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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel alignment, front wheel alignment, fxstc
front wheel alignment, fxstc, last question: What the book is refering to is the fact that the front tire is not as wide as the rear. So what that means is the offset on the front tire should be .560 on each side. When you read is its a little confusing. As long as the tire is centered in the forks you...

Motorcycle Repair: winter storage, long cold winter, spring drain
long cold winter, spring drain, winter storage: When you are done riding, change your fluids. Fill the gas tank to the top. Start and run the bike until it warms up and shot off the petcock so the bike runs out of gas and the carb is dry. Put some stablelizer in the gas tank, or in the spring drain the...

Motorcycle Repair: XR70R 2002, cam timing, flywheel
cam timing, flywheel, crank: Bill, I m most familiar with the pre 82 Honda but generally speaking...yes you will have to take off the side cover and find a T marked on the flywheel. That s top dead center on the cylinder. The cam is then timed when the crank is on top dead center....

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha 700xv virago 1984, plug caps, air leaks
plug caps, air leaks, tight connections: Stanley, these bikes definitely need a good battery and clean tight connections to run well. The ignition is a transistor controlled type and will act poorly if any electrical connectors are corroded at all. If you think the engine is turning ...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha 920, gasoline smell, starter problem
gasoline smell, starter problem, starter fluid: Sorry Robin, but my experience is limited to Hondas. I think you are on the right track in that it s getting too much fuel. You can confirm it by pulling a plug and seeing if its very wet. If it is you ll have to figure out why the carbs are letting more...

Motorcycle Repair: 02 1200 SPORTSTER, dyna jet, jet kit
dyna jet, jet kit, sportster: Since you only have one carb and one intake you cant hae one cylinder running lean, unless you have a compression problem. Your bike came out of the factory a little lean. You never said if you have changed anything, but if you did you probably made it leaner....

Motorcycle Repair: 02 road king valve adjustment, pushrod, valve adjustment
pushrod, valve adjustment, push rods: If you have adjustable pushrods you can adjust the valves. Jack the bike up and remove the spark plugs. Put the bike in 5th gear. remvoe the clips ont he pushrod covers and slide the covers out of the way. Rotate the motor until the front exhaust is closed,...

Motorcycle Repair: 04 Harley Davidson 1200 Sortster Custom, cold motor, locknut
cold motor, locknut, harley davidson: Yes. Adjust it from under the primary cover. There is a bolt with a locknut on it. remove the small inspection cover in the center of the primary cover and you can feel the chain adjustment. Adjust it so you have about 1/2 inch play in the chain and make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 04 Roadking, shor, good luck
shor, good luck: Have a shop do a dianostic test on the bike. Even though you got codes, its not tell you if the part is bad or you have a shor in the part. After the dianostic you can change the parts yourself if you feel you can do the work Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1200 xlc custom, dyno jet kit, screamin eagle pipes
dyno jet kit, screamin eagle pipes, harley dealership: Generally, when you change pipes and air cleaner you go leaner, but the shop might have jetted to rich. Also, before working on the carb, I would check the coil to make sure its good. A bad coil will cause you to foul plugs. I would still install the dyna-jet...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CB 750 poor running motor, air fuel mixture, spark plug wire
air fuel mixture, spark plug wire, plug gap: That bike needs the added restriction of the air box and filter to maintain the right air fuel mixture. Running without the filter will certainly cause it to lean out. It s not the valves. Those either work or don t work. Looks like you figured it out....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 HD Sportster highway pegs, hd sportster, automotive shop
hd sportster, automotive shop, hardware store: You can just use a bolt from a hardward store. It is nothing special. I cant tell you the size, different hiway pegs use different length bolts. Remove the old bolts and do some measuring to determine the size you need. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 HONDA CB750K, honda motorcycle, sohc4
honda motorcycle, sohc4, bikebandit com: Adam.... go here for illustrations: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb750k4-1974/o/m9235 You have a bank of fuses next to the battery box on the left side. Check all of them for damage. Use a 12v test light and start at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda 450, engine crankcase, honda 450
engine crankcase, honda 450, dead battery: If the switch is on, the battery will drain down. The alternator is under the round left engine crankcase cover. If you take the three screws out you will see the stator and rotor. That bike will not charge up a dead battery and the engine won t start without...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 ironhead sportster clucth problem, ironhead sportster, metal shavings
ironhead sportster, metal shavings, clutch cable: It appears that the clutch is engaged when you have the cover on, so the problem sounds like inthe clutch. I would go ahead and take the clutch apart and do an inspection on it, to see what the plates look like. Once you do that, and the plates look ok, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Sportster, crankcase pressure, crankcase breather
crankcase pressure, crankcase breather, local bike shop: Your breather gear not being timed correctly will not keep it from starting, it will just smoke like crazy when its running. the breather timing mark should be in the slot at top dead center. It might not be perfect in the center, but it should be close. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 cb550F handlebars/oil leak, protective sheath, seal driver
protective sheath, seal driver, unrelated questions: First the handle bar question...yes, you should be able to get the wires out without ruining them. Lube the wires up with a light oil or soap and then start to carefully work them out of the handle bars. The lube will help prevent the cutting of the protective...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB200T carb problem, fuel mixture, float bowl
fuel mixture, float bowl, automotive store: Robert, some key things to check are: Petcock internal passageways. Disassemble and run a drill bit into all the passageways, by hand, to ensure that there is no built up debris blocking the fuel flow to both carbs. When the fuel level drops below specs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda 550cc motorcycle, engine crankcase, point gap
engine crankcase, point gap, mounting plates: Yup, they are adjustable. They are under the left engine crankcase cover. It the round one below the cylinders held on with two screws. The point gap is 0.014 in. and then you adjust the mounting plates under the points to set the timing. Once you get the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 CB550 high rpm's, long stroke, redlines
long stroke, redlines, timing advance: That sounds about right to me. My 69 CL450 ran 6000 rpm at 60 mph in 4th and 5000 rpm in 5th. You can go up a tooth on the front sprocket and it will slow it down sum but you ll notice a reduction in acceleration. That engine redlines at 10,500 rpm if I...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB 360 T main fuse blowing, amp fuse, honda cb 360
amp fuse, honda cb 360, battery cables: Dennis, I m guessing it was dropped on the right side. If that s the case, try taking the right hand handlebar switch apart. I think you may find the internal of that switch are damaged allowing the black and white wire to be grounded. Good luck Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda Trail 90, honda trail 90, resistance one
honda trail 90, resistance one, yellow wires: Canaan, the drop in voltage when you turn the ignition on is normal. There s three parts to the charging circuit. The stator under the flywheel, the rectifier and the voltage regulator. That system only puts out about 2 amps and the battery doesn t charge...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 XL 500, xl 500, clutch basket
xl 500, clutch basket, honda website: I ve not been into too may of those engines so I can t say for sure. However, I ve looked at the pictures on the discount Honda website and it looks like the ratchet paw and spring are inside the crankcases. If I m interpreting it correctly, you ll have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750K, honda 750, turn signal
honda 750, turn signal, fuses: There s a flasher unit like on your car that is probably bad. As far as the horn, make sure you are getting power to it. Those horns are exposed to the weather and tend to rust inside so if you have power and it doesn t work, it s probably the horn that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750k, broken cam adjust screw!, 1979 honda cb750k, sorry alex
1979 honda cb750k, sorry alex, cam chain: Sorry Alex, we lost our Internet access when the tower was struck by lightning during the storm in central IL last week. I m having a little difficulty with your explanation. The valves have shims to adjust the valve clearance. I think you re referring...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM400T, headgasket, exhaust pipe
headgasket, exhaust pipe, honda cm400t: It s doubtful that it s coming from the exhaust unless there s oil pumping out the exhaust pipe too. More than likely, the headgasket is leaking near the exhaust and is blowing or wicking over to the exhaust pipe. You re probably looking at a headgasket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CX500D Carb Tuning, air velocity, sorry jerry
air velocity, sorry jerry, carb tuning: Sorry Jerry, we ve lost our Internet access when the storm went through central IL and the tower was struck by lightning. It s difficult to figure out the problem with the information you ve provided. I m assuming you are opening the throttle rapidly and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda cb750k, 1979 honda cb750k, speed jets
1979 honda cb750k, speed jets, low speed: Running carb cleaner through carbs has never worked for me. Some people get it to work but when those low speed jets get plugged, nothing seems to clean them except taking them apart and cleaning by hand. That what it sounds like to me. Regards, Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Sportster xlh 1000 Rim sizing, 16 wheels, mag wheels
16 wheels, mag wheels, chrome wheels: What you need is wheels that will fit a 78 to 83 sportster. Going with different years you will get a different width on the hub. The 35mm and 39mm means the fork size. the 3/4 and the 1 relates to the axle size. you have a 3/4 inch axle and 35mm forks. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cm400t, cam lobes, cam shaft
cam lobes, cam shaft, bolt holes: Well once you get the cam cam sprocket and camshaft in place, you ll see two indexing marks on the cam sprocket. Make sure the cam lobes on number one cylinder are pointing away from teh followers to be sure you have teh cam in the right orientation. Put...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 HD Sturgis Clutch Adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch assembly
clutch adjustment, clutch assembly, locknut: First, put ome slack in the cable by adjusting it shorter. Go tot he clutch and loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster outward. Slowly turn it inward, just until it bottom out and then back about 1/8 of a turn. Now go to the cable and adjust it so you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda Cm400 clutch repair, 1980 honda cm400, dremmel tool
1980 honda cm400, dremmel tool, speed grinder: Well, the way I did it was to take a dremmel tool with a cut off wheel attachment and make teeth fit inside the spanner nut. I usually hold the socket up to the spanner nut and mark the outline of the teeth so I know where to start cutting. I then take a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 FLTC, spark plug wires, vent holes
spark plug wires, vent holes, stock ignition: The coil as well as the ignition are not prone to shut down or cause a sputter when you just romp on the bike. The coil will either get weak or not work at all over time. the ignition is the same as well. It will cause a intermediate short allt he time, not...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda 750c, petcock, fuel line
petcock, fuel line, carbs: That s interesting. There are two shutoffs in the fuel line. The petcock and the float needles. I d start by making sure the petcock isn t plugged with rust or something. Just pull the hose off the petcock and open up for a second and see if you get a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CB750-f, honda cb750, velocity stacks
honda cb750, velocity stacks, tight space: Nope, those are tight. You can pull the velocity stacks off or push them back into the air box to make a little more room. They are probably pretty hard by now but I don t know of any other way. I suppose you could remove all the motor mounts an roll the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna v750 v45, 1982 honda magna, cold line
1982 honda magna, cold line, highway speed: Sounds like the fan switch is bad. There s a switch on the radiator that closes the circuit when the coolant reached the set temperature. Try jumping the two wires in that connector to see if the fan comes on. The engine doesn t have to be running for this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM450A, hondamatics, honda shop
hondamatics, honda shop, hondamatic: That bike came out the year after I stopped working at the Honda shop in Lafayette, IN. So I m guessing here a little bit. What is your idle speed set to? If you leave the choke on does it still die? What I m wondering is if the load on the engine, when...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Shadow VT500C Carb Rebuild, honda vt500c, bikebandit com
honda vt500c, bikebandit com, time brad: Sorry Brad but those are specific to that bike. What parts are you needing? I ve had some luck getting things like needles and seats and gaskets from Honda or Cycle Recycle part 2 in Indy. You might want to give them a call and see if Rob can help you....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c shadow, crank case, field coil
crank case, field coil, stator: I don t think the ground is the problem but it s on the left side of the crank case near the stator. Take a VOM and check the battery voltage when the bike reved up to 3000 rpm or higher. It should be 14.5 volts. If it isn t, you have a problem. Either...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 650 Nighthawk, fuel valve, bottem
fuel valve, bottem, fuel delivery: Sorry Jon, we ve lost our Internet access when the tower was struck by lightning during the storm in central IL last week. Sounds like you got a carburetor full of water or dirt that is messing up the fuel delivery. You can try draining the float bowls. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Aspencade Wheel Bearing, front wheel bearings, wheel bearing
front wheel bearings, wheel bearing, aspencade: Well, it s not much more difficult than changing the front tire. You have to get the front wheel off the ground and get it off the bike. You have to pull the front brake discs and you ll see the seals. Pry out the seals and you ll see the bearings. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXSB shovelhead ignition timing and pushrod adjustment, hydraulic lifters, timing hole
hydraulic lifters, timing hole, pushrods: To time the bike you need a timing light. Start the bike and at the timing hole shoot the light and find the mark in the light. You will need a clear plug for the timing hole or oil will shoot out. If you need to adjust it you have to turn the timing plate...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 XV700 Ignition problem, coil resistance, picking up the signal
coil resistance, picking up the signal, rear coil: Glen, It sounds like you are on the right track. Good job on your self Diagnostics! I don t have much more advice for you. The easy stuff is checking all of the wiring, but like you said it is not picking up the signal to fire that cylinder. If all of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Rebel 250, honda rebel 250, 1985 honda rebel 250
honda rebel 250, 1985 honda rebel 250, low pitch: Well, David, I m not sure what a low pitch scrape sounds like so I ll describe what I d do and we can take it from there. First you need to know how that transmission is designed. All of the gears are engaged at all times. The shifter slides different fixed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda 200s timing, honda 200s, height settings
honda 200s, height settings, chain tensioner: Steven, After a serious crash lots of items can shake loose. Like you said, if you have a strong spark and fuel then it should at least fire/sputter. If the spring loaded timing chain tensioner broke on the impact then it is possible the timing is off....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawasaki Ninja 600R (US edition), bike cranks, kawasaki ninja
bike cranks, kawasaki ninja, starter fluid: Anthony, Sounds like you are checking the right areas. I really don t like starting fluid because it can damage plastic/rubber parts (most modern carbs) but it will run a engine for a few seconds. If you have a good spark, make sure the carbs are clean...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Harley 883 Alternator Magnets, clutch basket, harley 883
clutch basket, harley 883, bullet proof: the magnets becoming detached is not really common, but it can occure. Nothing is bullet proof and parts can brake at anytime. The chances of them coming detached are pretty slim. Moving the magnets doesnt change anything, they still spin with the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda TRX 70 ATV, honda trx 70, cam gear
honda trx 70, cam gear, engine rebuilding: Sorry Keith, we ve lost our Internet access when the storm went through central IL and the tower was struck by lightning. My experience is on pre-82 Honda so I can t give you specific instructions on your ATV. However in general, all Honda are about the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 VN750, bikebandit com, kawasaki motorcycle
bikebandit com, kawasaki motorcycle, gasket material: Lenny... good thing that MrHonda knows that a VN750 is a Kawasaki! http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/kawasaki-motorcycle-vulcan-750-vn750a2-us-1986/o/m4543 for illustrations. See Engine covers section. If you have all the bolts out, the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Goldwing rough running, intermittent problems, gl1200
intermittent problems, gl1200, couple of minutes: I hate intermittent problems...they seem to take forever to find. Yours could be a fuel problem or a ignition problem. When it starts to run rough try applying a little choke. If it clears up and runs better it s a fuel problem. If it doesn t it probably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Shadow starting problem, honda shadow 750, meter check
honda shadow 750, meter check, fuel enrichment: The cold start problem sounds like a choke adjustment or possibly a dirty carburetor problem. The problem sounds like it s not getting the fuel enrichment it needs to start well. The charging problem could be a couple of things. First you need to make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 honda elite 80 running problems, honda elite 80, speed jet
honda elite 80, speed jet, starter fluid: Jason, you have a very good friend to give you a motorcycle. Well, the problem is still the carburetor. It s not getting fuel. You ll need to take out the jets and make sure they are clean. Will the bike run if you leave the choke on? If so, that usually...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 sportster 883 hugger, oil pump, air cleaner
oil pump, air cleaner, vent: What has happened is oil has weeped into the bottom end of the motor. When you started it the oil pump cant pump the oil back to the tank fast enough, so it comes out the vent. Let it run for a few minutes and it will clear itself. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 flstc running lights, headlight and tail, flstc, running lights
flstc, running lights, high beam: You have breakers, not fuses. Look under the left cover and you will find them. Make sure you have power on both sides of the breaker. If you dont them you will have to trace back to the power. Sounds like you have a break in the wiring Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Harley XLD 883, key switch, xld
key switch, xld, oil light: What you need to do is first determine if you have power going away from the key switch. Using a test light, find the hot wire at the key switch and see if there is power there. Turn the ignition on and see if you have power going away from the ignition switch....

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda shadow vlx dlx, honda shadow vlx, starter solenoid
honda shadow vlx, starter solenoid, dlx: David, Does the bike die once it is hot, or just will not start if you shut it off. Also, when it will not start is the starter turning the bike over and it will not sputter/fire, or is the whole system dead, ie when you hit the button nothing happens no...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Ultra Speedometer Drive, speedometer drive, set screw
speedometer drive, set screw, two different ways: There are two different ways they are installed into the drive unit. One, there is a small set screw on the drive unit which holds the cable in and two, the cable screws into the drive unit. Becasue your speedo drive is damaged it might have damaged the end...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 1200 sportster, stock air filter, dyna jet
stock air filter, dyna jet, hose connections: Dont close those off, theya re breather hoses. You probably leaned out your bike by changing to a more open air filter. Get a Dyna-jet kit and install it and it should run fine. The kit will give you the jets you need to richen it back up Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Sportster Not charging, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, ac output: The stator is located inside the primary. Follow the wires from the regulator and you will see a plugin for the stator. unplug is that test the leads of the stator for OHMs. Should be no OHMS. If there is its grounded. Start the bike and test for AC volts....

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

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Honda Shadow Aero, honda shadow aero, fuel pump relay
honda shadow aero, fuel pump relay, dip stick: Lori, my experience is on older pre-82 Hondas but it sounds to me that you just ran the carburetors out of fuel. Now when that happens on my 85 Sabre, I have to jump across the fuel pump relay and refill the carbs. I don t know enough about that model year...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 HD 883C transmission, independent shops, houston tx
independent shops, houston tx, good luck: It tough for me to give prices on here, since labor prices vary all over the country as well as different prises at dealerships compared to independent shops. The only thing I can tell you shop around. Most of the time a independent will be cheaper than a...

Motorcycle Repair: 30 amp fuse, amp fuse, fuse holder
amp fuse, fuse holder, fuse box: Yes Gary, that s the fuse. You can still get them from Honda. They aren t too expensive. On my 85 sabre with the same set up, I just went to the automotive store and bought a fuse holder and wired it in to replace the Honda fuse and now I can use automotive...

Motorcycle Repair: 600 shadow runs poorly at loww rpm, speed jets, gas tank
speed jets, gas tank, hondas: Steve, my experience is limited to pre-82 Hondas so I can t be specific but what you describe sure sounds like the low speed jets are plugged. The fact that it runs good with the choke on is the typical indicator. I ve never been successful getting carb cleaner...

Motorcycle Repair: '71 350CL electrical, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda
wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda, correct connections: Jack, go here for a wiring diagram: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php A gray wire is generally for the turn signal flasher. However, some harnesses have spare wires and different countries use different flashers, with different wiring...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 sportster oil out breather tube, crankcase breather, breather tube
crankcase breather, breather tube, blowby: Your having blowby out the breather. You never said what cams you have, but if you really have a high lift cam you can have this problem. You can connect a hose to the vent and run it back to the rear of the bike and that will keep the oil off your motor ...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 sportster tranny, iron head, auto tech
iron head, auto tech, sportster: It sounds like the trans needs to be removed and inspected. Noisy gears are a sign that a bearing is going out or the teeth on 3rd gear might be bad. I would get a service manual and follow it. It will give you all the specs on the trans and the wear limits...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 xlch main drive shaft nut, eye bolts, drive shaft
eye bolts, drive shaft, impact gun: Never heard of one that wouldnt come off with a impact wrench, due to the fact that is how I remove them. It migth be that the last person that put it on got it cross threaded. If you cant get it off you might have to cut the nut to get it off withe nut breaker...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Honda XL175, stator windings, coil resistance
stator windings, coil resistance, voltage regulator: I have no idea how you were able to get the bike running with the two stator windings twisted together. AC current come out of the stator and the coils won t function on AC current. That bike needs a battery to operate the electrics. It has a magnet, a...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 FLT Chain Boot Removal Tran side, chain boot, swing arm
chain boot, swing arm, flt: I have worked on these before and I know they are a pain! I think that is why harley only made them for a few years. There is no tool that I know of that will help as well as no trick. Like myself, you have to struggle to get them out. Sorry I couldnt be...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 virago wheel rub, wheel bearings, swing arm
wheel bearings, swing arm, virago: Dennis, my experience is with pre-82 Hondas so I can t help too much. Could be it s just too big... meaning someone has replaced it with an oversized tire. If that s not it, I d be checking the wheel bearings because it looks like one of them may be going...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FXRS Rear brakes locked up., rear brake caliper, rear caliper
rear brake caliper, rear caliper, rear brakes: Your master cylinder is probably bad. I would replace it instead of trying to rebuild it. Over time the cylinder in the master cylinder pits and if you try to rebuild it they usually leak and you end up replacing it anyway. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 Honda Shadow VT700- Headlight/starter issue, fuse block, fuse holders
fuse block, fuse holders, volt ohm meter: Sorry Frank but I think you found part of the problem. That burned wire indicates something has gotten pretty hot. It s hard to tell what it might be. It could be a wire melted the insulation and it s now grounding out onside the harness or it could just...

Motorcycle Repair: 88ci to 95ci, vance and hines exhaust, petcock
vance and hines exhaust, petcock, vance and hines: I would start by changing hte cams out for the gear dirven cams. Then you dont have to worry about the rub blocks anymore. I would go with the S&S 570 cam. I would stick with the S&S heads. On the carb, I would install a S&S carb. It flows alot better than...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 EVO, cam point, happy mike
cam point, happy mike, pushrod: Put the pushrod in and put a clothspin on it. Rotate the motor and you will see the clothspin go up and down. When its all the way down then set the pushrod. the clothspin will also help hold the pushrod cover out of the way Good luck and happy Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Wide Glide - Starter Clutch, starter clutch, clutch basket
starter clutch, clutch basket, best bet: First, disconnect the battery, Then you are going to have to drain the primary oil, remove the primary cover, clutch basket, motor sprocket and chain. Behind the clutch is the jackshaft. remove it. Go to the starter and remove the bolts holding it on and slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Air filter, open cell foam, oem replacements
open cell foam, oem replacements, paper element: I didn t find it sorry. It s been a number of years since I was restoring my 1970 CL450. I did a quick search on ebay and there are 2 sets of those filters. They are used but look to be in pretty good shape. There s also one left side NOS filter. ...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting lifters, happu, tappets
happu, tappets, pushrod: remove the tappets and bleed them. To do this, push a stiff in the bottom to move the ball in there and then pump the top. Now install them. Go to the front exhaust and rotate the motor so the pushrod is all the way to the bottom of its stroke. Now tighten...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake/Tail light trouble, honda cb175, switchboard
honda cb175, switchboard, micro switch: I belive your question is about the micro switch located on the front brake. The brake light system is design to light when either the front or rear brake is applied. If the light works when you bypass the switch on the handle bar then you already know where...

Motorcycle Repair: Buying a 1981 Honda Custom 650cc Motorbike, honda custom, model bikes
honda custom, model bikes, motorbike: Maureen, I can t comment on the value of a bike. It depends so much on the condition, location and the desirability of the model. Bikes in California go for a lot higher price than those in the mid-west. The cost of living is higher in California and folks...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, plug wires, spark plugs
plug wires, spark plugs, blackness: Remove the coil. There are two posts on the coil where the wires go. With a OHM meter test from post to post. Then test from spark plugin to plug in. Do the same for the spark plug wires. From one end of the plug wire to the other. I need to year of bike to...

Motorcycle Repair: battery discharges, power charges, starter relay
power charges, starter relay, battery problem: That buzzing is the starter relay. It s telling you the battery is dead. It s possible the battery has just given out. Charge it up and take it to autozone or someplace similar and they will load test the battery for free. That will tell you if you have...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't shift, honda motorcycle, honda rebel
honda motorcycle, honda rebel, bill silver: Roy, if you went down on the left side, you may have bent the shift lever and the shift shaft that it is attached to. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cmx250c-rebel-1997/o/m2141 for illustrations. Pull the shift lever off,...

Motorcycle Repair: CA160 HONDA, lead acid batteries, sealed lead acid batteries
lead acid batteries, sealed lead acid batteries, vent tube: Lorenzo... http://physiology.usouthal.edu/restore/diode/diode.html http://www.apexbattery.com/honda-ca160-battery-sealed-lead-acid-batteries-honda-batteries.html Batteries that are overfilled or overcharging will pump out acid from the vent tube....

Motorcycle Repair: Ca95 hard starting when warmed up., honda benly, plug caps
honda benly, plug caps, manifold vacuum: Harley, first thought is that almost any old 60s Honda should not start easily when cold! Usually, full choke at first, then back it down to 3/4 choke and then maybe to 1/2 after a couple of minutes. This could indicated either an over-rich condition in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Cables on a 1978 Honda Hawk Hondamatic, speedometer drive, honda hawk
speedometer drive, honda hawk, speedometer cable: The speedometer cable is easy. There s a screw holding the cable in the speedometer drive on the front axle. Remove the screw and pull out the drive cable. Slide the new cable into the old sleeve and replace the end of the cable in the speedometer drive...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem., air fuel mixture, suzuki katana
air fuel mixture, suzuki katana, constant velocity: The problem is that the carbs are leaning out the air fuel mixture in the mid-range and that s the reduced acceleration you feel. I don t know if the Suzuki s have constant velocity (CV) carbs or throttle slides. If they are CV carbs, the slides could be...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs for 1979 Honda CM400T, honda cm400t, 1980 honda cm400
honda cm400t, 1980 honda cm400, ebay: How about this...? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-honda-cm400-cm400t-cm-400-carbs-carburetor_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247QQcategoryZ10066QQihZ004QQitemZ140237223725QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V or carb kit http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HONDA-CM400A-CM400-A-CM400T-CM400-T-CARB-KIT-1979_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247QQcategoryZ100450QQihZ025QQitemZ380025604164QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V...

Motorcycle Repair: HOW TO CHANGE CLUTCH LEVER, clutch lever, xlch
clutch lever, xlch, v twin: Go to the cable and loosen the locknut and turn the adjuster so the cable is shorter and it has slack in it. Now go to the lever and there is a pin through it. On the under side of the pin there is a clip. remove the clip and pin and the handle will slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging System, heading in the right direction, starter bike
heading in the right direction, starter bike, stator: Sorry for the delayed response but I m confused with what you are describing. I think the drop in voltage is due to the fact that the alternator isn t charging. What you see initially is the surface charge and as the demand on the electrical system increases...

Motorcycle Repair: CM400A won't start, gravity feed, kick starter
gravity feed, kick starter, kill switch: You might want to check the kill switch on the handle bars. Those often get bumped to the off position. The carbs don t pull gas out of the tank. Those are gravity feed carbs and gas flows out of the tank into the carbs by gravity. It can t be to serious...

Motorcycle Repair: CT 90 Stalling and won't Re-Start, honda ct, headlight circuit
honda ct, headlight circuit, gas caps: Brandon, with only 336 miles, the stator should not have been the issue. The rectifier probably is the cause if you are having problems keeping the battery charged. I hope that you did install a new battery before you went driving. The ignition is battery...

Motorcycle Repair: CT90 Charging Issues, charging systems, stator
charging systems, stator, alternator: Those charging systems are pretty simple. The alternator does not put out enough current to charge the battery at idle. If you rev the bike up to about 3000 rpm it should show a voltage increase. If the battery has a full state of charge, the alternator...

Motorcycle Repair: camshaft bushings, low pitch, cylinderhead
low pitch, cylinderhead, camshaft: It doesn t sound like you are getting oil to the top of the cylinderhead. The grease is only to give them some initial lubrication. Pull the cam cover off and start the bike. Oil should be squirting out all around the cam. It will make a mess but it will...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor vacuums, rich mixture, cold engine
rich mixture, cold engine, hondas: The problem is not with the plug. The engine is getting too much fuel. It starts easy the first time because a cold engine likes a rich mixture but as soon sit starts to warm up, the mixture is too rich and and it won t burn. Most engines require between...

Motorcycle Repair: cb650, speed jets, exhaust pipes
speed jets, exhaust pipes, carburetors: There are a couple of things that could be going on. The accelerator pump may not be set just right. Make sure the pump linkage is adjusted so the lever just touches the top of the pump rod and starts to move as soon as the throttle is moved. If there s any...

Motorcycle Repair: cb900c cam chain noise, slider bar, cb900c
slider bar, cb900c, screw driver: I guess something can fail at any time but I think the dealer is probably right. If the tensioner is applying tension, the cam chain will not have any looseness. I d bet if everything looks okay, the tensioner mechanism is just stuck. The pinch bolt on...

Motorcycle Repair: choke cable, air cleaner, good luck
air cleaner, good luck, tank: First, you have to remove the carb. The choke cable is screwed into the carb. You dont have to remove the tank to take the carb off. remove the air cleaner assembly and the carb will pull off. Route the choke cable like you took it off and you set Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment...62 panhead kicker, clutch adjustment, panhead
clutch adjustment, panhead, slippage: Heres hou I do the adjustment. Make sure your pressure plate on clutch is 1 3/16 from the back of the plate to the front of the pressue plate. Now loosen the cable so there is slack in it. At the clutch turn the adjuster screw inward just until it touches...

Motorcycle Repair: custom headlight removal, feeler gauge, dome lamp
feeler gauge, dome lamp, slip ring: I am not sure how it removes, but usually that type pops off and is just attached by a clip. Generally, it has to be pried off to remove it. If you know that brand you can contact the manufacture. They should be able to help you Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Dot 5 Brake Fluid, dot 5 brake fluid, rear brakes
dot 5 brake fluid, rear brakes, dot 4: You need to use DOT 5 fluid. The dot 4 didnt hurt anything and you dont need to replace the parts they are talking about. Flush the line out well and replace with DOT 5. The only difference is Dot 4 attracts moisture and DOT 5 doenst. DOT 5 has a higher boiling...

Motorcycle Repair: derby cover, burrs, sportster
burrs, sportster, gasket: Pull the derby cover and make sure the gasket surface is clean. Check the gasket for damage and if it is replace it. Make sure the derby cover doesnt have any burrs on it. Tighten all the bolts in a X pattern and you should be good Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: drive chain removal, gunky, swing arm
gunky, swing arm, cafe racer: There s only one way to get the chain off...well two if you include removing the swing arm. You need a chain breaking and staking tool. If you look closely, you will find a link that has been staked. That s the master link. You can grind the stake off and...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical, honda sabre, bill silver
honda sabre, bill silver, stator: Joseph, the major known issues on Honda 1100s are the stator plug, where it connects to the harness. Those can overheat/melt down, but that usually takes out other components with it. If you can ride the bike for 5 hours the charging system is working fine....

Motorcycle Repair: electrical spark issue, point gap, compression stroke
point gap, compression stroke, plug cap: In case you don t have the wiring diagram, go here: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class and select the one you need. So, from your brief description, I assume that you do have a charged 6v battery in the system, which allows...

Motorcycle Repair: exiter 185, valve clearances, mrhonda
valve clearances, mrhonda, voltage output: Walter, you don t make it very easy for MrHonda to help you. The year of the bike and make (Yamaha) are important clues, so I can find it on www.bikebandits.com. From doing my own research, I find: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-sr185h-1981/o/m7618...

Motorcycle Repair: Finding parts, cb160, ebay
cb160, ebay, intake valves: I m assuming you want new. If you haven t tried Honda, you might want to check them. I m often surprised at what you can still get. Other than that, I ll only know about used parts outlets. I deal a lot with Cycle Recycle Part 2 in Indy. Rob has a pretty...

Motorcycle Repair: FLH Harley year 1972 battery drain, dc volts, battery test
dc volts, battery test, ohm meter: At the stator you should have 50-100 ac volts at the white to white wire. At the blue to red wire you should have 75-125 ac volts. Any pin to ground should be zero ohms. You should have 4 wires coming out of the stator and 4 wires from the regulator Good...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHS valve train noise, tappet noise, train noise
tappet noise, train noise, sound travel: The tapping is from the valve lash at the rockers, not the lifters, so you will hear the noise more there. You can remove the rockers and check them, but changing out the lifters will help your problem. A better lifters will keep a tighter fit to the rockers....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 ironhead sportster clucth problem, friction plates, clutch plates
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 ironhead sportster clucth problem, friction plates, clutch plates, varnier caliper

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Sportster, spiral gear, pinion gear
Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Sportster, spiral gear, pinion gear, oil pump

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750K, cb750 custom, handlebar
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB750K, cb750 custom, handlebar

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM400T, head gasket, oil seal
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM400T, head gasket, oil seal, consternation

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna v750 v45, banjo bolt, oil delivery
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Magna v750 v45, banjo bolt, oil delivery, sots

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM450A, kickstand, neighbor
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM450A, kickstand, neighbor

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c shadow, step style
Motorcycle Repair: 1983 vt750c shadow, step style

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Rebel 250
Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Rebel 250

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Honda Shadow Aero, aerosol spray, wd 40
Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Honda Shadow Aero, aerosol spray, wd 40, fuel valve

Motorcycle Repair: 30 amp fuse, amp fuses, honda dealer
Motorcycle Repair: 30 amp fuse, amp fuses, honda dealer, honda

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Honda XL175, stator, resistance
Motorcycle Repair: 76 Honda XL175, stator, resistance

Motorcycle Repair: 86 Honda Shadow VT700- Headlight/starter issue, amp meter, starter motor
Motorcycle Repair: 86 Honda Shadow VT700- Headlight/starter issue, amp meter, starter motor, amps

Motorcycle Repair: CM400A won't start, gas tank, petcock valve
Motorcycle Repair: CM400A won't start, gas tank, petcock valve

Motorcycle Repair: cb650, cb650, spring wire
Motorcycle Repair: cb650, cb650, spring wire, hobby store

Motorcycle Repair: derby cover, support ribs, warp
Motorcycle Repair: derby cover, support ribs, warp, harley

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Frame, vin number
Motorcycle Repair: Harley Frame, vin number

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB750 Supersport, kijiji, bike shops
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB750 Supersport, kijiji, bike shops, ebay

Motorcycle Repair: honda cd200 roadmaster, zafar, fom
Motorcycle Repair: honda cd200 roadmaster, zafar, fom, carburetor

Motorcycle Repair: Trouble starting 2004 CRF 250R, crf 250r, intake valves
Motorcycle Repair: Trouble starting 2004 CRF 250R, crf 250r, intake valves, bike shop

Motorcycle Repair: fuel, fuel vapors, full tank
fuel vapors, full tank, intermittent problems: I ve had three questions on this same symptom in the last four weeks. The engine isn t getting enough fuel for some reason. I m not familiar with bike past 1982 but my guess is that fuel tank vent isn t working right. There s a vent inside the fuel tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Gear Box Whine, left hand side, stator
left hand side, stator, sportster: First thing I would do is replace the fluid and then test ride it. When changing the stator you dont have to tear the trans apart. But the motor sprocket nut or the clutch hub nut might be loose. the chain might be to tight also Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: generator, generator light, growler
generator light, growler, oil seal: Oil is probably getting into the generator from a bad gasket where it mounts to the motor. There is also a oil seal in the end of the generator that probably needs replaced. The other thing you need to do is have the generator tested. The armature needs to...

Motorcycle Repair: gl1000 freeze plugs?, radiator pressure tester, water leaks
radiator pressure tester, water leaks, aluminum heads: They aren t the typical freeze plug because they don t pop out if the block freezes but they serve a similar purpose to allow the removal of the core sand after the casting process. I ve never had to remove one so I can t say for sure. I think those are threaded...

Motorcycle Repair: gl1100, dirty air, air filter
dirty air, air filter, muffler: What year are we talking about? It could be a choke adjustment problem, it could be a float adjustment problem, it could be a very dirty air filter or plugged muffler. Those are the things I d start with and see where it takes me. Regards, Rich ...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley cables, rubber boots, throttle grip
rubber boots, throttle grip, locknut: One cable is throttle and the other is return. There should be adjustments located close to the throttle grip, under some rubber boots. Slide the boots off and you will see the adjusters. Loosen the locknut on the throttle and turn the adjuster so there is...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley FLH - misfiring, harley flh, intake leak
harley flh, intake leak, air mixture: The air/fuel misture screw only affect the bike at idle. Check for a intake leak by spraying some carb cleaner around the intake after the bike has warmed up. If the RPMs go up them you have a leak. Also, your points might be burned or the condenser is bad...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Frame, calif dmv, ca dmv
calif dmv, ca dmv, vin numbers: I am not sure how or what they are using to tell what they think is the difference in the frames. I know here in Ohio, you cannot change vin numbers on a frame or motor. When using a new frame the bike come with a MSO and that is what is used to get a title....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 600 cc Mixture Adjustment, air fuel mixture, cross country trip
air fuel mixture, cross country trip, hydraulic clutch: The air fuel mixture screws only control the fuel at idle and just off idle so that won t help much. Normally, it takes a change in jets to compensate for high altitude. I m surprised that the bike is having this trouble. Hondas can usually handle some altitude...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Brakes, cb900 custom, clear plastic tubing
cb900 custom, clear plastic tubing, disc brakes: I like to use one of those mini-vac pumps to evacuate the line while I work the air out. It just seems to go faster that way for me. They are a pain in the rear to bleed but if you keep working at it, it eventually will work its way out. I put a piece of...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB750 Supersport, honda cb750, engine parts
honda cb750, engine parts, body parts: IT all depends on what you need. There are a bunch of outlets for aftermarket engine parts. The body parts will have to located from motorcycle recycling stores such as Cycle Re-cycle Part 2 in Indianapolis, IN. What are you needing maybe I can give better...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, time doug, starter fluid
time doug, starter fluid, turning the key: That bike requires a charged battery to start and run. So I m guessing your battery is dead. The bike should have run without starter fluid. I m thinking you ll need to clean the carbs well before it will run the way you want. Good luck Rich ...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cx500 custom, honda cx500 custom, gas tank
honda cx500 custom, gas tank, main key: Well, you can look at the steering head and there should be the VIN tag with the manufacturing date stamped or printed on it. The tank and main key are the same but often some one will replace a tank or the cap or the ignition switch and you ll end up with...

Motorcycle Repair: hard to get neutral, lean condition, hot bike
lean condition, hot bike, power commander: As your bike breaks in it will get easier to get into netural. Where the dealer adjusted the trans is were you do that adjustment. On the hot bike. Thye come out of the factory somewhat lean to pass EPA, so you need to richen it. There are many aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: harley rear brakes, caliper piston, brake master cylinder
caliper piston, brake master cylinder, mechanical switches: Mike, this is a stretch for me, as I am NOT a H-D guy at all. If you just removed old pads and pushed the caliper piston back in, I can t see how you would have lost fluid or gotten air into the fluid system. If you pulled the piston out to clean the caliper...

Motorcycle Repair: head light, high beam, test light
high beam, test light, low beam: Check at the plug with a test light. You should have one post at the bulb for high beam, low beam and ground. If the high beam stays on all the time then you need to trace the wire back to the switch to see where the problem is Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: hello, honda vf 500, rear cylinders
honda vf 500, rear cylinders, e mail: Robert, that bike is very difficult to get right. It s not something I can describe in a e-mail. I d recommend you invest in a manual. It s probably the best source for that procedure. The problem is that the cams have to be set on top dead center (TDC)...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 550f, gas tank, fuel tank
gas tank, fuel tank, stabilizer: Unscrew the bowl off the petcock you should find two screws inside. Normally, a year of sitting means a carb cleaning but it depends on if you put any stabilizer in the fuel tank before parking it. It s worth trying to start it and find out. Regards, ...

Motorcycle Repair: honda bike, honda 750 ace, honda bike
honda 750 ace, honda bike, s 700: Mike, my experience is with older pre-82 Honda but try looking underneath the engine, right in front of the rear wheel, on the left side of the crankcase. That s where the oil filter is on wife s 700 shadow and those two engines are similar. Regards,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cd200 roadmaster, honda cd200, honda dealership
honda cd200, honda dealership, leak down test: Paul, The bike should fire/sputter/start if it has even a little bit of compression. What did the shop do? Hopefully, flush the gas tank, remove and clean the carbs, change the oil, clean/change the air filter, and inspect for the typical bug/animal nests....

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct90 starting problem, honda ct90, trickle charger
honda ct90, trickle charger, air passages: 20mm is the correct float level 62 is correct main jet 35 is idle jet Clean ALL fuel and air passages. Float level is set with float tang just touching the needle, measured against the gasket. Check ignition timing and battery voltage. Spark advancer...

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

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow 700, v65 sabre, transmission gears
v65 sabre, transmission gears, shift forks: Sorry Justin, we lost our Internet access when the tower was struck by lightning during the storm in central IL last week. The oil leak can come from a number of places. I wouldn t be too worried about that. It will be either a seal on one of the output shafts...

Motorcycle Repair: Intermittent spark, jumper wire, xlh
jumper wire, xlh, test light: The only thing that would cause your problem is a loss of power to the coil, if you are loosing spark. Check your coul with a test light. Alos, you can run a jumper wire from the battery to the hot side of the coil and run the bike. If it is still running...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition coil, exhaust stroke, dual ignition
exhaust stroke, dual ignition, model bike: The dual coils required two sets of points to fire them and the plugs fire individually. The single set of coils fires both plugs at the same time but one plug fires on the exhaust stroke. I m not sure what model bike we re talking about but if the pistons...

Motorcycle Repair: jets, honda v45, carbs
honda v45, carbs, jets: You have to pull the carbs, remove the bowls, replace the jets, replace the bowls and reinstall the carbs...nothing to it. Well it s a little more complicated than that but essentially that s what you do. Those carbs are difficult to get on and off the...

Motorcycle Repair: Loss of power/hesitation 1982 450 nighthawk, air filter element, old nighthawk
air filter element, old nighthawk, cmsnl: Larry, your 26 year old Nighthawk probably needs a good carb clean and inspection. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb450sc-nighthawk-450-82-us_model456/partslist/E++18.html The left carb has a diaphragm on the side to prevent backfiring. If the diaphragm fails,...

Motorcycle Repair: labor rates, shift fork, clutch
shift fork, clutch, gears: Booker, you have a bad shift drum and, based on my experience, you probably have a bent shift fork and the gears dogs have been rounded off and will probably need to be replaced. To get to the transmission, you ll have to remove the engine from the frame...

Motorcycle Repair: liking front fork problem, vintage honda, bill silver
vintage honda, bill silver, e mail: Felipe, It appears that you live in SFO area..Yes? Check with Charlie s Place in SF, who specializes in vintage Honda repairs. http://www.charlies-place.com/ You didn t mention the type of your motorcycle, so I am assuming that it is some kind of Honda....

Motorcycle Repair: looking for battery cover for 85 honda shadow vt 1100, salvage yards, honda shadow
salvage yards, honda shadow, shadow vt: Michelle, I ve had pretty good luck at the Cycle ReCycle Part2 in Indianapolis. Rob, the owner is a little tough to get a hold of sometimes. Their phone is always busy but it s because they have a ton of inventory. I ve dealt with Rob for years and he...

Motorcycle Repair: low charging, ac volts, ohm meter
ac volts, ohm meter, stator: First, test the stator at the plug for a short with a OHM meter. Bothe wire to ground and then wire to wire. If it passes then test for AC volts. Start the bike and at the stator you should have about 50 AC volts at around 2000 RPM. If the stator fails the...

Motorcycle Repair: lower and rake, triple trees, stock length
triple trees, stock length, rear tire: In order the rake the frame you have to cut it, bend it and weld it back. You can get pre raked triple trees to do what you need to do. You can also, make the forks longer by adding longer tubes. As to the lowering, jack the bike up and lower the rear end...

Motorcycle Repair: Main circuit breaker, darwin australia, amp meter
darwin australia, amp meter, charging system: Since you have changed the parts you described the only thing it can be is there is a short in the wiring or you have a bad battery. Make sure the battery is good and not dry. If the battery is good then you are going to have to start tracing wires. You might...

Motorcycle Repair: motor stumbling at speed, air screw, cb400a
air screw, cb400a, jet sizes: Take a look at the main jets between those two carbs. If they are the same, I can t explain the difference in performance. I ve never swapped the carbs between those two bikes so I can t explain the differences. There are only four things that control the...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL FILTER, clutch basket, bill silver
clutch basket, bill silver, scrambler: Randy... Guess we are talking 250-305s, right!? Great! It goes on the outside of the filter rotor, so the small locating pin doesn t chew up the spinning filter assy. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl72-scrambler-250-us_model1036/partslist/E++10.html #20...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Change, heritage softail, oil tank
heritage softail, oil tank, oil drain: Look under the bike on the right side under the bike, and you will see a line off the oil tank that has a plug in it. That is the oil drain. You can switch to synthetic. It will make the bike run cooler, but it does cost more. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil leaking from the carb, butterfly valves, saddle bags
butterfly valves, saddle bags, sportster: Your bike vents air to the air filter from the motor. Its when the pistons go up and down and makes pressure and has to be vented somewhere. When this happens a small mist of oil goes with it and gets trapped int he air cleaner. You have butterfly valves...

Motorcycle Repair: oil all over, cb 750, muffler
cb 750, muffler, enought: Are you sure it s coming from inside the muffler and not from a breather hose near the muffler? If it s coming from inside the muffler, you have a bad piston or cylinder allowing oil to get into the cylinder and get pumped out the exhaust. Regards, Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: oil in the air breather, flapper valves, harley shop
flapper valves, harley shop, rocker boxes: Your oil pressure is fine. You are getting oil in the breather from the rocker boxes. You bike breaths into the air filter and at times a little oil goes eith it. Over time there are some flapper valves in the rockers the get old and need changed. THere are...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change on a 1982 450 nighthawk., filter element, flat washer
filter element, flat washer, drain plug: Sorry Karl, we ve lost our Internet access when the storm went through central IL last week when the tower was struck by lightning. Changing the oil is the same for those two models. There s a finned rectangular cover on the front of the lower crankcase with...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, harley shovelhead, piston rings
harley shovelhead, piston rings, valve guides: First, clean the motor really good and let it dry. Spray some deoderant that has baby powder in it on the motor. Where the leak is the powder will turn black and then you know where the leak is. If your front cylinder is not firing correctly then do a OHMs...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, kuryakyn hypercharger, crankcase
kuryakyn hypercharger, crankcase, air cleaner: Your breather goes to your air cleaner and sometimes with the air a small mist of oil goes with it. You can remove the tube going to the air cleaner and route it to the underside of the bike, or clean the air filter on a regular basis. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: oil light, pressure gage, rear cylinder
pressure gage, rear cylinder, oil light: If the oil light came on then you either lost oil pressure or the light is bad. Do to the noise you heard I would suppect you lost oil pressure. You might have damaged a piston without oil pressure, so your going to have to pull the top end and chenck it....

Motorcycle Repair: placement of kickstart return spring?, crank case, sorry shawn
crank case, sorry shawn, return spring: Sorry Shawn, but my experience is with pre-82 Honda. It may just use the crank case housing to stop it. Take a close look around where the old spring was and you should see some witness marks where the end of the spring was rubbing on the crankcase. Regards,...

Motorcycle Repair: points on c105, wire cutters, point spring
wire cutters, point spring, metal washer: I usually just take wire cutters and slot the connector so I don t have to take all the washers loose. If you slot the eyelet, you just loosen the screw on the new points and slip the eyelet under the metal washer and tighen things up. Having said this, there...

Motorcycle Repair: postie blues, rust problem, ct110
rust problem, ct110, petcock: Well it sound like you have a tank rust problem. Cleaning the rust out of the carb only bought you a little time. Unless you get the tank cleaned out and keep the rust out of the carb by sealing the tank or removing the rust with acid, it will continue to...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrod clips, pushrod, o ring
pushrod, o ring, tappet: Make sure the bottom of the cover is all the way in the o-ring and make sure its all the way in the o-ring at the top. Use a screwdriver against the center, where the spring is, and put the top of the clip in the slot at the top and sitting on a angle on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Questions about 1985 Honda Rebel 250, honda rebel 250, air filter element
honda rebel 250, air filter element, 1985 honda rebel 250: David, you need to remove the carburetor and clean it thoroughly, change out whatever old fuel is in the tank and replace the fuel filter screen in the petcock/fuel tank connection. There is an accelerator pump diaphragm in the carb that needs checking, otherwise...

Motorcycle Repair: RE:First start of the year, winter storage, oil pump
winter storage, oil pump, check valve: Your bottom end of the bike was full of oil. Over the winter oil weeped into the bottom end and when you started it the oil pump couldnt pump it out fast enough, so it came out the breather. Start the bike and it will clear up. To fix the problem you have...

Motorcycle Repair: rattling noise, honda magna, harmonic resonance
honda magna, harmonic resonance, crash damage: Joe, that isn t real descriptive for troubleshooting purposes. Does it happen under load, at idle, at certain rpms, etc???? How many miles on the bike? Any crash damage? Any history of repairs or maintenance? The V-4s had issues with camshafts which were...

Motorcycle Repair: removing magneto, tooth points, compression stroke
tooth points, compression stroke, kick start: Your gap for the spark plugs should be .020 with a mag. To remove the mag it should, after you remove the bolts, pull up. You might have to pry a little with a screwdriver since the shaft might be tight. If you are getting the mag set right at retard then...

Motorcycle Repair: rokets scooter, voltage regulator, alternator
voltage regulator, alternator, scooter: Sorry but I m not familir with a rokets scooter. What is it? If I ventured a guess, the voltage regulator has failed and you are getting unregulated output from the alternator which blows lights and boils the water out of the battery. Regards, Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: Spark on only one cyl. 74 CL360, plug wires, sandpaper
plug wires, sandpaper, rich man: Well, it sounds like you have either a condenser problem or the points are dirty. Try taking a point file or some fine sandpaper and clean the points. Make sure you get all of the grit out from between the points after you clean them so they will make good...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedo Housing -79 FX Shovel, manula, speedo
manula, speedo, spacer: The housing you are refering to is the speedo drive. There is nothing pressed on the axle. That is proably the spacer from the speedo drive. The spacer is part of the drive unit. You need to replace the speedo unit. You will probably have to cut it off Good...

Motorcycle Repair: seat removal, and misfire., honda vt500c, vt 500 c
honda vt500c, vt 500 c, helmet holder: Gail, this was a puzzling question as the normal resources I use for illustrations: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vt500c-1985/o/m17170 http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt500c-shadow-500-1985-us_model7641/partslist/F++1502.html ...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead ingition problems, rear cylinder, dual fire
rear cylinder, dual fire, answer change: the only thing that can cause your problem is either a bad coil, bad plug wire, bad condenser or points not set right or burned. I would test the plug wires and coil again. Make sure the plugins on the wires are clean and the holes in the coil are clean Good...

Motorcycle Repair: no start, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, starter button: make sure you have a good battery. Check at the starter button to make sure you have power on both sides of it when you push it. Then go to the starter relay and make sure you hae power going to the starter solenoid and then check to see if you have power...

Motorcycle Repair: Tank removal, tank removal, gas tank
tank removal, gas tank, pushup: Drain the fuel tank. Disconnect the fuel lines. they are attached like a air fitting. Pushup and pull down. remove the bolts that holds the speedo and tac cover on and lift it off. unplug the wires. Disconnect the cross over fuel line. use a pan under it,...

Motorcycle Repair: TIMEING, honda dream, scribed line
honda dream, scribed line, manul: If my memory is correct, there are two different sets of marks on the flywheel. There s a T and F and then two marks about 1/2-5/8 of an inch away from those marks. The F stands for Fire and it s the ignition timing mark when the bike is idling. The mark...

Motorcycle Repair: Trouble starting 2004 CRF 250R, crf 250r, kick starter
crf 250r, kick starter, hondas: My experience is with older pre-82 hondas so I can be too specific. It sounds like you have a weak mag coil. When you push the bike the engine spins faster than when you try to kick start it so it puts out more voltage to the coils. That s just a guess but...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle cable instalation, throttle cable, throttle lever
throttle cable, throttle lever, handle bars: You have to install the cables in the trrottle lever first, before installing in the carb. Adjust the cable so its the shortest and once you have it in the throttle lever then put the idle cable in the carb and then the throttle cable Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, honda design, mini trails
honda design, mini trails, cylinderhead: Yes, the timing is always set at top dead center. Normally, on the Honda there were two little tabs cast into the cylinderhead under the cam cover. The O was lined up between those two tabs. I can t recall right now if those were at 12 o clock or at 6 o...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, splined shaft, shift linkage
splined shaft, shift linkage, little arm: Make sure the shift linkage is not binding on anything, and the little arm that slides onto the splined shaft is not stalled to close to the engine case. That is the easy stuff. If the bike has fallen on that side then that splined shaft (it controls the...

Motorcycle Repair: valve timing, point gap, cam timing
point gap, cam timing, valve clearance: Mike, if the cam timing isn t correct by very much, then the valves and pistons will hit, usually causing bent valves and no compression. It could be off just a tooth, one way or the other and not hurt anything inside. Turn the motor over slowly and watch...

Motorcycle Repair: wont start when warm, bolt torque, honda ct
bolt torque, honda ct, air leak: Will it start better if you put the choke on? I m guessing not but if it did, the problem is probably because the mixture is leaning out possibly from an air leak in the intake system. Check the intake clamps and intake manifold bolt torque, Assuming it...

Motorcycle Repair: 01 FXDL Starter removal, starter clutch, starter removal
starter clutch, starter removal, jackshaft: If you plan on working you your bike your best bet is to get a service manual. It will really help you with your project. Yes, you have to remove the primary cover to get to the jackshaft, which has to be removed. Your problem could be the jackshaft, starter...

Motorcycle Repair: 08 harley tank removal, tank removal, fxstc
tank removal, fxstc, fuel line: The cross over is the line in the front that equalizes the tanks. Make sure you drain the tank. When you remove the cross over gas will run out if you dont. The fuel lines are quick connect type. Push up on the ring and the line will slide off Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 Duo Glide, dual points, test light
dual points, test light, handle bar: If youa re not getting power to the coil, then follow the wire back to its source. If you have a on/off switch on the handle bar then that is where the power comes from. If you just run the coul off the ignition switch, then that is where the power comes from....

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 XLCH, oil lines, oil line
oil lines, oil line, wiring harness: Get a service manual and it will show the wiring diagram and oil line routing. I cant tell you how bad it would be unless I inspected the wire. Since your bike is that old, I would buy a new wiring harness and completly rewire it Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CB100 turn signals stay solid, turn signals, cb100
turn signals, cb100, blinkers: The blinker should only have 2 wires going to it. It s on the hot side of the blinker lights and it opens an closes the circuit when it heats up as the current flows through it. I d first try to get the right style of flasher unit before I did too much troubleshooting....

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 CB450 overhead cam twin, air fuel mixture, ground squirrel
air fuel mixture, ground squirrel, mouse nest: There s not any extra room in the cylinder for a valve to stand open. The valve would hit the piston and bend the valve and it sure wouldn t run normally after that. Could be a dirty carb, mouse nest in the air cleaner, or maybe even a plugged exhaust pipe....

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda cb350, turn signal switch, light lenses
turn signal switch, light lenses, two elements: You are testing my recall capability. I m not sure what year Honda started using running lights. Take one of the turn light lenses off and count the number of elements. If there are two elements in the bulb, the bike had running lights and the lights should...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 xl250 engine side cover paint, paint store, automotive paint
paint store, automotive paint, honda engine: Mike, take it to an automotive paint store and they can computer match it. I can t recall an olive green engine case color, though. Most Honda engine cases are some form of silver. Check with these guys: http://www.xlintperformance.com/parts.htm Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb350, silicone sealer, rich thanks
silicone sealer, rich thanks, o rings: I don t know what Honda used originally, but I d try permatex gasket sealer. Silicone sealer reacts to fuel and it could cause you trouble with plugging the jets. You just have to hold them in place long enough to get them installed and the screws tightened....

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cl 350 turn signals, rubber isolators, turn signals
rubber isolators, turn signals, turnsignals: First you need to make sure the connections are right in the head light and under the seat. Assuming the orange wires are plugged into the orange connections and the light blue are in the light blue connections, the problem is probably a bad ground. Those...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974-750 honda motorcycle, 750 honda, honda motorcycle
750 honda, honda motorcycle, carburator: Does it run better with the choke on? If not, it s probably not the carburetors. The are a number of things that could cause that problem but it would help me to give you better advice if you could tell me if the engine runs good if the choke is applied...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cl360 scrambler[carb], honda cl360, haif
honda cl360, haif, scrambler: 2 1/5 turns is okay to start but you adjust the mixture to get the highest idle speed. Turn the screws slowly in until you hear the idle speed drop. Back them out until you hear the speed drop and set it half way between those two points. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 XLCH 1000, leaded fuel, leaded gas
leaded fuel, leaded gas, valve seats: I know bikers who add lead additive and ones that do not. There is no difference in the running of the bike. Over time it will wear the valve seats without the lead addative, but that is alot of miles before that happens. Personnaly, I dont think you need...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB750 rubber orfice adjustment, honda cb750, orfice
honda cb750, orfice, chain lube: To be honest we used to shut the automatic oilers off because it didn t do a very good job of oiling the chain and it made a terrible mess of the bike. If you insist on using it, you just back it out until you start getting too much oil and then turn it in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB750K, automatic oiler, oil spot
automatic oiler, oil spot, oil tank: If you haven t shut off the automatic oiler, that s a pretty good guess. When I was doing that work, we routinely shut them off to avoid customer complaints. They don t throw out much oil but enough to make a mess. You have to use a good chain lube anyway...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda ct-90, honda ct, leaded gas
honda ct, leaded gas, time ron: I wouldn t worry about it, if I were you. The leaded gas lubricates the valves and valve seats so your valves may require adjustment a little more often. I d guess you won t put enough miles on the bike to realize any significant difference in wear. Cars...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda CJ360T Center Stand, bolts and nuts, cj360t
bolts and nuts, cj360t, anchor point: Sorry but the exhaust has to come off of at least one side so you can put the pivot pin in. There s a knob on the left side of the center stand and that s one anchor point for the spring. There should also be a loop of something similar on the left side...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda CJ360T, punch marks, serial number plate
punch marks, serial number plate, service interval: Sounds like you have a noise camchain to me. I think the tensioner adjuster lock nut is in the front of the crankcase in the middle just below the cylinder block. Look on the engine serial number plate and see if there are two punch marks. Those punch marks...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda 550cb four-k died today, auto parts stores, fuse box
auto parts stores, fuse box, bill silver: Kris, check the battery voltage first. If okay, then move onto the fuses and then to the ignition switch base connector. If battery is dead, then the charging system must be evaluated. Usually the ignition system will die around 9 volts, so if you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 CB750F Super Sport, head gasket, o rings
head gasket, o rings, engine overhaul: It depends on where it s coming from. Can you give me a little more details? It may be a casting flaw, it could still be the head gasket but it sounds like what you did should have fixed that problem. I ve never seen a head warp enough to cause a leak....

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM 185 Twin, honda cm, kick starter
honda cm, kick starter, starter motor: The problem doesn t sound like fuel to me since it starts so well with the kick starter. It sounds like a starter motor that is drawing down the battery voltage so much that the plugs don t get the energy they need to fire properly. The easiest way I know...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb750f supersport not holding consistant idol, silicon rectifier, cb750f
silicon rectifier, cb750f, cranks: Mike, there could be a number of reasons why it won t idle correctly. First is it running on all 4 cylinders at idle? Does it run better if you apply a little choke? If it does you probably have to clean the carbs. Have you checked the timing and carb synchronization?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda cb 750 custom, needle nose pliers, honda cb 750
needle nose pliers, honda cb 750, honda cb 750 custom: If you think the carbs are set correctly, I d look at the timing advance unit. Sometime the springs relax a little allowing the timing to stay in advance a little longer than it should. The way to tell is to take the unit off and advance it with your hand...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 cb650c carb problems, lean mixture, air leak
lean mixture, air leak, timing advance: Well, it sounds like the carbs are a little lean. It could be the float setting. I can t remember anymore if those carbs floats were adjustable or fixed. The lean mixture is the cause of the cold blooded nature. The hanging at 4000 is probably the timing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Nighthawk horn stays on, horn button, volt meter
horn button, volt meter, nighthawk: The black wire to the horn is hot all the time. To activate the horn, you have to ground the circuit with the button on the switch. When you got it wet, the circuit found a path to ground and the horn started to blow. You ll want to track it down because...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda V45 Magna, honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna
honda v45 magna, 1983 honda v45 magna, sabmag: Chris, check the fuses and/or fusible link next to the solenoid. Sometimes fuses look good but can fracture and become erratic. Are you getting power elsewhere? If not the ignition switch base could be loose or the wires coming off of it or a break in...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow carb problems, fuel pump relay, plug gap
fuel pump relay, plug gap, delivery problem: It could be carbs, fuel pump or it could be ignition. When it happens, pull a plug boot off, and put a different spark plug in the boot and hold it up against the head. Then crank the engine. Make sure there s a good spark across the plug gap. Assuming...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda VT700C, shapei, reserve tank
shapei, reserve tank, sea foam: If it a very sharp buck, it s probably ignition. It could be a coil heating up, a plug wire or boot or the ignition modules. You probably have a high voltage leak to ground somewhere. There s no easy way to find it that I m aware of. Regards, Rich ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 shadow VT500C power loss shut down, electrical power failure, bill silver
electrical power failure, bill silver, starter button: Paul, it is hard to troubleshoot a problem like this when it won t stay dead long enough to give you time to determine which ingredient is missing..... The ignition is solid-state, battery-powered. Circuits associated with the engine ignition system would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT500, blown head gasket, ventilation system
blown head gasket, ventilation system, honda shadow: Chris, start with the basics... Pull the spark plugs and see if they are fuel fouled or show signs of coolant or excessive oil on the ends. Do a compression check and/or coolant pressure test to determine if the head gasket is leaking somewhere. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 shadow, coils, roommate
coils, roommate, 15 minutes: You first guess is a pretty good one at least that s where I d start looking. Sounds like when it get hot, something opens up and breaks the circuit. It could be the coil or it could be the ignition modules. The ignition modules don t produce much heat...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 vt700 Starter, starter solenoid, crank case
starter solenoid, crank case, honda shadow vt700: When it s cold try taking a screw driver and jump across the two main terminals on the starter solenoid. If it cranks good, the problem is in the solenoid or the starter circuit. It could be a dirty switch contact or it could be the solenoid. If the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 soft tail custom front end wobble, front wheel bearings, wheel bearing
front wheel bearings, wheel bearing, costly repair: If it were me I wouldnt ride the bike until its repaired. You might go into a wobble you cant get out of. The wheel bearing should be greased when ever you change tires. the steering head bearing should be lubed every 10,000 miles. I cant really tell you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 harley starter problems, starter solenoid, starter problems
starter solenoid, starter problems, starter relay: The only other thing it can be is the starter button is stuck or the starter relay is stuck in the open position. Disconnect the wire from the starter relay to the starter solenoid. hook the battery up and see if the post to the stater solenoid is hot. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Honda CBR 1000, honda cbr 1000, fuse blows
honda cbr 1000, fuse blows, wiring harness: Tom, my experience is with older Hondas...pre-82 models. But in general, you just disconnect one circuit at a time from the wiring harness until you isolate the offending component. I d disconnect them all and then plug them in one at a time until the fuse...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Sportster cuts out while driving, test light, sportster
test light, sportster, breakers: If your lights are flickering then you have a short int he wiring. You need to get a test light and starting at the battery, trace the wires form the battery to the ignition switch and from the ignition switch to the breakers to find the short Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 Fatboy, master cyl, footboards
master cyl, footboards, test light: On your brake line you would have to do some measuring to see if its gong to be the right length. Check the wiring for the headlight for a short. Remove the headlight and use a test light, trace out the wires to the switch Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Road King Classic, Sputtering/ Missing, fuel flow, fuel pump
fuel flow, fuel pump, efi: I would start by checking the primary chain to make sure its not to tight or to loose. I dont think is clutch related, or it would do it at any RPM. Check also, to make sure you have a good fuel flow and that the fuel pump is holding pressure Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 suzuki bandit 1200, suzuki bandit 1200, sport bikes
suzuki bandit 1200, sport bikes, japanese sport: Derick, little clinking and tinkling sounds are usually indicators of: Damaged pistons from seizure due to overheating/lack of lubrication Valve clearances out of specifications, due to excessive camshaft wear.. due to lack of lubrication. You could...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 CMX250 no power, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, starter solenoid: David, You checked the 10 amp fuses, but it sounds like you missed the 20 amp fuse on the starter solenoid. Go here: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cmx250c-rebel-2003/o/m2144 then to the BATTERY SECTION. Follow the POSITIVE...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 harley duece, harley duece, oil leaks
harley duece, oil leaks, check oil: I am not sure where you would get water in there from. Your primary is closed to the outside, unless you park it with the primary in water. then it might suck some water in when the primary cools. I would clean it out and check it often after riding in rain....

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 dyna forks, broken spring, maintainence
broken spring, maintainence, dyna: There is a large spring in each fork that is there for the spring in each fork. You might have a broken spring. Jack the bike up so there is no pressure on the front end, remove the fork caps and slide the springs out and check them Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Elec Glide Standard Fuel Inj., fuel inj, chrome engine
fuel inj, chrome engine, pushrod: What you need to do is raise the rear end and remove the spark plugs. Remove the clips from the pushrod covers, so you can see the pushrods. Rotate the motor so the front exhaust pushrod is all the way to the top. Let the motor sit for about 15-20 minutes....

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 1200r ROADSTER, drag pipes, couple mins
drag pipes, couple mins, oil tank: You dont have a 02 senser on your bike, unless one was added by the owner. In order the check the problem you would have to get a dianostic run on the bike to know what the problem is or you would just be changing parts until you found it. On your 77, that...

Motorcycle Repair: 68 Sportster Paint Schemes, motorcycle supply, paint schemes
motorcycle supply, paint schemes, antique motorcycle: they had several colors for that year. I would suggest going to a book store and checking the books on harleys. Alot of them have pics of harleys which would show different colors and paint schemes for a 69. there is also a company that sells paint in orgional...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 cb750 carbs, float bowls, fuel drain
float bowls, fuel drain, breather tube: That s a little odd Ryan. I ve not seen this one before. The float bowls are vented and if you take all of those hoses off you can make sure the hoses are not the problem. There are vents in the top of the float bowl chamber to vent the bowls and allow fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: My 73 Sporty won't start, fuel line, electronic ignition
fuel line, electronic ignition, couple minutes: First, you need to check to see if its a ignition problem or a gas problem. Look down the throat of the carb. When you twist the throttle do you get s shot of fuel? remove the fuel line from the carb. Open hte petcock, are you getting fuel? Pull a spark plug...

Motorcycle Repair: 75 ironhead sporty problems, port huron michigan, metal shavings
port huron michigan, metal shavings, metal flakes: Metal shavings are not good. The motor will have to be torn down and inspected to see what the problem is. What you are going to have to do is start at the top and work your way down until you find the problem. Right now it could be anything If you want to...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 ironhead wrist pin bushings, aces and eights, mason ohio
aces and eights, mason ohio, wrist pin: If the wrist pin bushing has turned the hole for the bushing in the rod migth be to big for the new bushing, so you woould have to mic it. You can put in the new bushing, rod is not oversized, and hone it if you are careful, but you will need a bore mic to...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 sportster pist-off, dirt bikes, plug holes
dirt bikes, plug holes, dime size: A hole in the piston can be caused for overheating, pre-detanation or the valve hitting the piston You would have to take the top end apart to see what caused the problem if you are planning on doing the work yourself you need to get a service manual to...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 sportster, fly by night, recipts
fly by night, recipts, xlch: The only thing I warn peple about is, when somebody says a bike is rebuilt, who did the work. wa it a fly by night that didnt really know what they were doing? I would check the people out that did the rebuild. If they are ok, then its probably a good deal...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 cb650 carb problems, speed jets, lean mixture
speed jets, lean mixture, engine fires: No, it sounds like carburation to me. The flat spot is a lean mixture that can cause the backfiring you hear. I think if you applied a little choke when it acts up you d find it comes out of it and runs better. You need to make sure the low speed jets are...

Motorcycle Repair: '81 gl1100 smoking, mosquito fogger, head gasket failure
mosquito fogger, head gasket failure, coolant leak: If it s blue smoke, you have a serious problem in one of the cylinders and it burning oil. If it s a white vapor and disappears, it s probably a coolant leak indicating you have a head gasket failure. From the sounds of your description, I d bet a ring or...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CM400, honda dealer, 5k miles
honda dealer, 5k miles, story doesn: That would have had to be quite a whack with a rock. It s not a hard fix but I m not sure if the parts are still available. I d recommend you check with the honda dealer to make sure all of the parts are still available. The rock story doesn t make a lot...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 honda CT110 ignition, honda ct110, point gap
honda ct110, point gap, error method: The point gap is .014 and you should set the timing so the points open when the flywheel F mark pass the indicator pointer. I m afraid it s a trial and error method since you have to adjust the points, check the timing, make an adjustment and then check...

Motorcycle Repair: '82 CB450SC Nighthawk Speedometer, speedometer shop, check ebay
speedometer shop, check ebay, salvage yards: Dave, I don t know that information. Honda used to mark the speedos with a 1mile=xxxx rpm stamp, but probably they didn t do that on the later machines. If you consult a speedometer shop, they will advice that you measure the circumference of the tire, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 gl1100 interstate, gl1100, cold reading
gl1100, cold reading, gage: It could be either. The temp gage looks at the resistance on the sensor and resisters a temp based on the change in resistance. Try disconnecting the sensor wire and grounding it and see if the gage moves. It should peg out on the hot side of the gage. I...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 fxrs backfiring and rocker cover leaks, gasket kit, fxrs
gasket kit, fxrs, o rings: Your beat bet is to order a top end gasket kit and that will give you all the gaskets you need to replace the ones that are leaking. Popping out the exhaust could be a leaking valve, leaking intake, or leaking exhaust Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Honda spree, honda spree, carburator
honda spree, carburator, fuel tank: Sorry Dave, I have no experience with the Spree. My experience is limited to pre82 models. It sounds like the engine is leaning out so it s not getting enough fuel. This could be caused by incorrect float level adjustment, plugged passages in the carb,...

Motorcycle Repair: 88 sportster no spark, directionals, good connections
directionals, good connections, hot wire: Start by seeing if you have power to the ignition switch. If not then trace the main wire back to the battery looking for a break or short in the wire. If you do then you have to follow the hot wire the other way to find the short Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 FXR OIL AND ELECTRIC PROBLEM, jumper wire, sourse
jumper wire, sourse, push rod: If you dont have power to the coil then you will have to trace the wire back to its sourse. The coil gets its power from the on/off switch on the handlebars. Use a test light and follow the wire. Also, check your breakers to make sure one is not popping....

Motorcycle Repair: 91 FXRS POOR RUNNING, rear pulley, belt pulley
rear pulley, belt pulley, dyno jet: When you changed your belt and pulley, you changed your final drive ratio. Now you need more RPMs to get higher speeds, but you will be faster out of the hole. About the only thing you can do is go back to the orgional setup. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 sportster, weeks answer, relay switch
weeks answer, relay switch, pinion gear: Make sure your battery is fully charged or it wont turn over. If you sheared the rivets the ring geat would just spin. You need to pull your starter and do some tests on it. the clutch in the starter might be bad or the solenoid is bad, since youa re not sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 91sporty, air fuel mixture, plug wires
air fuel mixture, plug wires, spark plugs: If your bike has been running fine before this happened then I would start by doing a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. If you have a weak coil you will foul plugs. If that is not the problem then you probably need to rejett. If you go to the S&S web...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 Dyna Glide Stator plug wont stay connected, stator, oil filter
stator, oil filter, bolt: Over time the rubber on the plugs gets soft and the connections get old and they will come unplug. I suspect the part you bought to keep it together is a small beam like part. It should attach tot he case bolt. If you cant keep it plugged in you are going...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 Honda Shadow VLX, starter clutch, trickle charger
starter clutch, trickle charger, honda shadow: Melissa, my experience is limited to the older pre-82 Hondas. But I ll take a guess based on your description. It s normal to run the battery down if you crank too long. Those are pretty small batteries without a lot of reserve capacity. I m assuming you...

Motorcycle Repair: !980 Fxwg 1200 Rocker covers,wiring, oil tank, recreational drugs
oil tank, recreational drugs, turn signals: I doubt if tighting the bolts will stop the leak. Your going to have to replace the gaskets. Yes, you hae to remove head to get to the gasket and the pushrods will come out. On the wiring, I would strat by laying out the wiring harness across the bike and...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 fxd brake light, light switches, brake switch
light switches, brake switch, fxd: Check to see if you have a broken or short in the wiring. Go to the brake switch for the rear and test for juice on the posts on both sides. One should be always hot with the ignition switch on. then check the front switch. If you dont have power then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 RK cuts out then restarts 5-10 min later, sensers, 90f
sensers, 90f, gas cap: One of your sensers are going bad and cutting out. The problem is knowing which one it is. What you need to do is have a dianostic run on the bike to determine which one it is. Other wise you will be changing sensers until you hit the right one Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: how to adjust jets?, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, spit fire: Your jets might not be the problem. I would do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to makesure they are good. A bad coil or plug wires will cause the problem you are having. If you want to change the jetting then follow the above as to what I said. When...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery runs down when lights are on, honda ct90, volt bulbs
honda ct90, volt bulbs, measure resistance: If you put 12 volt bulbs in a 6 volt system, they will draw half the current of a 6 volt bulb so that s probably not the problem. The lights won t be very bright though. There are only 4 parts in that charging system. The rotor, the stator, the voltage regulator...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Tender, trickle charger, luggage rack
trickle charger, luggage rack, battery tender: You need a pigtail for your tender to attach to the battery. Attach the pigtail to the battery and have the end of it where you can get to it to plug the tender. The bike didnt come with a battery pigtail and there is no place to plug it in from the factory...

Motorcycle Repair: Bout My 82 CB900C, air fuel mixture, pulse generators
air fuel mixture, pulse generators, cb900c: Doesn t sound like coils to me because the coils, pulse generators and ignition modules control the 1&4 and 2&3 plugs so having 3&4 act up indicates it s probably not the ignition. I d bet you have something going on with the carbs. My first thought is that...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes Go Away, ft altitude, suzuki gsxr 600
ft altitude, suzuki gsxr 600, pit area: There are a couple things I can think of. First is boiling. If the brakes get hot enough to boil the fluid, the brakes will go away. The second cause could be vacuum in the master cylinder. I had a similar thing happen at 9000 ft altitude. My clutch quit...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire and puttering, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, air fuel mixture screw: The air/fuel mixture screw is located at the underside of the carb. There is a plug covering it, so it will have to be removed. The intermediate jet is located inside the bowl at the bottom as well as the float. The carb would have to be removed to get to...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, plug wires, spark plugs
plug wires, spark plugs, blackness: Remove the coil. There are two posts on the coil where the wires go. With a OHM meter test from post to post. Then test from spark plugin to plug in. Do the same for the spark plug wires. From one end of the plug wire to the other. I need to year of bike to...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, air fuel mixture, harley model
air fuel mixture, harley model, intermediate jet: You want to know the OHM reading for your bike. For what part? OHMs is a measure of resistance in electrical parts, so I need to know the part. A Dyna jet kit is a kit that changes jets in the carb as well as the pumper and slide spring. It will also show...

Motorcycle Repair: bike cutting out, diaphrams, plug cap
diaphrams, plug cap, lil time: Carl, it sounds like the left carb is still running lean. Have you manually sync ed the carbs? I can t remember for sure any more but I think you have to adjust the carb cable lengths to make the throttles open at the same time. If the right carb has more...

Motorcycle Repair: brake cylinder gasket, stock master, brake cylinder
stock master, brake cylinder, master cylinder: If you have a stock master cylinder you can get one from a dealership. take the gasket in and you should be able to match one up. If you dont have any fluid in the master cylinder you will have to bleed the brakes to get the air out of the line Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, harley sportster, brake switch
harley sportster, brake switch, brake lever: Check your handlebars where the brake lever is. You will see that the brake lever and the throttle are held together around the handlebars. They are in two different sections. These sections must be pushed tightly together or the brake switch will not be pushed...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake pads..., braks, master cylinder
braks, master cylinder, brake fluid: Dont try to bleed them before pumping them up. Keep pumping the lever. It takes quit a while, due to the fact that the hole for the fluid to go through in the master cylinder is really small. Make sure the master cylinder is full of fluid.If you just pried...

Motorcycle Repair: i have a ? about the brakes on my 1983 honda atc three wheeler, honda atc, pivot shaft
honda atc, pivot shaft, hink: There s only two places to look. First, when you pull the lever or step on the brakes does the brakearm down at the brakes move? If not, are the cable frozen in the sheath? Second, try moving the brake lever down at the brakes and see if you can move them...

Motorcycle Repair: broken flange primary side lower case, bolt pattern, economical route
bolt pattern, economical route, flht: I have heard of them, but dont know wh sells them. In order the do the repair and remove the flange you would have to remov ethe motor and split the cases. In order the repair what you have you would have to do the same thing. Either way it will take some...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Sync, air fuel ratio, pod filters
air fuel ratio, pod filters, air mixture: Clutch rattle is pretty common on those motors even with sync ed carbs. I ve never figured out what causes the rattle. It never seems to cause any problem but it sounds terrible. I don t know of any reliable method without gages. Depending on how far...

Motorcycle Repair: CB160 Front shock removal, honda cb160, cmsnl
honda cb160, cmsnl, bottom fork: Charlie, there are two versions of the forks. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb160-sport-160-us_model1004/partslist/ for the list http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb160-sport-160-us_model1004/partslist/F++18.html for the forks. Even though they only show one style...

Motorcycle Repair: CB175 Squealing Noise, oil starvation, starvation problem
oil starvation, starvation problem, crank case: I ve see this once before. It was a bearing turning in the crank case. It would only do it when the motor got hot and the aluminum expanded allowing the bearing to spin in it s bore. I m assuming it s not a oil starvation problem and you aren t seizing the...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350(G) Questions, 1973 honda cb350, adjustment screws
1973 honda cb350, adjustment screws, old bikes: Good work Anthony. It takes some skill to coax these old bikes back to life. There is always blow-by. If you pinch off the breather hose, the crankcase will build up enough pressure to blow out the oil seals. On those old bikes you have to sync the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 Custom Battery Charging Issues, stator coil, 3 rotor
stator coil, 3 rotor, troubleshooting diagrams: Peter... Generally, the rotors are the main problem on these bikes, after the generator brushes wearing down. Go here for comprehensive troubleshooting diagrams... http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/fault-finding-guide.php...

Motorcycle Repair: CB900C, air fuel ratio, stock pipes
air fuel ratio, stock pipes, control fuel: Walter, the main jets only control the fuel above the 3/4 throttle. Between 1/8 and 3/4 throttle the needle jets in the slides along with the main jets the control fuel metering. You ll need to raise the needles too. If you go to the hardware store and...

Motorcycle Repair: CHANGING OIL, torque wrench, honda shadow
torque wrench, honda shadow, filter tool: This is a little tricky because the original Honda filters are a little larger than the typical oil filters so it s hard to get a hold of them to get them off without the right filter wrench. You certainly can change it without the tool but it makes it easier...

Motorcycle Repair: Chain, rear axle nut, chain rollers
rear axle nut, chain rollers, virago 250: Aaron, the drive chain adjustment is critical for any chain-driven motorcycle. Proper inspection, lubrication and adjustment is mandatory, if you want to stay alive on a motorcycle of any size or make. IF it is a Yamaha copy, then use these illustrations...

Motorcycle Repair: Checking stator and rotor, dead this time, stator
dead this time, stator, fxe: When you start the bike you should get around 13.5 volts at the battery. If not then do a OHMs test on the pins of the stator. Then do a OHMs test from one pin to ground and do the other. Your voltage is ok. If the stator passes then the regulator is bad....

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, honda cb 650, clutch adjustment
honda cb 650, clutch adjustment, cable adjusters: The clutch is still dragging. The adjustment inside the cover isn t correct. Turn the cable adjusters to the minimum length. Then take the plug out in the clutch cover. You have to loosen the lock nut and turn the adjustment screw all the way in until you...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problem, honda sabre, slave cylinder
honda sabre, slave cylinder, high altitudes: You may have a leak in the slave cylinder. Try taking it off the engine and check to see if it s been leaking. If you are at high altitudes, it could cause this problem. When I was riding through the Rockies, my clutch quit working about 9000 ft. It was...

Motorcycle Repair: CM 250 Cylinder Head Torque Values, cylinder head bolts, torque values
cylinder head bolts, torque values, bolt size: I don t have a manual for that bike but the standard torques for the thread size would be close enough. I d use the 8.8 grade torques below (foot lbs. Regards Rich Bolt size Low Grade Grade 8.8 Grade 10.9 Grade 12.9 6mm 3-5 7 ...

Motorcycle Repair: Coil ?, 650 yamaha, bill silver
650 yamaha, bill silver, condenser: Billy, I am not a Yamaha expert. I think that there were various versions, most with points and condenser and maybe some with CDI ignition...? You didn t mention what year the bike was. Coils do get hot when you are cycling them on and off during cranking...

Motorcycle Repair: Crane HI-4, crane hi, static timing
crane hi, static timing, timing light: Once you have to static timing set (motor at rest) then time it with a timing light. You have to remove the plug on the left side of the case and install a clear plug or oil will blow out. Then time it at 35 degrees BTDC. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Crankcase Breather tube, excessive blowby, crankcase breather
excessive blowby, crankcase breather, oil leaks: You will have pressure coming out of that tube, that is how the bottom end vents. With the age of your bike you will have a slight amount of oil mist going with the air. Your oil pump might be getting old and the return side isnot pumping fast enough Good...

Motorcycle Repair: CT90 CARB Problems, air fuel mixture, lean mixture
air fuel mixture, lean mixture, rich mixture: The backfiring indicates a lean air fuel mixture. It could be you didn t get the float level set correctly. If it starts pretty good cold and runs poorly hot it s a rich mixture but if it starts poorly hot or cold it s more likely a lean mixture. When it...

Motorcycle Repair: cam sensor wires, cam sensor, aftermarket cam
cam sensor, aftermarket cam, stock cam: The stock cam senser checks to see where the cam is whne the motor is turning. It has to send a signal to the electronic ignition modual telling it what location the cam is compaired to the motor. The modual then tells the spark plugs when to fire. The other...

Motorcycle Repair: carb Setting, air fuel mixture, bolts and nuts
air fuel mixture, bolts and nuts, piston rings: It sounds like you need to remove and rebuild your carb. You have some dirt in the jets and that is why you had to run with the choke open. There are only town adjustments on your carb. Air/fuel mixture and idle. Set the air/fuel mixture screw at about i 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: cdi units, 15a, hitachi
15a, hitachi, clue: Sorry Gary, I have no clue. I don t usually trade parts like that. I try and get the right parts to make sure I don t change the performance of the bike for a customer. The easiest way to find out is plug it in and see if it works. If the bike runs good...

Motorcycle Repair: cdi units, ebay auctions, wire colors
ebay auctions, wire colors, salvage yards: I found this link recently and searched for your CDI modules... http://www.hackersyamaha.com/pages/parts/viewbybrand/default.aspx I pasted in the results from the webpage, so formatting is a bit skewed.......... Denso and Hitachi are both mentioned......

Motorcycle Repair: charging problem, regulator rectifier, yamaha virago
regulator rectifier, yamaha virago, charging systems: Well, Jason.... this a Yamaha question not a Honda question. I can send you to the Electrosport website where they have troubleshooting charts for charging systems, but if you don t have a volt meter and/or don t know what to do with it, it won t be much help....

Motorcycle Repair: charging problem, harley dyna, bike expert
harley dyna, bike expert, best bet: Since your know your battery is good then its either your stator or regulator. You dont have a alternator. First, you need to determine whether its you stator or regulator that is bad. First, unplug the regulator. Test the stator with a OHM meter for ground....

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, shadow vt1100c, regulator rectifier
shadow vt1100c, regulator rectifier, honda shadow: That was a pretty common problem on those bikes. I ve had to replace all of those connectors on my 84 and 85 Hondas. Well, either one could go bad but it pretty easy to check the stator. Take a VOM and measure the resistance between each of the three stator...

Motorcycle Repair: chirping noise......., exhaust gaskets, bike sound
exhaust gaskets, bike sound, head gasket: Noises are hard for me to diagnose on here, due to the fact I can hear them. Take the bike for a ride and when the noise starts, put the bike in netural and shut if off and coast. Do you hear it? Ride again and shut if off and coast on get with the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: chirping type noise, blown head gasket, power commander iii
blown head gasket, power commander iii, noise question: Generally, if you hear a chirping sound at the motor, its a blown head gasket. Since you say its at the back of the bike, the only thing I can think of is the exhaust blowing around the baffles and causing a chirping sound. I wish I could hear it, then I...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, clutch lever, clutch plates
clutch lever, clutch plates, flh: Put the 3 nuts back where they should be. Go to the adjuster in the center and adjust from there. First, loosen the cable so there is some slack in it. Now go to the adjuster in the center of the clutch and turn it outward. Turn it inward, slowly, unit it...

Motorcycle Repair: no clutch, clutch pack, clutch plates
clutch pack, clutch plates, clutch pressure plate: If the clutch is properly adjusted, the plates may be stuck together. Does it feel like the clutch is lifting the clutch pressure plate when you pull in the lever? If it feels like the clutch is working and adjustd correctly, you may have to pull the crankcase...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch basket, clutch basket, roller bearings
clutch basket, roller bearings, pully: The clutch basket you have is probably a aftermarket one, since I dont think harley made one for that year with loose bearings. If the bearings are worn then the clutch basket will wobble. If it wobbles then you will probably break a belt. What you would need...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch problems, 1975 honda cb360t, clutch adjustment
1975 honda cb360t, clutch adjustment, clutch lever: Well, that could be a couple of things. First you need to make sure little 6 mm ball bearing is in the lifter crank mechanism on the left hand sprocket cover. If it s not there you don t have enough adjustment to get the clutch to release. Secondly,...

Motorcycle Repair: cm400c front forks etc, fork legs, weight oil
fork legs, weight oil, drain plugs: There are two drain plugs on the lower fork legs. You pull those out and pump the forks a few times and it will empty the oil out. The oil is a light 10 weight oil. I usually use ATF dextron 2 type oil. You then have to take the top plugs out of the fork...

Motorcycle Repair: no compression??, valve adjustment, thumpstar
valve adjustment, thumpstar, trail bike: Carl, my experience is limited to Hondas but if the bike doesn t have compression it won t start under any circumstances. You need to find out why it doesn t have compression. It could be a bent valve, a hole in a piston or just improper valve adjustment....

Motorcycle Repair: cultch cable repair, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, xlh: In order the repalce the cable you have to remove the primary cover. You have to adjust the cable so it is the shortest and remove the cable from the clutch lever. Adjust the chain adjuster so its at its lowest point and remove the cover. You will see where...

Motorcycle Repair: dirt bike handle bar grips, dirt bike, plastic grip
dirt bike, plastic grip, handle bar: No the plastic grip is part of the throttle. It s called the throttle tube and the grip goes over it. If you look at the two grips, you will see one has a larger hole in the center than the other. The larger grip goes on the throttle tube. I usually take...

Motorcycle Repair: dirty carbs, carbs, fuel system
carbs, fuel system, bowls: If the carbs are plugged, I don t know of any other way to clean them except taking them out and cleaning the bowls and jets. Those aren t too difficult to get out for cleaning. I d recommend you not take them completely apart when you clean them. You ll...

Motorcycle Repair: dont no were to start, honda cbr f3, radiator cap
honda cbr f3, radiator cap, oiling system: Sorry, but my experience is pre-82 hondas but it sounds like a headgasket leak to me. The high pressure oil is seeping into the coolant under the pressure of the oiling system. Unless you are leaking a lot of coolant into the oil, it will just boil off and...

Motorcycle Repair: Early 70's CT90, honda ct90, carburator
honda ct90, carburator, process of elimination: That bike must have a charged battery to start. I m afraid it s a process of elimination. It has to be either, spark, fuel or compression. Remove the plug and lay it up against the head and see if it has spark when you kick it over. If it has spark, it...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical issues with my '75 honda cb500t, regulator rectifier, field coil
regulator rectifier, field coil, electrical issues: There are only three parts that can go bad in these charging systems...the stator, the field coil and the regulator/ rectifier. If you changed the stator and it s still acting, I m guessing that wasn t the problem. You can check the resistance of the field...

Motorcycle Repair: FLH 1200 year 72 smoking, blue grey smoke, piston rings
blue grey smoke, piston rings, breather valve: Blue/grey smoke would indicate that you are burning oil. the two places you can get oil from are the valve guides or the piston rings. You can do a compression test and a bleed down test, but I think your going to have to pull the top end. Happy 4th Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel system, rich fuel mixture, fuel starvation
rich fuel mixture, fuel starvation, starvation problem: Dave, try applying a little choke when it acts up. If the engine runs better you re looking at a fuel starvation problem. If it doesn t improve you re looking for a ignition problem or an overly rich fuel mixture. You can eliminate the overly rich mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CB100 turn signals stay solid, auto electrician, earth
Motorcycle Repair: 1970 CB100 turn signals stay solid, auto electrician, earth

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda cb350, assy
Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda cb350, assy

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM 185 Twin, 12v car, vintage bike
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM 185 Twin, 12v car, vintage bike, twinstar

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda cb 750 custom, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak
Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda cb 750 custom, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak, carburetors

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 shadow, switch problem, wd40
Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 shadow, switch problem, wd40, kill switch

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Sportster cuts out while driving, rubber boot, battery cable
Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Sportster cuts out while driving, rubber boot, battery cable, stock

Motorcycle Repair: 79 cb650 carb problems, honda cb 650, edge of my seat
Motorcycle Repair: 79 cb650 carb problems, honda cb 650, edge of my seat, top edge

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes Go Away, gsxr 600, eye ball
Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes Go Away, gsxr 600, eye ball, brake lever

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, shipping tape, pin clip
Motorcycle Repair: brake light, shipping tape, pin clip, circlip

Motorcycle Repair: chirping noise......., fatboy, pulley
Motorcycle Repair: chirping noise......., fatboy, pulley, resolve

Motorcycle Repair: chirping type noise, harley shop, degree wheel
Motorcycle Repair: chirping type noise, harley shop, degree wheel, reguards

Motorcycle Repair: FLH 1200 year 72 smoking, kidney stone, dirty oil
Motorcycle Repair: FLH 1200 year 72 smoking, kidney stone, dirty oil, dirt

Motorcycle Repair: fuse panel, rear fender, exact problem
Motorcycle Repair: fuse panel, rear fender, exact problem, wiring harness

Motorcycle Repair: honda vt1100c, drain bolt, fork leg
Motorcycle Repair: honda vt1100c, drain bolt, fork leg, drain pan

Motorcycle Repair: Keith Black Pistons, keith black pistons, indents
Motorcycle Repair: Keith Black Pistons, keith black pistons, indents, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer on 1999 sportster, metal shavings, speedo sensor
Motorcycle Repair: speedometer on 1999 sportster, metal shavings, speedo sensor, tranny fluid

Motorcycle Repair: tune up etc, car fuse, pig tail
Motorcycle Repair: tune up etc, car fuse, pig tail, sea foam

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pump 83 honda shodow 750, fuel pump relay, 12 volt
fuel pump relay, 12 volt, fuel pump: There s a fuel pump relay that get s a signal from the coil and from the alternator that supplies voltage to the fuel pump. I d check the relay. I just replace one on my 85 sabre with a automotive style relay because I didn t want to spend $60 on one from...

Motorcycle Repair: fuse panel, left turn signal, fuse panel
left turn signal, fuse panel, sportster: You donthave fuses, you have breakers. If the left turn signal is working then its not the breaker. make sure the bulbs are good. If they are then check the bulb socket for power. If no power then the turn signal canceller is bad and needs replaced Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: there is gas in oil chamber, camshaft bearings, crankcase oil
camshaft bearings, crankcase oil, fuel vapors: Joshua, you didn t mention the mileage on the bike, which may be an influence on the problem potentials. I will assume that you check the oil levels in the same manner, either after an overnight stay or after briefly starting the engine and shutting it...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley unused three years, polished aluminum, superglide
polished aluminum, superglide, harley: Sitting that long, the battery is probably no good, so start there. Drain all the fluids and replace. Drain the fuel and replace it and then see if the bike starts. Your probably going to have to rebuild the carb. Once its running, I would let it warm up and...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA 750 K.. SPOKED WHEEL, luggage compartment, spoked wheel
luggage compartment, spoked wheel, high speed wobble: Usually, the front end wobble is caused by a bad front tire assuming it happens under 50 mph. If it a high speed wobble (over 50mph) it can be caused by the rear tire or if there s a lot of weight on the luggage rack of luggage compartment. Some bike have...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1987 VFR 700, clutch lever, safety circuit
clutch lever, safety circuit, start button: There s a neutral light starter interlock. So if the neutral light is burned out or if the neutral light switch goes bad it won t allow the starter to engage. There is a switch on the clutch lever that is supposed to override that safety circuit so when...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Cb125s has no Spark, honda cb125s, stator windings
honda cb125s, stator windings, wiringdiagrams: Abhimanyu, First thing to know is that these bike s ignition systems are battery-powered... 6volts. If you are thinking that it is a self-energizing magneto, you will waste more time and money. It needs a fresh and fully charged battery to run properly. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CMX450 rebel, fuel enrichment, compression test
fuel enrichment, compression test, o ring: Those carbs don t have a traditional choke plates. It uses a fuel enrichment circuit to add fuel after the throttle plates. The choke cable lifts a plunger in each carb that opens a fuel passage dumping more fuel into the intake. There s a fuel circuit in...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT110, drip oil, first excursion
drip oil, first excursion, crank case: Congratulations Paul on your first excursion into the biker fraternity. I think you ll find it s a lot of fun. First of all, nothing about that little bike is very difficult or expensive to repair if you are willing to do it yourself. There are only a few...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow running to rich, air fuel ratio, air leaks
air fuel ratio, air leaks, air mixture: The backfiring is actually a lean condition. It can be caused mis-adjusted idle air mixture, dirty carbs, air leaks in the intake manifolds or a reduction in exhaust back pressure. When a exhaust pipe rusts out or someone changes them for a less restrictive...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda wheels., honda cb100, honda wheels
honda cb100, honda wheels, spokes: I ve re-spoked a lot of wheels as a mechanic and it s not too difficult. I always started with the inside spokes and the added the outside spokes once all the inside spokes are in place. Leave the nipples loose so you can move the hub around to get more...

Motorcycle Repair: harley problems, sensers, efi
sensers, efi, fatboy: About the only thing you are going to be able to do is take the bike in and haave a dianostic run on it. There are so many sensers that you wont know which one is bad without a dianostic. You would just be changing parts until you hit it Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: heritage, brake switch, signal lights
brake switch, signal lights, speedometer: All your switches receive power fromt he same place, so what you have to do is start tracing out the wires from the battery to the switches. If you are blowing a fuse, then you probably have a grounded wire. If it only happens when you go for a ride, you probably...

Motorcycle Repair: honda, honda cx 500, regulator rectifier
honda cx 500, regulator rectifier, trickle charger: Well, that s not normal. First, make sure you have charged the battery over night on the trickle charger and then turn all the lights and rev the engine up to 3000 rpm or more and check the battery voltage. If it s 13.5-14.5 volts, the alternator is doing...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb100, ebay auctions, stock muffler
ebay auctions, stock muffler, cam bearings: Daniel, The early CB/CL/SL100-125s had one-piece cylinder heads which gave problems locating their camshafts properly. Excessive clearance builds up in the cam bearings which are incomplete on these versions (changed in 1976 to a two piece head). If you find...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cbr f4, car jumper, honda cbr
car jumper, honda cbr, voltage regulators: My experience is with older pre-82 Hondas but you could have ruined the voltage regulator. I ve heard that if you jump a bike with a running car, the voltage regulators can interact ant you can damage the bike s regulator. I ve never seen it myself but that...

Motorcycle Repair: honda elite squeek noise, honda elite, hondas
honda elite, hondas, pitch: Sorry Jan, but my experience is with pre-82 Hondas. It could be a dry suspension joint, a plastic cover or something else. Can you make it happen by holding on the front brake while sitting on the bike and rocking it forwards and backwards? That might help...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vt1100c, automatic transmission fluid, honda vt1100c
automatic transmission fluid, honda vt1100c, honda shadow: Looking on line, it looks like you have to buy the parts individually if they are still available. Honda list the complete petcock in the price list but it may or may not be available. To change the fork oil, you have to pull the drain plugs on the bottom...

Motorcycle Repair: honda won't start, honda 750 shadow, starter solenoid
honda 750 shadow, starter solenoid, solenoid: Sorry, Dewayne, my experience is limited to older Honda...pre-82 vintage. Is the neutral light out? If it is, the neutral interlock may have gone bad. Try using a screwdriver to jump between the two starter solenoid terminals and see if the starter is still...

Motorcycle Repair: about ideal, 1986 honda nighthawk, plug caps
1986 honda nighthawk, plug caps, side pipe: Rick, it could be several things.... bad spark plug caps... should be 5k ohms and all four close to the same readings. Could have a bad fuel petcock, either the screen is plugged up or the petcock diaphragm has failed, if equipped. Check for parts illustrations...

Motorcycle Repair: jet needle retaining clip, honda cb200, jet needle
honda cb200, jet needle, slide spring: Robert, The needle and two clips (e-clip and spring clip) are part of the jet needle part assembly. I think the carbs are about 20mm, and so a lot of other models, like the CB/CL160-175s would use the same dimension parts. Other bikes that use a 22mm carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Keith Black Pistons, keith black pistons, intake valve
keith black pistons, intake valve, indent: I dont use keith black pistons so it going to be tough for me to tell you which way they go. If you look inside the pistons there might be a mark. If there is, it usually goes towards the cam. If you look at the top of the piston the bigger indent for the...

Motorcycle Repair: No Lights, handle bar, white stripe
handle bar, white stripe, good hope: Does the rear brake light work when you depress the brake pedal? All of the power for the lights except rear brake light go through the handle bar switch. So I d start there to see if a wire has come loose. I think the power for the lights use a light brown...