About Experts Sitemap - Group 37 - Page 17 2016-08-23

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, pressure relief valve, overflow tube
Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, pressure relief valve, overflow tube, drain tube

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, vance and hines cruzers, burning tires
Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, vance and hines cruzers, burning tires, luggage rack

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, plug cap, rpm
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, plug cap, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda powersport, bike builder
Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda powersport, bike builder, model mr

Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, push button
Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, push button

Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, flywheel
Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, flywheel, lobes

Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, emery paper, fuse
Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, emery paper, fuse

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell, vent line, california emissions
vent line, california emissions, charcoal cannister: your correct, the vent line should not be plugged. I dont know much about the valve since I am in Ohio and havent worked on any California bikes. I would suppect that the valve is a one way valve that keeps vapors from excaping to the air. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Governor ?, electronic ignition units, 1984 honda magna
electronic ignition units, 1984 honda magna, reserve tank: Just about everything I know about Magnas is in the first answer I gave. As I said, from what I was able to figure out, it would appear that there is a governor in one of the ignitors and I think that if you were to replace the one with the governor with a...

Motorcycle Repair: gas coming out the operflow, metal needle, float valve
metal needle, float valve, needle valve: Check that the scooter has either a manual or vacuum operated fuel tap. Verify that the fuel tap is in the correct position and is operating correctly. Remove the carburetor and put it on a bench with a small bottle feeding into the fuel line. Verify that...

Motorcycle Repair: HARLEY FUEL, sensers, gas milage
sensers, gas milage, lay person: the fuel injection is more efficent than the carb and creates a little more power through the power band and it make the motor run smoother and usually gets a litle more gas milage. The down side is, the lay person cant really work on the bike, since there...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Signal Canceler Module (TSM), hd signals, google search
hd signals, google search, light bulbs: Its notthe fact that you have low voltage at the turn signal modual, its that the light bulbs are not drawing enough current to make it work. If the voltage is low, then you have low voltage at the bulbs and it wont flash or work Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Won't Start, volt meter, angle sensor
volt meter, angle sensor, starter relay: First thing you need to do is determine if you have power going to the starter. there is a small 12 volt wire going to the stater from the starter relay. Unplug it and with a volt meter check the wire when you hit the starter button. Do you get 12 volts at...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA brand motorcycle oil, diesel engine manufacturer, rolling joints
diesel engine manufacturer, rolling joints, honda oils: Kirk, the subject of oil can be debated with strong opinions. There are probably folks reading this response that know more about the subject than I do. I ll tell you what I learned as an engineer working for a diesel engine manufacturer. The oil base...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA brand oil, friction modifiers, clutch friction
friction modifiers, clutch friction, harley davidsons: The manufacturers know the best way to lubricate and protect their designs, especially motorcycle engines, which are far more harsh on motor oil blends than automotive applications. If you have a motorcycle, which uses the oil to lubricate the transmission...

Motorcycle Repair: HONDA vlx 600 LACKS POWER, honda vlx 600, valve heads
honda vlx 600, valve heads, big bore kit: Without knowing too much about this bike I would suggest you try giving it a good factory tune up. Does it have solid lifters or tappets which might need adjustment? Has the carb been cleaned recently? What s the condition of the battery? Also check if...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 90 1973, filter screens, hash marks
filter screens, hash marks, book specs: This is a puzzle. It doesn t sound like a carburation problem but it still could be. It sounds like a compression or timing problem. I d recommend running a compression test. It should be 150 psi or higher. Be sure to hold the throttle wide open when...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, honda ct90, centrifugal clutch
honda ct90, centrifugal clutch, clutch plates: You need to adjust the clutch. There s an adjustment screw that you need to loosen up the lock nut. Turn the screw in until it feels loose and then back the screw out until you feel some resistance. Then turn the screw in 1/2 turn and tighten the lock nut....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda GL 1200 1985, honda gl, gl 1200
honda gl, gl 1200, stock honda: That s a pretty common problem on the Hondas. It happened on my 85 sabre and I think it caused my neighbor s bike to catch on fire as he was riding it to work one day. There s quite a bit of current going through the connector and it gets hot which relaxes...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Highthawk S Knocking, connecting rod bearing, honda cb700sc
connecting rod bearing, honda cb700sc, high mileage: Take a long screw driver and press the handle up to your ear and put the blade on various parts of the engine. You can pin point where it s coming from and it will indicate what s causing the noise. It sounds like a rod to me but if you use the technique...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda QA 50, honda qa 50, compression test
honda qa 50, compression test, qa: The procedure procedure for checking the bore and the service limits are in the service manual so I don t have the details on this. But I would do a compression test (dry and wet) and compare the numbers you get to determine if you need to rebuild it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda QA 50 1973, honda qa 50, bill silver
honda qa 50, bill silver, bandaid: Dave, I have never worked on one or owned one, but the bulletins in the below link should solve the problem, as far as I know. Honda doesn t do band-aid cures for mechanical problems. http://www.hondaheaven.org/modules/gallery/QA50_serv_sheets Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Rebel CMX 450 won't idle, carburetor cleaners, speed jets
carburetor cleaners, speed jets, honda rebel: Kren, the low speed jets in the carb are plugged again. If it ran well when you got it back from mechanic, something is continuing to plug the low speed circuit. It could be rust in the gas tank getting down into the carbs and plugging the jets. I d...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Shadow 600, honda shadow 600, cdi ignition
honda shadow 600, cdi ignition, vacuum hose: Kat, it would be nice to know the year of your bike. They have been making them since the 1980s and they do have some different stuff on them now. The mileage showing on the speedometer would be beneficial to know, too, as it relates to the amount of age and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Trail 90, honda trail 90, shift forks
honda trail 90, shift forks, shift lever: Karen, the transmission is still probably dry and needing lubrication. It could also have some rust that is binding up the shift forks or inteh gears. I m not sure how to free things up without taking it apart. It will probably free up if you run the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda V45 Manga, v45 magna, jumper wire
v45 magna, jumper wire, honda v45: Darrick, It sounds fuel flow related. Could be from the relay or the fuel pump. The pump doesn t normally run for more than about 15 seconds after the switch is turned on, I think. Remove the fuel line to the carbs and put it into a small container. Turn the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda vf 700 wont idle, honda vf, speed jets
honda vf, speed jets, motorcycle experience: Jessie, the low speed jets are plugged preventing fuel from getting into the engine at idle. I ve never found a cleaner that will clean those jets. It require taking the carbs off and pulling the jets. Run a small wire in the jets to clean it out. As...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 200s timing, honda 200s, cam lobes
honda 200s, cam lobes, honda atv: Seems a little late to ask about timing with the motor put back together now... ?? If it turns over easy and still has compression then at least the cam timing is within a tooth or so. If you get the cam timing wrong, then the valves hit the piston and...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 250r wont start, honda 250r, crank case
honda 250r, crank case, honda 250: The 250R is a 2 stroke. Assuming the timing is right and the carb is set correctly, the only other thing that will keep a 2 stroke from starting are compression and crank case seals. You ll have to check the compression and if that s okay, you ll need to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct90 caborator, honda ct90, adjustment screws
honda ct90, adjustment screws, screw: Alex, start at 2.5 turns out and then once it running and warmed up, adjust the screw in slowly until you hear the engine start to slow down and then turn it out slowly until it slows down again. Then set the screw midway between those two points. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xr 80 head tension, camshaft lobes, honda xr 80
camshaft lobes, honda xr 80, head tension: David, measure the bolt size (not head size) and use the chart shown here: http://dodgeram.org/tech/specs/bolts/M_bolts.html small 6mm bolts/studs need about 5 ft lbs. larger 8mm nuts should get about 14 ft lbs. Valve clearances are .002 COLD on...

Motorcycle Repair: installing a clutch cable, clutch cable, heritage softtail
clutch cable, heritage softtail, o ring: Its not that tough at all. You will have to remove the exhaust if the pipes cover the trans cover. Drain the trans. remove cover and remove the old cable and install the new one. Dont forget the o-ring on the cable where is screws into the cover. Install...

Motorcycle Repair: knocking, hydraulic lifters, oil pressure
hydraulic lifters, oil pressure, lifter: Those heads have hydraulic lifters. It sounds like one of them might have stuck and then broke free. I guess I wouldn t worry about it unless it happened again or consistently. Then you ll have to go into the head and find out what s binding. It depends...

Motorcycle Repair: kz440 carburators, kawasaki kz440, overflow tube
kawasaki kz440, overflow tube, inlet tubes: According to the microfiche: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/showschematic/m3956sch38437 #32 and #34 are both fuel inlet tubes so they should go to the petcock #37 and #36 are fuel overflow tube which should run to the ground There...

Motorcycle Repair: Modern Oils, vintage honda, cam area
vintage honda, cam area, traditional oils: Dan, there are oils that can extend engine life dramatically, I know Valvoline used to make an oil that had anti friction additive that prevented a new engine from properly breaking in properly. Cummins used to recommend the use of blue only after the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: main fuse blowing, brake light switch, wiringdiagrams
brake light switch, wiringdiagrams, oldmanhonda: Zayne, from what you describe, it sounds like there is a short in the brake light switch system or the brake light wiring is grounded somewhere. There is a front and rear brake light switch. Try disconnecting them and see if that stops the fuse blowing....

Motorcycle Repair: makeing front brake switch work, honda street, line switches
honda street, line switches, street bikes: Edward, it would have been so helpful for you to tell me what the heck you are working on. Honda street bikes use a front brake lever-operated switch (hydraulic or micro-switch, depending on application) and a separate rear brake switch, so whenever you...

Motorcycle Repair: master cylinder, snap ring pliers, brake master cylinder
snap ring pliers, brake master cylinder, mechanical experience: Chris, it s not too difficult if you ahve some mechanical experience. Remove the unit from the handle bar and empty out the brake fluid. Remove the lever and pull out the rubber seal over the plunger. Inside you will see a snap ring holding the plunger...

Motorcycle Repair: modle, sportster 1200, vin number
sportster 1200, vin number: You can give a dealer the vin number and they should be able to tell you what model it is. The only way to tell on the motor work is to tear the motor down to see what has been installed Hard to find netural might be your shifter drum is worn. The only way...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycles, in general, weight shifts, front wheel drive
weight shifts, front wheel drive, motorcycles: No. The problem is that when you accelerate, the weight shifts to the rear wheel. On a really powerful bike you can often feel the front want to come off the ground. A front wheel driver motorcycle wouldn t work because as the weight lifts off the front...

Motorcycle Repair: mpg, air fuel mixture, engine efficiency
air fuel mixture, engine efficiency, cb350: I d start with a thorough tune up. Make sure the timing advance is working and advancing to full advance at the right speed. If you re getting 30 mpg in town driving, that would be about right. If it s high way mileage, it s a low indicating a poor engine...

Motorcycle Repair: My New pit bike, model bikes, bill silver
model bikes, bill silver, pit bike: Benjamin... it doesn t start but sounds really good ? You are losing me here.... With little knowledge of your make/model, I will take a guess that it is one of the Chinese made clone bikes, resembling a Honda OHC 50 or 70cc engine machine. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: nothing with key on?, vt500, fuses
vt500, fuses, oxidation: Jeff, I ll have to see if my Shadow manual has a diagram. I m not sure how to send it to you. It doesn t look like I can attach a file to these responses. I d bet the ignition switch is just worn or has some oxidation on the contacts. Try turning it on...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Change from Hell: 1982 Honda CM450E, motorcycle oil, socket wrench
motorcycle oil, socket wrench, drain plug: Depending on how long the filter has been in there, the media can deteriorate in time and it will eventually plug up. I ve seen this a number of times. People over tighten the plug wanting to make sure it doesn t back off. There s a trick I find successful...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Drain Plug / synth. oil, oil drain plug, drain plugs
oil drain plug, drain plugs, classic answer: There are certain oils that can be used in all three. What you need to do it check with the sales person and make sure that is the case. You can also look at the bottle and it should say can be used in all three on a harley Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Light problem;, oil pressure guage, pressure gage
oil pressure guage, pressure gage, unit acts: there is one sending unit for your bike. it is on the right side of the motor. Should be a single wire. I would make sure you have good power to the light as well, before changing the sending unit. the sending unit acts as the ground for the light. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Really boggy off idle, vacuum leaks, fuel accelerator
vacuum leaks, fuel accelerator, intake hole: Jonathan, the engine is running too lean meaning it isn t getting enough fuel as you tip in the throttle. That year honda tried to intentionally lean out the carbs to meet emissions but they added the accelerator pump to address the problem you are experiencing....

Motorcycle Repair: Rear tire Removal, drum brake, rear axle
drum brake, rear axle, tx750: You did not provide the information I need to answer your question. I have little or no knowledge about models outside my expertise and a complete model number is absolutely necessary for me to find the information with Google. I have just spent about 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: Removing Baffles, harley dealer, two different things
harley dealer, two different things, anniversary edition: Check your mufflers. If you see a small bolt going into the side of the muffler then you can remove it and remove the baffles. If there is no bolt, then they are welded in and cant be removed. One thing you need to know. If you remove the baffles you will...

Motorcycle Repair: remove fairing from flhtcu, roadking, mike thanks
roadking, mike thanks, wiring harness: When you get a wiring harness it wil be the main harness running from the front of the bike to the rear. Basically you would be rewiring the whole bike. You should be able to get one at about any aftermarket parts companies. You would also need to get a service...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing gaskets 73 honda 750, honda 750, chrome pieces
honda 750, chrome pieces, leak oil: Shawn, all of those covers have some amount of oil in them. The oil tank normally will drain into the crankcase so you could get as much as 3.5 quarts out but I doubt that all of the oil will drain out. You should expect to get a couple of quarts out. ...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S 113, drag pipes, fuel mixture
drag pipes, fuel mixture, size tests: On your jetting, you can keep going smaller until you stop fouling plugs or the bike does not correctly. Make sure you adjust he air/fuel misture screw every time you change jets. Also, turn off the pumper when riding the bike after jetting. If will give you...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Leaking from head, crankcase pressure, gasket seal
crankcase pressure, gasket seal, fuel ratios: LOL! I answered a SS/Harley question before? I must have been delirious.... From what I know about HD and clones, the basic design has built-in overheating factors. Pinging is a sign of too much spark timing, along with a lean fuel condition, too hot of...

Motorcycle Repair: S&S Shorty Sputter, pet cock, gas caps
pet cock, gas caps, fuel caps: Since you have spark and you ran the bike without the gas caps and its not a vent problem, then the only thing it can be is a petcock problem. I would replace the petcock. Also, you said you have a filter. If you are talking about a inline filter, I would...

Motorcycle Repair: Signal Lights 93 Softail, flasher relay, axle nuts
flasher relay, axle nuts, reostat: In order for the turn signal modual to work there has to be so much currect drawn. The factory lights draw the current, so they flash. Alot of aftermarket lights dont, so the modual does not work. You can pruchace a load equalizer and that will solve the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Smoking at star up, valve guides, clatter
valve guides, clatter, goldwing: I m afraid that s not enough information to go on. The smoking can be caused by parking the bike on the side stand. With GL s you should make a habit of parking them on the centerstand. The oil could also be worn rings or valve guides. Does the clatter...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter on 1995 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 1100, starter, solenoid
starter, solenoid: Start by making sure you don t have a dirty connection. The cable from the negative terminal of the battery should be attached to an engine mount or a bolt on the engine. Loosen the mount and wiggle the cable a bit to break any oxidization that may have formed...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting the motorcycle, harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster 1200 custom
harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster 1200 custom, harley davidson: The bad thing about starting the bike and letting it idle is the motor does nto get hot enough. When you ride the bike and shut it down it will draw a little moisture. When you start the bike and ride it the oil get hot enough to drive the moisture out. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki 1980 GS 450, light machine oil, speedometer cable
light machine oil, speedometer cable, purpose grease: It s probably the speedometer cable. You can lube it with some general purpose grease or you can just replace it. They are not expensive. The too ends screw off pretty easily. If you want to lube it, remove the cable and clean it first (with some WD-40 and...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki DS80 kicks start shaft replacement, suzuki ds80, shaft gears
suzuki ds80, shaft gears, shaft replacement: Tommy, you are in for a lot more work then you planned.... http://www.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-ds80s-1995/o/m5932 The kickstarter shaft/gears are all locked into the engine cases. This is a motor tear-down project. The engine cases are split...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki GN250, volt ohm meter, fuse panel
volt ohm meter, fuse panel, heaps: Clair, your right, I m more of a Honda mechanic and I normally don t try to answer questions on other brands so I don t mislead someone but I ll see if I can help you out. If you have a volt ohm meter, we can probably figure this out together. The circuit...

Motorcycle Repair: s&s oil pump removel, panhead, oil pump
panhead, oil pump, oil pressure: First you have to remove the outer cover. On hte shaft that goes through the pump and into the case there is a clip. You have to remove it. Then remove the gears and keyway. Slide the body off and then remove the inside gears and keyway. If you want to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Front shock leaking oil FLHR-1 2003 Road Ki, air shocks, fork oil
air shocks, fork oil, o ring: You need to jack up the bike so there is no pressure on the forks. remove the top cap. If that is where the leak is, there is a o-ring. replace it. you probably havent lost enough fork oil to worry about draining it and replacing it. If you dont fix it the...

Motorcycle Repair: sl70 problems, hash marks, light hook
hash marks, light hook, jobit: Brian, try applying a little choke when you open the throttle. If it improves the problem, it a carb problem. If it doesn t help, it could be the timing advance unit. You can check the advance unit easlily enough if you have a timing light. Hook up the...

Motorcycle Repair: starter, gear teeth, screw driver
gear teeth, screw driver, loosly: The bearings should just press in. You might have to use a socket the same size as the inside of the bearing race and knock them in. the brushes which are on springs have to be pushed in to install. Cock the brush holder to one side and get one started and...

Motorcycle Repair: starter problem, sportster 1200, starter solenoid
sportster 1200, starter solenoid, starter problem: It sounds like you need to pull the starter and test it. there are several tests that need to be done to find the problem or you can replace it. To find how to do the tests you would have to get a service manual. It will have pics to follow. It would be to...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission slap, honda cbr, tight spots
honda cbr, tight spots, gearbox: Chris, I d bet the problem is the drive chain. Put some weight on the bike by sitting on it and check the tension in the chain. Roll the bike forward and again check the tension. Continue to do this until you ve checked the chain all the way around. I...

Motorcycle Repair: Triple Trees, fork tubes, triple trees
fork tubes, triple trees, fxst: The one thing you have to remember about adding degrees to the front end, it will handle better in a straight line, but will handle worse in a turn. Adding 4 degrees is not a problem, but you will have to lengthen the fork tubes to make up for the angle. ...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition, cb500 four, primary coils
cb500 four, primary coils, yellow wires: That s not the best way to test a coil. The continuity between the black and white wire and the yellow or blue wires indicate that primary coils have continuity and that s good. The black and white wire is the power into the coils and the blue and yellow...

Motorcycle Repair: throttle, suzuki gsxr 1100, float bowls
suzuki gsxr 1100, float bowls, switching gears: Jesse, I am not a Suzuki guy, but went to http://www.bikebandit.com/suzuki-motorcycle-gsxr1100h-1987/o/m6198 for any clues. It doesn t appear to have a fuel pump or extra fuel filter, so I guess we rule those items out. Sounds like it is starving for fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, degree timing, spark advance
degree timing, spark advance, btdc: To stop the pinging you can retard the timing a little, which should help. Since you stated that you seem to be losing power, that wouldnt have anything to do with the timing, unless it was way off. Sine the timing is direct drive off the cam, it should change...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage gage going wacky, loose wires, highway speed
loose wires, highway speed, mr wells: Connect a volt meter to the battery and go for a ride and see if the volt meter does the same thing. If it doenst, then you have a bad gage. You have to remove the front of the faring by removing the bolts at the top and the bolts holding the spotlights bracket...

Motorcycle Repair: Winter Storage, inexpensive gasoline, trickle charger
inexpensive gasoline, trickle charger, trickle charge: You might want to take the spark plugs out and squirt a little oil in the cylinders and then bump the starter over to lubricate all of the internal parts of the cylinders. Then put the plugs back in. THis will keep rust from condensation from causing you...

Motorcycle Repair: xl 1200s fork extension, fork tubes, sportster sport
fork tubes, sportster sport, 1200s: It will work on your bike. When you extend the fork tubes you need somthing in there to take up the space between the spring and the top cap that you made by making the tubes longer. If you are adding a inch then you need a inch spacer Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: xr 75 coil test, volt light, kill switch
volt light, kill switch, spark plug: If you have voltage to the coil, the only two things that can keep it from firing are the grounding circuit through the points and a bad coil. There s no 100% coil test that can be done at home without a coil tester. So if you check the points and they are...

Motorcycle Repair: xr500 problems, cam timing, delivery problem
cam timing, delivery problem, fuel delivery: Justin, it either fuel, ignition or compression. I can t tell from where I m sitting which one is the most likely cause. I m assuming when you kick the bike over, it feels like normal compression. If that s the case, it s either fuel delivery or timing....

Motorcycle Repair: Yamahaxj750 maxim, voltmeter, electrical system
voltmeter, electrical system, fuses: Only way to track this down is to put a voltmeter on it and take readings at various points. You probably have a corroded connector somewhere which is sensitive to temperature. I would get the wiring diagram from the service manual and use that as a guide....

Motorcycle Repair: '01 road king w/ apehangers, head nut, happy holidays
head nut, happy holidays, shims: the problem you are having is the higher you go with the handle bars the more flex you get. You can start by installing solid riser shims, instead of the rubber ones. This will tighten up the handle bars. The down side is you will pick up a little more vibration...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 FLSTCI Runs Rich, blowing gas, power commander
blowing gas, power commander, vance hines: No problem. The power commander can have gone out as I said in my previous answer and you still have the same problem. Without the proper testing equipment you have no way to test and adjust the power commander, so you still have to take it into a shop. Happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 Dyna, exhaust ports, thunderheaders
exhaust ports, thunderheaders, lean condition: Your best indicator of a lean condition is checking the spark plugs. Pull them and they should be a little tan in color.If they are white then you are runing lean. If you run lean, then you run hotter and you dont get the full power out of the bike. To lean...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 shovel, vent tube, oil tank
vent tube, oil tank, cam gear: the pressure is created when the piston moves down. What is happening is the oil pump has a check valve in it. Since the oil tank is higher that the motor, the check valve keeps oil from entering the case when the motor is not running. the check valve is...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 Honda CL450 not throwing spark, CL450, spark
CL450, spark, points: OK. To start with, I will assume you know that the kill switch should be turned on. Don t ask why I know to mention this ;-) The first thing to check is whether the points are making contact. Connect one wire of a 12V test light to the wire that connects...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 CL360, throttle cable, pivots
throttle cable, pivots, carbs: John, it could be a couple of things causing the throttle to hang up. The cable could be rusty or the pivots in the carbs that is gummed up with old gas and grud. I d recommend you loosen up the throttle cable adjustment and then work the throttle back...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4 Super Sport., honda 550, plug caps
honda 550, plug caps, stale gas: Marcel, when bikes have been laid up for this long, a lot of things can deteriorate. I would check the compression, adjust the valves and camchain tensioner, clean and gap the points, then set the ignition timing correctly and replace the spark plugs. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4, air fuel ratio, velocity stacks
air fuel ratio, velocity stacks, speed jets: Yes, removing the velocity stacks and air cleaner will change the air fuel ratio and lean out the mixture. It could cause a high speed miss or even burn a hole in a piston. However, it won t cause the problem to the degree you are describing. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda 550 4 Super Sport., velocity stacks, honda 550
velocity stacks, honda 550, carbs: Those are really packed in there. I always pull the rubber velocity stacks out before trying to get the carbs off. It could be difficult if they are hardened up but that s the way the carbs come out. If they are too hard to pull out, you may have to take...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb550, 1976 honda cb550, starter solenoid
1976 honda cb550, starter solenoid, engine cranks: Aaron, I m not exactly sure how you symptoms are related so you may have more than one thing going on. First, charge the battery and put it back in the bike. Then check the voltage in the battery. If it s less than 12.5 volts the battery is bad. If it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 mr 175, mr175, elsinore
mr175, elsinore, carb: It sounds like your carb needs a good cleaning and possibly a full rebuild. If your carb has never been rebuilt (or not for a long time) it would probably be a good idea to rebuild it anyway - it realy doesn t take much longer than a thorough cleaning....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB 650 Custom, cb650, finger nail
cb650, finger nail, piston: Adam, anytime you remove a piston you should deglaze the cylinder and replace the rings....all of them. You can tell if the cylinders need bored by the depth of the ring ridge at the top of the cylinder. If you can catch your finger nail in the ridge, it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Goldwing Speedometer cable, silicone lubricant, speedometer drive
silicone lubricant, speedometer drive, speedometer cable: If the cable is going in as far as it should, the screw should slip right in. Try jacking the front wheel off the ground and rotating the tire while trying to slip the cable into the drive. Sometimes it just needs to find it s seat. If you pull the cable...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CX500C, rectifier unit, regulator rectifier
rectifier unit, regulator rectifier, yellow wires: If it s the stator, you have to pull the motor. You can check it by measuring the resistance between the three yellow wires. They should have equal resistance and no continuity to ground. If that checks out, you re looking for something else. Probably the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cr250r, honda cr250r, torque chart
honda cr250r, torque chart, torque specs: Jim, I m not sure what size those are but I m guessing they are 10 mm or so. This link should help you. Just remember to put a little oil on the threads so you get an even torque. I d recommend torquing them up in 3 steps to make sure you get an even load...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Suzuki 450 back firing, GS400, GS425
GS400, GS425, GS450: I have owned 78 & 83 GS400s (the 425 & 450 are basically bored out 400s), so I know that somewhere between 78 & 83 they went from points to electronic ignition. I don t know off hand which yours has. If if has points, the timing can be checked by connecting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 suzuki gs 1000g, compression gauge, piston ring
compression gauge, piston ring, oil consumption: A number of things could cause this. The first thing I would try is swapping the plug with one from another cylinder - it is possible for a plug to make a nice spark in the open air when it won t inside the cylinder with compressed mixture around it. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 gl500 s/w fuel leaking, CX500, float valve
CX500, float valve, forum: Fuel coming out of the overflow tube is usually caused by the float valve in the carb not shutting properly. This can be caused by a defective or damaged float, but it is more often the result of debris that has made it s way from the fuel tank and prevents...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda 250r, air fuel ratio, honda 250r
air fuel ratio, honda 250r, piston skirt: Ramiro, it s not a good idea to run any engine without the exhaust. It can drastically change the air fuel ratio and can lean it out to the point it can score the cylinder or worse. If you look inside the exhaust port, you can see the piston skirt. If there...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 flhtc shovel 5speed, rubber gaskets, head gasket
rubber gaskets, head gasket, rear cylinder: On the oil leak, just replace the rubber gaskets and that should solve the problem. On your pipes, the left one will always run cooler. There is not much exhaust that goes into it. Most of the exhaust goes through the right side Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 V 45 Magna Valve Seals Replacement, magna v45, snap on tool
magna v45, snap on tool, valve keepers: Gene, I ve seen a snap on tool that can remove and replace the valve keepers without removing the head. If you put the piston on top dead center and then lock the flywheel some how so it can t turn and then put air pressure in the cylinder so it holds the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 gl1100, GL1100, GL1200
GL1100, GL1200, GL1000: You have either the model or the year wrong - Honda made the GL1100 from 1980-83 and the GL1200 from 1984-87. But the possibile causes of this problem are the same for GL1000, GL1100 and GL1200. A few possibilities come to mind: - You didn t mention the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Hinda 250x timing, timing chain, crank
timing chain, crank, avail: Bill, I ve seen this before. Sometimes the timing marks don t exactly line up. There should be a point where it closer than if you move it one tooth advanced or retarded. You just select the timing that gets the timing as close as you can. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 flhs, starter solenoid, instrument cluster
starter solenoid, instrument cluster, solenoid: If your voltage is dropping that low, the you have a grounded wire somewhere and its killing the battery. I would disconnect the breakers and check the battery, if its up then connect each one and check the voltage after the connection. that will help you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 Honda Shadow VLX 600 CARB, honda shadow vlx 600, fuel stabilizer
honda shadow vlx 600, fuel stabilizer, honda shadow vlx: Charles, you can try the Yamaha carb cleaner product, mixed with gasoline and fed to the carbs. Most likely, they will have to come off for cleaning of the float bowl and the tiny idle jets, which are plugged from old fuel. Always use Sta-Bil or similar fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 stock 1200 xl carb., vance and hines pipes, intake leak
vance and hines pipes, intake leak, vance and hines: I would first check to see if you have a intake leak. Next, check for a exhaust leak. If they are ok, then do a compression test and a bleed down test. they will tell you if you have a valve leak. Last, i would pull the carb and check the jets for dirt. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 heritage softail classic, eagle pistons, harley dealer
eagle pistons, harley dealer, heritage softail: Your grinding noise might be coming from the starter motor. When your riding the bike, the starter motor picks up heat from the motor. The next time you ride, listen at the starter by using a tube to the starter and see if that is where the noise is coming...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Harley Davidson clutch engagement, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, evo motor: Loosen the adjuster on the cable so you have some slack in it. Go to the adjuster on the clutch and loosen the locknut. Turn the adjuster screw outward a few turns and then inward, just until it seats, then back out about 1/8 of a turn. Tighten the locknut....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda VT750CD electrical conduction issue?, honda ace, speedometer needle
honda ace, speedometer needle, electrical conduction: Ina, you will have to run down a good wiring diagram for your bike, to begin with. There are too many connections and components to contain in this forum. First, have the battery fully charged and load tested to see if that is the primary source of your...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Fatboy FLSTF lower fork replacement, harley service, car mechanic
harley service, car mechanic, head nut: Your best sourse would be the harley service manual. Its not that hard to change them out. Lift the bike on a stand and drain the fork oil. remove the top caps on the forks and remove the springs. remove the wheel and fender. Go to the bottom of the fork...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Dyna Super Glide, best bet, battery tender
best bet, battery tender, dyna: Your battery is located on the right side of the bike. Your best bet on the battery is to install a battery tender for the winter. It will keep the battery charged and make it last longer. You dont have to take the battery out for the winter Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 2009 Road King SE packages, gas milage, pciii
gas milage, pciii, performance exhaust: Anytime you go for more horses you will give up some gas milage. With the current motor on the 2009 I would go with the performance exhaust and air cleaner. You will have plenty of power to go touring. You will get more throttle responce with the SE setup...

Motorcycle Repair: 305 oil leak, gasket sealers, gasket surfaces
gasket sealers, gasket surfaces, gasket seal: Cool! An actual vintage Honda question! : ) You have to be careful about using gasket sealers/cement on Honda engines. They are usually put together with dry gaskets. You have to check and ensure that all the old gasket material is removed carefully and...

Motorcycle Repair: 67-68 ct90 KO, centrifugal clutch, changing oil
centrifugal clutch, changing oil, classic bike: You have a classic bike there. Those were pretty neat for that period. Yes, the clutch is automatic. There s a lever inside the clutch case that disengages the clutch as you press on the shift lever. The clutch is a centrifugal clutch and engages once you...

Motorcycle Repair: 67 CL77 honda 305 scrambler, air leaks, advancer
air leaks, advancer, dynamic auto: M. Miller, this condition can come from a number of sources. 1) Weak/broken camsprocket advancer return springs. 2) Ignition timing not set properly. Ideally, the spark timing should be at the F mark at idle (set statically) and the advancer should swing...

Motorcycle Repair: '69 CL90, rotor stator, compression gauge
rotor stator, compression gauge, compression stroke: Cody, congratulations on getting it all back together again. As far as fuel goes, even though these were built in the time of leaded fuels, the designs and materials are still compatible with today s unleaded fuels. I just use premium fuel in my bikes,...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic 400, air fuel mixture, speed jets
air fuel mixture, speed jets, hondamatic 400: Michael, the backfiring is caused by a lean mixture. The idle air shut off valves are supposed to keep the fuel from going into the cylinder when you decelerate. Have you checked the low speed jets? If those are partially plugged or if the float level is...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, air fuel ratio, speed jets
air fuel ratio, speed jets, lean mixture: Michael, backfiring is normally caused by a lean mixture. The air fuel ratio is too lean to ignite when the sparkplug fires. The raw fuel is pumped into the exhaust system and then gets ignited by the hot exhaust from the other cylinder. The air fuel cutoffs,...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda CX500 won't fire, CX500, HTTA
CX500, HTTA: OK, I ll assume that you know that the kill switch (on the right hand switch cluster) needs to be switched to RUN and the petcock (under the left hand side of the fuel tank near the back) has to be switched to ON (or to RES if the fuel level is low)....

Motorcycle Repair: 83 goldwing headlight, starter button, strange one
starter button, strange one, goldwing: That s a strange one. I ve not seen this problem. The headlight normally goes out when you push the starter button but there s no relay in the circuit that I m aware of. It s all in the right hand switch. You may just need to clean the contacts in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 Fatboy burning oil., harley shop, piston rings
harley shop, piston rings, valve adjustment: There are two places you get oil to burn. One is from the valve guides and the other is around the piston rings. Since you said that your heads were installed in April, then I would not think that it would be coming from there. I would say that you have bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 honda rebel nighthawk, silicone grease, rubber grommets
silicone grease, rubber grommets, honda motorcycle: Rick, which one is it? Rebel or Nighthawk? Same engines, but different chassis. See illustrations from this website: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb250-nighthawk-250-1993/o/m1953 Nighthawk 250 seat removal is to unlock...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 kx250, 2 stroke, exhaust
2 stroke, exhaust, carb: I wondered if you were an Aussie when you called it a carby . I have some very good friends in Aus. on the CX/GL500/650 forums. They re great folks, but they have no real concept of what cold means. Except for Don who spent some time in Antarctica in his...

Motorcycle Repair: Adjusting the carbs, vacuum leaks, throttle cables
vacuum leaks, throttle cables, air leaks: SHANE! I am not psychic, I don t know what bike you are working on and it would help SO MUCH if you would have told me what it was..... If an engine doesn t start on anything but starting fluid, then probably the carburetors are all plugged up with old...

Motorcycle Repair: Bolt On Chopper Kits, chopper kits, fork tubes
chopper kits, fork tubes, rake: i have never used these kits, but I did look at them on the web. What you are doing is adding rake to the bike with new trees and adding longer fork tubes. It is no diffferent than adding a degreed triple tree. Since I have nevered used one of these kits...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike wont go into gear, honda motorcycle, tabatha
honda motorcycle, tabatha, shaft: Tabatha, there are a few things that could cause it. You could have a bent shifter shaft. You could have a gear frozen to the main or counter shaft inside the transmission. The shift drum could be stuck from lack of use or from being damaged. If you can...

Motorcycle Repair: Cant get my motorcycle to stay running, vacuum line, gs550l
vacuum line, gs550l, petcock: It sounds like the diaphragm in the petcock is leaking. The vacuum line goes from one carb throat to the diaphragm of the petcock. When the engine is turning over the intake suction provides vacuum on the diaphragm to open the valve. If there is a hole...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 carbs etc., throttle levers, adjustment screws
throttle levers, adjustment screws, exhaust pipes: Marta, the only way to sync those carbs is by watching the throttle levers and adjust the cables so they start to open at exactly the same time. If you back off the idle adjustment screws until both throttles are closed and then adjust the screws until they...

Motorcycle Repair: Changing Shocks, progressive shocks, cables and wiring
progressive shocks, cables and wiring, lowering blocks: The Progressive shocks will give you a better ride than the stock ones. As to lowering, if you lower the rear you need to lower the front or you will change the way the bike handles. You can lower the rear by about an inch, but dont go lower. You would be...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging two batteries, brake master cylinder, voltage gauge
brake master cylinder, voltage gauge, linear slide: Your problem sounds more time related than amp related. I would start by adding a battery, but use either a car battery or go with a Big Bore battery. Both would have more amps than a standard bike battery and would last longer in time when you are using...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging problem . . ., ac volts, logical choices
ac volts, logical choices, stator: First you need to start the bike and make sure you have a charging problem. Ater the bike is running, check at the battery and see what the voltage is. At 2000 RPM you should have around 13.5 volts. If not, then you are not charging. to check the charging...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, air screw, stop screw
air screw, stop screw, plug caps: Marc, I appreciate the detail but it s not the cam chain. The camchain only impacts the valve timing and it won t get so loose to cause this problem. This is a fueling or ignition problem. You need a timing light to diagnose this problem. First, manually...

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, air screw, stop screw
air screw, stop screw, plug caps: Yeah. It sounds like you have done all the right things to get it running. Without actually seeing & hearing it I don t know how much I can help. I would start by eliminating a couple of possibilities: You don t mention balancing the carbs. If you haven...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, v45 sabre, clutch adjustment
v45 sabre, clutch adjustment, hydraulic clutch: Does the slave cylinder move freely in the bore? There s a spring in that bore. If the piston won t move freely with just the force of that spring, it still bound up in the bore. The problem is that the piston is applying pressure to the clutch and I think...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch related oil seal, clymer manual, oil seal
clymer manual, oil seal, side edge: Eric, if I remember correctly, you can pull out the push rod and use a seal puller and get it out. Remember to grease up the new seal before you drive it in or it will peal the outer rubber off. It might also help if you chamfered the out side edge of the...

Motorcycle Repair: CMX 250 HONDA CARB, air fuel mixture, adjustment screw
air fuel mixture, adjustment screw, air fuel mixture screw: The flooding can can bed caused by a coupleof things. The float levels could be set too high, or the air cleaner may be plugged or the choke could be stuck on. I m afraid you arelooking fro anything that increases the fuel or restricts the air getting...

Motorcycle Repair: cam chain, 1982 honda cb750k, cam chains
1982 honda cb750k, cam chains, cam chain: James, a cam chain can last a long time if the oil is changed regularly and kept in adjustment. It will typically let you know before it s in danger of breaking. It will start making noise when the tensioner runs out of adjustment. To replace the cam chain,...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, 1981 honda cx500, mr johnston
1981 honda cx500, mr johnston, good chance: I can t say what years will interchange. The only way I know would be to set the two sets side by side and compare the features. If you were talking about a model that was closer to the year in question, I d be more comfortable saying there s a good chance...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 350 wiringing, resistance values, bill silver
resistance values, bill silver, xs 650: Walter, check the wiring diagrams out here... http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php Ignition coils have different primary winding resistance values. Hondas with points and condensers usually measure out around 4-5 ohms on the small wires....

Motorcycle Repair: cbr valve springs, natural harmonics, dual springs
natural harmonics, dual springs, valve springs: Eric, my experience is on older Honda but in general, the springs are tuned for each application. The inner spring is often added to dampen the natural harmonics of the valve train. If your set up uses dual springs, removing the inner one would not be a good...

Motorcycle Repair: cl450 carb parts, oem honda parts, valve sets
oem honda parts, valve sets, carb rebuild kits: 16011-375-004, VALVE SET,FLOAT 16013-283-004, Float Set Just punch in the part numbers in to a browser search window and all the sources will come up for you. Try to stay with OEM Honda parts, but KEYSTER float valves and floats are probably okay, if necessary....

Motorcycle Repair: Engine Removal, '82 V45 Magna, cylinder heads, muffler
cylinder heads, muffler, clamps: I think you can get the engine out with the pipes on but I ve never tried it myself. If you look under the engine between the engine and on top of the muffler chamber you will find one more bolt. If you take that one out, the exhaust will come right off....

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, header pipes, cb900
header pipes, cb900, carbs: Joey, the number one cylinder isn t firing. It could be spark, fuel or compression. You said you have already checked for plug spark so it either compression or fuel. Does the pipe get hot when you put a little choke on? If it does, then the problem is probably...

Motorcycle Repair: front end bearings, perse performance, professional frame
perse performance, professional frame, fork brace: the bottom bearing should be pressed on all the way tight to the dust cover. Check your play in the bearing also. You can do this by raising the front end and pull on the wheel inline with the bike. There should be no play at all. If you have play, then the...

Motorcycle Repair: extra fuel tank for trike, main tank, reserve tank
main tank, reserve tank, tank fuel: You can add a float to the main tank to pump the fuel and shut the pump off when it full, but the problem will arise as to where inside the tank to put the float and attach it to the tank. A simpler solution which you might consider is to put a pump in the...

Motorcycle Repair: FLOAT VALVE SIDE CLEARANCE, honda cb350f, float bowls
honda cb350f, float bowls, vent system: Ed, the bracket holds the jets in place, using tension from the bottom of the float bowl to push the retainer against the jets, because the jets are only held in with O-rings, not screwed into the carb bodies, as before. What often happens with these...

Motorcycle Repair: Flooding, dirt bike, rust
dirt bike, rust, tank: Ian, I m not sure what model or year bike we re talking about but the problem is that the needle and seat in the carb that controls the float level is not shutting the fuel off. So it s overflowing. This could be cause by a gummed up carb or dirt or rust...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel / oil mixture, oil mixture, race bikes
oil mixture, race bikes, speed jet: My second race bike was a CR250 Elsinore. I loved that bike..light and very quick for that period. Compared to today s technology, it might as well have pedals but in their day, few race bikes could stay with it. The oil to fuel mixture depends on the type...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, hondamatic motorcycle, condensers
Motorcycle Repair: 78 hondamatic, hondamatic motorcycle, condensers, condenser

Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, carb synchronizer, hondas
Motorcycle Repair: CL350 possible engine rebuild/camchain, carb synchronizer, hondas, carbs

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch master cylinder, clutch springs
Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch master cylinder, clutch springs, fibre discs

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, clutch, rpm
Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, clutch, rpm

Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, shaft, threads
Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, shaft, threads, fan hub

Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, high flow, air filter
Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, high flow, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: followup on no throttle response, exhaust leaks, engine rpms
exhaust leaks, engine rpms, fire ignition: Your compression is fine. Couple of questions. What carb are you running, are you using solid lifters or hydrolic, when you say you lose throttle responce, is the bike bogging down or popping throught he carb or exhaust, and what type exhaust are you running?...

Motorcycle Repair: General Checklist, vintage bike, happy holidays
vintage bike, happy holidays, compression test: One of the worst things for a bike is to sit for a long period of time. About he only thing you can do is check the gaskets for leaks, start the bike and take it for a ride, do a compression test. Pull the spark plugs and check them for oil fouling Happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Generator light on, harley sportster, jumper wire
harley sportster, jumper wire, generator light: To polorize the generator you attach a jumper wire to the A post of the generator and momentarily touch the positive side of the battery with the other end of the wire. Start the bike and see if you are charging. If not, then you would have to do what I said...

Motorcycle Repair: gel battery for 78 CT90?, battery lifespan, standard batteries
battery lifespan, standard batteries, gel batteries: Chris, most motorcycles have 12v systems, which are fairly well covered with the new gel batteries. CT90s have 6v systems, so the options are either few or none. Try www.microbattery.com http://www.ebatteriestogo.com/ http://webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-battery/...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley jackshaft starter problem, jackshaft, starter problem
jackshaft, starter problem, cogs: Check the bearing in the primary where the jackshaft goes to make sure it good. I would also check the jackshaft where to attaches to the starter gear for wear. If it is engaging but just spinning then the starter gear on the jackshaft is bad. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Can You Help!!! Plzzzz, cb750 honda, rubber bushings
cb750 honda, rubber bushings, rubber bushing: Amanda, sounds like a good deal to me. If you look inside the front of the tank, you will see two metal sockets that look like U s. On the frame there are two rubber bushings that are mounted on two steel pegs on the frame up near the front forks. The...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 504, 1975, mail thanks, rusty tank
mail thanks, rusty tank, bike mechanics: Haroon, the problem is that the floats can t control how much fuel is going into the float bowls so the fuel is running out the overflow vents. The problem could be incorrectly set floats, worn out needles and seats or dirt in the fuel line coming from a rusty...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Motorcycle, honda gold wing, honda motorcycle
honda gold wing, honda motorcycle, flat six: Scott, I could tell you how to get the heads off but it would take a pretty long e-mail to do it. I d recommend you want to get a manual before tackling that project. Your performance problem could be pistons, carbs or ignition so I can t give you much better...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda trail 90, honda trail 90, fork tube
honda trail 90, fork tube, screwdriver: On the back side of the steering stem, you will find a pinch bolt that clamps the fork in the stem. Remove that bolt completely. Pull down the old boot and grab the fork tube and give it a twist as you work it out. Sometimes you may have to drive a screwdriver...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 305 scramblers, honda cl77 scrambler, heat shields
honda cl77 scrambler, heat shields, rear fender: Ed, Honda used the outside seat strap buckles up to early 1965 on the CL72 250 Scramblers. Later replacement seats came with straps that connected under the seat pan. Most all CL77s would have the later style seat, but the early CL77s used the same frame mounts...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cb100 no spark, 12v battery, 12 volts
12v battery, 12 volts, coils: RJ, 12 volts on the system would burn up most of the components that happened to be turned on at the time depending on how long it was connected. I d start by checking the power wire going to the coils first. If the black and white wire has 12 volts to it,...

Motorcycle Repair: honda ct125 clutch problem, clutch
clutch: I think we need to clarify something first: The clutch is engaged when the lever is released and the springs push the plates together, allowing power from the engine to be transmitted to the transmission. When you pull the lever closer to the handlebar the...

Motorcycle Repair: honda s90, honda s90, flywheel puller tool
honda s90, flywheel puller tool, steel hammer: Sorry, I mis-understood. I thought you were using the right puller. I ve not had a lot of success using a puller that grabs the outter rim of the flywheel but it would probably put enough pressure on to break it loose. If I remember correctly that flywheel...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vt250f, honda vtr250, plug caps
honda vtr250, plug caps, cylinder fuel: Dimitrios, Check http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vtr250-interceptor-vtr-1988-us_model1135/partslist/ for the parts involved. Could be a lot of things.... water in the fuel system, weak pulser coils in the stator, bad coils, bad coil wires or spark plug caps,...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition timing, using a digital multimeter, volt ohm meter
using a digital multimeter, volt ohm meter, point gap: Warren, you need to start over. First, there are two slots in the backing plate. Center that up in the slot on the block or just put the screws in the midpoint in the backing plate slots. Second, adjust both point gaps to .014 to start. I wouldn t recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: Knocking Honda 1976 CB550K, oil additives, oil additive
oil additives, oil additive, oil change: Jeffrey, oil additives won t hurt anything but I m guessing it won t fix the problem either. I m betting the knocking noise is from a carb sync imbalance causing one cylinder to fire harder than the others. It could also be the typical clutch knock that...

Motorcycle Repair: Old Gas, honda goldwing, continuous agitation
honda goldwing, continuous agitation, vf1000f: The carbs are pretty straight forward since you can take them apart and clean them. The fuel tank is a little more of a problem. I had an old 85 VF1000F tank that had 1/2 inch of tar in the bottom after a full tank of gas went bad after sitting for years....

Motorcycle Repair: oil on stator coil and other electric system Qs, stator coils, stator coil
stator coils, stator coil, replacement regulators: Steve, you can use electrical contact cleaner to clean out any remaining oil in the stator housing. The voltage regulator rectifier is one unit. I m afraid there s no easy way to check it. I d recommend you check the stator and field coil to make sure they...

Motorcycle Repair: pulley cover sportster, rear pulley, happy holidays
rear pulley, happy holidays, brake pads: If you are refering to the rear pulley you would have to jack the bike up, remove the axle, push the wheel foward and remove the belt and then remove the wheel from the bike. Then remove the bolts for the pulley and install the cover. Then install everything...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrod adjustment 2001 fatboy, adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters
adjustable pushrods, hydraulic lifters, proper clearance: i was just checking. Remove the spark plugs and rotate the motor so the front exhaust is at the bottom of its stroke or all the way down. Now ajust the pushrod by making it longer until its tight. Now you need to wait for about 15 minutes so it can bleed....

Motorcycle Repair: Quiet exhaust for a '77 Superglide FXE, electrical problem, flexable
electrical problem, flexable, superglide: The problem with turn outs is getting a baffle in. They dont really go around corners and I dont know of a flexable baffle. If you want quiter pipes you would either have to change them out or you can do what you wanted, cut them and add different muffles....

Motorcycle Repair: qa50 clutch cover install, ball bearings, nutral
ball bearings, nutral, foot lever: Line the shift lever up so the end points to the center of the clutch. The little cam with the ball bearings that has the notch rides on the end of the shift lever. When you press the foot lever, it moves the clutch lifter with the ball bearings and releases...

Motorcycle Repair: Remove fan from 1981 honda cx500 deluxe, 1981 honda cx500, radiator fan
1981 honda cx500, radiator fan, bearing puller: What part are you having trouble with. There s the bolt holding the fan to the shaft and the fan is splined to the shaft. If the slines are rusted, it may be difficult to remove without busting up the fan. You will want to use some type of a bearing puller...

Motorcycle Repair: Rotor and stator Help, stator, measure 5
stator, measure 5, vdc: If you are showing that low of voltage at the sttor then the stator is bad and needs replaced. You shouldnt have to replace the rotor, unless its damaged. The only damage that can occure is the magnets have come loose Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: removel of rear wheel, honda elite, honda info
honda elite, honda info, honda motorcycle: Wayne... Go to http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-ch150d-elite-deluxe-1986/o/m10720 for illustrations. To remove the rear wheel, you have to remove the muffler, lock the rear wheel with the parking brake and have a big socket...

Motorcycle Repair: removing rear fender, sportster 1200, rear fender
sportster 1200, rear fender, happy holidays: First, jack the bike up. Remove the axle and shide the wheel foward and remove the belt. Then remove the wheel. Unplug the wires for the fender under the seat. Remove the bolts holding the fender on the struts and slide the fender out Happy holidays Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Sputters at lower rpms, CX500, carbs
CX500, carbs, ignition: If your bike is an 82, it must be a CX500C That means it has the same electronic ignition system that the GL500 and CX/GL650 models have, and they almost never cause any problems. (Earlier CX500s have a CDI ignition that is powered by special coils in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter drag, harley service, solenoid
harley service, solenoid, cables: Once you have checked the cables and made sure thy are not the problem then you would have to pull the starter and do some tests on it. You would need to get a harley service manual so you can do the tests on the starter, as there are about 5 tests to do....

Motorcycle Repair: Starting trouble, gs650, bill silver
gs650, bill silver, float valves: I ll assume that this is a new acquisition and it hasn t run for awhile. The carbs are full of gunk, which has plugged up the idle jets and/or has contaminated the float valves. Drain the carburetors and buy some Yamaha carb cleaner. Mix with gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: Steering problem, honda cbf 150, goa india
honda cbf 150, goa india, sharp turn: Mohnish, that s not uncommon. Try bracing the front wheel up against a telephone pole or some immoveable object and then give the handle bars a good twist in the direction to straighten them. If the front forks aren t bent, this will usually straighten thing...

Motorcycle Repair: shovelhead pushrod length, 1972 flh, new bikes
1972 flh, new bikes, ball tip: First, when installing the pushrods you should bleed the tappets to make sure they are not pumped up all the way. So if you havent done this already I would. the bend pushrod would indicate that the the valve hit the piston, so I would check the valve as well...

Motorcycle Repair: solenoid, starter relay, starter button
starter relay, starter button, test light: First, make sure you have a good battery and good ground. Go to the starter and locate the small wire going to it from the starter relay. Take a test light and see if you have power going to it when you hit the starter button. If you dont then the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster 1st gear slips, clutch adjustment, clutch
clutch adjustment, clutch, slips: If it skipped a tooth is would do it all the time and skip thoughout the RPM range while you are in 1st gear. It sounds more like a clutch problem. Makse sure the clutch is adjusted correctly. If it still does it then you will have to pull the clutch apart...

Motorcycle Repair: spring from rear brake caliper, rear brake caliper, heritage softail
rear brake caliper, heritage softail, happy holidays: This is going to be tough to explain on here without a pic, but it goes ont he back of the caliber bracket with the two ends of the spring going into the two holes in the back of the bracket. If you can figure it out you might have to get a service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: ss eng, crank case, indian spirit
crank case, indian spirit, oil tank: That is the vent for the bottom end of the motor. What happens is the oil tank probably weeped some oil past the check valve in the oil pump. It goes into the bottom end. When you go to start the bike, oil comes out the vent, due to the oil pump cant pump...

Motorcycle Repair: starter solenoid, starter solenoid, starter battery
starter solenoid, starter battery, starter relay: First you need to check to see if you have power going to the starter from the starer relay. Locate the small 12 volt wire going to the starter from the relay. With a test light check to see if you have power when you hit the starter switch. If not then the...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki sv650R cranks but won't start, spark plug wire, kill switch
spark plug wire, kill switch, spark plugs: Do you have spark? Most ignition systems have a crankshaft trigger, which then sends a signal to the CDI or spark module, then to the coils. Coil failures are very rare these days on any modern motorcycle. Did you check the KILL switch for a malfunction?...

Motorcycle Repair: tach hookup, butt connector, heritage classic
butt connector, heritage classic, fire ignition: The yellow wire from the adapter goes to the negitive side of the front coil. The blue wire from the adapter goes to the negitive side of the rear coil. the green wire goes to the pink wire under the gages. It should have a butt connector or a clear connector...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring harness fitment, wire colors, wiring harness
wire colors, wiring harness, good luck: If you cant find a harness for your 92 then you are going to have to go the route of using a different year. I would suggest that if you get a 1990 harness that you get a 1990 service manual to follow as well as a 1992 so you can see the difference. The wire...

Motorcycle Repair: XR650R Jetting, honda xr650r, valve adjustment
honda xr650r, valve adjustment, needle positions: Kendall, the engine is rich as you say. This can be caused by too large of a jet, a restricted air filter, restricted exhaust, float level set too high. The air screws only modify the mixture at idle and just off idle. I d suggest you check the float level...

Motorcycle Repair: why my Yamaha will not start, fuel stabilizer, yamaha xvs1100
fuel stabilizer, yamaha xvs1100, water in the fuel: Dirt or water in the fuel could cause this. The cure is to drain the tank & carbs and then fill it up with fresh fuel. Information on how to do this should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one before you do anything more...

Motorcycle Repair: 01 sportster has no spark, sportster, 12 volts
sportster, 12 volts, checks: First, let me say, that its not a good idea for you to start your bike in the winter and let it idle for about 10 minutes. the motor doesnt get warm enough to evaporate the moisture that has gotten in the fluids. You are better off letting it sit. Pull your...

Motorcycle Repair: 01 yamaha raptor, starter solenoid, yamaha raptor
starter solenoid, yamaha raptor, starter button: Their are two wires on the starter solenoid one is ground black, the other is from the starter button on the handle bars which could range from a variety of other colors. But the ground is black. Turn the ignition on and push the button on the handle bars....

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 Honda paint, paint code, paint job
paint code, paint job, copper: The came in red blue copper black and so on.They have no paint codes nor can you buy the paint from the dealer.So my answer is no.If the bike is in the condition you described it is worth more money as is.A good paint job will run about $500.00 and UP.From...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970 honda sl100, honda sl100, needle bearings
honda sl100, needle bearings, gel batteries: Don, the bike was designed to be a battery operated ignition system. Any small 6v battery in the circuit will suffice, including gel batteries. There is a way to make the ignition into a energy transfer type, but it requires carefully repositioning the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 cb100 spark, magnetic rotor, point gap
magnetic rotor, point gap, wiringdiagrams: Jeremy, go there for a wiring diagram. http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php The ignition system is battery powered. Try push-starting your car with a bad battery and you get the same results. It has no spark, because you have no battery...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda cb750F1, wheel alignment, flat washers
wheel alignment, flat washers, correct tension: Brett, Make sure the engine is completely okay first.... Even compression on all 4 cylinders Clean carburetors, synchronized after ignition timing is verified. After you are sure that the engine is sound, then look at loose items on the chassis, like...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 honda 550 4 carburators, honda 550, air mixture
honda 550, air mixture, motorcycle shop: This is something that will require a trip to your local motorcycle shop do to the fact that special tools and equipment will be required. Here is the low down on the process.You have what they call a base carb one that is not adjustable the others are.What...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb650c not charging, regulator rectifier, resistance values
regulator rectifier, resistance values, t drain: Daniel, If you put a NEW stator on the bike then we ll pass by that item, which is the most common cause of non-charging on these bikes. If you put a used stator on the bike, check the brush slip rings to see what the resistance values are COLD and then HOT....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb900 custom, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, needle jet: Rick, the small idle jets in the carbs may be plugged unless you cleaned them physically. After being stored so long the carbs will need very thorough cleaning. The gas tank fuel valve or petcock has a filter up inside the tank and often the rubbers...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda cb900 custom, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, bikebandit com: Rick, when bikes don t want to idle properly, the various possibilities are 1) low battery voltage due to charging system malfunction 2) idle jets plugged up from the bike sitting with fuel in the carbs for extended periods of time. Today s gasohol fuels...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 kdx 250 cdi, kdx 250, nature of the beast
kdx 250, nature of the beast, breathing fire: I know of no interchange charts for CDI units.Because of the nature of the beast they are usually specific to each bike.This is a good question I will do some checking and post if I fine any more information. I would say a trip to the dealer is in order....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 suzuki 550l, rubber boots, sharp bends
rubber boots, sharp bends, light oil: Make sure that the cables are free and not sticking.Remove the hand grip and clean and lube handlebar with light oil. When you twist the throttle completely open and let it go it should snap closed and not creep closed. Also make sure that the slides are...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha 400 electrical, amp fuse, yamaha 400
amp fuse, yamaha 400, starter bike: The first thing I would check is the fuse the right amp. Or has someone put the wrong fuse in before you got the bike.It may be that the fuse is really to small for the application.Check with your dealer for the proper amp fuse to use.If it is the right fuse...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha virago xv750 electrical, starter solenoid, yamaha virago
starter solenoid, yamaha virago, electrical failure: In order to repair the charging system you will need to check with your local motorcycle shop.Have them give you an estimate on the price of stator and regulator.This job defiantly will require expert and special tool. Sorry no way around it. Ride Safe...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 honda saber v45 starter, engine cranks, starter solenoid
engine cranks, starter solenoid, honda saber: OK here we go.Two reasons that this will happen. 1. On this old of a bike the starter button on the handle bars is bad,making contact all the time. 2. The starter solenoid is bad making contact all the time. We will test the starter solenoid first as...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow 700, honda shadow, carbs
honda shadow, carbs, sabre: It sounds like the carbs need cleaned.This would be a very good place to start. If you go to this web page you can download the service manual it is for the Sabre & Magna but this is the same bike. http://www.magnaclub.ru/download.html The information...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda gl1200L, mail tag, cap tank
mail tag, cap tank, gas cap: I will have to do some more thinking on this one but I think I can help you out.The answer will be complicated but I certainly can get you pointed in the right direction.If you would e-mail me at jerry@mad-dog-cycle.com.we can play e-mail tag for an answer....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Magna restore, honda magna v45, emission control devices
honda magna v45, emission control devices, uwaterloo ca: Luke, some of those black fittings on top are carb vent connectors that to the carbon canister or other emission control devices. Look here to begin with: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700c-magna-1984-us_model755/partslist/ http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-vf700c-magna-1984-us_model755/partslist/E++18.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Suzuki GS550ES Motor, suzuki gs550es, ebay
suzuki gs550es, ebay, design differences: Dan, to save yourself alot of work stick to engines made from about 1983-1986. Early engines have some design differences like 8 valves instead of 16 and also the early engines use contact point ignitions instead of electronic ignition components....

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 Honda Magna v45 clutch slips, honda magna v45, barnett clutch
honda magna v45, barnett clutch, new barnett: If you will e-mail me at jerry@mad-dog-cycle I will send you the portion of the service manual that covers this. Or if you follow the link below you can download the complete manual.If you don t see your exact year they are all the same. http://www.magnaclub.ru/download.html...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987TRX250x 4 wheeler, bill silver, 4 wheeler
bill silver, 4 wheeler, hondas: Jim, the T mark is for TDC Top Dead Center meaning the piston is at the top of the stroke. F mark is the FIRING mark, meaning that is where the ignition timing should be at idle. Usually on most Hondas the F mark is either 5 or 10 degrees before TDC. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Yamaha Virago 750, yamaha virago 750, battier
yamaha virago 750, battier, black cap: As you are financial embarrassed as we all are,try this first.The thing you turn on the bars for the choke follow the cable down to the carbs and you will see a black cap that the cables go into. Make sure that the cable is firmly seated in the black cap.the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 DR 125 SE WILL NOT REV ABOVE IDLE, dr 125, starter battery
dr 125, starter battery, cranks: I REALLY think you still have a carb problem.The intermediate circuit is still not worming.You have to compleat dismantle the carb before cleaning spray every passage with carb cleaner and make sure it comes out all proper holes.Idel INTERMEDIATE and main.The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 gsx idle problem, suzuki gsx 600, filter change
suzuki gsx 600, filter change, brake fluid: I think you need to check those carbs again this is your stalling problem Check this link on how to clean carbs http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb Cleaning.htm After you get the carbs up to snuff I would have your local shop sink them.After this I think...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 Sportster Cams, pinion shaft, rocker boxes
pinion shaft, rocker boxes, compression check: Your knocking sound could be several things. With it sitting that long your lifters might have to pump up which will take a few minutes. If you got the cams to far out you could have hit the valve on the piston and either damaged the piston or bent the valve....

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 FLSTF won't run, flstf, mr wells
flstf, mr wells, camshaft: First, you need to determine if you are getting a good spark and fuel. Pull the plugs and holding one to the head, turn the bike over. Are you getting a good spark? Also, what color is the plug? Looking down the throat of the carb, when you twist the throttle,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 sportster blown motor rebuild, rod bearings, evo motor
rod bearings, evo motor, main bearing: I would get new pistons, due to the fact you dont know how much the used pistons are worn. You wont need new valves unless one is damaged, but I would check the valve guide clearence, lap the valve seats and install new valve seals Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 zx6e, motorcycle shop, throttle response
motorcycle shop, throttle response, plug wires: This is a carb issue.Check this link if you think you can tackle a carb clean.If not I would contact your local motorcycle shop for help.I also do carb cleaning but you most UPS carbs to our shop. www.mad-dog-cycle.com carb cleaning link http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 FLHRI, oil pan, tight fit
oil pan, tight fit, oil pump: One you have the bolts out of the pan it should slide rearward and out. When you go to intall it you have to slowly slide it in and using a screwdriver compress the springs to get them in. the removal and installation is a pain and a tight fit, but it will...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 Raptor660R, wire cutters, pickup coil
wire cutters, pickup coil, insolation: This can be a complicated fix. But you can check this and see if it helps.I want you to check your plug wires,on the end is a Bakelite cap with a rubber boot on it at the WIRE end.Gently work the boot back and unscrew the Bakelite cap (counter clock wise)yes...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 SOFTAIL DUECE ELECTRICS MESS, turn signals, lighting system
turn signals, lighting system, test light: What you need to do is start by tracing the power back from the brake light to the power sourse. What you have is a short in the lighting system. With a test light start at the bulb and work your way back. You probably have a broken wire or a bad plug good...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 yamaha rapture atv 660cc, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, starter motor: Two wires coming from the black box that clicks (the starter solenoid)One will go to the battery and one will go to the starter motor.Turn on the ignition and check the wire going to the starter it should be 12 volts when you push the starter button.If no...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 883Sportster not charging battery, 883 sportster, ac volts
883 sportster, ac volts, charging battery: With a volt meter, check at the battery with the bike running. At 2000 RPM you should be getting around 13.5 volts. If not then you need to test the stator. Unplug the regulator and at the stator test for pin to ground with a OHM meter. Then test pin to pin....

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Heritage Trik, dyno jet kit, rear pulley
dyno jet kit, rear pulley, work stock: He has to remember that adding the trik rear end will keep the bike from reving up as fast as before. Changing the rear pulley will help, but then you will be running higher RPMs at top end. I would go with the carb and intake first and see how he like it...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000, suzuki gsxr 1000, 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000
suzuki gsxr 1000, 2002 suzuki gsxr 1000, battery cables: David, problem could be due to various reasons. If it has not been run every few weeks the fuel can go bad and start to separate and plug things up. -Plugged fuel filter, -Gas tank fuel valve or petcock faulty. -Blocked gas tank air vent....

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Honda Shadow VLX 600 baffles, honda shadow vlx 600, exhaust gas analyzer
honda shadow vlx 600, exhaust gas analyzer, baffles: NO on most imported bike even removing the air cleaner element will make them run like crap.If you do I am sure you will get more interest from local Law Enforcement.An after market exhaust system would be the way to go.Even with this jetting changes will...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 honda xr100r no choke responce, nosle, air leaks
nosle, air leaks, air seal: Remove the air cleaner and check to make sure that the chock it going all the way closed.And were the choke is closed lever up or down most have arrow to tell you what position it is in.Also you will need to check the rubber flange that connects the carb to...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 Kawasaki Mean Streak, kawasaki mean streak, rear cylinder
kawasaki mean streak, rear cylinder, insolation: I wont you to check this first on the end of the plug wire is a Bakelite cap the thing that pushes onto the plug.Unscrew it off the wile (counter clockwise)an see it the wire is burned back in to the insolation.If the wire is burned back clip the insolation...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 yamaha raptor 660 battery won't charge, yamaha raptor 660, 2003 yamaha raptor 660
yamaha raptor 660, 2003 yamaha raptor 660, stator: When the engine is running take a volt meter and check from positive side if battery to a good ground.You should get around 14 volts or higher.If not your battery defiantly is not charging. Now find the 3 wires coming from the stator these wires are usually...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 / 1200 custom - clutch problem, harleys, traffic lights
harleys, traffic lights, clutch: Adjusting the clutch wont help. Harleys have been known to be tough to find netural. On the shifter cam there is a very small space to go to netural. Since you have a 05 there is a little wear in the cam, making it tough. I have a 98 dresser and it is really...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, head gasket leak, domed pistons
head gasket leak, domed pistons, power commander: That is going to depend on how thin they make the piston. removing .060 from the heads, you would have to remove .060 from the pistons to make them work. You have to have enough piston to valve clearence or they will hit at high RPMs. I would check with the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 ultra engine noise, noise engine, lifters
noise engine, lifters, engine noise: You have hydrolic lifters that adjust themselves. If you are hearing a ticking it is just the lifters. Ticking doesnt hurt anything. If one get to ratteling then you need to replace it, because its probably collasping Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Honda VTX 1800, honda vtx 1800, 2006 honda vtx 1800
honda vtx 1800, 2006 honda vtx 1800, honda parts: David, if you go to www.bikebandit.com and select HONDA parts, all the illustrations for the bikes are listed there. Normally the flasher is down around the battery box area or under one of the side covers, where all the electronics bits are stashed. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: 2007 KX450F, clutch lever, oil level
clutch lever, oil level, clutch: This is a common problem with most motorcycles as neutral is between first and second gear.You need to check a couple of things.This is commonly caused by the clutch dragging.Adjust the clutch so you have about 1/4 inch free play in the clutch lever before...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, pushrods, lifter
pushrods, lifter, harleys: Your ticking noise is probably a lifter. Most harleys have this noise. Its from the valve lash and due to the fact that the pushrods are on the outside of the motor, so you hear it more. Since your bike is under warrenty, you can go back to the dealer and...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 sporty, side shift, cracked case
side shift, cracked case, kick starter: The 73 case in not going to work. You going ot have to find some 77 cases to replace yours. You can check at some swap meets for cases and see if you find any. the only other thing you are going to be able to de is buy new ones. I have repaired quit a few...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 FXE Shovelhead, wet clutch, clutch basket
wet clutch, clutch basket, crank case: the clutch is dragging do to adjustment adjust you clutch as per service manual.I would replace the fibers AND steels the steels will get warped with heat causing the clutch to drag. Save your money on the tamer. If the clutch is working properly you wont...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Yamaha xs400rj seca twin, air leak, ok check
air leak, ok check, cylinder head: Make sure that your throttle is not sticking.If this is ok check for an air leak. Spray carb cleaner around base of carbs were they go into the cylinder head It you get an increase in engine RPM it is likely an air leake.Reseat the carbs an try again.Carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FXSB Shift Lever Sticks in 3rd, alignment problem, broken spring
alignment problem, broken spring, shift fork: there are several things that can cause your problem, another broken spring, bad bearing, bent shifter fork, just to name a few. What you are going to have to do it pull the trans and tear it down to locate the problem. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 vt700c clutch problem, clymer manual, clutch plates
clymer manual, clutch plates, slave cylinders: Josh, -if your clutch is working ok after you re-open the bleed screw it likely has a pressure relief hole plugged in the bottom of the master cylinder. -The fluid pressure has to be released so the clutch can hold. If the master cylinder relief...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 vfr 700f probs, clutch system, bleeding brakes
clutch system, bleeding brakes, couple questions: YES the carbs need cleaned.Hydrolic clutches work fine when they work.you need to bleed the air from the clutch system.This is the same as bleeding brakes on a car.Consult your service manual for proper procedure. Check this link it will help. Jerry http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb%20Cleaning.ht...

Motorcycle Repair: 96 FLSTS Oil Lines, harley manual, jp cycles
harley manual, jp cycles, jack savage: Your best bet it to comtact JP cycles to find the plumbing on the pump. All pumps are not exactialy the same. The oil should go from the tank, to the pump, to the return side of the pump, to the oil filter, to the tank. there should be 4 fittings on the...

Motorcycle Repair: batteries not beign charged, honda 1000 goldwing, ac volts
honda 1000 goldwing, ac volts, yellow wires: Check this out on the right side of the bike remove the side cover and you will find a plug with 3 yellow wires. These go to the stator. Unplug these wires and check to see if they are burnt or the plastic plug is melted.If so I want you to take a volt meter...

Motorcycle Repair: battery keeps dying, dead cells, auto parts store
dead cells, auto parts store, battery place: Sounds like a charging issue.Remove the battery from the bike and charge it.Make sure it will hold a charge.Then load test the battery and see if you have any dead cells.Your auto parts store will test the battery.Replace if needed.Install it back into the...

Motorcycle Repair: C102 Super Cub, classicmotorcycles, honda honda
classicmotorcycles, honda honda, classichonda: Pat, I asked the VJMC group about the chart and I got a copy of the Japanese site data. Bit blurry and confusing, due to the fact that they show the C-series C102s starting production in Feb 1964, then the 1965 section is blank and then the D series starts...

Motorcycle Repair: CA 95 carburetor, honda benly, thread pitch
honda benly, thread pitch, ebay: Doug, I am not clear as to whether your main jet holder is stripped on the inside, holding the jet or the carb body is stripped where the main jet holder threads in. This isn t a common repair and it may cost more to buy the repair kit than to just replace...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb intake boots for '82 cb 900c, vacuum line, vacuum leak
vacuum line, vacuum leak, honda motorcycle: Trey, before you go tearing into the manifolds, spray some WD40 or carb cleaner/starting fluid around the manifold junctions while the motor is running. If there is no change in the rpms, then I would suggest that either a vacuum line to the carbs is loose/broken...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator Problem., crf 50, screw out
crf 50, screw out, air leaks: Scott, -I would either replace or use some sealant on the gasket between the engine cylinder and the intake tube. It sounds very much like an air leak there. -Is the fuel petcock valve allowing a good flow of fuel to the carb? -did the slide...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, goldwing, carburetors
goldwing, carburetors, air cleaner: I need to at least know what you think the general area of the leak is. On the bottom of one of the carbs is an accelerator pump I cant remember witch carb,this may be leaking.Also each carb is connected to the pump with tubs each tube has o rings these may...

Motorcycle Repair: CB100N not running right, fuel tanks, petcock
fuel tanks, petcock, fuel tank: The fuel tanks are not lined from the factory.Remove the fuel from the tank and look inside.If you see any rust inside you will have to remove the tank and clean it.Your local dealer has the stuff to do it.When the tank is off remove the petcock and clean...

Motorcycle Repair: Charging system, stator rotor, bare wire
stator rotor, bare wire, system battery: Your stator should not show any OHMs from prong in plug to ground and .2-.4 prong to prong. It sounds like your stator is shorting out the regulator. You might have a bare wire on the stator and it just touching the case at times. I would pull the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: First, loosen the clutch cable so you have alot of play in it. Now go to the adjuster on the clutch and loosen the locknut. Slowly turn the adjuster screw inward, jut until it touches and then back out about 1/8 of a turn and tighten the locknut. Now go to...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, clutch lever: To Adjust the clutch, first loosen the clutch cable so you have some slack in it. Now, with the bike sitting upright, remove the derby cover. Under it you will see the adjuster screw with a locknut. Loosen the locknut and turn the screw outward a little and...

Motorcycle Repair: Converting 77 FXE Super Glide To Wide Glide, size 35mm, fxe
size 35mm, fxe, tube size: What you are going to have to do is buy a complete fork assembly to do the change. You can still use the same wheel, just have to space it different. The wires under the visor are to the idiot lights that are there. You can remove them if you wish. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Crankcase seal gone?, crankcase oil, clutch basket
crankcase oil, clutch basket, clutch assembly: John, -it sounds reasonable that the seal is leaking on the crankshaft/crankcase. If you look here the seal is #15: http://www.cmsnl.com/img/Suzuki_CRANKSHAFT_TS185_1979_ERN-partslist-big-SUE0218FIG-4.gif -the following directions are if the seal...

Motorcycle Repair: Cycle battery, vent tube, sealed batteries
vent tube, sealed batteries, leak acid: Batters produce gas as the battery does it thing.Car batters don t have the vibration that a motorcycle has. They also have a vent in each cap but they don t leak acid because they aren t subjected to the vibration of a motorcycle battery. Just extend the...

Motorcycle Repair: c65, horizontal singles, drive sprocket
horizontal singles, drive sprocket, honda cub: Ron, in case you don t have the wiring diagram, go here: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class There are a couple versions listed there, so I am not sure which one will work for you. If you have a rectifier with more than 2 connections,...

Motorcycle Repair: carbs, vacuum hoses, air leaks
vacuum hoses, air leaks, rev check: Steven, if the backfire is happening in the exhaust system it might just be a loose pipe or bad exhaust header gasket. If the exhaust pipes leak, the engine sucks cool air in and backfires. Also too little backpressure can cause this, like if the baffles...

Motorcycle Repair: cb 750 seal, cb 750, chamfer
cb 750, chamfer, plastic pipe: Bill, if you are careful you should be able to replace it from the outside. Drive a pointed object into the seal to pry it out. It may have one or two seals. Pay attention to the way the seals are positioned, are they flush with the case? and watch...

Motorcycle Repair: cb900 exhaust missfire, nylon mesh, honda models
nylon mesh, honda models, automatic fuel: Gary, Honda thinks the compression should be 170 psi! If you checked it with carbs on/throttle closed, it is harder to get the higher numbers. Even with the throttle open, the slides are in the way of airflow. Still your results seem low, so maybe the gauge...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system 2002 honda shadow 1100, honda shadow 1100, battery cables
honda shadow 1100, battery cables, computer module: Bill, no, bikes are different than cars and I highly advise against running the bike with the cables off the battery. The ignition and charging circuits are electronic and balanced with the battery and other devices connected. The computer module...

Motorcycle Repair: how do i check for spark, cbr 600 honda, spark plug wire
cbr 600 honda, spark plug wire, honda parts: Sham, you will have to get down to a spark plug wire and either remove the wire and the spark plug, then lay the plug and wire on the cylinder head and check it that way, or if you have a spare plug, just attach the wire to it, grounded against the cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment on 85 sportster, clutch adjustment, clutch cable
clutch adjustment, clutch cable, clutch lever: Holding the bike upright, remove the clutch cover. Loosen the clutch cable so you have some slack in it. Behind the clutch cover you will find a spring and a step nut. remove them. turn the clutch adjuster outward and then inward just until it bottoms and...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch adjustment problems, clutch adjustment, clutch plates
clutch adjustment, clutch plates, clutch lever: Did you presoak the clutch plates? If you didnt they will stick. :If you did try this adjustment. Loosen the adjuster on the cable, so it has slack in it. Now go to the clutch adjuster and turn it inward, intil it bottoms. Make sure it bottoms. Back it out...

Motorcycle Repair: color code of engin cut-off switch wires, fuel tank, dyna
fuel tank, dyna, hookup: Should be a grey wire for the hot side of the start/stop switch. the out side of it should be white/black. I am not familer with the system you are installing, so it would be hard to comment on it. You might check with the manufacture and see what they recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: EV3030 cam, stock springs, flhs
stock springs, flhs, qestion: When install a new cam there is really no such thing as a bolt in cam. All cams have to be spaced out os they dont burn the bearing. Not sure what other allowances you are refering to. the cam you have will work with stock springs and hydrolic lifters. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: engine noise, piston pin, auto mechanic
piston pin, auto mechanic, rd king: Noises on here are hard to determine, due to the fact I cant hear them. You are probably hearing lifter noise. Since the lifters are outside the motor you can hear them ticking. right now I wouldnt worry, but if the noise get louder or the bike starts running...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust, honda varadero, valve clearances
honda varadero, valve clearances, plug cap: Anthony.... Do a tune-up on it first! I would definitely check the valve clearances and adjust the camchain, if that is an option. We don t have this model in the US, so I don t know much about them. Changed the spark plug lately? Be sure the spark plug...

Motorcycle Repair: exhaust, bike supply, supply house
bike supply, supply house, exhaust system: I dont know of anyone wh makes fishtails for dynas. What you are probably going to have to do is get a set of fishtail mufflers and install them on dragpipes. You would have to cut the dragpipes shorter and make some brackets to hold the pipes. There are...

Motorcycle Repair: First edition Honda dream 305, honda dream, california dmv
honda dream, california dmv, 7 digits: Thomas, my Honda Dream restoration guides on CD have all the information about how to date the Dreams, through 1965. From 1965 onwards, the serial numbers were 7 digits and continued sequentially until the end of production in 1967, so the breakdown between...

Motorcycle Repair: FLTRI voltage regulator testing procedures, line mechanic, voltage reg
line mechanic, voltage reg, interstate battery: You first need to check at the battery for your voltage so you know its not the gage. At 2000 RPM you should show around 13.5 volts. At idle it will drop a little. If you are not, then you need to test the stator. Do a OHMs test from one prong to ground. should...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, cometic gasket, gasket
Motorcycle Repair: 2005 flhrp, cometic gasket, gasket, good luck

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, fuel injectors
Motorcycle Repair: 2008 NIGHSTER, fuel injectors

Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, belt drive
Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, belt drive

Motorcycle Repair: Generator/Regulator match, c generator, state regulator
c generator, state regulator, sportsters: There was no difference in generators and regultors on the kickstart bikes as compared to the electric start. The difference is a bigger battery for the starter, due to the draw. If the battery was used from a kickstart bike it would have trouble turning it...

Motorcycle Repair: gas in oil and flooding, excess fuel, specks
excess fuel, specks, carbs: Sounds like the needle and seats are leaking.Turn on the gas and look inside the carbs. If you see gas coming from the main jet of the carb (were the needle on the slide goes into the carb )Replace these and make sure the float hight is to specks.Also check...

Motorcycle Repair: gas "starvation", gas tank, pressure test
gas tank, pressure test, jolts: I would first drain the fuel in the bike and put in fresh and go for a ride. If you are still having hte problem, then check the filter in the tank. If it is ok, then you would have to have a pressure test done on the fuel system. Changing the battery would...

Motorcycle Repair: HELP..I AM A NOVICE!, honda cbr600, motorcycle shop
honda cbr600, motorcycle shop, brave attempt: At this point I think it would be a good idea to contact your local motorcycle shop.It certainly sounds like a carburetor problem.90 percent of the non running issues I encounter are carb related.Try this link for some insite on cleaning carbs. http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb%20Cleaning.ht...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1981 GL 1100 front brakes lock up, caliper piston, rubber seal
caliper piston, rubber seal, disc type: Here is the fix. What has happened is that the brake fluid has gotten behind the rubber seal that seals the caliper piston in the caliper. Take the caliper off the bike and use the brake to pump the piston out of the caliper.Make sure that you keep the brake...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 750CB Custom 1981, release lever, clymer
release lever, clymer, helmet: If I remember right Their is a place to lock your helmet on the left side of the seat (as you are sitting on the bike)this is also the release for the seat. Turn the key and lift up. Some times they stick so you may have to move the seat around some to get...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CA110: Won't Run, displacement engines, exhaust stroke
displacement engines, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Nik, the valve clearance is .004 (TDC compression stroke) and critical on small displacement engines. Do check it for compression before you pull out all of your hair trying to get it lit off. When these bikes sit for years and years, often the piston rings...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CM125 2003 Import, beam light, low beam
beam light, low beam, electrical fault: It sounds like the switch (high beam low beam) is bad.This is a common problem.Also check the grounds (battery and headlight) If the battery is older check it (load test after charging good) If load test fails replace the battery. After all this is...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Cub, honda cub, cub 50
honda cub, cub 50, flat pad: Mark, Are you sure that the serial number isn t a C105? That would be a 55cc Cub model from the early 1960s. The engine number should start with C105(?) then a different series of numbers than the frames. Motor number is on the left, down by the shift lever...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Drivetrain, honda cm400t, piston rings
honda cm400t, piston rings, cmsnl: Matt, take the spark plugs out first. Look here to see illustration of the left side cover and alternator flywheel beneath the cover. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm400t-80-us_model7286/partslist/E++10.html Remove the bolts from the outer cover and...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda xl125 won't start, honda xl125, pilot jet
honda xl125, pilot jet, plug cap: Ken, these bikes need a good battery to run and most have contact points under the left top engine cover. You didn t mention what year it was. It may have a plugged idle pilot jet in the carb. The jets are small and need to be carefully checked...

Motorcycle Repair: How many Hours/miles before top end rebuild, tolerance stack, piston rings
tolerance stack, piston rings, chain tension: Randy, the wear issues on the one-piece heads are a combination of production tolerance stack-ups, frequency of oil changes and overall use/abuse of the engine. I would also keep an eye on the camchain tensioner adjustment. Kind of a funky design, but it works...

Motorcycle Repair: hd cv jetting, air fuel mixture, rubber side down
air fuel mixture, rubber side down, intermediate jet: Blach plugs are a sign of running rich. First, start the bike and let it warm up. Adjust the air/fuel mixture screw by slowly turning it inward, just until the bike starts to stumble and then outward 1/4 of a turn. Now you need to set the intermediate jet....

Motorcycle Repair: honda cr 250, honda cr 250, piston size
honda cr 250, piston size, cylinder line: On the top of the piston is an arrow this will point towards the front of the cylinder ( front wheel )But just to make sure install the piston in the cylinder as indicated by the arrow and make SURE all the ports on the piston and cylinder line up. I have...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow carb issue, dynojet stage 1, shadow ace
dynojet stage 1, shadow ace, rear cylinder: The low speed jet in the carb is to small.What you are hearing is known as a lean pop.Increase the low speed until the pooping stops.You should be able to set your ideal adjustment to about 1.5 to 2 turns out for a good idel.As the bike is idling smell the...

Motorcycle Repair: Idle control on a Yamaha Vstar 650, yamaha vstar 650, motorcycle shop
yamaha vstar 650, motorcycle shop, gas tank: With out a tack it is very hard to tell what the engine is idleing at. Try this,start the engine and let it worm up.Turn the idle down until the engine stumbles (almost stops running)now turn the idle up until the the engine is running smothley.Sit on the...

Motorcycle Repair: inner primary dyna wide glide 2003, 5th gear, pulley
5th gear, pulley, dyna: If you have a leak behind the pulley they you will have to pull it. You dont need a puller to get it off. Your leak is either your main tran seal or 5th gear seal. If it is 5th gear seal you will need a puller for the mainshaft race Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: jetting?, pumper, allways
pumper, allways, good luck: It sounds like the pumper is open to far. Close the screw for the pumper and then open it about 1 1/2 turns and go for a ride. If it bogs when you get on it, open it about a 1/4 of a turn and go for another ride. Keep doing this until you get it not to bog....

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Ninja 500, kawasaki ninja 500, piston rings
kawasaki ninja 500, piston rings, cylinder wall: The carbs need to be looked at your funning problem.The oil problem is usually from rust building up in the cylinder from sitting. Causing ring of cylinder wall damaged.If you leave your bike sit for extended periods fog the cylinders with fogging oil...

Motorcycle Repair: Kawasaki Prairie 360 4X4 2003, kawasaki prairie, speed jet
kawasaki prairie, speed jet, gas tank: Not to be a wise gay but back to carb cleaning.The reason that it will not run is the low speed jet is plugged! Remove the jet it should unscrew with a screwdriver.Get your wire brush and pull some wires out. Use this to clean the jet out.A can of good carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Magna Mixture, dyno jet kit, k n air filter
dyno jet kit, k n air filter, jet one: Your bike is running LEAN This is do to the low speed running out of fuel every so often ( the pop )Increase the low speed jet ONE size and see if it stops. NO Cams or cam timing will NOT be affected by any of the changes.Check and make sure the carbs are...

Motorcycle Repair: Monda MR175 Piston source, bikebandit, wiseco
bikebandit, wiseco, piston: After doing some looking on the net it seams that your not the only one looking for a piston.You can check with Honda as they usually carry parts for many years. Or try this e-mail it is for J.E. Pistons jemc@jepistons.com Drop them a kite and see...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle carburetors on 1977 550 4, band clamps, intake tubes
band clamps, intake tubes, throttle cables: J, You will have to remove the gas tank, and the air box to get the carbs off. Turn the fuel valve off, remove the fuel lines from the tank, lift the seat and remove the tank. Remove the air cleaner element and any screws holding the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: new regulator dead already?, ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, ac voltage: Your stator should be putting out around 60 AC volts, so you need to test it. Make sure youa re testing AC volts, not DC. You should get no OHMs from ground to either pin, but test both pins. Since you are burning up regulators I would pull the stator and...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Problem in top end, pushrod, flht
pushrod, flht, locknut: Starting with the front exhaust, rotate the motor until the lifter is all the way to the bottom of its stroke. Tighten the pushrod until its tight. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to bleed. Go back to it. If the pushrod is loose, tighten it again. Keep doing...

Motorcycle Repair: too much oil, screaming eagle exhaust, bike mike
screaming eagle exhaust, bike mike, new spark: Unless you have oil leaking past the rings or past the valve guide oil seals, it is not your oil that is the problem. Carbon fouling is not from oil, but from to much fuel or not enough air. I can also be from a weak spark. Your jetting could be correct, but...

Motorcycle Repair: oil, head gasket, old timers
head gasket, old timers, herritage: The gasket below the head gasket is the base gasket, so that might be it. I think your leak doesnt have anything to do whith the oil change, it is somthing that just started close to the same time. what youa re going to have to do if find the leak, however,...

Motorcycle Repair: oil on electronic ignition, 1980 honda cb750, oil level
1980 honda cb750, oil level, condensers: NO The seal behind the points plate is bad. Check your manual on how to remove the plate and check the seal. you will see oil coming from the bottom of the seal.The rubber will get hard from the heat of the engine and the seal will leak. Also check the...

Motorcycle Repair: primarychain to belt, tryed, many things
tryed, many things, good luck: About the only benifit to them is they are less noisy. Personnally, I dont like them. they dont last as long as a chain, you have to change to many things to go to a belt, and they have a tendensy to break when you are the farest distance from home. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: REAR TIRE ALIGNMENT, tire alignment, clost
tire alignment, clost, rear tire: the tire should be aligned to the center of the frame, then you measure on both sides to see what size spacer you need. The caliber should be centered to the brake disk. The caliber can be as clost to the frame as need be as long as it isnt touching or rubbing...

Motorcycle Repair: REPLACING FOTBOY FRONT END, harley fatboy, conversion kits
harley fatboy, conversion kits, rake: It is not the forks that make the clearence, but the fork neck. Changing the front end would do anything. You can, however, add rake by changing the fork cups out. They do make 3 degree and 5 degree cups which will add space. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: RF400R, strange problem, schutte
strange problem, schutte, circuit breaker: Johann, I have learned that some of these bikes have a side stand relay. They also have a side stand switch as well. The relay is under the right frame cover and may require removing the seats to access it. It should have an orange/black wire and...

Motorcycle Repair: rear wheel removal, suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia 800
suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia 800, 2004 suzuki volusia: First you have to get the axal out. Remove all spacers and pull the wheel away from the drive shaft side of the bike.The wheel is on spines so you may have to get personal with it.COMPLEATLY CLEAN the spines both side and apply grease to all spines.Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifting fork, suzuki rf900r, shift linkage
suzuki rf900r, shift linkage, extreme detail: If this in line 4 runs true to form you will have to remove the engine from the bike and remove the lower case half. What you are looking for lurks there in.Right behind the clutch.Before you do all that I would certainly check every thing external first.Shift...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting up problem, yamaha dt230, vent line
yamaha dt230, vent line, walmart: Try this Replace the spark plug ( new )check your manual or local dealer for proper plug ( yes it will make a difference ) Check the vent line to the tank make sure it is clear Disconnect gas line from carb and check for good gas flow. Drain and replace...

Motorcycle Repair: front shock, harley shop, brake calibers
harley shop, brake calibers, fork seal: Sounds like your fork seal is leaking and needs replaced. In order the replace the seal you will have to remove the front tire, brake calibers, fender and lower fork assemblys. it does take a special too to install the seal, but that is the only special tool...

Motorcycle Repair: slipping kick start, engine crankshaft, clutch lever
engine crankshaft, clutch lever, clutch assembly: Stephen, not really a Honda question, is it? Still, kickstarters are either driven directly through the gears to the clutch hub, driven through the transmission gears or through the clutch assembly. If the clutch is used as the pathway, then the clutch could...

Motorcycle Repair: smoking exhaust, two different places, oil breather
two different places, oil breather, shovelhead: Smoke from the exhaust can be from two different places, Either you have oil leaking past the rings or you have oil leaking through the valve guides. Sitting for a long period is hard on a motor. You might have gotten a rust ring in the cylinder which will...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, valve stem seals, honda motorcycle
valve stem seals, honda motorcycle, xr200r: Paul, Refer to: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-xr200r-1984/o/m9704 Right crankcase cover... The pulse generator could be the source of the no-spark issue, but if it tests out okay, then the CDI box may be at fault. Lot...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problem vfr 400 nc24, starter solenoid, starter button
starter solenoid, starter button, starter relay: I would say that the starter button on your bars is bad.To check it on the starter solenoid ( the thin you short with the screwdriver )You will find 2 small wires. Unplug the wires and check for voltage as you depress the starter button.( button side of solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: starting problems with 2002 zx6e ninja, zx6e, time paul
zx6e, time paul, filter air: You will have to start out with full service including plugs, oil and filter, air cleaner element, lube the cables, ect. I would also clean the carburetors. http://www.mad-dog-cycle.com/Carb Cleaning.htm and a list of instructions of what is needed for cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: switching an all time fourwheel drive to a two wheel drive, locking differentials, differential drive
locking differentials, differential drive, drive shaft: Dylan, Do you mean to change it permanently to 2WD? I haven t heard of anyone that has done this. I believe it may be complicated and would require the removal of the front differential drive shaft and u-joint yokes or The front cv-joint axles could...

Motorcycle Repair: TC88B UPGRADE, rev range, money pit
rev range, money pit, mikuni: First, I would go with gear driven cams. That gets rid of the chains and rub blocks, so you dont have to worry about them in the future. I would go with a Andrews 31 cam. Works great through the RPM range and will give you more torque Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Can't set fuel level, spring loaded plunger, little spring
spring loaded plunger, little spring, fuel level: That is what you are looking for the fuel to shut off.I usually start with the top of the float completely horizontal with the carb body. Do the needles have a little spring loaded plunger in them if so the float should just start to depress this when it is...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble shooting for my kdx 200, kdx 200, engine fires
kdx 200, engine fires, compression tester: Daniel, if you have a spark now it is most likely some other problem than the cdi. Try checking the compression, make sure it has enough pressure to blow your finger off the spark plug hole when held tightly or better yet use a compression tester....

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment on a 1998 gsxr 750, cam shaft, valve clearances
cam shaft, valve clearances, valve adjustment: Timing marks are under the round cover on the right side center in engine right under cylinders. Vale clearances that another thing.This is what is called a shim and bucket motor.It works like this,you have a valve.on top of the valve you have a bucket.Lookes...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration ticking sound, softail springer, good luck
softail springer, good luck, bearing: Your vibration is either from the front tire or the steering head. Make sure the steering head bearing is adjusted correctly. If it still vibrates, then check the front tire for wear. run your hand around it and it should feel smooth. If it feels bumpy then...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel spokes, wheel spokes, dial indicator
wheel spokes, dial indicator, work thanks: You have to remove the tire in order the tighten the spokes. Not only do you do side to side, but also front to back. You just cant tighten the spokes. They wheel needs to be put in a wheel stand and tightened as it is checked with a dial indicator. You are...

Motorcycle Repair: What's it worth?, throttle cables, night train
throttle cables, night train, custom bike: Its hard to put a value on a custom bike, its usually what the market will stand. Right now Harleys are not holding there value like they used to. A stock 83 woould be worth around 7,000 in good condition, then you would have to take into account what you...

Motorcycle Repair: xtz 750, yamaha xtz 750, overflow problem
yamaha xtz 750, overflow problem, oil tank: If you have an oil tank you have what they call a dry sump engine.Meaning that the oil is stored in a tank external from the engine.The term dry sump is not really true. The engine will still have oil in the bottom of it after you have drained the oil from...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha FJ1200sc Carbs/fuel pressure/Overflow, facet fuel pump, gravity fed
facet fuel pump, gravity fed, fuel pumps: Did you replace the needles and seat in the carburetors? If not this would be a good place to start. I am unsure of the fuel pressure these carburetors can withstand. Either way, new needle and seat is always good. Ride Safe,...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha 1981 xv750, chris answer, drive shaft
chris answer, drive shaft, cheap option: The down under thing is cool.When you change the fluid in the final drive.Big plug in shaft side of final drive by back wheel.It goes in there.On the bottom of the same side right under the fill plug is drain look around you ll see it take it out measure the...

Motorcycle Repair: ZRX1200 top end noise, connecting rod bearing, piston valve
connecting rod bearing, piston valve, rpms increase: Kyle, -First see if you can check the compression to see if any cylinders are low. It should ideally have over 150 psi on all cylinders. It is possible that something broke or is loose in the engine. -Is the bike still running? If so, try using...

Motorcycle Repair: 04 crf 80, air screw, altitude changes
air screw, altitude changes, crf: Ken, since all bikes run different in various parts of the country due to altitude changes this adjustment is best done manually. By this I mean turn the air screw in until the engine falters, then turn it out until you find the highest rpm. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 100cc mid 1980's 2 stroke kawasaki starting problem, oil injection system, point ignition
oil injection system, point ignition, mid 1980s: Scott, if your carb is in the side cover, it is a rotary valve engine. The valve can get scored and cause running problems. It may just be a bad spark plug, flooded due to a dirty carb or plugged carb jets. It may have contact point ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 CB450 AIR FILTER??, honda cb450, honda cm400e
honda cb450, honda cm400e, motorera: Brian.... I m confused... are you? http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm400e-1980-us_model1048/partslist/F++16.html look familiar? CM400E, also later on it became a CB450 model in about 1982-86...WRONG BIKE! The 447 is a product code number, indicating the model...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CB500 fork oil capacity, 1973 honda cb500, fork oil
1973 honda cb500, fork oil, oil capacity: Dave, the capacity for each fork is 5.4 ounces or 160 cc. Although you can use motor oil or ATF fluid most fork oil swells seals to prevent leaks. It contains organosiloxane, an anti-foaming agent for consistent damping action. It s your choice...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Harley Sportser, harley, good luck
harley, good luck, 4th gear: Sounds like you have a trans problem, which would be unrelated to changing the primary. Your going to have to pull the trans and do an inspection on it to see what the problem is. You might have a broken shifter spring Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Sportster starting problem, starter problem, posibility
starter problem, posibility, sportster: All you have to connect is the positive on the meter, you can attach the other one to any ground. You can use the head. You will probably hae to charge the battery up, or have the battery tested to see if its any good Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Twinstar Carburator, ebay, twinstar
ebay, twinstar, throttle valve: Jerry, it s getting tough to find parts for these. I think because the carb feeds two cylinders it should be about 28-30 mm size. You may have more luck getting the slide loose with the carb soaked in some good carb cleaner or at least spray type...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 yamaha1100 xs, vacuum line, air vent
vacuum line, air vent, tank air: Aaron, I think it may be having trouble with the fuel supply. -The fuel tank air vent could be plugged which prevents fuel flow. -The fuel petcock valve rubbers may be cracked or hardened. -The fuel valve has a vacuum line from the engine that allows...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 honda magna 750v45, 1982 honda magna, battery check
1982 honda magna, battery check, charging system: I would replace your battery,them you will be able to check your charging system.After replacing the battery check the charging system by placing a meter on the battery when the bike is running. You should get about 14 volts. if not get back to me. Jerr...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 sportster xlx, intake leak, rear cylinder
intake leak, rear cylinder, thanks hank: You could have a bad plug wire, which would cause the problem. If the pushrods are to tight, you could have the same problem and if you have a intake leak it cill cause the backfiring. You also what to make sure the bike is charging. Check with a volt meter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Honda VT500C Carb/Exhaust issues, honda vt500c, air fuel mixture
honda vt500c, air fuel mixture, straight pipes: James, Since straight pipes mainly affect high speed running I suggest trying a #118 jet in the front carb and #125 jet in the rear carb. This will richen the air/fuel mixture at higher speeds. The 1/4 to half throttle or so mixture is affected...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 XLH1200 Shifter, harley dealership, home position
harley dealership, home position, hi mike: Sounds like you have a broken shifter spring. It is located in the trans. To get to it the trans will have to be pull out and taken apart. Your service manual should tell you how to do the work. the spring can be purchaced at any harley dealership. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 ultra classic, vacuum line, timing light
vacuum line, timing light, few degrees: Check your intake for a leak. You can start the bike and let it warm up. Spray a little carb cleaner around the intake. If the RPMs go up you have a leak. Also, check your connections at the head for the exhsust for leaks. If they are ok I would look at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1996 honda shadow 600 vlx, honda shadow 600, oil drain plug
honda shadow 600, oil drain plug, honda shadow 600 vlx: Del, If my memory is not completely shot I believe the drain plug is on the bottom left side of the engine. It should be a 14mm bolt and will be pointing to the side rather than downward. It takes between 2.3 and 3.0 US quarts depending on how dry...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 honda cr 125 engine crank ceased, honda cr 125, coolant leak
honda cr 125, coolant leak, engine coolant: Elliot, 2 stroke crankshafts need oil for the main and rod bearings. The coolant flows through the cases and up the cylinder and cylinder head and is pumped around by the water pump. The main bearings are on both the flywheel side, where a seal leak can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 sproster oil, oil tank, fresh oil
oil tank, fresh oil, drain hose: There is a drain hose on the underside of the oil tank, so you need to locate it. It is either plugged into the frame or has a plug in the end of the hose. Drain the oil and remove the filter. Install a new filter and fill the oil tank with fresh oil and your...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 Electraglide front brake bleed, electraglide, brake fluid
electraglide, brake fluid, master cylinder: Remove the lid on the master cylinder and make sure it full. Go to the first caliber and on top of it you will see the bleed screw. Pump the lever several times and hold it. Open the bleed screw and brake fluid will run out. Close the bleed screw and pump...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 harley 883 speedo cuts out, harley 883, speedo
harley 883, speedo, rpms: What you need to do is test the ignition system. It sounds like the pickup is cutting in and out, which might be causing the speedo problem. Get a service manual and it will have the tests in it you need to do and how to do them Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 shadow stalling, honda vt600c, faulty side
honda vt600c, faulty side, couple seconds: Andrew, since the bike was running normally yesterday as you said, I suspect something like a faulty side stand switch or clutch switch. You may be able to bypass the side stand switch temporarily by connecting the green wire to the green/white wire....

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 buell, intake leak, plug wires
intake leak, plug wires, buell: If the plugs are fouling then you might have a intake leak, a bad coil or a bad plug wires. You would have to do a OHMs test ont he coil and plug wires to determine if they are bad or not. You can check the intake by start the bike and spraying a little carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Honda Goldwing 1800, honda goldwing 1800, goldwingfacts
honda goldwing 1800, goldwingfacts, vintage honda: Oh, Chuck.... this is so NOT a vintage Honda question! You need to be talking to these guys... http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=106192&start=25&sid=a81ffab3f67a357d6c22f1be706d796b http://www.gl1800riders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=73592&sid=ba7572eaff3bd11c090733f5c761384f...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 FLHRSI ROAD KING CUSTOM, intake leaks, head pipes
intake leaks, head pipes, true duals: Your poping is from loading up on fuel and its burning in the exhaust. You probably need to remapp to stop this problem if you are going to keep that exhaust. When you got your stage one download it might have been just a genertic download and not a custom...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Harley Sportster 1200 HL, harley sportster 1200, fire ignition
harley sportster 1200, fire ignition, dual fire: One quick way to tell if you have single fire. First, locate the positive wire with a test light. It will be the continuce hot one. You will probably have to take the wires off to find it. Now connect one of the other wires and with the plugs out turn the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2008 HD Dyna Wide Glide-Battery drain, lojack system, dyna wideglide
lojack system, dyna wideglide, gararge: That is going to depend on the draw. I know that I can leave my dress sitting for about 3 weeks without charging the battery. It has a draw for the radio. If it were me I wouldnt accept the dealers notion that you have to have a battery tender. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: 3-wheeler, honda oem, clutch adjustment
honda oem, clutch adjustment, honda 110: Tyler, it sounds like the clutch plates may need replacing. It is probably holding some of the time. It might possibly be something loose on the shifting mechanism as well. The clutch is under the right engine cover, and also the clutch adjustment...

Motorcycle Repair: 68 z50 ko, stator coil, battery ignition
stator coil, battery ignition, stators: Chuck, it depends alot on the year of the c70 engine as some had magnetic flywheels and some had rotors and stators that need to be excited with a battery to produce current for the ignition. Later models (about 1983?) even used a CDI type ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 CB350 Rebuilding Problems & Questions, piston heads, combustion chambers
piston heads, combustion chambers, piston rings: Kevin, Was your carbon buildup black fuel based or brown-ish oil based deposits? How long did you run it after you rebuilt and replaced all the parts you have listed in your question? Sometimes, bike engines, which have been sitting for years can suffer...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 sporty, dual fire, xlch
dual fire, xlch, ethier: Your super B carb is fine for your bike. It might not be the carb, but the coil which is causing the problem. If the coil is weak it will foul plugs, so dont worry about the carb since you are changing the ignition system anyway. In order the put a starter...

Motorcycle Repair: '76 honda cb500t cam marks, honda cb500t, compression stroke
honda cb500t, compression stroke, index marks: Jeff, watch the valves at the T and LT positions. They will either both be closed on compression stroke or they both will be partially opened on overlap stroke. As you arrive at the T or LT, you should be seeing the exhaust valve just closing, while the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: 76 Ironhead Sporty blowing blow, oil rings, project bike
oil rings, project bike, valve guides: blowing blue smoke is an indication of burning some oil, but with only 300 miles on the motor the rings might not be seated yet. It could also have not been bored correctly or there is to much clearence in the valve to valve guides. By the way, you cant bore...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 Z50R NO SPARK, honda z50r, plug cap
honda z50r, plug cap, xr80: Don, use a new or good spark plug. (.024 gap) try disconnecting the kill button wire, (black/white) check for spark again. Check for spark with the plug cap off, it could be faulty. Clean points, gap at about .014 They should just break open...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 flt 5speed, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, locknut: With the clutch cable loose, go to the adjuster in the primary. Slowly turn the adjuster screw inward, jut until to bottoms out, then outward about 1/8 turn. Tighten the locknut. Go to the cable adjuster and turn it until you have about 1/8 inch play in the...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 honda magna vf700c questions, honda magna, spark plug wire
honda magna, spark plug wire, plug caps: Sean, First answer.. No, not that I know of Second answer... The hard starting/low idling could be from plugged idle jets in the carburetors. If you let the bike sit for more than a couple of weeks, the fuel separates into a layered alcohol/gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 Honda Magna - No Spark, honda magna, plug caps
honda magna, plug caps, battery cables: Jason, it seems unlikely that both spark units went bad when sitting. Check your side stand switch and clutch switch operation with a multimeter. I think the side stand can be bypassed temporarily by connecting the G/W wire to the G wire on the wire...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 ulta glide clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, starter problem: With the bike sitting upright, loosen the cable so it has some slack in it.. remove the derby cover and in the center of the clutch you will see the adjuster. Loosen it and then turn it inward, just until it bottoms out and then outward about 1/8 of a turn....

Motorcycle Repair: 89 ultra classic starer hangs, bolt torque, battery cables
bolt torque, battery cables, starer: I would first check to see where the snap ring came from. You have one holding the bearing in the clutch and one holding the release plate for the clutch. If your starter is draging, check the battery cables. If they are old, replace them. I would also replace...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 honda nighthawk cb750 - no spark, honda nighthawk, plug caps
honda nighthawk, plug caps, vacuum leak: Mark, which spark plug boot are you disconnecting? Plug caps are generally in the 5k ohm range, so I don t see anything out of line there. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb750sc-nighthawk-750-1991/o/m1985 for parts illustrations....

Motorcycle Repair: '97 Ultra - Stator, dc volts, voltage gauge
dc volts, voltage gauge, crank case: I think you got a bad stator. Here is the deal with the 19 to 26 volts.The charging system starts with AC voltage.but you can t charge a battery with AC voltage. so they change it to pulsating DC voltage.This accrues when the AC voltage is clipped to say ...

Motorcycle Repair: !981 sturgis, gears, good luck
gears, good luck, stock: If you are locking up in two gears, then you are having a spacing problem with the gears. the trans would have to be pulled and all the gears spacing needs to be checked. You might have a bent shifter fork also, which would cause that problem Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: 99 V-Star 1100 custom, caliper pistons, corrosion issues
caliper pistons, corrosion issues, v star 1100 custom: David, generally it is possible, with the right tools. If you are new at working on bikes and you are doing brake work, you might want to get some professional help on this one. Otherwise, check with this site: http://groups.msn.com/YamahaStarClub/1100vstartech.msnw...

Motorcycle Repair: aftermarket brake light, inspection time, buld
inspection time, buld, running light: Alot of the aftermarket companies use different color wires, so its would be hard for me to tell you what color they are. You can however test which is which. Make sure the light is a two filment bulb. Check it. If its not then you will not have a running...

Motorcycle Repair: air leak, vacuum hose, bill silver
vacuum hose, bill silver, air leak: Jimmie, if the noise only happened after you did the work, then recheck your work. Probably left a vacuum hose loose or the air filter is not seated properly in the air box.... Beyond that, I can t help you with a non-vintage, non-Honda question. Bill...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery, discount auto parts stores, discount auto parts
discount auto parts stores, discount auto parts, interstate batteries: First, get a good battery. I dont like the batteries that the discount auto parts stores sell. I use interstate batteries myself. I would also get a battery conditioner. When youa re not riding you can leave it plugged int to the bike and it will keep the...

Motorcycle Repair: BLEEDING THE CLUTCH, clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics
clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics, suzuki intruder: Jesse, clutch hydraulics can be a real pain to bleed out properly. Not a Honda question, but the basics apply. First, be sure that all the components are clean and functioning. The master cylinders have 2 bleed holes in the bottom of the reservoir. They...

Motorcycle Repair: Bleed the clutch, clutch slave cylinder, vacuum brake bleeder
clutch slave cylinder, vacuum brake bleeder, hydraulic clutch: place the hose from the vacuum pump on the bleeder screw on the clutch slave cylinder.Open the screw about one turn and start pumping.Make sure the reservoir that holds the fluid NEVER goes dry.Do this until you get a good flow of new fluid. Close the bleed...

Motorcycle Repair: basket case, irone, starter button
irone, starter button, sporster: The rocker arms shaft has a compression washer on the one side of the arm and the other has a o-ring. the rocker arm itself, has a washer with a spring to hold alignmant on the wiring, are you talking about starter to starter button or starter to key switch?...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charging, stator, gecko
stator, gecko, volts: What you need to do is test your stator. Do a OHMs test on the pins of the stator. If that passes then do a AC volt test. At 2000 RPM you should be showing about 60 volts. If the stator passes the above tests, then the regulator is bad. If it fails then the...

Motorcycle Repair: bike sat, won't start, cb750f, spray bottle
cb750f, spray bottle, maintenance tips: Take a plug out and ground it on the head when you crank the motor you will see spark.I think you will have to clean the carbs.I use a spray bottle with gas in it to spray into the carbs.If it starts after spraying gas in the carbs you need to clean the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: bringing my panhead back to life, panhead, tolerence
panhead, tolerence, condenser: Your first problem is the sitting for the 14 years. You probably got a rust ring in the cylinders that is letting fuel and oil pass back and forth. Also, it sounds like when you are trying to start it you are flooding it. If you are running points make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 wont start, starter motor problems, starter solenoid
starter motor problems, starter solenoid, starter clutch: Doug, if you have a fully-charged, correct battery with 12.5+ volts, then the starter solenoid contacts are corroded over. In some cases, you can disassemble them enough to clean the contacts and reassemble. Otherwise, you will have to chase down a good used...

Motorcycle Repair: Changed my exhaust pipes, fuelpak, exhaust pipes
fuelpak, exhaust pipes, modual: Adding the pipes probably leaned out the motor, so you need to richen it back up. Riding it is going to depend on how lean it is. to lean and it runs really hot and you take a chance on burning a valve. If you add the modual and then later add the air cleaner...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Problem, wet clutch, clutch lever
wet clutch, clutch lever, clutch cable: You have a wet clutch, so it should be satarated. I would try to adjust the clutch. Loosed the clutch cable so you have alot of play in the clutch lever. Now remove the derby cover over the clutch, with the bike sitting upright. In the center of the clutch...

Motorcycle Repair: Coils wont fire, primary resistance, resistance values
primary resistance, resistance values, amp meter: James, check the primary resistance in the coils.. and the secondary resistance between the two spark plug leads with no plug caps installed. Then, check the plug cap resistance values... should be around 5k ohms. When checking spark, BOTH plugs have...

Motorcycle Repair: cam and jetting carb, air mixture, stock cam
air mixture, stock cam, model stock: I would do nothing at this point. Do your cam instillation and get the bike running.You may find that after you get the bike running that every once in a while at ideal it will hickup.If so increase the low speed one size or until it stops.As for your main...

Motorcycle Repair: carb and back brakes, stock carb, bendex
stock carb, bendex, e bay: On your brakes, your probably not bleeding them long enough to get the fluid to the brake caliber. It takes quite a while. The hole in the master cylinder is really small for the fluid to go through. I use a vaccumn pump to pull the fluid back. Keep pumping...

Motorcycle Repair: carb problems, sportster 1200, flow filter
sportster 1200, flow filter, high flow: You have either a problem with the ignition or the carb. I would first do a OHMs test on the coil and plug wires to make sure they are good. If they pass then I would check the intake manifold for leaks. Then check the jets in the carb for dirt. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: carburator jeting, dyno jet kit, puff of smoke
dyno jet kit, puff of smoke, air breather: Get yourself a Dyno-jet kit. In it there will be the correct jets and some other parts you need. You should be able to install it yourself in a couple of hours. It will give you a little more throttle responce and probably will get rid if the cough Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor problem, air leaks, incorrect fuel
air leaks, incorrect fuel, fuel mixture: Bill, there is an o-ring on each side of the insulator block between the carb and the engine. Any air leaks will lean out your fuel mixture. Have you checked the flow of fuel from the gas tank valve and checked the needle jet above the main jet in...

Motorcycle Repair: charging issue on 1994 Sportster, rotor stator, harley manual
rotor stator, harley manual, turn signals: First, have the battery tested. You might have a bad cell in it. Once you know the battery is good then test the stator. Do the OHMs test as well as the voltage test. If the stator tests ok then the regulator is bad Electronic parts can fail at anytime, but...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, rectifier unit, regulator rectifier
rectifier unit, regulator rectifier, honda cx500c: Craig, Unplug it s connector and check the stator output. Approx 60 volts AC on any stator wire with the meter set on AC voltage is good. Any of the three yellow wires should read the same. The yellow wires should not have any connection to ground....

Motorcycle Repair: coil test, dual fire, fire ignition
dual fire, fire ignition, ohm meter: Check at the posts on the coil for OHms. You should get around 3 OHMs. then check at the posts where the plug wires go. You should get around 16,000 OHMs. If you are missing only from one cylinder and only one plug is fouling, then it might be your plug wires...

Motorcycle Repair: confusing spark problem., complete fuel system, motorcycle engine
complete fuel system, motorcycle engine, andy c: Check the wire(s) that tells the ATV it is in forward or reverse. This switch does not let you rev the engine when changing the F/R selector. The wires could be pinched or the switch faulty. Also try disconnecting the kill switch temporarily. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: I crossed the battery terminals, street model, ground connections
street model, ground connections, test light: Andrew, Let me know what you find, I was thinking of the old RT360 when you wrote me. You likely have a street model XS360? You should have about 4 fuses to check. Try disconnecting the rectifier plug temporarily when you check for power to the ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: I dont know what to do, suzuki rm 125, carborater
suzuki rm 125, carborater, 1999 suzuki rm 125: Jesse, it may be needing some top end work. After sitting so long, it is good to double check that carb jets are clear and also all carb passagways or circuits. It could be the piston rings are carboned or rusted up preventing proper compression....

Motorcycle Repair: EVO oil seal, clutch basket, oil seal
clutch basket, oil seal, sprocket: To change the mainshaft oil seal you have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket and clutch basket. the seal is behind the motor sprocket. You can get it out with a seal puller. There is a tool to put the new on in, but you can use a pipe that is big...

Motorcycle Repair: engine knocking, tank time, oil tank
tank time, oil tank, superglide: Start will just unbolt from the inner primary and slide out under the oil tank. As to the time for a ground up rebuild, that would have to be determined by you. If your motor is knocking in the bottom end, it sounds like a rod going out. If you are interested,...

Motorcycle Repair: engine upgrades, piston head, engine upgrades
piston head, engine upgrades, fxd: You are probably fine, but if you want to check you put some clay on the piston and install the head. Turn the motor over a couple of times, remove the head, and carefully measure the thickness of the clay. You need around .060. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: not enough juice?, cold cranking amps, brand new harley
cold cranking amps, brand new harley, battery cables: First, test the battery. Even though its new it might have a bad cell in it. Next, check your battery cables. Worn cables have alot of resistance. Check both ends of the cables for good connections. Make sure the compression releases are working correctly....

Motorcycle Repair: front exhaust pipe, 2005 honda crf450x, fuel mixture
2005 honda crf450x, fuel mixture, noisy engine: Anthony, this is not a bike to let idle for more than a minute or two. They get hot very quickly and often a red pipe is normal if not moving. To be safe, you should check the spark plug color after a fast run and make sure it is not running too...

Motorcycle Repair: *Fire in the hole* problems!, plug gap, drag pipes
plug gap, drag pipes, hole problems: There are a few different reasons for fouling plugs. One is the coil is not hot enought, so I would do a OHMs test ont he coil. Next is plug wires, so do a OHMs test on them. the other is the carb not jetted right. If you have to big of jets then it will fould...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, road king
Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, road king

Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, gasket kit, head gasket
Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, gasket kit, head gasket, torque values

Motorcycle Repair: fork leak around dust boot, chrome caps, pvc pipe
chrome caps, pvc pipe, head bolt: To take the lower leg off you have to remove the allen head bolt in the bottom of the lower then it will slide off. You can then slide the new seal upward. There is a clip you hae to remove to get the seal out of the lower leg. You can use a piece of PVC...

Motorcycle Repair: Gas smell from Roadking, harley dealer, naples fl
harley dealer, naples fl, cannister: Since the vapor line is plugged, I dont hing the smell is coming from there, but you can remove it and try that. It is located under the seat. If you still have the problem, go for a ride until you smell the gas. To look for a leak, spray some deoderatnt that...

Motorcycle Repair: Goldwing Gear assembly, worn gears, honda manual
worn gears, honda manual, drive belts: Daniel, I believe you have to remove the left head and cylinders and split the engine to get inside the transmission. The left engine case has to be lifted off. Of course this involves removing cam drive belts etc. It is a big job but it depends...

Motorcycle Repair: gl 100 carb leak, bell crank, fuel inlet
bell crank, fuel inlet, o ring: Yes In the air box the thin the carbs are hooked to under the air cleaner are o rings. This box is two pieces the o ring is in the center at the bottom.Do not forget to replace the plastic piece you find in the opening were the o ring is at. There are about...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard starting, custom chopper, david answer
custom chopper, david answer, big boar battery: If you have compression releases, then you are not fighting much compression when trying to start. I would start by having the battery tested to make sure it good. Might have a bad sell in it. make sure you have a good ground. If the battery and the ground...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1977 XL350, exhaust gasket, compression release
exhaust gasket, compression release, exhaust valve: Justin, I hope you didn t turn those valve adjusters down too far? They could cause the valve to hit the piston when you turn it over. Loosen the adjusters off and just set them all with about .003 clearance. Make sure the T mark is aligned on...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda ATV, honda rubicon 500 atv, 2002 honda rubicon
honda rubicon 500 atv, 2002 honda rubicon, honda rubicon 500: Many Hondas have a little rubber slot, just below the odometer or where the indicator is. Push your key into the slot and the indicator resets. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-atv-trx500fa-fourtrax-foreman-rubicon-2002/o/m2696 I don...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBR600, honda cbr 600, psi cylinder
honda cbr 600, psi cylinder, honda cbr 600 sport: Jason, these things can be hard to diagnose. First thing to check is the compression to eliminate the possibility of low compression when hot. These bikes should have above 150 psi cylinder pressure with a minimum of about 130 psi. Any lower and running...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CR80 4 Stroke, thread repair kits, thread chaser
thread repair kits, thread chaser, pitch diameter: Tommy, most auto parts stores or machine shops can offer you various thread repair kits. http://www.z1enterprises.com/reference/Z1-spark-plug-guide.aspx Looks like the thread pitch is 1.25 for most NGK plugs. If you can find a specific thread chaser...

Motorcycle Repair: handlebar grips, throttle grip, handlebar grips
throttle grip, handlebar grips, cables: on the right side you have to remove the cover for the throttle. Inder it you will see the cables attached to the throttle grip. remove the cables from the grip, remove the grip and install the new one. On the left side, remov ethe cover and slide the grip...

Motorcycle Repair: hard start, compression stroke, battery cables
compression stroke, battery cables, weight oil: Even though you say the battery is new, it might still be weak, so I would have it tested. Your test on the cables needs to be a test of voltage drop. What you have at the starter when the starter button is pushed. It sounds like your battery is being dragged...

Motorcycle Repair: head gasket leak- '77 honda cb750k, head gasket leak, honda cb750k
head gasket leak, honda cb750k, gasket maker: Dave, go to any auto parts store and look for some high temp, oil resistant RTV silicone sealant. Clean the area with brake cleaner or contact cleaner, so it is nice and dry, then use a thin stick or tool to work the sealer into the edge of the gasket, where...

Motorcycle Repair: headlamp install on 2000 fxstd, duece, buld
duece, buld, good luck: Check the buld and make sure its a two filiments. If it does you need to figure out which one is the high and which one is the low. SInce you have only two wires then the housing of the light must be the ground. Ground the housing and touching each wire to...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight housing wires, rear brake lever, xlch
rear brake lever, xlch, v twin: The rear brake wire comes to the headlight housing for the front brake lever, so when you apply the front brake the light comes on, so you should have a constant hot to the front brake switch. If you step on the rear brake lever, does the brake light come...

Motorcycle Repair: heavy vibration, kawasaki klr650, ba kennedy
kawasaki klr650, ba kennedy, nuts bolts: Bruce, sounds like a balancer problem. Check the balancer idler lever (Kawasaki part no. 13168-1436) and the idler shaft spring (Kawasaki part no. 92144-1860) These balancer parts keep tension on the balancer chain. I suspect the idler lever...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cl200 1974, vacuum gages, local bike shop
vacuum gages, local bike shop, short shift: It is done with vacuum gages.You are setting the carbs so they all draw the same amount of air at any given time.This is some thing you local bike shop can help you with as it requires special tools.Also I would not put the bike into 3rd gear until you are...

Motorcycle Repair: Intruder Electrical issue, switch fuses, battery cables
switch fuses, battery cables, red button: Mark, check your fuses, you should have power going to the coils on the orange/white wires. The wire goes from the fuse to the kill/stop switch and then on to the ignition coils. The other wire on the coils goes to the ignitor unit. If there is...

Motorcycle Repair: idle setting 1999 Elctro Glide Classic, torx screw, positive cable
torx screw, positive cable, battery cable: It should be set at 900-1000 RPM. To set it remove the air cleaner and on the back plate you will see a hole on the right side. Inside there is a torx screw to set the idle. Start the bike and go for a ride to get it good and warm. When you return adjust...

Motorcycle Repair: KZ 700 Fast idle, mixture settings, vacuum lines
mixture settings, vacuum lines, valve plates: Randall, if you want me to answer non-Honda questions, I need more info to even begin... like the year of production. Also, information like if the intake or exhaust has been changed from OEM specs. I tried a quick web search and found a 1984 reference,...

Motorcycle Repair: Loose Chain, loose chain, deflection
loose chain, deflection, rear wheel: Chain adjustment is not as easy as you would think.Get the bike up in the air. turn the rear wheel until you find the spot were the chain is the tightest.This is the point were you adjust the chain loosen the axal nut and move the rear wheel back until you...

Motorcycle Repair: lowering, lowering kit, fxst
lowering kit, fxst, shocks: All you need to do is either find a lowering kit or replace the shocks. Make sure you have enough room to lower it when you are sitting on the bike. You want to have enough room so if you hit a hard bump you dont rub the fender Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Making trunk lights on Ultra run-turn-brake, filament bulb, lighting companies
filament bulb, lighting companies, somthing: That is somthing that is added on, probably aftermarket. In order the make a light a run and brake you would have to have a two filament bulb. Check with some of the aftermarket lighting companies online and you might find what you are looking for Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle problem, kawasaki zx600, air fuel ratio
kawasaki zx600, air fuel ratio, plug colors: Jose, at high speeds the engine and clutch are turning fast, when you pull the clutch and close the throttle there is still alot of clutch drag until the rpms drop. The clutch drag may be excessive due to adjustment, worn plates or sticky oil. Try...

Motorcycle Repair: Motorcycle repair, goldwing aspencade, clutch replacements
goldwing aspencade, clutch replacements, starter clutch: Barbara, the zinging sound is a sign that the starter clutch components are failing to grip the hub. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-gl1200a-gold-wing-aspencade-1985/o/m2342 for illustrations. See GENERATOR section. The...

Motorcycle Repair: after market sissy bar for 93 sportster 883, sportster 883, sissy bars
sportster 883, sissy bars, blinkers: Most of the aftermarket sissy bars have a cutout so the bracket will fit without removing the blinkers, unless the blinkers have been relocated to the rear of the strut. If they have then you might have to drill for the wire, depending on the sissy bar kit...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak, crank case, oil tank
crank case, oil tank, flhs: The location you are talking about is probably the vent. Over time, since your oil tank is sitting higher than your motor, oil will weep through the oil pump. There is a ball and spring in the pump that is suppose to stop this, but there might be a speck of...

Motorcycle Repair: question to your response on a question I asked about a honda shadow, answer homework questions, honda shadow
answer homework questions, honda shadow, e mail: If you would e-mail your question to me at Jerry@mad-dog-cycle.com I will get back to you with some kind of an answer.With carberation and ignition problems the answers are not always cut and dry.I have spent over 8 hours just doing testing on ignition and...

Motorcycle Repair: run ability, suzuki gsxr 750, plug colors
suzuki gsxr 750, plug colors, header pipes: Robert, backfire in the exhaust usually indicates a lean fuel mixture. In your case since the bike was stored awhile it may be the main jets or needle jet tubes above the main jets that are still plugged. Is there a fuel filter? Do the float bowls...

Motorcycle Repair: Starting a dormant engine, plug holes, motorcycle oil
plug holes, motorcycle oil, honda rebel: Randall, I am not sure exactly what parts of the bike have been rebuilt but since it has not run in a long time you will need to check the fuel valve function and clean the carbs very thoroughly. If you had the engine apart I would imagine all...

Motorcycle Repair: SUZUKI SV650S K3 2003, suzuki sv650s, nutral
suzuki sv650s, nutral, sensor wires: Albert, the speed sensor wires are usually orange/red, pink, and black/white (ground) The tach might be black/yellow. Try this link to a wiring diagram, maybe it will help: http://www.no1special.com/SV650/1st-gen-wiring.pdf http://www.no1special.com/SV650/2nd-gen-wiring.pdf...

Motorcycle Repair: Suzuki Bandit stalling, high pitch sound, throttle position sensor
high pitch sound, throttle position sensor, bandit 600s: Philipp, could be one of many things, are the plugs normal or do they look rich (black)colored? Is the choke adjusted okay? Have you tried new spark plugs, caps, wires? Check for a plugged gas tank vent, this can starve the fuel flow. Make sure...

Motorcycle Repair: shovel will not stay running, mr wells, hey mr
mr wells, hey mr, plug wires: The positive side of the coil, where the two 12 wires attach, you should show around3 OHMs. On the other side, where the plug wires attach, you should show around 20,000 OHMs. Both should be about the same hot or cold. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: smoke, flsts, o rings
flsts, o rings, cape fear: First, the valves dont have any o-rings so I am not sure what they replaced. The smoking means youa re burning a little oil. It doenst take much to make smoke. There are two places you can get the oil from. Either the valve guide seals or oil leaking around...

Motorcycle Repair: spark advance '68 cl350, compression stroke, cl350
compression stroke, cl350, valve action: Tom, the process of setting up the ignition timing will tell you immediately, whether the point cam is in correctly or not. Remove the valve cover caps, so you can watch the valve action, then turn the engine over, until you are coming up on the compression...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer failed 1996 fxdwg, speedo sensor, harley dealer
speedo sensor, harley dealer, senser: You can test the speedo with a speedo tester part #Hd-41354. In order to test the senser you have to have a test harness for the senser. If they cant do it they I would start by replacing the senser first, since it cost the least amount. If its still not working...

Motorcycle Repair: sportser rockerbox leak, rod tubes, assembley
rod tubes, assembley, push rod: Yes you can remove the lower rocker box without removing the pushrod tubes or the rocker arms. Just take the upper one off, then the middle and last the lower. You will have to remove the pushrods to get the lower off Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: static timing, harley fxr, static timing
harley fxr, static timing, quick reply: Remove the timing plug and locate top dead center. Go to the points and rotate the adjuster, just until the points are starting to open with the advance weights outward. If you dont turn the weights to fully advanced you will be off. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: I stripped the spark plug threads FLHR, tbilisi georgia, motorcycle dealer
tbilisi georgia, motorcycle dealer, borning: First, if you pulled the threads out, there is nothing there to rethread. I would pull the head and inspect the cylinder for metal. You can go a couple of different routes on the head. You can either buy a new on, or what I do is born out the plug hole and...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gs450 1981, suzuki gs450, carburetor jets
suzuki gs450, carburetor jets, battery cables: Jeff, some of the early models still had contact point ignitions which require maintenance occasionally. The point gaps are set about .014 and the points timed to break open when the flywheel rotor marks align. Other problems could be from a...

Motorcycle Repair: timming, honda shadow, bill silver
honda shadow, bill silver, shadow vt: Larry, the ignition timing starts with the pulser coil, next to the flywheel, and then is controlled by the ignition control module. There is no adjustment to be made or needed. www.bikebandits.com has online microfiche illustrations, showing the components....

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 535 Starting Problem, classic bikes, exaust pipe
classic bikes, exaust pipe, motorcycle covers: The starting problem is the plugs.The reason is that the main jet needle in the slide has worn the seat or the thing it goes into egg shaped.This will give you excess fuel causing the plugs to fowl.Viberation is the culprit here Also the end if the plug wire...

Motorcycle Repair: water in transmission, wideglide, vent
wideglide, vent, good luck: There are only a few places that water can enter. Top cover, side cover, dipstick, drain, vent or cable fitting. If it entered the left side it would have to go through the inner primary. I susspect you got some water through the vent Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: waterpump drip, honda sabre, ebay ca
honda sabre, ebay ca, mcmart: Curt, Check the hoses carefully. Small leaks usually show up under pressure like when engine is warm. -the leak may be the seals around the cover o-rings or possibly pump impeller shaft or worn pump bearings. I think Honda only sells complete pumps...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha Banshee, cylinder compression, fuel inlet
cylinder compression, fuel inlet, needle valve: Jorge, first thing to do is see if the cylinder compression is near the same on both cylinders. They should have about 125 PSI with a minimum of about 100PSI. Any lower and the rings or pistons are needing repair. If the comprssion seems about equal,...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha r6, adjustment screws, battery condition
adjustment screws, battery condition, cable connections: Sai, I suggest replacing the fuel filter, checking the battery condition and the cable connections. Check for missing idle adjustment screws. Next, clean the idle/pilot jets in the carbs. Make sure you can see light through them. Could be a...

Motorcycle Repair: yamaha silverado 1100, passive pollution, pollution control system
passive pollution, pollution control system, harley dealer: Not really Almost all engines have at least a passive pollution control system. They take the vent from the engine and feed it into the air cleaner.Along with this air comes oil as a vapor.The air goes away but the oil remains in the bottom of your air cleaner....

Motorcycle Repair: 1795 Honda CB360T, dyna systems, dyna ignition
dyna systems, dyna ignition, bill silver: James, the ignition timing has to be absolutely correct on both sides, but at idle and full advance, to create ideal conditions for the fuel metering systems. The carbs have to be matched, synchronized and clean in each and every circuit. Plus the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 1916 harley- fully restored, thanks alot, excellent condition
thanks alot, excellent condition, harley: Alot depends on the restoration. If all the parts are orgional it will be worth more. You never said what model the bike is. A single in excellent condition is worth around 37,000 and a twin is worth around 50,000 by the NADA book Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 CB 160 No spark, nippon denso, spark plug leads
nippon denso, spark plug leads, center electrode: Clarke, First, clean the contact faces thoroughly, set the gap to about .014 at the high spot on the point cam and then move the plate until the points open at the F mark alignment of the rotor and stator marker. A quick condenser test is to just spin...

Motorcycle Repair: 1966 harley sportster 900/cc, friction drive, harley dealers
friction drive, harley dealers, male friend: Hi Carolyn, If you are calling Harley dealers for the price, they can t do anything to change the price on the parts you need, 2nd, anything 1966 is going to be a bit pricey just because the most of it will be obsolete, and very difficult to come by. In...

Motorcycle Repair: 1967 honda, bill silver, maximum benefit
bill silver, maximum benefit, cleanout: Tina, the value of a CA77 Dream is anywhere from $200 to $6k depending on originality, mileage, condition, etc. For maximum benefit, you should get it running again. Probably needs fresh fuel, carb jet cleanout and a fresh battery. www.nada.com has...

Motorcycle Repair: 1970SL 350 timing, point gap, light key
point gap, light key, engine case: Phillip, The points are under the top left engine cap. Make sure they are shiny clean and flat. Check that the mechanical timing advance under them is able turn slightly forward. Grease the point cam sparingly. Set the bike up straight and remove...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 cl 175, ebay auctions, piston rings
ebay auctions, piston rings, honda parts: Kyle, You can find a lot of good Honda parts on Ebay auctions. Most any motorcycle shop or machine shop that does work on bikes can evaluate and hone/bore the cylinders. Let them measure the pistons, evaluate the damage to the cylinder walls and then you can...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 honda cb350, trickle charger, bill silver
trickle charger, bill silver, light bulbs: Danny, DO NOT push start the bike with a dead battery. New ones cost about $40. They only last about 2 years, anyway. Running the engine with a dead battery will cause the charging system to go full output and possibly damage the rectifier and any light bulbs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda Cb750 spark problem, 1974 honda cb750, neg terminal
1974 honda cb750, neg terminal, cb 750: Hi, I have owned a CB750 Four of the same year for sixteen years, sooo good memories riding her... She was cherry red, ... Still have all the tech. manuals, so I believe I can help. I ve just checked my memory against the schematics, here is the result:...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda CB360t, honda motorcycle, throttle cables
honda motorcycle, throttle cables, bill silver: Dustin.... PUSH or PULL? http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/product_catalog/Product.jsp;jsessionid=VI4GIZ4RXGS5RLA0WTVSM4VMDK0NCIV0?skuId=&store=Main&catId=115&productId=pC6504F&leafCatId=&mmyId= $10! for the pull cable. Push cables are a safety feature and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda cb750 fast idle, 1976 honda cb750, vacuum ports
1976 honda cb750, vacuum ports, silicon seal: Mike, any air leak on the boot side may affect the idle. The boots can sometimes be checked by spraying some wd40 or carb cleaner around them and see if the engine speed changes. The rubbers can be replaced or sealed with some high-temp silicon seal...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 sportster, gears, good luck
gears, good luck, 4th gear: Anyone who deals with V-twin Manufacturing can get you a service manual. About the only thing you are going to be able to do is pull the trans and see what the problem is. Could be a bent shifter fork, bad bearing, bad shifter cam etc. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda xl 125, honda xl 125, honda wiring diagrams
honda xl 125, honda wiring diagrams, wiringdiagrams: I don t have much data on MotoSports/Enduros in my inventory. Try the SL125 diagram at: http://www.oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class Or: http://www.cmsnl.com/classic-honda-fansite/honda_wiring_diagrams/XL175.jpg The early bikes...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB900C, honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900
honda cb900 custom, 1980 honda cb900, crankcase pressure: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb900c-1980/o/m2011 The 11.5x7 plug on the end of the camchain tensioner rod? There is a separate part number for it and you should be able to remove the old one and push in a new one, if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 honda goldwing gl1100 charging issue, honda goldwing gl, honda goldwing gl1100
honda goldwing gl, honda goldwing gl1100, stator coil: Steven, yes, a bad battery could be trouble. The battery should be charged fully and connected at all times. Also check the fuses. The voltage with a good battery should read 13-14 volts at 3000 rpm. If not, try disconnecting the black wire on...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 kdx400 dirt bike, stroke oil, stroke engine
stroke oil, stroke engine, dirt bike: Tim, yes, your bike is a 2 stroke engine. The fuel/oil premix ratio is about 4 ounces of motorcycle two stroke oil to a gallon of gas. The stator needs to be working to have spark or ignition. The ignitor or ignition module gets it s power from the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 shovel kick only, oil tank, oil pump
oil tank, oil pump, shovel: What has happened ove the winter is oil has weeped into the bottom end of the case. When you start it oil will probably come out the breather. It doenst hurt anything. the oil pump cant pump it back into the oil tank fast enough and it comes out the tube....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 yamaha 400 s, 2 stroke engines, vacuum conditions
2 stroke engines, vacuum conditions, fuel mixture: Chris, if you have a clean air box and air filter and the choke is not stuck or needing adjustments, it might need smaller main jets. Always do a short fast run after jet changes and check the spark plug color for tuning clues. http://verrill.com/moto/sellingguide/sparkplugs/plugcolorchart.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 goldwing radio problem, left turn signal, clarion radio
left turn signal, clarion radio, amplifier circuit: Joel, you may need a radio technician to check out the radio. It could be the amplifier circuit. The fuses are usually under the left turn signal base. The amplifier circuit may have a fuse or loose plug on the terminal, it is the red wire there and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Suzuki GS550, suzuki gs550, rubber diaphragms
suzuki gs550, rubber diaphragms, filter screens: Darrell, -it sounds to me like the float levels are set too low. When correct the fuel in the float bowl should sit about 4mm below the mating surface of the carb body and the float bowl. -Another thing to check is the function of your fuel petcock....

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 250 CC, fuel mixture, tank fuel
fuel mixture, tank fuel, 8miles: Marla, it sounds like it still has some fuel problems. The tank, fuel valve, fuel line, and /or filter plus the carb needs to be really clean and adjusted properly. If it smells hot it may be low on oil, if not it may be a lean fuel mixture causing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha Virago VX750 Backfire & Sputtering, transistor ignition, float bowls
transistor ignition, float bowls, plug caps: Matt, try filling the carb float bowls with some good yamaha carb cleaner and let them soak overnight. It only takes a few weeks for fuel to go bad and plug up carb jets while sitting. You have to use a fuel stablizer when parking a bike for any...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 yamaha xv750 virago starter, starter solenoid, yamaha xv750
starter solenoid, yamaha xv750, starter moter: hello steve , sounds to me you have a bad starter solenoid, or you have a short in yhe wiring where your solenoid attaches to the starter, if you need more info please contact me. but if you can jump the solenoid at the starter and it engages then you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda Custom fusebox?, battery cables, winter storage
battery cables, winter storage, pop sound: check the battery cables to make sure there not backward and if not check the cables for a wear spot or short.you have a conection problem or dead short.Also make sure you have a good ground because DC current will hunt a ground back through the positive side...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Honda vt750 Shadow clutch, honda vt750, hydraulic clutch
honda vt750, hydraulic clutch, resivior: Hi Billy, Im not sure if you have a hydraulic clutch or cable clutch, but you could have one of 3 problems going on... If you have a hydraulic clutch (you have a master cylinder resivior on the left that looks the same as the right brake side) Your slave...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 FXRS Neutral hard to find, netural, wron
netural, wron, harleys: Finding netural on some harleys has always been hard. I have a 1998 that is a bear to find netural. It is because the netural space on the shifter cam is very small. The only thing you can do is remove the trans and check the chifter cam for wear. Also, the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 HD Sportster rear lights, hd sportster, fuse box
hd sportster, fuse box, hi mike: You donthave fuses, you have breakers. They are located under the seat. Follow the wire coming from the rear and you will see them Test on both sides of the breaker to make sure its good. If you dont have any power on either side then you will have to follow...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL 1200, honda goldwing gl, gl 1200
honda goldwing gl, gl 1200, ac voltage: Mack, it doesn t matter which wire goes where. Just connect them to the 3 yellows. The other ends of the wires are connected together within the stator windings anyway. They are just wound in different phases and come out separately. They output...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Magna v45 carb no power., honda magna v45, vacuum lines
honda magna v45, vacuum lines, sabmag: Luke, Is the bike warming up okay at idle? These bikes tended to be cold blooded, so choke is usually required for several minutes, especially underway. Carbs DO need to be synchronized after removal and disassembly. Be sure that your fuel pump and filter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 xt 250 m, air vent, xt 250
air vent, xt 250, filler cap: Hi there, have you checked that the air vent of the fuel tank in the filler cap is not obstructed? This could prevent the fuel to flow after some times with the engine running. Then as the bike slows down the fuel request becomes low, the air pass in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha BW 200, bike wreckers, ebay ca
bike wreckers, ebay ca, yamaha dealership: Aaron, you will have to search the bike wreckers or repair your muffler if possible. They are expensive. Another solution might be to try to fit a slip on muffler. If you search eBay for exhaust can there are many cheaper mufflers that could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda xr100, honda xr100, compression gauge
honda xr100, compression gauge, oldmanhonda: Martin, I don t know if timing is the problem but usually Hondas have an F mark on the flywheel or magneto. When this F mark lines up with the timing mark on the engine case the contact points should just break open. The contact points are under...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 zx600 kawasaki ninja, kawasaki ninja, vent holes
kawasaki ninja, vent holes, tank fuel: Bill, the problem is almost always gas varnish stuck in the carb idle, needle and main jets. Other than a complete cleaning job on the carbs you can try filling the float bowls with some good yamaha or other carb cleaner and let them soak overnight....

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 kx80, air leaks, kx 80
air leaks, kx 80, plug hole: Mike, most likely the idle jet or passages in the carb are plugged. Check that the choke is functioning as well. Check for any air leaks where the carb hooks up to the engine. Make sure you can see daylight through the idle jet, it is next to the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1997 Marauder VZ800 speedo drive ratio, marauder vz800, damaged stock
marauder vz800, damaged stock, electronic units: BC, Most Suzuki s use a 1:4 ratio speedo. The speedo drive may be 2240 cable RPM = 60 MPH. The speedo nut thread is usually about 12mm. http://www.oldbikebarn.com/Motorcycle_Parts/Speedometer/Mini-Speedo Have you looked into programmable electronic...

Motorcycle Repair: 1999 XL 1200S, spark plug wires, rear cylinder
spark plug wires, rear cylinder, 1200s: looking from the top of the bike, like you sitting on it, the front plug end on the coil on the right is front cylinder left. the back one on the right is the rear cylinder on the right. One the left side of the coil, the front one is the front cylinder right...

Motorcycle Repair: 2000 harley 883 speedo cuts out, harley 883, speedo
harley 883, speedo, rpms: What you need to do is test the ignition system. It sounds like the pickup is cutting in and out, which might be causing the speedo problem. Get a service manual and it will have the tests in it you need to do and how to do them Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 FLH Standard, jumper cables, fuse box
jumper cables, fuse box, milwaukee wi: First, dont jump start your bike with a auto or truck. To many cranking amps. Get a battery condtioner and plug it in. It will keep the battery charged for you. You probably burned a fuse. Check your fuses, probably a main fuse, burn out. The fuse box is...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 nighttrain, harley davidson nighttrain, twin cam 88
harley davidson nighttrain, twin cam 88, oil tank: Check your motor oil sitting on the sidestand, not upright. Check the primary and the trans sitting upright. The motor takes about what you put in. the trans takes a little less than a quart, but check it with the dipstick. to fill the primary, remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 FLSTSI rear cylinder dry fouling plug, valve seals, piston rings
valve seals, piston rings, valve guides: You stated that you were losing oil, but no leaks. In order to lose oil, it either has to leak or burn. There are two ways that oil can get into the cylinder to burn. One is past the valve guides and one is past the rings. Since your bike has valve guide seals...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Super Glide charging issue, ground 0, meter changes
ground 0, meter changes, issue question: What might be happening is the covering on the wires of the stator has come off. As you ride the wire vibrates, touching the case and shorting out. If your battery keeps going dead, then I think I would pull the stator and inspect it good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 suzuki bandit 1200, suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200
suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200, crank case: Chris, if it is flooded with fuel it has to be coming from the fuel tank. Some possible problem areas are: -fuel tank or fuel cap air vent plugged, this causes pressure to build in the tank and push the fuel out to the carbs. -bad float, try swapping...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 vl 1500, air fuel mixture, air leaks
air fuel mixture, air leaks, exhaust pipes: Dude, Lean carburetor settings can contribute to carb backfiring. If the mixture is too lean, it may burn very slowly and unevenly. This condition, in turn, may result in burning mixture remaining in the cylinder until the beginning of the next intake stroke...

Motorcycle Repair: 2003 ninja zx6r, electronic control unit, battery cables
electronic control unit, battery cables, fuel pump: Sergio, it can be hard to find an intermittant problem like this. I recommend if it quits to quickly check if it has spark and also listen for the fuel pump turning on, it should click a few times when you turn on the ignition. If you can isolate...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 Sportster rear brakes, rear brakes, pedel
rear brakes, pedel, master cylinder: Because the the small diameter of the hole for the brake fluid to go through in the master cylinder they take a while to bleed. make sure you are bleeding them correctly. Fill the master cylinder, pump the pedel about 10 times and while holding the pedel down...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 RT3 Voltage regulator, mag wire, rt3
mag wire, rt3, voltage regulator: Gerald, If it is a Yamaha 6volt regulator you might want to tap into the yellow mag wire as it is the one that goes to the hi/lo beam switch and on to the headlight. The red/green is a charging circuit wire but may not affect the voltage at the...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 Dt250 Cutting Out, yamaha dt250, fuel mixture
yamaha dt250, fuel mixture, excess fuel: Matt, when you shut off the gas it starts to lean out the fuel mixture which indicates your problem is probably due to excess fuel. This could be a few things. One- is a plugged exhaust pipe. Two- is a main jet that is a size too large. Three-...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 yamaha dt100, yamaha dt100, clutch system
yamaha dt100, clutch system, clutch plates: Ian, I suggest checking your clutch push rod to make sure it is not bent. If it was low on oil the clutch plates could be burned or warped. You may need to inspect each part of the clutch system. Start with the actuator arm on the left side of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 76' cb 750 popping at idle, air screws, air screw
air screws, air screw, pipe joints: Mike, with the kerker on it I would suspect it is running a bit lean due to less backpressure. If it runs okay at mid-speed, you can just adjust the air screws or increase the idle jet size a bit to smooth out the idle. Carb boots can leak which...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 harley sportster, jumper wire, battery terminal
jumper wire, battery terminal, harley: Dusty, -the Field wire (green?) or F terminal on the generator goes to F on the regulator. -the A wire (green/yellow?) on the generator goes to GEN on the regulator. -the regulator will also have a BAT or battery terminal. Usually...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 suzuki gs450, suzuki gs450, fuel gauge
suzuki gs450, fuel gauge, contact breaker: James, With wiring it gets tricky here because Suzuki uses yellow/black wires that go to the igniter box and up to the ignition coils. They may also be used on the fuel gauge and it s sender unit on the gas tank. Notice I said yellow/black which...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 honda vt 700 c, honda vt, honda shadow
honda vt, honda shadow, bill silver: Cliff, clicking at the solenoid is generally a sign of low voltage. If the battery is more than 2 years old, it may have voltage but not enought current to turn the motor over. You can jump the two big solenoid posts with a screwdriver to bypass the solenoid...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 honda fourtrax wont start, reed valves, honda fourtrax
reed valves, honda fourtrax, blue spark: Chris, if it has a good spark, then you are not getting fuel I suspect. Have you checked if fuel is filling the carb? Check the gas line and fuel petcock for good fuel flow. Try spraying some wd40 or carb cleaner in the back of the carb, see if...