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Motorcycle Repair: Battery Not staying charged, ampmeter, fuses
ampmeter, fuses, couple of days: It sounds like there is a problem with the ignition switch or perhaps you have other accessories which drain the battery. There are also diodes in the chanrging system which can go bad if someone tried to charge the battery without disconnecting the terminals....

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light stays on 86 XLH1100 Sportster, cream puff, mike thanks
cream puff, mike thanks, brake lever: For your brake light. Looking where the lever is attached and the throttle is you will see that there are two sections. One holds the brake lever and the other holds the throttle. You have to make sure they are slide together tightly or the brake light will...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, suzuki vl800, bikebandit com
suzuki vl800, bikebandit com, aftermarket pipes: Jerry, they are not removable. They are usually welded in and/or riveted. If you feel a burning need to make more noise, you will either have to buy aftermarket pipes or but some long drill bits to get into the inner baffles. http://www.bikebandit.com/2004-suzuki-motorcycle-vs800gls50/o/m6863...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, oil light, turn signals
oil light, turn signals, operator error: I would say check the battery first. The oil light is always on when the ignition is on and the engine is not started; it means the oil pressure is low. It is not a level indicator. The light should go out as soon as the engine starts. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 left 3 cylinders not running, stock airbox, medium jets
stock airbox, medium jets, cbx: It is almost certainly a carburettor issue, since the ignition system is shared between 1-6, 2-5 and 3-4... Usually the slow-medium jets clog and this causes the problem you describe. Unfortunately you will need to tilt the engine forward to get the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: Chatter in the engine, evolution engine, cylinder walls
evolution engine, cylinder walls, push rods: Its probably not a lifter, pushrod or ricker arm. They usuall;y make more noise at idle than higher RPMs. It could be a cam bearing going out or a bearing on the lifter going out. i woudl remove the cam cover and check them first Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Coil, plug wires, grommet
plug wires, grommet, spark plug: Normally you can remove the wires, there is a fitting on the end with a grommet that can be unscrewed, or sometimes the wire is just screwed on to a threaded post in the coil. You can buy replacement HT wire in most automotive stores, but it sounds like perhaps...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 750k honda 1981, kill switch, handlebars
kill switch, handlebars, fuses: There is more than likely some corrosion on the contacts, so exercise the ignition switch a few times. Also wiggle the kill switch to ensure it is making a good connection. Check the fuses under the handlebars, but also look for the main fuse which is somewhere...

Motorcycle Repair: cb650z, valve stems, head bolt
valve stems, head bolt, bill silver: Richard, the rocker arm cover bolts are all 6mm x 1.0 pitch threads. Very common on motorcycles and automobiles. Heli-coil or other inserts should be fine for this repair. Removing/reinstalling the top cover requires loosening the valve adjuster screws,...

Motorcycle Repair: charging problems, 1976 honda cb750, honda fours
1976 honda cb750, honda fours, fault finding guide: Danny, well I am not god, but might be able to help give you some directions about how to tackle this situation. : ) Start with a fully charged battery that will pass a load test, then read the info at the first link, then run the diagnostic suggestions...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, honda magna 750, charging system
honda magna 750, charging system, battery voltage: Sounds like your chargng system is inoperative. When the engine is running, the battery voltage should measure up to 14V. If you rev the engine you should see the voltage go up. Check all your connectiosn to the engine, and ensure the contacts in all plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, suitable piece, clutch
suitable piece, clutch, good luck: It s called a sprag nut. There is a special tool you need to undo it, or you can make a tool by using a suitable piece of pipe. Buying the tool saves a lot of time, the part number is known by the dealer or is described in the manual. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch sticking, clutch cable, clutch
clutch cable, clutch, gl: If you bought the right cable, and have made the adjustments correctly, the clutch should be disengaging just fine. Was it working before you exchanged the cable? If the clutch is worn, it will disengage just fine but slip when you try to put power to the...

Motorcycle Repair: cluthe, master brake cylinder, clutch lever
master brake cylinder, clutch lever, paint stripper: This should be an easy fix, in the master brake cylinder (near the clutch lever) there is a very small bleed hole, which may be blocked, or the piston in the master cylinder may not be returning fully. Either way you will need to overhaul the master cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Dual Foot Brake, stock master, foot brake
stock master, foot brake, master cylinder: I have never seen this setup before so I am going to assumn that there are two lines coming off the master cylinder. You will have to get the stock master cylinder and the stock brake line for the rear as well as the front brake. After you get that just hook...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical Problem, honda xl500r, regulator rectifier
honda xl500r, regulator rectifier, honda oem: Raymond... Here is a Honda OEM manual page section with troubleshooting steps. http://www.hondaxl.it/download/Manuali/76_89_HondaXL400R_XL500R.pdf I worked on a bike like this some months ago and found some broken wire strands in the harness running...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, battery connections, wideglide
battery connections, wideglide, starter button: When you turn the ignition off and let the bike sit for a few minutes and then turn the ignition back on do the lights come on? When you say you checked the battery connections did you remove them, at both ends, and clean them and retighten them? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problems!, honda cb500, wiringdiagrams
honda cb500, wiringdiagrams, clutch lever: Rick, Sounds like you could write a book on the possibilities. See wiring diagram on site below and then break out a 12v test light and strip the headlight out and the bodywork off, so you can get to all the wiring. http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 suzuki gs550 carbs, gs550, suzuki
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 suzuki gs550 carbs, gs550, suzuki

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, center reference, electrical circuit
Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, center reference, electrical circuit, fuse

Motorcycle Repair: GR650 Vibration, bikebandit com, flywheel system
bikebandit com, flywheel system, foot pegs: Pete, I had to look up info on this model, as it is not a Honda and not a model I have encountered before. Barely remembered it at all, really. I found a GR650 forum: http://hotel.messageboard.nl/3669/viewforum.php?f=2 I am reminded that this motor...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBX1000 Prolink (1982) Tires, honda cbx1000, bridgestone tires
honda cbx1000, bridgestone tires, rears: Ha Olaf, We can still get Michelin, Avon, Pirelli and Bridgestone tires in those sizes. I have never shipped a tire to Holland but I can put one in my suitcase for the next trip? These tires normally cost $150 for the rears and around $120 for the fronts......

Motorcycle Repair: Honda SL 350 K1 carb, honda sl350, bike mechanic
honda sl350, bike mechanic, carb settings: Bill, if you have these carbs: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-sl350-motosport-350-k1-us_model733/partslist/E++18.html They are pretty straightforward to repair and tune. Recheck your basics first.... you mentioned doing the valves... what is the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: harley rebuild, mount victory ohio, dark oil
mount victory ohio, dark oil, black oil: Your tapping is probably from the lifters. Most motors will create dark oil pretty quickly. The things you need to look at, if you thinking rebuild, are compression, any loss of power and if the motor is smiking. I am located in Mount Victory Ohio. You can...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition modules melting, rotor coil, stator windings
rotor coil, stator windings, insulation resistance: Tanya, First, the ignition modules (spark units) often show signs of gooey tar/black stuff coming out of them now. The parts are interchangeable with many models and one company is making reproductions of them, however they are expensive. The ignition modules...

Motorcycle Repair: Ironhead question, factory spec, xlch
factory spec, xlch, sewing machine: Your plugs should be a tan color. Since your rear plug is black then your rear cylinder is not burning correctly with is probably causing your problem. You changed your coil and plug wires so that would not be the problem, but I would still test them. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition h.d., vance hines exhaust, market pipes
vance hines exhaust, market pipes, exhaust clamps: What is happening is when you shut the throttle off fuel is still being put in the throttle body. the ECM is not reacting fast enough. The ECM on the bike probably has not been remapped for the exhaust, so that is with needs to be done Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 90mc1-a 1974, wiring loom, lighting circuit
wiring loom, lighting circuit, tail light: I believe the connection to ground is bad on the lighting circuit. Check all the connections from the battery to ground, make sure the ground points don t have paint on them, and that the grounds on the wiring loom all are tight and clean. Good luck, Ja...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki bayou 300 starter, kawasaki bayou 300, solenoid starter
kawasaki bayou 300, solenoid starter, starter solenoid: Nacho, the starting system consists of the battery (fully charged and able to pass a load test), the starter solenoid, starter button control, starter clutch and starter motor. Clicking sounds are generally either a faulty solenoid and/or low battery...

Motorcycle Repair: lots of white smoke from exhaust, header pipes, valve seals
header pipes, valve seals, valve train: Sounds like you have oil in the header pipes. Could be bad rings or generally worn bores if it keeps smoking. If it does finally stop, perhaps it is just getting in there from the valve train, which means your valve seals are bad. It would help to know...

Motorcycle Repair: lower cases, cracked case, tappet
cracked case, tappet, sprocket: In 1989 they did have a problem with cases, but it was where the motor sprocket was and it had a leak. Other than that I have not heard of a problem. Even if they did and were replacing them at one time they wouldnt now. Its been 20 years Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle problems, honda rebel, bill silver
honda rebel, bill silver, hello bill: Nick, if you have no neutral light or other lights, then the battery has been drained down from cranking it earlier. If you let the bike sit with old fuel in the carburetor, often it will evaporate/separate and then it plugs up the idle jet, so hard starting...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak on 1977 sportster 1000 kickstart, investagation, deoderant
investagation, deoderant, kickstand: Your going to have to do some investagation to find the leak. I would clean the motor really well. then get some deoderant that has baby powder in it and spray the motor so it looks white. Take the bike for a short ride and then check it. Where it leaked the...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak,, rear cylinder, oil leak
rear cylinder, oil leak, high flow: It sounds like your leak is at the rocker box. Over time it will keep getting worse, so you need to get it fixed. This is not a common leak, its just a leak that happens. If it were me and since the bike is 11 years old, I would replace both the front and...

Motorcycle Repair: oil is spitting out while i am riding, rocker boxes, couple areas
rocker boxes, couple areas, exhaust pipe: First, you need to locate where the is coming from. Clean the oil off really well and start the bike and let it idle.Take a flashlight and look for a leak. You might have to rev it a little. If you dont see it take the bike for a short ride and stop and look....

Motorcycle Repair: RE-JETTING A 1985 H-D HEIHIN CV CARB., cv carb, jet needle
cv carb, jet needle, mr ray: If the bike ran fine before then you dont need to rejett. I would pull the carb, clean it out really well and rebuild. You can still get rebuild kits for your carb. You could also install a S&S carb which would make your bike run alot better Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Rejetting stock carb, white brothers porker pipes, drag pipes
white brothers porker pipes, drag pipes, stock carb: You will have to test ride the bike after installing the pipes and see if you need to rejett. Your best indicator is the plugs. ride the bike and check the plugs. Black and to rich, while and to lean. There is no set jet size when you start changing things...

Motorcycle Repair: Road King mufflers, drag pipes, baffles
drag pipes, baffles, mufflers: You can. What happens is opening up the exhaust like that makes your exhaust drag pipes. Drag pipes work well at high RPMs, but at the RPMs that you ride they take power away. When you remove the baffles you will lean out the bike. Lean makes it run hotter...

Motorcycle Repair: replaced water pump and wont start, float bowls, fuel compression
float bowls, fuel compression, safety switches: Steve, you need air, fuel, compression and spark to make the engine operate. According to the www.bikebandit.com site you have a VZ800, if it is a 2003 bike or it is a 2002 VL800, the best I can tell. Make sure you have your models/years straight, when...

Motorcycle Repair: restoring my baby, stock motor, cbx
stock motor, cbx, crankcase: Has the engine been turned over? If the bike has been stored without the engine being turned, then I d take out the spark plugs and put 100ml of diesel fluid in the pots. Leave it sit for about a day. Don t put the plugs back in. Remove the right crankcase...

Motorcycle Repair: single cylinder not firing has fuel, spark, and compression, plug caps, honda 650
plug caps, honda 650, 1980 cb650: Peter... normal compression for a Honda 650 Four is about 175 psi. You are down 40-50psi, unless you didn t hold the throttle open all the way when making the compression check. Compare all 4 cylinders to verify what is normal for your bike. If all have...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, bank angle, senser
bank angle, senser, flhrci: The problem with having a fuel injected bike is when it doesnt run. You need to have a dianostic run on the bike so you know what the problem is. It sounds like the dealer is taking a wild guess as to what the problem is. Right now it could be anything. It...

Motorcycle Repair: starter problems, nighthawk 650, starter solenoid
nighthawk 650, starter solenoid, starter clutch: James, when the starter just clicks, generally it is a solenoid problem, if you are sure that the battery is fully charged and passes a load test. Clicking in the solenoid is usually due to some corrosion that has built up on the two big battery posts internally....

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki intruder, bikebandit com, suzuki intruder
bikebandit com, suzuki intruder, fuel stabilizer: Henry.... Hearing gas in the tank isn t the same as checking to see if it has to go on reserve (if the bike has reserve). I am not familiar with Suzuki Intruders, so can t say for sure what is going on. If the bike is misfiring and weak, it sounds like...

Motorcycle Repair: tires, rule of thumb, sportster 1200
rule of thumb, sportster 1200, mileage: There is really no rule of thumb for tires. Harder the compound int he tire the longer it will last. It also has to do with weight on the tire and riding style as well as keeping them properly inflated. If you still have good tread on the tires then you would...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal light stuck on, filament bulbs, double filament
filament bulbs, double filament, left turn signal: Grant, I am not familiar with Yamaha electrics. In the past, they used all kinds of relays and modules to control lighting, so it is hard to troubleshoot w/o a manual. What I would start with is to remove all the bulbs, inspect the sockets/bulbs and the...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cam lower end rebuild, torrington bearings, case need
torrington bearings, case need, crankshaft: Since you are replacing the cams with gear driven cams you will be fine using the bearings that comes with the kit. As to using Torrington bearings, You would have to check with Torrington for what you want to do. I am not sure why you are welding the crankshaft,...

Motorcycle Repair: valve timing, factory service manuals, harley factory
factory service manuals, harley factory, cam gears: I was wondering whether you have a general service book or an actual repair manual. The best HD manuals are the Harley factory service manuals. I will forewarn you they are cashy but well worth it. I will look in my books and see if I can find the into you...

Motorcycle Repair: it wont start., starter relay, time doug
starter relay, time doug, loose wire: Look ont he starter and you will see two wires. The big one is from the battery and and small one is from the relay. Check, with the test light, the small wire and see if there is power there when you press the starter button. Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Virago 750, yamaha virago 750, plug caps
yamaha virago 750, plug caps, system deficits: Pam, this is obviously not a Honda question, however whoever replaced the carbs needs to check their work. Viragos are very difficult to do carburetor work on and have lots of emission lines and controls that need to be checked over. Then, check the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 dyna low rider, clutch basket, jackshaft
clutch basket, jackshaft, low rider: You have to remove the primary cover, the clutch basket, motor sprocket and chain. then you remove the jackshaft. Once that is done go to the other side of the bike and remove the bolts holding the starter and it will slide out Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: '03 Honda Shadow ACE 750, honda shadow ace, bikebandit com
honda shadow ace, bikebandit com, honda shadow ace 750: Craig.... http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/2003-honda-motorcycle-vt750cdc-shadow-ace-deluxe-metalic-silver-black/o/m2898 CARB COMPONENTS #6 is the idle mixture screw set. What you probably need to attend to is the idle jet, itself. #32....

Motorcycle Repair: 06' Sportster Custom Rear brakes, rear brakes, master cylinder
rear brakes, master cylinder, leaks: There are only 3 reasons that you cant get a pedel. One is a leak and you said there is none, you have a bad master cylinder, or you still have air in the line. It takes along time to get fluid through the system since the hole is really small in the master...

Motorcycle Repair: 07 honda shadow VLX 600cc lights dimming and flickering back to normal, honda shadow vlx, last knight
honda shadow vlx, last knight, voltage regulator: This is characteristic of a voltage regulator. This part adjusts itself to maintain a constant voltage going back into the battery. If it fails or is starting to fail a power fluctuation occurs. Lights dim and brighten, and in extremes engines can cut in and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 CB160, rear sprocket, fiche section
rear sprocket, fiche section, cb125: Tobi.. Yep, it can be confusing... http://hondapeninsula.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=120058&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1965&fveh=2876 Got lots of options! If you know your CB160 stuff, however, then you know that the product code...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda CB350 Charging Issues, 1971 honda cb350, wiringdiagrams
1971 honda cb350, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda: Mike... Here is a wiring diagram for reference... http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The three wires are all carrying AC voltage to the rectifier (well two do directly). The third one will be added in when the headlight ON is selected....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 - 360 honda, internal passageways, honda cl360
internal passageways, honda cl360, cmsnl: Tony, you probably ran out of fuel.... and/or fouled a spark plug. Either the gas cap vent hole is blocked, the petcock passageways are restricted, the float valves have dirt/corrosion backed up behind them or you had old fuel/deposits come down the lines...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 XLCH Replacing Clutch cable, replacing clutch, harley service
replacing clutch, harley service, clutch cable: If you need diagrams you would have to get a harley service manual. You would find the diagrams you need in there. Once you remove the primary cover then you remove the cable. Then you install the cable in the primary, install the primary and then install...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Shovelhead, dot 5 brake fluid, shovelhead
dot 5 brake fluid, shovelhead, master cylinder: To add fluid remove the cover on the master cylinder that is located on the handlebar. To bleed the brake, look at the brake caliber and you will see a bleeder screw on the top. Pump the brake and while holding it open the bleeder and fluid will come out and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978honda hawk t2, honda cb400t, generator coils
honda cb400t, generator coils, gasket sets: Randy... early model Hawk series bikes had a lot of issues with stator/pulse generator coils, which can cause low-voltage output from the coil. Sometimes, when an engine will idle, but not take throttle above idle, then the coil is bad/weak or there is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Yamaha XJ650, gauge wire, starter switch
gauge wire, starter switch, heavy gauge: Sorry it took me so long to respond. I would check the starter relay. It should be right beside the battery. It will have the power wire off of the battery connected right to it. Try to jump the connects on it with a heavy gauge wire and see if the started...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cm250, spark plug gap, honda cm250
spark plug gap, honda cm250, spark plug wires: Erik, the coil wires are manufactured into the coils. In some cases you an work the joint loose with a Dremel tool, remove the wire, add new wire, then re-glue the joint with JB weld or something similar. They are really not designed for wire replacement....

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda nighthawk, 1983 honda nighthawk, clutch adjustment
1983 honda nighthawk, clutch adjustment, wet clutch: The first question is did you change the oil in it before riding it again? If not was it still full of oil when it was taken out of storage? Being these bikes run a wet clutch system after they have sat for a long time the oil that was absorbed into the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 shovel head motorcycle fxsb, shovel head, bill silver
shovel head, bill silver, bikebandit com: Michael, I don t know a thing about this brand, but if it is stuck between gears, either something has broken inside the transmission or the shift selector mechanism has failed. You might find illustrations at www.bikebandit.com I imagine that it has to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 goldwing 1200 lti, goldwing 1200, overhaul kit
goldwing 1200, overhaul kit, weep hole: Typically an overhaul kit will take care of such a problem. Remove the slave cylinder and clean things thoroughly, install the overhaul kit (seals, springs, actuating rod typically) and reassemble. Then bleed the system and you should be back on the road....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 yamaha virago, radiator shops, yamaha virago
radiator shops, yamaha virago, good tank: Paula, there are a number of ways to treat rusted fuel tanks. The extent of the rust will determine how worthy it is of reusing again. Some options: http://www.rusteco.com/MotorcycleCruiser.htm http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3664...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, 2001 suzuki intruder 800
suzuki intruder 800, 2001 suzuki intruder 800, suzuki: I am not specifically familiar with these. I would carefully go to the dealer and politely ask how to remove it. If you are nice they have no reason not to be. Or purchase a good service manual not only will it tell you how, but can greatly help with problems...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Dyna quits after about a block of riding, petcock, straight shots
petcock, straight shots, gas cap: First, try going for a ride with the gas cap off. If it runs fine then you know the vent in the cap is plugged. if it still shuts off then check the vaccumn line going to the petcock. If it still shuts off then when it does shut the petcock and pull the bowl...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FLHRSEI Performance Mods., air filter system, screaming eagle
air filter system, screaming eagle, eagle road: The screaming eagle slipons should work very well for you. I would nto change them. Install a high flow air filter system that has a K&N filter in it. I would go with the power commander or the race tuner system for your bike. If you do either one of these...

Motorcycle Repair: 250 honda shadow 1985, honda rebel 250, rear axle nut
honda rebel 250, rear axle nut, 1985 honda rebel 250: Okay, Sam... You had me a little confused with the 1985 Honda Shadow at first. If you are ordering parts always refer to it as a 1985 Honda Rebel 250 or CMX250, so the parts guys know what you have to work on. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cmx250c-rebel-250-1985-us_model570/partslist/F++12.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 yamaha xs 400, motor bike shop, yamaha xs 400
motor bike shop, yamaha xs 400, nook and cranny: Tom, a Honda has color-coded wiring, so the coil wiring issue would have been more noticeable. Actually, the wiring usually can t be reversed on a Honda, as they use male/female connectors at the coil. Good for you to have sorted out an unusual problem, though,...

Motorcycle Repair: '83 gold wing carbs, nylon tubing, carburetor repairs
nylon tubing, carburetor repairs, vacuum lines: Charles.... Can offer you a couple of info options... 1. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-gl1100i-gold-wing-interstate-1983-us_model654/partslist/E++23.html for part numbers. I don t see anything listed that looks like plastic, however. The #16 knock pins...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda cb550sc carb, bench test, float valve
bench test, float valve, standpipe: You can check the floats and the overflow tubes for leaks, these are common problems on old carbs. If the bike is still not running right, then the carbs are still not working correctly or you may also have an ignition problem. Assuming ignition is OK, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 magna carburetors, honda vf750c, vacuum ports
honda vf750c, vacuum ports, v45 magna: Beau, in general the differences between carb body IDs like this are in the calibration, but not always. Compare the carb bodies carefully for any differences in the fittings (vacuum ports, etc.) and if they look identical, you can then check the jets and...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 600 honda shadow, capible, honda shadow
capible, honda shadow, system checks: One of the biggest problems with components over heating is connections. Make sure your powers and grounds are all clean and tight. Also was the battery load tested? Have it checked at an autoparts store capible of doing so. The battery may have tested good...

Motorcycle Repair: Many bad batteries, battery minder, bells and whistles
battery minder, bells and whistles, stator: If your regulator was bad, they usually fail closed not open. If it failed open your battery would cook while you are ridding the bike. The regulator is located on the front of the bike and not attached to the stator. I would do a OHMs test on the stator and...

Motorcycle Repair: bogging in 2004 cbr 600rr, 2004 cbr 600rr, tank air
2004 cbr 600rr, tank air, correct tools: At that high of an rpm, you way be getting valve float. That is where the valves are not completely closing between each cycle. They hang open and can cause a huge power loss. The tank, air box, and cam cover will have to pulled off to check that the shims...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb 1979 Honda CM185T, horizontal screw, point gap
horizontal screw, point gap, cmsnl: Carl, the horizontal screw at the middle of the carb body moves the slide up and down...changing idle speed. The mixture screw is at the front towards the intake manifold, mounted vertically. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++17.html...

Motorcycle Repair: CB900 custom main bearings, main bearings, bill silver
main bearings, bill silver, cmsnl: Tim, the chart cross reference is here, but probably the same as your manual. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900c-900-custom-82-us_model7250/partslist/E++14.html You will have to mic the crankshaft with a metric caliper/micrometer and use the figures to...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging System, wire colors, best guess
wire colors, best guess, charging system: Hi Jay, I think the first place you should start is replacing the wiring harness. Wires twisted and melted are a sign someone didn t know what they were doing. As to the thing that has two wires and works when you shake it? My best guess there is that, that...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch on 07 Sporty, barnett clutch, clutch lever
barnett clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable: It sounds more like an adjutment problem. Loosen the cable so there the alot of slack in it. Now go to the adjuster and turn it until it seats then back out just about 1/8 of a turn. Then go to the adjuster on the cable so that you have about 1/8 inch play...

Motorcycle Repair: Curious Idle, vacuum ports, vacuum tube
vacuum ports, vacuum tube, cb750: Yes the vacuum ports should have a screw in them, they are only used for synchronizing the carbs, unless one has a connection to a vacuum shut-off on the fuel system. A choke cable is about $10, I d fix that too and have the engine run properly. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb question, sediment bowl, fuel valve
sediment bowl, fuel valve, fuel lines: I would try checking the fuel valve on the tank. Pull it off and look at the screen and sediment bowl and make sure the are clean. Also check the stand pipes on the valve and make sure they are clear of debris also. If they turn out to be clean, check your...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator on 96 220 bayou, reputable shop, carburator
reputable shop, carburator, float valve: Float valve assembly is stuck. You will need to remove the carb from the machine and pull the bottom bowl off of it. If you cant do this take it to a reputable shop to have them perform the repair. If you can, get back with me and i can explain how to check...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system on a 1980 cb750f, bike check, cb750f
bike check, cb750f, charging system: The first thing to check is that the charging system is working. If you have access to any kind of DC voltage tester attach the tester positive to positive and negative to negative on the battery posts with it installed in the bike and start the bike. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical Failure, yamaha v star, repair suggestions
yamaha v star, repair suggestions, electrical failure: Sorry for the slow response. Go to any auto parts store and look for a solid core male, female plug. Look at the amperage rating on the package and make sure they can handle at least 50 amps. That s a high guess but for the year and electronics on the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, negative cable, swing arm
Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Intruder 800, negative cable, swing arm, bolts

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, throttle cable
Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, throttle cable

Motorcycle Repair: firing order, yamaha xj 650, firing order
yamaha xj 650, firing order, coils: I m pretty sure the left side coil runs cylinders 1 and 4 and the right side coil runs 2 and 3. Those are twin fire coils, so it doesn t matter which wires on which plug number. As long as the coils are attached to the right cylinders it should run. The cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: gas leak, kawasaki ninja, full tank
kawasaki ninja, full tank, gas tank: Does your bike have an aircraft style gas cap? If it does check the rubber ring around the bottom of the cap. Usually the recessed portion around the cap on the top of the tank is where that hose is connected to. If that rubber is cracked or gone you would...

Motorcycle Repair: HD Road King 1997 Fuel injected throttle sticks, throttle cables, homer ak
throttle cables, homer ak, road rally: It may not be a throttle problem. Are the throttle cables routed correctly? Also check that the cables have no corrosion or kinks. I d replace the cables first and then check functionality. Make sure that the grip moves easily without cables too. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 305 Scramblers 66&67, honda scrambler, lynden wa
honda scrambler, lynden wa, bill silver: Joe.... You might try to connect with other 305 owners at the Yahoo Group (honda305) to see if there are some enthusiasts up there. I have been in contact with another WA owner, who is having problems getting qualified assistance. I do sell at CD full...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC200 CARB, air leaks, fuel mix
air leaks, fuel mix, black carbon: Blowing air through the carb orifices will not clean it. Typically the slow/medium jet clogs, and since they are normally very small (a few 10ths of a mm), they can be very tough to clean, even carb cleaners will not dissolve the old fuel. It is usually...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, honda ct90 motorcycle, carburetor body
honda ct90 motorcycle, carburetor body, gas leaks: Sam, your old carb may have been fine with some good cleaning and adjusting. The gas from the bottom fitting of the float bowl is due to the float valve not shutting the fuel off when the float has risen up to push the needle tip closed. The needle could...

Motorcycle Repair: heavy oil consumption, oil consumption, black carbon
oil consumption, black carbon, airbox: See if you can take the air filter housing apart. There should be a tube that comes off the engine and goes into the airbox. You are checking the airbox to see if it has any oil inside. If it does have an excessive amount then you are getting too much blowby...

Motorcycle Repair: Idle problems, air passages, compression stroke
air passages, compression stroke, cmsnl: Lesa, I watched and listened to your video. Did you disassemble the carburetor completely and clear all fuel and air passages? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm250c-custom-1983-us_model7282/partslist/E++1501.html I see that it has primary and secondary...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition wires hot, loose wire, good luck
loose wire, good luck: You have a short in the wiring. You will have to check the wires coming from the battery to the ignition. If you dont find anything there you will then have to trace the wiring from the switch. You need to look for a loose wire or a wire touching metal. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: issue on 86 yamaha xv700, wiring harness, backlight
wiring harness, backlight: You have a short to ground somewhere. Look at the entire wiring harness and look for any chafed or broken wires. Look for spots in the wiring cover that are worn through. Check all your connections and your frame grounds. The way you explained it look around...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Bayou 220, kawasaki bayou 220, fourwheelers
kawasaki bayou 220, fourwheelers, valve clearance: I think you may have found your own problem. I can t be for sure but the growling noise you heard could have been a bearing failing or the rings on the piston giving way. If you stated that it had almost no compression, short of pulling the cap on the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: KNOCKING, pushrod, redlight
pushrod, redlight, lifter: Ticking is usually a lifter. Its where the pushrod is slapping against the rocker. It doesnt really hurt anything. its just annoying. If you want to replace it you would have to change all 4 of them, since you wouldnt know which one it is Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 222 atv, starter button, kill switch
starter button, kill switch, spark plug: The ignition part is typically different from the starter button. Make sure the coil is getting power. Did you check the kill switch? If the coil is getting power, then the problem may be in the pickups or in the ignition unit; or the coil may be bad. ...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking fuel, fuel needle, reputable shop
fuel needle, reputable shop, quality repair: This is definitely a carb issue. It sounds like the fuel needle and seat in the carb are stuck. I don t know the specifics on this particular model on how to remove the carb. I would suggest purchasing a quality repair manual or taking it to a reputable shop...

Motorcycle Repair: lock nut threads, pitch gauge, thread pitch
pitch gauge, thread pitch, delkron: I am not completely familiar with Harley transmissions. I am assuming that delkron and HD tranny are close to the same year. If not without further information all I can tell you is to check the threads on both shafts with a thread pitch gauge and tape measure....

Motorcycle Repair: Neutral indicator, engine wiring harness, honda cbr
engine wiring harness, honda cbr, bill silver: Devon, unfortunately I can t find any parts manuals with exploded views of your engine. However, do the easy stuff first... Check the bulb. If the bulb is okay, test the wires to it. One will be HOT with battery voltage when the key is ON and the other one...

Motorcycle Repair: oil questioon 92 EVO fxlr, rear cylinder, valve guides
rear cylinder, valve guides, exhaust port: If a valve guide seal has come loose you can get oil on top of the piston when the bike is sitting. I would still pull the heads and check them. If you dont see any problems there, then you will have to pull the cylinders Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: pe wee 50, pee wee 50, oil injection system
pee wee 50, oil injection system, crankshaft seal: Emun... The oil in the motor is only for the transmission gears. It is a 2-stroke engine, which has no valves or oil in the crankcase. The only oil is in the oil injection system, which mixes with the gasoline to fuel the motor. When an engine won t start...

Motorcycle Repair: RE-JETTING A 1985 H-D HEIHIN CV CARB., cv carb, jet needle
cv carb, jet needle, mr ray: If the bike ran fine before then you dont need to rejett. I would pull the carb, clean it out really well and rebuild. You can still get rebuild kits for your carb. You could also install a S&S carb which would make your bike run alot better Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake spongyness, vacuum pressure, air bubbles
vacuum pressure, air bubbles, vacuum pump: If you have a new master cylinder there shouldn t be a problem within that part. A weep from the top gasket has no effect on the operation of the master cylinder piston. It sounds as though you have thoroughly bled the system. I would check the brake line...

Motorcycle Repair: Sending unit, heritage softail, gas tank
heritage softail, gas tank, ity: You need to remove the cover, with the speedo, off the tank. Under ity you will see a cover that has to be removed. Inside you will find the sending unit. Unplug it, remove it and install the new one. Make sure you replace the gasket as well Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Solenoid or Rectifier/Regulator, starter solenoid, honda shadow
starter solenoid, honda shadow, wiring connections: First check that all your battery and wiring connections are tight and clean. If so it sounds like the starter solenoid is shorted or stuck. You will have to have the rectifier checked by a shop to verify that it was not harmed. If the solenoid freezes, as...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer Issues ..., shadow vt1100c, speedo cable
shadow vt1100c, speedo cable, honda shadow: One of the common problems with cable driven speedos is that the gears inside the meter are plastic and basically molded on to the shafts that hold them in place. After time they spin on the shafts and no longer read correctly or at all. I would first get...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, stator coils, comeing
stator coils, comeing, repair manual: The next thing you can check is the pickup for the CDI. Being that you have replaced the previous two components check the resistance for the pickup on the motor. There should be two wires coming out the engine on one side. Make sure you are checking the pickup...

Motorcycle Repair: No spark/ not firing, suzuki gs550e, ebay
suzuki gs550e, ebay, ohm meter: It sounds like the regulator may have fried the CDI box. This controls the ignition. Check your coils and ignition pickups with an ohm meter and compare the results to a good service manual. If they check out okay then unfortunately it probably took the CDI...

Motorcycle Repair: sparkplug gap, spark plug gap, air intake system
spark plug gap, air intake system, pulse waves: Greg, the spark plugs come out of the box at about .026-.028 which is fine for your bike. Any leaks in the exhaust system disrupt the exhaust pulse waves that enhance the fuel metering system calibrations. Changes to the exhaust system and/or air intake...

Motorcycle Repair: Tranny oil leak, clutch assembly, delkron
clutch assembly, delkron, jackshaft: The trans does not attach to the engine. It is connected by the inner primary. Where it ataches to the motor there is a large o-ring. There is no gasket at the rear. There is a seal in the inner primary however. If you are going to replace the 0-ring or...

Motorcycle Repair: v45 q until Wayne comes back?, clutch action, hydraulic clutch
clutch action, hydraulic clutch, clutch assembly: Eric... sorry about the delay. Message got lost in my email box for awhile. Actually, I have had a similar problem with a CB550SC last year. Works fine cold, then coming off the freeway.. bike very hot... then the clutch action was gone, until I pumped...

Motorcycle Repair: vf 750 magna, vf 750, fuel monitor
vf 750, fuel monitor, cylinder engines: I have dealt with these bikes. Make absolutely sure you have the carbs synchronized. If not the the engine will struggle like it trying to pull it self apart until you are in the higher RPMs. The same goes for the adjustments of the carbs. If one is running...

Motorcycle Repair: vn2000, aftermarket pipes, fuel injection system
aftermarket pipes, fuel injection system, exhaust gases: If they are factory replacement pipes, no you do not. If they are aftermarket, yes you do. Most aftermarket pipes provide less resistance to the exhaust gases as they pass through. This leads to a lean condition in the engine as there is less back pressure...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulator, heritage softail classic, stator
heritage softail classic, stator, voltage regulator: The coil does not have anything to do with the regulator. You neecd to do a OHMs test on the stator and a AC volt test on the stator. If the stator tests ok, then the regulator is bad. If it tests bad then you need to reoplace the stator Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Wrapping exhaust pipes, fuel milage, fuelpak
fuel milage, fuelpak, exhaust gases: The heat wrap could have alot to do with it. As the exhaust gases travel away from the engine they normally cool. Since you have wrapped the pipes the gases are staying hotter longer and enhancing the scavenging effect. They are traveling faster away from...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring diagram, wiringdiagrams, wire colors
wiringdiagrams, wire colors, matching colors: James.... You are off a good 11-15 years on the year. CB350 models were built from 1968 to 1973. Honda wiring colors are pretty consistent from end to end, so look at the components to see the wire colors and then plug matching colors into the connectors....

Motorcycle Repair: XL250R Engines Dies, fuel drain, spark tester
fuel drain, spark tester, valve clearances: Grant, the valve clearances are only .003 - .004 in/exhaust, I think. If they are tight, the motor will start then sputter as it warms up. Make sure that the gas cap is venting properly. Backfiring as you mention sounds like it is fuel starving. How much...

Motorcycle Repair: xr250r, fork leg, allen wrench
fork leg, allen wrench, internals: Take out the front wheel axle, put a correct size allen wrench in the bolt, hold the lower fork leg and remove it. Do not remove the spring first, and if it is stuck or the threads are bad and the internals are turning, then you have a problem. I sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha PW50, yamaha pw 50, cylinder bore
yamaha pw 50, cylinder bore, bill silver: Mark, if the engine doesn t turn over, most likely the piston has seized in the cylinder bore. Could be stuck from rust or sometimes from varnished oil/gasoline deposits. Small bore 2 strokes are pretty easy to repair, but you will have to take it apart...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda 750, fuel air mixture, vent hole
fuel air mixture, vent hole, compression stroke: Wesley, You need to start with a foundation check first. Does it have compression and how much? 175psi is the benchmark figure. If all four cylinders are near that and fairly even, then you can go onto the next step. If one or more cylinders are low,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sl175 starting issues, bill silver, advancer
bill silver, advancer, fuel petcock: Tyler... sounds like the same problem a guy called me about the other day..... Carb slides are in backwards.. left in right side, right one in left side. The cutaways go towards the air intake/air filters. Otherwise, the engine gets no air at idle, just...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB500 Overheating?, maximum gap, exhaust leaks
maximum gap, exhaust leaks, pod filters: Mark.... First, do a tune-up on it. Adjust the valves (.002 intake and .003 exhaust) and camchain tensioner. Check compression to ensure that you have four strong cylinders firing. Then, remove the points plate and check the spark advancer for proper advance/retard...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda cb200t petcock issues, vent hole, petcock
vent hole, petcock, cmsnl: Issac.... here is the petcock in exploded view: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb200t-usa-1976_model425/partslist/F++11.html If the tank was rusted/contaminated inside, I would hope that they completely cleaned the tank AND the petcock, by disassembling...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cm450e exhaust, 1982 honda cm450e, header pipes
1982 honda cm450e, header pipes, cmsnl: John, maintaining a tight fitting exhaust system is a key part of a good performing machine. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm450e-82-us_model1052/partslist/F++19.html #1 x 2 gaskets should take up the gap in the joint between the exhaust header and the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 hondamatic, 1982 hondamatic, high beam
1982 hondamatic, high beam, low beam: It does not work on either low or high beam? If so, the ignition switch may have developed a bad contact. Check if the rear light still works, as it can also be affected by this fault. If the bulb is bad, typically it will still work on either high beam...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 venture clutch issue, motorcycle salvage yards, tiny air bubbles
motorcycle salvage yards, tiny air bubbles, clutch pack: Hello Wayne, Parts are getting tough to find for these older bikes unfortunately. Sometimes you can get parts from Yamaha and the rest from sites like Bikebandit.com That leaves motorcycle salvage yards as the last resort or often Ebay will be helpful....

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 vf500f, oil filler cap, starter solenoid
oil filler cap, starter solenoid, oil gauge: Ben, the faint clicking is from either a very low battery state of charge and/or a faulty starter solenoid. Have the battery fully charged and load-tested, then try it again. If you still get clicks with a fully charged battery, then the starter solenoid is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 FLSTC, good luck, debris
good luck, debris, rear wheel: Put a jack under the bike and lift it just enough so there is no weight on the rear wheel. Remove the axle and lift the bike and the wheel will stay on the floor as the bike lifts. Once you have the axle out you can push the wheel foward and remove the belt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 FLSTC, stock air filter, heritage softail
stock air filter, heritage softail, synthetic oil: You can try some synthetic oil in the trans and see if that doesnt help with the noise. If it continues you will probably have to pull the trans. You could have a bearing going out. Check the filter and see if it has any company name on it. The other thing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Suzuki RM 125, suzuki rm 125, torque chart
suzuki rm 125, torque chart, bill silver: Randy, the bolts bottom out when the washers hit the tops of the spring stands. Just torque them as you would any other fastener of that size, mounted anywhere else. If they are 6mm bolts, the torque spec is about 5-7 ft lbs, depending on the grade of bolt....

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 FLHTCI, rotor stator, gas milage
rotor stator, gas milage, lab scope: What you need to do is start with the coil and plug wires and OHMs test them to make sure they are good. A weak coil will cause the problem you are having. I am not goign to be able to tell yout he values for a lab scope, since I dont use one. If there was...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow won't start, honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace
honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750 ace, solenoid starter: Jenny... First, the battery must be fully charged and able to pass a load test before you move onto other areas to check. If the battery has been discharged down to near zero a few times, that will damage the cells to a point where you need to replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 FLSTCI Harley Davidson front shock, shock body, oil seal
shock body, oil seal, harley davidson: If it has just come loose then all you need to do is tighten it back up. If you lost oil then you would have to drain the oil out and put in new oil at the correct amount. If you didnt lose any oil or less than a oz then you dont need to worry about it Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Heritage Softail - Leaking gas into oil, harley shop, 2 quarts
harley shop, 2 quarts, heritage softail: I had one with about the same problem 2 weeks ago. After testing everything I found that the ECM was bad and I had to replace it. It was pumping alot gas into the cylinder and not firing. It got about 2 quarts of gas in the oil and gas coming out the exhasut...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 Dyna Super Glide, battery tender, pigtail
battery tender, pigtail, dyna: You have to remove the seat and you will see the battery on the right side. You have to remove the bolts holding the cables and then install the pigtail for the tender. It will charge the battery, but if its to low you should charge is with a charger. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 CB750 sputter, plug caps, straight pipes
plug caps, straight pipes, vent system: Brent, if you are still using stock jets with straight pipes and/or air filter changes, you are running WAY TOO LEAN. Not sure what series carbs you have, but I imagine that you will need some 120-130 main jets to get it into the ball park. Don t run it lean,...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 sportster ironhead keeps cutting out, sportster ironhead, striker plates
sportster ironhead, striker plates, striker plate: Well the answer to that depends on what ignition your running some have everything behind the cover in the center of the cam cover and others have the actual module remotely located with only a striker plate behind the cover in the cam cover.[also striker...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 cb750, speedometer repair, honda cb
speedometer repair, honda cb, invisible repair: Roger.... is the lens FLAT or convex? If it isn t flat glass you won t be able to find anything like that, other than to rob another gauge unit. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb750k8-four-usa_model14397/partslist/F02.html shows that these meters are not designed...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 sportster starter problems, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, starter button: If its been sitting for a while will the motor roll over easily with the kick starter or could you try it electrically with the spark plugs out so there s no compression against the starter motor. Doing this will ensure the engine is not the cause of the high...

Motorcycle Repair: 82' Honda V45 Magna, honda v45 magna, honda vf750c
honda v45 magna, honda vf750c, gasket kits: Kent, assuming that all 4 cylinders have spark and good compression, then the carb rack will have to come off for a good cleaning. Idle jets are tiny and easily plugged up after 28 years. The spark units can fail killing off one set of plugs. With choke...

Motorcycle Repair: '83 Honda CB650 electrical, honda cb650, starter solenoid
honda cb650, starter solenoid, battery cables: Darryl, Get a cheap test light from the auto parts store, so you can trace the voltage flow, starting with the battery. If you have a fully charged battery and the fuse link is okay, and all the fuses are good, then the ignition switch base may be loose/broken....

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Magna 700cc 4-clylinder, vacuum leaks, honda magna
vacuum leaks, honda magna, spark generator: Gary, it sounds like you have done a great job of going through the electrical/ignition system. These are problem areas in most of the V-4 Hondas of that era. Assuming that you have checked the valve clearances and gotten favorable compression readings,...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 ultra classic, sensers, classic question
sensers, classic question, back fire: It sounds like there is a ECM programing problem or one of the sensers in cutting in and out. the problem is, which one. You would need to have a dianostic run on the bike or you would just be changing sensers out until you hit the correct one Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 98model1200 trans, clutch pack, genuine service
clutch pack, genuine service, netural: Unless it is required in Australia you bike does not have a netural lockout. It should start in gear. I have seen bikes that will shift just fine wheile turning the rear wheel and not shift correctly while under a load. You can over adjust the clutch and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery draining/something sounds like its continually cycling..., blue interior, fuel pump
blue interior, fuel pump, idle speed control: That is, from your description, the idle speed control actuator. It sounds like there is a short in either it or the wiring. You would have to remove the tank and start looking at the wiring for any shorts and if you dont find any then you need to replace...

Motorcycle Repair: bucking at just on gas,cruising at low rpm., honda vf750c, honda magna
honda vf750c, honda magna, v45 magna: Dana, changing the oil should never be a factor in the bike s performance, unless you didn t put any back in and it is trying to seize. Too much oil can lead to problems as the oil can get air bubbles trapped where it is being whipped up by the crankshaft....

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch replacement, clutch replacement, clutch basket
clutch replacement, clutch basket, output shaft: If you have never torn a trans apart I would suggest you get s service manual to follow. You would have to pull the trans and tear it down and replace the mainshaft as well as the clutch basket. Once you replace the shaft you have to check all the gear spacing...

Motorcycle Repair: c100 weak spark, flywheel engine, bill silver
flywheel engine, bill silver, plug cap: Kieran, Are you using a fresh spark plug to do your testing? If not, try a new one. Yours could be cracked at the insulator or carbon tracked. Other than that you can remove the flywheel, using the correct removal tool, clean any rust from the magnet surface,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjustment on Honda Trail 90 (1974), honda ct90, honda trail 90
honda ct90, honda trail 90, carburetor body: Jim, the idle speed screw just screws into the carburetor body and pushes the slide upwards, which increases air flow and idle speed. The other screw is for idle mixture control and is basically only affecting the idle speed mixture and none other. The...

Motorcycle Repair: cb400a, honda shop, jet sizes
honda shop, jet sizes, cmsn: Carlos, I have to retract an earlier statement, as I was looking at the wrong carb chart for the 1978-A model calibrations. Stock jets are 72/105 according to my Honda tune-up booklet. Based on your 78/125 settings, I think it may be too rich on the top end...

Motorcycle Repair: cdi ingniter box, cdi system, generic answers
cdi system, generic answers, bill silver: Andy... generic questions get generic answers..... You have to remember that a CDI system needs a pulse generator coil, charge coil, CDI module, secondary ignition coils to run a 4 cylinder bike. Start with the simple and cheap stuff first.... go to the...

Motorcycle Repair: compression test, compression test results, bill silver
compression test results, bill silver, guestion: If you removed the limit caps on the idle mixture screws, you can adjust them to make the idle smooth again. If the bike runs well cold, then rough when it warms up, it could be an ignition coil breaking down due to heat. When it runs rough, you will need...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical issue..., amp fuse, fuse box
amp fuse, fuse box, turn signals: A weak battery will not cause a fuse to blow. Only to much current draw or a short will do that. I would start by unplugging all the components that are on that circut. then plug them in, one at a time amd go for a ride. that way you can narrow down which...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley tailight, signal lights, somthing
signal lights, somthing, harley: The somthing simple is you have a short. The problem is locating it. Start by unplugging the plugin for the taillight. Then try it. If it shorts then you have to trace the wires from the plug to the power sourse. Look for a broken or chaffed wire that is touching...

Motorcycle Repair: harley jackshafts, splined shaft, rigid chopper
splined shaft, rigid chopper, jackshaft: I have to see what you have to be able to help you. That is why I had you look at the pics. I have to have a starting point. You never said if you have a open belt or closed belt drive. Which one do you have? If you have a open belt drive, what brand is it?...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1979 cb650z, honda cb650, float bowls
honda cb650, float bowls, plug caps: Graham, assuming that your model is somewhat related to this one: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb650-79-us_model472/partslist/ We know that you don t have points so the ignition system can be mostly excluded. I would check the connections between the...

Motorcycle Repair: Jump start a Nighster, harley davidson nightster, harley davidson
harley davidson nightster, harley davidson, battery tender: If you are going to have a bike sit like that the best thing to do is use a battery tender on it. That will keep the battery charged while it sits. the tender will charge the battery and then shut off when it fully charged. If you dont keep the battery charged...

Motorcycle Repair: new exhaust and fuel management, fuel manager, power commander
fuel manager, power commander, honest answer: Here is my opinion. When your bike comes from the factory it is running a little lean to pass EPA. Any changes you make, like high flow air filter, exhaust, ECT makes the bike run even leaner. To many changes and you really run lean. Lean means a little loss...

Motorcycle Repair: permanent fairing removal, handlebar, speedo
handlebar, speedo, windshield: That is quit a project you are taking on. You would have to get a wiring diagram and follow it to see what you can either shorten or get rid of. You would have to end up putting what you need inside the headlight, like the bikes do now. To put a speedo on...

Motorcycle Repair: points on 1979 shovelhead, electronic ignition, high point
electronic ignition, high point, hold down: The points, if the bike has them, is located under the round cover on the cam cover. Your bike came with electronic ignition. To replace them you remove the hold down screw and install the new ones. rotoate the motor so the lobe is at its high point on the...

Motorcycle Repair: re: cb400a, wiringdiagrams, bike on line
wiringdiagrams, bike on line, automatic models: I would stay with the CB400T series parts, especially if the plugs don t fit readily. The CDI for an Automatic has way different functions than a 450 Rebel. There was a CM450A which may be similar. Interchanging the automatic and regular CDI units is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: removal of rear sprocket bushings in hub, network tool warehouse, slide hammer
network tool warehouse, slide hammer, die grinder: Bob, I m not sure if there is a procedure in Honda s shop manual for bushing removals in a blind hole. There are various type of slide hammer bearing removal tools that could work. http://www.ntxtools.com/network-tool-warehouse/OTC-4581.html You may be...

Motorcycle Repair: rough running 05 eletraglide fuel injected, air fuel mixture, vibs
air fuel mixture, vibs, fuel injector: If you changed the fuel injector leads around it would not run. As to what they did you make your bike run bad, that I cant tell you since I didnt see their work or know what they really did. I would start by having somebody run a diagnosic on the bike and...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Carburetors "E" or "G" ?, bike mike, stock motor
bike mike, stock motor, best bet: First Mike is your motor stock or close to it? If its stock or close to it an S & S E would work great for you, if your motor is not stock and I m talken at least stroked then a S & S G would be your best bet. The E model has a smaller throat diameter...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer is out, speedometer, speedo
speedometer, speedo, harley: First you need to determine what the problem is. Remove the cable from the speedo. Lift the front tire off the ground and spin the wheel. then inner cable should turn. If not, pull the cable out of the jacket and make sure it is not broken. If it not then...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster ?, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: Depending on how long the fluid was low and how low it was it might have made the clutches wear more and your chain wear. Since your trans didnt slip doesnt sound like any damage, but you might want to inspect yoru clutches and primary chain Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Stator, clutch basket, precious possession
clutch basket, precious possession, woman rider: In order to change the stator you have to remove the primary cover, clutch basket, motor sprocket, chain and chain adjuster. You are going to need an impact wrench to get the motor sprocket nut off. Once you have all that done you have to remove the rotor...

Motorcycle Repair: starter clutch gear, clutch gear, starter clutch
clutch gear, starter clutch, gear teeth: If the jackshaft is not turning and everything else is ok, then your clutch gear is bad. Personnally, if it were me and I was having problems with my starter, I would replace the whole starter. When you start bying parts like this you get pretty close to...

Motorcycle Repair: starter removal, clutch basket, starter removal
clutch basket, starter removal, oil tank: You have to remove the primary cover, morot sprocket, clutch basket and then the jackshaft. Once you have that out go tot he other side and prmove the bolts holding the starter and it will slide out. Its a tight fit, but you dont have to remove the oil tank...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel and brake replacement, triple disc brakes, rear drum brakes
triple disc brakes, rear drum brakes, model motorcycles: Deron.... are you planning to roadrace this bike? Triple disc brakes is kind of overkill on a CX500, in my opinion, but it is your money. The CX500 Turbo has a pro--link, single shock suspension frame, so that isn t going to be an easy bolt-on setup for...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha MX100 1980 something, piston cylinder, partial seizure
piston cylinder, partial seizure, compression gauge: Taylor.. yeah, not my favorite subject...... Pull the exhaust pipe and head to see if there was any piston/cylinder damage from broken rings or partial seizure after start up. You have to break them in easy for a little while. Get a compression gauge...

Motorcycle Repair: more "zip" & louder pipes, personal preference, old bike
personal preference, old bike, oomph: What carb and cam are you running? On the pipes, the sound is going to be a personal preference. What I think sounds aggresive you might not think so. Listen at different pipes and find somthing you like on another bike and then find out what the pipes are...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 road king volt reg, battery voltage, dumb ass
battery voltage, dumb ass, piece of shit: Thanks for the low ratings, moron. First, learn to read. Sell your Harley and buy a bicycle, because you are too stupid to own a motorcycle of any kind. If the bike doesn t have a modern piece of equipment like an alternator, then it has a DYNAMO, which...

Motorcycle Repair: 1962 honda trail 55, cast iron engine, fly wheel
cast iron engine, fly wheel, wiringdiagrams: Sam.... Use the C100 wiring diagram here: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class This is a self-powered magneto ignition, not requiring a battery to make spark. There is a primary ignition coil under the flywheel and the secondary...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 FXE Shovelhead Starter removal and replacement, clutch assembly, starter removal
clutch assembly, starter removal, jackshaft: You dont have to remove the starter housing to get the starter out. Loosen the two long bolts at the end of the starter and it will slide out. To remove the jackshaft from the solenoid fork you just bend them then the jackshaft will slide out if you have the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB200T electric start issue?, brake light switch, high beams
brake light switch, high beams, starter button: Adam, hopefully the new battery was a good quality one and was fully charged before installation. From 1975 onwards, the headlights come on as soon as you turn on the switch, dimming off while the starter button is depressed and then back on again. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CB750K crank oil seal, 1981 honda cb750k, generator coils
1981 honda cb750k, generator coils, stator windings: Pat... Breathe! Relax! The pulse generator coils are oil-cooled and there is nothing wrong with your bike s engine there, unless a pulse generator coil has failed. The only crankshaft seal to deal with is on the other end at the rotor. Usually the CDI modules...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 low rider - no power up to switches on handle bars, camly, componet
camly, componet, directionals: If you dont have any power coming from the breaker to the front, then you need to check your ignition switch. That is where the power comes from to go to the breaker. Make sure you dont have power on the hot side of the breaker. If you do then you have a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda magna outpur gear case, pvc pipe fittings, magna v45
pvc pipe fittings, magna v45, seal shaft: Richard... Magna V45 or V65? In most cases, you can replace the seal without a motor teardown, unless the seal was designed with a location lip on the outer edge or was installed from the inside of the case. Basically, you can remove the shaft and carefully...

Motorcycle Repair: my 1985 honda 110 atc, honda 110, partslist
honda 110, partslist, cmsnl: Jason, What kind of cleaning did you do with the carburetor? Did you completely strip the carburetor apart and clean all the air and fuel passages? Did you replace the o-ring inside the mating flange to the manifold? Did you clean out the main jet holder...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow VT700C - no clutch, piston cup, cup seals
piston cup, cup seals, hydraulic clutch: Grady, think of the hydraulic clutch the same as the brake system. You have a master cylinder which provides hydraulic pressure and a slave cylinder which converts the hydraulic pressure into motion. When you lose hydraulic pressure, either the piston cup...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda shadow 700 vt, honda shadow, promblem
honda shadow, promblem, negative terminal: Well you clearly have a dead short in the system. I would disconnect the negativ ebattery terminal first, then disconnect the cable to the starter. Then reconnect the negative terminal and push the start button. You should hear a click and the fuse should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Heritage Softail - Leaking gas into oil, harley shop, 2 quarts
harley shop, 2 quarts, heritage softail: I had one with about the same problem 2 weeks ago. After testing everything I found that the ECM was bad and I had to replace it. It was pumping alot gas into the cylinder and not firing. It got about 2 quarts of gas in the oil and gas coming out the exhasut...

Motorcycle Repair: 8 degree rake in the neck, frame jig, softail standard
frame jig, softail standard, bike builder: Adding rake at the tree and cutting the neck and adding rake is doing the same thing. the only difference is adding the rake at the tree cost less. Also, cutting hte neck means that you would have to find somebody with a frame jig to do the cutting and welding....

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FXST starter wont disengage, solenoid, solenoids
solenoid, solenoids, good luck: Your solenoid is sticking and that is why its still turning. Even though you replace the solenoid you are going to have to replace it again. the new one you have is bad. I use accell solenoids and I dont have that problem Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 hugger, fuse one, chris answer
fuse one, chris answer, angle sensor: There is no test for the bank angle that you can do. You have to test it with a new one. Here is how I locate a back wire or connection. Start by disconnecting all the plugs that are plugged in on that circuit. Leave the fuse out and just touch a jumper...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting clutch, clutch hydraulics, clutch assembly
clutch hydraulics, clutch assembly, bill silver: Joe, based on a quick search, it appears that the clutch is hydraulically operated, thus no adjustments are possible. If the clutch is slipping, then replacement is necessary. http://www.venturers.org/Tech_Library/index.php?action=article&cat_id=001006&id=48...

Motorcycle Repair: aftermarket tank replacement with 3 post ignition switch, harley sportster, stock ignition
harley sportster, stock ignition, grey stripe: What you have to do is test the switch. they are not all the same. Which the switch in the off position touch one of the posts with the hot wire and check the other posts with a test light. There should be no power. Once you have found that post, then turn...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleeding Brakes, bleeding brakes, rear brakes
bleeding brakes, rear brakes, disc brakes: Look on the caliber and you will see a bleed nut with a hole in it. Loosen it and then just slightly snug it up. Remove the cover on the master cylinder and make sure its full. Pump the brake and while holding it down, open the bleeder. Close the bleeder and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery not charging, heritage softail, gel battery
heritage softail, gel battery, charging battery: Your bike is not charging. You should be showing around 13.5 volts when its charging. You need to test the stator. Do a OHMS test on the stator wires and then a AC voltage test ont he stator. It should be showing around 50-60 volts at the plug at around 2000...

Motorcycle Repair: bike smoking, oil temperatures, filler valves
oil temperatures, filler valves, leak down test: Lee, I don t know a lot about the brand, however the rear cylinder doesn t get the same cooling as the front, so the excess heat raises oil temperatures and thermal loading back there. Smoke, if gray and wet fouling the spark plug is usually due to either...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Question, suzuki bandit 600, jb weld
suzuki bandit 600, jb weld, throttle shaft: Arwyn, the carbs are designed to be used as they are. You didn t give the year, but I looked up the 600 Bandit carb illustrations and it looks like the fuel passages are all interconnected from the middle going out, so I understand your question. If...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 100 Z engine rattle, cam chains, cbx 1000
cam chains, cbx 1000, rattling sound: Congratulations on your purchase! Hope you will be able to join the ICOA at www.cbxclub.com. Most of the rattling sound should go away when you pull in the clutch. Some noise will still be there, but it should be significantly reduced. Sometimes the...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 Fuel and Oil, castrol valvemaster, wet clutches
castrol valvemaster, wet clutches, starter clutch: I normally buy the better grade unleaded fuel for the CBX, lead substitute is not necessary, and the recommended oil is 10W40. Synthetic oil is much thinner and can indeed cause undesirable effects such as clutch slip, although some of the CBX owners have...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 Z whirring after engine stall, cbx 1000, starter clutch
cbx 1000, starter clutch, typical motorcycle: Hi David, The starter motor on a CBX actually has a typical motorcycle starter clutch, which consists of three rollers on a smooth spindle. The starter never actually disengages but the starter clutch rotates freely in one direction and locks up in the...

Motorcycle Repair: CHARGING SYSTEM, good shape, charging system
good shape, charging system, magneto: Your 1983 does not have a magneto , it has an alternator. An alternator needs power to generate power. Is the battery in good shape? If so perhaps the connections to the regulator are corroded. Chack all the connections and wires, and make sure all the...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch cable repair replace question, open heart surgery, phillips screw
open heart surgery, phillips screw, clutch cable: Robert, this is not going to be an open heart surgery experience for you.... but it isn t a walk in the park, either, usually. See this illustration... http://www.houseofmotorcycles.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=133770&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1974&fveh=3153...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch replacement, clutch replacement, clutch basket
clutch replacement, clutch basket, output shaft: If you have never torn a trans apart I would suggest you get s service manual to follow. You would have to pull the trans and tear it down and replace the mainshaft as well as the clutch basket. Once you replace the shaft you have to check all the gear spacing...

Motorcycle Repair: Cuts off wont restart, wonce, starter switch
wonce, starter switch, time plug: First thing I would do is check the battery while running with a volt meter at the battery if you havent done that already. You might have a bad gage on the dash. If you are still having a draw, then you are going to have to locate what is pulling the current....

Motorcycle Repair: carb problem, 1982 honda nighthawk, little squirt
1982 honda nighthawk, little squirt, plug caps: Andrew, the accelerator pump is there for a reason. If it isn t spraying a little squirt into the air stream when you crack the throttle open, then the engine will fall flat on its face. Check your carb needles for the updated parts, too. http://www.hondanighthawks.net/82_450_CarbSB.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor / air box /rubber boot reinstall, rubber connectors, air boxes
rubber connectors, air boxes, mrhonda: Robert, MrHonda will direct you to http://www.thegsresources.com/index.htm for more specifics on their brand. Honda has similar problems with a number of their four cylinder machines, which are compounded by the carb connector boots hardening up and...

Motorcycle Repair: cylinder, sportser, special tools
sportser, special tools, novice: Your smoking is one of two things. Oil is getting past the rings or oil is getting past the valve guides. You would have to remove the head and cylinder and mic them to see which one it is. If you have never done tis type of work I wuold recommend taking it...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust and mapping, o2 sensors, sensers
o2 sensors, sensers, performance tuner: You might want to check your warrenty. I dont think there is anything in there that says you have to use a Harley product. That would be like saying that you can only use Harley oil or spark plugs. Some dealers even use a Power Commander for mapping. The...

Motorcycle Repair: no fire on 1 and 6, broken wires, coil pickup
broken wires, coil pickup, battery tray: Cool, a CBX question!! Cylinders 1 and 6 share coil, pickup and OKI200 igniters. I would start by checking the wires going to the coils, they have been known to corrode a little and need to make good contact. You can switch coils and see if the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel pac, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, harley dealership: The one thing I dont like about installing this type of fuel pac is that the download is generic. Vance & Hines have written downloads that is for all Hertigage Softtails with their exhaust and highflow intake. The problem lies in that, even though all the...

Motorcycle Repair: GL500I Engine straining, head gasket problem, caliper pistons
head gasket problem, caliper pistons, piston seals: Jeff, certainly any excessive rotational drag is harmful to the engine and the bike and maybe you if the brakes seize up while driving. Brake drag is either a product of sticking caliper pistons, due to piston seals swelling up in the caliper bodies because...

Motorcycle Repair: GoldWing, 1980, Intrst. Starter Probs, honda gl1100, worst case scenario
honda gl1100, worst case scenario, head gasket: Walt, Jump across the solenoid posts, so that you are directly connecting the battery to the starter motor. If all you get is big sparks and no motion, then the starter motor needs to be replaced, unless the motor is locked up. Pull the front cover off...

Motorcycle Repair: gearcasebreather, 2 quarts, rocker boxes
2 quarts, rocker boxes, pant leg: SInce this started after you had the pushrods changed and your oil pump works correctly, then the only other problem could be in the rocker boxes. I have see where the wrong gaskets were put in and they pushed out through the breather. Even though Harley...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Benley - adjust clutch, honda benly, gearbox oil
honda benly, gearbox oil, friction plates: Ron, Just drain the oil, buy a clutch cover gasket, remove the cover and clean the plates. Usually all you need to do is wire wheel brush the metal plates, sand a little glaze off of the friction plates and put it back together again. The original Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBX1000Z ignition switch, honda cbx1000z, usa connections
honda cbx1000z, usa connections, brown wires: I will need to have a look at a European bike to see how the connections go, please feel free to ask your question on the CBXClub forums, located on www.cbxclub.com and perhaps someone can take a picture of a UK bike gnition switch wiring... Sorry I cannot...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL100 shifting issues, snap ring pliers, clutch pack
snap ring pliers, clutch pack, friction plates: Ernie... You only need about an 1/8 free play at the clutch lever. If you have too much slack, the clutch won t release and the gears will be dragging along with torque on them that prevents smooth shift action. If the clutch is sticking from sitting...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Cl70 1970, honda cl70, rear sprocket
honda cl70, rear sprocket, chain sprocket: The rear sprocket is cushioned on rubber dampers. Unless the hub recesses for the dampers are cracked/damaged or the centering section for the sprocket is worn/broken, replacing the dampers will stabilize the rear sprocket. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl70-scrambler-k1-us_model523/partslist/F++10.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL 175 broken kick start spindle, honda xl 175, cmsnl
honda xl 175, cmsnl, bill silver: Trevor, the process takes up about 10 pages in a shop manual. I don t have the space here to add in a dozen photos and 20 paragraphs of text, in a step by step procedure. Check E-bay or similar sources for copies of the shop manual, so you have a specific...

Motorcycle Repair: Horn, radio and oil preasure gauge, oil pressure gauge, horn button
oil pressure gauge, horn button, half hours: Since they all quit at the same time, then you would have to assumn that they receive there power from the same place and its broken or shorted before the above parts. Check the fuses and breakers to make sure theya re good. If they are then start at the horn,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda repair, honda vt750c, coolant level
honda vt750c, coolant level, honda repair: Richard, you have to make sure that the system is completely full to the highest point on the chassis/cooling system. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt750c-shadow-750-1983-us_model791/partslist/E++16.html Bolt #19 is the air bleed bolt that needs to be...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow vt1100, honda shadow, connector block
honda shadow, connector block, stator: Sounds like your bike needs a good service, and possibly a new battery. stator s don t normally burn out, unless there is too high current flowing. Check for shorts in the wiring if your battery is known good. And yes, NEVER run with low oil. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignitors, transistor technology, fuel mileage
transistor technology, fuel mileage, swingarms: Hi Michael, Yes physically you can change the connectors, as long as you can extract the spades from the connector. particularly the early 1979 units are now leaking the insulation all over the swingarms... If you are trying to exchange with a later year...

Motorcycle Repair: jack shaft seal replacement, shaft seal, seal replacement
shaft seal, seal replacement, starter motor: You nedd to pull the seal out. If you dont have a seal puller then use a screwdriver and hammer and tap it out. The to install the new one use a socket that is just a hair smaller than the outer ring of the seal and drive it in Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: oil sumping, oil tank, sportster 1200
oil tank, sportster 1200, oil pump: Its not normal, but it happens. What is happening is the oil tank sits higher than the oil pump. There is a ball and spring that closes when the bike is not running so the oil does not run into the motor. Your ball is letting a small amount of oil get by and...

Motorcycle Repair: Pecking noise, adjustable pushrods, lifter
adjustable pushrods, lifter, sportster: If you have a ticking sound it probably is a lifter. Its valve lash that is making the noise. It really doesnt hurt anything, its just annoying. There is no repair except to repalce the lifter. In order the replace it you would either have to remove the heads...

Motorcycle Repair: Restore Honda, brake caliper piston, 1975 honda cb360t
brake caliper piston, 1975 honda cb360t, fork seals: Not sure we have space here to restore a motorcycle with full instructions! Anytime you are buying a project like this, take time to ensure that the paperwork matches the bike, that the engine actually still turns over, and there isn t other hidden...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter problems, torque starter, starter wire
torque starter, starter wire, starter button: Check your wires. If the starter is not connected and you hit the starter button you should get the same voltage as the battery since there is no load on the battery. If it all looks good then you might have a bad starter. I would have it tested Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: spark plugs, rear cylinder, good luck
rear cylinder, good luck: Popping back through the carb when cokld is pretty common. With 62,000 miles you plugs could look a little different. Your rear cylinder could be burning a some oil and that would make it look rich. Since you only have one carb you would have the same amount...

Motorcycle Repair: used engines, phpbb portal, bill silver
phpbb portal, bill silver, yam: Micheal... Tough question for MrHonda ! Try these links, instead.... http://www.viragoclassic.com/forum/index.php?s=07925d6504126f3f08d082e8ee71d22c http://viragotechforum.com/phpBB/portal.php http://www.thevirago.co.uk/viragoarticles/vitalizing/vitalisingthevirago-2.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: valve chatter, harley dealer, valve adjustment
harley dealer, valve adjustment, softtail: If you have stock pushrods then there is no adjustment. they are solid pushrods. You can install adjustable, but they dont come that way. If you have a ticking in your lifters that is common and it doesnt hurt anything. the only way to get rid of the noise...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulation, silicon diodes, wiringdiagrams
silicon diodes, wiringdiagrams, cb160: Jerry, a permanent magnet charging system needs revs to make more volts, so you will see the voltage rise from 12 at idle up to 15 or so, above 2500 rpms. Wiring diagram here: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php use CB/CL160 diagram....

Motorcycle Repair: 125dr suzuki dirt bike, suzuki dirt bike, engine combustion
suzuki dirt bike, engine combustion, fuel mixture: Hi Jason, The high speed fuel mixture is controlled mostly by the main jet in the carb. That is the one directly in the center when you remove the float bowl. A lack of fuel can occur if the main jet is plugged or the carb is not getting a good supply...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda CL160, wire strands, pivot shaft
wire strands, pivot shaft, orange county ca: Robert, I would agree if the carbs have never been cleaned and kitted in 45 years, then they would need a thorough cleaning and adjustment. http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/Rcarbs.html http://www.dansmc.com/carbs.htm It is important to identify your...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CL 175, rich fuel mixture, honda cl 175
rich fuel mixture, honda cl 175, throttle cable: Hi Dan, The throttle slides have a cutaway on the bottom of the slide. The cutaway part always faces the rear as it allows air into the carb. The slides will fit backwards if you switch the left and right but then the cutaway part will be facing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CL 175, honda cl 175, bill silver
honda cl 175, bill silver, throttle cable: Paul, you have a 50-50 chance of getting them right.... One way the bike runs crappy and fouls the spark plugs and the other way makes it run normally. Slides are L & R specific... the cutaways go towards the air filters, when properly installed. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 360T, honda 360t, stator rotor
honda 360t, stator rotor, rotor stator: RB... there is no leak. All the 160-175-350-360 and 450 DOHC motors run an oil-cooled stator/rotor. All you have to do is to make sure that the dyno cover gasket, engine cover gasket and o-rings are all in good order. The rest is OEM design. Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 xl250 electric problem Honda, voltage rectifier, honda xl250
voltage rectifier, honda xl250, uk motorcycle: Hi Alan, It sounds like a 1976 Candy Sapphire Blue Honda. The serial number began XL250-4000001 on those. The only resistor I know of is usually inside the headlight shell. It is shown on this wiring diagram: (copy/paste in browser) http://www.hugedrive.com/published/WG/show.php?q=RFJVSURFQ0s=-f33044af...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda goldwing exhaust, honda goldwing, oxygen sensors
honda goldwing, oxygen sensors, exhaust pipes: Damien, The exhaust headers are a dual wall construction and sometimes the inner tube can disintegrate. I wonder if that is what you are seeing?? Very strange, let me know what it is if you figure it out. Wayne S --------------------------------------------------...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 CBX 1000 Oil line size, honda cbx 1000, 1979 honda cbx
honda cbx 1000, 1979 honda cbx, hose manufacturer: Recently I have had some aeroquip hoses put on the original clamps before, so it can be done. This will be something that we will start offering through the club, watch the website at www.cbxclub.com I do not know the ID of the hoses but the hose manufacturer...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CBX Speedometer makes whining noise, cbx club, speedometer cable
cbx club, speedometer cable, speedo cable: The mechanism in the gauges is prone to some issues after all these years. The grease dries out so the lubricating properties deteriorate. You can try some simple penetrating oil VERY SPARINGLY on the bottom of the cable connection, but likely the mechanism...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda shadow vt1100, honda shadow vt1100, connector connection
honda shadow vt1100, connector connection, timing signals: Joe.... if you know that all 4 plugs are dead at the same time, then there is a commonality to check into. Things that affect the whole ignition system in that way would be: Ignition switch: With CDI ignitions, the ignition switch grounds the sparks out...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Yamaha Maxim XJ700X, transistor ignition, plug colors
transistor ignition, plug colors, combustion chambers: Hi James, There are a few things that can cause this stalling on older Yamahas. First things to check (as you have been doing) are the basics. -Clean/soak the carbs and idle jets thoroughly, these gum up easily. -Check float levels or fuel height...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 atv yamaha 350 big bear, yamaha 350, shaft assembly
yamaha 350, shaft assembly, atv yamaha: Hi Rod, It sounds like the shifter shaft assembly is broken. The hooks you mentioned are probably the ones that pull on the shift drum pins to make it rotate and shift the gears. The shaft should pull out after removing the lever bracket on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 yamaha big bear 350 atv., clutch plates, little shoes
clutch plates, little shoes, shift assembly: Hi Rodney, Your atv has two clutches but that may not be the problem. One clutch is actually a centrifugal set of little shoes like brake shoes. They swing out when the motor speeds up and start the machine moving. The other clutch is like a regular...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 suzuki gs500e wont idle, 1993 suzuki gs500e, air leaks
1993 suzuki gs500e, air leaks, bill silver: Brian, I think you must have it figured out already. A sudden tear in the diaphragm will render the carby useless. Checking the rest was a great idea, so that you have a good baseline to work from, but your new diaphragm will probably get it back to full function,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996FXSTS, khrome werks, mixture settings
khrome werks, mixture settings, slow jet: Lets go back to square one. First, go back to the stock size jet. Since you are fouling plugs you will only foul them worse by going to the next size bigger jet. Changing the air/fuel mixture will not help. The only affects the idle mixture. Your best bet...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 goldwing, starter relay, loose connections
starter relay, loose connections, goldwing: Hello, Check the clutch switch on the left handlebar lever and the side stand switch. These two switches create a ground circuit that allows the reverse and starter relay A to operate. When you pull in the clutch with the side stand up you should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 suzuki 125 DZL, piston rings, air leaks
piston rings, air leaks, compression stroke: Hello, The problem could be low compression but there are many other possibilities. First thing I would do is to check all the basic tune up items. Check spark plug, air filter, fuel supply from tank, air leaks around carb or intake, and very...

Motorcycle Repair: 305 Dream year and key, drive sprocket, shaft assemblies
drive sprocket, shaft assemblies, shaft replacement: Louis, The engine number indicates a 1963 model CA77. The frame number is on the left side, down behind the engine on the frame, where the footpeg bracket mount bolts to the frame. The chassis number will probably show CA78-3XXXXXX numbers. Frame and engine...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 CL 200 Muffler swap, honda cl175, little twins
honda cl175, little twins, bore stroke: Matt, you can compare some of the mounting details at sites like this: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl200-scrambler-200-usa_model1041/partslist/F06-1.html http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl175-scrambler-175-k7-usa_model544/partslist/F10-1.html 18300-378-670...

Motorcycle Repair: '75 XL350 carb loose, honda xl 350, search ebay
honda xl 350, search ebay, air leaks: Aaron, your 35 year old rubber manifold has shrunken and hardened to the point of causing air leaks and instability in the mounting of your carburetor. There is no easy fix for this kind of problem. It needs to be replaced. Search Ebay or the web for a...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 gsxr 1100 running terrible, suzuki gsxr 1100, vacuum hose
suzuki gsxr 1100, vacuum hose, air leaks: Hi Tucker, Usually backfires are caused by lean fuel mixtures. This can mean a lack of fuel or an excess of intake air. Other causes can be loose exhaust header pipe or bad pipe gaskets. Also having no backpressure from the mufflers or having open...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 fatboy starter does not engage, battery cables, jackshaft
battery cables, jackshaft, pinion gear: Even though you have a new battery you can bad cables, so, did you check them? Like I said before, the jackshaft needs the bearing in the primary cover to work correctly, or it might bind and not work. You can install the primary cover and remove the derby...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting Clutch Lever, friction zone, clutch lever
friction zone, clutch lever, handgrip: If you want it to engage nearer the handgrip then one, you will have alot of play in the lever and two, your clutch will not disengage all the way which is hard ont he clutch plates. If you still want to do it all you have to do is loosen the nut ont he clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: Blinkers, flash check, blinkers
flash check, blinkers, half mile: Not sure what you mean by not working do you mean they don t flash or they do not come on? If they don t flash, check the flasher unit which is frequently mounted under the seat. If they don t come on, check that youer rear light is working, if not it...

Motorcycle Repair: Camshaft 180 degress out?, compression stroke, fuel compression
compression stroke, fuel compression, oldmanhonda: Hi Nathan, Glad to hear yuu got it running. The top end commonly makes a little noise but pull off the valve adjust cover and make sure the oil is spraying around the top end okay. If it looks fairly oily in the top then you can try rechecking the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs are to rich, worn piston rings, pilot jet
worn piston rings, pilot jet, rubber plug: Hi Robert, You did not mention what you have tried or why you think it is running rich so I will give you what information I can. First thing you want to do is a spark plug reading to determine if it is running rich or lean. If the plugs are very...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, newport beach ca, hello art
newport beach ca, hello art, air vent: Hello Art, This carb problem should not be too hard to resolve. There are only a few things that can cause this flooding problem as follows: 1. The float needles and valve seats are gummed up by old fuel deposits. 2. The floats have been misadjusted...

Motorcycle Repair: CONTINUTITY TO GROUND, fxstc, beautiful machine
fxstc, beautiful machine, ground cable: Like I said before, you need to get the battery tested. It might be the battery that is leaking down. A bad battery will slowly loose voltage. The only other way you would lose voltage is if somthing is turned on or is using power Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adj,2005 shadow 600, vacuum line, fuel mixture
vacuum line, fuel mixture, honda motorcycle: Hi Ken, There are a few things that can cause the rich idle condition. The pilot or idle mixture screw on these bikes controls fuel not air. It is located on the front bottom of the carb near the engine. It is in a vertical position so it s hard to...

Motorcycle Repair: carb problem??, mtx 200, engine seals
mtx 200, engine seals, reed valves: Hi Adrian, There are a few things that can contribute to this problem. The first thing is the design of the two stroke engine. It fires every stroke so has a constant push of piston acceleration to deal with. This is sometimes countered by fitting ...

Motorcycle Repair: Dirt bike dies when in gear, ft lbs torque, worn clutch
ft lbs torque, worn clutch, kdx 200: Hi Andy, It sounds like the clutch is not releasing. This can be caused by the clutch plates being stuck together or by a worn clutch basket. The basket can get wear grooves in it which cause the plates to hang up instead of separating. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA xr250r, overflow tube, valve clearances
overflow tube, valve clearances, bill silver: Rod, fuel coming from the overflow tube indicates a couple of possibilities..... Float valve is worn/dirty and not sealing off at the correct fuel level. Remove float bowl, float and float valve to inspect for wear/damage or contamination. Float...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda: What is it?, wing tank, cm450
wing tank, cm450, cb450: Hi Alyssa, The bike in the photo is: 1985 Honda CB450SC (Nighthawk) Specs are: Candy Andromeda Red The pinstripes were red The Honda wing tank emblem was silver The Nighthawk 450 side cover decal was silver and red The front fender was chrome...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda SL125 engine cuts, camshaft bearings, ohm resistance
camshaft bearings, ohm resistance, honda sl125: John, it still sounds like a low-voltage problem. First, be sure that the ignition points are clean and adjusted properly. These early engines tend to have poor camshaft bearings, which allow the cam to wobble around during rotation. With the point cam on...

Motorcycle Repair: harley sportster 1978 xlch, harley sportster, jp cycles
harley sportster, jp cycles, electric starter: Yes, you can install a electric starter. You do have to make some changes, however. Your best bet is to buy a starter kit. It will have all the parts you need to convert the bike over to electric start. JP Cycles or V-Twin Manufacturing should sell them. ...

Motorcycle Repair: head light knob on CL72, honda scrambler, headlight reflectors
honda scrambler, headlight reflectors, headlight bulbs: Joe, The big black knob on the headlight shell controls the lighting, turning the whole headlight and tail light circuits on or off. There are both 2 position (on-off) and some 3 position (off-park-on) versions. Bikes sold outside the US had parking lights...

Motorcycle Repair: hi beam not working, suzuki rf600r, left hand side
suzuki rf600r, left hand side, test light: Hello Jason, I believe these models have the lights going through some fuses before reaching the bulb. Check on both sides of the headlight fuses for power with your test light. Even though you have power to the passing switch it still has to make...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, honda cb750, level gauge
honda cb750, level gauge, bill silver: Pablo, the 5mm setting is the height above the carb body to the highest portion of the float, when the float tang is just pushing the float needle closed into the seat, but not compressing the spring-loaded needle tip. I don t know what this carb looks like,...

Motorcycle Repair: Will not idle without choke, dies when throttle is applied., custom pipes, pilot jet
custom pipes, pilot jet, yamaha v star: Hi Lane, This problem is almost always that the fuel has gelled and plugged up either the pilot jets or the carb idle circuits themselves. The carbs should be soaked in some good Yamaha carb cleaner and blown out with carb cleaner spray or compressed...

Motorcycle Repair: Kick start side crankcase cover, clutch cables, clutch cable
clutch cables, clutch cable, honda dream: A.C. Honda 250-305 Dreams did go through numerous mods through the years. If you look at the illustrations here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ca77-dream-touring-305-usa_model992/partslist/E08.html you will see that there were three different covers for...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil leak between head and barrels, aftermarket gasket, oil seepage
aftermarket gasket, oil seepage, gasket material: Gary, after over 40 years, the head gaskets do get some oil migration laterally through the gasket material, which eventually causes some oil seepage/leaks on the external surfaces. While I don t see them shown in most parts illustrations, Honda has typically...

Motorcycle Repair: push rod covers, push rod, pushrods
push rod, pushrods, big t: The only thing that I think synthetic does for you is make the bike run cooler. Alot of the fight about using standard compared to synthetic is mostly personnel preference. I still run regular oil in my bikes due to the cost of synthetic. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: raking, fork tubes, protractor
fork tubes, protractor, good luck: What you need to do is measure from the ground to the center of the axle. Next, take a protractor and use it to see the rake you are adding. Now measure to where the axle would be with the rake and that will tell you how much more you will need to add to the...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brakes seizing, master brake cylinder, brake caliper
master brake cylinder, brake caliper, rear tyre: Hi Josh, Sometimes, if it has a hydraulic brake the fluid will have small bubbles in it which are hard to get out. I would try pumping some new brake fluid through it if you don t find any mechanical misalignments. Get a jar and add some fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cylinder not getting gas on 1200 sportster, rear cylinder, petcock
rear cylinder, petcock, battery tender: First, its not a good idea to start your bike like that in the winter. When a motor cools it draws moisture. When you start it you have to let it run long enough to drive the moisture out. At around 30 degrees that would take about 20 minutes of sitting there...

Motorcycle Repair: Sheng Wey PZ 27, wey, jets
wey, jets, kawasaki: Hello Joe, If you try your local Honda and Kawasaki shops they may have something that will fit. The Sheng Wey carbs seem to be a Keihin carb copy so they usually have the Keihin small round screw in jets. There are many suppliers of carb parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Smoke, piston rings, valve guides
piston rings, valve guides, ironhead: There are two places that would cause smoke to come from the exhaust. Either the valve guides are worn or the piston rings are worn. You would need to have a top end done on the bike. I can tell you how much it will cost. Prices differ all over the country...

Motorcycle Repair: Source lighting coil, volt system, source lighting
volt system, source lighting, lighting source: Steven, not being a Yamaha expert, we have to dig into microfiche for some clues... http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-dt175a-19741975_model8509/partslist/B-11.html #3 So, yes the engine has to be running to supply voltage to the headlight. That is what the...

Motorcycle Repair: No Spark, wiring schematics, ac volts
wiring schematics, ac volts, volt ohm meter: Jim, most of these small bore bikes have a CDI ignition system that consists of a pulse generator down at the flywheel, an ignition control module, the coil and associated wiring. Also in the mix are safety switches for the clutch and sometimes for the side...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki C50T Electrical, suzuki c50t, light flicker
suzuki c50t, light flicker, battery cables: Hello Antonio, The battery condition can definitely be an issue as these bikes use transistor ignitions that are sensitive to power loss. Even a loose or corroded battery cable or connection can cause a power drop like that. If everything is...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark wont fire, kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500 ltd
kawasaki vulcan 500, kawasaki vulcan 500 ltd, kawasaki manual: Steve, I am not familiar with your Kawasaki, but in general they are equipped with a CDI style ignition with a pulse generator, CDI module, coils and associated wiring. In addition, there are safety switches at the clutch lever bracket and perhaps on the side...

Motorcycle Repair: Tuning, fuelpak, vance hines
fuelpak, vance hines, baffles: Removing the baffles makes your pipes drag pipes, which will cause some loss of horses in midrange. You need a little back pressure on the exhaust system. You wont cause any harm as long as you are not running the bike lean. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: transmissions, fxe, shovel
fxe, shovel, enough space: I dont think you can do that. the 89 tranny is a different size from the shovel, so you would have trouble spacing the tranny to the motor. The starter is not going to fit either. Not enough space. they do make a 5 speed for your shovel that will work Good...

Motorcycle Repair: triple tree, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, impact wrench: Are you refering to the fork tubes? If you are you have to remove the top caps, the side bolts on the triple trees and the pinch bolts on the bottom triple tree to get the fork tubes out of them. Then they should slide out. The top caps just screw in, then...

Motorcycle Repair: Vmax handling problem, worn bearings, fork brace
worn bearings, fork brace, center profile: Hi Patrick, The frame on these bikes is less rigid than most race type bike frames and the wheelbase is longer which adds flex. There is some flex in the front forks which can be stiffened with a heavier gauge fork brace. A big improvement is adding...

Motorcycle Repair: water leak, honda steed, bill silver
honda steed, bill silver, water pipes: Sultan, I really don t have an answer for you on that particular question. I haven t worked on that bike and don t know if it is possible or not. Best thing to do is to start removing it and see what happens. If there is interference, you might be able...

Motorcycle Repair: two wheelers - motorbikes, motorcycles etc running on cng, compressed natural gas, design constraints
compressed natural gas, design constraints, input fuel: Prashant, I worked for a company that did CNG conversions for cars and vans. Biggest issue is where to mount a large, 3,000 psi high-pressure tank to store the fuel source. The system basically was a dual fuel installation, where you could switch it off...

Motorcycle Repair: wr 250 starting problems, two stroke engines, plug cap
two stroke engines, plug cap, wr250: Hi Chris, Sounds like it needs a new kickstart spring. Watch out it doesn t backfire with that kick lever down or the lever can come rushing upwards at a powerful speed. Don t ask how I got the scar on my forearm :/ ouch! Anyway the wr250 has to...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Exciter 250 1981, yamaha exciter 250, independent mechanic
yamaha exciter 250, independent mechanic, ground cables: Hi Steve, The starter may need to be cleaned up and checked out unless the starter drive is slipping. If it sounds like the engine is turning over okay then the starter itself might be weak and the drive system may be okay. You could try cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 Honda CL175 K0, stator coils, honda cl175
stator coils, honda cl175, copper color: Debra, cracks on the stator coils are probably not harmful. If you checked the individual leads with an ohm meter, they should read connections to each of the other leads, but not to ground/stator frame contact. If any coils are shorted to ground, just replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 HONDA SL350--NOT CHARGING, magnetic rotors, stator windings
magnetic rotors, stator windings, magnetic rotor: Ira, The system consists of the magnetic rotor, the stator windings, the rectifier and a small current regulator. Wiring diagram on http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The magnetic rotors seldom lose their magnetism and the stators...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb 750 honda electrical, wiringdiagrams, cb 750
wiringdiagrams, cb 750, 750 honda: Tim, just which ground wire is hot? Battery Ground, wiring harness ground or ? Looking at the wiring diagram at: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class It looks like a ground for the rectifier needs to be connected to a clean,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda Starter works but slips, missing teeth, machined surface
missing teeth, machined surface, freewheels: Robert,there is such a thing as a one-way clutch used for starting on the back of the flywheels.The starter chain spins the flywheel to start then once the engine fires the clutch freewheels on a machined surface. The CM250 clutch part#28120-201-040 is about...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 350 honda quad, centrifugal clutch, cluch
centrifugal clutch, cluch, chain tensioner: Bill,this is an extensive and time consuming job not for the faint of heart. The top valve cover has to be removed then the side cover on the right. Make sure you drain the oil.Remove the chain tensioner on the cylinder. Now remove the 20mm nut on the front...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 RM125, axle arrangement, oil seals
axle arrangement, oil seals, rm125: John,You have two dilemmas so lets tackle the first one.The choke circuit may not be working correctly. Take the carb bowl off and unscrew the choke plunger blow carb cleaner through it then air. The bowl has a tiny orifice in the choke passage that can get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Cr125 wont start, honda cr125r, honda cr125
honda cr125r, honda cr125, crankshaft seal: Aaron, no fuel on the plugs can be due to no fuel in the bowl, no fuel being drawn into the motor, a big air leak at the crankshaft seal or at inlet manifold or an idle jet plugged up. There should be a choke mechanism on the carb, if it is the original...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 suzuki bandit 600cc, suzuki bandit, volt meter
suzuki bandit, volt meter, stator: Patrick,have the battery checked for a dead cell. Suzuki and Polaris are notorious for electrical problems. I believe that Suzuki requires at least 10.8 volts minimum to keep the ignition system working properly. If the voltage drops to low the bike wont run...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 honda cb400 t, honda cb 400, honda cb400
honda cb 400, honda cb400, jumper cables: T.J. Did you clean out the fuel tank and petcock filter screen? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb400tii-1979-usa_model7219/partslist/F++1401.html Can I presume that you put the camshaft in correctly, that the valves are adjusted, that you have about 175...

Motorcycle Repair: ABS braking problem, piston cups, brake master cylinder
piston cups, brake master cylinder, best guess: John, I am not a GW expert, especially on ABS problems. There are lots of GW sites that probably have specific answers for you, though. http://www.goldwingworld.com/Brakes-wheels-tiresgl1800.pdf A warped rotor would make the brakes act like that, but...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire then stalls, honda cr125, ngk br8es
honda cr125, ngk br8es, crankcase pressure: Aaron, Its a good possibility.The pick up could have not been gapped at .010 from the raised lug on the flywheel and it hit and ground the pickup coil down and knocked it out of whack. If it does pick up the lug it may not fire when its supposed to. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: camshaft install question on 86 xr250r, cam lobes, bolt holes
cam lobes, bolt holes, screw driver: Tony Im going to try this from memory. The crankshaft will be at TDC with the timing mark in the window on the side cover. The cam gear will have the mark at the top of the gear some gears have two line type marks on each side to align along the head. The...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbuerator Hose, 1981 honda cb650, honda cbx
1981 honda cb650, honda cbx, vent tubes: Search the web for: 16036-460-771 JOINT,THREEWAY 16047-460-771 JOINT,THREEWAY http://www.hondabike.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=123561&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1981&fveh=2953 $30 each here... Call your dealer and tell him the...

Motorcycle Repair: Crank bearing noise?, honda cb160, cmsnl
honda cb160, cmsnl, bill silver: Brewster, only the end bearings were available as separate parts and they may be impossible to find new. If bearings get metal caught in the races, it will rough up the balls/rollers and races, causing noises. Yes, this can be cause for concern, especially...

Motorcycle Repair: Dyna S ignition, sportster 1200 custom, dyna ignition
sportster 1200 custom, dyna ignition, sensor plate: Two of the wires from the orgional go to the ignition modual, which you dont need with the Dyna ignition. The two wires from the new ignition will go to the coil. In your directions one wire should be hot to the ignition. Make sure you dont wire it backwards...

Motorcycle Repair: to fuel to the spark plug, honda cr125r, crankcase pressure
honda cr125r, crankcase pressure, crank shaft: Aaron,The water pump seal may be bad,there is a weep hole on the bottom side of the water pump to allow the leaking fluid out on some models to keep it out of crank case oil. The internal crank parts are lubricated with the fuel oil mix even the crank bearings.So...

Motorcycle Repair: hand grip & throttle removal, honda shadow 600, throttle sleeve
honda shadow 600, throttle sleeve, throttle cables: Moe, Take the screws out of the switch housing next to the throttle tube.Lift the top of the switch carefully and expose the throttle cables and unhook the cable ends and the tube will slide off the bar. The left grip can be worked off if you slip a small...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard to start 1983 XL250, honda xl250, valve clearance
honda xl250, valve clearance, new spark: Rick, You have done most of the obvious repairs. Here is one more check the valve clearance, Honda s have a tendency to suck the intake valve up in the head a little and you lose the valve lash gap. Set the engine to TDC and pull the valve access covers and...

Motorcycle Repair: HD 883 hugger, electronic ignition module, bill silver
electronic ignition module, bill silver, troubleshooting step: Jeffrey, I m sure you noticed that I am NOT a H-D expert. Never owned one and never rode one. You ve learned the hard way that motorcycle coils are seldom the cause of no spark . I don t know what year your bike is, so it could still have points and condenser...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1975 XL 350 Ignition Problesms, honda xl 350, 4 ohms
honda xl 350, 4 ohms, coil windings: Donn, Make sure your new points have nice clean contact faces. Sometimes there is a film of protective coating to keep them from rusting that will effectively prevent them from closing to complete the circuit. It is easy to put the points wire in the wrong...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C110, carb adjustments, cmsnl
carb adjustments, cmsnl, bill silver: Jonathan, once you have the carb apart, you will see the function of each screw. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ca110-sport-50-usa_model997/partslist/E++09.html The idle speed screw (centered in the carb body) just raises the slide, so turning it all the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CG125 valve timing, honda cg125, valve timing
honda cg125, valve timing, tappet: Dinera,Honda made the CG125 from 1976 to 2008 and it was marketed it in Europe and Brazil but not the U.S.A. unless the cam was rfemoved from the cylinder head it doesnt need retimed. However the valve lash should be about .003-.005 on the intake and the exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: Ironhead block clean-up, burning oil, pistons
burning oil, pistons, bearing: If it were me, I wuld go ahead and tear the motor down and really go through it. Your bike being a 73 and not knowing how long it sat and how many miles are on it, your bearing might be bad. If you just put it back together and it doesnt run or a bearing goes...

Motorcycle Repair: Leak?, piston head, scooter shops
piston head, scooter shops, heli coil: Harley, You will need to obtain a Heli-Coil or similar insert to repair the stripped threads properly. This will require using a specific sized drill bit to enlarge the hole slightly so a new insert tap can be run down the hole, then the insert installed,...

Motorcycle Repair: I'm loosing mojo, fuel delivery system, full throtle
fuel delivery system, full throtle, fiche section: Robbie, you didn t mention if you have done any mods to the bike like air filter and/or exhaust changes that can affect WOT performance. If the problem exists in all gears at the same throttle settings, then the problem is most likely in the fuel delivery...

Motorcycle Repair: mot, light sockets, lamp bulbs
light sockets, lamp bulbs, cdi ignition: Spencer..... not a lot of info to work with, but I can come up with a general answer. Indicators are a separate lighting system, apart from the CDI ignition or the charging system. I don t know what brand/model/type of moped you have, but most indicators...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil in coolant, blown head gasket, pressure testers
blown head gasket, pressure testers, true problem: Edwin. Just a word of caution. This could be a simple seal between the water pump that needs replaced and could be a little as $100.00 or could be a crack in a cylinder or a blown head gasket or even worse a cracked cylinder head. Unless you have the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: oil type for older softail, 20w50 motor oil, sure what kind
20w50 motor oil, sure what kind, synthetic racing: Al, I use synthetic oils all the time however the automotive synthetics dont work on all motorcycles. On this bike it should work because the primary case runs in oil but not the same as the engine. You can use a synthetic oil in the primary case as long as...

Motorcycle Repair: ring gear and starter, clutch basket, heritage softail
clutch basket, heritage softail, jackshaft: It makes the starter not work as hard. This would only be an advantage if the bike is hard to turn over from high compression.If the starter just spins then the problem is what I described. The only disavantage would be cost. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: setting the timing, honda cbx, jackshaft
honda cbx, jackshaft, few degrees: I am assuming (hoping) that you are talking about a Honda CBX engine. First check that the jackshaft has been assembled correctly, if #1 or #6 is at top dead center, the T-line should be lined up with the seam in the crankases. The F mark is the usual timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Another SL350 not charging, honda sl350, k1 usa
honda sl350, k1 usa, wiringdiagrams: Ken, all stator wires should have power coming out. See wiring diagrams at: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The stator is bolted into the engine under the dyno cover. It will come off without disturbing the rotor. Go to www.electrosport.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter issues on 1983 Honda CX650, 1983 honda cx650, starter clutch
1983 honda cx650, starter clutch, starter solenoid: Make sure that the starter is secured well if you connect it as the torque is very large. There will be sparks when you connect the wires because of the large current that flows... Don t forget that in order to turn over an engine on a 12V power supply the...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha fz 750, yamaha fz 750, loose fit
yamaha fz 750, loose fit, quarter inch: The front sprocket is usually loose in the direction of the shaft (axially) but there should be not much movement in the direction of rotation. The splines should not be worn; typically they are not. You will noticec that the retaining washer is a relatively...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Triumph Tiger, zener diode, odd quirks
zener diode, odd quirks, triumph tiger: Daniel,Its very possible the battery is giving you grief. If the lights and the ignition system run on 12 volts and the battery has only 11.66 volts it may vary well tax the system. Borrow a volt meter and still try to check the charging systems output. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda MT 125 not starting., 2 stroke engines, resistor type
2 stroke engines, resistor type, point gap: Jeff, you have to have all the ingredients proper fuel at the right time, compression, spark at the right time for a running engine. The spark plug caps generally just screw into the end of the coil wire. You might want to trim back about 1/4 to get...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki RM 250, suzuki rm 250, radiator fluid
suzuki rm 250, radiator fluid, waterpump: If you really have replaced all the gaskets, then it is likely you have a crack or pinhole corrosion somewhere. can be tough to find, sometimes it is near the waterpump since that is the most complex area where oil and water almost co-exist... Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 Honda NX-250 22,000 mi., honda nx 250, cam lobes
honda nx 250, cam lobes, output shaft: Tom,This is a long shot but try checking the valve clearance. This bike uses a shim under the bucket set up and may be losing the valve lash. Set the piston at TDC check the flywheel to see if the timing mark is in the timing plug hole.Also pull the plug to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Road King Custom FLHRS, crank shaft position sensor, shaft position
crank shaft position sensor, shaft position, battery cables: If you have charged the battery and it still clicks or barely turns over then you have either bad battery cables, bad ground or a bad battery. Check both ends of the cables to make sure they are clean and tight. If they are ok, then I would have the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 cb350, petcock, cb350
petcock, cb350, line thanks: Rick, the mechanical spark advancer is behind the points plate. You can also give it a quick check if you have some good pliers and just grab the outer edge of the points cam and turn it gently to see if it moves against the spring tension and then snaps back...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 gl1200 goldwing limited edition, clutch assembly, bill silver
clutch assembly, bill silver, partslist: Donald, if you are completely sure that the hydraulics are not hanging up the clutch assembly, then probably the clutch spring has failed. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-gl1200i-gold-wing-aspencade-1985-usa_model7400/partslist/E++10.html #10 Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: 98/99 kawasaki NINJA EX250R NOT STARTING, kawasaki ninja, motorcycle batteries
kawasaki ninja, motorcycle batteries, compression gauge: Jason, Yikes! Motorcycle batteries, on average, last about 2-4 years. Yours is 12! Time for a new one! When batteries fail, they can hold a surface charge but there is little current reserves left and the voltage drops down under load to near nothing. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Aermaci Harley davidson gastank?, acid neutralizer, harley davison
acid neutralizer, harley davison, surface rust: Floyd, Try a product called Kreem, It has 3 parts. Take the tank off and plug the petcock area and pour in the acid to etch the metal surface and clean the rust out depending on how bad. Then pour in the bottle of acid neutralizer to stop the acid from continuing...

Motorcycle Repair: alternator, yamaha xt250, cyl head
yamaha xt250, cyl head, boreing: Chris,You wont need to pull the flywheel if you are working on the top end unless you are overhauling the entire engine. Just unbolt the cyl head and exhaust and intake and carb and unbolt the base of the cylinder and slide it straight up off the piston. Get...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike, suzuki gsxr 750, stering wheel
suzuki gsxr 750, stering wheel, generious: Most Suzuki flywheels will require a similar flywheel puller. Any other puller will likely cause damage, so buy or borrow the right puller for the bike. Normally this has an external thread to go into the flywheel, and then a bolt that tightens against the...

Motorcycle Repair: busa radiator fan, coolant level, radiator fan
coolant level, radiator fan, thermal switch: Ali,there is a temperature thermal switch that turns the fan on when the radiator reaches a set temp. The switch can go bad and get very irregular. Also check the coolant level it could be low also.If you need a sensor its located on the back side of the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: carb XR100, honda xr 100, pilot jet
honda xr 100, pilot jet, drain tube: Paul,It sounds as if 1 or both jets may be restricted. Pull the carb off and pull out the jets and the float assembly.Turn the mix screw in untill it seats counting the turns. Then remove it also. Get a can of carb cleaner spray and spray into each passage...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 900 carbs drooling, honda cb900f, vacuum ports
honda cb900f, vacuum ports, air intakes: Dale, I am not sure I understand about vacuum ports reference. Are you talking about the air intakes or the overflow tubes or ? Is it a CB900F or CB900C? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900f-900-super-sport-1981-usa_model1023/partslist/E++19.html is...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch, worst case scenerio, thumb wheel
worst case scenerio, thumb wheel, clutch lever: Ron,Check the adjustment first.With bike off there should be approx 2mm in free play at the front most edge of the clutch lever before the clutch is engaged. You should feel some resistance from the clutch through the cable at the lever. Turn the locking thumb...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch 96 suzuki intruder, clutch master cylinder, suzuki intruder
clutch master cylinder, suzuki intruder, slave cylinder: Tom,This could be a toss up but check to see if the slave cylinder is even pushing the clutch push rod in. The clutch master cylinder could be out of fluid or bypassing and not pushing the fluid down to the slave cylinder. Check the system it uses DOT 3-4...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Issues, XL 185, xl 185, friction discs
xl 185, friction discs, metal plates: Andrew, There may be something out of place or you have worn parts. There are 5 friction discs part# 22201-GF6-000 and are about $10.30 each there are 4 metal plates Part # 22311-KN4-680 and are about $3.85 each. Also the 4 springs need to be a certain length...

Motorcycle Repair: No/Delayed high end power (2001 Yamaha Wolverine 350), yamaha wolverine, screw out
yamaha wolverine, screw out, mechanical type: Sean,It sounds as if the clutch is slipping.There are two clutches in this unit.One is a centrifugal that locks and spins with the crankshaft the other is a mechanical type that engages and disegages with the shifter movement. The most likely culprit is the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Triumph Tiger, rectifier, diode
Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Triumph Tiger, rectifier, diode, solid state

Motorcycle Repair: gs 500 suzuki, regulator rectifier, blown fuse
regulator rectifier, blown fuse, ugly problems: Patrick,The bike does have a main fuse that could be blown. The power to the switch turn signsls horn and even the start button all come through it. The other problem may be that jump starting a motor cycle battery with a 10 amp an hour capacity with an automotive...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda cbrr 929 fireblade - non starter, honda cbrr, regulator rectifier
honda cbrr, regulator rectifier, 3 legs: Ian, The battery may be affected but it may not be the problem. Try a couple of things,first check the output on the battery terminals with the bike off and the battery at full charge. It should be a little over 12 volts. Now start the bike and check the voltage...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Hobbit 1983, petal type, slow jet
petal type, slow jet, asperation: Todd,This question is not very clear but you may be asking about several problems. Im not clear on the actual problem but some testing may be needed before going to far on this project. Check the compression first,do a dry test (natural asperation) with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda SL125 running very hot after rebuild, xl 125, stock carb
xl 125, stock carb, cam chain: John, how much clearance did you put on the piston? Should have been 1.5 to 2 thousandths of an inch. Tapping/rattling noise under load is probably detonation, due to too much compression, too much spark advance, too lean jetting. I am finding that...

Motorcycle Repair: Installing a start button in 2003 suzuki rm-x 250, suzuki rm, switch battery
suzuki rm, switch battery, starter motor: While you can install the start button on the handlebars, the important part is a starter motor, an ignition switch, battery, wiring, and of course a place to connect the starter motor to the crank. While it is not technically impossible, it is practically...

Motorcycle Repair: manyfold flodded it with fuel, honda magna, winter thanks
honda magna, winter thanks, alcohol content: Pepe,This unit is carburated not fuel injected,what may be happening is the floats may be sticking allowing the fuel to overflow and flood. This could be from the bike being parked for so long. With the alcohol content in the fuel we are now getting if the...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle Water Damage, hurricane irene, gas tank
hurricane irene, gas tank, lot of water: Jason,Im not sure how to answer this.There may still be some water an the air box and the starter and solenoid relay. Does the bike turn over but not start or does it do absolutely nothing when you hit the start button,help out a little.Kinda like throw me...

Motorcycle Repair: need some help, wheel spacers, sealed bearings
wheel spacers, sealed bearings, wheel spacing: You have to have some type of spacing on the bearing or when you tighten the axle you will put to much side pressure on the bearing and it will fail. On what bearing to use, you need to check with the manufacture of the wheel. That wheel might not be set up...

Motorcycle Repair: Ranger RZR 800 question, polaris ranger rzr 800, polaris ranger rzr
polaris ranger rzr 800, polaris ranger rzr, fuel pump relay: John, You are correct. The fuel pump and strainer are in the tank, the fuel pump may not be pressuring up the fuel system it could also be the fuel pump relay. This little device starts the pump once you turn the key on then lets the pump pressure up and then...

Motorcycle Repair: front signal light, honda cb900c, honda bikes
honda cb900c, honda bikes, turn signals: Gee,This may be one of those beats the heck out of me problems but here goes. The front turn signals have two wires obvious 1 power and 1 ground. On a lot of the Honda bikes the grounds were the same color.If you have a test light turn on the turn signal and...

Motorcycle Repair: SL350 - not charging when headlights run, resistance values, cl350
resistance values, cl350, current regulator: Ken, did you check the ohms readings to ground, as well, for the stator? Yellow lead should have at least half the voltage of the pink one coming out of the stator. Check the headlight switch wiring for continuity through the switch when the lights are...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250, suzuki gn250, starter relay
suzuki gn250, starter relay, dissappointing: Ciaran,There could be one main problem causing other problems to crop up. The starter could be taking too may amps to turn over and the starter relay may be burning the contact points inside of it due to the amperage draw. The starter relay part# 31800-49100...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki kingquad ltf300 water in engine?, suzuki kingquad, castrol gtx
suzuki kingquad, castrol gtx, king quad: Harley,This is a well known problem. One of my mechanics has the same machine and rides creeks and got the same problem. Here goes, drain the oils out,differentials if 4X4 and put in fresh gear lube.Blow out air filter and drain fuel tank put in fresh gas....

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel removal, yamaha ttr125, wheel hubs
yamaha ttr125, wheel hubs, brake rotor: Susan,On this specific bike the axle is held in with a nut on the end of the axle bolt. I have had a lot of Yamahas in the shop that the axles corrode and rust inside the forks or bearings inside the wheel hubs. Spray the fork area where the axle goes through...

Motorcycle Repair: 1965 CL 72, honda scrambler, honda shop
honda scrambler, honda shop, la sleeve: Gene, Ebay often has CB/CL pistons/rings for sale. You can even use late style CA72 parts. Any of the 250cc cylinder blocks after 1961 can be used, but be aware that there are two widths of camchain tensioners and matching cylinder blocks. I have a nice set...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 CL77 Stripped Kick Starter Shaft, starter shaft, engine seals
starter shaft, engine seals, bill silver: Sean, the two things that happen to CL/CA 72-77 models is that the kickstarter knuckle that fits onto the end of the k/s shaft splines can split down the side, causing the k/s arm to slip when you attempt to kick it. So, check the condition of that part,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda shadow vt750, honda shadow vt750, bill silver
honda shadow vt750, bill silver, position thanks: Jeff, the standard for setting adjustable floats is to have the float tang just stop against the end of the spring-loaded tip of the needle, not to compress it. If you turn the carb rack on edge, the weight of the float is not enough to compress the needle...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 FXR, drag pipes, bike mike
drag pipes, bike mike, exhaust setup: By removing the baffles you are turning your pipes into drag pipes. That does 2 things. You will make the bike run leaner and you will lose horsepower. Drag pipes work really well at high RPMs, but hurt midrange. That is where most people ride. Adding torque...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Suzuki Katana GSX 600 F, locking gas cap, suzuki katana
locking gas cap, suzuki katana, gsx 600: Jim, try spaying some WD-40 in the tank lock it may or may not help. As far as cleaning out the tank there are a lot of different methods. Try a product called Kreem It has 3 parts tank the tank off and pull the petcock out and use the acid etch first to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 HD Dyna Low Rider FXDLI, dyna low rider, fuel pump
dyna low rider, fuel pump, power source: Since you dont have power to the fuel pump, then you need to trace the power from the fuse to the power source and see what the problem is. You could have a pinched wire or a bad connection. If you cant find a bad wire then you will have to have a dianostic...

Motorcycle Repair: 72' Honda cb175 initial carb setting/ tuning, honda cb175, air mixture
honda cb175, air mixture, bill silver: JB.... I just set the idle screw so it just starts to move the slide up, then turn a about 1/16 to 1/8 of a turn more. That should allow the bike to come to a low-medium idle once you fire it up. Make sure the ignition timing is set correctly first, before...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 Yamaha FJ 1200, no crank, yamaha fj 1200, model bikes
yamaha fj 1200, model bikes, bill silver: Bob, I am not a Yamaha FJ expert, but most all later model bikes have a headlight cutout function when you hit the starter button, to conserve voltage for the starter motor. This is a common problem with 1970s-80s Hondas, as the switches just disintegrated...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 Road King, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, keyway: Drain the primary fluid and remove the derby cover. Looking upward in the derby cover with a flashlight have somebody press the starter button and see if the jackshaft slides outward. If it doesnt, the you have a bad starter solenoid. If it does then pull...

Motorcycle Repair: 976-1978 Yamaha RD 400, age of uncertainty, sv 650
age of uncertainty, sv 650, gladius: Hi William, In this age of uncertainty, it s not a bad idea to go with something as relatively simple as an old Yamaha two-stroke. Most of the important stuff can be checked out quickly, and if your not sure take someone with experience with that bike. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 98/99 kawasaki ninja 250 no start, kawasaki ninja 250, timing curve
kawasaki ninja 250, timing curve, canada version: Jason,Im probabbly going to throw you a curve but here goes. There are two different CDI,s avalable for this bike. The US and Canada version use CDI part# 21119-0010 and the Califonia version uses a #21119-0012. It has a differint timing curve and may make...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 suzuki intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, starter solenoid
suzuki intruder 800, starter solenoid, blown fuse: Scott check the starter solenoid. You should here a click when the solenoid engages. If not check the magnetic switch to see if you have power at both battery cables in and out when engageing the start button. Its possible there is a blown fuse in the wire...

Motorcycle Repair: Adding Self start to Bike, starter systems, starter system
starter systems, starter system, charging system: Jitendra,The bike may not be able to support the starter system which is why it was never installed at the factory.This bike is not available in the U.S.but some of the smaller bikes Ive dealt with didnt have a charging system to keep the battery up even for...

Motorcycle Repair: CB700SC Clutch Rod Oil Seal, clutch slave cylinder, fiche section
clutch slave cylinder, fiche section, bill silver: Marc, I haven t worked on one of these, specifically, but the illustrations look like this: http://www.houseofmotorcycles.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=124092&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1986&fveh=2963 I see two seals there, so perhaps...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, clutch lever, clutch
clutch lever, clutch, good luck: There are a couple of things that can be wrong. You need to remove the primary cover and check the clutch spring to see if its broken. If its ok then you neec to pull the tranny clutch cover, on the right side of the bike, and check the throwout bearing. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch cable replacement, clutch cable, cable replacement
clutch cable, cable replacement, fatboy: Drain the trany fluid. Adjust the old cable so there is slack in it and remove it from the lever. Remove the derby cover and loosen the adjuster locknut. turn the adjuster outsward. Go to the other side and remove the outer tranny cover where the clutch cable...

Motorcycle Repair: engine backfire, 883 sportster, palm springs ca
883 sportster, palm springs ca, plug wires: I would start by check the OHMs on the coil and plug wires. That might be why you are fouling plugs. If they check out fine then check the intake manifolffor leaks. If that is ok then I would check the jetting on the carb Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: my exhaust has melted, exhaust system components, model designations
exhaust system components, model designations, exhaust gasket: Jamie.... I don t recognize your model as described. Not sure if you have a typo there or what. Usually Honda s street bikes are CB#__ I am guessing a CB100N at this point. The photo is a bit out of focus, so I can t see if that is a flange or remains...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki NINJA ex250 CDI BOX, shims, buckets
Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki NINJA ex250 CDI BOX, shims, buckets, screw

Motorcycle Repair: HELP, bikebandit com, honda xr250r
bikebandit com, honda xr250r, honda xr250: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/2003-honda-xr250r/o/m3078#sch95900 For any single cylinder motorcycle, put the piston all the way up so the T mark is showing on the crankshaft rotor. Then rotate the camshaft so the cam lobes are both downwards...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki NINJA ex250 CDI BOX, kawasaki ninja ex250, timing curve
kawasaki ninja ex250, timing curve, ebay: Lets assume the CDI is correct,I dont remember any comment on low compression but here goes.Pull the valve cover off and pull the two plugs out of the left side cover. Take a socket and put on the bolt in the flywheel and turn the engine over. Go ahead and...

Motorcycle Repair: moto, yamaha ttr 90 dirt bike, yamaha ttr 90
yamaha ttr 90 dirt bike, yamaha ttr 90, crank case: Aaron,You were on the right track,the carb jets were plugged and when you cleaned the jets it ran better but the flooat eas not shutting off the gas. It was flooding the intake and filling the motor. Start with cleaning the carb and reset the float.Put the...

Motorcycle Repair: Plugs/Filter?, yamaha virago 750, carbs
yamaha virago 750, carbs, jets: Not necessarily,If the bike has low milage its probably been sitting a while. The carbs may need to be gone thru and re-synced and fresh plugs. They do have a terrible starting system. The main jets are plugged thats why it cant accelerate off idle without...

Motorcycle Repair: PW50, slow jet, yamaha pw50
slow jet, yamaha pw50, wd 40: Brandy, The slow jet may still be plugged and not letting gas through the idle circuit.You may have to pull the carb off again and spray carb cleaner through the idle circuit. Make sure the slow jet is clean and also there should be a mixture screw on the...

Motorcycle Repair: radiator, repair mechanic, radiator cap
repair mechanic, radiator cap, fan sensor: Akbar,You may have two problems,the shifter switch Part#37730-24F00 may not be showing that you are in neutral like its supposed to. The other problem may be a little more touchy there is a temp switch that turns the fan on when the engine reaches a set temp....

Motorcycle Repair: Reverse Problems with Atv, yamaha kodiak 400, roger thompson
yamaha kodiak 400, roger thompson, rear brakes: Roger,Once tou have adjusted the brakes you will need to adjust the reverse locking cable that is pulled when you push down on the foot pedal. There is a seperate cable that comes off the back of the foot pedal pivot and the cable goes up to the shifter base...

Motorcycle Repair: running motor without oil filter, kawasaki ninja 250, bill silver
kawasaki ninja 250, bill silver, oil pressure: Dunno about baby Ninjas. Why would you want to start an engine with no oil filter? It would be damaged quickly without oil pressure. Sometimes, manufacturers can incorporate an circuit that keeps the engine from firing up if there is no oil pressure, but...

Motorcycle Repair: science fair project, laser temp, compact engine
laser temp, compact engine, project question: Chance, It may not help your research much how are you going to check temps? Are you going to use a Laser temp gum or a thermometer in the coolant in the radiators. The two strokes were able to run cooler and had a more compact engine but the four strokes...

Motorcycle Repair: SYNETHETIC TRANNY & ENGINE OIL ?, motorcycle oil, weep hole
motorcycle oil, weep hole, mobil one: Ray, Go ahead and use it,there should be a noticable increase in performance. If you are not sure there is a distributor in McPherson Kansas who has all kinds of literature on the oils tested and is an avid biker himself. His name is Wayne Koehn and he has...

Motorcycle Repair: 1962 honda dream 300, honda dream, tim mcdowell
honda dream, tim mcdowell, vjmc: Chris, this is the original factory pairing engine/frame serial numbers for a 1962 CA77 Dream 300 Touring model. Check with Tim McDowell in MD (http://www.classichondarestoration.com/), who might know someone more in your area. Or you can join the honda305...

Motorcycle Repair: 1963 Honda Dream Shift Problem, side muffler, chain sprocket
side muffler, chain sprocket, friction material: Louis, Based on your current report, there are no easy suggestions to offer in the way of getting the transmission to shift properly. First, you probably should have just drained the oil, pulled the left side muffler and footpeg, then pulled the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 Vespa, 150 cc Gas Tank Rust, vespa 150, gas tank
vespa 150, gas tank, time jan: I have used Rusteco with some success, thorough cleaning is always good, always use a fuel filter and it may be worth lining the gas tank with a kreem product, or similar. Be sure to follow the instructions though, otherwise the liner will not work properly....

Motorcycle Repair: 1965 cb450 KO, gasket material, bill silver
gasket material, bill silver, cb450: Jim, the clearance figure is correct, set cold. The torsion bars don t vary much during heat/cold cycles, so minimum clearances are all that is required to keep an oil film on the lobes. Make sure that you have had the oil pump inspected for the factory...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda CL160 Rear Wheel Damper Bushings, propane torch, rear sprocket
propane torch, rear sprocket, die grinder: Ron, there isn t any really easy ways to do this. Mostly by grinding tools and/or brute force, in most cases. When bushings are pressed into blind holes, some people have filled the space below the bushing with grease and then inserted a proper sized rod/tool...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda 750 Four, honda 750 four, electrical system
honda 750 four, electrical system, start button: Sounds like you have blown the main fuse. Look for a black plastic thing with a fuse wire in it near the battery. basically follow the positive wire to where it goes into the wiring loom. Somewhere in that track will be a fuse. Use the correct wire when...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sportster, clutch lever, clutch release
clutch lever, clutch release, worm gear: When you say 4 different rods you must be refering to length. The ones for the exhaust are longer since the rocker is farther away from the cam. They need more length or the adjuster would not work. On the worm. When you pull the clutch lever it twists and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB500 Four, cb 500, cb500 four
cb 500, cb500 four, ebay: If your mechanic cannot find the points, then how is he going to install a CDI unit? Sounds like you need to find a new mechanic. You might be able to score a manual on ebay, or there are people who specialize in old manuals that may be able to help you....

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Yamaha DT 250, yamaha dt 250, drum brakes
yamaha dt 250, drum brakes, starter bike: Tony... not Honda questions. Get a shop manual to guide you through troubleshooting and brake repairs. Drum brakes are very straightforward, but you need to be careful with the brake return springs, as you disconnect the shoes/springs. Yamahas had their...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 FLH front brake, flh, master cylinder
flh, master cylinder, clearence: the reasons that the brake would stick is either the puck in the caliber is sticking or the master cylinder is not returning when you let off the lever. Since you have replaced the caliber I would not suspect it. I would say that the master cylinder is sticking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb900 boldor, leaded fuel, octane number
leaded fuel, octane number, cb900: Hi Mick, Honda has not needed leaded fuel since about 1970 and for sure since 1977. The bikes have had hardened valve seats since then so the only thing to concern yourself with is the octane rating of the fuel. The Honda Bol d Or was built to ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 CM400A, oem honda parts, backfiring on deceleration
oem honda parts, backfiring on deceleration, jet sizes: Jared, the camchain and balancer chain are basic maintenance items, but don t really affect performance unless you let the camchain get REALLY loose. Off-idle and low speed acceleration issues are usually to do with the accelerator pump functions, as well...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda vt500c tach gear replacement, honda vt500c, cmsnl
honda vt500c, cmsnl, compression stroke: Brian, the tach drive is part of the camshaft holder. see illustrations http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt500c-shadow-500-1984-usa_model7640/partslist/E++02.html Try an online download of the shop manual for details. http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda 250cc fourtrax, honda 250cc, plug caps
honda 250cc, plug caps, honda fourtrax: Hello William, The number one cause for sputtering is moisture in the fuel tank. If even one drop of water forms inside the tank it can plug up the carbs jets instantly. Remove the fuel petcock valve from the tank and check the screen is clean...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 polaris sportsman 400, polaris sportsman 400, cdi ignition
polaris sportsman 400, cdi ignition, voltage pulse: Hi Brad, These ignition problems can be tough to pin down due to all the various components. First things I would check would be the black wire to the ETC switch on the throttle, then the engine kill switch and ignition switch. The black wire runs...

Motorcycle Repair: 200m atc, honda atc 200, atv honda
honda atc 200, atv honda, bill silver: Jim, first make sure you are using a clean spark plug. Fouled plugs will shunt the spark down the side of the insulator and you won t see it. Plus CDI sparks are kind of thin anyway. CDI ignitions use a pulse generator on the end of the camshaft, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 23in. front wheel, frame jig, stock wheel
frame jig, stock wheel, good luck: No, you dont have to rake it, but you will be raising the front end up 3 inches. The 23 inch will ride rougher than the stock wheel since its not as wide. If you cut the neck you have to have it welded on a frame jig so it will be straight. If you use the...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 honda magna 45, rubber diaphragms, honda magna
rubber diaphragms, honda magna, air leaks: Hi Scott, The carburetion on these bikes was set very lean to meet the epa pollution standards. This is the most common cause next to dirty/plugged main jets inside the carbs for a mid-range hesitation. This requires a physical cleaning of the brass...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 Electra Glide Classic Rear Bearing Change, tapered roller bearings, wheel seal
tapered roller bearings, wheel seal, rubber wheel: There is a bearing on both sides. they are Timpken Tapered Roller Bearings. You don not need a puller to remove them. They will just come out with your fingers. You take them out on the side that they are on. Just remove the rubber wheel seal and they are...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda 700 magna, purge valve, pulse generators
purge valve, pulse generators, partslist: Larry, the backfire was probably just unburned fuel lighting off in the exhaust system, after fuel fouling the plugs. It could be a failed air cut valve diaphragm.. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700c-magna-1985-usa_model7599/partslist/E++1801.html #9...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 yamaha, clymer manuals, manual haynes
clymer manuals, manual haynes, california models: Hi Jason, The JYA in the vin means Japanese, Yamaha, Motorcycle (Division A) The 1FG means 1985 XJ700N Maxim 49 state USA version. The tenth digit F designates year 1985. They cost $2,899.00 when new. Either manual is okay, Clymer may have...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 88 sportster cams, keyway, correct location
keyway, correct location, thay: The 86 is no different. The gear that drives the cam will only fit one way. Once you have it installed the cams will opnly fit one way and all 4 cams will only line up one way if you have them in the correct location. The mark on the main cam should be pointing,...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 tourglide ultra classic, evo motor, mounting brackets
evo motor, mounting brackets, brakets: The 02 speedo will not work. It runs off a speedo senser that is connected to the tranny. You dont have that connection on your tranny. You would have to use a speedo that would run off the front wheel, like what you have right now. You would have to use a...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 kawasaki bayou 4x4, fuel air mixture, kawasaki bayou
fuel air mixture, kawasaki bayou, fuel mixture: Hi Shawn, The first thing to determine is whether the engine is getting too much fuel/air mixture or not enough fuel/air mixture at that particular throttle opening. Run the engine with a clean or new spark plug at the RPM where the problem is. After...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 vulcan, vacuum leaks, vacuum leak
vacuum leaks, vacuum leak, throttle cables: Paul, first of all there are a number of Vulcan named motorcycles in Kawasaki s inventories, so I really don t know which one you have. Fast idles are usually controlled by the choke system if you have carburetor on the bike. If the choke system is hanging...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 low mile shadow wont turn over, jumper box, starter solenoid
jumper box, starter solenoid, ford automotive: Hi Joey, The clunking sounds like a problem inside the engine case where the starter drive assembly is. However, If it is just electrical then it might just be a sticky starter button or starter solenoid relay. It might be possible that the alternator...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery fuse burn out, amp fuse, amp fuses
amp fuse, amp fuses, wiring circuits: Hi Chris, A confusing question although the answer may be simple. You may have to get back to me with a follow up question as there are no 3 amp fuses in a Yamaha Venture that I know of. Are you refering to a fuse in the fuse box or on the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake rotors, brake rotor, inner radius
brake rotor, inner radius, vented rotors: Some goldwings have vented brakes, some don t. The vented rotors are thicker. OK so because I m dealing with a) people who insist on NOT reading my instructions before answering questions, and STILL ask me things about something else. or b) idiots. (you...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charging at idle, yamaha 650 v star, amp output
yamaha 650 v star, amp output, fuel mileage: Hello Anne, On the average most motorcycle charging systems are just designed to maintain a previously charged battery. This means they can keep a good battery charged but cannot charge a low battery. The charging rate increases with the engines RPM...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, brake calipers, mounting bolt
brake calipers, mounting bolt, bolt hole: Hi Shawn, Switching parts is not an exact science but usually trial and error. They should fit but there are many models of the Bayou, 185, 220, 300, 4x4 etc. Looking at the Bayou 300 4x4 the calipers look identical in 1990 and 1997. There could...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 starter and carbie concerns., vintage japanese motorcycle, vintage japanese motorcycle club
vintage japanese motorcycle, vintage japanese motorcycle club, overflow tube: Hi Steve, The carburettor rebuild on the CBX should have resolved all leaks. If it still leaks, the source should be found and fixed. Usually rebuilders use aftermarket fuel valves on the floats, and these have been known to cause problems. The Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: CL77, honda power equipment, engine enamel
honda power equipment, engine enamel, spray cans: Joe, I answered this for you yesterday.... Answer: Honda used Cloud Silver on the tank, fenders and side covers. The original code is no longer valid in today s paint catalogs. Various people have tried different methods... Dupli-Color engine enamel...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch cable, clutch cable, clutch plates
clutch cable, clutch plates, spring plate: Hi Kiel, I wish I had the make, model and year of your bike as there are so many types of clutch mechanisms out there. I suspect it is either the clutch actuating lever cam out of place or it could be the clutch spring plate is not in place over...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch compatability, motorcycle salvage yards, honda cb 650
motorcycle salvage yards, honda cb 650, honda cb650: Rick, thank you for your kind comments. I hope that what I have shared stays out there to further the education of many more in the future. There s not much benefit in having what I know locked up in my head, alone. There aren t any real cross-reference...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch not disengaging, kawasaki ninja zx7r, clutch lever
kawasaki ninja zx7r, clutch lever, clutch plate: Hi Eric, Always check the linkage and shift lever for obstructions first. It sounds like the clutch is not releasing for some reason. It might be the clutch plates (discs) are warped or stuck together. It could be wear on the clutch hub and basket...

Motorcycle Repair: coil, honda c100, compression stroke
honda c100, compression stroke, plug cap: Hi Donita, Check for cylinder compression before going too far. You need some pressure to start the engine. If the valve clearance is too tight it will have no compression. The T mark is aligned and the valves are set to .002 The engine will be...

Motorcycle Repair: coils, regulator rectifier, voltage spikes
regulator rectifier, voltage spikes, primary resistance: Hi Shawn, These are the most likely causes for your bikes problem: 1. Contact points stuck closed, not opening. (bike would not run) 2. Shorted blue points wire. (bike would not run) 3. Faulty condensor. (voltage spikes) 4. Charge rate way too high....

Motorcycle Repair: cv carb, cv carb, intermediate jet
cv carb, intermediate jet, panhead: Jetting has to do with what exhaust you are running as well as high flow heads and what cams you are running. I would start with the jets that are in it. Start the bike and once it warms up, adjust the air/fuel misture screw. You turn it inward just until...

Motorcycle Repair: drag pipes and mapping, high flow, baffles
high flow, baffles, efi: Your bike came from the factory a little lean. Adding the pipes you want will lean it even more. the leaner your bike runs the hotter it runs and you lower the power. If you want to install the pipes, I would also put in a high flow breather. Either way you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB500 Four, fuel tubes, workshop manuals
Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB500 Four, fuel tubes, workshop manuals, condensers

Motorcycle Repair: Gas Leak, honda cb750 nighthawk, honda 750 nighthawk
honda cb750 nighthawk, honda 750 nighthawk, vacuum petcock: Richard, It sounds like either the fuel line that feeds the carburetor rack fittings has a hole, is loose/broken at the fitting or the fitting has broken, where the o-rings connect it all together. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb750-nighthawk-1999-usa_model7236/partslist/E++1801.html...

Motorcycle Repair: HD twin cam noise, rpms increase, rod bearings
rpms increase, rod bearings, noise question: There can be 2 things that is happening. First, your letting the RPMs drop to low and you are heaqring a piston knock. If this is whats happening it is really hard on the rod bearings. Its like hitting them with a hammer! The other thing that can be happening...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA CB350, starter clutch, woodruff key
starter clutch, woodruff key, clutch components: Justin, the squeal is coming from the starter clutch rollers skidding across the starter clutch hub. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb350-super-sport-350-k2-usa_model431/partslist/E++11.html #2, #3, #13 are the key components there. You will need a K&N...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 50 will not start, honda pc50, honda usa
honda pc50, honda usa, compression stroke: Derek, I would check the valve clearances just to be sure that they are closing all the way, first. The clearance is .002 cold on in/exhaust valves at TDC compression stroke. After that, you need to be sure the spark timing is correct... points opening...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATC 250 Cam Timing, honda atc 250, camshaft timing
honda atc 250, camshaft timing, cam lobes: Hi Carolyn, You did not mention the year of the ATC so I will give you what info I can. Most Hondas use a similar method for installing the camshaft and timing it. If you look at the marks on your flywheel or rotor there should be an F for setting...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C100 electrics, honda c100, bill silver
honda c100, bill silver, light bulbs: Kieran, use the wiring diagrams here to be sure you are wired up correctly. http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class While the ignition is independent from the battery, the lights and horn do need a fully charged battery to help balance...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ct 70h, honda ct90, honda ct70
honda ct90, honda ct70, k1 usa: Pete. Are you sure it isn t the large drain knob instead? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct70h-trail-70h-k1-usa_model617/partslist/E++13.html or http://images.cmsnl.com/img/products/gasket-set_big16010102305-01_97e8.jpg or http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct70-trail-70-1982-usa_model7458/partslist/E++1301.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Dream, honda dream, motorcycle pricing
honda dream, motorcycle pricing, vjmc: Mel, your bike was built in late 1965-early 1966. https://www.vjmc.org/get_arch.php?article=Honda_250-350_Sales_Figures White was one of the four factory color choices. I have a CD that will print out 1,200+ pages of Honda Dream info available by...

Motorcycle Repair: head bolts, head bolts, dealer inventories
head bolts, dealer inventories, head bolt: Fran, I am not sure I understand your question. CB750s have STUDS, not BOLTS as the primary method of keeping the top end attached to the cases. Please be specific as to the exact fastener that you need, when asking for help/searching for parts. http://www.dynoman.net/engine/studs.html...

Motorcycle Repair: help, brake light switch, hydraulic brakes
brake light switch, hydraulic brakes, light cable: Hi Rickie, The brake light is controlled by the front and rear brake light switches. Most Harleys use hydraulic brakes at least on the rear so the brake light switch will be screwed into the master cylinder where you add fluid or possibly on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Very high idle At start, vacuum hose, leak air
vacuum hose, leak air, fuel flow: Hello Greg, These multiple carbs can be a bit tricky to set up. Under normal settings the idle would not speed up that high. The idle speed adjuster is a knob down underneath the carbs. If you are turning any other screws it could put your carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb200 1977, honda cb200, starter clutch
honda cb200, starter clutch, clutch springs: Dave, these engines are fairly stout, so I would go over all the tune-up specs first. Check the valve clearances, as one may have backed off. Clearances are .002 Hopefully, you have plenty of clean oil in it, so it isn t seizing. Adjust the camchain tensioner,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb360, honda cb360, compression stroke
honda cb360, compression stroke, valve rocker: Hello Harry, To get the CB360 running you need a reasonable compression reading, probably no less than 130 psi but higher would be better. If the valve clearance is too tight you might be loosing compression there. With the T mark aligned on the...

Motorcycle Repair: how do ifix my dirt bike, browser address bar, dirt bike
browser address bar, dirt bike, common service: Hello Joshua, Since the problems you described are common repairs and I don t know exactly which model your dirt bike is I have listed a link which you can paste in your browser address bar to download the Honda Common Service Manual. Once it...

Motorcycle Repair: JR50 RINGS, suzuki jr50, stroke honda
suzuki jr50, stroke honda, suzuki dealer: Lenny, this Suzuki question is out of my area of expertise. My guess is that a specially marked ring would go on top. Take a close look at the ends of the rings and be sure that they fit around the piston locating pins correctly. The gaps need to be lined...

Motorcycle Repair: Klr 250, check air filter, air leaks
check air filter, air leaks, fuel mixture: Stan, yes, ATF is auto trans fluid. It is a good substitute for a top end engine lubricant. You can also use any top end fuel additive you can find locally. Just add an ounce or so as it may cause some exhaust smoke. Often sputtering is a lack...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, hex bolts, rubber gaskets
hex bolts, rubber gaskets, valve springs: Between the upper and middle cover are rubber gaskets. Under the bottom one is a regular gasket. You dont have to do anything to the head to replace it. You do, however, have to make sure you bleed the lifters after you are done Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Paint color for silver CL77, honda power equipment, engine enamel
honda power equipment, engine enamel, spray cans: Honda used Cloud Silver on the tank, fenders and side covers. The original code is no longer valid in today s paint catalogs. Various people have tried different methods... Dupli Color engine enamel #DE 1615 over primer #DE 1612 Honda Arctic Silver...

Motorcycle Repair: polaris 300 4 wheeler engine, stroke cycle engine, connecting rod bearings
stroke cycle engine, connecting rod bearings, two stroke engines: Hi Lonnie, The Polaris 300 models use a two-stroke/cycle engine. This means they need either a premix of fuel/oil in the gas tank or they have a tank for injection oil and an injection oil pump. It can do great damage if it is running without lubrication....

Motorcycle Repair: solenoid on 1975 fxe, solenoid starter, starter relay
solenoid starter, starter relay, starter bike: The reason there is a dotted line in your book is in 75 there was a kicker bike and a electric starter bike. The dotted line is parts for the electric starter bike. there are 3 wires top the solenoid. One from the batter, a small one from the starter relay...

Motorcycle Repair: spark problem, yamaha maxim, pickup coil
yamaha maxim, pickup coil, faulty component: Hi Doug, If you have one good coil try switching the incoming small coil wires and see if you get spark or not. If the right side wires still won t spark the good left side coil then you know the problem is not neccessarily just the right side coil....

Motorcycle Repair: Top end rattle, slipper guide, chain tension
slipper guide, chain tension, cam chain: Hello Torry, The top end of the CB650SC is a little noisy at least when cold. This is due to it having hydraulic valve lash adjusters. These are similar to what most automobiles use and I am sure you have heard that noise before. Only replacing the...

Motorcycle Repair: wr 426, iridium spark plug, fuel air mixture
iridium spark plug, fuel air mixture, plug colors: Hi Aaron, These bikes can require alot of trial and error tuning to get things right. I suspect your engine was either loading up and fouling the spark plug or it was lacking fuel for some reason. An overly rich fuel/air mixture can cause a bike to...

Motorcycle Repair: XVS 650, ammeter, stator
ammeter, stator, alternator: You need to establish where the leak is. Either the current is draining faster than your alternator can refull it (large current draw, short, etc) or you have a current drain when the ignition switch is off, which could be a bad diode in the alternator, or...

Motorcycle Repair: yahmahaxj700, motorcycle engines, octane fuels
motorcycle engines, octane fuels, bill silver: Ric, Listen to your bike! Even though your owner s manual may state that the minimum fuel requirement might be 87 octane, the gas we have now really isn t to that minimum level anymore. So, most likely, the improved feel of the bike is in fact a true indication...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha vx7, plug colors, fuel stabilizer
plug colors, fuel stabilizer, yamaha virago: Hi Walter, Your bike should be an XV700 by the sounds of it. The XV750 was not made in 1984 just until 1983. The 700 was made until about 1987 and the 750 resumed production about 1988-94. It can be very confusing. If you send your VIN number on...

Motorcycle Repair: "02" 883, rocker boxes, pushrods
rocker boxes, pushrods, tight fit: the rocker boxes will come off, Its jsut a tight fit and takes a little moving around. On the cam cover you have to remove the rocker boxes so there is no pressure on the pushrods or you can get the cam ocver off, but you will never get it back on. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1965 CA77 Honda Dream, stock tire size, honda dream
stock tire size, honda dream, bill silver: 3.25x16 front and rear. Other than the iffy Coker repops, there are no WW tires available to match what these bikes had on them originally. A lot of the Ebay Asian sellers are shipping Dream rim and spoke kits which were designed for 150 Benlys, as far...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 360T, honda 360t, vacuum leaks
honda 360t, vacuum leaks, point gap: Hi RB, This can be many things so it helps if you can isolate the problem by checking the spark with a timing light. Often the spark will look okay when the spark plug is out and yet fail when under compression. The timing light will show you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda ATC185, adjustment screw, 3rd anniversary
adjustment screw, 3rd anniversary, valve clearances: Matt, that isn t a real descriptive clue. Load related, rpm related, etc would have been more helpful. Start with the easy stuff.... check the valve adjustment first. If the exhaust valve adjustment screw locknut loosened up, then the screw backs off,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb900 continuously sparks, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, resistance ohms: Hi Larry, The older CB900 has two pulser coils which would likely only cause it to fire on two cylinders if one pulser was faulty. The pulse coil usually tests around 530 ohms and should have no grounds to the engine when disconnected. The pulse...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb900, volt pulse, yellow wires
volt pulse, yellow wires, problem changes: Hi Keith, The CB900 has two ignition or spark subsystems. This means that cylinders 1/4 and cylinders 2/3 have separate ignition components. I believe you could try swapping the spark units under the seat to see if the problem changes over to cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda magna 750, honda magna 750, 1982 honda magna
honda magna 750, 1982 honda magna, fiche section: Scott, there are three seals in the final drive. Two are the same and require dis-assembly of the final drive unit, after removal of the rear wheel and the unit from the drive shaft. http://www.chmotorsports.com/fiche_section_detail.asp?section=170957&category=MOTORCYCLES&make=HONDA&year=1983&fveh=3916...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 CB650SC, combustion chambers, exhaust leaks
combustion chambers, exhaust leaks, air leaks: Hi Torry, The main jets affect mostly the 3/4 to full throttle range. The stock jets for 84 are likely #115 but in 1982 they used #118 on the SC models so if you go up you will likely need #120-125. The backfires result from less exhaust backpressure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Shadow VT700c, gauge wiring, amp connector
gauge wiring, amp connector, light gauge: Hi Dan, This is a common problem because of the light gauge wiring Honda used on the stator and regulator wiring. Also get a snipper and cut the original connector plugs off, they are a fire hazard. Go to a electronics or maybe a hardware with electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda atc 250sx, honda atc, clutch adjustment
honda atc, clutch adjustment, manual clutch: Hi Travis, There are a couple of possibilities for this problem. If you have an automatic or centrifugal clutch it might be either adjusted wrong or the plates could be worn out. Misadjustment is common. To adjust, remove the right side cap over...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 cmx 450 rebel, stator coil, cmx 450
stator coil, cmx 450, infinite resistance: Kyle, CDI ignitions are usually pass-fail, but I do know of one on a 250 Rebel that had a lot of misfiring to it, which turned out to be defective spark plug caps. Check them with an ohm meter... should be 5k ohms, disconnected from the wire. IF you can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda CBX 750 FE, honda cbx 750, crank case breather
honda cbx 750, crank case breather, cmsnl: Barry... I don t know much about these engines, as they are too new for my general knowledge. Found some related parts illustrations here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cbx750p-1984-general-export-kphplb_model18918/partslist/F__1900.html Breather parts...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 virago xv1100 won't idle, yamaha virago 1100, straight pipes
yamaha virago 1100, straight pipes, pawn shop: Hi Aaron, Unfortunately it is very hard to get these carbs clean without soaking them in Yamaha carb cleaner. The jets and passageways will not clean out on their own but Seafoam is a good start. The idle jets usually need to be physically cleaned...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 wideglide, starter solenoid, jumper wire
starter solenoid, jumper wire, solinoid: Do you have 12 volts going to the solenoid from the battery? When you hit the starter button do you have 123 volts at the small post on the starter solenoid? Run a jumper wire fromt he hot side of the battery to the small post on the starter solenoid. Does...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 cb450sc, starter solenoid, amp fuse
starter solenoid, amp fuse, ground flow: Hi Ted, The clutch switch can be checked with a multimeter. The way the system works is this: There is a 7 amp fuse providing battery power to the starter switch on a red with black strip wire. (R/B) When you push your starter switch the power flows...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 cb450sc, solenoid starter, starter clutch
solenoid starter, starter clutch, clutch lever: Ted, the starter circuit has a number of components, starting with a fully-charged, load-tested battery. Then, you have starter motor, starter solenoid, starter/headlight switch, safety switch at the clutch lever (http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb450sc-nighthawk-450-1982-usa_model456/partslist/F++03.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 honda cb900c, honda cb900c, generator coils
honda cb900c, generator coils, center electrode: Carroll, Honda coils seldom just die on their own, especially both of them at the same time. Make sure they know what they are doing so you don t pay for parts that aren t really defective. The ignition timing is preset, unless the advancer somehow fails,...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 ironhead trany/clutch, clutch gear, clutch basket
clutch gear, clutch basket, gear shaft: It sounds like your mainshaft on your trans is work and needs replaced. there should not be any bumps on it at all. the clutch shpuld not slide on it after the nut has been tightened, unless high gear is moving back and forth Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 suzuki gs250fw ignition, coil resistance, wire colors
coil resistance, wire colors, mechanical advance: Hi Dave, It is hard to find parts for these older bikes but sometimes you can try to use what is out there. Make sure your igniter has power to it from the ignition switch orange/white wire I believe. Igniter should have a good ground as well. Corrosion...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda magna vf700, honda magna, float bowls
honda magna, float bowls, vacuum lines: Ray, I may have more questions than answers for you here. When you cleaned the carbs what does that mean exactly? Full rebuild or removing the float bowls and cleaning the jets? Did you clean out the air passages, main jet holder cross drilled holes...

Motorcycle Repair: '94 flhtcu primary drain plug, thread pitch, heli coil
thread pitch, heli coil, grainger: I use the lock type so they dont come out. I have gotten them at grainger before. I did some checking and you have to buy 25 inserts and you have to have a special too to install them. You might want to look around on the net and see if you can find some where...

Motorcycle Repair: `94 Honda Magna, starter clutch, honda magna
starter clutch, honda magna, battery history: This sound slike corrosion on the starter clutch or damage to the starter clutch. If the oil has been changed regularly, this problem may go away with more frequent use. I don t know where the starter clutch is on these bikes (not my speciality) but if it...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 sporty 883, switch button, good luck
switch button, good luck, switches: Your light is probably staying on because of the front switch. When you look at the brake side, where the switches are, it consists of two parts for the controls. Both sections need to be tight against each other to hold the switch button in or it will stay...

Motorcycle Repair: ATC 90, rear sprocket, valve clearances
rear sprocket, valve clearances, bill silver: Richard.. Servicing your ATC90 requires the BIG WRENCH to remove the BIG NUT on the axle. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-atc90-k3-usa_model52/partslist/F++10.html #17 Note that drum is splined onto the axle, so you may have difficulties in removal, if it...

Motorcycle Repair: amps, goldwing interstate, honda goldwing
goldwing interstate, honda goldwing, leakage currents: I had forwarded your previous question to the question pool, but since I see this is frustrating you, I ll attempt an answer, hopefully you will realize the Goldwing is NOT on my list of motorcycles I accept questions on, so consider this a freebie. Most,...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike repair, fuel stabilizer, yamaha virago
fuel stabilizer, yamaha virago, internal fuel: Hi Josh, You didn t mention if you had soaked the carb in Yamaha carb cleaner. If you didn t then the inner passageways and jets could still be plugged up. The jet in question that handles 1/4-3/4 throttle speeds is the tube or holder under the...

Motorcycle Repair: backfires, relays sparking. Engine shuts off for 30 seconds while riding and goes back on and electric start botton stopped working altogether (was just clicking before started would turn on after hiting it a number of times)., battery holder, starter button
battery holder, starter button, electric starter: First, the battery holder does not need to be grounded, unless your are using it for the battery ground. It sounds like you have a short in the ignition system, which would cause the shutting off problem. Changing out aftermarket parts to harley parts wont...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charging, volt meter, ac output
volt meter, ac output, highway 70: First thing I would do is have the battery tested, to make sure its good. If its ok, then you will have to test the stator and see what the AC output is. If its to low the stator will have to be changed. If its ok then the regulator is bad Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb/ clutch, honda trx 90, honda motor cycle
honda trx 90, honda motor cycle, air mixture: Adam, I don t know much about a TRX90, but in general when the bikes idle well and don t make power on demand, the causes are often due to the jet needle setting or restricted main jet. I don t know if you removed the main jet holder and cleaned out the cross-drilled...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb issues, rubber diaphragms, vacuum leaks
rubber diaphragms, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi Scott, If the problem is the carb then you can only double check all the passageways, jets and float needle/valve and float/fuel level. The float needle valve must not leak when the float is raised. There is also rubber diaphragms on some carbs,...

Motorcycle Repair: CB175 timing chain adjustment, honda cb175, clutch adjustment
honda cb175, clutch adjustment, central shaft: Vince... if you look at the diagram: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb175-super-sport-175-k3-general-export_model15842/partslist/E03.html you will notice that the tensioner assembly pivots on a central shaft (guide roller pin). The spring loaded tensioner bar...

Motorcycle Repair: CB72 NOS headlamp rings, screw hole, vjmc
screw hole, vjmc, bill silver: Hi, Jeff... Wow, that is a cool find. 33101-268-010 is the NPS part number. The S is probably for stainless steel. They were used on the 1961 250cc Hawks ONLY, from CB72-10367 to CB72 10964! Send a note to the Honda305 group at Yahoo and the Honda305.com...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 queries., michelin tyre, vacuum leaks
michelin tyre, vacuum leaks, new south wales australia: If the bike needs choke to start even when warm, then perhaps there are some vacuum leaks. Check the carb boots to the cylinder head, and ensure no cracking and that they are still pliable. The two needles should both be at the top in top gear from my recollection,...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging system, regulator rectifier, battery tenders
regulator rectifier, battery tenders, voltage variations: Hi Schuyler, The 1980 Goldwing does not charge the battery at idle. It is designed to start charging at 1800 RPM. It is normal to have only 13-14 volts maximum on these. The stator (alternator) coils output more AC voltage as the engine speed increases....

Motorcycle Repair: CV-40 MASTER KIT - REV 1 Yost Power Tube, yost power tube, slide spring
yost power tube, slide spring, stock slide: I have never used the Yost kit. I use the Dyna-jet kit. they are pretty much the same and do the same work. Yes, they really do help. they will give you more throttle responce and will richen the carb up where its suppose to be. I would not cut the spring,...

Motorcycle Repair: cb250k4 running badly, point gap, air leaks
point gap, air leaks, air mixture: Stuart, Start from the beginning..... Adjust the valves, check compression to see if you have something worthy of spending your time and money on. If you have about 160 psi in each side, then proceed to remove the spark advancer, hidden behind the points...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment??, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, problem thanks: I have seen older harleys that are hard to get into netural. Its because of wear on the shifting drum and you will have to replace it. Your other problem is probably related to the shifter drum as well or the spacing on the shifter dogs. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: ct90's, honda trail 90, honda part numbers
honda trail 90, honda part numbers, bill silver: There are no 12v CT90s, nor did they do the conversion for the CT110s. Honda did change over the C70 Passports in the early 1980s to 12v, but not the other models. http://www.cmsnl.com/search/?q=ct90 is a place to start with Honda part numbers and references...

Motorcycle Repair: Dyna Ignition, honda cb360, ebay co uk
honda cb360, ebay co uk, uk motorcycle: James... check with http://www.bore-tech.com/Vintage%20Motorcycle%20Ignitions.html They don t have 360s listed, but the points plates are nearly the same. I think I heard that they were adding 360s to the list soon. Option 2: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEWTRONIC-IGNITION-HONDA-CB360-and-CJ360-Twins-/380315582507?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item588c93402b...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust compatability, exhaust leaks, exhaust gaskets
exhaust leaks, exhaust gaskets, head studs: Hi James, It is kind of trial and error fitting another exhaust system but you can probably work with the KZ750 four pipes. The port spacing should be the same. You may have to remove the centerstand and make hangers etc. Sometimes the exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: Fork removal, cow bells, allen screw
cow bells, allen screw, brake calibers: You have to first remove the wheel, brake calibers and fender. Next, drain the forks. On the underside of the forks there is a allen screw. remove the screw and the lower will slide off. It might be tight to pull off. Ten you can remove the cow bells Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel issues: 1978 Suzuki GS750E, rust deposits, jet nozzle
rust deposits, jet nozzle, pet cock: Hi Jerry, It sounds like you have tried a few things to solve this carb problem so I will not go into those things too much. I have a few ideas other than a good carb soak which it may need after so long parked. Yamaha carb cleaner is good because...

Motorcycle Repair: f4i clutch, clutch pack, clutch plates
clutch pack, clutch plates, clutch lever: Hi Bob, Sounds like the clutch pack is not in place or maybe the plates are mixed up. I am going to list two pdf files that might help. Hopefully you can download them. http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=882e8253cedf9f23af61b4c914846211 http://www.filesend.net/download.php?f=5e033abe272e3decdf356575d4a91a56...

Motorcycle Repair: front forks, fork tubes, bill silver
fork tubes, bill silver, fork oil: Bill, I guess you have to calculate the interior volume of the tubes and add that to the OEM spec level, huh? http://www.mathsteacher.com.au/year9/ch14_measurement/18_cylinder/cylinder.htm if you like math. Otherwise, a rule of thumb is to add oil to...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel,leak or spark, pilot jet, wd 40
pilot jet, wd 40, blue flame: If it were me I would install a Dyna-jet kit. It will guide you through picking the correct jets, give more throttle responce and richen the bike back up to where it should be. Its east to install, so you can do it yourself Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1981 xl185s flooding, replacement tires, chain maintenance
replacement tires, chain maintenance, bill silver: Nathan, when gasoline sits in carburetors for 6 mos to a year, all the light vapors evaporate and varnish deposits are left behind, which will cause the float valve to stick open.. or sometimes stick closed. Surely, the carburetor idle/main jets are also clogged...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1996 xr100r carb, honda xr100r, carburetor jets
honda xr100r, carburetor jets, vent hole: Two other things to check are the gas cap vent hole and that the petcock is flowing fuel easily. Bill Silver ............................................... Jensen, First of all, check the valve adjustment to make sure the valves are seating properly...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CMX250 Rebel, honda rebel cmx250, engine case
honda rebel cmx250, engine case, starter motor: Hi Maurice, It sounds like it might be your starter drive making noise. It is under the flywheel or rotor in the left engine case. The springs and rollers can wear out causing the drive unit to slip and make some noise. In this picture it is number...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda VT250C 1995, chain sprockets, bill silver
chain sprockets, bill silver, bike stand: Jerome, Well, that is a bit of a skimpy description of your problem. The first thing that came to mind is that the chain is too loose and skipping a tooth on the worn sprockets. Going up an incline puts a lot more load on the drive train/chain/sprockets than...