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Motorcycle Repair: 883 sportster, carberater, fuel flow
carberater, fuel flow, fuel line: The hose you are refering to is the overflow for the carb. Unless there is gas coming out of it then its not the problem. Start by checking to see if youhve a good spark. remove the plugs, attach one to the plug wire and hole to the head. Turn the bike over....

Motorcycle Repair: 883cc to 1200cc Sportster upgrade, wisco pistons, gasket kit
wisco pistons, gasket kit, country cam: The easiest way to change your bike over to a 1200 is to get a set of Wisco pistons that are made for a 883 to 1200 conversion. That way you dont have to do any headwork on the bike. You can have the cylinders bored instead of buying new ones which should...

Motorcycle Repair: 883custom using oil, traffic jams, leak down test
traffic jams, leak down test, factory manuals: That is quit of oil uaage. A new bike does use oil a little, but with that many miles it shouldnt. the only place oil can go is either a leak, which you would see, or int he cylinder. It can get past the rings, or past a broken valve guide seal. I would have...

Motorcycle Repair: 88B throw out bearing, clutch lever, clutch
clutch lever, clutch, parking lot: A throw out bearing is just what it appears. A bearing that can fail under normal wear. Usually the only time they fail is when you let the trans get low on oil and the bearing does not get lubed, but they can fail at anytime. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 88katana 600, oil type, wheelies
oil type, wheelies, alignments: Hi Aaron, I would need to inspect the parts to tell if there is any problems. Be certain the fluid ports are in good condition and unobstructed. Use www.bikebandit.com to see parts microfiche. No special alignments inside forks. Explain how you re...

Motorcycle Repair: '89 883 Charging problem, rotor stator, ac volts
rotor stator, ac volts, ohm meter: You can test the stator to see if its bad. You will need a OHM meter and a AC volt meter. First, unplug the stator and test it for ground with the OHM meter.Go from one plug in the stator to ground. Next test for a short. Put hte test leads in the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 883 charging, jumper cables, regulater
jumper cables, regulater, ground test: If the stator failed the ground test then it is bad. If you unhook the battery on any harley while its running it will shut down. Harleys run off the battery, not the stator. You lost me when you said you left the jmper cables on is the only way it will...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 evo base gasket leak, gasket leaks, gasket surfaces
gasket leaks, gasket surfaces, gasket kit: Once you hae the proper torque on the heads you cant go back and retorque. I have used James for years without any problems, but there are times that a gasket leaks. The only thing you can do is remove the cylinder and install another gasket, or it will keep...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 FLH - ENGINE & TRANS ALIGNMENT, harley factory, rev tech
harley factory, rev tech, transmission case: first you have to aline the rear wheel in the swingarm, If you look in the Harley Factory service manual they show you how to make a tool out of a long wire that goes into the swingarn piviot shaft and past the rear axle center, Use a small o-ring on the wire...

Motorcycle Repair: '89 FLHTC front cylinder leaking after new top end, adjustable pushrods, harley shop
adjustable pushrods, harley shop, clutch assembly: Noises are hard to tell on here due to the fact that I cant hear them, but I can give you some ideas. First, your with that few of miles on the new top end your compression should be within 10 PSI on both cylinders. So you are having some leak by on the back...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 FLTCU, jackshaft, steel plates
jackshaft, steel plates, flywheel: Not meashing is not a common problem with that year. You need to pull the primary cover and do an inspection on the jackshaft, the jackshaft bushing as well as the clutch hub gear. You probably just have wear since its an 1989. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 kawasaki 454 air cleaners, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Dave, Changes to the air intake, carburetors, exhaust, and some engine mods requires correcting the carbs air-fuel mixtures (jetting). Tuning the carbs are best left to an experienced tech, but can be done at home with a little help, basic tools,...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 kx125, clutch side, kawasaki dealer
clutch side, kawasaki dealer, kx125: Arthur, He told you right,It sounds like the seals have got hard or are leaking .If the engine smokes more than usual it would be the seal leaking on the clutch side,If the engine idles fast ,acts like in is going to run away ,or doesn t come back to a idle...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 SPORTSTER TRANNY, mechanic friend, harley shop
mechanic friend, harley shop, plessure: I have no way on here to send anything and besides, if you are going to work on it you will need the specs for spacing of the gears and shims. I would suggest you purchace a service manual and it will give you everything you need to do the work Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 shadow 1100 charging system, starter solenoid, japanese bikes
starter solenoid, japanese bikes, shadow vt1100: Hi Steve, You re on the right track. At idle, the output should be between about 12.6 VDC and 14 VDC, and above 3K rpm, voltage should increase to between 14 VDC and 17 VDC, generally. Check battery leads at both ends of cables for clean and tight connections....

Motorcycle Repair: '89 softail carb adjustment, inch pipes, jet sizes
inch pipes, jet sizes, richen: the mixture screw only works when the bike is idleing. Turnin it inward leans it. warm the bike up and slowly turn the screw inward, just until the bike starts to stumble then outward about 1/4 of turn and its set. If youa re fouling plugs then you need to...

Motorcycle Repair: '89 suzuki LT250R Quad Racer "K" model., suzuki lt250r, quad racer
suzuki lt250r, quad racer, little gun: Hi Dave, I recommend following the service manual s procedures for separating the cases. I also recommend farming the work out. : ) Before you get into the job, have a local machinist and/or welder inspect the damages. Some defects in cases can be repaired...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 VT600C engine/oil issue, plug holes, check oil
plug holes, check oil, oil pump: Matt, was the bike out of oil? It may have seized the engine if so. If the starter can t turn it over, it may be beyond adding oil. You can try adding some oil through the spark plug holes and try turning it by hand gently. If you can get it to turn...

Motorcycle Repair: '89 YZ80 Ignition dead, coil resistance, pickup coil
coil resistance, pickup coil, megaohm: Dear sir, Is inpossible to see i megaohm in the secondary coil..usually u see 10-30kiloohms.well you need a pickvoltage meter so you can check if there is any voltage on the primary leads of your coil.while you crank it you must 100vac-300vac.Also check...

Motorcycle Repair: 90 Kaw EX500 Starter, spining, casing
spining, casing, bolts: I am not too sure on the location of the starter on the ex 500.I would first disconnect the battery,locate the starter.Remove the positive wire hooked to the casing of the starter and then you can remove the starter,via 2 bolts.Although there might be some...

Motorcycle Repair: 90 Sportster Mechanical Static Timing, pinion shaft, timing hole
pinion shaft, timing hole, tdc mark: Hi Lance, I found this link: www.andrews-products.com/PDF_files/XL91_2timing.pdf You ll need Adobe Reader to view the information. Get the reader here: www.andrews-products.com/Subpages/technical_index.htm If this doesn t help you, there s nothing...

Motorcycle Repair: 90 Springer running rough, eagle carb, back fire
eagle carb, back fire, trottle: Since your bike was running fine before you it to the first shop (except for the gas blowing out) The I can assumn that it was jettted right in the first place. Jetting does not change as you put more miles on the bike. I would look a couple different directions...

Motorcycle Repair: 900 rr fireblade, honda 900rr, internal combustion engines
honda 900rr, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Josh, From your narritave description, I suspect the fuel system has varnished or some other fuel contamination is present. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions....

Motorcycle Repair: i have a 91 bandit 400 and..., shively ohio, bandit 400
shively ohio, bandit 400, clean filter: Hi Willy, $100/hr is very high. Where are you located? Q: ...i have a 91 bandit 400 and am experiencing huge fuel usage and problems with idling. starts easily , but once warm it wants to either run too high or low and i can tget it under control with...

Motorcycle Repair: '91 CB750 Nighthawk, stator, rythm
stator, rythm, vibrations: Hi Will. When was the last total service was done? Most bikes require a full service at 50,000 miles along with new stator. It could be a number of things all happening together; timing, camchain tension, valves in need of adjustment, carbs out of synch...

Motorcycle Repair: 91/ evolution motor, oil seeps, oil tank
oil seeps, oil tank, air breather: Your oil pump check valve is stuck or dirty. Oil seeps by and goes into the crancase. Then when you start the bike it blows out the breather cause there s too much to fit through the return line all at once. Just pop the big screw off the top of the oil...

Motorcycle Repair: '91 fatboy starting problem, worn clutch, clutch basket
worn clutch, clutch basket, battery cables: First thing you need to do is make sure you have a good battery. A weak battery will cause this problem. Make sure you have a good ground also. Test the starter by running a jummper wire direct from the battery to the post on the starter where the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 fxrs forks, fork sliders, rocker boxes
fork sliders, rocker boxes, head bolt: You can get a book on your bike from any dealer that sells V-Twin products. They still have repair manuals for your bike. As to the forks. Remove the wheel and fender. Drain the fork oil. Remove the top nut and the pinch bolts and slide the fork out of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 honda nighthawk 750, honda nighthawk 750, custom pipes
honda nighthawk 750, custom pipes, loud pipes: Hi Connie. All that removing the baffles will do is to completely ruin your performance, annoy your neighbors and guarantee a ticket for illegal exhaust. The law doesn t allow you to remove the baffles at all. You would be far better off just getting...

Motorcycle Repair: '91 honda xr80r, new spark, spark plug
new spark, spark plug, falcon: Hi Bill. Start by checking the wiring for shorts. The bike has been sitting and the wiring can dry out and become brittle. Then check all of the components in the ignition system to make sure that they are still within specs. Start with that and...

Motorcycle Repair: '91 Kawasaki ZX6 - Not starting, engine cranks, vacuum hose
engine cranks, vacuum hose, cylinder compression: Hi Nate, The carburetors do not require priming. However, some petcocks have a PRI (prime) position for bypassing the vacuum positions and refilling the float bowls after servicing the carbs. Otherwise, keep the petcock in the ON or RES positions...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 kawasaki 600r, vent hose, vacuum type
vent hose, vacuum type, plastic hose: Mike, sputter and backfire means you ran out of gas for some reason. I suspect a plugged gas cap vent, try opening the cap and see if it goes. Check for plugged carb float bowl vent hose. The vent is not attached anywhere is it? It should hang down under...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki model
kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki model, throttle cables: Hi CK, Plese refer to the service manual for adjusting the valve clearances. Tip: Use two feeler gauges; one for each rocker arm while performing the task. Adjust engine idle with throttle cables. Cut and paste the following link to see microfiche...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 xt250 Yamaha, xt250, gap
xt250, gap, falcon: Hi Russel. I seriously doubt that the carb was ever related to the problem here. I would start with the ignition system and make sure that everything in it has no wiring faults, good clean connections, and all components are within spec. Then...

Motorcycle Repair: My '92 600 katana backfires..., plug wires, harleys
plug wires, harleys, katana: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help. If you bike had been running fine and tehn you started having hte problem, then its not the carbs. You either have a bad coil, plug wires or ignition. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 CBR 600F2 problems, compression check, oil light
compression check, oil light, degree incline: Mike, -it might just be a fuel problem, but from your description I would suggest doing a compression check before spending alot of time on other things. -If the cylinders are near the same pressure, (150-up) start with checking easier things first,...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 evo motor vibration, rubber bushings, cylinder problem
rubber bushings, cylinder problem, flywheels: There is not way to add rubber bushings to your bike. Most all solid mounted harleys vibrate and its usually somthing you have to live with. The vibration is probably coming from the flywheels. The might be slightly out of balance Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 FXR - Oil Leak out of Air Breather Line, air breather, leak oil
air breather, leak oil, oil tank: The ball and spring you are refering to has nothing to do with the oil problem when the bike is running. It only keeps oil from going from the oil tank to the bottom end when the bike isnt running. The only thing I can think of is that the breather is out...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 forks on 85 bike GSXR750, suzuki rf 600, motorcycle repair
suzuki rf 600, motorcycle repair, gixxer: Hi Andy, The triple-tree and forks must be changed as a set. The newer inverted forks will not fit your OEM (stock) triple-tree. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 fxlr vibration, wheel bearings, pivot shaft
wheel bearings, pivot shaft, clutch assembly: Check the compensator like you were planing on. It might be there. On the air bubbles, never heard of suck a thing and not sure why it does it, unless it haas to do wht he changing of the angle of the motor when you lift it and it is releaving the air in...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 gsxr firing problem, plug caps, secondary ignition
plug caps, secondary ignition, firing order: Hi James, Pick up coils (triggers), secondary ignition coil leads, spark plug caps, and spark plugs can become defective. Firing order is: 1-2-4-3 Cylinders are numbered: 1-2-3-4 left to right, looking down onto the engine when seated on the motorcycle....

Motorcycle Repair: 92 Honda Nighthawk 750 rear wheel bearings, rear wheel bearings, honda nighthawk 750
rear wheel bearings, honda nighthawk 750, hi matthew: Hi Matthew. In thinking about your problem, there are only a few things that I can think of and here they are: 1) Some other part could be worn down and oscillating, causing the bearings to wear. 2) Lubrication issues relating to attatched components....

Motorcycle Repair: 92 harley softail, harley softail, rear brake pads
harley softail, rear brake pads, brake pads: Remove the two bolts holding the caliber on to the bracket. Slide the caliber out remove the bolts that hold the caliber together. You will see two grooves that the pads sit in. Install the new pads the same as the ones in there and reinstall. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 kawasaki throttle screw issue, kawasaki, screw
kawasaki, screw, wit: Robert, I m not sure which screw you turned, but try turning it anti-clockwise or to the left to slow down the idle. Are you sure the cables are seated okay, If you know what model of Kawasaki it is, maybe I can look up a picture of the throttle to...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 Softail Oil blowing from reservoir, drag pipes, head screws
drag pipes, head screws, oil reservoir: If the oil is coming from the vents on the heads there are after market vents that can be installed to vent the oil to the bottom of the bike stopping that problem. Check on Bikers Choice webside. They have their catolog on there. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: '92 suzuki DR350 stalling on idle and hard to start, powder substance, crystal powder
powder substance, crystal powder, wrong stuff: Hi Carl, Start with the carburetors. See the tech files below for details. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways...

Motorcycle Repair: 92 Virago Headlight Failure, virago xv750, fuse box
virago xv750, fuse box, starter button: Greg, the cause is usually up in your starter button assembly. A red/yellow wire goes from the fuse box to the starter button assy, and then a light blue wire goes to power the headlight. These bikes turn off the headlight when starting to save power....

Motorcycle Repair: 92 XL 1200 Solenoid, clutch basket, electronic experience
clutch basket, electronic experience, starter switch: What you need to do is look online at different companies catalogs. Try V-Twin manufacturing. They should have one. you can pull the plunger and reassemble without a problem One other thing, I didnt notice that you said you have a sportster. In order to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 920 Virago Starter Noise, starter motor problems, virago 920
starter motor problems, virago 920, 920 virago: Hi Dwayne. There s not a lot to be done about the starter noise. I have never heard of any kit to make the starter motor quieter. The important thing is that it works. I rebuilt the starter on my 86 XV700 about 5 times in 6 years to keep it working....

Motorcycle Repair: 920 virago 1982, yamaha virago 920, clutch
yamaha virago 920, clutch, email address: Hi Lewis, I d have to inspect the parts to determine the amout of wear. Otherwise, there s a fix for this common Virago problem. Visit: - www.wiragotech.com - to learn more about your Virago and fixing the problem. I return tech files by email....

Motorcycle Repair: 92Goldwing starts only in nuetral, goldwing, bikebandit com
goldwing, bikebandit com, repair maintenance: Order manuals from www.bikebandit.com, www.clymer.com, www.amazon.com, ebay, and check your local library. My local library has MC manuals and they don t mind if the books get oily/greasy. Get a manual and we ll go from there. It will pay for itself with...

Motorcycle Repair: '93 CBR 1000 Brake Bleeding, linked braking system, brake master cylinder
linked braking system, brake master cylinder, hexagonal base: Hi John. Bleeding a brake system is both a simple and complex proceedure. The basic proceedure is as follows: 1) Put the bike on the centerstand and remove the cover for the side where the brake master cylinder is and remove the cover (cap) of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 cr-250 surging, air fuel mixture, cr 250
air fuel mixture, cr 250, intake leak: Hi Scott, You may have an air intake leak causing the surging. I would have to read the spark plugs to determine if the air-fuel mixture is adjusted optimum. Send me your email address as requested and I will return several information files to assist...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 fat boy, handcontrols, harley dealer
handcontrols, harley dealer, wiring blocks: SInce your bike was probably rewired when they put the hnadlebars on they moight have run them different than stock. A quick way to check. Follow the wires to where they go. If they go behind the narcell then that is where they are located. If you follow...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 Honda Z50R Clutch Screws, honda z50r, clutch assembly
honda z50r, clutch assembly, bike engines: Derek, if you don t have the screws out yet, an impact driver is a good purchase. Find one with small enough tips for your bike screws. Most auto and hardware stores have them. Makes easy work of the tough screws on bike engines. Otherwise the old chisel...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 heritage fuse location, nostalga, sourse
nostalga, sourse, fuses: The power for these lights comes fromt he same place as the headlight, os if it works then you have a break in the wire. there should be a switch to turn them on, so start there and see if you have power going to the switch. If not then follow the wire back...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 kawasaki zx600c, battery cables, battery connectors
battery cables, battery connectors, loose connections: Anthony, -you will need a test light or multimeter to do any troubleshooting. Also the manual is handy because it has wiring diagrams. -Is the bike running at all? If not check obvious things first, gas getting to carbs? does it have spark? Fuses...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 kawasaki zx7 ninja, kawasaki zx7, gear wheels
kawasaki zx7, gear wheels, shively: Hi Warren, The noise you re hearing is normal. The clutch hub gear is straight-cut. The noise is caused by the angle in which gears are cut. Straight-cut gears tend to make a whine sound as they rotate. Helical-cut gears tend to be more quiet. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 kx 250 wont idle, throttle cables, air mixture
throttle cables, air mixture, kx 250: Hi Jan, There s very little information for me to work with. Stalling can be from a variety of causes. I suggest checking the idle screw and throttle slide for wear. Check and adjust throttle cables. Otherwise, I would need to inspect the KX to accurately...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 Suzuki 1400 intruder clutch question, suzuki 1400 intruder, vance hines pipes
suzuki 1400 intruder, vance hines pipes, clutch plates: Hi Danny, I suspect excessive heat caused the clutch to act as described. If the problem returns with normal riding, measure all clutch plates for evidence of warping and wear. I m like Vance & Hines pipes. They are clean swept and sound fabulous. Technically,...

Motorcycle Repair: 93' Suzuki Intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, clutch friction
suzuki intruder 800, clutch friction, friction discs: Benji, the clutch has no adjustment, it is a hydraulic type with a master cylinder and slave cylinder. If you have problems, it could be fluid leaks or air in the lines or faulty clutch discs or weak clutch springs. The air is bled by opening the bleed...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 Suzuki Intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, stale gas
suzuki intruder 800, stale gas, start ups: Drain the carburetor bowls of stale gas and clean the idle jets (the brass plugs with tiny holes in them). Get a Battery Tender Junior through any bike shop, distributed by Drag Specialties, and use it all the time. It s an automatic charger that keeps...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 Yamaha, press engine start gas icon lights up, yamaha seca ii, electrical diagnosis
yamaha seca ii, electrical diagnosis, sudden shock: Hi Brian, I suspect the electrical system has developed a gremlin. Possibly caused by the sudden shock of impact with the curb or roadway. May be a defective fuse, CDI, loose connection, or other cause. You or someone should perform electrical diagnosis...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 yamaha wolverine ATV, fuel air mixture, air vent
fuel air mixture, air vent, needle jet: Hi Patrick, I suspect a main jet obstruction or an intake air restriction. ATV resource: www.atvfrontier.com Instead of using Sta-Bil, try a product named Sea Foam. Good stuff! If you stay with Sta-Bil, be certain to follow label directions...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 zx600c, when cold starts fine but idles erratic, but gets hot fast, powder substance, crystal powder
powder substance, crystal powder, volunteer time: Hi Aron, I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. Email makes my volunteer time here possible. See sample tech files below. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 1200 sportster, burning oil, exhaust valve
burning oil, exhaust valve, tappet: Since you have hydrolic lifters they need to be blead or you might hit a valve. once you have the bottom rocker box installed rotate the motor so that the front exhaust valve is open and then let it sit for aboout 15 minutes. this will bleed it. Then go to...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 600 katana, starter solenoid, new spark
starter solenoid, new spark, starter motor: Hi Mike, Describe how the engine was started with a screwdriver. The starter solenoid should click once with 12VDC applied to it s terminals. I suspect the starter motor needs attention. Can you give me any other details on the MC? Have you heard...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 750 Virago dies, electrical connector, shively
electrical connector, shively, virago: Hi Randy, The cause of the problem may be the ignition module (CDI) or even a loose electrical connector, etc... Easier said than done, but try testing the CDI with a known good unit. Visit www.viragotech.com for more intel. I ll send a few...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 cbr 600, permanent magnet, honda dealer
permanent magnet, honda dealer, oil seal: Hi Mark, Get a copy of the service manual. Correcting mistakes is expensive. Buy Honda s magneto puller (special tool) via your local Honda dealer or try www.bikebandit.com Do not strike or drop the the permanent magnet. This may cause it to become...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Fatboy ignition switch, best bet, fatboy
best bet, fatboy, good luck: Your best bet is to get a service manual for the year of your bike. there will be a wiring diagram in it. Its hard for me to tell somebody on here how to wire somthing without them seeing a pic and I have no way to send pic on here Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 FLHTC BATTERY PROBLEM, battery problem, time bill
battery problem, time bill, start button: First, check you battery to make sure you have a good one and it has water in it. Next, Start the bike and at the battery see how much voltage you have. You should be running about 13.5 volts at the battery at 2000 RPM. If not then you have a charging problem...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 GSXR 750 Engine Knock, starter clutch, coolant loss
starter clutch, coolant loss, clutch pack: Hi Chris. My grandfather had a saying: If two doctors say you re sick; Lie down. That saying really applies here. You ve had 3 mechanics look at the problem and say that it is one of 3 things, so start with the simplest first. Adjust the cam...

Motorcycle Repair: '94 Honda Gold Wing-trunk won't open, honda gold wing, honda model
honda gold wing, honda model, dept id: Hi Jim, I m laughing with you! I m soory, but I don t have any experience with that paticular problem. Try viewing this site to see microfiche exploded view of the trunk: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=215920§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1993&model_dept_mfr=Honda&model_dept_id=206481&model_dept_name=GL1500A+%28Gold+Wing+Aspencade%29#stay...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Intruder 800 loses Electrical, intruder 800, safety switches
intruder 800, safety switches, check battery: Oh how annoying this must be for you. I m more concerned about safety though. You wouldn t want to be on a 4-lane road and have this happen. Some thoughts... check battery (a real test of battery condition not just volts), check battery leads - are they tight....

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Kawasaki 750, kawasaki 750, zx7
kawasaki 750, zx7, panka: 1Hi Trevor, Kawasaki has been know for this issue. 1st thing is, If you ve ever installed an aftermarket headlight,ie:xeon, true blue, etc., or sometimes even if you havent, Kawasakis ignition switches are known to go bad, the bike will run, but the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: '94 Magna problems, plug caps, measure resistance
plug caps, measure resistance, timing chains: Hi Jay, The ignition coil secondary wires and/or spark plug caps would be the first place to start testing. Measure resistance and check continuity of these leads. Verify they are working properly by watching spark plugs arc while grounding plugs against...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 PC800 (honda), head gasket, oil leak
head gasket, oil leak, gasket: Burton, -depends where the leak is, if it is just cam plugs it might be reasonable to repair. If it is leaking at the head gasket the repair is much higher cost. -See if you can tell where the leak starts, is it up near the cam cover or down lower...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 SUZUKI PLUG PROBLEM, suzuki rf600r, accurate diagnosis
suzuki rf600r, accurate diagnosis, cylinder compression: In that case you wouldn t know the history. The carburetors may need thoroughly cleaned as a result of fuel varnishing. It s likely that gasoline is also present in the oil and airbox. Check the airbox, air filter, and engine oil for evidence of fuel....

Motorcycle Repair: '94 Suzuki GSX-750RW Failure to start after replacing alternator., engine cranks, k n air filter
engine cranks, k n air filter, suzuki gsx: Hi Dave, If the engine cranks, but will not start and run: Check the spark plugs. Remove the plugs and inspect for evidence of fouling. Clean or replace plugs accordingly. Check for an arc at the plugs. I suspect the carburetors may need thoroughly...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 sporty not running properly, cylender, oil light
cylender, oil light, pressure test: Sounds like the bike is oil starved. Condensation would not cause this problem. What you need to do is have a pressure test done with a gage to see what kind of oil pressure you are running. If your pump is not working or to low of pressure then you will...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 suzuki rf600 valves and timing, 1994 suzuki rf600, piston crowns
1994 suzuki rf600, piston crowns, hotmail: Hi Guillermo, I think you answered your question; It acted like the timing was off. Valves may be bent if they touched piston crowns. You can roll them on flat surface. Put a dial indicator on them and use V blocks to do it properly. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: '94 Virago 750 carb problem?, internal combustion engines, fuel system components
internal combustion engines, fuel system components, vacuum lines: Hi Doug, The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Other fuel system components should be checked, flushed, and cleaned accordingly. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 XLH883 SPORTSTER CLUTCH, clutch lever, gear bike
clutch lever, gear bike, 5th gear: If your bike is shifting alright and not slipping your clutch is probably alright. You should have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. Check your primary chain to see if its to loose. You should have about 1/2 inch play in it when its cold Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 bmw 1100gs, bmw 1100gs, starter relay
bmw 1100gs, starter relay, starter button: Hi Frank, I return tech information files via email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. Reply with your email addy and we ll go from there. Respectfully, Mark Shively Dayton, Ohio ...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 evo motors, harley davidson service, torque wrenchs
harley davidson service, torque wrenchs, compression pistons: You can Only safely bore stock cylinders to .030 over size. To raise compression use higher compression pistons. DO NOT shave heads or cylinders!!!!!.. you will need lots of special tools and torque wrenchs to do this job with a factory Harley Davidson service...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 HD Ultra Classic, fuel pumps, fuel pump
fuel pumps, fuel pump, buzzer: That buzzing you are hearing is the fuel pump pumping up and putting pressure on the system. When the bike is running the fuel pumps also. If the buzzing is really loud then the fuel pump might be getting ready to go out. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Heritage Softail has faint knock, rod bearing, heritage softail
rod bearing, heritage softail, oil delivery: Noises are hard to diagnois on here, due to the fact I cant hear them! Your knock could be several things. Check your primary chain for adjustment. If its more of a ticking then its probably a lifter. Most harleys tick. Its because the lifters are on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda cb250, honda nighthawk, honda shop
honda nighthawk, honda shop, metal particles: Hi Eric, Will engine will rotate with spark plugs removed? Remove spark plugs and examine them for evidence of seizure; metal transfer, damage, unusual discoloration, etc... Verify all parts of each plug is still with the plug. Peek into plug holes....

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda Shadow ACE, honda shadow ace, japanese bikes
honda shadow ace, japanese bikes, hi ed: The starting system is designed so the headlight goes out when the starter button is depressd. How are your mechanical skills? Feel up to disassembling the starter button for inspection? After disassembly, inspect sw contacts for corrosion or or non-condutors...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda Shadow VT600, brown shades, carburetor engine
brown shades, carburetor engine, england mark: Hi Bel, Bel: I replaced the spark plugs on the bike and instead of getting the standard plugs (DPR8EA-9) the parts guy gave me the plugs for cold weather riding (DPR7EA-9). Will there be a problem if I use the cold weather plugs, it s summertime in New...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda Shadow, wiring harnesses, honda shadow
wiring harnesses, honda shadow, bill silver: Brandon... 95 Shadow what? 600, 750, 1100? I searched through the PartsFish site and settled on a 1100 for your question. Some have 4 speeds and some have 5 speeds, I guess. I notice that there is a fuel cut relay in the wiring harnesses that may be a...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda VLX 600 / Neutral Light, honda vlx 600, safety circuit
honda vlx 600, safety circuit, annoying problems: Hi Rick. You could have some very annoying problems, but they are not insurmountable. Because the neutral light will not come on, the safety switch will not allow the bike to run since the two switches are interconnected. Both have to say yes for...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 honda f3 not consistent, honda cbr f3, regulator rectifier
honda cbr f3, regulator rectifier, cableaz: Hi Kevin, If the engine has been started frequently since the carburetors were cleaned, I doubt they have varnished again. There may some other fuel related concern, though I cannot tell from the description given. Lights cycling bright and dim as if...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 KAWASAKI ZX7 POWER/STARTING ISSUES..., kawasaki zx7, regulator rectifier
kawasaki zx7, regulator rectifier, conectors: Hi Val, The charging system may be defective and shouild be tested to verify it s integrity. Perform an output test to determine the charging system s output voltage. Check the regulator/rectifier and electrical conectors. I return tech information files...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Katana choke always on?, bikebandit com, shively
bikebandit com, shively, hotmail: Hi Jason, Yes, it s possible that the choke cable may be rusted, broken, routed improperly, or other. You ll have to pull the tank and body panels and investigate. Explaining the what to look for is as easy as removing all the parts and looking. :...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 kawasaki vulcan 500en, internal combustion engines, kawasaki vulcan
internal combustion engines, kawasaki vulcan, vacuum leaks: Hi Wesley, The rear cylinder carbuertor on a V-twin engine is usually jetted richer to help cool the rear cylinder. Several jet sizes are available for main and pilot jets. They should be the same in both carbs on you Vulcan. I suspect someone has...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 MOTOR,, head gasket leak, eagle pistons
head gasket leak, eagle pistons, shovel head: First, dont use locktight on the headbolts. Clean them and just use a little oil on them. Make sure you use the tightening sequence. Looking at the spark plug side, go 7-9 lbs at the right bolt, then left bolt, then, looking at the other side, left bolt, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 road king, rear pulley, clutch basket
rear pulley, clutch basket, jackshaft: First, you need to lift the bike so you can get the rear wheel off. Once you have the wheel off you need to remove the left shick and the bolt holding the swinging arm. remove the primary cover, clutch basket, motor sprocket, jackshaft and starter. then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Suzuki Katana 600 turnsignal removal, suzuki katana 600, turn signals
suzuki katana 600, turn signals, fairings: Hi Jason, The spark plugs will need to be cleaned or replaced, and the carbs may need to be cleaned. Turn signal removal: Turn signals pass thru the fairing and are fastened by a nut to the front fairing bracket. Have to remove mirrors, too. Reach up...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 softail transmission, couple ounces, tranny
couple ounces, tranny, oz: What happens is the tranny blows the excess out the breather. Just clean it all off, drain the tranny and add only 20-22 oz., not 24. The best rule is don t check tranny oil, just change it every 5000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. And don...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 suzuki GSXR 750 2 year storage, suzuki gsxr 750, internal combustion engines
suzuki gsxr 750, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Craig, The carburetors will need thoroughly cleaned. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By M. Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways within carbs become...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 vlx honda shadow, honda shadow, bill silver
honda shadow, bill silver, light dims: Mel, have the battery removed, fully charged and then load tested. That will eliminate one problem. The other possibility is that the stator plug connector is corroded or burned, causing intermittent charging system output. The charging system doesn t put...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 ZX7 gas tank, fuel leaks, zx7
fuel leaks, zx7, check fuel: Hi Sean, Sounds as if you know there s a ventilation problem. Just have to find the cause and repair. Check fuel tank for vetilation obstructions. Inspect the tank cap for defects and obstructions. Inspect the cap seat for same. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: '96 250 Virago Sputter/backfire, needle valve, virago
needle valve, virago, rena: Hi Rena. To start with, spilling gas on the engine will not have any affect on the running of the bike. What you may want to check are the carbs. If the needle valve is loose or has come loose, then the bike will run very much like the way you have...

Motorcycle Repair: '96 CBR600F3 Headlight and highbeam indicator flickers, central time zone, cbr600f3
central time zone, cbr600f3, similiar situation: hello karl, thanks for choosing me to answer your question.we just ahd a similair problem at my shop with a 750 honda we had a loose connection on the bike .check the wires coming from the battery chk. with a test light the hot wire leaving the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 cbr600f3 fuel pump & fuel pump relay, honda cbr 600, fuel pump relay
honda cbr 600, fuel pump relay, 1996 honda cbr 600: Hi Steve, The most efficient way to test and diagnose the electrical system is by using the wiring diagram and tracing wires to each component. Follow the troubleshooting procedures for testing the components. I recommend the actual factor service...

Motorcycle Repair: 96" Evo, kb pistons, fuel burns
kb pistons, fuel burns, octane fuel: On compression there is a give and take. The higher compression you have, the better the fuel burns, which in turn give you more horse power. The bad side is you need a higher octane fuel to stop pinging and the harder the bike is to start. Not sure who told...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Fatboy Chrome Lower Fork Legs, fork legs, head bolt
fork legs, head bolt, chrome legs: You can drain the oil from either place. When you remove the allen head bolt the oil will drain. What I was taking about is the lower forks changing. On the oil, use standard fork oil. You can get it at any motorcycle shop. Put in 11.5 ozs in each fork....

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Fatboy, air gun, compresser
air gun, compresser, loctite: USE A 1.1/2 INCH SOCKET WITH A BIG AIR GUN AND GOOD COMPRESSER HAVING AT LEAST 90 LBS OF AIR. 120 LBS OF AIR WOULD BE BETTER FOR YOUR AIR GUN. ALSO YOU CAN USE A LITTLE HEAT LIKE A PROPAIN TORCH TO HEAT THE NUT A LITTLE TO LOOSEN UP THE RED LOCTITE IT SHOULD...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 gsxr750 carburetor tuning, air fuel mixture, mixture settings
air fuel mixture, mixture settings, carbureators: Hi Badi, My experience with roadracing and such modifications as described tends to say normal condition of the described problem. The Stage 3 kit runs well where it was designed to produce power, in the mid-range to full throttle positions. When...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 honda 1100 shadow ace, honda 1100 shadow, clutch lever
honda 1100 shadow, clutch lever, shadow ace: Erik, if you check your wiring diagram in the owner s manual, assuming that you have one, you will see various switches in the starter circuits. There is one for the clutch lever, side stand and the neutral light. The bike can either be in gear with the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 honda cbr 600, honda cbr 600, wattage bulbs
honda cbr 600, wattage bulbs, panka: Hi Charles, Not having a muffler on your system will NOT give the engine proper back pressure and eventually can cause engine damage like bunt valves or worse. I wouldn t suggest it....there are too many companies out there that make different sounds to...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Kawasaki ZX-7R Coolant Overheating, kawasaki zx 7r, kawasaki ninja zx
kawasaki zx 7r, kawasaki ninja zx, gasket leaks: Chris, Followup: Chris, the water pump and oil pump are a unit on these I believe. You may be able to do it with a manual, it s not really difficult but has to be done carefully. Try the thermostat, and then maybe you can get the system pressure...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Kodiak/Warrior Carbs, shively, kodiak
shively, kodiak, reply: Hi Dennis, I compared microfiche views of the two carbs. The exploded views appear similar, but have different part numbers. My experience is they are differnt in some form or design. I am not sure if they are interchangable, or not. Try visiting www.atvfrontier.com...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 kawasaki oil pump, kawasaki vulcan, clutch assembly
kawasaki vulcan, clutch assembly, buykawasaki: Hi Jesse, Try contacting Kawasaki directly and inquire about the problem. Advise them of the lack of assistance from local dealers. View Kawasaki recall information here: www.recall-warnings.com/auto-category-V.KAWASAKI.html Visit Kawasaki...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 road king stator, impact wrench, stator
impact wrench, stator, charging system: The best way is to use an impact wrench. You will need one that had at least 200 lbs of torque. It is not a reversed thread. The compression from the motor should keep the motor from turning if you leave the spark plugs in. You can also set the trans in 1st...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 roadking again, radiator shop, fuel injection system
radiator shop, fuel injection system, filter lines: The radiator shop that I use has no problem with cleaning a bad liner and then putting a new one in. I am not sure what will remove it, unless you use automotive stripper. The problem with that is getting it all over the inside of the tank and keeping it...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 roadking, crankshaft sensor, scanalyzer
crankshaft sensor, scanalyzer, new tank: You can change to a carb if you wish, but it would be a big expense. You would have to get a carb assembley, as well as an ignition. using the old wires would be a wiring nightmare, so you would need to go with a new harness. Also, you would need a petcock...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Savage 650, vacuum line, savage 650
vacuum line, savage 650, plug hole: Hey Scott You have spark, and fuel in carb.. Is the carb gettin fuel in the cynders... Take a plug out bump the motor over and see if its getting gas. Are take like 3-4 onces of gas dump it down in the spark plug hole put the plug back on and see if it...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Suzuki Katana, internal combustion engines, engine vacuum
internal combustion engines, engine vacuum, cylinder compression: Hi Rob, The carburetors (and entire fuel system) will need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. All carburetors must have engine vacuum to operate. Cylinder compression and valve clearances must be within service limits...

Motorcycle Repair: 96" ss motor oil lines, stock harley, oil tank
stock harley, oil tank, oil lines: Hi Roger, For me to explian without a diagram could take a great deal of time, however try this link, just copy and paste it to your addressee bar.. http://www.steelthundercc.com/assets/techtips%20assets/oil%20line%20routing.jpg This should give you...

Motorcycle Repair: 96' VT1100 Shadow, fuse box, narrative description
fuse box, narrative description, vt1100: Hi Janice, Q: ...The bike is not starting, no gas is getting to the heads or cylinders. This problem just started all of a sudden. Any thoughts? A: I think it would be helpful to have a more thorough narrative description describing symptoms, history...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 vulcan 750, wheel bearings, wheel hub
wheel bearings, wheel hub, vulcan 750: Hi Gary, I m thinking it s an out-of-round hub casting. No harm, and wheel should remain aligned. Bad wheel bearings will have lateral and/or radial play. Meaning the wheel will move up/down or side/side. Any movement other than normal rotation of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 warrior, electrical diagnosis, electrical tests
electrical diagnosis, electrical tests, process of elimination: I think you re on the right track. Do you have access to the service manual for performing electrical tests? Try asking other Warrior owners at www.atvfrontier.com . Maybe someone has had the same problem and can help, or someone has the manual and will...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Yamaha Kodiak ATV, yamaha kodiak, fuel contamination
yamaha kodiak, fuel contamination, vent hose: Hi Reg, There could be a number of things causing the performance problems; stale fuel, varnished carburetor, defective igntion, petcock obstruction, fuel contamination, fuel vent hose pinched, exhaust problem, poor cylinder compression, dirty or restricted...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Yamaha Virago 750, yamaha virago 750, fuses
yamaha virago 750, fuses, fuse: Hi Pam. There are two (2) fuses that you should check. There is also a main fuse near the battery, on the hot side, which is the main fuse. Without this fuse, there will be no power to anything. If that is the fuse that you checked, then check ALL...

Motorcycle Repair: 96ci S&S Super Sport Oil Sys, oil tank, panka
oil tank, panka, custom bike: Hi Dick, This is very common for bikes where the breather is located too low as opossed to the engine. Try re-locating the breather higher than where it is. Try up high above the engine somewhere it wont be seen... Hope this helps! ~Mark Pank...

Motorcycle Repair: '97 1200 bandit clutch, friction discs, drive plates
friction discs, drive plates, metal plates: Hi Dan, The new driven plates should improve clutch operation, though I recommend replacing the drive plates, driven plates, and springs as a set. The same goes for final drive chain and sprockets. Replace all as a set or the worn parts will quickly...

Motorcycle Repair: '97 bone stock fxstsb 80" engine-5k miles, series pipes, drag pipes
series pipes, drag pipes, stock carb: I would install a good exhaust system, the one you are now running is Bad and not in a good way!. and it is kills all your low and midrange horse power and torque, Install a White Brothers E-Series 2 into 1 exhaust system or a duel exhaust system by Cycle...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Fatboy, rear fender, luggage rack
rear fender, luggage rack, battary: Look under the side flap on the drivers seat. You will see tow allen bolts holding the seat as well as the bolt at the back. The saddlebags and luggage rack shouldnt have to be removed unless the saddlebags are long and cover the bolts. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 flhp engine maintenance, top dogs, privledge
top dogs, privledge, engine maintenance: there really is no normal life on motors. Its going to depend on how the bike was taken care of and how hard it was rode. With that many miles and not knowing how they were maintained I would think that the bike would need a top end rebuild. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 flhri fuel tank replacement, stock tank, bike advice
stock tank, bike advice, fuel tank: You have alot of parts to remove to change over. It would be tough to tell you on here without pictures. I would suggest that you get a service manual for your bike and in it you will find instructions and pics to follow. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 flhri throttle cable replacement, throttle grip, cable replacement
throttle grip, cable replacement, throttle cable: Adjust the old cable so there is alot of slack in it. Look at where its installed in the throttle body and remove it. remove the top cover on the throttle grip and you will see how its installed. Once you have the cable disconnected you have to remove it and...

Motorcycle Repair: '97 GSX750F Carbs, internal combustion engines, ricardo silva
internal combustion engines, ricardo silva, dissassemble: Check your mail... Here s a sample tech file. Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio, spark at right time, adequate cylinder compression. There are many passageways and openings...

Motorcycle Repair: '97 GSXR electrical problem?, gixxer 750, friction discs
gixxer 750, friction discs, oil light: sounds like maybe an oil punp problem .do you hear any tapping of the valves if so ,then definitely u are overheating ,and could cause permanent damage to the bike.or maybe you crossed up the temp sensor with the oil pump sensor,chk it out i will research...

Motorcycle Repair: 97' gsxr 750, regulator rectifier, specific gravity
regulator rectifier, specific gravity, battery voltage: Hi Scott, An output test needs to be done to test alternator. Other tests include regulator/rectifier, battery voltage, and battery specific gravity. Get a copy of the service manual for illustrated tes and repair procedures. The manual will pay...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Harley Heritage Starter, clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, thanks in advance: In order to remove the starter, you need to remove the primary cover, clutch basket so you can remove the jackshaft. Once you have that done the starter is held in by two bolts. remove them and the wires and it sill slide out Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Heritage carb tuning, exhaust pipes, dyna jet
exhaust pipes, dyna jet, ohm meter: First thing you need to do is check to see if you coil is good. A bad coil or plug wires will cause the problem you are having. Do an OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. You will need an OHM meter. If you need to know how to do the test let me know. Next...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Honda VLX 600 cutting out in higher rpms, honda vlx 600, internal combustion engines
honda vlx 600, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Dale, The fuel in the float bowls has varnished or gummed and is obstructing the jets and passageways inside the carburetors. The carbs will need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned to restore porper performance. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 honda shadow, reserve tank, sensor line
reserve tank, sensor line, honda shadow: Hi Gregg. It could be a sticking thermostat, or your fluid level could be low. That reserve tank is actually an overflow tank. When it s full, the excess will begin dumping out of the bike through the drain in that tank. The thermostat will be at...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Kawasaki Ninja 600 carb problems, kawasaki ninja 600, pet cock
kawasaki ninja 600, pet cock, needle valves: yes buy a can of chem-tool carburetator cleaner pour in in the tank let it sit abou 1 hr. crank bike let it run through the carbs then drain and put new gas. this will solve that problem guarantee you.ps dont forget to leave feedback on my answer ok god bless....

Motorcycle Repair: 97 kawasaki vulcan classic, kawasaki vulcan classic, stator
kawasaki vulcan classic, stator, rectifier: Hakman, If you haven t done so already, test each ACTUAL plug against ground, not another plug while leaving the originals in the heads. If you have no spark at either and the bike wad just running it s probably too coincidental to be coils, high or low...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 kawasaki vulcan isnt getting fuel, electric fuel pump, kawasaki vulcan
electric fuel pump, kawasaki vulcan, valve timing: Hi Jeff. Do the plugs look fouled? If not, then how do they look? Has the mixture been changed at all? Have you tested the fuel pump in accordance with the test proceedures in the repair manual? When was the valve timing and adjustment done? ...

Motorcycle Repair: 97' kawasaki zx7r died mid flight, kawasaki zx7r, battery cables
kawasaki zx7r, battery cables, pump fuel: Erik, sounds like the bike doesn t like your new job ;) Start with checking the most obvious or simple things. fuses, spark, fuel pump, fuel filter and battery cables. If it has compression, spark and fuel it should run. See if any connectors have separated...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 marauder seems to flood on throttle, suzuki marauder, leak down tester
suzuki marauder, leak down tester, maintenance modifications: Tim, Thanks for the additional information. With the information provided I suspect the PAIR valve may be the cause of the problem. I copied the below PAIR valve information for your review. Visit: www.migcruisers.com/projects.html for more resources...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 NINJA ZX7 RATTLE, ninja zx7, pipe connection
ninja zx7, pipe connection, valve adjustment: Hi Eric. COuldn t even begin to tell you the cost of fixing the noise, since it could be a bunch of different things, ranging from valve clatter to timing chain to a loose exhaust pipe connection. Make sure that there is nothing loose at that area of...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Polaris atv 4X4 two stroke, polaris atv, stroke cycle
polaris atv, stroke cycle, stroke engine: No problem. I understand what you mean but there is no timing to check on a 2 stroke engine. The piston and the ports in the sides of the cylinder are the timing. When the piston goes up and down it covers up and uncovers the ports. This is the timing and...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 road king, stator, volts
stator, volts, rpm: Either your stator or the regulator might be getting ready to go out. Do a OHMs test and a DC volt test on the stator. If it passes then the regulator might be bad. There is no test for the regulator. The only other thing you can do is go to a dealer and...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Softail Custom Starter Replacement, hd factory, shaft extension
hd factory, shaft extension, factory manuals: No you don t have to remove the oil tank but sometimes it s easier if you unbolt all the mounts so you can get a little movement out of it. You do have to remove the primary cover to unbolt the starter jack shaft extension. I only use the HD factory manuals....

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Suzuki Intruder - possible rebuild?, rock bottom price, suzuki intruder
rock bottom price, suzuki intruder, motorcycle repair: Hey Randy, Your best bet is to make sure all of the fluids are full to start....BEFORE CHANGING THEM!!! DOnt bother right off the bat until you know there isnt other things wrong with it. Something like if its got a head leak (hypethetically speaking) that...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 Suzuki RM250, suzuki rm250, suzuki dealer
suzuki rm250, suzuki dealer, gas tank: Michael, -the charging coil may have one or two wires coming out depending on whether one end is grounded near the flywheel or if it is grounded in the cdi unit. -the pulser coil or trigger coil will likely have two wires as well to the cdi. -the...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 sportster, gas flow, plug wires
gas flow, plug wires, tank: First, I would start by making sure you have a good gas flow. Remove the hose from the carb and check there. Next, mkse sure you have a good spark. Since you stated that there was no spark after riding it, you need to test the coil and plug wires. Coil can...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 suzuki chain, wheel alignment, alignment marks
wheel alignment, alignment marks, lock nuts: Hi Ryan, The axle nut must be loosened for the axle to move. Once the nut is loose, loosen the adjuster lock-nuts and adjsut the chain accordingly. The alignment marks can be trusted. The actual tolerances are within the threads of the adjusters. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 suzuki gsxr 750 jets/carb, suzuki gsxr 750, tank problem
suzuki gsxr 750, tank problem, sightglass: ok on the jet screw them in all the way then bk.out 1/2 round you should be fine then try to cran if it doesnt then back another 1/2 round till it cranks ,if you need more help jus e-mail ok. yur fine .good luck.P.s dont forget to leave feedback on my answer...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 ultra classic, breath and thunder, thunder header
breath and thunder, thunder header, sensers: About hte only thing youa re going to be able to do is take it in and have a dianostic done on it. That is the only way you will be sure of the problem. In the fuel injected bike there are so many sensers that you dont want to haphazzrdly replay them to find...

Motorcycle Repair: '97' vlx 600 honda shadow, fuel cut relay/fuel pump, float bowls, jumper wire
float bowls, jumper wire, pilot jet: Hi Dave, I believe there is a chance your issues are much less complicated than the direction of thought. 1st thing to do is remove the carbs, flip them upside down, remove the float bowls, and see what youve got. If you see ANY chunks at all right away,...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 vlx running on one cylinder, honda shadow vlx, stock air intake
honda shadow vlx, stock air intake, factory jet kit: Hi Tm Hyde, The way I interpret the carb, pipe, and air intake modifications, you ve got some tuning issues going on. That may be the source of the problem. Like you said, really have to be present and perform some checks to accurately diagnose the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 97 xl1200c, crank case, piece of dirt
crank case, piece of dirt, oil tank: You probably had oil sitting in the bottom end and when you started it, it blew out. reason for this is, if there is to much oil in the bottom end, the oil pump cant pump it out fast enough and it comes out the vent. It is because there is a ball check valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 YAM XV1100 - REMOVING BATTERY, battery cables, bill silver
battery cables, bill silver, rubber cushion: Marc, tough question for MrHonda! http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/yamaha-motorcycle-virago-xv1100j-1997/o/m7944 SIDE COVER illustration Looks pretty straightforward to me, but I don t see where the battery cables attach to the battery. You...

Motorcycle Repair: !975 Honda 360T putt- putt from left side muffler, honda 360t, side muffler
honda 360t, side muffler, rust holes: Hi Ralph. It could be a problem with the coil, but I would go back and make sure that the valves have been properly set before you change coils. You could have a valve timing issue in the one cylinder. The one exhaust valve could be just off enough...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 1200 carb backfire, k n air filter, loud pipes
k n air filter, loud pipes, exhaust pipes: jetting needs to be richer. and very loud pipes or hi flowing pipes KILL all street horse power and torque. Some exhaust systems just CAN NOT BE TUNED. no matter what jets are installed. my advice to you is to get a exhaust system that works. your Harley...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 cbr 600, needles, acceleration
needles, acceleration: Hey Randy, If your float needles aren t seating, this will cause the pump to run non-stop thus dumping too much fuel somewhere. Weather its in the engine or on the ground. The pump only needs to build up X amount of pressure, then it shuts off. This is...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 cr 125 lost spark, poor conductivity, cr 125
poor conductivity, cr 125, diagnostic checks: Hi Mark, I can understand the engine stall, but I would need to perform several diagnostic checks before answering this question. You ll just have to investigate until you discover the cause. I suspect an electrical connection came loose and has poor...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 EVO oil, je pistons, rocker boxes
je pistons, rocker boxes, twin cams: Your butterfly valves in the rocker boxes have become weak and letting oil come through. You can replace the butterfly valves and also they make kits to route the vented air tot he bottom of the bike, thus not letting the air and small amount of oil go to...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Heritage Springer, heritage springer, head nut
heritage springer, head nut, drain plug: Look under the bike in the center of the trans and you will see the drain plug. the fill is on the right side of the trans. It is a allen head nut and has a dipstick on it. Fill tot he full mark with the bike standing upright Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda 400 quad starting problem, silicon diode, motor windings
silicon diode, motor windings, starter solenoid: Rob, the whole ATV/ATC off-road bike deal is not my area of expertise and I don t have any technical information available to me. I checked to see if there were any online wiring diagrams, but nothing came up in an initial search. Be aware of a few things...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda cbr600f3, honda cbr600f3, regulator rectifier
honda cbr600f3, regulator rectifier, brake light switch: You will need to get your stator output measured, the voltage regulator/rectifier checked and be sure that you don t have any excessive loads on the bike, like accy lights and/or the brake light switch mis-adjusted, so it stays on all the time and draws the...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750
honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750, intake leak: Hi Sean, Well, youve bee ripped off for paying the dealer to Sync carbs. If YOU have never tried to Adjust them, they stand good from the factory. They have a spot of paint on them to keep people from messing with them. 2nd, a paule coil will either work,...

Motorcycle Repair: '98 honda VT1100 coolant leak, honda shadow spirit, metal spring clip
honda shadow spirit, metal spring clip, honda vt1100: Hi Georges, I was referring to the longer tubes. You may have to start the task and see what is involved as you go. I don t remember that paticular work and the details associated with it. Sorry! They re well designed cycles. : ) Please keep me advised...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 honda xr100r, honda xr100r, cam lobes
honda xr100r, cam lobes, engine case: Tammy.. Honda singles usually have an T mark down below on the flywheel or rotor. It lines up with a mark on the engine case and sets the piston at top dead center. The camgear has a little dot on the edge. You point the dot straight up inline with...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 lowrider spitting/popping, air fuel mixture, stock jet
air fuel mixture, stock jet, speed jet: the low speed jet is pluged up and or too small of low speed jet, should have a 42 stock jet needs a 48 low speed jet with the air/fuel mixture screw turned out 3 full turns form slightly bottomed.. Southside Johnny Phoenix AZ 602-340-1266 www.southsidesdyno.co...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 NIGHTHAWK, electric gloves, plug caps
electric gloves, plug caps, bill silver: Rob, these bikes are pretty bulletproof, from what I know about them. I would have the carbs cleaned and choke adjusted as necessary to ensure proper starting and running functions. Check over the spark plugs and plug caps, too, for any wear or failures. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 RK tailight removal exchange with tombstone, speed nuts, sure what size
speed nuts, sure what size, best bet: Your best bet is to remove the rear tire so you can get under the bike and remove the old taillight housing. I am not sure what size they are, but they should be either 7/16 or 1/2 inch speed nuts. Once you have the old one off you might have to drill holes...

Motorcycle Repair: 98' SUZUKI LT80, powder substance, carb tuning
powder substance, carb tuning, leak down test: Hi Bruce, The cause of the problem could be several things. It s difficult for me to accurately diagnose the problem without more information. If the motorcycle was stored for three weeks or more, it s likely that the feul has varnished in the carburetor....

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Suzuki Marauder VZ800 Shaved head, suzuki marauder vz800, 1998 suzuki marauder
suzuki marauder vz800, 1998 suzuki marauder, increase horsepower: My theory behind these things is, the manufacturer has the mechanicals of most of thier engine to put out peak from new, i would look into carbs, gear ratios, cams maybe, but i wouldn t bother with the hard parts, i think you ll find it ll end up being more...

Motorcycle Repair: '98 triumph trophy 900, triumph trophy 900, european bikes
triumph trophy 900, european bikes, japanese bikes: Hi Allen. You may have a couple of problems, here, depending on th type of fuel petcock that you have. If you have the Harley-style petcock, then it only has an on or an off. That means that the fuel must be turned on to run the bike and turned off...

Motorcycle Repair: '98 Ultra Evo runs poorly when hot, oil seepage, hd factory
oil seepage, hd factory, remanufactured motor: You might need a top end done, but that is not what is causing the problem. Lower compression and your leak will not cause your problem. At 43,000 miles you surely dont need a remanufactured motor! It sounds like either your EMC or the pickup is starting...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Wide Glide, head lamp, local h
head lamp, local h, charging system: Hi Steve, Call your local H-D dealer to verify that there are no outstanding recalls on your motorcycle. This sounds as though you have a loose, or bad connection. Check the battery, and main circuit breaker connections. Also, might want to check the charging...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 xr400, rubber diaphragm, fuel mixture
rubber diaphragm, fuel mixture, slow jet: Shayne, -usually backfiring is caused by a lean fuel mixture. That means your idle or slow jet is too small (try a #62) or you have an air leak around the carb rubber where the carb attaches to the engine. -Also check the rubber diaphragm on the...

Motorcycle Repair: '98 Yamaha FZR 600 won't start - Sat in garage for months, yamaha fzr600, yamaha fzr 600
yamaha fzr600, yamaha fzr 600, jumper cables: Hi Chase. When a bike sits in seasonal storage, there are very few things to happen, but they are enough to prevent the bike from running. 1) If you do not put the battery on a seasonal charge, then it goes dead. Most of the time, it means that you...

Motorcycle Repair: !981 Yamaha 650 Special, Battery charging, stator coil, 1981 yamaha 650
stator coil, 1981 yamaha 650, motorcycle mechanics: Hi Gordon. Considering the fact that dealerships love to seperate a customer from his money, I am suprised that they don t want to look at your bike. I can tell you this, though. The 650 Special has a reputation for breaking down a lot. Many owners...

Motorcycle Repair: '99 FLHRCI charging problem, peach color, skooters
peach color, skooters, flhrci: I am not sure what the fluid is at the plug. Never heard of this. First, check the battery to make sure it is good and no dry cell. Even new batteries can be bad. Now unplug the regulator and recheck the the resistence. Do it at one plug and ground and then...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 FLHT ignition short, time comsuming, model bike
time comsuming, model bike, flht: I have never seen this as a common problem with your model bike. It might be the on/off/acc switch, but you very rarly see these switches fail. Also, if it was the on/off/acc switch problem you wouldnt have any power to anything. i would suspect that you...

Motorcycle Repair: '99 FXDWG - No Spark, camshaft sensor, crank sensor
camshaft sensor, crank sensor, modual: I would run a new wire from the igniting switch to the coil and then check for spark, and also check or replace the ignition wire from the modual to the coil. I think you could have a bad wire if the knowed good ignition did not give you spark at the plugs....

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Hayabusa how do I change the clutch master cylinder fluid?, clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder
clutch slave cylinder, clutch master cylinder, clutch lever: Hi Jeff. As far as the dealer servicing of the surging problem; What did they tell you about it, since they didn t fix it? It could be an issue with the fuel system. As far as the fluid in the clutch line, here s what you need to do; 1) Place...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Honda 750 Shadow, honda 750 shadow, reserve fuel
honda 750 shadow, reserve fuel, starter button: Daniel, -your bike has a fuel cut relay, The black/blue wire is the power wire to the fuel pump coming from the relay. Check for power on that wire when you push the starter button. -If you have power to the pump and no fuel flows, then your pump...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Honda CBR 600 F4 running rough, honda cbr 600, air fuel mixture
honda cbr 600, air fuel mixture, powder substance: Hi John, Check for loose or disconnected electrical connetors. Maybe a connector came loose or disconnected while working with the turn signals. Perform an output test to check alternator output (charging voltage). The sluggish throttle response is...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 honda ace, check air filter, honda ace
check air filter, honda ace, periodic maintenance: Hi Tyler, Perform maintenance according to the periodic maintenance table in the Owner s Manual. Avoid lugging the engine in top gear. Keep engine speed (RPM) in the power band. Check air filter. Clean or replace accordingly. Check spark plugs....

Motorcycle Repair: '99 katana neutral switch, shift lever, linkage
shift lever, linkage, spline: Herve, let s see.... you ask MrHonda about a Katana question. Any particular version? 600 or 750? I went on BikeBandit site and looked around and they didn t even mention the neutral switch. I see that there is remote linkage setup, so I would have...

Motorcycle Repair: my 99 ninja, ninja zx6r, static sound
ninja zx6r, static sound, rpms: Hi Andrew. What you are describing sounds a lot like an insulation related short. Sometimes the insulation is overwhelmed and the proximity of an ignition wire is just a little too close to a grounded metal part of the frame or engine. This will cause...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 RK Classic, classic question, fuel pump
classic question, fuel pump, kill switch: Yes. That is the only way you will know what the problem is. The fuel injected bikes are like the new cars. To determine what hte problem is a dianostic has to be run, or you will just be changing parts untill you find the one that is bad Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Road King Stalls while driving, turn signals, classic answer
turn signals, classic answer, jeff bennett: If your turn signals work then the lights should be working. It sounds like you have a short int he ignition system and you are going to have to trace it out. Look for a loose connection, smashed wire, or a rubbed wire. Good luck and happy riding Mike ...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 road king FLHR, missing teeth, flhr
missing teeth, flhr, best bet: There really is no standard for changing the belt. What you need to do is an inspection of the belt looking for missing teeth and tears in the belt. As long as you keep it adjusted it will last a long time. I have seen belts with 80,000 miles on them. It should...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Suzuki GSXR 750, suzuki gsxr 750, water temp
suzuki gsxr 750, water temp, coolant: Sounds like its just the rear wheel chattering when you downshift. The tire doesnt have enough grip on the road to slow it down, so it skips across the road and then eventually will grip... As far as the Temp issue, sounds like you dont have enough coolant...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 v-star 650, air fuel mixture, diagnostic checks
air fuel mixture, diagnostic checks, air injection: Hi Jim, When you restrict air by covering the airbox, performance improves. This indicates the air-fuel mixture is lean (too much air-not enough fuel). Could be a couple of causes. Have to perform some diagnostic checks to verify source of problem. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 virago250 runs rough at lower speeds, xv250, viragotech
xv250, viragotech, fuel tanks: Hi Rocky, Fuel left n the carburetors and fuel system will need to be inspected for evidence of varnishing and other contamination. I suspect the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned and synchronized. Inspect the fuel tanks for rust. If rust is present,...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 Yamaha V Star, yamaha v star, forward controls
yamaha v star, forward controls, switch one: Hi James. The problem you have is with the sidestand cutoff switch or the clutch safety switch. One or the other is bad and needs to be replaced. Test them both and see which one is bad. Either replace it or bypass it and that should end your problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 99 YZ400F Cooling Problem?, yamaha yz400f, coolant level
yamaha yz400f, coolant level, black drain: Hi Ward. The greenish liquid is coolant. You could have a problem with the water pump or the cooling fan. A problem with the cooling fan could be either a bad fan motor, a bad Thermosensor or a short in the wiring to the fan motor system. There is...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 yamaha r6, feeler guages, yamaha r6
feeler guages, yamaha r6, valve adjustment: Hi Mike. I cannot say if the 300 mile limit is correct for the R6, but it does sound about right. As far as doing the valve adjustment, the cost depends on the garage doing it (most are well over 100 dollars). If you do it yourself, then it costs...

Motorcycle Repair: Above idle issue, 1979 honda cb650, mixture settings
1979 honda cb650, mixture settings, float bowl: Hi Robert. Are the carbs synchronized properly? It sounds as if they may not be. Another possibility is that, while cleaning the carbs, if you removed the jets (I hope that you didn t), then the mixture is all wrong and the bike is running either...

Motorcycle Repair: Accellerator Cable, accelerator cable, honda 250
accelerator cable, honda 250, eight seconds: Hi Derek, The problem is usually due to the cable being routed improperly or the cable snagging on another part. If the fuel tank was removed and re-installed recently, remove the tank and pay attention to throtle cable routing upon installing the tank....

Motorcycle Repair: ADJUSTING CLUTCH, clutch adjustment, 883 sportster
clutch adjustment, 883 sportster, clutch cable: loosen up the clutch cable adjustment on the cable itself untill max slack in the cable. then loosen up clutch locking nut on clutch and screw in screw in center of clutch locking nut untill it bottoms out and then back it off 1/2 turn. now dont let it turn...

Motorcycle Repair: ADJUSTMENT TO THE MANUAL CAM CHAIN TENTIONER, suzuki srad, cam shaft
suzuki srad, cam shaft, combustion chamber: Hi Michael, Check cylinder compression and do a leak-down test to determine the condition of the engine and combustion chamber sealing properties. I sent info on how to do these tests to your email. If above checks with in specs, check valve clearances....

Motorcycle Repair: Add an electric start, starter solenoid, drive gears
starter solenoid, drive gears, 350s: Diane, it might be conceivable but I wouldn t recommend it due to the high cost of changing all the parts necessary to make it work. In other words you would have to convert it to being a 1994 model which had electric start available. The engine cases...

Motorcycle Repair: Added To Much Oil to 86 1/2 Suzuki Intruder 700, suzuki intruder, plug holes
suzuki intruder, plug holes, air bubbles: Josh, it sounds like the engine may have at least momentarily seized a piston from lack of oil. When you overfill an engine the oil foams up probably from hitting the crankshaft. If it is full of air bubbles, the engine doesn t get any oil or oil pressure....

Motorcycle Repair: Adding on a headlight, hi chris, electrical system
hi chris, electrical system, electrical components: Hi Chris. An electrical system is designed to produce and handle only a specific amount of power. In a case like this, I would not add any additional electrical components. It will draw too much power away from the system and cause other problems. There...

Motorcycle Repair: Adding on a headlight, honda trx 90, lighting kit
honda trx 90, lighting kit, headlight bulb: Hi Chris, There s no regulator on the TRX90. Output voltage would blow the headlight bulb as soon as engine rpm s raised. You should try asking same question here: www.atvfrontier.com There may be a lighting kit available. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: Adding lights, license plate bracket, hi chris
license plate bracket, hi chris, 1157 bulbs: Hi Richard. I suggest that you install a set of the LED type tail/brake lights instead. They have the same or better light output than the 1157 s and pull less power to run them. It will certainly put a minimum strain on the electrical system and that...

Motorcycle Repair: Adding and removing parts that attached to rear shocks, machinist mate, rear shocks
machinist mate, rear shocks, motorcycle lift: If it were me I would go for the lift. It will come on handy for changing fluids, and changing tires. This is really the only safe way to support the bike in the air and if you are doing your own maintance it will pay for itself in the long run. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Additives, 1973 honda cb500, oil leaks
1973 honda cb500, oil leaks, accleration: Hi Dan. If it is stuff in your engine, then any fuel additive will help but, more likely, you need the engine completely tuned up. Carbs synched, valve timing and gap and ignition timing. That is more likely the cause of your backfiring than stuff in...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjust hydrolic clutch, clutch lever, locknut
clutch lever, locknut, rubber boot: Follow the cable until you find the adjuster. It is located under a rubber boot. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster until you have 1/8 inch play inthe clutch lever. Tighten the locknut and slide the cover back over it and your good to go. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting clutch on 4 speed transmission, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, locknut: Follow the clutch cable from the clutch lever to the trans. There should be a adjuster screw on the end of the cable with a locknut. Loosen the locknut and screw the cable inward to shorten the cable and put slack in it. Now remove the clutch cover on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting ratchet top tranny, shovels, shovel
shovels, shovel, trannies: The problem with adjusting the tranny is it sounds like it needs shimed between gears and you are running into the problem of needing a special tool to do that. The cost of the tool is to high for you to buy and use once. I would recommend pulling the tranny...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting front signals on 06 Heritage, turn signals, happy new year
turn signals, happy new year, bolts: If the signals are just int he way to install, then you can remove the side bolts for the bracket and move it out of the way until you get them installed. If they are in the way after installation, then you will have to remove the spotlights from the top,...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjustment of rear wheel and chain, axle nut, using a ruler measure
axle nut, using a ruler measure, using a ruler: What you need is about 1/2 inch of play in the chain. If you dont have it then loosen the axle nut. Locate the chain adjusters in the swinging arm. They are in the back. Tighten them if you have to much slack. Using a ruler, measure from the center of the...

Motorcycle Repair: Advance Unit, ironhead sportster, roll pins
ironhead sportster, roll pins, pushrod: What you need to do is static time it first. Start by sliding up the cover on the front exhaust pushrod. Now rotate the motor until the front exhaust pushrod is closing. Now looking through the timing plug watch for them timing mark as you keep rotating...

Motorcycle Repair: Aerodynamics and Carbs, stock airbox, mixture settings
stock airbox, mixture settings, air leaks: Hi Mike. Before this problem can be properly assessed, you need to do the service on the bike. Clean and synchro the carbs, do the valves and timing, and make sure that the oil, oil filter and air filter are all good. As far as the bike running lean,...

Motorcycle Repair: Aftermarket exhaust, hi matthew, jet size
hi matthew, jet size, level thanks: Hi Matthew. As long as your bike was on the list of bikes that the exhaust was made for, then you shouldn t have to change anything in the carbs, unless the instructions that came with them say otherwise, and then it should list what you should change it...

Motorcycle Repair: Aftermartket exhaust systems, shadow vt1100c, head pipes
shadow vt1100c, head pipes, throttle time: Hi Lorin, The engine is breather easier now with the performance parts installed. Poorer fuel economy is the result performance improvements. I agree and as you suspect, you may restore some of the lost milage by tuning the Jet Needle. You ll have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Box and Idle Problem, 1981 yamaha xs650, air leaks
1981 yamaha xs650, air leaks, intake tubes: Jeremiah, that tube is for the engine breather. It hooks onto the top of the engine at the rear center of the head. It may affect the way it runs a bit. -Also check for air leaks around the carb intake tubes and make sure the rubber caps are on there...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter, honda shadow, rain gear
honda shadow, rain gear, handle bars: Hi Steve, It is very possible for a mouse nest to be the cause, very possible that the moisture is what possibly dislodged the nest causing it to cut off the air supply to the engine, and being at that particular speed, the engine needs more air than at an...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter, stock air filter, panka
stock air filter, panka, screamin eagle: Hi Randy, If youve already got the Hi flow, AND the download stage II from HD, then all that is is a chrome cover, It ll be exposed to the weather, however all alone it wont damage anything but the filters life.. Hope this helps! ~Mark Pank...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter Change, minute job, gas tank
minute job, gas tank, filter change: Hi Dom. What idiot told you that you need to remove the tank?!! The air filter for the XV series is located under that chrome pod (the one with the XV1100 emblem on it) on the high side of the bike, below and towards the front of the tank. It s a...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter Element soaked in oil., air filter element, beagle
air filter element, beagle: the head breathers run into the air/filter backing plate. Install a screaming beagle hi-flow air/filter and run the breather hose down to the frame and out the back and zip tie it to the frame. Do not go to the backing plate of the new air/filter JOHNN...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Filter, honda nx650, k n filters
honda nx650, k n filters, stock airbox: Hi Bashir, The new filter may be different shape and design. It depends upon the type of filter ordered; stock replacement or race filter. A stock replacement filter utilizes the stock airbox. A race filter replaces the airbox in most applications....

Motorcycle Repair: Air filter 1974 CB450, oem filters, k and n filters
oem filters, k and n filters, cb450: Hi Jordan, Contact K&N and inquire about their air filters for custom applications. They have sizes and shapes to accomodate just about any diameter or space requirements. The carburetors need tuned to correct the air-fuel mixtures. The OEM filters may...

Motorcycle Repair: Air filtering cb750 1972, velocity stacks, element system
velocity stacks, element system, honda 750: Giles, most modern motorcycles draw air from a large air box that stills the incoming air and pulls it from a common chamber. Changing to 4 small filters changes the air flow characteristics as you have found, but jetting can be done to make them run successfully....

Motorcycle Repair: Air Gas Mix, 2 extremes, minute intervals
2 extremes, minute intervals, dirt bike: Ok, was the spring on the screw visible or did u find the spring when u took out the screw. In any matter u need to set it back to where the bike will idle on it s own, wait 5 mins, then adjust again. All adjustments should be small or short turns and in...

Motorcycle Repair: Air injection system, fuel hoses, powder substance
fuel hoses, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Maullito, With all due respect to the shop tech, I suspect the carburetor s need more thoroughly cleaned and/or additional parts replaced. The common cause of the problem as described is varnished needle valve springs (float valves). The entire...

Motorcycle Repair: Air knocking spark plug wire out, spark plug wire, triumph thunderbird
spark plug wire, triumph thunderbird, thunderbird 3: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help. Start the bike and put hand close to the spark plug wire and you should be able to feel the air blowing. Also check the plug wire itself. The clip in it might be bent and not holding...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Shocks 2002 Electra Glide, pressure gage, compresser
pressure gage, compresser, air pressure: It takes a special hand pump for shocks since you are putting such a small amount of air in there. Using a regular air pressure gage will make oil come out. Do not use a compresser to put air in or you will blow out the shock Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Air Shocks for FLH, air shocks, home thanks
air shocks, home thanks, shock: i dont kinow of any site that will give you that infomation. Its not that hard however. Bleed the air out of the shocks. remove the air line and remove one shock at a time and replace with the new one. Replace the air line and put in the air. ood luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Altering the exhaust system, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 1100
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 1100, air fuel mixture: Hi Rich, I agree with the service manager. The performance parts would shave some weight from the MC, but loose some reliability in the process. Trying to get the air-fuel mixture (jetting) correct with the new parts would be difficult and time consuming....

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator on 2004 XL custom, new bikes, sportster
new bikes, sportster, alternator: I am not sure what the amperage draw is you your bike. That is somthing you would need to check with Harley on. I have no reference to it. But, with the new bikes you would e fine with changing the light and have no problem Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator Cover Removal - Oil Spill-out?, point gap, car mechanics
point gap, car mechanics, valve clearances: Alan, All the Honda twins, after the 250-305cc series have oil cooled stators. You shouldn t have lost a whole quart of oil unless it was overfilled or not on the centerstand when you pulled the cover. You can actually adjust the camchain by loosening the...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator not charging, carbon brushes, honda motorcycle
carbon brushes, honda motorcycle, hi tim: Hi Tim, If the alternator s (stator) carbon brushes are within service limits, and the Reg/Rec tested ok, then the alternator is defective. Visit Electro Sport s website and follow their Fault Finding Chart: https://www.electrosport.com/electrosport_fault_finding.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Alternator, jumper cables, honda rebel
jumper cables, honda rebel, shively: Hi Baker, Crossed polarity when jump starting may cause damages. You ll have to trace the circuits and components checking all until you find defective parts(s), if any. I cannot say what part is bad. You must find it or pay someone to find it for you....

Motorcycle Repair: Aluminium alloy polishing, polishing aluminium, mail ian
polishing aluminium, mail ian, aluminium alloys: Hi Ian, For heavy work, I use polish sticks designed for use with buffing wheels. I don t know the brand name. Check local auto parts stores, auto paint supply stores, or online for these products. For uniform brass, I use Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish....

Motorcycle Repair: Aluminum vs. stainless steel, stainless steel pot, aluminum pots
stainless steel pot, aluminum pots, moroccan food: Hi Virginia, what I would do is find another pot in your collection or a neighbors of roughly the same size and shape, one that your sure is made of stainless steel. Then weigh both pots on a dietary scale or if you dont have one use the produce scale at the...

Motorcycle Repair: Anti dive and fork oil, ninja zx, ray fork
ninja zx, ray fork, zx series: Hey Gary! The anti-dive cannot be by-passed and forks still work properly. I would recommend replacing the forks all together. Replace them with another Ninja ZX series front end, or if you have unlimited resourses, look into aftermarket racing forks. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Antifreeze, coolant hoses, kawasaki vulcan
coolant hoses, kawasaki vulcan, coolant system: Greg, Honda recommends using motorcycle specific anti-freeze products. Aluminum engines require some non-silicate anti-freeze chemistry to prevent damage to water pumps, seals and cooling passages. If you haven t replaced your thermostat, do it now, while...

Motorcycle Repair: Ape Hanger Installation, ape hangers, clutch cable
ape hangers, clutch cable, brake cables: Your wiring connectors will be located under the tank, so yes you will have to remove it. First thing you need to do is remove the tank. Next unplug the connector. To run the wires through the handlebars you will have to remove the connector, which takes...

Motorcycle Repair: Apes for FLHTC, cables and wiring, general mechanic
cables and wiring, general mechanic, clutch cable: Wouldn t suggest it if you are not at least a general mechanic. You only need to remove the outer (front) fairing and in addition to the obvious torx screws there are two hidden ones in the back, just above the bottom triple tree next to the fork tubes. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Approach to a 1978 Honda CB750K, 1978 honda cb750, float bowls
1978 honda cb750, float bowls, carburator: Hi Scott, Sorry for the delay in responding. I m very busy with overtime lately. The fix is simple. I ll need to send you carburetor information files. You ll be able to understand carbs nomenclature, tuning, claning, and synchronizing with these files....

Motorcycle Repair: Aprilia 125, check fuse, safety switches
check fuse, safety switches, fuse box: Hi James, Check for a loose battery connection, loose wire connection, loose ground connection, etc... Check fuse box for any defects, signs of heat damage, etc... Check ignition and safety switches, loose connection with these, etc... Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: ARD magneto on 1971 Triumph 650, 82d airborne division, triumph 650
82d airborne division, triumph 650, son justin: My Friend For quite some time I have been working with the AllExperts site to help you and others with their motorycle questions and problems. Some I have been able to help more than others, but I tried, and took no payment for these services. It has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Aspencade Headlamp Replacement/rear brake light, headlight bulbs, aspencade
headlight bulbs, aspencade, shively: Hi John, It s been awhile since I ve accessed the headlight bulbs. I think on your model the bulbs are accessed via removing the HL housing from the front. Remove the chrome trim, side lights and turn lens. You should see the screw fasteners for the HL...

Motorcycle Repair: Aspencade plug fouling, honda gold wing, electrical diagnosis
honda gold wing, electrical diagnosis, aspencade: Hi Roger, The ignition is likely defective. It could be simple current flashover or leak on the #2 clyinder ignition coil secondary lead, or it may be other components failing perodically. Identifying the source of the problem is to be determined. I...

Motorcycle Repair: Assumed electrical issue with Yam. XT500G, carb tuning, orange wire
carb tuning, orange wire, charging battery: Hi Jason. This sounds like a charging/battery issue rather than a CDI problem. CDI units generally do not go bad. You need to have a fully charged battery with good cells. Test your battery with a hygrometer after you charge it. If you have a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: Assumed electrical issue with Yam. XT500G, carb tuning, orange wire
carb tuning, orange wire, barking up the wrong tree: Hi Jason, First, if you don t have the service manual for your MC, get it. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Has the exhaust system ever been decarbonized? If not, do this. It s more likely that what came from the exhaust was gasoline mixing...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV, blue spark, vacume
blue spark, vacume, piston: Hi Jerry. Check the valves, gap and timing as well as ignition timing. Just because you put the bike back together after having the engine apart, doesn t always mean that the bike is still tuned. Start with that and let me know what you find. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi CR, Gasoline left in the float bowl has varnished (gummed) and is obstructing fuel jets and passageways. The carburetor will need to be removed, disassembled, and thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. See the file below for cleaning intel....

Motorcycle Repair: ATV 250, ceramic insulator, plug cap
ceramic insulator, plug cap, screw driver: Hi Craig, You ve described a problem known as ignition flash-over. One or more of the following are likely leaking electrical current: ignition coil lead, spark plug cap, and/or spark plug ceramic insulator. You ll have to learn which is the defective...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV 50cc carb., air fuel mixture, 50cc atv
air fuel mixture, 50cc atv, fuel contamination: Hi Steve, Too much air is being drawn into the engine upon quick throttle demand. The air intake needs a bit of air restriction to correct this problem. Boggy low end may be fuel contamination or incorrect air-fuel mixture. Try adjusting the air-fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV engine, air breather, burning oil
air breather, burning oil, paint bucket: Well there are a few things I would do before I dove into the engine of the quad. !st is the carb. Just because the fuel was cumped out of it does not mean it will be ok. When the old fuel evaporates it leaves varnish in the carb. this will clog up the ports....

Motorcycle Repair: ATV will Idle but nothing else, yamaha warrior atv, internal combustion engines
yamaha warrior atv, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Mike, Clean the carburetor more thoroughly. Follow the information below carefully. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV OIL, polaris sportsman 700, polaris sportsman 700 twin
polaris sportsman 700, polaris sportsman 700 twin, crank case: I only work on harleys, but I think I can help you. Once water is introduced into the oil it will foam when the bike is running and turn a brown color. Once you stop the bike, over time it will seperate. I can t tell you how long it takes. Its like oil and...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV RIMS, rim size, shively
rim size, shively, tire size: Hi Laurie, Q: ...IF THE RIM IS TO SMALL OR TO LARGE FOR THE ATV WILL IT STILL WORK ON YOUR ATV? A: Rims can be larger or smaller as long as the rim size matches the tire size. Q: ...I HAD MY TIRES CHANGE AND I THINK THEY GAVE ME THE WRONG...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV Stator, conductor of electricity, fly wheel
conductor of electricity, fly wheel, chinese model: Hi Steve, Water shorting may be temporary, non-damaging problem. Allow time for the water to evaporate and try starting. When electrical connectors dry, apply dielectric grease to connectors to help prevent water shorting. Water is a very good conductor...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV smoking, air fuel mixture, fuel leak
air fuel mixture, fuel leak, air filter: Hi Johnny, The carburetor main jet may need tuned to lean the air-fuel mixture. Check the air filter for intake restrictions. Clean or replace air filter as needed. I recommend having a local shopinspect the problem for you. Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV no spark problem, honda kawasaki, electronic unit
honda kawasaki, electronic unit, stator: Hi Greg, I do not have any tech resources for this brand to compare your meter measurements with. It s possible to get a new defective part. After reviewing your narrative, I suspect the pulse coil is defective or there s a grounding problem somewhere....

Motorcycle Repair: ATV will not start, milky brown, atv honda
milky brown, atv honda, water engine: Hi Hector, It s difficult to accurately diagnose the problem without performing a few checks. It may be a defective CDI or something as simple as a loose connector. Check all electrical connectors for evidence of water, dirt, corrosion, loose connections,...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV won't start? Polaris 350, winter barn, allexperts
winter barn, allexperts, mark thanks: Hi Alex, I suspect the gasoline in the carburetor has varnished. The carb will need removed, disassembled, and thoroughly cleaned. Send me an email as requested and I will return carb cleaning information files. Send to: mshively1@woh.rr.com AllExperts...

Motorcycle Repair: ATV, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi Jerry, I suspect something is obstructing fuel flow. Possibly a pinched fuel or vacuum hose. It may be something else, not sure without performing some quick checks. Check fuel tank petcock and any filters for obstruction, check gas in float bowls...

Motorcycle Repair: Aux. Pull start repair, bikebandit com, chain saws
bikebandit com, chain saws, yamaha motor: Hi Mike, With most repairs, there s things to know and ways to do things. My advice is to get a copy of the service manual and review the work before starting. View microfiche parts at and compare OEM parts prices at www.bikebandit.com and www.yamaha-motor.com...

Motorcycle Repair: I have a1997 honda ace shadow, honda ace, starter solenoid
honda ace, starter solenoid, starter clutch: Heather, you are a little short on the details here. How many miles on it? When was it last running? FOG lights are not a part of the OEM setup, as far as I know so check/disconnect them if they are causing an excessive drain on the charging system. Turning...

Motorcycle Repair: acceleration problems, acceleration problems, great shape
acceleration problems, great shape, fuel treatment: Hi Dallas. Most likely, there is a bit of varnish in the fuel system. Since the bike didn t set for more than a month, then it shouldn t be too bad. Add a bottle of fuel treatment with jet fuel (STP is best) and run the bike. If that doesn t clear...

Motorcycle Repair: acceleration / rev limiter ???, high tension wires, bobby martinez
high tension wires, bobby martinez, honda shadow: Hi Robert, If you re revving the engine to redline, it s into the rev limiter. If the symptoms occur before redline, and at same throttle opening positions, suspect a carburetion tuning issue. That s the best I can offer with the information provided. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Can I add a battery to my motorcycle?, exterior lighting, panka
exterior lighting, panka, stator: Hi Kevin, If the system has no exterior lighting, the stator is not built to provide that type of power, however, even if the bike has so much as a nuetral light, you SHOULD be able to tap into that power wire to obtain lights... Hope this helps! ...

Motorcycle Repair: adding coolant to VT1100c, vt1100c, filler neck
vt1100c, filler neck, gas tank: Hi Jimmy, If attempting to fill the reservoir via the reservoir cap fails, remove the tubing that connects the filler cap assy. with the reservoir. Inspect for obstructions and pinched or collapsed tubing. To clear obstructions, remove tubing and blow...

Motorcycle Repair: adding coolant, suzuki vz800 marauder, plastic triangle
suzuki vz800 marauder, plastic triangle, head bolt: Hi Dave, Right side, front of the gas tank, black plastic triangle cover with an allan head bolt. Remove bolt & pull black triangle cover. Radiator refill cap can be found there. Add 50/50 mix of aluminum friendly coolant/distilled water. Here s...

Motorcycle Repair: adding a light brige, bike bandit, adding a light
bike bandit, adding a light, bikebandit com: Hi Bill, I haven t performed this task in the shop and I do not have the Service Manual for the Nomad. Visit the following websites to see parts microfiche and see how these parts assemble. Also, contack the manufacturer of the new accessorie parts...

Motorcycle Repair: How to adjust a bdl clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, clutch: Loosen the clutch cable so it has slack in it. Go to the adjuster for the clutch and turn the adjuster outward until loose. Now turn it inward, just until it touches and then back out about 1/8 turn. Now adjust the belt so you have about 1/8 inch play in the...

Motorcycle Repair: adjust the gear, dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper
dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper, clutch system: Janet, Do you mean bleed the clutch system? For specific procedures, get the service manual. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Easy to understand instructions and has illustrations. Respectfully, Mark Shively Brake/Clutch Bleeding...

Motorcycle Repair: how do I adjust the idle of a suzuki katana, suzuki katana, shively
suzuki katana, shively, carburetors: Hi Rhonda, The idle adjustment knob is located on the right hand side of the carburetors. It is connected to an extension that connects between the center carburetors. The knob may be black plastic, or bronze like color metal. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: adjust vs replace lifters, hydraulic lifters, weight oil
hydraulic lifters, weight oil, tappets: You never said if you have solid or hydraulic lifters in the bike right now. If you have solids, they need to be adjusted around every 5000 miles. Hydraulics shouldnt need to be adjusted. Solids are more noisy then hydraulics, due to the valve lash. The noise...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustable rev-teck push rods, hydraulic lifters, head gasket
hydraulic lifters, head gasket, eldebrock: Pick a pushrod. Lets say the front exhaust. Rotate the motor until the lifter is all the way in the down position. Now leagthen the pushrod until its tight. Let is sit for around 15 minutes. Check it. If you can turn it between your fingers make it longer...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustable timing advancer, timing advancer, shively
timing advancer, shively, rotor: Hi Kevin, Q: ...how do i install this part ingnition timing rotor A: Remove cover, remove bolt, remove rotor. Install new rotor, install bolt, install cover. Please follow instructions when asking questions. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting 1976 keihan carb., air fuel mixture, sparkplugs
air fuel mixture, sparkplugs, carbs: There are several different carbs, so I need to know which adjustements you have on your carb. I know one would be the air/fuel mixture, what is the other one that you have? Also, when you say it falls over itsself, pull the sparkplugs and let me know what...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting 83 shovelhead clutch, clutch lever, shovelhead
clutch lever, shovelhead, clutch: First, adjust he cable so you have play in it. Go to the clutch adjuster. Slowly turn the screw inward, just until it touches and then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Now go tot he cable and adjust it so that you have about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever....

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting clutch/cable, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, locknut: Locate teh adjuster in the cable. Loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster until you have about 1/8 play in the clutch lever. If that doesnt help then you can adjust the clutch itself. remove the clutch cover. Put some slack in the cable doing what I said...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting clutch, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: Hi Steve, Adjusting the clutch is a simple procedure. Adjust the cable at the engine end until proper amount of slack is obtained. Loosen the clutch lever lock-wheel and adjust the cable adjuster in/out to fine tune clutch cable lever play. Usually...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting lifters, pushrod, 5th gear
pushrod, 5th gear, lifters: I am going to assumn that you have hydrolic lifters not solids. Get the rear end up off the ground. Remove the plugs and put the bike in 5th gear. remvoe the clip on the pushrods covers and slip the cover up so you can see the pushrod. now starting at the...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting solid lifters, welcome thanx, pushrod
welcome thanx, pushrod, lifters: Lets say you start with the front exhaust. Rotate the rear wheel until the lifter is all the way at the bottom. Now adjust the pushrod just until it still turns between your fingers. Do this to each one. make sure you do ti when the motor is cold. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting the timing on an XT550, yamaha xt 550, shively
yamaha xt 550, shively, fires: Hi Luan, Due to the age of this MC, I m unable to locate any information on setting the timing. I recommend the purchase of the Service Manual for this procedure. See the manual at the following link: http://www.motocom.com/catalog/LIT-11616-XT-51...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting the timing, plug hole, airbox
plug hole, airbox, spark plug: take off spark plug turn engine over . using a straw i pass it down the plug hole till the piston comes al the way to the top this is called top dead center or/tdc/. then pull engine sider plate off look to see if timing marks are lined up with each pther...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting valves on 2003 fat boy, pushrod, push rods
pushrod, push rods, pushrods: Your probable not going to get rid of the ticking. Mot harley do that. Remove the covers from the pushrods and the spark plugs. Rotate the motor until the front exhaust is all the way down to its lowers. Start turning the pushrod to make it longer. Add about...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustment settings 4 carbs, honda v45 magna, screw out
honda v45 magna, screw out, 750 honda: Ok, first of all, Did u seperate the carbs from the rail? In other words, Did u have the carbs in 4 seperate intities? If not, then the proper adjustment for your screws are as follows: Main screw = Tighten all the way till it stops (no further,and use...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustment to throttle cable, throttle cables, throttle cable
throttle cables, throttle cable, hand grips: I m assuming you have a Harley, you didn t say. First loosen both 3/8 locknuts. Take up the play in the idle cable first (the cable on the rear of the switch housing)by turning the threaded sleeve until the cable housing on the carburetor end touches the...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustment for timing chain, timing chain, shively
timing chain, shively, allexperts: Hi Ken, Find this information in the Repair Manual. Find manuals on Ebay or on line for about $20+ S&H. I don t have time to type the entire procedure, respectfully. Local Libraries in my city have manuals and they don t mind if the pages get oily. ...

Motorcycle Repair: air cleaner,exhaust, and fuel managment, fuel management system, fuel managment
fuel management system, fuel managment, best of both worlds: Your best bet ont he exhaust is to check with other riders and see what they have and if you like the sound. then you can get what you like. There are many high flow air cleaners out there to choised from. Make sure you get one with a washable filter. On the...

Motorcycle Repair: air cooled bikes, piston rings, noise issues
piston rings, noise issues, thunder storm: Hi Kyle. Did the bike run after the the clicking noises? If it did, the clicking noises continue? If they continued, did they change speed with the engine? If the bike continued running and is able to be started normally, then nothing in the head...

Motorcycle Repair: air up feul line, suzuki dr 125, electrical coil
suzuki dr 125, electrical coil, exhaust valves: Hi jon I believe that the problem that you are having might no be with the carb....if it will run ok for 5 mins and then just shut off sounds like electrical.....coil...If the coil has a crack internally.....it will work ok until it gets hot and then...

Motorcycle Repair: air filter removal and installation, air filter, kawasaki
air filter, kawasaki, intel: Hi Kelvin, I recommend the purchase of the factory service manual for simple maintenance. The manual will pay for itself with the first home repair, usually. If you have to ask about removing the air filter, you ll need the additional intel offered in...

Motorcycle Repair: air filter ,yamaha fzr600, routine maintainence, yamaha dealership
routine maintainence, yamaha dealership, local bike shop: Hi Maciek. Well, forget about the net for instructions. You will need to get the repair manual for the bike. If you are doing even routine maintainence yourself, then you need it. You can get them online, through a local bike shop or through a Yamaha...

Motorcycle Repair: air/fuel adjustment, honda shadow ace, air fuel mixture
honda shadow ace, air fuel mixture, crisp throttle response: Hi Bill, Turn the screw out until highest engine rpm is obtained. Turn the screw in until lowest rpm is obtained. Turn screw mid-way between these two settings. Otherwise, turn screws in or out until crisp throttle response is obtained. You may or...

Motorcycle Repair: air fuel meter, air fuel meter, oxygen sensor
air fuel meter, oxygen sensor, gauge: Hi Travis, To install a A/F gauge, you ll have to follow manufacturer s instructions. You may have to buy and install a compatible oxy sensor. If you re not sure about what to do, have a pro tech do this work for you. Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: air fuel mixture, air fuel mixture, air screws
air fuel mixture, air screws, air screw: Douglas, Please be more specific on your questions to experts. There is no universal answer to your question. Depending on the year and manufacture of the carburetor, the mixture screw can either be fuel or air, so the response is different in each case. ...

Motorcycle Repair: air/fuel mixture, suzuki gsx750, air fuel mixture
suzuki gsx750, air fuel mixture, volunteer time: Hi Harry, You ll have to find the source of the air leak, if any. I can show you how, however, I return tech files by email. There was no email address in the question as requested in my instructions. Email makes my volunteer time possible. Visit...

Motorcycle Repair: getting air out of the master cylinder & slave cyl, clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder
clutch master cylinder, clutch slave cylinder, vf 750: Hi Judy. This is a common problem with all Magnas for both the clutch and front brakes, including my own. The problem stems from the configuration of the master cylinder on this particular bike, which is that the connection to the hydraulic line at the...

Motorcycle Repair: air shocks & forks, kawasaki voyager, air shocks
kawasaki voyager, air shocks, rear shocks: Jack, other than rebuilding or replacing the units you could use some heavier weight fork oil (10W) and replace the fork springs with a new progressive rate spring. -You don t necessarily have to have air to get a good ride, the oil damping and ...

Motorcycle Repair: air shocks, yamaha venture royale, air shocks
yamaha venture royale, air shocks, biker friends: Hi Randy, I cannot find anything on the error code in my resources. I would need to be present and inspect the problem to offer accurate advice. I recommend having a local tech quickly diagnose the problem for you. Usual fee for most diagnosis is one...

Motorcycle Repair: airbox, shively, carbs
shively, carbs, hoses: Hi Marshall, There s no question here, but I think I know what you re asking. See michrofiche parts views on-line as indicated to learn which fasteners, hoses, clamps, etc... needs removed to remove the airbox. Otherwise, try and explain more thoroughly...

Motorcycle Repair: alignment, axle nut, flsts
axle nut, flsts, locknuts: NO problem. Locate the belt adjusters and loosen the locknut. Now loosen the axle nut. You should have the bike off the rear wheel. Go to the belt side and adjust the belt to specs. Now take a measurement of the adjuster to the point where it screws in. Go...

Motorcycle Repair: alignment, royal star venture, fork tubes
royal star venture, fork tubes, torque wrench: Hi Gary. This is a simple one. Either you didn t mention that the bike has been dropped, the bike was dropped before you bought it an were not told or someone hit the front wheel (hard) and didn t have the decency to tell you. There are 2 ways to do...

Motorcycle Repair: alignment ??, knee dragger, suzuki bandit
knee dragger, suzuki bandit, alignment problem: Roge Let s get a couple of things out of the way first. I am a British bike expert. Your Suzuki is Japanese. So I am not going to be able to speak about specific items on your bike. But there are a few general principles that apply to all bikes that we can...

Motorcycle Repair: alternator, flh, stator
flh, stator, pulley: What you have is a stator for charging. There is no repair for it. If it is bad it has to be replaced. You wil have to remove the inner primary to get to it. To do the trans seal you have to remove the inner primary, pulley and chain. the seal is located...

Motorcycle Repair: amount of fork oil needed when changing fork seal, fork oil, fork seal
fork oil, fork seal, exact specs: Hi Brian. I don t have the exact specs for your bike, so the best that I can do for that is to give you a best guess. Forks for bikes in the 500cc - 700cc range normally take somewhere between 300-400cc of fork oil. The amount varies from bike to bike....

Motorcycle Repair: antifreeze leak goldwing 2000, antifreeze leak, air evac
antifreeze leak, air evac, coolant leak: Hi Ron, I worked for Honda for four years. I didn t have a single coolant leak complaint from storage. Visit the following link and see all the hoses and pipes associated with your MC. http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=212748§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1999&model_dept_mfr=Honda&model_dept_id=206270&model_dept_name=GL1500A+%28Gold+Wing+Aspencade%29...

Motorcycle Repair: appropriate pipes or mufflers, drag pipes, increase horsepower
drag pipes, increase horsepower, stock exhaust: Your stock exhaust system is pretty restrictive, due to the fact that harley has to meet EPA standards for noise and exhaust. There are many different exhaust systems out there and they all claim to be the best. Stay away from drag pipes. The will make you...

Motorcycle Repair: arcing points, kawasaki motorcycles, chassis grounds
kawasaki motorcycles, chassis grounds, point gap: Gary, excessive arcing is always a result of either very dirty contact faces (always clean the protectant off the faces) or a disconnected/defective condenser. Just how did you check out the condensers? Be sure that the point gap is correct and verify ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: arctic cat snowmobile, arctic cat zrt, arctic cat zrt 600
arctic cat zrt, arctic cat zrt 600, 1996 arctic cat zrt 600: jason, that is correct. rectifires and cdi s are bad for wrking good then not and in and out. more than likely thats tour problem with it take it off and take it to a local dealer they can chk it for you to be sure.if you need more help let me know ok. ...

Motorcycle Repair: atv electrical, lt500r, pickup coil
lt500r, pickup coil, stator: hello ken , i would like a little more info as to what symptoms the bike is giving you before we go into testing things i might be able to save you all the trouble in one shot. hope to hear from you on this same question. i can help, just give a little...

Motorcycle Repair: atv head work, vp race fuels, stock carb
vp race fuels, stock carb, stock pipe: With those performance parts installed I think you ll enjoy more performance after cleaning up the head. I recommend using race fuel from a sealed container. You l have to search for the right person or shop to perform the work. I d do it if your were local:...

Motorcycle Repair: atv honda engine problem,, air fuel mixture, atv honda
air fuel mixture, atv honda, wheel atv: Hi Peter, I recommend that you get a copy of the service (repair) manual and learn about troubleshooting procedures. The repair manual has pages of text explaining what to check and how to test parts. I cannot explain all to check here. Once you have...

Motorcycle Repair: atv problems, honda tech, 5th gear
honda tech, 5th gear, shively: Hi Robert, I need to inspect the ATV to diagnose the problem. I recommend having a local Honda tech inspect the problem for you. Consider having them give you an estimate of repairs. They ll tell you what the problems are (if any). You can take it and...

Motorcycle Repair: atv will not Run, kawasaki bayou 220, 4 wheeler
kawasaki bayou 220, 4 wheeler, shively: Hi Glen, The pull starter shouldn t affect the ignition. Was the ATV stored or not started for any periods? What s the condition of the air filter? Describe the appearance of the spark plug. Any other details you can provide are helpful.Reply to the above...

Motorcycle Repair: atv's, honda trx 250, google search
honda trx 250, google search, bill silver: Juan, you have to check both the throttle cable(s), starting from the handlebars and go down to the carburetor to determine if the cable is kinked or corroded or broken inside, which causes high rpms all the time. If the cable is okay, then the carburetor...

Motorcycle Repair: atv starter button not working, starter button, bill silver
starter button, bill silver, primary coil: Byron, knowing more about your year, make and model would have been helpful..... Some starter circuits use the button to ground the hot lead at the handle bars, to activate the solenoid. Some starter circuits use the starter button to complete a circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: atv won't idle, 50cc atv, petcock
50cc atv, petcock, fuel flow: hello, henry it sounds to me the carb need to be cleaned out ,or ther is trash in one of the jets taske the carb off spray it out with a good carb cleaner.also check the petcock for the valve and make sure you have enough fuel flow.are you could have a...

Motorcycle Repair: atv yamaha, yamaha grizzly 600, posistions
yamaha grizzly 600, posistions, seasonal storage: Hi Kendal. Does the machine spend time in seasonal storage? If it spends time in storage, then bad fuel would be a very definite probabiliity. In that case, replace the fuel, clean the carb and reseal the tank. Start with that and see what happens....

Motorcycle Repair: auto choke, honda cf70, model honda
honda cf70, model honda, use auto: Tony, the auto choke honda uses is an electric operated choke. after a few minutes the choke shuts of the enrichment port in the carb to stop the enrichment cycle. the choke closes by moving into the carb and shutting off the enrichment hole in the carb....

Motorcycle Repair: front axel, honda cbr 1000, dot 4 brake fluid
honda cbr 1000, dot 4 brake fluid, caliper pistons: Hi Paddy, I ve dragged knee, boot, and elbow roadracing. What you ve described is serious lean angles. : ) I think you mean the brake disc rubs the caliper during left cornering. If wheel and front end is assembled properly, I suspect the caliper(s)...

Motorcycle Repair: BATTERY CHARGER, ok check, battery terminals
ok check, battery terminals, charging system: Hi Lee, Charge the battery at 1/10th its ampre hour rating. Having no idea which ATV you have, I can only use example: Yuasa YB14AL, the ampre hour rating of this battery is 14. It should be charged with a 1.4 amp charger or less. Use the 2 amp rate...

Motorcycle Repair: BATTERY KEEPS DRAINING, meter test, old battery
meter test, old battery, ohm meter: Its one of two things. Its either the regulator or the stator. you can test the stator. Unplug it and with a OHM meter test for ground at the plug. If it tests ok then you can test the volts using a AC volt meter. Start the bike and at the stator plug and...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire, suzuki savage ls650, suzuki model
suzuki savage ls650, suzuki model, dept id: Glenn, Go to the below listed website link and examine part #34. This is the air cut-off diaphragm. This is designed into carbs to prevent deacceleration backfiring. Other causes may be varnishing of the fuel left in the float bowl during periods of non-starting...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire '84 GL1200, honda gl, electrical diagnosis
honda gl, electrical diagnosis, gl 1200: Hi Mark, I suspect the problem may be caused by one or more of the fiollowing: incorrect air-fuel mixtures varnished carbs carburetors out of synchronization valve clearances out of service limits faulty ignition component a worn or loose timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire through exhaust, straight pipes, exhaust pipes
straight pipes, exhaust pipes, stock exhaust: Check for a intake or exhaust leak. You can check the intake by starting the motor and spray a little carb cleaner around the intake manifold. If the RPM s go up then you have a leak. On the exhaust, check where the exhaust pipes connect to the heads. You...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfire, air fuel mixture, slow jet
air fuel mixture, slow jet, charging system: first thing is to check the charging system. If you dont have enought voltage at the battery it will NOT let the ignition work properly. 2nd= remove slow jet and install a #48 low jet. 3nd= turn air/fuel mixture 3.1/2 turns out from slightly bottom. 4th= raise...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfired and quit, mallory ignition, plug cable
mallory ignition, plug cable, electrical problem: You can check for spark by removeing the plugs. Hook one up to the plug cable and while holding the sparkplug tot he cylinder turnt he bike over. You will see if its sparking. Your problem though sounds like a short.So what your going to have to do is start...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfires, honda goldwing aspencade, wingthings texas
honda goldwing aspencade, wingthings texas, clutch installation: Hi Steve, A number of conditions may cause the problems you re experiencing. I recommend having a local Honda tech inspect the problem for you. I suspect a charging system problem. It may be something as simple as a loose battery connection. There s...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, air fuel mixture, piston stroke
air fuel mixture, piston stroke, mixture problem: Hi Adam. Backfiring is not a product of mixture. It occurs when the exhaust valve is opened up during the firing phase of the piston stroke. This fries valves and costs power. Check your valve gap and ignition timing. Fix that and synchronize your...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, internal combustion engines, piston slap
internal combustion engines, piston slap, vacuum leaks: Hi Rick, It may be a ignition component going bad, the carburetors need more thoroughly cleaned, fouled spark plugs, or other. I would need to read the plugs and perform several checks to accurately diagnose the problem. See the repair files that follow:...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, kawasaki zx6e, compression test
kawasaki zx6e, compression test, exhaust valve: Hi Jim, hmm..if it backfired that means that one of the cylinders fired while it s exhaust valve was still open. That tells me that a compression test is needed to determine if the valve lash needs adjusted. A cylinder leak down would be best but is beyond...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, free email servers, leak down test
free email servers, leak down test, hotmail: Hi John, It s tuff to diagnose the problem from the description. I suspect the carburetors need more thoroughly cleaned, synchronized, and maybe tuned to restore proper performance. A fouled plug may cause backfiring. The carbs may be fouling the...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, honda crf 450, fuel air mixture
honda crf 450, fuel air mixture, intake tubes: Donny, fuel can go bad within a couple of months, have you tried running some fresh fuel through it? Backfiring is usually caused by a lean fuel/air mixture. This can happen when any changes are made to the intake, fuel system, or exhaust system. Sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring due to stuck starter plunger?, kawasaki vulcan 750, air fuel mixture
kawasaki vulcan 750, air fuel mixture, 1999 kawasaki vulcan 750: Hi Adrienne, Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. The usual cause for deaceleration backfiring as described is a lean air/mixture that occurs when the throttle is closed at high engine speeds (RPM). Other common causes are: worn,...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, rough throttle, honda cr 125, air fuel mixture
honda cr 125, air fuel mixture, riding habits: Collin, It would have helped me to know why the MC was in the shop, and any other history of repairs as requested. Please review my instructions where you originally typed your question. Why was the MC cleaned off? What was on it? Can you remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: Backfiring, piston rings, honda cbr
piston rings, honda cbr, eamil address: Hi Casey, 1)I have to recharge the battery almost weekly, I feel as though the alternator is not working. Any way to check? Answer: Yes. Do an output test at the battery. Is it the same as a car? Should it run after disconnecting the battery? ...

Motorcycle Repair: Bad coil? Stalling, backfiring, harley manual, plug wires
harley manual, plug wires, kickstart: If you are getting a 0 reading on the coil then you need to replace it. I would also advise replacing the plug wires at the same time. The super E carb is not to big for your bike as long as the jetting is correct. I would fix the coil problem first then...

Motorcycle Repair: Bad gasoline, petcock, air cleaner
petcock, air cleaner, gasoline: Remove the air cleaner and you will see the gas line going to the carb. remove it from the carb and drain the gas. The other problem you might be having is since the bike has sat for so long, the carb is probably plugged up. I would suggest removing it, take...

Motorcycle Repair: Bad oil loss, honda shadow 1100, high pressure hose
honda shadow 1100, high pressure hose, 1994 honda shadow 1100: Hi Charles, Visit www.bikebandit.com once the site opens, select the year, make, and model from the drop down menus that follow. Click the menu links that appear when the new page opens. This will display parts microfiche views. Try and find the parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Bad top end noise, rocker boxes, loud pipes
rocker boxes, loud pipes, stock cam: I think what youa re going to have to do is remove the heads and do an inspection. You could have a broken spring, bent valve, or the valves might be just touching each other. You might want to check the rollers in the lifters as wellas the cam bearing just...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffle drilling on Harley, harley davidson softail standard, screaming eagle pipes
harley davidson softail standard, screaming eagle pipes, harley davidson softail: Will I would start by throwing the stock pipes in the can, You hve hert your low end and your midrange horse power and torque, and you have also effected you EFI. and there is not a down load from Harley or anybody else that can tune the bike correctly with...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffle removal on Cobra PowerPro HP 2:1, baffles, fuel injection
baffles, fuel injection, cobra: Pulling the baffles will lean the bike out. The baffles are in there pretty tight and might have a tack weld on them. I have never used the Cobra Fuel Injector so I am not sure if it will fix the problem. I remapp the computer ont he bike itsself Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffled!, drag pipes, straight pipes
drag pipes, straight pipes, harley sound: I think probably your talking about the same thing. Drag pipes normally have no baffles, but you can install them in the pipes. Straight pipes are just a style of dran pipes. Drag pipes are make for one thing, high RPMs and they work well at high RPMs. They...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffles, honda 1800, exhaust pipes
honda 1800, exhaust pipes, cobra exhaust: Hi David. A blown baffle is not replacable at all. Those parts are welded into the internal part of the muffler. My thought is that a part of the manifold, either at the head or at the muffler has come loose or possibly blown off a section. If the underside...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffles, spiral type, drag pipes
spiral type, drag pipes, pilot jet: Thanks Eron, I see this as a good way to help people when I can! Anyway, The spiral type baffles SHOULD help quiet it down, plus through parts unlimited, you can purchase muffler packing material to wrap the baffle in.. www.partsunlimited.com Theres...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffles drilled and wondering, honda vlx, light shades
honda vlx, light shades, shades of brown: Hi Dale, Technically, any modifications to the air intake, exhaust, or carburetion means tuning the other system components. I think you ll be ok as is. To know how the drilled baffles are affecting the air-fuel mixtures, remove the spark plugs and...

Motorcycle Repair: Baffles, stock exhaust, exhaust system
stock exhaust, exhaust system, dyna: hi Charley. removeing the baffles will only make the bike run worst. buy a good exhaust system like a white brothers e series 2 into 1 exhaust system and this will wake up the motor and look and sound good. I never remove the baffles on stock exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: Baja 250 only 404kms lost all spark, rotor coil, baja 250
rotor coil, baja 250, plug caps: Les, -this likely uses a CDI ignition system consisting of a magnetic flywheel or rotor and an exciter or charge coil under the flywheel. -Also a pulse coil somewhere around the flywheel as well. -Then you have your ignition coil and spark plug. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Bake Break, caliper pistons, piston seals
caliper pistons, piston seals, rear caliper: Karla, the specific model would have been helpful.. GSXR or cruiser or ??? The back brake system is just a little imitation of the front one, but the parts are smaller, especially the brake reservoir. If you let the fluid get down below the master cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Bandit 400 starting problem, suzuki gsf400 bandit, secondary windings
suzuki gsf400 bandit, secondary windings, university of dayton ohio: Hi Andy, Thanks for the detailed descriptions. I can appreciate the engineering studies. My son is a Industrial Engineering Senior at the University of Dayton (Ohio). I suspect radiant heat is causing excessive resistance in the ignition coil primary...

Motorcycle Repair: Bandit 600 stalls, long term storage, bandit 600
long term storage, bandit 600, engine stalls: Hi Assaf. Has the bike spent time in seasonal or any other long-term storage? If it does, then start with a thorough cleaning of the fuel system and carbs. What doe the spark plugs look like? Are they fouled? How about the air filter? Is it due...

Motorcycle Repair: Banshee coughs and backfires, cody johnson, valve adjustment
cody johnson, valve adjustment, needle valves: Hi Cody. Backfiring is rarely a fault of the carbs. If it were, it would be because the carbs are running rich because the mixture is wrong. Due either to tampering or misadjustment, or a loose needle valve. Normally, backfiring is due to the timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Banshee cylinder boring, oversize pistons, head gasket
oversize pistons, head gasket, stock factory: Hi Dave, I would have to inspect the engine to determine the cause of piston failure. I m not sure about the cylinders on the 97 YFZ350. I don t rmember and I cannot find anything about them being chrome plated (nikasil) type cylinders in my resources....

Motorcycle Repair: Basic Customizing, kawasaki vulcan 2000, cap screw
kawasaki vulcan 2000, cap screw, throttle control: Hi Joe, I encourage home maintenance and repairs. However, mistakes are expensive to correct. Get a copy of the Service Manual and how to perform repairs and maintenance procedures. Manual have illustrated procedures for all repairs. It will pay for...

Motorcycle Repair: Basic Maintaince, winter work, maintaince
winter work, maintaince, fuel treatment: Hi Sunil. Well, since the oil and plugs are fresh, the only thing that I would be concerned with is cleaning the carbs properly. Unfortunately, when fuel is left in storage, it evaporates away. Not always completely, but some. It leaves behind a residue...

Motorcycle Repair: Bassic wire up gsx750 chop/bobber, intel files, shively
intel files, shively, handlebars: Hi Gareth, Easier said than done, my friend. I ll try and locate on-line resources to assist you. In the interim, please reply with your email address as requested and explained in my instructions. I return tech intel files by email. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery goes down, japanese bikes, troubleshooting procedure
japanese bikes, troubleshooting procedure, charging system: Hi Larry, The battery needs constant use to stay fully charged. Periods of non-use and/or short trips may not be sufficient use to maintain the battery. Battery voltage of 13VDC with engine idling is normal. Voltage should raise to about 14.5 volts or...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, battery problem, battery terminals
battery problem, battery terminals, charging system: Hi Duane. Unless they have changed the location of the battery since the beginning of the Goldwing series, then the battery is located under the seat. But before you go replacing the battery, have you checked the charging system? If the battery is less...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, honda goldwing, eletrical
honda goldwing, eletrical, volt meter: Hi Garnet. If the battery is showing a charge, and you have no power to anything, then it seems to me that the battery is not the problem. In 25 years of riding, I have never known a Wing rider to improperly maintain his/her bike, so it is most likely...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, volt charger, car battery
volt charger, car battery, taking a chance: Never jump a bike battery with a car battery. To many amps. You are taking a chance on blowing the battery up on the bike. You need to get a battery charger that has 2 amp, 12 volt charger. Charge it for a few hours and you should be good to go. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, suzuki volusia 800, bikebandit com
suzuki volusia 800, bikebandit com, 2002 suzuki volusia: Kris... http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-vs800glk2-intruder-2002/o/m6858 Looks like a couple of bolts under the front sides of the seat, to get started. http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-vs800glk2-intruder-2002/o/m6858...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Charging - 2001 Suzuki Intruder VS 800, suzuki intruder, exhaust pipes
suzuki intruder, exhaust pipes, ground cable: Hi Mike. If you refer to the owner s manual and the repair manual you will see that the battery negative ground is a long cable which extends out when you remove the battery. Yes, it s wierd, but it s the only solution for where they placed the battery....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Not Charging 95 Sportster, ohm meter, voltage regulator
ohm meter, voltage regulator, stator: The components for a charging system in a harley are a battery, wires, stator and a voltage regulator. You have replaced the battery so that can be elimanated. Check the wiring coming from the voltage regulator first to make sure its good. There is no test...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery not charging Marauder, regulator rectifier, quick responce
regulator rectifier, quick responce, dc volts: No, the control unit is not the stator. The coil assy, IGNIT is for your ignition system not the charging system. The stator provides the power for charging, and then it goes to the regulator/rectifier and then to the battery. The stator is here:...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery not charging?, trickle charger, motorcycle repair
trickle charger, motorcycle repair, charging system: Hi Bryan, An output test will determine the condition of the charging system. The procedure is easy to perform. Visit Dan s free online motorcycle repair course to learn more: www.dansmc.com I return tech information files by email. There was...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Dead, motor carbon brushes, motorcycle batteries
motor carbon brushes, motorcycle batteries, starter solenoid: Hi Edward or Stacy, Motorcycle batteries must be maintained regularly to keep them operating properly. Fluid levels must be maintained as the water part of the electrolyte evaporates. During periods of non-use, batteries lack the constant discharge/recharge...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Dies, harley dealer, stator
harley dealer, stator, ohm meter: unplug the regulator from the stator. Check both pins on the stator with a OHM meter for ground. If grounded then the stator is bad. Start the bike and with a AC volt meter check the voltage at the stator. At 2000RPM you should be getting around 45-50 volts....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Discharge, lynchburg virginia, honda shop
lynchburg virginia, honda shop, amp meter: Hi Richard, I would check for electrical current bleed/draw by connecting an amp meter in series with suspected circuits until I located the source of the bleed. Start with any accessories, then move to other circuits as necessary. Keep me informed...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery dies out, kawasaki ninja zx, shively
kawasaki ninja zx, shively, toggle switch: Hi Richie, You or someone else will have to search for the current draw or leak. Use a multimeter and start investigating where the current is flowing (leaking). I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery discharges while being ridden, battery discharge, old battery
battery discharge, old battery, stator: Here is somthing I need you to do. First, see if you can hook the volt meter up to the battery so that you can see it while you are riding. If not, then go for a ride for around 30 minutes and keep stoping and checking the voltage on the battery. The reason...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery discharging, ac volts, voltage reg
ac volts, voltage reg, stator: Yes, you can test the stator. First, you need to make sure you have a good battery. The 12.2 is a little low after charging. Have the battery tested. If the battery is good then you need to test the stator. You will need a OHM meter and a AC volt meter for...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery not holding charge, charging system, spark plugs
charging system, spark plugs, rectifier: Hi Carl, Can you provide any history of service and repairs between you and the prior owners? Was the MC stored awhile? Any additional intel is helpful with diagnosis. Remove the spark plugs and inspect them. Remember which cylinder each plug is removed...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery instalation, honda goldwing, using a multimeter
honda goldwing, using a multimeter, hi ed: Hi Ed. Fuses normally blow due to grounded shorts or sometimes reversed currents in one-way current systems. If it is the main fuse blowing, then the most likely issue is a short in the main wiring harness after the fuse. You need to check the wiring...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery keeps dieing, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750, 2001 honda shadow spirit: Hi Rob, The usual cause is a defective charging system. A few tests with a multimeter will reveal the cause. Testing is simple. I encourage you and recommend that you get a copy of the service manual and a multimeter and perform the tests. Otherwise,...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery keeps dying, yamaha xtz 750, yamaha xtz 750 super tenere
yamaha xtz 750, yamaha xtz 750 super tenere, rectifer: Hi Peter, The charging system components need to be tested. I can send you general test info files, but you didn t include an email address as requested. I recommed the service manual for detailed tesing. The factory manual is best and most accurate. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Problems, electrical diagnosis, motorcycle batteries
electrical diagnosis, motorcycle batteries, digital clocks: Hi Phil, I cannot diagnose this problem from the description provided. I would need to perform electrical diagnosis. Check battery voltage with a VOM (multimeter). Check specific gravity of each cell with a hydrometer designed for motorcycle batteries....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Problems, battery problems, battery voltage
battery problems, battery voltage, shively: Hi Tasha, If you want assistance you must follow all instructions for asking questions. Instructions ask you to provide info such as the following: 1) What year and model is the Yamaha? 2) Can you tell me about any series of events leading up to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, Rectifier or Dinamo?, vstar, home thanks
vstar, home thanks, shively: Hi Hector, Motorcycles require the battery to be connected to run. If you send me an email address as requested, I ll return test information files. Testing is pretty simple. You ll need a multi-meter and a fully charged battery in good condition. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery removal, battery removal, honda shadow
battery removal, honda shadow, hygrometer: Hi KK. Have you checked the fuses? You should also, once you get the battery out, check the battery with a hygrometer. As far as anything else holding the battery in, there shouldn t be anything else in the way, unless the battery is just in there...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery? Solnoid?, 1984 honda nighthawk, honda nighthawk s
1984 honda nighthawk, honda nighthawk s, check battery: Hi Todd, A clicking starter motor solenoid usually indicates a weak or defective battery, and/or a loose or corroded connection within the circuit. Check battery voltage, check for loose or corroded connections and conductors. Avoid assumptions...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery? Starter?, starter solenoid, seasonal storage
starter solenoid, seasonal storage, starter button: Hi Dave. Check the ignition fuse and all fuse connections. Then check the starter circuit for both obvious and hidden shorts. If you have a bad starter solenoid, you can bypass that by running a heavy (8 guage) wire between the leads on the solenoid....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery/Starter, vt750dc, charging system
vt750dc, charging system, multimeter: Hi Kevin, Yes, you need to check the battery s condition with a multimeter and hydrometer. It may need charged or replaced. If you do not have these tools, simply charge the battery with a 1 amp charger for several hours, and then try and restart. If no...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery and starting, honda shadow 1100, regulator rectifier
honda shadow 1100, regulator rectifier, cylinoid: Hi James, It is possible to receive a defective new battery. Test the battery to verify it s condition. The Shadow may have a problem with the charging system. For example, if a battery leads is corroded or loose, current may not flow back to the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, v rod, screamin eagle
v rod, screamin eagle, stupid question: remember, no question is a stupid question. Its all a learning process. I have never worked on a v-rod so I am going to have to guess on the battery location. I would suspect that it is located under the seat. If this is not correct let me know and I will...

Motorcycle Repair: Batties, battery box, glid
battery box, glid, bolts: Look under the seat, there should be a bolt that lowers the battery box so the top will come off. Looking at the left side of the battery box there should be two bolts that when loosended will let the battery box drop. Then you will be able to take the cover...

Motorcycle Repair: Bayou 250, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, air jets: Hi Drew, Your friend is right. Gasoline left in a carburetor float bowl will varnish (gum) in a very short time. Fuel and air jets and passageways become obstructed resulting in what you re experiencing. The engine may start and idle for a few seconds...

Motorcycle Repair: Belt DRive, kawasaki kz 440, bike bandit
kawasaki kz 440, bike bandit, bikebandit com: Hi Orlando, Check price and availability of the belt at Bike Bandit www.bikebandit.com You can see microfiche parts here, too. See microfiche parts here: www.buykawasaki.com or www.bikebandit.com Once Kawasaki s site opens, click green text...

Motorcycle Repair: Bending 7/8, kawasaki kz 750, gas torch
kawasaki kz 750, gas torch, chrome paint: Bill, I guess that as long as you don t kink the bars when you are heat bending them, they will probably be okay. A simple bend may not hurt them, if not excessive, but if you are turning them in two planes, you may be getting into an area of fatigue or metal...

Motorcycle Repair: Bending Motocross Pipe ( FMF SST), kx85, shively
kx85, shively, fabricator: Hi Brian, I don t recommend fabrication for the non-experienced. Tweaking the pipe as intended may not produce the fit you may expect and may ruin the pipe. However, depending upon your experience, skills, and equipment you may be able to tweak the pipe...

Motorcycle Repair: Benly Dream CA95, reproduction copies, rear shock
reproduction copies, rear shock, bill silver: Patrick, the principles are all the same for most all motorcycles, but the details vary greatly. The only parts that interchange between a CA92 and a 250-305 Dream are the rear shock covers, although some people have been able to swap the seats between the...

Motorcycle Repair: Bent fork, handel bars, honda rebel
handel bars, honda rebel, torque wrench: Hi John. Bob is correct. What you are describing sounds exactly like the front end needs realignment rather than bent forks that need replacing. Oftentimes, when you drop or lay a bike down, the front end gets twisted a bit and needs to be straightened....

Motorcycle Repair: Best battery for the situation?, odyssey batteries, plug holes
odyssey batteries, plug holes, stock battery: I have a 96 CI motor that turns over with a stock battery. You never said what the compression is, but it must be high. Instead of goign with a bigger battery, which is expensive and will need replaced intime, I would go with compression releases.Spyke has...

Motorcycle Repair: Best Touring Bike, suzuki cavalcade, kawasaki voyager
suzuki cavalcade, kawasaki voyager, honda goldwing: Hi Gene. Well, all of them are good, so for that part, it s mostly a matter of preference. Here s the skinny on each that I know; Kawasaki Voyager - About the same size and maneuverability as any of the other, about the same milage, but a little slow...

Motorcycle Repair: BIKE IS BACKFIRING!!, ultra ground pounder, pilot jet
ultra ground pounder, pilot jet, intake leak: first check for a intake manifold leak by spraying brake cleaner between the intake manifold and the heads. If the idle changes when spraying you have a intake leak. Replace manifold 0_rings Also remove the pilot jet and install the next larger pilot size...

Motorcycle Repair: BIKE DIES AFTER WARMING UP, sears hardware stores, honda vfr750f
sears hardware stores, honda vfr750f, regulator rectifier: Hi Jesse, Perform electrical diagnosis to determine which parts are damaged. Test alternator, regulator/rectifier, and battery. To learn how to perform these tests, I recommend the purchase of the shop manual. Find MC manuals at (www.bikebandit.com)...

Motorcycle Repair: BIKE KITS, bikers choice, bike kits
bikers choice, bike kits, paint: Right now there are so many bike kits out there that it would be hard for me to comment on which are good and which are bad. I do know that bikers choice has three kits that are very nice, have all the parts you need (including oil) and are very nicely priced....

Motorcycle Repair: BIKE PROBLEM, importing electronics, dirt bikes
importing electronics, dirt bikes, thebike: Nagy.. you can send photo to me through my website: www.vintagehonda.com Chinese copies of Honda products can be somewhat of a risk, as they really are not built/engineered to the same standards of quality and design. The failure to run w/o choke, is...

Motorcycle Repair: BIKE REPAIR, clutch basket, bike repair
clutch basket, bike repair, locknut: To remove the chain you have to remove the clutch basket as well as the motor sprocket. To remove the nut for the motor sprocket you need a 1 1/2 socket and an impact wrench. To remove the clutch basket you have to compress the springs on the clutch. remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Big Bear yamaha 350 1987 won't start no fire, yamaha 350, shively
yamaha 350, shively, oil cooler: Hi William, If egnine oil was lost and since replaced and there s no spark, I suspect a wire is loose, damaged, or disconnected and causing the problem. I would need to inspect the ATV to accurately diagnose the problem. Visit www.atvfrontier.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Big Bore, carburated, fxdwg
carburated, fxdwg, flywheels: You can go that big if you want to, but you are looking at completly tearing down the motor and changing the flywheels. S&S sells some different kits for what you want to do. If you go with a 95 CI you dont have to change the flywheels. The 95 would give...

Motorcycle Repair: Big gun 3, drag pipes, dyna jet
drag pipes, dyna jet, harley owner: The only thing I tell people about drag pipes is that they make you lose horses. Drag pipes are designed for high RPMs, not where people normally ride. the baffles are probably welded not just pressed, so you might damage the pipes trying to get the baffles...

Motorcycle Repair: Big scooter trouble, local bike shop, grateful thanks
local bike shop, grateful thanks, mile trip: Hi Neil. Is this scooter a 2-stroke or 4-stroke. That is a very important thing to know in helping to determine the problem. You may want to look at the ignition system and see where water may intrude into it or where it could arc against the frame...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike chains, bike chains, clutch cable
bike chains, clutch cable, chain oil: Check the chain every 1000 miles to see if its dry. If it is then use a chain oil like PJ1 to oil it. You dont need alot. Remember, if you use to much it will sling off the chain and on the bike. As to your clutch, I am not going to be able to help you. If...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike cuts out when riding, kawasaki vulcan 750, 1995 kawasaki vulcan 750
kawasaki vulcan 750, 1995 kawasaki vulcan 750, vacuum hose: Hi Betsy, I believe there is more than one problem. I recommend having a local tech examine the MC. I suspect an intake air leak and/or carburetors are out of synchronization causing the loss of power/stalling when warm symptoms. It could be a pinched...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike cutting out, full throtle, yamaha xt600
full throtle, yamaha xt600, air screw: Hi Phil. Before you go adjusting the mixture, check the plugs after a hard run. Are they fouled or burned up? Are they whitened from excessively lean fuel? You could have a fuel flow problem in the fuel line or fuel valve. Possibly something loose...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Dead, honda shadow ace, safety switches
honda shadow ace, safety switches, starter button: Hi Norman, I need to see the wiring diagram before commenting on the problem. Safety switches may be the cause; side stand switch, clutch switch, neutral switch. It s a long shot but, consider ignition switch, kill switch, and more likely, the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike gone dead, regulator rectifier, yamaha virago
regulator rectifier, yamaha virago, richard porter: Hi Richard. Start with the fuses and see how many are blown, including the main under the high side cover. Then check the stator wiring for shorts. When it is running again, check the stator output at the battery. It should be between 13 - 15 VDC....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike dies when hot, crank case, piston rings
crank case, piston rings, valve cover: Hi Craig. It sounds like you have fuel intrusion into the system. There are only a couple of things that could cause this. 1) The carbs are flooding the cylinders due to failure of the float seals or floats. 2) The valves are out of adjustment...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike dies after a mile or so, honda cbr f4, power relay
honda cbr f4, power relay, email addy: Hi Michael, Was the MC stored for any periods? Was a fuel stabilizer used? Easy on the carb cleaner additives. They can booger up the carbs to a pricey tune of several hundred dollars. I return tech files by email. There was no email address with...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike dies after a mile or so, honda cbr f4, diaphragm valve
honda cbr f4, diaphragm valve, power relay: Micheal.... these things are not really my specialty at all. Never worked on one or owned one. I went to the PARTS FISH site and checked the illustrations as much as I could. I see a throttle position switch on the carb bank plus an air cut diaphragm valve...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike dies while riding, triumph bonneville, cylinder head
triumph bonneville, cylinder head, carbs: Hi Dave. You have either a short in the ignition circuit, or the coil is starting to go bad. The coil needs to be bench tested to see if the problem is there, then, if no problem is found, start looking for intermittent shorts in all of the wiring between...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike difficult to start when cold, combustion chambers, hydraulic tensioner
combustion chambers, hydraulic tensioner, leak down test: Hi Dylan, The hydraulic tensioner may be defective and contributing to the noise problem. I doubt it would develop enough slack to affect valve timing. Perform a cylinder compression check with engine cool and warm. Follow with a leak-down test. These...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike drips oil from a hose when starting., oil seeps, vent hose
oil seeps, vent hose, oil tank: No, this oil that is spitting out is not unhealthy, but it is a pain. Here is whats happening When your bike sits for a while oil seeps past a ball and spring into the bottom end. This has been a problem for years with harleys, due to the fact that the oil...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike is flooding., honda cm400t, red kote
honda cm400t, red kote, powder substance: Hi Candice, The petcock will need repaired or replaced. The carburetor needle valves (float valves) will lekely need replaced. The exception to replacement is if rust or orther contaminants are caught between the needle valve and valve seat causing...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike not fully charging then killing after about an hour of riding., regulator rectifier, v45 sabre
regulator rectifier, v45 sabre, starter solenoid: Hi Nick, The charging system needs tested to verify the defective component(s). I suspect the regulator-rectifier and/or alternator is defective. Perform an output test and check the reg/rec. I return tech information files by email. There was...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike information, torque measurements, cubic centimeters
torque measurements, cubic centimeters, brake horsepower: cc is cubic centimeters (engine size), bhp is brake horsepower and nm is newton-meters which is the metric equivalent of foot-pounds, like for torque measurements. Best bike is whichever is best for you, your size, your experience and how much money you...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike keeps dieing on me!, motorcycle repair shop, routine maintainence
motorcycle repair shop, routine maintainence, honda cbr: Hi LaMarr. Chances are, that the bike spent a lot of time in storage or some other form of disuse. HAve the carbs been cleaned properly and thoroughly? Chances are, they never have been. The other possibility is that you have an electrical short, bad...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike not kicking over (starting), heritage softail, handle bars
heritage softail, handle bars, low battery: you could be having ignition problems or charging problems. a low battery will not let the bike start, Or if it did start it would not run good, when using the choke you can NOT give the bike any throttle at ALL. Timing could be off as well as Jetting. Johnn...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike will only roll start, kawasaki kz, oil leaks
kawasaki kz, oil leaks, filler plug: Hi Toby. That sooty black on the plug means that the bike is running a bit rich. If you have not tampered with the mixture, then the problem is likely to be the air filter may be clogged or the choke is stuck closed a bit. clean the plugs and see if...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike will only rollstart, kawasaki kz, combustion gasses
kawasaki kz, combustion gasses, oil leaks: Hi Toby, Q: ...I have had the carbi apart and checked all jets and the diaphram all seem to be in good condition. The spark plug is a sooty black color. A: The carburetor needs to be tuned to correct the overly rich air-fuel mixtures. Q: ...Should...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Problem, street bikes, valve adjustment
street bikes, valve adjustment, 300ex: Hi D. If the valves are set correctly and the ignition timing are correct, then this should not be happening. Double-check your valve timing and make sure that it was set to the correct position on the timing wheel. It is also possible that the valves...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Problem, kawasaki zx 6, bike chain
kawasaki zx 6, bike chain, point in time: Hi David, sorry for the delay I ve been working away. 1st it really isn t advisable to shorten these chains, also it is highly unlikely that it has just stretched overnight, more likely is that the eccentric adjusters in the rear wheel have slipped and moved...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike quite Running, jumper wire, key switch
jumper wire, key switch, test light: There are several things that can cause your problem. First you are going to need a test light to find the trouble. I would suspect that you have a short in the ignition. Start by turning the ignition on and test at the coil. You should have 12 volts at...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike shut down while riding, ol lady, tweeks
ol lady, tweeks, fuel filter: Couple of questions. Looking down the throat of the carb, when twisting the throttle are you getting gas? Removing one of the plugs and holding it against the cylinder, turn the motor over. Are you getting spark? While the plug is out, what color is it? ...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike has been sitting, honda magna, rust check
honda magna, rust check, check tires: Hi Mike, The Magna s carburetors may have varnished during the storage. If so, they ll need thoroughly cleaned. Check the fuel tanks for evidence of rust. Check airbox for evidence of nests (true). Check tires and other rubber for evidence of dry-rotting....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike stalls, when hot, hd oil, clutch lever
hd oil, clutch lever, exhaust pipes: The only thing I can think of, without having the bike to do some diagnosis, is that the throttle position censer that controls the idle is either bad or sticking. The other the next time it does it i would ride to the shop and show them what it is doing,...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike will not start, honda shadow ace, motor carbon brushes
honda shadow ace, motor carbon brushes, honda shadow ace 750: Hi Chris, Starter motor solenoid clicking means low battery or starter motor carbon brushes worn. Visit www.bikebandit.com to view parts microfiche on-line. You can bump-start the MC. Use 2nd gear for best results. Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike will not start, yamaha xt 225, harnass
yamaha xt 225, harnass, blue spark: Hi DJ. You really needed a compression tester to be sure of the compression in the cylinders. It could still be too low, but without a tester you cannot be 100% sure. Either way, now you need to be certain that all of the carbs are pulling together....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike will not start, starter solenoid, yamaha v star
starter solenoid, yamaha v star, volts and amps: Hi Dee. I see five possible problems here. 1) The battery is shot. Check the battery with a meter as well as with a hygrometer. The meter will tell you how much of a charge (in volts) that the battery is holding, but the hygrometer will tell you the...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike not starting and engine not steady, suzuki dr200, motorcycle technician
suzuki dr200, motorcycle technician, venice ca: Hi Isabelle. Thank you for the compliment on my road name. Eventually, when you hang out with enough riders, especially the old-timers who ve been riding for 20 or more years, you ll end up with a cool road name too. Give it time. Now, on to your...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike not starting/not fully charging, v45 sabre, regulator rectifier
v45 sabre, regulator rectifier, starter solenoid: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help you. First, you have a problem with the charging system and that is why the battery goes dead. As to what part of the system I am not going to be able to help you, as I only know harleys....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike is sticking in gear., honda cb 750, clutch lever
honda cb 750, clutch lever, oil level: Deb, Barring any internal crankcase ills, you make have a dragging clutch. Be sure the cable is adjusted correctly and you have a little free play but not to much. If you have too much or the cable is damaged you may not be dissengauging the clutch fully....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike turns over but won't start, wingthings texas, clutch installation
wingthings texas, clutch installation, powder substance: Hi Jim, I don t recommend spraying carb cleaner into the carburetors, nor adding carb cleaner with the gasoline. These chemicals may damage the carb s parts. If the engine is not starting, the carbs likely need to be thoroughly cleaned. Especially true...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Won't Start after sitting in rain, ninja 250, water intrusion
ninja 250, water intrusion, float bowl: Hi PJ. There is a recessed screw at the bottom outboard side of each float bowl on the carbs. Attatch a section of line to the drain that protrudes from the bottom of the float bowl and loosen the screw to drain and tighten to close. Also get yourself...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Won't Start after sitting in rain, ninja 250, bill silver
ninja 250, bill silver, pressure washing: Pj....not real familiar with the details of this bike, but I would say in general that rain has either gotten in the ignition switch, handlebar kill switch or perhaps gotten in and around the spark plug caps, shorting out the sparks. It may have cleared...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Wont Start, suzuki gsf bandit, wood hi
suzuki gsf bandit, wood hi, electrical fault: Hi Dave. This sounds more like a shorting problem than a CDI box problem. Worst case, you would need a new wiring harness, but I suspect that you may just have a short or two in the system. It is likely that the mechanic that you took it to was not...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Wont Start, suzuki gsf bandit, wood hi
suzuki gsf bandit, wood hi, electrical fault: Hi Dave, I don t understand what you mean by this ...when you pull the cables out and put them back in it starts(most of the time). The more information you give me, the better diagnosis I can return. There s little to go on with the description given....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike Wont start, gsxr750, spark plug
gsxr750, spark plug, fuses: Hi Jim. Double-check the fuses and the fuse connections, then check the ignition switch. Just because you have lights, doesn t mean that power is getting to the ignition system. A bad ignition switch can provide power and still not provide it to the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start and engine is not running steady, suzuki dr200, motorcycle technician
suzuki dr200, motorcycle technician, venice ca: Hi Isabelle, The carburetor will need to be cleaned. Fuel changes chemically from a liquid, to a gel, and eventually to a corrosive powder. The early stages of this process is know as varnishing or gumming. This is very common as owners bring their...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start / no spark, 1982 honda sabre, switch fuses
1982 honda sabre, switch fuses, pulse generators: Go Here first... http://users.rcn.com/kochc/moto/spark/ig_repair.html Then you can browse other links below.... http://www.thesabregroup.com/ http://t.webring.com/hub?ring=sabmag http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~rblander/moto_long.html If all...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start, kawasaki kmx 125, overflow pipe
kawasaki kmx 125, overflow pipe, speedy reply: Hi Val. That tube must connect to something, but I have no idea what it would connect to. The repair manual should show you where it connects. If you haven t gotten it, do so. As far as the oil-fouled plug, there is obviously a problem with the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start - suspect flooded engine?, aprilia rs125, electrical fault
aprilia rs125, electrical fault, starter button: Hi Asa. The smell of fuel definitely indicates flooding. Being as it s a 2-stroke, the problem could be fuel:oil mix. It should be at a 50:1 ratio. if the premix is wrong, then that would keep it from firing. There is also the possibility of the usual...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start after running, coolant level, vacuum leak
coolant level, vacuum leak, air vacuum: Hi Alan, I suspect the cause of the problem is one or more of the following: Improper idle adjustment Carburetor sychronization out of service limits Intake air vacuum leak Varnished carbs Other I doubt that the cooling system is faulty. The engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start, fuse block, bench test
fuse block, bench test, starter relay: If you are not getting any current to the starter then you have a problem with components before the starter. Check your battery wires, both hot and ground. Both ends. The starter should have current going to it all the time. Just he relay kicks in and out...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike won't start, grit sandpaper, starter solenoid
grit sandpaper, starter solenoid, salvage yard: Hi Matt. The spark plugs are completely unrelated to the starter. You could have a bad starter motor, bad starter brushes, bad starter solenoid, or bad connection to the starter. Check the components as per the test proceedures in the repair manual,...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike wont stay running, vent hoses, powder substance
vent hoses, powder substance, bikebandit com: Hi Brian, The problem may be one or more of the following; The carburetors may need more thoroughly cleaned. Contamination from the tank re-contaminated the cleaned carbs. Carb hoses may not be connected properly. Carbs hoses pinched or collapsed....

Motorcycle Repair: Bike, plug hole, kindof
plug hole, kindof, spark plug: Dave, it sounds like it is probably flooded with gas or oil. Do you know what year, make or model it is? Check and see if it has any compression, it should blow your finger off the spark plug hole at least. Watch out for gas and/or oil shooting out of...

Motorcycle Repair: Bill, a question about the..., bill silver, air leak
bill silver, air leak, o ring: Gary, the carburetor material is rather malleable and will warp when the retaining nuts are cranked down too hard. The O-ring in the carb base seals the connection between the carb and head/insulator. The best course of action is to gently file the flange...

Motorcycle Repair: Bill, thanks for the quick..., rotor stator, mixture settings
rotor stator, mixture settings, maximum gap: Gary, first be sure that your throttle cable isn t hanging up internally or it isn t binding when you turn the handlebars. Back the horizontal idle speed screw all the way out, then turn it back into where it just starts to raise the slide, ever so slightly....

Motorcycle Repair: Billet handle bar, honda shadow spirit, dish soap
honda shadow spirit, dish soap, soap and water: Hi Kristy. Well, there s a method that has been in use by bikers for decades and here it is; Mix up a strong mixture of dish soap and water. Then put it in a spray bottle and spray the end of the handlebar and slip the handgrip on and let the water...

Motorcycle Repair: BLEEDING HYDAULIC CLUTH, seperate systems, kawasaki ninja
seperate systems, kawasaki ninja, clutch lever: Eddie, Sounds like that shop has a great policy! Funny how some mechanics don t want to be bothered w/ actually diagnosing an evasive problem. Too old huh? Maybe the next time he goes to his doctor he ll tell him the same thing, sorry, you re too old!...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding Brakes, honda magna 750, brake caliper
honda magna 750, brake caliper, bleeding brakes: Nathan, keep the master cylinder topped up with fluid as you bleed the lines. You can hook a small tube onto the bleed screw on the brake caliper. Stick the end into a jar for the fluid to run into. Pump the brake lever a few times and hold it. Turn...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding front brake after rebuild, s3 thunderbolt, bleeder valve
s3 thunderbolt, bleeder valve, master cylinder: If you are getting brake fluid out the bleeder then you are moving fluid through the master cylinder. Make sure you have all the air out or they wont work. in the master cylinder the hole is very small for the fluid to go through so it takes along time to...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding brakes, suzuki bandit 600, rear brake caliper
suzuki bandit 600, rear brake caliper, bleeding brakes: Hi Amrik. Bleeding brakes is often a frustrating process, however the key is to insure that there are no high spots in the line where air will tend to be trapped (remember that air wants to go up and will trap itself at the highest point in the system that...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding brakes Seca 750, hydraulic brake fluid, yamaha seca 750
hydraulic brake fluid, yamaha seca 750, bleeding brakes: Hi Anton, Bleeding hydraulic systems can be frustrating. Priming the master cylinder may be necessary. First, try reverse bleeding the system to fill the lines with hydraulic (brake)fluid. This may prime the master cylinder. Reverse bleed by pumping...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding brakes, bleeding brakes, honda rebel
bleeding brakes, honda rebel, several different ways: Hi Scott. Don t take this the wrong way, but I am about to ask a couple really stupid questions. When you open the bleeder screw, are you compressing the brake lever then immediately tightening the bleeder screw before releasing the lever? Are you...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding Clutch on 85 Goldwing Aspencade, clutch master cylinder, goldwing aspencade
clutch master cylinder, goldwing aspencade, clutch lever: Hi Frank. This is a very common problem amongst bikes with a hydraulic clutch. And here s the solution; 1) Bleed the clutch line like normal. 2) With a rag placed over anything near the master cylinder that you don t want to get hydraulic fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding fluid, clutch master, air bubbles
clutch master, air bubbles, zx7: John, if the clutch master or slave cylinder was leaking it probably needs repair or replacement or the fluid will just leak out again. If you want to try to bleed it, keep the fluid topped up and pump the lever a few times and hold. Then down on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding the hydraulic clutch on 1984 Shadow, v65 magna, hydraulic clutch
v65 magna, hydraulic clutch, bleeding brakes: Hi Freddy. Bleeding brakes, as you know, is not a complicated thing and it works to get air bubbles out of the line. But, here s the part they don t tell you; Some bikes have an additional problem with both the clutch and front brakes, including...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, honda nighthawk 750, blinkers
honda nighthawk 750, blinkers, running light: Hi Will. This sounds like a wiring problem. There is likely a short in the wiring for the signal system. Start with that and see what you find. As far as the replacement signals, remember that not all aftermarket signal lights are compatible with all...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, left turn signal, right turn signals
left turn signal, right turn signals, flasher circuit: Your problem is probaby the bulbs themselves. Many aftermarket light dont draw enough current to make the flasher work. It has to detect so much current draw to flash. There are products out there that you can wire in to increase the draw. Check in your custom...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, poor conductivity, circuit conductors
poor conductivity, circuit conductors, honda parts: Hi Rodney, The usual causes for blinkers to work as described are: poor conductivity through circuit conductors, connectors, and components due to corrosion or wear; and weak or defective charging system. If the blink rate increases (inproves) with engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, kawasaki vulcan, signal lamps
kawasaki vulcan, signal lamps, private question: Hi Greg, What brand tail/signal lamps did you get? For our convenience, please include your email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. Send your email addy via the private question option if necessary. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers work someitmes, motorcycle batteries, battery cells
motorcycle batteries, battery cells, alternator output: Hi Jacob, The battery may be defective, worn, or simply need recharged. Alternator output increases with engine speed (RPM). Higher RPM s supplies adequate current/voltage to the turn signals causing them to work properly when engine is revved. Test...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, test light, blinkers
test light, blinkers, yahama: i usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I might be able to help. You either have a short or a ground problem in the lights circuit. What you are going to have to do is get a test light and a wiring diagram and start tracing the wires until you find...

Motorcycle Repair: Blowing fuse on cbr900rr, dual element, light bulbs
dual element, light bulbs, new lighting: Hi Pat, You ve described a direct short. I ll need more information to sort the problem over the internet. Can you send me the new lighting diagram or installation instructions and describe which wires were modified to connect these new lights? Are...

Motorcycle Repair: Blowing fuses in 1988 Shadow VLX, shadow vlx, kill switch
shadow vlx, kill switch, harleys: I usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I might be able to help.If you are blowing fuses then you have a short somewhere in the wiring. Start at the ignition and work your way back to the battery to locate the problem. You will have to check every...

Motorcycle Repair: Blown Head Gasket, blown head gasket, honda magna
blown head gasket, honda magna, honda dealers: John, Honda dealers will have flat rate books to help guide them in estimating a repair like this. Many current Honda dealers will not work on bikes this old due to lack of parts, even though they have built similar bikes recently. I live in Hawaii and have...

Motorcycle Repair: Blown head gasket or breather drain?, cylinder head gasket, blown head gasket
cylinder head gasket, blown head gasket, honda cb650: Hi Dave. If you drained the breather and it had any fluid in it, then you should have been able to tell if it was water or oil. Water will have no color and oil is lighter than water. If there was water and oil, then there may have been a white substance...

Motorcycle Repair: Blue exhaust pipe, yamaha v star, lean condition
yamaha v star, lean condition, epa standards: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I think i can help you. You bluing is caused by a lean condition. Your bike, Like all cars and bikes, came from the factory lean to pass EPA standards. Lean causes heat which makes the pipes blue in color. The...

Motorcycle Repair: BMW motorcycle, vacuum leaks, bmw motorcycle
vacuum leaks, bmw motorcycle, hi adam: Hi Adam, What exactly was done with the carbs (tuning)? Are the spark plugs fouling? Try and redo any changes made until you get her running. Making too many adjustments can be frustrating because it s difficult to what caused the problem. Keep...

Motorcycle Repair: BMW R100/7 brakes, rotor system, bmw bmw
rotor system, bmw bmw, drum brakes: Hi Steve, I recommend braided lines for every MC. For brake pads, use premium brands and try different pad compounds. You may find a less expensive solution compared to buying and installing new Performance Machine (brand name) or other complete replacement...

Motorcycle Repair: BMW R65LS '82, bmw r65ls, haynes manual
bmw r65ls, haynes manual, speedy response: Hi Dave. It is extremely unlikely that the carbs would have gone out of synch on their own in 3 months, unless you put a decent amount of miles (over 2000) during that time. To check the ignition coils, you need the repair manual (for the specs and...

Motorcycle Repair: Bogging out, sport bikes, interuption
sport bikes, interuption, fuel flow: Hi Rich. All things considered, it could be the coils, but in order to be certain, you need to test them as per the test proceedures in the repair manual. As far as the carbs, I doubt that the problem is related to the carbs, based on the symptoms that...

Motorcycle Repair: Bogging down, not enough power, yamaha wolverine, model yamaha
yamaha wolverine, model yamaha, hate 2: I hate 2 say this my friend, but your questions is way 2 advanced for me to answer over the net. I need the bike to diagnos this issue. I ll try to help though by asking, Why did u replace all of the parts u listed? Why did u rebuild the top half of your...

Motorcycle Repair: Bogging down, hd sportster, sportster 883
hd sportster, sportster 883, intermediate jet: Couple of things to check. Plug wires might be corroded. Check where they plug in to the coil. Your intermediate jet in the carb might have a speck of dirt in it. You would have to pull the carb and remove the jet to check it. Your electronic ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Bolt hole threads, bandit 600, new suzuki
bandit 600, new suzuki, loose thread: Hi David, Thanks for the compliment. I ve never attempted to repair banjo bolt threads. A dealership would rather order a new part vs. the time it takes to repair it. I need to see the part to advise what to do. Much of the repair depends upon how...

Motorcycle Repair: Bottom end rebuilding, stroke oil, motor oil
stroke oil, motor oil, crankshaft: Bill, No big concern here. A bit of 2-stroke oil or even typical motor oil will do you fine. They are continually lubricated by the pre-mix entering the crank chamber. Apply Three-bond non-hardening sealant to the case flanges, NO silicone. Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Boyer Brandsen, boyer brandsen, stator plate
boyer brandsen, stator plate, magnetic rotor: My Friend For quite some time I have been working with the AllExperts site to help you and others with their motorycle questions and problems. Some I have been able to help more than others, but I tried, and took no payment for these services. It has been...

Motorcycle Repair: BRAKE PAD REPLACEMENT, rear brake caliper, torque wrench
rear brake caliper, torque wrench, pad replacement: Hi Randy. You should not need any special tools to remove the caliper. Just the usual tools; screwdriver, pliers, and wrenches. The only additional tool you may possibly need would be a torque wrench to tighten the mounting bolts correctly. Good luck....

Motorcycle Repair: FRONT BRAKE, front brake caliper, honda vt750
front brake caliper, honda vt750, bush pin: Hi Anthony. Since bleeding it didn t fix it, I am wondering if something didn t go back together quite correctly and is now causing a blockage in the system. Based on your description, I don t see how. There is also the possibility that the caliper...

Motorcycle Repair: BRAND NEW BIKE PROBLEM, brand new bike, importing electronics
brand new bike, importing electronics, dirt bikes: Hi Nagy. That s a pretty complex set of circumstances. I ve been hearing a lot, both online as well as here on the streets about those Chinese copies of Japanese bikes. First thing that you need to do is get the repair manuals for each of the different...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake, honda cm 400, worst case scenario
honda cm 400, worst case scenario, master cylinder: Hi Terry. It sounds as if the problem could be only one of two things. Either there is a blockage in the lines preventing backflow on brake release, or there is something in the master cylinder doing the same thing. Flush the line and pull the master...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake adjustment, honda cb350, worst case scenario
honda cb350, worst case scenario, hydraulic brakes: Hi Pat. Hydraulic brakes are self-adjusting, so it sounds more like the caliper is not retracting properly. There could be something interfering with it s movement, rust in the mechanism or something in the system preventing full retraction of pressure....

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake Bleeding, honda cx, brake caliper
honda cx, brake caliper, bleeding brakes: Common problem u have here. Take off your caliper and clean throughly with brake cleaner. Shoot it in any hole u can find including bleeder. U have a blockage in the caliper and most of the time this will get it. If not, u r looking at buying a new caliper...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake Cable Removal, honda trail, adjustment nut
honda trail, adjustment nut, bill silver: Kirk, Remove the adjustment nut (14mm), the cable joint ferrel and the spring. Once you have all that off the end of the cable, the whole cable housing will withdraw from the backing plate, then take the cable off the handlebar end lever, with the adjuster...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake Calipers, caliper pistons, brake calipers
caliper pistons, brake calipers, air bubbles: Matt, I have no idea what your bike is cause I m a Harley mechanic but I ll try to help. Your brakes probably just need bleeding. Start with a full master cylinder with the top off and level. Try pressing all the caliper pistons back into the caliper and...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake Fluid, dot 5 brake fluid, silicone brake fluid
dot 5 brake fluid, silicone brake fluid, hd shop: SILICONE BRAKE FLUID HAS A HIGHER BOILING POINT AND DOES NOT ADSORBE WATER, IF YOU MIX SILICONE BASE BRAKE FLUID AND GLYCOAST BASE BRAKE FLUID LIKE DOT 3 OR DOT 4 YOU GET (GLUE) NOT GOOD. NAPA AUTO CARRIES DOT 5 SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY 602-340-1266 PHOENIX...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake Light, honda cb 550, brake light switch
honda cb 550, brake light switch, key switch: Use a test light to see if you have power going to the light when you press the brake. If not then locate the brake light switch. It should be somewhere in the brake line. It probaby has two wires going ot it. One should always be hot with the key switch on....

Motorcycle Repair: Brake Lights Not Working, black knobs, running light
black knobs, running light, filaments: On your side plate. the black is generally the ground. red is probably brake light and blue is probably running light. You cant connect the red tot he black. that will short it out. reconnect the wires the way they were and replace the fuse. Follow the directions...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake lever removal / replacement, needlenose pliers, ring pliers
needlenose pliers, ring pliers, victory sport: Hi Stan. It s hard to describe exactly how to safely remove a circlip in such a way as to not lose it, but here goes. there are two methods. Both are equally difficult/anoying depending on your dexterity. First method: This requires a set of ring...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light problems, foot brake, brake switch
foot brake, brake switch, hot wire: Follow your brake line back until you see a block with the brake switch sitting on top of it. There will be two wires connected to it. Turn the key on and with a testlight check both wires going to the switch. One should be hot ad the other should be hot when...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light rear / foot peddel, intents and purposes, factory paint
intents and purposes, factory paint, foot lever: Find the switch first. It will be in your brake line. It will have two wires to it. One is always hot, the other goes to the brake. Make sure the one is hot. Depress the foot lever and see if the other one gets hot. If it the one isnt hot, then you dont have...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light on Shadow Spirit 750, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750, 2003 honda shadow spirit: Hi Wendy, I suspect one of the the brake light switches need attention. Click the link below to see microfiche parts view of the rear brake switch. The brake switch has adjustment for bralke light illumination. Loosen the round lock-nut move switch in or...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light staying on, brake lever, master cylinder
brake lever, master cylinder, low rider: The brake lever was install inproperly. There is a brake lite switch in the right switch housing and the Master cylinder and brake lever need to be up tight againts the switch housing so that the brake lever is pushing the brake lite switch in so the lite...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light switch failure, hydraulic actuation, brake light switch
hydraulic actuation, brake light switch, high school science: Hi Tom. Most brake light switches on motorcycles do not come in direct contact with the brake fluid and would not be affected by it. However, any electrical component, no matter where on the bike, that is in direct contact with any of the fluids in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light switch Yamaha Venture, brake light switch, hand lever
brake light switch, hand lever, hi bob: Hi Bob. Every bike made since probably 1930 has had a fuse for the brake light and tail light. Usually, the fuse for the brake lights are with the signal fuse, but sometimes they are a completely seperate fuse. It would still be in the fusebox with the...