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Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1984 Honda Shadow..., honda shadow 750, leak fork
honda shadow 750, leak fork, bikebandit com: Hi Jason, I rate this task as a 5 on a 10 scale. Review the procedure prior to starting the task. Know what you ll need in advance and have it on hand. Work patiently and if you become frustrated, take breaks. View microfiche parts at: www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda V65 Magnum, honda v65, electrolyte acid
honda v65, electrolyte acid, motorcycle batteries: Hi Steve, I suspect the battery is not fully charged or is defective. Check all battery cable ends for loose connection. If acbles are clean and tightly fastened, test battery. Test battery voltage with a multimeter. Test individual battery cells...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda VF1000F, excessive oil consumption, combustion chambers
excessive oil consumption, combustion chambers, cylinder compression: Hi Peter, A litre per 200km is excessive oil consumption. Is there any evidence of a leak on the engine cases? Perform cylinder compression and leak-down tests to determine the sealing properties of the combustion chambers (condition of engine). These...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda VT700C Shadow starting problems, solinoid, autozone
solinoid, autozone, load test: Shaun, If you here the solinoid it is probably working as far as kicking out the starter gear however there is a switch it also trips which makes that large current connection between your battery and starter motor. You may have a faulty switch, part of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda vt700c stops running, spark plug wires, yellow wires
spark plug wires, yellow wires, cylender: Hi Chad. Connections don t just burn out. There is an electrical short somewhere in the ignition and/or main power system(s). If you don t already have one, get the repair manual. You will need it for the test specs and wiring diagrams, among other important...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda XR 80 no start-4 stroke, honda xr 80, haynes manual
honda xr 80, haynes manual, altenator: Al, There are quite a few weak links that can cause this. Let s move backwards as they say. replace the plug with a known working one that is gapped correctly. Make sure the coil wire is in good condition including the plug cap. Make sure the coil has the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 harley FXRS, harley fxrs, variable venturi
harley fxrs, variable venturi, hollow tubes: It won t idle probably because the low speed jet is clogged. Clean it out with an .018 needle drill. Yes the pipes will get red at the head but only noticeable at night, or it s running too lean, or there s a leak at the head. Backfiring is also common...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 200s, honda 200s, vent hose
honda 200s, vent hose, 3 wheeler: Here s what I would do. If there a vent hose in the gas tank cap? Check that it is working and not clogged or kinked. Disconnect the fuel line and drain gas into an approved container from the petcock valve. Is it flowing freely? Clean carbs and check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 500 shadow, cam chains, service intervals
cam chains, service intervals, honda 500: Hi Parker. The factory service manual has everything (and more) about the bike, so if it isn t in there, then don t worry about it. Everything that needs to be serviced will be listed in the manual along with service intervals and specs. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda atc 200s, honda atc 200s, ac volts
honda atc 200s, ac volts, measure resistance: Hi Matt, Testing the electrical systems on your ATC is less complicated. Unless you know component specs such as turns ratio of coils, etc..., measuring voltage is fruitless unless measuring charging system output and battery voltage. Instead, measure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda blowing smoke., honda xl600r, cylinder hone
honda xl600r, cylinder hone, combustion chambers: Clint, a compression or leakdown check would verify compression readings, which indicates any wear or leakage at the piston rings. Blue smoke is oil smoke.... Sources are: Piston/ring wear, rings sticking in the piston grooves from sitting for years and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda cb700sc, engine oil viscosity, worn clutch
engine oil viscosity, worn clutch, worst case scenario: Hi John, On occasion, bleeding a clutch or brake circuit takes several hours. This kills a techs efficiency and pay, but we ve found ways to deal with it. Depending upon what tools you have at hand, the amount of air trapped in the system, and where the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda goldwing, clutch slave cylinder, honda goldwing
clutch slave cylinder, honda goldwing, box end wrench: Hi Lyle. Start by bleeding the clutch. Honda s have one very small, but important peculiarity that no one ever mentions in regards to bleeding the clutch, in that the system is designed to create a reverse trap near the master cylinder. This problem applies...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda interceptor, honda interceptor, bill silver
honda interceptor, bill silver, fuel pump: Frank..... I think that Honda knows better than your advisor who thinks that the fuel pump is not necessary. The petcock exit is lower than the carb float bowls, I think and you will have feed problems once the level drops down very much, if it will feed at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 700 bogging, 1984 honda magna, fuel mixture
1984 honda magna, fuel mixture, fuel drain: Hi Bruce, Q: The problem is when I open the throttle to 5 k rpm or higher, the bike hesitates and bogs big time. It has plenty of power up to 5k rpm on all gears. I fully open the throttle and it then sometimes sputters and accelerates to high rpms but...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 700 bogging, 1984 honda magna, fuel mixture
1984 honda magna, fuel mixture, fuel drain: Bruce, sounds like multiple problems, pehaps. First, using a full bottle of FI cleaner in a 4-5 gallon tank is WAY too much concentration for most any fuel system. Considerations: You mentioned changing the jets... did you know and properly place the front...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna, 1984 honda magna, panka
1984 honda magna, panka, impeller: Hi Brian, Soundsto me like you ve covered most of the bases. My question to you is, Once the system has been re-filled, did you run the machine with the fill cap off untill the system burps ? This happens when the system gets up to operating temp, and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow ignition puzzle, arc welder, honda shadow
arc welder, honda shadow, pulse generator: Hi Bruce, Sounds to me like something is very possibly fried in the ignition modue itself. If it had points, id say they were stuck, but since you have a pulse coil, this is not an option. Try that, i believe this will cure your spark issue.. Hope this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow- lost a cylinder- spits &pops, torque readings, coolant system
torque readings, coolant system, head gasket: Bruce, Sounds like the best scenario would be having to just replace the head gasket. Worst case, you have a cracked head or block. Silicone ok for the coolant system but not for anything else. I believe head gasket should go on clean and dry and make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt 700, air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines
air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Baryy, From the description given, I recommend a more thorough carburetor cleaning. Inspect throttle slide diaphragms for defects such as pinholes and fold/crease tears. Check air intake path from airbox opening to intake manifold for air restrictions....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt500 ignition coil, 5k ohms, honda models
5k ohms, honda models, plug caps: Chris, I don t see anywhere in your note about checking and cleaning the fuel system. Probably the idle jets are blocked and main jetting are partially restricted. The fuel filter could be plugged up, and the air filter restricting air flow. You can t leave...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda shadow vt700, honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700
honda shadow vt700, 1984 honda shadow vt700, clutch: Robert, -if your bike doesn t move, the clutch is likely burnt out. You say it engages when hot but does not move, is that right? -if you are having shift problems, it is likely the clutch as well. If it works when cold but slips when hot, it won t...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda trx 200, honda trx 200, 1984 honda trx 200
honda trx 200, 1984 honda trx 200, odds and ends: Chris, try checking the magneto or flywheel for rust, if it has been sitting the magnets on the flywheel could be corroded. Then check the stator condition while the flywheel is off. It could be the trigger/pulse coil, The CDI unit is best checked by trying...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Kawasaki LTD 700 (4 cyl/shaft dr) engine/drive-train oriented trouble/failure (a), electrical wiring connections, kawasaki ltd
electrical wiring connections, kawasaki ltd, valve clearances: Hi Bob, That was the most detailed (and longest) narrative I ve ever received. Good job! There a problem with compression on cylinder #2. Can you perform a leak-down test? I would need to know the results before offering a dianosis. If the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Kawasaki LTD 700 (4 cyl/shaft dr) engine trouble/failure, electrical wiring connections, oil seepage
electrical wiring connections, oil seepage, kawasaki ltd: Hi Bob. At first, I thought that the problem could have been related to a possible dirty set of carbs, from years of seasonal storage. This is a constant problem with bikes up north. However, I am thinking that the problem could be in the cylinders....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 KZ700 Carbs, free email servers, powder substance
free email servers, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Doug, I suspect the choke circuit needs more thoroughly cleaned. Review the following tech files. Yahoo and other free email servers will not receive my tech files due to their large file sizes. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Nighthawk 700 hesitation, loss of power, vacuum hose, open throttle
vacuum hose, open throttle, throttle settings: Ryan, I think I had one of these the other day.... Probable causes: Restricted fuel screen inside the fuel tank (remove the petock) Petcock vacuum diaphragm failure. Small pinholes will cause vacuum loss on the petcock, restricting the fuel flow. Wide...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Nighthawk 750 s, starter clutch, martin roach
starter clutch, martin roach, 1984 honda nighthawk: Martin, that is unfortunate that the bike seized up right after delivery! First, get one of the crankshaft covers off so you can put a wrench on the crank and see if it turns over. If the engine will rotate, then the starter drive seems to have jammed up...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Shadow 700 wont shift out of first!, honda cb650, shifting a motorcycle
honda cb650, shifting a motorcycle, drum groove: Hi Ryan, I suspect the shifter linkage has separated or broken. The side cover will need to be removed for further investigation. Usually a minor fix, but all fixes are expensive. Respectfully, Mark Shively Gear Shifting Faulty: Doesn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Shovelhead Engine noise, loud bangs, shovelhead
loud bangs, shovelhead, wrist pin: I have seen valves hit the pistons, but only from the pushrods being to tight or the lifters havent been bled properly. Piston slap is caused from wear on the piston. You can try readjusting the valves again and try that befor you tear it down Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 SRX won't start-compression?, powder substance, leak down test
powder substance, leak down test, crystal powder: Hi Bill, Try cleaning the spark plugs and re-starting. If that fails, consider checking cylinder compression. Follow with a leak-down test if compression readings are out of service limits. If the SRX was parked awhile, inspect the carburetors for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gs
suzuki gsx550e, suzuki gs, gs series: Hi Dave, You can replace the parts from another same model, but you ll soon have the same problems. Suzuki GS series motorcycles are known for the design flaw of their charging systems. Visit www.thegsresources.com for details. Visit this site to purchase...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 V65 Magna Turn Signal Relay, honda v65 magna, 1984 honda v65 magna
honda v65 magna, 1984 honda v65 magna, starter solenoid: Honda supersedes parts from time to time, so if you got it from the dealer, it should be correct, just a different shape nowadays. Sometimes, generic auto parts flashers will work depending on the number of terminals. Yours should be connected with a black...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 v-65 magna, motorcycle salvage yards, coolant hoses
motorcycle salvage yards, coolant hoses, bike doctor: Hi Tim. Well, you may be in a little luck. Some parts are still available for the V65 (I own one, so I know). There are a few that are no longer available (some of the coolant hoses, for example). However, you can still find some parts through motorcycle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 vx700L yamaha, fuse holder, ground wires
fuse holder, ground wires, power wires: Matt, -if your front signals are on then the fuse is okay. -Fuse holder is located near the battery, possibly above or to the rear of it. -Have you checked the bulbs, sockets and wiring to the rear flashers? -also check the black ground wires,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xr 80 4stroke, james haines, exhaust valve
james haines, exhaust valve, valve timing: Hi James. Setting the valve timing is a little tricky for me to describe. Unfortunately, I am not much of a tech writer. There should be a very thorough description with diagrams and pictures in the repair manual. If you do not have one, then you should,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xr200r, clutch pack, clutch assembly
clutch pack, clutch assembly, friction plates: Walter.... Did you soak the friction plates in oil before installation? Sounds like either a clutch assembly problem or the clutch release system is not disengaging the clutch to allow for gear engagment. If the clutch doesn t have any free play at the lever,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha 400 Special II Ignition problem, secondary windings, plug caps
secondary windings, plug caps, caps and plugs: Hi Marty, The problem could be a variety of causes. Check for clean, tight connections with multi-connectors and bullet connectors. Check pick up coils for continuity and spec resistance as in service manual. Check primary and secondary windings of ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Venture carb cleaning cost, internal combustion engines, red kote
internal combustion engines, red kote, powder substance: Hi Scott, You re spot on with diagnosis. Cleaning the carbs is about $300 plus parts, etc.. around my area. I offer services at about $150 plus parts and shipping. Consider repairing the tanks with Red-Kote: www.damonq.com/TechSheets/Red-Kote.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 1000cc Engine Problems, 1000cc engine, battery cables
1000cc engine, battery cables, gas tank: Kyle, since the bike restarts and runs okay for a time, and it only happens at high speeds, I suspect the fuel and or air venting systems. Check your gas tank vent as this can plug up and restrict fuel slowly as it creates a vacuum in the tank. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 700, sleepy eye minnesota, starter problems
sleepy eye minnesota, starter problems, starter motors: Hi Van. Pull the starter motor and clean the contacts and if the brushes are worn, replace them. Viragos have always had a reputation for eating up starter motors, but I have found that cleaning the contacts and brushes kept the starter working on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago 700 starter interchange, starter motors, interchange
starter motors, interchange, gears: Hi Terry, Should be no problem interchanging starters. Visit www.vroc.com and www.viragotech.com to learn more about interchanging starter motors. Another good Virago resource: www.ravensroads.com/xv1000/20031130_starter.php Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Yamaha Virago XV700, platinum electrode, piston damage
platinum electrode, piston damage, transistor ignition: Berry, -fouling the plug could be for various reasons. -Is it dry black fouling or wet oily fouling? -Dry fouling is an overly rich fuel mix or lack of air. check the air filter. Check choke. -Oily fouling could be valve seals, but more likely bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha 400 special ii ignition problem, local bike shop, yamaha 400
local bike shop, yamaha 400, gas tank: Hi Marty. You definitely have a problem with the ignition wiring between power and the affected coil. You can find the answers to almost every question along with the wiring diagram in a repair manual. Those can be found through the local bike shop, a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha 700 virago, yamaha 700, light shades
yamaha 700, light shades, cylinder compression: Hi Doug, I would need to be present with the MC to perform several checks and accurately diagnose the problem(s). Before carburetors will work properly cylinder compression and valve clearances must be within service limits. The carbs and fuel system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 yamaha virago 750 starter gear assembly, yamaha virago 750, motorcycle dealership
yamaha virago 750, motorcycle dealership, gear assembly: Hi Tyler. I don t know of any websites that show that information, but if you order the repair manual from the dealership, all of that and more will be in it and that will show you everything and more about your bike. Good luck and ride safe. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 19843 fj1100 oil, yamaha service, sight glass
yamaha service, sight glass, oil level: Hi John, Due to the varying information, I recommend using the oil level sight glass on the side of the crackcase cover. Try the below listed links for more information. Respectfully, Mark Shively http://fudge.fjclub.co.uk/fj/page39_service%20data.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 700cc Yamaha Maxim electrical, circuit switches, electrical tests
circuit switches, electrical tests, shively: Hi Stephan, I suspect the source of the problem may be with the CDI, circuit switches, or caused by water shorting (rain/washing). A loose or corroded ground connection may have similar syptoms. I would have to perform electrical tests to accurately...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 CMX Rebel 250 carburetor, cmx rebel 250, honda motorcycles
cmx rebel 250, honda motorcycles, ebay: Randall, yes and no... If your bike has all the emission control stuff on it, you can at least see the components on sites like http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp sign up and log in, choose Honda motorcycles and then your model to see the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 cr 500, cr 500, air leaks
cr 500, air leaks, bill silver: I know nothing about 2-stroke MX machines, but if you have decent compression, I would check the spark timing CDI box to see if it isn t advancing properly. Otherwise, check your expansion chamber/silencer and exhaust port for being plugged up. Be sure that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FJ1100 cutting out, electrex usa, car mechanic
electrex usa, car mechanic, component tests: Hi Jim, I appreciate long descriptions. Thanks! I suspect the charging system is defective. A simple output test and isolated charging system component tests will verify the integrity of the system. Such defects may cause similar symptoms. I recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FLH Clutch, throwout bearing, pushrod
throwout bearing, pushrod, bearings: I would replace the spring first. Make sure you have the proper amount of oil in the trans or you will keep burning the throwout bearing. Harley used the design for quit a few years, only the rods were different, but it was the same throwout bearing. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FXRS Engine, rev tech, fxrs
rev tech, fxrs, mech: I would keep what you have. You can still get parts for them. the seals last as long in them as any other seals. Converting it would be expensive since you would have to buy new heads, cam and do a top end. If you need more info give me a call on my cell at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 FXRS Low Glide (Evo), happy mike, power stroke
happy mike, power stroke, rear cylinder: Both plugs fire at the same time because they receive their spark from the coil at the same time. One piston is a little off top dead center when it fires. Harleys have been this way since day one. this however doenst have anything to do with coughing. One...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 fltc HD part # 91583-84 solid seat mounting handrail, luggage carrier, rubber mounts
luggage carrier, rubber mounts, fltc: The backrest for a dresser is attached to the tour pac and I have never seen a problem with the tour pac cracking. Just make sure you reinforce the bolts on the inside of the tourpac. I would also add the rubber mounts. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 GL1200L Coolant leak, coolant leak, gl1200
coolant leak, gl1200, freeze plug: Hi Herb. You may find quite a few things that are not on the fiches. You really need the repair manual, which will have a bit more info as well as a few pics of some of the areas. Without seeing the area of the bike, it is hard for me to visualise...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing 1200, gasoline additive, position openings
gasoline additive, position openings, throttle position: Hi Jack, You may try the gasoline additive awhile and see if it improves performance. The additive alone may not be enough to thoroughly cleanse the varnish from the carburetor components and passageways. Consider replacing the fuel filter and air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing ignition, charging system, fuses
charging system, fuses, fuse: Eddie, I would first check all your fuses, it sounds like a main fuse might be gone. Double check that your battery is fully charged and the connections are good. I would check the charging system if you get it started. It is possible the switch is bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing LTD.- It will..., shively, carburetors
shively, carburetors, circuits: Hi Guy, I suspect the carburetors have varnished fuel circuits. Does the engine start and run with choke, but rough running happens as choke is eventually turned off? Please include your email address as requested. I return tech files by email. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 goldwing 1100, blown head gasket, valve stem seals
blown head gasket, valve stem seals, goldwing 1100: Kim... If anti-freeze got burned and deposited into the mufflers, you just have to go and run it until it burns out again. Dunno how many miles were on the engine, but note that the valve stem seals are 20 years old, as well as the pistons and rings. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley FXST 1340, harley fxst, drag pipes
harley fxst, drag pipes, change thanks: Actually I can t. If I was you I would just run it and see how the plugs look after a short speed run. I don t do any work with drag pipes because except for wide open throttle (like at the drag strip) you lose some torque and horsepower and performance...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley FXST 1340 Primary Lube, harley fxst, sae 40
harley fxst, sae 40, proper lubrication: Andy I would not use auto. trans. fluid in your primary. It s too lightweight. Harley s primary chaincase oil which they came out with in 1984 for the Evo motor is actually a single weight oil, more like SAE 40. You should use HD primary chaincase oil or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley Sportster 1000, harley sportster, bolts
harley sportster, bolts, clutch: First, drain the oil from the primary. Next, remove the cover for the clutch adjuster and remove the adjuster. Next, loosen the chain adjuster, located under the primary cover. Now remove the bolts holding the cover in place and it will come off Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail, drag pipes, bolt
drag pipes, bolt, harley: If the drag pipes and the baffles came as a set, there should be a hole in the pipes for a bolt for the baffles. If not then your going to have to drill a hole for a bolt to hold the baffles in. The 2 end goes towards the head. Install them about 6 from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail 1340 EVO 4spd., stock pipes, cv type
stock pipes, cv type, fuel mixture: Andy, If your carb is stock it would be a Keihin butterfly type carb with a flange connection. Newer carbs are also Keihin but have a constant velocity chamber on the top and rubber hose type connection. -Often if one cylinder is rich, it may be some...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Harley soft tail, adjustable pushrods, rocker boxes
adjustable pushrods, rocker boxes, harley dealers: The service manual will not have the procedure for doing the adjustable pushrods since harleys didnt come with them. You can get the adjustables at about any bike shop, even harley dealers will have them. Most have different ways to adjust, but should come...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda 110 ATC 3 Wheeler, desired tension, honda 110
desired tension, honda 110, chain tension: Curt, the rear bearing carrier is used to adjust the chain tension. On the left side at the bottom of the frame, behind the chain guard is a tensioner unit, you have to remove the small bolt and adjust it upwards to obtain the desired tension and then tap...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda 700 shadow carburetor, chain tension, shutoff valve
chain tension, shutoff valve, cam chain: Hi Armand. The air shutoff valve is a choke, or enricher, of sorts. Do not tamper with it s operation if you can avoid it. The problem that you are having could be one or more of the following; 1) Carbs are out of synch. Synchronize them. 2)...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda ATC 200s will not idle, honda atc 200s, internal combustion engines
honda atc 200s, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Jim, The pilot circuits are obstructed by varnishing. Fuel in the float bowl has gummed and is obstructing pilot jet and pilot circuit passageways. The engine may start and idle with choke, but stalls off choke because the choke shares circuit passageways....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda atc 250sx, honda atc, mrcycles
honda atc, mrcycles, battery down: take side plate off the engine where stator is spray brake cleaner in ther also if its got point they may be sticking . also chk on and off switch while switch is of turn bike over see if you have fire if you do def. a short.im here at my cycle shop 2day if...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda CB 650 Nighthawk, honda cb 650, valve seals
honda cb 650, valve seals, piston rings: Hi Kendall. This sounds like an internal engine leak. Perhaps valve seals, leaking piston rings or a leaking head gasket. How difficult or expensive it will be to stop the oil leak, and thus the white smoke, is hard to say without seeing the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda GL-1200 Aspencade, honda gl, honda motorcycles
honda gl, honda motorcycles, gl 1200: Hi Ed, I would need to perform a few diagnostic checks to accurately diagnose the problem(s). I recommend that you have a local Honda tech inspect the problem. It may be hard to find a dealer that will service Honda motorcycles over five years old. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda gl1200L, fuel pump relay, fuse holders
fuel pump relay, fuse holders, battery cables: Nick, there is a fuel pump relay but I am more suspect of it being a loose connection somewhere. -Check the battery cables, fuse holders and any connector plugs and wires that go into the ignition module, coils etc. -A wire may be loose in the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Nighthawk 700/ starter, worst case scenario, starter clutch
worst case scenario, starter clutch, starter shaft: Hi Clark, the starter may have stripped the idle gear in which case the debris is in your oil. Change your engine oil and check for metal particles. If it is a starter failure its drive gear may have stripped or the starter has suffered an internal problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow Clutch Problem, clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid
clutch master cylinder, clutch fluid, vacuum extraction: Ken, here are some links for you. www.uponone.com/howtos/38.pdf http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/howto/122_0306_howto/ Both look the same, however. Worth a try... http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tech/brakeserv04/ is about brakes, but the same...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT500c, blown head gasket, piston check
blown head gasket, piston check, coolant levels: Josh, I don t know your level of expertise on m/c repair. You need to understand the concepts of camshaft timing, at the very least. The motor has to come out of the chassis, as far as I know, but you can verify with a manual. If someone either made a gasket..(hard...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT700, clutch cable, honda shadow
clutch cable, honda shadow, riding my bike: Hi Erik. You may need the clutch rebuilt. If you want to do it yourself, it is not difficult, but you will need some very specific tools. You will also need the repair manual to get the torquing specs as well as detailed instructions on the proceedure....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda spree 50 scooter, honda spree, scooter engine
honda spree, scooter engine, couple times: Rob, I m not sure I quite understand you. Best guess, there is some type of serious internal problem here. Any fluid would fairly quickly be expelled though the ports. Try to roll it in 2nd downhill and pop the clutch. If the engine turns you may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda VT1100, honda vt1100, lower tank
honda vt1100, lower tank, petcock: Steve, The metal extension tube is probably the non-reserve outlet for fuel delivery. Meaning, when the petcock is set to on it will feed from the extended side and when set to reserve it will feed from the low side, the idea being that the sputtering...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda XR100, honda xr100, wire strands
honda xr100, wire strands, cylinder compression: Hi John, From the description given and without being present to perform basic tests, I suspect an ignition or other related electrical problem. The problem could be carburetor, ignition, or a combination of both. Any tech would have to investigate the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 hONDA vt1100, electric fuel pump, honda vt1100
electric fuel pump, honda vt1100, lower tank: Not one of my specialities, but I checked the online microfiche cruiser section and see that the petcock does mount on the side. The section with the tube is for the main tank feed and the bottom one is for RESERVE, to drain the rest of the fuel when you run...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda goldwing aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, bill silver
honda goldwing aspencade, bill silver, stator: The 3 wires from the stator don t care where they go. They are just AC leads headed towards the reg-rectifier. Check all the wiring between the stator and harness. Here is a troubleshooting guide to help you... Unless you got a defective stator http://www.electrosport.com/electrosport_fault_finding.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda goldwing, ac volts, fuse holders
ac volts, fuse holders, fuse panel: Brian, -have you checked the charging output at the battery? Should have 13.5-14.5 volts. -The stator output can be checked with a multimeter. First disconnect the stator plug and see if all the yellow stator wires going to the stator show continuity...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda shadow 700, honda dealers, honda shadow
honda dealers, honda shadow, ebay: Hi Mike, You should be able to find parts on eBay. Otherwise, I believe other models will interchange with the Shadow. I cannot remember which, though. Visit www.bikebandit.com and use their microfiche to compare part numbers. Call Honda dealers...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1985 honda v65 sabre...., honda v65 sabre, starter solenoid
honda v65 sabre, starter solenoid, bill silver: Check for a fusible link around where the starter solenoid is ... somewhere around the battery box, generally. I suspect that the back side of the ignition switch has come apart and/or the fuses under the handlebar covers. Check the switch base and the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vf500f, valve timing, fuel tank
valve timing, fuel tank, fuel system: Hi Justin. Start with the carbs. They probably need a proper cleaning and synchronization. Then check the valve timing and gap. Also check the air filter and replace it if it is dirty. If the carbs are dirty, then the fuel tank may need to be resealed...

Motorcycle Repair: what can i do for my 1985 honda vf500f?, honda vf500f, dosent
honda vf500f, dosent, electrical system: Hi Ezequiel. What have you checked on the bike? Have you checked for shorts in the ignition system or for bad ignition components? Get the repair manual for the specs and specific test proceedures. Also check the ignition fuse. When you say...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda vt700 stops running when hot, honda vt700, thermostatic switch
honda vt700, thermostatic switch, honda shadow: Hi Omar, The spark units can become hot enough to melt the electronics protective packing materal. They ll generate a bit of heat from normal operation. Excessive heat is a result of system trouble- usually high resistance due to corroded electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda xl350r, bikebandit com, honda xl350r
bikebandit com, honda xl350r, stroke singles: Buck, Thumpers can be pretty fussy about lighting off. Make sure that the engine is in a perfect state of tune. Adjust the valves and then adjust the compression release cable, to ensure that it is functioning properly. The carburetor idle jet needs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda xl350r wont run, honda xl350r, compression check
honda xl350r, compression check, needle valve: Robert, -have you checked the run/stop switch? -Make sure you have over 130 psi compression. -Check the spark, try a new plug. If you have a good spark I would check the carb float needle/valve for sticking. -The raw gas you added may have been too...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda, honda 200s, vent holes
honda 200s, vent holes, vent system: Ron, ATV/ATCs are not my regular bike thrill and I have stayed away from them, for the most part. Basics, however... You need to establish the the float valve is closing the the float isn t sinking or out of adjustment. If you use carb cleaner on the float...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 KAWASAKI GPZ750R, cylinder compression, valve clearances
cylinder compression, valve clearances, 15minutes: Hi Bruce, I suspect the engine is overheating. There s not enough information to accurately diagnose the problem. Upon reassembly of the engine, how was air purged from the cooling system? What are cylinder compression readings? Was a leak-down performed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawi 750 Vulcan-coolan in oil, coolan, head gasket
coolan, head gasket, fresh oil: Hi Mark, Thanks for the detailed description of the problems. First thing to do is a leak-down test. This will determine the source(s) of the leak. (Should have done compression and leak-down while engine was still in frame.) That s ok, we ll get around...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawi stalling out, valve stems, rear cylinder
valve stems, rear cylinder, cylinder valve: Ok, cool. Commpression is acceptable. That narrows down our possibilites to either fuel delivery or ignition. The symptoms indicate the engine is starving for fuel at high rpms rather than flooding with fuel, the fact that the choke allows the bike to rev...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 kawasaki zx6, kawasaki zx6, clutch friction
kawasaki zx6, clutch friction, clutch side: Steven, -get a piece of rubber hose and put one end on the engine and the other on your ear. -See if you can pinpoint the area the sound is coming from. -If your clutch is dragging it must need some adjustment or something isn t right. -The clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 maxim x, bikebandit com, shaft removal
bikebandit com, shaft removal, engine shaft: Hi Mike!! You ll find the procedures for engine/shaft removal in the service manual. Try comparing part numbers at www.bikebandit.com or www.yamaha-motor.com to learn if the airbox is a direct match. Otherwise, I would have to measure the parts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Nighthawk 650 starved for fuel, nighthawk 650, water in the fuel
nighthawk 650, water in the fuel, fuel line: Hi Ron. You may want to check for blockage in the float bowls, water in the fuel system and contaminants in the fuel. If you haven t already, then install a good fuel filter in the fuel line. Start there and see what you find. Good luck. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 ninja 900, float bowl, gpz900
float bowl, gpz900, air leak: Jamie, first thing to check if you want a good running bike is the compression, it should be at the specs kawasaki lists in the manual. Unfortunately, I don t have the manual right now. So, I am going to give you some averages. Compression should be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Shadow, vapor state, excess fuel
vapor state, excess fuel, best bet: Hi Barbara, Chances are good that the backfiring is only a product of a rich condition Which means a few things and reasons for them. 1 could be there are holes in the mufflers (common for that year shadow) producing insufficient back pressure in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Suzuki Intruder, suzuki intruder, overflow tube
suzuki intruder, overflow tube, rear cylinder: Hi John, The fuel pump or fuel pump cut-off relay may be defective. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and learn about testing these components. It s possible that the fuel in the carburetor float bowl and/or the needle valve has varnished....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Suzuki TS250X, suzuki ts250x, rear shock
suzuki ts250x, rear shock, messy job: Ah, I love those bikes. For the rear shock, which has both gas and oil, separated by a seal. If there is oil on the shock s shaft, or the shaft looks blue, it means your shock needs to be rebuilt. If you don t have any of these problems, why rebuild?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 susuki ignitor, stator coils, eric fowler
stator coils, eric fowler, gs550l: Hi Eric, Visit www.thegsresources.com and review the site for details on testing the electrical system. The site will link you to www.electrosport.com to use Electro Sport s Fault Finding Chart. Get a copy of the service manual. Testing the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 V-Max, check tires, dry rot
check tires, dry rot, v max: Hi Ernie. Here s what you need to do. 1) Empty and reseal the fuel tank. DO NOT USE ANY OLD FUEL. It will undo any work that you have done on the fuel system. Use only fresh fuel. 2) Replace the fuel line. 3) Remove, disassemble and completely...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Virago, yamaha virago, starter shaft
yamaha virago, starter shaft, gouges: Mike, There may be damage to your flywheel. Other than that all I can think of is that the gear is somehow getting hung up on the shaft it slides out on. Possibly the shaft is slightly bent or has some damage/gouges on it. Sorry I can t be of more...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 Shadow, multimeter, major components
multimeter, major components, fuse: Hi John. Get the repair manual out and refer to the wiring diagram as you will be chasing down a short in the system. The short will be after the fuse that keeps blowing out, not before it, so that part of the wiring (power to fuse) should be no concern....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100C Clutch, friction discs, clutch plates
friction discs, clutch plates, clutch lever: Hi Jim. Clutchplate removal is a very simple procedure. 1) With the bike on the centerstand, drain the engine oil. 2) Place a block of wood between the clutch lever and handlebar. Secure it in place to insure that the clutch is not accidentally actuated....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 virago 750, stator coil, virago 750
stator coil, virago 750, exact specs: Hi Kurt. When checking to see if the stator is producing enough power, place your multimeter leads on the battery terminals. At idle, it should be producing right about 12.5-13VDC. Slowly increase the rpms to about 4000rpm and see what the voltage changes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 virago xv700, yamaha motor, fuel tanks
yamaha motor, fuel tanks, bikebandit com: Hi Lori, It sounds as if the seller was not completely honest, or is ignorant mechanically (or both). Most states have a vehicle Lemmon Law to protect buyers from shady sales transactions, however, the marketplace is still a buyer beware market. Look...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 vmax stops firing on one cyl within 60 miles after plug change, plug caps, powder substance
plug caps, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Thomas, This is a common problem with V-Max carburetors. Here s a link that illustrates and explains the problem and the fix. http://vmax.lvlhead.com/tips/shotgun.htm I ve pasted a couple of my tech files below. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 xj700 maxim x, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak
vacuum leaks, vacuum leak, air leaks: Hi Ron. Check all your connections for the manifolds (Manifolds to carbs and manifolds to heads). Make sure that there are no air leaks. Then check the manifolds themselves for cracks and the like. You could have a small vacuum leak because of things like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 YAMAHA MAXIM 700 ( NO SPARK ), old bikes, repair manual
old bikes, repair manual, redone: Hi Kevin. You may have spent a bunch of money that you didn t need to. There are a lot of things that could be the problem. 1) CDI unit. Rarely is that the problem. 2) Wiring short. Often a problem in old bikes. 3) Pick up coils. Sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yam. XV1000 Virago, fuel hoses, powder substance
fuel hoses, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Paul, Right... the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned and related rubber vacuum and fuel hoses will need replaced. Use fuel rated hose on fuel lines. I ve attached a couple of tech files for your convenience. More files are available upon...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha FJ 1100, air screw, yamaha fj
air screw, yamaha fj, clip position: What you are going to have to do is call you local Dealer. Ask for the parts or service department (I ask for parts because service can be fussy sometimes about giving information) and tell them you need to know the stock settings for your bike and write...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim, clutch lever, netural
clutch lever, netural, old bike: You should always start the bike in netural. What is happening is the clutch is cold and wants to pull the bike foward. If you have trouble finding netural rock the bike back and forth while using the shift lever and it should work. If not then park it in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim 750, vent tube, engine flush
vent tube, engine flush, thick oil: Hi Al. Doing the oil changes will not get rid of the problem. The engine needs an engine flush. You can get the stuff you need at any decent auto parts store. Do it right and there will be no more fungus in the engine. Yes, I said fungus. That...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Maxim, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi John, Very common problem caused by gas left in the float bowls during storage. Gas changes to varnish (gel like substance) and obstructs jets and air/fuel conduits. Requires removal of carbs and thorough cleaning. See the file below. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago 1000cc, combustion chamber, fuel mixture
combustion chamber, fuel mixture, preignition: Brain, Sounds like a tune up is in order. First, check your ignition timing. Second, check your plugs, replace if neccesary. Third, be sure your carburators are properly adjusted and all air and fuel ways are clean. Preignition can contribute to misfiring...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago XV700, spark plug heat range, air leaks
spark plug heat range, air leaks, exhaust pipes: Berry, backfiring has many causes, alot of bikes new and old have the occasional backfire. Newer bikes are running very lean fuel mixtures which tend to contribute to the problem. -here are some of the possible causes of backfiring: I believe the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha VMAX Clutch problem, clutch lever, loose pins
clutch lever, loose pins, clutch system: Hi Marc. Start by bleeding any reverse traps in the clutch system. The most common one is at the banjo fitting. Here s the proceedure for that if it hasn t been tried; 1) Bleed the clutch line like normal. 2) With a rag placed over anything near...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Electrical problem, pain pal, electrical circuits
pain pal, electrical circuits, appreciative thanks: Hi Perry, I can feel your pain, pal. I suspect a loose connection, faulty ignition switch, or faulty safety switch. You ll have to learn how to check suspect electrical circuits and related components. Easy to do. Remember, include an email addy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Float adjustment, rubber tubes, float bowl
rubber tubes, float bowl, hatachi: Hi Dave, I don t have fuel service level specs on the Maxim, either. Kawasaki and Honda are the only two manufacturers to provide such intel for this type of measurement. Other brands measure float height. I ll send tech files to your email. They...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ700 Maxim Exhaust, straight pipes, hi aaron
straight pipes, hi aaron, aftermarket exhaust: Hi Aaron, Welcome to AllExperts. I m not familar with all the exhaust systems available for the Maxim. I recommend calling one of the major MC parts retailers at their tool free numbers and ask the sales staff what they know. They have the catalogs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha XJ750XN fell over.., yamaha dealership, lighting problem
yamaha dealership, lighting problem, motorcycle parts: Hi Rob. It sounds like you have a couple of different things going on. The cracked ignition switch could be responsible for the shorting problem, but not completely. Start by replacing the ignition switch, then see if the lighting problem continues....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha maxim 700, internal threads, charging system
internal threads, charging system, voltage drop: Hi Nick, Q: ...I bought this bike last spring and everything on it is working fine, but when I went to winterize it, the nut was stripped to be able to change the oil filter. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to get it fixed. A: If the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha maxim xj 700 problem, vacuum hoses, diaphrams
vacuum hoses, diaphrams, bill silver: Steve, I am not really strong on info for Yamahanamas.. http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp for references to the parts involved. I see that it doesn t have a vacuum operated petcock, but it does have a large screen for the petcock, up inside...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, problems, yamaha virago, fuel pumps
yamaha virago, fuel pumps, s joe: Joe, The carburetors will need cleaned. The pilot circuits are obstructed. When this occurs, the enrichment circuit (choke) allows the engine to idle. The pilot and choke circuits share some passageways enabling the engine to by-pass the obstructed jets...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, gauge cluster, panka
gauge cluster, panka, ebay: Sevy, I usually Go to eBay to find what parts i need for just about anything im looking for. Also you can do a search on google, and type in Motorcycle salvage Most of these places have a sattilite link which if they don t have the parts, somewhere on Earth,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago 1000cc, problems, stator coil, fuel pumps
stator coil, fuel pumps, needle valves: Hi Joseph. One of the problems that Viragos run into is that the needle valves sometimes slip out, causing the bike to not run correctly. You may want to check the carbs and see if the needle valves (one or both) have slipped out and need to be reset....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha virago will not start, yamaha virago, tank fuel
yamaha virago, tank fuel, new spark: Hi Craig. Bad gas will cause the bike to not run. If the fuel is old, it will have formed what we call varnish in the entire fuel system (tank, fuel line, carbs) and they all need to be tended to. Start by having the carbs cleaned properly, replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha, yamaha dealership, orany
yamaha dealership, orany, bike accessory: Hi Terri. You can get a repair manual from any of the following sources; Any decent bike accessory shop, the local Yamaha dealership orany of the following websites; www.repairmanuals.com www.denniskirk.com www.jcwhitney.com Good luck. FALCO...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 1100 Shadow V twin, bench test, v twin
bench test, v twin, valve springs: Hi Jeff. There is the distinct possibility that you have a couple of things going on here. The fact that the compression is lower than what the book says, indicates that you may need new rings or the cylinders need to be rehoned. There is also the possibility...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Aspencade hydraulic clutch, v65 magna, hydraulic clutch
v65 magna, hydraulic clutch, air bubbles: Hi Jon. So many people have come to me with this problem. Yours is not the only bike that has it, so you would think that they would tell us all the secret to bleeding hydraulic lines like you have on the GL series, the Magna, the Intruder, the Vulcan,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Aspencade, 1986 honda aspencade, turn signal switch
1986 honda aspencade, turn signal switch, emergency flashers: Hi John. All of the specs that you are looking for are in the repair manual. Order one. In the meantime, check under the false tank for the major electronic components. The flasher should be either there or under the seat. You may also want to check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 BMW RT 1000, bmw rt, bmw r1150rt
bmw rt, bmw r1150rt, repairmanual: Cameron, Try to find the answer at one of the following links: Respectfully, Mark Shively R1000 S http://www.diff.ru/manual/files/BMW_R1100S_Repair_Manual.zip http://www.themotorhead.com/downloads/BMW-R1100S-RepairManual-.pdf http://bmw.k100rs.free.fr/files/repair_manuals/BMW%20R1100S%20-%20ENG.PDF...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Goldwing, valve adjustment, goldwing
valve adjustment, goldwing, gaps: Hi Steve. Start by checking your valve gaps on both sides. It is possible that one or more has worn to the point of needing adjustment, so do them all, just to be safe. That is what your problem sounds like, a simple valve adjustment. The bike is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 gpz 1000a1, air fuel mixture, kawasaki gpz1000
air fuel mixture, kawasaki gpz1000, coil windings: It is possible the coil is not working properly when hot and /or under load. If this is the case, the problem would exist on two cylinders assigned to that coil. If isolated to a single cylinder, the gremlin lies between the coil windings and combustion processes,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley 883 alternator magnets, oil pressure switch, 883 harley
oil pressure switch, 883 harley, harley 883: If you spend $500 now or in 5 years, if or when the magnets come loose, youre going to spend the same amount of money. You know as well as I it ll happen at the most incovenient time, (murphys law) but either way, same amount of money. you wont do anymore...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley Davidson Low Rider, crank case vent, vent tube
crank case vent, vent tube, exhaust pipes: the check ball in the oil pump is not seated. and when the bike sat, it let oil pass the check ball and filled the crank case with motor oil. when the bike was started it pumped the oil out the crankcase vent and up into the air cleaner where harley puts the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley FXRT, cross country trip, fresh paint
cross country trip, fresh paint, fxd: The FXRD is kind of a unique bike. Harley only made them for a few years. They were not very popular. As to parts, the motor and trans is the same as any other 1986 big bike so there is not problems there. you might have trouble finding a seat and exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 700 Magna, coolant leaks, honda model
coolant leaks, honda model, dept id: Hi Nick, I need to know exactly where the coolant is leaking from. Try visiting this website: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=190700§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1986&model_dept_mfr=Honda&model_dept_id=190619&model_dept_name=VF700C+%28Magna%29...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda 700 Magna, hose clamps, fuel level
hose clamps, fuel level, indicator lights: Hey Chewy. As far as the leaking coolant, I would check the hose clamps. Make sure that they are tightened down as far as they can go. Then check for cracks in the hoses. Also, if there is nothing wrong with the connections then the thermostat could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Aspencade Starter replacement, 1986 honda aspencade, starter clutch
1986 honda aspencade, starter clutch, starter motor: Hi Shep, Review the following tech information. Always include your email address with question as requested so I may return tech files to you. Respectfully, Mark Shively Removal / Overhaul of GL1200 Starter Motor I have attempted to make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB 700sc Starter/Alternator, honda nighthawk, starter clutch
honda nighthawk, starter clutch, honda cb: Hi Steve. For analysis of problems you should always have the repair manual for the bike. Specs will vary from each make/model as well as, sometimes, testing techniques. It will also have the correct disassembly/assembly instructions for all aspects...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB700S Nighthawk, powder substance, crystal powder
powder substance, crystal powder, manuals repair: Hi Paul, I suspect the carburetors need more thorough cleaning. It s likely that fuel upstream of the carbs has recontaminated your cleaned carbs. Inspect the entire fuel system for evidence of rust and varnishing. Clean, repair, or replace parts accodingly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CB900 will not start, honda cb900, vent hose
honda cb900, vent hose, vacuum hose: Hi Tim, I suspect the part is either a atmospheric vent hose (float bowl vent) or vacuum hose. Try and find an image of the carbs on eBay and send me the link. Manifolds are the rubber mounts at the rear of the cylinders in which the carburetors...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Elite 80 Carb, honda elite 80, honda tech
honda elite 80, honda tech, plastic filter: Hi Kevin, I agree that the choke is not working properly. Visit www.bikebandit.com to view parts microfiche. You ll be able to see the carburetor and related parts. I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and learn about troubleshooting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Gl1200I, manifold vacuum, gold wings
manifold vacuum, gold wings, bill silver: Tony, a Gold Wing is way out of my expertise, but I found this site, which may help http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/ Is this bike a fuel injected GL1200i or a GL1200I Interstate? Big difference in the possibilities between the two versions. I did check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing
honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, starter relay: Steve, -the battery positive wire goes to the main fuse. On the other side of the main fuse is where the red and red-white wires go. -green/red and yellow/red are hooked into the starter relay. -other end of green/red goes to the clutch switch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade, honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing
honda goldwing aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, altenator: Hi Denny. Visual inspection for shorts, while reasonably effective will rarely show intermittent shorts as they tend to be almost or, as is most common, completely invisible. The only way to be sure that you have none or to find one that s there, is to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Goldwing GL1200 aspencade, 1986 honda goldwing, gl1200
1986 honda goldwing, gl1200, aspencade: Hi Daniel. You have two choices here; 1) Manually chase the wire til you find the short. This is very time consuming. 2) Get the repair manual which has the wiring diagram for the bike. The repair manual will prove to be worth it s weight in gold...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Rebel, compression stroke, honda rebel
compression stroke, honda rebel, valve clearances: Hi Ronnie, Remove spark plugs, cover one plug hole with a finger tip, press lightly to allow compressed cylinder air to escape past finger, watch timing marks, when you hear air escaping past finger-align TDC mark, this piston is now at TDC on Compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow Transmission, metal aluminum, honda shadow
metal aluminum, honda shadow, shadow vt1100: Hi Michael, Inspect engine oil for evidence of metal & aluminum particles. The problem is likely the result of worn gear cogs/dogs. When the edges become rounded, sliding gears may separate from their mating gears. Inspect the transmission gears for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow VT700, 15,000 miles, honda shadow vt700, internal combustion engines
honda shadow vt700, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Roy, I suspect the carburetors need a more thorough cleaning, and then synchronization. Also, check the airbox and ducts for obstructions such as nests. Mice and bees favor this place for their security and confort. Review the following file and consider...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow, haynes shop, rod bearings
haynes shop, rod bearings, wrist pins: Jeff... stay away from the guys with the wrist pin bearing diagnosis... they don t have bearings for the wrist pins! Without hearing it myself, at 20k miles, it could be a number of things, depending on how well it was treated in the past. I would check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VF 500 Carbs, honda vf 500, internal combustion engines
honda vf 500, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi George, You should perform a more thorough carburetor cleaning (see the information file below). Synchronize carbs after cleaning. If the carbs were thoroughly cleaned and synchronization is within service limits, check for an intake air leak. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VF500F runs on ether, not with gas tank, honda vf500f, internal combustion engines
honda vf500f, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Ed, I suspect the enrichenment and pilot circuits need more thoroughly cleaned or have become re-contaminated by fuel contamination such as rust or varnish up stream from the carbs. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VT700 Carburetor, braided fuel line, bike bandit
braided fuel line, bike bandit, honda vt700: Dick, Dick: Looking at the drawing on bike bandit it looks like the J tube is a vacuum hose that attaches somewhere on the carburetor itself. The assembly is called the Air cutoff. Mark: That s an air cut-off diaphragm valve. Located on the sides...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 harley electra glide classic brakes, emery cloth, elctra
emery cloth, elctra, calipers: Sounds like the puck is sticking and not letting the pressure off. Pull the caliber and take it apart again. the puck is the piece that slides in and out. Take some fine emery cloth and lightly sand the inside of the caliber where the puck rides. the puck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda elite 80, honda elite 80, wheel bearings
honda elite 80, wheel bearings, brake caliper: Hi Stephen. It sounds like you have a possible number of problems. Are the wheel bearings frozen? You may want to check those as well as greasing the axle. Have you checked the brake caliper assembly? If it is frozen, then that would be the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda fourtrax 350 4x4, 1986 honda fourtrax, charging system
1986 honda fourtrax, charging system, shively: Hi Colby, Q: ...i have problems with my battery. i have put 6 batteries in it and i am wondering if it is my charging system... A: The problem may be within the charging system. Test charging system output. The battery must be fully charged and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda magna, honda magna, check fuel
honda magna, check fuel, white smoke: Hi Chris, I suspect the fuel in the carburetors has varnished. The entire fuel system should be inspected. Clean and repair affected parts. Check fuel tank for evidence of rust. Consider having the tune-up done soon. I return tech information files...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda rebel 450, honda rebel 450, exhaust gasses
honda rebel 450, exhaust gasses, exhaust stroke: Ronnie, I think you may need to recheck your interpetation of TDC. There are two TDC s at alternates of the four strokes however you are only concerned w/ the compression stroke, the one that happens right before the plug fires. There is the intake stroke,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xl600r, motorcycle oil, thick oil
motorcycle oil, thick oil, honda xl600r: Eric, I think a 10W40 motorcycle oil would be the best unless you live where the weather is quite warm, then 20W50 is okay. -It takes thick oil like 20W50 awhile to get pumping and damage can occur during that time if used in colder climates. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr100r, valve stem seals, sprocket teeth
valve stem seals, sprocket teeth, compression stroke: Dylan, somewhat of a vague, multi-part question...... Is the clutch adjusted so there is a little freeplay at the lever? Is it slipping? Is the chain tight going to the back wheel? Is the chain jumping over the sprocket teeth? Check freeplay, test it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr80r carburetors settings, honda xr80r, silver screw
honda xr80r, silver screw, brass screw: Hi Joe, I recommend getting a copy of the Service (Repair) Manual. I can give you basic base settings. You ll have to test and tune to dial in the carb s air-fuel mixtures. it s not an easy task for the inexperienced. You can try setting the brass...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, kawasaki ninja, brake hoses
kawasaki ninja, brake hoses, red kote: Hi Allen, Inspect the fuel tank interior for evidence of rust. I recomend a product named: Red-Kote for sealing fuel tanks. Much better product than Kreem sealer. The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Carb parts may need replaced. The fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, kawasaki vulcan 750, 1986 kawasaki vulcan 750
kawasaki vulcan 750, 1986 kawasaki vulcan 750, blade pitch: Have you checked the thermostat? Also, check for milky oil or white exhaust smoke which means a leaky head gasket. Sometimes the fan blade can be slipping even though it s motor is spinning. Any air leaks in the intake or exhaust may increase heat. Make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 kawasaki vulcan 699cc, not running right., kawasaki vulcan, rev limiter
kawasaki vulcan, rev limiter, shively: Hi Victor, What engine speeds (RPM) does the problem occur while in neutral? When this occurs, is someone in the saddle? Is the Vulcan on the stand? Is this a new problem? What basic checks have you performed and what were the results? Do you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Rebel 250, clink clank, compression check
clink clank, compression check, chain tensioner: Carlo, -it sounds like the starter drive is broken or worn. It has little rollers and springs, they grab one way and slip the other. It is on the end of the starter chain by the alternator. That is the reason it didn t turn the motor when you first...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 radian, vacuum leaks, engine speed
vacuum leaks, engine speed, carbs: Hi Jeff, Check carburetor synchronization and adjust accordingly. If the carbs are out of synch, an irratic idle is one of the symptoms. Check for vacuum leaks around the carbs and manifolds. Vacuum leaks may cause high, irratic engine speed as described....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 SEi (Electrical), don castro, ase certified mechanic
don castro, ase certified mechanic, trailer plug: Big Larry, some Gold Wings have a reserve lighting unit that switches brake lights on when taillights are out etc. That is a possible trouble spot. I would try pulling some fuses to see what circuit the problem is on. If you can trace the wiring to it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki TS250X float bowl leak, pit holes, enduro bike
pit holes, enduro bike, fuel service: Hi Harry, I could find no tech or spec information on your TS250X. The drain screw seal could be defective or there may be a tuning issue. The fuel service level may be rich. Try adjusting the float leaner and observe the results. Measure float height...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 suzuki GS400e, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, check engine oil: Hi Jason, A very common complaint following storage. Not serious, though preventable. Expect to pay about $250 labor to have the carburetors cleaned and synchronized. The gasoline left in the carburetors has varnished. The carbs will need cleaned. Carburetor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 suzuki intruder 700, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, suzuki intruder: Hi John, Check cylinder compression to verify combustion chamber sealing properties. I suspect a valve may be slightly open causing the regursion through the carburetor and hard starting. If necessary, perform a cylinder leak-down check, too. Check valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 V-65 Magan transmission, motorcycle transmission, drum groove
motorcycle transmission, drum groove, output shaft: Hi Frank, I recommend you find another motorcycle to purchase. The transmission repair may exceed the cost of the MC. The usual cause of gears slipping out of gear is worn cogs and dogs. When these part s edges become rounded, they tend to slip and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Venture 1300cc, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, valve shims: Hi Shawn, The gas in the float bowls has varnsished. The carburetors need to be removed and very thoroughly cleaned. The pilot jets are obstructed, preventing the engine from idling. The choke shares the pilot circuit passageways and compensates for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Virago 750 - Dead Battery/Loss of Power, buckets of money, virago 750
buckets of money, virago 750, stator: Jen, have you checked all the fuses? The battery voltage should read 13.2 to 13.8 volts when the bike is running, so the bike is not charging. Make sure you check any connectors around the battery and clean them if need be. The stator is sometimes the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 VT 700 oil leak, oil leaks, honda motorcycle
oil leaks, honda motorcycle, shaft seal: Ed, I will assume that you changed out the shift shaft seal when you had the cover off, just as a future precaution. Go to: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp sign up for free and find your HONDA-Motorcycle-VT700 index then go to the gearshift...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 VT700 complete power loss, electrolyte levels, electrical diagnosis
electrolyte levels, electrical diagnosis, accurate diagnosis: Hi Aaron, I suspect a loose battery lead, though the problem may be other. Electrical diagnosis should be performed to determine the cause of the problem(s). Inspect battery voltage and specific gravity of each cell. Recharge or replace the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 vt700 shadow, carburetor bodies, throttle grip
carburetor bodies, throttle grip, butterfly valves: Calvin, either you have some kind of mechanical blockage in the carb butterfly valves/shafts or linkages or the throttle grip is turning over the throttle drum. Beyond that, the throttle cable may be unraveling inside due to corrosion damage. Don t drive it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 XL Sportster 1200, retarded timing, oil hose
retarded timing, oil hose, oil level: First, you plugs need to be gapped at .040, not .042. Your plug for the primary needs to be repaired, so when it time the change the primary fluid you have a way to drain it. There is no dipstick for the primary, when you change it you put in 32 ozs. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 xr600 Honda, burning oil, air filter
burning oil, air filter, vacuum: Philip, these engines have lots of vacuum and so need lots of air available through the intake system. If it has trouble getting the air into the air filter box it might suck the cover like that. At the back of the air box there should be a plastic fitting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha FZ 750 Carb Question, yamaha fz 750, float bowls
yamaha fz 750, float bowls, trickle charger: Hi Josh. First let s talk prevention for next year. 1) When you store the bike for the winter, the one thing that you should do, that no one seems to do, is to drain the fuel out of the fuel tank and use it elsewhere. 2) Then run the bike till the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Radian Oil and Clutch Problems, clutch problems, clutch cable
clutch problems, clutch cable, honda nighthawk 450: Joseph, -check below your rear brake pedal on the engine, there should be a little glass window. Set the bike straight up or on the center stand and make sure the engine oil is between the high and low marks on the site glass window. -the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Radian problems, 1986 yamaha radian, yamaha yx600 radian
1986 yamaha radian, yamaha yx600 radian, robert mcwilliams: first take out the floats put them in a gallon can of gas if one of them does not float correctley then thats where yur problem is. when looking at the floats without gas in the carbs the floats should be down all the way ,when they fill up if one has a hole...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha SRX-6, yamaha srx 6, yamaha motor co
yamaha srx 6, yamaha motor co, lean condition: John, I have a couple of friends who have had these bikes and the good news is that you can do a few mods to make them run very well. The bad news is that they are VERY frustrating to work on, especially the carburetors when the air box is still in place....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha fz 750, yamaha fz 750, worst case scenario
yamaha fz 750, worst case scenario, clutch lever: Hi Paul. Something like that is hard to say for certain. It could be either or both. Start by checking the clutch for smoothness and to see if it engages early enough. After that check your adjustments for the clutch and shifter. Worst case scenario,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha fz750 s, yamaha service, yamaha fz750
yamaha service, yamaha fz750, yamaha fz: Hi Bunthai, I checked my resources and could not locate torque specifications for the FZ. Try online message boards and forums such as: www.motorcycle-usa.com/forum and post the same question there. Someone should have the service manual and give you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha maxim 700 base model, pcv system, excessive smoking
pcv system, excessive smoking, open throttle: Hi Mike, I think the problem will be resolved by thoroughly cleaning carburetors. It s important that the carbs be synchronized after cleaning. When needle valves varnish, wear, stick open, fuel may overfill the float bowls. When this occurs, fuel may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha maxim x starting problems, stator coil, motorcycle mechanics
stator coil, motorcycle mechanics, selonoid: Hi David. Check the battery with a hygrometer. If even one cel is bad, then replace the battery. Also check the charging system. If it isn t charging at 13-15 VDC at the battery leads, then the stator coil is bad and needs to be replaced. Also, check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha radian ignition, air fuel mixture, whas
air fuel mixture, whas, shively: Hi Ben, Easier asked than explained. You ll have to obtain a wiring diagram and see for yourself. A service manual will have a diagram. There are many wires involved with just the ignition switch. Cannot answer such questions. FYI: An engine needs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha radian, starter clutch, yamaha motor
starter clutch, yamaha motor, starter motor: Hi Phil, Q: ...i can turn by hand in one direction only is that normal? A: Yes Q: ...it seems that the direction it turns freely in is the direction the starter turns, is it maybe a starter clutch? A: Yes You can see microfiche parts at Yamaha...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago 700, battery cables, needle valves
battery cables, needle valves, spark plugs: Mike, if the compression is equal on both cylinders I would check: -spark plugs and caps -air filter. -the carb idle jets and the little filters under the float needle valves. -poor sealing on the choke plungers. -poor fuse conections that limit...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago 700, starter solenoid, bench test
starter solenoid, bench test, fuel light: Hi Irv. This sounds like a short. A bad one; possibly multiple shorts. You will need to check all of the affected circuits as well as the wiring at the instruments and starter solenoid and ignition coils. Also check each of the affected components...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yz 125s yamaha, piston action, dirt rider
piston action, dirt rider, power valve: Well, I could go into a long discussion about the power valve, but you have the opportunity to do the following first: bring it back to the dealer! If you paid to have a dealer do an engine bore and he checked the power valve and told you it was good -...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 z50 kick start issue, z50r, carby
z50r, carby, mechanical work: Hi Nina. It sounds like either a gear is stripped in the kickstart mechanism or an engagement spring is gone south on you. As far as repair manuals are concerned, Clymers is very good, but the absolute best is the factory repair manual. You will be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 1100 sportster, piston rings, valve guides
piston rings, valve guides, compression test: Your probably starting to burn some oil, but not enough to show on the plugs. Your oil would either be coming from the valve guides or the piston rings. Start with a compression test. Your two cylinders should be within 10% of each other. If not then you need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 700 magna, chain tensioners, cam chain
chain tensioners, cam chain, magnas: Chuck, the chain is just replaced during rebuilds. It has no adjustment. It should have 1/4 to about 3/8 ideally. If you have engine noise it is more likely low oil volume to the cylinder head and cams or cam chain noise. The cam chain tensioners can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 883 SPORTSTER, allen bolt, allen screw
allen bolt, allen screw, locknut: Look under the primary and you will see a nut witha allen screw in it. this is the adjuster. remove the inspection cover on the primary. You should have about 1/2 inch play inthe chain. If not, then loosen the locknut and turnt he allen bolt until you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 CBR1000 transmission, trans gears, honda hurricane
trans gears, honda hurricane, rachet mechanism: Jared, it is possible the transmission is damaged, but another possibility is the shifter mechanism. -The shifter is a rachet mechanism that turns the shift drum which in turn moves the shift forks which slide the trans gears into place. -Any of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Custom softail miss, intake leak, ohm meter
intake leak, ohm meter, opnion: First thing I would do is check for an intake leak. Start the bike and let it warm up. Spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up then you have a leak. Also, test the coil with a OHM meter. It might be weak If this doesnt help let me...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cbr 1000 hurrican, blown fuse, starter button
blown fuse, starter button, bill silver: Michael, I believe that your starter button switch on the right side is the problem. When the starter button is pushed in for START, then the headlight is disconnected. Letting the switch button back out, stops the starter circuit and enables the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cr 125, cr 125, powervalve
cr 125, powervalve, motorcycle repair: Hi Wes. Do you have the repair manual for the bike? If so, then it should show you how to set that or give you some idea as to where the original notch was (if it was an aftermarket mod). Outside of that, I really am not sure how to advise you on that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cr125, driveing, exhaust manifold
driveing, exhaust manifold, intake manifold: Hi Brandon. Have you done a check of the intake manifold? It could have a small leak that only makes itself known when at high rpm s. you could also have a slightly loose exhaust manifold. Check those but do not overtighten any lockdown bolts or nuts....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FXRS runs on one cylinder, piston rings, fxrs
piston rings, fxrs, light oil: When the bike starts running on one cylinder, change the plug wires from one to the other. If it was the front cylinder not running, is it the back one now? If that is the case then either you plug wires are bad or the coil is bad. If this is not the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 FZ 700 Engine "Cuts Out" Problem, mile road trip, battery cables
mile road trip, battery cables, battery mark: well, for starters, most motorcycles are not designed to run without the battery cables connected. So if the bike dies out because the cables are removed, This is why. 2nd, does the corner have something to do with the bike dieing? To A technician, we only...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 GL 1200 Honda, bike bandit, engine control module
bike bandit, engine control module, bikebandit com: Hi Ron, The GL s fuel pump is powered by the main fuse. It is controlled by the Engine Control Module and other components such as relays, sensors, and switches. I recommend the Service/Repair Manual for testing procedures. Too difficult to explain...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 gl 1200 I, fan switch, fan motor
fan switch, fan motor, shively: Hi Ron, A tech would need to see and experience the problem as described to accurately diagnose the problem, if any. Your GL may have a faulty temp sensor, fan switch, temp gauge, stat, fan motor, improper coolant mix, air in the cooling system, or other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 gsxr engine noise, stator coil, driven gears
stator coil, driven gears, gsxr 750: Hi Danny. Have you checked to see if there is damage to the stator coil, the rotor assembly or internal engine case at the stator side? Perhaps something is loosened or out of balance. Try manually turning the engine (the same way you would to do...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Harley Softail clutch, clutch lever, harley softail
clutch lever, harley softail, clutch cable: Drain the trans. Remove the right cover from the trans. Inside you will see the cable.Remove it from the inner ramp. You ahve to rotate it and the inner ramp will come out. unscrew the cable and also remove it from the clutch lever. Install the new cable in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honada Shadow 1100, shadow 1100, pulse generator
shadow 1100, pulse generator, shively: Hi Jason, Do not use the choke while riding. Allow the engine and spark plugs to reach operating temperatures before putting a load on the engine. If the engine starts and runs with choke, but stalls without the choke; indicates the carburetors need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda 1200 wing, water in the fuel, fuel filter
water in the fuel, fuel filter, fuel pump: Hi Kim. Yes there should be a fuel filter on the bike. Since you have a GL, there is also a fuel pump to consider as well as the possibility that you could have dirty carbs if the bike sits, over the winter, in storage. Also you could have water in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Cbr 600 Hurricane, heavy duty clutch, honda cbr 600
heavy duty clutch, honda cbr 600, clutch springs: Hi Oliver, Is the clutch and clutch cable adjusted, properly routed, in good condition, and lubricated? Did the previous owner install heavy-duty clutch springs? If so, consider going back to OEM springs. Check the above and change or repair accordingly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Cbr 600, honda cbr 600, hydraulic clutch
honda cbr 600, hydraulic clutch, hand strength: Hi Oliver. The CBR has a hydraulic clutch which is not adjustable in that manner. No clutch is, really. Your hand strength will increase through use of the bike, though and it will get easier over time. We all go through this as beginning riders, so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Hurricane CBR1000f overheating, honda hurricane, radiator cap
honda hurricane, radiator cap, resevior: Hi Fred, The cooling system needs flushed. I encourage home maintenance. Review the procedure in the repair manual and see if you are up to the task. Coolant capacity is not given usually because we simply add fluid until filled. Cooling systems...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna 700, honda magna, stores ebay
honda magna, stores ebay, color preference: Carl, you haven t told me where you have been looking and if there is a color preference. Try: http://www.sabmag.org/general.htm http://www.supermagna.com/html/0787roadrider.htm http://www.motorcycle-bike-parts.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/motorcycle_parts.html?l_make=Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna 700 cc, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, honda magna: Hi Greg, Sounds as if the fuel has varnished. If so, the carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Inspect the fuel tanks, pump, filter, and hoses for evidence of varnishing. Clean or replace accordingly. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Shadow security lock and light, honda shadow vt700, goose neck
honda shadow vt700, goose neck, shively: Hi Roger, I suspect a short within the wiring, possibly around the triple tree area (goose neck or steering stem area). When the front end is turned lock to lock, the wiring harness may become pulled by the movement. This may cause chaffing and lead...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VFR 700F Interceptor, combustion chambers, honda vfr
combustion chambers, honda vfr, gauge needle: Hi Rusty, From the limited information provided in the description, I suspect the problem may be a variety of causes. I would need to be present and perform several checks to accurately determine the source(s) of the problem(s). Cylinder compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda VT1100, mobil 1, synthetic oil
mobil 1, synthetic oil, castrol: ryan, i have a suzuki 1400 all i ever run in it is castrol 20/50 its a 1991 never had problems . if you need more info im here.p.s please leave feedback for me and you may also nominate if you feel inclined to do so. mitch kruszynsk...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda XR100, bike bandit, google search
bike bandit, google search, ebay: Hi Jim, Find new and used parts and service manuals on eBay. I don t have a specific source for the XR s. Google search for combination keywords of XR100, XR Tech, etc... you should find websites dedicated to the XR100 with tech pages. View microfiche...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 harley FXR, harley fxr, starter solenoid
harley fxr, starter solenoid, batttery: It depends on which wires are damaged. your two main wires, the one from the batttery to the solenoid and the one from the solenoid to the starter get pretty hot when the starter runs away. Most of the others will be ok. They are taking the current. Also the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda aspencade, honda aspencade, kill switch
honda aspencade, kill switch, solenoid: I know this may sound very basic, However, its a often looked over thing. Make sure the nuetral light is on (or at least in nuetral) The clutch is pulled in, and the kill switch is in the RUN position. One of those may be tripped and causing your bike to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda elite 50, porcelain insulator, honda elite
porcelain insulator, honda elite, center electrode: Tim, scooters aren t my specialty, but a number of things can affect any engine to keep it from starting, 2 or 4 stroke. GOTTA HAVE: Compression... either get compression test done or pull the muffler and look up into the exhaust port to see if there is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 honda elite help, ebay auctions, honda elite
ebay auctions, honda elite, salvage yards: Robert, I really don t have any scooter info. Check with www.westernhillshonda.com for assistance as to what years they fit. I would check with any local m/c salvage yards to find a good one or have yours chemically cleaned, unless it has a hole in it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 interstate piston rod, piston rod, honda dealership
piston rod, honda dealership, gl series: Hi Jerry. I have never heard of any cases of bent rods or repeated bent rods in the GL series. You may want to ask your local Honda dealership if there were any recalls issued for the 87 GL. Sorry I can t help any further on this issue. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Kawasaki VN1500 88 (SE), sight glass, changing oil
sight glass, changing oil, filter screen: Hi Todd, I don t know of any dipstick mods that will work. Try Vulcan Owner s Club websites and post the same question on their forums/message boards. While chaging oil and filter, you may remove the clutch cover and attempt to clean the sight glass....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 KDX 200, torque specs, shively
torque specs, shively, merry christmas: Hi Dick, I don t have the service manual for the KDX and I couldn tfind the torque value specs in my resources. Visit http://justkdx.dirtrider.net and post your question on their forum. Soemone there will get you the intel. Merry Christmas! Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1987 KZ 1000 P6...., kz 1000, clutch adjustment
kz 1000, clutch adjustment, clutch components: Hi Randy. As I recall, the cable end of the clutch adjustment cam, as with most dual adjustable cables, goes at the clutchbasket end. The problem that you are having may be in the clutchbasket. Your repair manual has all of the specs for the clutch components....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki 454, kelley bluebook, kawasaki en450
kelley bluebook, kawasaki en450, motorcycle salvage: Hi Jennifer, Good price for a peppy little MC. The carbs are very expensive if purchased new from a Kaw dealer. Find a used set from a salvage yard. Find a salvage yard on the internet by typing keyword variations of motorcycle salvage. Replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ex500, speed jets, carburater
speed jets, carburater, vacuum line: Thomas, -gas gets bad very quickly, it can varnish or plug up carb jets in just a month or two of sitting. You should add fresh fuel and make sure it is getting to the carbs okay. -The gas valve or petcocks usually have a vacuum line attached that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ke100, kawasaki ke100, cause havoc
kawasaki ke100, cause havoc, tiny particles: Bret, Sounds like you may be dealing with a fuel delivery problem. If there is a malfuntion in the ignition system is is usually more abrubt, sudden or total failure. Typically you won t get a coil with poor resistance to succesfully sustain a running engine....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ninja 750, clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever
clutch slave cylinder, clutch lever, kawasaki ninja: Tommy, it may be the hydraulic system has air in it but also it may be the clutch plates stuck together. Has the bike been ridden lately or sitting awhile? The clutch plates can rust, warp or just get gooey and stick. -You can bleed the air by following...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawasaki ninja zx750, kawasaki ninja, bill silver
kawasaki ninja, bill silver, charging system: Sounds like the charging system went overvoltage or you had corrosion buildup in the connectors or had a partially loose connector. Other possibilities are shorted out stator or voltage regulator. You need to test all components in the charging system and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 kawi ninj zx750, odd configuration, salvage yard
odd configuration, salvage yard, whole new thing: Hi Joe. If the used stator is off of a wreck, then it should be ok. as long as the engine was intact and under 50k mi. As far as the fan is concerned, it should stop when you turn the key off, however some do not. Some run till the fan has completed...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1987 klr 650 is shaking/vibrating, klr 650, engine mounts
klr 650, engine mounts, direct contact: Jeff, There could be any host of problems that would make you experience such strong vibration. There could be something seriously wrong with the engine or something as simple as incorrect timing or poor carburator adjustment. It s just about impossible...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki Intruder 1400 starter relay, specific gravity test, starter solenoid
specific gravity test, starter solenoid, suzuki intruder: Hi J.R., I suspect water shorting causing the original problem. I suspect the battery is the source of the now problem. You should test the battery thoroughly. Perform a voltage test and specific gravity test on each cell to learn the condition of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki LT250R Quadracer oil leak, suzuki lt250r quadracer, crankcase oil
suzuki lt250r quadracer, crankcase oil, lean air: Kieth, I m assuming this oil is a bit dirty looking and thin. If so you may be dealing with leaking main seals. These are the seals at either end of the crankshaft that create a tight barrier in the intake system. They can leak the fuel/oil mix out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Suzuki Savage, suzuki savage, rapid acceleration
suzuki savage, rapid acceleration, fuel mixture: Chris, -Check for spark, try a new spark plug. -Make sure battery cables are tight. Ignition timing is not adjustable on electronic ignition for the most part. A faulty ignition pulser or main module can be trouble. -Backfire usually means a lean...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 YAMAHA FJ 1200 FUEL DELIVERY, yamaha fj 1200, getting pissed
yamaha fj 1200, getting pissed, clock work: Hi Sean. The fact that the bike runs badly in the am and great in the afternoon makes no sense to me, but you should check a few things out. Check the vacuum line for the fuel selector switch as well as the carbs. The vacuum line could have a leak...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Yamaha FZR 1000 Temperature Gauge, yamaha fzr 1000, 1987 yamaha fzr 1000
yamaha fzr 1000, 1987 yamaha fzr 1000, temp gauge: Hi George, This is one of my favorite motorcycles. I suspect the gauge is defective. This is the first I ve heard of such problem. Cooling systems are designed to be air free. Be sure to purge the cooling sytem of air. Use a tool such as the AirEvac...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Yamaha Midnight Maxim, safety switches, hi matthew
safety switches, hi matthew, check safety: Hi Matthew, If you don t have the service manual, get a copy. It will help you maintain and troubleshoot problems with the Maxim. Check safety switches such as the clutch sw. and side stand sw. for proper operation. Check switches for continuity....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Yamaha Virago 1100, starter solenoid, starter problem
starter solenoid, starter problem, starter button: Al, is it the starter that quits turning or the bike just won t start? The heat may be affecting the starter solenoid or relay. It could possibly be the starter also. Take a test light with you, when it stops check for power to the starter. If no power,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 yamaha pw80 two stroke, starter solenoid, automatic clutch
starter solenoid, automatic clutch, dirt bike: Jonathan, the parts you are calling relay and solenoid are likely your CDI ignition unit and ignition coil. -The coil has a wire that goes to the spark plug. The other box tells the spark when to happen and is like a little computer. -If you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 zx750r battery, cycle salvage yards, motorcycle salvage yard
cycle salvage yards, motorcycle salvage yard, stator coil: Hi Joe. Normally the stator coil is located on the low (left) side of the bike. Your manual will show you where it is and what, if any, special proceedures need to be done to remove it. As far as used coils, I do not recommend it. It is far better...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 1340 evo, valve seals, head gaskets
valve seals, head gaskets, leak down test: It is pretty rare that you get bad gas anymore, but it can happen. Do the test on the coil and plug wires. If the plugs are black and wet then you are burning some oil. SInce you put in new valve seals the oil is probably coming from around the rings. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 883 sporster clutch, starter problems, locknut
starter problems, locknut, clutch: First, put alot of slsck in the cable, so your going to shorten it. Now, push the cable, not the cover, back towards the case. Go to the adjuster and screw inward, until it touches and then back out just a little. Put the locknut in. Go to the cable and adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Electra - Speedo stopped and Clutch prob, speedo cable, clutch adjustment
speedo cable, clutch adjustment, cluth: Go to the back of the speedo and the cable will unscrew. Then like I said before, raise the front wheel and spin the wheel. If the cable spins then its probably the speedo. If it doesnt remove the speedo from the drive unit (it just unscrews) and check the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 electra glide wont start, one in a hundred, starter motor
one in a hundred, starter motor, solenoid: Check your connections on the battery at both ends. You might have a bad ground. Check the battery wiring, to make sure its not old and worn. With a 1989 I would go ahead and replace it. Since you say your battery is good and the wires check out, then youwill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FLHTC Clutch Cable, clutch cables, clutch lever
clutch cables, clutch lever, clutch cable: Yes it can be adjusted. All Harley clutch cables have adjustments. Ther should be only about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. Follow the cable from the clutch lever down to the trans and about half way you will see a rubber boot. Under it you will find the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FLSTC, flstc, bolts
flstc, bolts, brackets: Its not that tough. Remove the battery. There are Two bolts running through the starter. Undo them but dont remove them. You should find some brackets holding the starter in. Remove them also. remove the cable to the battery and slide the starter out. Be careful...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FXR Cv carb install, fxr, intake manifold
fxr, intake manifold, air filter: It should match up, but you will need a air filter backing plate and air filter also. You might have to change the throttle and idle cable too. Once you have it installed you will probably have to rejet the carb for your bike Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FXR LOWRIDER Dual Fire vs. Single Fire, compression pistons, exhaust stroke
compression pistons, exhaust stroke, cv carb: Lets start with the difference between the two. The duel fire fires the plugs at the same time. This means that the one cylinder is firing at the correct time for it, but the other is off, due to the fact that each rod is running on the same crank pin. Also,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FXRS Primary Chain Fluid, tank drain, plug drain
tank drain, plug drain, lube system: Look at he back of the inner primary and you will see a drain plug. Drain the oil from there. After it is drained remove the inspection cover in the center of the primary cover. With the bike sitting upright put in the primary oil to about the bottom of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 fxrs, drain plug, low rider
drain plug, low rider, last question: On the drain plug, it is located under the bike. It would be a hose that is clamped off at the end Horn was located on the left side of the bike, close to the center, between the cylinders. As to the oil, you can use AMS, I would just ask for 20W50 equivilate...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 fxstc, starter solenoid, squeals
starter solenoid, squeals, solenoid: You needSounds like either the starter solenoid is bad or the starter is draging. First, replace the main breaker. It might be weak. If that doesnt help, then run a wire from the battery to the starter. Touch it with the wire. If the starter spins freely then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Gold Wing, fuel leaks, tank vents
fuel leaks, tank vents, powder substance: Hi Jared, Sorry for the delay in replying. Can you provide an image of the hoses in question? The fuel cap or tank vents may be obstructed (varnished). The carburetor float valves (needle valves) are likely varnished, defective, or a peice of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Heritage Softail (FLSTC) Odometer Reset Knob, tiny screw, heritage softail
tiny screw, heritage softail, odometer: Check with any shop that sells V-Twin products. they have the knob you need. It should cost about 15.00. If you are just installing the knob you dont need to take anything apart. It should just slide in from the side. You can also look at their catolog online....

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Honda GL1500 Goldwing Cruise Control, honda gl1500 goldwing, cruise control
honda gl1500 goldwing, cruise control, electrical problem: Hi Mike. I see 3 possibilities here; 1) There is a short in the wiring to that switch. 2) The switch is dirty. 3) There is a fault in the electronic control board circuit that is completely unrepairable. I would not recommend getting it to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 honda cr250r, honda cr250, magnatism
honda cr250, magnatism, case condition: Hi Dan, Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. I m having problems with my ISP. If you tested all circuit components and they tested good, consider looking for a damaged or loose wire or connector. Check ground fasteners for tightness and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Kawasaki KX125 Transmission Problem, kawasaki kx 125, kawasaki kx125
kawasaki kx 125, kawasaki kx125, shift fork: Hi Chris, The problem may simply be a linkage related problem. It may be more serious such as shift drum, fork, or gear related problems. You ll have to perform an inspection to learn the causes of the problems. Inspection may require complete tear-down...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Kawasaki Ninja 600R, kawasaki ninja, kawaski ninja
kawasaki ninja, kawaski ninja, k n filters: Hi Carl, I m not sure if the clutch needs adjusted or if the carbs need tuned (or both). Send me an email. I ll return several files on clutch and carbs. My email addy is: mshively1@woh.rr.com In the meantime, if you can give more details, I may be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Kawi zx6r wont hold idle when warm/hot, kawasaki ninja 600r, regulator rectifier
kawasaki ninja 600r, regulator rectifier, paper element: Hi Stefan, Sorry for the wait...busy working OT lately. Very good description. Thanks! I suspect the carburetors have some form of obstruction. Likely fuel varnishing or fine rust particles obstructing pilot circuit jets and passageways. Check the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 kawasaki ex 500 choke issue, kawasaki ex 500, valve clearances
kawasaki ex 500, valve clearances, powder substance: Hi John, The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned and then synchronized to restore proper performance. Cylinder compression and valve clearances must be within service limits for the carbs to function properly. Check compression and adjust valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Polaris TrailBoss, polaris trailboss, polaris atv
polaris trailboss, polaris atv, height measurements: Mike... http://www.repairmanual.com/catalog/H2302 http://www.naturecoastmotorsports.com/eshopprod_cat_1952-8825_product_214528.1988_ATV_Manuals.htm http://www.hoffcocomet.com/comet/polaris-atv-calibrations.asp If you are absolutely sure that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 rm 250, coolant holes, piston pin
coolant holes, piston pin, torque specs: Hi Dan, Q: i need torque specs for cylinder and head A: I can give you torque specs if you provide the size stud and nut being used. I don t have the Service Manual for this model. Q: also head gasket has smaller coolant holes on one side should...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Sporster primary cover removal?, clutch cable, slipping clutch
clutch cable, slipping clutch, clutch: First, loosen the cable. then screw the chain pad adjuster downward to loosen it. It is located under the primary. Remove the clutch adjuster cover from the primary cover. Under it you will see a spring and a nut. remove them. there is another nut with a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Sportster won't start, starter solenoid, hi tommy
starter solenoid, hi tommy, panka: Hi Tommy, Its in your best interst to just buy a new starter solenoid form a dealership, and then replace it, you ll have to remove the starter to do so, but just make sure the battery is disconnected before you begin replacement, this SHOULD cure your...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 sporty cam timing, markd, cam timing
markd, cam timing, xlh: The book is correct. Just line the cam gears up with the markd. You will probably have to rotate the motor so you can get eh mark on the pinion gear ligned up with the cam. Make sure they are ligned up, if you are off one tooth it wont run correctly Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 suzuki gsx600f, suzuki gsx600f, leak down test
suzuki gsx600f, leak down test, excessive fuel: Ryan, did it smoke before the carb clean? -Check the spark plugs and see if they are wet or very black from excessive fuel. Did the bike run okay? Did all the cylinders warm up? -check that the choke is not on. -make sure air filter is clean and clear....

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 TRX 125 timing (cam)chain replacement, camshaft timing, bike bandit
camshaft timing, bike bandit, local public library: Hi Cam, Replacing the camshaft timing chain requires complete disassembly of the engine. The work is not physically hard, but not recommended for the non-experienced. There are things to know and do properly when performing such work. I recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 TRX125 Revving Low Idle Issue, honda bikes, vent hose
honda bikes, vent hose, wd 40: Hi Jeff, I suspect either a dirty or varnished carburetor and/or a pinched or collasped vaccum or vent hose. It could be other. I recommend thoroughly cleaning the carburetor and then try adjustments again. Measure cylinder compression and check valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Virago 1100 not starting, virago 1100, motor brushes
virago 1100, motor brushes, solenoid: Hi Carl, Common causes are... loose battery cable connections, corroded cables, weak or defective battery, corroded/defective stater button contacts, worn starter motor brushes, Defective satey switch(es), and worn/defective solenoid. Visit www.viragotech.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 vtr250, proper combustion, rear cylinder
proper combustion, rear cylinder, valve adjustment: Hi Frank. How is the mixture setting in the carbs? Have they been changed from factory at all? If so, then that is where I would start. If they have not been touched, then leave them alone. You have spark, but if the mixture is correct then it could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 XR 100, replacable, timing chain
replacable, timing chain, maintainence: Hi Kevin. Any part can be replaced. The particulars of which can vary from bike to bike. What you need to do is get the repair manual. It will have the specific proceedures for every repair that you will need to do as well as maintainence proceedures...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 xl, stock clutch, clutch
stock clutch, clutch, slack: Adjust the cable so it has aslot of slack in it and push the cable back towards the primary. Now, install the nut and adjust he clutch just until it touches and then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Install the other parts and adjust the cable so you have about...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Yamaha FZR 1000, yamaha fzr 1000, stator coil
yamaha fzr 1000, stator coil, battery terminals: Hi Morgan. Most likely the stator coil has failed on you. 1) Start the bike up and let it idle. 2) Using a multimeter, check the voltage across the battery terminals. It should be between 13-15VDC. If it is less than 13VDC, then you need a new...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Yamaha Virago 250 - Engine Troubles, yamaha virago 250, internal combustion engines
yamaha virago 250, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Matt, Check compression and perform a leak-down test to determine the condition of the engine (combustion chamber sealing properties). The following tests will tell if a problem exists with the piston rings, valves, or other. With blue smoke, I suspect...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Yamaha Virago 250, yamaha virago 250, combustion chamber
yamaha virago 250, combustion chamber, excess fuel: Matt, Sounds like you are running a bit rich. Be absoulutly sure you floats are set at the correct hieght, there is a spec for these in the manual. It is very easy to bend the tab by accident while dissasebleing and cleaning. Be also sure that your needle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Yamaha YZ250, self explanitory, torsion spring
self explanitory, torsion spring, clymer: Julie, If memory serves correct, you just need to remove the right side cover (dran oil first) to get access to it. Once looking at the mechanism it should be self explanitory. If you plan to do more work on the bike I suggest you pick up and aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 yamaha fzr 400, replacing a radiator, stock radiator
replacing a radiator, stock radiator, yamaha fzr 400: Hi Dave, Instead of replacing a radiator that is in good condition, why not verify the cause of the overheating and fix the source of the problem? Most overheating problems are either air in the cooling system, defective fan switch, defective thermostat,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988gsx600katana, air fuel mixture, compression stroke
air fuel mixture, compression stroke, vacuum line: Hi Josh, The firing order is: 1 2 4 3. Cylinders 1 & 4 fire together, and cyclinders 2 & 3 fire together. While both plugs arc, only one of the two is completing the compression stroke and about to burn the air-fuel mixture on the power stroke. The other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988Suzuki Katana 600, breather filter, katana 600
breather filter, katana 600, loose connections: Hi Grant. Start by checking all of the exhaust and intake connections. Make sure that there are no loose connections. Also make sure that the connections from the air filter box to the carbs is tight. Also make sure that all of the plugs are tight...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 883 XLH, rocker boxes, foward controls
rocker boxes, foward controls, screw driver: You have me a litle confused. You stated that your bike is a 1989. So if its a 1989 the shifter is on the primary side, not the brake. Also, your bike doesnt have a generator. Do you have the right year? Also, did you do anything to the top end fo the bike?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 CBR 600, cbr 600 1989, chain tensioners
cbr 600 1989, chain tensioners, timing chains: Hi Chris, 27,400 is many miles for a sport bike, and a few of those are aggressively ridden miles, I m sure. :) Cam timing chains will make noise below the head where chain tensioners are located. Other possiblities are: loose vlave clearances and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 cr250, wheel alignment, alignment issues
wheel alignment, alignment issues, arm bushings: Chris, MX machines are not my forte... Won t idle can be many things.... idle jet blocked, idle jet wrong size, ignition timing incorrect, air leaks in the intake tract or bad crank seals, low compression, radical porting and pipe that won t allow the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 FXR, neighborhood roads, butterly
neighborhood roads, butterly, supertrapp: First I would check the intake for a leak. Start the bike and let it warm up. Spray a little carb cleaner around the intake while it is running. If the RPMs go up you have a leak. Next check for a short in the ignition wiring. If that in not the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 flh, directional signals, instrument panel
directional signals, instrument panel, tail light: First you need to determine if you have power going to the front turn signals. If you have no power the flasher will not flash. If you dont have power then you will have to trace the wiring to find the short. Same with the instrument panel. On the tail light....

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 flh, flh, hi mike
flh, hi mike, schneider: It probably is if you are hearing all that noise. The cost is going to vary, depending on what parts you need, but its usually around $1900.00. If you want, give me a call and I can give you more detail. the number is 937-354-3992 or cell is 740-360-9903 ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 fxrs anti dive, hydraulic fork, handle bars
hydraulic fork, handle bars, bump: Yes they are still hydraulic forks. the air adds some pressure on them and keeps them from bottoming out if you hit a hard bump. you can elimate the air system if you wish, but you will lose handeling on the front end. It will be alot softer. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 GSXR-750, suzuki gsxr 750, gsxr 750 1989
suzuki gsxr 750, gsxr 750 1989, k n air filter: Hi Jerry, Send me an email address as requested. I ll return repair information files to explain in detail carb tuning, cleaning, and synchronizing. Valve clearances must be within specs before synchronizing carbs. I suspect a bit of varnishing may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Harley Fully dressed, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, starter button: First, you need to see if you have power to the starter switch. using a test light, make sure you have power to the switch and when pushed you have power going away from the switch. The starter relay is under the side cover in front of the luggage bag. Unplug...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Honda CBR 600, honda cbr 600, secondary fuel
honda cbr 600, secondary fuel, dogy: Hi Scott. There are a couple of possibilities. 1) There could be particulate matter in the fuel line that is blocking the line. When you turn the bike off or it dies, the particulate matter drops out of the way and the carbs refill for a time. 2)...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 honda goldwing, honda goldwing, gasoline additive
honda goldwing, gasoline additive, oblong shape: Hi Jerry, Q: ...got a problem with poor gas milage compared to what it used to get, was mid 40 s and now high 30 s. Also runs rough on warm up and runs better after warmed up but still not right. If you hold the throttle at constant rpm in nuteral if...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 honda shadow 1100, stator coil, honda shadow
stator coil, honda shadow, auto zone: Hi James. Have you checked the charging system? First thing you do is check the charging system wiring for shorts. Do this both visually and with a multimeter. Get the battery fully charged again and start the bike. Check to see what the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 kawasaki 750 vulcan horenstein@hotmail.com..., kawasaki 750 vulcan, starter motor
kawasaki 750 vulcan, starter motor, shively: Hi Howard, Can you give any additional information? Any history of problems, repairs, modifications? Was this MC stored awhile? What happened with the starter motor? Why was it replaced? Is the only runs with choke and poor running problem a new problem...

Motorcycle Repair: i got a 1989 kawasaki kx 80 ,my anti freeze and oil is mixing, kawasaki kx 80, head gasket
kawasaki kx 80, head gasket, leak down test: Hi Jesse, Oil seal are worn or defective, or the cylinder or cylinder head may have a fracture. Perform a cylinder compression test. Follow with a leak-down test. Pressure test the cooling system. Inspect the water pump seal and crank seals. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 kawasaki ninja zx750 headlight, kawasaki ninja, electrical diagnosis
kawasaki ninja, electrical diagnosis, mc repair: Hi Jesse, There s no quick answer, sorry. Unless the problem was obvious, I would have to perform several checks to accurately diagnose the problem(s). You ll have to check related circuits for defects, etc... Check the conductors, connectors, and components...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 kdx 200 - milky white oil, kdx 200, white oil
kdx 200, white oil, bad water: HI JP, The task of repairing the seals in way too involved for me to text here. An entire chapter in the Service Manual is dedicated to the task. Get a copy of the service manual from eBay or other sources. I m sure that you can handle the task. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 pc Honda I electrical, regulator rectifier, electrical diagnosis
regulator rectifier, electrical diagnosis, japanese bikes: Hi George, I suspect the charging system is deective. Check the charging system for output voltage. Check the regulator/rectifier for proper operation. Follow testing procedures in the Pacific Coast service manual and/or visit the following website:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Sportster 1200 Jerky-ride Problem, garage mechanic, harley dealership
garage mechanic, harley dealership, throttle linkage: The jerking is probably related to either a clutch problem of a trans problem. If the timing or carb were off it would run rough, but not jerk. I would start with the clutches and check them for wear. If you dont find anything there them check the sprockets...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Yamaha fzr400, safety switches, fuel line
safety switches, fuel line, ignition coils: Hi Ryan, Check the CDI with a know good working unit. Check ignition pick-up coil for proper resistance and continuity. If not within service limits, replace. Check continuity through tether kill or engine kill switches and safety switches; side stand,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Yamaha XT 350, yamaha xt 350, piston valves
yamaha xt 350, piston valves, oil coolers: Christopher, -all air cooled engines get hot when sitting still, adding an oil cooler would do very little to cool the engine in those circumstances. -Oil coolers need air flow same as the engine cooling fins. -Engines are designed to run best...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yamaha radian yx 600, bikebandit com, internal combustion engines
bikebandit com, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Kevin, www.yamaha-motors.com or www.bikebandit.com Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio, spark at right time, adequate cylinder compression....

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yamaha riva 200 carb problem, yamaha motorcycle, accurate diagnosis
yamaha motorcycle, accurate diagnosis, fuel service: Hi Ron, It s not common with any Yamaha motorcycle or scooter. I suspect one or more of the following: the main jet is not the correct size, fuel supply restriction, fuel service limit out of specs, or other. Unfortunately, I would need to be present...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yamaha virago 750, yamaha virago 750, stator coil
yamaha virago 750, stator coil, alternater: Hi Mike. At anywhere between 40,000 and 50,000 miles, the stator coil on the Virago requires replacement. Check to see if it is producing power by running the bike and checking the charge at the battery. If it is not showing 14volts DC or better, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yamaha xt350, metal shavings, yamaha xt350
metal shavings, yamaha xt350, rod bearing: Joel, If it turns over, I suggest a compression check first, this will give you an indication of the condition of the top end of the engine. Add a couple of squirts of oil in the spark plug hole beforehand and see if the engine will turn. -if it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yamaha, valve timing, fuel filter
valve timing, fuel filter, air filter: Hi Charlotte. Check your fuel filter and your air filter. It may be clogged or excessively dirty. Also make sure that the valve timing and gap is correct. Is the bike due or over due for that? refer to your repair manual for the specs and schedule....

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 yz125 high rev at idle, oldsmobile alero, 2001 oldsmobile alero
oldsmobile alero, 2001 oldsmobile alero, powder substance: Hi Bob, I suspect multiple problems. The cause may be a simple carburetion tuning issue or a combination of problems. The engine needs to be inspected by a local tech. You can perform a cylinder compression check and leak-down test to learn the condition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 ZXR 250 Hot starting problems ...., zxr 250, same time period
zxr 250, same time period, temp gauge: Okay, this may sound kind of wierd but here it goes... Under a cold starting situation the starters brushes are cold as well once you initially start the bike under these conditions they warm up, quickly I might add especially under a hard start, what I would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989kalisawki 440 Ltd, vacuum petcock, emissions controls
vacuum petcock, emissions controls, vent system: Tammy, I am a little confused as there are no listings for an 89 440, but only for a 454! In any event, most bikes like this have a larger fuel line that goes to the carburetors, plus a small vacuum hose that goes to the vacuum petcock connector If there...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 CBR1000F won't start on starter motor, poor conductivity, solenoid starter
poor conductivity, solenoid starter, starter solenoid: Hi Greg, I would need to inspect the parts to know if the parts are in good condition. It s possible that you received used parts that need attention. You re doing well by investgating the problem and not just buying new parts in hopes of repairing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Evo check valve replacment., crankcase breather, pressure relief valve
crankcase breather, pressure relief valve, screw head: Your check valve is under the big slotted screw head on top of the oil pump. There are two. The one closest to the crankcase is the check valve. The one on the outside is the pressure relief valve, it has a metal cylinder inside it. The check valve is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 FLSTF fuel tank, hex nuts, flaking paint
hex nuts, flaking paint, tank liner: Best thing is to just clean them out. Put a couple small hex nuts in and shake them around. Use naval jelly or some other stripper. You can line them with a sealer like Kreem but you have to get all the loose pieces off anyway. Kreem also makes a tank...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 FXR lost oil pressure after change, tank lines, oil light
tank lines, oil light, oil line: The bubbles is from having so much air in the lines, it will clear up over time. I think after cleaning everything out you probably have air still int he lines. As long as you have pressure go for a ride and see if the pressure doenst go up Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 FXST, through bolt, hi4
through bolt, hi4, stock engine: No, you dont need a new motor. I have repaired alot of cases and it sounds like it just needs repaired. The problem is the cases would have to be split to repair it, but it would cost less than a new motor. If you are interested, I can give you a price for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 fatboy, overflow tube, battery cables
overflow tube, battery cables, starter relay: There are only two places that is can leak. Around the bowl gasket and the over flow when the float sticks. Open the petcock and if the gas is running out the overflow tube then that the problem. If not then check around the gasket for the bowl for a leak....

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 gsxr 1100 ilde and valve adjustment, haynes manual, valve adjustment
haynes manual, valve adjustment, good luck: Your issue sounds more like a timing problem. Have u done anything that may affect that? As for valve adjustment I can only suggest purchasing a Haynes manual as explaining that is far to advanced for this sight. Hope that helped and let me know! Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Heritage Softail Throttle cables, throttle cables, heritage softail
throttle cables, heritage softail, throttle cable: The throttle cable goes in the shortest bracket. Once you installed the cables got to the adjuster and lengthen the throttle cable until the slack is out of it. then do the idle cable. Once this is done tighten the lo0cknut. Good lucka and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Honda Shadow clutch, honda shadow vt1100, clutch fluid
honda shadow vt1100, clutch fluid, clutch system: Hi Tom, If the clutch problem developed two days ago and the engine oil was changed one day ago, I doubt the heavy oil is causing the clutch problem. If in doubt, change to a lighter oil. Heavier engine oil may contribute to clutch problems. Clutch plates...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 honda cb 1, honda cb 1, battery terminals
honda cb 1, battery terminals, alternating current: Hi Kyle. The rectifier takes the Alternating Current that the stator produces and converts it to Direct Current that the bike uses. Usually, they do not go bad. However, if they do, they generally show voltage as AC on the battery terminals. It should...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 honda vtz (jap import), honda vtz250, ebay
honda vtz250, ebay, rare bike: Kraig, the only comparible model sold in the US was the 88-90 VTR250, so check to see whatever CDI versions they offered here, assuming you are writing from the US. That is the only source of info I have for a similar machine. I know that Honda made changes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Katana 600 no top end, idles high, stock airbox, dynojet jet kit
stock airbox, dynojet jet kit, wire gauge: Hi Adam, Excellent narrative description. Thanks! Send me your email address as requested and explained in my instructions. I ll return several tech files to assist you. The ignition is fine. Test CDI with known good unit (a luxury of Suzuki dealerships)....

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Kawasaki KDX 200, kawasaki kdx 200, internal combustion engines
kawasaki kdx 200, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Review and look into this troubleshooting list. This list covers a variety of models, so some listed things may not apply. Respectfully, Mark Shively Poor Running at Low Speed: Spark weak: Battery voltage low Spark plug dirty, broken,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Kawasaki KLR 650, kawasaki klr 650, volt ohm meter
kawasaki klr 650, volt ohm meter, resistance ohms: Hi George, I can offer you ideas, but you must perform the tests. Physically check every wire and connector for clean tight connections. Check switches, circuit protection, and loads for defects. Check all grounds for clean and tight connections. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Kawasaki Ninja ZX750 Eletrical Problem, kawasaki ninja, brake light switch
kawasaki ninja, brake light switch, signal circuits: Hi David, The brake and turn signal circuits are simple circuits. However, it s very difficult to explain what to look for and check. I suspect a brake light switch may need adjusting or the return spring inspected. The turn signals may have a loose...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Kawasaki Vulcan (EN500A) engine power loss, kawasaki vulcan, air filter oil
kawasaki vulcan, air filter oil, bike bandit: Hi Andre, Sounds as if you investigated the engine components thoroughly. I would need to do the same in order to troubleshoot the symptoms. Maybe a sensor or other part of the fuel evaporative system has become contaminated by the air filter oil. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Kawaski KDX200 clutch, clutch mechanism, friction plates
clutch mechanism, friction plates, cable side: Hi Ed. If you have had the clutch mechanism (cable side where it attaches to the clutch) apart, then you could have that little lever in the wrong position, too far in. There is also the possibility that the clutch may need rebuilding as well (if you haven...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 kawasaki kdx 200, kawasaki kdx 200, kdx200
kawasaki kdx 200, kdx200, power valve: If the cylinder looks ok, i.e. no deep scratches etc, I would just have it measured to see if it is in spec, if it is, just put a new piston and rings and be sure to have it honed first. If it is out of spec, you will need to bore it and replate the nikasil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 ninja, radiator cap, fan sensor
radiator cap, fan sensor, sensor switch: Jim, -sounds hot, on the bottom of the radiator is your fan sensor switch, this is supposed to turn your fan on by grounding the black/yellow wire,if the fan itself is working okay. -You can pull the wire off the sensor and try grounding it to see...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Sportster clutch?, clutch cable, sportster
clutch cable, sportster, clutch: Since it is winter, not sure where you live, when the bike is cold it is tough to have the bike in gear and push it. Start the bike and let it warm up. then try putting it in gear and riding it a few feet. Should be ok. If not let me know what happens. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Sportster Transmission/Clutch, harley models, clutch adjustment
harley models, clutch adjustment, shift forks: Ward, if this problem started with the changes you made, I would suggest setting your forward controls differently. Try moving the shift lever up a couple of splines. -Sometimes oil can be too thick or too thin, you could ask your dealer what he...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Suzuki gs500E, model motorcycle, temperature gauge
model motorcycle, temperature gauge, temp wire: Hi Michael, What year, make, and model motorcycle are the gauges currently installed taken from? Trace the mysterious tachometer cable. Where does the opposite end attach? A temperature gauge may be installed on the oil switch port, right hand crankcase...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 sportster, hose clamp, oil plug
hose clamp, oil plug, 883 sportster: The oil drain is located under the bike. Its a rubber hose coming from the oil tank with either a plug and hose clamp of is plugged into the frame with a hose clamp. Once you have it drained and the oil filter changed fill about 1/2 way. Start the bike and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 sporty breather valve pouring oil, oil filter housing, breather valve
oil filter housing, breather valve, cam area: The breather valve you are refering to is a vent for the bottom end and cam area. Start the bike, and looking in the oil tank, are you getting a return flow to the tank? If not then you have a oil pump problem. Did the shop use a motorcycle filter on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 suzuki DS 80 no power, suzuki ds 80, needle valve
suzuki ds 80, needle valve, fuel delivery: Hi Clint2, If the engine is not revving, inspect air intake restrictions and fuel delivery. It s important for the carburetor to be clean. Varnished fuel obstructs jets and fuel passageways. The problem may be a tuning issue, a varnished carb, or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 suzuki gsx-r 750 problem with engine rpms, engine rpms, suzuki gsx r 750
engine rpms, suzuki gsx r 750, gsx r 750: Jorge, what do you mean about calibrating the carbs? Synchronizing them or actually calibrating them to the engine configuration. If the carb jets have never been changed and the bike has an aftermarket exhaust and/or air filter setup, the carburetion will...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 yamaha Radian(600cc), yamaha radian, yamaha dealership
yamaha radian, yamaha dealership, cylinder motors: Billy, Call your local Yamaha dealership and inquire if they can test your black box (ignitor). If they can, have them do so. Otherwise, you cannot perform any diagnostic tests on this part. Replacing expensive parts is not the way to diagnose the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 1200 sportster recommended oil, diesel engine oil, hd oil
diesel engine oil, hd oil, crank case: Mike, use any good quality 20/50 oil. It must say V-twin air cooled motorcycle oil. Motorcycle oil is a higher grade than what you use in your car. It s closer to diesel engine oil because diesels operate at much higher temperatures. Just use Harley oil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 300 trx 4x4 making a whine, library visit, comeing
library visit, comeing, public libraries: Hi Don, The best advice I can offer and the best investment you can make with your ATV is to get a copy of the service (repair) manual. The service manual has specifications and illustrated maintenance and repair procedures. The manual will pay for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 blinker wiring, d mechanic, signal wire
d mechanic, signal wire, blinkers: The problem is that your H-D mechanic put new style 3-wire front signals on a 2-wire bike which is not wired for it. If you want, just eliminate the third signal wire which is probably blue and connect the other two just like the original turn signals=...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 CT70, overflow tube, air passages
overflow tube, air passages, bill silver: Jeff, all I have for specs is 10.7mm for the 1978-79 models. Could be the same for later ones, as most had plastic floats that are not adjustable. Did you check to see that the idle or main jet didn t loosen up and fall out into the bowl? Does it lose...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 DR350S, bolt torque specs, suzuki dr350
bolt torque specs, suzuki dr350, lonk: Hi Robb, Try the following lonk for the specs: http://www.diff.ru:8000/Suzuki_DR350_Service_Manual_(German).zip Otherwise, I have torque specs by fastener size. I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested....

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 DR650, cam lobes, pilot jet
cam lobes, pilot jet, supertrap: Hi Matthew, Thanks for taking the time to type the very detailed narrative. I wish others would do the same. Cut and paste your question in a email and send it to me: mshively1@woh.rr.com I ll return tech files and information to help you diagnose...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 FLHTCU valve noise, hydraulic lifters, evo motor
hydraulic lifters, evo motor, pushrod: First, are you sure you have adjustable pushrods? remove the clip in the pushrod cover and slide the pushrod cover up to make sure. Unless somebody has changed the lifters you should have hydraulics. Hydraulics will be flat on the top with a indent.Once...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 FLHTP, heavy maintenance, bendix
heavy maintenance, bendix, rpm: If your noise is coming from the bottom end of the bike you might be having a rod going out. What you need to do is start the bike and get down at the motor and listen closly all over the motor to tell where is coming from. If you located it then you need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 FLTSC, signal module, turn signals
signal module, turn signals, ohm meter: You have tow wires at each switch. One is power coming into the switch and one going out of the switch. With the ignition switch on you should have power coming into one wire. Press the button and you should have power going out. Both should be 12 volts Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 FXRS Vibration, pivot shaft, wheels and tires
pivot shaft, wheels and tires, bad tire: Your vibration can be linked to a few different things, since by your explanation you have checked the others. Your bearings might be going out in the swingarm. To check it, remove the wheel and shocks and see if there is any side play. Your bearing might...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 GSXR rough idle and fouled plugs, fuel delivery system, valve stem seals
fuel delivery system, valve stem seals, spark plug wires: Modern sport bikes are really not my forte but based on your brief description, it sounds like you could have a fuel contamination problem. If the bike has been sitting for a long time, with old gas in the system, then the whole fuel delivery system needs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 XLCH, harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster
harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster, engine cranks: If the bike runs with only the starter switch pushed then you have a wire wrong, probably at the kill switch. Turn the ignition switch on and check at the coil to see if you have power. If not then a wire is on wrong or shorted Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 HD Evo lifter noise, hydraulic lifters, rocker boxes
hydraulic lifters, rocker boxes, chest cavity: First thing you need to do is see if you have hydraulic or solid lifters. If you have solids, they might need adjusted. If you have hydraulic a little ticking doesnt hurt anything and usually doesnt start until the motor is warm when the oil is thinner. Alot...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 HD New Ignition, Still fouling plugs, weather ranges, screaming eagle
weather ranges, screaming eagle, ngk: you did not tell me what carb is on the bike???. if carb spits back it is a lean condition. You need to do a compression check and a Leak down test to see where the motor is at. the choke should not pull in by it self. you do not have the choke backing nut...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Honda Baja 250R Carburetor Problems, internal combustion engines, carburetor problems
internal combustion engines, carburetor problems, honda baja: Hi Alvin, Find service manuals at: www.bikebandit.com and most local libraries. Respectfully, Mark Shively ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bad Gas Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Honda CBR1000f won't start, honda cbr1000f, crankshaft sensor
honda cbr1000f, crankshaft sensor, moment of clarity: Hi Sean, Well, youre on the right track as far as diagnosis goes, I would litterelly pull the tank, Take out A plug, put it in the boot, ground it, and verify you have NO spark. Then you can move on to the NO FUEL theory, OR start diagnosing why you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Honda Shadow 600 - Fuel issue?, honda shadow 600, intake tubes
honda shadow 600, intake tubes, rd gear: Reid, it may be looking for fuel for various reasons. -does it do it any more frequently when hot/cold? -When fuel gets really hot it boils before it gets to the motor causing the bike to cut out and come back. You might want to insulate the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 harley stock flhtc, fuse box, straight blade
fuse box, straight blade, speed jet: Runs rough and won t idle because of the crap in the carburetor bowl and the low speed jet is clogged. Low speed jet is up inside the hole next to the main jet and must be removed with a small straight blade screwdriver. Use a piece of wire to clear the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 honda cb750 electrical, honda cb750, starter solenoid
honda cb750, starter solenoid, starter button: Hi Tim, The battery should be fine as described. There are other problems that need attention before the engine will start. Check the starter button and kill switch contacts for corrosion, check starter solenoid, check starter motor, check all wiring...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 honda elite 80 no spark, honda elite 80, exciter coil
honda elite 80, exciter coil, brain surgery: Hi Elie. You just answered your own question. :) The exciter coil is out of spec. If a component is out of spec, then it needs replacement. It is these specs that tell us when a component is broken or worn out. Always remember that none of this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Kawasaki EX 500, kawasaki ex 500, inline filters
kawasaki ex 500, inline filters, check fuel: Matthew, -start checking the fuel system. Add fresh gas, check the fuel valve or petcock. Check fuel lines to the carbs and any inline filters. -You can try draining the carbs and see if they refill after cranking the engine a few turns. -The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Kawasaki EX 500, internal combustion engines, kawasaki ex 500
internal combustion engines, kawasaki ex 500, powder substance: Hi Steven, I suspect the carburetors will need more thoroughly cleaned, respectfully. Review the below listed tech files. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Kawasaki ZX-600 won't start, kawasaki zx 600, vacuum valve
kawasaki zx 600, vacuum valve, diaphram: I usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I might be able to help. First you need to see if your getting gas from the petcock. Since you said you have a vacumn switch remove the hose from it and connect another hose to it. Suck on it to create a vacumn...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 katana 600 throttle problems, float bowl, narrow tube
float bowl, narrow tube, katana 600: Tom, This could be a vaccum issue, but more likely to be plugged pilot jets in the carbs. I understand you have already cleaned them, plus they are NOT the easiest to remove and get to, however the PILOT jets are normally the easist to be overlooked mainly...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 kawasaki ninja zx7 backfire, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, kawasaki ninja: Hi Victor, I suspect the carburetors will need more thoroughly cleaned, respectfully. The entire fuel system should be inspected for evidence of fuel varnishing. If the fuel left in the float bowls has varnished, it has varnished other places, too. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Radian yamaha ,revs up when warm., vacuum leaks, intake leaks
vacuum leaks, intake leaks, line thanks: Hi Glen, Radians are reliable and fun motorcycles. The most common causes of this symptom are vacuum leaks and carburetors out of synchronization. Check for vacuum intake leaks around the carbs and manifolds. Check carb synchronization and adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Virago 1100, internal combustion engines, email addresss
internal combustion engines, email addresss, vacuum leaks: Hi John, The first thing to do is remove the spark plugs and inspect them. Visit: www.ngk.com/sparkplug411.asp compare your plugs to those pictured on the website, and then describe the appearance of the plugs to me. Next, perform a cylinder compression...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 vulcan 500en re-jetting, rear cylinder, drag bike
rear cylinder, drag bike, muffles: Hi Matt, Q: ...So my question is are the jets supposed to be different size? A: Yes. The variation in size is designed to help cool the rear cylinder. The front cylinder has a smaller jet because it gets direct convection (air) cooling. The extra...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Yamaha fzr 600 tach, yamaha fzr 600, 1991 yamaha fzr 600
yamaha fzr 600, 1991 yamaha fzr 600, mcm electronics: Hi Todd, I don t have any resources for such. The factories do not provide this type of specs, even to dealers. Consider having a electronics tech or engineer inspect the resistor. They have tools and catalogs that may enable them to identify the component...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Yamaha YZ125, yamaha yz125, oily residue
yamaha yz125, oily residue, first option: Hi Bryan. I do not like to give advice on adjusting the carb as a first option. Carbs do not change mixture on their own. there has to be another issue. Since the bike is a 2-stroke, then you should make sure that the fuel;oil mix is right as well...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991Kawasaki Vulcan500 turn signal problem, turn signal switch, continuity test
turn signal switch, continuity test, haynes manual: Sandy, Yes, you could be dealing w/ a bad relay OR a malfunctioning switch. You can test the switch easily by performing a continuity test on it with a multimeter. If the switch is ok try replacing the relay. Chances are it s on or near the fuse panel....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 1100 shadow, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi Bruce, I suspect the fuel in the carburetor s float bowls has varnished. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By M. Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 1400 Suzuki Intruder (fuel filter?), suzuki intruder, float bowls
suzuki intruder, float bowls, cmsnl: Hi Mike, The fuel filters are located on the intake side of the needle valves (float valves). Remove the carburetors, float bowls, and unscrew the valves to inspect the filters. View the parts microfiche at the following link. Once the website opens,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 800 Intruder, push button switch, clutch lever
push button switch, clutch lever, battery condition: Hi, sounds like a power shortage, possibly a relay etc. Check for power to the fuel pump, if none then further checks will need to be done to isolate where the breakdown is. Start with the obvious like the battery condition and work your way back to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 CBR 600 F2 factory suspension settings, factory suspension, suspension settings
factory suspension, suspension settings, popular belief: Hi Chris, Suspension setting are rider, bike, and track dependent. What works for one rider may not be right for you. And contrany to popular belief, stiffer is not better. Set the sag to your weight with your gear on. Then depending on how the bike rides...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 CBR 600 problems, maintnence, petcock
maintnence, petcock, fuel valve: Hi Scott. That line from the back end of the petcock, if it is the small hose, should go to the number 4 cylinder. It attatches to the small metal tube that protrudes from the manifold. It actuates the fuel valve, which is vacuum actuated. If that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 CBR 600, vacuum hose, cbr 600
vacuum hose, cbr 600, maintnence: Hi Scott, There should be two hoses connected to the petcock: a larger fuel hose and a smaller vacuum hose. If the vacuum hose is not connected, the manifold which the other end is connected is sucking air and causing a lean condition. This would cause...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 CBR600F2 RUNNING PROBLEMS, exhaust pipes, cbr600f2
exhaust pipes, cbr600f2, vance and hines: Hi Christopher, If you re up to it, I have a task for you. Describe the appearance of each spark plug. Indicate the cylinder each was removed from. Check cylinder compression with warm engine and advise on results. Check valve clearances and advise...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 CT110, honda ct 110, manual clutch
honda ct 110, manual clutch, ct110: Hi, the clutch is slipping, the kickstart goes through the clutch on these models. If it has a manual clutch give the lever/cable some slack and if that doesn t help, you will have to adjust the clutch on the engine. It has a locknut and screw that may...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 dyna glide costom, hex head, head bolt
hex head, head bolt, timing light: To find top dead center you need to slide the cover off the front intake pushrod so you can see it move. Rotate the rear wheel until you see the front intake closes. Now slowly rotate the motor until you see the line and your at top dead center. Another thing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 electra glide sport, oil light, test light
oil light, test light, pressure test: The headlight might be jsut a burned out bulb. Check it and then check at the plug for power with a test light. On the oil light, I would do a pressure test ont he oil pump to make sure you are not losing pressure. If your pressure is fine then its probably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 evo engine, stock carb, mikuni
stock carb, mikuni, horse power: start off by changing the exhaust system. the 1.3/4 drags are killing any horse power or torque the bike had and is not good for your motor. That is where I would start!!!! Sorry to here you are putting a S&S carb on your bike. I would install a Mikuni HRS...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Fatboy 1340, netural, harleys
netural, harleys, fatboy: Probably not a clutch problem. Harleys have been known for giving trouble going into netural. On the shifter drum there is a very small space for netural. If you are having trouble shifting from 1st to 2nd however the the trans would have to be inspected...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 GSX R 1100, metal shavings, clutch adjustment
metal shavings, clutch adjustment, shift forks: sam, it is kind of a job you have to remove gears ,the little narrow lookin ones in between the gears are the sycronizers they are usaully gold.you shoul know if you drain yur oils and see copper looking metal shavings thats the problem let me know if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Harley Electra Glide Generator, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, batery: What you do is test the stator. Check at the plug of the stator with a OHM meter for ground. Then, start the bike and at the stator you should get around 60 AC volts coming out. If it passes both tests then the regulator is bad. If it doesnt then the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Harley Fatboy, crank case breather, harley fatboy
crank case breather, harley fatboy, carburator: it is a sump for the crank case. Remove the hose and hold it in to a empty can or bottle and run the bike untill all the oil stop coming out from the crank case breather hose. I would NOT reinstall it back to the air cleaner, I would tie it to the bottom of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Harley Softail starter, harley softail, oil tank
harley softail, oil tank, broken spring: Hi Carl. It sounds like the problem is completely with the starter mechanism (starter motor and starter gear). The whining sound is the starter spooling up, so something mechanical is failing to engage. 1) From what you have told me, the starter motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Harley Sportster, harley sportster, overflow tube
harley sportster, overflow tube, piece of dirt: The tube you are refering to is the carb overflow tube. When the float bowl gets to full it overflows. Usually this is caused from a piece of dirt between the float and the seat. Remove the air filter and backing plate. Now start the bike and see if it leaks...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Honda Shadow VT600 Carburetor Problems, internal combustion engines, carburetor problems
internal combustion engines, carburetor problems, powder substance: Hi Eugene, Review the following tech file on carburetor cleaning. It should help you perfrom the task. I return tech files by email however, there was no email address with your question as requested. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 honda cbr 600 f2, honda cbr 600, 1992 honda cbr 600
honda cbr 600, 1992 honda cbr 600, clutch cable: Kyle, Thanks for the reply. I appreciate long, detailed narrative descriptions. I cannot determine which, clutch or transmission, is the source of the problem. Both can produce similar symptoms when their systems become worn or defective. I suspect...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 honda cbr 600 f2, honda cbr 600, 1992 honda cbr 600
honda cbr 600, 1992 honda cbr 600, accurate diagnosis: Hi Kyle, Q: ...It rides fine when you first start it up, but once you ride for 30 or so minutes the bike starts acting up. Basically it wont shift properly. Its very difficult to get it to shift up and nearly impossible to shift down. Any ideas? ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 honda cbr600 f2 wont start backfires, honda cbr600, problem pages
honda cbr600, problem pages, bikebandit com: Hi Mark, Before cleaning the carburetors, check the condition of the spark plugs. Visit www.ngk.com and click Spark Plug 4-1-1 Read the Plug Problem pages. Compare your plugs to those imaged there. Clean or replace accordingly. Remember to mark the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 honda cbr600f2 wont spark, honda cbr600f2, plug gaps
honda cbr600f2, plug gaps, wire insulation: Hi John, Get a copy of the Service Manual. Learn about troubleshooting and maintaining the CBR. Remove and inspect the spark plugs. Clean or replace them accordingly. Test for an arc at the plug gaps again. If no arc is seen, check wiring harness...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Kawasaki Ninja ZX7, kawasaki ninja zx7, vacuum hose
kawasaki ninja zx7, vacuum hose, gas tank: Hi Richard, Sorry to hear that you re experiencing problems with your MC. The shop should make it run properly at their expense. I suspect the problem may be in part due to improper carburetor synchronization. If the gas tank was Kreemed, I also would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Kawasaki Vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500, maintenance periods
kawasaki vulcan 500, maintenance periods, occasional problem: Tim, Without knowing any history of maintenance, periods of storage, or other helpful details, I suspect a throttle/choke cable is improperly routed or binding, the carburetors have varnished and need thoroughly cleaned, or an intake air leak is present....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 nighthawk, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, chris answer: Chris, Octane is not the issue unless you re using racing fuel from a sealed container. Use the lowest octane gas, it s cheaper. The couple of points higher octane rating at the pump won t be noticable. Chevrolet and Oldsmobile both recommend the lowest...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 polaris trail boss 250, polaris trail boss, low beam
polaris trail boss, low beam, kill switch: Jeremy, I was unable to find a wiring diagram for this model but can t see why the low beam would affect the running unless there is a short in the lighting switch or wiring. Is the light switch in the same assembly as the kill switch? Check there...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 polaris trail boss, polaris trail boss, stator assembly
polaris trail boss, stator assembly, shively: Hi Sidney, I need to have the ATV and perform a few tests to accurately diagnose this problem. Visit ATV Frontier and post your question on their forums. You may get replies from others who have experienced the same problem and know the fix. www.atvfrontier.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Suzuki Katana GSX600, suzuki katana, gsx 600
suzuki katana, gsx 600, tune ups: Hi Rick, You must perform regualr service on you Kat to keep her runnig properly. This includes valve clearance adjustments and carburetor synchronization checks. Q: Is the air box loaded (damp) with fuel, oil, or sludge? Can you describe the condition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Suzuki Lt250 Quad Racer electrical no spark, suzuki lt250, atv owners
suzuki lt250, atv owners, quad racer: Hi Bill, Yes, there are tests that you can perform. I recommend that you get a copy of the service (repair) manual and follow the testing procedures. I do not recommend replacing any parts before verifying the parts are defective. Visit www.atvfrontier.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Yamaha PW50, air fuel mixture, crank case
air fuel mixture, crank case, yamaha pw50: Hi Sean, Thanks for the detailed narrative of the problem. I suspect the fuel in the carburetor has varnished and is obstructing jets and passageways. Even though you cleaned the carb, experience tells me this is the problem. See the tech file about...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Yamaha Seca 2, yamaha xj 600, stator coil
yamaha xj 600, stator coil, yamaha seca 2: Hi Jake. How old and what is the condition of the battery? Have you checked it with a hygrometer to determine if all of the cells are good and holding a charge? What you are describing sounds a lot like a bad battery or a failure of the charging system....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Yamaha XJ600 SECAII electrical question, yamaha xj600, battery connections
yamaha xj600, battery connections, correct voltage: Hi Jerry. Double-check the battery connections and test the output of the stator. When the bike is sitting at idle, you should be getting between 12.5 - 14 VDC across the battery terminals. If you are getting anything less then the stator is shot or failing....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 yamaha FZR 600, yamaha fzr600, yamaha fzr 600
yamaha fzr600, yamaha fzr 600, altenator: Hi Derek, Check the battery terminal connections, starter solenoind terminal connections (follow + positive battery lead to locate), battery voltage (engine off), and perform a output test of altenator. I sent test info files to your email addy. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 yamaha wr 200, air fuel mixture, yamaha wr 200
air fuel mixture, yamaha wr 200, jason peak: Hi Jason, Bogging down means air-fuel mixture is too rich. An air restriction or too much fuel in one of the carb circuits will cause this problem. Check for air intake restriction or overly rich air-fuel mixture. There s not much given for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 1400 intruder clutch, invaluable asset, 1400 intruder
invaluable asset, 1400 intruder, intruders: Hi Mark, I recommend the service manual for this repair, especially if you re not a frequent DIY er with your intruder right now. The manual wil pay for itself with the first home repair. It s an invaluable asset to the MC owner. Also, check on line for...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Dyna/ Leaky Head, head gaskets, head gasket
head gaskets, head gasket, headgaskets: He needs to check the cylinder studs. He might of pulled a stud or crack the engine case. He has to remove the head and cylinder and look very close at the stud closes to the center of the motor. Have the head checked for flatness and the cylinder base and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Fatboy, synthetic motor oil, northern peoria
synthetic motor oil, northern peoria, plain bearings: Hi Bill Please don t ever use synthetic motor oil in your Harley. It will distroy the motor. It is o.k. to use in your car because your car has Plain bearings and Not roller bearings. The oil is too slick and the bearing rollers slide in the oil instead...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 FXR Superglide, 2 quarts, oil tank
2 quarts, oil tank, dipstick: The oil tank takes about 3 quarts. Fill to the mark on the dipstick with the bike sitting upright. The trans takes a little less than a quart. Fill to the mark on the dipstick with the bike sitting up right. The primary takes about 1 1/2 quarts. remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 fxrs low rider Convertible, wheel bike, head quarters
wheel bike, head quarters, time owner: Head Quarters 0024 bolt in cam is the best on the market. a Mikuni 42mm carb is the best made today and top it off with a white brothers 2 into 1 E Series exhaust system and you have a 76 horse power at the rear wheel bike that will run smooth and have lots...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 GPZ500S fork seals removal, right and a wrong way, lee shaw
right and a wrong way, lee shaw, lighting a match: Hi Lee, Remove the bolt on bottom of fork legs. Bolt connects inner tube with outter tube (hidden by alxe). Next, remove fork seal dust cover, foillowed with retaining clip. Hold outter tube while pulling inner tube up. Weight/momentum of tube being...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 GSXR 750 engine problems, car parts stores, air leaks
car parts stores, air leaks, leak down tester: Hi Mike, Q: What is nic sealed and can I rebuild the engine myself? A: www.nicproducts.com/index.shtml Q: By the way my compression was #1 25psi, #2 125psi, #3 75psi and #4 175psi. What could be the possible causes for the loss of compression?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Honda CBR600F2 Emissions system, 1993 honda cbr600f2, emissions control
1993 honda cbr600f2, emissions control, air vent: Hi Shawn, The fuel in the carburetors has varnished and float needle valves are sticking. Carbs need cleaned. It is likely that fuel has entered the crankcase as well. Should change engine oil and filter. Send me an email address as requested....

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Honda Gold Wing Brake Failure, honda gold wing, brake failure
honda gold wing, brake failure, master cylinder: Hi Robert, I would agree that the master cylinder is defective. I suggest following the service manual s guide lines for removal and reinstallation. Send me an email address as requested. I ll return a couple of tech files that may be of assistance....

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Honda VLX 600 hesitation/miss, honda vlx 600, battery cables
honda vlx 600, battery cables, water in the fuel: Al, -hope you have checked the fuel valve (petcock) screen inside the tank and also the vacuum diaphragm inside? It sounds like the fuel system has been cleaned well otherwise. -have you tried switching the coils or wires, plug caps? -My guess would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 honda cbr 900 rr, honda cbr 900, timing gears
honda cbr 900, timing gears, rpms: when reving it if you here a ticking its probably valves need adjusting,as long as you dont here a knock you may also want to look at the timing gears and chain .good luck hopes this helps you. dont forget to rate me and give feed back . you should be fine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan, kawasaki 750 vulcan, blown fuse
kawasaki 750 vulcan, blown fuse, fuse box: Sounds like a bad connection or short in the power going to the headlight. I think the wires may be blue or blue/red? Poor connections can cause a rise in the current resulting in a blown fuse. Try a slightly heavier fuse, see if it still blows, otherwise...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Kawasaki Prairie 650, mark jacobson, kawasaki prairie
mark jacobson, kawasaki prairie, rev limiter: What you are describing to me sounds like a safety rev limiter. By chance is the parking brake on?? Check for this first and get back with me. A lot of ATVs have a safety parking brake that will make the quad hit a rev limiter and backfire this is actually...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 kawasaki ninja 750, worse case scenario, kawasaki ninja
worse case scenario, kawasaki ninja, ninja 750: I m not sure what it would cost you. Are you going to just take the carbs off and have them cleaned or take in the whole bike?? If you wanted to take the carbs off and send them to me I could take them apart, clean them in the tank, reassemble, and set to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 kawasaki zx-6, clutch linkage, clutch cable
clutch linkage, clutch cable, kawasaki zx 6: Hi Brian, Yes you need to remove the clutch cable. Gaskets sometimes cause parts to stick together firmly. The clutch linkage below the cover may need to be rotated a bit while pulling the cover off. Tap the cover lightly with a rubber or dead blow hammer....

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Nighthawk 250, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi Scott, You may need to pull and clean the carb more thoroughly. See the info below and compare to the work done in the cleaning. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Softail stator replacement, clutch basket, harley dealer
clutch basket, harley dealer, independent shop: Its not that complex. The primary, clutch basket and motor sprocket has to be removed to get to it. I cant comment on how much it would cost, due to the fact that prices are different all over the county and it depends on if you go to a Harley Dealer or an...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Sportster 1200, sportster 1200, amp breaker
sportster 1200, amp breaker, rear fender: The hose you are refering to is the vent for the trans. It shouldnt connect to anything. On the wire. There should be two red wires. One comes from the battery to the 30 amp breaker and one from the 30 amp breaker to the ignition switch. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Suzuki intruder 1400 exhaust// carberator, suzuki intruder, intruder 1400
suzuki intruder, intruder 1400, carberator: Hi Cory, The carbs on the Intruders are difficult to remove and re-install. Disassembly and cleaning are easily performed once removed. You ll have to contact staff at Compettition Accessories, Chaparrel, Dennis Kirk, etc... and inquire what pipe applications...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Suzuki Katana / Idle / Surge / Starting / Bogging Problems, suzuki katana 600, 1993 suzuki katana 600
suzuki katana 600, 1993 suzuki katana 600, adjustment screw: Hi G, The carburetor synchronizing screws are out of sync causing the idling and starting problem. There may be some gasoline varnishing (gumming) also contributing to the non-starting behaviors. Describe the appearance of the spark plugs. Include...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 ultra classic electraglide, silver boxes, orange wire
silver boxes, orange wire, bare wire: The clicking you are hearing is coming from one of the breakers, so what you have is a short in the wiring. Find the breaker that is clicking and follow it both directions looking for a bare wire, loose connection or crushed wire. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 YAMAHA 350 WARRIOR, engine crankcase, fuse holder
engine crankcase, fuse holder, water contamination: Hi Mark, Check engine crankcase for evidence of water contamination. Remove spark plug and ground spark plug to engine. Crank over a couple of cycles and allow cylinder to get fresh air. Clean spark plug and reinstall. Check and clean airbox and air...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 Yamahafj1200 / valve niose, rear sprocket, internal gears
rear sprocket, internal gears, tiking: I can t see Yamaha installing such an engine mount back in 1993. I think your dealers are stoned...But, it s possible all the same. However, such a mount wouldn t make noise unless it had gone bad. I just can t help anymore with this issue without the machine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 yamaha virago, air leaks, air leak
air leaks, air leak, great shape: Hi Mike, The carburetors may be varnished a bit, or an intake air leak may be present, or the synchronization may be off, or other. Inspect the carburetors for evidence of varnishing. Check for air leaks and check synchronization. Respectfully, ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 1200 Sportster Rocker Box Removal and Primary Cover Gasket Replacemtn, harley davidson 1200 sportster, clutch cable
harley davidson 1200 sportster, clutch cable, rocker boxes: On the rocker boxes. You do not have to lower the motor. the bolt will come out, its just a tight fit. On the primary. You dont have to remov ethe clutch cable to remove the cover. You just have to remove the adjuster under the inspection cover, take the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 300EX oil, honda 300ex, stock tires
honda 300ex, stock tires, stroke oil: Hello patrick, And the oil question is different in everyones eye s. I run 10/40 Bel-ray in all my bike s. But im sure someone will dis-agree with this. And two, you have the most reliable bike there is there the motor alone. Tire size is up to you, smaller...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 CBR 600 F2, cbr 600 f2, lever assembly
cbr 600 f2, lever assembly, safety warnings: Hi Jerwon, I recommend you obtain a copy the service manual. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Proper cable routing is important for proper operation. The manual has cable routing diagrams that is much easier for you to see than for me to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 evo repair and modification, crane hi, stock ignition
crane hi, stock ignition, would like your opinion: You need to find the knocking first. Its hard for me to determine what it is without hearing it. I would check the rollers that ride on the cam first. If thats not it then your going to have to pull the top end and start looking for problems. Knocking can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 fzr 1000 axcell/stall problem, fzr 1000, jet kit
fzr 1000, jet kit, fuel lines: Mark, Is the compression equal on all cylinders? Should be around 150 psi or higher. Have you checked the fuel tap for flow and the fuel filter. Can you read the spark plugs, black=rich fuel, very light color is too lean, a light tan color is good....

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Gold Wing (SE) rear brake problem, dot 4 brake fluid, defective seals
dot 4 brake fluid, defective seals, hydraulic brake system: Hi Tom, From the description given, I suspect air is in the hydraulic brake system. The master cylinder or brake caliper may have defective seals. Respectfully, Mark Shively ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brake Doesn t Hold: Air in the brake line Pad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 HD ultraglide classic fuse box location, fuse panel, fuse box
fuse panel, fuse box, ultraglide: Check at fuse you were talking about with a test light and see if you have power there. If you dont then you are going to have to trace it back to the source. You will have more fuses under the left cover or the seat Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Honda Shadow 1100 vt, honda shadow 1100, regulator rectifier
honda shadow 1100, regulator rectifier, 1994 honda shadow 1100: Morgan, you have a serious overcharging problem there. I suspect the problem is either a faulty new regulator or the engine ground wires need to be cleaned and/or re-attached to a better place on the engine. The regulator/rectifier needs a solid ground...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 harley softail springer, harley softail, independent shop
harley softail, independent shop, bearings: Sounds like a bearing problem. If it is the front end would have to be removed to get to it. To remvoe the springer front isnt any harder than any other front end. I would have it repaired when you get the tire done, since it has to be removed anyway. I havet...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 honda cbr f2, transmission gears, honda cbr
transmission gears, honda cbr, performance operation: Hi John, The transmission gears are damaged and need to be replaced to restore proper performance/operation. Transmission gears on MC s consist of fixed gears, free wheeling (spinning) gears, and sliding gears. Some gears have dogs and cogs, little tabs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 honda shadow vlx600, internal combustion engines, powder substance
internal combustion engines, powder substance, seat removal: Hi Anthony, The problem is not likely the fuel filter, rather varnished carburetors. Despit having used Sta-Bil, gasoline still can varnish and or Sta-Bil can harm carb parts if not used per label instructions. Check the owner s manual to learn about...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 honda shadow vt1100c, spark plug wires, vacuum hoses
spark plug wires, vacuum hoses, plug caps: Mike, a little research shows that there is a possibility that the main jets on front and rear carbs are different on some models. If you got them switched during the carb rebuild process, then you would have symptoms such as those you describe. If not, did...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Kawasaki GPZ 900 R Cam Chain, kawasaki gpz 900, chain tension
kawasaki gpz 900, chain tension, cam chain: Hi Bob, The timing chain tension should be checked. If the problem persists after adjustment, the cahin and tensioners may need replaced. I recommend you obtain a copy of the Service Manual. The manual has illustrated procedures for this and all...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 kaw zx600 e-2, tie down straps, motorcycle transmission
tie down straps, motorcycle transmission, motorcycle atv: Tom, Servicing the transmission is considered major work. The engine will need to be completely disassembled to access the transmission. Parts and labor are expensive to have the work done at a shop. It s not safe to ride as described, though as you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 kx 125 fuel problem, bike bandit, kx 125
bike bandit, kx 125, bikebandit com: Hi Darryl, See microfiche parts here: www.buykawasaki.com or www.bikebandit.com Once Kawasaki s site opens, click green text Vehicle Information from the menu, and then View Parts Diagram from the menu. A new page opens, select Motorcycle from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 ninja zx6 shifter problem, ninja zx6, shaft
ninja zx6, shaft: It sounds to me as though the return springs on the end of the shaft have either stretched out or broke. You are going to have to remove the cover and physically check the shifter fork that moves the drum for damage. Also has the bike been layed down on that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Road King, audible noise, trapdoor
audible noise, trapdoor, gears: The only way the main shaft could shift is if the trapdoor inside the trans was damaged. If it were I dont hing it would shift gears. Check your clutch housing and make sure its not cracked where if fits on the mainshaft If this isnt the problem let me know...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 rf600, turn signals, rf600
turn signals, rf600, starter button: Hi Jeremiah, This is one of those kinds of problems that a tech must be present and see what has been done to the wiring. I can t tell ya what to do without knowing what s there to work with. It s a simple problem. With a wiring diagram to study, you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Suzuki intruder electrical problems, suzuki intruder 800, 1994 suzuki intruder 800
suzuki intruder 800, 1994 suzuki intruder 800, fuse panel: Forest, it sounds like your circuit breaker is faulty. -A red wire goes to it on one side, that is the battery power. On it s other side is a red/white wire which leads back to your fuse panel. -That circuit breaker is probably what is making the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Suzuki LT80, suzuki lt80, cdi function
suzuki lt80, cdi function, piston rings: Hi Scott, Is fuel supply is adequate for demand? No pinched fuel supply hoses or collasped vacuum hoses? What is cylinder compression checking at now? Valves adjusted to specs? I suspect the cycling to be fuel related such as an obstructed in petcock...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 suzuki dr 350, suzuki dr 350, valve clearances
suzuki dr 350, valve clearances, leak down test: Hi Doug, To check for a bad or worn valve, perform a cylinder compression check and a leak-down test. These tests will indicate the conditon of the engine and alert to possible problems. If a valve is bad, it be difficult to start either way. When...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 suzuki katana 600, suzuki katana 600, 1994 suzuki katana 600
suzuki katana 600, 1994 suzuki katana 600, vacuum line: Hi Josh. The fuel line, is the thicker one. It connects to the nipple on the valve that is near the same size as the internal diameter of the hose. There is a smaller hose that connects to one of the carburators. That one is a vacuum line and connects...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Virago 535 battery not charging, regulator rectifier, virago 535
regulator rectifier, virago 535, troubleshooting chart: Hi Kenny, Check the Regulator/Rectifier per the service manual and advise. Also, check circuit wiring for defects and corrosion. Reply to my email: mshively1@woh.rr.com I may need to return test information files to you. Visit the following...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 VN1500A, vacuum leak, mounting bolt
vacuum leak, mounting bolt, dr scholl: Hi Dave, Sorry, but I cannot help with locating the source of the leak without inspecting the parts. I used to use Dr. Scholl s Foot Powder Spray to help locate minute leaks. The powder sprays on pure white and easily wipes off. in some cases, you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Yamaha FZR 1000, proper air flow, yamaha fzr 1000
proper air flow, yamaha fzr 1000, cam chain: Hi Josh, 1st things 1st, If you cannot run the bike above 4k rpm, chances are good a few different things could be causing this, #1, does your bike have an air box? If not, this will happen.you need proper air flow for the bike to run to its potential....

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Yamaha R7, clutch side, hydraulic clutches
clutch side, hydraulic clutches, clutch fluid: Hi Chris. Glad to meet me. :) The problem with hydraulic clutches is that they often need to be bled; just like the brakes. A properly working clutch should engage quite early in the lever motion range. If it feels mushy, then it probably needs to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha 600 fzr, yamaha 600, fuse
yamaha 600, fuse, fuses: Hi Brad. The ignition fuse is for the ignition system only. There is also a main fuse which controls all of the power going into all of the systems. That is the fuse that went pop. The main fuse is not always with the other fuses. Oftentimes, it is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha virago 750, yamaha virago 750, center electrode
yamaha virago 750, center electrode, added heat: Gary, is this oil fouling or fuel fouling? If it s oil the engine may need a rebuild. If it s fuel, you could try lowering the carb needles. Also some of the ngk plugs have a small center electrode which resists fouling. If your spark plugs are black...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha xj600, yamaha xj600, yamaha atv
yamaha xj600, yamaha atv, bikebandit com: Hi Tim, The 1990 XJ600 carbs are mounted parallel with the ground. Visit www.yamaha-motor.com and/or www.bikebandit.com and view their parts microfiche. You can compare various carburetors at these sites. You wont be able to use the downdraft...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha yzf 750, yamaha yzf 750, carburetor problems
yamaha yzf 750, carburetor problems, servo motor: Hi Johnny, Get a copy of the service manual (repair manual) and learn about basic maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs. The manual will pay for itself with the first work you perform. When describing performance or carburetor problems, use throttle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 CR125 blows oil out of the exhaust, clutch side, clutch basket
clutch side, clutch basket, air gap: Dan, Sounds like you have a crank seal problem?? Both mag. side,And clutch side crank seals can be replaced without splitting the case s.The mag. side requries that you remove the mag. cover then the mag wheel with a special puller,then remove the firing coil...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 cbr600 - pulsating, cbr 600, battery connections
cbr 600, battery connections, weird problems: Jake, check the wires coming from the pulser/rotor area, tighten the connectors, squeeze the female connector slightly so the wires make better contact. May be a wire with a red end on it, if not just tighten those connections. Poor electrical contacts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Dyna Wide Glide, clutch basket, oil seal
clutch basket, oil seal, pulley: that sleeve is the bearing support for the inner primary. To get at the Main Drive Gear seal that will have to be removed. JIMS makes a special tool for removing the bearing support sleeve. With out this tool It can not be done There is also a tool ti press...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Dyna Wide Glide evo motor/primary on 2003 Hurricane customs softail frame, hurricane customs, softtail
hurricane customs, softtail, dyna: The EVO motor for the 1995 Dyna and softtail is the same. The problem you are going to have is the inner primary is different. You are going to need to get a softail inner primary. Since you are going with a softtail bike I would stick with softail parts....

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 FLSTC Front Brake Drag, wheel bearings, flstc
wheel bearings, flstc, clearence: Pull the front tire and check the wheel bearings just to make sure they are ok. You will not see much clearence between rotor and pads. they do rub a little. If they are to tight then you need to remove the caliber and check the puck in it to make sure its...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 FLSTF, flstf, best bet
flstf, best bet, master cylinder: You might either have a bad master cylinder or the puck is stuck in the caliber. I would put the master cylinder back together and remove the caliber and remove the puck and check it. Remove all the brake fluid and install fresh. I dont have anyway to send...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 flstc starter replacement, clutch basket, bike sounds
clutch basket, bike sounds, jackshaft: You have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket and motor sprocket to get to the jackshaft that is attached to the starter. Once you have that off the you remove the tow bolts that hold the starter on. Yes, it can be bench tested to see what the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Honda CBR F3 Carbs, honda cbr f3, 1995 honda cbr f3
honda cbr f3, 1995 honda cbr f3, mail order: Hi Mike, Now my questions are: 1.) I have plenty of auto experience, but no motorcycle. I have rebuilt carbs before, but not on bikes, is this something someone with my experience can do, or is this better left to the experts? A: It s always best...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Honda Magna V45, honda magna, valve clearances
honda magna, valve clearances, valve adjustment: Hi Shawn. The valve clearances are critical to proper engine operation, so they do need to be checked as per the manual. However, $600 seems a bit steep for that work. The only thing that must be removed is the radiator. A really good mechanic should...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 harleysrorster 883, air fuel mixture, slow jet
air fuel mixture, slow jet, air fuel mixture screw: Hi Tom, In cold weather there is not much you can do, but to allow for a longer warm up period. What I do for the Canadian winters is change the slow jet size to a 45 and slightly richen the air/fuel mixture screw (3-3 1/2 turns)this will shorten the warm...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace, brake caliper
honda shadow ace, brake caliper, disk brakes: Mark, is the tire touching anywhere? If not it might be assembled wrong, the wheel has a spline that has to align with the rear drive on assembly. -Also if you have disk brakes, there may be a spacer between the brake caliper and the swingarm....

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda VT1100c2 ACE, clutch problems, fuel milage
clutch problems, fuel milage, engine case: Mike, hope your foot is okay. That shaft is part of the shifter assembly, it is called gearshift spindle A It is replaced by removing the right side engine case. It is a little tricky to do. The clutch can be inspected at the same time as it is in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Kawasaki ZX6E making grinding noise when trying to start., kawasaki zx6e, clutch gear
kawasaki zx6e, clutch gear, starter clutch: Hi Tommy, First, sorry for the long delay in responding. My computer has been down for the past 3 days. If the starter clutch and solenoid are checking ok, remove the starter motor and disassemble it. Thoroughly clean the carbon powder from inside with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 polaris ATV & blazer 50cc ATV, 50cc atv, polaris atv
50cc atv, polaris atv, dirt bikes: Hi CJ, Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. AllExperts servers were down over the weekend. Send an email. I ll return a couple information files about VIN s and how to read them. My email addy is: mshively1@woh.rr.com Dirt bikes and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Suzuki GSXR 1100 battery not charging, suzuki gsxr 1100, dielectric grease
suzuki gsxr 1100, dielectric grease, bad rain: Hi Noel, I suspect water shorting caused components of the charging system to fail. You ll have to perform an output test and test components separately to verify which are defective, if any. Applying dielectric grease to all electrical connectors to...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a 1995 Suzuki Intruder..., suzuki intruder 800, internal combustion engines
suzuki intruder 800, internal combustion engines, check engine oil: Hi Howard, From the limited information provided in your question description, I suspect fuel in the carburetors has varnished. Another posihilbility is the needle valves are stuck open by fuel contamination caught between the valve face and the valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Suzuki RF600, battery monitor, electrical problem
battery monitor, electrical problem, hi mike: Hi Mike, It s possible to get a new defective battery. However, I suspect the charging system is not working properly. Get a copy of the service manual and learn about performing an output test on the alterator. Simply connect a voltmeter (VOM) to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 VIRAGO 1100 HEADLIGHT, voltage spikes, room mate
voltage spikes, room mate, voltage regulator: Thanks David. I hadn t even thought of that one, since the regulators don t often go bad. The one that my 86 XV700 had was the original one that it had from original manufacture. It was still on the bike after 147,000 miles, when the motor finally gave...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Vmax motorcycle starting problems, vmax motorcycle, check battery
vmax motorcycle, check battery, circuit components: Hi Dan, I suspect the main fuse is blown. If you have verified all fuses to be in good working condition, check battery cable connections and electrical connectors for loose or disconnections. It s possible for the ignition switch or other related...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 VT 1100C2 Shadow (ACE), starter solenoid, bench test
starter solenoid, bench test, shadow ace: Hi Greg. Are you sure that the battery is good? Just because it shows 12 volts static does not always mean that the battery is good. It has to hold a full amperage charge as well. If the battery has one or more bad cells, then there will be issues like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 VT1100C2 SHADOW ACE CLUTCH, shadow ace, creative problem
shadow ace, creative problem, new bike: Hi Steve. Is the new bracket identical to the original? If not, then you will need to do a bit of creative problem solving on your own. Perhaps the cable needs to be adjusted at both ends. It may need to be adjusted due to the new bracket. Outside...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 XR600R Coughs and Dies at Idle, air screw, screw out
air screw, screw out, air leaks: Hi Dale, Well written description, Thank-you! I have a question for you: What is the average temperature of your riding environment? I ll do the math and figure corrected jetting. I ll send numerous tech files to your email address. Reply to my email...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 yamaha wolverine w/ carb problem?, yamaha wolverine, piston rings
yamaha wolverine, piston rings, combustion chamber: Hi Matthew, First thing is check the sealing properties of the combustion chamber (condition of the engine) by performing a cylinder compression check. Follow with a leak-down check if necessary. Review the attachments and consider cleaning the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 yzf600r, drum groove, output shaft
drum groove, output shaft, shift fork: Hi J Schultz, This is the result of wear on dogs and cogs of transmission gears. These cogs/dogs slide together and mate. When the edges on these cogs become rounded, they slip apart. Very common problem between 1st and 2nd gears associated with aggressive...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 CBR 600f3, manifold gaskets, electrical tests
manifold gaskets, electrical tests, loose wires: sound to me like a bad rectifire firing then not firind n but definitelly electrical if you saw the tach jump look at all fuse and especially + positive and- negative connections on the battery for any loose wires,it could also be in the switch too. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 CBR F3, honda service manual, cbr f3
honda service manual, cbr f3, trottle position sensor: Hi Haig, You ask.... Q: ...do you have any idea what it could be? A: I suspect the CDI (ECM) is defective. Maybe other problems are present, too. Q: ...Are there any other triggers that could cuase no spark? maybe a trottle position sensor?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 cbr 600 f3, 1996 cbr 600, fuel valve
1996 cbr 600, fuel valve, air filter: Hi Michael. It sounds like your floats are not working correctly. check the carbs and I ll bet that you will find at least one of the floats either sticking or not closing completely. Alternatively, it could also be a faulty/sticking fuel valve as well....

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 cr125 won't start, free email servers, internal combustion engines
free email servers, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Collin, I suspect the carburetor needs removed and thoroughly cleaned. Send me an email address and I ll return carb cleaning and tuning information files. Free email servers such as Yahoo and Hotmail won t accept these large files. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 DYNA VIBRATION, manifold gaskets, engine vibration
manifold gaskets, engine vibration, slow jet: Dave, now that I understand your vibration more I would look at your primary drive setup. Make sure the sprocket shaft nut is tight and the alternator rotor isn t rattling on the shaft. Then I would check the inner primary bearing (on the transmission mainshaft),...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 DYNA VIBRATION, hd shop, local bike shop
hd shop, local bike shop, wheel balance: It would almost have 2 b a clutch hub or transmission issue. I don t know how but it s almost if something has bent or a gear has become loose. Open your primary 1st and manually try to shake belt, and gears to c if there s any play in them. If so, that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 FLHTCUI, question factory, bike mike
question factory, bike mike, drive shaft: If the cam fell out and the top end is not removed then you will have pressure on the lifters and will not be able to put it back. What you can do, however, is cut the pushrods out and install adjustable pushrods. then you wount have to take the top end apart....

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 FXDWG Speedometer Sticking, dry storage area, fxdwg
dry storage area, fxdwg, speedometer: Check your cable first. Remove the connection from the back of the speedo. Get the front wheel off the ground and spin the tire. Does the inner cable turn? If it does then the speedo needs replaced. There is no repair for it. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 flhtci throttle adjustment, rinehart true dual exhaust, throttle cable
rinehart true dual exhaust, throttle cable, air cleaner: You adjust your cables the same as carb bike. Locate the adjuster on the cable by the throttle. Check your air filter for the drip. Your bike has a breather which goes into the filter. Clean the filter and you should be ok Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 GSXR 1100, gsxr 1100, spring tension
gsxr 1100, spring tension, maintanence: Hi Dallas. In my response to your earlier post from today I had said that you are on the right track. At this point, all I can say is to make sure that you have the repair manual for the specs, testing proceedures and disassembly/reassembly proceedures....

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 GSXR 1100 17,000kms, k n air filter, header pipe
k n air filter, header pipe, pipe connections: Hi Dallas. How is the spark from the cylinders? Are they all still showing bright blue or do any look weaker than the others? Have you checked compression? It is possible that something decided to fail at just this time, leading to the impression that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 GSXR 1100, gsxr 1100, piston rings
gsxr 1100, piston rings, head gasket: Hi Dallas. Before you start pulling pistons and piston rings, check those springs out. No sense in doing work that doesn t really need doing. If the springs check out okay, then check the head for warping near the cylinders that had the low psi in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 GSXR 1100, gsxr 1100, compression check
gsxr 1100, compression check, valve train: Hi Dallas. All four cylinders should be showing the same compression, or be no more than 5-10 psi apart from each other. It does look as if you are on the right track here. Check the valve springs. The repair manual has the correct specs for the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 gsxr 750 hard starts, exhust, drain hose
exhust, drain hose, gsxr 750: i had same problems with a bike in my shop go to the drain hose on the carbs blow into them while the bike is running if the bike idles up ,take a smll wire run it through both drain hoses so it can breath youll be fine. mitch kruszynsk...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 HARLEY BADBOY SPRINGER, oil smoke, burning oil
oil smoke, burning oil, badboy: You and I are talking about two different things. There are studs in the case which bolts go to. If they had to put in inserts, then it was the studs that pulled, not the nuts. If a nut comes looses it from either not being torqued right or the stud has pulled....

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Harley Sportster not starting, spark plug wire, battery connections
spark plug wire, battery connections, spark plug: First thing to check is see if you have a spark. Remove the spark plug, connect the spark plug wire and hold the end of the plug against the cylinder. turn the motor over. Do you get spark? Look down the throat of the carb. Twist the throttle. Do you get fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Harley sportster 1200, harley sportster 1200, reputable dealer
harley sportster 1200, reputable dealer, tread depth: Hi Webster,for the mileage sounds good,though there are other questions to be answered. How does the motor sound and run, what are the tires like(check for weather cracks and tread depth), are the rotors and brake pads in good shape, when was the bike last...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 HD FLH, harley davidson flh, flapper valves
harley davidson flh, flapper valves, motorcycle wash: That cover you are talking about it the ignition cover. You can drill the head of the rivets out and remove the cover. Remove the gasket. Under it you wil find the ignition and the rotor cup. Remove the screw that holds the rotor cup and the cup will come...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Honda 300EX, message baords, valve clearances
message baords, valve clearances, finding charts: Hi Chad, The ignition timing is non-adjustable. The battery should be fine. The alternator could be defective and needs to be tested to verify it s integrity. Get a copy of the service manual to learn Ohm specs and specific test procedures. Otherwise,...