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Motorcycle Repair: Brake light does not work, generic question, light bracket
generic question, light bracket, bill silver: Harry, generally I prefer to know what you are working on, but this is a somewhat generic question and a real puzzler for a lot of people. There is a high probability that your taillight ground path is open... not grounding. When you turn on the tail light...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light not working, light switches, brake lever
light switches, brake lever, electra: You hve two brake light switches on your bike. one is under the front brake lever and the other is in the brake line for the rear. What you need to do if find ouot which one is causing the problem. I would first disconnect the one for the rear and see if...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake light, brake light switch, brake switch
brake light switch, brake switch, handle bars: To check to see if its the front or rear master cylinder, first unplug the wires fromt he rear brake light switch and turn the bike on. If the lights go off then you know its the rear switch. If it stays on then it the front switch. Now you need to check your...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake line replacement, 1200c sportster, bleeder valve
1200c sportster, bleeder valve, line thanks: Remove the old line and install the new on. Fill the master cylinder with DOT5 brake fluid. Pump the brakes and while holding the brake lever down, open the bleeder valve. Close the bleeder valve and pump the brake lever and open it again. Keep doing this...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake pads replacement, screw driver, brake pads
screw driver, brake pads, rotor: Remove the caliber by removing the two bolts. Take a wide screw driver and open the pads so the new ones will fit ove the rotor. The old pads will slide out of the caliber and install the new ones. Install the caliber and pump the brake until the pads close....

Motorcycle Repair: Brake problem, honda goldwing, rear caliper
honda goldwing, rear caliper, fool proof: Hi Terry. There really is no fool-proof way to tell which is the culprit in this case. A good indicator of it being the caliper would be the presence of brake fluid all over the caliper and disc. That would clearly indicate the caliper, but would not...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake Release, suzuki gsx 550, unsuccessful person
suzuki gsx 550, unsuccessful person, brake fluid: Hi Thomas. The problem with your calipers is one or more of two possibilities. Here they are in order of likelihood: 1) The calipers are dirty and sticking. Scrub them, and any moving parts of the caliper assembly, clean and lube the moving parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake rotor, wingthings texas, brake rotor
wingthings texas, brake rotor, bikebandit com: Hi Brad, Yes, you re right about the rotor or disc. Is it beyond repair? Maybe. Not many places around to turn MC rotors. One place in Cleveland, Ohio, but I don t have their contact information. Check parts prices and view parts microfiche at www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake, Suzuki 450 1980, brake fluid reservoir, suzuki 450
brake fluid reservoir, suzuki 450, flat screwdriver: Hi Jim, It s likely a caliper rebuild. Brake fluid reservoir is vented to atmosphere, so no vacuum there. Brake fluid changes chemically with time and when exposed to air/humidity. This change is most commonly noticable in the calipers, behind the piston...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake squeal, brake squeal, dual action sander
brake squeal, dual action sander, suzuki savage ls650: Hi River, The first step to getting rid of brake squeal is to remove the caliper from the bike. Remove the pads and blow out any dust or dirt from the caliper. Clean with Brake Kleen if there is grease or old fluid on the caliper. Inspect the pads for embedded...

Motorcycle Repair: Brake/turn signal fuses, harley service, harley road king
harley service, harley road king, turn signals: What youa re going to have to do is start looking for either a broken wire or a pinched wire. Since its in the light system I would start at the brake light and work my way back. It would help you if you had a wiring diagram. you can find one in the harley...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brake, motorcycle salvage yard, honda cb400t
motorcycle salvage yard, honda cb400t, wheel bearings: Hi Jim. Well, to start with, you will most likely have to replace the front brake system because the chances are that the fluid has turned to goo inside of it. Thus the brake lever not moving. The front wheel could be locked up for one of 2 reasons....

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, dot 5 brake fluid, jumper wire
dot 5 brake fluid, jumper wire, voltage regulators: No there is nothing you need to do for the master cylinder to install the new hand controls. The only trick I can think of in rebuilding a master cylinder is dont do it. I also have the same problem of them leaking. Over the years I dont rebuild them, I just...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, dot 4 brake fluid, harley softail
dot 4 brake fluid, harley softail, factory model: Hi Alex, I work on HD s, too. You re right...brakes are brakes, bearings-r-bearings, etc... It s possible that a hose or fitting is defective. If so, there will be evidence of brake fluid on and around the defective part. The part cannot draw air without...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, dual disk, second impression
dual disk, second impression, harley davidson: There is only one hole. As to bleeding, the best way is to use a vacuumn pump. They are around 50.00. If you dont want to buy one you can bleed them by hand. Remember, it will take quit a while due to the fact that you are running brake fluid through that...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, light switches, handle bar
light switches, handle bar, brake switch: There are two brake light switches. One is at the front brake caliber and the other is in the rear brake line. I would check the front one first. Looking at the controls for the right handle bar you will notice that it is attached to the handle bar in two...

Motorcycle Repair: Back Brakes, brake locks, accedent
brake locks, accedent, master cylinder: Sounds like your master cylinder is hanging up. The return hole might be plugged. You can get a rebuild kit for the master cylinder, but I usually recommend just replacing it. When you try to rebuild it alot of times it leaks. Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, master cylinder, plunger
master cylinder, plunger, puck: Sounds like the puck in the caliber is sticking. It should release when you let off the lever. I would remov ethe caliber and check it.The puck should work smoothly. If it is ok, then check the master cylinder for a plunger that is sticking Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, shovelhead, master cylinders
shovelhead, master cylinders, fxd: Probably one of the worst things you can do to a bike is let it sit for a few years. Your bike is a 1978, which is almost 30 years old. Over the years brake fluid goets old, draws moisture, and sometimes jells. What happens is not being used the puck in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, fxd, rear brake pads
fxd, rear brake pads, brake pads: On both brakes use a screwdriver and push open the brake pads so you have room for the new ones. remove the pins that hold the pads in. When you remove the pins remove the pads. The pads are different so check them when they come out so you get the new ones...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes 1976 GL1000, bike mechanics, mity vac
bike mechanics, mity vac, bleeder valve: George, this is a really common problem with older Hondas with single piston brakes. Corrosion gets built up in the groove for the O-ring in the caliper and swells the ring up against the piston, causing drag. Use the master cylinder fluid pressure to slowly...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes 1985 Yamaha Virago 700, v65 magna, bleeding brakes
v65 magna, bleeding brakes, yamaha virago: Hi Donald. Bleeding brakes, as you know, is not a complicated thing and it works to get air bubbles out of the line. But, here s the part they don t tell you; Some bikes have an additional problem with both the clutch (hydraulic) and front brakes,...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes, kawasaki zxr750, dual front
kawasaki zxr750, dual front, calipers: Hi Terry. You say that you need to replace the pistons on the brakes. You should do so. If there is nothing else wrong with the system (air in lines, blockage in lines, etc) then there is no other cause. Bad pistons will sometimes stick and on a dual...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes on 2002 Yamaha R6, v65 magna, bleeding brakes
v65 magna, bleeding brakes, hydraulic clutch: Hi Tabeier. As a matter of fact, I am in the U.S. and I know what your problems are. Your first problem is that you are taking the bike to a shop where they are either a) taking you for a ride because they are incompetent, b) taking you for a ride because...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, auto parts store, roters
auto parts store, roters, conflicting reports: Hi Joe. Brakes generally squeek, not because they are dirty (if you wash the bike well, that generally cleans away anything like that), but because the pads have crystalized. It is normally nothing to worry about except for the noise. If the noise...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, honda v65 magna, suzuki 800 intruder
honda v65 magna, suzuki 800 intruder, bleeding brakes: Hi Robert. Bleeding brakes, as you know, is not a complicated thing and it works to get air bubbles out of the line. But, here s the part they don t tell you (which is also not mentioned in any repair manual; Some bikes have an additional problem...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes, dot 4 brake fluid, suzuki intruder
dot 4 brake fluid, suzuki intruder, brake caliper: Hi Robert, Here s a couple of files for your review. If the problem persists after reviewing, advise. Respectfully, Mark Shively Brake/Clutch Bleeding 101 By Mark Shively Use high quality DOT 4 brake fluid (or preferred type) from a sealed...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, shucks auto supply, hand vacuum pump
shucks auto supply, hand vacuum pump, auto supply stores: Hi Fred, Ok I need to know two things..first: does your bike have Linked Braking? Two: Did you crack the bleeder before you pushed the caliper piston back into the caliper? If you didn t {and dont feel bad it happens to the best of us)you probably forced all...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, bikebandit com, changing brake pads
bikebandit com, changing brake pads, honda shadow: Hi Juliene, I recommend purchasing the repair manaul. The manual explains mechanical proceedures and includes illustrations. Check on Ebay or www.bikebandit.com for manuals. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Bikebandit also provides access to...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes, brake caliper pistons, piston seals
brake caliper pistons, piston seals, bikebandit com: Hi Pauline, I suspect one of the following: The operator rides the brake; or the brake caliper pistons are sticking-causing the brake pads to rub the discs, and brake fluid to boil. Remove brake caliper(s), disassemble, and inspect. It s common for brake...

Motorcycle Repair: Brakes locking up, yamaha xs, rear brakes
yamaha xs, rear brakes, eamil address: Hi Rob, Q: ...so i have a 1980 yamaha XS 1100 midnight special and the front and rear brakes keep locking up. Do you know of a way to fix this? A: Yes, I know several procedures for servicing brake system problems. Can you be more specific on...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Brakes, yamaha venture royale, hi ed
yamaha venture royale, hi ed, brake fluid: Hi Ed. Fact of the matter, as far as the pistons retracting, they won t do it so much that you would normally notice. If the brakes are installed and completely locking up the wheel even after they have been released, then that is a whole different story....

Motorcycle Repair: Break In, rkc, long trip
rkc, long trip, good luck: You should break it in like most other motorcycles. For the first 200 miles, vary your speed. Ride for a while at 50 MPH, then for a while ride at 40MPH, then for a while ride at 55MPH etc. This helps the rings seat. Change the oil at 500 miles. After that...

Motorcycle Repair: Breaking in a new bike, maxfine, maintenance intervals
maxfine, maintenance intervals, professional mechanics: Refer to the owner s manual for maintenance intervals. Buy the service manual. It will pay for itself with the first self repair. Hi Gordon, I like MotoMan s ideas. What do you think? Visit his website to see the differences in pistons. This...

Motorcycle Repair: Breather Valves & Bore, evolution engine, breather valves
evolution engine, breather valves, downward stroke: The metal breather will hold its shape better than the plastic. Plastic, under heat has a tendency to warp. There really is no tolereance except for end play. The end play should be .001-.011. When its removed check for scoring or deep scratches in the case....

Motorcycle Repair: Breather, 82d airborne division, crankcase breather
82d airborne division, crankcase breather, steady drip: My Friend For quite some time I have been working with the AllExperts site to help you and others with their motorycle questions and problems. Some I have been able to help more than others, but I tried, and took no payment for these services. It has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Broken adjustment bolt at swingarm, broken bolt, elbow grease
broken bolt, elbow grease, spocket: Hi Evan. If you have a drill, then you need to drill a hole in the core of the bolt and use a bolt extracter (sometimes called an EZ out). Normally, they come with the correct drill bit so that you don t make the hole too small or too large. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Broken fuel inlet L-joint, plastic elbow, tap tap
plastic elbow, tap tap, slide hammer: Yes the old plastic elbow fitting has been superceded by an all brass fitting which won t break like the old plastic ones. You can tap the old one, thread a small bolt into it and use a slide hammer to pull it but I recall the last time I did one I just put...

Motorcycle Repair: Broken Spark plug, honda cb125, paris streets
honda cb125, paris streets, screw driver: Hi Thibaut, You described a very good approach to extract the plug. There are other means if your approach should fail. Can you send me an image of the broken plug? I return tech information files by email. Include your email address with reply....

Motorcycle Repair: Buell Electrical trouble, air fuel mixture, ac volts
air fuel mixture, ac volts, electrical trouble: First, start the bike and at the battery see what the voltage is. You should be running around 13.5 volts at 2000 RPM. If you are, then either your battery is bad or you have a bad battery wire. If not, then test the stator. It should be putting out around...

Motorcycle Repair: Buell Oil tank, tank drain, oil tank
tank drain, oil tank, oppertunity: I have not had the oppertunity to work on a Buell. Its still a Sportster motor and simuler to a sportster, so start by looking at the oil tank. You should have 3 lines coming out of the tank. Feed to motor, return and drain. Follow all three lines. the drain...

Motorcycle Repair: Buell S3 Problem, buell s3, s3 thunderbolt
buell s3, s3 thunderbolt, intake manifold: Check your intake manifold where it attaches to the heads and see if there is a leak. Start the bike and using some carb cleaner spray a little at the manifold. If the motor revs up then you have a leak. By the way, it is a very good idea to let the bike warm...

Motorcycle Repair: Something Burning?, suzuki gsx r 600, gsx r 600
suzuki gsx r 600, gsx r 600, starter clutch: Nic, Look for burned wiring & electrical connectors as source of odor. I think it s residule oil from your repair. Start the engine and warm it to operating temperatures daily. Investigate the pressence of odors. It s impossible to diagnose odors without...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, honda gl 650, mechanical portion
honda gl 650, mechanical portion, carburators: Hi Fred. When was the last time you had the valves checked. Backfiring is not a function of the carbs, but of the vale and ignition timing. My guess is that the valve and ignition timing is slightly off. It s not really anything to be concerned about...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, suzuki ls650 savage, air fuel mixture
suzuki ls650 savage, air fuel mixture, unburned hydrocarbons: Hi Glenn, This is caused by a combination of valve timing, ignition timing, and unburned hydrocarbons scavenged during the final cycles of the running engine. Do you know if the engine, air intake, carburetion, or exhaust pipe has been changed from original?...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, valve stem seals, exhaust leaks
valve stem seals, exhaust leaks, plug caps: Carl.... check the compression first to see that you don t have any mechanical issues. If you put the cam in a tooth off incorrectly, it won t run well and the compression will be low across all cylinders. Normal readings are in the 160-175 psi range. When...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, spark plug wires, hd sportster
spark plug wires, hd sportster, exhaust pipes: First thing I would do it check the intake manifold and see if you have a leak. That would cause your problem. A way to check it is, start the bike and carefully spray some carb cleaner around the intake manifold where it attaches to the heads. If the RPMs...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, lean condition, fishtails
lean condition, fishtails, baffles: There is no really best way, I think it all in the cost. There are several addon ways to remapp and some claim you can do it yourself. the problem is you need a way to check the o2 coming out the exhaust, so your best bet it to have it done at a shop which...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire '84 GL 1200, honda gl, cylinder compression
honda gl, cylinder compression, valve clearances: Mark, Thanks for the update. The same answer applies to the original question. Check cylinder compression, valve clearances, and read spark plugs. Was the GL stored for any period? Carburetors serviced or cleaned? I would need to know the results...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire on one cyl., point gap, cb500t
point gap, cb500t, backfiring on deceleration: Waylon..... Backfiring on acceleration, usually through the carbs (not exhaust) is related to a lean condition. The left carb has a small diaphragm, designed to prevent backfiring on deceleration. When the diaphragm fails, then you have a massive air leak...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire on deceleration, exhaust gaskets, cv carb
exhaust gaskets, cv carb, heritage softail: Since you already had a K&N filter you shouldn t need to rejet. If you are not running baffles that could make the difference. If you don t want to run baffles, torque cones at the heads might solve the problem. Another cause of backfiring is exhaust manifold...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire when in gear, intake leak, exhaust pipes
intake leak, exhaust pipes, shovelhead: There are several things that can cause the problem you are having. 1. Bad coil or plug wires 2. Bad ignition 3. Intake leak 4. Carb not set right or jets are plugged 5. Short in electrical system I would investagate all the above for the problem. As...

Motorcycle Repair: ? about backfire from Kawasaki 1500 Vulcan, air fuel mixture, market pipes
air fuel mixture, market pipes, kawasaki 1500: Thanks, Tony. The carbs may need tuning to get the correct air-fuel mixture. Popping of the exhaust can be a lean condition. (I target my race tuning for this as it pruduces very good power here.) Does the backfiring occur on acceleration or deacceleration?...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire/popping sound during deceleration, straight pipes, eagle air
straight pipes, eagle air, screaming eagle: What is happening is with the long pipes you are not getting enough back pressure on the exhaust system, even though you have baffles in the pipes. When you dont have enough back pressure you get popping. You might try some torque cones which cannect to...

Motorcycle Repair: backfire, kawasaki nomad, faulty sensor
kawasaki nomad, faulty sensor, mapping problem: Hi Ray, It could be a component of the ignition system becoming faulty or it may be a mapping problem. Electrical problems can be frustrating to diagnose. You have to perform a series of tests to see what s going on. The fuel may be contaminated with...

Motorcycle Repair: backfires via carbs or dies, yamaha 1100, sound changes
yamaha 1100, sound changes, shively: Hi Dan, Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. With the information given, I suspect the gas in the carbs may have varnished a bit and is causing the problems. Otherwise, there may be condensation in the tank or other gas contamination....

Motorcycle Repair: backfires, honda cb 450, point gap
honda cb 450, point gap, dirty point: Michael... You rode it once and then how long did it set afterwards? If it sat for more than a month or so, the gasoline went off in the fuel system and that will not make them run very well, for starters. Backfiring causes include: Failing condenser or...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, combustion gasses, kawasaki vulcan
combustion gasses, kawasaki vulcan, exhaust stroke: The exhaust system you have installed is much less restrictive than stock, thus allowing improved exhaust scavaging. So more of the combustion gasses are drawn out the exhaust valves on the exhaust stroke. These gasses contain a lot of unburned fuel due to...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, jets, good luck
jets, good luck, xl: Being that old of a bike there was probably alot of junk in the bottom of the tank. When you rean out of gas some of it found its way into the carb. On the bottom of the S$S carb there is a 5/8 nut. Remove it and that will drain the carb and the junk out of...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture
honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture, clean air act: Hi Don, The backfiring on deacceleration may be from a lean air-fuel mixture, defective air-cutoff valves (diaphragms), varnished fuel, synchronization off, or other. Some backfiring is associated with V-twin engine and exhaust designs and with EPA/Clean...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, honda shadow spirit, drag pipes
honda shadow spirit, drag pipes, clean air act: Hi Don, Some backfiring is considered normal with v-twin engines. The information about EPA s Clean Air Act and emmissions is accurate. The backfiring may possibly be corrected with aftermarket parts and correct carburetor tuning. Again, some backfiring...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring on deceleration, pop pop pop, kawasaki vulcan
pop pop pop, kawasaki vulcan, backfiring on deceleration: Hi Wade. Start by going over the whole engine for a tune-up. Check the valves and timing, carb synch and air filter. Check for hot grounds on the ignition circuit as well as places where the ignition wiring could be grounding against the frame or engine....

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring (honda vt1100 shadow- 1985), honda vt1100 shadow, fuel flow
honda vt1100 shadow, fuel flow, spark plugs: Hi Kermit. There are a few things that you should check. 1) Carb synchronization. 2) Valve and ignition timing. 3) Fuel flow (are the carbs clean?). 4) Air filter (is it clean or dirty). 5) Are the spark plugs fouling out? 6) Did...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring intermittently, yamaha yfm 350, air fuel mixture
yamaha yfm 350, air fuel mixture, hotmail: Hi Robby, Cylinder compression must be within service limits for the engine to run and carburetor to function properly. Same with valve clearances. Check the appearance of the spark plugs. Compare your plugs with plugs images on NGK s website: www.ngk.com/sparkplug411.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring and running poorly, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi David, Yes, it s possible to get contaminated gasoline from any pump. Pumps have filters, though contaminants may pass through. Also, water can enter the fuel system and cause similar problems. Check the spark plugs for evidence of fouling. Clean...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring shadow 750, honda shadow 750, spark plug heat range
honda shadow 750, spark plug heat range, aftermarket pipes: Dennis, the most common reason for backfiring is changing to aftermarket pipes I believe. Most of these pipes have less backpressure and different design than original pipes. This allows fuel to get so lean it won t burn easily and so passes into the...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring suzuki intruder 800, suzuki intruder 800, internal combustion engines
suzuki intruder 800, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Bob, I suspect the gas in the carbs has varnished during storage. If so, remove and thoroughly clean carbs. Finish by synchronizing carbs. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 by Mark Shively The elements of internal combustion engines...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring thru pipes, rich mixture, tailpipes
rich mixture, tailpipes, air filter: Hi Sandy. Did you check the valve gap and timing? Also make sure that the bike is not running rich due to a clogged air filter. The battery will never be the reason for a backfire. It is always due, primarily, to one or more of a few things. 1)...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, cam shaft, air leaks
cam shaft, air leaks, point gap: Dave, I have written several restoration guides covering problems such as this. First, the cams really can t get a tooth off as they are splined to the camsprocket. IT is possible that the retainer nut can work loose, causing the cams to shift back and...

Motorcycle Repair: bad alternator or battery, suzuki bandit 600, disc brakes
suzuki bandit 600, disc brakes, brakes squeak: It is okay for the headlight to dim slightly when the turn signals are engaged, Adjust the rear brake at the rear wheel to tighten up your stopping power, if your brakes squeak after adjustment (only adjust enough to get the desired stopping power) replace...

Motorcycle Repair: bad fuel mileage, black soot in muflers, air fuel mixture, goldwing interstate
air fuel mixture, goldwing interstate, jet needles: Gasoline recipes breakdown very quickly. Varnishing, affectionately termed, occurs within as little as 3 weeks. Mileage is irrelevant with this common condition. When a needle valve s interior spring becomes gummed (varnished) by gasoline, proper operation...

Motorcycle Repair: bad fuel pump or tps or other?, throttle positioning sensor, modern cars
throttle positioning sensor, modern cars, biek: Hi Mark, Right, the parts you mentioned do fail. I recommend having a local Yamaha tech inspect the problem for you. Request an estimate of repairs and learn about the problem and cost, or just have the work done. The tech will be able to quickly...

Motorcycle Repair: bad ground wire?, surface abrasion, factory security
surface abrasion, factory security, wiring connections: If you have a short then youa re going about it the right way. What you are going to have to do is trace it back using a test light until you find the short. Also, check your wiring connections to make sure they are plugged in tight Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: bad idle, yamaha xj550, air leak
yamaha xj550, air leak, intake manifolds: Hi Terry, I suspect the carbs are varnished. Engine running only on choke is an indication of this. Synchronization may need adjusted too, but engine performance would be similar with or without choke if this was the cause. I m sending several files...

Motorcycle Repair: bad missfire, kawasaki zx 9r, explorer search
kawasaki zx 9r, explorer search, moving car: Hi Dave, I agree with you guys. However, without performing diagnosis checks, I couldn t be absolutely certain. (Reputaion saver in case its not the problem) : ) Try ZX-9R message boards. To find them, do a Internet Explorer search. There s many...

Motorcycle Repair: bad mix?, exhaust ports, air mixture
exhaust ports, air mixture, jet sizes: Hi Jason, I hope the repair shop s invoice wasn t too painful. That should be a come-back repair. They should get it right on their time, in my opinion. I suspect the air-fuel mixtures needs corrected (carb rejetted), and maybe the carburetor cleaned....

Motorcycle Repair: bad running at low speeds plus engine cut out, kawasaki 750, loose power
kawasaki 750, loose power, acurate: James, a good place to start i think would be looking into those carbs. has the bike sat for a time ? if it has yeah i would start there, a good cleaning i suspect is in order. i dont understand the kangeroo part, what the bike is doing, could you please explain....

Motorcycle Repair: baffels, tail pipes, stock pipe
tail pipes, stock pipe, exhaust noise: Hi Adam, Removing the baffles from the exhaust pipe (mufflers) is not recommended as a performance modification. The stock pipe is not designed to produce power without the baffles. The stock pipe is not designed to produce race performance with the...

Motorcycle Repair: baffle removal, drag pipes, mr wells
drag pipes, mr wells, vance and hines: Your not going to be able to get that big of tire on the front end of your bike without doing some modafications. You would first have to get a bigger wheel to fit the bigger tire. Midrange is in the power band. The powerband goes from lowend, midrange to...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, honda shadow ace, air fuel mixture
honda shadow ace, air fuel mixture, 750 honda: Hi Ken, If the baffles are welded in place, the easiest way may be a plasma cutter or cutting torch. I recommend replacing the exhaust with a quality aftermarket system. Yes, the air-fuel mixture will need to be tuned any time modifications are made...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, air fuel ratio, stock muffler
air fuel ratio, stock muffler, bandit 600s: Its usually NOT an easy job trying to remove a baffle from a stock muffler so be careful you dont ruin your pipe. Some come out easy, others are a real pain. If you install a hi-flow air cleaner, THEN you you will need a jet kit, otherwise all removing...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles and back pressure cones, horse power, choise
horse power, choise, exhaust system: Hi Bob. Back pressure cones do NOT WORK at all. The exhaust system you installed is not at all a good one, Bad choise. It may look cool but it killed any horse power and torque that 1200 sportster had. You will never ever get the bike tuned correctly with...

Motorcycle Repair: baffles, mean mother, pipes
mean mother, pipes: Baffles wont help them pipes. You need a good set of pipes. Like a white brothers E-Series 2 into 1 exhaust. The mean mother are a real mean mother to try and tune. It just can not be done correctly. baffles willnot make the bike run any better. and maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit 600 fuel probs?, fuel system treatment, bandit 600
fuel system treatment, bandit 600, jetfuel: Hi Dave. You left fuel in the system while it sat for a few months. That definitely tells me that the bike has problems in the fuel system. Get rid of the old fuel, reseal the tank and pull, disassemble and clean the carbs. When you replace the fuel,...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit 600 speedometer, bandit 600, shively
bandit 600, shively, speedometer: Hi John, You need to get a copy of the service manual. Illustrated testing and parts replacement procedures is explained in the manual. It ll be the best $25 spent on your Bandit. Visit www.banditalley.com for more about Bandits. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit engine probs, gasket seal, plug holes
gasket seal, plug holes, plug hole: Hi Colin. The problem may not be water in the plug holes so much as water seeping into the spark plug caps. Your description sounds like shorting, which would be occurring in the spark plug caps if water were seeping into them where the wire enters. ...

Motorcycle Repair: bandit missfire, bandit 1200, cylinder compression
bandit 1200, cylinder compression, valve clearances: Tony, Q: ...pobs back through carbs rough engine at 2-3 thou how do i smooth this out new style bandit 1200... A: Check cylinder compression and valve clearances. Adjust or repair as needed. Once these are within service limits, tune carburetor air-fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: banshee locked kick starter, raptor 660, wont kick
raptor 660, wont kick, kick starter: The first thing I would do is verify the problem. Is the locked up problem the kick starter or an engine problem?? Have you tried to turn the engine over by hand via the bolt holding down the flywheel. Pop off the magneto side cover and try to do that first....

Motorcycle Repair: my banshee has no spark, crank case, stator
crank case, stator, agian: Hey Ethan, Let me try to help here. 1) add a new ground wire and ground it to the MOTOR very important. just take any ground wire you have and ground it to the motor.. Once that is done check agian for spark. If still no spark. Make sure the cdi box is...

Motorcycle Repair: banshee tranny problems, tie down straps, motorcycle atv
tie down straps, motorcycle atv, shift forks: Hi Corey, Q: ...tranny pops out of gear whil under a load in any gear what is causeing it... See below for details... Respectfully, Mark Shively Slipping out of Gear: Trying to mate slower spinning sliding gears with very high spinning...

Motorcycle Repair: basic wiring, dr650, yellow wires
dr650, yellow wires, togather: Hi Chris, Q: ...im trying to wire a1993 dr650 suz,no lights ect. motor has 8 wires,3yellow,1black and 1biege togather,1blue and 1green togatherand 1 blue. what do i do to get it running? coil has black and black w/white... Reply: I don t have the...

Motorcycle Repair: baskect case, old harleys, shovel head
old harleys, shovel head, iron head: I am going to assume that its a iron head sportster. There is always hope for old harleys. I work on them all the time. You never siad what happened to the bike when it broke down, but if the motor needs rebuilt I can help with that. If you would like to...

Motorcycle Repair: how does the batt rechage?, virago models, regulator rectifier
virago models, regulator rectifier, stator coil: Kevin, -Check if the bike is charging 13.5-14 volts at the battery. If not, the battery, stator or regulator/rectifier may be faulty. Also check the fuses. You may have to remove the seat and take off both battery cables. It may be tight but should...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, custom bike builder, battery 12v
custom bike builder, battery 12v, phase ac: Hi Samir. What you are attempting to do is possible, but not by either of the ways that you are thinking. Neither of the ideas that you have are really practical The best and cheapest way to produce extra power is to upgrade the entire electrical...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, 1983 honda nighthawk, gererator
1983 honda nighthawk, gererator, meter check: The only thing I can do is compare yur bike to a harley, but I dont know if the componants are the same. First you need to make sure you have a good battery. Check the water level and make sure it has a good charge. Start the bike and using a volt meter...

Motorcycle Repair: battery ?, kawasaki ninja, jumper cables
kawasaki ninja, jumper cables, volt meter: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help you. First, have your battery tested to make sure its good. If not, replace it. If the battery is good then, with a volt meter, start the bike and test at the battery. You should show...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, motorcycle battery, charging system
motorcycle battery, charging system, alternator: You bike comes with a charging system consisting of a battery, alternator or generator, voltage regualtor and wires. If your battery is not staying charged then you might have a bad battery, so have it tested. If the battery is ok then you need to have the...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, battery tender, side car
battery tender, side car, key switch: First, the battery tender will not hurt the battery if you leave it plugged in all the time, as long as its the type that shuts off when the battery is charged. If you left the key switch on you need to check the coil to make sure you didnt burn it up. That...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200
suzuki bandit 1200, 2002 suzuki bandit 1200, motorcycle batteries: Hi Walt, Yes, the battery may become weak or defective with periods of limited use or storage. I suspect one of the following: -a weak or defective battery -a loose battery cable connection Measure battery voltage with a multimeter. Measure...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charge, suzuki intruder 800, 2003 suzuki intruder 800
suzuki intruder 800, 2003 suzuki intruder 800, shively: Hi Melissa, Visit www.bikebandit.com or www.clymer.com and purchase a service/repair manual for your Intruder. I haven t serviced a 2003 model, but on prior models, the battery was accessed from under the frame near the swingarm. The rear tire may...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charger, trickle charger, voltage drop
trickle charger, voltage drop, battery voltage: A trickle charger charges the battery all the time. A float charger lets the battery voltage drop and then it turns on. Once the battery is fully charged it shuts off and then tunr back on when the battery drops. You need a flaot charger. If you leave a trickle...

Motorcycle Repair: battery not charging, ac volts, stock harley
ac volts, stock harley, meter check: The main parts to the charging system are the battery, wires, stator and the regulator. First, get the bike running and with a volt meter check at the batery. At 2000RPM you should be getting around 13.5 volts. If not then check the wiring going to the batery...

Motorcycle Repair: battery charging issues and cam tensioners, trickle charger, trickle charge
trickle charger, trickle charge, amp load: The trickle charge is fine to leave on all the time, in fact its really good for the battery. What the trickle charger will do is excersize your battery. It ll put a 100 amp load on it for about 4-10 seconds, draining the battery as if you were to try and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery or charging system triumph 650, boyer electronic ignition, triumph 650
boyer electronic ignition, triumph 650, altenator: Johnny, Sorry for the delay in replying. My ISP was down for service. Q: is it also safe to say that if i have a boyer electronic ignition which is 4amp, a 45 watt headlight which is 4 amps and a tailight which is roughly 1 amp that totals 10 amps at...

Motorcycle Repair: battery not charging, rotor stator, regulator rectifier
rotor stator, regulator rectifier, vt700: Aaron, if you don t have any knowledge, tools or test equipment, then you really can t do much to remedy the matter. The charging system has a rotor, stator, regulator rectifier and associated wiring. Sometimes older bikes have corrosion in the stator wiring...

Motorcycle Repair: battery cover, gonna laugh, flat washer
gonna laugh, flat washer: the battery strap is held on by a 7/16 nut towards the back side of the battery. Use a deep socket and the socket will face upward toward the seat. once nut is removed lift strap off and then top cover off and disconnect neg cable first then pos cable and...

Motorcycle Repair: battery goes dead @1week, deltran, glass mat
deltran, glass mat, drag specialties: Hey Guy, that shouldn t be too much of a draw. I assume you are using the HD battery 66010-97A, if not you should. The new AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries are better than some of the more expensive batteries. In any case, I would suggest using a battery...

Motorcycle Repair: battery drain, battery problem, volt meter
battery problem, volt meter, battery drain: FIrst thing i would check is to see if its charging when you are riding. Get a volt meter, start the bike and test at the battery. At 2000 RPM you should be getting around 13.5 volts. If its less than 12 volts then you have a charging problem. If thats not...

Motorcycle Repair: battery eliminators, battery eliminators, fxe
battery eliminators, fxe, sportsters: I think what you are refering to is using a magneto with a battery elimator. You have to have somthing create the spark for the coil and thats what the magneto does. The electrics also run off the magneto after the bike is started. You will not be able to...

Motorcycle Repair: battery keeps dying, negative battery cable, suzuke
negative battery cable, suzuke, amp meter: Dennis, have you checked the charging output? It should have close to 13.5 volts on a fast idle at the battery posts. If the charging looks okay, hook a test light between the negative battery post and the negative battery cable. See if it lights up,...

Motorcycle Repair: battery light, poor conductivity, system checks
poor conductivity, system checks, shively: Hi Steve, I suspect a loose or corroded connection is causing poor conductivity. I would need to perform a few system checks to locate the source of the problem. Visit - www.electrosport.com - follow their Fault Finding Chart on their tech support page....

Motorcycle Repair: battery power, harley sportster, volt meter
harley sportster, volt meter, battery terminal: start the bike up and put a D.C.Volt meter to the battery terminal, as the bike is running at a idle there should be about 12 volts going to the battery, as you raise the engine rpms to say 2,000 rpms the voltage shoud go up to about 13.5 volts, if there...

Motorcycle Repair: battery problems, honda cbr1000f, battery cables
honda cbr1000f, battery cables, hurricaine: Hi David, Q: ...I have a honda cbr1000f hurricaine 1991. the battery went dead. the battery cables wont get a connection to a battery, or jumpstart. the lights wont come on and no turnover at all what could be the cause... A: It s difficult to diagnose...

Motorcycle Repair: battery problems, roadstar silverado, battery check
roadstar silverado, battery check, volt meter: I usually only answer questions on Harleys, but I might be able to help. Start by using a volt meter and get the bike running and at the battery check the voltage. You should be running over 12.5 volts to keep the battery charged. You are probably not. Since...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal, yamaha virago 1100, vent hose
yamaha virago 1100, vent hose, battery removal: Hi Jack. Okay.......first thing I have to wonder is why the fuel line? It is nowhere near the battery. There is a battery vent hose that is attached to the battery, but that is the only hose anywhere near the battery. The battery on the XV series is...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal on 2004 HD Low Rider, stock battery, battery removal
stock battery, battery removal, harley davidson: Look at the top of the cover. You will see a strap. Follow the strap and you will see a nut tightening the strap. Loosen the strap and the strap will come off. It has a hook on the other end. The top cover will come off and you can get to the battery Good...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal on a 97' honda shadow vlx, battery removal, honda shadow
battery removal, honda shadow, vertical slot: Hi Vilecile. You shouldn t need to do anything to the pipes to replace the battery. It is always accessible from one of two places. Either from the high side behind the sidecover under the seat or from directly under the seat (in this case it drops...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal honda shadow 750, honda shadow 750, honda motorcycle
honda shadow 750, honda motorcycle, battery removal: jp, that model has a fairly buried battery, that s for sure. There is a plastic top battery retainer cover with a bolt at the forward edge that should be removed in order for the battery to slide out of there. Go to http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/...

Motorcycle Repair: battery removal, honda vt 600, drag pipes
honda vt 600, drag pipes, honda model: Hi Jack, I recommend buying a service manual sometime. It will pay for itself with the first home repair. Visit the following link: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=214376§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1997&model_dept_mfr=Honda&model_dept_id=206437&model_dept_name=VT600CD+%28Shadow+Deluxe%29...

Motorcycle Repair: battery/starting with suzuki vl 1500, suzuki vl 1500, fuel vapors
suzuki vl 1500, fuel vapors, combustion chambers: Hi Gary, Q: ...It seems that my 1500cc vL suzuki will only start with oem batteries. while there are a number of after market batteries that are reccomended, they don t seem to have enough cranking power to turn the engine fast enough to kick over? ...

Motorcycle Repair: battery not staying charged, 1979 honda cb750k, cb 750
1979 honda cb750k, cb 750, pile load: Hi Richard, uh I dont think the cb 750 had generator brushes. I think it used a Stator with a non permantly magnitized rotor and a field coil winding to generate the magnetic field. I could be wrong. honda did switch to an alternator but Im sure that was...

Motorcycle Repair: Too much battery water in the 12V battery - what should I do?, wet cell battery, cell phone battery
wet cell battery, cell phone battery, motor battery: http://www.yuasabatteries.com/motor_battery.asp READ FIRST! http://www.yuasabatteries.com/faqs.asp http://www.yuasabatteries.com/maintenance.asp Your battery was filled with sulphuric acid, not water. Bringing the level back to normal is a good idea....

Motorcycle Repair: Too much battery water - what should I do?, wet cell battery, trickle charge
wet cell battery, trickle charge, point answer: Shu, The battery should be fine. A bit of overcharging will not affect the battery s usefulness. The initial charge is most important. Connecting a new battery and turning the ignition key may program the battery. It may never charge above that programmed...

Motorcycle Repair: My battery won't stay charged, regulator rectifier, necessary output
regulator rectifier, necessary output, charging system: Josh, motorcycles have a charging system that should put out about 13-14 volts DC at your battery when running about 3000 rpm s. -If you can get hold of a multimeter or someone that owns one you can hook up to the battery positive and negatives...

Motorcycle Repair: battery, wattage output, deep cycle battery
wattage output, deep cycle battery, standard batteries: Samir, This is not an endevor to be entered lightly. This will take alot of info from someone well versed in A/C to D/C charging systems, most likely an electrical engineer. Typically in an auto you would just need to install a higher output altenator...

Motorcycle Repair: batterys, motorcycle batteries, amp battery
motorcycle batteries, amp battery, check voltage: Hi Nobby, Q: ...have custom built bike runs 12volt 19amp battery but find when starting if it dont kick in after 3 goes the battery dies and needs to rest could i go for 12 volt but increase the amps with no problems its charging system is that of a harley...

Motorcycle Repair: bayou 220, bayou 220, shively
bayou 220, shively, circuits: Hi Danny, You re stressing my out, pal. : ) Can you be more specific? I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual. The service manual has a wiring diagram and much more. You ll be able to trace circuits and complete the task you re working...

Motorcycle Repair: belt drive 883 custom sportster, rear pulley, axle nut
rear pulley, axle nut, rear exhaust: You will hae to jack the bike up so the rear wheel is off the ground. Loosen the belt adjusters and remove the axle. remove the pulley cover. Depending on what exhaut you have you might have to remove the rear exhaust. Slip the belt over the front pulley and...

Motorcycle Repair: belt drive, rear pulley, shoe nail
rear pulley, shoe nail, way to the edge: Remember, no question is a silly question, its all a learning process! The nail was probably picked up when riding the bike. What you need to do is remove the nail so there is no more damage to the belt. Then inspect the belt. If there is a small hole in...

Motorcycle Repair: belt replacement, rear exhaust, pulley
rear exhaust, pulley, good luck: You need to be able to jack the bike up and remove the rear wheel and belt guard. Once you have it off you will have to remove the rear exhaust and belt cover. Install the belt over the swinging arm with the shock removed and over the pulley Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: bendix carb issues, air fuel mixture, air jet
air fuel mixture, air jet, werent: Your starting point for the main is 1 1/2 turns the starting point for the air/fuel mixture is 2 turns. Once the bike starts turn the air/fuel mixture inward until the bike starts to stumble and then back 1/4 of a turn Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: bendix puke/ kicker arm, ironhead chopper, kicker
ironhead chopper, kicker, puke: Gas running out the carb can be two reasons, One is the float is stuck and the other is the needle in the seat is bad. If the kicker arm will not clear the bike might have been lowered. If it has then there is not much you can do Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: bent valve, honda cb650 custom, cylinder compression
honda cb650 custom, cylinder compression, compression check: Hi Melissa, Riding with a bent valve is not recommended. Serious engine damages may result. Serious injuries may result if the engine seizes while you re in motion. To verify the mechanic s diagnosis, perform a cylinder compression check and a cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: best oil for zl900 eliminator, natural oil, motor oil
natural oil, motor oil, eliminator: Hi Mike. When in doubt, use the factory recommended oil. Outside of that, if you live in a hot climate, then use a good quality 20W50, otherwise 10W40 works just fine. Remember to use only natural oil with natural and synthetic with synthetic. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: bhp of a vehicle, expansion of gases, brake horsepower
expansion of gases, brake horsepower, indicator cards: Hi Bhargav, Indicated Horsepower (IHP) It is the ‘theoretical Power that an engine can develop by the expansion of gases inside its cylinders, such as by means of ‘indicator cards . Brake Horsepower (BHP) It is the Power that an Engine can deliver...

Motorcycle Repair: big bor kits for a pw 80, yamaha pw 80, piston kits
yamaha pw 80, piston kits, big bore kit: Hi Mason, You ll have to search the internet for that intel. Look for PW80 dedicated websites. Wiseco manufactures piston kits for the PW, though not a big bore kit. http://www.wiseco.com/PDFs/Catalogs/CB05_Yamaha.pdf Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike boggs, vacuum leaks, muffler systems
vacuum leaks, muffler systems, manifold vacuum: Well, MrHonda will offer a few suggestions, but I am not all that familiar with the intricacies of your model. Yamaha, in the past had had variable intake manifold runner/butterfly systems that kicked in at higher revs, as well as variable exhaust valves...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike booggs, fuel mixture, powervalve
fuel mixture, powervalve, power valves: Joel, -have you checked the air filter? -also make sure it has good compression and you may want to read up on power valves as they can have problems. http://www.dansmc.com/powervalve.htm -sometimes it is just a good carb cleaning that is needed....

Motorcycle Repair: bike not charging, 1982 honda cb900f, charging system
1982 honda cb900f, charging system, electrical testing: Anthony, Get a copy of the service manual. Follow the illustrated procedures on performing an output test of the charging system. Perform remaining electrical testing procedures in the manual to test charging system components. I return test...

Motorcycle Repair: bike doesn't want to run, flat blade, screw driver
flat blade, screw driver, panka: Hi Sunny, You best bet at this point (since you have experience) Is to remove the carbs once more, and MAKE SURE the pilot jets are clean, they will be the tiny little jets located inside of a very small tube, easily overlooked if you do not know they are...

Motorcycle Repair: bike don't start, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi Badri, Visit the following websites to see microfiche parts views: www.bikebandit.com www.buykawasaki.com Get a copy of the service manual to help you with maintaining your MC. If the MC sat in the garage for three months, fuel left in the...

Motorcycle Repair: bike dosen't start when it rains. (1981 KZ 550), plug caps, hi tim
plug caps, hi tim, shiny surface: Hi Tim, Q: Bike dosen t start when it rains. Is the problem electrical? A: Yup. Try dielectric grease on all electrical connections. Separate all connectors one at a time, clean connectors to a bright shiny surface, apply dielectric grease, and reassemble....

Motorcycle Repair: bike electrical, valve adjustment, aspencade
valve adjustment, aspencade, speed performance: Hi Jeff. You have a short or ground out that is completing the circuit to the battery. One of the circuits from the power end of it all is causing a general fault in the wiring. you will need to check it all with a multimeter and repair it. I don t know...

Motorcycle Repair: bike not firing properly, poor conductivity, arc test
poor conductivity, arc test, hondamatic: Hi Ray, If the spark plug arc test was performed by removing plugs and grounding them against the engine, I suspect the problem may be poor conductivity (poor ground). Otherwise, I would need to perform a few tests to accurately diagnose the problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Why does my bike hate me?, shively, fzr
shively, fzr, spurts: Hi Jeremy, Remove all sprak plugs, remembering which cylinder each was removed from. The cylinders are numbered 1-2-3-4 from left to right when seated on the MC. Visit www.ngk.com/sparkplug411.asp and compare your plugs to those on the website under...

Motorcycle Repair: bike is jumping forward and backward..., kymco zing 150, shaft drive
kymco zing 150, shaft drive, drive train: Hi Mark, I am not familar with this MC or scooter. I think you re on the right track by trying to adjust the cables as described. Is the drive train chain and sprockets, shaft drive, belt and pulleys, or centrifugal belt drive? Reply to my email:...

Motorcycle Repair: bike kills on highway, wierd noises, bare wire
wierd noises, bare wire, degress: Hi Angie. There is a lot to look at in deciphering the real issue here. You could have a heat-related mechanical issue, a flooding issue with the carbs, an electrical issue (general or heat affected), or any combination of those things. You could be...

Motorcycle Repair: bike maint., harley softail heritage classic, softail heritage classic
harley softail heritage classic, softail heritage classic, fuel stabilizer: Hi Carlo. Well, as far as the oil, It won t hurt that it wasn t changed, but you should do it anyway. At the very least, you will have a rough running bike because of fuel residue from evaporation (yes, Fuel can and does evaporate). You may need the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike makes smoke while starting at morning, stroke bike, piston rings
stroke bike, piston rings, fuel performance: Hi Nasir, If it is burning oil, solution is repair cylinder with new piston & rings after boring cylinder. It usually is not serious. May be expensive to repair. The list of tips to make the machine faster is long. There are several modifications....

Motorcycle Repair: bike overheating, kawasaki 454 ltd, coolant pump
kawasaki 454 ltd, coolant pump, radiator fluid: Hi Gino, Overheating may be the result of one or more of the following: Defective thermostat Defective thermo-sensor Defective fan switch Defective fan motor Defective wiring/connectors Defective coolant pump Improper coolant mixture ratio Air...

Motorcycle Repair: bike problems, money email, bike problems
money email, bike problems, electrical wire: Hi Michael, I suggest that you get a copy of the Service Manual. I recommend the Kawasaki manual to other brands. You get what you pay for. The manual has illustrated procedures and will pay for itself with the first work you perform. If all parts...

Motorcycle Repair: bike quits, fuel air mixture, compression gauge
fuel air mixture, compression gauge, suzuki 250: Hi Alan, Review the following tech files for troubleshooting information. If you cannot find the cause, I recommend having a local tech inspect the problems for you. I return tech files by email. There was no email with your question as requested in...

Motorcycle Repair: bike runs good, but..., honda cb350, plug caps
honda cb350, plug caps, old bikes: Nick, am glad to hear that you are making headway with the bike. I would check the spark plug caps for matching resistance, carefully check the carb synchronization (throttle cable adjustments) to see if that clears up the cold running issue. It is not all...

Motorcycle Repair: bike shuts down when it gets hot, vintage honda, sport bikes
vintage honda, sport bikes, gsx600f: Really not a vintage Honda question, is it? Sounds like either the fuel tank isn t vented properly or your fuel pump delivery may be restricted or failing, assuming that it has a pump... a lot of 600cc sport bikes do. Some pumps have a relay that triggers...

Motorcycle Repair: bike shuts off when trying 2 maximiz volacity, suzuki bandit, valocity
suzuki bandit, valocity, lean condition: U r gonna have 2 do more than run a carb cleaner. Your carbs must come off and b completely cleaned. Your bike has, at least it sounds like it to me, a VERY lean condition. If u accelerate and it s pops and bogs then it s lean. If u accelerate and it...

Motorcycle Repair: Why is my bike smoking, yamaha wolverine, yz 250
yamaha wolverine, yz 250, gas plugs: Matt, Crank seals will do that. Good news that crank bearings or piston didn t seize. $$$ Wolverines are dependable. I haven t heard anything negative about them. To learn more about them from Wolverine owners and others who owned them, visit: www.atvfrontier.com...

Motorcycle Repair: My bike sputters when I take off., internal combustion engines, powder substance
internal combustion engines, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Shawn, It s difficult to accurately diagnose the problem without inspection. I suspect the fuel may have some mild contamination or the carburetors have a bit of varnishing. The pilot circuits may be partially or completely obstructed. The sensors...

Motorcycle Repair: My bike stalls when to choke is not on, intermediate jet, classic model
intermediate jet, classic model, fuel lines: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help you. Sounds like your intermediate jet in the carb is plugged and that is why the bike only runs when the choke is on. You can pull the carb, remove the bowl and jet and clean it out....

Motorcycle Repair: bike stalls out when clutch released..., honda shadow 1100, clutch lever
honda shadow 1100, clutch lever, fuel situation: Hi Dave. The clutch swithch is located at the clutch lever. It is a simple on/off microswitch. Put your multimeter to the leads and see if you get continuity in only one position. If you get continuity in both or no continuity in either, then replace...

Motorcycle Repair: bike stalls on itself, kawasaki ninja zx6r, water in the fuel
kawasaki ninja zx6r, water in the fuel, multimeter: Hi Ken. With no other symptoms to go on, I would say that you have either a short/bad connection/bad fuse in the ignition system or water in the fuel. If the bike starts up after a few tries, then it could be water in the fuel. If the bike starts...

Motorcycle Repair: bike stalls, fuel air mixture, kawasaki ninja
fuel air mixture, kawasaki ninja, right cylinder: The &!@^%*#! Thing Won t Start Oh boy is this irritating... It s definitely frustrating when you can t get your MC started. The first thing to do is a process of elimination: In order for an engine to start and run, it needs 3 things: 1. Spark at...

Motorcycle Repair: bike will not start using electronic ignition, highbeams, key icon
highbeams, key icon, winter storage: First, its not a good idea to jump start a bike with a car or truck battery. To many cranking amps and you are taking a chance on blowing the battery up. take a test light and at the cable that goes to the starter see if you have any power there. If you do,...

Motorcycle Repair: bike not starting, starter solenoid, battery fluid
starter solenoid, battery fluid, quick fixes: Hi Laura. Start by checking the fuses and fuse connections. If all are well, then check the connections to the battery, starter solenoid and check the battery fluid levels, as well as charge and condition with both a multimeter and a hygrometer. You should...

Motorcycle Repair: bike starts hard, internal combustion engines, vacuum leak
internal combustion engines, vacuum leak, powder substance: Hi Bruce, Some engine are very cold natured and may be difficult to start. There may be a vacuum leak or the carburetors may need more thoroughly cleaned, respectfully. It depends on performace with engine at operating temperatures. I ve pasted a...

Motorcycle Repair: -------------------------..., internal combustion engines, tail pipes
internal combustion engines, tail pipes, powder substance: Dawn, What year, make, and model is your motorcycle? Was the motorcycle stored over the winter? If so was fuel stabilizer added? Has any engine modifications been performed? Any aftermarket parts installed? I return tech information files by...

Motorcycle Repair: bike goes off at stops, mixture settings, yamaha fzr400
mixture settings, yamaha fzr400, open throttle: Hi Hasnain. The first thing that you need to do is pull the spark plugs and see if they are fouled. If they are, which I suspect, then the bike is running rich. As long as no one has changed the mixture settings on the bike, then the problem is likely...

Motorcycle Repair: bike storage, v45 magna, bike storage
v45 magna, bike storage, bill silver: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/maintenance/motorcyclewinterstorage.htm http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tech/winterstore/ http://www.ehow.com/how_5246_store-motorcycle-winter.html These links can give you all the guidance you need... Bill Silve...

Motorcycle Repair: bike been stored 4 a couple of years, lubrication points, honda shadow
lubrication points, honda shadow, small anchor: Hi Ray. Start with making sure that the engine isn t seized. If it is, then there s not much to do but make it a small anchor or very large paperweight. But, if it isn t seized, then you have yourself a project. 1) Start with the carbs. Pull...

Motorcycle Repair: my bike can't idle, yamaha xs 400, air filter oil
yamaha xs 400, air filter oil, oil oil: Hi Ian. What maintainence has been done on the bike? Have you replaced the air filter, oil, oil filter and spark plugs? What is the idlespeed set at? Have you changed it since this problem cropped up? What was the bike acting like before this problem...

Motorcycle Repair: bike veers to the right with hands off, soft tails, center hub
soft tails, center hub, triple trees: I would replace the steering neck bearings no matter what. The bike is a 91.. and the grease fitting in the neck is to grease the bearings but I think your bearing races may be bad. That would be why you can not get the Fallaway correct..Also check the offset...

Motorcycle Repair: bike after winter, gumout, rubber tube
gumout, rubber tube, gas tank: Hi Boris. Thick white smoke is usually an indication that you are burning off some oil. You may want to double-check your valve timing and gap settings. Also, check the state of the air filter. If it is clogged, then it could be causing the engine to...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't go above 5000 rpm, honda cb350, vent holes
honda cb350, vent holes, plug caps: Nick, most of the issues about a failure to rev past that kind of rpms are either bad diaphragms in the carb tops or the spark advancer is stuck. If you have been through the carbs and everything is clean and the diaphragms are good, then I guess you can...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't run smooth at constant low rpm's, hydraulic lifters, intermediate jet
hydraulic lifters, intermediate jet, engine speeds: Your problem is a combination of the short exhaust and the high lift cam with the long duration. You dont have enough back pressure on the exhaust and the high lift cam is staying open to long. You can first try putting some baffles in the exhaust. They will...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start after winter storage, 1997 honda cbr600f3, internal combustion engines
1997 honda cbr600f3, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Thomas, Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio, spark at right time, adequate cylinder compression. If a customer brings me work and says, It not the carbs…I cleaned them. This...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start!!, kawa z650, transistorized ignition
kawa z650, transistorized ignition, fuse box: Richard, -you need a fully charged good battery in there to get spark even with kick-starting. -These bikes used contact points up until about 1981 I believe. That s when the CDI arrived. Points need occasional cleaning, setting or replacement to...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, rear brakes, instrument light
rear brakes, instrument light, beam headlight: Hi Dave, Question: What safety features are actually in the bike ? Answer: Side-stand switch, clutch switch, engine kill switch, neutral switch and instrument light, oil warning light, turn signals, hi-low beam headlight, ignition switch, Foot pegs,...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, harley dealership, minute intervals
harley dealership, minute intervals, city traffic: After reading your problem I would say it sounds heat related. Your coil and ignition can break down due to heat. Since you already tried a new coil and that didnt solve the problem, I would next check the ignition. The dealer should be able to test the ignition....

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, selenoid, click sound
selenoid, click sound, starter motor: Hi Roger. How old is the bike? Is it new or just new to you? What make and model? If you have the original starter on a bike that is more than 5 years old, then pull the starter motor and clean the contacts. Then check the wiring and connections for...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, honda spirit 750, ground connections
honda spirit 750, ground connections, cable connections: Hi Mickey, The usual cause is a weak or defective battery. However, loose cable connections have similar symptoms. Check battery cable connections, starter motor solenoid connections, and chasis ground connections for clean and tightly fastened connections....

Motorcycle Repair: bike that won't start after replacing the cam, kawasaki dealer, ninja zx7
kawasaki dealer, ninja zx7, storage fees: Hi Bryan. Well to start with, it sounds to me, based on what you are saying, that the shop is trying to take you for a ride. Get the bike out of there and start going over the ignition system, fuel system and check compression. Chances are, the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start all the time, electrical diagnosis, yamaha 750
electrical diagnosis, yamaha 750, fuse box: Hi Doug, The cause may be from a variety of sources. Electrical diagnosis should be performed to locate the cause and source. Most shops charge an hour for diagnosis and then additional time for repairs. I suggest letting them find it and then you...

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, suzuki gsxr 600, gsxr 600 2006
suzuki gsxr 600, gsxr 600 2006, suzuki gsxr 600 2006: Wow, I ve not heard of this issue b 4. I m not sure the fall is what hurt the bike, but not absolutly sure. 1st of all, How do u know the injectors r working? When u turn on the key, can u hear the fuel pump kick on? Does it even act like it wants to start....

Motorcycle Repair: bike won't start, suzuki tech, banditalley
suzuki tech, banditalley, thegsresources: Hi Aderson, I suspect the clutch needs adjusted or replaced. I also, suspect the battery is defective, not fully charged, or battery leads are loosely connected. Respectfully, Mark Shively Suzuki Tech Resources: http://www.gixxer.com ...

Motorcycle Repair: My bike won't start., gas stabilizer, yamaha yzf r6
gas stabilizer, yamaha yzf r6, fuel pump relay: Hi Karl, Very good description/narrative, thanks. If the MC was stored over the winter, gasoline in the carbs may have varnished. This is very common and gives symptoms as described. This is the number one service repair at dealerships every spring....

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont get enough gas, water intrusion, mason jar
water intrusion, mason jar, water in the fuel: Hi Mike. This sounds very much like you have water in the fuel. Replace the seal on the gas cap with a new one and chck your fuel for water intrusion. Drain some fuel from the floats and the tank into a clean, dry mason jar (or similar container. Water...

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont start, blown fuses, honda xl
blown fuses, honda xl, x tream: Hi Raymond. Lovely country over there in the U.K. It s where I learned to ride, as a matter of fact. You ve given me a great deal of pertinant information, which is exactly what I need to help you. First thing that you will need is the repair manual....

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont start, honda cbr 400, plug caps
honda cbr 400, plug caps, ample supply: Hi Golden, Check for evidence of condensation in/on/around the spark plug caps, leads, and spakr plugs. Check for evidence of damage to conductors by rodents. Check for loose or disconnected electrical connectors. Would enjoy some track time riding...

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont start, honda cb350, worst case scenario
honda cb350, worst case scenario, best case scenario: Hi Nick. To start with, you have a very old bike. At it s age, you, kind of, have to treat it like your Grandmother (lots of tlc) or it will not work for you at all. What you have is probably a few problems. You will need the repair manual to test...

Motorcycle Repair: bike wont go, smart alek, broken 3
smart alek, broken 3, drivetrain: Hi Brian. This sounds like one of a few things may have happened. 1) Driveshaft is broken. (least likely) 2) Something in the shifter mechanism has broken. 3) Something in the drivetrain and/or gearshift mechanism has come loose. 4) Something...

Motorcycle Repair: Put my bike (Yamaha Virago750..., drain tube, oem parts
drain tube, oem parts, needle valves: Hi Boris, Sounds as if the fuel in the carbs may have varnished causing the float needle valves to stick open. This allows fuel to flown into the air box and crankcase. The tube may be a gas tank vent or filler cap spill drain tube. Check and drain...

Motorcycle Repair: how do you bleed brakes on a 1982 yamaha Seca bike, yamaha seca, air bubbles
yamaha seca, air bubbles, air pockets: Marty, the brakes are a little tricky to bleed because air can get trapped in the master cylinder or caliper. Also the fluid can get permeated with small air bubbles which make it hard to bleed properly. -the best way to get bigger air pockets out...

Motorcycle Repair: bleedin rear caliper, rear caliper, bigbear
rear caliper, bigbear, brake fluid: Sounds like you got air in the line. A small amount of air will keep them from pumping up. It takes alot of pumping to get the brake fluid through that small pinhole in the master cylinder. Keep going and they should pump up. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: blew my carb out of intake boot, fuel stabilizer, bench test
fuel stabilizer, bench test, battery question: Hi Lee. Start by checking the ignition fuse, then the valve and ignition timing. Pull and clean the carbs, since you stored the bike with fuel in it. check the ignition coils to make sure that they are within specs. There is a bench test proceedure,...

Motorcycle Repair: blinker replacement, honda cbr600rr, professional repairs
honda cbr600rr, professional repairs, cbr600rr 2003: Hi Jake, There s no explaination of why the signal needs replaced, etc... so I cannon offer much of a technical opinion or advice. I make proper and professional repairs. I m not familar with the term weaving in. I suggest locating the source of the...

Motorcycle Repair: blinker and tail/brake lights don't come on or function, high beam, trail bike
high beam, trail bike, wiring diagrams: Hi Ray, There should be some form of curcuit protection. I m not sure which model you have. I couldn t research my resources for wiring diagrams, etc... with the information provided. Check the headlight assy., under the seat, under the tank, and...

Motorcycle Repair: blinkers, honda cb250, added resistance
honda cb250, added resistance, loose wire: Dave, -if the left indicators are working, that means the system is basically okay, likely just a burnt out signal filament in the front right signal bulb. -It could be a loose wire or bad ground to the light. The switch is the last place I would...

Motorcycle Repair: blinkers, and brake lights, fuse box, blinkers
fuse box, blinkers, exact location: Hi Paul, return to the place where you typed your question read and follow all instructions also use punctuation so i can understand your questions this is difficult to understand without caps commas and periods most importantly read my instructions and...

Motorcycle Repair: blow by, crankshaft seal, rm 250
crankshaft seal, rm 250, transmission side: Chris.... not my brand or type of bike, but I believe that your bike is a 2 stroke.... sealed crankcase for the crankshaft and piston.... If you had blowby, it would be compression/fuel lost past the rings, which would cause it to smoke more and have less...

Motorcycle Repair: blow by, oil seeps, crank case
oil seeps, crank case, oil tank: Generally, your bike will do this after it has been sitting for a while and starts right after you start it, due to the fact that the oil tank sits higher than the oil pump and the oil seeps past the checkball. Since you say it does it after running for a...

Motorcycle Repair: blowing oil, vent hose, flhs
vent hose, flhs, time mike: You never said how much oil is blowing out, but that is the location that the motor vents. What is happening is a small amount of oil goes eith the air. Reroute the vent hose towards the bottom of the bike and let it blow towards the ground Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: blowing oil, breather tube, flhs
breather tube, flhs, time oil: What has happened is whent he bike sits like that, for a long period of time, oil collects in the bottom end of the motor sometimes. Your oil pump has a ball check valve that keeps oil from rinning into the motor when the bike sits. SOmetimes the oil weeps...

Motorcycle Repair: blown fan fuse, honda magna, radiator fan
honda magna, radiator fan, switch fan: Hi Tom, Have to find the cause. Check the circuit with a multi-meter and 12VDC tester. Check continuity or wiring, fan motor winding, themo-switch, fan switch, check everything in the circuit. Check multi-connectors for water and/or corrosion. Lube connectors...

Motorcycle Repair: blown fuses, blown fuses, hi adam
blown fuses, hi adam, old bike: Hi Adam. Fuses blow because of overamperages in the system. 99 times out of 100 it is because of shorted or arcing wiring. Since it is the main fuse blowing you may want to look at what, if any, new components you may have added to the bike or, since...

Motorcycle Repair: blown head gasket, honda vt500c, blown head gasket
honda vt500c, blown head gasket, bikebandit com: Hi Danny, Q: ...I blew the headgasket on my 1986 honda vt500c shadow what am I looking at to try and repair it myself. A: Top end tear down, gasket replacement, top end reassembly. I recommend you purchase the service manual and procedure...

Motorcycle Repair: blown light bulbs, lighting coils, ballast resistor
lighting coils, ballast resistor, voltage regulator module: John, dirt bikes are really not my specialty, especially when I am looking for a 1978 model that doesn t exist. XR185s were one year only models, built in 1979. Yes, 6v lights do not survive 36 volt outputs, however, after searching the web for over 15...

Motorcycle Repair: blue pipes, yost power tube, intermediate jet
yost power tube, intermediate jet, exhaust pipes: Ok. There are two things that can cause to much heat. Carb jetting and timing to retarted. Check your timing first to get it set. Also, check the weights behind the timing plate to make sure the springs are ok. Now to the carb. First thing you need to...

Motorcycle Repair: blue smoke, bill silver, blue smoke
bill silver, blue smoke, conventional oil: Gord, with all the emission controls on bikes these days, it is odd that your bike is running rich right out of the box. Blue smoke only means one thing... oil burning in the cylinders or exhaust system, most likely getting past the piston rings. An overfill...

Motorcycle Repair: blueing tailpipes, air fuel mixture, kawasaki 750
air fuel mixture, kawasaki 750, exhaust pipes: Hi Don, 79 kawasaki 750 4 banger Q: the exhaust pipes are turning blueish, is this due to timeing, A: It s due to a rich air-fuel mixture; use of the choke and rich carburetion are the likely causes. Q: also the exhaust is 4into 1. is it better...

Motorcycle Repair: blueprint, wheel bearings, yamaha raptor
wheel bearings, yamaha raptor, rear swingarm: Hi James, No need to send you anything. You can view parts microfiche at the following websites: www.yamaha-motor.com www.bikebandit.com You may have to navigate the site menus a bit to figure out how to get to the microfiche. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: body repair, types of metals, paint spray
types of metals, paint spray, seperate rooms: Generally, bike shops dont have a person to do body work due to the fact that most of the time the damage is to great to repair it. usually its cheaper the replace the parts. Also you would need seperate rooms for the repair because of the dust and paint spray....

Motorcycle Repair: bogging bike, honda shadow 1100, vacuum line
honda shadow 1100, vacuum line, seasonal storage: Hi Paul. You are learning the same thing that I learned a long time ago; Work the problem before you start changing parts. You could have a few things wrong. If the bike sits in seasonal storage at all, then the carbs could need a proper cleaning. ...

Motorcycle Repair: bolt pattern, harley davidson fxst, inch pounds
harley davidson fxst, inch pounds, bolt pattern: Don, the longest bolts go near the rear and then work your way forward. Best way is to drop the bolts into the cover and see how much thread is showing. That way you can make sure none are too long. The primary cover should be tightened in stages...

Motorcycle Repair: to bore or not to bore?, maximum compression, measurment
maximum compression, measurment, piston: Rodney, Typically you will have 3 or 4 overbore sizes above the factory original bore on the same sleeve. My suggestion, have a bike shop rebore the cylinder to the next size and install the matching oversized piston and ring set(Be sure to give the shop...

Motorcycle Repair: boring of cases, eagle stroker kits, harley screamin eagle
eagle stroker kits, harley screamin eagle, stroker kit: I have no idea what you are doing. If you are talking about boring your CASES for aftermarket big bore cylinders, they should tell you what is required. Any good stroker kit will also tell you where and how much you have to relieve the cases and cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: bout my motorcycle, electric starter, kick starter
electric starter, kick starter, problem thanks: Hi Oliver,it seems the motorcycle has a voltage draw if the battery is not staying @12.4-12.5 volts.I m not at all familiar with this make,though on older bikes the electric start was more of an electric assist to the kicker.I would take the motorcycle back...

Motorcycle Repair: bowl float stuck?, hydraulic brake systems, phillips screwdriver
hydraulic brake systems, phillips screwdriver, drain hoses: IF the carbs were left with 20 year old gas in the float bowls, then it is amazing that it started at all. Evaporated gas will leave varnish deposits, gummy goo and all kinds of unpleasant things in there. The entire fuel system needs to be checked for debris,...

Motorcycle Repair: No front brake, dyna lowrider, braided line
dyna lowrider, braided line, bleeder valve: There are three reasons for brakes not pumping up. One is no fluid, second is air in the line and third is a leak. I suspect that you still have air in the line. The hole in the master cylinder is very small and takes a long time to get the all the air out,...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake, honda 750 four, 1978 honda 750
honda 750 four, 1978 honda 750, balooning: Hi Marcus. Have you bled the brakes? There could be air in the line. If there is, then the brakes will either work marginally or not at all. If you put the bike up on the centerstand, raise the front wheel off the ground and spin it. Then hit the...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake, honda xl125, model bike
honda xl125, model bike, hi chris: Hi Brendan. On the suspension issue there are 3 possibilities; 1) The preload is set too low. 2) The shocks are worn out. If, when you ride, you bunce more than once when you hit a bump, then that is the case. 3) You are a bigger man than the...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake, fluid surface, alan morgan
fluid surface, alan morgan, flhr: First thing to check is the button for the brake light. Looking at your right controls you will see that the switches are in one piece and the brake handle and master cyinder is in another piece. Both these parts must be slid together tightly. the button is...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake, honda xl350, brake shoes
honda xl350, brake shoes, axle nut: Hi Rich. First of all, you need to flush the brake system and rebuild the caliper. Check the pads when you have the caliper off the bike. If they are bad, replace them. Usually, they don t work better when worn, they work worse. For removal of the...

Motorcycle Repair: brake bleeding, dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper
dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper, air bubbles: Hi Jack, Your experiencing infinity air bleed proceedure (as I affectionately term it). This is the result of slow moving air in the brake hydraulic system. Many minute air bubbles that just don t restrict fluid flow, but cause soft or no pressure build...

Motorcycle Repair: brake bleeding, harley manual, brake master cylinder
harley manual, brake master cylinder, piston area: Sorry, missed that part. The best method is to get a vacuumn pump and pump the brake fluid through, but you are going to spend alot of money for the pump and not use it very often. What you need to do is fill the master cylinder with fluid. Have a friend...

Motorcycle Repair: brake caliper, brake caliper, brake failure
brake caliper, brake failure, service writer: Hi Matt, you need to isolate the source of the leak. In order to do that you need to get some pressure in the system and unfortunatly without a mighty vac you wont be able to. I suggest taking it back to the shop and have them diagnose the problem only. Not...

Motorcycle Repair: brake calipers, regulator rectifier, 1984 honda magna
regulator rectifier, 1984 honda magna, brake calipers: Russ, if you are experienced with caliper rebuilds then it shouldn t be any mystery to you. Bleeding motorcycle brake systems can be challenging to novices who don t have a vacuum bleeder or other specialized tools to clean and bleed the systems at home. ...

Motorcycle Repair: brake cylinder resevoir,brake lines, clutch master cylinders, clutch slave cylinder
clutch master cylinders, clutch slave cylinder, snap ring pliers: Mark, commercial spray can brake cleaner will help dissolve the gum inside, as will alcohol, generally. From the sounds if it all, you will need to change out the hydraulic lines.. may as well go to braided stainless ones from aftermarket suppliers. You need...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake dragging, honda cb400t, cylinder body
honda cb400t, cylinder body, bill silver: Jim, if you put a new caliper on and the mounting system is all okay, then you have a blocked bleed port in the master cylinder... not surprising after 23 years. Remove the master cylinder and clean the reservoir especially at the bottom where all the crud...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake electrical switch, electrical switch, brake switch
electrical switch, brake switch, handlebar: The switch is located on the right handlebar. Looking at the brake and throttle section attached to the handlebar you will notice that it is two pieces. On is the throttle section and the other is the brake section. take the two screws out of the throttle...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake , Harley, dot 5, chrome version
dot 5, chrome version, master cylinders: What was in the system if it wasnt dot5? I ask this because all master cylinders on harleys have used dot5. Sounds like the problem is that all the air is not out of the system. Keep bleeding the system. The hole in the master cylinder for the brake fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake hydraulics, brake hydraulics, yamaha v star
brake hydraulics, yamaha v star, air bubbles: Hi Don Bleeding a brake system is both a simple and complex proceedure. It s very similar to bleeding the brakes on a car. The basic proceedure is as follows: 1) Put the bike on the centerstand and remove the cover (cap) of the master cylinder. ...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lever trouble, seperate pieces, flhr
seperate pieces, flhr, master cylinder: Your master cylinder assembly and switch housing it two seperate pieces. They need to be pushed together tight. There is a button in the master cylinder housing which when out turns off the brake light. Ther should be no space between them. This is usually...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lever trouble, flhr road king, brake lever
flhr road king, brake lever, plunger: ther is a metal peace in there that is not in place correctly. you need to slide the master cylinder and lever away fro the switch housing and strighten out the mettel plunger and aline it correctly so when the brake lever is pulled it pushes in the plunger...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, kawasaki kz440, brake light switch
kawasaki kz440, brake light switch, switch spring: Hi Silverfox, You should always include your email address with your questions for our convenience. Check the brake light bulb element. Is it in good working condition? Check the brake light bulb socket. Is it clean or corroded? Is voltage present...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, harley softail, frip
harley softail, frip, handle bar: Looking at the right side of the handle bar, where the brake handle is, there are two clamps that hold to the handle bar. One is for the throttle frip and the other is for the master cylinder and brake lever. These tow part must be slid tight together or the...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, audible tone, problem thanks
audible tone, problem thanks, master cylinder: If you removed the wires from the switch and connected them, the light should come on without touching the brake. Are you sure it didnt come on with the wires connected? If it did and not when you press the brake, then its the switch Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light remains on, brake master cylinder, sportster 1200
brake master cylinder, sportster 1200, hand grips: loosen up the switch housing and pull in the brake lever and then Push the switch housing up tight next to the brake master cylinder perch. Release front break lever and keep the pressure on the switch housing towards the master cylinder perch and tighten...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light stuck on, sportster 883, brake button
sportster 883, brake button, handle bar: Check the handlebars. You will see where the brake handle is the part that holds the controls to the handle bar is two piece. Those pieces need to be pushed together tight or the brake light will come on. This is due to the brake button being in there. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light not working (front brake only), throttle assembly, test light
throttle assembly, test light, brake lever: First thing you need to do is check to see if you have power goiing to the switch. Using a test light check for power. If you do then check the other side to see if you have power going away from it. If you do then the switch is bad and needs replaced. I...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light not working, dyna low rider, pedel
dyna low rider, pedel, foot brake: The odds of both switches not working are pretty slim. I wouls suppect that you either have a short or a break in the wiring. Go to the rear brake switch. You should have two wires going into it. One is hot and the other goes to the light. With a test light...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, throttle grip, screws
throttle grip, screws, brake light: The throttle grip housing is not pushed far enought into the switch housing and it is keeping your brake lite on. Loosen up the throttle housing assembly and push it all the way in towards the switch housing and then tighten up throttle housing screws. Johnn...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lights, switch connectors, inop
switch connectors, inop, loose connections: Hi John, You asked... Q: ...when ignition is on acc brake light works fine but when key is on position or running brake lights are inop... A: Inspect ignition switch for proper operation. Requires wiring diagram, multimeter, and service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lights, ape hangers, heritage springer
ape hangers, heritage springer, pushbutton switch: The switch is a pushbutton switch. When the lever is not pulled the switch is pushed inward. When pulling the lever the switch comes out and makes the light come on. I would check the hot wire to the switch to make sure there is power going to it. If there...

Motorcycle Repair: brake lights, brake switch, handle bar
brake switch, handle bar, master cylinder: There are a few things to check. First check to make sure the two piece section on the right handle bar is pushed together. One is the part with the buttons and the other is the part with the brake handle. When you push them together there is a button that...

Motorcycle Repair: front brake lock, yamaha maxim, brake calipers
yamaha maxim, brake calipers, minimal effort: Hi Erion. Clear the brake lines. Flush them out really well. Bleed the system and try it again. If it is sticking like that, then the problem could be something in the system preventing the fluid to return properly. Let me know what you find. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake master cyl repair, japanese bikes, master cylinders
japanese bikes, master cylinders, check valve: Hi Charlie. As far as I know, there is no check valve in any of the master cylinders on any of the japanese bikes out there. As far as using a chemical dip on it, yes you can, just be sure that you use a cleaner that will not take the paint off the...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pad replacement, rear brakes, pad replacement
rear brakes, pad replacement, brake components: Its hard to say how long brake pads will last. It depends on how hard you brake and the material they are made out of. To replace them, looking at the outside of the caliber you will see two or three bolts. Remove them and the caliber will split. Install...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, mail order companies, sintering process
mail order companies, sintering process, honda cbr: Hi Ray, Ray: what dose sintered mean? Mark: (Scientific) Sintering is a simple process whereby bulk basalt or a particular mineral or set of minerals in powder form are heated to a high temperature less than the melting point, whereby the particles...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, changing brake pads, brake calipers
changing brake pads, brake calipers, brake pads: Hi Rachid. Changing brake pads is quite easy. The details differ from bike to bike, but here are the basics. 1) Remove the wheel. 2) Spread the brake calipers all the way back to the stops. 3) Remove the locking pins and the pads. 4) Without...

Motorcycle Repair: brake pads, disc brake pads, o rings
disc brake pads, o rings, brake pads: Its a simple procedure. Remove the two bolts the hold the caliber to the fork. The caliber will slide off the disk. Depending on what type of fender you have, you might have to remove the front wheel to miss the fender. The pads will slide out of the caliber....

Motorcycle Repair: brake slop, caliper pistons, steel lines
caliper pistons, steel lines, beleve: loosen up bleed screw and push pistons all the way back into the caliper, retightrn up bleed screw, install now brake pads. reinstall caliper and pump up brakes. then refill master cylinder. and reinstall master cylinder cap and re bleed brakes end of proublem...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brake - standard, honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750
honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750, wheel wobble: Hi Jim, Jim: Assuming that the brake caliper release and wheel-wobble are within spec, is there a product that can be applied to the rotor without removing the caliper to eliminate the squeak? Mark: Try a can brake cleaner to clean the discs and calipers....

Motorcycle Repair: front brake switch, sportster 883, southside johnny
sportster 883, southside johnny, housing need: there is a brake lite switch in the brake perch that holds the brake lever. if it is not installed correctly it will keep the brake lite on, also the purch housing need to be push up tight against the switch housing. this will also keep the brake lite on!!!...

Motorcycle Repair: No front brake, dyna lowrider, brake caliper
dyna lowrider, brake caliper, braided line: Hi Jim. use a EZ BLEED seringe to back bleed the caliper to the master cylinder, fill the EZ Bleed and install it on the bleed screw on the brake caliper and then loosen up the bleed screw and push the brake fluid into the master cylinder. when all bubbles...

Motorcycle Repair: brakelight, brake light switch, using a multimeter
brake light switch, using a multimeter, honda shadow: Hi Rafael. There are only 2 reasons that the brake light should stay on. They are; 1) A brake light switch is sticking or stuck. 2) A hot short in the wiring to the brake light circuit. Check those using a multimeter, but my money is on a brake...

Motorcycle Repair: brakelight, king tank, handle bars
king tank, handle bars, master cylinder: You have two switches in the system to turn the brake light on. One is for the front and one for the rear. Since you worked on the handle bars lets start there. That is probably where your problem is. The switch is located on the right side behind the master...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, local bike shop, newbie rider
local bike shop, newbie rider, auto parts store: Hi Ian. Since you are a newbie rider, I will tell you the basics here that you need to know. 1) Almost everything that you will ever need to know about fixing your bike is contained in a book called a repair manual. They make them for every make/year/model...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, caliper pistons, caliper piston
caliper pistons, caliper piston, piston seals: Hi Rick, This is a common problem and easy to fix. Caliper piston seals have accumulated gummed or crystalized brake fluid in the lands and groves around the seals. As a result, caliper pistons are not returning into calipers after braking. I return...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, brake squeal, dual action sander
brake squeal, dual action sander, auto body work: Hi Joe, To learn about brake squeal, review the following tech file. Squeal may be caused with drum or disk brakes for basically the same reasons- the frequency of vibration of pads/shoes on disc/drum. For more tech files on brakes, reply with your...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, silicone brake fluid, replacing brake pads
silicone brake fluid, replacing brake pads, dot 5: Leave the brake fluid alone. Remove the two brake pad pins from the outside of each caliper with a 1/4 12-point socket. Pry the pads and pistons back into the caliper with a thin flat tool. Notice how they are directional and there is an inside and outside...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, master cylinder, bleeder
master cylinder, bleeder, caliper: Because of the small hole in the master cylinder where the fluid goes through it does take quit a while to get fluid through. Keep working at it. Also, remove the bleeder and make sure there is no dirt plugging or restricking it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, master cylinder, caliper
master cylinder, caliper, fatboy: Try starting at the master cylinder,Pump the lever as if you were bleeding the caliper but instead loosen the line on the master cylinder you should get some air,if not i believe there is a splitter for the lines,that can also be bled the same.When you are...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, heritage softtail, screwdriver
heritage softtail, screwdriver, bolts: First, use a screwdriver and push the old pads open as far as you can so you have room for the new pads. remove the two small bolts which holds the pads in. The pads will drop out. Install the new pads the same way the old ones came out and install the bolts...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, pad life, brake pads
pad life, brake pads, grasshopper: Hi Jay. You have asked the immortal question, Grasshopper :). Brake pads are not quite as easy to estimate bake pad life, since every rider tends to brake a bit diferently. Some brke hard and fast all the time while some brake slow and easy all the...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper
dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper, container lid: Hi C Turner, Review the following informaion files. If the lever does not develop pressure, maybe the master cylinder needs a new seal kit. Respectfully, Mark Shively Brake/Clutch Bleeding 101 By Mark Shively Use high quality DOT 4 brake...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, master cylinder, brake fluid
master cylinder, brake fluid, half hour: I normally only answer Harley questions, but I think I can help you. There are three reasons why you dont get good brake pedel. One is a leak in the system, two is the brake fluid hole in the master cylinder is plugged up and not letting fluid through and...

Motorcycle Repair: Front brakes, honda nx 250, bleeding brakes
honda nx 250, bleeding brakes, seal rings: Ed, open the bleed valve on the caliper, which will release a little of the pressure. Sometimes you can use a real large screwdriver or lever to get in between the pads and disc to push it back a smidge. Once you get the caliper off (you don t have to pull...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, honda cbr 600, happy holidays
honda cbr 600, happy holidays, quick fixes: Hi Mitchell. Have you checked the rotor to see if it is warped? It is also possible that both sets of pads were not changed together, as they should have been. Therefore, one set would be closer to being due for replacement than the other set. If...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, honda cbr 1100, dot 4 brake fluid
honda cbr 1100, dot 4 brake fluid, brake caliper: Hi Robin, Yes, the brake system will need bled. For specific information about this task, I recommend the service manual. Find manuals at www.bikebandit.com and also on Ebay. Review the tech files below. Respectfully, Mark Shively Brake...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, motorcycle brakes, m c reservoir
motorcycle brakes, m c reservoir, webbikeworld: Matt, there are number of sites that give details on bleeding m/c brakes: http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcycle-technical-articles/bleeding-motorcycle-brakes/bleeding-motorcycle-brakes.htm http://www.h-e-l.co.uk/HEL_Performance_Brake_Doctor_Brake_Bleeding.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes, clutch lever, air bubbles
clutch lever, air bubbles, dot4: Hi Kirk. Bleeding the brakes is a sometimes lengthy process. However, it can go fast sometimes as well. The details can be found in your repair manual, but here are the basics and some tips; Always use the correct DOT brake fluid for your bike. ...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes locking up, caliper pistons, pressure control valve
caliper pistons, pressure control valve, slide pins: Joe, -this is almost certainly the master cylinder relief hole plugged. It lets the fluid flow back to the reservoir when the brake is released. here are some other possible problem areas: -the pressure control valve stuck. (built into the rear...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes overheating, caliper pistons, caliper brake
caliper pistons, caliper brake, necessary safety precautions: Hi Glen, I can help you, but you have to help me first. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. See sample tech file below. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes suzuki intruder 1500 1998, suzuki intruder 1500, brake rotor
suzuki intruder 1500, brake rotor, rear brakes: Hi James, Is there evidence of any brake fluid leaking or fluid seepage? Is the rear brake rotor oily? Were the old brake pads contaminated? Are you following the service manual s procedures for brake bleeding? Do you have an email address for me...

Motorcycle Repair: front brakes weak, 650 v strom, bleeder valve
650 v strom, bleeder valve, brake fluid: Change the brake fluid first and bleed the system. the brake fluid might gottem old or you have air in the lines. On the barke caliber there is a bleeder valve. Pump the brakes up and holding the brake lever crack the bleeder. Brake fluid will come out. Keep...

Motorcycle Repair: brakes, hydraulic clutches, hydraulic brakes
hydraulic clutches, hydraulic brakes, disk brakes: Hi Joe. First thing I ll tell you is to find another shop to do your work. I guess they don t check to see if any of the safety items work before they return the machine. Check the brake fluid. It should be at the full mark. Then bleed the brakes....

Motorcycle Repair: break bleeding, break pads, master cylinder
break pads, master cylinder, brake fluid: You probably still have air in the line. Due to the fact that the brake line is small and the hole for the brake fluid in the master cylinder goes through a very small hole, it takes a long time to bleed them. I am sure the master cylinder did not go out just...

Motorcycle Repair: break fluid leaking, honda cb400t, cylinder body
honda cb400t, cylinder body, bill silver: Jim, Honda usually recommends replacing the copper sealing washers on the brake lines, even when they look good. They may be available at an auto parts store. You might try to crank down on the bolt a little more, but I would double check for debris or damaged...

Motorcycle Repair: front break lever and assembly, sporster, brake lever
sporster, brake lever, master cylinder: You can repair it yourself. The part that the brake lever attaches to has the master cylinder as part of it so it will have to be replaced and the brakes bled. The part numbers are going to depend on which model you have. Check with your local dealer and they...

Motorcycle Repair: break lights/ turn siginals, harly davidson, test light
harly davidson, test light, tail lights: What you need to do is take a 12 volt test light and trach out the wires. Start with the turn signal bulb. See if there is any power there and work your way back to the harness connection. Do the same with the brake light. Start at the bulb and work your way...

Motorcycle Repair: break in maintenance, valve clearances, clearance service
valve clearances, clearance service, drive oil: Hi Paul, The usual procedure is to change oil and oil filter, check/adjust drive chain and lube chain, or change final drive oil, check and adjust valve clearances, check synchronization of carburetors, check and adjust tire pressures, check and service...

Motorcycle Repair: front break, honda model, shively
honda model, shively, goldwing: Hi Corey, You ask: honda,2003 model.. i just put new break fluid in the front break and the breaks arnt working, they are very smungie what could be the ploblem? Reply: Which 2003 Honda model do you have? CBR? Goldwing? CR250? ATV? Experience...

Motorcycle Repair: breaker point adjustment, f2 lines, honda goldwing
f2 lines, honda goldwing, engine case: Hi Jere. The problem with manuals is that they are not written by guys that work on the bike. They are written by guys who designed the bike. It may be likely that you have to line each pulley up with the mark as you install each one. Line up one side...

Motorcycle Repair: breather kit/air filter, stock air filter, screaming eagle harley davidson
stock air filter, screaming eagle harley davidson, screaming eagle harley: The free flowing filter is a K&N air filter not a paper filter,. just get a screaming eagle harley davidson air/filter kit. It comes with at K&N filter, you have to buy the breather kit also. but do not run the head breathers to the back of the backing plate...

Motorcycle Repair: breather kit/air filter, sportster 1200, stock filter
sportster 1200, stock filter, excessive oil: You didnt say which brand you were going to be using, but they will mostly all fit with the stock breather so you shouldnt have a problem. On the free flow air filter. They are more open than the stock one which allows more air to flow to the carb. Carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: broken bolt, 1981 honda cb650, quality rust
1981 honda cb650, quality rust, bolt hole: Hi Brian. You have a couple of options here, depending on how much of the bolt is exposed. 1) If enough of the bolt is exposed and you have the room to maneuver a pair of good visegrips, then you grab the bolt by the shaft with the visegrips and try...

Motorcycle Repair: broken cooling fin, butane torch, gorilla glue
butane torch, gorilla glue, jb weld: Hi Joss, I would need to see the parts to advise about welding. It s possible to weld if the parts can be held in place and if the TIG/MIG welding head can reach the work. I would like to see your motorcycle anyway. They re beautiful MC s. Alumi-weld...

Motorcycle Repair: broken ring gear, domed pistons, fxstc
domed pistons, fxstc, kbm: If your timing is to far advanced it will do what you are describing. Also, make sure the jackshaft is sliding back in when you let off the button. Last, check to make sure the end of the jackshaft slides in the bushing on the primary without binding. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: broken off spark plug, spark plug, good luck
spark plug, good luck: Is there no way to get a socket on it? If not, u need to head to the parts store and purchase a new tool. Um, since the reps there r usually kids I would suggest just asking them the same thing u just asked me and that should get u your tool. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: broken suzuki gn 125 (2003), suzuki gn 125, motor brushes
suzuki gn 125, motor brushes, starter button: Hi Scott, The usual causes of the clicking noises as described are: Weak or defective battery. Loose battery cable(s). Worn or defective starter motor (brushes). Worn or defective start solenoid. Worn or defective starter button contacts. Defective...

Motorcycle Repair: brother laid down bike, honda cbr 600, clutch lever
honda cbr 600, clutch lever, 2006 honda cbr 600: stephen just listen when you shift for any noises are chk if its hard to shift,but it should be fine o.k.ps please leave feedback for me and you may also nominate if you choose. if you nedd more help im here at my cycle shop doing an overhaul. ...

Motorcycle Repair: bsa electrical probs, capacitor kit, compression stroke
capacitor kit, compression stroke, yellow lead: Scott I guess we need to make a couple of things clear before you have me confused. Number one is that the coils are not going to fire simultaneously. They will fire in sequence, hopefully at the proper moment when each cylinder is a few degrees before the...

Motorcycle Repair: buell cams and timing, intake manifold, buell
intake manifold, buell, deference: If you had installed the cams wrong or were off a tooth your bike would run like crap. I would check the intake manifold for a leak. You can check it by starting the bike and let it warm up. Then spray a little carb cleaner around the manifold. If the RPMs...

Motorcycle Repair: buell - preventetive maintenance, wd 40, winter storage
wd 40, winter storage, blowing snow: You did right be getting as much snow off as possible. You dont have to worry about the internals getting rusty, since you didnt get it underwater. What I would do is start the bike and get it get really warm. That will melt the snow off of it and evaporate...

Motorcycle Repair: build up on piston heads and valve area, piston heads, one cylinder
piston heads, one cylinder, pressure plates: If you seized a piston, then youa re going to have to have the cylinder bored and fitted for a bigger piston. Cylinders on your bike have to be bored with pressure plates, so yes you will have to have a shop do them for you. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: building a stroker motor, mike 937, stroker motor
mike 937, stroker motor, stock engine: Yes the cases will have to be machined. On the parts, my personal prefence is S&S parts on a job like this. I do like Screaming Eagle parts, but you spend a little more money do to the fact that they are harley parts, not any better parts. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: bulb replacement, headlight bulb, zx6r
headlight bulb, zx6r, shively: Hi AC, Headlight replacement: Remove the following: Headlight connector Headlight bulb dust cover Headlight bulb retaining hook Headlight bulb * When handling bulb, never touch glass with bare hands. Clean glass with clean cloth if touched....

Motorcycle Repair: burning plugs, high altitude, dirty air
high altitude, dirty air, rotax: Hi Gary. Is this engine the OEM engine for this bike? The reason that I ask is that Rotax builds engines for ultralight aircraft. If this was an engine replacement, then that could be the problem (an engine designed to be at high altitude on a ground...

Motorcycle Repair: were to buy parts for 1978 Honda cb 750k, honda cb, shively
honda cb, shively, ebay: Hi Al, You ll have to search Ebay. Check back often to see if someone has listed the part(s) you need. Otherwise, perform an internet search for the parts. It may require some time searching. Visit: www.electrexusa.com and see if they have your...

Motorcycle Repair: buying a 400cc bike, mechanic work, impressive background
mechanic work, impressive background, personal thing: Hi Jorge, With an such impressive background, you should become an AllExperts Expert. It s fun. See the header for details. I think highly of all the MC s you listed in 400cc. Just pick one! You didn t give me any MC s to compare to. :) I think all...

Motorcycle Repair: how to bypass igniton switch on susuki ts 100 motorcycle., switch engine, wiring diagrams
switch engine, wiring diagrams, shively: Hi Stuart, See this link to see the wiring diagram: http://smokeriders.com/Technical/wiring_diagrams/wiring_diagrams.html Once the site opens, click No Frames , and then Suzuki followed by Ts TC 100 the wiring diagram will open. Connect the...

Motorcycle Repair: CA 95 throttle cable., bikebandit com, wire strands
bikebandit com, wire strands, honda dream: Harley, It sounds like your diagnosis is correct. I hope that the bike is all standard parts from the factory, because if the handlebars were changed, the cable may not be long enough. http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/honda-motorcycle-ca95-1959/o/m1937...

Motorcycle Repair: CA77 Aftermarket turn signals, luggage rack, signal units
luggage rack, signal units, turn signals: Chris, CA77s were American destination machines, which were supplied w/o the turnsignals that were equipped on models sold outside the US. If your bike was built after 1964, the square plates on the rear alloy luggage rack panels can be removed and the factory...

Motorcycle Repair: CA77 rear shocks, shock damper, damper rod
shock damper, damper rod, rear shocks: Paul, if you look around hard enough, you will find that Honda offered both metal and plastic shock upper covers for Dreams. The shock covers for Benly 125-150s (not CB92s, though) and CA160s will also fit the 250-305cc Dreams. The shock do come apart,...

Motorcycle Repair: CA95 Benly & Touring 150, rear fender, bill silver
rear fender, bill silver, frame numbers: Michael, I ll assume you are looking for the frame serial number, as the engine number is right on top of the crankcase on the left side. For some odd reason, Honda stamped the frame numbers on the left side of the frame in an area just behind the left side...

Motorcycle Repair: CAM CHAIN REMOVAL, honda dream, restoration guides
honda dream, restoration guides, bill silver: If you have the motor torn down, how did you do it with the camchain in place? It is connected with a master link, so it separates. If you drop it down inside the motor, just turn the engine over and remove the oil pump from the bottom, that will give you...

Motorcycle Repair: CARB CLEANING, honda cbr 400, o rings
honda cbr 400, o rings, cleaning solution: Hi Declan. A good soaking in carb cleaning solution and total replacement of all gaskets and o-rings in the carbs. Basically a total rebuild. DO NOT, however, touch the mixture screws. Blow out the ports with compressed air when you are done cleaning...

Motorcycle Repair: CARB low speed jet size, jet size, speed jet
jet size, speed jet, low speed: You didn t say what kind of bike, what year, what model, what size motor, what carburetor. Idle screw only adjusts for idle, not running above idle. Yes idle jet size increase will richen it up AT IDLE and low speed only. Main jet and needle changes mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: CARBURETORS, drain holes, needle valves
drain holes, needle valves, query text: Hi Mr.B, Q: I NEED TO KNOW WHERE THE FLOAT LEVEL AND DROPS ARE. A: You ll have to check the Service Manual for fuel service limits and fuel level specs. Q: I HAVE ALSO BEEN HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE BOWLS LEAKING FROM THE DRAIN HOLES AND GAS IS...

Motorcycle Repair: Cagiva Freccia C12R Lucky Explorer sp125, yamaha tz, suzuki rg
yamaha tz, suzuki rg, cagiva freccia: Hi Brian, That s a cool MC!! You have Yamaha TZ s and Suzuki RG s there? I don t have any experience with this model, but I suspect there s a tuning issue with the carburetor s mid-range. Send me an email address. I ll return numerous carb information...

Motorcycle Repair: Cagiva V-Raptor clutch, cagiva v raptor 1000, hydraulic clutch
cagiva v raptor 1000, hydraulic clutch, clutch lever: Hi Carl. There is an adjuster for the clutch tension and freeplay at the lever end of the cable. If this bike has a hydraulic clutch, then there are no adjustments to this. There is an adjuster for freeplay on a hydraulic clutch at the piston side...

Motorcycle Repair: Caliper Rebuilding - 1983 Honda, honda nighthawk 550, grit sandpaper
honda nighthawk 550, grit sandpaper, 1983 honda nighthawk: Hi Tricia. It s always good to see a lady rider willing to do her own wrenching on her bike. Welcome to the world of real riders. It sounds like the caliper keeps sticking, not from the fall s impact, but from the age. Since the bike sat most of...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain Master Link, cam chain, great shape
cam chain, great shape, suzuki: i really dont know of one but what u can do is grind off one lik put the chain back together then massh the pin coming through the link so it cannot back out. in other words make it flaair out .ok. i will do some research to see if i can find you a kit ok,/....

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain Noise, honda cb750k, endless link
honda cb750k, endless link, bikebandit com: Here are the parts illustrations: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/parts/Honda/CB750K/1979/209948 Both tensioners are spring loaded, but the crankshaft/valve positions will either aid or hinder chain adjustment. The crankshaft should be towards...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain Rattle?, hydraulic tappets, 1983 honda nighthawk
hydraulic tappets, 1983 honda nighthawk, cam chains: Hi Harry. As far as your automatic adjuster, I ll let you in on a little secret; It s not totally automatic. On occasion, you need to adjust the tensioners so that they will adjust the chain. There is a proceedure for resetting the tensioner(s), but...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain Rattle?, hydraulic tappets, 1983 honda nighthawk
hydraulic tappets, 1983 honda nighthawk, gasket kit: Harry... here are some prices from the 650cc version of your bike... 14401-ME5-013 CHAIN, CAM 1 $98.95 14434-ME5-000 GUIDE, L. 1 $22.95 14451-ME5-003 ADJUSTER 4 $22.95 14514-ME5-010 SPRING, TENSIONER 4 $3.95 14539-ME5-010 TUBE 4 $3.95 14620-ME5-000...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain Rattle?, 1983 honda nighthawk, endless chains
1983 honda nighthawk, endless chains, chain tension: Hi Harry, 42K miles is high mileage for most motorcycles with the exception of BMW s and Goldwings. Engine wear becomes evident after about 25-30k miles. Machining tolerances get a bit loose and noises and performance drops off a bit. You may still have...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam chain noise??, 1985 honda nighthawk, cam gears
1985 honda nighthawk, cam gears, cam chain: Matt, the camchain is automatic from about 1983 on. The early 650 s had a lock nut at the rear of the cylinder to loosen and retighten which set the tension. Most of these motors make some noise but the tensioner may need replacing. The tensioner...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Timing and carb sync., allen bolt, cam timing
allen bolt, cam timing, hi tim: Hi Tim. While I do not carry specs for your bike, I can tell you that the carb synch connection on every bike is located on the intake manifolds (one per manifold). Some bikes have a tube from each manifold and some other bikes have a screw/bolt of some...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Timing - Honda CB77, honda cb77, adjustment screws
honda cb77, adjustment screws, punch mark: Tim, the quickest way to find out is to check the ignition timing. The points cam runs inside the camshaft, attached to the camsprocket. If the timing can be set so the points open at the F mark and the adjustment screws are somewhere in the range of the slots...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Timing VS1400 Intruder Suzuki, intruder suzuki, compression stroke
intruder suzuki, compression stroke, suzuki intruder: Hi Steve, Repair manuals can be difficult to understand. To determine compression stroke, unthread spark plugs just about completely. Rotate crankshaft and listen for escaping air from spark plug holes. When you hear the hissing, start watching for...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam tensioner, suzuki bandit 1200, 1997 suzuki bandit 1200
suzuki bandit 1200, 1997 suzuki bandit 1200, pin piston: Hi Eugene, Yes, you should be adjusting the tensioner according to the periodic maintenance schedule. However, I would associate engine knock with detonation, connecting rod, piston pin/piston, and transmission related problems. I recomend the service/repair...

Motorcycle Repair: Cant hit second and jerky start, kawasaki ninja zx, motorcycle transmission
kawasaki ninja zx, motorcycle transmission, shift linkage: Hi Neil, Review the below pasted tech file. Respectfully, Mark Shively Motorcycle Transmission Problems By Mark Shively Slipping out of Gear: Trying to mate slower spinning sliding gears with very high spinning fixed gears is hard on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Cant get into nuetral., starter solenoid, motor brushes
starter solenoid, motor brushes, wire insulation: Hi John, Q: ...Hello, I have a motorcycle that has not been started for awhile, I bought a new battery and tried to turn it over but it just makes a click noise. I can not get the nuetral light to come on even though I tried a hundred times, I know the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb 03 softail standerd, air fuel mixture, air screw
air fuel mixture, air screw, air fuel mixture screw: The air/fuel mixture screw is located on the bottom of the carb. There is a plug covering it. You have to drill the plug and put in a screw to pull it out. Be careful to drill in the center and not allt he say through so you dont hit the mixture screw and...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb, cb series, 750 honda
cb series, 750 honda, cb 750: Hi Charles. Yes, there is a danger in that. Every reputable mechanic has a fan blowing toward the engine when running it. Particularly on air-cooled machines, like older CB series, et al. You should even do it with liquid-cooled machines, although...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb on a 94 ZX600C, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, ninja 600: Hi Shawn, This is true. Gasoline may have flowed into the crankcase, contaminating the engine oil. It s cheap insurance to change oil and filter. Clean or repalce the air filter. Send me an email. I ll return many files to assist you with carburetor...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Adjustment, honda nighthawk, point seat
honda nighthawk, point seat, exact science: Hi Dan. Adjusting carbs is a real pain and not an exact science for those of us that do not have the measuring equipment that the manufacturer has. But there is a basic starting point. Seat the mixture screws. Not tight. Just till they seat. Then...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Adjustments, honda cb750k, adjustment screws
honda cb750k, adjustment screws, cb series: Hi Dick. DO NOT CHANGE THE MIXTURE. The mixture screws are sealed under press fit caps and the mixture was set at the factory using very sensitive adjustment equipment. If you don t have the same kind of equipment, then do not attempt to adjust the mixture....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb adjustment, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, air fuel mixture screw: Your air fuel mixture screw only affects the bike when it ideling. When the bike is running between 1200-3000RPM aprox, you are running on the intermediate jet. Above 3000RPM you are on the main. Start the bike and let it warm up. Now slowly turn the air...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb adjustment, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Kurt, The problem may be caused by one or more of the following: Incorrect carburetor air-fuel mixtures Dirty air filter Ignition system faulty Riding- lugging the engine out of the powerband Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb adjustment-CB450K4, haynes book, air leaks
haynes book, air leaks, throttle cables: Frank, That is a nice low-miles machine! Generally fast idle issues are related to either throttle cables that have degraded internally or at the junction, causing one or both carbs to hang up off idle.... OR Air leaks at the carburetor mounts...OR Incorrect...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb adjustment, overflow tube, yamaha pw 80
overflow tube, yamaha pw 80, float valves: Hi Jesse. adjusting the float valves is always a hit and miss proposition. You have only 2 options when the floats are acting up; Keep adjusting them til they work right, or replace them. To adjust the carbs, the real secret is to always make notes...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb advise, fmf pipe, reed valves
fmf pipe, reed valves, thanks norman: High Norman, I have a lot of experience with Honda CRs I have owned several CR500s and one 93CR250. Thing is Norman the CR is just so darn good right out of the box, at least on engine performance that is, suspension and handling..different story. Sure you...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb/airbox 85 Rebel 250, stroke motorcycles, plug caps
stroke motorcycles, plug caps, air leaks: http://www.surfmaine.com/rebel/ for some Rebel links, in general. Louis, I don t know what kind of shape the carb was in when you started or what level of mechanical skills you have in overhauling one. The carb is fairly simple, but ou do need to look...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb and brake rebuild, blade angles, suzuki gs550es
blade angles, suzuki gs550es, brake caliper: Hi Moshe, I have the same bike (customers) with the same problems right now. I can send the necessary files, but need a email addy as requested. Send to: mshively1@woh.rr.com I plan to have a machine shop remove the pilot screws on my customers...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Cleaning, winter storage, grade fuel
winter storage, grade fuel, fuel treatment: Hi Ryan. If you are just looking at maintainence cleaning, then use any top grade fuel treatment for fuel systems and carbs that s available at any auto parts store. I always use STP with Jet Fuel every few tankfulls. Use about half a bottle in 2 consecutive...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Cleaning, fuel line, dirt
fuel line, dirt, good luck: I dont really recommend adding any cleaner to your fuel. What will happen is it will wash the tank and you will get more dirt in the carb. The best thing you can do is remove the carb, remove the fuel bowl and clean it out if you susspect dirt in there....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Cleaning, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Joe, Ultra sound is alright for cleaning carburetors. Follow through with a thorough hand inspection and cleaning. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Cleaning, honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture
honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture, harley dude: Your problem is that the float is stuck from sitting so long. Remove the carb and remove the float bowl. Also remove the jets, they might be plugged. Remove the air/fuel mixture acrew. Make sure you count the turns so you can get it back to where it was. Now,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Cutting out, cv carb, slide kit
cv carb, slide kit, petcock: First, check to make sure you have a good flow out the petcock to the carb. If its ok, then you need to pull the carb and check the jets as well as the pumper for dirt and being plugged. Also, check the diaphram for a tear in it. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb cleaning, e mail address, kawasaki ninja
e mail address, kawasaki ninja, motorcycle repair: Hi Larry, Visit www.buykawasaki.com and www.bikebandit.com to view parts microfiche on line. You ll have to navigate the sites to find the parts microfiche. I have several carb parts links for rebuild parts if necessary. Get a copy of the service...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb cleaning, honda cb750 nighthawk, powder substance
honda cb750 nighthawk, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Keshav, The dealership s diagnosis and estimate is accurate. To learn more about carburetor cleaning, review the information below. Most people can perform the task at home. I offer carb cleaning services if necessary. My rate is $250 + parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Draining, clymer repair manual, float bowl
clymer repair manual, float bowl, cbr1000f: Hi Terrence, Remove side panels to access the four float bowl drain screws. Visit www.bikebandit.com to view microfiche parts on line. I recommend the purchase a Clymer repair manual, too. Costs about $20 and will pay for itself with first repair....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb. Float measurements, yamaha xs650, 650rider
yamaha xs650, 650rider, 1mm: Hi David, The specs are confusing all of us. As a starting point, consider setting float heights in the center of the specs and tune from there. I ve pasted a few forum post links below for you to research. Respectfully, Mark Shively http://650rider.com/Forums/viewtopic/t=833.html...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb float settings, correct measurement, float valves
correct measurement, float valves, drain tube: Tom, due to the shallow float bowls the float level is only around 7mm-7.5mm with the float tang just touching the needle valve. Check the small cutoff air valve diaphragm on the side of the carb for pinholes, also the rubber slide diaphragm. Are...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb flooding, kawasaki vulcan 1500, kawasaki vulcan 1500 classic
kawasaki vulcan 1500, kawasaki vulcan 1500 classic, overflow pipes: Hi Al, Conditions that may cause this problem are: 1) Varnished interior needle valve spring 2) Split/defective float bowl overflow pipe 3) Defective float 4) Rust/contamination caught between needle valve and seat 5) Worn Needle valve seat I...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb & Gas Tank problem after storage, fuel stabilizer, tank problem
fuel stabilizer, tank problem, air leak: Blair... try draining the carbs again. If the fuel tank wasn t full when it went into storage the air space in the tank can condense and make water that works its way down the fuel system and into the carbs. Other possibilites are that the petcock diaphragm...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Hesitation, kawasaki gpz 750, air fuel mixture
kawasaki gpz 750, air fuel mixture, mc rod: Hi Rod, I ll try and give you some ideas about the engine performance problems. Also, send me an email address as requested. I ll return many files on carb cleaning, tuning, and synchronizing. A Sample file is at the bottom. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb for Honda PA50 Moped 1980, honda pa50, starter fluid
honda pa50, starter fluid, best bet: Hi Bruce. Good call on the carb. Sounds like it does need a complete and thorough cleaning. In the case of a moped, your best bet is to pull the engine. It s so tiny that it isn t a heavy job. You will need to pull it, anyway, to go over everything...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb info on a 96 ZZR600 kawasaki, kawasaki ninja, fuse box
kawasaki ninja, fuse box, street bikes: Sounds like your float in the carb is sticking. You will have to remove the carbs and rebuild them. Spraying carb cleaner in it wont help. As to your second question, I am not going to be able to help you. I only know harleys Good luck and happy riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Jetting, drag pipes, exhaust cycle
drag pipes, exhaust cycle, dyna jet: First, let me say that drag pipes cause you to lose power int he lowend and midrange. They are made for high RPMs, hence the name drag pipes. If it were me I would change to a tuned exhaust. Cycle Shack make a great one for your bike. Now for your question....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb. Jetting, yamaha dt 175, denver colorado area
yamaha dt 175, denver colorado area, middle groove: Jeff, I m not sure of the stock setting (e-clip grove on main needle) for that model, I m guessing the third or middle groove, there should be a total of 5. The fuel/air screw should be about 1-1 1/2 turns out from seated. You ll have to experiment...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb jets, jet needles, gsxr 750
jet needles, gsxr 750, stock size: Hi Steven, I don t have jet specs for this model. Check the resources I listed below. There should be jet needles with the throttle slides. See microfiche parts here: www.bikebandit.com Visit the following websites to research your question:...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb jetting, air fuel mixture, jet needles
air fuel mixture, jet needles, k n air filters: Hi Keith, You may have to tune the needles (midrange). If so, shim the jet needles, or replace the needle jet/jet needle to the necessary size. Make carburetion changes one step at a time. Perform a spark plug chop (read plugs). Make additional changes...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb jetting, flstc, hsr
flstc, hsr, tach: I would think they would redo it and make it right. I know I would, but that is just me! First thing you need to do is pull the plugs and check them. If they are real white then you are running lean. If they are real black then you are running rich. After...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb jetting, air fuel ratio, stock pipes
air fuel ratio, stock pipes, hyper charger: your bike is to rich on the main jet and too lean on the idle jet, spit back throught the carb is a lean condition, black smoke out of exhaust is a rich condition, install a good set of exhaust. like a white brothers e-series 2 into 1 exhaust system and gain...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Kits, honda cb 650, carburetor repair kit
honda cb 650, carburetor repair kit, motorcycle carb rebuild kits: Hi Bernal, Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. Here s a list of resources that may help you. Respectfully, Mark Shively General Parts & Microfiche: www.bikebandit.com Carb Parts: www.motorcyclecarbs.com http://cruisersplus.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Leaking Gas, air screw, carburetor
air screw, carburetor, gaskets: Ok, this JUST happend to my bike. Like literally i have to fix it today. You have to take off the carb, then open it up. Once your in there, you have to find the float pin and see if its jambed or something, check any gaskets for wear. Go to this link,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Leaking gas, gs series, carbs
gs series, carbs, bike shop: Hi Jim, The cost of cleaning the carburetors on a GS series Suzuki in my area is about $300 labor. The shop may have done a very good job for you overall. It happens. In my opinion, they should handle the come-back repair and make it right for you at...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb leak on a 1980 Kawasaki 750, kawasaki 750 ltd, drain hoses
kawasaki 750 ltd, drain hoses, drain tubes: Hi Chuck, Gasoline leaking from float bowl drains indicates one or more of the following: 1) needle valves (float valves) and/seats may be worn 2) floats sticking due to varnished float pins 3) needle valve pin springs are varnished and sticking ...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb leaking, honda z50r, air leaks
honda z50r, air leaks, fuel mixture: Derek, -the needle valve in the carb needs to shut off the gas flow as the float bowl fills up. -This carb is called a Shenway 20mm and I have no specs for it. -If your carb overflows fuel you may need to bend the arm on the float so it shuts...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb and oil issue?, harley owner, oil filter
harley owner, oil filter, couple times: Your bike vents the top end to the oil filter. When the air goes a little mist of oil goes with it. After a while the oil builds up and drips. You can clean it often or run the hose to the bottom of the bike so it will vent under the motor Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb overflowing when tank is filled up, kawasaki vulcan, fuel vapors
kawasaki vulcan, fuel vapors, overflow tube: Hi Terry, I suspect the needle valves and floats are not working properly. Needle valves (float valves) may have worn tips or worn inner pin springs. Floats may be saturated with fuel, or other problems may exist. Even neoprene solid type floats...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Problem with 1980 CB 650 Custom, hair line fracture, brass tubes
hair line fracture, brass tubes, pilot jet: Hi Bryan, The source of the leak may be float bowls overfilling, or a hair-line fracture in the overflow drain pipes (brass tubes in float bowls). Poor engine idle is caused by carburetor pilot circuits being varnished. Choke and pilot circuits share...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Problem with 1980 CB650 custom, overflow problems, carburetor body
overflow problems, carburetor body, float bowl: Bryan, overflow problems can be caused by numerous issues. 1. High float level. If the floats are plastic, you can t adjust them. If you have metal, brass floats, you can adjust the little float needle tang on the middle of the float. 12.5mm is the correct...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Problem, honda cm, gas leaks
honda cm, gas leaks, vacuum leak: Hi Dave, I suspect the carburetors will need more thoroughly cleaned and the needle valve sets replaced (float valve sets). Another cause of irratic idle may be a vacuum leak around one of the carbs or intake manifolds and/or carbs out of synronization....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem, mikuni carbs, air screw
mikuni carbs, air screw, pilot jet: James, -if your choke lever is on the carbs, usually the choke lever goes down and the plunger goes up for choke. -Lifting the lever should push the plunger down for normal running. -Just watch what happens to the actual plunger, if it is up, that...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem?, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, yamaha tzr250: Hi Jason, Nice motorcycle... One of my favorites next to the TZ250 and TZ750. : ) I suspect the carburetors are out of balance. Check synchronization and adjust accordingly. If the problem persists, check for intake air or vacuum leaks. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problems, stock carb, float bowl
stock carb, float bowl, fxdwg: Take the carb and turn it over. Under it you will see some bolts. remove them and the float bowl will come off. Inside you will see the float. The float has a pin that holds it in. Slide the pin out and clean around the inlet Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problems on a 1982 650 Nighthawk, gus gus, infinite wisdom
gus gus, infinite wisdom, speed jet: Gus, If you have properly cleaned the carb bodies and all open passages, the problem may not necessarily be with the carbs (!). Another consideration is that the extra carbs may or may not have the same parts/calibration as the ones that came on the bike....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problems, plug colors, right cylinder
plug colors, right cylinder, tx500: Mike, sounds like it may have a bad or dirty float needle valve in the left carb. -Have you checked the choke and air filters? -Probably the fuel level changes when you turn off the gas and it gets a leaner mixture temporarily. -The tx500 has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problems, piston cylinder, fuel valve
piston cylinder, fuel valve, vaccuum: High John. Start by replacing the fuel line and resealing the tank. You may need to have the carbs recleaned. Also check to make sure that the floats are working properly. There should be test proceedures in the repair manual. Check the plugs. See...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb pushing fuel out of puke tube & air filter, air vent, float bowl
air vent, float bowl, air pressures: Jeannie, there are a few possibilities for this fuel leak. -the float could be faulty or misadjusted. -Most floats can be adjusted unless the whole thing is plastic. Sometimes the floats are no good. -the float needle/valve has to shut off the fuel,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Rebuild, internal combustion engines, 1985 honda nighthawk
internal combustion engines, 1985 honda nighthawk, vacuum leaks: Hi Rich, I estimate the cost of labor to rebuild the carburetors between $250-$300. Parts may vary depending upon what needs replaced if anything. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Rejetting, air fuel mixture, emaill address
air fuel mixture, emaill address, stock parts: Hi Jim, Technically, any changes to air intake and fuel flow requires tuning to some degree. The engine was designed mathmatically with the stock parts. Changing the plan may require some tuning. The V&H pipe may work well without tuning. I would read...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Removal, honda magna, throttle cable
honda magna, throttle cable, airbox: Hi Joel. Loosen the carbs from the manifolds and pull the airbox with the carbs still attached. This is the easiest thing to do and will allow you to work on the carbs without messing with the synch or assembly order. It may take a bit of fiddling around...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb rejetting, rear cylinders, jet kit
rear cylinders, jet kit, jets: Casey, you might find this helpful, http://www.vstar1100.com/1100jetting.pdf It applies to the 1100, but some of the general information may be useful to you. If you have any specific questions, let me know. Just take your time and have some little...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb removal, '87 Virago XV1000, gas bike, pelorus
gas bike, pelorus, yamaha dealer: Hi Gerry. Well, there is another way to do it, but it requires you to drop the engine down a bit and will be more time-consuming than removing one of the manifolds. If you decide to drop the engine, then follow the instuctions to the letter. If you decide...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb replacement, stock carb, bone stock
stock carb, bone stock, head quarters: Hi LOU. the Mikuni 42 carb is light years better then the old S&S E or G carb. and you do not have to change timing or ignitions with a carb change. as far as performance. If you are looking for this. First trash the JUNK Vance and Hines Short shot or long...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Settings?, honda xr70r, carb settings
honda xr70r, carb settings, troubleshooting procedures: Hi Brad, From the limited information given, the source of the problem is difficult to diagnose accurately. FYI.... The carburetor s settings do not prevent the engine from cranking. I recommend you obtain the service/repair manual and perform the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Setup, vacuum petcock, gravity feed
vacuum petcock, gravity feed, lt160: Eric, sounds like the carb has been replaced with another model, possibly an aftermarket replacement. The fuel pump you mentioned is a fuel primer, used to pump fuel down to the carb and help starting I imagine. Have you checked if the float bowl...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Sliders, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, spray cleaners: Hi R, [Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I ve tried to reply a few hours after receiving your question. AllExperts servers have been down and not allowing me to send.] I find the task quite easy. Visit this website and review the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Stumble, Honda trx 350 foreman 4x4, honda trx 350, air leaks
honda trx 350, air leaks, fuel mixture: Ronald, -a few things to consider, have you tried draining the carbs in case of water in the fuel? -check around the carb for any vacuum hose or air leaks that may lean out the fuel mixture. -you may have either a rich or lean fuel condition off...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Swap, sensers, buell
sensers, buell, fuel injection: Your Buell right now runs be an EMC for fuel injection. What you are going to have to do is replace it for a non fuel injected bike. Changing over a bike from fuel injected to carb is a really big and expensive job and you also need some knowledge of wiring....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Synchronization Problems, vacuum leak, throttle plate
vacuum leak, throttle plate, factory manuals: Hi Tim, There s no baseline setting for synchronizing the carburetors. You can try bench synchronizing the carbs using a length of wire or other suitable means. I suspect a vacuum leak may be contributing to the difficulty of synchronizing the carbs....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Synchronization, 1981 honda cb650, 82d airborne division
1981 honda cb650, 82d airborne division, british bike: My Friend For quite some time I have been working with the AllExperts site to help you and others with their motorycle questions and problems. Some I have been able to help more than others, but I tried, and took no payment for these services. It has been...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb stabiltiy, yamaha 650 xs, petcocks
yamaha 650 xs, petcocks, excess gas: Hi Harold. Since the bike sits for weeks at a time, if it is for more than 3 or 4 weeks at a time, I would drain the excess gas (and use it in the car) then refuel just prior to going out. Also, burn up the fuel that s in the floats by running the engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb tuning, dyna low rider, gas milage
dyna low rider, gas milage, engine mod: Lets go back to the begining. The intermedate screw you are refering to is the air/fuel mixture screw. It only affect the idle of the bike. Once you pull away you go to the intermediate jet and over 2500 to 3000 RPM you go the main jet. When you pull the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb tuning for new pipes, harley sportster, drag pipes
harley sportster, drag pipes, exhaust pipes: Adding drag pipes does two things. One, it causes you to lose horsepower and two, causes a lean condition. Drag pipes work very well at high RPMs, hence the name drag pipes. I would keep the baffles in, as you need some back pressure on the motor. The otehr...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb tuning, air fuel mixture, intermediate jet
air fuel mixture, intermediate jet, air fuel mixture screw: The pumper is the pump which gives a shot of gas to the carb when you get ont he throttle hard. Read my answer on whick jet to change. the size is marked on the size of the jet. If you are lean go one jet bigger, if you are rich go one jet smaller Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb tunning, screw out, intermediate jet
screw out, intermediate jet, blow air: Sounds like you have a intermediate jet that is plugged with dirt. You will need to pull the carb, remove the bowl and remove the jets. Look through them and see if you see dirt. Wheil they are out blow air through them. Also take the air/fule mixture mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb, seasonal storage, valve adjustment
seasonal storage, valve adjustment, flow problem: Hi Kevin. It could be a carb problem or a fuel flow problem. Check your fuel lines for blockage and get the carb cleaned if the bike spends time in seasonal storage every year. When was the last time that a full tuneup and valve adjustment and timing...

Motorcycle Repair: Carberator, suzuki gs400, carb synchronizer
suzuki gs400, carb synchronizer, gasket material: Hi Jeremy, Cut and paste your question and send it to me as an email. My email address is: mshively1@woh.rr.com I ll return carburetor files via email. Visit Bike Bandit s website and indicate to me by part number the parts you re making by hand....

Motorcycle Repair: Carberator adjust on 1979 GL 1000, air passages, bill silver
air passages, bill silver, plug cap: http://www.classicwingclub.org/ may be a better source of info on this issue. Running rich can mean too much fuel, due to high float level, loose jet, sinking float or not enough air due to blocked air passages. Could also have a bad spark plug cap,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carberator, 1974 honda cb750, ebay auctions
1974 honda cb750, ebay auctions, pivot pin: Carbs leak due to worn/dirty float valves, incorrect float levels or sinking floats (pinholes in the brass float). You can shut off the fuel, disconnect the drain hose at the bottom of the bowl and drain the float bowl via the bottom drain screw OR just...

Motorcycle Repair: Carberatur, harley davidson sportster, dyna jet
harley davidson sportster, dyna jet, epa standards: TO adjust the richness and leaness you have to change jets int he carb. Your bike came from the factory lean to pass EPA standards. The best way to correct thins problem is to install a Dyna-jet kit. Its pretty easy and has good directions, so you should be...

Motorcycle Repair: Breather?, engine valve adjustment, proper synchronization
engine valve adjustment, proper synchronization, honda rebel: Hi Brandi. Check the intake manifolds. The are probably leaking air. Either they are dry-rotted, loose on the engine or loose on the carbs. Reassemble the breather assembly and start the bike. Then spray some automotive starter fluid onto the intake...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbeurator, carbeurator, needle valve
carbeurator, needle valve, gas tank: Just clean the bowl out and check the needle and seat. Turn it upside down and see if it stops air when you blow through it. This is a common problem for bikes that have been sitting. Junk in the gas tank and crumbling rubber in the fuel line keeps the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbon in engine, air fuel mixture, fuel additive
air fuel mixture, fuel additive, shively: Hi Terrance, Leave the carbon there. Do not spray carburetor cleaner into the cylinder because it will contaminate engine oil. Get the carb s air-fuel mixture adjusted properly to where the spark plugs are burning themselves clean. Use a fuel additive...

Motorcycle Repair: Carborator cleaning/rebuild, yamaha virago xv535, vent hose
yamaha virago xv535, vent hose, adjustment screw: Hi Keith, Q: ...Is coughing/backfire/Hesitating an indication of a incorrect gas/air a mixture? A: Yes. However, a lean air-fuel mix and/or worn/defective parts may cause similar results. Q: ...Is the ID of the tube important here. A:...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, fuel air mixture, cable failure
fuel air mixture, cable failure, float bowl: David, Sounds like you still have a float level problem on that no. 1 carb.. I m assuming you mean that that carb. is spilling execess fuel out of the overflow tubes or right out the barrel. Either the needle valve is stuck open, not seating correctly...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, crank shaft, stock muffler
crank shaft, stock muffler, straight pipes: Do not drop the engine. Just take your time. I know it is a tight fit. Also do not worry about sync. Right now just get them cleaned with the dip and make sure they are together correctly. The problem will be there until the crabs are clean the fuel filter...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, suzuki gs550, clutch plate
suzuki gs550, clutch plate, thegsresources: Hi Walter, I would need to investigate the described problem to give an accurate diagnosis. Things you may check: Air intake obstructions Clutch operation/clutch plate inspection Drive chain condition Varnished carburetors Visit this website...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, gas tank sealer, eric gorr
gas tank sealer, eric gorr, virago 750: Hi Tony, If you re a soldier, I appreciate your commitment and service. (O311) I suspect the carburetors have varnished. If so, they ll need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. $350 for the task is not uncommon. The choke cable and...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs?, kawasaki zr7s, gasoline smell
kawasaki zr7s, gasoline smell, air breather: Hi Don. Well, the gas flowing into the breather is indicative of a probable leak in the float seals or a failure of the floats themselves. Since the floats are pretty basic, I suspect that they are not the problem, but the seals may be. There is also...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, fuel additives, powder substance
fuel additives, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Carl, The only way to clean carburetors is by removal, partially disassembly, and thorough cleaning. Follow with sychronization check after cleaning. It s not necessary to separate each carb body from the carb bracket for cleaning. When adding...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, honda xr100r, jenniffer
honda xr100r, jenniffer, iside: jenniffer first look at the screw on thr outside of the carbs thats kind sunken in srew it all the way in then back out 1/2 turn and try to crank it goe 1/2 turns each time you try till it cranks o,k. and let me know. he also may have put the top part of the...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, yamaha yx600 radian, measure adjustment
yamaha yx600 radian, measure adjustment, bikebandit com: Hi John, You asked: Q: ...I have a 1989 Yamaha YX600 Radian that someone gave to me and theres 2 things I see wrong with it.I have to replace the valve seats in the carbs and the screws are rusted and I cant get anything on them to get them out.Whats...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Steve, I suspect the throttle slide (vacumm slide thingy) is adjusted too low.Try adjusting engine idle up a bit. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs 83 Suzuki GS550L, suzuki gs550l, internal combustion engines
suzuki gs550l, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Chris, I suspect the fuel in the carburetors has varnished (gummed) during storage or periods of non-starting. If so, the carbs will need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, fuel mileage, maximum fuel
fuel mileage, maximum fuel, fuel economy: Jetting the carbs is one of the first things done when upgrading, to tell if your carbs are jetted you will need to remove the carbs, dismantle them and look physically at the jets. Stock jetting is calibrated to best fit the bike for maximum fuel economy,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs and fuel line routeing, e mail address, vacuum levels
e mail address, vacuum levels, cylinder compression: Also.... I recommend buying Kawasaki s service manual for exact, model specific specifications on Vacuum levels when synchronizing. Clymer and Haynes don t seem to have the right information. Be sure valve clearances and cylinder compression are within...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs Leaking, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi Darren, Carburetors leaking as described is a symptom of one of the following: 1) Varnished needle valve (float valve) inner pin spring. 2) Worn needle valve seat 3) Rust particle or other contamination trapped between the needle valve and...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs problem, kawasaki zzr 600, mixture adjustments
kawasaki zzr 600, mixture adjustments, ebay: Hi Stuart, There s no question here. I return tech files via email. There s no email address for you as requested. FYI: Excessive fuel consumption is caused by worn needle jets, excessively rich air-fuel mixtures, and agressive riding habits. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbs, suzuki gsxr, z1 900
suzuki gsxr, z1 900, reading enjoyment: Hi Troy, Your MC sounds awesome! I must refer you to check online for websites dedicated to Z1 s. Tuning carburetors is very time consuming and requires hands on to get them dialed in. I could nt walk you thru the process on-line. I ll send some files...

Motorcycle Repair: Carbuator, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, 50cc atv: Steve, You ll have to tune the carburetor to correct the air-fuel mixtures. I return test and repair information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested in my instructions. See sample files below. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburation on a Kawasaki, kawasaki kz1000, vacuum type
kawasaki kz1000, vacuum type, vacuum tube: Hi John, I cannot see what you re working with. Can you send digital images? What type of petcock is present? Gravity or vacuum type? If in doubt, plug em all. FYI... I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator adjustment screw, suzuki savage 650, adjustment screw
suzuki savage 650, adjustment screw, fine tune: Hi Moe. You do not want to adjust the mixture. It was set at the factory and is perfect. If, however, you are talking about the idle speed, then that is adjusted with a gnurled knob which protrudes underneath the carb. Just adjust it down to the point...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator controls, kawasaki zl900, internal combustion engines
kawasaki zl900, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Sal, Which brand service manual do you have? Some manuals may lack cable and hose routing illustrations. I ll try and find something on-line that shows cable routing. Use the following link to see parts microfiche for your Eliminator. www.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/OEM.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator Honda XR659R, brass screws, float chamber
brass screws, float chamber, plastic valve: Sounds very much like it Steve, the float has a small metal strip which as the gas comes into the float bowl rises and pushes shut a small torpedo shaped valve which seals the fuel in the inlet pipe. Of course as fuel is used and the float drops, the valve...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator / Idle, honda xr80r, internal combustion engines
honda xr80r, internal combustion engines, crisp throttle response: Hi Alan, Try adjusting the idle screw in until the engine begins to idle. If engine will not idle, something else may need attention. Let me know. Include your email address as requested. I return tech files such as the one below. Once idle is set,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator specs for CB77 super hawk 1964, stock specs, jet sizes
stock specs, jet sizes, pluge: Ron, Oh, great! Finally a question on Vintage Hondas! : ) I have written extensively on the Super Hawks and have owned several, including the CYP77 Police bike on the top of my website. I lived in NM when I had the CYP77 and had to drop the main jets...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburator Tuning, shadow vt1100c, internal combustion engines
shadow vt1100c, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Scott, Send me an email address as requested. I ll return numerous files on carburetor cleaning, tuning, and synchronizing. Free email severs such as Hotmail, Juno, etc... will not accept my large files. A sample file is below.... Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor, honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture
honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture, honda shadow spirit 750: Hi Ron, I would need to hear the problems to give an accurate diagnosis. On occasion, I get a question from someone who has ridden in-line four cylinder MC s, who now has a twin cylinder. They re not used to the twins and become concerned, casts a question....

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor, honda cb550, bikebandit com
honda cb550, bikebandit com, ebay: The VIN is located on the steering stem (gooseneck). Look for a label with VIN, year and model info. The VIN should be stamped into the frame there, too. Use www.bikebandit.com for viewing parts microfiche and finding a service manual. Otherwise, search...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor adjustment, 1983 honda nighthawk, salvage yard
1983 honda nighthawk, salvage yard, needle jet: Hi Roy, With the engine start and idle without choke? Air-fuel screws may have different settings. See my files for explanation. Send me an email. I ll return several files on carburetors that will assist you with tuning. My email address is:...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor on Bayou 220, kawasaki bayou 220, vent hoses
kawasaki bayou 220, vent hoses, vacuum hoses: Clean the fuel tank, petcock, fuel and vacuum hoses, and carburetor. Sediment or other debris from the tank may be the source and re-contaminating your clean carbs. Ensure float bowl vent hoses and fuel tank cap vent hoses are unobstructed. I ll send...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor calibration, compression tester, engine stall
compression tester, engine stall, rideable: Again, great descriptions and narrative. You keep the MC well maintained and you have above average mechanical knowledge. Instead of leaning out the fuel, try working with the air. Is there any obstructions of the airbox, filter, ducts, or air jets? I ve...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Float adjustment & meaning, rich fuel mixture, motorcycle performance
rich fuel mixture, motorcycle performance, fuel level: the fuel level has nothing to do with running lean or rich, that is the jets job. If the fuel level is to high the fuel will flow out the overflow in the carb bowl. If set to low it robs the jets of gas and the bike wont run right Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor / Fuel Problems, gz 250, fuel problems
gz 250, fuel problems, poor response: Hi Alan, The carbs will need tweaked to correct the air-fuel mixtures. You spot-on about the pilot circuit. Send me an email and I ll return plenty of carburetor tuning tech files for you to review. Review the files and I think you ll find the source...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Honda 1983 550CB Nighthawk, rubber diaphragm, pasages
rubber diaphragm, pasages, throtle: Wilson, Glad you found the problem, the original factory manuals may be available from http://www.helminc.com/helm/about_assist.asp?Style=&mscsid=MASLFET8WT309P572H6VRHK1CC2375C4 -when you have a problem that affects all the carburetors you have...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Issues, free email servers, 1978 suzuki gs550
free email servers, 1978 suzuki gs550, jet needles: Hi Luke, The air-fuel mixtures will need to adjusted by selecting the correct jetting (carbs need jetted). Tuning is not easy and often requires a wide selection of air, main, and pilot jets, jet needles and needle jets, and removing and re-installing...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor icing?, kawasaki zzr1200, fuel treatment
kawasaki zzr1200, fuel treatment, posibility: Hi Shawn. This does not sound like carb icing, which would affect the bike no matter what speed or riding situation you are in. This sounds like a problem with something else on the bike. Is the air filter due or over due for replacement? That could...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor issues, kawasaki ninja 600r, air fuel mixture
kawasaki ninja 600r, air fuel mixture, carburetor issues: Hi Brain, Great description information. Thanks! Was the cooling system serviced in any way, including removing the cap or adding coolant? Is radiator obstructed or cooling fins defective in any way? What is the primary use of this MC? Describe your...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Problem ?, honda ct 110, needle valve
honda ct 110, needle valve, hi john: Hi John. Have you checked the needle valve to see if it fell out of it s guide or perhaps that it may be set to run too rich. If the needle valve is still in the slot, then set it to the other guide mark that is on the needle. It could be set too rich....

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor problems, honda nighthawk, air jets
honda nighthawk, air jets, air leaks: Earl, if the bike runs on starting fluid then you must have a fuel or air problem. -Check the fuel petcock valve and see if fuel is getting to the carbs. -Check for any air leaks around intake. -If all else fails you may have to clean the idle/air...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor quirks, 1978 kawasaki kz650, plug hole
1978 kawasaki kz650, plug hole, fuel line: Hi John. The battery should be checked with a hygrometer. If you have even one bad cel, then the battery is bad. That would explain the inability to start without a jump. If it is a new battery (less than 6 months old), then it is a symptom of a...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor removal, honda cbr, throttle cables
honda cbr, throttle cables, maximum expansion: Hi Nick, Loosen the intake manifold screws until you can feel the end of each screw flush with the clamp-nut. This allows maximum expansion of the rubber manifolds when removing and installing. There s nothing to prevent the carbs from coming off. Pull...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Synchronization, honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture
honda shadow spirit, air fuel mixture, pipe bends: Hi Mike, Synchronization out of service limits would not cause the problem. Synchronization balances vacuum thru each carburetor Venturi (center bore). The carburetor air-fuel mixture may need tuned to correct the problem. Learn how to read the spark...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor synchronization, kawasaki ninja, zx7
kawasaki ninja, zx7, two choices: Hey LaDon, Visit this site to see carb sync tools. Most opt for the bottom two choices. Get the adaptors. http://www.jcwhitney.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EndecaControllerView?D=carb+synchronizer&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&firstSearch=1&catalogId=10101&Nty=1&Ntx=mode+matchallany&Dn=0+111&Ntt=carb+synchronizer&tmplframe=EndecaCategoryView&langId=-1§ion=body&storeId=10101&Ntk=AllTextSearchGroup&ss=1010...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor Tuning, internal combustion engines, powder substance
internal combustion engines, powder substance, crystal powder: Hi Mike, I can send you numerous tech files on carburetor tuning. I ll need your email address as requested. Some of the files have illustrations and images. There s plenty to review and learn. See sample files below. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor tuning, yamaha vmax, vacuum pressure
yamaha vmax, vacuum pressure, carbs: Down draft carbs work great when working but when there are not they are about as good as a paper weight.I would suggest taking the bike in for a sync.It is worth the 1/2 hour labor that you are going to pay.....they are a head ache....glad i could hel...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetor, suzuki gsxr 400, gsxr 600
suzuki gsxr 400, gsxr 600, motorcycle website: Hi Jimmy, I haven t been able to confirm the carb swap. You could try motorcycle website forum such as www.motorcycle-usa.com and post the question there. Someone may have tried that swap. I would call a Suzuki dealer and ask them to compare parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, honda cbr 600, internal combustion engines
honda cbr 600, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Laina, If fuel has varnished, the carburetors must be thoroughly cleaned. Disassembled completely with the exception of separating the carb bodies from the carb body brackets. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors for a 1092 XJ750 Maxim, pointer tool, haynes manual
pointer tool, haynes manual, butterfly valve: Hi Jim, Those two ports are enrichment and pilot circuit openings. Trace fuel/air passageways by following channels with your eyes and a pointer tool such as a pencil, etc... Also, spraying brake or carb cleaner through each passageway and then monitoring...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburetors, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Jeff, Inspect the carburetors for evidence of varnishing. See the following tech files for more intel. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as...

Motorcycle Repair: Carburettor not reving properly, honda cb250, rubber diaphragm
honda cb250, rubber diaphragm, plug caps: David, do be sure that the rubber diaphragm on the slide is intact with no holes/tears. That will stop carb function immediately or at least affect it noticeably. I don t know if you took the carb completely apart, but there are emulsion tubes up inside...

Motorcycle Repair: Carby problem?, vacuum leak, zxr250
vacuum leak, zxr250, cmsnl: Brad, that reply was referencing the fuel valve (petcock) for the fuel tank, not the carbs.... if it has a vacuum operated petcock! Bill ///////////////////////////////////// Brad, first it isn t a Honda. Next, it isn t listed at CMSNL where they...

Motorcycle Repair: Card Problem?, vaccume, hoses
vaccume, hoses, cabs: The carb issue your having could be from loss of vaccume, you need to spray carb cleaner at the hoses, and see what happens, also spray it at the boots the connect the cabs to the engine. If the idle goes up, or the engine dies out, you definately have a vaccume...

Motorcycle Repair: Cards, cb750k, bikebandit com
cb750k, bikebandit com, anniversary edition: Hi Tony, You may compare part numbers at www.bikebandit.com or try CB750 dedicated websites. http://vjmc.org/index.htm http://vjmc.org/techtips/honda_code.htm Otherwise, I do not know which carburetors will inter change. respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 250 1977 electric start, fly wheel, rubber hammer
fly wheel, rubber hammer, cb 250: stuart , first go to starter sylenoid with key on bike in neutral take a screw driver touch both post togethr on stlenoid if it tuens over schange solenoid, if it doesnt go to starter with battery cables hooke to a good battery, connect hot to wire...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 350G electricals, vent holes, clymer manuals
vent holes, clymer manuals, plug caps: Roger, clean spark advancer, then clean and reset the points and timing. Watch the points to see if there is excessive arcing across either set, indicating a bad or loosely connected condenser. Check all the wiring connections under the fuel tank where the...

Motorcycle Repair: CB 750 broken speedometer, honda nighthawk 750, bike bandit
honda nighthawk 750, bike bandit, 2000 honda nighthawk 750: Hi Matt, The best advice I can give you is get a copy of the service manual. Pay a few extra dollars and buy Honda s manual. Other brands seem to lack clarity. The speedo cable can be removed with pliers. Follow the cable up to the rear of the speedometer...

Motorcycle Repair: CB100 charging problem, regulator rectifier, honda cb100
regulator rectifier, honda cb100, check voltage: Hi B.C. The problem is that you either have a bad stator coil or a short in the charging system. What tells me this is the fact that you are getting only 1/2 VDC over the rated voltage of the battery. You should be getting between 8-9 VDC for the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: CB160 Clutch question follow-up, clutch pack, clutch assembly
clutch pack, clutch assembly, thread interface: Joseph, Glad to hear you are making progress on the repairs. The part numbers for the thread are probably 22810-216-010, 030 or 040, depending on your serial numbers of the engine. and the adjuster is 22841-216-000 or 030 according to an old pricing book....

Motorcycle Repair: CB160 drips oil from the right exhaust flange, exhaust flange, oil drip
exhaust flange, oil drip, piston ring: Aloha, John.... Could have been seized or maybe just stuck rings from sitting. I had a bike like this and didn t even remove the motor from the chassis. Just pulled the exhaust system, loosened the motor and tipped it forward on the back mount bolts, popped...

Motorcycle Repair: CB160 electronic ignition, motorcycle forums, vintage motorcycle
motorcycle forums, vintage motorcycle, electronic units: Bill, with all the people writing to me with electronic ignition problems, the points are starting to sound good. The electronic units work well without much maintenance but if you get stuck on the road you can t tinker with it like you can with a...

Motorcycle Repair: CB160's, cb160, bill silver
cb160, bill silver, strator: Chris, your answers are: 1. No, nothing for 160s 2. Ebay, some sets in Asia recently. 3. No, e-ignitions systems are totally different, plus 160s are 360 crankshaft motors with one set of points. 4. Normal. The stators are oil cooled and windings are...

Motorcycle Repair: CB200T Engine miss, plug caps, compression stroke
plug caps, compression stroke, resistance values: Ray, It may be more or less complicated than you think... First, be sure that the compression is good on both sides, valves adjusted at .002 cold on compression stroke and the timing is set to open the points at the F mark alignment of the rotor/flywheel...

Motorcycle Repair: CB250 HAWK, balancer shaft, plug caps
balancer shaft, plug caps, resistance values: Rohan, there is only so much I can do for you for a non-US bike. Using the PARTSFISH website, I can only access the CB400T series machines. Those carbs DO have air cut valves, so if you have drilled/open passages, then the parts are missing and that would...

Motorcycle Repair: CB250G4, us bikes, fuse box
us bikes, fuse box, cb400f: Andrew, I have some similar info from a 1975 CB400F, but it is the US model with always ON headlights, which was a US standard starting in 1975. Being that we didn t get any CB250G4s here, only the 360T versions, I m not sure if this info will be that helpful...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 1973, ebay auctions, zl900
ebay auctions, zl900, bill silver: Brad... here is a site that will give you some basics... http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/MC.html Go to www.helminc.com for factory info on all Hondas, or check Ebay auctions and www.motorcyclememories.com for other sources of repair info. Intermittent carb...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 Clutch cable problem, clutch mechanism, clutch cable
clutch mechanism, clutch cable, clutch lever: Hi Joseph. It is possible that you have a bent or broken clutch pushrod. You could also have the clutch itself misadjusted a bit as well. As far as the bike wanting to roll forward, if the idle drops when you have the brakes applied while in gear, then...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 cable routing, plug caps, slow jet
plug caps, slow jet, jet needle: Patrick, do the basics first. Valve adjustment, compression check, check spark plug caps for excessive resistance and mostly the ignition timing before you dive into the carbs. Once you have eliminated the other possibilities, then you can check the float...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 cam case oiling.., drive gears, gasket material
drive gears, gasket material, oil holes: Patrick, my 350 twin books are all in storage awaiting a move next month. Rest assured that Honda has properly figured out the oiling system to the top end, even when it isn t immediately evident. I think your observation about the tach drive on that corner...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 coils, motorcycle shops, bill silver
motorcycle shops, bill silver, black lead: Jim, use an ohm meter and check from the black lead to the blue or yellow leads..(primary windings). Should be around 4-5 ohms, which is about standard with coils that are triggered by points and condensers. Otherwise, many motorcycle shops can put the coils...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350 -engine won't return to idle, 1971 honda cb350, cylinder head repair
1971 honda cb350, cylinder head repair, very brief description: Doug, this not an uncommon problem with the older twins. If I assume that the shop correctly adjusted the valves and have cleaned and set the points and timing, along with a good carb system check, then usually the problem lies behind the point plate. The...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350, type of plugs, proporty
type of plugs, proporty, registration documents: Hi Matt. Since the bike is a restoration, you will need to get the registration taken care of. The vin# as well as the registration documents, will have the year in it so you can find the repair manual for the bike. You will need to do a few things;...

Motorcycle Repair: CB350G at high rpm, jumper wire, air leaks
jumper wire, air leaks, engine misfire: Jeremy, this is part of a service bulletin that may or may not apply: CB/CL-350 Mid-Range Misfire There have been several cases where the CB/CL-350 developed an engine misfire that is most noticeable at “mid-range.” Generally, this misfire was assumed...

Motorcycle Repair: CB360 No spark, waxy coating, camshaft
waxy coating, camshaft, coils: Jim, -sometimes new points have a waxy coating, make sure the contacts are clean. -make sure the points are closing as well as opening, you may have to reduce the gap slightly. -try switching condensors, see if it changes anything. -is the point wire...

Motorcycle Repair: CB360, proporty, good shape
proporty, good shape, falcon: Hi Matt. Sometimes the plugs will vary over the years and sometimes they will not. It s hard to say in this instance what will be the case. When in doubt, pull the plug and look at what it is. Then get it s replacement. Good luck and ride safe....

Motorcycle Repair: CB360T carbs, mikuni carbs, honda cb360t
mikuni carbs, honda cb360t, air boxes: Jim, if they are made for use on the 360, they should fit without much trouble. Just measure your carb intake hose and see if they will fit. You may have to make or look into a throttle cable that has two cables, one for each carb and a single cable...

Motorcycle Repair: CB360T lost compression on left side, 1975 honda cb360t, adjustment screw
1975 honda cb360t, adjustment screw, compression check: Corey, -possibly the rust has plugged the fuel line or the fuel inlet needle valve in the carb. Try draining the float bowl, see if gas flows through. -You may need to clean the carb jets also. -If it looks like the fuel is okay, check your contact...

Motorcycle Repair: CB400T Ignition problem (no spark from either plug), honda cb400t, motorcycle service
honda cb400t, motorcycle service, reserve tank: Hi Attila. Have you checked the ignition coils themselves? How about the ignition circuit? The coils could be bad or there could be a short in the ignition wiring. Even though it could be the CDI unit, they are not known for going bad, but wiring will...

Motorcycle Repair: CB450 Carbs, needlenose pliers, style filters
needlenose pliers, style filters, advancer: Chris, lucky you to have found new carbs. Are they the exact same ones as those you are replacing? Carbs are stamped with jetting codes on the outside. Look for 14H. 14I, 723A, 727A and 723B stampings on the bodies. Setting carbs is the LAST thing to do...

Motorcycle Repair: CB450 Not getting enough air, gas or spark?, sediment bowl, vent holes
sediment bowl, vent holes, contaminated fuel: Alan, set the timing carefully, but make sure that the mechanical spark advancer, located behind the point plate is functioning properly. Otherwise your timing will never be correct. Timing isn t affected hot or cold unless the advancer is sticking on one...

Motorcycle Repair: CB500 twin fuel problem., bike mechanics, bike mechanic
bike mechanics, bike mechanic, chris hope: Hi Dave. Most problems can he handled by anyone who is reasonably mechanically inclined. This problem sounds like a failure of the floats (which is rare, but happens). It sounds like the bike is flooding because of that, but if you aren t confident...

Motorcycle Repair: CB550 Clutch Cable, wire strands, clutch cable
wire strands, clutch cable, clutch release: Mike, the simple possibility is that you need a new cable, which is likely after 32 years. Corrosion builds up inside the sleeve and the wire strands will fail, causing it to bind internally. Loosen the adjusters on both ends, remove the cable and check the...

Motorcycle Repair: CB700 won't turn on, honda cb700sc, starter switch
honda cb700sc, starter switch, broken mirror: Seems most likely to be a complete short out. Probably when the handlebars were damaged the starter switch was as well. Pressing the starter switch and the electrics die is sure sign of everything just grounding out, the second time you did it must have blown...

Motorcycle Repair: CB700S not starting...1984, starter solenoid, starter clutch
starter solenoid, starter clutch, bill silver: Raj.... I think the problem is in the mechanical starter clutch instead of anything electrical. The starter clutch is probably slipping internally. You will need to get a manual and a few special tools, to make this repair. Hopefully that is the only source...

Motorcycle Repair: CB700SC Engine Noise - Known Problem?, rod bearing, volunteer basis
rod bearing, volunteer basis, cylinder number: i have definitely ran across a few with similiar problems one was a wrist pin on the piston the other waas a rod bearing but all i all they are very good engines ,people dont understand they are man made and we do make erros sometimes but that doesnt tell...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 Electrical problem, electrical issues, starter button
electrical issues, starter button, electrical problem: Hi Dave. Unless the wiring harness has been replaced, then you have old wiring on that old bike. The big thing with older bikes is that after a couple of decades, there will be electrical issues due to shorts and faultering components. This is quite...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 final drive shaft oil seal, barry carr, drive shaft
barry carr, drive shaft, drive sprocket: Hi Barry. Unfortunately, knowing late 70 s Hondas, the more complex solution is most likely the right one. You can attempt the easier one, but I suspect that you will have to return to the more complex solution. Sorry I cannot be more specific, but...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 ignition, worst case scenario, condensors
worst case scenario, condensors, irregularities: Hi Sameer. Worst case scenario, you have a bad coil. But before you go replacing an expensive coil, check the wiring in the circuit. Make sure that the problem coil is getting full and complete power by checking that all connections are good and...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750 starting problem, red herring, octane fuel
red herring, octane fuel, voltage regulator: Hi Colin, Is the engine rotating normal-like with same speed and sounds when the problem is present? Describe the appearance of the spark plugs. I doubt the voltage regulator is causing the symptoms. The fuel may be related or contributing to the...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750A clanking, impending disaster, torque converter
impending disaster, torque converter, hondamatic: I found these on the web: www.sohc4.net site: http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=00AOue From those answers, it isn t necessarily a sign of impending disaster. I have had little to do with these bikes, really, although my stepdad...

Motorcycle Repair: CB750K cam chain, cb750k, assistance bill
cb750k, assistance bill, bill silver: Don, if you bring the crankshaft around to about 15 degrees past TDC on the 1-4 marks, release the camshaft tensioner locknut and bolt and you may hear it/feel it pop in further. If not, turn the motor over ONE complete turn and check again. You can put...

Motorcycle Repair: CB77 Spedometer, spedos, bill silver
spedos, bill silver, ccw: Carl, assuming that your bike is indeed a 1964, based on the serial number info, then the reverse direction needle speedo is correct for your machine. The dual concentric, clockwise meters need a different speedo drive to get the needle to go the right direction....

Motorcycle Repair: CB77 Valve question, valve question, genuine honda
valve question, genuine honda, spring tension: Val, I can make CDs of the retoration guide info for you at any time. I am no longer producing the paper versions, but they can be ordered from the www.honda305.com site. Otherwise, I can take PAYPAL payment for the CDs. $45 w/o engine guide or $60 with,...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR 600 Idle missing when engine is hot, shively ohio, plug caps
shively ohio, plug caps, radiator fan: Pat, The recent rain stalling may be related to water shorting. The over-heating problems may be one or more of the following: Defective thermal switch Defective fan switch Defective conductor wires or connectors Loose conductor wire or connector...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR 600 Running after starting, honda cbr 600, fuel starvation
honda cbr 600, fuel starvation, starvation problem: Hi Oscar, You certainly know how to care for your vehicles. 130k miles is impressive. Hats off to you, Sir. Your MC s problem Oscar: The bike starts properly, but it dies out after a very short while. Mark: How long does the engine run before...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR 600 starting problem, blue flame, cbr600
blue flame, cbr600, varnish: Hi Leigh. Since the bike sat for a long time, the fuel in the system has partially evaporated, leaving a residue that we call varnish in the system. You will need to remove and safely dispose of all of the old fuel and replace it with fresh fuel. ...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR torque values, metric fastener, model bikes
metric fastener, model bikes, thread pitch: Call your local Honda dealer or anyone with an toll free number and ask for the service department. I don t have any info on the late model bikes. I would just tighten them by feel..... but you have to have experience of what the feel is of a bolt/nut pairing....

Motorcycle Repair: CBR1000F transmission, honda cbr1000f, bill silver
honda cbr1000f, bill silver, cbr1000: Jared, I would start with the shift selector parts, first, which should be under the clutch cover. Check BikeBandit.com for illustrations under the OEM parts search function. Honda changes their bikes constantly, so I would doubt that any really new bike transmissions...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR150R, air fuel mixture, cv type
air fuel mixture, cv type, flat slide: Hi Travis, The electrical system was designed with a battery in the charging circuit. You can eliminate unessary circuits for racing, but a 12vdc battery should remain part of the system. The bogging is due to an overly rich air-fuel mixture. The...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR600 cam chain adjuster, open valves, bill silver
open valves, bill silver, cam chain: Bryan, it should just go right in w/o any additional concerns. If you turn the engine over slowly, there should be a spot about 15 degrees after TDC compresion on the left side (#1) cylinder where all the valves are momentarily closed. If you have a good...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR600 stalling out, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, fuel stabilizer: Hi Mark, I suspect an intake air leak or carburetors are out of synchronization, or both, causing the erratic idle. To start, I would clean the carbs and finish with synchronization. Go from there. Using gasoline stabilazers is good and bad. If label...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR600rr Cranks but wont start., cbr600rr 04, honda cbr600rr
cbr600rr 04, honda cbr600rr, truck batteries: Hi Randy, A little past tense, but never use a car/truck battery to boost start a MC engine. The current is much higher in the car/truck batteries and will harm the electronics, as you seem to know. First thing to do is check the spark plugs. They may...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR900 - won't run, loose bolt, electrical diagnosis
loose bolt, electrical diagnosis, leak down test: Hi Pat, I would need to perform a few checks to acccurately diagnose the problem. I suspect the ECM (CDI) or other ignition component may be defective. Electrical diagnosis would verify the integrity of the ignition system. Check cylinder compression....

Motorcycle Repair: Cb750k fork oil, fork oil, dexron 3
fork oil, dexron 3, trans fluid: David, if you are just changing the fork oil, they take 155cc or 5.2 oz per fork. If you have had them apart and they are really dry, use 172cc or 5.8 oz per fork. Use a good fork oil, maybe 5 or 10 weight since you put them on a lighter bike. If you...