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Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flstn softail deluxe, k n air filter, pipes
k n air filter, pipes, good luck: Changing the air filter and exhaust will increase you HP, but not by alot. You may see 1-5 horses. If you do this, however, you will need to rejett or you will run to lean. To see what pipes you want, listen to other bikes until you find the sound you are...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 fxsti, oil drain plug, oil tank
oil drain plug, oil tank, change oil: Under the right hand side at the rear of the transmission is a frame crossmember. Countersunk into it is the drainplug. It is a 5/8 hex plug with a 1/4 allen hole in the center. Always run the motor for 3 or 4 minutes before draining it, to get all crankcase...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Honda CRF70 clicking noise, honda crf70, bikebandit com
honda crf70, bikebandit com, cam chain: Hi Douglas, I can t accurately diagnose what the problem is without inspecting the engine. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and perform a tear-down inspection. That s the only way to know what needs repaired or replaced. View...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 harley 103 starters, torque starter, plug holes
torque starter, plug holes, spark plug: Your trying to turn over alot of motor with a stock starter. You can go two different routes. Install a high torque starter or add compression releases. Spyke makes compression releases that can be installed in the spark plug holes so you dont have to drill....

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 heritage softail (carb tuning), air fuel mixture, poor gas mileage
air fuel mixture, poor gas mileage, k n air filter: Start by starting the bike and letting it warm up. After the bike warms up slowly turnt he air/fuel misture screw inward just untilt he bike start the stumble. Now turn it outward, counting the number of turns until it start to stumble. Go back 1/2 the number...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Kaw.VulcanClassic1500 repair, kaw, lawnmower
kaw, lawnmower, vulcan: Hi Ellen, I m sorry to hear that your Vulcan suffered damages. That s never a pleasant feeling. The bolts should be extractable, though it may be an expensive repair. I need to view the damages to provide the best opinion. I would not recommend following...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Kawasaki Concours, tick tick tick, 2005 kawasaki concours
tick tick tick, 2005 kawasaki concours, tick sound: Hi Alan, Q: A tick,tick,tick, sound when started in the morning or after the engine has gotten cold, this seems to improve as the bike warms-up but never fully goes away. A: This is common and ok. The ticking sound is the rocker arm pads contacting...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 kawasaki mule 3010 rev limiter or governor, kawasaki mule, atvfrontier
kawasaki mule, atvfrontier, rev limiter: Hi Greg, Q: ...mike,you seem very sharp on bikes and atv/s please tell me how to adjust the rev limiter so it will run a little faster than 25 mph.i know there has to be a way to make some adjustment on this mule 3010.please advise as soon as possible;thanks...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Sportster "coughing" problem, stock pipes, lean condition
stock pipes, lean condition, filter kit: Hi Steve I would go to anothe dealer also. First the cough is caused by a lean condition. Not enought fuel. Idle jet shoud be a #45 it comes with a #40. I would NEVER drill out a jet. This will just confuse the next tech who would work on it. You do need new...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Sportster, okinawa japan, warm climate
okinawa japan, warm climate, dyna jet: The problem is your bike came from the factory lean to pass EPA standards. So when you start it it takes some time to warm up and get running right. You can install a Dyna-jet kit which will richen it up to where it should be and make starting easier Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Suz Burg 650 CVT won't shift up, motorcycle usa, www motorcycle
motorcycle usa, www motorcycle, gear selection: Hi Robert, I don t have any experience with the scooter. None has come through my shop to date. I suspect an electrical problem, but cannot say for certain without investigating. Try the Message Boards at: www.motorcycle-usa.com Maybe someone there...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Suzuki Boulivard, suzuki c50, noisy engine
suzuki c50, noisy engine, exhaust pipes: Al, -Many of the newer V engines seem to be noisy. It might just be the design of the valve train or it may need valve lash adjustment. If it were mine I would pull one of the little inspection covers off the top of the engine and see if plenty of...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 softail deluxe engine tapping noise, harley dealer, valve adjustment
harley dealer, valve adjustment, transmission oil: I can t tell by listening to it from here, but your bike should never need any valve adjustment, they re hydraulic. Your Harley dealer should have explained all that to you. Just change your primary and motor oil and filter every 2500 miles and your transmission...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 sportster, panka, air cleaner
panka, air cleaner, carbs: Sounds to me like possibly the carbs are set to rich for the bike, on the other hand, its very possible the air cleaner is clogged not allowing enough air into the system causeing a rich condition...Definately replace the plugs before diagnosing further though.....

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 sportster 883L, synthetic engine oil, contraversy
synthetic engine oil, contraversy, greatest thing since sliced bread: That has been a ongoing contraversy. For years harley said synthetic was the worst thing to use, but then they came out with their own and now its the greatest thing since sliced bread! In my opinion it make the trans shift smoother and make sell noise. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 sportster, wheel bearings, sealed bearings
wheel bearings, sealed bearings, harley dealer: You can borrow a free bearing pulling tool from Auto Zone but you will have to protect your hub. Just take the wheel to a Harley Dealer and pay them to pull the bearings. You need the tool to install the new bearings anyway. You can buy the sealed bearings...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 ttr90, e mail address, pilot jet
e mail address, pilot jet, powder substance: Hi Tim, Right, the electrical is likely not the problem as far as a defective ignition. However, there may a loose or disconnected electrical connector causing the no spark symptom. I suspect the performance problem is related to the fuel system needing...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 ultra classic, bank angle, angle sensor
bank angle, angle sensor, oil pressure: Hi, TC88 s get very little oil pressure when they are running correct. But HD is ok with it to date. I wouldnt worry too much about it being damaged from the lay down.. Also, if the bike ran for 10 minutes on its side, he needs to take it back to the dealer...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 V-star carburetor "popping", hardchrome pipes, cold air
hardchrome pipes, cold air, yamaha: The reason why it is popping is because of those pipes. The cold air is entering the hot exhaust. You can burn a valve and do engine damage if you are driving the bike in colder weather. Has the bike been jetted for the pipes??? You may want to check/try this...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 V twin VENTO (250cc), engine case, v twin
engine case, v twin, process of elimination: Hi Charles, Sorry, I have no experience with this brand. The website would not open beyond the home page with intro display. I cannot explain the over-revving without investigating the problem. It may be a variety of causes. Each needs to checked...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 XL1200C Exhaust, loud bikes, drag pipes
loud bikes, drag pipes, air boxes: There are many exhaust mufflers out there as well as air boxes the are alot less then the harley brand and work just as well. I would start by checking out the mufflers out on other bikes and see which ones you like the sound of. Ask the rider what he has...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Yamaha VStar 1100 Spark plu thread damaged, worse case scenario, thread chaser
worse case scenario, thread chaser, axle grease: Ernesto, you might want to try to find a thread chaser and see if you can clean up the threads, if they are just a little cross-threaded. If you can get a correct sized tap in the hole, pack the threads with axle grease, which will capture most of any shavings...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 yamaha 650 vstar classic carbs, fuel stabilizers, emery paper
fuel stabilizers, emery paper, vent tube: Bill, fuel can varnish quickly sitting in a carb, but usually takes awhile to make things stick like you described. My suggestions are: -check the o-rings on the float needle seats, they have a small o-ring which may have shrunk or been damaged. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 yamaha yfz450, thermo sensor, engine coolant
thermo sensor, engine coolant, coolant temperature: Hi Matt, I suspect the choke (starter plunger) is applied too long during starting or is not completely off and is remaining open. When the air-fuel mixtures are excessively rich by the choke system and left on too long, the pipe will glow as described....

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 500 Kawasaki Ninja, thread repair kits, kawasaki ninja
thread repair kits, kawasaki ninja, copper ring: Hi Chris, The best advice that I can offer is for you to obtain a copy of the service manual. The service manual has illustrated procedures for all maintenance and repairs, with the exception of certain machining work. The service manual will pay...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 500 Kawasaki Ninja, banjo fittings, honda product
banjo fittings, honda product, 2006 kawasaki ninja: Chris, my first question is why you need to know/do this? Removed accidently? Trying to measure oil pressure? If there is a problem, I suggest returning it to the dealer, as it is still under warranty. Not my brand and certainly not a vintage bike question,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Dyna sputter and surging, dyna low rider, electronic diagnostics
dyna low rider, electronic diagnostics, pump fuel: Go to the web site www.technoresearch.com. When you get that up click vehicle electronic diagnostics. when that comes up click the same thing, but under products. Look on the right under tuning centers and click your area and it will give you a list of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 electraglide, baffles, mufflers
baffles, mufflers, emc: Any time you either drill or pull the baffles you are opening up the exhaust which will make the bike run a little leaner. Adding mufflers will do the same thing. What you need to do is get some different mufflers that you like and then you will have to have...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 FXDI, hub motor, forward controls
hub motor, forward controls, sprocket: It should take you about 2.5 hours to do the job. you have to remove the outer primary, clutch hub, motor sprocket, inner primary, starter and starter drive to do the work. It would be best if you got a service manual and it will tell you how to do the job....

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 GSX-R750 low rpm "shutter", suzuki gsx r750, 2006 suzuki gsx r750
suzuki gsx r750, 2006 suzuki gsx r750, 2006 gsx r750: John, probably a great question for the GSXR newsgroup, but not here for MrHonda, the vintage expert. I suggest that you search for 2006 Suzuki GSX-R750 Stutter like I did and go to sites like: http://www.gixxer.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=80 If the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 GSXR600 won't start, 2006 gsxr600, motorcycle insurance
2006 gsxr600, motorcycle insurance, insurance purposes: hi theresa, I know what happened and i think that it should be taken back to the person that installed the alarm.Sometimes when the alarms are installed depending on the alarm there has to be a point where you tap into the wire harness.Good alarms...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 gsx-r 600, gsx r 600, 2006 gsx r600
gsx r 600, 2006 gsx r600, haynes manual: Not being a smartass here, but u put it on the exact opposite of how u took it off. Ok, without the bike and u present that s very hard to explain. I hate doing this, but I would suggest a Haynes manual for your bike. Good luck and let me know if I can...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Harley HeritageSoftail FLST, how to change engine oil, oil tank
how to change engine oil, oil tank, drain hose: Start the bike and let it warm up. Looking under the bike you will see a drain hose coming off the oil tank. It will have a plug in it. remove the plug and drain the oil. You only have one drain plug. replace the plug, replace the filter and fill with oil...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Harley Ultra intermittent starting, clutch cable, exaust system
clutch cable, exaust system, starter button: Hi Dave, When this happens, grab ahlod of the clutch cable AFTER youve tried a few times..Is it HOT? I know this sounds like a strage question, however it is VERY common for dealerships to overlook one particular ground wire that isnt very easy to get...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 HD Dyna change over to Frw Controls, shift linkage, chrome cap
shift linkage, chrome cap, forward control: Wrong. You do not have to remove the midmount shift lever shaft. It remains in place and a chrome cap goes over the outside end. The inside end is held stationary by a tab that goes onto the rear crankcase stud. The new lever goes from the tranny to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda CR125 stalled and won't start again, dirt bike, proper position
dirt bike, proper position, cold start: Hi Gina, Sorry to hear about the problems your son experienced on his birthday of all days. Check the fuel tank petcock position. Check that the valve is in the proper position for fuel to flow. It happens. It s possible that the spark plug is fouled....

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda Rebel CMX250C Speedometer issues, honda rebel, speed reader
honda rebel, speed reader, local shop: Hey Dave, I dont really see how this would change the miles it read s. But has tire size every been changed? and also .8 of mile how many turn s did you make a bike is always going to count more or less miles then a car..nature of law...But yea a dealer...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda Sabre VT1100C2, 2006 honda sabre, motorcycle jacks
2006 honda sabre, motorcycle jacks, honda: hi john, sorry it has taken me awhile to answer your follow up.If you want to do the whole bike there are lifts availiable from k&l.They can be purshaced from your local dealer or if you want to go internet try www.klsupply.com.glad i could help...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 harley dyna super glide slip on mufflers, harley dyna, stock pipes
harley dyna, stock pipes, race application: First thing I would do is go to another dealer! They should be able to get your bike running correctly before changing anything. As to the changes. Changing the mufflers and air intake is somthing you can do yourself. Not really that tough. The only problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 honda crf70, honda crf70, bike cranks
honda crf70, bike cranks, needle jet: Although I don t have much to go on, but in general - if it s a hesitation or misfire in the 1/4 to 3/4 throttle range, you are too lean on your needle jet. Raise the needle jet (lower the clip) one position and retry. If you are unfamiliar with jetting...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Kawasaki Meanstreak, kawasaki mean streak, brand new bike
kawasaki mean streak, brand new bike, head bolt: Hi Garry, That s a awesome motorcycle. Sorry to hear about the problem. That fix is covered by warranty. Get in touch with the service manager of your service department. To view parts microfiche visit www.buykawasaki.com Click Owner Information...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Road King Tail Light, brake switch, tail light
brake switch, tail light, good luck: Check your front brake switch. On the controls you will notice its two piece. they need to be slid tight together. If not the button will not be pressed and the light will stay on. If it still stays on then the switch might be sticking Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 TTR90 will not run unless choke is on, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Dennis, The pilot and choke circuits need more thoroughly cleaned. I suspect you re missing a minute opening or passageway. Review the follow tech files for more details. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 vstar 1100 brake light, yamaha v star 1100, brown wires
yamaha v star 1100, brown wires, yamaha v star: Josh, have you checked the brake light switches? They usually have yellow and brown wires on them. The rear switch is near the rear brake pedal and has a little spring on it. Hold it and turn the nut anticlockwise until the brake light goes out. Make...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 XL1200C, loose nuts, head bolts
loose nuts, head bolts, charging system: All bolts are checked, except for head bolts. All cables are checked for adjustment. Belt and primary chain are adjusted. Battery and charging system are checked. Brakes and tires are checked. Fluids are checked. Oil, filter, and primary are chenged Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 ZX10R transmission, metal flake, metal particles
metal flake, metal particles, gear lever: Hi Phil, That must be a bad feeling, but rest assured that the transmission is very durable. Inspect the oil on next oil/filter change. Look for excessive or large metal particles. Some particles are normal. The oil may appear fine metal flake- normal....

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Deuce trans and clutch, brank, trans fluid
brank, trans fluid, clunk: I have not had the oppertunity to ride one of the 07 yet so it would be hard for me to comment ont he trans. I know in the previous bike changing the trans fluid to a brank like Belray will make it shift smoother. Your clutch should have about 1/8 inch play...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Honda SportTrack 400 quad broken clutch, sporttrack, stipulation
sporttrack, stipulation, clutch: Yes this sounds absolutely ridiculous. There is no manufacturer that will build a machine that has to be beat on in automatic. The reason for an automatic quad like this is for beginners for someone that needs a more hands free setup (hunters, yard work,etc)....

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 harley 883 low, harley 883, hypercharger
harley 883, hypercharger, power commander: The Hypercharger is going to act as a hi-flow so there is a pretty good chance without adding a power commander or a D.F.O. your bike will run lean causing your pipes to blue, possibly crack, and eventually doing damage to your valves...Unless you plane to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Street Bob, forward controls, sprocket
forward controls, sprocket, clutch: To remove the inner primary you have to unbolt the starter, jackshaft, clutch and motor sprocket with chain. Get a service manual and it has diagrams and instructions for you to follow. Allexpert does not give me anyway on here to send pics or diagrams. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 street bob headlamp fuse, light fuse, lighting system
light fuse, lighting system, head lamp: I would start by drying it out very well and install a new fuse. If it still blows then you have a short in the lighting system. If you have a short, then you are going to have to start traching out the wires. Look for a broken, crushed or chaffed wire. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 VStar 650 Classic charging problem, low beams, vstar 650
low beams, vstar 650, cold weather: The charging systems OEM output should be ample for just about anything you attach to it so Id rule that out unless your voltage regulator is bad. What I would check out is to make sure you have the battery the bike calls for rather than just one that fits...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 XL1200L won't start or turn over, starter solenoid, bike sound
starter solenoid, bike sound, laydown: Kerry, Is your battery charged up and cables tight? check for power to the starter solenoid. Does the bike sound like it s trying to turn over? Could be oil or fuel in the cylinders after a laydown. Was there other damage done? I need more info about...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 conversion, hatch pattern, cross hatch
hatch pattern, cross hatch, pushrods: The lifters are holding the rocker up. Tighten the 4 large bolts down, a little at a time, in a cross hatch pattern and it will go down. Once you have to rockers tightened down, make sure you bleed the lifters or on start up you might hit a piston with a valve....

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 honda ct90, honda ct90, point gap
honda ct90, point gap, model bike: Brian, You didn t say if it was ignition or camshaft timing you needed so here are both: Camshaft timing: -There is an O mark on the cam gear in the cylinder head. -It must be facing towards the mark near the top of the cylinder head when the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb350four, oversized pistons, piston head
oversized pistons, piston head, combustion chamber: Matthew, Honda only supplies cylinder assemblies in STD bores for either model. After that you can bore them out .25, .50, .75 and 1.00 oversize. This goes for either the 350 size or the 400 size cylinder blocks/pistons. If you don t have a set of matched...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 honda cb350g carbs, vent holes, carburetor issues
vent holes, carburetor issues, air vent: Nathan, -some of these carbs have small o-rings around the float valve seat, have you checked to make sure the valve seat is not leaking where it goes into the carb body? -some carb kits are not great, original parts are better. Make sure your ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Triumph T140, triumph t140, british bikes
triumph t140, british bikes, air leaks: Kenny, -does it run okay with a new plug? possibly it has been misfiring for awhile. Are you sure it is oil or could it be a flooding carb? (Amals?) -Valve guides and rings should have been checked on the rebuild if it had one. -I think it might...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 FXE, mustang seats, oem controls
mustang seats, oem controls, fxe: I thought you wanted to move them even farther foward, like foward contrals. You can use the FL controls and that will push them foward a little, but with your heigth, I think you are still going to be cramped. If it were me I would look into foward contrals...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda cb360t, honda cb360t, hair drier
honda cb360t, hair drier, rubber mounts: Dustin, -if you have the clamps loose, it is probably just the rubber being stiff and dry that holds the carbs on. -They come off together I believe, try warming them with a hair drier or work something slippery into the rubber. Armour-All is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 sportster mod, gasket kit, oil tank
gasket kit, oil tank, sportster: You will have to shop around for a oil tank that is smaller and will fit your bike. If you go with a smaller battery, make sure it has about hte same cranking amps as the stock one, so the motor will turn over. Check V-Twin Manufacturing catalog online and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB750F supersport, honda cb750f, plug caps
honda cb750f, plug caps, air leaks: Blaine. see below for illustrations of the parts on your bike. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb750f-750-super-sport-80-us_model7241/partslist/ Go to the basics, first.... Do all cylinders have good compression? Do all cylinders have clean carbs/jets and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 FLT, bob tank, model bike
bob tank, model bike, good luck: The newer tanks will not fit your bike, unless you do some changes to the frame. If you look in the V-twin maufacturing catalog online you can find a fatbob tank that will fit your model bike, however. The dash and headlight fitting will depend on the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 FLT wheel bearings and bearing races and spacers, wheel bearings, cast wheels
wheel bearings, cast wheels, end play: You install the races on both sides of the wheel, then the spacers and then the bearings. The taper of the bearing goes towards the center. You have to put the axle in and tighten it, with some kind of spacer, so you can get the end play required on the bearing....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 shovel head w/electric start, shovel head, shovelhead
shovel head, shovelhead, kick start: I would start by removing the primary and inspecting the starter gear on the clutch and the strater drive gear. If they are ok, then remove the starter and inspect the gear on it and well as the bearings in the starter Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yz250, air fuel mixture, crankshaft seal
air fuel mixture, crankshaft seal, two stroke engines: Jimmy, -have you checked that the throttle cable is not sticking and see that the carb slide is moving up and down okay? -Check for air leaks around the carb manifold. -use a good quality gas/oil mix. -use a new gasket on the cylinder base. -On...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 GL650 HONDA CAM CHAIN TENSIONER, coolant lines, flywheel puller tool
coolant lines, flywheel puller tool, bill silver: Aaron, go to either bikebandits.com or cmsnl.com to access online microfiche illustrations. There are several CX-GL500-650 websites who have valuable information on these engines. The 650 does have an automatic camchain tensioner, but they can break, according...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CX 650 Custom Stator replacement, honda cx 650, burn mark
honda cx 650, burn mark, stator: Bryan, this is a tough call because likely the burn mark is the result of a poor connection in the connector. The stator may have damaged the regulator or vice versa. I would be most concerned about the connection being solid between the two. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CX 650 Custom that is hard to start, honda cx 650, valve clearance
honda cx 650, valve clearance, side exhaust: Bryan, -check the compression and see if both cylinders are near the same PSI. If not, check the valve clearance. -use some new or good spark plugs. -try some carb cleaner or wd40 in the carb intake and see if the cylinder fires. -if it fires, you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 zx600, clutch basket, clutch plates
clutch basket, clutch plates, transmission shaft: Steve, You will have to remove the engine and the clutch and shifter parts etc to split the bottom part of the crankcase. -You should be able to leave the top end alone for now. As you disassemble the engine look for wear on the parts you remove....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 carburetor starting problem, harley sportster, intermediate jet
harley sportster, intermediate jet, pilot jet: What the pumper does is give the bike a shot of gas when you turn the throttle. the gas comes out a tube which is located in the throat of the carb. You should see a spray when you twist the throttle. I am not sure what carb you are talking about, if its...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 fxrt w/fairing and saddlebags, fxrt, lowering kit
fxrt, lowering kit, saddle bags: For the forks you would have to change the fork caps to non air type. to lower them you have to get a lowering kit which will have shorter springs and spacers. If you lower the rear, the only thing you need to worry about is the rear tire hitting the fender...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 350 TRX, fuse holder, volt system
fuse holder, volt system, honda 350: Glenn, -if you are not sure if the pump or the relay is faulty, try bypassing the relay by running the battery power to the fuel pump directly. There should be a 12 volt wire coming to the relay from the fuse box that you can hook up to. -The fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Yamaha Warrior 350 Carberator, yamaha warrior 350, carberator
yamaha warrior 350, carberator, racing quad: Hi Brian, this is an indication that the float needle is sticking or the rubber that was meant to stop the flow of fuel when the float bowl is full, has become hard and cant stop the fuel flow. Ask your local dealer for a float needle, this should cure what...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Suziki Katana, k n air filters, brian caldwell
k n air filters, brian caldwell, fuel mixture: Brian, the main jets sound a bit small unless you live in a high altitude. Does the dealer have experience using this setup with success? -The standard main jets for 89 models are #137.5 for cylinders 1&4 and #135 for cylinders 2&3. Have the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 FLTUC, cv carb, stock harley
cv carb, stock harley, going in the right direction: You going in the right direction. A couple of things I would do, however since the motor has never been worked on. With 80,000 miles I would replace the cam bearing as well as the bearings on the lifters. If any of these bearings go out the rollers go into...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 ZX-7 Kawasaki, metal shavings, cam chains
metal shavings, cam chains, clutch basket: Daniel, get a mechanic stethoscope or a long screwdriver, put in on your ear and listen at various locations on the engine. See if you can pinpoint the area the sound comes from or is the loudest. Some bikes have oil pump chains and balancer chains...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 883 clutch cable, sporster 883, clutch cable
sporster 883, clutch cable, acrew: In order to remove the primary cover you first have to loosen the chain adjuster so there is slack in the chain. It is located under the primary about the center of it. You next have to remove the rear clutch cover on the primary cover and remove the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 yamaha turbo seca, oil leaks, exhaust side
oil leaks, exhaust side, oil return: Mark, Did you mean 1982? -Failure of the oil return line check valve causes this and can be fixed by removing the line and cleaning under the ball-check valves. -there is also a check-valve in the oil line that feeds the turbo, it is low on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 yamaha frz 600, clutch plates, couple reasons
clutch plates, couple reasons, clutch: Streetrat, -there may be a couple reasons for this. -Is the side stand up? There is a switch on the side stand that kills the engine if you put it in gear with the stand down. -The switch could be faulty. You can try to either jumper it or disconnect...

Motorcycle Repair: My 1994 Honda Shadow, battery cables, honda shadow
battery cables, honda shadow, loose wires: David, it sounds like a loose connection somewhere. -clean and tighten the battery cables and frame ground. -check for loose connectors to the regulator etc. -check for loose wires/connectors under the seat. -check starter and solenoid cables/wires....

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Sportster Cams, pinion shaft, rocker boxes
pinion shaft, rocker boxes, compression check: Your knocking sound could be several things. With it sitting that long your lifters might have to pump up which will take a few minutes. If you got the cams to far out you could have hit the valve on the piston and either damaged the piston or bent the valve....

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500, kawasaki vulcan classic, compression check
kawasaki vulcan classic, compression check, air filter: Lewis, -this generally means your engine is worn and the oily piston blowby gases are being expelled through your engine breather into the air filter box. -Depending on how bad it is you may be able to route the breather hose out of the air box and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 heritage softail, blown head gasket, heritage softail
blown head gasket, heritage softail, gasket: Noises are hard to diagnois on here because I can hear them. Check around the cylinder, where the head is bolted and see if you can feel air. You might have a blown head gasket. Feel around the exhaust, might have an exhaust leak. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 fatboy noise in top end front cyl, cam bearings, valve seat
cam bearings, valve seat, safe side: If you going to thiels wheels, youa re not to far from me! You could have a noisy lifter that is sending the sound upward. If you do have a ticking lifter it wound hurt anything. Just to be on the safe side, I would also check the cam bearings. What you might...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 honda cbr 600 f4i, honda cbr 600 f4i, cbr f4i
honda cbr 600 f4i, cbr f4i, honda cbr 600: Hi Mitch, I believe there is a ground wire that plugs in to a small wire that comes off of the main battery ground wire. Make sure this is connected given there is one. Otherwise, theres a chance something may have gone bad in the ignition switch itself....

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 KX125 no mid range/top end, crankcase pressure, fuel mix
crankcase pressure, fuel mix, crankcase: Sounds to me like the baffle in the muffler could be clogged. Either that or fuel has leaked down into the crankcase and filled it up. If thats the case, your engine cannot build the crankcase pressure it needs to run correctly.. Hope this helps! ~Mar...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 polaris Trail Boss 330, polaris trail boss, jumper cable
polaris trail boss, jumper cable, flat blade: There are 2 ways you can check to see which part has the issue. Find the solenoid (the part that clicks when you push the button)and cross the 2 terminals where the battery wires connect with a pliers or screw driver. If the starter turns over, the soleniod...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Yamaha V-Star 650 Turn Indicator, yamaha v star 650, yamaha v star
yamaha v star 650, yamaha v star, running light: Dayton, -the blue wire is your running lights. -the brown or chocolate wire is the left signal. -black wire is ground. -if it flashes too fast, you may have a poor connection or the wrong bulb. If all else fails, check the ground and switch the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 HD 883l, wisco pistons, headwork
wisco pistons, headwork, sportster: Your best bet it to get Wisco Pistons that will work for the conversion without doing any headwork. You can either bore the cylinders you have out or buy new cylinders. I would suggest changing the cams to to a higher lift cam also, so you get better performance....

Motorcycle Repair: 250cc hoonda recon, bikebandit com, valve stem seals
bikebandit com, valve stem seals, honda atv: Mike, here is your link to online parts illustrations: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/honda-atv-trx250-fourtrax-recon-1997/o/m2559 Sometimes small engines like this will accumulate oil in the exhaust systems during long slumbers and it takes...

Motorcycle Repair: 50 cc Honda, honda elite, wont kick
honda elite, wont kick, head thanks: The thing about the elite (i believe) is the scooter has to be on the center stand in order to fire. give that a try, If nothing else, try some fresh fuel. the Pilot jets are so small that they get clogged easily. In that case you ll need a carb clean... ...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 Yamaha Dt250- Electrical Questions, regulator rectifier, yamaha dt250
regulator rectifier, yamaha dt250, volt system: Matt, I do put alot of time into finding answers that will help. -Your battery voltage sounds about right for a 6 volt system. (A standard output might be about 7.7 volts at 4000 rpm) -if the signals don t flash, it may be the flasher or the wrong...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 honda cb650sc nighthawk not running, clean fuel tank, vacuum hoses
clean fuel tank, vacuum hoses, air leaks: Keith, Keith, you can t adjust the jets to change the engine speed. Either there is a problem with the spark advancer sticking and/or there are air leaks in the inlet side of the fuel system at manifolds or vacuum hoses. There is a master adjustment screw...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 yamaha virago, starter clutch, clanks
starter clutch, clanks, spring clip: Logan, the virago starter fix is different depending on the year and model. -your 1983 starter fix is usually checking the starter gears for damaged or rounded edges and either replacing or grinding them for better engagement. -Also the spring...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 magna won't run without choke, vacuum leaks, honda magna
vacuum leaks, honda magna, shift fork: Sounds like theres a chance that your engine is full of fuel, or maybe check cam timing. I would start with those jets though. Even if you have only 1 or 2 clogged it may act the same way. Also check to make sure all 4 vacuum slides are free.. ~Mar...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 atc carb, air leaks, slow jet
air leaks, slow jet, fuel mixture: Larry, -first the spring goes on the pilot screw, then the washer and finally the o-ring. -Your carb came standard with #130 main jet and #38 slow jet. The float level is 18.5mm. -Start with the pilot at 2 turns out. If you are at higher altitude,...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 evo, check your battery, battery check
check your battery, battery check, stator: No, the oil shouldnt short it out, but since the bike runs great when the stator is unplugged, then I suspect you have a intermintent short in the stator. One of the wires might have lost its insulaton and is arcing againt the case. I would pull the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 Vulcan 750, vulcan 750, clutch basket
vulcan 750, clutch basket, drive chains: Vic, the tensioners are automatic for the most part. Some places make aftermarket parts for manual adjustment or extending the tensioner effective distance. -Have you used a stethescope or sounding rod (long screwdriver)to pinpoint the noise? The...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Suzuki Intruder Electrical Problem, amp fuse, solenoid coil
amp fuse, solenoid coil, suzuki intruder: Cliff, -try disconnecting the yellow/green wire from the starter relay only. -If it still blows the fuse it may be a short in that Y/G wire which leads up to the clutch switch and on to the start button. -If it does not blow the fuse with the Y/G...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV starts and quits, clutch plates, pickup coil
clutch plates, pickup coil, starter button: Is the machine in gear when it dies, or does this happen in Neutral as well? If in gear when it does it, then the clutch plates may be stuck together. Other than that, It has to be a safety or kill switch. There is nothing else in the system that would cut...

Motorcycle Repair: Bandit 600 Fuel system, suzuki 600 bandit, bandit 600
suzuki 600 bandit, bandit 600, petcock: Hi Justin, The fuel position PRI Stands for Prime, which in turn allows fuel to flow freely through the petcock. This is normally only used when the carbs have been empty for you ran out of fuel. When you have the petcock in the other positions, vaccuum...

Motorcycle Repair: Bendix problem 2001 Roadking Classic, clutch gear, starter button
clutch gear, starter button, jackshaft: First, you want to make sure that is the problem. Drain the primary fluid and remove the derby cover a the rear of the primary cover. Now looking in there and upward with a flashlight, have somebody hit the starter button. Is the jackshaft sliding outward...

Motorcycle Repair: Bourget with S&S motor, no oil pressure, smokey mountains, oil system
smokey mountains, oil system, oil line: There are only two reasons for no oil pressure. One is a bad pump and the other is no oil getting to the pump. I would look for a blockage int he oil system, or a pinched oil line that is causing the blockage. Since you installed a new oil pump the pump is...

Motorcycle Repair: bagttery charging, car battery charger, suzuki savage
car battery charger, suzuki savage, battery temperature: Marc, 1.battery is under the right side cover. 2.you can access the positive terminal through the side cover. To remove the battery you need to disconnect the negative and positive wires. You may need to remove the seat and a metal cover on the top...

Motorcycle Repair: banshee carbs?, yamaha banshee 350, carbs ive
yamaha banshee 350, carbs ive, compression check: Hi Jeff, This could be a number of things due to the fact Banschee s are super temprimental machines. 1st i would start with a compression check. If thats all good then go back to the carbs. When a bike (2 stroke) starts by push/pull/pop starting, but...

Motorcycle Repair: base gaskets, gasket kit, gaskets
gasket kit, gaskets, sportster: You should be able to do yourself. You would have to remove the heads and cylinders to change the gaskets. While the cylinders are off you would have to mic the cylinders and do an inspection on them to make sure you dont need new pistons. You might be ablet...

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont start, honda cbr, petcock
honda cbr, petcock, kickstand: Hi Brian, It could be a number of things, start with the kickstand being in the up position, then make sure its getting fuel and the petcock is on, then the kill switch, and spark. Sorry for the lack of info on this one. Hope it helps! ~Mar...

Motorcycle Repair: bypassing ignition on 1996 kawasaki 400 bayou atv, kawasaki, atv
kawasaki, atv, models: Jenn, -connect the brown and white wires together on most models. -If it has more than 2 wires and a ground, you need a shop manual or a friend with a wiring diagram to sort it out. -If you find a wiring diagram send me a copy. -If you get a new...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Bearing &Lifter Replacement, power commander, high flow
power commander, high flow, lifter: SInce you are changing cams, what will happen is on a fuel injected bike, you will lean out the mixture. You can either remapp your ECM that you have or add a aftermarket component like the power commander. I would also suggest adding a high flow air cleaner...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, cm450, hondamatic
cm450, hondamatic, straight swap: Rudy, -the Mikuni VM34mm can be fitted to most of the 350/450 Honda twins. -It still requires fitting a dual throttle cable setup and jetting the new carbs to the engine. Also the air box is usually replaced by single pod type air filters. -So...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch, clutch plates, metal plates
clutch plates, metal plates, clutch: Nathan, -when bikes sit for that long the clutch often dries up and the clutch plates stick together. This may be some corrosion or rust on the metal plates. -I think after a 10 year period you may have to pull the clutch cover off and try to separate...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Plates, clutch springs, clutch plates
clutch springs, clutch plates, clutch problems: Chris, -I would go with the carbon fibre for longer life and daily use. -The kevlar plates are better for racing where there is extreme heat and hard use. Also the plates are changed often. -Kevlar is very hard and glazes easily so is not that...

Motorcycle Repair: cam shoe tensioners on 04 heritage, best bet, specialty tools
best bet, specialty tools, torques: If you hve never done it, it might be quit an undertaking. There are alot of steps and you will need some special tools to do the work. It would take to long on here to tell you all that you have to do and all the torques. You best bet would be to get a service...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjustments, spark plug wires, carb adjustments
spark plug wires, carb adjustments, ironhead: SInce you dont know if it has always done this, because you bought in the spring, I would start by doing a OHMs test on the coil and spark plug wires. If the coil is bad you can get fouling plugs. If they test out then I would check the jetting of the carb....

Motorcycle Repair: carb runs over, hairline cracks, air vent
hairline cracks, air vent, float bowl: Roger, -Check the float bowl vents, make sure it has a clear vent. A plugged air vent in the carb body might make it push fuel out. -check the carb gasket and check the float bowl for warpage. Could the float bowls be switched, any hairline cracks?...

Motorcycle Repair: cbr900rr won't start, float bowls, cbr 900rr
float bowls, cbr 900rr, bill silver: Daniel, you can t let bikes sit for weeks at a time, the gasoline separates into a layer of alcohol and gasoline. Alcohol goes to the bottom and isn t a good fuel to start bikes with, as it is. If you are lucky, try to drain the float bowls and the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system 1981 honda, oil seals, voltage reg
oil seals, voltage reg, altenator: Tom, I will direct you to the CX500-650 page that will help you troubleshoot the problem in detail. One of the phases in the stator is gone, unless the yellow connector plug has overheated and you lost one of the yellow wire connections. Go to: http://www.elsham.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/cx500/stator/...

Motorcycle Repair: choke cable, plastic nut, flstf
plastic nut, flstf, plunger: First, you have to remove the carb and old choke cable. Once you have it off there is a plastic nut that holds it in, so you have to unscrew it. Once youhave it out you remove the plunger off the old one and install it to the new one and put it back together...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, honda vt750, clutch plates
honda vt750, clutch plates, blueing: Hi Brian, It sounds like you have some clutch plates and steels welded themselves together. Its not a real hard job, Once you get inside you will see what it entails. However, if you take the clutches apart and see any blueing on the steel plates, replace...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, clutch lever, clutch plates
clutch lever, clutch plates, clutch: Check the adjustment on the clutch. You should have about 1/8 turn on the clutch and about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. If you still have a problem then, because of sitting for a while, the clutch plates might be sticking together. You would have to...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, honda shadow sabre, 2001 honda shadow sabre
honda shadow sabre, 2001 honda shadow sabre, clutch design: Jon, the clutch has similarities to a true integrated clutch design but it is a standard wet bath multi-plate motorcycle style clutch. The integrated clutch is mostly used in industrial and some automotive applications. It often uses hydraulic pumps...

Motorcycle Repair: dent in gas tank, gas tank, body shop
gas tank, body shop, shadetrees: It is going to depend on how big the dent is. If its small then it can be filled and painted, if its a large dent then the tank is going to have to be replaced. The problem is you can get inside the tank to push on the dent. I would suggest taking it to a...

Motorcycle Repair: ENGINE KNOCK, crankshaft bearings, connecting rod bearing
crankshaft bearings, connecting rod bearing, suzuki 600: Lou, -it could be a few things but sounds like it might be a bad connecting rod bearing. -Try using a long screwdriver or mechanics stethoscope to pinpoint the area the sound is coming from. You could remove the clutch cover and see if anything looks...

Motorcycle Repair: Evo cylinder gasket, head bolt, rear cylinder
head bolt, rear cylinder, razor blade: You might try soaking it with carb cleaner and see if that will loosen it. You can use any spring compresser that you are comfortable with. They all work the same. If you are installing the cylinder while the bottom end is still in then you will have to get...

Motorcycle Repair: Excessive Fuel Consumption, fuel consuption, heritage softail
fuel consuption, heritage softail, fuel consumption: You plugs sound fine, so that is not the problem. the only other things it could be is the rear wheel is not aligned with the trans properly, the rear belt or the primary chain is to tight, not enough air in the tires, bad wheel bearing or the brakes are binding....

Motorcycle Repair: emission test, spark plug gap, air screws
spark plug gap, air screws, stock pipes: Mike, -the emissions will be affected by the general condition of the engine and the state of tune. -It may emit higher hydrocarbons if you do not have stock pipes and air filters. -Check your spark plugs and see if they are clean,tan looking...

Motorcycle Repair: ex 500 1997, negative battery cable, stator coils
negative battery cable, stator coils, stator coil: Luis, -your alternator stator coil is under the cover on the left side of your engine. -you disconnect your negative battery cable and then you remove the cover and disconnect any wire connectors coming out of the cover. -your stator is the round...

Motorcycle Repair: Firing order, spark plug wires, yamaha fz 750
spark plug wires, yamaha fz 750, firing order: Mike, most motorcycles use a waste spark system which means that the coil fires two plugs even though only one is on the compression or firing stroke. -sitting on the bike, the left coil wires are on cylinders 1/4. right coil wires are on 2/3....

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 fatboy noise in top end front cyl, exhaust pipe, muffler
Motorcycle Repair: 2001 fatboy noise in top end front cyl, exhaust pipe, muffler, stone unturned

Motorcycle Repair: 50 cc Honda, open throttle, stator
Motorcycle Repair: 50 cc Honda, open throttle, stator

Motorcycle Repair: Bourget with S&S motor, no oil pressure, oil flow, bourget
Motorcycle Repair: Bourget with S&S motor, no oil pressure, oil flow, bourget, oil filter

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, bleeder, exact same thing
Motorcycle Repair: clutch, bleeder, exact same thing, clutch

Motorcycle Repair: dent in gas tank, bicycle inner tube, tank
Motorcycle Repair: dent in gas tank, bicycle inner tube, tank

Motorcycle Repair: Evo cylinder gasket, gasket remover, gasket material
Motorcycle Repair: Evo cylinder gasket, gasket remover, gasket material, spray bottle

Motorcycle Repair: Harley carb., fuel inlet, seperatly
Motorcycle Repair: Harley carb., fuel inlet, seperatly

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Starter, battery tray, carsten
Motorcycle Repair: Harley Starter, battery tray, carsten, button hook

Motorcycle Repair: harley vrod saltwater damage, salt water damage, 1200c sportster
Motorcycle Repair: harley vrod saltwater damage, salt water damage, 1200c sportster, starter wire

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug socket, plug sockets, spark plug
Motorcycle Repair: spark plug socket, plug sockets, spark plug, exact same thing

Motorcycle Repair: where to find a carburator, 1980 honda cm400t, vintage honda
1980 honda cm400t, vintage honda, ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/80-HONDA-CM400T-CM-400-TWIN-CARBURETORS-COMPLETE-CARBS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ35597QQihZ024QQitemZ370017530837QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW looks like a good bet. check also www.motorcyclecarbs.com www.westernhillshonda.net...

Motorcycle Repair: float height, viraga, float bowl
viraga, float bowl, fuel level: Perry, -the float is set by checking the fuel level in the float bowl. -You connect a clear tube to the drain on the bowl and run it up vertically beside the bowl. You then loosen the drain screw a couple of turns and start the bike. -The fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: fowling plugs and back fires, stock carb, short trips
stock carb, short trips, problem thanks: Start by doing a OHMs test ont he coil and plug wires. If they are ok, then I would rejett the carb. the jetting might be to large, which would cause you to foul plugs. The S&S carb is going to work alot bettr than the stock carb. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley carb., harley davidson sporster, air fuel mixture
harley davidson sporster, air fuel mixture, sporster 883: There should be an o-ring for the air/fuel misture screw or it will leak air. the o-ring is usually in the bottom of the hole and tough to get out. If you have a lean, then you need to take it back apart and locate the leak. Your rubber gasket is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Starter, starter solenoid, 1972 flh
starter solenoid, 1972 flh, starter relay: That relay you are refering to on the battery tray is the starter relay. Check the starter solenoid when you push the starter button to see if you have power going to it. If not, the the starter relay is bad, if you do then the starter solenoid is bad. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Head Gasket repair for 1987 Kawasaki Ninja 750, head gasket repair, kawasaki ninja
head gasket repair, kawasaki ninja, overhead camshafts: Nick, these engines are not simple to repair, a shop manual is a necessity and will tell you the precise steps to tear the engine down without doing any expensive damage. -The head gaskets are priced close to $200.00 each. You should check the cam...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA REBEL 250, honda rebel 250, overflow tube
honda rebel 250, overflow tube, gas bike: Kathy, sorry to hear of the accident to your brand new Honda! : ( When bikes are left on their sides, the gas in the float bowl usually gets dumped out via the overflow tube and/or goes down the carburetor into whatever cylinder has an open intake valve....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda nighthawk not firing on one cylinder, honda 750 nighthawk, petcock valve
honda 750 nighthawk, petcock valve, vacuum line: Peter, -sometimes the vacuum line to the petcock can suck air or possibly fuel through pinholes in the petcock valve rubber seals. -There may be a filter screen in the tank part of the petcock, check for good fuel supply. -The petcock is opened...

Motorcycle Repair: Hondamatic Seals, crankcase pressure, houseofmotorcycles
crankcase pressure, houseofmotorcycles, oil leaks: Bob, I assume you are referring to the transmission output shaft, which carries the front sprocket....? http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/honda-motorcycle-cm450a-1983/o/m2132 It is hard to tell from the images above, whether or not the seal has...

Motorcycle Repair: harley clutch, clutch lever, clutch plates
clutch lever, clutch plates, throwout bearing: Your clutch plates may be to worn and need replaced. Once you have replaced them, readjust the clutch. Since its pulling its not adjusted tight enough. When you adjust the clutch, loosen the adjuster and put alot of play in the cable. Now go to the adjuster...

Motorcycle Repair: harley vrod saltwater damage, harley vrod, lake geneva
harley vrod, lake geneva, corrosion damage: Hi Mark, Sorry for the delayed response. I have a friend who works for Harley, Has 20+ years of experience with Harleys, plus one of the only guys I know who has experience with the ins and outs of a V-Rod. Leave me with your info, what exactly you d like...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cooling system, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750, radiator tank: JP, -there is a thermostatic switch that turns the fan on between 180-216 F degrees and off again between 200-207 F degrees. -The switch is screwed in the radiator tank and you can hook the wires (green/black?)together to check the fan. If the fan...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition swithch removal, best bet, good luck
best bet, good luck, alot: In order to get the switch out you have to take alot of components out of the inside of the fairing as well as disconnect certain plugs and remove the radio. You best bet is to get a service manual for your bike and in it it will take you step by step to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting and filters, chain and sprockets, plug colors
chain and sprockets, plug colors, rear sprocket: Jim, -your bike will run quieter and better with a K&N HA-1079 original replacement filter. These fit in your original air-box. They cost a third of the pod type. -The little pod types are hard to put on and make more noise and are harder to tune...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Ninja 650R no engine oil, 2007 kawasaki ninja, oil gauge
2007 kawasaki ninja, oil gauge, shifting gears: No oil in the oil tank could have damaged the motor, its hard to tell only going 3 miles, but ther long term damage could be there. I would first contact the dealership and tell them the problem and see what they say and go from there. If they are a dealership...

Motorcycle Repair: Kickstart conversion for electraglide, clutch cable, kickstart version
clutch cable, kickstart version, conversion kit: The kickstarter fits inside the right trans cover, so you will have to remove it. Make sure you drain the trans. To get it off you will have to remove the exhaust. You will have to loosen the clutch cable so you can get the cable out of the clutch arm. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Kx250 will not idle, vacuum leak, best bet
vacuum leak, best bet, piston: sounds like you have a vacuum leak somewhere. Your best bet is while the bike is running, spray carb cleaner around the engine and where the carb boot connects to the engine. If the idle goes up, down or kills the engine, thats where youre leak is Hope...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki zx9r led indicators, kawasaki zx9r, harleys
kawasaki zx9r, harleys, good luck: If you have an indicator that flashes to fast, then its the flasher unit itself that is causing it. You will probably have to change out the flasher unit. I dont know what is used in your bike for a flasher unit, so you would hav eot check Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle engines, carburetor jets, 2 stroke engines
carburetor jets, 2 stroke engines, crankshaft seal: Dale, backfiring comes from a number of sources. Usually carb backfires come from a lean mixture or incorrect ignition timing. I am not a Kawi expert, but I think you have a 2 stroke KE175...? 2 stroke engines can get air leaks at the ignition/generator...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Change, honda cr 125, 1989 honda cr 125
honda cr 125, 1989 honda cr 125, dirt bikes: Bob, I am not a real big dirt bike/MX fan, so don t have that specific info. A quick search mentioned .5 liters for the early 1970 s models, though. The only oil you change is for the transmission/clutch. There should be a drain plug on the bottom and either...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil pump question-74 Dt250, air leaks, oil seals
air leaks, oil seals, dt250: Matthew, the clearance you are trying to adjust is the minimum preset pump stroke. As soon as the throttle is opened the cable should turn the pump cable wheel and increase the stroke of the pump. The pin on the pump and the dot on the wheel...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, vent filter, custom chopper
vent filter, custom chopper, crankcase: That is the crankcase vent. the filter on there is suppose to keep a slight vaccumn on it. Air is suppose to vent out this hose, but a little oil will weep out as well in a mist form. You can change the filter out. Its called a crankcase vent filter. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak on CB250, honda cb250, valve guides
honda cb250, valve guides, oil leak: Hi David, If the Air filter is covered in oil, that will create too much vacuum and cause oil to be with held in the upper portion of the engine. Also, if there is a umbrella valve in the top end of the motor that is become weathered and dried up, that...

Motorcycle Repair: Primary Removal, careful removal, best bet
careful removal, best bet, happy new year: When you remove the primary cover, there is nothing that will fly out. Make sure you drain it first, however. Your best bet would be to get a service manual to follow, it has great pics and steps to follow to remove the primary and inner primary. Happy new...

Motorcycle Repair: Push Rod Covers, push rod, o rings
push rod, o rings, lesk: Make sure the area is clean where the o-rings go as well as the pushrod covers. Once you have them installed, sometime you can rotate them back and forth a little to get them to seat better. If they still leak then you probably need to replace them Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Push rod adjustment, hydraulic lifters, rod tubes
hydraulic lifters, rod tubes, push rod: If you have solid lifters then you asjust hem as follows. Installt he pushrod and rotate the motor until the lifter is all the way at the bottom of its stroke. Now adjust he lifter, just until you can still turn it between your fingers and then tighten the...

Motorcycle Repair: pilot air screw settings, air screw, factory settings
air screw, factory settings, kawasaki: Floyd, the settings are not that critical for the air screw. Start with it between 1.5 and 2 turns out. With the engine warmed up try turning it in or out until you get the fastest or smoothest idle. -The factory setting is only a starting place,...

Motorcycle Repair: Rejet carbs, shade tree mechanic, fuel mixture
shade tree mechanic, fuel mixture, slow jet: Mike, -the low speed fuel mixture is changed by adjusting the idle or pilot screw just above the float bowl. It is sometimes blocked by the factory with a plug that needs to be carefully drilled and pulled out. You should not drill more than 1/8 in...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing stock bars with new custom bars, clutch cable, torque specs
clutch cable, torque specs, stock bars: Since you are putting the cables in internally, you will first have to remove the gas tank and locate the wire connection and unplug it. You will have to remove the wires from the plug. Make sure you make a diagram so you know where they go back. Remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: Rev Tech Six Speed, chain and sprockets, hayden spring
chain and sprockets, hayden spring, clutch cable: I am more inclined to think that its a clutch issue, not a trans issue. You might have to clutch over tightened. Loosen the clutch cable so there is some slack in it and readjust the clutch. Make sure its not adjusted to tight or it will slip Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing choke cable on XR650L, brass piece, tiny bit
brass piece, tiny bit, screws: Saied, -the choke plunger is held in the carb by a fitting that just screws out, you may need a small wrench to loosen it. -The cable goes into a little brass plunger with a spring on it. Just pull the spring up and you should be able to slide...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S popping in rear cylinder, straight pipes, rear cylinder
straight pipes, rear cylinder, coil wire: Since your old plugs were black, then you are fouling your plugs. Fouling plugs are due to either a weak coil, weak plug wires, or wrong jetting. I would start by testing the coil and plug wires to make sure they are ok. If they are good then I would check...

Motorcycle Repair: Shovelhead Tach, tach adapter, fire ignition
tach adapter, fire ignition, stock type: If your tach is bouncing all over the place, its time to replace it. I dont know of anyone that repairs tachs. If you are using a single fire ignition then you will have to use a tach adapter on it or it will not read right. On the wiring, its hard to say...

Motorcycle Repair: SS Super E manifold, cv carb, bolt holes
cv carb, bolt holes, fxb: You can fit it, by drilling the bolt holes bigger on the old manifold, but the throat on the S&S is bigger, so if it were me I would get the S&S manifold. You are not going to be able to fit the CV carb. You have to use a CV manifold or buy one to fit your...

Motorcycle Repair: Stater Rectifier Plug leaking, crank case, impact wrench
crank case, impact wrench, mechanical problems: You should be able to do the job. You will need an impact wrench to remove the motor sprocket nut and depending on the year bike, you might need a clutch puller. If you have a service manual that is the best thing to follow. It will take you step by step...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GZ250, pilot jet, joe reardon
pilot jet, joe reardon, air cooler: Usually I would say the lingering smoke would be from coolant however this is a air cooler motor, could be an excess of fuel, clogged Pilot jet, Its also very possible your Main jet fell out and is sitting in the bottom of the float bowl...See where those...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzukie Boulevard C50, suzukie, shift fork
suzukie, shift fork, shift lever: Allen, check your shift lever in case it is hitting on something. Then check your shifter linkage, usually in the clutch case. You should be able to see if the linkage is broken or not. It should turn the shift drum when you move your shift pedal....

Motorcycle Repair: Synthetic versus regular Oil, friction modifiers, petroleum based products
friction modifiers, petroleum based products, poor oil: Mark, no huge advantage to synthetic and I am not sure if they contain friction modifiers that could impair clutch operation. If it says for motorcycles it might be okay. -The synthetic may be good for keeping hot spots lubed due to it s molecular...

Motorcycle Repair: saltwater damage to a 2003 vrod, wheel bearing, vrod
wheel bearing, vrod, adice: Water, espically salt water, it very hard on bearings. Alot is going to depend on how long it was under water, but it takes a short time to mess up the bearings. If it were me, I would probably tear the motor as well as the trans down and see what damage there...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead will not turn over, battery connections, question thanks
battery connections, question thanks, test battery: Putting the oil treatment in, really doenst do anything for your bike. The only way to get it out is to drain the oil. Your motor turning over without the plugs is due to the fact that there is no compression on the heads, so it will turn over quit easily....

Motorcycle Repair: What sissy bar will fit my 98 FLSTS, backrest, saddlebags
backrest, saddlebags, cheers: A detachable sissy bar is a little more costly than one that is mounted, so you need to look at if you are planning on taking it on and off. You can get HD sissy bar or you can shop around and look for aftermarket. the aftermarket will be somewhat cheaper...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug, honda shadow vt 1100, spark plug wires
honda shadow vt 1100, spark plug wires, shadow vt: Matthew, -pull your spark plug wires off the plugs, -blow any debris around the plug away with compressed air if possible. -Use a deep 18mm spark plug socket to remove the old plugs.(turn anti-clockwise) -use new NGK DPR7EA-9 plugs. -Set the gap between...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plug socket, honda shadow, tool pouch
honda shadow, tool pouch, thin wall: Hi Hank, Definately NOT a stupid question. There is in fact a special socket (comes with the bike) in the tool pouch under your seat or behind one of the side covers. It ll have to be that tool in order to remove the plugs because its a thin wall socket to...

Motorcycle Repair: starter removal 93 fatboy, clutch basket, starter removal
clutch basket, starter removal, oil tank: Its a tight fit, but you can get it out. You will have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket and motor sprocket. Behind the clutch basket you will have to remove the jackshaft. Then you can remove the starter bolts and the starter Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problem when hot, plug colors, plug caps
plug colors, plug caps, air vent: Mike, -the fuel mixture could be a bit rich or lean, or it may be weak spark or low compression. -is the bike running a normal hot temperature or could it be overheating? -try checking the spark plug colors for clues on the running conditions....

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems, starter shaft, needle bearings
starter shaft, needle bearings, electric test: Hugh, -it sounds like you have checked it out well, so I would suggest looking into the primary case possibly being misaligned. -If the jackshaft is okay and the starter drive and gears as well, it doesn t leave much to check since you tried all...

Motorcycle Repair: startup problem..., startup problem, gas filter
startup problem, gas filter, new spark: Andre, check for spark by sticking a new plug in the plug wires. If the plugs are black or wet it is flooded or too rich on fuel. -if it has spark, try some wd40 or carb cleaner in the carb mouth, see if it fires on it. No spark, check the side stand...

Motorcycle Repair: Throttle Sleeve, throttle sleeve, throttle grip
throttle sleeve, throttle grip, cables: First, you locate the cable adjuster ont he throttle. Loosen it so you have play in the cable. remove the topp cover over the throttle and inside you will see how the cable are attached. remove the cables and instll the new throttle grip and install the cover....

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission and Primary Drive Train Oil change, train oil, plug drain
train oil, plug drain, police model: To change the oil in the primary, look at the rear of the pirmary cover close to the bottom and you will see a drain plug. Drain the oil, and withe the bike sitting upright, fill at the rear derby cover, just to the bottom of the lip. On the trans, locate...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signal replacement, suzuki s50, mail
suzuki s50, mail, bottom center: Terry, -the seat has 2 bolts at the front and two bolts on the sides further back. -You may have to remove the frame covers to get at them. -The covers have a screw at the bottom center and a bolt near the top front. This might help: http://mail.thewrongtrousers.com/orbrit/S50SissyBar.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: takin parts out of xr100, xr100, mounting brackets
xr100, mounting brackets, cr125: Cam, not to discourage you from trying new projects but these bikes have completely different frames and mounting brackets. Also the engines are opposite, 4 stroke in the 100 and two stroke in the 125. On the average 4 stroke or 4 cycle engines are...

Motorcycle Repair: timing and battery issue., harley service, bike check
harley service, bike check, test light: You should still be able to get a Harley service manual for your bike. Check witha dealer. Your poping is probably just from being cold. If you keep fouling plugs do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. Once your timing is set it doenst change. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: umbrella valve, happy new year, oil leak
happy new year, oil leak, mates: The umbrella valve vents air when the bike is running. If they are not there then you vent air out, as well as suck air in as well as dirt if youa re in a dusty condition, which will wear motor parts. Over time it will probably cause a oil leak Happy new...

Motorcycle Repair: winding in motor, gear noise, drive noise
gear noise, drive noise, hi mike: When bearing go out they usually rattle, not whine. I would first change the fluids (oil, trans and primary) and see if you still hear it. Whining is usually a gear noise, so it would hve to be either the trans or the cam. I would keep riding the bike and...

Motorcycle Repair: wont run, blown head gasket, head bolts
blown head gasket, head bolts, stock answer: If you had a blown head gasket the bike would probably still start, but not run quit right. On your head bolts, anytime you do a top end on a shovel, once the bike is started and run until it gets hot you have to go back and tighten the head bolts as well...

Motorcycle Repair: ?, gsxr 600, penetrating oil
gsxr 600, penetrating oil, highway speeds: Hey Bryan, I would say its more than likely your side stand switch. Next time you have this issue try and this happens, try to push up on the kick stand, and see if the bike will run. If the kickstand is hard to push down or sticky going up, theres a good...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha revs to 4200 rpm with throttle off, yamaha virago xv750, air leak
yamaha virago xv750, air leak, v twin: Hi Paul, sounds like you have the majority of your issue covered, but with the same result, thanks for all the background. Viragos are known for having issues with their fuel evaporative system located under the left chrome a/c cover and sometimes become...

Motorcycle Repair: yfm200 85 4whlr, time hope, stator
time hope, stator, 5 mins: Hi D.D., I would look into the Pick up coil, otherwise called the Pulse coil. Many times when they get hot, they will shut down and not send a pulse to the CDI telling when to spark. Unfortunately, many times you are only able to buy the stator AND pulse...

Motorcycle Repair: yz80 misfire, yamaha yz80, intake leak
yamaha yz80, intake leak, powerband: Matt, while the bike is running at idle, try spraying some carb cleaner to the carb boot where it attatches to the engine, If the idle goes up or the bike dies, you have an intake leak. Also look into the baffle inside the muffler. Sometimes they come loosened...

Motorcycle Repair: 02' Sportster electrical problem, fuse block, appricated
fuse block, appricated, blinkers: The fuses are located either under the seat or under the side panel. If the headlight doen not work then the high beam ligh wont work. It runs off the headlight. The head light and running lights run off the same fuse. If you find the fuses are good then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 yzf-600r issues, yamaha yzf600, yamaha service
yamaha yzf600, yamaha service, powerwise: Hi Jason... Is the new battery actually dead or are you assuming it is cuz the bike is acting like it has a dead battery? You need to check the condition of the battery first. I m also not sure what you mean by lunge ... but if you mean the bike is coughing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 sportster, filter area, air filter
filter area, air filter, good luck: Your bike is vented to the air filter back plate. When the bike is running air from the motor go there and sometimes with a little mist of oil, so you get oil in the air filter area. You can do two things. Either clean the air filter often, or you can get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda SL350, foot pounds, gasket
foot pounds, gasket, screws: I definitely would not use loctite. Those screws are hard enough to get out once they ve been in there a while. I ve had to drill the heads off before to get the side cover off. There s plenty of bolt stretch to keep them tight. You can torque those to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda SL70 carburetor issue, honda sl70, fuel valve
honda sl70, fuel valve, operation mode: I d start by just lowering the float level. Sorry but I don t have a manual for that bike so I can t tell you what the float level should be. Try running the bike with the fuel valve shut off to confirm that it cleans up as you lower the float level. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb 550, honda cb 550, yellow wires
honda cb 550, yellow wires, high tension: I can tell you what the original colors were. The blue and yellow wires are the point wires. The black and white wires are the power to the coils. One coil will have high tension leads that go to the outside cylinders and the other coil will have the leads...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 MT125 Elsinore, honda manual, needle jet
honda manual, needle jet, old bike: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Pete, you can drop the needle jet in the slide one or two grooves and go down a couple sizes in main jets. For example, if the carb has a 98 jet drop to a 95 and check the performance....

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda CB360T Rectifier, honda cb360t, yellow wires
honda cb360t, yellow wires, alternator output: Nancy, the way to check the output is to charge the battery up and then check the battery voltage with an VOM. You should measure 13.5-14.5 volts when the engine is revved up to 3000-4000 rpm. If the voltage is low, it could be the regulator but since you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda CJ360T muffler, air fuel ratio, cj360t
air fuel ratio, cj360t, exhaust system: Chris, the carbs are set up for a specific restriction in the intake air system and the exhaust system. If you change something to reduce that restriction, it will flow more air through the engine and lean out the air fuel ratio. It all depend on how much...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb550 dies when clutch lets out in first, 1976 honda cb550, clutch plates
1976 honda cb550, clutch plates, exhaust pipes: No, the clutch is working okay or it wouldn t die when you let it out or you wouldn t be able to shift gears with the clutch pulled in. My guess is that the engine isn t running on all cylinders. It s may sound like it s idling okay, but take a wet rag and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb750 modifications, honda cb750, valve clearance
honda cb750, valve clearance, new oil: First check the condition of the battery. You probably want to buy a float charger and make sure the battery is properly charged up before you try starting the bike. If the bike still has problems starting (you are using choke to start it if its cold, right?)...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda XL 125, honda xl 125, pilot jet
honda xl 125, pilot jet, copper wire: Idle jet is the same as the pilot jet. But going by the microfiche it looks like you do not have a separate pilot jet. It could be a drilled hole in the carb body. It does look like you have an idle mixture screw (in a riser facing down - parts 7/8 in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda XL 125, honda xl 125, copper wire
honda xl 125, copper wire, inline filter: Sounds like the idle jets are still plugged. Pull the carb and the small jet in the carb and see if you can see through it. I take a strand of copper wire from an electrical wire and push it through the jet to make sure it s clear. Just soaking them won...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Superglide, brakes rotors, stock carb
brakes rotors, stock carb, motorcycle repair: the super carb is just fine for your bike and a lot better than the old stock carb. Since your bike is fouling the one plug and not the other, that is usually not a carb problem. If you had a carb problem it would foul both plugs. I would first do a OHMs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 650 Yamaha Special, electrical drain, car batteries
electrical drain, car batteries, battery tender: Can t help you with the choke question as I don t have experience with these. All batteries drain when left unattended. Car batteries are big so they take months to drain. Motorcycles use small batteries which can drain in weeks. If the battery has trouble...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 kz1300 kawasaki, vacuum line, petcock
vacuum line, petcock, height settings: You will need to look in the service manual for the float height settings. Gas in the crankcase is probably a leaking petcock. When you park your bike, are you turning the petcock to the off position or does the bike have a vacuum operated petcock? ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Yamaha 1100 xs Special Compression, yamaha 1100, compression tester
yamaha 1100, compression tester, cylinder compression: Yes. You need to get a compression tester which has the fittings for your bike. Take out the spark plugs and bring one to your auto-supply place and tell them its for a bike. They will sell you a compression tester. Do this with a fully warmed up motor:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979Honda cm400t, overflow pipe, bikebandit com
overflow pipe, bikebandit com, float bowl: I am a little concerned with your repair of the brass overflow pipe you describe. Referring to the microfiche. Maybe you can identify what that is: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m2128sch39621 Does the bike run when fully...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 HD lowrider, sterling colorado, lowrider
sterling colorado, lowrider, hd: Excellent 11,300 very good 8,000 good 6,000 fair 4,300 poor 3,000 Whether to retore it would have to be your decision. You have to take into account on how much you are willing to spend ont he bike and what work...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CR80R, pressure pulses, stroke engine
pressure pulses, stroke engine, exhaust valves: You can get dirt in the cylinder and scuff the rings or liner. The bike won t as run well either because the muffler controls the amount of air and fuel getting through the engine. It creates pressure pulses that stop the fresh air charge at the right time...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Suzuki GN400 Electrical, suzuki gn400, turn signals
suzuki gn400, turn signals, project bike: It sounds like something has come loose or has corroded in the wiring harness. Unfortunately, unless something is obviously broken or melted in the wiring, this could be hard to get right without a wiring diagram. I would go over all the connectors and make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb750k, 1981 honda cb750k, cold weather
1981 honda cb750k, cold weather, petcock: The low speed circuit is plugged up. You need to pull the carbs and clean out the idle jets. I m pretty sure the choke has a fast idle cam on it so when the choke is applied the idle speed is kicked up to make the engine idle faster for cold weather. Running...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago, 750 virago, yamaha virago 750
750 virago, yamaha virago 750, starter problems: Hi Ken.... Yeah... I was expecting this question to come sooner or later... the Yamaha Virago 750 s were infamous for their starter problems. The problems have since been classified into three different areas. The area you are describing involves the mechanisms...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 250 exciter, gas tank repair, pet cock
gas tank repair, pet cock, carb adjustments: A lot of times soaking them won t be enough. Remove the jets and look through them. You should be able to see if they are clean because you will see light through the small hole in the jet. If they aren t clean you can take some stranded copper wire and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CB750 carbs, air fuel ratio, cb750c
air fuel ratio, cb750c, slow jet: Yea, you can use another year carb. The carbs just provide the right air fuel ratio. In that year they were trying different methods to meet the emissions requirements. There were other chances to the intake and exhaust systems that the carbs had to be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna, 1982 honda magna, volt ohm meter
1982 honda magna, volt ohm meter, magnas: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. The kill switch wire seems to have a loose connection. It could be in the switch if the wires are being pulled or it could be in the headlight where they plug into the harness....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda running mostly on one cylinder, honda gl, screw holes
honda gl, screw holes, honda shop: Well Dustin, it s one or more of three things, lack of fuel, incorrect spark, or low compression. All three are required for the bike to run right. I would have said that it sounds like lack of fuel based on what you said. Theres s a fuel strainer in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r atc, honda 250r, scrapyard
honda 250r, scrapyard, exhaust pipe: Ramiro, it could need some work. It probably needs a top end rebuild with piston, and rings and it will probably also need a carb rebuild. It s possible the exhaust pipe is plugged up too. Try taking the baffle out of the pipe and see if it make a difference....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda v-45 magna, starter cylinoid, rubber boot
starter cylinoid, rubber boot, solenoid: If you look on this diagram there s an assembly marked #9. The solenoid is the cylinder with two contacts coming out of it which fits into the rubber boot marked #11. The cable (marked #4) comes out of the solenoid and goes to the starter (contact is covered...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda 550SC Nighthawk starting issue, volt ohm meter, jumper cables
volt ohm meter, jumper cables, starter solenoid: Joe, you need to check the charging system. Put a volt ohm meter on the battery and make sure it has 13.5-14.5 volts when the engine is reved up above 3000 rpm. Be sure to fully charge the battery before doing this test. If the voltage is too low, you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda VT500C Shadow, honda vt500c, valve clearances
honda vt500c, valve clearances, electrical issues: Does the bike have solid lifters or tappets? It may need to have the valve clearances adjusted. I would check that next. You can also try pulling the spark plugs and checking their color. If the mixture is way off (too rich) its likely the plugs have a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Sabre Clutch spongy, hydraulic line, slave cylinder
hydraulic line, slave cylinder, master cylinder: The bolts that holds connects the brake line to the master cylinder and to the slave cylinder are sometime called a banjo bolts. If you look at the round fittings on the end of the hose that the bolts go through, it kind of looks like the sound board of a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 cb650sc has NO power?, wiring loom, jc whitney
wiring loom, jc whitney, multimeter: If the battery is good and you checked the fuses then you probably have a bad connector or short somewhere. The only real way to track this down is to get a multimeter and test the wiring loom at various points. You ll probably need a wiring diagram to do...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 fj1100 smoking gun, valve cover gasket, engine degreaser
valve cover gasket, engine degreaser, pan gasket: Above the exhaust is probably the valve cover gasket. If the bike has a tach cable coming out of the valve cover, its not uncommon for it to leak there. Other likely spots include the four half-circle caps on the sides of the head. The exhaust ports sit in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vt700c shadow, stator, flywheel
stator, flywheel, good afternoon: Yes, the alternator is oil cooled so there should be oil under that cover. Make sure the locator dowels are in place to line up the cover and keep it centered in the flywheel. It s also possible the bike has been layed over and the cover is bent somewhere...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Suzuki 450L, volt ohm meter, fuse box
volt ohm meter, fuse box, battery cables: Hi Josh... Ok... I would start by checking the battery and the connections to it. When your bike lost all electrical power, but then it came back, then got lost again, indicates that you have an intermittant electrical problem some where between the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago, yamaha virago, oem parts
yamaha virago, oem parts, motorcycle parts: There s a few different Virago s from that year: http://www.bikebandit.com/yamaha-motorcycle-parts-1985/oem-parts A rack of carbs is big money. If you are up to the challenge I would look on ebay for a while but be careful as sometimes parts find their...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700, compression test, fuel delivery
compression test, fuel delivery, drain plug: If you have compression then its most likely the carb is not delivering fuel to that cylinder. First crack the drain plug and see if there s any fuel dripping from the bowl. If you have fuel then you probably need to just clean the idle jet and the idle mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda XL600, wont kick, stator
wont kick, stator, kick start: It s unlikely that it s a ignition problem. Those usually are related to temperature, run time or engine load. It sounds more like a carburator problem. Will it run better with a little choke applied. If it does, it confirms the carburation diagnosis....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 KD80, gas torches, oil leaks
gas torches, oil leaks, stroke engine: Hi Andy... Ok... the KD80 is a two-stroke engine so a certain amount of smoke (and oil discharge from the pipe) is normal. Have you checked compression? Are there any oil leaks under the crankcase? You may also want to consider having the exhaust pipe de-coked....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VT250F, honda vt250f, jumper cables
honda vt250f, jumper cables, regulator tests: Sarah, it sounds like you have already checked the electrical system. The charging system needs a charged battery to be able to check the voltage output. If there s any charge in the battery, I d expect the bike to continue to run once it s started. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 1200 sportster, conversion kit, girl friend
conversion kit, girl friend, good luck: You need to check your chain to make sure its not to loose. If you want to convert it to belt drive go to tedds v-twin manufacturing web site. You can look at their catalog online and they do have kits for the conversion Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 FLHTC FAIRING REMOVAL, windshield, bolts
windshield, bolts, good luck: You have to remove the front fairing to get to them. Remove the top bolts and the windshield will come off. Remove the headlight and the headlight housing. Looking inside the fairing, on the sides, you will see 1/2 inch nuts holding it on to the inner fairing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 flhtc electric, time dealers, radio shop
time dealers, radio shop, intermittent problem: About the only things that can make your switch go bad is to much voltage, the switch that was put in wasnt any good to begin with, or old age. If it were me I would replace the switch and also check the area for pinched wires, rubbed wires or burned wires....

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 honda xr200r, honda xr200r, time mechanics
honda xr200r, time mechanics, valve adjustments: Paolo, the first thing to do is to remove the carburetor and clean out all the passages and jets. When gasoline sits in a carburetor for 6 months, most of it evaporates out and leaves thick deposits that block the metering functions. Clean the tank, petcock...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 HD Sportster Carburetor, hd sportster, copper tube
hd sportster, copper tube, throttle grip: If the vaccumn doesnt open the petcock then the fuel flow will stop, so that might be the problem. If you wan to check it, remove the hose from the petcock and attach another hose to it. Disconnect the fuel line from the carb. open the petcock and suck on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Honda Foreman 400, honda foreman 400, battery power source
honda foreman 400, battery power source, safety switches: I suspect that the handlebar starter switch may be having issues, or the wiring to it. Other possibilities are a bad ground or any safety switches that must be over-ridden to all the starter circuit to engage. Get a wiring diagram from a shop manual. You...

Motorcycle Repair: no 1st gear in '75 Honda Elsinore 125MT, honda elsinore, transmission shaft
honda elsinore, transmission shaft, old bike: I guess my advice is the same. The gears are not frozen on the transmission shaft or you d have other gears involved. If you take the side cover off, you should be able to see what s causing the shift paw and ratched not to engage properly. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 Deuce Brake light, brake lever, everthing
brake lever, everthing, deuce: If you take the brake lever out and turn the ignition switch on, does the brake light come on? If not then check to make sure you have power going to the switch. If you have power then the switch is bad and needs replaced Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 Honda XR100R questions, honda xr100r, carburetor jets
honda xr100r, carburetor jets, tension bolt: Ronda, the valve specifications are .002 for the intake and exhaust valves, set COLD on the compression stroke. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xr100r-98-us_model7724/partslist/E++04.html There is a lock bolt to release the spring loaded camchain tensioner,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FLSTS-I Exaust question, dual exaust, true duals
dual exaust, true duals, mufflers: First, keep the true duals. They perform better than stock. On the sound, you can just change out the mufflers. You dont need to change the whole exhaust. Check around with some other riders to see what they are running when you hear somthing you like. they...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER, harley davidson, good luck
harley davidson, good luck: In order the change the shifter fork you have to remove the trans and tear it apart. I am going to suggest you get a service manual. In it you will find the steps to remove the trans and how to work on it. It would take me forever on here to tell you the steps...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda VT699CD, air fuel mixture, float chamber
air fuel mixture, float chamber, speed settings: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Jerry, my experience is on older Hondas but it sounds like the bike is leaning out the air fuel mixture as the throttle is tipped in. Make sure that the accelerator pump starts...

Motorcycle Repair: My 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 is backfiring alot., honda shadow spirit, spark plug gap
honda shadow spirit, spark plug gap, honda shadow spirit 750: A common problem with rain is that if the ignition wires are a little cracked, water can short them out very easily. This would result is misfires and backfiring. On the other hand, if the bike is completely dry, this shouldn t be a problem. Also a bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 69 honda ct90, safety goggles, honda ct90
safety goggles, honda ct90, passages: It probably just need to get the carb cleaned. Get a can of carb cleaner and carefully apply a little to the jets and passages. You ll probably want to remove the carb to do this. Careful not to get carb cleaner on any plastic or rubber (or you - wear safety...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 CB 100 Blinkers, blinkers, charging system
blinkers, charging system, blinker: David, the alternator doesn t have a lot of extra capacity so when the blinkers or the brake light is on, it s pulling the majority of the current from the battery and not the alternator. So the voltage will drop. The slow blinker is typically a tired blinker...

Motorcycle Repair: '72 CL350 only runs with the points cover off, clutch cables, spark plug wire
clutch cables, spark plug wire, plug caps: Hi Marc... I haven t worked on a Honda that old in a long time, but here s my take... Excessive sparking at the points is usually due to a faulty condenser ro bad connection to the condenser. The condenser should be replaced whenever the points are replaced....

Motorcycle Repair: 73 Shovel kick start to electric start conversion, conversion kit, best bet
conversion kit, best bet, electric starter: Your best bet is to get a conversion kit. It will have the parts you need, except for the battery and the ring gear on the clutch if you dont have one. You can look at them online in their catalog at V-twin Manufacturing Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 Ironhead clutch, clutch basket, clutch lever
clutch basket, clutch lever, clutch cable: Thy this and see if it will disengage. Loosen the adjuster for the cable all the way, so your making the cable shorter. Loosen the adjuster. Now push the clutch cable inward towards the primary. this will push the clutch lever bact to where its suppose to...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Honda cb550 dies when clutch let out in first gear, honda cb550, clutch plates
honda cb550, clutch plates, carbs: It sounds like you are unable to accelerate in 1st gear? Probably clogged idle jets in the carbs. You will need to remove the carbs, open them up and clean the jets. Look for rust in the tank as particle will come into the carbs and cause this type of problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Honda cb550 sputters and dies in gear, honda cb550, clutch adjustment
honda cb550, clutch adjustment, clutch pack: Bobby, from what you describe, the clutch is just short of full engagement, not disengagement. If the plates were warped or sticking, it wouldn t disengage when you pulled the clutch lever in. Assuming that the clutch pack is okay, pay attention to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 shovelhead, leak down test, shovelhead
leak down test, shovelhead, compression test: You first need to determine why its loosing power. Pull your plugs and check them for fouling. If they are fouling then you either have a coil and plug wire problem or you are burning oil. Do a compression test and a leak down test. the compression test will...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 cb 750f, timing advancer, timing curve
timing advancer, timing curve, good carbs: The 160 main is pretty big. I would have thought a 125-130 would have been plenty. The idle hanging problem is probably the timing advance unit. Try pinching the loops smaller on the ends of the springs. It will increase the tension on the springs. Just...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 cb400 hondamatic, air fuel mixture, lean air
air fuel mixture, lean air, cb400: Michael, the backfiring is typically an indication of a lean air fuel mixture. On the side of the carbs, there s a roughly round shaped cover held on by two screws. That is an idle air shutoff valve. When the engine is idling or decelerating, it shuts off...

Motorcycle Repair: '78 Honda 750k, urethane paint, dark blotches
urethane paint, dark blotches, aluminum paint: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Dan, the cases are painted with aluminum paint and the side covers are covered with urethane paint. You can strip the paint a coatings and polish the cases. It will take a lot...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 XLCH sportster, haynes book, xlch
haynes book, xlch, locknut: Yes, you tighten the nuts all the way down on the spacers. Then loosen the cable so you have alot of slack in it. Push the cable inward, towards the primary. This will push the actuator towards the rear. Now adjust the clutch by the screw. Turn it inward,...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 ironhead oilpump, spring washer, ironhead
spring washer, ironhead, keyway: You sure you have your measurement right? 3mm is about 1/8 of a inch. Generally, the gear doesnt wear, its the pump body that wears out. If you have that much wear, then its time for a new pump. Also, make sure the key is in the keyway and not broken Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Sportster Rear Wheel, shims, spacers
shims, spacers, good luck: what you need to do is remove the wheel and install the alxe with some spacers so you can tighten it like on the bike. If its to tight, then you have to shim it. You must have .002 play in the bearing or it will seize or to much it will wobble Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 CB900 C running rough, needle nose pliers, cb900
needle nose pliers, cb900, simple tune: I d start with a simple tune up including synching the carbs and see if it doesn t improve. The hanging up in engine speed is probably the advancer unit. Those springs on the weights relax allowing the timing to stay advanced too long. You can pinch the...

Motorcycle Repair: '82 Virago 750 backfiring upon decelaration, air filter element, air leaks
air filter element, air leaks, yamaha virago: Hi Gary... Hmmm. a backfiring Virago... hard to say for sure without seeing the bike, but here are the usual suspects: 1) An air leak between one of the carbs and the engine. 2) A leak or hole in the exhaust system. 3) A problem with the air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: '82 Virago 750 backfiring upon decelaration, yamaha virago 750, vacuum nozzle
yamaha virago 750, vacuum nozzle, fuel nozzle: The tach is an indication of RPM but it sort of averages what the motor is doing. When you hold the throttle and the tach is jumping do you hear the motor mis-firing? If the motor is smooth and the tach is jumping you may need to remove the tach cable, clean...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 yahama maxim, mixture problem, speed set
mixture problem, speed set, otoh: Don t know the specifics on this bike but idle is mostly controlled by two things: throttle and mixture. If the mixture is good (plugs aren t fouling and the idle is steady as the bike warms up) then you can adjust the speed of the idle by turning the idle...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 cb 650 sc lack of power under 3ooo rpm, carbs, air filter
carbs, air filter, rpm: Sounds like the carbs need to be cleaned, especially the idle jets. You will need to remove the carbs and access the idle jet. This link will provide some guidance on how to locate the idle jet. You don t need to follow all the steps. Just remove the float...

Motorcycle Repair: '83 gs550es low rpm troubles, pilot jet, carb settings
pilot jet, carb settings, k n filters: You need to get everything back to stock as a starting point. The use of the K&N and the 4-1 exhaust will complicate this as the carb settings are very sensitive to intake restriction and back pressure. I would start by putting together a set of the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 honda magna 700, empty gas tank, honda magna
empty gas tank, honda magna, metal shavings: Hi Bruce... sorry for the delay, my email system keeps acting up on me!! Ok... at the bottom of the lock cylinder are two pillars pointing downward, they engage the lock sliders. It sounds as if your pillars have broke. You don t have to get a new tank, but...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 honda shadow 700 vt, snap ring pliers, clutch master cylinder
snap ring pliers, clutch master cylinder, piston kit: I think there s a metal ring holding it in the bore. I normally take a pair of pliers and pull it out. Sometime the boot will tear but most of the tie it will come out okay. Inside the boot you will find a snap ring holding the plunger in the bore. That...

Motorcycle Repair: '84 XL350R cranksahft bearings., rod bearings, retaining ring
rod bearings, retaining ring, crankcase: Sure if they are the same size as what was there before. Bearings come in standard sizes unless the manufacturer requires something special like a retaining ring or locator pin. The bearing you can t get to without pressing the crank apart is the rod bearings....

Motorcycle Repair: can a 85 600r xl be converted to electric start, solenoid starter, starter solenoid
solenoid starter, starter solenoid, starter clutch: Chris, check with www.xrsonly.com for further info. I imagine that the changeover to an electric starter would be way more in cost than buying another bike. You would need new battery/battery box/wiring harness, electric starter, solenoid, starter switch and...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow 500 starting problem #2, starter solenoid, clutch lever
starter solenoid, clutch lever, honda shadow: Your battery is fully charged and the bike won t start? Does it turn over? If it does then there may be a problem with the ignition. If it doesn t turn over: Does the starter solenoid click? If it doesn t then the problem may be corrosion in the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 Yamaha FJ1100, electrical harnesses, yamaha fj1100
electrical harnesses, yamaha fj1100, bikebandit com: Carbs are an art all to themselves. It sounds like the float valves may be stuck open or may be leaking. A bike sitting idle for 6 years will probably need the carbs rebuilt. Here s an excellent link on clening and rebuilding a rack of mikuni carbs which...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 Shadow 1100 oil leak behind clutch cyl-shifter rod-engine oil, clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder
clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, piston cup: Tom, go to: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt1100c-shadow-1100-1986-us_model7623/partslist/E++09.html the clutch slave cylinder assembly is along the left side of the illustration. Remove the slave cylinder and use the hydraulic pressure to push the piston...

Motorcycle Repair: 86-shadow engine oil leak- more info, engine oil leak, worn piston rings
engine oil leak, worn piston rings, engine crankcase: Tom, http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt1100c-shadow-1100-1986-us_model7623/partslist/E++10.html It goes in where the 3 bolt hole recess is for the slave cylinder. In most cases, oil seals can be removed and replaced without removal of the engine cases. The seal...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 vt800 shadow, regulator rectifier, yellow wires
regulator rectifier, yellow wires, awnsers: Chad, I ve answered this question a few times so you make want to scan the achieves if you want more information. There are only three parts to that charging system. The stator, the flywheel and the voltage regulator/rectifier. You can check the stator by...

Motorcycle Repair: 883-1200 conversion, 883 sportster, stock configuration
883 sportster, stock configuration, dyna jet: That is going to depend on what cam, exhaust and air boxyou are running. Your best bet is to install a Dyna-jet kit while you have it apart. That way you will install the right jets and it will give you more throttle responce Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 FLSTC, long periods, charging system
long periods, charging system, coils: Coils crack from overheating from holding to much juice. Make sure you dont leave the ignition on, without the bike running, for long periods. Check your charging system to make sure its not putting out ot much voltage and make sure the coill cover is not...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 fatboy charging system, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, charging system: First, at the battery, start the bike and see what the voltage is whne running at around 2000 RPM. You should be getting about 13.5 volts. If not then shut the bike off and unplug the regulator. t the stator plug do a OHMs test on each pin to ground. Should...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 suzuki gxsr, suzuki gsxr 600, vacuum line
suzuki gsxr 600, vacuum line, float valves: Might be a couple of issues here. Not starting on electric starter probably means the battery is worn out. Depending on how old it is, look to replace it but definitely check its electrolyte level and recharge it. Bogging down after 6 - 7 minutes sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: '93 honda vt1100c won't start, starter solenoid, honda vt1100c
starter solenoid, honda vt1100c, honda shadow: Sorry Adam, but my experience is with pre-82 Hondas. However, I d take a screwdriver and bridge between the two lugs on the top of the starter solenoid. If the starter cranks, it s probably a bad solenoid. If it doesn t crank over the starter could be bad....

Motorcycle Repair: 97 sportster 883, sportster 883, loose plug
sportster 883, loose plug, key switch: Running ouot of fuel shouldnt have anything to do with the lights going off. They should have stayed on. SInce they are working and you dont have a problem then there is nothing much you can check, other than loose plug connections. If it goes off and stays...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda 300ex, crank case, oil consumption
crank case, oil consumption, excessive oil: Joe, my experience is with older pre-82 honda but it sounds like you have excessive ring or liner wear causing oil consumption and blow up past the rings. You can run the bike as long as it s not too objectionable but you won t correct anything with just adding...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda 300ex, puff of air, oil level
puff of air, oil level, crankcase: Hi Joe... I m afraid I m not familiar with the bike you have, but if you have two unattached hoses that allow oil to eject, then I would first assume that those hoses are crankcase vent hoses. On most bikes they connect to the air box. Oil will sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Softail, compression test, 48k
compression test, 48k, good luck: I cant give you a price on repair, due to the fact that prices are different all over the country and shops have different rates. As long as it running good you shouldnt have a problem. You can do a compression test and a bleed down test and that will tell...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Dyna Super Glide, high octane fuel, rapid acceleration
high octane fuel, rapid acceleration, intake leak: Check for a intake leak with carb cleaner. Warm the bike up and spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up, you have a leak. Also, if that is ok, then you need to do a bleed down test to see if you have a leaking valve Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: apparent intake leak, 1978 hondamatic 750, intake leak
1978 hondamatic 750, intake leak, hose clamp: Sorry you re having so much trouble. I repair bikes for friends and family as a hobby anymore but $370 for a carb rebuild seems pretty steep. It takes about 20 minutes to get then off, and an hour to take them apart and clean them. Another 45 minutes to...

Motorcycle Repair: Bad Gas and low Octane Rating, gallon gas tank, float bowls
gallon gas tank, float bowls, fall colors: Hi Kirk... In a nutshell... yes. If the gas sat for a few months, it is very possible that it went bad. There may have been moisture in the can. The octane rating is not as important for older bikes as it is for newer ones, especially fuel injected bikes....

Motorcycle Repair: "Bad Gas", octane gas, cheap gas
octane gas, cheap gas, detonation: All the higher octane gas does is stop pinging or pre detonation, so if you dont have that problem with the lower octane gas then use it. The gas he gave you might have been old so I would drain it and put in some fresh Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery loses charge, regulator rectifier, battery terminals
regulator rectifier, battery terminals, charging system: It could be the charging system isn t keeping up with the load on the battery. Put a multimeter on the battery terminals and watch the voltage. When the bike is shut down you should see about 12.5 volts with a fully charged battery (maybe more if its new)....

Motorcycle Repair: Bought 1982 Honda Nighthawk, some issues, valve cover gasket, fork seals
valve cover gasket, fork seals, brake caliper: You can replace the fork seals but the procedure involves removing the brake caliper, the wheel and the forks. You should get a service manual which will walk you through the steps. Valve covers leak alot and the noise you are hearing has nothing to do...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, brake master cylinder, ape hangers
brake master cylinder, ape hangers, air bubbles: Keep bleeding them. the hole in the master cylinder it really small for the brake fluid to go through and it takes a long time to get all the air out. You may have to go through several fillings of the master cylinder before you are done Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: bad idle, then die, then no start, kawasaki ex500, exaust
kawasaki ex500, exaust, japanise: My first step would be to get a healthy battery. Either charge it up or replace it. You can t get a bike to run right without a good battery. Next I would get a service manual and read up on the scheduled maintenance items. In particular you probably need...

Motorcycle Repair: bike starts but wont idle, speed jets, jet control
speed jets, jet control, new spark: I think you ll find the low speed/idle jets are plugged in the carburetor. The idle jet control the fueling from zero throttle up to about 1/8 throttle opening. You ll have to take the carbs off and remove the low speed jets and make sure it s clean inside....

Motorcycle Repair: bikes engine dies, charging system, voltmeter
charging system, voltmeter, voltage regulator: Yes, you need to measure the voltage while the bike is running. It could be that there is not enough juice to run the ignition properly which is why you are getting wet plugs and why it dies. A battery s measured voltage will drop when current is drawn from...

Motorcycle Repair: blinkers and brake lights, brake switch, blinkers
brake switch, blinkers, tail lights: Your bike does not have fueses, it has breakers. Check at the brake switch to see if you have power going to it. If not then you will have to check the breakers it see if theya re wirking. they are located between the tanks Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: brake bleeding on honda xr 650 L, honda xr 650, master brake cylinder
honda xr 650, master brake cylinder, honda xr 650 l: Hi Hugo... Replacing a brake line can be frustrating for sure. Here s what ya do: Start with the master cylinder mounted securely on the handle bar so that the reservoir is level. Fill it to the proper level. MAKE SURE THE FLUID LEVEL NEVER GOES DOWN BELOW...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light stay on, brake switch, brake lever
brake switch, brake lever, switches: There are two switches for the brake light: the front brake lever the pedal either one will close the circuit and light up the brake light. The pedal usually has a screwnut to set how far it will travel before it lights up. You may need to adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lights stuck on, foot brake, brake switch
foot brake, brake switch, seperate pieces: Check at the front brake handle. You will notice that the cover for the throttle and the cover for the brake are two seperate pieces. They need to be pushed tight together or the brake light will stay on. If it is still staying on then the front brake switch...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, honda cbr 250, bout time
honda cbr 250, bout time, brake pads: David, just take a look at the distance between the disk and the metal backing plates of the pads. That s how thick the pads are. If there s 3 mm or more you re probably good for another season, depending on how much you ride. If they are less than 3 mm...

Motorcycle Repair: brake sticking, piston seal, dish soap
piston seal, dish soap, ring groove: Jason, I think you ll find the o-ring groove still has junk in it making the piston bind up. The brake fluid makes a pretty tough varnish like coating in that groove. I usually take a dulled bent nail or something like it to scratch out the stuff. Just...

Motorcycle Repair: CARB HOLDERS, kawasaki zephyr 750, kawasaki zr750
kawasaki zephyr 750, kawasaki zr750, temeculamotorsports: Hi Eric... Cracked intake boots can cause very poor performance. Normally, I would tell someone to check if they are actually leaking, as sometimes they really are not leaking even tho they appear cracked. New ones will run ya just under $20 each (x 4 carbs),...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb popping, air fuel mixture, dyna jet
air fuel mixture, dyna jet, air fuel mixture screw: Drilling the slide makes the slide react faster, but you have to go a certain size. Going to big will make it worse. the kit has a spific size drill bit to do the drilling. You will also be opening hte air/fuel mixture screw to adjust it for a better idle....

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C Idles to fast, set pilot, adjustment screw
set pilot, adjustment screw, fuel enrichment: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Jim, it sounds like an air leak. The hard starting indictes that it s not getting the fuel enrichment it needs to start cold. The cold pipe on number one would be a good place...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problem on 81 CB400N, cb 400n, clutch lever
cb 400n, clutch lever, bellcrank: Geoff, I ve not see anything like this before but there s only three parts to that clutch lifter mechanizm...the clutch lever, the cable and the bellcrank on the right hand side cover. If the clutch works most of the time, I d guess the problem is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: CM400 Custom Ignition System Problem, 1981 honda cm400, volt meter
1981 honda cm400, volt meter, piece at a time: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Bill, it sounds like you have replaced about everything. You really need to be using a volt meter to track these problems down. It s a lot less expensive than replacing the system...

Motorcycle Repair: CM450e Carb problem, rust problem, float bowl
rust problem, float bowl, speed changes: I can t tell you the differences between the 82 and 83 models but in that time period there were a lot of changes driven by emissions so it s possible there s enough differences that the swap might not work. However the jets don t control the idle speed so...

Motorcycle Repair: Coolant leak on a 1978 goldwing GL1000, radiator pressure tester, honda goldwing
radiator pressure tester, honda goldwing, coolant leak: Could be the headgaskets are leaking but more likely it s an o-ring on the thermostat pipe that goes between the two cylidnerheads. If you rent a radiator pressure tester from Autozone, you can pressurize the cooling system and find the leak quickly. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: Crankcase blow-by, yamaha radian, vent tube
yamaha radian, vent tube, gas mixture: First off: DO NOT RUN THE BIKE LIKE THIS You have gas leaking through the carbs and into the crankcase. The likely cause is leaking float valves which are either dirty or need new o-rings. You may also have a stuck float valve. You need to open up the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: CT90 trans problem, type mechanism, shift lever
type mechanism, shift lever, knowlege: The easiest way to find out what s going on it to get the rear wheel off the ground and the shift through gears as you turn the rear wheel. You should feel and hear the transmission shift every time you move the shift lever up or down. If you don t hear...

Motorcycle Repair: Cycle Shack baffles to replace those in SSII on an FXSTC 2009, fxstc softail custom, stock pipes
fxstc softail custom, stock pipes, best bet: When riders are looking for a certain sound they are all different. What one person like another might not. Your best bet is to check some bikes you hear and if you find a sound you like, then ask what they are running. that way you can get what you are looking...

Motorcycle Repair: cd175 1971, hondas, spindle
hondas, spindle, shaft: Ian, you have to split the crankcases to get to that shaft. I wouldn t attempt it without a manual in hand unless you have had some experience taking Hondas apart. It s not too difficult but you have to know something about how they come apart and go together...

Motorcycle Repair: chain noise, aluminum channel, straight bar
aluminum channel, straight bar, alignment: It s possible the chain is out of alignment. Also note that a warmed up chain will be alot looser and smoother. Maybe the clicking is due to the chain being cold? To check alignment of the rear wheel I use a straight bar of aluminum channel and press it...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system 1985 vt700c shadow, field coil, correct voltage
field coil, correct voltage, charging system: You didn t ask any question but the voltage output is controlled by the regulator. It senses the system voltage and then energizes the field coil to keep the battery voltage around 13.5-14.5 volts. If there s resistance or high load in the circuit the regulator...

Motorcycle Repair: cleaning brake caliber pistons, emery cloth, ring groove
emery cloth, ring groove, aluminum surface: Scotchbrite would be better than emery since it won t scratch the surface. Also pull out the o-ring and clean the o-ring groove good. I usually take a bent nail and carefully scrape the varnish like stuff out of the groove. Just be careful not to marr the...

Motorcycle Repair: coil honda175 test, coil tester, voltage output
coil tester, voltage output, local shop: Jay, I don t really know of a way to check the coil apart from a coil tester. I could imagine a circuit that will cause the coil to create a spark but you have to be able to check the voltage output which is indicated by the length of the gap the spark will...

Motorcycle Repair: crankcase breathe oil spillout, chain oiler, spring check valve
chain oiler, spring check valve, crankcase breather: Your oil returns from the primary through a hose which is attached to a t from the vent on the motor. As the air is passed through the hose to the oil tank it sucks the oil out of the primary. Your ball is still not seating all the way. The only other thing...

Motorcycle Repair: custom oil lines, hose clamp, wrist pins
hose clamp, wrist pins, braided hose: If they were to tight, then they would have to be honed. If they got honed to much it could cause your pistons to gall and will keep doing it. Usually, they are ok right out of the box. Your pistons could have galled if the cylinder was honed to tight. On...

Motorcycle Repair: Delkron transmission case 620-299 FXR, bike mike, speed components
bike mike, speed components, trans case: You cn fit any of the 5 speed gearsets in there. the only thing you have to be careful of is the mainshaft. If you already have a clutch then you would have to go with the 1990 to 1994 gear set or the clutch wont fit on the mainshaft. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Evo FXR Gearbox?, lever moves, stock heads
lever moves, stock heads, bike specs: Your problem is either a broken shifter spring or the spacing on the gear or a bent shifter dog. If you remove the top cover while the trans is in the bike then you can inspect for the problem. If not, then the trans will have to be removed Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, fuse box, suzuki gsx r
fuse box, suzuki gsx r, charging system: First place I would look would be the fuse box. Second I would check the battery. It could be your battery has run out and when the bike stopped running you no longer have anything to start it. Question is why would the battery run down? Is it dry...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical 86 flhtc, fuel gauge, iron head
fuel gauge, iron head, mile bike: You have breakers in your bike and no fuses. I would test on both sides of the breakers to make sure you have power coming and going. If the breakers are good then you will have to start tracing wires from the breaker to the problem. the breakers are located...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical-86-flhtc, light hazard, tail lamps
light hazard, tail lamps, fuel gauge: First, you need to check at the key switch to make sure you have power going to the breakers. If you do, then go to the breakers and test on each side of them to make sure there is power. If no power, then replace the breaker. If you do then you will have...

Motorcycle Repair: engine, motorcycle repair shop, japanese bikes
motorcycle repair shop, japanese bikes, kawasaki zx 6: I m sorry but its a little hard to understand your question. What do you mean but the oil is not lessing ? The oil light is an oil pressure light. It comes on when the bike is not running because there s no oil pressure. Once the motor is running, the light...

Motorcycle Repair: engine ping, harley dealer, pcll
harley dealer, pcll, pcii: Personnally, I dont use either one. I reprogram the ECM that is on the bike. Either one you are talking about is a good unit and I havent heard of alot of problems with the PCll. the dealers push the Super Tuner because, one its a Harley procuct, and two,...

Motorcycle Repair: enrichner problem, plastic nut, duece
plastic nut, duece, cable assembly: First, check the adjustment on it. behind the knob there is a plastic nut. Loosen it, pull it out and put some WD40 on the slide and try it. If its still to hard to pull you have to remove the carb and unscrew the enrichner from it Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: extended front end for 1989 FXRS, fxrs, stock front
fxrs, stock front, low rider: You can do that, but all you will do is raise the front end off the ground more. You can add neck cups that are angled by 3 degrees which will extend the front end. then you will have to change the length of the forks Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Fork length on a raked front end, stock length, fxst
stock length, fxst, hte: What you need to do is install the 5 degree rake in the trees. jack the bike up so the frame is level. Measure from the triple tree to where the the axle will be. take the measurement and subtract the length of the forks and that will tell you how much longer...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel problems with 1976 KZ750 Kawasaki, vent hoses, tank lid
vent hoses, tank lid, inline filters: Glad you figured it out. Gravity feed systems seem simple but they do require proper venting. For your electrical issues I would start at the battery and trace wires. Maybe you can eliminate portions by using a multimeter continuity check, if you are looking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda SL70 carburetor issue, millimeters
Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda SL70 carburetor issue, millimeters

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Suzuki GN400 Electrical, gn400, switch position
Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Suzuki GN400 Electrical, gn400, switch position, proper position

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago, new bike, cranks
Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago, new bike, cranks, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 250 exciter, o rings, carbs
Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 250 exciter, o rings, carbs, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r atc, second gear, 250r
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r atc, second gear, 250r, reeds

Motorcycle Repair: My 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 is backfiring alot., honda shadow spirit, spark plug gap
Motorcycle Repair: My 2006 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 is backfiring alot., honda shadow spirit, spark plug gap, honda shadow spirit 750

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow 500 starting problem #2, air fuel mixture, trying to find a way
Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow 500 starting problem #2, air fuel mixture, trying to find a way, spark plug

Motorcycle Repair: 87 vt800 shadow
Motorcycle Repair: 87 vt800 shadow

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C Idles to fast, air leak, fine tune
Motorcycle Repair: CB900C Idles to fast, air leak, fine tune, screws

Motorcycle Repair: CM400 Custom Ignition System Problem
Motorcycle Repair: CM400 Custom Ignition System Problem

Motorcycle Repair: High Idle 250 Elsinore, twist grip, spliter
Motorcycle Repair: High Idle 250 Elsinore, twist grip, spliter, throttle cable

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1983 gl650 silverwing, silverwing, bare metal
Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1983 gl650 silverwing, silverwing, bare metal, caliper

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Scramblers, cl350, warranty issues
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Scramblers, cl350, warranty issues, warranty program

Motorcycle Repair: NO START AND NO HEADLIGHT
Motorcycle Repair: NO START AND NO HEADLIGHT

Motorcycle Repair: Starter install 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100, starter solenoid, ring pliers
Motorcycle Repair: Starter install 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100, starter solenoid, ring pliers, allen wrench

Motorcycle Repair: fork brace, fork tubes, fork brace
fork tubes, fork brace, xlch: The fork brace stiffens the forks and keeps them from twisting under a load. You install then about half way up on the upper fork tubes. Make sure you put them high enough that they dont hit when you bottom the forks out Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: frozen tranny, honda v45 sabre, hydraulic clutch
honda v45 sabre, hydraulic clutch, clutch lever: If the master cylinder was empty then its possible the fluid has drained out or you have a bubble in the system. I would look at the service manual for a procedure on rebuilding the hydraulic clutch and bleeding the fluid. You might also want to look at replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: gas leak from carb, carb, float valve
carb, float valve, needle: Fuel coming out of the overflow tube is usually caused by the float valve in the carb not shutting properly. This can be caused by a defective or damaged float, but it is more often the result of debris that has made it s way from the fuel tank and prevents...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard restarting after riding, mixture, honda
mixture, honda: Generally a bike gets easier to start if its been warmed up. The only time this is not the case is if the starting mixture is way off. Are you using the choke to start the bike when its warm? That would cause too much fuel to enter the motor and would fowl...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Lights, beam position, turn signals
beam position, turn signals, low beam: On your front lights. You have a short in the lighting system. When you go to high beam the spotlights should not be on at all. What you need to do is start tracing out the wires. You probably have a bad ground. On the turn signals, repair the lights first...

Motorcycle Repair: HD 2001 Soft tail, Starting Problem, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, starter button: Check at the starter where the solenoid connects and see if you have power there when you hit the starter button. If no power then you need a starter relay. If you do, then the starter solenoid needs to be checked. Before doing the above, make sure you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Help with carb routing, vent hoses, two inlets
vent hoses, two inlets, fuel hoses: I m not 100% sure about the overflow since it looks like it sits kinda low. I m pretty sure about the vent tubes, though. The vacuum hose to the petcock is pretty obvious and the fuel hoses you ve already checked out. One thing you can try is posting a...

Motorcycle Repair: High Idle 250 Elsinore, air screw, smoke a lot
air screw, smoke a lot, air leak: The only other place to get air is from the crankshaft seals. If the bike smoke a lot, it may be pulling in oil and air from the seals. It s difficult to believe that it will get enough air to cause it to rev up much. I ve seen them smoke but not rev. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Higher Idle, cb honda, timing advance
cb honda, timing advance, lifters: RPMs going from 1k to 1.3k is not too bad. Basically the mixture is a touch lean on idle and as the bike warms up it runs more efficiently (warm engine needs less fuel). You can adjust the idle mixture fuel screws by turning them out a little bit (1/4 turn)....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 110cc engine clone no 1st or 3rd gear?, clutch tool, clutch pack
clutch tool, clutch pack, wet clutch: James, sorry for taking so long to get to this question but I ve been thinking about what it might be. I think the first and third gear share a common shift fork. I m guessing that the pin on shift fork may be broken off or the dogs on the slider gear may...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1983 gl650 silverwing, brake calipers, fork seal
brake calipers, fork seal, fork tube: I think you will find the pistons in the brake calipers are stuck. They will get a varnish build up between the piston and the o-ring that binds up the piston. If you can t push the piston into their bore with a reasonable force with your fingers, the pistons...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cr250r, honda cr250r, honda dealer
honda cr250r, honda dealer, headstock: Dan, normally the year is stamped on the identification plate on the headstock on the frame. If someone has removed that plate, you ll have to track it down using the serial number. The honda dealer should be able to help get you close. Regards Rich...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel 250cc carb sync, cv carburetors, mercury manometer
cv carburetors, mercury manometer, balance screw: Syncing the carbs is not balancing mixture but balancing the throttles to match the vacuum from the cylinder. You can estimate the throttle balance by turning the balance screw and shining some light down the opening. You want to get them about the same: the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Scramblers, cl350, exhaust pipes
cl350, exhaust pipes, seat of your pants: Well Tim, the major difference in the CB and CL is the exhaust as you observed. The CL exhaust is tuned for more low end torque and the CBs was tuned for more top end power. There wasn t a lot of difference between the actual peak power and you probably...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda trail 90, honda trail 90, rubber gasket
honda trail 90, rubber gasket, rubber seal: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Cody, that rubber seal inside is the problem. Originally, each one of those holes in the seal had a little raised o-ring formed around the hole and that s what created the seal....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda z50, honda z50 engine, piston kit
honda z50 engine, piston kit, plug hole: Brian, sounds like the intake valve is bent or hanging open. CHeck the compression on the engine. If you don t have a compression tester, take out the plug and try to hold pressure in the cylinder with your finger as you kick the engine over. You have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Hydraulic clutch spongy on 1983 Honda Sabre 750, honda sabre, hydraulic clutch
honda sabre, hydraulic clutch, clutch lever: I d bet the slave cylinder on the engine is sticking due to crud build up behind the seals. When the bike is cold, the piston moves freely but when hot, it sticks in the bore. Pull it apart and give it a good cleaning and I think the problem will go away....

Motorcycle Repair: over heated vfr 400, coolant system, head gasket
coolant system, head gasket, head gaskets: Based on you re description it sounds like maybe the cam timing may be off a tooth or two. Depending on what year tha bike is, it may have a unique cam timing procedure. I don t have a manual on that bike so I can t say for sure but I know the Vs are more...

Motorcycle Repair: holding a charge 1976 cb 500 t, magnetic rotor, regulator rectifier
magnetic rotor, regulator rectifier, brake light switch: That year had running lights up front. So the turnsignals were on any time the engine was running or the key turned on. The running light went out when the turnsignals were turned on. I m betting one of the filaments in the front bulbs may be burned out....

Motorcycle Repair: hot harley, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, starter button: First, check at the battery to make sure the bike is fully charging. At 2000 RPMs you should be getting around 13.5. If its charging ok then check at the wire on the starter coming from the starter relay. When you hit the starter button do you get power at...

Motorcycle Repair: Installing a starter clutch in a 1990 ninja zx-10?, kawasaki ninja zx, starter clutch
kawasaki ninja zx, starter clutch, zx 10: Hi Michael... Well... in a nut shell... yes, you re getting ripped. An 18 year old Ninja ZX10 with no title is a dead bike. Only good for parts. Being as how you ask about repairing the starter clutch, I have to wonder why? So you get the bike to finally...

Motorcycle Repair: install a tach on a 97 suz vz800, motorcycle salvage yard, motorcycle tachs
motorcycle salvage yard, motorcycle tachs, clymer manual: Hi Shawn... Sure... it s very possible to install a tach. Modern motorcycle tachs are quite simple in their operation. You can get new aftermarket kits ranging in price from $59 on up (depending on their sleekness ) and they can be installed in an hour...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting a 1982 CB750C, relative novice, cb750c
relative novice, cb750c, ft elevation: Well, I d start by raising the floats 1.5 mm. Then I d raise the needles valves in the slides .030 inches by placing small washers under the seats. Then I d change out the 102 main jets to something like 115-125 and see if I needed any more. With raising...

Motorcycle Repair: Master cylinder rebuild, needle nose pliers, snap ring pliers
needle nose pliers, snap ring pliers, kz 1000: I don t have experience with that model but I ve rebuilt a few and they are probably similar. It is difficult to find a pair of snap ring pliers which are long enough to reach into the channel of the piston. I took a pair of extra long and thin needle...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle carbs?, kwaks, valve clearances
kwaks, valve clearances, float valve: Great classic bike. It sounds like the carbs and possibly more needs a little attention. First I would check valve clearances (unless that s already been done) and electrics (with a multimeter). Then I would look at the plugs to see if there s one...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle oil follow up, cams and followers, sliding friction
cams and followers, sliding friction, honda motorcycle: Kurt, the base price and performance of the oils are all about the same. It s the additive package the manufacturer puts in is what makes the differences in the oil s performance and price. They re are a number of different formulations that can be added...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycles, piston crown, xr200r
piston crown, xr200r, float bowl: Hi Joe... I m going to answer this question as if the bike is in my shop for the described complaint. Here s what I would do: (Assuming I already cleaned the carb and set the screws proper). 1) Replace the spark plug with a fresh one. 2) check engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Front master cylinder Harley 94 FLSTN, cylinder bore, corrision
cylinder bore, corrision, flstn: Its not suppose to be that snug. It is suppose to move hte rubber plunger. You should get a new cup with the rebuild kit. Before putting it all the way together, check to make sure nothing is to tight You can also lightly hone the sylinder where the cap goes...

Motorcycle Repair: mileage, stock bike, maintenance history
stock bike, maintenance history, ballpark figure: On the rebuild, its had to say how soont he motor will have to be rebuilt. It is going to depend on how often the fluids are changed, riding style and in general, how the bike is taken care of. I have seen bikes go to 80,000 miles before anything is done....

Motorcycle Repair: how a motorcycle starter works, starter solenoid, clutch gear
starter solenoid, clutch gear, soleniod: When you hit the starter button the starter turns as well as the starter soleniod, which is othing but a magnet, pushes out hte jackshaft to engage the clutch gear. If your jackshaft isnt moving, then you hae a problem with the starter solenoid Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle storage, motorcycle storage, winnipeg canada
motorcycle storage, winnipeg canada, winter storage: If the oil hasnt weeped int he past, then it probably wont. Start the bike and let it warm up and change the oil and filter before storage. You are getting rid if the carbon and acid in the oil system that way. Then restart the bike and let it warm up and...

Motorcycle Repair: Nighthawk 700S starting problem;, honda nighthawk 700s, 1984 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 700s, 1984 honda nighthawk, selonoid: Hi Tom... Before ya go investing hundreds of dollars in a new CDI box, I would test the run switch and starter button first. Also, if your bike is equipped with a kickstand switch and clutch switch, check those too. It s far more likely that the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: i need more help. thank you, loud pop, start button
loud pop, start button, odometer: It sounds like you might have a bad battery. I would have it tested. If you are sure that the battery is good then you have a short int he wiring, do to the fact that the headlight is dot as bright as normal. this would also cause the bike not to start good...

Motorcycle Repair: i need to replace my latch assembly, latch assembly, small pin
latch assembly, small pin, gas cap: You have to drive the pin out that holds it on the tank. Take a small pin punch and just drive it out. Have someone hold a hammer on the opposite side to prevent bending the tabs on the tank. You can replace the pin with the one that comes with the latch...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil change disaster, drain bolt, bolt hole
drain bolt, bolt hole, bikebandit com: Sorry to break the bad news but you will need to remove the oil pan and put a helicoil type insert as your drain bolt hole is stripped. In an emergency, you may be able to JB Weld it into place to get you on the road but then you ll have a mess getting it...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil thru breather, crankcase breather, stock pipes
crankcase breather, stock pipes, indian scout: Your oil is backing up in to the bottom of the motor. Your check valve in the oil pump is leaking through. What happens is when you start the motor the oil cant be pumped back to the oil tank fast enough and it comes out the breather. Start it and it will...

Motorcycle Repair: oil, honda magna, 20w50
honda magna, 20w50, 10w40: I ve always used Honda oil or Castrol 10W40 or 20W50 depending on if the engine is water cooled or air cooled. I m sure you can get a lot of opinions on this subject and I m sure there are people that know a lot more than I do about the types and brands of...

Motorcycle Repair: oil drain plug, oil drain plug, heli coil kit
oil drain plug, heli coil kit, drain bolt: Hi Brian... I have never heard of any problems with the drain bolt on Katanas. I would say that either it wasn t reinstalled properly or perhaps the threads are stripped. Get yourself a new drain bolt and see if it tightens down properly. If it doesn t,...

Motorcycle Repair: oil dumping from crankcase breather, crankcase breather, cometic
crankcase breather, cometic, c oil: For the over heating, check to make sure you are not running to lean and also that your timing is not to far retarted. On the leaking of oil, I would check to make sure the breather gear is timed correctly. If it off a tooth you will get your problem. As...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking out, vent tube, oil level
vent tube, oil level, oil pump: There is a ball in the oil pump that is held down with a spring and is suppose to keep oil from going into the bottom end when the bike is not running. When you start it the oil pump cant pump it out fast enough, so you get oil out the vent tube. The seat...

Motorcycle Repair: Problem Starting My bike, kawasaki ninja zx6, air filter element
kawasaki ninja zx6, air filter element, fuel pump relay: Hi Brody!! Ok... I m kinda at a loss to understand why you were told to replace the battery to fix the hot starting problem, but perhaps there were extenuating circumstances I am not aware of. At least we know ya got a good battery now!! When the bike started...

Motorcycle Repair: more power, honda rebel, best bet
honda rebel, best bet, one of the guys: If the bike is in tune and has good compression you should be able to outrun the rebel unless your fiend weighs 90lbs and you weigh alot more. There s not much you can do to improve on it if it s running ok. Your best bet would be to find a bigger bike....

Motorcycle Repair: Quick increase of rpm but no acceleration., friction plates, clutch lever
friction plates, clutch lever, yamaha yzf600r: Hi Josh... Hmmm.... Yeah, sounds like the clutch is slipping. I would open the clutch, pull the friction plates and measure them with a caliper... could be that the previous owner was a bit hard on the clutch and the you might need new plates. But don t...

Motorcycle Repair: Re RX 1000 GPz, correct speed, gpz
correct speed, gpz, high speeds: When the idle RPM goes up, it typically means the idle mixture is set too lean. Try enriching the mixture via the idle mixture fuel screws. This will cause the RPMs to go up so then adjust them back down to the correct speed using the throttle knob. You...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear break squeals a little: 1982 CM450E Honda, motorcycle safety instructor, knowledgable service
motorcycle safety instructor, knowledgable service, drum brakes: The only time I d recommend not using the front brake is when the road is wet or there s the potential for loosing traction like on gravel. The front brake can contribute almost 60% of the total braking effort. Just apply it judiciously until you get the...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Speedo on 93 Heritage, odometer reset, cowling
odometer reset, cowling, speedo: Remove the cowling over the speedo. There is a nut on top of it. If the odometer reset is in the way of it coming off, then you have to remove it. There is a small screw inside the knob. Once you have the cover off look at the back of the speedo and you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing Rocker cover gasket, rocker cover gasket, motorcycle mechanic
rocker cover gasket, motorcycle mechanic, breather tube: If you are planning on working on your own bike you should purchase a service manual. It will really help you with repairs. When changing the rocker cover gaskets you should do both. Drain and remove the gas tank. Remove the 4 bolts holding the top cover...

Motorcycle Repair: Right front turn signal stay installation help, honda vt500c, source point
honda vt500c, source point, headlight assembly: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. Tony, the disconnect connectors are inside the headlight shell. Remove the headlight assembly and you will find the connectors. Those will be threaded through the new stay. I...

Motorcycle Repair: Risers for Fatboy 2003, headlight assembly, risers
headlight assembly, risers, headlamp: First you have to remove the headlight assembly. Once you have that done you remove the passing lamp bracket and at the back of the cover remove the screws that hold any lines. the narcell will then come off and you can get to the risers. There is a bolt on...

Motorcycle Repair: When to do a re-build, proper tools, pistons
proper tools, pistons, bolt: A rebuild is when you remove the engine, tear it apart mic all the parts and replace whats needed. You need to determine a rebuild by noises in the motor or alot of smoking out the exhaust or a loss of power. I have seen 80,000 miles before having to tear...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake moan 2008 drz400sm, drz400sm, new bike
drz400sm, new bike, service manuals: Service manuals often suggest the caliper bolts get re-tightened on a new bike after brake in. That s my only guess right now. If its really a problem you may need to remove the pads and inspect them. Low freq vibes can also be caused by an uneven rotor but...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brakes on a '97 heritage, brake pumps, rear brakes
brake pumps, rear brakes, heritage softail: Follow the brake line from the pedel back and you will see the master cylinder. Remove the cover and see if any brake fluid is in there. If its dry add some DOT 5 fluid. If it is then go to the brake caliber and pump the pedel and while holding it down, open...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S carb kits, jp cycles catalog, extra power
jp cycles catalog, extra power, intake manifold: You need to get the complete kit, otherwise you cant mount it. It will not mount to your intake manifold you have on there now. You dont have to change the mifflers at all if you dont want to. You just jet the carb to what you have. If you are looking for...

Motorcycle Repair: NO START AND NO HEADLIGHT, honda shadow 750, starter button
honda shadow 750, starter button, turnsignals: Hi Patrick... I am 99% sure that the problem is the starter button switch located on the right handlebar. This switch is designed to kill the headlights when ever the starter is activated. They are notorious for going bad. Replace the starter button and...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter install 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100, starter solenoid, 4 quarts
starter solenoid, 4 quarts, clutch cable: Hi Randall... Ok.. I would start by suggesting you get a manual that covers your model bike... they are invaluable in such a task. You will also need a left side engine cover gasket and a little less than 4 quarts of engine oil (you ll need to drain the...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GSX1100F Head Gasket repair, head gasket repair, suzuki gsx1100f
head gasket repair, suzuki gsx1100f, katana 1100: It depends on how many miles are on it but you can also look at: valve seals valve guide honing valve reconditioning (machine shop or valve lapping) piston rings cylinder honing These all require special tools but may be worth it. When replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: size of flywheel puller, honda cb400n, metric scale
honda cb400n, metric scale, rear axle: Bob, it just happens to be the exact same size as the rear axle thread. I m afraid I can t tell you what that is but you can figure it out with a metric scale and counting the number of threads in 10 mm and the divide by 10. I ve even used the rear axle to...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, new spark, bikebandit com
new spark, bikebandit com, starter motor: Check the voltage to the coil. It s the item numbered #3 in this image: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m1887sch5843 You should see 12v. According to the fiche, the bike has a spring starter, not an electric start. Maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: spring, honda parts, ball bearing
honda parts, ball bearing, steel ball: Ian, I was searching the Honda parts manual for that spring but didn t find it. I recall that spring but I m not sure anymore what it was for. It was about 2.5 inches long and about 1/4-3/8 in diameter. I m thinking the spring was the neutral detent...

Motorcycle Repair: Where to start, motorcycle publication, motorcycle schools
motorcycle publication, motorcycle schools, math classes: Since your in school right now, I would take a automotive repair class if you have one. That will give you some basic knowledge of motors and how they work. Also, make sure you take math classes as that is a big part of working on bikes. Once you graduate...

Motorcycle Repair: starting my harley after storage, returning home, harley
returning home, harley, good luck: Probably goiing to have to replace the battery and drain the old fuel. the other thing you will need to do is pull the carb and clean it out. Its probably varnished Once you get it running I would let it warm up and change the fluids Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: stator cover, stators, stator
stators, stator, spec ed: First drain the oil from the bike. The stators are usually sitting in oil to cool them. Have something handy to catch any drips and a towel to clean any spills. The cover will come off with the stator on it and a the wiring so have a small surface handy to...

Motorcycle Repair: Triple clamp set up, fender brackets, wheel spindle
fender brackets, wheel spindle, correct torque: I m not familiar with this bike but I don t understand how your top clamp could be out of alignment, the way you describe. Are you sure its not the bars that got knocked out of place? For the top clamp to go out like that, the fork tubes would have to bend...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signals Honda Trail 90 1965, honda trail 90, ebay
honda trail 90, ebay, gas tank: I m afraid the only place I know of to find original parts is on ebay or recycling shops. The fuel tank leak is a little easier. You will have to empty out the fuel and seal the tank. There s a product called Kreem that I ve used successfully. Just follow...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain rnr, honda xr100, timing chain
honda xr100, timing chain, rnr: Depends on what you consider easy. It requires taking the top cover off, pulling the cam and the right side cover with all of the parts to get the point you can remove the chain off of the crankshaft. It s not simple but it s not too difficult. I wouldn...

Motorcycle Repair: true duals, harley dealer, flhr
harley dealer, flhr, epa standards: Your bike came from the factory a little lean to pass the EPA standards. When you change exhaust, you make the bike breath better and by doing this it will lean it out more. Changing the air cleaner to a high flow is a good idea, so the bike will breath even...

Motorcycle Repair: Upper head noise, honda rebel, head noise
honda rebel, head noise, valve clearances: Michael, you didn t mention the mileage on your bike or any service background. The camchain tension is automatically tensioned. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cmx250c-rebel-250-2000-us_model7291/partslist/E++04.html Be sure you have plenty of oil in the crankcase....

Motorcycle Repair: VT500 Front wheel wobble, wheel wobble, tire changes
wheel wobble, tire changes, tyre: Sorry, for taking so long to get to this answer, but I ve been out of town. David, its the front tire. I have the same problem on my VF1100. I m not sure what makes it happen but overtime something in the tire changes and it causes the wobble. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: VT500C bogging, adjustment screws, honda shop
adjustment screws, honda shop, float valves: Carbs are funny animals. First I would check your battery with a multimeter while the bike is running. You want to eliminate the easy stuff first. It sounds like at the very least the carbs are tuned too rich for idle. I would check the size of the idle...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 1500 side stand switch, kawasaki 1500, wire colors
kawasaki 1500, wire colors, vulcan classic: Hi Anthony... Ok... I don t have the wiring diagram for the 1500 Vulcan, but I do have one for the 750 Vulcan. If your bike s wire colors are the same, then I would say what I am about to say is true: The sidestand switch should have two wires coming from...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage guage, volt ohm meter, electrical system
volt ohm meter, electrical system, guage: 15.5 volts is a little high. It could boil the electrolyte out of the battery shortening the battery life. I d check the voltage at the battery with a volt ohm meter to verify the gage is reading accurately. It could be just gauge error. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing Bike for Storage, gas tank, petcock
gas tank, petcock, antifreeze: Fill the tank all the way. Start the bike, shut the petcock off and let it run until it runs out of gas. You can add stablizer to the gas, but personnally I like to drain the gas when riding season starts and put in fresh gas Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: wont start honda 400ex, fuel system, carbs
fuel system, carbs, few days: Have you primed the carbs before trying to start it? They need to prime for 5 minutes if the bike has sat for more than a few days. Have you applied choke if the bike is cold? If all this checks out then the problem can be more complex to diagnose. It...

Motorcycle Repair: xr 80 r, air fuel ratio, xr80r
air fuel ratio, xr80r, fuel line: Donnie, there could be a number of things causing this problem. Does the engine have good compression? It should have somewhere around 140-160 psi compression. Assuming that s good, you may have too much fuel getting into the cylinder or too little. A overly...

Motorcycle Repair: YZF600R revs quickly with no acceleration, poor college kid, clutch lever
poor college kid, clutch lever, yamaha yzf600r: It sounds like the clutch is slipping. Did it do this before you changed the oil? You may have burned out the clutch if you ran it with gas in the crank case. Check the clutch cable for the right slack. You need 1-2mm of slack at the clutch lever. If...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha xs 750 1977, yamaha xs 750, clutch lever
yamaha xs 750, clutch lever, drain valves: First verify the operation of the petcock. Next verify that your battery is charger up and in good condition. If fuel is coming out of the petcock, verify that the carb bowls are getting fuel by losening the drain valves. Also verify that there s spark at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 Honda CL77 head light case problems, wire hook, meter lamp
wire hook, meter lamp, bill silver: Phil, the green wires from the headlight bulb are ground. One attaches to the tab on the headlight rim and then plugs into the harness ground. Pre-64 Honda twins did not have a high beam indicator when produced. The wiring harness diagrams date from 1962...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 honda sl 350, honda sl350, vent hole
honda sl350, vent hole, gas caps: John, be sure to take a small drill bit to all the passageways inside the petcock to ensure that there is equal flow to both carburetors. The other thing that is often overlooked is that the gas caps have a tiny vent hole that can get clogged up, causing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cb350 honda, honda cb350, cb350 honda
honda cb350, cb350 honda, throttle cables: Soaking carburetors for 3 days should never be necessary. If you were putting them in high-grade carb cleaner you can dissolve some of the parts inside, in extreme cases. Check around the throttle shafts for excessive movement, due to missing shaft bushings/seals....

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CL350 Twin, honda cl350, honda scrambler
honda cl350, honda scrambler, plastic jug: Tim, I don t know any suppliers that I d recommend. Unless you have lost the jets, I m not sure why you d need to replace them. I ve never had to replace a jet in all of the carbs I ve rebuild. Those jets have o-rings on each of those jets that can be replaced...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, turn signal flasher, honda cl360
turn signal flasher, honda cl360, signal problem: Steve, the turn signal flasher depends on heat from the current going through it to heat a bi-metal strip that opens and closes as it heats up and cools down. If the battery is low or if there s a reduction in current due to resistance in the circuit, it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., continuity test, battery recharge
continuity test, battery recharge, stator: It sounds like a stator problem. It s possible the stator wires overheated at some point with the old reg/rect and there s a short somewhere. The service manual should have a procedure for doing a continuity test on the stator. If you want to run the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB400 Hawk valve stem seals, nylon rope, rubber glue
nylon rope, rubber glue, combustion chamber: It sounds like the diaphragm got damaged or is not sealing properly. I m afraid you will need to replace it. You might be able to repair it will some rubber glue but I ve never heard of anyone getting to work right that way. The smoke on startup is likely...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 xr 200 clunking noise, head gasket, xr 200
head gasket, xr 200, connecting rod: Well, you need to find out what s clunking. I m concerned it may be a piston or connecting rod knocking. Take a long screwdriver and press the handle to your ear and the blade to various parts of the engine. If you hear the noise loudest in the cylinder,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB 125 electrical, reversed polarity, trickle charger
reversed polarity, trickle charger, murder mystery: I don t think it s related to reversing the polarity. It sounds like a loose or corroded connection. There are a number of places it could be. I d start in the headlight and work my way back to fuses. There s a head light connection that goes to the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb400t hawk, honda cb400t, there some sort
honda cb400t, there some sort, safety mechanism: Peter, the clutch is dragging holding pressure on the transmission making it hard to shift. Try adjusting the clutch. If you have an owners manual, it described in there how to adjust the clutch. If you don t, let me know and I ll see if I can recall. ...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1981 superglide tach.needle flutter, wiggle test, battery terminal
wiggle test, battery terminal, key switch: in your previous question you didnt mention the power loss, so I assumed it was a bad tach. When you have the power loss does it only happen when you are riding the bike? Does it do it at idle when the bike is sitting still? Does it do it when you rev it up...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450E Oil Change disaster!, 1982 honda cm450e, replacement bolt
1982 honda cm450e, replacement bolt, cmsnl: Kirk, the bolt is metric, of course, and when overtightened can really get stuck in place. I would suggest that you find a 6-point impact socket of the correct size to loosen the oil filter cover bolt. Using a 1/2 drive breaker bar and a matching 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna not wanting to start., 1982 honda magna, fuel filter
1982 honda magna, fuel filter, fuel pump: Martin, I ve said this before but bears repeating in this case. An engine needs three things to run, fuel, spark and compression. It sounds like you have fuel, so you need to confirm spark and compression. Pull the plugs and lay them up against the head...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, 1982 suzuki gs650, questionable accuracy
1982 suzuki gs650, questionable accuracy, shaft drive: What you describe indicates a dead battery or a lack of voltage to run the ignition system while the starter is operating. What condition is the battery in? It s possible for the battery to have enough juice to run the starter but not enough to fire the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid, starter
solenoid, starter: Start by making sure you don t have a dirty connection. The cable from the negative terminal of the battery should be attached to an engine mount or a bolt on the engine. Loosen the mount and wiggle the cable a bit to break any oxidization that may have formed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow, fuel pump relay, jumper wire
fuel pump relay, jumper wire, honda shadow: Randy, the relay is a safety device that keeps the fuel pump from continuing to pump fuel if the engine isn t running. Like when the bike tips over or in an accident. The relay gets power through a fuse and from the ignition circuit to trigger the relay...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda GW speedometer cables, speedometer cable, goldwing 1200
speedometer cable, goldwing 1200, left hand side: If you look at the left hand side of the front axle, you will see a sending unit with a wire going up to the headlight. That s the speedometer cable. Remove the screw holding the sending unit to the drive and replace the cable. When you replace the sending...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 FXSTC oil tank outlets, oil tank, fxstc
oil tank, fxstc, oil line: The bigger one is the drain that is going to the solid rod. Look inside the tank to see where the inside lines go. The lowest one is the feed to the oil pump. The highest one is the return and the other one is the return from the motor. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FXR oil leak, opprotunity, mike thanks
opprotunity, mike thanks, oil leak: Probably the hardest thing on a bike is sitting that long. the gaskets get old and dry out and dont hold very well. the leak on the left is probably the primary gasket and it needs replaced. the rockers leak is the rocker box gasket and it needs replaced....

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 honda 600 hurricane, fuel pump relay, houseofmotorcycles
fuel pump relay, houseofmotorcycles, honda motorcycle: Are you looking at the parts microfiche: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cbr600hurricane-1988/o/m2039 http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m2039sch2765 The wiring harness isn t labelled but I couldn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 HERITAGE SOFTAIL NOT CHARGING, clutch basket, dirt bikes
clutch basket, dirt bikes, heritage softail: You first need to test the stator. Unplug the regulator and do a OHMs test from each wire on the stator to ground. If you have OHMs its bad. Test from wire to wire, you should have OHMs. Start the bike and at the stator with a AC volt meter you should get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Yamaha Virago Battery Not Holding Charge, yamaha virago 535, 1996 yamaha virago 535
yamaha virago 535, 1996 yamaha virago 535, dry battery: What s probably happening is that the regulator/rectifier is shot and needs to be replaced but before you do that I would get a working (calibrated) multimeter and put it on the outputs to see what kind of voltage you are getting right there at the leads....

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 honda xr200r, clutch action, clutch springs
clutch action, clutch springs, clutch lever: Chris, First of all, you need to find out why the clutch pull is so difficult. It shouldn t be like that on any Honda, unless someone put racing clutch springs in it. Loosen up the cable adjusters and undo the clutch lever from the bracket, then check the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Honda Rebel CMX250, honda rebel 250, vacuum hoses
honda rebel 250, vacuum hoses, oil dipstick: Pete, get a hold of a 3 foot piece of 5/8-3/4 inch diameter rubber hose. Hold one end to your ear and sweep the other end over the bike until you locate the source. The hose will help you focus on the sound by eliminating other noises. If you have an single...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 ultra classic twin cam 88, odometer button, twin cam 88
odometer button, twin cam 88, stock bike: Since you have a check engine light you need to know the codes to know what to repair. Hold the odometer button and turn the ignition on. Let off the button and count the numbe of slow flashes. It should have flashes for the first number, pause then flashers...

Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, goldwing, fires
goldwing, fires, yellow wire: Take the blue or yellow wire (which ever coil is not working)and ground it by hand and see if the coil fires. If not, you may just need to replace the coil. If it does spark, you need to check the points to see why they are not grounding the coil. It could...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 dyna 88ci engine, piston damage, cam bearings
piston damage, cam bearings, volumne: I havent heard of this problem with the twin cam unless there is a alingment problem on the oil pump which would cause the same problem. the SE cam plate and pump, as far as I know, is a good product that should give you no problems Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 FLHTC, harley shop, shimmy
harley shop, shimmy, oppinion: A shimmy in the front end can be caused from a couple different problems. Bad front tire, bent rim or out of shape rim, bad steering head bearing, or to loose steering head bearing. I have run across the problem before, but usually its the tire itself. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 FXD idle, bike mike, factory stock
bike mike, factory stock, warm weather: Since you havent made any changes then you dont need to remapp. you can adjust the idle, it will not hurt the motor. If you adjust it you have to shut the bike off and unplug the fuse to the ECM for about 15 minutes to get the idle to set Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 400N superdream carbs.tickover too fast, throttle cables, stop screw
throttle cables, stop screw, superdream: Bob, I d start at 2 1/2 -3 turns out and then adjust from there. You turn the screws in until the engine speed starts to slow down and them out until it starts to slow down again and then put the screws in the middle of those two positions. Regards ...

Motorcycle Repair: 5 degree tree, good luck, measurement
good luck, measurement, trees: What you need to do is install the tree and then with the bike lever at the frame, take a measurement fron the top of the trees to where the axle would be. then measure the old forks and subtract. That will tell you how much longer you need Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 ct90, dirty point, stator
dirty point, stator, rectifier: Todd, the bike needs a charged battery to fire the coils. Assuming the battery is charged, the problem could be inteh coil or in the points. Dirty point contact will prevent the coils from sparking. Take a points file and clean them and spray them with contact...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 cb360 jetting, pod air filters, cb360
pod air filters, cb360, jet size: No, sorry jetting is always unique to every situtation. I m afraid it s a trial and error process. Start by raising the slide needles .030 inches and .010 mm on the mains. Another alternative is try raising the float level 1.5 mm and see if that was enough....

Motorcycle Repair: '75 Sportster--Needle bearing stuck, propane torch, needle bearing
propane torch, needle bearing, evidentally: This is outside of my expertise but if the housing is aluminum, I d take a propane torch and heat the back side of the housing. Once it gets to about 350 deg, the steel bearing will drop out. Just be careful not to get it too hot or you could melt the cover....

Motorcycle Repair: 750 nighthawk carb repair, air fuel ratio, speed jets
air fuel ratio, speed jets, initial transition: Kim, the problem is still a lean air fuel ratio at idle and just off idle. If the jets and passages are clear as you indicate, the only other thing that would cause this is a low float level. My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas so I can t tell you how...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 goldwing 1100 interstate, goldwing 1100, fuel gauge
goldwing 1100, fuel gauge, gl1100: Well, I m not aware of any particular problem with those units but things do eventually break or wear out. THe problem could be either the sender or the gage. If you disconnect the sender the gage should go to empty and if you ground the unit it should go...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, motorcycle knowledge, upholstery work
motorcycle knowledge, upholstery work, yellow wires: You can connect any of the yellow wires together. The won t start problem is either fuel or spark. You ll have to figure out which. If you pull the spark plug and lay them up against the head as you crank the engine, you can see the spark. If the plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 HD rear brake pad replacement, pad replacement, remov
pad replacement, remov, brake pad: Its pretty easy. remov ethe caliber from the bracket. While the old pads are in there pry open the pads. remove the old pads and install the new ones and install the caliber. Pump the brake so they close and your good to go Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch master cylinder, honda shadow 1100
clutch master cylinder, honda shadow 1100, clutch hydraulics: Jeff, I understand Bill s comments and it is certainly a possibility. I ve never see a worn spline or final drive fail so completely that it wouldn t make some grinding noise or at least indicate that something is seriously out of wack. I would suggest...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 ironhead, gasket leaks, special tools
gasket leaks, special tools, gasket: the gasket leaks probably from old age. in order the replace the gasket you have to remove the head and pushrods. You dont need any special tools. You might want to get a service manual to follow if you have never done this before Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 VT1100 Shadow lighting problem, lighting problem, vt700
lighting problem, vt700, turn signals: Charlie, sorry it s take this long to get to your question. My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas but my wife has a 85 VT700 and I have a manual I was hoping could shed some light on your problem. The manual is for the VT700 but I m hoping they are similar...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 XL 1200C, rear fender, tight squeeze
rear fender, tight squeeze, conversion kit: On the front tire you can use the 90/90H-21. On the rear, you can go to a 140 tire, but its going to be a tight squeeze and going from a 130 to a 140 is really not that much and looking at it you wont notice a difference. Also, you will be taking a chance...

Motorcycle Repair: !981 Honda cb650 Custom, honda cb650 custom, head bolts
honda cb650 custom, head bolts, head gasket: Christian, when the engine runs out of power or backfiring, apply a little choke. If it runs better, you still have a carb problem and it s not getting enough fuel. If it doesn t improve, it s probably an ignition problem. It s pretty common for the headgaskets...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjustable pushrods, adjustable pushrods, cam lobe
adjustable pushrods, cam lobe, pushrod: Go to the front exhaust and rotate the motor so the lifter is all the way to the bottom of its stroke. Now tighten the pushrod until you can rotate it between your fingers and wait about 15 minutes, Check it, if you can rotate it it is not bled all the way...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator? :(, regulator rectifier, float tank
regulator rectifier, float tank, pigeon hole: Nix, not being a Yamaha expert, I can only tell you that when bikes sit for a long time... just a few weeks/months, the carburetors get clogged with evaporated fuel gunk and the tiny passages need to be clean and clear for the bike to meter fuel correctly....

Motorcycle Repair: atv will not start with electic start, starter
starter: This is somewhat difficult to diagnose without actually being able to make some measurements, but I will try. To start with, if it starts easily when you pull start it you can rule out the ignition, carburetion and compression as possible problems. That...

Motorcycle Repair: Bogging Down - Honda Nighthawk, intake vacuum leaks, electronic ignition system
intake vacuum leaks, electronic ignition system, fuel caps: Jerry, These bikes have an electronic ignition system that requires a fully charged battery and functioning charging system in order to run properly. Fix that first, so you know that low voltage is not the main source of your problems. Note that failed rotors...

Motorcycle Repair: left blinkers not blinking, turn signals, flasher
turn signals, flasher, GSXR1100: There is only one flasher, so if the signals on one side work but the ones on the other don t it means that the problem is either the wiring, a bulb or the switch. The first thing to check is the bulbs. If one bulb is dead (or disconnected) the circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: CARBURATOR, vernier caliper, air fuel mixture
vernier caliper, air fuel mixture, air screw: Make sure you squeeze out as much oil as you can if you are using a foam filter. If there s too much oil it will cause the problem you describe. You ll have to lower the float level. Inside the carb you will see a float with a small metal tab the contacts...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb? need help with this, please e-mail me, exhaust pipes, question thanks
exhaust pipes, question thanks, bobber: Lamont, the bike is leaning out. Removing the exhaust increases the air flow and the carbs aren t jetted right anymore. You can raise the needles aobu .03 inches and go up a couple sizes in main jets or you can raise the float level 1.5-2 mm and see if it...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, throttle cable, shims
throttle cable, shims, screwdriver: Don, you probably don t need to replace them but you do need to find out what s causing them to stick. Those are plastic non-adjustable floats. Unless they are cracked or damaged somehow, I can t imagine why you d have to replace them Check to see if the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor problems, honda cb250n, carburetor problems
honda cb250n, carburetor problems, vacuum lines: Lynton, we didn t get the 250N version in the US, only the 400-450cc one. Hopefully, the carb design is still the same. US bikes have an anti-backfire diaphragm on the side of the carb body, which introduces a little air into the intake system to prevent...

Motorcycle Repair: CB250 carb problems, honda cb250, improper adjustment
honda cb250, improper adjustment, needle valves: Brett, the needles aren t shutting the fuel flow off. It could be dirt in the fuel line. It could be the improper adjustment or, floats that have become saturated and no longer float. If the carbs have brass floats, shake them and see if you can hear fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: CB550K3 and oil temperature, lars leon, oversize pistons
lars leon, oversize pistons, plug caps: Lars, air cooled engines are going to heat up in traffic, when air flow is limited. Honda has designed the bikes under grueling conditions, so I wouldn t be too concerned about occasional temperature spikes. There will be some additional friction in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing triple trees, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, nightrain: Adding the 7 degree will be fine and give the bike a streched look. If you dont lengthen the forks then the fron end will be to low, so you need to go longer. To determine what length you need install the new triple trees, have the bike sitting level, and...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch not working (?) on an 85 Honda Shadow 1100, honda shadow 1100, clutch master cylinder
honda shadow 1100, clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics: Jeff, Think it over again. The clutch is designed to be engaged all the time, unless you release it with the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder on the engine case. If the clutch plate pack were damaged or burnt up, the clutch wouldn t engage under any...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment, harley 883 sportster, clutch adjustment
harley 883 sportster, clutch adjustment, clutch lever: If you have to much play in the clutch lever go to the adjuster in the clutch cable. If will be covered by a rubber boot. Slide the boot out of the way, loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster on the cable so you have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever....

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment (Heritage Softail Springer), clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, allen bolt: First, go to the cable and loosen it, so you have play in the clutch lever. Now, loosen the locknut. Turnt he allen bolt outward a little and then inward, just until it bottoms out, then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Now go to the cable and adjust it so you...

Motorcycle Repair: ct110 cam timing & chain tension, chain tension, ct90
chain tension, ct90, ct110: Gavin, I d recommend you find a manual if you aren t familiar with small engine repair but it you want to tackle it without a manual...you ll find a T stamped on the flywheel. THis is top dead center. You will also find a 0 stamped on the cam gear. There...

Motorcycle Repair: DOT4 for a 1973 CB350G, brake fluid, master cylinder
brake fluid, master cylinder, badges: There s not much difference between those two fluids. You don t have to flush it or anything. By the time you have pumped enough through to bleed the system it will work. You have to go to the recycling shops. I d recommend cycle-recycle part 2 in Indy....

Motorcycle Repair: EFI tuning, straight pipes, decel
straight pipes, decel, rush slip ons: the popping is from not enough back pressure which will cause a build up of gas in the exhaust. richening it will not solve the problem. you will probably have to install torque cones in the exhaust or get bigger baffles to get it to stop popping Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine, compression pistons, crane hi
compression pistons, crane hi, torque starter: Any time you pull the jugs you should hone and re-ring. Since your bike is a 94 you need to mic the cylinders to make sure you dont need the next size bigger piston. If you go with higher compression pistons, depending ont he compression, you might have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Testing, bench test, engine test
bench test, engine test, fuel lines: Dave, I d recommend you not try to bench test this engine. After going to the trouble of rebuilding it, you ll be really disappointed if you break something because it wasn t hooked up right or the engine wasn t setting at the right level and oil didn t get...

Motorcycle Repair: Firing problems on 72 CB450, electrical diagnostics, carbs
electrical diagnostics, carbs, overflow: The carbs may be flooding the engine causing it not to start. If you are getting spark at both plugs, it s something else. The leaking fuel is caused by dirt under the float needle and seat or the needle and seats are just worn out. Check the tank for rust....

Motorcycle Repair: FLHPI, running lights, flasher
running lights, flasher, good luck: The problem you will run into is the power for the lights come from the TSSM which makes them flash. If you disconnect the front lights from it the rer lights wont flash, because they wont draw enough power to flash. You would have to remove the TSSM and replace...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHRC Front Caliper Installation, flhrci, calibers
flhrci, calibers, calipers: Its best to have the front wheel off the axle and the bike jacked up a little. Install the fender and put he wheel in without the axle. lower the bike slowly and put the calibers on the rotor, then lower the bike to get the axle in. Then install the bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, honda cb 175, blinkers
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda CL360 turning signal problem, honda cb 175, blinkers, k5

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., rectifier diodes, stator
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Tx500 Voltage doesn't stay constant and jumps from 5 volts to 19 volts., rectifier diodes, stator, light bulb

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, battery test, rectifier
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Suzuki GS650 Won't Start, battery test, rectifier, suzuki

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha Virago 750, solenoid

Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, black boxes, honda 1
Motorcycle Repair: 2 cylinders, black boxes, honda 1, electronic ignition

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, honda shadow, fule
Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow VT 700c, honda shadow, fule, fuel filter

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch pack, clutch
Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda Shadow Clutch (??) Problem...follow up, clutch pack, clutch, alignment

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, float valves, battery tray
Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Floats, float valves, battery tray, neat trick

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent tube, vent line
Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent tube, vent line, bikes