle Repair: After a failed tank treatment?, steamboat springs colorado, rusty tank
steamboat springs colorado, rusty tank, radiator shop: Hi John, If the tank was lined with Kreem, the product can be removed with Acetone. Remove fuel cap and petcock (and any other tank parts. Seal openings with any means you have at hand. Buy a gallon of Acetone (About $10) and add a pint to the tank....

Motorcycle Repair: fan not working, honda shadow, fan switch
honda shadow, fan switch, shively: Mick, This cooling system could be working properly or even over cooling. Test the fan switch, temperature sensor, conductors and connectors, and related circuit wiring. I already replied to the other question. Much of the same applies here, too....

Motorcycle Repair: fan, radiator fan, major components
radiator fan, major components, cooling system: Hi Rami. The fan portion of the cooling system is the easiest to troubleshoot. There are, basically, 2 major components. The fan and the thermosensor. The fact that the fan will function, says that the thermosensor is bad. It is that component that...

Motorcycle Repair: fast idle when warm, rich fuel mixture, diaphragm problems
rich fuel mixture, diaphragm problems, sea foam additive: Dave, -if the plugs are black it indicates an overly rich fuel mixture or lack of air. -I suspect your gastank fuel valve is allowing the engine to suck raw fuel in the vacuum line. If so you will need to get a rebuild kit or new petcock valve. ...

Motorcycle Repair: fast idle, yamaha vstar 650, vstar 650 custom
yamaha vstar 650, vstar 650 custom, clymer: How many carbs? Sounds like u may have a vaccum issue, but only if running on more than one carb. Has it been jetted? Have u checked timing issues? I would suggest that u look into a Haynes or Clymer manuel 4 your machine? They can prove invaluable...

Motorcycle Repair: fatboy starting issues, starter switch, 40d
starter switch, 40d, kill swith: Hi Larry. I would go through the connections for main power and starter to make sure that all contacts are clean and making GOOD contact. You may have marginal contact and it is being adversely affected by the colder weather. Good luck and ride safe....

Motorcycle Repair: fatboy turn signals, turn signal switch, side blinkers
turn signal switch, side blinkers, relocation kit: You have a major short somewhere. What you need to do is start tracing wires out and locate it. One thing, its not good to jump the battery with a car or truck battery. To many anps. You might blow the battery up. Charge the battery and work off it. Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: faulty ignition, amp fuse, 650 yamaha
amp fuse, 650 yamaha, starter relay: Sounds as thou you have a server dead shot somewhere. Try disconnecting the alternater output wire, Try using a piece of wire instead of a fuse (ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME SO YOU DON T DAMAGE THE WIRING) Check to see if you can find the short by smell and temperature....

Motorcycle Repair: faulty signal ligthts, signal relay, signal switch
signal relay, signal switch, signal components: Hi Earl. Unfortunately, there is a process of elimination that you must use. Not the kind most mechanics use (i.e. change parts til it works), but chasing down bad components, connections or shorts. You will need the repair manual for this as it has the...

Motorcycle Repair: fender tip lamps, factory warranty, bulbs
factory warranty, bulbs, fender: It s covered under factory warranty which runs from date of original (first) sale for two years. You just have to start at the bulbs and work backwards to find out where you are losing power or ground. Pry (pop) off the lenses and check the bulbs first....

Motorcycle Repair: finished kind of?, vasoline, red line
vasoline, red line, speedometer: Sounds like you have one of the point wire ends grounding up against the inside edge of the point cover. Turn the the little flag ends of the wires so they are flat and not protruding into the cover. You can put a little vasoline on the inside of the cover,...

Motorcycle Repair: Back fire, intake leak, lean condition
intake leak, lean condition, flamable: Probably what is happening is the previous owner changed the pipes and didnt have the EFI flashed or if it was, it was flashed wrong. What you need to do is go to a shop that can reflash the EFI. You are probably running in a lean condition which will cause...

Motorcycle Repair: back fire, stock carb, qustion
stock carb, qustion, valve guide: If you have oil coming out of the exhaust then you will have to pull the heads and cylinders to see what the problem is. I cant comment on how much it will cost due to the fact that prices are different all over the country and different at shops. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Will not fire on 85 nighthawk, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, nighthawk 650: Hi Jared, I suspect the fuel left in the carbs during storage has varnished. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned. see the tech files below. Always include your email address with question as requested. Email makes my volunteer time possible....

Motorcycle Repair: no fire on front cylinder, motorcycle battery, honda shadow
motorcycle battery, honda shadow, truck battery: Hi Roger, I have a Question for you: Was the VT jump started from a car or truck battery, or any other non-motorcycle battery? If so, describe. Do you have a decent VOM (multimeter)? I return tech files via email. Remember to include your email addy...

Motorcycle Repair: fire in pipes at high rpms, drag pipes, air leaks
drag pipes, air leaks, rich mixture: Your condition is commonly caused by any or all of the following: Running drag pipes with no baffles, too rich mixture in the main jet or needle, air leaks at the exhaust port connection to the pipes, or all of the above. If you insist on running drag pipes...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire to the plug, point gap, plug cap
point gap, plug cap, mini trail: David, -I believe the switch just grounds the ignition to kill the engine. It should have spark with the switch disconnected. -You will have to double check all the ignition components carefully. -flywheel magnets should be clean and have some...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire to plugs, honda vt shadow, stator assembly
honda vt shadow, stator assembly, careful checks: Roland, the wiring inside the motor and the coils are most sensitive to engine heating. The spark timing signals begin with the pulser coils (genearlly part of the stator assembly on a lot of Hondas), then onto the spark module then to the coils. The ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire to plugs wont start, 1982 suzuki gs1100, air fuel mixture
1982 suzuki gs1100, air fuel mixture, plug caps: Hi Tammy, An engine needs three elements to run properly: 1) Cylinder compression 2) A spark at the exact time 3) Correct air-fuel mixture Alter or remove any one or more of the elements and the engine will not run properly or may not even start....

Motorcycle Repair: no fire at plugs, honda shadow, cdi ignition
honda shadow, cdi ignition, good speed: Hi Roland, The electrical sytem requires a battery in good condition and fully charged to operate properly. A dead or sulphated ceell in the battery can cause running problems such as you ve described. The CDI or other components can be damaged if a...

Motorcycle Repair: back fire /smoke from air cleaner/ ruff idle, john clifton, starter bike
john clifton, starter bike, ohm meter: Since your plugs are soot black then your fouling plugs. There are a couple of reasons for this problem. You either have a bad coil or the carb is not jetted right. I would start by testing the coil and plug wires with an OHM meter and see if they are good....

Motorcycle Repair: no fire to spark plugs, roland roland, semi conductors
roland roland, semi conductors, battery cables: Roland, The problem could be caused by the CDI, the battery, or other. Try and remember what you ve done before and during when the problem occurs. Example: Does it happen after washing the MC or after it rains? Check battery cables for clean,...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire, vulcan nomad, check engine oil
vulcan nomad, check engine oil, safety switches: Hi Rick, Check engine oil (crankcases) for water. Dry all wiring, connectors, and secondary spark plugs leads. I would simply replace the battery. Check and all safety switches for corossion. Check pick-up coils, ignition coils, and spark plugs. You...

Motorcycle Repair: fireblade starting probs, cold surfaces, ambient temperatures
cold surfaces, ambient temperatures, cold engine: Hi Dave, I suspect the symptoms are related to how the engine s cold surfaces reacts with the air/fuel mixtures. When weather is cold, engine surfaces at ambient temperatures, fuel doesn t atomize well until the engine is warmed. This may cause the...

Motorcycle Repair: not fireing, theft attempt, wireing harness
theft attempt, wireing harness, hot wire: Hi Scott, Trace the wiring in the ignition circuit. Look for evidence of defects. Repair or replace accordingly. Check ignition system components per service manual procedures. I m not clear on how the switch is affected by the theft attempt, but...

Motorcycle Repair: fireingorder, spark plug cable, plug cap
spark plug cable, plug cap, firing order: Hi Carlos, Cylinders are numbered left to right 1-2-3-4 when seated on the KZ. One ignition coil operates cylinders 1 & 4. The other coil operates cylinders 2 & 3. You may connect either plug wire from the same coil to either of the two cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: back fires at high reves, critical adjustments, combustion chamber
critical adjustments, combustion chamber, exhaust pipes: Tony, # 1 reson for backfiring is incorrect timing. Be absolutly sure you understand the procedure for setting the points, there are two critical adjustments. One, the gap between the points at full open AND the EXACT time or angle they start to separate....

Motorcycle Repair: not firing, boiling temperature of water, rm 80
boiling temperature of water, rm 80, combustion chamber: Hi Keith, Pressure check the cooling system and combustion chamber for leaks. Repair accordingly. Get a copy of the service manual and learn about performing these procedures. Anytime the cooling system is opened to air, air must be purged from the...

Motorcycle Repair: back firing and not idoling right, kawasaki zx9, spark plugs
kawasaki zx9, spark plugs, air filters: Hi April, Are you using the 94 s carbsvor the 97 s carbs? Which air box is used, or are you using individual air filters? Describe the appearance of the spark plugs. I ll wait for your reply, then we can go from here. Include your email address...

Motorcycle Repair: firing order and other useful info, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Justin, Visit the XJ website: www.xj.com The firing order is: 1-2-4-3 When seated on the motorcycle, cylinders are numbered from left to right 1-2-3-4. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with...

Motorcycle Repair: firing order and timing on ninja 1000 R, smooth bores, stock cams
smooth bores, stock cams, ldrider: Hi Paul, Right. The spark plugs fire 180 degrees apart. One arc produces power and the other has no effect. Firing order is 1-2-4-3. The cylinders are numbered 1-2-3-4 left to right as if seated on the MC. I recommend that get a copy of the service manual....

Motorcycle Repair: firing order, air fuel mixture, harley engine
air fuel mixture, harley engine, compression stroke: Hi Frank, As my profile indicates, I m not a H-D expert. If the cylinders share one ignition coil, both cylinders fire simultaneously. One cylinder is on compression stroke and about to burn the fresh air-fuel mixture. The other cylinder is 180 degress...

Motorcycle Repair: Back firing,poping in exhaust, suzuki vs800, air fuel mixture
suzuki vs800, air fuel mixture, gasoline additives: Hi Joel, The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned to remove varnished gasoline. Adding higher octane gas or gas additives to clean the carbs and fuel system doesn t work. Higher octane is just that. It has no cleaning properties. Gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: firing problem crf 80, stator coils, honda crf 80
stator coils, honda crf 80, plug caps: Steve, is there any spark with a new plug? The pickup tab on the flywheel is just metal, it may or may not have any magnetism on it. The edge of it triggers the pickup and the timing advance changes depending on which edge it checks. At high speed it...

Motorcycle Repair: firing problem, car alarms, happends
car alarms, happends, hi mike: You never said if you rejetted the carb when you removed the baffles, but I woould suspect that that is your problem. removing the baffles made the bike run lean, so it needs to be richened up. The flames out of the pipes is probably from no back pressure...

Motorcycle Repair: back firing, air fuel mixture, intake leak
air fuel mixture, intake leak, load controller: BACK FIRING IS FROM A INTAKE LEAK, THE EXHAUST IS ALSO NOT HELPING THE MOTOR. GET RID OF IT AND BUY A EXHAUST SYSTEM THAT WORKS!! WHITE BROTHERS E-SERIES 2 INTO 1 EXHAUST SYSTEM IS THE HOT TICKET!! MORE POWER AND TORQUE ACROSS THE ENTIRE POWER BAND AND THE...

Motorcycle Repair: first bike, yamaha virago, many things
yamaha virago, many things, motorcycles: Hi Ellen, There are many things to consider when looking at a used motorcycle. I ve loctaed a couple of websites on the subject. Both sites offer much information. http://www.xs11.com/tips/misc/misc2.shtml http://motorcycles.about.com/cs/buyamotorcycle/a/buyamotorcycle.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: first gear, starter clutch, bikebandit com
starter clutch, bikebandit com, timing chain: Hi Jay, I cannot accurately say what s causing the problem without knowing more specifically where the noise is coming from. I would have to look over your shoulder while you assemble the engine to catch an assembly error. It could be a improperly...

Motorcycle Repair: My first Harley - won't turn over, trickle charger, single white female
trickle charger, single white female, happy new year: You can have bright lights and still have a low battery. First check the battery to make sure it has water in it if its not a sealed battery. Next, charge the battery with a charger that has 2 amps output over night and then try it Happy New Year Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: first start of the year, cause havoc, tiny particles
cause havoc, tiny particles, carburators: Brad, You most probably have a layer of varnish over all caburator components left by the evaporated fuel. You are going to need to clean and adjust them properly. Here are some basics guidlines on setting up and cleaning them: Be absoulutly sure...

Motorcycle Repair: first time cleaning carb, xr200, bk
xr200, bk, notch: chk the top of the carb unscrew the big round cap then rest the carb needle valev there is a certain way it goes back in look for a small notch on the silver cylinder then line it bk up with the little brass fitting iside the hole of the top of the carb .if...

Motorcycle Repair: first time clutch problems, clutch assembly, clutch cable
clutch assembly, clutch cable, clutch basket: Hi Jonny. Well, to start with, the clutch should engage near the beginning and disengage near the end of lever movement. The parts you need must be purchased new. The clutch basket itself does not tend to go bad. Certainly not in a 6 year old bike....

Motorcycle Repair: first time rider and owner questions, 1981 honda cb650, time rider
1981 honda cb650, time rider, bad experience: Hi Melissa. To turn the idle down, you need to turn the knob clockwise (looking down) till the idle is at the 1,000rpm mark. If the idle is too low then turn it up by turning it counterclockwise till it is 1,000rpm. As far as the flooding, just let...

Motorcycle Repair: fitting a su carb to a 42 wla, fancy version, linkert
fancy version, linkert, faintest idea: I haven t the faintest idea. Seriously, why would you want to do it? You decrease the value of the bike by removing the original carburetor. The carb is certainly not set up for a stock 45 cu.in. motor. Different throttle setup, choke, etc. The old carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: fixing sticky floats, yamaha maxim 650, gas tank
yamaha maxim 650, gas tank, hi chris: Hi Paul. You will never get the bike to run correctly until you clean the carbs and reseal the tank. All the time that it spent in storage caused any fuel that was in the system to for a residue that we call varnish . This clogs up the fuel ports...

Motorcycle Repair: fj1100, american motorcycle institute, daytona beach florida
american motorcycle institute, daytona beach florida, better business bureau: Hi Keith, It s a buyer beware market. You have to ask mechanics for their certifications, customer references, and contact your local Better Business Bureau to investigate complaints from the shop. Call the American Motorcycle Institute in Daytona Beach,...

Motorcycle Repair: flames/poping out front exaust, brain power, ironhead
brain power, ironhead, plug wires: Since you said it was running right for a while, the you need to look at the advance weights you put in to make sure you got them in right. I would also do a test on the coil and plug wires. Either could have went out on you. If the timing is off a littleand...

Motorcycle Repair: flasher won't blink, honda xrm 110, bill silver
honda xrm 110, bill silver, wire connections: Vic, If the flasher doesn t blink, the options are: Bad flasher unit. Replace Low battery. Replace or recharge. If low check charging system and be sure that the brake light isn t staying on while you drive the machine. Bad grounding of the circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: flashers won't, turn signal switch, yamaha triples
turn signal switch, yamaha triples, indicator lamps: Hi Chris, I d have to trace the circuit to learn what s causing the problem. What s the condition of the turn signal switch and contacts? Here s a link to the Yamaha Triples website and the text from the file I found there reference the turn signal...

Motorcycle Repair: flat spot, straight pipes, chack
straight pipes, chack, oil changes: HI BRAD FIRST OFF GET RID OF THE LARGER PIPES. AND INSTALL A SET OF CYCLE CHACK DUELS, THIS WILL HELP THE BIKE RUN A LOT BETTER, STRIGHT PIPES KILL YOUR LOW END TORQUE AND ON A HI REVING SPORTSTER, YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT, YOU WILL NEVER GET THE BIKE...

Motorcycle Repair: flat tire, honda shadow, shively
honda shadow, shively, flat tire: Hi Ken, Your motorcycle doesn t use tubes. Tubes are obsolete, like I m becoming at 43. : ) Visit the following link for general info on changing tires. http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing.html I recommend the service manual for specific...

Motorcycle Repair: float adjustment, yamaha 550, float bowl
yamaha 550, float bowl, level html: Steve, the float level is checked by the height of the fuel in the float bowl using a tube attached to the bowl and then opening the drain screw. The height of the fuel is about 3-5mm below the carb body where the bowl attaches. That would be about...

Motorcycle Repair: float bowl leak, honda ct70, petcock
honda ct70, petcock, needle valve: Gary, -it sounds like you may have a plugged idle or main jet or main jet tube. -If so the carb will need cleaning. Be sure to check the small holes in the jets carefully for blockage. -make sure the fuel flow is good from the gas tank and also...

Motorcycle Repair: floater stuck?, sportster 883, crank case
sportster 883, crank case, oil level: thres a chance that if the float needle in the carb was stuck, or the fuel did not shut off properly, that much of the fuel drained into the crank case. Check your oil level, and smell it. If it seems watery or smells like gas, drian it and clean the carb,...

Motorcycle Repair: floats on 82 kz 440 ltd, kz 440, excess fuel
kz 440, excess fuel, thanks in advance: Hi Bruce. To start with, I do suggest that you get the repair manual. It has specifics on the bike and on many things that you are already working on. As far as the floats; as long as you haven t changed the settings on the floats, then they should...

Motorcycle Repair: flood engine, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi Benoit, Clean the carburetor, change the oil, and clean the spark plug. Respectfully, Mark Shively Dayton, Ohio, USA Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio, spark at right...

Motorcycle Repair: flood, custom harley, fuel drain
custom harley, fuel drain, new oil: I have always been a little learly about buying a bike that has been under water. First, how long was it under water? If it was under along time, or stood wet for along time, you are taking a chance of the bearings rusting or pitting. Now you are talking rebuilding...

Motorcycle Repair: flooding out, float bowls, 7oo
float bowls, 7oo, needle valves: Hi William, I suspect fuel left in the float bowls has varnished. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. The needle valves may be varnished internally, or rust particles from the tank is preventing the needle valves...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid in breather 83/XJ750, bikebandit com, internal combustion engines
bikebandit com, internal combustion engines, float bowls: Hi Tom, I suspect the gasloine in the float bowls has varnished and caused the needle valves (float valves) to stick. This would cause fuel to overfill the flaot bowls. The result would be fuel flowing up through the carburetor venturi s and flowing into...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid capacities, fluid capacities, 2005 yfz450
fluid capacities, 2005 yfz450, yamaha motor: Hi Jack, The specs are: Without oil filter change: 1.75L (1.85 US qt) With oil filter change: 1.85L (1.96 US qt) You can download and view the Owner s Manual at Yamaha s website: http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/service/viewmanual.aspx?ls=sport&yr=2005&lid=1&mid=969...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid changes, oil drain plug, hd sportster
oil drain plug, hd sportster, oil tank: Oil drain plug is a hose that runs from the back of the oil tank down under the frame just behind the transmission. It either has a plug in it or is hoseclamped to to a plug that s welded to the frame. Take off the hose clamp and open the hose. Change your...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid changes, synthetic engine oil, rev tech
synthetic engine oil, rev tech, fluid changes: I sent your answer to your question, so I am not sure why you didnt get it! You can use Amsoil, but you need to use the Amsoil that is made for trans and primary. So to answer your question, no you cant use the 10W40. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid for forks, honda shadow vlx 600, honda shadow vlx
honda shadow vlx 600, honda shadow vlx, damper rod: Ben, if your bike has had no oil in the forks for awhile, then the bushings are probably damaged, as well as the fork cases. Honda suggests either a good quality AFT (automatic transmission oil) or quality fork oil. I don t have the specifics for your machine,...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid leak around spark plug, cylinder compression, plug cap
cylinder compression, plug cap, fluid leak: Hi Mike, It s possible the head threads or spark plug threads is damaged or defective. Inspect both closely for defects. Try switching or installing another spark plug. How does engine run? Perform a cylinder compression and a leak-down check. ...

Motorcycle Repair: fluid under tank 2003 Yamaha V star 110, yamaha vstar 1100, model yamaha
yamaha vstar 1100, model yamaha, oil level: Thanks for the updated information, Ed. That s a very good looking model. Yamaha has done well. First thought is that the tank was removed and placed upon a bench, floor, table, etc.. where the tank contacted fluid. Otherwise, with no fluid description...

Motorcycle Repair: flush mount signal lights, 2001 suzuki gsxr600, lockhart phillips
2001 suzuki gsxr600, lockhart phillips, triple clamps: Hi Jennifer, Contact the manufacturer for mounting instructions. They will assist you. If not, return their product. I recommend Lockhart-Phillips flush mount turn signals. I have no idea which brand you re about to install, and cannot give any intel about...

Motorcycle Repair: fly wheel, permanant magnet, fly wheel
permanant magnet, fly wheel, bikebandit com: Hi DeWayne, Use this link as reference: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=710589§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=2000&model_dept_mfr=Suzuki&model_dept_id=703191&model_dept_name=GSXR750Y...

Motorcycle Repair: flywheel, resonant length, centrifugal motion
resonant length, centrifugal motion, pipe diameter: Kammy, all engines use a flywheel to help maintain the centrifugal motion of the engine, as it turns over between strokes. Plus many small engines use the flywheel as part of either the charging system and/or the ignition system, depending on whether it is...

Motorcycle Repair: flywheel, yamaha dealership, yamaha wr400
yamaha dealership, yamaha wr400, outer edge: Hi Kevin. On this one I would recommend checking with your local Yamaha dealership. If it s loose, that shim could be worn and need replacing. As far as the epoxy, the dealership would know. Most likely, there is a factory epoxy to use and they would...

Motorcycle Repair: follow up 1981 yamaha 650 special, radio shack store, using a multimeter
radio shack store, using a multimeter, regulator rectifier: Hi Harry. Less than 1% of all electrical faults are found visually. I m sorry to say that you wasted your time untaping the wiring harness. Almost all shorts are internal, caused by either age, corrosion, wear or just a bad wire. The way to find them...

Motorcycle Repair: follow up 600 project, custom fairing, 12 volt
custom fairing, 12 volt, sandbagger: Use the 600 s wiring harness. You may need to add or remove some wires to run the new harness to the existing light connectors, etc... The ignition will be intact. Just have to find a location to mount or tuck-away coils, etc.. It ll be a sandbagger...

Motorcycle Repair: foreman cooling fan, fan control, temp sensor
fan control, temp sensor, cooling fan: Robert, -if it runs when you jump the sensor, then the fan control unit is likely okay as the fan started running when you did this. -This would indicate that if the sensor was working, the fan should work. The fan has a black or blue wire which ...

Motorcycle Repair: front fork leak, fork leg, fork seal
fork leg, fork seal, fork oil: There are only a couple of places for forks to leak. At the o-ring at the top, between the lower and upper fork, bottom of the fork and the drain plug. If its leaking at the top then it has to be the top cap. There is nothing to leak under the triple tree...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, ford falcon ranchero, honda goldwing gl
ford falcon ranchero, honda goldwing gl, 63 ford falcon: Hi Phil. To be honest, I do not know the exact grade of oil, however, if you get the fork oil from the dealership, you will have the correct grade to use in the forks. Also an interesting coincidence; my parents had a 63 Ford Falcon stationwagon when...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, honda cbr, fork oil
honda cbr, fork oil, bikebandit com: Hi Alex, For your safety, I recommend you obtain a copy of the service manual. You ll find specs on fluid levels, which weight fork oil to use, illustrated procedures, and important tech warnings/intel. Order service manuals and see microfiche parts...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, fork tubes, fork oil
fork tubes, fork oil, oil levels: Hi Dovie, The specifications for fork oil and other fluids can be obtained from the owner s manual and the repair manual. Fork oil levels is not measured. When adding new oil to empty fork tubes the oil is measured prior to pouring into the tubes. ...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil amounts, fork oil, speed bumps
fork oil, speed bumps, motor oil: You need to put for oil back in. Your forks have fork oil in them, it is just dirty and thats why it looks black. Without the oil, you are going to bottom out and ruin the forks. If you removed 8.5 ounces then put 8.5 ounces back in Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil capacity, fork oil, fork leg
fork oil, fork leg, oil capacity: Lenny, I checked a few manuals and each one gives me a different amount, possibly because one is for a fork oil change and the other is for a fork rebuild with totally dry forks. Anyway these are the two specs: 9.24 ounce (262cc) or 10.5 ounce (311cc)...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil change, cb 900, custom honda
cb 900, custom honda, fork oil: Hi Bill. This kind of concern is common for almost all bikes at some point or another. The thing to remember about it is this; if you feel it sticking, don t force it. Back it out and try again. Once it grabs correctly, it will always screw in smoothly...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil level, fork oil, oil level
fork oil, oil level, intel: Pantelis, I do not have the specs or the service manual for your model either. I certainly cannot remember specs for hundreds of various models. I would have to buy the manual or find the intel on line. I was unable to locate the intel for you. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil and lowering, damper rod, pvc tubing
damper rod, pvc tubing, fork oil: Normally in a fork lowering kit the spring is shorter and the pvc spacers is to take up the space in the top of the fork. There is a damper rod in the lower legs of the forks, but it shouldnt have to be removed. If you would like, you can send me a copy of...

Motorcycle Repair: Front fork oil replacement, oil drain plug, honda cb350
oil drain plug, honda cb350, plug holes: Rob, there is a lock nut under the top fork nut. That is what you are feeling in there. You may have to gently lower the front end down on the ground so the springs get exposed and then either loosen the lock nut from underneat the fork bolt or just use a...

Motorcycle Repair: Front fork oil seal replacement, head bolt, fork oil
head bolt, fork oil, seal replacement: First, drain the oil. There is a nut ont he side of the for to do this. Now you have to remove the wheel and fender. remove the top cap to the fork. Inside the bottom of the fork is a allen head bolt. Remove it and the lower fork will slide off. You put...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil service 1998 fl, phillips head, fork oil
phillips head, fork oil, police model: That oil entry spot in the left handle grip is for air only. Do not put the oil through there. There is a drain plug at the bottom of each fork. It should be a phillips head screw. it is on the outside of each fork. Once you have th eoil drained you have to...

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, local bike shop, fork seals
local bike shop, fork seals, honda dealership: Hi Max. What does the repair manual call for as far as air pressure and oil quantity? Even if you have the owner s manual it would show how much air to use, but the fork oil quantity will only be in the repair manual. You can get one at a local bike...

Motorcycle Repair: Front fork scratch removal, honda shadow vlx, emery cloth
honda shadow vlx, emery cloth, minor imperfections: Dave, the forks usually need to be replaced unless the scratches are very minor. The forks have chrome plating that may be damaged by abrasives. -Some fine emery cloth and oil may work to smooth it out or even a Mr. Clean magic eraser works on...

Motorcycle Repair: front fork seal/brakes, honda shadow vt700, fork seals
honda shadow vt700, fork seals, fork seal: Hi Steve. You will need a special tool for one of the bolts in the forks, but the brakes should be no problem at all. You should be able to handle all of it as long as you have the repair manual to reference and are reasonable mechanically inclined. ...

Motorcycle Repair: fork seal replacment, jap bikes, fork seals
jap bikes, fork seals, fork seal: they are pretty much the same as the jap bikes. Remove the wheel and fender. remove the bolt which is located inside from the bottom of the fork. remove the dust cover and you will se under it a clip. remove it. Slide the fork downward and it will slide apart....

Motorcycle Repair: front fork seals, virago 250, air impact wrench, allen bolt
air impact wrench, allen bolt, fork seals: Kerrianne, I always remove the forks when changing seals. I think it s less work to remove them. Yamaha makes a special tool to hold the inner tube while removing the lower Allen bolt. I use a air impact wrench to remove the lower Allen bolt. No other...

Motorcycle Repair: fork seals, seca ii, fork seals
seca ii, fork seals, yamaha 600: Hi Nick, Replacing seals at home can be a task without the luxuries of the shop. You can do the work without special tools. Send me an email as requested. I ll return repair information files that may assist you. Visit Yamaha s website to see exploded...

Motorcycle Repair: fork swap, time bob, rake
time bob, rake, straight line: You are good to go. You should have any problems with what you are doing. If you are changing the rake of the bike, remember, the shorter the rake the easier it is to turn, but harder to keep in a straight line. Longer rake, harder to turn and easier to keep...

Motorcycle Repair: forks on 03 883 hugger, plastic spacers, fork oil
plastic spacers, fork oil, good chance: Hi Brian, When you went and replaced the fork oil, and you replaced the seals as well, then theres a good chance you dont have enough fluid in the forks. EMPTY, meaning washed out and dry, you should have about 9.2 oz of oil in each fork. but the 30wt should...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks, paul brodie, upper tubes
paul brodie, upper tubes, stock length: Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner. Seems all experts was having trouble with their web site and I couldnt get on. Let me make sure I am reading you correctly. You are wanting to replace the bottom section of the forks only? If that is correct then order...

Motorcycle Repair: Front forks, air ride, flh
air ride, flh, ramifications: The air in the forks help take care of the still ride. removing it has changed the ride. You have nothing there to keep it from slamming when you hit a bump. My best suggestion would be to put the air ride back in or you will never get it to ride right. ...

Motorcycle Repair: forks, fork tube, fork oil
fork tube, fork oil, z750: Hi Bo, Drain each fork tube of fluid. With MC center stand or lift remove tube cap and add measured amount of fork oil. I recommend obtaining a copy of the service manual. I return tech information files by email. Again, there was no email address...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks, flh, bearing
flh, bearing, good luck: Check your bearing also. What you need to do is get the front wheel off the ground and pull on the wheel inline with the bike. Any play and the neck bearing is probably bad with that old of a bike. Your forks should hold 7 3/4 oz per fork Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks, fork seals, clymers
fork seals, clymers, previous question: Taylor, I believe you re asking me if rebuilding forks is easy.. on a scale of 1-10, 1 being easiest, rebuilding your forks are about a 7. The actual rebuilding is not too bad, but it is a messy, meticulous job. You probably only need to replace the...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks, phillips screw, cap screw
phillips screw, cap screw, heritage softail: Don t need a lift. Just remove the phillips screw at the back of each lower leg right near the bottom. (Don t lose the copper sealing washer, it s reusable.) Might need a hand impact driver to break it free. Take off the top cap of each tube let them drain...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks on 99 shadow 1100 ace, wheel brakes, torque specifications
wheel brakes, torque specifications, torque wrench: Hi Mike. It s not hard at all. You will need a torque wrench to tighten the bolts down on re-installation. 1) Block the bike so that it s straight up and the front end has no weight on it. 2) Remove the front wheel, brakes, fender, etc. 3) ...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks aprilia rs 125, fork seals, fork oil
fork seals, fork oil, suspension forks: Hi Tom, Q: ...i have changed the fork seals, but i noticed that one insert drops up and down, and the other has a compresion against it wen you push on it, i have been told that one is for the compression and the other for the rebound but i have never...

Motorcycle Repair: forks, fork seals, fork tubes
fork seals, fork tubes, scratches: Hi Usman. Broken fork seals Do not produce any sound. As far as any scratches in the fork tubes, there is not any way to repair them. They must be replaced if there are any deep scratches in them. If they are bent they must also be replaced. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: forward controls, foward controls, best bet
foward controls, best bet, ironhead: I dont know of any online help for you. Your best bet is to contact the manufacture and see if they have directions they can send you. Itws going to be hard for me to determine if they will work since different manufactures make foward controls different....

Motorcycle Repair: fouled carbs, air fuel mixture, market pipes
air fuel mixture, market pipes, rich mixture: Hi Eddie, Check the following; dirty or otherwise restricted air filter or air intake and if choke partially on by mis-routed choke cable, etc... Verify these are ok, and then think about tuning the carburetors to obtain the correct air-fuel mixtures. ...

Motorcycle Repair: fouled plugs, fuse box, fuel valve
fuse box, fuel valve, new oil: Hi Eddie and Maggie. The fact that the plug is wet and the engine isn t firing could indicate that you are getting no power thorough the ignition circuit. Check the wiring and test the components for loose, bad, or dirty connections as well as shorts...

Motorcycle Repair: fouled plugs?, plug gap, excess fuel
plug gap, excess fuel, plug cap: Hi Eddie & Maggie, Remove the spark plug and kick it over several times to purge cylinder of excess fuel. Excess fuel may be fouling the plug. Check the air filter and air box for excess fuel. Drian or clean if present. Place spark plug in plug...

Motorcycle Repair: fouled plugs, stroke bikes, excessive smoke
stroke bikes, excessive smoke, oil loss: Hi Joe. Are they oil fouled or fuel fouled? If they are oil fouled, then it could be oil seeping past the rings in excess amounts. Excessive smoke combined with oil loss from the engine would indicate that. Oil fouling could also be due to the oil/fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: fouling plugs, yamaha yzf600r, internal combustion engines
yamaha yzf600r, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Johnny, Send me an email address as requested. I ll return carb tuning, cleaning, and synchronizing information files that may assist you with repairs. Sample file below.. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements...

Motorcycle Repair: fouling plugs, kawasaki kx 125, pop pop pop
kawasaki kx 125, pop pop pop, stroke motorcycle: Josh, Your going to have to re-jet the carb?? Go to a smaller main jet and a smaller pilot jet? Then recheck the plug ? If it s black or sootie go to a smaller main jet. If it t grey or white go to a larger main jet. If it stumbles of idle go to a richer pilot...

Motorcycle Repair: four wheeler, fuel contamination, tank vents
fuel contamination, tank vents, honda 250: Hi Matt, Sounds as if you had a blast riding in the mud. Always wash your ATV after riding. Clean the mud and dirt from all areas, especially the radiator. Dried mud can cause many mechanical problems such as over heating, bearing and seal damage,...

Motorcycle Repair: foward controls, brake light switch, foward controls
brake light switch, foward controls, brake switch: Locate the Brake tee you already have and connect your new brake line there. That way you dont have to move the tee with the brake switch. You can remove the foot pegs. The peg on the brake side, remove the bracket too. the one on the left, you can purchece...

Motorcycle Repair: fowl plugs, honda vt1100, screw driver
honda vt1100, screw driver, baffel: Johnny, having little backpressure makes the mixture leaner because you are getting more air than usual in and out of the engine. The flow of exhaust can actually suck unburned fuel right through the engine into the exhaust pipe causing backfire or lean...

Motorcycle Repair: frame assy., rigid frames, hardtails
rigid frames, hardtails, hardtail: Its going to depend on how your riding. On the long haul you want the shocks. Short runs on a hardtail is fine. Hardtails are hard on the rear unless you have a springer seat. Rigid frames are cheaper and take less parts to assemble. On riding a hardtail you...

Motorcycle Repair: frame modification, frame jig, frame specs
frame jig, frame specs, ebay: The cost is going to depend on what part of the country you live so it is hard for me to say. I know where I live it costs around $200.00 for this kind of work. The biggest thing you need to find out is do they have a frame jig. Just cutting and welding a...

Motorcycle Repair: frame spreading, frame modifications, v star 1100 custom
frame modifications, v star 1100 custom, v star 1100: Hi Dave, The work as described can be done safely. Depending upon the work performed, it may be necesary to add additional bracing to the frame to accomodate the wider wheel assy. and swingarm. I suspect the person performing the fabrication and frame...

Motorcycle Repair: Is the frame straight ?, frame jig, bare metal
frame jig, bare metal, powder coating: The only way to check the frame to see if its straight is with a frame jig. Unless your bike has been in a wreck or it doesnt feel like it tracks or pulls to one side, you shouldnt have nay problem. Powdercoating cant be fixed. the only way to powdercoat...

Motorcycle Repair: frames, evo motor, best bet
evo motor, best bet, bone yard: I have not done this type of conversion before, however the mounts shouldnt be all that much different, best bet is to try and find one in a bone yard and measure the distance between the mounts and go from there... Sorry i dont have more info for you.. ...

Motorcycle Repair: freeer flowing exhaust and fuel injection, bikebandit com, stock pipes
bikebandit com, stock pipes, yamaha v star 1100 classic: Hi Dan, Any changes to the stock carburetion, air intake, or exhaust requires tuning. The air-fuel mixtures are lean causing the backfiring. The carbs will need tuned to correct A/F mixtures. The air filter may need replaced and/or air box modified...

Motorcycle Repair: frozen rear tire, e mail address, engine parts piston
e mail address, engine parts piston, wheel bearings: Arthur, I see your questions as they appear below. You did provide an email addy to AllExperts when you asked a question. However, AllExperts does not provide us with the email addy and I wish they would. Q: ...is the engine oil and transmission...

Motorcycle Repair: not getting fuel, honda cb750 nighthawk, 1980 honda cb750
honda cb750 nighthawk, 1980 honda cb750, winter storage: Hi Jim. Have you double-checked the connection of the plugs to make sure that they are in correctly? This may sound stupid, but many people do this. The connection feels like it s in, but it isn t really, so you get no spark. Also check the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel?, fuel injection system, electrical failure
fuel injection system, electrical failure, 2001 gsxr 750: Hi Chris. There s a couple of possibilities here. 1) The fuel injection system is faulty/failing. 2) Something is in the fuel system which is blocking fuel flow. 3) Water in the fuel. 4) Electrical failure. To test the electrical, spray...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, diesel fuel, shively
diesel fuel, shively, carburetors: Hi Timmy, Diesel fuel would not meter through the carburetors well and would cause the engine to run poorly, if at all. It would likely foul the spark plugs, too. 47 pounds is not a bad rate for the labor involved to flush the fuel system. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, fuel air mixture, gas milage
fuel air mixture, gas milage, jet size: James, some bikes are set very lean when new, it may help to increase the main jet size. When you block the air filter it acts like a choke and richens the fuel/air mixture. The only damage it can cause is if the mixture is off it may carbon the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, kawasaki voyager, fuel mileage
kawasaki voyager, fuel mileage, fuel economy: this machine will actually decrease in milage the more work you do to it...what you are getting is about average for that machine....HD s definately were NOT desighned for fuel economy....Sorry..In fact thats what i get with my Kawasaki voyager as well...maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel air mixture?, fuel air mixture, internal combustion engines
fuel air mixture, internal combustion engines, yamaha xj650: Hi Jesse, The fuel in the carburetors has varnished. The pilot circuits is obstructed. The carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. I return tech files by email. Remember to include your email address with question as requested....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel bypass?, kawasaki vulcan 800, change engine oil
kawasaki vulcan 800, change engine oil, fuel valves: Hi Edward, The carburetor float needle valve(s) (fuel valves) are sticking causing fuel to flow up thru the carbs, into the Venturi (main carb bore) and into the airbox. Gas usually flows both directions and goes into the crankcase, too, via cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel cap, fuel filler cap, srx 600
fuel filler cap, srx 600, fuel cap: Hi Daniel, If I remember correctly, removing three fasteners from the top of the cap will allow removal. Remove the screws positioned left and right of the cap hinge, and the one directly in front of the cap lock lid. If all else fails, consider asking...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel cap and seat lock, honda v30 magna, vintage japanese motorcycle
honda v30 magna, vintage japanese motorcycle, worldnet att: Hi Edward, If you have the OEM ignition switch, get the key code from it. Call the local Honda shop with the code and get a new key. Also, I copied the following information from a website. See below... Respectfully, Mark Shively Need a...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel cap, yamaha radian, fuel cap
yamaha radian, fuel cap, wal mart: douglas before you start banging on it go to wal-mart get a tube of graphite and squeeze it into the key hold then work the key real slow ok, if you need more help contact me o.k .P.S please leave feedback for me . ,itch kruszynsky...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel carb 86 600 ninja, check air filter, powder substance
check air filter, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Bryan, The carburetors and entire fuel system needs to be inspected for evidence of varnished fuel deposits, rust particles, and other fuel contaminants. Fuel varnishes in hoses, fittings, pumps, filters, and anywhere it flows or resides. If the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel ,carb problem, yahma, bikebandit com
yahma, bikebandit com, dept id: Hi David, I ll need to know exactly where the gas is leaking from to assist you. USe the following link to indicate soure: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=401961§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1998&model_dept_mfr=Yamaha&model_dept_id=392323&model_dept_name=V%2DSTAR+%2F+XVS650K#stay...

Motorcycle Repair: Too much fuel in the carbs, honda vfr, 2 quarts
honda vfr, 2 quarts, exhaust pipes: Bill, most cycle fuel pumps are fairly low pressure, like 3 lbs or so. A new pump may help, but I would also check the gas tank for any plugged vents, on the tank or cap. Sometimes pressure can buildup in the tank forcing fuel out the float valves...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel cock, mike burgess, yamaha virago 750
mike burgess, yamaha virago 750, needle valves: Mike, it sounds like the float levels are too high or the float needle valves are leaking badly. The floats need to be adjusted so they close the float needle before the carb overflows. The needles should completely stop the flow of gas or they are no...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel or electrical, ninja 750, electrical shorts
ninja 750, electrical shorts, circuts: Hi David, I suspect a problem with the ignition system and/or carburetors. Condensation forms in fuel tanks. Filling station fuel pump filters may pass contamination to your tank. Electrical shorts may occur from water shorting after a rain or washing....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel in exhaust??, float bowls, cylinder compression
float bowls, cylinder compression, spark test: Hi Darren, ......I can t keep it started for more than a few minutes at a time and it seems I need to fully open the throttle and choke to get it to run at all. REPLY: This indicates that gasoline in float bowls has varnished and the carburetor pilot...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel flow problem, rear cylinder, flow problem
rear cylinder, flow problem, fuel flow: SInce you have one carb you should be getting the same amount of fuel to each cylinder. You know that the plug is working so I would check to see if the intake valve is opening by looking at the pushrod. You can also remove the carb and intake and put your...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel flow problem, yamaha dt 175, excess fuel
yamaha dt 175, excess fuel, flow problem: Hi Mike. We are still back to not knowing if it s bogging out because it s too lean or because it s too rich. The spark plug will tell all. If it s blackened and/or wet, then it s too rich. If it s white or the electrode is burned away, then it s too...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel gauge malfunction, dining room lights, gas gauge
dining room lights, gas gauge, fuel gauge: Hi Joan, what you dealer was trying to tell you (I think) is that inside the fuel tank there is a Sender. Basically it is a potentiometer. Similiar to a Dimmer switch in your home that dims your dining room lights. Attached to this fuel tank dimmer switch...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel injected to carb, crank sensor, stock components
crank sensor, stock components, computer changes: Your taking on a big job and a costly job changing a fuel injected bike to a carberated bike. the is so much wiring you have to change that there is no way I can tell you on here. Your best bet, if you still want to do it, is get a service manual and follow...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel injection to carb, pumb, petcock
pumb, petcock, fuel lines: You would have to remove the cover at the top of the tank and remove the fuel pump and wires. Unscrew the fittings at the bottom where the lines go in. There is no place the put a petcock so you would have to weld a piece in for the petcock as well as weld...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel injection/ engine cutting off, kawasaki ninja, fuel residue
kawasaki ninja, fuel residue, excess fuel: Hi Lia. You could have an issue with the fuel valve itself. It could need a rebuild, because it sounds like it is not shutting off properly. It could also be an issue with the float valve gasket leaking in the carb. To the best of your knowledge,...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leak, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, check engine oil: Hi Joe, Check the gas tank for rust particles. Repair the tank as necessary if rust is present, even the smallest amount. Remove, disassemble, and thoroughly clean the petcock and carburetors. Check float heights and fuel levels if possible. Replace...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leak, british motorcycles, mini bikes
british motorcycles, mini bikes, case john: Brant Since I don t deal with mini-bikes and only claim knowlege of British motorcycles, I can only give you an educated guess based on general principles. The most obvious possibility is that you have a problem in your carburator. The float is usualy...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leak - season start up, internal combustion engines, powder substance
internal combustion engines, powder substance, reserve tank: Hi PJ, I suspect the fuel left in the carburetors and other system components has varnished. If so, the entire fuel system should be inspected and thoroughly cleaned accordingly. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leak, float bowl, petcock
float bowl, petcock, yamaha 650: Hi Joe. The answer here is obvious. There are 2 definite things wrong here. 1) You have a leak in the float bowl. It is related directly to either the float or the seal that allows fuel into the float bowl. The float could be bad. Is it the original?...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leakage, worst case scenario, fuel leaks
worst case scenario, fuel leaks, vacuum line: Kevin, looking at the online microfiche, I have to ask if you replaced the o-rings on the float valve seat assy? If not, you can get a fuel leak past the o-rings, even when the needle/seat are shutting off correctly. In a worst case scenario, you can take...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leaking from bottom of crankcase, yamaha xj650, fuel leaks
yamaha xj650, fuel leaks, float bowl: Hi Dennis. What you have was a simple float bowl problem. Chances are that you only noticed it because you had to work on the bike. Fuel leaks have nothing to do with the throttle cable or choke on the bike. Check the floats to make sure that they...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel line connections, suzuki katana 600, 1994 suzuki katana 600
suzuki katana 600, 1994 suzuki katana 600, line connections: Hi Ken, Find the Service Manual here: http://katriders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=13439 Other resources here: http://www.katanacentral.co.uk/ http://www.gixxer.com/forums/ http://www.banditalley.com/ Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel line hook up, kawasaki 454 ltd, bill silver
kawasaki 454 ltd, bill silver, petcock: Tom, I checked into the http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/ website and only found 454s back to 1985 listed, but will assume that they are somewhat similar to yours.... Looks like a T fitting in the middle with small O-rings on the ends to seal the...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel line, fuel vapors, diameter hose
fuel vapors, diameter hose, fuel line: Hi Douglas, The fuel line should supply adequate amount of fuel if the line was able to be installed on the fuel fittings. It s best to have the proper diameter hose in place. I suspect a problem with the tank venting fuel vapors. If the cap vents or...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel/oil ratio '89 Honda CR125R, 4 stroke engines, fuel oil
4 stroke engines, fuel oil, strokes: Hi Brian. Most 2-strokes that I have ever seen use a 50:1 fuel:oil mix. You will want to get yourself the owner s manual and/or the repair manual to be certain, though, since over 90% of my experience is with 4-stroke engines. Sorry that I can t help...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel/oil?, suzuki vx800, internal combustion engines
suzuki vx800, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Ian, I suspect fuel in the carburetor float bowls may have begun to varnish from storage or lack of starting. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to remove obsturcted jets and fuel passageways. If the needle valves (float valves) float...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a fuel problem, honda v65, fuel stabilizer
honda v65, fuel stabilizer, drive shaft: Michelle.... if the rpms are going up like the clutch is slipping and the bike is in gear under load then the clutch or something is still slipping. Perhaps the hydraulic cylinder isn t backing off all the way when the lever is released. The only other...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel problem, float bowls, ninja 600
float bowls, ninja 600, flow problem: Hi Scott. You definitely have a fuel flow problem. Check the entire system from tank to carbs and make sure that there is no blockage. If you have a disposable fuel filter installed, then replace it with a new one. Also drain some fuel from the float...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel problem, kz 1000, petcock
kz 1000, petcock, fuel tank: Hi John. It sounds like the petcock isn t quite sealing closed properly. This could happen from a slightly improper seat on installation, bad materials or a clog in the fuel tank vent, causing pressure to build up and push the fuel past the closed valve....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel problems???, honda rebel 450, float bowls
honda rebel 450, float bowls, outlet ports: Hi Charles. It is quite likely that the fuel filter is clogged. If the biike sits in seaonal storage, then it is also possible that the carbs are overdue for a good and proper cleaning as well. You could also have contaminants in the float bowls that...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel problems???, honda rebel 450, cam bearings
honda rebel 450, cam bearings, bikebandit com: Sounds like a good bike, but you need to check things over before blasting down the road at that speed.... Oil level! If yours is low and you are running it hard, it will seize the pistons, cam bearings, etc... Check fuel cap vent or tank venting system:...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pump GL1000, bill silver, diaphram
bill silver, diaphram, fuel pump: David.... I think that the diaphram is leaking because a small amount to gasoline is coming from the vent to atmosphere hole. Diaphragm failing.... yes. The bike does run reasonably good but occasionally it acts like the carbs are flooded. Connection...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pump wont prime, electrical diagnosis, bikebandit com
electrical diagnosis, bikebandit com, simple tests: Hi Valentin, Buy the service/repair manual. It will pay for itself with the first repair/maintenance you perform. It has illustrated procedures to perform all work and troubleshooting on your CBR. Order manuals and see michrofiche parts views at www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pump, tight connections, 954rr
tight connections, 954rr, shively: Hi J-F, Honda uses fuel cut-off relays. These relays allow current to flow to the fuel pump for a second to pressurize the fuel system. That s the clicking you hear with ignition on. Test the relay for proper operation. If you don t have the Repair Manual...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel running out of air filter housing, honda 750, float valves
honda 750, float valves, needle valves: Hi Mike, The problem may be the resulte of varnished fuel in the carburetors. Other possibile causes: Worn or varnished needle valves/seats (float valves) Split float bowl over flow pipes Incorrect float heights I ll repair/send tech files to...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel system, petcock, gas cap
petcock, gas cap, flow problem: There can be only two other things it can be. The valve in the petcock is not opening when you turn it on or the vent in the gas cap is not working or plugged. Try running the bike without the gas cap and see if that doenst solve the problem. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel system, kawasaki bayou, fuel flow
kawasaki bayou, fuel flow, fuel pump: Hi John. The easy way to test if you are not getting either fuel or spark is to spray some automotive starting fluid into the intake immediately prior to starting the bike. If you are getting spark and no fuel, the bike will start and then die. If...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel system on 2003 honda trx 90, honda trx 90, internal combustion engines
honda trx 90, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Jay, Sounds as if something is contacting the float and closing the needle valve (float valve). This would prevent gasoline from refilling the float bowl. Investigate the float assembly, bowl, and whatever was disassembled during cleaning and repair....

Motorcycle Repair: fuel system, kawasaki 550 ltd, starvation problem
kawasaki 550 ltd, starvation problem, mc repair: Bob, There s a filter/screen locted on the petcock in the gas tank. Otherwise, nothing from the factory. Fine rust particles will pass right through the screen and settle in the float bowls. Visit: www.buykawasaki.com click the green text Vehicle Information...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank, trickle charger, water in the fuel
trickle charger, water in the fuel, marvel mystery oil: Hi Steven. If you have drained and found no water, then the problem is elswhere. Possibly the carbs, valves or ignition and timing. Do you know what fuel in water looks like? Many do not. It looks like a bubble at the bottom of the container into...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank, honda hornet 600, honda cbr600 f4i
honda hornet 600, honda cbr600 f4i, honda cb600f: Hi Stef, Check out the following links for details: Respectfully, Mark Shively CBR600 FS http://xfer.gofastvideo.com/gallery/getitem/500/1/Honda_CBR600FS_Service_Manual.pdf CBR600 F (1989-1990) http://www.diff.ru:8000/Honda_CBR600F_...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank and lines, pet cock, petcock
pet cock, petcock, fuel line: you do not have to remove the fuel tank to clean the fuel line or fuel filter, just remove fuel line from pet cock and use a adjustable wrench to remove the petcock from the fuel tank. the fuel filter is on top of the petcock. blow it out with compressed air...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank restoration, tl 125, radiator shop
tl 125, radiator shop, paint store: If the tank sealant is KREEM, then I believe it can be stripped with MEK, which is very toxic chemical. You can get phosphoric acid at a hardware store or METAL PREP from an automotive paint store to help clear the rust. Yamaha makes a tank sealing kit. POR-15...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank sealing / repair Suzuki not Honda, fuel tank sealer, suzuki vx 800
fuel tank sealer, suzuki vx 800, bill hirsch: Phil, this is always a point of controversy for m/c owners. KREEM was the original solution, but has found be be lacking in comparison to newer products. Many of the people on the VJMC list (www.vjmc.org) seem to lean towards POR-15. I don t have any info/experience...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank, lousy service, return thanks
lousy service, return thanks, kind experience: Mike The son has grounded safely on US soil again. Got a chance to watch him and his buddies in a mass jump at Fort Bragg. Man, that cloud of green parachutes made me jealous for a little while. Almost wished I was still in the army. But I guess I m a little...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tanks, fuel tanks, fuel valve
fuel tanks, fuel valve, hi chris: Hi Mike. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that the fuel is all gone from the tank and it is dry, then remove the gas cap, fuel sensor and fuel valve from the tank. Then just reseal the tank. The reseal compound will seal out the varnish,...

Motorcycle Repair: What fuel to use?, octane ratings, fuel octane
octane ratings, fuel octane, octane fuel: Hi Stelios, Check the owner s manual for the factory s recommendation on fuel octane use. Basically, run the lowest octane fuel that the engine will run well on. Condensation, varnish, and other contaminants are present in the tanks. The fuel recipe...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel valve adjustment, yamaha 650, reserve fuel
yamaha 650, reserve fuel, fuel valve: Hi Matt. When the bike get switched to reserve, you should have about 20-30 miles before you run out. The problem may not be the reserve fuel setting, but the fuel valve itself. The fuel valve has a small tube in it that will allow fuel into the system....

Motorcycle Repair: my fuel valve, honda rebel 250, gas valve
honda rebel 250, gas valve, fuel valve: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help. SInce you have a leak you need to replace you petcock in the gas tank. As to the RSP, I do not know what that stands for. Harleys say off, on and res. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, stroke bikes, local bike shop
stroke bikes, local bike shop, tank coatings: Owen, The Tank coatings work well if properly done. Read the intructions VERY carefully. The tanks must be ABSOLUTLY dry of all moisture and fuel. I can t remeber the names of ones I ve used but your local bike shop should have a good one in stock, A...

Motorcycle Repair: fuil injection, question pool, 2001 gsxr 750
question pool, 2001 gsxr 750, diagnostic code: Hi Matthew, I stumbled upon your question in AllExperts Question Pool. I recommend having a locl Suzi shop connect the diagnostic tester and check the problem. They ll tell you the diagnostic code number (and the problem). Visit www.gixxer.com...

Motorcycle Repair: fuse keeps blowing out, kawasaki ninja, gas tank
kawasaki ninja, gas tank, head lamp: I m just a Harley mechanic but instead of just blowing you off I suggest you look for a chafed hot wire to your headlight or a poor ground connection to your headlight. Either condition could cause the fuse to blow. Check the harness at the frame neck in...

Motorcycle Repair: fuse, phillips head screws, honda xr 75
phillips head screws, honda xr 75, spare fuses: Hi Mary. Well, I don t really know specifics for the old thumpers (4-stoke single cylinder), however; on the old Hondas the fuseboxes were normally located in one (sometimes 2) of 3 places. There could be a small box under (not behind) the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: fuses, honda cb360t, fuse blows
honda cb360t, fuse blows, fuse box: Jim, the 15A fuse I think you are talking about goes from the battery to the ignition switch. You may have a loose base on the ignition switch. You might want to try a heavier fuse to see if it still blows. It might just be the wires getting less conductive...

Motorcycle Repair: fuses blowing on 81 cx500, honda cx500, solenoid
honda cx500, solenoid, culprits: Hi Tom. Fuses blow because something is causing overamping of whatever circuit they are in. Check for shorts as these are the most likely culprits. Then check the components in the circuit. You may have damaged something else that you are unaware of....

Motorcycle Repair: fuses, turn signal switch, modual
turn signal switch, modual, xlh: All your lights are on the same breaker. Check to see if you have power going to the turn signal switch with a test light. If you do then test to see if you have power going to the light bulb. If you dont then you either have a short or the turn signal modual...

Motorcycle Repair: fxd wiring connectors, frame tube, harnesses
frame tube, harnesses, pins: the conncetions shouldnt be inside the frame. it should enter and exit and the connections are at the exit. If you are trying to pull the wires out you will have to remove the plug from the wires. There is a special tool you need to remove the pins from the...

Motorcycle Repair: fxlr electrical, gell cell battery, lone star rally
gell cell battery, lone star rally, nasty smell: First, start the bike and see what the charging system is putting out. At the battery you should be getting a voltage of around 13.5. If its higher then you charging system is overcharging and you probaby have a bad regulator. Since your battery got that hot...

Motorcycle Repair: fxlrc ,wider rear end, best bet, style frame
best bet, style frame, hi mike: You are pretty limited on the models that can be converted to a wide tire. Most are softail. I havent seen or heard of one for your bike. You best bet would be go with a new frame which will support a 180 to 200 tire. You can get s stock style frame, but the...

Motorcycle Repair: fxr alignment, light bulbs, australian model
light bulbs, australian model, manual states: The best thing to use for alignment is two floresent 8 light bulbs. They are straight. With the bike standing upright lay the bulbs beside the rear tire going to the front tire. The spacing should be the same on both sides of the front tire. There is no offset....

Motorcycle Repair: fxr rocker box gasket change, rocker boxes, fxrs
rocker boxes, fxrs, motor mounts: You will need to pull the tank to get to them. Depending on the room you have to work with you might have to remove the foward mount, but its not a big problem to do that. Once you have it loose, pry up on the motor with a big screwdriver and it will slide...

Motorcycle Repair: fxr swingarm and rocker boxes, rocker boxes, rubber gaskets
rocker boxes, rubber gaskets, fxrs: Just put a couple of wooden blocks under the trans is all you need. As to the rocker boxes, its pretty cut and dry. remove the old ones and install the new ones. Make sure the rubber gaskets dont get pinched when installing them or you will get a leak. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: fzr 600 tach doesn't work, car battery, voltage regulator
car battery, voltage regulator, fuses: Hi Jason. I have no info on tests that can be done on the tach itself, but I can tell you this about jump-starting from a car; It can be done safely on any bike AS LONG AS THE CAR IS TURNED OFF. Jumping it like normal (battery connected to battery)...

Motorcycle Repair: fzr genesis 1000 1987, carbs, rory
carbs, rory, number 1: Hi Rory, Sorry, but I do not understand your question. What is a carb reading? Do you mean synchronization? Can you go into more details? Any history of repairs, modifications, problems, etc... The more you provide, the better I can help you. Please...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas cap, gas cap, gas tank
gas cap, gas tank, master key: Remember, no question is a stupid question. Its all a learning process! Check with your local dealer and see if they have a master key or any advice on how to get it off. If that doesnt work then your going to have to break it off and get a new one. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas contamination, harley sportster 1200, leaded gas
harley sportster 1200, leaded gas, unleaded gas: Your bike should run on unleaded gas. Not even sure where you can get leaded gas anymore. The lead in the gas is not the problem. Sounds like you got some bad gas. I would drain the tank and put some fresh gas in and see if that doesnt solve the problem. If...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Dripping From Exhaust / Tailpipe, army reservist, operation iraqi freedom
army reservist, operation iraqi freedom, yamaha virago: Hi Chip. First, as an Army vet myself ( 78 - 84), let me say welcome home, little brother. Now as far as your iron maiden is concerned, the carbs quite likely need to be thoroughly cleaned. You are running very rich and based on what you have told...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas draining into the oil pan?, yamaha 650 special, internal combustion engines
yamaha 650 special, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Ethan, The carburetor s needle valves have varnished and are sticking causing fuel to overfill the flaot bowls. When this happens, fuel flows up into the carbs and into the airbox and cylinders/crankcase. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Gum up in Carbs on Honda 99 CBR F3, walden books, decent job
walden books, decent job, carbs: Hi Bryce. There are several books to refer to. Check a Borders or Walden Books for books on general carb repair for motorcycles. Also get the repair manual for your bike. As far as the cost for cleaning the carbs, that will end up running somewhere...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas kills the engine., honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna, needle valves: Kirk, very likely the idle and possibly other jets are plugged from sitting so long. The gas turns into gel and then a white crusty varnish that plugs carb jets. It may have plugged the fuel tap/valve in the tank as well, though it sounds like you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Leak, kawasaki ninja, gas tank
kawasaki ninja, gas tank, petcock: Kyle, 1.I suspect the petcock or gas tap first. Sometimes rust gets in these and the fuel filter. Might be able to get a rebuild kit from Kawasaki. 2.Pressure is building in the tank from a plugged gas tank vent or cap vent. The pressure can push gas...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Leak, yamaha xs650, petcock
yamaha xs650, petcock, reserve position: I usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I think I can help. First turn your petcock to the off position. now pour some gas in. if you have a leak then its either the tank itself or the petcock. If it doesnt, turn the petcock to the reserve position....

Motorcycle Repair: Gas leak and starting issue, kawasaki vulcan 750, 1993 kawasaki vulcan 750
kawasaki vulcan 750, 1993 kawasaki vulcan 750, fuel injection systems: Hi T. Actually, the shop is right. When a bike sits in storage with fuel in the system, the fuel begins to evaporate and leaves what we call varnish . This varnish is residue that gums up the works in the carbs and really messes up injectors on fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas leaking from Carburetor vent hose, vent hoses, dual carbs
vent hoses, dual carbs, vent hose: Keith, Carb cleaning may not be for everyone, though the task is not impossible for the average person to do in the garage. The average person may not detect evidence of problems and defects that a pro-tech may easily find. Though most report very good...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas mileage, mount victory ohio, gas milage
mount victory ohio, gas milage, gas mileage: I am located in Mount Victory Ohio. About 50 miles from you. Just north of Marysville. Your milage is going to depend on the weight of the bike, weigh of the rider, speed of riding and gearing of the the bike. Lowering the main jet will get you better milage...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas not getting to motor, internal combustion engines, powder substance
internal combustion engines, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Guys, The carburetors and entire fuel system is likely varnished. Shops charge between $200-$300 or more plus parts, etc... to clean carbs on this model. Not a bad purchase price if you can perform the work. Respectfully, Mark Shively yamtz750@gmail.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas/oil mixture, oil mixture, premix
oil mixture, premix, excess oil: Hi John. 24:1 is not a big mix. I have seen and ridden bikes that require a 50:1 mix. As far as what the manual says in that regard, follow the manual. It was written by the factroy, so it is correct. If you are getting excess oil spitting out, then...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas petcock on virago 500, virago 500, bikebandit com
virago 500, bikebandit com, gravity system: Hi Jim, The vacuum system can be converted to a gravity system, though I don t recommend doing it. The petcock is designed to prevent fuel from overfilling the float bowls, deliver ample supply of fuel on demand, and prevent fuel from entering airbox...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Scooter, starter solenoid, gas powered scooter
starter solenoid, gas powered scooter, gas scooter: roger thanks for the questuion you should be fine have the starter solenoid checked and the starter relay if its clicking one of those are bad more than likely it is the relay.to test the solenoid go to the solenoid take a screwdriver and touch the 2 big...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Tank and rust, rust formation, fuel stabilizer
rust formation, fuel stabilizer, rust preventive: Hi Isaiah, It helps to add a fuel stabilizer to gasoline prior to storage. I use and recommend a product called Sea Foam. The only other product I would use is Marvel s Mystery Oil. Once rust forms and is noticed, the tank should be sealed. The...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas tank Hoses, suzuki gs550, gs series
suzuki gs550, gs series, gas tank: Hi Gary, I m not sure which GS550 model you have? The EN, N, or LN? Try visiting the following website to see microfiche parts views: www.bikebandit.com Also, visit this great GS series website: www.thegsresources.com Respectfully, ...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas tank problem, radiator shop, gal tank
radiator shop, gal tank, tank problem: Being how your bike is 9 years old, Harley will probably not do anything about fixing it. You can take it to a radiator shop and have the inside coated. this is what I do in my shop and it costs around $40.00. If you change your tank you can get a aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas tank problem, hex nuts, tank problem
hex nuts, tank problem, gas tanks: You will get no help from HD because of the age of the bike. Put a couple small hex nuts in your tanks and shake them to get all the loose stuff off. Or look on Ebay for used tanks. There is no easy or quick solution to your problem. You just have to clean...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas tank vent tube blocked, honda cbr 600, vent tube
honda cbr 600, vent tube, tank liner: Hi Greg, Good diagnostic investigation! Acetone will remove Kreem in a second. Acetone is one of the tank prep bottles you get with Kreem (smallest bottle, I think). Contact Kreem Co. and inquire about repairing the CBR s tank with Kreem. They should...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas, honda shadow sabre, octane gas
honda shadow sabre, octane gas, noticable difference: Hi Ivan, Yes. Any grade pump gas will be okay for the Shadow. As a rule of thumb, use the lowest grade that the engine will run well with. There would be a noticable difference as if the engine will not pull its own load while driving. Then, try another...

Motorcycle Repair: Gasoline coming out of a tube, overflow tube, sportster
overflow tube, sportster, speck: the tube you are refering to is the overflow tube. What has happened is you might have had a speck of dirt inthe bowl or the needle and seat is bad. Keep an eye on it and if it still does it you will have to remove the carb and rebuild it. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Gauges&Sprocket, gauge cluster, point changes
gauge cluster, point changes, rear sprocket: Hi Jeremy, Q: I have mounted a new body on my 94fzr I want to mount an r6 gauge cluster. As you know the rc is a digital speedo and Iam wondering what the difficulties may be in making this switch. A: I don t think it will work on the 94. Q: ...

Motorcycle Repair: GEAR DRIVE TIMING, dregrees, bobby wood
dregrees, bobby wood, friend johnny: I use the bobby wood +4 degree key with all S&S gear drives I install. and I advance the cams 4 dregrees not retard them. you did not say what cams you installed or what model of bike you put them on?.I dont use any screaming beagle stuff on bikes I build,...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear Drives for TC-88, train noise, catastrophic failure
train noise, catastrophic failure, cam set: You are right. There is no regular service to the cam tensioner, but somthing that is rubbing is going to wear out. There are advantages and disavantages to the direct drive. The advantages are no cam tensioner, no lash due to no chain. The only disavantage...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear problems, kawasaki ninja ex500, falcon
kawasaki ninja ex500, falcon, gears: Hi Sean. There shouldn t be any great difficulty shifting. Shifting from higher gears down, while at a stop, will be difficult, but not impossible. Get the bike to a mechanic to look at it. There could be any number of things wrong, but I think that...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear Shift Lever, suzuki vl800, adjustment screw
suzuki vl800, adjustment screw, shift lever: Hi Greg. What you may want to do is to check the position of the gearshift arm (the part attached to the gearshift spindle on the bike side of the shifter assembly) and see if it is positioned correctly. You could have it positioned too far back. Simply...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear Shift problems, harley flhtc, foot shift
harley flhtc, foot shift, gear shift: There is a very small space on the shifter drum for neutral. After a lot of miles they usually get difficult due to the fact that they wear. The only thing you can do is remove the shifter drum and inspect for wear and usually replace it. I also own a 1998...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear Shifter problem, honda vt1100, foot pegs
honda vt1100, foot pegs, toe pad: Hi Al, Can the lever be mounted to allow the toe pad to be lower? or is the floorboard preventing relocation? Try seeking assistance form websites dedicated to the VT1100 and check their forums. Others may have the exact fix for the problem. If necessary,...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear shift, engine oil viscosity, loose clutch
engine oil viscosity, loose clutch, worn clutch: Hi Ted, Buy the service manual and follow clutch troubleshooting and adjustment procedures. It may become necessary to inspect metal and fiber clutch plates. Visit this website and clink the clutch link. www.dansmc.com/MC_repaircourse.htm Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear won't shift to 2nd up to 6th gear, shift linkage, shively
shift linkage, shively, 8 years: Hi Ed, I suspect a shift linkage related problem. Place MC on center stand, slowly rotate rear wheel by hand and try shifting through gears. If problem persists, review service manual procedures for checking shift linkage. The task may require...

Motorcycle Repair: Gearbox oil 67 Triumph, castrol hypoy, haynes manuel
castrol hypoy, haynes manuel, 82d airborne division: My Friend For quite some time I have been working with the AllExperts site to help you and others with their motorycle questions and problems. Some I have been able to help more than others, but I tried, and took no payment for these services. It has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Gearbox oil 67 Triumph, castrol hypoy, haynes manuel
castrol hypoy, haynes manuel, local bike shop: Paul You can check the Castrol website: http://www.castrolusa.com To see what products are available these days. I m not sure about the SAE50 monograde, but it may still be available. I wouldn t worry about the brand of oil all that much. Go to your...

Motorcycle Repair: Gears on 550gs, suzuki gs550, valve clearances
suzuki gs550, valve clearances, easy job: Hi Cor, Q: how would I go about checking why my gear shifter doesn t want to go nto 6 or if I even have a 6. A: Your MC has six gears. I would need to examine it to diagnose the problem. Have a local tech look into it. Q: how loud is the enjin...

Motorcycle Repair: General Carb. Question, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cape town south africa: Hi Lee, I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested in my instructions. Reply to this and include your email addy. We ll go from there. Respectfully, Mark Shively (sample tech files) Bad Gas...

Motorcycle Repair: General care, frequent oil changes, cam follower
frequent oil changes, cam follower, trickle charge: Hi Dave, I will give you some advice on what I feel would be the most crucial aspects of maintaning your engine. 1. Frequent oil and filter changes with quality motorcycle specific oil. This is a small engine with an oil bath clutch so it requires frequent...

Motorcycle Repair: General Maintenance, everyday bike, motorcycle maintenance
everyday bike, motorcycle maintenance, sport bikes: Hi John. I have no clue about any name-calling, so don t even worry about it. As far as what books to pick up, start with the repair manual for the bike. It has everything that you need to know about the bike as well as some basic troubleshooting proceedures...

Motorcycle Repair: General Repair, honda rebel, starter button
honda rebel, starter button, starter motor: Hi Aaron. It looks like you have the makings of a potential basket case, there. So let s take one problem at a time. You will need the repair manual to check these things. 1) The starter button. Check the starter circuit for shorts, the starter motor...

Motorcycle Repair: General Yamaha, yamaha vstar 1100, float bowls
yamaha vstar 1100, float bowls, proper performance: Hi Mo, From the limited information given, I suspect fuel in the carburetor float bowls has varnished (gummed) and is causing the problem. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. I recommend the purchase of the...

Motorcycle Repair: Gilera RC50 hesitating/holdingback, air fuel mixture, fuel hoses
air fuel mixture, fuel hoses, bike mechanic: You or someone will have to tune the carburetor. I cannot be more specific without being there and performing a few checks and making a few adjustments. Describe the appearance of the spark plug. Check the condition of the air filter. Clean or replace...

Motorcycle Repair: Gixxer 750 repair, shaft seal, 2001 gsxr 750
shaft seal, 2001 gsxr 750, gixxer 750: Willie, Twice I ve asked you to include your email address with your question. Email makes my volunteer time possible. I do not have time to type lengthy replies. I ll return very detailed pre-typed tech files and weblinks that will help you. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: GL 1200 backfiring, lean mixture, fuel additives
lean mixture, fuel additives, valve clearance: Mark, Send an email address and I ll re-send the files. Which model GL is this? What octane fuel are you using? Is the OEM ignition installed? When was the last valve clearance check and adjustment? Carburetor synchronization checked? ...

Motorcycle Repair: GL 1200 loud tappetts, motorcycle clutches, combustion chambers
motorcycle clutches, combustion chambers, lucas products: Roger, This is common. It may take a few seconds for the hydraulic adjusters to pump-up (flow oil). You could perform cylinder compression and leak-down tests to verify the sealing properties of the combustion chambers (condition of the engine). These...

Motorcycle Repair: GL1500 Fuel system, local bike shop, dollar estimate
local bike shop, dollar estimate, new tank: no gery , go to the carbs look for the overflow line or drain line on each one o.k. blow through it if you cant, pass a small wire through each one to clean them out then crank bike while its running blow in each one seperatly,see if the engine idles up...

Motorcycle Repair: GL400, vacuum leak, intents and purposes
vacuum leak, intents and purposes, vacuum line: Greg, Yikes! I hate the grey market questions! : ) No specs to speak of, but the stock plug is D8EA for the 500s. Might even need a D7EA in colder climates. They do NOT need R (resistor) plugs because they have resistor caps on the plug wires. Check the caps...

Motorcycle Repair: GL650 Starting Problem, matchbox size, size boxes
matchbox size, size boxes, pulse generator: Are the compression readings ok? Does it have spark? Are the plugs black (rich) or tan (ok), white (lean)? Does it have CDI?, the 650 s usually don t. They have transistorized ignition, two little matchbox size boxes behind the battery. If it is CDI,...

Motorcycle Repair: Gl1500 Alternator brushes, alternator brushes, slip rings
alternator brushes, slip rings, 18mm: Ernie, replace both brushes, quickly unsolder the old brushes and try not to get solder into the hole for the brush wire. -Solder the new brushes in with the marked side facing the rear cover. They should have an installed length of 18mm or 3/4 ....

Motorcycle Repair: Glowing Manifold, air fuel mixture, piston crown
air fuel mixture, piston crown, combustion chamber: Hi Tim, My experiences with such a problem is the result of an overly rich air-fuel mixture. For example, if the choke if left on too long, the exhaust header piper or down pipe would be glowing dull orange/red. The extra fuel in the mix normally helps...

Motorcycle Repair: GoKart 150cc engine Wont idle, carburator, throttle cable
carburator, throttle cable, proper performance: Hi Ronald, If the gas has varnished (gummed) the carburetor and entire fuel system will need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. It s possible that the engine speed idle screw needs turned a bit to raise RPM and maintain...

Motorcycle Repair: GoldWing fuel filter, gold wing, fuel filter
gold wing, fuel filter, right direction: Hi Eddie, Look in the compartment just in front of the seat. You may need to remove the seat and faux tank side panels to access the filter. Get a copy of the service manual and review the task. Decide if you can handle the task. Visit www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing 06 1800, straight teeth, amsoil products
straight teeth, amsoil products, synthetic oils: Hi Warren, Reference Helical cut gears: The angled teeth engage more gradually than do spur gear (straight) teeth. This causes helical gears to run more smoothly and quietly than spur gears. Unfortunately, most GL s whine as described. Some GL owners...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Aspencade, gold wing club, ebay auctions
gold wing club, ebay auctions, honda motorcycles: Steve, Gold Wings are in kind of a class of their own and I don t really specialize in them and their problems. None model-specific thoughts about bikes cutting off include: gas cap vent blockages, fuel filter restrictions, fuel pump failure, ignition system...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing's Compair, 4x4 shop, old bikes
4x4 shop, old bikes, leak down test: John, -the later Goldwings were slightly detuned in an attempt to get more low speed power, it didn t really help much just made the top speed lower. -On the other hand there were some minor improvements like better steering head bearings and thicker...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing clutch problems, clutch problems, clutch cable
clutch problems, clutch cable, honda goldwing: hey mike, How many miles are on the wing?The clutches will wear out and warp.When the plates warp they will catch on the basket and act like it is still engaged.I you are going to do the clutch your self i suggest buying a service manual.I do know...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Engine Surge, carburetor jets, internal combustion engines
carburetor jets, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Ken, This is very common with GL15 s. Carburetor jets and passageways are likely obstructed from varnishing. Usually the pilot circuit. Carburetors need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned to restore proper idling. Techtron, Sea Foam, and other...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing fork seal repair procedure, fork seal, fork oil
fork seal, fork oil, seal repair: Hi Larry. To be honest, I am not certain. Read through the proceedures and see what you need to do to drain the fork oil out properly. If it requires inversion of the fork, then I am afraid that removal will be required. If it doesn t, then give it a...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing GL 1100 Tachometer, goldwing gl, access panels
goldwing gl, access panels, tachometer: Hi Larry. I am not sure where, exactly, on the engine the tach cable terminates, but all you should need to replace is the cable. The repair manual should show you the routing of the cable, or you could just trace it yourself. It will require you...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing GL1200 cooland comes out, head gasket, radiater
head gasket, radiater, leakdown test: Marcel, Wings are not my speciality, but the cooling systems are not much different than on a car. If the engine is getting hot and releasing coolant into the overflow reservoir, then probably the thermostat is stuck closed. Replace the thermostat and see...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing motor noise, head gasket leak, goldwing 1200
head gasket leak, goldwing 1200, low oil pressure: Ken, -tapping noise on 1200 s It is usually related to the valve train. Sometimes it is the hydraulic valve lash adjusters on the end of the cam followers or rocker arms. -They can be shimmed but it is more likely that they are sticky or have low...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Starter solonoid problems, goldwing gl, starer
goldwing gl, starer, hi chris: Hi Woody. When the starter motor was checked, was it disassembled and the contacts inspected or did they just put it to a fully charged battery and turn it? If the latter was done, then the contacts could still be dirty or the brushes may need replacement....

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Starter, dirty spots, gl1200
dirty spots, gl1200, hygrometer: Hi Gary. There is probably no need to replace the starter, but you may want to pull it and clean the internal contacts. You probably have a few dirty spots on it. You should also probably check the connections and wires for corrosion and shorts. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing transmission problem, worn gears, shift forks
worn gears, shift forks, filter area: Clint, sounds like the front shifter dogs are worn, you could remove the front cover under the oil filter and water pump etc. and see if the shift drum stopper or locator is working. It keeps the shift drum in place and so also the shift forks and...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing won't start after winter storage, internal combustion engines, motor brushes
internal combustion engines, motor brushes, powder substance: Hi Rob, When the solenoid clicks, this usually indicates a defective battery, less than fully charged battery, worn starter motor brushes, worn starter motor clutch, corroded electrical contacts, or loose battery lead connections. The carburetors may...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing wont maintain higher speed, honda gl, fuel tank cap
honda gl, fuel tank cap, fuel tanks: Hi Don, From the information provided, I suspect a lack of fuel delivery problem may be the cause. Measure fuel pump output according to service manual procedures. If not within service limits, replace it. A fuel related ventilation problem may cause...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing, clutch pack, page mentions that
clutch pack, page mentions that, gold wings: Bruce, I think the comments page mentions that I am not an expert with Gold Wings. I researched some links for you here: http://www.randakks.com/TechTips.htm#48 http://archive1.gwrra.org/discus4/messages/3742/17382.html?1045874994 http://www.gwrra.org/...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 ninja zx9r wont start, ninja zx9r, gauge needles
ninja zx9r, gauge needles, clock oil: Tye, Get out the 12v tester and start probing circuits. Trace power through the ignition switch, and all hand controls/switches. There s got to be corroded switch, a damaged wire, loose connection, or ???? Disassemble the ig sw and inspect (if possible)....

Motorcycle Repair: Governor for 1995 Suzuki LT80 ATV, suzuki lt80, hey dave
suzuki lt80, hey dave, handle bars: hey dave what you can do is loosesn the throttlew cable ,at the handle bars, by screwing it in .not out. ok because then it will not be able to accellerate wide open some you can adjust at the carb to on the top of the carb.same technique.ok if you need more...

Motorcycle Repair: GPZ600R over heating, radiator fan, apear
radiator fan, apear, thermal sensor: Hi Kevin, Q: ...I have flushed the system, rinsed with distilled water. I have checked the water pump, and tested the thermostat. Both apear to be working fine. It is still over heating? I have noticed a slight ticking from the engine that aparenty could...

Motorcycle Repair: GPZ750R cyls 2-3 not running, fuel system components, powder substance
fuel system components, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Ben, I suspect one or more of the following: Ignition wires reversed Worn, defective, or fouled spark plugs Worn or defective spark plug leads Worn or defective ignition system components Loose electrical connetor CDI defective Water shorting...

Motorcycle Repair: Gpz 1100 1996 kaw., intake leaks, tank vents
intake leaks, tank vents, fuel mix: Mark, check your plug color, that is a quick way to find out if you are running rich (black) or light color (lean) fuel mix. Check your air filter too. Once you read the plugs, then you can troubleshoot the right things. Too rich is likely a carb problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: Gpz 750 starting problems, gpz750, differance
gpz750, differance, starter motor: Hi Paul, I can send you tech files with an email address. Use my email: mshively1@woh.rr.com Are you sure it s a 1986 GPz? I couldn t find any microfiche for a GPz750 model year. I remember them being earlier 1980 s models. Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: Gpz900R with ZX10 carbs, induction side, air screws
induction side, air screws, throttle line: i know you say the carbs are free and easy you might want to change out the throttle line to the carbs i know it sounds funny but in the 23 years of my experience i have seen it lots of time. try this and e-mail me back i will look at my micro-film questions...

Motorcycle Repair: Grip Removal, deuce, thinner
deuce, thinner, syringe: the right one is no problem. remove the cover around it, remove the cable from the grip. The left one is usually the problem. remove the cover around it. See if you can slide it off. Many times they are glued on. What you can do is get some laqure thinner...

Motorcycle Repair: GS 400, suzuki gs400, engine crankcase
suzuki gs400, engine crankcase, vacuum lines: Kyle, -you have to plug any open vacuum lines or the engine will suck air and lean out the fuel mixture. Any vacuum lines that need plugging will have suction with the engine running. -the breather hose should be open and usually just runs into the...

Motorcycle Repair: GS450L Idle Question, engine longevity, piston rings
engine longevity, piston rings, vacuum leak: Hi Brian, It s wise to allow any engine to reach operating temperatures before putting a load on the engine. Pistons are either forged or cast in an oblong like shape. They grow round as they reach operating temperatures. When pistons are cool, piston...

Motorcycle Repair: GS550 stalls/wont rev, cylinder compression, valve clearances
cylinder compression, valve clearances, airfilters: Hi John, From the descriptiuon provided I suspect the carburetors may need more thoroughly cleaned and/or the air-fuel mixtures need corrected. The description explains the work that was performed, but lacks details of the work. For example... How badly...

Motorcycle Repair: GS550L acceleration problem, air fuel mixture, oil seals
air fuel mixture, oil seals, airfilter: Hi Tom, The carbs may need cleaned, tuned, or both. Throttle slides may be sticking a bit, pilot circuit may slightly obstructed, could be rich air-fuel mixture, or ignition fault causing the hesitation. Start with carb removal and inspection. Perform...

Motorcycle Repair: GS55E starting problem, suzuki gs550e, internal combustion engines
suzuki gs550e, internal combustion engines, fuel tank cap: Hi Tommy, There may be more than one problem. Maybe the carburetors need more thoroughly cleaned. Maybe there is a venting problem with the carbs or the fuel tank/cap. Review the tech files below. Re-clean the carb if necessary. Visit this website:...

Motorcycle Repair: GS850 problem, air fuel mixture, check air filter
air fuel mixture, check air filter, air leaks: Hi Duke, The problem could be carburetor or electrical in nature. I would need to check altenator output and other electrical tests. Bogging is indication of rich air-fuel mixture and/or ignition problems. Check air filter, airbox, and air passageways...

Motorcycle Repair: GS850GL, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, fuel hoses: I m starting to get the picture, Thanks. The fuel in the carbs changes to a gel like substance. It eventually changes to a crystal like powder. This is known as varnishing. You may have noticed the gummed fuel while inspecting the needle valves. The...

Motorcycle Repair: GSF 400 Bandit runs poorly at low revs, vacuum leaks, gsf400 bandit
vacuum leaks, gsf400 bandit, vacuum leak: Hi Bob. You may want to find out (if you don t already know) if the bike spent time in storage (seasonal or other). If it did, then the carbs are probably gummed up a bit. A good cleaning will be in order. Another possibility would be that the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: GSF1200S IGNITION LIMITER, suzuki bandit, banditalley
suzuki bandit, banditalley, mark a friend: Hi Mark, Try the following websites for an answer to answering this question: http://www.banditalley.com/africa/kenya.html http://pub12.ezboard.com/fbanditalleybbsfrm19?page=4 http://www.banditalley.com/links.html Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: GSX-750, gsx 750, suzuki dealer
gsx 750, suzuki dealer, color codes: Hi Noah, One way is to find a local Suzuki dealer with a parts person who will take the time to find the parts you ll need. You may need to bring the engine to the person, or at least the engine number. I checked all of my resources with negative results....

Motorcycle Repair: GSX-R 750 Firing, poor conductivity, gsx r 750
poor conductivity, gsx r 750, fuel contamination: Hi Rowland, With the #2 cylinder spark plug removed and grounded, is an arc present? The ignition coils fire plug s 2 & 3 together, and plugs 1 & 4 together. If the #3 plug has an arc, so should the #2 plug and vice-versa. If not, investigate the plug...

Motorcycle Repair: GSX600f left standing for a year, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi Phil, Varnishing of the carbs as a result of gasoline left in the float bowls is very common. It rarely ruins carburetors, but requires thorough cleaning and may call for carb rebuild kits. Retail price for carbs on your MC is between $1,100. and...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR 750 Valves, valve clearances, combustion chamber
valve clearances, combustion chamber, cylinder compression: Hi Jon, Jon: Basically my question is how do you know if your valves in the engine are worn out? Mark: Perform a cylinder compression and leak-down tests to determine sealing properties of the combustion chamber. If valves are worn, the engine may smoke...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR 750, suzuki gsxr 750, accurate diagnosis
suzuki gsxr 750, accurate diagnosis, check fuel: Hi Mike, I would need to experience the problem and read the spark plugs to offer accurate diagnosis. I suspect tuning the air-fuel mixtures may correct the performance problem. Check fuel for evidence of water and other contamination. Can you...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR 750L FRONT END, sport rider magazine, model wheel
sport rider magazine, model wheel, 17 rims: Hi Andy, Review the following intel. Visit the links listed below and inquire accordingly. Respectfully, Mark Shively GSX-R Interchangeable Parts LATE MODEL 17 RIMS RETRO FITTED TO EARLY GSX-R s: This is a relatively straight forward...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR 907, dwarf car, gsxr 1100
dwarf car, gsxr 1100, big bore kit: Shane, those temps are not far from norm, i recently built a dwarf car motor gsxr 1100 with a wiseco kit.. i think it was the 1195 kit. but anyway after first set of heat races we were at about 250 degrees on the jugs. so i think that is the norm for your...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR SRAD Cuts out at 4000 revs, srad, airbox
srad, airbox, charging system: Hi Andy. There is the possibility that the air filter was badly clogged since the airbox was flooded with fuel. Do check and reset the carbs as they could also have issues that you may not have previously noticed. Good luck and ride safe. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR600 Clutch Problem, friction plates, handfull
friction plates, handfull, clutch: Hi Scott. Either the cable needs replacement, as they do stretch out a bit, over time, with use or you need to rebuild the clutch. rebuilding the clutch isn t so hard as it seems. Get the repair manual for the specifics, but basically, you are replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: GSXR600, dial caliper, celcuis
dial caliper, celcuis, dial indicator: Hi Malcom, The oil temperature should be fine. Check for uneven brake pad wear. To measure disc wear and warpage, special tools are needed; dial indicator, dial caliper, etc.. Does the brake lever pulsate? IF so, discs are warped, Has the...

Motorcycle Repair: GUMBED UP CARBS ON 1986 V65 MAGNA, v65 magna, internal combustion engines
v65 magna, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Tim, Review the following tech files: Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways within carbs become obstructed...

Motorcycle Repair: Gurgling sound in the Cylinder Head, head gasket, ls650
head gasket, ls650, crankcase: Max, after doing some research and having knowledge on that motor i cannot come up with anything that would cause this issue other than the breather for the crankcase is plugged off. i would check to make sure that the breather is open. should be located to...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in air box, float bowls, suzuki bandit
float bowls, suzuki bandit, bandit 1200s: Hi Jim, I suspect the gas in float bowls has varnished during storage. As a result, needle valves (float valves) become gummed and allow fuel to overflow the bowls. Fuel flows into the airbox, crankcase, and out carburetor overflows. You ve done well by...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in airbox, starter fluid, airbox
starter fluid, airbox, dirty air: Hi David. How clean is the air filter? A severely dirty air filter can cause all of those issues and more. As far as compression, if you haven t checked compression with a compression testor, then you do not know if it is getting a loss of compression....

Motorcycle Repair: gas in carb and airbox, compression tester, starter fluid
compression tester, starter fluid, airbox: sounds like a timing problem . chk your timing , then if possible to a compression test , if you dont have a compression tester auto zone has a loaner one you leave a deposit, then when you bring it back you get a complete refund so actually its free . let...

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out exhaust, exhaust stroke, dirt bike
exhaust stroke, dirt bike, loose connections: Hi Tom. You have a couple of possibilities here besides the loose exhaust manifold. 1) The bike is running rich and not able to burn off the fuel so it expells it on the exhaust stroke, or 2) the ignition is weak and not able to burn off all of...

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out of overflow, honda750, float valve
honda750, float valve, bill silver: Randy, apparently there is dirt or varnish in the float valve on that carburetor. If the bike has been sitting for a long time, the gasoline will turn to a green goo and begin to block passages, jets and float valves. Try to tap on that carb body with the...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in crank case, fuel stabilizers, crank case
fuel stabilizers, crank case, yamaha v star: Hi Scott. First of all, the entire fuel system, including the tank, should be drained of all fuel when you put the bike in seasonal storage. Fuel stabilizers almost never work as advertised. What you have is probably a couple of problems. Start with...

Motorcycle Repair: gas over flow, screw driver, biek
screw driver, biek, petcock: The gas is coming out the over flow. The float is probably stuck. First, I would start the biek and let it run for a minute. Shut it off and tap the carb with the handle of a screw driver and that might unstick it. If it doesnt, then you are going to have...

Motorcycle Repair: gas flowing out air cleaner drain tube, suzuki katana 600, internal combustion engines
suzuki katana 600, internal combustion engines, 1997 suzuki katana 600: Hi George, The ususal cause for gasoline in the airbox is varnished carburetors. Review the tech files pasted below for more information. I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions....

Motorcycle Repair: gas found in oil, petcock, flow 2
petcock, flow 2, gallon of gas: Ok, do not fear this..lol. It s somewhat normal, but a pain in the ass. Either he doesn t shut off the gas, or the petcock has gone bad. What happens is this: Fuel will continue 2 flow 2 the carbs if it s not shut off. The fuel will eventually fill the...

Motorcycle Repair: gas gauge, fuel tank sending unit, volt regulator
fuel tank sending unit, volt regulator, gas gauge: Rodger, -Some older Goldwings had a 7 volt regulator that failed and caused the fuel and temperature gauges to act up at the same time. If only the fuel gauge is reading wrong I suspect the fuel tank sending unit. -It is on the left side of the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: gas leak dr250 suzuki, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, fuel contamination: Hi Andrew, I suspect fuel in the carburetor has varnished. The float valve (needle valve) spring may be varnished and stuck. Other causes for this problem are: rust or other fuel contamination caught between the float valve and float valve seat; and...

Motorcycle Repair: gas leak, vacuum line, motorcycle shops
vacuum line, motorcycle shops, bill silver: Brant, is this an MR50, a moped or just some kind of generic mini-bike? If you have a leak at the fuel/vacuum line connection, then replace the hose with a proper one. Most auto parts and many motorcycle shops only sell SAE American dimension hose, but...

Motorcycle Repair: gas mileage, honda cb750k, ft elevation
honda cb750k, ft elevation, gas mileage: Hi Stu, 30-35 mpg isn t bad, especially for an older, less efficient engine. Inspect the needle jets for wear. They tend to wear out-of-round. Excessive fuel consumption and richer air-fuel mixtures are the result. Consider changing the final drive...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in my oil, honda xr 400, internal combustion engines
honda xr 400, internal combustion engines, change engine oil: Hi Mike, The usual cause is varnished carburetors. Fuel left in the carbs becomes stale or varnishes. The result is obstructed jets and fuel passageways, and sticking needle (float) valves. When float valves inner spring becomes varnished, it will stick...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in oil, bmw r 65, yellow dye
bmw r 65, yellow dye, water intrusion: Hi Kris. Did the oil smell of fuel? If it did, then it was fuel in the oil. However, chances are that what you may have seen was water, which could have accumulated over the past 4 years in storage. Had it been there from the beginning, there wuld...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in the oil, air filter element, cold air intake
air filter element, cold air intake, overflow tube: Landon... You are lucky that it didn t explode! It happened to a friend with a Norton, one time. Blew the bottom out of the crankcase! I went to: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp and checked your bike. Looks like a regular petcock to me,...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in oil, internal combustion engines, overflow tube
internal combustion engines, overflow tube, throttle linkage: Hi Jim, The usual causes of this are: varnished/worn/stuck open needle valves (float valves), defective floats, and fractured brass float bowl overflow tube. I ve pasted a couple of tech files below for your convenience. If you want additional tech files,...

Motorcycle Repair: gas oil mixture, oil mixture, maintainence
oil mixture, maintainence, gas oil: Hi Tyler. What you really need is the owner s manual and/or the repair manual. Now most 2-strokes have a 50:1 fuel:oil mixture, however, if you really are unsure then need to have the manual to reference.....as well as having it around for reference...

Motorcycle Repair: gas/oil mixtures, gas oil mixtures, oil mixture
gas oil mixtures, oil mixture, racing bikes: John, a quality 2 stroke oil and about 30 gas to 1 part oil. That is about 4 ounces oil in a 128 ounce gallon of gas. Some oils can be mixed at a leaner ratio, but I don t recommend it unless you like rebuilding your crankshaft often. (Racing bikes run...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in the oil problem, honda cb750k, second most common cause
honda cb750k, second most common cause, needle spring: Hi Duff, The usual cause is varnished needle valves (float valves). The second most common cause is rust or other debris caught between the needle valve and needle valve seat. When the needle spring varnishes, fuel may overfill the float bowl- no spring...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in the oil, suzuki vx800, float bowls
suzuki vx800, float bowls, fuel valve: Hi Giacomo. It sounds like you have a leaking seal on the float bowls and the fuel valve. Check those out. Replace the oil. It s no good now. next time you store the bike, do not leave fuel in the tank or float bowls. Besides the potential for...

Motorcycle Repair: gas shooting out pipes, honda magna 750, vent lines
honda magna 750, vent lines, crank case: Try checking the float bowl height and seat valve, if you dont have a manual you can find the info on www.motorcyclespecs.com.If you dont feel comfortable doing it take it too a deale it shouldnt be more than a hour labor, and if you need additional help i...

Motorcycle Repair: gas smell in oil, exhaust emissions, valve seal
exhaust emissions, valve seal, falcon: Hi Jim. A strong smell of fuel in the oil is clearly not normal, but as to what could cause it, I am not certain. You may have a valve seal allowing it to sneak past, but then that would also show through oil being burned off. That would show through...

Motorcycle Repair: gas spits out back of carb on 1992 kaw bayou 220, bayou 220, defective valve
bayou 220, defective valve, valve clearance: Hi Marshall, The reason fuel is coughing back through the carburetor (regursion) may be one or more of the following: Improper valve/camshaft timing. Defective intake valves or valve seats. Weak or defective valve springs. Improperly adjusted valve...

Motorcycle Repair: gas starved, harley dealer, winamac
harley dealer, winamac, gas cap: There can be several reasons for this problem. First, your gas cap might not be venting causing a vaccumn. Second, the ignition might be going out. And third, the coil is breaking down when it gets hot. The next time you go riding, take a spark plug wrench...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank dent, gas tank, dent removal
gas tank, dent removal, quick fixes: Allan, there are paintless dent removal shops available around the country. If you are looking to do it yourself you might investigate the various YouTube videos on the subject. One uses dry ice to shrink the dent. A professional service may be...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank/poor running, radiator shops, fuel inj
radiator shops, fuel inj, gas tank: There is a screen at the fuel pump, but it only needs cleaned. Putting fuel inj cleaner will not solve the problem if you have alot of flaking of the coating. I take all my tanks to a radiatior and gas tank shop. There they clean it and put in a coating...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank replacement, suzuki intruder vs1400, gal tank
suzuki intruder vs1400, gal tank, workshop tips: Hi John, I cannot recommend another Intruder tank that will inter-change with your Intruder. Visit the following links and inquire within. www.intruderalert.com/workshop/tips.cfm www.migcruisers.com/projects.html www.moccsplace.com Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank, gas tank, proper job
gas tank, proper job, bike shops: Edward You should be able to find someone who can do this in a professional manner. I don t think the outside paint will be disturbed by the process, but there are always risks. It s been a long time since I have been involved with this proceedure, so...

Motorcycle Repair: gasket, ball barings, xt 250
ball barings, xt 250, bikebandit com: Hi Susan, There should be a oil seal behind the front chain sprocket. I m not sure what you mean by cap in your description. To get us on the same page, visit the following website link and try to indicate by number which parts you re referring to: ...

Motorcycle Repair: gear jumps, honda motorcycl, retainer plate
honda motorcycl, retainer plate, pin retainer: Shaunt, The shift drum controls the selection of gears and there are several components associated with it. You didn t mention the mileage on the machine, so I don t know if it is a factor of wear or if something has come loose inside. In any case the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: gear oil, odd ounces, cb900 custom
odd ounces, cb900 custom, honda shop: Hi Bill. Did you check in the auto parts store? I see that grade of oil all the time there. The dealership parts guys won t know about it because the bike is probably older than they are, so they won t be familiar with it. The mechanics may know...

Motorcycle Repair: gear oil in the carbs and pooring out the muffler, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Jeff, The two most common causes for this are varnished carburetors & excessive amount of oil in crankcase. Respectfully, Mark Shively ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little...

Motorcycle Repair: gear oil, hypoid gears, stroke motorcycle
hypoid gears, stroke motorcycle, motorcycle transmission: Here s a quick explanation I pulled from the web by typing in hypoid gear oil... Can someone explain the difference between Hypoid and Non-Hypoid oil? Hypoid is not really a question of oil, so much as a question of gearcutting. Old (1920 s)...

Motorcycle Repair: gear problem, 1982 honda cm450, worst case scenario
1982 honda cm450, worst case scenario, clutch plates: Log into: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp and find your bike in the list. CM450, then check the gearshift drum/gearshift arm illustrations for reference. Poor shifting can come from a clutch that isn t disengaging properly (common from...

Motorcycle Repair: gear shaft bend, honda cbf 150, gear shaft
honda cbf 150, gear shaft, mechanical aptitude: Hi Karthik. If the shaft is bent, then it must get replaced. Not only will it cause a serious safety hazard for you, but it can cause additional damage to your transmission and gearbox due to additional stress and wear on the system. If the mechanics...

Motorcycle Repair: gear shift for 1984 V65 Magna, v65 magna, easy job
v65 magna, easy job, gear shift: Hi Brett. Did the clutch feel normal when you engaged it or was it abnormally stiff or loose? These symptoms indicate a possible need to rebuild the clutch, which is an easy job to do and only takes about 30 - 60 minutes. What other things have you...

Motorcycle Repair: gear shift, suzuki intruder, proper lubrication
suzuki intruder, proper lubrication, gear shift: Hi Gabe. There are 2 springs on the mechanism that hold it in a neutral position. If one of those springs is worn out or broken, then it will not return to a neutral position. On the Intruder, I am not certain if you can access those springs without splitting...

Motorcycle Repair: gear shifting, bike bandit, rm 125
bike bandit, rm 125, bikebandit com: Hi Ben, I suspect a shift shaft linkage spring has broken or otherwise become un-sprung. You ll need to get a copy of the Service Manual to learn about troubleshooting and repairing this problem. There s too much to text to explain all that you would...

Motorcycle Repair: gearbox, suzuki gsxr 1100, model 91
suzuki gsxr 1100, model 91, gearbox: It is time for some new bearings on the main shaft.The whining noise you are hearing is the gears not meshing the way that they were meant to.Yes your trans could lock up at any time.I suggest taking it in and atleast having an estimate done so that you know...

Motorcycle Repair: gearcase, stroke motorcycle, viscosity oil
stroke motorcycle, viscosity oil, line motorcycle: Hi Marcin, Use 10W30 or 10W40 oil depending upon your climate. Read the oil container labels to learn which viscosity oil is designed for the temperatures of your living environment. I cannot help you with the mechanical problem. Try this free on...

Motorcycle Repair: gearchange, correct tension, downshifting
correct tension, downshifting, immaculate condition: Hi Michael. That little sound may be normal and you are just noticing it, now. Over the past 2 decades of riding, I have learned to shut out the shifter noise and only notice if it makes an unusual noise. Many bikes make the same noise upshifting...

Motorcycle Repair: Very general asian bike question, vacuum leak, petcock
vacuum leak, petcock, panka: Hi Evan, I have had the nipples come off in the past, i will push them in by hand then with a small piece of wood tap them in slightly, however if they dont leak, not to worry. Try taking a can of carb cleaner and very lightly spray onto the engine side...

Motorcycle Repair: general, yamaha vstar 1100, pbm
yamaha vstar 1100, pbm, spark plugs: Hi Mo. Well, to start with, you let it sit for months without prepping it for storage first. Remove all of the fuel from the bike and reseal the tank. That will seal out any contaminants there. Next, bull and properly clean the carbs. Then check...

Motorcycle Repair: generator for 85 goldwing, voltage gauge, service motorcycles
voltage gauge, service motorcycles, gauge wiring: Hi John, I suspect the alternator will need replaced. It s common with that year and model. Honda had a recall for this problem a few years ago. Replacing the alternator on the Goldwing is a major repair. The engine must be reomved from the frame to...

Motorcycle Repair: generator problems, ken abel, fuse holder
ken abel, fuse holder, carborators: Hi Ken, You re right. Sounds as if there is a loose cable, often it s the positive cable at the battery. Could be a loose fuse, fuse holder, or other loose connector. Have to carefully examine every wire until you isolate the problem. What reading...

Motorcycle Repair: gettin to the battery, key lock, rear seat
key lock, rear seat, passenger seat: Joe, -first remove the rear seat as you said, it is held by the key lock. Turn the key counterclockwise and pull the rear seat up at the rear and pull backwards. -near the rear of the front seat is a bolt and bracket to remove. Once this bracket...

Motorcycle Repair: gixxer engine noise, clutch gear, starter clutch
clutch gear, starter clutch, suzuki manual: I think that you dug too deep into your problem.You are on a good track.I am not there but the knocking noise that you hear might be cause by something else.does it get worse when the engine is revved or does it go away?When was the last time that the cam...

Motorcycle Repair: gl-1200 fork oil change, wingthings texas, bikebandit com
wingthings texas, bikebandit com, gl 1200: Hi Mike, I cannot locate the specs for the 1985 GL1200 forks. Check the frame and body panels for labels with spec intel and check the owner s manual. Here s a few links for GL s that i hope you find resourceful. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: gl1100 overheating, valve cover gasket, goldwing 1100
valve cover gasket, goldwing 1100, system test: Hi Ron. This sounds not so much as an overheating problem as a problem with potential ignition problems or carb issues. One side is not firing the same as the other. This means that you could have failing coils, a short in the ignition system or bad...

Motorcycle Repair: gl1200 brakes, honda goldwings, brake master cylinder
honda goldwings, brake master cylinder, rear caliper: Joe, the Honda Goldwings began using a unified braking system around then. The front brake master cylinder is connected to the left caliper and the rear brake master cylinder is connected to both the rear caliper and the right front caliper. You may have...

Motorcycle Repair: gold wing 1100, ballast resistor, gold wing 1100
ballast resistor, gold wing 1100, gold wings: Jim, can you quantify that question a little more? Does it have enough spark to run or do you think that the quality of the spark is insufficient or deficient? Does the engine run and idle, but not run well at high speeds? Is the battery fully charged and...

Motorcycle Repair: gold wing carburetor, honda gold wing, honda gold wing gl 1000
honda gold wing, honda gold wing gl 1000, set screw: Hi Jeff. On the older bikes, the carbs were, as often as not, designed with the needle valves being able to be slightly adjustable. Usually, the needle valve had 3 positions (3 slots cut at the top of the needle valve). The lowest position would...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing charging system, air fuel mixture, charging system
air fuel mixture, charging system, heat damage: Hi Mike, Check the electrical connectors at the alternator leads and regulator/rectificer leads. Look for evidence of heat damage or corrosion. Besides the alternator leads being rather small for the work, these connectors are prone to causing high resistance....

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing fuelpump, wingthings texas, bikebandit com
wingthings texas, bikebandit com, ebay: Hi Ron, Right, the fuel pump has been discontinued. You ll likely find one on a dealer s parts shelf, eBay, or junk yard. Here s a few GL links that may be resourceful: Respectfully, Mark Shively http://bbs.gwrra.org/scripts/board/discus.pl?pg=topics...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing grips, dish soap, handgrips
dish soap, handgrips, cruise control: Hi Marc. With extremely few exceptions, the grips on every bike out there are just held in place by a factory glue. the only way to remove them will most likely destroy them. If you can peel the grip off without destroying it, then re-installing it is...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing raido, winston park drive oakville, winston park drive
winston park drive oakville, winston park drive, honda line: Mike, my knowledge of GW radios is about zero.... I did find a link to GL radios and repair info.. http://www.goldwing-world.com/gl-1200.htm#sound and other info... Contact: Clarion Canada Inc. Attention: Service Department 2239 Winston Park Drive,...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing rear shocks, air shocks, rear shocks
air shocks, rear shocks, bikelinks: Hi Henry, You can check for an air leak in the system. Chances are, the shocks will need replaced. Here are some website that might interest you. Got to Bikebandit to view microfiche parts on-line. www.bikebandit.com www.goldwinginfo.dds.nl/intro.html...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing rough rough running and smoking, tooth comb, piston rings
tooth comb, piston rings, fog machine: Hi David. Excessive smoke from an engine usually means that the piston rings are bad or that the cylinders need rehoning. Nine times out of ten, the two go hand in hand and in your case it may be what the bike needs, among other things. Fact is, the...

Motorcycle Repair: goldwing timing belts, radiator cap, timing belts
radiator cap, timing belts, reserve tank: Hi Steve. You ve aquired one of the finest machines out there. When properly maintained, the GL will last well over 500,000 miles (at 100,000, they re barely broken in). The trick with a Goldwing is knowing that almost every major bit of work on the bike,...

Motorcycle Repair: gpx 250 idle problems, air ducts, filter air
air ducts, filter air, shively: Hi Darran, It sounds as if the pilot circuit is obstructed: The engine starts and idles until warmed. If it starts and idles with choke, but stalls after warmed without choke: the pilots are definitely obstructed, unless the engine idle screw is set...

Motorcycle Repair: gpz400 poor running, gpz 400, shively
gpz 400, shively, air fuel: Hi Sam, With the limited information given, I suspect the carburetors need tuning to correct air/fuel mixtures. I also suspect an intake air restriction. Did you perform the above mentioned work? Were the carbs badly varnished? Describe the appearance...

Motorcycle Repair: gpz750 uni-track, petcock lever, internal combustion engines
petcock lever, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Chris, Check the petcock for proper operation. Keep the petcock lever in RES or ON positions, not PRI. Check the needle valves and condition of the floats. Read the attached tech files to learn more about what may cause fuel to enter the crankcase....

Motorcycle Repair: grips, spray chemicals, shadow sabre
spray chemicals, shadow sabre, stock grips: Hi Bobby, I recommend the Service/Repair Manual for learning how to remove and replace grips. The task is not too difficult, but can be frustrating at times. The manual has illustrated descriptions of the procedure. The task may require cutting the...

Motorcycle Repair: gs1100gk suzuki, red kote, sentimental interest
red kote, sentimental interest, powder substance: Hi Steve, The carburetors and entire fuel system will need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. The fuel tank may need to be repaired and lined to remove rust and seal the surface. I recommend and use a product named Red-Kote for sealing the tank....

Motorcycle Repair: gs450t parallel twin, tight seals, vacuum lines
tight seals, vacuum lines, vacuum line: Joseph, -Is it getting a good supply of fuel to the carbs? -Can you open the drain screws on the carbs and check for fuel? -If both cylinders are quitting, I suspect a problem with the fuel getting to the carbs. -Have the carbs been cleaned? -Make...

Motorcycle Repair: gsrx600v 1997, auto safety hotline, highway traffic safety
auto safety hotline, highway traffic safety, traffic safety administration: Hi Nigel, I found the following intel on line: www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/results.cfm Make: SUZUKI Model: GSX-R750 Type: ANY Year: 1997 Recall Number: 98V133000 Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MOTORCYCLES....

Motorcycle Repair: gsx 750 tune up, gsx 750, tune bike
gsx 750, tune bike, hot bike: Hi Chris, With all due respect, if you want my assistance, you have to put a little more information into your questions and descriptions. I want to help you, let s try again. Go back to the place where you type the question and read my instructions....

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr 600 front sprocket change, metal strip, gsxr 600
metal strip, gsxr 600, repair manual: Hi Tony. There are one of three methods for locking down sprocket bolts. They are to use a reverse thread on a single bolt, use a reverse thread on multiple bolts, or ose a regular thread on multiple bolts but with a metal strip that bends into place...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr 750 2002, water in the fuel, 5 more minutes
water in the fuel, 5 more minutes, riding my bike: Hi Cynister. This is sounding like you have developed some kind of short or, more likely, a heat related problem with the ignition coils. Check with the dealership and find out if there has been a recall notice, regarding that problem, for your year and...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr 750 electrical fault, bangkok traffic, respectfuly
bangkok traffic, respectfuly, altenator: Hi Tim, Check the amperage of circuits working backwards from the main fuse until you find the source of the problem. Check the reg/rec and perform an output test of the altenator. Ensure all connections a CLEAN and Tight, especially chasis grounds...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr1000, fuel light, hi chris
fuel light, hi chris, shively: Hi Chris, Wet fouled spark plugs? I d have to perform a few checks to accurately diagnose the problem. Go to www.gixxer.com and post your question there. Maybe someone there experienced the same problem and can offer an answer. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr1000k6, axle nut, gsxr1000
axle nut, gsxr1000, maintainence: Hi Nic. Unfortunately, chain adjustment issues, exactly like you are describing happens to everyone for the first few tries. What it requires is that you tighten the adjustment lockdown nuts, to prevent axle movement during the tightening phase of maintainence....

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr1100wp water change, water change, shively
water change, shively, stupid question: Hi Noddy, Sorry to keep you waiting. I usually reply within a couple of hours. Send me your email address as requested. I ll return several tech files that will assist you. Resourceful websites: www.gixxer.com www.banditalley.com www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr600x electrical fault, electrical fault, resistors
electrical fault, resistors, conductors: Hi Lee, I need to be present and inspect the conductors and components to diagnose this problem. I recommend contacting the manufacturer of the LED lights and inquire about the problem. Most offer tech service troubleshooting. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: gsxr750 2000 stutter at 4000 rpm, air fuel mixture, power commander
air fuel mixture, power commander, throttle bodies: Hi David, I suspect the electronic ignition and/or air/fuel mixture needs tuning to correct the problem. I cannot explain exactly what needs to be done without being present and performing some checks. I suggest having a local tech inspect the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: H-D 5-speed tranny mainshafts, shaft diameter, clutch basket
shaft diameter, clutch basket, speed tranny: Geez Paul, I can t remember all this stuff. I don t remember the difference. Maybe shaft diameter and bearing changes. The clutch basket and hubs are different. The important thing is to know that 85-89 used the 85A shaft, 1990 used the -90 shaft and 1991...

Motorcycle Repair: H-D FXD Transmission/Primary Chain, power strokes, transmission gears
power strokes, transmission gears, fxd: There are many brands of oil out there you can use in the trans. I dont know if one is better than the other. They all do pretty much the same thing. I use harley oil in the trans, just cause I know it works and does a good job. As to the noise, when your...

Motorcycle Repair: H-D forward control replacement, clutch lever, cast wheels
clutch lever, cast wheels, forward control: Doesnt sound like you did anything wrong. Usually when a harley is cold it feels like its hard to push in gear with the clutch pulled in, due to the fact the clutch plates havnet warmed up. Many times when you start the bike in gear and holding the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: H.D. primary chaincase, mild cam, flst
mild cam, flst, easiest thing: The easiest thing to do is check the chain. remove the middle cover on the primary. You will need to have the bike sitting upright. You can see the chain and the adjuster nut. You should have around 1/2 inch play in the chain when cold. If it needs adjusted...

Motorcycle Repair: H-D Screaming Eagle "Clamp-On' Mufflers, air fuel ratio, southside johnny
air fuel ratio, southside johnny, load controller: 1ST QUESTION IS THE OUTCOME WILL NOT NOT BE WORTH THE EXPENSE, #2 THE MUFFLERS ARE TOTAL JUNK, #3 YOU WOULD NOT HARM THE BIKE, BUT THE F/I RECALIBRATION WILL NOT HELP YOU A BIT. YOU NEED A POWER COMMANDER 3 R INSTALLED AND TUNED ON A DYNOJET 250 LOAD CONTROLLER...

Motorcycle Repair: HANDLEBAR ALIGNMENT, triple trees, honda shadow
triple trees, honda shadow, handlebars: You probably just tweeked the forks. Loosen the fork bolts which hold the forks in the triple trees. Now put the wheel between your legs and slightly pull on the handlebars the direction it need to go. Keep checking it to see if its aligned. Once you have...

Motorcycle Repair: HANDLEBAR SWITCH HOUSING, handle bar, ebay
handle bar, ebay, fatboy: You should be able to do this yourself. First, remove the screws holding the housings together. Inside you will see screws that hold the switches inplace. remove them and transfer them to the new housings. On the throttle side you will have to see if the...

Motorcycle Repair: HANDLEBARS 2005 ZX10R, zx10r, allen key
zx10r, allen key, plastic covers: Hi George. Where the handlebars are attached to the triple-tree, there are cosmetic covers that hide the mounting bolts. They are plastic covers and will come out with some gentle prying with a screwdriver. The bolts will, most likely be Allen bolts,...

Motorcycle Repair: HARDTAIL BIKES, hardtail bikes, hardtail bike
hardtail bikes, hardtail bike, squirly: Erik Damn, where did all these questions come from? I ve got a bunch of em. I thought I was listed as on vacation while I was running for the United States Senate. Don t believe me? Check out my web site: http://www.senatorjohn.com To your question....

Motorcycle Repair: HARLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!, oil leaks, arm mounts
oil leaks, arm mounts, motor mounts: Couple of other things to check. Make sure your motor mounts are tight. Check the front motor mount for wear. Check the swinging arm mounts for wear. You can check the front end by jacking up the bike so the front tire is off the ground. then pull on the front...

Motorcycle Repair: Hand grips, razor blade, honda motorcycle
razor blade, honda motorcycle, honda shadow: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp Will get you to illustrations of your machine. Check the add vehicle option, then HONDA motorcycle, then the model VT1100 Shadow American Classic, then the switch/cables option. The plastic end covers either...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Handle Bar Alignment?, steering yoke, handle bar
steering yoke, handle bar, gas tank: You might have a twist in the forks whaich would cause the problem you are talking about. Usually though you have to hit somthing or the bolts come loose to have this happen. The problem you are going to run into is since you have a dresser, you are going...

Motorcycle Repair: Handle Bars don't line up with front wheel., yahama bikes, minor crash
yahama bikes, minor crash, xt 225: I usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I think I can help from riding motocross years ago. Loosen all the pinch bolts and fasterns on the forks. Your problem is the forks have been tweeked to one side. Now holding the front wheels between your legs,...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar Alignment, throttle assembly, side switch
throttle assembly, side switch, tree nut: You just need to straighten the bars using the top clamp bolts. You should notice that when tightening them the bars tend to twist one way or the other depending on which side you tighten. Hold the bars overcompensated to straighten them so when all four...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar fairing alignment, triple trees, alingment
triple trees, alingment, handle bars: Since your forks were bent, your triple trees might be out of alingment. Jack the bike up so that the front wheel is off the ground. Now loosen the pinch bolts for the forks and triple trees. Have somebody hold the forks straight and check the alingment on...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar grips, honda shadow aero, bill silver
honda shadow aero, bill silver, flat tip: I tried to answer this yesterday, but the ALLEXPERTS server was acting up. If you are replacing the grips, then just cut them off with a razor knife. They are glued in place. If you want to remove them and reinstall them, you can use a long thin screwdriver...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar Risers, honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace
honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace, local bike shop: Hi Tom. welcome back. The thing about buying accessories over the internet or from catalogs is that many times, it looks like it s the right part, but really isn t. In all honesty, I cannot tell for sure if those risers would or would not work on your...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar Switches Honda Shadow VT750 1983, honda shadow, shively
honda shadow, shively, thanks in advance: Hi Patrice, Send me an email. I ll return a Honda wiring chart showing wire color, wire use, to component, and from component. A 12VDC tester may help sort the Orange wires. Send to my email address: mshively1@woh.rr.com Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar slippage ( Harley), ape hangers, inch bars
ape hangers, inch bars, handle bar: Hi Spoth, I would firrt measure the outside diameter of the handle bar and the insdie diameter of the clamps to know the fit tolerances. I suspect the fit is not a match. You can roughen the bar/clamp surfaces to help create a better grip, or insert...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar swap on Roadking, roadking, screws
roadking, screws, good luck: If you are just installing covers then remove the screws that hold the switch housing on then install the covers. On the steering lock. There is a plate on it called the fork lock plate. It is the flat plate around the keyslot. You have to pry it off and...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebar switch problems, master cylinder, compresses
master cylinder, compresses, clutch: When you are looking at the right side of the handlebar controls you will see its two piece. One part has the buttons the other has the master cylinder. They have to be slide tight together. Doing that compresses the button in there Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebars, gas tank, handlebars
gas tank, handlebars, good luck: Its not that hard really. Remove the gas tank. Follow the wires for the handlebars and locate the plug in. unplug it and remove the wires from the plugin. Make sure you make a diagram for the wires so you know where they go again. If you are getting handlebars...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebars, roadking custom, heigth
roadking custom, heigth, beachcomber: Its all going to depend on the width and heigth of the bars. What you can do is do some measuring and then measure the cables to see if they are going to reach. Same thing with the wires. That is about hte only way you are going to be able to tell without...

Motorcycle Repair: Handlebars, electrical wires, handlebars
electrical wires, handlebars, handlebar: Its not really that hard. First find where the wires come out of the handlebar controls. Mark the spot on the handlebar on both sides. Now remove the handlebars and drill a hole for the wires. Now go to the bottom of the bars and drill two holes side by side...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Grear Shift, suzuki 1400 intruder, worn clutch
suzuki 1400 intruder, worn clutch, clutch lever: Thanks, Tim I suspect the clutch needs bled (adjusted). See chart below for additional troubleshooting information. Respectfully, Mark Shively Returning tech files is why I request your email address. Clutch Operation Faulty: Clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Kicker, crane hi, clutch disk
crane hi, clutch disk, harley shop: First, check to see if you have solid lifters. If you do, make sure they are adjusted right. If they are to tight if will make the bike hard to start. Next, check your timing, to far advanced and its hard to start. Finally,try starting it this way. Turn...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard to Shift gears, v65 magna, bleeding brakes
v65 magna, bleeding brakes, hydraulic clutch: Hi Freddy. Is the clutch engaging near the begining of the lever throw or near the end? If it is near the end, then that is your problem. Since the Shadow has a hydraulic clutch, then it must be bled, just like the brakes do. Bleeding brakes,...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Shifting 883, harley shop, pat kennedy
harley shop, pat kennedy, good luck: Usually hard shifting or slipping is caused from either a bent shifter fork, the shifter cam which the shifter forks ride on or the small bushing the ride in the cam are bad. The only way I could really be sure is to see the trans myself. If the dealer took...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Start, electrical, fuse box, electrical question
fuse box, electrical question, battery check: Your charging system is not working is the problem. You should be getting around 13.5 volts. So you need to test your charging system. First, disconnect the regulator from the stator and do a OHMs test on the stator pins and then a OHMs test from one pin...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Starting Honda CX500, honda cx500 custom, 1979 honda cx500
honda cx500 custom, 1979 honda cx500, cleveland browns fan: Hi David, I m a Cleveland Browns fan from Dayton, Ohio. Yeah! The rectifier converts AC electric from the altenator to DC electric to charge the battery and supply power for lighting. It s not part of the ignition circuit and would not cause such problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Hard Starting Honda, internal combustion engines, honda cbr600
internal combustion engines, honda cbr600, vacuum leaks: Hi Jeff, Did the problem follow the carb cleaning work or was the cleaning an attempt to resolve the problem? Please return more information on this and any history of repairs & modifications. Was the MC stored for a while? Things to check: Check...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard shifting transmission, panka, shovelhead
panka, shovelhead, upshift: Hi Al, I believe this is whats called a 3rd gear centering issue. This can be quite difficult to adjust on your own. If you get to your local HD dealer, they should be able to fix this issue for you with only the cost of about an hours labor plus maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard to start Honda, kawasaki mojave, honda trx
kawasaki mojave, honda trx, stroke performance: Richard, start with the basics. Valve adjust, compression check and verify the ignition timing, if possible. If you have around 150psi or more then the engine should be sound enough to start easily when all other factors are correct. If the bike has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting, suzuki rmz 250, fuel system
suzuki rmz 250, fuel system, contaminants: Hi Don. since the bike spends most of it s service life without being ridden, then the fuel system is most likely the problem. Clean the fuel system, including the carb. Then drain and reseal the tank to keep any further contaminants from getting back...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting, suzuki rmz250, leak down test
suzuki rmz250, leak down test, cylinder compression: Hi Don, Learn to about reading the spark plug: www.ngk.com Plug 4-1-1 section. The appearance of the plug will tell a tech what s ocurring during the combustion process and about the air-fuel mixtures of the carburetor. Measure cylinder compression....

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting CB650, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cb series: Hi Owen, When defective, the CB series ignitors have similar symptoms as those you ve described. The problem may be varnished carburetors, or other. You ll have to diagnose the symptoms through a process of elimination. I return test and repair information...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting, air tubes, powder substance
air tubes, powder substance, accurate diagnosis: Hi Bill, It s difficult to diagnose the problem from the information given. I need to know more about the LT to provide a more accurate answer. There s no history of the quad in the description. What lead up to this problem (did you notice anything...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard time get the back tire out, rear fender, 2x8
rear fender, 2x8, 2x4: Hi Anto. There should be no reason that the rear wheel should be able to be removed. How closely did you follow the instructions in the repair manual? Have you removed the rear brake assembly and the attachment for the lockdown rod that holds the...

Motorcycle Repair: Hardtail......., seamless tubing, frame tubing
seamless tubing, frame tubing, drawn steel: Rudy, generally the tubing to use is called DOM or drawn-over-mandrel cold drawn steel. The cold process creates a high tensile strength seamless tubing. Most hardtails are either 1 or 1-1/8 outside diameter. The tubing uses .075 -.120 (about...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 1990 FLSTC, clutch assembly, flstc
clutch assembly, flstc, stator: If the plug fried then you have a short in the stator (what your calling a alternator). You will have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket and clutch assembly to get to it. If the stator shorted then the regulator might have shorted too. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 4 speed ratchet top problems, poor shape, late model
poor shape, late model, internals: There are several things that can cause your problem. The gears need spacing correctly, bent shifter fork, drom not aligned with gears, shifter rollers bad just to name a few things. Its hard for me to say without seeing the trans, but you can start with these....

Motorcycle Repair: Harley air shocks, air shocks, trash bag
air shocks, trash bag, shipping box: Since you dont know how much oil was lost and if any was lost before shipping I would be inclined to return them. The only other thing you could do it check with a dealer to see if they know how much oil is in them and what type. they you would have to drain...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Brake Job, harley davidson service, d mechanic
harley davidson service, d mechanic, silicon base: in 1976 Harley went from Glycose base dot 3 brake fluid that absorbed water and had a low temperture boiling point to a dot 5 break fluid witch is a silicon base that does not absorb water and has a very Hi boiling point. Your Mechanic a full of crap. Look...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Brakelight, modual, computer board
modual, computer board, blinkers: First, make sure your bulbs are good in the blinkers. If you have a bad bulb they wont flash. If the bulbs are good then you probably have a bad flasher modual. Since you have a two filment bulb for you new lights then they should work with the brake lights...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley bars, control wires, drag bars
control wires, drag bars, quick disconnects: There are disconnects for the handlebar wires, but it takes a special tool to remove the wires from them. SInce you are changing bars it would be easier to get the tool instead of cutting and splicing the wires. The tool part number is 97361-71. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley bikes, harley bikes, harley service
harley bikes, harley service, best bet: It depends on how far in depth you want to go with the tooling. The problem you will have is that you need alot of special tools to do certain things. The one tool fits one thing! You best bet is to get a harley service manual on the year bike you are interested...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley front brake problem, silicone oil, fxstc
silicone oil, fxstc, dot 5: Generally, when you have this problem its the puck sticking. So I would check it first. If you are still having the problem you can remove the internals of the master cylinder and check it, but you vary rarely see it stick. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 'Cough', harley dealership, intake leak
harley dealership, intake leak, 5k miles: Here are a few things to check. Since it started right after changing plugs you might have gotten a bad plug. I would go ahead and change it. Check for a intake leak. Start the bike and using some carb cleaner spray a little around the intake manifold. If...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley not charging, volt meter, meter test
volt meter, meter test, stators: First make sure you have a good battery. Check the cells to make sure there is water in them. Charge the battery. Start the bike and with a volt meter at the battery, check the voltage at around 1500-2000 RPM. You should be showing around 13.5 volts. If not...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley clutch, prosthetic hand, happy holidays
prosthetic hand, happy holidays, shift lever: Nobody has ever asked me this before, so I am not sure how you can go about it as you did on other bikes. I do have a suggestion though. They make kits to move the clutch to foot operated and you also add a hand shift. Both would be on the left side of the...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley clutch, xlh sportster, clutch cable
xlh sportster, clutch cable, clutch lever: Locate the adjuster on the clutch cable. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster until the cable gets shorter. Now remove the clutch cover on the primary. You need to have to bike sitting upright so you dont lose any trans fluid. Under the cover you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley cough and poor mileage, poor mileage, fuel injection system
poor mileage, fuel injection system, gas mileage: Woops, sorry. Guess I should have looked at the letters more closely. There is a filter in the tank which keeps the trash out of the fuel pump. I would start by cleaning it. It might be plugged. Also by sitting and not being run alot the fuel injectors might...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley custom bars, clutch side, harley softail
clutch side, harley softail, triple trees: First, you need to remove the controls from the old handlebars. Look at he controls and you will see screws which hold them on. Remove them and slide them off. Just gently lay them aside. You will have to get some new grips, as the clutch side grip is glued...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson, fork oil, harley davidson
fork oil, harley davidson, screws: Fist thing you ned to do is jack the bike up. Looking on the side of the forks you will see a screw clost the the bottom of the fork. remove it and the oil will drain. once you have drained both forks put he screws back in. At the top fo each fork there is...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson 1999 Softail, harley davidson, railroad track
harley davidson, railroad track, hinge: Hi. I m not really sure what to make of something like that. It could be that something is loose that happens to squeek everytime tht pessure is applied to it. Possibly a foot peg or motor mount. It could also be that the shifter lever is scraping against...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson 883 carb 2006, slow jet, orfis
slow jet, orfis, jet size: Hey Sam,If you are talking about the main jet size, then there are other things you can change.Now depending on the set up of your bike(ie;free flowing exhaust,hi-flow intake),change the slow jet(go 46).For a good running bike consider doing the tree basics,hi-flow,dyna-jet...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson 99 Road King, harley roadking, allen bolt
harley roadking, allen bolt, speedo sensor: Your speedo sensor which is located on the top of the tranny case, right side, rear, is shot. IT is held in by a single 3/16 allen bolt. It s a magnetic pickup. If you take it out and clean all the metal fuzzies off it there s a chance it will work again....

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, locknut
clutch adjustment, locknut, harley davidson: Locate the adjuster on the cable. Lossen the locknut and turn the adjuster so you are making the cable shorter. Sit the bike upright and remove the derby cover. Under it you will see the clutch. In the center there is a adjuster with a locknut around it....

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Exhaust Systems, harley davidson exhaust systems, harley davidson exhaust
harley davidson exhaust systems, harley davidson exhaust, oxygen sensors: Hi JoDene,I wouldn t,if you are looking for sound go purchase a free flowing exhaust(ie;V&H,supertrapp,or reinhart).Then you you should get a hi-flow air system and a re-calibration or jet kit.Just punching out the baffles will damage the oxygen sensors and...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Oil Cooler, oil dipstick, heritage softail
oil dipstick, heritage softail, oil cooler: I am from Ohio and in this state i really dont recommend a oil cooler. Since youa re from texas (probably alot of 100 degree day) you might need one. before buying one however, get a oil dipstick with a temp gage on it. watch the temp durning your stoping...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Spark Plugs, heritage softail classic, time owner
heritage softail classic, time owner, volt meter: First, make sure its charging. Use a volt meter, with the bike running, and test at the battery. At 2000RPM you should be getting around 13.5 volts. If that is ok then do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to see if they are good Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson, stroke length, stroker kit
stroke length, stroker kit, cubic inches: To determine the cubic inches the formula is: bore X bore diameter X.7854 X stroke length X number of cylinders = cubic inches To get the HP you will have to have the bike put on a dyno. There is not calculation for this Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidsons, harley davidsons, cam bearings
harley davidsons, cam bearings, rod bearing: There were lots of aftermarket exhaust pipes used on tose bikes back then. Cycle Shack, Samson, MCM and Harley just to name a few. For that year harley placed the oil filter in several locations. One is in the front of the motor, another was behind the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Drain Plugs, oil drain plugs, teflon sealant
oil drain plugs, teflon sealant, softail shocks: Your primary chaincase drainplug is a T-40 under the rear area of the primary. It s a pipe thread (tapered) and sometimes has teflon sealant from the factory. Clean the threads before replacing. Just don t overtighten when replacing. Your motor oil drainplug...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley davidson/true dual exhaust, dual exhaust system, air fuel ratio
dual exhaust system, air fuel ratio, power commander 3 usb: THE TRUE DUEL EXHAUST SYSTEM WILL HERT YOUR HORSE POWER AND TORQUE. I DO NOT RECOMEND IT AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN CHANGE TO A TRUE DUEL EXHAUST SYSTEM WITH OUT CHANGING THE DOWN LOAD BUT THEN AGAIN THERE IS NO WAY TO CHANGE THE DOWN LOAD. THE DOWN LOAD...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Electric Glide classic, harley, good luck
harley, good luck: Sounds like a breaker is cutting out and then coming back on. I would replace the main breaker first. You either have a bad breaker, or a short which is causing the breaker to pop. If you have a short, then you are going to have to start looking for a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Electrical, battery connections, battery problem
battery connections, battery problem, culprit: You can have a bad battery even though it is brand new. I would have it tested and see if its bad. You say you tried a charger/starter to the system. I dont know how many amps it is, but it might be more than the battery puts out, but go with the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley front end, fork oil, triple trees
fork oil, triple trees, fresh oil: The tubes are held in by pinch bolts in the triple trees so they will not spin. All you need to do is unscrew them. The is a spring on the other side of the cap so be careful. You cannot take the pressure off the inner spring. When reinstalling them you just...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Fat Boy 2005 oil leak, harley fat boy, 3d time
harley fat boy, 3d time, slow leak: Heres an easy way to find a oil leak. Wash the bike. Make sure the motor is clean. Now let the bike dry. Get a can of deoderant which has baby powder in it. Spray the motor with it. It wont hurt the motor. Now start the bike. you might have to go for a short...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley front lower leg replacement, allen bolt, fork oil
allen bolt, fork oil, ebay: First jack the bike up. remove the wheel and fender. located on the side the each fork is a drain screw for the for oil. remove it and drain the forks. You will have to remove the covers over the forks at the top. remove the dust cover. under it you will find...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley maintenance, spark plugs, spark plug
spark plugs, spark plug, piston: Since the bike has been stored for only the winter the motor should not be seized. You can go ahead and start he bike with no problem. I have never heard of changing the spark plugs or it will blow a piston! Let the bike warm up and after it does, change the...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley motor oil, harley softail, motor oil
harley softail, motor oil, crankcase: Yes, you can use 20w50 for the motor oil. The primary takes primary oil and the trans takes trans oil. There are certain brands of synthetic that can be used in all three. You would have to check with the manufactures on which ones. There are many different...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Oil Problem, harley sportster, oil level
harley sportster, oil level, oil pump: There are only three places the oil can be, either in the tank, the bottom end or the ground. I would suppect the bottom end has the oil and when you fill it it is being pumped back into the tank causing the over filling. Your check ball or spring in the oil...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Question, southside johnny, hand signs
southside johnny, hand signs, sport bikes: A bike is some one who lives to ride there motorcycle. mainly a chopper r cruising style bike. some clubs are outlaws and some are not requirements to be a bike is to own and ride the bike as offen as you can. false on this question. the difference...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Sportster, harley sportster, sportster 1200
harley sportster, sportster 1200, gasket kit: First, did you get the pushrods back in the right place? The rear intake and the rear exhaust are different lengths. If that is ok, then try running it again. SOmetimes it takes a while for the lifters to pump up. If it is still noisy they you might have...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Sportster Issue, sportster 883 xl, 2000 sportster 883
sportster 883 xl, 2000 sportster 883, harley sportster: After riding the bike check the flow on the fuel to the carb and make sure its running well. Check your spark when its misfiring to make sure you have a good spark. If you have a good flow to the carb then your ignition might be overheating. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley no spark, coil resistance, electraglide
coil resistance, electraglide, speed chain: If you leave the key switch on you will burn up the coil. This is true for points as well as electronic. If you want to go with electronic there is a wide varity that you can purchace. I would recommend Dyna, or Compufire. I fyou change the ignition you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Tank LIner, radiator shops, radiator shop
radiator shops, radiator shop, tank liner: You can use Kreem or red kote if the tank a really clean. They have a product to clean it before coating it. Follow the directions on the product and take your time. As to a radiator shop doing the work. You are correct, the tank would have to be boiled and...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Trans, netural, flhs
netural, flhs, clutch: In the Harley trans there is a fine line between first, netural and second. What you are doing is trying to hit a very small space on the shifter cam. I have seen bikes that are a real bear to get into netural, even newer bikes! After replacing the spring...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Transmission Clunk, clutch adjustment, baker dd6
clutch adjustment, baker dd6, clutch lever: I have used Bakers for years, due to the fact I think they are the best on the market. Your clutch adjustment is a little to much. Should be about 1/8 turn out at the clutch and 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. I would first try different oil in the tranny...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley ticking valvetrain, exhaust leaks, roller rockers
exhaust leaks, roller rockers, heat shields: Harleys have been plauged with ticking in the valve train for years. It is the valve lash in the valve train. It doenst hurt anything, unless a lifter collapes, its just bothersome. You can change to Jims lifters which are quiet as well as going with roller...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley under water, tail pipe, bearings
tail pipe, bearings, mud: If you had mud in the tail pipe, then you probably have mud in the bottom end of the motor. About the only thing you are going to be able to do is get the motor rebuilt. If you try to start it the dirt will destroy the bearings Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Valve Adjustment, hydraulic lifters, thread pitch
hydraulic lifters, thread pitch, cold motor: Different push rod companies have different thread pitch on the pushrods, so the adjustment is a little different. In general, first start with a cold motor. Rotate the valve you are working on until it is all the way at the bottom of its stroke. Turn the...

Motorcycle Repair: Hartley twin cam noise, engine rpms, cam bearings
engine rpms, cam bearings, roller bearings: I agree with you, noises can drive you nuts! If you had lost a magnet you would pick up a vibration in the motor. Since you dont have a vibration I would start looking at the lifters first. They might be losing pressure at low RPMs, due to lower oil pressure...

Motorcycle Repair: Hayabusa Overheating, minute time period, defective component
minute time period, defective component, shively: Hi Jarad, I suspect the coolant overheated because air is in the system. Has the cooling system been serviced by any means? My second though is the thermostat or water pump are defective and preventing coolant from circulating. The cooling system...

Motorcycle Repair: HD 1450 Twin Cam Engine, twin cam engine, using a ruler
twin cam engine, using a ruler, superglide: THERE IS NO TOOL TO MEASURE PRIMARY CHAIN UPPER CHAIN SLACK.THE ADJUSTMENT IS MADE USING A RULER OR TAPE MEASURE. IT SHOULD BE 3/8 TO 1/2 INCH PLAY IN MIDDLE OF THE CHAIN, YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ADJUST IT BUT UNDER NEW BIKE FIRST SERVICE HARLEY TELLS YOU...

Motorcycle Repair: HD charging problem, ohm meter, stator
ohm meter, stator, voltage regulator: You need to test your stator first. You will need a OHM meter and a AC volt meter. First, unplug the regulator and using the OHM meter check the two prongs on the stator to see if there is a ground. Put one probe of the OHm meter on one Pin and the other to...

Motorcycle Repair: HD evo engine oil pump on 1990, circlip, oil light
circlip, oil light, oil pump: No, just experience and a service manual. You probably sheared an oil pump shaft key. You have to remove the cam cover (after you remove the pushrods) and get the circlip off the inside end of the pump shaft. You said the pump gears did not move, but was...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Fatboy starting problem, maintainence free battery, garage austin
maintainence free battery, garage austin, battery problem: Hi D. This does sound like a battery problem. Any time that a battery sits for months at a time, no matter what the advertisements say, it will tend to discharge. if you have a maintainence free battery, then you need to replace it. If you have a standard...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Fuel Injection and Changing Mufflers, fuel injection system, mobil one
fuel injection system, mobil one, fxd: If you change muffles you should also change to a high flow air filter. When you do this or either one you will lean the bike out and you need to have to computer recalibrated. On the oil. You can use another kind of synthetic oil as long as its the same...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Oil vs Other brands, harley sales, hd oil
harley sales, hd oil, amsoil dealer: There has been a ongoing debate on oil for years in Harleys. Not sure how old you are, but years back the car manufactures said you should only use their oil. Now you can use any oil. Harley recommends their oil, in my opinion, for one reason. To sell oil....

Motorcycle Repair: HD oil drain plug, oil drain plug, hd oil
oil drain plug, hd oil, case drain: Motor oil drain plug is on the left front of the oil pan that s under the tranny case. Same pan as has the tranny drain plug which on the right side bottom. Tranny drain actually is a tube going up through that oil pan into the tranny case. Drain plug is...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Starter, pivot bolt, shovelhead
pivot bolt, shovelhead, jackshaft: Look at the end of the jackshaft where it goes into the bearing. If it shows alot of wear then it needs replaced. There should be no sideways play in the bearing. SInce you are this far, and the jackshaft looks good I would replace the bearing. The collar...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Tank dent, slide hammer, flat paint
slide hammer, flat paint, plastic filler: Hi David, Whatever the repair is, it WILL ruin the paint in that spot. There are a few ways this is done. One os there is a hole drilled into the tank and a slide hammer inserted to pop the dent out. Another is scuffing the paint with samdpaper, and using...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Transmission, auto shift, fxst
auto shift, fxst, odometer: First you will have to remove the trans to find the problem. It is internal. You probably have a bend shifter dog or a spacing problem. You will not have to remove the motor to get the trans out, but you will have to remove the primary side of the bike. the...

Motorcycle Repair: HEADLIGHT 2004 ZRX1200R, motorcycle headlights, headlight circuit
motorcycle headlights, headlight circuit, zrx1200r: Hi Dean, After 1981, motorcycle headlights remained always on. Headlights are designed to come on when the ignition key is positioned to the Run position. The light should stay lighted until the engine start button is depressed. The headlight should...

Motorcycle Repair: HELP HELP!!! 1980 yamaha 650 special, yamaha 650, seal replacement
yamaha 650, seal replacement, push rod: Hi Brian, The problem may be clutch or transmission related. The fix may be a simple adjustment. I would need to experience the problem to understand what is happening. Did you have the seal replaced? Was the 2nd problem present before the seal replacement?...

Motorcycle Repair: HELP!!!, yamaha virago, japanese bikes
yamaha virago, japanese bikes, rare machines: Hi Steve. In 25 years of being involved and riding motorcycles, I have never even heard of a Lifan before today. I had to look it up on the web (they re based in China, btw) and by the look of what I found, the bikes they sell are all Chinese copies of...

Motorcycle Repair: Head & Base gasket coating, gasket materials, head gaskets
gasket materials, head gaskets, harley factory: Pat I assume you are talking about a Harley which is all I do. No, do not put anything on either base or head gaskets. I also recommend that you use the Harley factory gaskets and get them from a dealer. Gasket materials have changed quite a bit in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Head Cylinder Leaking, kawasaki klx 300, head cylinder
kawasaki klx 300, head cylinder, bottom surface: Hi Chris, It s called the Cylinder Head. You had the terminology backwards. If the head is not warped too badly, a machinist can restore the the bottom surface by milling. The machinist will need to examine the head. He can tell you if its salvagable....

Motorcycle Repair: Head and crankcase breathers, crankcase breather, bikers choice
crankcase breather, bikers choice, exhaust pipes: You dont really need a crankcase breather. Yes, you can reroute the breather hoses away from the carb backplate. This will stop the oil mist from saturating the air filter. Insted of buying a kit, you can turn the fitting, on the motor where the hose connects,...

Motorcycle Repair: Head Gasket, suzuki madura, head gasket
suzuki madura, head gasket, combustion chamber: Hi Mark, Perform a cylinder leak-down test and/or a raditor pressure test. The leak down test will determine the sealing properties of the combustion chamber and help locate the source of any leaks by the sound of escaping air or bubbles. Radiator...

Motorcycle Repair: Head gasket, honda cr 250, head gasket
honda cr 250, head gasket, 1989 honda cr 250: Hi Don, A defective head gasket, cracked cylinder wall, or cracked crankcase can cause the problem. Perform a leak-down test to determine the source of the leak. I recommend the service manual for engine specs. AllExperts don t have that intel unless...

Motorcycle Repair: Head light, regulator rectifier, ac volts
regulator rectifier, ac volts, dc volts: Hi David. Any vehicle with an electrical system has a voltage regulator/rectifier. It is needed to convert the AC volts to DC volts for the bike. It sounds to me that you either have a short in the electrical system somewhere or you have a bad regulator/rectifier...

Motorcycle Repair: Head Removal, valve spring compressor, spring compressor tool
valve spring compressor, spring compressor tool, fzr 1000: Hi Don, Remove valves from the head and then separate the top from bottom. You ll need a valve spring compressor tool. Get a copy of the service manual for details. See parts microfiche views at the following websites: www.yamaha-motor.com www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlamp replacement, honda aspencade, rear brakes
honda aspencade, rear brakes, email addy: Hi John, The rear brake light should illuminate when front and rear brakes are applied. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instrcutions. Include your email addy...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight, continuity check, headlight bulb
continuity check, headlight bulb, truck battery: Hi Donnie. Check the headlight bulb with a multimeter. Sometimes, the bulb looks good, but it isn t. A continuity check will show if it is good or bad. As far as the fuses, check the fuse connections. Chanses are, they are dirty or burned. Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight, harley fatboy, test light
harley fatboy, test light, high beam: take your headlight out and unplug it. Take a test light and see if your getting power to the light. If not, then youa re going to have to trace it back to see where the problem is. The next place I would look is at the hi-low switch. You might not have any...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight, electrical tape, prongs
electrical tape, prongs, prong: There are two reasons for heat in a wire. One is a bad ground and the other is a short. Since you stated you found some bare spots I would keep looking for some more. Also, check the ground. It might be corroded and not making good contact. good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: No Headlight, yamaha virago, light bulb
yamaha virago, light bulb, fuse: Hi Rick. The fuse may appear fine, but the only way to know for certain is to try a known good fuse in it s place. There is also the possibility of a short in the wiring. Test the headlight wiring for shorts, most often in the harness at the steering...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight alignment, duece, alignment
duece, alignment, good luck: Measure 25 feet from a wall. Park the bike with the front axle on the line. Have someone sit on the bike and shine the headlight on the wall. Measure from the ground to the center of the light. The measurement should be the same when the light shines on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight gets brighter at idle, honda 750 magna, regulator rectifier
honda 750 magna, regulator rectifier, yellow wires: There s a problem with the charging system. Likely the lighting coil or the regulator. Without being present and performing electrical diagnosis personnaly, I am reluctant to guess the exact cause. Avoid replaing parts in hopes of fixing the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight Replacement, cbr 600 rr, honda cbr 600 rr
cbr 600 rr, honda cbr 600 rr, honda cbr 600: Hi Josh, You ll have to reach down and rear of the instrument gauge assy. to access the bulbs. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and learn about repairing and maintaining your CBR. Check your local library for a loaner copy. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight and turn light problems, accurate diagnosis, black boxes
accurate diagnosis, black boxes, shively: Hi Ralph, One or more circuits may have become damaged from shorting. I recommend having a local tech diagnose and repair the problem. This is the type of problem that I (or another tech) need to be present and perform checks for accurate diagnosis....

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight wiring Yamaha WR200, falcon, good luck
falcon, good luck, yamaha wr200: Hi Nick. Have you tried contacting Yamaha Motor Corp. directly? Start by contacting the U.S. headquarters and see if they can help you. After that, if you don t get anywhere with them, contact Yamaha in Japan. You may also try www.repairmanuals.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight won't turn on Shadow Spirit, honda shadow spirit, turn signal switch
honda shadow spirit, turn signal switch, bill silver: Manny, you worked on the wrong switch, unfortunately. The starter button doubles as the ON circuit for the headlight. Button IN, headlight off and starter motor engaged. Button OUT, starter circuit opens up and headlight resumes function. The switches often...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight does not work, turn signal switch, yamaha virago
turn signal switch, yamaha virago, phillips screwdriver: Hi Rick, mighty famous name you got there. Except he was Ricky Johnson...I can still hear that name ringing in my ears from the Moto announcers shouting it during an entire race. Any way Rick time to break out that quality #2 Phillips screwdriver and investigate...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlight, fuse box, averge
fuse box, averge, handlebar: well i have no manual for your bike, a kz1000 is a kawasaki, so i dont even know what model you have. heres an averge overview. power runs from the ignition switch to the fuse box. the headlight fuse runs power to the hi-lo switch on the handlebar, and then...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlights cause mechanical failure and Idle problem, kawasaki voyager, screw adjustment
kawasaki voyager, screw adjustment, hi position: Hi Nicholas, Get a copy of the service manual. I recommend Kawasaki s manual. The engine performance problem may be a result of a defective charging system. Perform an output test on the alternator. Isolate and test individual charging system components...

Motorcycle Repair: Heads Shovel, bike mike, especialy
bike mike, especialy, shovel: Ok, now we are on the same page. The first thing you need to do is remove the head from the bike. The bolts for the rocker do not have ot be taken out to do this. Remove the bolts that go through the cylinder, then you can remove the heads. After you remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Hearing a Noise, honda cb360, rob drew
honda cb360, rob drew, muffler: Hi Rob. This is not a big problem. The solution is to doublecheck the valve gap and ignition timing. A carb synch can t hurt, but I don t believe it to be the cause of the problem at all. All the specs for the valve gap and setting the timing correctly...

Motorcycle Repair: Heated grips, harley low rider, replacement component
harley low rider, replacement component, heated grips: Hi Joe. Get the rheostat or the replacement kit. If you hook up the power without the rheostat, then the grips will go to full heat and could possibly burn up or start a fire on the grips. That rheostat controls the amount of heat produced. Remove it...

Motorcycle Repair: Heating engine or tranny, custom chopper, oil coolers
custom chopper, oil coolers, panka: Hi Paul, Almost every manufacturers engine have thier own qwirks, however, Its pretty common for the primary chain slack to be a big issue with shifting issues. Weather its too loose or too tight, either one can cause these symptoms. One other thing to...

Motorcycle Repair: Over Heating problem, freezing point of water, coolant pump
freezing point of water, coolant pump, kawasaki ninja: Hi Kevin, Cooling systems are designed to be air free. Air in the system lowers the boiling temperature of the coolant much like salt lowers the boiling point and freezing point of water. When we change our coolant or replace a system part, air enters...

Motorcycle Repair: Heavy carbon buildup, honda 650, combustion chamber
honda 650, combustion chamber, carbon buildup: Joe, get the engine running and warmed up, then get a spray bottle and fill it with water. Let the engine idle and slowly spray water into the carbs intake or air cleaner housing . Don t speed engine up too much or add too much water as it doesn t compress...

Motorcycle Repair: Hello agian Mark, I asked..., internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, honda magna: Hi Steven, There could be a intake air leak that develops after the engine reaches operating temperatures, carb synchronization out of specs, varnishing in the carbs, or other. I would start by inspecting the engine idle adjustment and cable routing....

Motorcycle Repair: Hello, one of my small childen..., fuel jet, runnning
fuel jet, runnning, childen: I usually only work on harleys, but I might be able to help. You have probably gotten some dirt in the carb and the carb need to be removed, taken apart and cleaned. The air/fuel jet or mixture screw is likely plugged with dirt since it will not idle. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Helmets, novelty helmets, bell helmets
novelty helmets, bell helmets, heavy resin: Hi R. Helmets that are approved by the DOT and other testing and approving organisations, get that approval by meeting certain safety criteria. That criteria cannot be met by novelty helmets. While novelty helmets have that nice soft foam lining inside...

Motorcycle Repair: Help!!! 1989 Kawi Ninja ex500, ninja ex500, chain and sprockets
ninja ex500, chain and sprockets, kawi: Hi Arthur. Yes!!!! replace all of the fluids and flush the system. Except for the fuel system. That requires some work before it s ready to use. GET THE REPAIR MANUAL. I cannot stress that point enough. That will be the best investment in that bike...

Motorcycle Repair: Help with clutch on 1973 Suzuki TS100 Honcho, suzuki ts100, clutch plates
suzuki ts100, clutch plates, suzuki ts: Joe, can you describe the problem you are having with the clutch? If it slips, it is the cable or adjusters too tight or bad clutch plates. If it doesn t release it could be plates stuck together or wear grooves on the clutch hub or a bent clutch push...