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Motorcycle Repair: 1979 CX500 DELUXE, bill silver, accelaration
bill silver, accelaration, pat pat: Pat, the screws are for the idle mixture only. Set them where the engine seems to run smoothly at 1100 rpms =- 100 rpm. The needle taper meters fuel at part throttle conditions and they were jetted lean from the factory. If you change the air filters or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB 750 - fouls #2 plug, honda cb 750, vent tube
honda cb 750, vent tube, gas tank: That black tube may be a vent tube. Should be 2 of those. It appears #2 is either running with an incorrect mixture or perhaps the choke is sticky. I would check the carbs first, and do a compression test to evaluate the condition of #2. Good luck, ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda motorcycle clutch, honda motorcycle, bike enthusiast
honda motorcycle, bike enthusiast, gearbox: If it goes from first to the highest gear when you shift, this has nothing to do with the clutch. There is either a really big problem with the gearbox, or the diagnosis is wrong. I will need more detailed information before I can be of more help; like what...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB750K running rough, fuel leaks, carbon brushes
fuel leaks, carbon brushes, connector pins: Mike, it is a little harder to check the timing and spark advance outputs on the DOHC fours, due to the fact that the timing marks and advancer are bathed in oil. Most of the bike stories I hear about 29 year old bikes are to do with fuel/air blockages...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CB900 C, honda cb900c, 1981 honda cb900
honda cb900c, 1981 honda cb900, carbon brushes: Pete, these bikes are known for charging system issues. Do the easy checks like inspection of the alternator carbon brushes inside the right crankshaft cover. Check stator connector conditions and then do the troubleshooting chart at: http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/fault-finding-guide.php...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 wing, rear shocks, bill silver
rear shocks, bill silver, mid 80s: Darren, I am not a highly experienced GL wrench, but there are many GL owner groups that may be of further assistance. I don t have a wiring diagram, so cannot tell you if there is an interplay between the air suspension light and the ignition system. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha 750 Virago, 750 virago, yamaha 750
750 virago, yamaha 750, ken ken: Ken , They make a lot of noise, dont they? Scare the dog under the porch...lol Last I knew Yamaha offered a drive rebuild kit that changed the gears and offered a selection of shims....Quite a while ago I had one of these in my shop and it seems that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Aspencade, 1982 aspencade, bike mechanic
1982 aspencade, bike mechanic, rear brakes: normally (depending on the length of time the bike has been parked) the brakes will unseize if you hit them with a large plastic mallet (NOT a HAMMER)just be careful not to apply the brakes during your test ride, as they will probably not release again. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yamaha maxim 750, float valves, step brother
float valves, step brother, bill silver: Devan, if you have gas flowing out of the carburetor overflow tubes, the float valves are all leaking and not shutting off. Probably due to old gas in the tank that has formed water/rust and who knows what. Carbs need to come off for a good cleaning of all...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda CM450E Chain adjustment, vernier caliper, honda cm450e
vernier caliper, honda cm450e, proper tension: Hi Kirk, Technically you could adjust the chain while the bike is on the ground. But its going to be harder to get it aligned strait and its going to be harder to get the proper tension. Ideally, you want the rear tire off the ground so you can measure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Kz 550 Ltd, kawasaki dealership, drive motorcycle
kawasaki dealership, drive motorcycle, slide cutaway: This is a tough one...if the bike has done this since new and the dealer has no ideas....It may be the way the bike was designed...you may have to experiment with some different jetting, possibly in the slide cutaway area...I might look at the timing advance...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 yamaha xt250 fuel problems, yamaha xt250, fuel problems
yamaha xt250, fuel problems, air filter: When you took the carb off, did you also clean out the jets and the needle? Sounds like you need to check the jets in order to get the bike running right. Also check that the air filter is clean, and that the exhaust does not have a blockage. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXR, fork tubes, fork oil
fork tubes, fork oil, progressive rate: Measure the upper fork tubes and that will tell you what forks you have. If they are sportster tubes they will be 35MM forks. If the front end is mushy then you can drain the oil and put a heavier fork oil in and that will help. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 700 honda shadow motorcycle, honda shadow, master cylinder
honda shadow, master cylinder, written communication: Barry....why did you leave me such mediocre feedback?...I volunteer my time and make every effort to answer everyone s questions. I simply needed more information from you....If I have an understanding of what you are doing , then I can offer constructive...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda shadow v700, honda shadow, rubber tubing
honda shadow, rubber tubing, v700: Check that the master cylinder is completely clean, especially the two fluid holes. Also the lever has to be able to retract the piston in the full retracted position to allow fluid into the cylinder. Once you get fluid into the cylinder, and the system...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Honda CBR 900RR Instrument Panel Fuse Keeps Blowing, honda cbr 900rr, 1994 honda cbr 900rr
honda cbr 900rr, 1994 honda cbr 900rr, bare wire: Usually in situations like this, you will find a live wire has rubbed and is making a short. I would carefully check at any point where the wires are close to the frame. If you don t have the engien running, and turn the bars from side to side with the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Yamaha Virago 1100, damper rod, fender brace
damper rod, fender brace, rod bolt: Elaine..... Go to http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-virago-1100-xv1100c-1996/o/m18333 FRONT FORK to see the illustrations. Once you wrestle the front wheel off, the front fender, brace etc. then you can drain the fork at...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Harley Davidson Road King Classic, harley davidson road king, remanufactured motor
harley davidson road king, remanufactured motor, harley davidson: One thing you have to consider is if you sell it like it is you not going to get much for it, because the buyer will have to work on the motor. If you sell it and buy newer, it will probably cost you more than rebuilding the motor. If it were me, and with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Road King Classic - Not starting., jumper wire, ground test
jumper wire, ground test, 12v battery: Ok. Since you know you have good ground test the battery to make sure its good. If the battery doesnt have enough cranking amps then the elcetrics will go dead. If the battery is good, then remove the small wire from the starter and using a jumper wire from...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Sportster 1200 Custom, custom question, sportster 1200
custom question, sportster 1200, new spark: You should have 12 volts at the hot side of the coil, with the key on. Yes, the coil is located under the tank where the plug wires go. If you have 12 volts there, then you would need to test the pickup, located behind the cover on the cam side Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 yz400f left crankcase removal, clutch assembly, left halves
clutch assembly, left halves, sure what kind: Tom, I looked at the illustrations at www.bikebandit.com and elsewhere looking for the LEFT crankcase cover, which seems to be for the generator on that side of the engine. They left them off the list! If you need to work on that side of the engine, you will...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow vt1100c, vent tube, head bolts
vent tube, head bolts, honda shadow: There should be a 10mm nut behind the passenger seat. Take that off and the back passenger seat should pop off. Then there will be 2 Allen head bolts on the back of the driver seat, take those off. Then the driver seat should come off. Then you will be...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki volusia 805cc carb repair, 2002 suzuki volusia, pilot jet
2002 suzuki volusia, pilot jet, power jet: It sounds like you unfortuneately are going to need a new carb. EBay is a good place to check. You might be able to just buy the carb body. By the looks of the diagram you sent the carb is cast around it. That s why it isn t represented well on the diagram....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 dyna fxd clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, lock nut
clutch adjustment, lock nut, clutch: It could have broken off inside. Try this first. Loosen the cable and then adjust the clutch. Slowly turn the adjuster screw inward until it bottoms out and then back out about 1/8 turn. then adjust he cable. If it still doesnt adjust then you are going to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Lowrider, trickle charger, chect
trickle charger, chect, starter relay: If the motor is turning over and not firing, then first, pull the plugs and see if you are getting a spark. If you are, then remove the air cleaner, so you can look down the throat of the carb and twisting the throttle are you getting a shot of fuel? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Suzuki Intruder VL1500LC: Lost all Power which returned 10 minutes later, suzuki intruder, lousy weather
suzuki intruder, lousy weather, vain attempts: George, I don t think that your seat is the problem, unless it has a metal base and could actually make contact with the top of the battery somehow...aftermarket throttle will have no effect on your ignition, nor could it. What it sounds like to me...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 sportster XLH 883, xlh 883, vacuum problem
xlh 883, vacuum problem, vacuum control: I ve seen this problem before and oddly enough it had to do with the lifters bleeding down and not pumping back up causes theres an air bubble in your oil system somewhere. Thus the lifters through your pushrods are not opening your valves, well not enough...

Motorcycle Repair: 66 Shovelhead, starter shaft, starter clutch
starter shaft, starter clutch, shaft length: You might have the incorrect shaft. The shafts for your bike runs 65-69 and then there was a change. There should be a o-ring in the back of the starter housing. Your starter is probably correct. The Prestolite starter was used from 66-81. Also, I would check...

Motorcycle Repair: "72 Tiger, needle jet, small fortune
needle jet, small fortune, thanks john: At this stage you are looking to make sure that the main jet body is tight and to find out what main jet is in it...also to see where the clip is on the needle.....check float level and so on...I sent a picture to the number you provided....yes, grab the extra...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 TRIUMPH TIGER, stock coils, rocker boxes
stock coils, rocker boxes, triumph tiger: remove your valve inspection caps , rotate the engine slowly, and watch that all of your valves are opening and closing properly...and that you can wiggle each rocker a little bit with the valve closed... How far did you tear down the motor?just the rocker...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 Triumph Tiger 650, triumph tiger, air boxes
triumph tiger, air boxes, time john: Someone at some point has removed the air slide /choke from your carb, or you would have a second cable coming from the top of the carb...Your adjuster is just for cable slack for the throttle. Two phillips head screws across from each other and at the outer...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 Triumph Tiger 650, poor combustion, triumph tiger
poor combustion, triumph tiger, jap bikes: John, Plugs dont foul until the bike gets broken in ...if the engine is tight and correct and the carb and timing is correct , the engine should run as new and not foul plugs. We are going to have to start with the basics and work our way out from...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 CL350, scrambler 350, exhaust gaskets
scrambler 350, exhaust gaskets, honda cl350: Peter, the exhaust pipe gaskets to into the cylinder head, where the compress and seal the exhaust gases against the the flange ends of the exhaust pipes. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl350-scrambler-350-k5-us_model550/partslist/F++1501.html The sequence...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 shovle, chain oiler, crankcase breather hose
chain oiler, crankcase breather hose, shovel head: If the bike has been riden for any length of time and then stored for awhile it is normal for the breather unit to spit or actually flow oil out for a little while after the motor is running again, this allows the excess oil that has collected in the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 xlch won't take throtle, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, kibble white valves: Your plugs are fine with the 28 jet. Couple of things to check. Check the points to make sure they are gapped right. I would change the condenser. If you have a weak condenser, it will not fire hot. Check your pushrods to make sure they are not to tight. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 cb360, honda cb360, point gap
honda cb360, point gap, advancer: Jeff, assuming that there are no substantial issues with the carburetors, themselves, the usual place where high idle problems reside is with the mechanical spark advancer. Pull the point plate and check the springs/weights for proper advance/retard motions....

Motorcycle Repair: 74' Honda XL-250, honda xl 250, honda xl250
honda xl 250, honda xl250, cam lobes: Alan, I am looking at the illustrations at http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xl250-motosport-250-k1-us_model838/partslist/E++06.html trying to see if they used a scribe mark line or round punch mark on the camsprocket for reference purposes. Not clear to me, at this...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 shovel clutch problems, clutch components, clutch lever
clutch components, clutch lever, clutch problems: Check your adjustment on the clutch. loosen the cable so you have slack on it. Then go to the adjuster in the center of the clutch. Turn it inward, just until it bottoms out and then outward 1/8 turn. then go to the cable and adjust it so you have about 1/8...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 harley clutch ramp assembly for xlx1000, clutch cable, sportser
clutch cable, sportser, coupling: I dont have any diagrams to send you. the cable attaches by the end coupling that is in the accuator. You have to remove the coupling and install the cable and then pivot the coupling into the accuator. You can see a flat on it wher it goes in Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 vt700 honda shadow, engine bearing, vt700 honda
engine bearing, vt700 honda, honda shadow: In light of this new info (about the clutch). Then yes, this could also cause the engine to rev and seem like it has no power. This is because the clutch is slipping. If you feel like you might have put the clutch plates back incorrectly, then I d recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda 700, hydraulic clutch, air bubbles
hydraulic clutch, air bubbles, slave cylinder: Hi Mike, Bleeding the hydraulic clutch can be a challenge and can take a long, long time to bleed the traditional way. I actually bled mine by opening up the bleeder screw on the slave cylinder and sucking the air bubble s out of the line. Just be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda magna, honda magna, cap works
honda magna, cap works, sea foam: Sea foam is good but I don t think it will fix your problem. Did you check the compression on the engine? All cylinders should be within 10% of each other. Synching the carbs is important too, but if you didn t adjust the butterflies then the carb synchronization...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 ironhead clutch, circlips, clutch
circlips, clutch, bottoms: Adjust the cable so it has alot of slack in it. loosen the adjuster on the clutch. Now take the cable and before trying to adjust, push the cable towards the primary. the isll move the acuator back where it should be. Now adjust the clutch. turn the adjuster...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 vulcan 750, exhaust leaks, air leaks
exhaust leaks, air leaks, kawasaki vulcan: Chris, being that it is a Non-Honda question, I can only give educated guesses about the specifics of your machine. Backfiring at idle may have a different cause than backfiring at deceleration. Usual causes of backfiring at idle are weak mixtures/ overly...

Motorcycle Repair: adjustment of rear belt, tension gauge, harley dealership
tension gauge, harley dealership, belt tension: Put the gage on the belt and push up to the mark on the gage and measure how far the belt flexes. Should be around 3/8 of a inch. If it off, loosen the axlse nut and turn the axle so the adjuster onthe axle moves the way you need to go and then tightne the...

Motorcycle Repair: ajust valves, tdc mark, kawasaki atv
tdc mark, kawasaki atv, adjustment screws: Adam... I am confused. I went to BikeBandit.com for references and the KXF250 is a 2 stroke that doesn t have valves. I couldn t find a reference to a FX250. The 250 Mojave does have valves, though, so maybe that is what you have. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/kawasaki-atv-mojave-250-1987/o/m3988...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake Light, harley road king, brake lever
harley road king, brake lever, good luck: There is a switch behind the brake lever. Check to see if you have power at the switch. When the switch is pushed the light should be off. Check the switch when its out and see if you have power going to the light. If not then you have a bad switch Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Break Light, suzuki model, stop lamp
suzuki model, stop lamp, running light: Joe, The brake lite switches are what you need to check...they should have no continuity between the wires until you apply either the front or back break...unplug your switches and check them one at a time with a meter...you should find a bad switch..if...

Motorcycle Repair: Breaking cables!!, bends, slack
bends, slack, magnum: I dont think you are doing anything wrong. Make sure you dont have any really tight bends in the cables. Use cable oil about every 2000 miles and that will help. When measuring for the cables, jsut make sure they are not to tight in length, where they bind...

Motorcycle Repair: Broken Rear Turn signal, honda shadow spirit, rear fender
honda shadow spirit, rear fender, 2006 honda shadow spirit: I wish I had known you needed the rear assembly. I actually have one here at my shop. First remove the seats and then there is wire harness that goes to the rear fender. Find the wires that go to that particular turn signal. Unplug them. Then on the inside...

Motorcycle Repair: big twin clutch, clutch lever, evolution model
clutch lever, evolution model, sportster model: I m having problems tring to figure out how to help you. First off I don t think Harley made a twin cam in 98, are you sure its not an evolution model? The only model I know of that is concerned about gear placement is a sportster model and that is only for...

Motorcycle Repair: bogging, intake leaks, pilot jet
intake leaks, pilot jet, rm 80: Hey Alex, How is the compression? New spark plug? Is the air filter clean (and oiled)? I would also take the carb off and give it a quick clean (I can provide my method on cleaning a carb if needed?). Make sure your pilot jet/air mixture screw is set...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, rear brakes, bleeder
rear brakes, bleeder, master cylinder: Go to the bleeder and pump the brakes a few times. With the lever pushed down, crack the bleeder and then close it and pump the brakes. Keep do this until the brakes pump up. Keep an eye on the master cylinder and dont let it go dry or you will get air in...

Motorcycle Repair: breakers 95 heritage, seat area, breakers
seat area, breakers, fender: there are two reasons that a breaker will click. Either you have a bad breaker or you have a short in the wiring. Since the breakers are not costly I would replace them and see if that doesnt solve the problem. If it still does it, then you are going to have...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Sync., vacuum leaks, vacuum line
vacuum leaks, vacuum line, honda shadow: Robert, this is just a speculation on my part, but its worth a look... Look over the intakes carefully , look for a small screw on each intake....most of the time this screw can be removed on each intake and your manometer will have threaded inserts...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 650 Nighthawk, nighthawk 650, pet cock
nighthawk 650, pet cock, cct: First, if you don t have a shop manual for your bike, get one. It is a must to preform any work on your bike. It will show you how to remove the pet-cock, some info on carb syncing and how to remove/disassemble the carbs. For the carb sync you will need...

Motorcycle Repair: CL100 engine/trans noise, shaft bearings, clutch lever
shaft bearings, clutch lever, metal debris: Gary, I have to ask the obvious question first... How tight is your drive chain? An over-tightened chain, under load with a rider will sing pretty good, plus it puts extra loading on the output shaft bearing. With that out of the way, I would probably...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch on 2008 sportster, clutch action, clutch lever
clutch action, clutch lever, lock nut: If the clutch lever has more than a 1/8 inch of play in it tightening up the cable down on the primary cover should do it. If not then you ll need to remove the plug over the cluth hub on the primary cover and loosen the lock nut and turn the adjusting screw...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Cable 2000 Ultraclassic., clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, rear exhaust: First you have to remov ethe rear exhaust pipe and then drain the trans oil. Yu next have to remove the side cover, where the cable goes in. Once inside you will see how the cable is attached. remove the clutch lever and after you hve installed the cable in...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch keeps coming out of adjustment, harley dealership, ape hangers
harley dealership, ape hangers, clutch cable: Its probably your throwout bearing. What you need to do is replace it as well as the clutch rod. the clutch rod is probably burned on the ends and if you just replace the throwout bearing the rods will continue to wear quickly Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Crank, no start on '03 Yamaha V-star 1100, yamaha v star, v star 1100 custom
yamaha v star, v star 1100 custom, tech bike: I would start by having the valves checked. If it wasn t properly jetted when the big air kit was added it would cause the problem that you are talking about. The valves have to be in tune for them to run properly. To me it sounds like a valve issue....

Motorcycle Repair: carburator performance, yamaha xj 550, yamaha dealer
yamaha xj 550, yamaha dealer, petcock: sounds to me like you will have to bite the bullet and have the dealer repair your bike...the labor rate that they have quoted you is quite reasonable for four carbs...and the symptoms that you have described indicate to me that your carbs need some attention......

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor problems, gsxr 1100, suzuki tech
gsxr 1100, suzuki tech, carburetor problems: Skyler, It sounds to me like you ve got some junk in your carbs...take em off and clean them thoroughly..make sure to remove each jet and clean all the small holes and passage ways with good carb cleaner and compressed air...do your carbs one at a time...

Motorcycle Repair: cb450 1970, air mixture, rubber boots
air mixture, rubber boots, rmps: I would check the rubber boots between the carbs and the head. They should be soft and pliable, and have no cracks. Otherwise it does sound like you need to clean the carbs again, and make sure the idle air mixture screws are set correctly. Good luck,...

Motorcycle Repair: cbx carbs, service booklets, keihin carbs
service booklets, keihin carbs, carburettors: You have blocked idle jets. The idle circuit on the CBX Keihin carbs is tough to clean, the jets are pressed in and need carefully tapping before you can pull them out. You can get this done by ICOA club members; the job will cost around $800. Or you can...

Motorcycle Repair: cbx1000 starting problem, starter solenoid, model honda
starter solenoid, model honda, running out of steam: Hi Craig, Unfortunately CBX starters are out there alone; the CB750 starters are lower power, the 900 and 1100 have more power but are still different, they mount differently on the motor. You can still get CBX starters, in fact through the UK CBX club...

Motorcycle Repair: cl350 clutch and gear installation, centrifugal oil filter, scrambler 350
centrifugal oil filter, scrambler 350, honda cl350: Marc... the illustration for the clutch and gears is here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cl350-scrambler-350-k4-us_model549/partslist/E08.html The first gear goes on and then you have a thrust washer that goes between that gear and the twin clutch primary...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adj., clutch lever, locknut
clutch lever, locknut, modle: First, loosen the cable so there is slack in it. Now slowly turn the asjuster screw inward until you feel it bottom out, then outward about 1/8 of a turn. Then adjust he cabloe so there is about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever. If the screw keeps going in,...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch hub, diaphram, clutch
diaphram, clutch, hob: You have to remove the nut holding he hub on as well as the motor sprocket nut, and the chain adjuster so that they will slide off as a unit with the chain. then you would need a clutch hob puller. the clutch hub is on a tappered shaft with a key. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: cm250, clutch plates, cmsnl
clutch plates, cmsnl, alond: Erik.... I don t see that feature here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm250c-custom-1982-us_model1045/partslist/E++07.html But I have seen it used on other models of larger bikes. If that is the case, you need to rig up a clutch holder for the hub and then...

Motorcycle Repair: cm400t - no spark, cdi system, cm400t honda
cdi system, cm400t honda, honda cm400t: The Honda CDI system is self-powered, so you don t need a battery, except to spin over the motor with the electric starter. The pulse generator coil is part of the stator and generates the initial timing signal to the CDI unit. CDI also gets a voltage...

Motorcycle Repair: coolant leaking, coolant leaks, coolant tank
coolant leaks, coolant tank, overflow tube: Tony, I would check the cooling system over for a number of issues: Make sure that all the air is bled out of the cooling system. There is a fitting near the thermostat for that purpose, as I recall. I would probably change the thermostat anyway. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: dead battery, ac volts, meter check
ac volts, meter check, voltage test: First, charge the battery and start the bike. With a volt meter check at the battery. You should be showing around 13.5 volts. If not, then you need to test the stator. Unplug the voltage regulator and at the wires coming from the stator do a OHMs test from...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Assemble and Rocker Arm tension, honda cl 350, cam shaft
honda cl 350, cam shaft, arm assembly: I hope you are using a manual. There will be marks on the camshaft, on the crankshaft, and these need to be aligned when assembling the top end. If you do not have this timing correct, then the valves will open at the wrong times and hit the pistons. That...

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Bogging, honda hawk, small screws
honda hawk, small screws, speed circuits: It sounds to me like the idle/low speed circuits are plugged on your carbs. Or possibly you have an intake leak or a little of both....TAke your carbs back off and take them all apart, removing the jets and then using good carb cleaner and compressed air...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, starter solenoid, fuse block
starter solenoid, fuse block, fuse blocks: I will make the assumption that you have no lites and the bike is completely dead..Make sure that your battery cables are tight and that the other ends of each cable is tight. Positive to the starter solenoid and negative to a good ground....connect the clip...

Motorcycle Repair: engine kill switch, honda xr250r, road bikes
honda xr250r, road bikes, electrical diagram: On some bikes, like motoX bikes, the kill switch makes contact and shorts a connection to kill the engine. On road bikes, the kill switch makes a circuit to allow the engine to run, and breaks the circuit to kill the contact. It depends on the type of bike;...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki volusia 805cc carb repair, alf, brain power
Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki volusia 805cc carb repair, alf, brain power

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Suzuki Intruder VL1500LC: Lost all Power which returned 10 minutes later, battery connections, tubes
Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Suzuki Intruder VL1500LC: Lost all Power which returned 10 minutes later, battery connections, tubes, suzuki

Motorcycle Repair: bogging, fuel flow, fuel line
Motorcycle Repair: bogging, fuel flow, fuel line, air flow

Motorcycle Repair: cb450 1970, throttle cable
Motorcycle Repair: cb450 1970, throttle cable

Motorcycle Repair: Help with Honda CL350 K4, advancer
Motorcycle Repair: Help with Honda CL350 K4, advancer

Motorcycle Repair: front fork seal, dyna low rider, drain bolt
dyna low rider, drain bolt, upper tube: First you need to jack up the bike and remove the fender, brake caliber, axle and wheel. Slide the fork dust shield out of the way and remove the fork drain bolt and drain the fork. On hte underside of the fork you will find a allen hed bolt. Remove it. Remove...

Motorcycle Repair: gas fouled plug, stupid thanks, gear case
stupid thanks, gear case, exhaust valve: Since you only hae one cylinder that is fouling, the cam cam be off, if they were removed so I would check it. Since you tested the coil and wires the other things it could be, valves to tight, leaking valve, leaking intake. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: gl1100 carb, overflow check, bench test
overflow check, bench test, needle valve: It does sound that there is a problem with the float on that cylinder. Does gas also come out of the carb overflow? Check that the carb overflow is clear. If a needle valve kit was put in, make sure the aluminum washer was put in under the fuel supply nut,...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Ignition switch removal, needle nose pliers, harley davidson flt
needle nose pliers, harley davidson flt, handlebar assembly: One thing you might try is going to a dealer and with the vin number they might still be able to make a key If they cant then here is how to replace it. You need to remove the instrumant panel and slide it out of the way after removing the speedo cable. Remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Head torque, torque chart, cap nuts
torque chart, cap nuts, head bolts: Bolt Low Grade/Grade 8.8/Grade 10.9/Grade 12.9 6mm 3-5 7 10 12 8mm 8-12 17 24 29 10mm 15-22 33 47 57 12mm 39 59 83 100 14mm 60 101 131 158 16mm 60-94 146 202 247 18mm 60-130 201 283 340 20mm 166-188 285 401 482 Ft/Lbs.......

Motorcycle Repair: Help with Honda CL350 K4, honda cl350, cam lobes
honda cl350, cam lobes, piston rings: I am assuming this bike ran when it was stored? You really should have made better notes when you took this all apart. Once you set the back plate for the timing, and you gap the points correctly, just leave them there and perform a dynamic timing check....

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA S65 Alternator, honda ct70, honda s65
honda ct70, honda s65, wiringdiagrams: Is there some reason that you want to change out the lighting and ignition coils in the magneto? I can see changing the points and condenser, but the coils seldom fail, unless the engine has been submerged in water or had some similar type of disaster....

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA S65 Start up, honda models, cam timing
honda models, cam timing, honda s65: Well in order for the bike to run you will need compression, fuel, and last but not least, ignition at the right time. Presuming you have set the cam timing correctly, and the carburettor is OK, you will need to ensure that the points close on the timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Chain Tightening risks, crescent wrenches, honda cm450e
crescent wrenches, honda cm450e, adjustment screws: Hi Kirk, The chain should have a good inch of free play when the back tire is off the ground (on the center stand). Remember its better to have the chain a tad too loose then too tight. I always made sure my chain had a small bit of play even when I was...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow COILS, honda shadow vt 1100, flame thrower kit
honda shadow vt 1100, flame thrower kit, vt 1100 c2: Thanks for the question!-- It should be the blue with the yellow stripe. I know this is a show bike, but there is the potential for damage by installing this. Not only that, but if you are planning on riding this bike on the streets, it is EXTREMELY ILLEGAL!!!!...

Motorcycle Repair: harley ignition coil problems--95 sportster, ohm meter, plug wires
ohm meter, plug wires, sportster: Remove the coil. Test at the small wires with a OHm meter and you should get around 3.5 OHMs. Test at the posts where the plug wires go in and you should get around 16,000 OHMs. If the coil fails the you need a new one Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: harley problem, heritage springer, loose wires
heritage springer, loose wires, hot wire: If the lamps go off, but not the headlight, then you have a short in the wiring going to the lamps. If you want to add a toogle switch, locate the power going to both lamps and install a switch in a location that is good for you, then run the hot wire to it...

Motorcycle Repair: harley sportster 1974, pressure gage, oil pumps
pressure gage, oil pumps, oil tank: Since this started when you had the gaskets replaced, it sounds like the oil pump is not working properly. It needs to be taken off and checked. No oil pumping back means that no oil is pumping in. You should be getting a oil flow the whole time the bike is...

Motorcycle Repair: harley Vibrations, electra glide standard, throtle
electra glide standard, throtle, motor mounts: Your telling me somthing different than before. Since you say that the vibration quits then its a motor problem. Since the motor mounts have been replaced and tightened and you still have the problem, your flywheels might be out of balance Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: head /valves repair, piston rings, valve seats
piston rings, valve seats, intake exhaust: Since you are probably working with a panhead motor the valves you need are part number (intake) 18071-48 and the (exhasut) is 18082-57. the guides you would need are the ones for panheads 1948-1979. On having a machine shop do the work you would have to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda CB650, poor engine performance, bill silver
poor engine performance, bill silver, ignition advancer: The CDI spark units can be troublesome, but it sounds like you may still have carburation issues. Is the poor engine performance associated with revs or speed? when you rev it in first gear does it run clean through the revs, or does it start to miss? You...

Motorcycle Repair: my honda wont run, honda xr80r, magneto ignition system
honda xr80r, magneto ignition system, cmsnl: Keith, you got the last of the points/condenser ignition systems. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xr80r-91-us_model860/partslist/E++07.html With a magneto ignition system, the contact breaker faces have to be clean and shiny first and foremost. Next they...

Motorcycle Repair: hydraulic clutch, snap ring pliers, nooks and crannies
snap ring pliers, nooks and crannies, honda interceptor: Carrie, the hydraulic clutch system has a master cylinder on the handlebars and a slave cylinder on the engine case. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700f-interceptor-1984-us_model1111/partslist/E++09.html you need #12, #13, 22 for the soft parts. 3 bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: idel too low/ backfire, fuel mix, throttle cable
fuel mix, throttle cable, air fuel: If you have a bad battery, it will cause the backfiring problem. Not enough juice to make a hot spark. Change the battery and if its still doing the same thing, then let me know. Look at the top of the carb and you will see the throttle cable. Close to it...

Motorcycle Repair: intake leak on 2002 Road Glide, rubber gaskets, intake leak
rubber gaskets, intake leak, air cleaner: First, drain the tank and remove. Remove the air cleaner and carb. The choke will have to be removed from the bracket on the right side with a 11/16 wrench. Then the carb will slide out after removing the vaccumn lines. Remove the allen bolts that hold the...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Voyager 1995, kawasaki voyager, rubber grommets
kawasaki voyager, rubber grommets, voyager xii: Dale... I looked at this site: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/kawasaki-motorcycle-voyager-xii-zg1200b9-us-1995/o/m4396 CYLINDER HEAD COVER and don t see anything really special about the cover. There are the PAIR reed-valve components...

Motorcycle Repair: LIGHT PROBLEMS, fxstc, low beam
fxstc, low beam, running light: First, remove the bulbs and with a test light check to see if you have power at the posts for the low beam and running light. If you do then you either have a bad bulb or the socket is corroded. If you dont, then you have a short in the wiring and you would...

Motorcycle Repair: Loosing Gear, deuce, good luck
deuce, good luck, third gear: First, you need to check the shifter adjustment on the trans to make sure the shifter fork is in the middle or it will shift past. If that is not the problem then you will have to remove he top cover and do a inspection on the shifter drum and shifter forks....

Motorcycle Repair: lifters, hydraulic lifters, alignment tool
hydraulic lifters, alignment tool, push rods: When you get the kit from S&S it will come with instructions for installation. There is no test I know of for leakage. The noise you hear at high RPMs is probably the lifters floating. They dont do well at really high RPMs. You dont really need the alignment...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle, cylinoid, honda cm
cylinoid, honda cm, starter wire: Usually the switch in the handlebar switch unit gets corroded. On most Honda s the starter wire is yellow with a red stripe. Check that you get 12V on that when you press the starter button. Check it at the solenoid first. If you get 12V when you press...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle repair training??, cincinnati area, motorcycle repair
cincinnati area, motorcycle repair, best bet: I dont know of any classes around you. Your best bet is to get a service manual for your bikes. They are pretty easy to follow and have great pics. What ever you are planning on doing to your bike, read the manual first and you shoould do fine Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle turn signals, left blinker, load controller
left blinker, load controller, blinkers: re check all of your wiring, if you have installed led style lights then you will have to put in a load controller or the lights will not blink...by your description , it sounds like either you have some blown bulbs or some bad wiring...start there...let me...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle repair, wing models, honda part numbers
wing models, honda part numbers, father inlaw: Todd, you didn t tell me which older Honda you have... and all have stators, but they don t always go bad. If it has failed, though, most of them are easy to replace, other than Gold Wing and Silver Wing models. Usually the regulator or rectifiers fail, unless...

Motorcycle Repair: nighthawk, regulator rectifier, starter button
regulator rectifier, starter button, charging systems: Hi Andy, These older Honda s are certainly known for having poor charging systems, aren t they? I hate to say it, but it 13.25 Volts is not enough to keep the battery charged. Its close, but it needs that 14-15 Volts to charge it, and even then I recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Temp, lockhart oil cooler, crankcase
lockhart oil cooler, crankcase, boiling water: Your oil is staying to cool from the oil cooler. You need to have a thermostate bypass onthe cooler. That way, when the oil is cold, it will not go through the cooler and get to temp. Once it gets hot, then it will go through the cooler Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: oil blowing out of breather tube, breather tube, oil pump
breather tube, oil pump, 1000cc: What is happening is oil is weeping past the check ball in the oil pump and getting into the bottom end. the oil pump cant pump it back fast enough si it comes out the breather. What you can do is remove the cover for the ball and spring and tap the ball with...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change, oil tank, oil change
oil tank, oil change, electra: the oil tank is under the bike. Looking from the right side of the bike, under the trans you will see the tank. Towards the right side, center, is the drain for the trans. Towards the left side, foward, is the drain for the oil Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak/pouring, vent tube, david answer
vent tube, david answer, costly project: There is a check ball valve in the oil pump that is suppose to close when the bike is not running. If its leaking through then oil get into the bottom end of the motor and when you start it the oil pump cant pump it out fast enough, so it comes out the vent....

Motorcycle Repair: opening a cbx1000 starter motor, patience is a virtue, david silvers
patience is a virtue, david silvers, cmsnl: Hi Craig, Patience is a virtue. If the connections are all good and shorting the solenoid does not give the starter motor performance you are expecting, then you have to take the starter ofrf and undo the two large screws that run along the side. But...

Motorcycle Repair: Pulse Generator, honda cb700sc, honda vt750c
honda cb700sc, honda vt750c, honda shadow: Hi Jason, I took a look at the fiche for the cb700sc and the vt700c and they do look similar. However, they have different part numbers. I would say its not going to work. The Pulse Gen for the cb700sc only fits the 1984 model (they went to a new design...

Motorcycle Repair: Question, nuts and bolts, 2 nuts
nuts and bolts, 2 nuts, kawski: You will have to get the parts from a dealer, I honestly have no idea what they will cost... You will probably have to have the work performed by a dealer unless you know of a local repair shop in your area...If you have one, I would direct this question...

Motorcycle Repair: REPAIRING FORKS ON SPORTY, fork oil, cap one
fork oil, cap one, local h: It sounds like you need the oil replaced in the forks. Start by draining the oil. At the lower fork, in the back, you will see a screw. Remove it and the oil will drain. remove the upper cap, one at a time. Its best if you have the bike jacked up so there...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear shocks, rear shocks, eye hole
rear shocks, eye hole, rear shock: Hey William, I did some digging around and the rear shock size is 335mm - 13 from (eye hole to eye hole). The Suzuki part number for the shocks was used on the following bikes: 1979 Suzuki GS850GN 1980 Suzuki GS1000GLT 1980 Suzuki GS1000GT 1980...

Motorcycle Repair: Restoration...Plating a Muffler, honda cl360, twin pipes
honda cl360, twin pipes, carbon residue: the problem that you will encounter is that the chroming shop may not want to do your exhaust, due to the fact that your pipe has carbon residue on the inside and it contaminates the chromium...if they dont have any issues, then I would have them plate the...

Motorcycle Repair: Rough running HD, harley davidson road king, gas tank
harley davidson road king, gas tank, harley davidson: No problem. It sounds like your fuel pump is either plugged, the filter is plugged or the fuel line is plugged or there is somthing in the tank plugging the line. You would have to pull the top cover on the tank and do an inspection of the tank Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: replace clutch cable on 1980 FLH, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, asnwer: Loosen the cable so there is alot of slack in it. remove the cable from the clutch lever then the cable will come out of the clutch lever. Good luck and happy riding Mike i messed up on my asnwer. Loosen the clutch cable, remove the cable from the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S 88 ci engine, cam case, pistons
cam case, pistons, mechanic: The service manual is the repair manual, unless you have a owners manual instead of the service manual. If you need a service manual you can get one from S&S. You can order them from their web site. Oil might be pumped out if the return side of the pil pump...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki VS 750 engine problem, power interruptions, fuel contamination
power interruptions, fuel contamination, model bikes: Eddie, V-twins have a certain harmonic vibration set that can jar electrical connections loose and cause other vibration related issues. That is but one of several causes of engine misfiring or power interruptions. It is important to establish a baseline of...

Motorcycle Repair: s&s motor vibration,compensator nut loosened up, clutch side, compensator
clutch side, compensator, dial indicator: When your nut came loose you might have damaged the compensator and its out of round. the only other thing it could be is the flywheels got knocked out of round, but that would really take a good hit, unless the nut on the flywheels was not tight already ...

Motorcycle Repair: to seafoam or not to seafoam?, time lol, vt 750 shadow
time lol, vt 750 shadow, shadow spirit: Damon, Seafoam is allright for maintenance. However, if they are dirty enough to effect the way the bike runs , then you will need to take them apart and clean them...in this case seafoam is not good enough...use Berkbile 2+2 carb cleaner or Carb-medic...

Motorcycle Repair: serial number, honda 750, frame number
honda 750, frame number, head tube: The frame number on any bike is stamped in the steering head tube of the frame. The engine number above may not be the same exactly, but should be within a couple of hundred of the frame number. I have no idea which year that motor number is, but some people...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead brake problem, hydrolic, master cylinder
hydrolic, master cylinder, caliber: You must be refering to the brake caliber on the left side of the wheel. If you dont have any leaks and you have replaced the master cylinder, then you probably have air in the brake line. You need to bleed the brakes for a while, since the hole in the master...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter button, flt
starter button, flt, 12 volts: I would clean the ground wire and make sure its tight. Since you have 12 volts to the relay and only 5 volts out, check the pins on the connection and make sure they are not corroded. If they look even slightly bad, then replace the plug. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter solenoid, power arc
starter solenoid, power arc, starter relay: Check the wire going from the starter relay to the starter solenoid. If you have power at that wire when you hit the starter button then the starter solenoid is bad. If the there is no power then the starter relay is bad Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, starter solenoid, thrust washer
starter solenoid, thrust washer, starter relay: Kickback on the starter might not mean high compression, it might mean the timing is advanced to far. If the timing is advance to far the starter has trouble turning the motor over. I would get it running and check the timing, replace the starter solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: Taking bike out of long storage, shadow 750, honda dealer
shadow 750, honda dealer, fuel filters: Yes. I agree. The carb definitely needs to rebuilt!-- As gas sits it breaks down and becomes a solid. Change all fuel filters. Fuel tank needs to be removed and cleanned. The additive that was added did not help any because everything had been sitting for...

Motorcycle Repair: Timing a 1974 FLH that will not start, timeing, flh
timeing, flh, plug wires: Since you put the timing back where it was, your timeing is probably not off. It sounds more like the carb is plugged with dirt or the coil is bad. I would do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires and remove the carb and clean it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Tires and fairings, vintage tires, customer service rep
vintage tires, customer service rep, j p cycles: The best place to check for vintage tires and parts is J & P Cycles. I use them for alot of my parts and accessories. Their website is: www.j&pcycles.com They should be able to help you out. You can call and speak with a customer service rep and they are...

Motorcycle Repair: Torque specs for exhaust on 1976 cb400f, exhaust leaks, torque specs
exhaust leaks, torque specs, cb400f: Well the key is that the bolts are tight enough that they don t fall off, and that you do not have any exhaust leaks. Use new gaskets unless the old ones are in good shape, and make sure you put the collets on correctly. They do not have to be any specific...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission Leak, custom chopper, transmission leak
custom chopper, transmission leak, speed transmission: There are two seals on the that side of the trans. The main seal and the seal inside 6th gear on the end. You would have to pull all the components on that side to get to either one. the main seal is pretty easy to replace, the other one however is tough....

Motorcycle Repair: tr6, rocker boxes, stock oil
rocker boxes, stock oil, oil tank: you are going to have to send me a picture, so that I better understand ....please send to johnsonmotors1@yahoo.com. What you are describing is a stock oil tank, but the tee should not be missing...how far off of the bottom of the tank does the return...

Motorcycle Repair: trans sprocket, xlch, exhast
xlch, exhast, hi mike: There is not torque for the trans sprocket. Just tighten it tight. On the pushrods, they should be all the same length. If you have aftermarket ones, they might be different. If they are the longer ones go to the exhast and the shorter ones go to the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission fluid leak/ 2002 nighttrain, shaft seal, oil seals
shaft seal, oil seals, 5th gear: Either one can leak over time. What you need to do is really claen the area as wella s you can, then go for a short ride. When you take it apart, you will see the wetness where its leaking. SInce youa re going ot have to tear it down, I would replace both...

Motorcycle Repair: twinstar, cmsnl, clutch lever
cmsnl, clutch lever, bill silver: Allan, the switch contact is on the end of the shift drum.. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++16.html You should find the wire to it under the left rear engine side cover http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm185t-twinstar-1978-us_model1043/partslist/E++11.html...

Motorcycle Repair: twinstar, brake light switch, lighting circuit
brake light switch, lighting circuit, bill silver: Allan, the leads on the brake light switch are only so long... they connect with matching wires inside the headlight shell or just behind it. Remove the headlight bulb and check the wiring connections inside. The black one is HOT and the other one feeds...

Motorcycle Repair: V45 magna, v45 magna, muffler system
v45 magna, muffler system, salvage yards: Honda is usually pretty good about their replacement parts...I would try another dealer and see if you get the same response...you may have to resort some fabrication for the bracket..and you may be able to use header tape for the packing that you require..last...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago, performance clutch, yamaha 750
performance clutch, yamaha 750, compression check: First, do a compression check to see how much compression you have and then you can always bump up that engine by oversizing the cylinder by getting bigger pistons. You could also high performance clutch as well. Getting power out of a bike is limitless!!...

Motorcycle Repair: Volt meter fluctuation, stator, load test
stator, load test, problem thanks: First, hav the battery tested to make sure its good. In order to do that you need to do make sure the cells are filled to the mark and then have a load test done on it. If the battery is good then do a OHMs test and a AC volt test on the stator. If the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheel Bearing Repacking, harley sportster 883, wheel bearings
harley sportster 883, wheel bearings, palm of your hand: Remove the wheel and the bearing seals. Remove the bearing, one at a time and clean all the grease off the bearing. Make sure if there are spacers you dont loose them. Clean the race, where the bearing rides. Once the bearing is clean take some grease in the...

Motorcycle Repair: wet sumping, crankcase breather, pencil eraser
crankcase breather, pencil eraser, oil tank: Your having a little oil sump in the bottom end of the motor. The pol pump cant pump it back fast enough so it comes out the vent. Your check valve ball might be sticking or have a small spec of dirt on it. If your breather was out of time, your bike wouldnt...

Motorcycle Repair: zxr750 1994 starting problem?, odysey, starter relay
odysey, starter relay, starter button: Are you getting voltage at the starter? You have to check backwards from the starter, if the solenoid is clicking then check both large terminals, one should always have 12V on it and the other only when you press the starter button. Make sure your grounds...

Motorcycle Repair: '02 Springer Throttle Sticking, beach bike rally, myrtle beach bike rally
beach bike rally, myrtle beach bike rally, sure what kind: No problem Elmer. You can usually adjust the throttle cable where the cable enters the throttle body and also where the cable meets the carbs. Unscrewing it at both ends will tighten the cable. There should also be a lock nut that will lock the cable into...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 Honda z50k1, honda z50r, camshaft lobes
honda z50r, camshaft lobes, fly wheel: Alex, I found a kind of rough PDF shop manual copy here: http://www.fullgas4strokesquad.be/images_info/manuals/Honda_Z50R_ShopManual.pdf Page 38 has a dim reproduction of the cam chain installation and timing image. Basically, you need to have the crankshaft...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 XLH Carb issue, air fuel mixture, rubber insulation
air fuel mixture, rubber insulation, tank fitting: Start the bike and let it warm up. Set the idle at around 900 RPM. The screw at the rear is for a air/fuel mixture. Slowly turn it inward, just until the bike starts to stumble, and then outward about 1/4 turn. The other screw is for the main jet. I would...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 flh, spring pressure, fork oil
spring pressure, fork oil, good luck: Jack the bike up so there is no pressure on the forks. Remove one top cap on the fork. Do it slowly, it will be under some spring pressure. Once you have it off you can add the fork oil. Do it slowly so it doenst run over. Put the cap back on and do the other...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CB125S 12 Volt Conversion, stator rotor, ebay sellers
stator rotor, ebay sellers, honda cb125s: Keith, the stator/rotor on a 6v CB125 is fairly small, so something from a larger twin will probably be too large and/or the rotor won t fit the end of the crankshaft. I suggest that you map out all the dimensions of your current parts and then contact Ebay...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB650, kawasaki vulcan 1600, honda cb 650
kawasaki vulcan 1600, honda cb 650, stock air filter: Ken, your flat 650 problem could be due to several sources. First of all, the battery needs to be fresh and able to pass a load test with flying colors. Then, you need to check the charging system output... these bikes have a history of bad alternator rotors,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 FXWG Ignition, queen seat, instructional sheets
queen seat, instructional sheets, dual points: If you go to the dyna web site you can get the instructional sheets for your ignition for the switches. You might either be hitting the rev limiter or its not set correctly. In order the know if you are hitting hte rev limiter you would have to know the RPMs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB650, 1980 honda cb650, continuity tests
1980 honda cb650, continuity tests, jacob miller: This is a puzzling one. Either you have an intermittent huge short somewhere or the charging is not consistent. Do the lights appear dull and does the horn still work after an hour s riding? The horn is a good indication as to the voltage in the circuit....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda cb 650, honda cb 650, sea foam
honda cb 650, sea foam, air filter: Hi Conor, So let me see if I got this...if the bike is at a stand still and you put it in first gear and rev it a little and slowly release the clutch, it dies out? When you do get it going (rolling at 6 or 7 MPH) does the bike have good power? Some things...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 750sc Nighthawk carb upgrade.., cb750, bill silver
cb750, bill silver, cmsnl: Andre, the 1982-3 CB750 was the last of the DOHC 4 valve motors, which used shim adjustment for the valves instead of the later hydraulic valve train designs. Basically, any carburetors from the 1979-83 CB750 series... SC, K or F models will fit that motor,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cb750sc nighthawk, cb750c, oem replacement
cb750c, oem replacement, cb750f: Hi Andre, The 82 nighthawk takes a VB42A carb. They came on the 1979-1982 CB750K and on the 1980-1982 CB750C as well as the 1982-1983 CB750SC. The CB750F came with VB42B [C] carbs, which will fit but are likely jetted different. The VB42A carbs have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda nighthawk 650, honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 650, 1982 honda nighthawk, 1982 honda nighthawk 650: Hi Jim, Will it turn over if you boost the battery? (remember when boosting a motorcycle from a car, to turn the car engine off) It sounds like your starter might be grounding out against itself. Is it the original starter in the bike? Another thing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 700 s nigthhawk, starter clutch, crank case
starter clutch, crank case, bike engine: Hi Edgar, To gain access to the starter clutch, you have to take the engine out and split the case. However, I have to ask...is your starter spinning and not engaging? If so, it might not be the starter clutch. A common problem with the Nighthawk S is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda shadow VT700c, intake holes, intake hole
intake holes, intake hole, ebay: Are there threads on the bottom of those brass fittings? If so, then I do suspect they are what needs to be screwed into the small intake holes on the carb boots. I m not sure why they need to be that long though... So one tube for each meter and then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda 600 saber, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinders
clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinders, brake master cylinder: Larry.... is that really a 1984 VF700S Sabre, not a 600cc because they didn t make them....? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700s-sabre-1984-us_model1112/partslist/ for part number references. K&L offers aftermarket kits for most Honda clutch and brake...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda magna 750, honda magna 750, 1984 honda magna
honda magna 750, 1984 honda magna, regulator rectifier: Hi Justin, Street bikes need to have a (somewhat) charged battery to run. If the battery is completely dead or no battery is present, the bike won t run. The bike cannot run off the alternator alone. The electrics on street bikes are different then dirt...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda Shadow Clutch Slack, honda vt500c, clutch assembly
honda vt500c, clutch assembly, clutch cable: Cyrus, remove the clutch cable and inspect it carefully. Sudden failures like this are usually the cable, especially after 23 years of service. IF the cable is, in fact, still functional, then the next step is to go into the clutch cover and see if the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 cbr 600, mototrade, firing order
mototrade, firing order, clnk: The firing order on these bikes appears to be 1243. I obtained this from the www: http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:b7mv8tSXdIMJ:www.mototrade.cz/img/data/pages/114.pdf+1987+cbr600+firing+order&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Good luck with your troubleshooting,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 FXRS STARTER PROBLEM, compression piston, jackshaft
compression piston, jackshaft, fxrs: Since you are running a high compression piston, the stock starter isnt handling it. Its taking so much current to turn the motor over that is burning the solenoid and making it stick. First, you need to make sure you hve a really good ground. A weak ground...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 FLHT, blown fuse, check battery
blown fuse, check battery, music stop: You dont have fuses, you have breakers. Check the main breaker going to the ignition switch and see if there is power on both sides. If you have power going to the ignition switch, then check the ignition switch to see if you bave power going away from the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, yamaha fzr1000, matter what type
yamaha fzr1000, matter what type, dirty air: Hi Steven, What kind of work has the shop done to the bike? Real quick: Do you have a new/clean air filter in it? Dirty air filters can cause a bike to run rich and that can cause it to bog. A couple more questions... -Is the bike stock? -Has...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Heritage Clutch Plate/Disks replacement, clutch plate, clutch plates
clutch plate, clutch plates, spring plate: No problem. Drain the primary fluid. Remove the primary cover. In the center of the clutch you will see 4 bolts. remove them, evenly and that will let the pressure off the clutch spring. remove the plate and spring and the clutch plates will slide out. Make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha r6 electrical problem, amp fuse, ground wires
amp fuse, ground wires, electrical problem: Hi Tyler, It sounds like something was missed or not put back correctly when you re-assembled the bike. The fact that you keep blowing fuses indicates that you either have a bad ground or something is not connected correctly. You stated that you already...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 yamaha r6 inconsistent idle, gas millage, intake leaks
gas millage, intake leaks, intake leak: Hi Tyler, Does the bike run ok when not idling? If the plugs haven t been changed in a while then its a good idea to change them (don t forget to gap them). Same with the fuel filter...change it if its been a while. However I would make sure you have...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 HD fuel injection, senser, high flow
senser, high flow, air cleaner: On the throttle no going into high idle, your temp senser is probably going bad and not kicking hte bike into high idle. The other problem, how often does it do it? Do you have a modifications to the bike, like exhaust, cams, high flow air cleaner? Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Road King FHLRI, rear swing arm, rear fender
rear swing arm, rear fender, rear tire: You can buy a new swing arm and install it, but I would check to make sure the fender struts are not bent first. It might be the fender, not the siwng arm. The only way to tell if the swing arm is bent or the frame, is to take the bike to a shop that specializes...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 XL1200C Backfire through Carb, plug gap, rear cylinder
plug gap, rear cylinder, screaming eagle: I would doa OHMs test on the coil and plug wires. That can cause your problem. Also, check for a intake manifold leak. You can check it by spraying some carb cleaner around the manifold and it the RPMs go up you have a leak Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 HD Deluxe, fluid leak, bleeder
fluid leak, bleeder, brake fluid: On your first bike. Pull the brake handle and crack the bleeder on the caliber. you will see brake fluid leak out. then close it and punp the handle. Keep doing this until they pump up. Make sure you dont let the master cylinder go dry. On the second bike,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 roadking police bike, head bolt, fork oil
head bolt, fork oil, police bike: I am going to suggest that you purchace a service manual if you are planning on working on your own bike. Its a wealth of information. You need to start by jacking up the bike and draining the fork oil. Remove the top caps. Remove the fender and caliber....

Motorcycle Repair: 305 clutch, clutch assemblies, clutch pack
clutch assemblies, clutch pack, flat screwdriver: Kevin, just push the ends out with a flat screwdriver. If you don t bend them, they will go back in part-way and then you can hook the end with a scribe tipped tool and pull them the rest of the way back into the hole. They are there to help separate the...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 harley sportster electric start right side shift wont start, harley sportster, damn bolts
harley sportster, damn bolts, jumper wire: When it does it check to see if you have power going to the starter solenoid from the starter relay. If you dont the relay is bad. If you do, check to see if you have power going fromt he solenoid to the starter. If you dont the solenoid is bad Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 honda CB 360T cam chain guides, bike bandit, honda cb360t
bike bandit, honda cb360t, honda cb: Other than the upgrade parts for later model engines, any of the CL360, CJ360 or CB360 engines can supply parts for your needs. You are probably going to have to haunt some motorcycle junk yards to find a good one. Apparently there are no more in Honda s inventory....

Motorcycle Repair: 79 lowrider charging system, charging system, stator
charging system, stator, riding my bike: First, charge the battery and start the bike. At the battery, you should be showing about 13.5 volts at 2000 RPM. If you are below that then your charging system is not working. What you need to do is test the stator. Unplug the stator, and at the stator pins...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda CB650 won't start, honda cb650, honda nighthawk
honda cb650, honda nighthawk, air filter oil: Sounds like your solenoid may have gone bad. Check that you are getting 12V at the starter motor when you press the start button. If you hear a click, then the solenoid is activating but perhaps not making a good contact. If you are getting 12V at the starter,...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 V45 magna, honda vf750c, v45 magna
honda vf750c, v45 magna, cmsnl: Ron, here is a link to parts illustrations.. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1982-us_model761/partslist/ It is helpful for you to check what you have and don t have when the bike quits.... Does it still have fuel? Does it have spark?...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda Shadow 750 quits after 15 min., honda shadow 750, generator coils
honda shadow 750, generator coils, regulator rectifier: Curtis, we had the 700cc versions down here, so the reference will be close to yours. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-vt700c-shadow-1984/o/m2873 I am a little confused, because a VT700 is only a 2 cylinder engine and you...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Nighthawk S Petcock, vacuum line, intake holes
vacuum line, intake holes, vacuum pressure: You should be able to just puncture the diaphragm and leave it intact in the petcock. This will stop the leaking and disable the job that it preforms. You will have to block the little tube on the petcock that the vacuum line connects to, or it will leak out...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 nighthawk, brake calipers, clutch fluid
brake calipers, clutch fluid, pet cock: Hi Chad, With any bike that has sat for a while there will be several things to change/replace. For the carbs, I d recommend taking them off and doing a thorough cleaning. I have attached my basic carb cleaning procedure to the end of this msg. Be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 FXST Solenoid/Starter ???, solenoid starter, starter relay
solenoid starter, starter relay, starter button: If you have 12 volts going from the starter relay to the solenoid and you have 12 volts at the post on the solenoid from the battery and no power at the other post, then either the solenoid is bad or the jackshaft is bad. There is not fuse for your starting...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 vulcan 750 charging, motorcycle battery, yellow wires
motorcycle battery, yellow wires, electrosport: 13.1 Volts at 4k RPM sounds a touch low. Either way, if you have a good battery that is charged, even if it gets no charge at all from the bike, then you should be able to run the bike for a bit before the battery completely dies and you should be able to...

Motorcycle Repair: 88 harley sporster, harley sporster, wire tie
harley sporster, wire tie, cable line: Might be that the enrichner cable has snapped just behind the gold colored nut that you d tighten against the mounting bracket by the knob that you pull on, in the plastic area. Causing it to stay on a little bit or you might have a throttle cable line routing...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 harley softtail cjutch adjustment, harley softtail, screw out
harley softtail, screw out, lock nut: remove the derby cover then loosen the lock nut then turn the adjusting screw in a couple of turns now you can adjust the cable at the cable adjuster so that you have about a 1/8 of an inch of play at the lever. now back the adjusting screw out until you feel...

Motorcycle Repair: Binding Clutch on 1960 XLCH Sportster, clutch plates, dry plates
clutch plates, dry plates, old timers: Sticking clutch plates were always a problem. One of the things that causes the problem is sitting for a long time. your plates are dry plates, even though they get oil on them. What I do is clean them in my bead blaster and they are good as new. If you dont...

Motorcycle Repair: Blow back, crankcase breather, straight pipes
crankcase breather, straight pipes, head gaskets: You can probably do the work yourself without problem. If you need a oversize breather you would have to hone out the hone or get somebody to do it. they only make standard and .030 over. I would get a service manual and in it you will find how to do the work....

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring and spitting back, dyno jet kit, mile test drive
dyno jet kit, mile test drive, harley dealership: Since your plugs are fouled, there are two reasons that can happen. First is your carb is jetted to rich and second is the coil or the plug wires are weak. You can do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to determine if they are bad. If they check out ok,...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake sticking, suzuki 750 gsx, calipers
suzuki 750 gsx, calipers, pistons: Typically if the brakes are sticking that means that they have been sitting for too long. Usually corrosion builds up behind the seals and bind on the pistons, causing them to stick. the easiest way to get them working properly is to overhaul the calipers,...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, honda cb750, brakes
honda cb750, brakes, good luck: You need to take this to a person who knows all about brakes. You do not want to learn the hard way that you made a mistake on your front brakes. They may need a number of different repairs and should be checked out by a qualified bike technician. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 650 Nighthawk, nighthawk 650, pet cock
nighthawk 650, pet cock, cct: First, if you don t have a shop manual for your bike, get one. It is a must to preform any work on your bike. It will show you how to remove the pet-cock, some info on carb syncing and how to remove/disassemble the carbs. For the carb sync you will need...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 engine rebuild question, honda cl350, head gasket
honda cl350, head gasket, side valves: What pistons did you use? Overbore/big bore? Did you use an OEM head gasket? There are two marks on the rotor.... LT (top dead center left side) and LF which is the timing mark for the ignition timing. The L mark on the flat of the sprocket should be at...

Motorcycle Repair: Cleaning Carbs, pilot jet, air mixture
pilot jet, air mixture, needle jet: How I clean carbs... A couple of things first..you don t need to completely disassemble the carbs to clean them and you don t need to purchase a carb rebuild kit, unless you have a bad seal or bad rubber on the carb. In most cases, the rubber is fine. -...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problem on 1973 XLH, clutch lever, clutch assembly
clutch lever, clutch assembly, friction plates: Thy this. Loosen the clutch cable so there is alot of slack in it. then loosen the clutch adjuster so it has play in it. Now take the cable and push it towards the primary. this will move the lever inside towards the rear, where it should be. Now adjust the...

Motorcycle Repair: calibration of vacuum synchronizer, sync tool, needle type
sync tool, needle type, desired position: Hi David, I really cannot answer this question without know what kind of carb sync tool your purchased. However, if it is the needle type, there should be a release button or a zeroing button on each gauge that will put the needles back to zero. Thanks,...

Motorcycle Repair: carb settings for a 77 yamaha it175, yamaha owners, air screw
yamaha owners, air screw, carb settings: Jason, is the air filter cleaned and oiled? If it is too dirty, it will run very rough (too rich) And as with any 2 stroke, make sure the compression is good and the timing is spot on. Also, if you suspect its the mix, then drain the fuel and put fresh gas...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, dj style, dynojet
dj style, dynojet, ebay: Hi James, That looks like it, but I don t know if I would use this type of jet. The carbs on the Nighthawk S are keihin and that jet is for Mikuni. Sometimes the jets are interchangeable, but you might want to be sure. You can actually purchase the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, dry clutches, clutch disks
dry clutches, clutch disks, dry clutch: No, you dont soak the disks. They are dry clutches. You do your mesurement from the back of the plate at the edge to the front of the other plate. Since everything slides ok and its still grabbing, try skuffing the clutch disks with some sand paper and backing...

Motorcycle Repair: Drive Chain Adjustment, axle nut, ft lbs
axle nut, ft lbs, infront: loosen the axle nut. infront of the axle nut you will see the adjuster nut. Turn the nut on both sides until you get about 1/2 inch flex in the chain. Now you have to measure from the end of the adjuster to the center of the axle to make sure they are both...

Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, suzuki madura, float bowls
suzuki madura, float bowls, rubber tubes: Hi Frank, Yes those do sound like breather tubes coming from the carbs. If fuel was coming out of them, then your float bowls are filling up with too much fuel. My guess is that the floats are stuck open. I would pull the carbs and take the float bowls...

Motorcycle Repair: dropped bike, 2006 kawasaki ninja, hey bobby
2006 kawasaki ninja, hey bobby, fuse: Hey Bobby, Not sure what the clicking is exactly. But if you suspect it is coming from the battery, then I would check all the connections around that area. Remove the connectors, clean them and put them back together. I m not sure about the 06 Ninja s,...

Motorcycle Repair: ENGINE AND BATTERY LIGHT COMES ON WHILE RIDING, fxstc, stator
fxstc, stator, battery charge: Either the stator or voltage regulator is bad. You can ride with the battery charged, but when you get around 9 volts the bike is not going to run right and will not start. It is hard to say how far you can go. You will probably make the 15 miles, the 30 to...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, dash light, dash lights
dash light, dash lights, electrical question: Having someone wire your bike for a trailer would add a new layer of possibilities. When was the wiring done? Did you notice the dash light problems immediately after this or has it been working ok for a while? Is it working better now with the new fuse?...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, ampmeter, bare wire
ampmeter, bare wire, electrical problem: Could be the stator or any number of things; usually the ignition switch is a first suspect. Easiest thing to do is to disconnect one of the battery leads, and connect an Ampmeter in the circuit. If it kills the battery quickly there could be 2 or 3 Amps...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem, solo seat, electrical problem
solo seat, electrical problem, volt meter: the stator runs in the primary oil to keep it cool. If you are getting oil at the plug then the rubber plug in the hole is letting oil leak by. You can wipe it out, it wont hurt anything, unless it get to leaking alot Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: FLHT-PI speedometer, flhtpi, speedometer
flhtpi, speedometer, speedo: Not really. I would disconnect the cable from the speedo and jack the bike up. Spin the front wheel and you should see the cable turning. If its not then remove the cable from the sending unit and see if the ends are broken. If the ends of the cable are ok...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuelpump, fuel pump, good luck
fuel pump, good luck: Sounds like you have a short in the switch. Check both sides of the switch to see if you have power when its turned on. If you have power when its turned on then you would have a short, either int he fuel pump or the wiring going to the fuel pump. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, great falls mt, gas tank
Motorcycle Repair: 1994 yamaha fzr1000, great falls mt, gas tank, fuel level

Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, fuel level, o rings
Motorcycle Repair: dead 85 suzuki madura 700, fuel level, o rings, madura

Motorcycle Repair: not running right, vulcon, volts
Motorcycle Repair: not running right, vulcon, volts, kawasaki

Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, bike stand
Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, bike stand

Motorcycle Repair: back fire, screaming eagles, steady speed
screaming eagles, steady speed, mufflers: Youn dont need to go to a bigger air filter, but I would recommend it. It will let your bike breath better. You do need a remapp, since adding the pipes. What has happened is you have made the motor a little leaner which would cause the backfiring. However,...

Motorcycle Repair: forks 73 Sprint, triple trees, pinch points
triple trees, pinch points, pipe wrench: If you have released the pinch points on the triple trees, the part that the forks are in, and they wont come out, then try spraying some WD40 aroudn the pinch points and let it sit for a while. If they stil wont come out, then you might have to drive them...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel in oil, carburated, chocolate milk
carburated, chocolate milk, petcock: At one time the petcock was probably left open for a long period and gas leaked into the carb. If the float in the carb did not shut off then the gas can run into the intake and into the motor. I would change the oil, run the bike for about 20 minutes to...

Motorcycle Repair: No fuel to the spark plugs, honda cb350, float bowls
honda cb350, float bowls, air screw: There are typically two jets in these carbs, a primary and a secondary. Then there is also an idle circuit with a seperate air supply, adjusted by the air screw. So take the carbs back off, take off the float bowls and look in the center of the bowl, you...

Motorcycle Repair: Gearbox seal on WLA 42, clutch side, clutch basket
clutch side, clutch basket, oil slips: You can replace the seal without tearing the trans apart. Its on the outside of the trans. You have to remove the primary, clutch basket and its behind that. I dont know of anything onthe web to look at. You would have to get a service manual for your bike...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard ride: 1983 Honda CM450E, honda cm450e, tire pressure
honda cm450e, tire pressure, shocks: Hi Kirk, What kind of shape is the seat in? Has it been shaved down for a vertically challenged person? If the seat is original or has been modified, you might need to get new foam for it. I d recommend taking to someone who does upholstery. I had a...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley 883 Sportster Battery recharge, harley 883 sportster, 883 harley
harley 883 sportster, 883 harley, battery cables: Remove the strap that holds the top cover and then remove the top cover. If you have a front cover, just slide it out. Using a wrench, remove the bolts on the battery cables and slide the battery out. If you have small clips ont he battery charger, you can...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Starter problem, starter clutch, starter solenoid
starter clutch, starter solenoid, stock bikes: There are a coule different routes you can go. I would suppect that you running 10:1 or 12:1 compression. You can get compression releases. One type goes in the heads and the heads have to be removed and drilled and there is one form Spyke that just screw...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CRF 80 Flooded?, honda crf 80, compression stroke
honda crf 80, compression stroke, valve clearances: Chuck, I have a couple of suggestions for you.... First, check the valve clearances.... maybe no one has and the valves are tight.. .002 cold on intake and exhaust, set on T mark of the flywheel.. compression stroke. Drain the old gas out of the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda xl100 doesn't run right at high throttle, honda xl100, honda xl
honda xl100, honda xl, bill silver: Jack... the most common problems with these bikes are: The cams get loose in the head, so you can t time them correctly. If there is more than about .006 sideplay in the camshaft, you are going to have a tough time getting it to fire correctly. The...

Motorcycle Repair: harley, test pressure, harley davidson
test pressure, harley davidson, fuel pump: What you need to do, before changing the fuel pump, is do a test pressure to see if its pumping up or not. You might have a short to the fuel pump and that is whey its not pumping up. Also, you might want to consider a dianostic run on the bike. That will...

Motorcycle Repair: harley charging system, zero ohms, mike wells
zero ohms, mike wells, stator: Go from one prong on the stator to ground. then do the other. You should get zero OHMs. then go prong to prong, you should get OHMs. Try the AC volt test again and make sure the meter prongs are not touching the case or you will ground the stator and get smoke....

Motorcycle Repair: harley davidson sportster, jet size, gas mileage
jet size, gas mileage, speed jet: First I would ask you how does the bike run right now, if the answer is great then I wouldn t touch anything. To get more power ie.. 1100 to a 1200.. it takes more fuel. But if its bogging down upon acceleration then you probably need a jet size or 2 smaller...

Motorcycle Repair: harley Vibrations, electra glide standard, throtle
electra glide standard, throtle, motor mounts: Your telling me somthing different than before. Since you say that the vibration quits then its a motor problem. Since the motor mounts have been replaced and tightened and you still have the problem, your flywheels might be out of balance Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: high idle, stock exhaust, somthing
stock exhaust, somthing, tach: Without knowing the idle speed I dont think you should lower it. The bike is designed to idle at a certain RPM. Also, lowering it to low is hard on the rods. You can always take it in and have the shop check the RPM and that is somthing that can be done while...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb 650 sc nighthawk carbs, honda cb 650, pilot jet
honda cb 650, pilot jet, air mixture: Hi Terry, Does the cb650sc have plastic floats or metal floats? If metal, you might need to adjust them. If plastic then they cannot be adjusted. However, I have heard of plastic floats shrinking, which would case them to over flow. Check the specs in your...

Motorcycle Repair: honda Trail 55 C105, wheel and sproket, transmission bearings
wheel and sproket, transmission bearings, cmsnl: Aaron, the rear wheel sprocket has a rubber cushion system to help take the shock out of the driveline. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-c105-worldwide-except-usa_model11342/partslist/F12.html #18 A little motion is to be expected, but often the rubber dampers...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition won't turn to on postion, spare key, key hole
spare key, key hole, postion: Hi Corey, If you haven t done so, try spraying a small amount of lubricant into the key hole, work it around and see if it will turn properly. Also try using a spare key, if you have one. If that doesn t work then I suspect that you will need to get a...

Motorcycle Repair: installing ape hangers on a 2009 nightster, ape hangers, handlebars
ape hangers, handlebars, good luck: Anytime you are installing taller handlebars wnat you need to do first is instll the bars. then at each cable take a measurement to see how much more cable you need and then add that measurement to the stock cable. On the Wiring you will have to splice in...

Motorcycle Repair: ironhead 1000cc and shorty super e carb., ironhead, hello mike
ironhead, hello mike, plug wires: A good coil is either a Crane or Accel. Make sure you get one for your bike depending on if you have points or electronic ignition. If you put a points coil on a bike with electronic it can ruin the ignition. For the plug wires I would go with Accel 8mm Good...

Motorcycle Repair: what jets to use, honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750
honda shadow spirit, honda shadow spirit 750, straight piping: Hi Garrick, Are you changing the air filter or modding the air box too? Either way I recommend getting a dynojet kit. These things make jetting easier. You can find one for your bike here: http://www.dynojet.com/jetkits/motorcycle/honda.aspx However,...

Motorcycle Repair: KE125, kawasaki 1976, jets air
kawasaki 1976, jets air, cmsnl: Steve.... http://www.cmsnl.com/kawasaki-1976-ke125-a3-ke125_model15210/partslist/46361.html The spark could be off because it has points and condenser ignition. The point contact faces must be clean and gapped properly. On a Honda the gap is around...

Motorcycle Repair: LED taillights, turn signals, signal wires
turn signals, signal wires, turn signal: I am confused. Why are you wiring the turn signals to the brake light? If you wire them to the brake light, then when you hiot the turn signals they will both flash, because you are making a circuit through the brake. What you have to do is wire the turn signals...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking fluid on clutch cable, clutch cable, trans fluid
clutch cable, trans fluid, indian chief: Since the cable goes into the trans, I am going to assumn you are refering to the level of the trans fluid. You need to get fluid that is made for your trans. You can use harley trans fluid if you wish. You should have a dipstick on the trans just above the...

Motorcycle Repair: lower rpm on hwy., rear sprocket, hyw
rear sprocket, hyw, rpms: If you want to lower your RPMs on the hyw you would have to either go smaller on the rear sprocket or bigger on the front sprocket. If you do this you will rev the bike a little more to get going and the RPMs wont go up as fast Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: New Exhaust, honda vtx 1300s, motorcycle journal
honda vtx 1300s, motorcycle journal, vtxoa com: There is a VTX website that can give you a better idea of what works and what doesn t than I do. You have to rely on the manufacturer s statements, to a certain extent. Generally, a little richening out on the mixture screw takes away the flat spot off-idle...

Motorcycle Repair: New Handlebars, control wires, drag bars
control wires, drag bars, wire tie: The wires are plugged in under the tank. You have to drain the tank, disconnect the fuel lines and crossover line and then remove the bolts holding the tank at the front and rear. When you disconnect the crossover you will get some gas running out, so have...

Motorcycle Repair: new grips caused clutch issues, clutch cable, stock harley
clutch cable, stock harley, play travel: Remove the derby cover and loose the clutch adjuster lock nut then turn the clutch adjusting screw in a couple of turns now adjust the clutch cable at the cable adjuster so you have about a 1/8 of an in of free play travel at the lever now loose the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: nighthawk carbs, correct screw, pod filters
correct screw, pod filters, float bowl: James, if you haven t done so, remove the screw from the bottom of the leaky float bowl and inspect it...make sure it is the correct screw and it is not too short or broken. If it looks fine, then you might have to take the carbs off again for a better look....

Motorcycle Repair: OIL CHANGE, oil drain plug, dipstick
oil drain plug, dipstick, oil pan: The oil drain plug is located under the bike on the oil pan to the left and foward. The trans is located on the oil pan on the right towards the middle. Use about 3 quarts of oil and check the dipstick and fill to the mark. Fill the trans with a little less...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil + Push rods, cam bearings, pressure gage
cam bearings, pressure gage, push rods: If you oil light is staying on, then you dont have enough oil pressure. You need to get a pressure gage and check your oil pressure first. If you dont have any pressure then there is somthing wrong with the oil pump. You would have to pull the pump and check...

Motorcycle Repair: Idleing, adjustment screw, screw driver
adjustment screw, screw driver, impact gun: There should be an idle adjustment screw in and around the carbs. It looks like a knurled knob and it usually sits in the middle of the carbs. Sometimes on top or underneath. Turning it clockwise will increase the idle and counter clockwise decreases the idle....

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, valve guides, loose power
valve guides, loose power, exhaust pipe: there can be two reasons for oil coming out the exhaust. Oil is leaking past the valve guides or oil leaking past the rings on the piston. You would have to pull the top end and check the cylinders for damage as well as the valve guides Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: oil pouring out of the breather vent line, breather vent, vent line
breather vent, vent line, breather tube: No, nothing is stuck. The oil tank sits higher than the motor. There is a check valve in the oil pump to keep oil out of the bottom end when the bike is not running. Sitting like that, oil has weeped past the ball and into the bottom end. When you started...

Motorcycle Repair: no oil pressure 07roadking, oil light, oil flow
oil light, oil flow, oil pump: You would have to remov ethe oil pump and do an inspection on it. In order to do this you have to remove the exhsust, pushrods, cam cover, cams with chains. The oil pump is located behind the cams If you plan on doing this yourself, I would suggest that you...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear Brakes on 85, V65 locking up., rear caliper, vehicle mechanic
rear caliper, vehicle mechanic, ring groove: Jim, You are correct that master cylinders need the second bleed hole to relieve the pressure in order for the caliper to relax its grip on the disc. The bleed hole is very tiny, but needs to be there to do its job. A second concern is that it appears...

Motorcycle Repair: Rejetting super g carb, air fuel mixture, screw out
air fuel mixture, screw out, air fuel mixture screw: If you go to the S&S web site and go to the tech pages you will find how to jet your carb. The air/fuel mixture screw you are turning is only for idle. Start the bike and slowly turn it inward, just until the bike stumbles and then outward about 1/4 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Rocker cover bolts on a 2009 FLHX, rear cylinder, tight fit
rear cylinder, tight fit, special tools: you dont need a special tool. Its just a tight fit. I use a shortened allen head. Any time you remove somthing that has a gasket, its always a good idea to replace the gasket. Are you just taking off the top cover? If you are then just remove the bolts and...

Motorcycle Repair: Rich Fuel Adjustment, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, intermediate jet: On your bike you have a air/fuel mixture screw which is plugged. If you are running rich all the time, the the air/fuel misture screw is not the problem. It only works when the bike is at idle. Off idle you are running off the intermediate jet. Pull your plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake master cylinder 1995 Fatboy, brake master cylinder, rear brakes
brake master cylinder, rear brakes, bleeder valve: Your parts inside the master cylinder are being held in by dirt probably. You can use air pressuse to blow it out and then clean it out. Also, remov ethe bleeder valve and check it to make sure the hole in it is not plugged. On the pic, you would have to...

Motorcycle Repair: remove forks, fender bolt, triple trees
fender bolt, triple trees, fork oil: Jack the bike up and remove the fender, brake caliber and wheel. On the fork you will see a screw on the side. Remove it and drain the fork oil. On the underside of the fork is a bolt which holds the upper and lower together. Remove it and slide the lower...

Motorcycle Repair: revtech 100, spark plug wire, power arc
spark plug wire, power arc, custom chopper: Since yoru plugs are fouled that is what is causing yrou running problem. It sounds like your coil is weak or the plug wires which would cause the problem. You can switch ignition if you wish as long as the ignition you wish, but that wont solve the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: not running right, v45 magna, crank case
v45 magna, crank case, smell of gas: Hi Fred Smell of gas in the oil usually means the carbs are over-flowing and leaking into the crank case. Black smoke can either be burning oil (does it smell like burning oil), or it can mean it is running very rich from too much gas. If its been a while...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S problems, voes, intake manifold
voes, intake manifold, cranks: It can. What the VOES does is change the timing when under throttle. It connects to the intake manifold by a hose in a nipple. Once you have it connected see if it runs correct. If it doesnt, then the carb was probably not jetted correctly Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Solenoid, honda v65 magna, jumper cables
honda v65 magna, jumper cables, motorcycle battery: Solenoid and Main fuse are good places to start. BTW, when you were boosting the bike with the cables, was it hooked to a car battery? If so, was the car running or turned off? When boosting a motorcycle battery from a car, the car needs to be turned off....

Motorcycle Repair: NO SPARK, spark plug wires, honda shadow
spark plug wires, honda shadow, electrical problem: Hi Stuart, From what you have told me, it sounds like the coils could be a fault here. I would take them off and test them according to your manuals instructions. Also check the spark plug wires and caps, they should be in good order too. And as with any...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter or soleinod, clutch basket, heritage softail
clutch basket, heritage softail, jackshaft: What you need to do is drain the primary fluid and then remove the rear cover. looking above the clutch basket, hit the starter. is the jackshaft engaging the gear on the clutch? If not then you are going to have to remove the starter. to do this you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Stereo fuse/ brake light problem, stereo fuse, test light
stereo fuse, test light, fuses: Check the bulb and check the socket with a test light. If you dont have power to the brake light, then you are going to have to follow the power to the power source. The fuses for the CB should have nothing to do with the lights. Somebody might have done some...

Motorcycle Repair: Straight Pipes/Gas tank., high temp paint, straight pipes
high temp paint, straight pipes, gas tanks: Four a four cycle engine, the back pressure is not needed for performance like a two cycle engine. However it may influence your fuel economy. And it will be significantly louder. Regarding your second question, I would go to a bike junkyard and start fitting...

Motorcycle Repair: Strong gas odor, crank case, gas cap
crank case, gas cap, hot sun: Hi Larry, If a bike is running rich, it will smell like gas from un-burnt exhaust. Have you made any mods to the air filter/box or exhaust? Any jetting changes? Is the air filter dirty? Also, riding in the hot sun will cause gas to expand in your tank...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki C90T Blvd, suzuki c90t, solenoid
suzuki c90t, solenoid, dummies: I found this page http://www.mambaville.com/forumfaq/MotorDrivetrain.htm that may have some useful info (you should probably consider joining their forum too). On that page there s a link to Decomp for Dummies http://www.moccsplace.com/images/decomp/decomp.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250 starting prob's, suzuki gn250, model bikes
suzuki gn250, model bikes, clutch lever: Stella, later model bikes have several safety switches in place to prevent the bike from taking off with the side stand down or in gear. There is a switch on the side stand, just above the pivot and one on the clutch lever bracket. Be sure that you start...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, modual, flt
modual, flt, ohms: Since you have replaced the above parts and its still doing it then you either have a bad breaker or a short in the wiring. You didnt say anything about losing lights, so I would suppect the ignition system. I would go for a ride and when it stops check on...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster oil leak, oil drip, little louse
oil drip, little louse, oil tank: Sounds like your referring to the front cylinder upper mounting stud. This stud doesn t protrude into a oil passage so I think what you actually have is the front rocker box upper rocker plate/piece is leaking and running down on this stud then dripping off....

Motorcycle Repair: starter button, starter button, light sand
starter button, light sand, electrical contact: Hi Chris, I would, at the very least, take the starter button apart and clean it up. Some electrical contact cleaner and perhaps some light sand paper. Make sure it is good and dry; don t lube it with WD40. If it still continues to give you problems, you...

Motorcycle Repair: starting, shovel head, big twin evo
shovel head, big twin evo, harley davidson: If the bike your working on is an electric start Harley Davidson of the sporty, big twin evo or shovel head era. Your problem is probably the starter drive also called a starter bendix. Its a small one way gear mounted on a shaft that turns the clutch shell...

Motorcycle Repair: starting, spark plug cable, motorcycle battery
spark plug cable, motorcycle battery, exact specs: I would take a look for any shorts or grounds in any of the wiring (the starter could be shorting out against itself too). Also, I would take the coil(s) off and give them a test too. You will need to refer to your manual for exact specs on testing the coil...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems, harley sportster 883, starter relay
harley sportster 883, starter relay, starter button: First, make sure you have a good battery. If you have a weak battery it wont turn over. Next, with a test light. check the wire coming from the starter relay going to the starter. When you hit the starter button you should get 12 volts. If not the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Front strut on 1983 Honda CM450E?, winter advice, pant leg
winter advice, pant leg, fork seal: Hi Kirk, You are referring to your front forks . It sounds like you have a leaky fork seal. The dampening system on front forks, in its basic form, consists of springs and a very light oil. The oil is held in the fork by a oil seal that sits where your...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gn125 trottle, stock air filter, gn 125
stock air filter, gn 125, suzuki gn125: Hi Paul. It could be jetting. Is the bike stock? Any mods to the intake, air filter or exhaust? Are the jets stock? Air filter clean? Make sure everything is in order and try running a half bottle of SeaFoam engine treatment through the tank and see...

Motorcycle Repair: Tappet block leak, correct torque, cylinder side
correct torque, cylinder side, rear cylinder: The only other thing it can be, if that is where the leak is, is a problem with the case where the tappet block goes not being flat. Here is somthing else you can try. use the sealer and put the gasket on and then sealer and then another gasket and then sealer....

Motorcycle Repair: Front Tire, gsx r 600, 2005 gsx r 600
gsx r 600, 2005 gsx r 600, triple trees: Hi Rabie, I would make sure your triple tree s are in alignment. Also check and make sure the support brace between the forks is not bent. This can be either on top or underneath your front fender. To adjust the triple trees, you will need to loosen the...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn signal-Brake lights, turn signals, electrical issues
turn signals, electrical issues, charging system: Hi Bob, It could be a couple of things. First, I suspect your battery/charging system is weak and when your brake light comes on, it drains so much from the electrical system that the signals can t function properly. Another thing it could be is a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: tank swap on 87 electra glide, bikers choice, jp cycle
bikers choice, jp cycle, time mike: The tank you are refering to would have to be modified to fit your bike. Check some of the aftermarket catalogs online and you can find a newer looking tank for your bike. try v-twin manufacturing, bikers choice, and jp cycle to name a few Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain adjustment, cam chain, cm400
cam chain, cm400, timing chain: Hi James, Sorry, but I really don t have any experience with the CM400t. However, most bikes have an automatic cam chain adjuster. Not sure if the CM400 is an auto adjuster? But if it is, and your cam chain is still too loose, then it might be time for...

Motorcycle Repair: tune-up, honda shadow vt700, 1986 honda shadow vt700
honda shadow vt700, 1986 honda shadow vt700, full tank: My guess is that the carbs need cleaning. Since the bike does run, I would pour half a bottle of Sea Foam fuel treatment into a full tank of gas and run it through the bike. Also make sure the other stuff is working good: - new plugs - new/clean air filter...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal bracket, new signal, nighthawk
new signal, nighthawk, shape: Hi Jeff, Those rubber signal extensions are prone to cracking and breaking, aren t they? I had a signal in the same shape as the one you are describing. I ended up having to purchase a new signal and rubber extension. I know this doesn t exactly answer...

Motorcycle Repair: VOES, emissions testing, vacuum switch
emissions testing, vacuum switch, fxdl: What the VOES does is advance the timing after the bike is running. You can chaeck it by starting the bike and unpluging the hose and putting your finger on the hose. When you unplug the RPMs should drop. When you plug it back in they should go up a little....

Motorcycle Repair: venture carbs, yamaha venture royale, star venture
yamaha venture royale, star venture, brackets: Hi Mike, I m not too familiar with the Yamaha Venture. I did check the part number for your carbs and it looks like the carbs on your Venture were used on the following: 1988 Yamaha VENTURE 1988 Yamaha VENTURE ROYALE 1989 Yamaha VENTURE ROYALE 1990...

Motorcycle Repair: xs 750, k n filters, style filters
k n filters, style filters, stock exhaust: Hi Steve, As you probably already know, when you ad K&N filters they will lean out your jetting and this is noticeable mostly on the top end. It looks like the stock main jet for your bike is a 120. My guess is that it is running too rich on the the top...

Motorcycle Repair: 200xr valvea, air fuel mixture, full throtle
air fuel mixture, full throtle, seat damage: Hi Dylan, Valves: Keeping valve clearances within spec is important. Regular maintenance should be performed. Tight valve clearances will eventually cause dishing/cupping of valves, valve seat damage, and poor performance. Loose valve clearances will...

Motorcycle Repair: MY 1964 Honda CL72, rear sprocket, thread pitch
rear sprocket, thread pitch, transmission ratios: CL72 questions....!!!! Bring them on! : ) Terry, Some people have written the the transmission ratios on CLs were X d from the original CB72 pattern. I have not found that to be the case. The X gear procedure is helpful for Scramblers, especially CL72s...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 Honda CT200, screw head, thread pitch
screw head, thread pitch, crescent wrench: David, well it does look like a C/CA200 clutch with the two screws holding the outer plate in place. It is possible that the two screws have been in place for 46 years and they do get bonded into place. Whenever you start loosening screws in the 1960s models,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda XL250K2 keyed ignition switch, magneto ignition system, bill silver
magneto ignition system, bill silver, magnetos: Bob, it seems to be a hard to find part... superseded number is: 35010-361-017 Found one listed (maybe)on this site in Australia.. http://www.motoretro.com.au/honda_partnumbers_2.htm They are not normal ignition switches, due to the magneto ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda cm 185 won't start, honda cm, 4 ohms
honda cm, 4 ohms, cmsnl: Nick, I guess you found out the hard way that the bike has a 6V battery in it and you probably jumped it with 12V source. You probably burned out the ignition coil and the rectifier and any light bulbs that were lit at the time. You can do a basic test...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda hawk 400 t2, regulator rectifier, honda hawk
regulator rectifier, honda hawk, starter solenoid: Randall... Well, it could be minor or it could be really bad for the electrics. SEE: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb400tii-78-us_model7218/partslist/F++17.html #3 the silicone diode-rectifier (not the rectifier for the charging system) that keeps...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 flh 1380, push rods, pushrod
push rods, pushrod, pushrods: First did you bleed the lifter units before trying to set them. If you didnt, you need to remove them abd do that. After you have that done put the units in and set the pushrods. You dont need to worry about TDC. Go to the front pushrod and rotate the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx 1000cc ironhead sportster, hot glue, motorcycle repair
hot glue, motorcycle repair, xlx: It doesnt sound like you removed the jets to clean them. The intemediate jet is located under a rubber plug and spraying carb cleaner in the bowl will not clean it. The pickup has a glob of glue on it. It is just a on/off switch for the ignition modual. It...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 fzr 600 trouble going into nuetral, clutch adjustment, clutch assembly
clutch adjustment, clutch assembly, 1991 fzr 600: Quentin, generally the clutch is dragging to cause the neutral selection issues. If the adjustment is correct, then the plates are warped. Remove the clutch assembly and check all the plates for flatness. I imagine that you will find some warped steel plates...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 HD Evolution, evolution question, honest opinion
evolution question, honest opinion, leaks: You never said how many miles ago the motor was rebuilt, but being a 1994 bike I think I wuold have a shop check it over. Have the compression checked and check for any leaks. Leaks will cost you money later since they do get worse. Check the belt and make...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 Road King, harley road king, agas
harley road king, agas, additives: It sounds like its been sitting for a while, so yes, I would change them. You dont need to put anything in the tank, but if the bike has been sitting for a long time with old agas in it I would drain it and put in fresh Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda 1100 starting, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, bill silver: Richard, when you press the start button, it automatically cuts off the headlight until you release the button. That allows extra amperage to be directed to the starting circuit. As you noticed, the clicking sounds occur when there is insufficient voltage...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 yamaha xt225, valve stem seals, yamaha xt225
valve stem seals, yamaha xt225, adjustment screw: Vern, I am not a Yamaha specialist, but in general bikes that are hard to start are suffering from: Fouled spark plug Bad spark plug cap Choke not functioning properly or adjusted correctly. Valves not adjusted to specs. Tight valves reduce compression....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 VZ800 Suzuki Marauder throttle problem, suzuki marauder vz800, 2003 suzuki marauder
suzuki marauder vz800, 2003 suzuki marauder, intermittent connections: Jason, not really my bike brand, but does it rev up with choke on any better or not? Some bikes have a tip-over switch that kills the ignition when the bikes go down, but mostly those are on FI bikes of later models. If yours still has a carburetor, there...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Road Glide forks, allen bolt, fork oil
allen bolt, fork oil, caliber: What you have to do is jack the bike up and remove the wheel, caliber, and fender. Drain the fork oil. Under each fork there is a allen bolt. Remove it and the lower will slide off. then install the new ones and install the fork oil. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 650 suzuki savage, suzuki savage, hoses
suzuki savage, hoses, overflow: Normally you can t just flood a bike, the float in the carb would have to be stuck or the bike would need to be really leaned over. Then the gas would flow out of the carb overflow, which is typically routed to hoses and these may come out underneath the...

Motorcycle Repair: '69 Sportster, oil tank, oil pump
oil tank, oil pump, squirt: St the fitting where the oil goes into the oil pump squirt some oil in there till it run out. Connect your hose and fill the oil tank and let it sit for about a hour. That will get the air out of the line and you should be fine Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 magna, honda magna, bill silver
honda magna, bill silver, tachometer: James, the tachometer signal comes from the ignition coil. Either the coil is failing or the spark unit that controls it is failing. The 1-3 spark unit is the one that signals the tachometer. http://www.bikebreed.com/Honda-magna-&-sabre-info.html#elec_ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, air jets, slow jet
air jets, slow jet, cbx club: You can re-use the originals, I do all the time. You only need about two threads worth to be able to pull the little guys out. I use a long screw with a nut and a couple of washers. put the screw in, then tighten the nut against the carb body with a washer...

Motorcycle Repair: Choke pull, plastic nut, fastener
plastic nut, fastener, deuce: Yes, you have to remove the carb and take the choke cable out of the bracket. then you have to remove the cable from the carb. It is all one unit so the whole thing will have to be replaced. It isw held into the carb by a 9/16 plastic nut Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: cb350 guide blade, little chunks, chain assembly
little chunks, chain assembly, bill silver: Kenneth, the camchain guide/tensioner is a critical component in controlling camchain whip inside the cylinder block. This is not something like an appendix. It is not an option to keep running the bike with a broken guide/tensioner. The part is now 37 years...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch to hard, dry clutch, wheo
dry clutch, wheo, gear set: Your calble probably dry and needs lubed. Try that and see if its easier to pull. One the tranny, you would have to get a 5 speed case that fits your frame. I dont know of anyone wheo makes a 5 speed gear set that will fit in a 4 speed case Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: compression test, honda shadow vt 750, valve stem seals
honda shadow vt 750, valve stem seals, cylinder bores: Gamalier, if the rings were worn badly the compression would jump up with addition of oil in the cylinders. The lack of major change indicates that the problem is probably more related to valve leakage. After 27 years, the valve stem seals certainly will need...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, slow jet, coetzee
Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000Z Carb 1979, slow jet, coetzee, many thanks

Motorcycle Repair: fork oil, vacuum pumps, fork oil
vacuum pumps, fork oil, heritage classic: There are two ways to do your fork oil change. Both, you jack the bike up, or do one fork at a time. Drain the fork oil out. the difference is if you can get to the cap on top of the fork. If you can remove the cap then remove it and pour the new oil in and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 200 1974, honda cb 200, point gap
honda cb 200, point gap, plug caps: Marcus... the runaway idle speed is probably from a sticking spark advancer. Remove the points plate and check the function of the mechanical advance weights and springs. Once that is clean and lubricated, then you can reset the point gap and timing to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 500 T - 1975 oil in Generator?, honda cb 500, throttle cables
honda cb 500, throttle cables, honda logo: Whilt this is not a bike I normally work on, you can check the throttle cables making sure they actuate properly. It is more likely that the jets in the carbs are dirty and stop the fuel from being delivered as cleanly and efficiently as it should. Also...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB500 T caburettor spitting, honda cb500, carburettors
honda cb500, carburettors, ngk: More likely old fuel in the carbs, take the carburettors off and give them a good thorough clean. 1.5 turns out from closed is usually a good start but this varies between bikes; your manual should have the correct setting. If you feel the carbs are clean...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL175 K6 1972 High Speed issue, hairline crack, honda cl175
hairline crack, honda cl175, petcock: James... start at the beginning..... Check compression... should be about 175psi. If you see aluminum deposits on the ends of the spark plugs, then the pistons have been seizing. Check valve adjustment.. .002 cold intake/exhaust Check spark advancer...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda dirt bike, honda xr 100, dirt bike
honda xr 100, dirt bike, factory settings: The piston has to sit at the very top (TDC) called top-dead-centre. There is a mark on the flywheel that lines up with a mark on the case. Then there are usually dots or lines on the camshaft sprocket that have to line up with marks or edges on the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL175, model xl, stock ignition
model xl, stock ignition, cdi ignition: Mike, the bike was sold for five years in small quantities and it doesn t have really high-rev capabilities. As long as the spark advancer is kept lubed up properly, the points kept clean and gapped correctly, set to fire on the F mark, then the stock ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Horrid Grinding Noise, drive pulley, clutch basket
drive pulley, clutch basket, clutch assembly: the mainshaft of the trans is pretty hard and is usually not damaged. But it can happen. In order to get to the pully you have to remove the inner primary and to remove it you have to remove the clutch assembly and motor sprocket and chain. You do not have...

Motorcycle Repair: harley repair, fuel gauge, loose connection
fuel gauge, loose connection, speedometer: SInce your lights wont work that would lead me to think you have a short in your wiring. You would have to trace the wiring that goes to the items that dont work and see if there is a short or loose connection. Low voltage will make your bike not idle correctly...

Motorcycle Repair: my honda crf 80, 2005 honda crf, honda crf 80
2005 honda crf, honda crf 80, honda motorcycle: Nick, I would clean the fuel tank and carburetor out first, refilling with fresh fuel. Pull the spark plug out and see if it looks wet/dry/black/sooty/oily. That will give clues about what is happening inside the cylinder. Check for a good spark. If the...

Motorcycle Repair: Intermittent missing, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture
air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture, power commander iii: The only thing I can think of is your bike is running lean in that RPM range. That is why I asked about the air/fuel misture. Since you have a extented warrenty, the I would really press him to repair it. Not seeing it is a cop out! If he says he never saw...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki 22 bayou, oil molecules, bill silver
oil molecules, bill silver, bikebandit com: Dylan.... Put motorcycle related oil in the engine. Anytime you have an engine and transmission sharing the same oil, the gears in the transmission tend to tear up the oil molecules, so special rated oils are needed to ensure long life. If the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: lower fork sliders, allen bolt, harley street
allen bolt, harley street, fork sliders: You have to jack up the bike and drain the fork oil. Remove the front wheel, caliber and fender. At the bottom of the for there is a allen bolt,. Remove it and then remove the top cap of the fork. The lower will slide off. You will have to replace the fork...

Motorcycle Repair: nighthawk 250 shaft seal, shaft seal, sproket
shaft seal, sproket, fresh oil: Typically you can drill a couple of small holes in the side of the seal, put some self tapping scres in the seal and then use those to pull the old seal out. Careful that you do not drill into the case. I don t know if the nighthawk has a locating ring which...

Motorcycle Repair: Odd problems with Hondamatic, vacuum leak, cb400a
vacuum leak, cb400a, hondamatic: Your problem could be any of the things your friends have suggested and it would be impossible to diagnose it without seeing it in person. Carbs are precission instruments and need to be adjusted properly in order to work so if you just disassembled & reassembled...

Motorcycle Repair: some power, valve spring retainers, coil ignition system
valve spring retainers, coil ignition system, 50cc bikes: Billy.... First, be sure that you have a sound engine to work with. Check valve clearances and compression readings. If within specs, check the ignition timing. The points rubbing block wears down and retards the timing. Always check timing FIRST before fiddling...

Motorcycle Repair: That Speedometor Cable ?, speedometer cable, bike mike
speedometer cable, bike mike, axle nut: If you want o remove the cable completly that is what you have to do. If you are just removing the front wheel and now replacing the cable then just pull the axle. the speedo drive unit will come out when you remove the wheel. Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Replace crank timing sprocket on Honda SL125, conn rod, wheel pullers
conn rod, wheel pullers, piston kits: Bob, You just need to index the crankshaft sprocket referenced to the keyway slot, so your cam timing will be correct when you reassemble it again. Honda doesn t offer replacement parts nor instructions for disassembly and reassembly. It is pretty much like...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing Front lower fork sliders, damper rod, allen bolt
damper rod, allen bolt, brake calipers: There is an allen bolt with a copper seal holding the damper rod into the fork lowers. Once you remove that, the fork tube should come off. Depending on the fork design, the seal may have to come off with it, or it may stay in the lower leg. Depends on...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter issues, flstc heritage, leather saddlebags
flstc heritage, leather saddlebags, clutch basket: You probably have a bearing going out in your starter and it needs to be removed and checked. Yes, you do have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket and clutch basket to get it out. On your bags, they made a change in 96 on the bags. About the only...

Motorcycle Repair: slow starting 05 softtail, big bore kit, wiring connections
big bore kit, wiring connections, softtail: If the bike is turning over fine, like it was before, but not firing then you need to check your wiring connections. At 11.5 volts it should start. Where are you checking the voltage? If you are checking the voltage at the battery, then check it at the hot...

Motorcycle Repair: slow turn signals, honda cb550, filament bulbs
honda cb550, filament bulbs, double filament: Gene, I would check all the turn signal bulb connections in the wiring harness, plus the ground connections and verify that you have the correct bulbs in the signal housings. The fronts are double filament 1157 type and rears are single filament bulbs. Beyond...

Motorcycle Repair: springer shakes, wheel weights, light grip
wheel weights, light grip, bar bushings: couple of things to check. You can lean the bike over on the kickstand so the front tire is off the ground and have somebody pull the front wheel inline with the bike and see it there is any play. If there is then the steering bearings are bad. Next, spin...

Motorcycle Repair: starter motor, starter clutch, starter motor
starter clutch, starter motor, wrong direction: This is not possible. You have to reverse the polarity and since the bike is wired with a negative chassis, you would blow other things up. You can get the starter re-wound but why on earth would you need to do this? The starter clutch will stop the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: How do you sync a carb?, synchronised, carbs
synchronised, carbs, ninja: Congratulations on getting the bike. The first purchase you absolutely need to make is a workshop manual if you are going to do your own work. The carburettor aspect will be well covered in that. Normally the carbs are bench synchronised, followed by...

Motorcycle Repair: Triumph 650, head gasket, piston rings
head gasket, piston rings, triumph 650: The answer is yes you can, however when you have the engine down that far, why not do a quick check on the piston rings and re-evaluate that decision then. The base gasket is cheap, but the time and labor (plus new head gasket) make it expensive enough that...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle issues, 1981 honda cx500, vacuum petcock
1981 honda cx500, vacuum petcock, bikebandit com: Richard... You might have any of the following issues.... -Carburetor main jets plugged up ... likely when a bike has been sitting with old fuel in the system. -Ignition failure in one side... due to bad spark plug, spark plug cap, coil or pulse coil......

Motorcycle Repair: top end, light scratches, rod bearings
light scratches, rod bearings, rod tubes: I would have the cylinders checked to make sure they were honed correctly. Since you have a EVO motor you need to make sure the cylinders were honed and checked with pressure plates on. If they mic out correctly then your pistons should be fine with light...

Motorcycle Repair: troubleshooting ignition on 81 yamaha xs 650, yamaha xs 650, test jim
yamaha xs 650, test jim, ebay: Jim, I am not a Yamaha expert, but found that there is lots of info elsewhere on the web... http://reviews.ebay.com/How-to-test-the-ignition-coil-on-a-Yamaha-XS-650_W0QQugidZ10000000008112707 http://www.650central.com/tech/tips.htm http://xs650forum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve guide seals, oil smoke, valve guide
oil smoke, valve guide, valve guides: You smoke can either be the valve guides or the pistons. You would have to pull the heads and remove the valves to change the guides. You would have to remove the cylinders to mic the cylinders to see if its the pistons Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: vn750 carb problem, blowing gas, pilot jet
blowing gas, pilot jet, bill silver: Hard starting/no starting issues are generally caused by blocked pilot jets, assuming that you have no intake tract leaks, adequate compression, correct cam timing, valves adjusted properly and spark timing correctly delivered. If you leave old gas in carburetors...

Motorcycle Repair: wrist pin, head gasket, wrist pin
head gasket, wrist pin, mike hope: i would check to make sure its is a wrist pin that is making your noise. You never said if you check for play in your rods while you had the top end apart as well as checking the cam bearing. If you do find its a wrist pin, then it does have to be reamed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 Honda 305 Scrambler, honda 305 scrambler, bill silver
honda 305 scrambler, bill silver, assembly procedure: Mike, I can put together a dual bike CD set for you, that covers most all of the steps (working backwards from the dis-assembly procedure). Not sure where you live, so I would need that info to try to direct you to someone in your locale who might be willing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 CB500 electrical issue, fuse holder, honda cb500
fuse holder, honda cb500, auto parts store: Jon-Michael, Go to an auto parts store and buy a cheap $5 12v test light with probe end and ground wire so you can do effective testing, if you don t have one already. Check your fuses first. Refit the 4 bulbs and harness back in place. It sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda xl185s timming, camshaft lobes, punch mark
camshaft lobes, punch mark, compression stroke: Arthur, The camshaft lobes should be rotated so they are DOWNWARDS in an inverted vee /0 so both valves are closed on the top of the compression stroke. The piston is located at the top of the stroke (T mark on the rotor/flywheel). Cam sprockets generally...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 CB1100RD vibration, gas tank, model forum
gas tank, model forum, filler cap: Yes there are baffles inside the gas tank, and yes these do go loose occasionally. I know someone who sold a gas tank because they couldn t stand the noise. Perhaps you bought this one? No idea how to fix, perhaps contact the CB1100R model forum to discuss...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 1000 xlx backfiring and slowing down, intermediate jet, plug wires
intermediate jet, plug wires, rpms: Since your plugs are fouling then it can be a couple of different things. I would OHMs test the coil and plug wires. If they pass the jets in the carb might be to large. to determine which jet it is take the bike and go for a ride. Keep the RPMs under 2500....

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Magna V45 fuel cut-off relay?, honda vf750c, 1984 honda magna
honda vf750c, 1984 honda magna, v45 magna: Michael... http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf750c-v45-magna-1983-usa_model7608/partslist/F++18.html #18 is the fuel cut relay, which looks like it is located towards the front of the battery box. The fuel pump setup is run by the ignition module which runs a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda scooter elite 250, honda scooter, correct polarity
honda scooter, correct polarity, circuit paths: Ralph, battery arcing is not an indication of a bad battery. It would seem to be a failed ground connection from the battery to chassis ground. The battery must be grounded to the chassis and the engine, possibly through two different circuit paths. Ground...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda fourtrax 125cc, 1986 honda fourtrax, bill silver
1986 honda fourtrax, bill silver, partslist: It isn t designed to be adjustable after factory installation, however if you tore the top end off for some reason and didn t mark the pulse generator plate, you can reset the timing plate by setting the crankshaft to the F mark alignments on the rotor, then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 heritage classic soft tail, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, dry cell: Make sure you have a good battery and you dont have a dry cell. Check the voltage at the battery, with the bike running at around 2000 RPM you should show about 13.5 volts. If it to low then do a OHMs test on the stator. One side to ground then the other....

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 flhtcui, crank sensor, o rings
crank sensor, o rings, fuel injection: You could be running on one cylinder since the plugs are black. They are fouling. Fouling plugs dont fire well. I am not sure why you are fouling plugs since I cant check the work that the shop did, but I would take it back. Somthing they did is wrong. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 Yamaha V star 650 classic, ape hangers, yamaha v star 650
ape hangers, yamaha v star 650, throttle cables: David.... Check the cable routing from the throttle grip to the carburetors. If you can see the carb cable ends while you turn the handlebars back and forth, you will probably see them opening if there is incorrect routing or the cables are not long enough...

Motorcycle Repair: 65 160 Throttle, sediment bowl, vent hole
sediment bowl, vent hole, cb160: David.... Look at the tiny vent hole in the edge of the gas cap, just outside of the gasket area. If plugged up fuel flow will be reduced/stopped. You may also have to check the petcock sediment bowl/screen for debris and/or remove the petcock to see if...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 cb360 kickstart, honda cb360, honda 350
honda cb360, honda 350, cmsnl: Bin, Honda 350-360-450 twins all have similar kickstarter designs and issues. If the kickstarter stop in the case has been broken away, then the gears try to engage. If this continues, especially while riding, then large amounts of damage can occur, perhaps...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 shovel, weight oil, shovels
weight oil, shovels, shovel: I use 50wt oil in all my shovels. If you are in a really hot area then you can use 60 or 70 wt. Change the oil and filter and it will tale around 3 quarts. Fill with the bike sitting upright and fill to the mark on the dipstick Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda shadow
Paul, the ignition module controls the fuel pump relay. It will run the pump for a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON and then will wait until the engine is running to resume fuel pump operation. As long as the engine is running, then the pump...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 VALKYRIE NO START, need a little help, valkyrie owners
need a little help, valkyrie owners, cmsnl: Dick, I can t say that I have any wrench time on a GL-based Valkyrie, but no spark conditions are somewhat universal in nature. Sounds like you have juice in the battery. Check ignition switch base to be sure that it isn t falling apart, which happened...

Motorcycle Repair: CAM Cover SL350, cam lobes, arm pins
cam lobes, arm pins, cam shaft: Ken, loosen all the rocker arms, by rotating the shafts so that they move the rockers away from the camshaft. Loosen the camchain tensioner and pull the tensioner shaft outwards, if you can get a grip on the tip and lock it in place. This will take some tension...

Motorcycle Repair: Cable length for 16" apes, heritage softail, brake cable
heritage softail, brake cable, cable length: In order to determine what cables you need you first have to install the handlebars. Then you need to measure for the cables or use the old cables and then see how much you have to add. That is the only way do do it correctly Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 carb adjustments, carb adjustments, cbxclub
carb adjustments, cbxclub, postage cost: Hi David, It is difficult to do anything with the carbs or adjustments while everything is in place, as you already discovered. You can save time by just removing the rear 4 exhaust bolts and leaving the system in place while tilting the engine, you can...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000 doesn't idle, cbx 1000, vacuum valve
cbx 1000, vacuum valve, fuel supply: Hi, Congrats on buying a CBX. It sure does sound like a carburettor problem, most people who clean CBX carbs will clean the primary and secondary jets (which are hardly ever clogged) but they do not remove the tiny slow-running jets which are pressed in,...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX1000 RPM Problem, nuetral, air cleaner
nuetral, air cleaner, air filter: If the air supply into the engine is good, and the air filter box as well as the air collector is clean (no animal nests inside) then the next suspect would be a blocked exhaust, especially when it revs OK without load. What exhaust system is on the bike?...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 top end noise, honda cb350, cam chains
honda cb350, cam chains, cam chain: Vince, I don t think you can replace the camshaft housing case with the engine in place. It might be possible if you drop the motor down off the mounting bolts to gain some vertical clearance, though. The camshaft needs to be shimmed up so there isn t...

Motorcycle Repair: chaange of frame leith, frame jig, chaange
frame jig, chaange, sporster: You can lengthen the frame, but you need to know what you are doing. You cant just cut and then start welding. You really need a frame jig to do it correctly. Check around for somebody that can do the work and has a frame jig Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: not charging, ac volts, dc volts
ac volts, dc volts, stator: There is no test for the regulator. If the stator is good then you have to assumn that the regulator is bad. Unplug the regulator from the stator. From each pin to ground you should get zero ohms. Pin to pin you should get ohms or contunity. Start at the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment 1978 shovelhead fxe, clutch adjustment, clutch basket
clutch adjustment, clutch basket, clutch kit: Loosen your cable so you have plenty of slack in it. Now go to the adjuster in the clutch basket. Slowly turn the adjuster inward, until it bottoms out and then back it out about 1/8 a turn. Now go to the cable and adjust it so you have about 1/8 inch play...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust back pressure, honda dream, heavy breather
honda dream, heavy breather, stage one: In order the get the sound you are looking for you would have to change mufflers. To get more sound you would have more open mufflers with less back pressure. More open means runnign leaner. You might not lean it out enough to hurt anything however. You would...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal, headlamp, bolts
headlamp, bolts, good luck: Start by removing the headlight and housing. Remove the top bolts of the fairing and then looking inside the fairing there are 2 bolts. One on each side inside where the headlamp housing goes. Loosen them and the fairing will slide off Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: How to find year of CBX?, 7 digits, vin lookup
7 digits, vin lookup, cbx: Hi Brian, Well the earliest CBX s are from 1978, but there may have been some earlier ones which we are always interested in. If you can send me a picture and check the frame, on the headstock there should be a number starting with CB1, or if that is the...

Motorcycle Repair: flh handlebar starter switch, thin metal plate, brake light switch
thin metal plate, brake light switch, drag specialities: If you have a aftermarket switch housing it might be a different thread pattern. the drag specialities should be the same as harley. When putting the wires in the housing, you should not have to push the wires in. The slack should be outside the housing. just...

Motorcycle Repair: Headlamp won't turn on, 81 Honda ct110, yellow lead, ground path
yellow lead, ground path, ground lead: Alan, After 1975, all the street bike headlights came ON automatically when the ignition switch was turned ON and/or the engine was running. Your wires... Blue=High beam White=Low beam Green=Ground With switch ON and/or engine running, you should...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1984 magna, master brake cylinder, surface damage
master brake cylinder, surface damage, oil seal: Assembly is reverse of removal, in the sense that if the oil seal groove is all cleaned up and the dried oxidized junk has all been removed from behind the seal, you are ready to reassemble. First reinstall the seals after inspecting them for integrity; the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB400A bogs down under load, generator coils, cb400a
generator coils, cb400a, resistance values: Rod, what are your compression readings? The spark advance is electronically controlled, so needs to be checked as much as the stock idle ignition timing. Stock air filters? If not, then it will need re-jetting on the main jets. CB400A models had...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda goldwing gl1200 interstate, honda goldwing, fault finding guide
honda goldwing, fault finding guide, issue model: Noah, Do your troubleshooting in a logical sequence. http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/known-issues/common-tech-issue?model=GL1200%20Goldwing%20%2884-87%29&cat=STREET http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/diagnosis-center/fault-finding-guide...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Overcharging, resistance values, stator
resistance values, stator, volts: No very unlikely. More likely that the regulator is faulty, since that regulates the supply into the rotor which is responsible for the output on the stator. First thing to check is all the connections, since resistance plays a role in all of this and corroded...

Motorcycle Repair: hydraulic lifters, hydraulic lifters, lifter
hydraulic lifters, lifter, intervals: Hydraulic lifters indeed self-adjust and do not ever need adjustment or bleeding. Change your oil regularly and you will never need to touch them. Sometimes a lifter will get stuck, and then there will be a fairly loud ticking sound coming from the engine....

Motorcycle Repair: Installed spark plug thread insert now kick starter is seized, shaft gears, metal chips
shaft gears, metal chips, plug holes: Dylan... verify that the spark plug insert wasn t hanging down into the combustion chamber and then broken away to get lodged in the cylinder head. Dylan, take off the dyno cover on the left side of the crankshaft and use a wrench to turn the motor...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting for the mountains, fuel injection, higher elevations
fuel injection, higher elevations, rockies: No, you will be fine. When you get high int he mountains you will lose some power. but you will be fine. If you tried to rejett, it would be to much of a pain. You would have to stop and change jets by taking the carb apart. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, bigdog bikes, mastiff
bigdog bikes, mastiff, motorcycle: I am not to familure with the bigdog bikes so I need some more info. When you say you have power to both sides of the coil are you saying that you have power goign to the plugs from the coil or are you refering that you have a single fire coil? Also, do...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil in Lower Unit, 2003 heritage softail, oil tank
2003 heritage softail, oil tank, good luck: What do you mean by the lower unit? are you refering to the oil tank? Mike With the bike sitting upright remove the derby cover and filll until the oil is at the lower lip the primary cover. Its a little over a quart Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: oil blowby, crankcase breather, alignment marks
crankcase breather, alignment marks, blowby: Your oil pump is not working fast enough to remove the oil. This has been a problem for the 88s. S&S sells a product to stop this. Its called a crankcase breather. the other solution is to install a high volumn oil pump which would cost more Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: PushRod, pushrod, push rod
pushrod, push rod, lifters: Rotate the motor so the front exhaust is all the way at the bottom of its stroke. tighten the pushrod up so it start the lift the valve. Let it sit for about 15 minutes. Check the pushrod. If you can rotate it easily then tighten it up again and then wait...

Motorcycle Repair: panhead case boring, boring question, external oil
boring question, external oil, thier heads: I looked at the web site for the cylinders that you are planning on getting. It says it uses a standard base, but I an not sure how they do that since its bigger. Personnally, I would not go over 3 1/2. Like I said before, you are loosing alot of metal cutting...

Motorcycle Repair: rear tire repair, heritage softtail, rear tire
heritage softtail, rear tire, tire repair: Start by jacking the bike up so there is no weight on the tire. remove the nut on the axle and slide the axle out. You might have to remove the exhaust if it is in the way. Once the axle is out, slide the wheel foward and remove the belt. Keep jacking the...

Motorcycle Repair: Shocks, honda magna, shock assembly
honda magna, shock assembly, honda kawasaki: Mark, I have amassed quite a bit of general Honda knowledge, however I haven t put a database of ATV shock applications together for use on a Magna. There are Sabre/Magna sites out there who may have some specific applications for shocks, or you can contact...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster Issues, air fuel mixture, sportster 1200 custom
air fuel mixture, sportster 1200 custom, intake leaks: Do your straightshots have baffels in them? Put the air/fuel mixture screw back where it was and go for a ride. pull the plugs and let me knwo what color they are. By the way, the air/fuel mixture screw only affects idle. The sportster is a little cold hearted,...

Motorcycle Repair: Sporty Problem continued, followup questions, modual
followup questions, modual, senser: There are only a couple of things that can cause your bike to run rich. First is to big of jets in the carb. But if you didnt change jets then that cant be it. Second is bad coil or plug wires. but you changed them. the pickup, or what you call a timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Stuck front brake, brake caliper piston, piston seals
brake caliper piston, piston seals, bill silver: Jim, one or two things have happened to your bike s braking system. 1. The small bleed hole in the floor of the master cylinder is plugged up, not allowing the fluid pressure to release. There are two separate holes in the master cylinder floor.. one allows...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki '00 vs800 intruder electrical, quality grease, vs800
quality grease, vs800, battery terminals: Hi, First take both connections off the battery terminals, first the negative, then the positive. Clean the terminals, and put a good quality grease or vaseline on the terminals. re-attach, negative last. Unless your battery is bad, this should fix the...

Motorcycle Repair: tail light fuse keeps blowing, 1980 honda cm400t, light fuse
1980 honda cm400t, light fuse, cmsnl: Alex, pull the seat off so you can check the wiring from the harness connectors back to the tail light assembly. Probably the tail light wire has been grounded or pinched against some grounded metal. Sometimes, the bulb sockets come apart internally. Pull...

Motorcycle Repair: white honda 50 scooter.........., 50cc bikes, long term storage
50cc bikes, long term storage, honda cub: Dave, the frame and engine numbers are near each other, assuming that you have a C100-C102 Honda step-thru Cub model. Look at the left side of the frame directly above the footpeg area, just above where the motor is mounted. The engine numbers are just...

Motorcycle Repair: Year of this Honda Dream, honda dream, bill silver
honda dream, bill silver, wiring harness: Teresa, Honda began the 7 digit serial numbers in 1965 production. Yours is 19,323 after the start of the run that year. Honda didn t give any clues about year production breaks after 1965, they just kept cranking them out. Your bike would be either a late...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cl125s, upholstery shop, bill silver
upholstery shop, bill silver, craig: Craig..... Not sure of your question intent... Raise the seat, like remove it? Raise the seat, like to make it taller? You are stuck with the forward mounting point, but you could add a small piece of metal to raise the back end a little. Otherwise,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CB400/4 carbs/timing, mesh filters, pod filters
mesh filters, pod filters, caferacer: Jeff... I got one just like that here now! First, check compression... should be above 150psi. You didn t mention the exhaust system.... With the change from air box to pod filters, the engine will be running leaner than normal. The needles needed...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 flh starter relay, amp circuit breaker, starter solenoid
amp circuit breaker, starter solenoid, starter button: The relay maintains 12 volts to the starter solenoid while you have a voltage drop when you hit the starter button. the voltage drop is from the starter drawing so much current. If the starter continues to run, its a relay problem, but a starter solenoid problem....

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda xl175, valve stem seals, digital caliper
valve stem seals, digital caliper, head diameter: Aaron, the valve stem size is probably 5.5. I can t say I have had one apart to compare against other models of that size and type. 14711-362-000 is the Honda part number. Apparently, they used the same part on ALL XL175s, so if you are on Ebay seeking...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 tire rub, fxrs sp, frame work
fxrs sp, frame work, rear tire: Your rubbing tire could be one of two things. Either the tire is to wide or the belt is not properly aligned. The belt rubbing on the tire will either cause the tire to fail or the belt. You can have the rubbing. The tire has to be square to the frame. To...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 honda xr100, cdi system, bill silver
cdi system, bill silver, lh side: Michael... I trust that the stator cover is in place and no dirt is packed into the stator?? Do check the wiring coming out of the stator cover on that side, though. You have an electronic/cdi type of ignition system so moisture should not be a problem,...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 nighttrain will not run, fuel pressure regulator, nighttrain
fuel pressure regulator, nighttrain, senser: The dianostic you are on the bike is not deep enough to tell what the problem is. You are getting a general code. I would take the bike in and have a dianostic run on it. Right now it could be anything. The map senser might be getting high voltage or it might...

Motorcycle Repair: '78 hawk type II - fading spark, honda hawk, engine cranks
honda hawk, engine cranks, yellow wires: LOL... I hoped it would be a Honda manual... here is the extracts for the ignition system.... Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measuer between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms between leads Ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 honda XL185S clutch, long term storage, clutch assembly
long term storage, clutch assembly, clutch plates: Jeff, It may not be a clutch issue.... or it may well be. You didn t say if this was a sudden problem or if the bike has just been revived after long-term storage. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xl185s-1979-usa_model1140/partslist/E++08.html shows the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 Sportster, primary or clutch issue, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, clutch plates: Replacing the cable and the actuator will not do anything for you. You will still have the same problem. If the bike feels like its pulling when in gear and the clutch is pulled then the clutch is not adjusted correctly or the clutch plates are bad Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: bad olie spil, oil tank, web side
oil tank, web side, oil pump: the problem you are having is oil is weeping out of the oil tank to the motor. There is a ball and spring in the oil pump which is suppose to keep this from happening. Over time the spring gets weak or the ball gets some carbon on it. Looking at the top of...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX 1000Z Valve Shims, silicon carbide paper, valve shims
silicon carbide paper, valve shims, clock components: David, Don t be penny wise and pound foolish. Shims are only a buck a shim. Most dealers allow you to exchange shims for a buck and your old shim. Most of us do rely on the numbers on the shims, so if you insist on doing the grinding, remove the numbers....

Motorcycle Repair: carburetors, honda cb900f, vent holes
honda cb900f, vent holes, plug caps: Vince, so you bypassed the fuel control system? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb900f-900-super-sport-1982-usa_model7251/partslist/E++19.html That s not a bad thing, but hopefully you plugged off the vacuum fitting at the carb rack. Check intake manifolds for...

Motorcycle Repair: cb400n 1981, yellow wires, generator test
yellow wires, generator test, bill silver: Richard... Here are some notes that I have given out previously to 400-450 owners... taken from a CB450T manual. Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measure between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms...

Motorcycle Repair: cb500t seems to be missing above 4500rpm, pod air filters, point gap
pod air filters, point gap, plug caps: Jamie... check compression first, after adjusting the valves, so we have a baseline to work from. Hopefully, the camtiming is all set correctly, as that can cause performance issues if you are off one tooth on either camshaft setting. Beyond that I would...

Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, zip ties, rubber washer
Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, zip ties, rubber washer, prongs

Motorcycle Repair: fluid change, drain plugs, dipstick
drain plugs, dipstick, tranny fluid: Its best to change all the fluids at the same time. Its easier to keep track of. The drain for the trans is on the pan under the bike on the right side. The drain for the oil is on the same pan, but on the left and foward of the pan. The drain for the primary...

Motorcycle Repair: follow up question about my harley, vin number, apraiser
vin number, apraiser, insurance purposes: Acording to your vin number you bike is a 1979 and the 5e stands for FXEF 1200, not a 1340. The only way you can tell the difference in the 1200 and the 1340 is to remove the heads and check the bore. The black plugs indicate you are fouling plugs. There...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL90, helicoil kit, valve seals
helicoil kit, valve seals, intake leak: Joe, I think your cam timing is off one tooth. Compression should be 157-180 psi. You didn t say how much end gap you had on the rings. Does it have excessive blow-by coming from the breather tube? What does the spark plug look like? Does it smoke excessively?...

Motorcycle Repair: handa atv, honda foreman, honda street
honda foreman, honda street, honda rancher: Chuck, that is a system warning error light. First, check with your Honda dealer to see if all the recalls and warranty fixes have been done. I don t have a list of codes, as I don t normally deal with ATV/ATC models, just vintage Honda street bikes....

Motorcycle Repair: harley, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, harley xlh: Loosen the adjuster on the cable so there is slack in it. Remove the clutch adjustment cover on the primary cover. Loosen the locknut and tun the adjuster outward. then turn it inward just until it bottoms out and then turn it outward about 1/8 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: honda 2003 shadow spirit 750, honda 750 shadow spirit, honda 750 shadow
honda 750 shadow spirit, honda 750 shadow, bill silver: Dennis. the big clue for me was sitting for months in shed . That almost always means carb cleanout time, as today s fuels evaporate, separate and plug up the idle and often the main jets. The bike starts on the choke because it is a separate fuel/air...

Motorcycle Repair: more horsepower, piston manufacturers, bonneville speed records
piston manufacturers, bonneville speed records, piston kits: Michael... What is your intended purpose for this power increase request? Drag racing, road racing, Bonneville speed records? Each application requires different design parameters and parts. What is your budget? There are a number of things that...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki 4 wheeler, kawasaki lakota, kawasaki 4 wheeler
kawasaki lakota, kawasaki 4 wheeler, lakota sport: David.... Here s what I found... http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_remove_the_seat_from_a_kawasaki_lakota_sport http://forums.atvconnection.com/kawasaki/116150-removing-seat-97-lakota-300-a.html http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/1997-kawasaki-motorcycle-lakota-300-kef300a3/o/m3969#sch31871...

Motorcycle Repair: Low compression 73 st90, honda st90, npr rings
honda st90, npr rings, piston size: Al, I can t imagine why the shop wouldn t want to hone the cylinder, unless they overbored it to the piston size. A proper cross-hatch ensures a good ring wear-in procedure and end result. Clearance should be in the 1 to 1.5 thousandths of an inch range. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Main Jet, intermediate jet, turs
intermediate jet, turs, plug wires: You need to do a OHMs test ont he coil and plug wires to makes sure they are good. If they are weak they will cause the plugs to foul. Also, bad points and condenser will cause the problem I would do all that before changing jets. If you find that its the...

Motorcycle Repair: misfire at 5000-6000rpm, thrust washer, advancer
thrust washer, advancer, cmsnl: Jamie.... The fixing bolt for the advancer should lock the unit to the end of the camshaft. The knock pin is just for alignment purposes. If the hole in the advancer or cam is worn out of round, the parts should be replaced, however try a new pin locate the...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle r6 yamaha, r6 yamaha, yamaha motorcycle
r6 yamaha, yamaha motorcycle, transmission gears: Joe, when bikes don t want to shift cleanly in/out of neutral, usually it is due to clutch drag loading the transmission gears. Make sure you have about 1/8-1/4 slack at the lever and not more. If that is adjusted correctly, the next probable cause would...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking heavily through blow by tube, harley davidson shovel head, harley davidson shovel
harley davidson shovel head, harley davidson shovel, e tank: When I asked about the color ot the plugs I am refering to the tip and porcelin of the plug. we they really black and fouled? What voltage are you showing at the battery with the bike running at around 2000 RPM? Charge the battery with a 2 AMP charger....

Motorcycle Repair: No Power From Fuse panel, honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk 650
honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk 650, 1985 honda nighthawk: Houses have fuse panels. A bike just has fuses on some parts of the circuitry. If you try to charge the battery with the key on, it is possible you did damage to the regulator or the alternator. It is very possible a diode is blown which could give a dead...

Motorcycle Repair: Rm80, piston kit, cylinder bore
piston kit, cylinder bore, good shape: The cylinder bore should be inspected for scratches or scores, if the bore is in good shape, the new piston with new rings may be fine, but usually you will have to go with a first oversize piston and the the bore machined and honed one oversize to make things...

Motorcycle Repair: rear cylinder smoke on pipe tube, valve stem seals, air filter system
valve stem seals, air filter system, piston ring: Gamalier, When you had the engine out before, did you notice large amounts of sludge and varnish build-up inside? Did you change the oil before you started it up again? If new oil is dark and smelling burnt, then there is some kind of overheating of parts,...

Motorcycle Repair: SL350 CAM Cover - Valve Timing, camshaft lobes, gasket sealers
camshaft lobes, gasket sealers, screw slot: Ken, do not use grease on a gasket for a Honda motorcycle. Grease will break down the gasket fibers and just make it easier to scoot around away from where it needs to be. Just use fresh OEM gaskets on dry, clean and flat surfaces. I am attaching a drawing...

Motorcycle Repair: setting float valve hight, float valve, furthest edge
float valve, furthest edge, bill silver: Float height is 14.5mm setting. The height is measured from the carburetor base to the furthest edge of the float, while the float tang/tab just closes the float valve needle, but does NOT compress the spring-loaded float valve needle tip. Looking at...

Motorcycle Repair: no start, honda cb 400, droplet of water
honda cb 400, droplet of water, honda manual: LOL... I hoped it would be a Honda manual... here is the extracts for the ignition system.... Pulse generator test 50-170 ohms Blue/yellow to Green wires Alternator charging coil measure between all three yellow wires .6 to 1.1 ohms between leads Ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: Tachometer install on 2011 FLHR, serial data line, trip odometer
serial data line, trip odometer, pink wire: Not a problem. It buggs me that harley sells things without good directions on how to install! The 8B I was refering to is the ignition harness connection. Follow the wire on the scematic that you have for bike with the tac, and follow it all the way to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Tapping sound in my engine, heritage classic, lifter
heritage classic, lifter, pumps: That tapping you are hearing is a lifter. When your bike goes to idle it looses a little pressure. When you rev it up, it pumps back up. In order to stop the tapping you would have to replace the lifter. You will get to the point where the lifter does not...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve re-seat, lapping compound, valve seat
lapping compound, valve seat, previous question: In order to lap the valve you would first have to inspect the valve and valve seat for damage. If there is any damage to the valve it would have to be replaced. If the seat is damaged it would have to be ground. Once that is all done then you have to lap the...

Motorcycle Repair: 02 flhtc fairing removal, online catalogs, speedo
online catalogs, speedo, good luck: Your taking on a really big job. If you remove the fairing and disconnect the wiring the bike wsill not run. You would have to do alot of splicing of wires together. If you still want to do it you need to get a wiring diagram for your bike so you have somthing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB500 Fuel issue, honda cb500, overflow tube
honda cb500, overflow tube, seat interface: Jon-Micheal, First of all, it is always a good idea to turn off the fuel petcock when you park the bike, especially if you park it on the sidestand. With a leaking float valve, you could potentially lose the whole tank of fuel into the street which is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB 500T, smoking exhaust
smoking exhaust: Hey Mike,This bike i m not real familiar with.In general though,the compression sounds a little low.Hard starting is a good sign of it being to low.Make sure the hard staring isn t a carb problem.If it starts easy with spraying intake with carb cleaner or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 honda xl250, honda xl250, wattage output
honda xl250, wattage output, volt bulb: If you can find a 6v light bulb with higher wattage output, use that, but the market for that application is probably pretty small. HDLT (6V 35/36.5W) 33100-428-671 is description & part number. The problem is that the stator is only wound to put out so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Cm 250 engine rebuild, cam lobes, metric bolts
cam lobes, metric bolts, fiche section: Erik, if you can find a TIME-SERT http://www.timesert.com/ for best results, but you can use a Heli-coil, too. Just be sure to get the correct thread pitch. Spark plugs have a different pitch than regular metric bolts. The timing chain is endless, so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cbx won't start, cbx, vagueness
cbx, vagueness, diaphragm: How often have you put fresh fuel in it? 10 miles per month means 10 months between fill-ups. That gas will be stale. The 1981 and 1982 CBX s have a vacuum fuel cutoff, so fuel doesn t flow unless there is a vacuum on the inlet. You can override this and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda cb450sc, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, bill silver: Beth, http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb450sc-nighthawk-450-1982-usa_model456/partslist/F++15.html #36 is a master fuse that plugs into #18 on top of the solenoid. There are two types used back then.. either a fusible link )----( shaped piece of metal or...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 YZ 490, crankcase oil, oil mixture
crankcase oil, oil mixture, stroke engine: John, There is a drain on the bottom of the engine to change the transmission oil. http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-yz490j-competition-1982_model8899/partslist/B-02.html #23 A two-stroke engine has separate transmission oil, partitioned from the actual...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT 700 shadow carburetor, float valve, float bowl
float valve, float bowl, bill silver: Kevin... the spring loop just keeps the needle in contact with the float valve tang, so it doesn t swing to far down if the float bowl is empty, which might allow the float valve needle to drop out of the seat and into the float bowl. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vt700c-shadow-1985-usa_model7657/partslist/E++1801.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Yamaha FZR 600, white smoke
white smoke: The white smoke is coolant being burned,blue smoke is oil and black is fuel.It could have a bad head gasket.Check for coolant in the oil and oil in the coolant.If found it is a major problem.While test riding pay close attention to any motor noise such as...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Suzuki Katana 750 Engine Problem, dirty carbs
dirty carbs: Hey Jeff.Cleaning a set of carbs is actually very tricky.There are many passage ways in carb that can clog.The jets are just the begining.The way your bike was running carbs are the problem.I would recommend taking them to a motorcycle repair shop.If you are...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 honda foreman es450, reverse problem
reverse problem: The most common problem for reverse failure with your model is simple.On the very back of your engine towards the very bottom is a switch.Its the reverse indicator switch.It has one wire that connects to it and it can come loose by sticks,roots or vibration.Look...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 night train harley, throttle position sensor, bad throttle position sensor
throttle position sensor, bad throttle position sensor, bill silver: I answered a H-D question????? Basically, you have to look at it just like a car. When the check engine light comes on, there is a trouble code stored in the computer. You have to retrieve the code and find out what the reference is about. I found...

Motorcycle Repair: 49FL, battery eliminator, polding
battery eliminator, polding, joe hunt: You can add the mag without a problem and you can run the generator without a battery. Just remember, a generator relies on RPMs to keept he voltage up. With the lights on and having turn signals on your generator will not put out enough voltage and the lights...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CM 400 rich mix/ hard bucking and jerking, honda cm 400, clymers
honda cm 400, clymers, black oil: Brian..... refer this illustration of the carb parts that may be involved. Yes, you can reverse the primary and secondary main jets and cause a rich low end condition, coupled with severe leaning out as the throttles are opened. Primary jets are #72 (a...

Motorcycle Repair: ape hangers, ape hangers, cycle catalog
ape hangers, cycle catalog, pullback: The best way to install apehangers is to first instll the bars. Then you will have to take measurements to see how much longer you need. Not all apehangers are the same, they have different pullback and width, that is why you need to measure Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Black smoke, Running rich
Running rich: Hey GreenNad,The black smoke is fuel for sure.What I don t know is if the rich condition started right after your aftermarket intake was installed.If so it could be the problem.If not than first I would check to make sure your oil level isn t to high and smell...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, screw driver, pipe wall
screw driver, pipe wall, time mark: If you installed them there should be a bolt holding them in. If they are tight you are going to have to use a screw driver to bend the edges of the baffles and try to pull them out. If the baffles were installed at a factory they are probably tack welded...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit 1200, cold weather lean condition
cold weather lean condition: Hey Mike.It sounds to me like your bike is running lean,probably due to dirty carbs or incorrect jetting.In cold weather air is more dense,meaning your getting a lot more air than in warm weather,causing a lean air to fuel ratio.You can confirm this sometimes...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake pads on a '77 CB750K, caliper piston, ring groove
caliper piston, ring groove, cb750k: Todd, if the pad is rusted/gummed up in the caliper, then just use the master cylinder to push the piston outwards, which will push the pad out ahead of it. Once it is just above the flush surface of the caliper body, you can grab it with fingers/pliers and...

Motorcycle Repair: CB125 N disc brake, honda cb125t, cmsnl
honda cb125t, cmsnl, cb125: Tony, most of the cable operated brakes were used on early CB125S, CB200T, MT125R and the CB125T models. Here is an illustration of the parts involved. I recall that the self-adjusting ratchet needed to be set up close, so it could continue on its own,...

Motorcycle Repair: CBX Carb Jetting, stock pipes, k n air filter
stock pipes, k n air filter, 1979 honda cbx: Hi Bob, I do not know if the Delkevic pipes are made the same way as the original pipes, with a double wall header pipe. I know that the new Sankei pipes are identical to the originals, and they are quite resistant to blueing... If you have individual K&N...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing forks out, triple trees, roadking
triple trees, roadking, caliber: Are you just wanting to change the legs and not the triple trees? If you are then about any year will fit as long as they are the same diameter. If you are planning on using the dame brake caliber then you would have to make sure the lowers are 84-99 Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Curious carburetion discovery, discovery question, air velocity
discovery question, air velocity, ebay: Oh yes lots of experts out there but only a few who really know what they re doing. Lots of interest in aftermarket seats and needle valves because of price, however not getting the OEM s is more expensive in the end! We raced a cbx a couple of years...

Motorcycle Repair: cl 125 ignition problems, carburetor jets, coil tester
carburetor jets, coil tester, mechanical advance: Mike, Older Honda s depend quite heavily on the battery to create a good ignition spark. Always use a good fully charged battery. The mechanical advance unit under the points plate can also stick which may cause a misfire. Points should have a...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, honda rebel 250, clutch lever
honda rebel 250, clutch lever, clutch cable: Bring it by the house and I can tell you EXACTLY what is wrong with it.... : ) The most probable cause is that there is not enough slack at the clutch lever. You must have about 1/8 free play at the lever before it actually begins to pull the clutch arm....

Motorcycle Repair: e-starter on 305 engine, starter clutch, bill silver
starter clutch, bill silver, spark advance: Elliott, Usually the binding is the starter clutch trying to grasp the inner clutch hub to spin the motor over. Generally, the electric starter issues are the three springs that collapse, causing irregular gripping of the inner hub. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-c77-dream_model15007/partslist/E10.html...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, loose wire, low beam
loose wire, low beam, teardown: Sounds liek you have a loose wire. Start at the headlight and check for power from there back. Go from the hedlight to the hi/low beam switch and then follow it back tot he power source and you should find the problem Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Fluid changes, bill silver, cc view
bill silver, cc view, fluid changes: Ross, I don t have any knowledge about REVTEC 100 engines. I am a Honda guy not a HD guy. Never wrenched on them or care to, really. Did some quick searches after I realized your typo was asking about big twins and didn t find any concrete answers to share,...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal 02 flhtc, gas tank, senser
gas tank, senser, safe list: No, your bike will not run with everything unplugged. You can keep the orgional gas tank if you wish. You would have to go with a handlebar speedo, since you want to keep the orgional tank. You would probably have to change out the speedo senser for the new...

Motorcycle Repair: fairing removal (follow-up), senser, wiring diagrams
senser, wiring diagrams, handlebars: You would have to check your wiring diagram. I am not going to be able to list everything for you. Follow the wires and anything that is a senser needs to be plugged back it. Anything that goes to the handlebars will need to be plugged back in. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: gas tank, water in gas
water in gas: Hey Christy,The only true way to remove all water is to remove tank,drain it turn upside down and shake it to get all the drops you can then let sit in sun till completely dry.You will probably have water in bottom of carburator.Try to loosen drain screw at...

Motorcycle Repair: gs1100 suzuki, gs top end
gs top end: Hey Amir,With the info I have it seems like just the top end needs rebuilding.A Suzuki dealership is the most common way to get parts or you can use world of powersports.com.Depending if you have to buy pistons and get cylinders bored or just rings.The cost...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 305 Scrambler fenders, honda 305 scrambler, silver tank
honda 305 scrambler, silver tank, rear fender: Eric, the last of the Scramblers made in 1967 have chromed fenders, the later style oval tail light, metallic Blue/Orange paint on the tank/side covers. Changeover came at CL77-1056273 and later machines. I have restoration guides on CD available to help...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB500t, spindle shaft, shaft assembly
spindle shaft, shaft assembly, shift forks: Pete, It sounds like you will have to pull the right side clutch cover off to inspect the shifter parts. The problem may be with the shift spindle (shaft) assembly. Check the screw on the end of the shift drum or barrel as they sometimes come loose....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda shadow 750 vt 2006, honda shadow 750, motorcycle superstore
honda shadow 750, motorcycle superstore, mick dundee: Mick, Honda doesn t supply charging leads with their bikes. Most motorcycle smart chargers come with leads that you attach to your battery terminals, leaving a pigtail out to where you can charge the battery at will, without removal. http://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/ProductImages/OG/0000_Battery_Tender_Plus_Charger_Black.jpg...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cl200, metal shavings, compression stroke
metal shavings, compression stroke, piston rings: Al, Tap loudly could mean a number of things.... A blown exhaust pipe gasket at the head makes a loud and sharp noise. A valve adjuster screw that has loosened up and backed off can make a lot of noise in the top end. First thing to do is to check...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, piston rings, valve clearances
piston rings, valve clearances, jet size: Pablo, a number of things can cause gas-fouled plugs, including a weak spark (be sure that the battery is new and fully charged), incorrect ignition timing or sticking/frozen spark advancer and incorrect float level settings. There are 4 carb models listed...

Motorcycle Repair: honda sl90, vacuum type, piston rings
vacuum type, piston rings, correct heat: Hello Pablo, Make sure your air filter is not restricting air. It may need a new filter. Check that the cutaway part on the carb slide bottom is facing the air filter. Use the correct heat range spark plug, not too cold. Check the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking inside primary cover, o ring, tranny
o ring, tranny, good luck: You have two places that the inner primary can leak. The o-ring where the inner primary attaches to the motor and the trans seal where it attaches to the trans. If either one is leaking you are going to have to remove the inner primary and replace the seal...

Motorcycle Repair: oil tank level down after sitting, oil tank, tank level
oil tank, tank level, flywheels: Yoru oil is leaking into the bottom end of the motor. there is a ball and check valve that is suppose to stop it, but its probably leaking out. When you start the bike it pumps the oil back in the tank. It doest hurt anything, justs make it a little harder...

Motorcycle Repair: Pulse Coil Generator, honda xr250r, dealer inventories
honda xr250r, dealer inventories, honda dealers: Pat, you didn t mention the year.... 30300-KZ1-000 PULSE GEN ASSY for a 1992 30300-MA0-000 for 1981, also fits XR500R 30300-HA0-033 GEN COMP,PULSE for a 1998 http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-xr250r-1998-usa_model7762/partslist/E++10.html Once you determine...

Motorcycle Repair: PW 80, two stroke engines, old engines
two stroke engines, old engines, pw 80: Dustin, If your bike runs when you spray fuel into the carb mouth it means you are not getting enough fuel. First check that the fuel is flowing well to the carb from the tank. Second, you will have to check that the float inside the carb is not...

Motorcycle Repair: my pw80 a few issues, bike repair shops, pw80
bike repair shops, pw80, throttle cable: You will need to buy a throttle cable. Installationmay be a little challenging unless you have done it before. SOmetimes it is worth paying a little more to have things done/checked out by an experienced mechanic, sounds like your bike has some more issues...

Motorcycle Repair: repainting, Sportbike, paint job
Sportbike, paint job: Hey Lance,Yea your bike should have came with a fuel tank with no cover.With my experience over the years I believe having it professionally painted is the best option.If you shop around you should find someone to do it for a little over $300.Good Luck,Davi...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter is slow to engage, starter delay
starter delay: Hey Tim,Usually this is due to a battery problem.You can verify this buy either installing a known good battery or by hooking jumper cables to your battery and a fully charged known good battery.If the delay is still there than your starter needs rebuilding...

Motorcycle Repair: starter drive clutch, starter clutch, yamaha virago 750
starter clutch, yamaha virago 750, starter image: Victor, The Virago had some starter design problems on the 750 models up to about 1985. They redesigned the whole thing and added a starter drive clutch. The early models did not have this one-way clutch. If the gears are not worn and the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: water leak, head gasket failure, motorcycle engines
head gasket failure, motorcycle engines, bill silver: Sultan, you haven t given me sufficient information about this bike to be able to tell you if this is something that you can fix yourself or not. From your description, it sounds like the engine has suffered a head gasket failure, allowing coolant to be mixed...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, turn signal switch, turn signals
turn signal switch, turn signals, wire connections: Hi Bob, Always check the fuses and bulbs first and then see if the power is getting to the wires. The low beam might be a bulb filament, loose wire or fault in the dimmer switch. Turn signals may be bad bulbs, bad flasher or turn signal switch....

Motorcycle Repair: 03 xr70r, valve seals, oil consumption
valve seals, oil consumption, overrun: If it is smokey, does it smoke while under power, during acceleration then it is worn rings, or on overrun, or when you shut the throttle, it is likely to be valve seals. If the bike runs fine, makes no noises and does not smoke excessively, I d leave it...

Motorcycle Repair: 06 injected deuce, dyno time, necessary thanks
dyno time, necessary thanks, taking a chance: you need to tune the bike. What you are wanting to do will lean out the bike. Running lean makes it run hotter and you are taking a chance of burning a valve. If you run to hot you will burn the motor. Shop around on the dyno time. You might find a aftermarket...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 sl350 Honda runs rough at low speeds/some backfire, exhaust system components, calibration issues
exhaust system components, calibration issues, pod filters: Bill.... Start with the basics... you ve adjusted the valves, so check the compression. Should be in the 170 psi range. Once you know you have good compression, then you can move forward into troubleshooting. There are stampings on the carburetor, denoting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 superglide fxe, straight pipes, intermediate jet
straight pipes, intermediate jet, superglide: Adding straight pipes will lean the bike out a little. What you would have to do is install the exhaust and warm up the bike. Once its warm, adjust the air/fuel misture acrew and go for a ride and see how it runs. You might end up going bigger on the intermediate...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda Xl175, point gap, bill silver
point gap, bill silver, xl100: Nick, there is good information here: http://www.dansmc.com/valveclearence.htm http://www.dansmc.com/bat_coil_ign.htm Specifications are: intake valve .002 and exhaust .003 clearance when piston is at the T mark on the flywheel and both valves are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda xl 125, honda xl 125, exhaust stroke
honda xl 125, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Either way, lobes up or fully down will work. This is what is called a wasted spark engine design meaning it fires on the compression stroke, but also on the exhaust stroke. So whichever way you put the camshaft in, it will work out fine. Make sure it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda CT110, honda ct110, cmsnl
honda ct110, cmsnl, compression stroke: Tim, did your new one come from Honda and was it a Keihin brand unit? What was the part number? Compare what you have to the part numbers and jet sizes listed here: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-ct110-trail-110-1984-us_model7376/partslist/E++14.html ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 honda interceptor v four 500, honda interceptor, long periods of time
honda interceptor, long periods of time, carburetor body: Ronald, the fuel system is designed to briefly prime the carburetors, then shut down until the motor is running. Then, the fuel pump is enabled all the time. This is normal operation. Fuel leaking out the overflow is due to a dirty, sticking float valve...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx ironhead 1000cc sportster, little spark, xlx
little spark, xlx, plug wires: Since you have replaced most of the electronics there are a couple of things to check. Check your wiring to make sure all the connections are good and no shorts. I would test the coil, plug wires and pickup. Even though they came out of a box, they can be...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 xlx sportster 1000cc ironhead, stock carb, xlx
stock carb, xlx, petcock: Even though you installed a new carb kit you might have some dirt in the carb that is plugging up things. I would take the carb apart and soak it over night in carb cleaner. Also, make sure the petcock is not plugged. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 nighthawk 700sc, honda cb700sc, rubber hoses
honda cb700sc, rubber hoses, cmsnl: Aris... sorry to hear someone has been messing with your bike. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-85-nighthawk-s-us_model7229/partslist/E++18.html for some of the hoses http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb700sc-85-nighthawk-s-us_model7229/partslist/F++15.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 fxsts repair ?, cam lobes, lifter
cam lobes, lifter, bearings: Rebuild the top end will not hurt the bottom end at all. Since its a 1988 I would check the cam lobes and replace the cam bearing and check the lifter bearings. As to the cost. I cant comment on that. Prices differ all over the country as well as shop to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 fzr 600 no spark issue, jumper cables, 1989 fzr 600
jumper cables, 1989 fzr 600, bill silver: John, not really my brand or type of motorcycle. If you jumped the battery you probably damaged it and the system isn t getting sufficient reliable voltage to run the ignition. Putting the sidestand down, in gear, will kill the engine due to safety devices...

Motorcycle Repair: 1990 883 starter problem, starter solenoid, 883 sportster
starter solenoid, 883 sportster, earth cable: The thickness is fine. If you have power going to the starter and the starter solenoid is moving the shaft outward then the starter should spin, unless the motor is not turning, or there is damage to the starter solenoid and its not letting power go to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 Heritage, Backfire etc., intermediate jet, mike bike
intermediate jet, mike bike, air leak: If you have adjustable pushrods, make sure they are not to tight. Check for a air leak at the intake. You can warm the bike up and with some carb cleaner, spray a little around the intake. If your RPMs go up you have a leak. Lastly, remove the bowl on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2009 Iron 883 fuel tuners and exhaust systems., air fuel mixture, heavy breather
air fuel mixture, heavy breather, vance and hines: You should notice a little change. You are not going to get alot more horses unless you change cams. The only problem you will have is knowing what the air/fuel mixture is. You are uploading maps and trying them to see how thery work Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 superglide, superglide, dipstick
superglide, dipstick, kicker: It depends on what kicker cover you have. Looking at the kicker cover is there a small allen head plug just to the left of the kicker? If there is then remove it and fill the trans just until oil runs out that hole and put the plug back in. If you dont have...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 honda400 carbs, bill silver, float bowl
bill silver, float bowl, cmsnl: Jesse, take the float bowl off and release the float downwards so the needle drops down out of the float valve seat. If nothing comes out, then there is a block in the interconnecting tube between the two carburetors. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb400tii-78-us_model7218/partslist/E++19.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 custom 1200, starter switch, test light
starter switch, test light, kill switch: Start by checking, with test light, to see if you have power going to the ignition switch and to see if you have power going away from it to the start/stop switch. If you have power then check the switch to see if you have power going away from it. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Heritage springer, heritage springer, good luck
heritage springer, good luck: Sometimes it can be. There is a very small space on the shifter drum where netural is and it can be tough to hit with the trans spinning. You never told me how many miles you have on the bike, but since its a 98, the drum might be worn and needs replaced....