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Motorcycle Repair: leak, rubber seals, flh
rubber seals, flh, stoplight: Your leak is either the seal on the back of the inner primary where the trans shaft goes through, or the main seal on the trans. You would have to remove the inner primary to get to either one On the popping, you might have a intake manifold leak and the...

Motorcycle Repair: low mileage bike, leaky seals, gaskets
leaky seals, gaskets, mileage: Its really hard to say on a bike that has been sitting if seals and gaskets ar going to leak. I have seen them never leak and others which do. The only problems I can forsee are the carb is gunked up and needs rebuilt and you might have a rust ring on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Master and slave on clutch, slave cylinder, master and slave
slave cylinder, master and slave, crankcase: Todd, it could be either one. Take a look at the inside of the master cylinder. Is there a bunch of crud inside? If so I d start there. You many just need to take it apart and clean it good or you may have to rebuild it and put new parts in it. Also take...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle running rich, leakdown tester, leak down test
leakdown tester, leak down test, leakdown test: If you have to charge the battery all the time then its time to replace it. It might not be holding enough charge. Once you have installed the new battery do a voltage test at the battery when the bike is running at around 2000 RPM and let me know what voltage...

Motorcycle Repair: needed tools to attach engine guard, honda rebel 250, torque wrench
honda rebel 250, torque wrench, mechanical experience: No, it s not that critical....if you have a feel for how tight it need to be without over tightening it, you don t need a torque wrench. You can strip the threads or worse, break the bolt if you over tighten it and if it s not tight enough it can vibrate...

Motorcycle Repair: noisy DOHC (normal?), screwdriver blade, screw driver
screwdriver blade, screw driver, cb750k: Sounds like the cam chain needs adjustment. I wouldn t recommend you run the bike until you get it adjusted. I ve seen where the chain will wears on the sides of the cylinder block and puts a bunch of aluminum shavings in the oil. Then you re looking at...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil from carburetor 1993 FLHTC Evo, mikuni carburetor, aftermarket air filter
mikuni carburetor, aftermarket air filter, compression check: Check your pumper on your carb. Might not be punping enough fuel when you get on it As to your oil leak, it sounds like that is where its coming from. Even small drops will blow back and spread out looking like its alot Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Filter, cb500t, known fault
cb500t, known fault, oil filter: Nate, there is an oil filter on the right side of the engine under the small round cover held on with three screws. The filter is a slinger type and is on the end of the crankshaft. It has to be cleaned but not replaced. Other than don t put extended front...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil inside the stator on a 1973 CL350, steel hammer, cl350
steel hammer, cl350, screw driver: Hey Greg, I don t think were talking about the same parts. The left cover that has the stator inside has no seal that I know of other than the gasket between the cover and the crankcase. If you go to http://www.hondaparts-direct.com/ and look up the left...

Motorcycle Repair: Old Stroker, intake leak, jets
intake leak, jets, screw: The screw to idle the bike turns outward to idle it down. Also, your cable might be to tight and that is keeping the idle up. Coughing through the carb is a sign that your valves might be to tight or you have an intake leak. Also, on of your jets might be...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leak on s&s, oil leak, vent
oil leak, vent, good luck: Your bottom end of the motor might have filled with oil while sitting and its dripping out the vent. Put a pan under the motor and start it. Some of the oil in the bottom end will pump out the vent. Once you have done this it will be fine Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: paint, rubbing compound, best bet
rubbing compound, best bet, paint store: Your best bet is to got a buffer and some light rubbing compound and buff them out. There really isnt any product that will work well without a buffer. Check at a automotive paint store and they should be able to help you Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: petcock and fuel lines on 1972 Honda SL350, old bikes, petcock
old bikes, petcock, fuel lines: That s not right. Try putting your finger over the one that is flowing and see if fuel doesn t come out of the other hose. Both lines should flow at the same time in either the normal or reserve petcock position. Those were neat old bikes, hope you get...

Motorcycle Repair: please resend answer, vacuum problem, plastic nut
vacuum problem, plastic nut, 1sg: Look behind the choke knob and you will see a round knurled plastic nut. Tighten it a little and it should hold the knob out. Dont tighten it to much or it will break and then you will have to replace the choke on the carb Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: poor fuel mileage, v65 magna, poor mileage
v65 magna, poor mileage, fuel mileage: Wow Steve, that s really bad mileage. Forty km/tank or per gallon? Well, it has to be running really rich. I m assuming there s black smoke pouring out of the exhaust pipes? Is the bike running okay but just poor mileage or has the performance dropped off...

Motorcycle Repair: poor running lt80 quad, octane boost, clutch side
octane boost, clutch side, stroke engine: Larry, it really isn t my brand nor do I deal with ATV/ATCs. It sounds like there is an oil line going to the carb, which you would expect for a 2 stroke engine. Gotta be feeding the motor some oil, otherwise it just seizes up. Check the spark plug for...

Motorcycle Repair: no power in 4th gear, throttle cables, agear
throttle cables, agear, gas filter: That knob your are refering to on the handlebar is a tentioner for the throttle. It might not be working and making the throttle stick. If that is not the problem, recheck your work on the carb. The rubber diaphram you put in might be leaking and not letting...

Motorcycle Repair: Rear Brakes and Engine noise!, honda cb, rear shoes
honda cb, rear shoes, rear brakes: You have to pull the rear wheel to get to the brake shoes. Once the axle is out and the wheel is off, you ll be able to lift the brake hub out and replace the shoes. As far as the ticking does, it make the noise when you rev the engine up no load? If...

Motorcycle Repair: rake on my 75 sporster, fork tubes, sporster
fork tubes, sporster, hardtail: What you need to do is take a measurement from the axle to the front of the bike, inline with the forks. Then jack up the bike to the location you want the bottom end and take another measurement. Subtract the smaller number for the bigger number and that...

Motorcycle Repair: Front and rear brakes, rear brakes, master cylinder
rear brakes, master cylinder, fatboy: When they changed the tires they probably opened the pads in the caliber to make it easier the get the claibers back on. You never said how long you pumped them, but it takes quit a while to get them to pump back up, since the hole in the master cylinder is...

Motorcycle Repair: rear seat removal, rear seat removal, shadow vt1100c
rear seat removal, shadow vt1100c, vt700: I can tell you for sure how the VT700 come off and I m guessing the 1100s are similar. On the left side of the bike right behind where the shock mounts there s a helmet lock. Use the key to open the helmet lock. Under the little tab that opens up you will...

Motorcycle Repair: replacing rear brake pads on a 1999 HD softtail, rear brakes, softtail
rear brakes, softtail, rear brake pads: Remove the two bolts that hold the caliber in the bracket and slide the caliber out. You will see the pads in the bracket. Remove the pads and install the new ones. You will have to compress the puck in the caliber and then slide it back on and pump up the...

Motorcycle Repair: Shadow Idles OK but sputters and stalls when throttle is advanced, vt700, fuel line
vt700, fuel line, clymer repair: Sounds like the carbs are still running lean. Did you set the float level? If you pull the choke on, I think you ll find it runs better and that indicates it s still running too lean. Check the float levels and make sure the main jets are clean and the slides...

Motorcycle Repair: No Spark - 1973 Honda SL 125 s, honda sl 125, couple questions
honda sl 125, couple questions, process of elimination: Well, it s going to be process of elimination for this one. There could be a whole bunch of reasons why there s no spark. First, I d recommend you see if you can find a manual for this one. I can give you a few pointers to get you started but the manual...

Motorcycle Repair: Speedometer for 82 Nighthawk 450, speedometer repair, ebay auctions
speedometer repair, ebay auctions, speedometer cable: David, first check the speedometer cable that is attached to the front wheel. Disconnect the drive end of the cable at the wheel and see if the inner cable is broken. It should slide out the bottom of the cable housing if it is all intact. If it is okay and...

Motorcycle Repair: Sportster won't start, straight pipes, motorcycle shop
straight pipes, motorcycle shop, wire transmission: You can get carb cleaner at any automotove store and a rebuild kit at a motorcycle shop. Its not tough to rebuild. You just have to remove it and tear it apart. Make sure the jets are really clean, since that is probably your problem Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Starter run on 1987 FXSTC, runnung, starter switch
runnung, starter switch, starter relay: Even is your stator was bad that wouldnt make your starter engage. You can test your stator by doing a OHMs test on each post of the sttor to ground. Then start the bike and at the stator test for AC volts. At 2000 RPM you should be getting 60 volts. Let...

Motorcycle Repair: Starving for fuel, yamaha seca 750, sorry dave
yamaha seca 750, sorry dave, compression test: Sorry Dave, but my experience is limited to older Hondas. Sounds like you need to clean the carbs. It doesn t matter if one or four need cleaning. You ll want to check all of them once you have them off the bike unless you just want the practice. ;o) ...

Motorcycle Repair: Stator Replacement, clutch basket, stator
clutch basket, stator, compression tool: In order to replace the stator you have to remove the primary cover, motor sprocket, clutch basket and rotor. Behind the rotor you will find the stator. You will need a inpact wrench to remove the motor sprocket nut and a clutch compression tool to remove...

Motorcycle Repair: Sticking Gears, honda shadow 750, slave cylinders
honda shadow 750, slave cylinders, master and slave: The clutch is dragging and not releasing. It puts pressure on the dogs in the transmission and makes it hard to shift. You either need to add fluid to the reservoir, bleed the air out of the system or rebuild the master and slave cylinders. I d try the first...

Motorcycle Repair: Sudden lost of engine power, metal shavings, carbon buildup
metal shavings, carbon buildup, cylinder head: Pull the oil filter out and take a look. I m guessing you will find fine metal shavings. If the cam bearing are scored it didn t get the oil it needed and you may have rod or main bearing damage. Was the noise like a rattling noise or a tapping type sound?...

Motorcycle Repair: seized engine, dual overhead cams, clutch adjustment
dual overhead cams, clutch adjustment, clutch basket: Joshua, the kick starter turns the transmission mainshaft attached to the clutch basket which turns the crank. If the kick starter is turning the clutch basket, it will turn the crank. But if the clutch is slipping, it won t turn the crankshaft. I d check...

Motorcycle Repair: shifting gears, clutch adjustment, shifting gears
clutch adjustment, shifting gears, starter problem: Its probably not your clutch or it would be tough to shift in all gears. I would first would adjust the shifter on the trans to make sure its centered. If that doesnt solve the problem then you will have to remove the top cover of the trans and inspect the...

Motorcycle Repair: shovel head, air fuel mixture, shovel head
air fuel mixture, shovel head, drag pipes: There is no certain jet, its what works with your bike and your setup. Start by turning off the pumper. When setting the jets it will give you false reading. Start the bike and let it warm up. Adjust the air/fuel mixture by slowly turning hte screw inward,...

Motorcycle Repair: No spark, Headlight not working, honda 550, plug cap
honda 550, plug cap, headlight bucket: Mike the no 2 and number 3 plugs fire at the same time so the problem is either in the coil or in the plug cap. Turn the lights out in the garage while the bike is running. You ll see the spark jump if it s the plug cap. The headlight is obviously a...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer on 1999 sportster, digital speedometer, tranny fluid
digital speedometer, tranny fluid, sportster: You would have to take the speedo in to ahve it checked with a meter. The tranny and primary are the same. there is a drain below the primary cover. remove it to drain. refill with sporttrans fluid or fluid that is comperable to it. You put in 32 ozs Good...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster engine popping and sputter, stock air filter, spark plug wires
stock air filter, spark plug wires, drag pipes: There are about 12 tests to check the modual and pickup. It would take me forever to tell you on here how to do each one. Your est bet is to get a service manual, which has the tests to check them. You will find pics in there to follow as well. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: sportster head gaskets, head gasket, head gaskets
head gasket, head gaskets, head bolts: Your going to have to remove the tank, rocker covers and head to replace the gasket. You will also have to pull the cylinder, due to the fact that the head bolts also holds the cylinder down. If you dont remove the cylinder the base gasket will start leaking....

Motorcycle Repair: starter, clutch cable, meter check
clutch cable, meter check, sporster: Pull your primary cover and check the ring gear on the clutch to see if its damaged. You can bump the starter while the cover is off and see if the starter is ingaging the ring gear. Also, check to make sure you are charging. With a volt meter check at the...

Motorcycle Repair: sticking rear brake, ring groove, o ring
ring groove, o ring, o rings: Usually it s because the o-rings in the caliper get a varnish build up around them and freeze the piston in the bore. You have to take the unit apart and clean it out real well. I usually have to scrape the varnish from the o-ring groove and clean the o-ring...

Motorcycle Repair: Tearing up solenoids, starter solenoid, compression stroke
starter solenoid, compression stroke, arc welding: Here is somthing that seems to work. remov ethe solenoid and spring. Install a spacer inside where the spring goes. One that is the same size as the hole and .1 thick. .1 is slightly over 3/32. I would also install a new spring. Put the spring back in and...

Motorcycle Repair: Temperature Gauge honda shadow, temp gauge, temperature gauge
temp gauge, temperature gauge, honda shadow: The problem is either the sender or the gage itself. Pull the connector off the sender and ground it. The gage should peg to the hot side. Then unground the wire and it should go all the way to the cold side. It that all works, it s probably the sender...

Motorcycle Repair: TICKING NOISE ON RIGHT SIDE OF MOTOR, honda goldwing, screw driver
honda goldwing, screw driver, starter button: Hard to tell but if you take a long screw driver and hold the handle to your ear, it will act just like a stethoscope and you can pin point where it s coming from. Just hold the screw driver on various point on the engine until you can hear the ticking sound...

Motorcycle Repair: Trouble shooting a 1999 1200c Sportster, battery cables, 1200c sportster
battery cables, 1200c sportster, thind: First you need to determine if your miss is electrical or fuel problem. Take the bike for a ride and when it quits, pull a plug and see if your getting any spark. Check at the hot side of the coil and see if you have power. Let me know what you find Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Turn Signals on a 1970 CT90, honda trail, ct90
honda trail, ct90, turnsignals: Chris, this is an easy one. The light blue and the orange wires are the turnsignal leads but they supply 12 volts to the bulbs. Those turnsignals have to be grounded. Originally, they had a wire under the pinch bolt holding the turnsignal to the mounting...

Motorcycle Repair: timing line ups, vacuum leaks, vent hole
vacuum leaks, vent hole, cam shaft: Stephen, If the cam timing marks are not lining up correctly, either the camchain is stretched way out or the crankshaft sprocket is incorrectly aligned on the end of the crankshaft. It isn t uncommon for things to be a little off after years of service, but...

Motorcycle Repair: tune up etc, unforseen circumstances, simple tune
unforseen circumstances, simple tune, waith: I tune mine up about once a year. I check the valves, sync carbs change plugs, oil and filters. This is probably and over kill but I hate to have a problem the road and it s relatively cheap insurance. Your problem doesn t sound like a simple tune up problem....

Motorcycle Repair: VT700C Carbs, interchangeability, carbs
interchangeability, carbs, joni: Joni, I don t think any other model will fit yours. There may be some interchangeability between years but I m afraid I don t know what years. I usually stick with the same parts so I don t screw up the performance on a customer s bike. Why do you want to...

Motorcycle Repair: vapor lock, sportster ironhead, vapor lock
sportster ironhead, vapor lock, spark plug: First, after you shut if off and it wont start, pull a spark plug and see if you are getting spark. Also, look downt he throat of the carb and see if you are getting a squirt of fuel when you twist the throttle. Then, put your hand over the front of the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: vapor lock, honda vf500, electric fuel pump
honda vf500, electric fuel pump, vacuum leak: If the bike is a California model it has an extra vent hose fitting that goes to the carbon canister. Be sure that the tank can breathe properly. The electric fuel pump is run off a relay, on some models. Make sure it is working properly. Check all your...

Motorcycle Repair: vt700 1986 shadow, bill silver, stator
bill silver, stator, resources library: James, go to this site s links for more specific assistance... http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/known-issues/street_44100.php http://www.electrosport.com/technical-resources/library/diagnosis/pdf/fault-finding-diagram.pdf Often...

Motorcycle Repair: WIERD HESITATION, fuel vapors, wheel bearings
fuel vapors, wheel bearings, plug caps: Chris, did you check the chain slack at several locations on the chain, as you spun the wheel? If the chain has a severe tight spot it will cause the condition you sort of described. A wobbly rear wheel due to bad wheel bearings can induce some odd behaviors....

Motorcycle Repair: wheel bearings, front wheel bearings, xlh sportster
front wheel bearings, xlh sportster, seals: No, once you have the wheel off pull the seals out and the wheel bearings will come out. If you are replacing the bearings you should replace the races also, so you dont wear the bearing out prematurly. Also, checking the spacing on the bearings after replacing...

Motorcycle Repair: wireing, high beams, wireing diagram
high beams, wireing diagram, high beam: I am not familer with the Ultima wiring, so I dont know if its color coded like stock. Check the high/low switch. There should be 3 wires. One hot, one to the low beam and one to the high beam. Toggle the switch to low. That wire should be hot. If you are...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring harness, hppy, ironhead
hppy, ironhead, best bet: I have never used of of harnesses you are talking about so it tough for me to comment on it. Your best bet would be to contact the company that made it. You dont want to take a chance on burning up somthing by connecting it wrong. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: XR80 Honda ignition wiring, volt ohm meter, continuity check
volt ohm meter, continuity check, honda ignition: Your a kind soul to try and help out, Don. This could take a while you know. The green and red is the neutral light so don t worry about that one. The yellow one is the charging system. The black one is the power wire going to the wiring harness and the...

Motorcycle Repair: xl 1200c carb issues, dyno jet kit, screaming eagle pipes
dyno jet kit, screaming eagle pipes, air fuel mixture: Installing the carb kit is not hard at all. I am surprised that there are no instructions that came with the kit. SInce your plugs are black then you are running rich. Sounds like the shop that did the work overjetted the carb. You carb has three jets. Air/fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: xr 50 wont start, honda xr50, motorcycle mechanic
honda xr50, motorcycle mechanic, vacuum lines: There s a bolt on the right side of the head that goes through the center of the cam to hold the cam cover on. If the bike s compression is in spec, I wouldn t think it s cam timing. I d look for either spark timing or fuel. Try putting a timing light on...

Motorcycle Repair: zenith carb adjustment, zenith carb, clost
zenith carb, clost, throttle cable: The idle screw is located close to the throttle cable where is attaches to the carb. The air/fuel misture screw is located on top of the carb, clost to the center. You dont have a intermediate screw. it is a fixed jet. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 02 Road King Whinning, cam bearings, big bore kit
cam bearings, big bore kit, sound thanks: Without knowing where is coming from it could be anything from a cam bearing going out to just a trans whine. I would change the trans fluid and see if that stops the noise. If it doenst, then I would have the cam bearings checked Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 03 Yamaha R6, baike, charging system
baike, charging system, electrical components: julian, if your battery is draing iwould chech the charging system first thats usually what causes a battery to drain cause when its fully charged you run fine then all the electrical components draw the energy out of the battery causing the baike to run...

Motorcycle Repair: 1964 CA95 Rev up issue, stock air filter, carburetor issues
stock air filter, carburetor issues, vent hole: Vance, you need to go over the tune-up procedures, checking the spark timing after you have removed and inspected the spark advancer unit, behind the points plate. Once you have verified initial and advanced timing, you can isolate the carburetor issues. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1968 CL175 Honda Alternator, honda alternator, valve adjustments
honda alternator, valve adjustments, bill silver: Bill, yes this is normal. From about 1968 most Hondas have oil cooled stators, which makes it a more compact design. Same for 350-450 twins from that era. When you are done checking timing or valve adjustments, using the rotor markings as a guide, be sure...

Motorcycle Repair: 1969 CT90K1 power issue, valve adjustments, couple of times a year
valve adjustments, couple of times a year, gear lever: Scott, they aren t the most overpowered bikes on the planet, but a good CT90 should go about 60 mph. Here s your checklist: Check compression.. spec is 170 psi for an engine that is fresh and broken in properly. If significantly low, either the rings got...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 honda cb350, spark plug gap, spark plug
spark plug gap, spark plug, hondas: Plug gap on all Hondas are the same.... .028 inch. If you have that much fuel going into the cylinders, the plugs may just be fouled. I d recommend replacing the plugs and see if that doesn t correct the problem. Does that cylinder have good compression?...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda CB750, 1974 honda cb750, cb750 k1
1974 honda cb750, cb750 k1, letter designation: On later models I think the letter designation is on the head stock data tag along with the model year. The original 69s was a K0, The K1 series was in 71 and the models were updated on an annual basis. There were some exceptions to this because some the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 Honda SL350 engine noise, honda sl350, point gap
honda sl350, point gap, noise question: The tensioner parts are wedged between the head and cylinders and crankcase, so the motor comes out and top end off. There is a racing slipper-type tensioner setup, but they are not cheap. A fresh OEM unit will last many years. The damage can come from age...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb175 idling/stalling issues, etc., cb175, electric starter
cb175, electric starter, petcock: Those alternators don t put out enough current to actually charge a battery. They only put out about 2-3 amps max. I suppose if you rode it for 8-12 hour continuously, it might charge up. If the brake light is on because you are resting your foot on the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 Honda CB450 Poor Shifting, honda cb450, clutch adjustment
honda cb450, clutch adjustment, bill silver: Layton, unless the bike was really abused, 14k miles shouldn t mean the end of the life of the transmission/gear selection parts. Couple of possibilities Something could have loosened up in the shift selector area. You will have to pull the clutch cover...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 xl175, timing advance, centrifugal force
timing advance, centrifugal force, cranks: Have you checked to be sure the timing advance unit is not frozen up? That little cam should be free to turn as the weight get thrown out by centrifugal force. At no load, the timing advance won t play a big part to keep the bike from revving up. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 Honda 750 Carburetor, honda 750, penetrating oil
honda 750, penetrating oil, internals: Bill, there are two jets that are removable, the main jet which is the larger jet in the center and the idle jet which is the smaller jet off to the side a little. I would not recommend soaking the whole carb without fully disassembling it because the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda 750 four, honda 750 four, clutch cable
honda 750 four, clutch cable, clutch lever: I think on that model there s a neutral interlock so the bike has to be in neutral and the neutral light on before the starter will engage. There s a switch on the clutch lever to indicate that the clutch is pulled in. Sometime those switches go bad or the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda 750 supersport, honda 750, gas tank
honda 750, gas tank, supersport: I believe you can use the tanks from earlier models if you like the CB styles better. Those frames were pretty much the same. Other than that, I think it would take some prety extensive modification to most tanks I m familiar with to get them to fit. ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda CB125 charging, honda cb125, rising gas prices
honda cb125, rising gas prices, volt systems: Oh yea, those were 6 volt systems. I d still recommend you replace the flasher unit. The charging system is doing all it can. Those systems only put out enough to charge the battery. If you step on the brake light, or if the switch is adjusted so the brake...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 CB 750A HondaMatic, change engine oil, synthetic blend
change engine oil, synthetic blend, gear lever: John, I ve had synthetic oil cause my clutch to slip but not prevent the transmission from shifting. That model has a pretty complicated shifter mechanism. There are a number of linkages, and ratchet mechanism. I m afraid you will have to break into that...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 GL1000 standard, coil wire, carbs
coil wire, carbs, coils: Hello chris. What i would do is swap coil wire from the dead cylinder to the good cylinder then from the good cylinder to the bad one if the good cylinder fills up with gas thers yur problem a bad coil,Also i would check yur plugs too..I hope this helps...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda 550K throttle stuck, needle nose pliers, throttle cable
needle nose pliers, throttle cable, timing advance: If the carb idle air mixtures are right and the carbs are synchronized fairly close, the problem is probably a worn out timing advance unit. Take a close look at the springs on the advance unit. I think you ll see that there is almost no preload tension...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB 750 K7 w/31K miles, honda cb 750 k7, honda cb 750
honda cb 750 k7, honda cb 750, motorcycle mechanic: The 750 motors are good little motors. I ve seen them with a lot of miles but 100,000 may be a little beyond their reach. With excellent maintenance, I suppose it could be possible. I d be amazed of you have to replace the cam chain in 35K miles. Before...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB400 stuck clutch, honda cb 400, honda cb400
honda cb 400, honda cb400, clutch pack: I ve had some luck running a bike around the block while holding the clutch in. After a while, the heat and torque on the clutch will sometimes break things loose. If that doesn t work, about the only thing left is to take it apart and unstick them by pulling...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB750 K7 - Primary chain, 1977 honda cb750, cam chain
1977 honda cb750, cam chain, maintenance history: John, your mechanic told you correctly, I think you will find out if you pull the clutch in the noise will get much quieter. I wouldn t worry about it if it were my bike. I ve tried on more than one occasion to find and eliminate that clutch rattle without...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda CB 125S battery looses charge, charging system, battery
charging system, battery, shop manual: Information on troubleshooting the charging system should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda CB400a Problems, bike cranks, cb400a
bike cranks, cb400a, battery voltage: Well 1.1 volts isn t enough to energize the coils. You should have somewhere between 9-11 volts when cranking the engine. What s the battery voltage when cranking the engine? It sounds like you have a bad connection somewhere in your wiring harness causing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda Twinstar 185T, 1978 honda twinstar, charge battery
1978 honda twinstar, charge battery, ac to dc: Actually, the rectifier only changes the AC to DC voltage. The voltage regulator actually controls how much current the alternator puts out to maintain the right voltage. I don t think you can simply change the regulator to a 12v regulator and get what you...

Motorcycle Repair: That 1978 XL350, spark plug wire, xl350
spark plug wire, xl350, bill silver: Mike... The coil wire will show contact to ground if the points are closed.... Put some plastic between the points, disconnect the condenser if you can and retest. If still grounded then you have a grounded wire somewhere, or the coil has an internal...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 XL350 quit running, xl350, permanent magnet
xl350, permanent magnet, bill silver: Mike, the XL350 has a spread out magneto ignition which requires: Permanent magnet rotor, spinning inside a set of windings (or over them) A set of ignition points to help saturate the coil and time the collapse of the magnetic field and a condenser...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 xs650 starting problem, automechanics, test light
automechanics, test light, xs650: hello rodger, Lwets see first you need to try cranking the engine with a plug wire off ,get a test light and put the end of it in the plug wires opening where you plug yur plug into if lights up then yur getting fire.If it doesnt light up you have a bad...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB 750K, CB750K
CB750K: I don t have much experience with these bikes, but I will try. The previous owner said the carbs were sent out for cleaning and he never put them back on (It does have 4 carbs, doesn t it?). I would have originally suspected that the shop missed something...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB 750K, honda cb, timing advance
honda cb, timing advance, answer check: Sorry Corey, but I think it s still the advance unit. Take a pair of needle nose pliers and close up the loops on the ends of the springs on advance unit just a little to increase the tension on the springs. I think you ll find it, fixes that problem. The...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB75k No Spark on Two Cylanders, coils, last friday
coils, last friday, freeway: I hate to say it Tim but this has me puzzled. The inside two out side plugs fire at the same time and the two inside cylinder fire together. So the part that I can t figure out is why one side of each coil is acting up. Normally, a coil will go bad when...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda cm400t, vacuum gauge, rusty tank
vacuum gauge, rusty tank, gas mileage: Well, you don t need any parts to fix what you describe other than possibly needles and seats and the right jets which should be available from Honda. The leaking carb is caused by the needle not shutting off the fuel. You need to take the carbs apart and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 honda cm400t, cm400, length of pipe
cm400, length of pipe, petcock: Yea, the problems are all related. First, there s no reason a good mechanic can t clean a set of carbs without creating the problems you describe so I m guessing something else is going on. I suspect you have a problem with rust in your fuel tank which creates...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979cb650, philips screwdriver, cotton swab
philips screwdriver, cotton swab, philips head: It could well be through the whole rack of carbs. The only thing you can do is pull the carbs and go through them with a spray can of carb cleaner followed by compressed air through every passage. I m not sure if yours do, but some carbs have small, fine...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 CB650-white/grey smoke, 1980 cb650, hi bob
1980 cb650, hi bob, electric fan: This sounds like oil dripping on a hot exhaust header and blowing back through the fins to the carb area to me, but I could be wrong. When this is happening, leave the bike running and try to blow the smoke away with a strong electric fan from several directions...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980, CB650C, starter problem, starter clutch, starter problem
starter clutch, starter problem, good shape: Joe, it sounds like the starter clutch is slipping. There s a one way clutch that the idler gear engages. When the starter spins it should spin the idler and then the crankshaft. There are 3 rollers in that clutch with light springs to hold them out in a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb125S won't start, kill switch, mounting bracket
kill switch, mounting bracket, carburetor: First, make sure you are getting 6 volts to the coil. The black and white wire should have 6 volts all the time unless the kill switch is on. If it s got voltage at the coil, see if the wiring going to the coil has voltage when the points are open. If it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cb750 c, oil pressure switch, low oil pressure
oil pressure switch, low oil pressure, pressure gage: I ve never seen the insulation melt out of a coil. If you are talking about a little material around the high tension lead, yes. But if it s melting out and dripping,no. What weight oil are you running? I d replace the oil pressure switch first and check...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda XL 185s, honda xl, speedometer
honda xl, speedometer, speedo: Sounds like the speedometer is worn out or sticking internally. I don t know of a way to lubricate them without cutting them apart, which I have done...semi-successfully. I had an old 69 CL 450 that did the same thing. I, eventually, had to replace the speedo....

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 kz 440, needle valve, air cleaner
needle valve, air cleaner, carbs: First i would try checking the cables to see if they are not in a bing causing them not to retact .because when you goose it you are manually giving it the gas . when you let go the cable should return to its same posotion, if not you may have a bad cable...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 harley xls generator, proper voltage, dead battery
proper voltage, dead battery, dry cell: Even though you have a new battery, it can still be bad. I have seen batteries right out of the box that were no good. Check to make sure its full and you dont have a dry cell. You can have the battery tested also, to make sure its good. If its not good then...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 250 front wheel removal, drum brake, shop manual
drum brake, shop manual: Information on removing your wheel & brake should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of the mechanics...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda 250 cm, honda 250, cmsnl
honda 250, cmsnl, salvage yards: Bernard... there is one in Holland... about $160 or so.... http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cm250c-custom-1982-us_model1045/partslist/F++14.html 835A4KB4000ZB 835A4KB4000ZA ZA is Candy Antares Red. Metallic Black color is ZB part number suffix. 835A4-KB4-770ZB...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 hona xl timing, scribed line, head deck
scribed line, head deck, cylinderhead: What model are we talking about? In general, the cam will be in a position where both valves are closed and there will be a reference point on the cam sprocket like a scribed line that will line up parallel with the top of the cylinderhead. Sometimes the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki CSR 250, mechanical ability, good shape
mechanical ability, good shape, wnet: When you pull the clutch in can you fell it giving or is it just stiff if so you can try taking off the side cover on the motor side where the clutch is , and try to lubricate it it might be just hung up due to corrosion. hope i have helped yu good luck ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Magna slips out of 1st gear, 1982 honda magna, transmission gears
1982 honda magna, transmission gears, honda dealers: Yup, they are right. Worn dogs on the transmission gears and a bent shift fork and probably a damaged shift drum too. You re looking at $200-400 in used parts and a couple days of labor. It s not a hard job if you want to tackle it youself. Regards ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Yamaha RD350LC - fuel questions, stroke twins, yamaha rd350lc
stroke twins, yamaha rd350lc, crankshaft seal: Blair, yes I am a Honda guy... 4 strokes, specifically. I have some passing knowledge about Yamaha 2 stroke twins, gained from friends who have had them. For question #1: Black fluid is probably a mixture of unburned fuel and injector oil. Could have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 yz 250
I would measure it to 30.to one to much oil fouls the plug not enough ruinds the engine.Hope this helps you o.k if you need more help please feel free to contac me ok. P.s please leave feedback Thanks , Mitch ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 NIhgthawk 650, regulator rectifier, yellow wires
regulator rectifier, yellow wires, field coil: Well that s an easy one the smaller diameter goes against the flange on the exhaust pipe and the larger diameter is against the clamp. The stator is a pretty easy thing to check. Take a VOM and check the resistance between each of the yellow wires. They...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 cb700sc engine noise, honda cb700sc, metal particles
honda cb700sc, metal particles, tappets: It sounds like a lack of oil pressure to the top end. That could be a worn oil pump, too light weight of engine oil, plugged oil filter or several worse things. When you get the filter out, cut the media apart and see if you can see any fine metal particles...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Electrical, honda v30 magna, 1984 honda v30 magna
honda v30 magna, 1984 honda v30 magna, metal strip: The fuse part number is 98200-53000 and I m pretty sure you can still get them from Honda. I d bet you have a worn or dirty ignition switch. Try working the switch a few times after you replace the fuse and see if it doesn t polish up the contacts. My daughter...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda vf700 magna wont rev above 2500 rpm, air passages, honda vf700
air passages, honda vf700, plastic tubes: Those are just vents like you thought. It sounds like the bike is running lean. Try applying a little choke as it leans out and see if it doesn t run a little better. If it does, it s definitely a lean problem and you need to find out what s causing it....

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing 1200 Limited Ignition control, volt ohm meter, goldwing 1200
volt ohm meter, goldwing 1200, electronic ignitions: Cecil, I had a similar question after you asked me so I did a little research. It turns out the pulse units can be checked with a volt ohm meter. The resistance between the wires should be 480 ohms plus or minus 10%. If those are good, the only thing left...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Goldwing interstate 1200GL., goldwing interstate, gas bike
goldwing interstate, gas bike, coil pickup: The fact that the old coil and the new coil behave about the same indicates the problem is somewhere else. I m betting the ignition module is going bad. I had a similar problem on my V65. The bike ran good for a few minutes until I got 1/4 mile down the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 honda GL1200, stubborn screws, fuel tank
stubborn screws, fuel tank, fuel filter: Ty, I m not sure I understand the problem. Can t you turn the screw or is it that you can t get a screwdriver on the screw? If it just stuck, try taking a small hammer and tap on the end of the screwdriver as you are twisting the screwdriver. That often...

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 suzuki lt500 wont start, lt500 quadzilla, suzuki lt500
lt500 quadzilla, suzuki lt500, air screw: hello david, if you are getting fire then you probably not gettin fuel because these 2 combined while create combustion. i would check to see if you are getting fuel to the intake , what i would do is to take off the air cleaner and spray some starting...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750, suzuki gsx r750, suzuki gsx r 750
suzuki gsx r750, suzuki gsx r 750, gsx r 750: ray i would drain the tank out then go to a local auto parts buy 2 bottles aor cans of b-12 chemtool carb cleaner fill the tank let it sit over night drain the next day re-fill the tank with premium gas it should saolve all yur problems good luck buddy, ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 fatboy, valve lifter, fresh oil
valve lifter, fresh oil, rocker arm: There is a screen for the lifters to keep dirt out of them. Looking at the cam cover it is a screw above the cam cover to the left. Unscrew it and pull the screen out. It might be dirty. If its clean and you still have to problem, then you probably have a...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 honda ct 70 mini trail bike, honda ct 70, alignment specs
honda ct 70, alignment specs, mini trail: hello jaff, the cam gear should have a dot on it ,it should be installed withe the dot or circled indention facing the bottom , with yur piston all the way at the top of yur head .I hope this helps you.P.S please leave feedback . Sincerely, Mitc...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 Kawasaki KE100 front fork seals, kawasaki ke100, kawasaki dealership
kawasaki ke100, kawasaki dealership, auto part store: Hello Stuart , it is called a dampening removal tool you might be able to purchase one at your local kawasaki dealership, they are not commonly found at auto part store are possibbly yhou can contact a local Snap-On Or matco Tool Distributor .I hope i have...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992flhtc stops firing, happy mike, giving time
happy mike, giving time, breakers: If you hear a breaker popping, then you have a short in the wiring. You first need to find the breaker which is popping and then trace the power to the problem. You probably have a chaffed wire touching the frame or other metal causing the breaker to pop ...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Suzuki Intruder 1400 Battery, suzuki intruder, intruder 1400
suzuki intruder, intruder 1400, advance auto: hello will, My question is after you put the battery on did you ride the bike and if so your battery went down then i would say you have a bad charging sytem ,i would check the rectifier are the alternator which ever one you might have givin you problems.i...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 shadow VT1100C NO FUEL, continuity tester, shadow vt1100c
continuity tester, shadow vt1100c, using a voltmeter: The first thing you need to do is get a service manual or two. I usually prefer 2 because if you don t understand the explanation in one you can usually figure it out after looking at the other. There should be a schematic in the manual that will help you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda vt1100 c2 electrical problems, VT1100C2, spark
VT1100C2, spark, pulse generator: It sounds like water could be getting into something and if it is just happening when you wash it (you didn t mention if it happened in the rain) then maybe the pressure from the hose is what s getting the water in where it shouldn t be. Or maybe the water...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow sabre 1100 cc, start button, vt1100c2
start button, vt1100c2, contact cleaner: After 10 minutes of searching I found out that your bike is actually a VT1100C2 (you didn t read my READ THIS FIRST) and found a schematic of it. Unfortunately, the schematic doesn t show what I need to know to help you. I will try anyway. All of the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2004 GSXR600 losing chains, 2004 gsxr 600, rear sprockets
2004 gsxr 600, rear sprockets, auction bike: Scott, my experience is with older Hondas but if I had a customer with this problem, I d be checking the alignment of the front and rear sprockets. Could be a bent frame, bent swing arm, or simply the wrong spacers in the rear wheel axle not centering the...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Baccio Speedy (NING)50cc won't start, carb, Baccio
carb, Baccio: Stop working on this machine right now and do not touch it until you get the correct information & knowledge to fix it properly. An online motorcycle repair course like http://www.dansmc.com/MC_repaircourse.htm will get you started. You also need to find...

Motorcycle Repair: 6000 rpm on idle when the choke is one, carburettors, choke
carburettors, choke: 6000 may be a bit high for the bike to run on startup but it is normal for the RPMs to shoot up with choke. Choke on these bikes is actually a fuel enrichment circuit through the carbs so you are dumping extra fuel into the motor to allow it to start cold....

Motorcycle Repair: '68 cl450, recoil spring, kickstarter
recoil spring, kickstarter, bad shape: Well Dave, the CL450 was the first bike I ever worked on. A guy brought it into the shop with the engine all apart in a box. I didn t have a manual and I had never seen one of these bike before. The shop owner said if I could get it together and running,...

Motorcycle Repair: 69 cb450 kick, kickstarter, kick starter
kickstarter, kick starter, crank: It s been a while but that kick starter turns the transmission main shaft. The bike has to be in neutral and the clutch has to be released before the kickstarter will turn the crank. If the bike is in gear or the clutch pulled, in the crank won t turn. ...

Motorcycle Repair: '71 350CL cam chain, staking tool, sunday wife
staking tool, sunday wife, cam chain: Gary, to do the job right you have to break the engine down both top and bottom end because there s no other way to get the continuous chain around the crank. However, you can a CB450 master link and break the chain and replace the link you removed with the...

Motorcycle Repair: '73 CL450 fuel in oil, stalling, poor compression in one cylinder, crankcase ventilation, compression damage
crankcase ventilation, compression damage, compression chamber: Well Chris, the fuel in the oil is due to someone leaving the petcock on when the bike is not running. The gas will leak past the needles and down into the cylinders and into the oil. Make it a habit to always turn the fuel off when you get off the bike...

Motorcycle Repair: '73 CL450 Valve Adjustment Carb Tuning, air mixture, valve clearance
air mixture, valve clearance, valve adjustment: I don t have specific information on this bike so I recommend you look for a service manual or a user forum. Valve clearance adjustment must be done according to the service manual. I don t have experience with the older carbs with separate air and fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 HONDA CB360 MOTORCYCLE, honda cb360, motorcycle runs
honda cb360, motorcycle runs, air cleaner: hello daniel . what i would do is take off the air cleaner to get to the carbs with the bike running i would spary carb cleaner into the bike , then let off the throttle if it doesnt backfire thers yur problem its gettn fuel sometimes then it gets clogged...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 honda 100XL, float bowl, full stream
float bowl, full stream, petcock: I can only suggest how to find it. When it quits, reach down and turn off the fuel to the carb with the petcock. Then take a screwdriver and open the float bowl drain. See if you get a full stream of fuel out. It should drain for 30-60 seconds. If it...

Motorcycle Repair: '77 suzuki gs 400, GS400
GS400: I had a 78 GS400 so I can tell you from experience that your 77 should be able to go a lot faster than that. It wasn t topped out at 160 Km/h (100 MPH) with a passenger on the back, and it routinely did 140 Km/h (88 MPH) pulling a sidecar with a passenger....

Motorcycle Repair: 79 xl250s electrical, volt system, turn signals
volt system, turn signals, blue orange: All the lights and electrical system run off the battery. The alternator just keeps the battery charged. First you have to check the wiring. Light blue to light blue, orange to orange etc. Not to be too simple but you have to start there. Check the connections...

Motorcycle Repair: 80's 454, rust damage, frame repair
rust damage, frame repair, queston: Hey Rob, I m doing great...thanks for asking. Well, the answer to the frame question is ...it depends. If it s in a stressed part of the frame, welding in a new section should be highly discouraged. The last thing you want to have happen is the frame break...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 yamaha xj750, shock absorber, yamaha
shock absorber, yamaha: First i need to know if its the factory seat or not some seats have a lock on the side of the bike next to your shock absorber some are under the right side of the seat and some have split seat. Let me know i can help you more o.k. Hope this helps you some...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 yamaha xs 650, starter solenoid, yamaha xs 650
starter solenoid, yamaha xs 650, auto hook: hello anthony if your bike has a kickstand switch ,which will not let the bike start while the kickstand is down i would replace the switch are raise the kickstand. or you could take a pair of booster cables hook them up to an auto hook the red going to yur...

Motorcycle Repair: 81cx500 rain probs, CX500, coil
CX500, coil, ignition: If spraying water on the coils didn t make it falter or die they are not likely to be the problem, but it sounds like an electrical problem to me. First, check the spark plug wells in the cylinder heads to make sure they aren t filling up with water. There...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 GL1100 left turn indicator & speedo, GoldWing, GL1100
GoldWing, GL1100, turn signal: It sounds like two completely different issues to me. There is no connection between the speedometer and the turn signals. Noise &/or an eratically moving needle is a fairly common problem with 26 year old speedometers. Sometimes you can fix it by lubricating...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Honda xr80, honda xr80 bike, coils
honda xr80 bike, coils, honda: hello rob, I would check yur on and off switch and also change out the plug and test yur coil by putting a good plug into it and kicking the bike over if it fired then yopu can change out yur plug. ok. I hope this helps you o,k // Sincerely,mitc...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 cb550sc nighthawk, wire strands, fine copper
wire strands, fine copper, air leaks: You need to go through the carbs and carefully clean the jets and passages. The procedure I like to use is to disassemble each carb at a time, remove the bowl, float, jets, slider, idle screw, etc. Take careful note of where each part goes so you can reassemble....

Motorcycle Repair: 83 GS1100 E NOISE, bolt lengths, chain tensioners
bolt lengths, chain tensioners, bike mechanics: Todd, these air-cooled motors are prone to ticking and pinging sounds. I would go ahead and do the valve clearance check and adjustment. The maintenance schedule should include this at 4000 miles. The cam chain tensioners are pretty solid so I wouldn t...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 Honda XL250R dies after 20 minutes when hot then restarts when cools, honda xl250r, regulator rectifier
honda xl250r, regulator rectifier, stator: No, the epoxy chip would not have caused what you described. It s probably not the rectifier because as you said, that just to charge the battery. It s either the coil or the ignition module and I m afraid there s no easy way to know which one it is unless...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 Honda XL250R dies after 20 minutes when hot then restarts when cools, honda xl250r, sulli
honda xl250r, sulli, stator: Hello sulli, It sounds like to me you have a bad recifier when they go bad usaully the bike will crank when its cool as soon as rhe rectifier gets hot it shuts down just like a bad coil wouls do. im almost sure thats yur problem.i hope i have been helpfull....

Motorcycle Repair: 86 xr100, light glows, stator
light glows, stator, local shop: No, it s not the ignition module, that year didn t have one. The problem is still in one of the components you ve already checked. If the coil checked good, it s probably still in the points. The ignition coil gets it s power from the stator when you kick...

Motorcycle Repair: '87 Kawasaki 454ltd, booster cables, start button
booster cables, start button, solenoid: Cory , it sounds like to me you have a bad rectifiier which gives you fire and also if you are not getting fire to the starter got directly to the starter with a set of booster cables from an auot that is running, hhok up the positive to the red wire on...

Motorcycle Repair: 89 frz 600 starting problems, digital ignition, nice weather
digital ignition, nice weather, boxs: hello, Zane, i would spray some starting fluid into the carbvs while trying to cramk if it doesnt crank then i believe you probably have a firing problem ,pull your plug wire off and try starting the bike if you have bno fire i would chk. the rectifier it...

Motorcycle Repair: '90 Vulcan 750 will turn over but won't start, vulcan 750, fuel filter
vulcan 750, fuel filter, carbs: hello greg , Dont worry its not to bad ive seen it hubdreds of times . you need to drain your tanks ,disconnect you carburator line sprsay some carb cleaner in the linethat go into thr car let them soak for a few hours then drain your carbs , then hook up...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 Ninja, 2nd gear problems, shift fork, syncronizer
shift fork, syncronizer, bike rider: HELLO DAVID, I WOULD SAY YOU PROBABALY HAVE A BENT SHIFT FORK OR IF YOU ARE SHIFTING AND IT JUMPS OUT OF GEAR THEN YOU HAVE A BAD SYNCRONIZER IF YOU CAN SHIFT IT BUT IT DOES FEEL LIKE ITS GOING INTO GEAR THEN YOU COULD PROBABLY HAVE A BAD 2ND GEAR OR POSSIBBLY...

Motorcycle Repair: 93 vulcan front cylinders notfiring or weak spark, bad hope, coil pack
bad hope, coil pack, auto zone: hello john, sorry i took so long it sound like to me you may have a weak coil or coil pack are possibbly a bad plug wire or a fouled plug.You can take your coil to a local auto zone they have the equipment to test it for you. what you might want to do if...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 suzuki intruder 1400, suzuki intruder 1400, syncronizer
suzuki intruder 1400, syncronizer, hard time: sound like a bent shifting fork or maybe a sticking for ,it could also be a bad syncronizer doing this take the side cover on the engine off where the clutch goes in.to inspect you should see very easy if it the lever.please feel free to contact me if you...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 roadking whine, clutch basket, roadking
clutch basket, roadking, oil levels: I would start by changing the fluids in the primary and trans and see if that doenst help. If you still have the noise then I would check the clutch basket nut for tightness. If that is not the problem then you will have to inspect the trans for a bearing...

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

Motorcycle Repair: ATV Won't start on electric start, bike cranks, starter solenoid
bike cranks, starter solenoid, electric starter: HELLO TAB, IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKEYOU MIGHT HAVE A BAD STARTER SOLENOID.TO CHECK IT HOOK UP BOSTER CSABLESFROM SN AUTO TAKE THE RED HOOK IT DIRECTLY TO YOUR STARTER SOLENOID ANG GROUNG THE BLACK WITH YOU KEY ON IF THE BIKE CRANKS YOU HAVE A BAD STARTER SOLENOID...

Motorcycle Repair: bleeding brakes, bleeding brakes, hydraulic brakes
bleeding brakes, hydraulic brakes, honda 250: Sorry Darla, but my experience is with pre-82 Hondas but normally, all hydraulic brakes bleed about the same. Put a clear plastic hose over the bleeder valve and run it down to suitable container. You use a clear tube because you want to be able to see when...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, brake light switch, eltra
brake light switch, eltra, test light: If the light is staying on all the time check at the handlebar switch. Looking at the brake lever you will see that the lever and throttle are attached to the handlebar by two pieces. they have to be slid together tightly or the brake light switch will not...

Motorcycle Repair: where to buy, parts
parts: You might try your local Honda dealer - if they are still available they can probably have them for you in a few days with no shipping charges. My next suggestion would be a local bike wrecker. Again, you get to see the parts before you pay for them and...

Motorcycle Repair: CA95 Timing Confusion, crank shaft, long term storage
crank shaft, long term storage, point gap: Steve, you can recheck your cam timing by putting the pistons back up at the T mark and looking to see if one set of valves is closed and the opposite set of valves is just open slightly. Rock the crankshaft back and forth about 20 degrees each way and watch...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb Isssues,, honda shop, slide valves
honda shop, slide valves, rich 3: Sorry Armond, which problem do you want to talk about? First the factory floats won t come preset. It requires a gage to set the floats correctly. I don t have a manual for that bike so I can t tell what the setting should be. I might eb able to find it...

Motorcycle Repair: CB200 issues, bill silver, partslist
bill silver, partslist, cmsnl: Zach, see this small illustration: http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb200b-usa_model1005/partslist/E++07.html The number 8/10 is the throttle slide. They are left and right sided and I am pretty sure that you have them in backwards. The cutaways need to go towards...

Motorcycle Repair: Check the oil, engine crankcase, motorcycle experience
engine crankcase, motorcycle experience, harley shop: Well, it s no surprise you can t find the dipstick. There isn t one. On the left side of the engine crankcase just below the shift lever, you will find a oil level sight glass. The bike has to be level or on the center stand to read correctly. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: CL175 carb specs, cl engine, honda cl175
cl engine, honda cl175, slow jet: I can help with part of your problem. The CL engine s exhaust was tuned for a little more mid range torque so it needed less top end air and hence the smaller main jets. The CB was tuned for more top end power with a little more free flowing exhaust so it...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch issues on 1984 Honda Shadow 700C, cold weather rolls, clutch pack
cold weather rolls, clutch pack, piston assembly: Chuck, the clutch line is the hardest to bleed, due to all the twists and turns in the line, as it makes its way up to the handlebars. If the master cylinder has a clean and smooth bore surface, then the master cylinder repair kit with new piston should...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problems, gsxr 1100, clutch lever
gsxr 1100, clutch lever, clutch problems: There is an adjustment ,you need to fill the reservoir on your handle bars then pummp it till it gets hard then on the side of your motor where the hydraulic line goes in you will see a bleeder screw to bleed the cluch slave cylinder. To do this it usaully...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch slipping . . . or something . . ., clutch springs, yamaha seca 400
clutch springs, yamaha seca 400, noticeable increase: Sorry Dan, but it s the clutch. Sounds like you adjusted it correctly. You may just need to replace the friction disks. Those things wear out sometimes and need to be replaced. If you are running synthetic oil, it can cause the clutch to slip. At least,...

Motorcycle Repair: camshaft degreeing, degree wheel, pirate4x4
degree wheel, pirate4x4, cb550f: Sorry Manny, but the explanation would take a very lengthy e-mail. Try this URL http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/PDFs/Crane%20cams%20Degreeing%20a%20cam.pdf Crane gives a pretty straight forward description. It s on an car engine but the process...

Motorcycle Repair: carb adjust, air fuel mixture, air fuel mixture screw
air fuel mixture, air fuel mixture screw, carbs: hello bob, usually the float goes on the second notch and i usually turn the needlevalve all the way in then i back it up about 1 1/2 rounds are untill i feel satisfied.I hope that i have help you some if you need more info let me know. ...

Motorcycle Repair: carburater problems, yamaha maxim, needle valves
yamaha maxim, needle valves, needle valve: hello john, i never lossened a jst on a carb ialways lossen or tighten my needle valves after installing new jets try tightening or loosening the needle valve after u put in the new jest and let me know ok heres my cell number if you need to contact me i...

Motorcycle Repair: changing bulbs, instrument section, bill silver
instrument section, bill silver, gold wing: George..... 85 LTD????? Ford, Kawasaki, Gold Wing???? Instrument lights, turn signals, headlight, tail light? Go to the www.bikebandit.com site and search for your make, model and then the instrument section, or headlight or whatever, then you can see...

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, negative battery cable, 2007 honda vtx
negative battery cable, 2007 honda vtx, batterry: sound to me yur battery may be no good afterall because if you take the power that the other battery is giving and your batterry doesnt keep it running could be your rectifier that keeps it charged, try anewe battery on the bike or after you disconnect the...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch cable replacement, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, cable replacement: Go to the adjuster and loosen it so you have alot of slack in the cable. Remove the pin that hold it to the clutch lever. There is a clip on the bottom of the pin. Drain the trans fluid. Remove the end cover of the trans where the cable go into. You might...

Motorcycle Repair: will crank but not fire, test light, answer check
test light, answer check, hot wire: You dont have any power to the coil. With a test light, follow the hot wire from the coil to the on/off switch. Check the switch. You should have a hot side and the other side gets hot when you click the switch. then follow it back to the ignition switch ...

Motorcycle Repair: ct-90 valves, combustion chamber, adjustment screw
combustion chamber, adjustment screw, valve adjustment: William, the valve could be stuck or it could be bent. It will require pulling the head to fix this. There isn t much room in the combustion chamber for a valve to stay open with the piston, so I m guessing it s bent. Pulling the head is easy on those little...

Motorcycle Repair: ct90 turn signals, honda ct90, turn signals
honda ct90, turn signals, continuous load: Yea, it s possible to wire in some 6V turn signals. You ll have to come up with later Honda hardware like you suggested or build your own from scratch. Just be warned when you use the turn signals, you are draining the battery. That little alternator didn...

Motorcycle Repair: cut out, polaris 500, fuel filter
polaris 500, fuel filter, plunger: hello blaine . sorry i took so long getting to yur answer out of state due to death in family.It sounds to me like maybe you have a fuel filter problem or possibbly a carburator problem like the butterfly in the carb is out of adjustment .Try taking off...

Motorcycle Repair: cx500 carb issues, CX500, air cutoff
CX500, air cutoff: I m not sure about CX500s, but GL500s have non-adjustable plastic floats. I think at least early CXs had adjustable ones. If float adjustment is possible it will be covered in the Factory Shop Manual. Bikes of that era came from the factory with lean...

Motorcycle Repair: cylinders, sray, good fire
sray, good fire, spark plugs: hello lee, fuel in the carbs doesnt always mean fuel goes into the engine , i would take the air cleaner off sray carb cleaner in the 2 cylinders not firing if they fire then i would clean out my carb line,also you could swap the coils to the cylinders...

Motorcycle Repair: damage, voltage regulator, 12 volt
voltage regulator, 12 volt, fuses: I d bet the voltage regulator is burned out and may be the coils. Have you checked the fuses? With 12 volts on the battery, almost everything would have had too much current going through them and the fuses should have blown first before you burned any thing...

Motorcycle Repair: driveability 1985 Kawasaki Eliminator ZL900, carbs, popping
carbs, popping: It sounds like the carbs to me too, but before you start working on them make sure the air filter is clean and in good condition (& actually there) and check that there are no leaks where the carbs attach to the heads & airbox. Exhaust system problems can...

Motorcycle Repair: electrical problem with cb750, nfield, smooth sand
nfield, smooth sand, cb750: hello, shad, I believe you might have a rectifier on that particular bike you might want to check it. if you have a charguing problem,or possibly you remove the stator and sand the armature with a very smooth sand paper for the nfield to travel through...

Motorcycle Repair: FJ600 (85), yamaha fj600, battery connections
yamaha fj600, battery connections, turn signals: hello christian .. sounds like you have a wire shoting out somewher maybe inder the seat . you might wan to follw the tach s wire to the end of there routed destination also check all yur battery connections sound simple .if you need more help im here...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuel delivery prob w/1985 Z50R Minibike, honda z50r, octane gas
honda z50r, octane gas, air screw: I don t have any experience with these specific bikes, but it sounds like you have a clogged passage or jet in the carb. The fuel is getting to the carbs but not to the engine. I would recommend taking the carb apart and boiling it in a metal pan of distilled...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB 750 K7 w/31K miles, 10w40, honda dealer
Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB 750 K7 w/31K miles, 10w40, honda dealer, oil change

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB750 K7 - Primary chain, timing chain, mechanic
Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB750 K7 - Primary chain, timing chain, mechanic, long time

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB 750K, runnig, air fuel
Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CB 750K, runnig, air fuel, carbs

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki CSR 250, clutch disk, hile
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki CSR 250, clutch disk, hile, crankcase

Motorcycle Repair: 1987 suzuki lt500 wont start, starter fluid, fire extinguisher
Motorcycle Repair: 1987 suzuki lt500 wont start, starter fluid, fire extinguisher, christmas tree

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750, feul, carbs
Motorcycle Repair: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750, feul, carbs, screws

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda vt1100 c2 electrical problems
Motorcycle Repair: 1995 honda vt1100 c2 electrical problems

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow sabre 1100 cc, shadow 1100, target
Motorcycle Repair: 2001 honda shadow sabre 1100 cc, shadow 1100, target, start button

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Baccio Speedy (NING)50cc won't start
Motorcycle Repair: 2006 Baccio Speedy (NING)50cc won't start

Motorcycle Repair: 74 HONDA CB360 MOTORCYCLE, hell of a time
Motorcycle Repair: 74 HONDA CB360 MOTORCYCLE, hell of a time

Motorcycle Repair: 83 cb550sc nighthawk, vacuum pressure, petcock valve
Motorcycle Repair: 83 cb550sc nighthawk, vacuum pressure, petcock valve, money

Motorcycle Repair: 83 Honda XL250R dies after 20 minutes when hot then restarts when cools, xl250r, pulse generator
Motorcycle Repair: 83 Honda XL250R dies after 20 minutes when hot then restarts when cools, xl250r, pulse generator

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problems, clutch slippage, frictions
Motorcycle Repair: Clutch problems, clutch slippage, frictions, disengagement

Motorcycle Repair: charging system, dead battery, vtx
Motorcycle Repair: charging system, dead battery, vtx, unplugged

Motorcycle Repair: FJ600 (85), fuse block, fj600
Motorcycle Repair: FJ600 (85), fuse block, fj600, conectors

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX500, bad news, bikes
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX500, bad news, bikes, mate

Motorcycle Repair: Honda electrical, labour, ebay
Motorcycle Repair: Honda electrical, labour, ebay, money

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 1984, magnas, reply
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 1984, magnas, reply

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 700 1986, cb900c, running lights
Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 700 1986, cb900c, running lights, fuses

Motorcycle Repair: Oil in Yamaha Riva, liter
Motorcycle Repair: Oil in Yamaha Riva, liter

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing a clutch cable, market cable, lock nut
Motorcycle Repair: Replacing a clutch cable, market cable, lock nut, crankcase

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake light, lots of trouble, hi folks
Motorcycle Repair: rear brake light, lots of trouble, hi folks, snug

Motorcycle Repair: Seized Honda Rebel Engine, vice grips, battery terminals
Motorcycle Repair: Seized Honda Rebel Engine, vice grips, battery terminals, loose connection

Motorcycle Repair: Straightening handle bars, telephone pole, clamps
Motorcycle Repair: Straightening handle bars, telephone pole, clamps

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, self diagnosis, fuel level
Motorcycle Repair: no spark, self diagnosis, fuel level, electrical circuit

Motorcycle Repair: spark issues, faulty unit
Motorcycle Repair: spark issues, faulty unit

Motorcycle Repair: VFR400 no power under load, nc30, diaphram
Motorcycle Repair: VFR400 no power under load, nc30, diaphram, tap

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring Diagram for CB750 K2, female socket, keyswitch
Motorcycle Repair: Wiring Diagram for CB750 K2, female socket, keyswitch, headlights

Motorcycle Repair: waek spark, actualy, bad ground
Motorcycle Repair: waek spark, actualy, bad ground

Motorcycle Repair: firing, honda 550 four, exhaust stroke
honda 550 four, exhaust stroke, compression stroke: Could be points, condensors or coil. Cylinders 1&4 plugs fire at the same time and 2&3 fire at the same time. One cylinder fires on the compression stroke and the other fire on the exhaust stroke. I d start by cleaning the points and making sure they have...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel injected aspencade, honda aspencade, cold sensor
honda aspencade, cold sensor, sorry mark: Sorry Mark, my experience is limited to pre-82 Hondas. But you re first guess would be a great place to start. You are looking for anything that will cause the system to enrich the fuel metering and a cold sensor would certainly do that. Regards Rich...

Motorcycle Repair: GL1800 wont idel at the right rpm, bill silver, t claim
bill silver, t claim, rpms: Danny, it is my brand, but as you may have noticed, I don t claim GW knowledge..... 900 lb, Fuel injected motorcycles are more car than bike, IMHO. go here and good luck http://www.ridersrally.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20392&highlight=idle sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: general, o reilley, yz 250
o reilley, yz 250, motorcycle repair: when it dies out does it still have fire or not if so you need to clean your carb.if no fire you may want to check your charging and ignition system. I have found several types of motorcycle repair books here and there i know my local o reilley autoparts carries...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 custom, harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster
harley davidson sportster 1200, harley davidson sportster, rectifier diode: Well Arne, my experience is with older Hondas but I ll tell you what I d do if the bike was a Honda. First thing I d do is check the charging system to make sure it s charging okay. When you put a volt meter on the positive and negative terminals when the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 1980 CX500, litchfield park arizona, cx500
litchfield park arizona, cx500, fire academy: That s peculiar. I wonder who got your response. I bet they were a bit confused and must has thought me an idiot. Anyway... There are a number of repair manuals on the internet. You can down load one from here http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/2643501-honda-cx500-full-service-repair-manual-78-82...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 900 Cutom exhaust port stud, honda 900, aluminum head
honda 900, aluminum head, little bit at a time: The studs thread into the head about 2.5 diameters or 19-20 mm. The best way is to try and drill them out. Sometimes you get lucky when you are drilling and it will loosen up and you can back them out with an E-Z out. I only use the square E-Z outs any...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBR 929 RR, honda 929 rr, 2001 honda 929
honda 929 rr, 2001 honda 929, piston rod: Michael, my experience is with older Hondas but if you take a long handle screwdriver and hold the handle to your ear and the blade on the cylinder sleeve and then the crank case near the mains and rod bearings, you ll be able to hear if you have a piston,...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CL175 tires, motorcycle superstore, honda cl175
motorcycle superstore, honda cl175, stock tire: There s a tire manufacture from China that still makes those old style tread patterns. I think it s call Cheng Shin or something. Try this URL and see if it s not what you are looking for. http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/392/15080/ITEM/Cheng-Shin-C186-Trials-Front---Rear-Tire.aspx...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT90, moving down the road, timing advance
moving down the road, timing advance, stoplight: Could be the idle air adjustment or possible low compression. When it idles, does it idle at the right engine speed before it dies or does it idle at a elevated speed and then suddenly slow down and die? If it s the latter the timing advance unit could be...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX500, air fuel mixture, cx500 custom
air fuel mixture, cx500 custom, float valve: Lee, try appling a little choke when it s acting up. If the bike starts to run better, the air fuel mixture is too lean and the carbs need some more work. It s possible the float levels are not set correctly or the slides aren t raising properly. If...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CX500 air leak, honda cx500, hose clamps
honda cx500, hose clamps, cx 500: Kirk, about the only thing left is the seal between the rubber intake manifold and the carb. I ve see where those clamps get over tightened and pucker the seal creating a leak. Try replacing the clamps with hose clamps and see if the leak doesn t go away....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda electrical, CB700S, CB7500S
CB700S, CB7500S, nighthawk: It could be the battery, but before you replace it you should do a few tests. Start by making sure you don t have a dirty connection. The cable from the negative terminal of the battery should be attached to an engine mount or a bolt on the engine. Loosen...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 1984, keyswitch, main fuse
keyswitch, main fuse: The most likely causes of this problem are the key switch and the main fuse. Hondas of that era came with an open link fuse under a cover on the side of the solenoid. Over the years the material the fuse is made of becomes brittle and can crack. When this...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Magna 700 1986, honda magna, turn signals
honda magna, turn signals, ohm meter: The problem isn t the year - I can t find a schematic for an 86 Magna online. But I will try to help anyway. Just remember that I m working blind so some of what I say may not be relevant to your bike. Please clear up a bit of confusion for me: You say...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Nighthawk 550 suspected cam chain noise., honda nighthawk 550, 1983 honda nighthawk
honda nighthawk 550, 1983 honda nighthawk, valve cover gasket: Gram, I ve never tried to replace just the tensioner but looking at the parts fische, I d bet you can need to pull the cams. It looks like the chain goes inside the tensioner and you ll have to pull the cams to get to the pins to remove the slipper. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Sabre Battery issue, honda sabre, night bike
honda sabre, night bike, sourc: hello laurie, i know exactly what yur talking about you have a bad rectifier, or alternator . You see when the battery is charged fully you are running just off of that powwer sourc that keeps yur plugs firing to burn the gas in the cylinders making the...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda V 45 1983, fuel line, fuel lines
fuel line, fuel lines, carbs: HELLO BRIAN, THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO DISCONNECT THE FUEL LINES GOING TO THE CARBS AND SPRAY INTO THE CARBS UNTIL THEY ATR FULL LET EM SOAK OVER NIGHT THEN HOOK UP YUR FUEL LINE AGAIN AND YOU SHOULD BE FINE YOUR CARBS ARE TARNISHED AND STARVING FOR FUEL...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL100, honda xl100, honda xl
honda xl100, honda xl, overflow problem: Rob, the carb overflow problem can be sourced to several things. Pinhole in the float, causing it to absorb fuel and partially sink. Incorrect float level setting. 12.5mm is the float level setting for that model. Even the plastic floats can become fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 1000 gl, GL1000, goldwing
GL1000, goldwing: The bike must be on it s centerstand on level ground. There is an oval sightglass located on the right hand side (if you were sitting on the seat) below and to the rear of the cylinder head and nearly hidden by the frame. I usually need to use a trouble light...

Motorcycle Repair: honda 550f, cb550f, chugs
cb550f, chugs, secs: You need to completely drain the old gas out of the carbs. There are some drain screws on the bottom of the float bowls you can use to drain them. If the bike doesn t start with the choke on with new gas, you may have to remove the carbs and clean them....

Motorcycle Repair: honda aero turn signal, signal functions, simpleton
signal functions, simpleton, e mail: Deb, I hate to sound like a simpleton but you have a short in that circuit. The fact that the rear light doesn t work would indicate to me to start looking back there first. It s possible has some wires plugged together wrong or that a wire is pinched under...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cg125 1978 stop/tail light keeps blowing, CG125, charging system
CG125, charging system, tail light: Bulbs blowing like this are usually caused by one of two problems: the voltage is too high or the ground is intermittent. If all the other lights are working as they should it is not likely that the voltage at the tail light could be high enough to damage...

Motorcycle Repair: honda speedometer ratio, speedometer gear, drive shaft
speedometer gear, drive shaft, indicator lights: Sorry Richard but my experience is with older pre 82 Hondas. However, if you take the cable off the speedometer gear on the front wheel and watch the drive shaft inside while you turn the wheel, you can count the turns for every turn of the wheel. That will...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vf700c stalling, charging system, stator
charging system, stator, rectifier: HELL O SRI, I WANT TO SAY YOU HAVE A BAD STATOR OR RECTIFIER WHICH IS PART OF YOUR CHARGING SYSTEM WHEN IT GETS HOT IT MALFUNCTIONS CAUSING THE BIKE TO RUN VERY POOR THEN WHEN IT COOLS OFF IT RUNS GOOD AGAIN TILL IT WARMS UP AGAIN.IF YOU NEED MORE INFO...

Motorcycle Repair: hydraulic slave cylinder leak, clutch master cylinder, v65 magna
clutch master cylinder, v65 magna, clutch basket: The push rod is what actually releases the clutch. The slave cylinder pushes on that rod and it releases the pressure plate on the clutch basket. I have a couple of those bike and you are right they can flat get to it when they are running good. I m...

Motorcycle Repair: Ignition changes, compression pistons, bike mike
compression pistons, bike mike, dual fire: I have found, over the years, that single fire doesnt really help. Besides, you have to change the coil to go to single fire. I am going to assumn that your bike is pretty much stock, and stock it should turn right over. When you try to start it and the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Installing 1979 Honda GL1000 front caliper covers, honda gl1000, vetter fairings
honda gl1000, vetter fairings, gold wings: I would go to www.wingstuff.com they have lots of add on info for all type gold wings hope this link helps you if not let me know i will find out how for you are if you can send me an e-mail with a picture of the caliper cove rso i can be of more help ok....

Motorcycle Repair: KAWASAKI 440LTD REAR SPROCKET, kawasaki 440ltd, kawasaki motorcycle
kawasaki 440ltd, kawasaki motorcycle, bikebandit com: Bill, you didn t give a year, so I had to make a guess... http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/kawasaki-motorcycle-kz440-standard-kz440b2-us-1981/o/m3957 No photos for the rear hub, but the parts list shows a rubber hub damper part number, which...

Motorcycle Repair: knocking, screw driver, cb750
screw driver, cb750, tight spots: Bill, you need to find out where it s coming from. Take a long screw driver and put the handle up to your ear and put the blade on various parts of the engine..cylinder, crankcase, cam housing and see where the noise is the loudest. The screwdriver will...

Motorcycle Repair: kz650 carb question, notches, excellent condition
notches, excellent condition, pods: I would notch it 2 notches from the top no-less more if you need but i think this would br fine hope this helps you.if you have anymore questions please feel free to contact. P.s please leave feedback if you have a minute . ...

Motorcycle Repair: leaking overflow on 94 cbr 600, vent hose, carburator
vent hose, carburator, drain hose: Jim, im not to sure about an overflow are you saying its coming from the tank are yur carbs are overflowing . If its the tank then i would say its your return line thats leaking.If its the carburator drain hose, are overflow then i would clean the carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: MOTORBIKE, suzuki vx800, turn signals
suzuki vx800, turn signals, wiring connections: hello richard , it sounds like to me something has came disconnected you need to check to see if yur turn signals switch and others are gettn fire to them if not you need to puill yur front headlight off and chk all the wiring connections in side the back...

Motorcycle Repair: my motorcycle, honda shadow 600, clutch mechanism
honda shadow 600, clutch mechanism, shifting gears: hello tara, your bikes transmission oil is the same oil as the engine oil if you only hear it when shifting gears it could be a clutch mechanism problem when you pull the clutch in if you hear the noise then when you let the clutch out thats yur problem...

Motorcycle Repair: muffler for CL 175, honda scrambler, ebay
honda scrambler, ebay, bill silver: Jordan, in most cases, an entire system from one series will fit the other. Honda changed the color or the heatshield mounting or designs, from year to year, but as long as you have a complete exhaust from a upright style motor, it should fit okay. They made...

Motorcycle Repair: OIL CHANGE 06 HD Softail FLSTC, harley, softail
harley, softail, flstc: I have no experience with Harleys myself, but the information you need should be in your ship manual. If you are going to do even the most basic service on your bike I highly recommend getting a shop manual and using ig. Knowing what to do before you start...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil in Yamaha Riva, buike, buyt
buike, buyt, time untill: hello, jim , im not to sure buyt the best way to do this is to put yur buike on a level area then drain the oil and filter if you have one o.k . Then you need to add oil slowly and check it after 1 quart you check the dipstick without screwing it in if...

Motorcycle Repair: oil leaking from alternator screw hole, honda cb175, screw hole
honda cb175, screw hole, cmsnl: James, there ain t no fixin it. That s because the alternator runs in oil, designed that way by the factory. http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-cb175-super-sport-175-k5-us_model421/partslist/E10.html Make sure that the gasket and the screw o-rings are in good...

Motorcycle Repair: overheating ironhead, leak gas, spark plug
leak gas, spark plug, overflow: First thing you need to do is determine why its shutting off. When it shuts off pull a spark plug and hold the plug to the head and turn the bike over. Are you getting spark? Where is the carb leaking from, the overflow? that will cause the bike to shut off....

Motorcycle Repair: polaris carbureter settings, bike cranks, carbureter
bike cranks, carbureter, fuel mixture: hello david, I would tighten them both up then back them up 1 round at a time untill yur bike cranks up, then you can adjust yur slide in the carburetor yue throttle cable should be checked to see if its not in a bind causing the slide not to open all the...

Motorcycle Repair: pushrods, push rods, pushrod
push rods, pushrod, lifter: jack the bike up and put it in high gear and remove the spark plugs. Rotate the motor so the front exhaust lifter is at its lowest point. Adjust the pushrod so its tight and then go a few more turns. Now you have to wait about 15 minutes, so the lifter can...

Motorcycle Repair: Replacing a clutch cable, clutch cable, bell crank
clutch cable, bell crank, crank case: That s not too difficult. First, you have to pull the left rear crank case cover that the cable goes into. It s a pain to work behind the exhaust but it can be done without removing the exhaust. You will probably have to pull the foot rest off and the shift...

Motorcycle Repair: RK Noisy Accelerating when hot, rattle sound, two different ways
rattle sound, two different ways, city traffic: It sounds like your bike is getting hot and pinging. The pinging is pre-ignition from the heat. There are two different ways you can go. You can either have the EFI remapped, which will richen it and make it run cooler or add a oil cooler. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: rear brake light, jumper wire, brake switch
jumper wire, brake switch, pressure switch: Run a jumper wire from the hot post on the brake switch to the other post. Does the light get bright? If not then you have a short or bad connection from the brake switch to the connection which goes to the brake light Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: rear wheel resistance, bad wheel bearing, yamaha 1980
bad wheel bearing, yamaha 1980, xs 850: hello ron, i think it could be a bad wheel bearing ,or to be sure its not the caliper i would remove the caliper and try pushing it again if its still hard i woould think possibbly the clutch is stuck.or if your model is a ahaft drive i believe that your splines...

Motorcycle Repair: rebuild 1992 honda shadow vlx vt600c, shadow. VT600c, mechanic
shadow. VT600c, mechanic: I don t think it would be worth spending $3k to fix a 92 VT600c unless it was in perfect condition otherwise. My recommendation would be to either rebuild it yourself or look for a good used engine. Since you are a diesel mech, it is probably a safe assumption...

Motorcycle Repair: Seized Honda Rebel Engine, rebel, siezed
rebel, siezed: The first thing to do is determine if the engine is actually seized or if the starter system decided to stop working at the same time. Put it in the highest gear and try to roll it forward (don t pull the clutch in). It should move with a fair bit of resistance...

Motorcycle Repair: Shifting gears, shifting gears, transmission gears
shifting gears, transmission gears, clutch: Well Art, when I first started racing I was told that using the clutch would waste time and I could get around the track faster by speed shifting like you described. I had to replace a number of transmission gears after about a dozen races. I wouldn t recommend...

Motorcycle Repair: Splitting a Honda Nighthawk Crankcase, honda nighthawk, cb650
honda nighthawk, cb650, crankcase: i believe on that particular you have a little clamp on one of the shafts that takes a special tool to either open the clip are one that closes the tip to remove it from the shaft.the clip looks like a litytle clip with 2 eyes next to each other . hope this...

Motorcycle Repair: Straightening handle bars, motorcycle safety course, handle bars
motorcycle safety course, handle bars, unsatisfactory results: Oh that s even easier. Find a telephone pole somewhere and put the side of the front wheel up against the pole. Give the handlebars a good twist to align the wheel and bars. Nothing to it. Some other large immovable object will work as well as the telephone...

Motorcycle Repair: signal lights, honda 550 four, signal relay
honda 550 four, signal relay, metal spring: Do both turn light come on at the same time when you activate one side? If so, it s a bad ground. If not, it s still the flasher unit. There are no other components in that circuit. The flasher unit has to be rated for the bulb wattage. The current going...

Motorcycle Repair: no spark, yamaha yzf600r, coils
yamaha yzf600r, coils: hello tim ,,I would first check to see if yur ignition switch is getting any power from yur battery and i would also check the connections on the battery and from the battery going to the ignition it sounds to me youhave a bad connections are something is...

Motorcycle Repair: spark issues, ignition, spark
ignition, spark, pulser: Thanks for re-submitting your question. Now I think I know what you mean. I don t have any direct experience with VT500s, but the principles should apply. You have proven that the coil isn t at fault. That means that the problem is either the pulser...

Motorcycle Repair: spark timing on the front cylinder, honda vt1100, compression stroke
honda vt1100, compression stroke, cam chain: Nice bike...a 69 CB 160 was my first bike. The cam chain is adjusted easiest when cold but it really doesn t matter. Taking the tank off just gives you more room. If you ve really small hands of if you can get your wife or girlfriend to do it...that...

Motorcycle Repair: speedometer, speedometer drive, bike performance
speedometer drive, bike performance, harley: Andy... is this a HARLEY question????? Dunno much about them.... if speedo dies it could be the meter. If it is cable operated, you may have issues with the speedo drive unit or the cable itself. If the speedometer drive is electric, then it could...

Motorcycle Repair: where to start, rough shape, body man
rough shape, body man, panhead: A few things you need to consider. Are you planning on keeping the bike and riding it or selling it? If you are planning on selling it, then I would sell it as is. If you pay to have it restored you probably wont get your money back. If you plan on keeping...

Motorcycle Repair: starting issues, yamaha xv535 virago, system checks
yamaha xv535 virago, system checks, blue spark: * old battery won t hold a charge anymore? Even after its on a charger overnight? That s pretty strange. * sounds like you really should take those carbs apart. I wold get the rebuild kits but at the very least remove all jets, clean the passages, replace...

Motorcycle Repair: sunline fuel screw, honda crf100f, fuel mixture
honda crf100f, fuel mixture, yurs: hello zach just back out the old one with the spring if yurs has a spring and install the new one. tighten it all the way in then back it out 2 round and see if its ok if not back it out a little untill you get the sound or mixture you want .P.s i hope...

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gs 125cc, overheating
overheating: Is this your first air cooled engine? Air cooled engines tend to run hotter than liquid cooled ones. When you say 2 hours to cool, do you mean completely cool to the touch or still warm? 2 hours to completely cool isn t too unreasonable. If you are...

Motorcycle Repair: Third gear, vin number, fatboy
vin number, fatboy, paperwork: If you have a choke and a carb, then its not injected. Check the VIN number on the paperwork against the VIN number on the frame and motor to make sure they match On your trans, once you hit a certain RPM and shift, the bike will feel like it picked up, so...

Motorcycle Repair: Transmission, suzuki rm, shift forks
suzuki rm, shift forks, pawls: hello jeff , i believe you may have a bad syncronizer that would be causing it to jump either in to a higher gear or a lower gear especiall since you mentioned it only happens when you are applying power or should i say raising the r.p.ms . This would...

Motorcycle Repair: tappet/ cam chain adjustmets cb175 1972, cam chain, tempertaure
cam chain, tempertaure, original shop: Nice bike...a 69 CB 160 was my first bike. The cam chain is adjusted easiest when cold but it really doesn t matter. Taking the tank off just gives you more room. If you have really small hands or if you can get your wife or girlfriend to do it...that...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, bike cranks, fuel filter
bike cranks, fuel filter, carbs: hello chris , i dont believe that yur timing is off i would clean out all my carbs ,changed the fuel filter and make sure yur braether hose for the carbs are clean,if the bike cranks fine but only has the problems you are describing its in yur fuel system...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission leak, lip seal, transmission leak
lip seal, transmission leak, sprocket: There are two seals on that side of the trans. the main seal and the small seal that is located on the main shaft of the trans behind the inner primary race. You will have to pull the race to get to it. The main can be changed with the sprocket taken off...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble shoot electical, XS650, charging
XS650, charging, shop manual: Information on troubleshooting the charging system should be in your shop manual. If you don t have a shop manual you should get one - your bike is an antique and you will have a hard time finding a shop that will work on it. The sad fact is that a lot of...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal switch, ball detent, little spring
ball detent, little spring, electrical contacts: Dan, you might try a some of that white spray grease that comes in a spray can. I wouldn t suggest just spraying it in. You may get too much on the electrical contacts and it may quit working. I d recommend you take the switch apart and spray only the sliding...

Motorcycle Repair: VFR400 no power under load, air fuel ratio, vfr400 nc30
air fuel ratio, vfr400 nc30, honda vfr400: Brad, it sounds like the bike is running out of fuel. With no load on the engine it doesn t take much fuel to get the engine to the redline. Under load the air fuel ratio has to be spot on to deliver the power you expect. I d start with a good carb cleaning....

Motorcycle Repair: White smoke out of exhaust, exhaust, smoke
exhaust, smoke: Are you sure the smoke is white? White smoke is usually caused by antifreeze burning, but since the 750K is air cooled we can eliminate burning anti-freeze right away. I am going to assume the smoke is actually light gray and that is most likely to be caused...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring Diagram for CB750 K2, CB750 K2, red wire
CB750 K2, red wire: I have looked over the schematic for the CB750 K2 available at the link below and I can t see any sign of a red wire in the headlight bucket. http://www.oregonmotorcycleparts.com/diagrams.html NOTE: You need to be careful when looking at OMP s drawings...

Motorcycle Repair: waek spark, VF750F, spark
VF750F, spark, plug wires: Pulse generator (pulser) failure is a pretty rare problem, so I don t think that is very likely. Besides, if a pulser wasn t working right it would be more likely to cause no spark than weak spark. I think your problem is more likely to be in the plugs,...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha 1987 XV700 Virago, intake tube, bikebandit com
intake tube, bikebandit com, throttle cable: Cyndi, I don t know the specifics of you bike but without a service manual I ve found it handy to look at the parts micro-fiche to get an idea of how things fasten together: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-virago-xv700ct-1987/o/m7914...

Motorcycle Repair: Yamaha XT225 carb, vintage honda, xt225
vintage honda, xt225, bill silver: Nathan, not really an vintage Honda question, but I did look up the bike on bikebandit.com http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_caus1.htm I see that the carb has an air cut valve diaphragm that you might want to check. 2:1 gas/carb cleaner is a really...

Motorcycle Repair: 05 Heritage, stock clutch, clutch adjustment
stock clutch, clutch adjustment, clutch cable: You should have about 1/2 inch play in the primary chain. Check it when the bike is cold. You fill the primary through the derby cover located at the back of the inner primary. With the bike sitting upright, fill to the bottom edge of the derby cover Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 1971 CB500 four, cb500 four, cam shaft
cb500 four, cam shaft, cylinder number: You have to take the top cylinder head cover off to make any changes but I think you can check it without having to take the cover off. Rotate the crank until the number one intake valve opens and closes. Then align the 1-4 T marks on the advance unit to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1972 FLH clutch cable, clutch cable, clutch lever
clutch cable, clutch lever, 1972 flh: Not that tough. loosen the cable at the adjuster on the cable so you have alot of slack in it. Remove it from the clutch lever. there is a pin in the lever that holds the lever is. Follow the cable to the top of the trans and remove it from the clutch arm....

Motorcycle Repair: 1973?, harleys, excellent condition
harleys, excellent condition, starters: Both bike are 1973 SX 125 harleys. For the parts you would have to do some looking. Parts for these bike are sometimes hard to come by. As to the value it would go from poor condition at $200.00 to excellent condition of $2500.00 Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 1973 cb350F electrical problem, battery connections, electrical problem
battery connections, electrical problem, voltmeter: You need to put a voltmeter on the battery and check its condition. You need to read 12.5 volts to be able to start it. You should also check the condition of the charging system by hold the voltmeter on the batter while its running at different RPMs. You...

Motorcycle Repair: 1974 honda cb360, starter clutch, starter motor
starter clutch, starter motor, plungers: The starter clutch is slipping. You have to remove the rotor on the end of the crankshaft and you ll find the starter clutch bolted to the back side of the rotor with three screws. You don t have to remove the clutch housing but usually the three springs...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda CB200t--not starting, clutch cable, cable check
clutch cable, cable check, untrained ear: Hard shifting is often due to the oil in the crankcase being too thick or sludgy. Also possible due to stretched out clutch cable. Check the condition of the battery. It sounds like the battery doesn t have enough juice to run the ignition anymore. There...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 Honda Cb200T Idles high, hand throttle, air leak
hand throttle, air leak, fuel mix: Dustin, I don t think were looking for an air leak. It s probably throttle cable adjustment. Take the air cleaners off and look inside the carbs. Do the slides come all the way down when the idle speed screws are backed all the way out? There s a notch...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 HondaCB200t, clutch cable, contact breaker
clutch cable, contact breaker, filter element: Hiya, I kinda think you got two different issues. The shifting problem is prolly due to a worn out shifter fork. But sometimes an improperly adjusted clutch and/or cable can cause the same problem. Start by making sure the clutch cable is adjusted properly...

Motorcycle Repair: 1975 honda 550 four, honda 550 four, decent shape
honda 550 four, decent shape, t drain: Well Sam, this could take a while. First, you ll want to get a manual so you can know where things are and have some directions for how to perform certian tasks. I d start by changing all of the fluids. Drain the old fuel out, change the engine oil and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 Honda CB360T, plastic washers, point spring
plastic washers, point spring, tight budget: Look closely at the points. I think you ll see the points wire is grounded. The terminal must be insulated from everything but the point spring and attaching screw. There should be plastic washers to insulate it from contacting the mounting plate or backing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 honda cb 750f, honda cb, afew hours
honda cb, afew hours, fuel mixture: Victor, the problem is probably a fuel mixture that it too rich. You didn t indicate if the fouling was oil or fuel but I m guessing fuel. It could be that float levels were too high or the air filters are too restricted. A coil failure doesn t react with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1976 mt125, drive sprockets, motorcycle questions
drive sprockets, motorcycle questions, eye brows: The MT was detuned for more mid-range power and less topend power. The cylinder ports were changes, the carb size reduced and the exhaust was changed. The carb change may not give you much more power without changing the port timing. I think that the exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: 1977 Honda CB400F throttle bog, honda cb400f, air screws
honda cb400f, air screws, fuel mixture: The bike is still running lean. The idle air screws only adjust the fuel mixture from idle to 1/8th throttle. I d recommend you check your float levels. I think you ll find them set too low. A couple of millimeter one way or another can make a big difference....

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Honda cb550K, yamaha tw200, advancer
yamaha tw200, advancer, chief problem: Kyle, Any time you get involved with a 30 year old bike with 9k miles, it is obvious that it has sat idle a lot more than it was driven. The chief problem is almost always contaminated fuel system and plugged up carburetor jets and passageways. Before you...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda 550 4 carb, e mail address, honda 550
e mail address, honda 550, rubber washers: The bowl drains should have a small gas-proof rubber washer to seal the flow. If this wears out it will need to be replaced. Are you sure its leaking from this location? It s possible the carb s float valve is leaking and the fuel is tricking down to this...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 honda 550 4 carb, honda 550, float bowl
honda 550, float bowl, carbs: Luke, that s caused by a sticking float or a needle that has something stuck between the needle and seat. Take a plastic handled screwdriver and tap lightly on the float bowl. If it just a sticking float, it may loosen it and shut the flow off. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Shovelhead, netural, clutch
netural, clutch: Ride down the road. When you pull the clutch to shift it always dies? If you ride down the road nad put it in netural and pull the clutch does it die? When you are stiing still and put it in first, does it feel like the bike is trying to pull foward with the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Yamaha DT 175, mosquito fogger, yamaha dt 175
mosquito fogger, yamaha dt 175, universal throttle cable: Hi Chris... Sorry to keep ya waiting over the weekend... Yeah... you can run it on premix. I would use a 20:1 ratio. But when the new cable arrives and you install it and the injector is back online, drain the premix from the fuel tank and refill with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Yamaha DT 175 Sticky Throttle, yamaha dt 175, throttle return spring
yamaha dt 175, throttle return spring, chris answer: The clanking sound may be some play in the bottom end. Probably nothing to worry about on a 30 year old bike. I don t know the recommended idle speed since I don t have the service manual but on an old bike which may have been treated harshly I would expect...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 fxs push rod adjustment, chris answer, pushrods
chris answer, pushrods, time chris: Remove the pushrods and the tappets. At the bottom of the tappet you will see a hole. Push a wire in and holding the wire pump the tappet. That will get all the oil out. Put the tappest and pushrods back in. Go to the front exhaust and rotate the motor so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1979 Honda CM400T Ignition, honda cm400t, spark plug wires
honda cm400t, spark plug wires, stator assembly: Not familiar with this model bike. I wasn t aware that these models have electronic ignition. If you ve swapped coils and the problem doesn t follow the coil then it sure sounds like its a signal generator problem, although I can t recall ever hearing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 2000 milles cm400e engine ping, timing advancer, combustion chamber
timing advancer, combustion chamber, carbon buildup: This bike has an electronic ignition which is not adjustable and is probably not the cause of the problem. I didn t notice a timing advancer on the microfiche. The only things other than timing which can cause pinging are: * using the wrong temp spark plug...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cm400e Engine pinging sound, octane boost, fuel octane
octane boost, fuel octane, lean mixture: Adjust the idle air mixture to the highest idle speed. If you adjust the screws in you, will hear the speed slow down. If you back the screws out, you will also hear it slow down. Put the adjustment half way between those two points. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 ct 70 - no power, ct 70, condensor
ct 70, condensor, coils: It depends on what is causing the bike to act up. It s either a fuel problem or an ignition problem. If you put a little choke on and it improves, you re looking for a fueling problem and a carb cleaning may be required. If it doesn t get better, you probably...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 cx500d lacks power, hick ups, rubber diaphragm
hick ups, rubber diaphragm, honda tech: I would first take another look at the fuel/intake system, especially on the left cylinder. It sounds like the carb might still be plugged up. Look carefully at the operation of the float valve and make sure the float height is set correctly (per the service...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda CB750 Custom, honda cb750 custom, 1980 honda cb750
honda cb750 custom, 1980 honda cb750, motorcycle salvage parts: It looks like they still have these: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cb750c-1980/o/m1994 Unfortunately the part sells for $298 (Right side is even more for some reason). You might be able to find a salvaged part on ebay...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Honda cb750c Backfires all the time, 1980 honda cb750c, air fuel mixture
1980 honda cb750c, air fuel mixture, adjustment screws: Dave, yes the ignition timing could cause back firing but you should always adjust the valves and check the ignition timing first thing when troubleshooting any performance problem. Just to rule those out as possible problems. However, a lean fuel mixture...

Motorcycle Repair: 1980 Yamaha 650 Special Valve Job, valve seals, pan gasket
valve seals, pan gasket, head gasket: A leaky seal is not necessarily broken or cracked. But if you are getting oil drips from your exhaust I would expect to see something obvious in the seal. BTW, it is common to get fluid dripping from the exhaust. This happens when the exhaust is cold and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda CM200 oil leak, honda cm200, starter clutch
honda cm200, starter clutch, crank case: Dennis, I can t explain why there s a passage there. I don t recall any special plug or anything. That cover should have oil in it to cool the alternator and lubricate the starter clutch. I d seal it up with silicone or something. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Honda z50, fuel tank, varnish
fuel tank, varnish, air flow: Smell the fuel in the fuel tank. Does it smell kind of like varnish? If so, you you may just need to drain the fuel out and replace with fresh. As fuel ages the lighter elements evaporate and the fuel won t burn as well. So it fouls plugs and causes the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha XS400 Special II, valve rocker, air leak
valve rocker, air leak, rocker arm: This usually means the engine is running with too much air in the idle mixture. Try increasing the amount of fuel going to idle and then reducing the RPMs (via the throttle stop adjustment). Another possibility is that there s an air leak somewhere in the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1981 Yamaha XS650 clutch cable, clutch cable, adjustment screw
clutch cable, adjustment screw, morning tomorrow: There are usually two points where the cable slack is adjusted. Near the motor, there s usually a length adjustment screw which you want to set once and leave alone. Then near the lever there s a screw with a wheel which you can use to make small adjustments...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E HONDA jingling while freewheeling, auto bulbs, clutch lever
auto bulbs, clutch lever, clutch cable: It could be the chain is causing the noise. First make sure the chain has the right tension and the rear wheel is aligned. I use a straight piece of aluminum angle stock to check the alignment of the chain and the rear wheel. I put the angle stock against...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E Honda (6 up!) Used 1st bike, clutch lever, old bikes
clutch lever, old bikes, limp home: Well Kirk, the clutch may just need adjustment. I could explain it but you ll be much better off if you invest in a manual. The jingling noise is probably the drive chain. Make sure you keep it well lubed with a good chain lube and make sure you keep it...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 cm450a hondamatic Overheating, regulator rectifier, ohm meter
regulator rectifier, ohm meter, stator: There s only three part to that ignition system, the pick up, the ignition module and the coil. You have replaced two of the three so you re guess is probably correct. You can check the pick up with an ohm meter. It should have somewhere around 460-480 ohms....

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM 450 Electrical Problem, 1982 honda cm450, honda cm
1982 honda cm450, honda cm, starter button: There s no easy answer to this question. You have to check it out connection by connection until you find the problem. I d start at the ignition switch. I ve seen those have bad connections inside occasionally. The other place to check is the connector...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Honda CM450E Battery Dead?, 1982 honda cm450e, motorcycle batteries
1982 honda cm450e, motorcycle batteries, vent tube: Yea, I m glad you got that straightened out. When you charge a battery, hydrogen gas is released. It can build up and pop the caps out like you found out. I ve never heard of a battery exploding because of this but I have heard them explode due to a internal...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Kawasaki CSR 250, float valves, petcock
float valves, petcock, varnish: You can sometimes smell the oil and if it has gas it will smell like gas. The old float valves have o-rings which may need replacement if there s gas in the oil. There are petcock rebuild kits for many models. Even the best float valves may leak a little so...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 KZ440LTD Front Fork Leg, brake calipers, fork leg
brake calipers, fork leg, cylinder unit: Bill, this is something you can do but I would advise getting a Clymer s manual or similar service manual and they will go over the procedure in better detail than I can. I few tricks I ve found useful: save the old seal and use it as a tool for tapping...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 Maxim 550 problem, crank case, vacuum line
crank case, vacuum line, float valves: A bike where gas gets into the crankcase is usually due to bad float valves in the carbs. You probably need to clean the carbs and replace the o-rings around the float valves. If your bike has a vacuum operated petcock, the problem can also be that excess...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 maxim dirve shaft middle gear and wiring short., yamaha maxim, drive shaft
yamaha maxim, drive shaft, probel: Hi Tyler... First, DON T RIDE till it s fixed. If any more teeth break off, they could get lodged in the gear and lock up your rear wheel!! Personally, I wouldn t use that second engine. Once seized, it should be rebuilt. I have had bikes magically unseize...

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 v45 sabre front brakes, soft aluminum, disk brakes
soft aluminum, disk brakes, o ring: Drag on disk brakes is a pretty common problem. It s caused by the o-ring seal binding up the piston. When you finally get it apart you will find a hard varnish like build up behind the o-ring which you will have to scrape out. I usually bend a nail and...

Motorcycle Repair: 1983 Nighthawk 650 Idle issue, optimal mixture, bikebandit com
optimal mixture, bikebandit com, nighthawk 650: I love that bike. The 83 Nighthawk is an one of the best ever made. You are correct in your theory that the pilot screws haven t been set but it could also be an air leak in the intake system. The cause of this idle surge problem is always due to not...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 gl1200i, running on three, compression check
running on three, compression check, valve adjustment: The problem sounds like a carburation problem. Try opening the bowl drain screw on that carb and make sure it has a fuel in it. Let it drain for a while to be sure that it has the right amount in the bowl. If it does, try applying a little choke when the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda with mystery ailment. Can you help?, mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna
mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna, clutch fluid: You can check the operation of the stator by looking at the voltage while the bike is being rev ed. Voltage should climb to about 14.5v max and never fall below 12.5v. There are more precise tests for the stator according to the shop manual. But this sounds...

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C starting problems, internal passages, honda shadow
internal passages, honda shadow, new spark: Jason, the engine is running too lean. It s not getting the fuel needed to run properly. It could be that there still crud in the internal passages or the jets are still partially plugged or it may just be the float levels are not set correctly. It could...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 honda VT700c, clutch lever, wireing harness
clutch lever, wireing harness, conectors: There s a relay that controls the fuel pump. Chances are that s been damaged and there s a diode that controls prevents current from going to the starter relay until the clutch lever is pulled in. That also may need to be replaced. It s just a matter of...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Kawasaki Voyager 1300zn clutch slipping, kawasaki voyager, clutch repair
kawasaki voyager, clutch repair, clutch cable: It s possible the oil change affected the clutch if they used the wrong kind of oil. There are some auto oils with energy saving additives which can cause the clutch to slip. But, more likely, you need a new clutch. Check the slack on your clutch cable lever...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT 500 C Honda Shadow Thermostat, vt 500 c, head gaskets
vt 500 c, head gaskets, honda shadow: Allan, the thermostat does two things. It opens to allow flow through the radiator and it shuts off the flow to the by-pass. If you just pull the stat out, it will by-pass a significant amount of coolant around the radiator and the bike could still overheat...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 VT1100 Shadow - 35,000 miles, shadow 35, pick ups
shadow 35, pick ups, vt1100: Hi Darryl!! Ya know... the Honda Shadows are one of the best and most reliable bikes made, but they do have a few inherent flaws... one of which is the run switch. The VT750 and 1100 are known to have weak switches. Try either cleaning the run switch with...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 vt500c bogging out, rubber diaphragms, plug caps
rubber diaphragms, plug caps, ohm resistance: Paul, a 23 year old bike can have a lot of problems and possibilities for things to go wrong. You need to determine if you are losing half of your ignition system. Pull the spark plugs and see how they look on the inside. If your pulser coils in the alternator...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 Yamaha Virago 700 starting problem, regulator rectifier, starter solenoid
regulator rectifier, starter solenoid, yamaha virago: You may have a blown starter solenoid. Do you hear it click when you crank it? If you hear it click and it still won t crank, then I would suspect the battery or the starter. Since the starter seems to test out I would suspect the battery doesn t have enough...

Motorcycle Repair: 1985 yamaha maxim carb synch, intake leaks, vacuum gauge
intake leaks, vacuum gauge, intake leak: When RPMs surge like that on idle it usually is caused by one of two things: intake leak or idle mixture is too lean. You need to check for any intake leaks (some people spray wd40 and look for a drop in the RPMs). If there s no leak then you need to...

Motorcycle Repair: 1986 Cavalcade dead cylinder, hydraulic lifters, exhaust pipes
hydraulic lifters, exhaust pipes, lacrosse wisconsin: Check the battery and charging system using a voltmeter. You should get at least 12.5 off and 13.5 running at 3k RPMs. Now that you have new plugs in I would remove them after a while and look for a plug with the wrong color: either too dark or too light....

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 yamaha tt 225cc, path of least resistance, triumph chopper
path of least resistance, triumph chopper, overflow tube: Hi Alan... Sorry for the delay... A glowing orange header pipe is NOT good. I have only seen that happen once on my old Triumph chopper... and it scared me. When a carb floods, there are four places the excess gas can go. one is out the overflow tube....

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 FLHS tank and dash, bikers choice, flhs
bikers choice, flhs, v twin: You would have to go aftermarket. If you are planning on changing the tank and installing a speedo in the tank there are aftermarket kits that you can buy to do this. Check Tedds v-twin and Bikers Choice they both sell them. You dont need a new harness, yo...

Motorcycle Repair: 1989 FLHTC - Oil blowing past Rocker Box, rocker boxes, rubber gasket
rocker boxes, rubber gasket, 2 quarts: I have never heard of anyone being able to eyeball a warp! You can remove the rocket box and put it on a piece of glass and it whill show the warp. You can just buy the part that is warpped. You dont have to buy a whole set. Since you are planning on doing...

Motorcycle Repair: 1991 VFR400 mid-range problem., filter hoses, tap air
filter hoses, tap air, deal with this problem: Timsk, my experience is on older hondas but it sounds like a carb fuel delivery problem. It sounds like the bike is leaning out. If you apply a little choke, I think you will find it helps which will be a confirmation it s running lean. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: 1992 Suvuki GSXR 750, mikuni carb, vacuum lines
mikuni carb, vacuum lines, vacuum hose: Hi Roy... Sounds like you may have an open vacuum hose. When you say that you have no emission equipment, I assume you are talking about the EVAP and related hoses. All that extra emission stuff was found only on California emission models (and possibly European...

Motorcycle Repair: 1993 honda cbr 1000cc, fuel pump relay, honda cbr
fuel pump relay, honda cbr, petcock: Hi Preston... Has the bike been stored or not used for an extended period of time? If yes, then the symptoms you described indicate the carbs are gummed up and require cleaning. If the bike has always been running fine and this just started for no reason,...

Motorcycle Repair: 1994 Fatboy, speedo cable, hi mike
speedo cable, hi mike, speedometer: The knob has to come off. There is a small screw inside that has to be removed and then the know will slide off. Once you have the cover off then you can remove the speedo. It is held in by two pins on each side of the speedo Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: 1995 heritage softtail fuse location, heritage softtail, fuse box
heritage softtail, fuse box, phillips head: In 95 harley didnt use fuses, they used breakers. They are located either on the front of the back fender or between the tanks. I dont know of any wiring schematics online. You would have to get a service manual for a wiring diagram. You have to remove the...

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Suzuki DR200 (DF200) ...horsepower, suzuki dr200, galway ireland
suzuki dr200, galway ireland, df200: Wow John... this is a bit of a mystery. I took a look at the pic of the bike, and noticed the DF designation on the tank. As far as I know a DF200 is a Suzuki outboard marine engine!! Is it possible that a previous owner repainted the bike? What makes this...

Motorcycle Repair: 2001 sporster transmission, independent shops, taking a chance
independent shops, taking a chance, good luck: You noise might be a bearing going out. I wouldnt ride the bike until you get it repaired. You are taking a chance of damaging the trans more. I am not going to be able to give you a cost. Prices are different all over the country as well as different from...

Motorcycle Repair: 2002 Ultra Classic, garmin zumo 550, pluged
garmin zumo 550, pluged, plan of attack: Yes, you need to have the rub blocks on the chains checked. If one goes out it will either ruin the chain or worse damage the cam As to the audio system. You would have to check with a dealer on that. I don not work on audio systems Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 FLSTCI, starter relay, starter switch
starter relay, starter switch, starter button: You have juice going to the starter relay which is causing your problem. A pinched wire usually causes a short to ground. You might have a bad starter switch. Check at the starter switch and see if you have power on both sides of is when the ignition is turned...

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 H.D. Heritage Classic, heritage classic, oil tank
heritage classic, oil tank, drain plug: Start the bike and let it warm up. Under the bike, from the right side of the bike, look at the oil pan. The closest drain plug to you is the trans plug. To the left side of the bike, towards the front is the oil drain. Drain the oil and remove the filter....

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Honda Sabre will not idle, 2005 honda sabre, air fuel mixture
2005 honda sabre, air fuel mixture, slow jet: Hi Anthony... Can t accurately troubleshoot a modern bike with out a good battery. I usually tell my customers that a motorcycle battery can have an expected life span of 2 years under constant use. Less if the bike is stored seasonally. So regardless...

Motorcycle Repair: 2006 1200r ROADSTER, drag pipes, clutch cable
drag pipes, clutch cable, clutch lever: To remove the clutch cable,loosen the adjuster on the cable os the cable is shorter.Remove hte cable from the clutch lever.Looking in the primary cover you will see where the cable is attached. The lever that its attached to has a flat on it to slide out....

Motorcycle Repair: 42 MPH, fed 2002, time plug
fed 2002, time plug, electrical problem: What you need to do is unplug all the parts that are affected so there is no power to them. replace the fuse and one at a time plug them back in and see what blows the fuse, then you can trace down the problem. It sounds like a wire touching metal somewhere...

Motorcycle Repair: 71 CB350 engine issue, mercury manometer, hiya dave
mercury manometer, hiya dave, contact breakers: Hiya Dave!!! Ya know... so many motorcycle techs overlook the easiest ways to trobleshoot. Carefully feeling the exhaust headers can tell alot about what the problem is. Thanks for including that in your description. A major temperature difference tween...

Motorcycle Repair: 72 ironhead clutch cable, clutch lever, clutch cable
clutch lever, clutch cable, ironhead: remove the primary after draining the oil. Screw the adjuster on the cable all the way and remove the cable from the clutch lever. Look inside the primary and you will see the cable attached to a swivel. turn the swivel all the way away from the cable and...

Motorcycle Repair: 73 honda cb500, accel coils, pilot jet
accel coils, pilot jet, jet size: I don t have experience with this setup but I would start with the stock jets and examine the color of the plugs to see if they are running overly lean. The plugs should have a tan coating over the insulator and there should be deposits over half the metals...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 amf xlh1000, intermediate jet, rear cylinders
intermediate jet, rear cylinders, valve guides: If the plugs are sooty black then either your coil is bad or you are running to rich and need to go to a smaller intermediate jet. I would test the coil and see if its ok first. If they are wet black, like oily, then you need to pull the top end and check...

Motorcycle Repair: 74 Honda CB360-E, honda cb360, plume of smoke
honda cb360, plume of smoke, stock air: Well John, it doesn t sound good. I think the smoke you describe is probably oil burning which could be from worn out rings, scored cylinder or piston. If it only smoked on deceleration, it would be valve guides or seals and I wouldn t worry about it. The...

Motorcycle Repair: '75 CB 750 K, cb 750, airbox
cb 750, airbox, air filters: Sorry Zack, but the jets will depend on the exhaust restriction, and altitude you re running. But it has a 105 main jet stock and a 115 or 120 main jet would probably be about right. You ll want to raise the needle jets about .025 or .030 inches too so you...

Motorcycle Repair: 77 gs550, suzuki motorcycle, zukes
suzuki motorcycle, zukes, bikebandit com: Take a look at this diagram for reference: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/suzuki-motorcycle-gs550b-1977/o/m6064 It actually shows four hoses coming out of the carbs. I believe (from your point of view sitting on the bike) your left top...

Motorcycle Repair: 78 Hondamatic 400, hondamatic 400, ebay
hondamatic 400, ebay, rear shocks: I think everything you mention here will fit. You may have to change out a few more parts to make them fit like the handlebars from the 83 but I think they will work. I ve never tried it and I d spend some time on honda parts direct s website comparing part...

Motorcycle Repair: 79 CX500 C won't start, local bike shop, cx 500
local bike shop, cx 500, cx500: If I had to guess, I d say the motor is locked up. It sounds like the starter is working but the crankshft isn t able to turn so the solenoid just clicks when you push the button. Try rotating the crankshaft by hand with a wrench. If I remember correctly,...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Goldwing, fluid velocity, vacuum system
fluid velocity, vacuum system, vacuum pump: Well, you don t want to bleed the brake too slowly. You actually need to use the fluid velocity to carry the air down to the bleed valve. I d recommend you get someone to help you and use the vacuum pump to suck fluid out of the system as someone pours fluid...

Motorcycle Repair: 81 Honda GL1100I, added accessories, voltage readings
added accessories, voltage readings, volt meter: Hi Sonny! Ok... for simplicity reasons, I will answer this question as if the bike was brought into my shop for repair. The first thing I m gonna do is make sure the battery is good and powerful. I would charge it overnight and put a load checker to it,...

Motorcycle Repair: 82 Kawa kz1000 ltd, old bikes, gas mileage
old bikes, gas mileage, colored smoke: If the dark smoke continues once you take it off choke I would check the spark plugs to see if one of the carbs needs idle mixture adjustment. Smoke on startup can also be due to a little oil leaking past the valve seals. A normal thing on old bikes. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 83 VF750 Sabrer, honda sabre, thread pitch
honda sabre, thread pitch, vf750: Sorry, Brian but I have no idea and my manual doesn t give any indication. The only thing I could suggest is measure the diameter with ruler or caliper. If you count the number of threads in a centimeter and divide by ten you ll determine the thread pitch....

Motorcycle Repair: 84 Honda V45 Magna 700 won't start, honda v45 magna, honda magna
honda v45 magna, honda magna, starter solenoid: If the starter solenoid is clicking and the starter isn t turning that would indicate a problem with either the battery or the starter. Recharge the battery and keep an eye on the charging system. Hook up a voltmeter to the battery and check the voltage while...

Motorcycle Repair: 84 honda vt700c spark plug hole, heli coil, plug hole
heli coil, plug hole, ngk: Hi Jason... sorry to hear about the mishap. I believe the correct size heli-coil is a 12mm x 1.25 threads per mm. I usually purchase a package of numerous coils. The size bit to use is usually posted either on the back of the package or on a piece of paper...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 700 Maxim X, motorcycle salvage yard, engine designers
motorcycle salvage yard, engine designers, socket size: Hi Christopher!! Oh man... do I know what you are going thru!! I work on bikes for a living and sometimes come across the occasional defiant one that no spark plug wrench will fit. But truth be known, the spark plugs are not to blame, the engine designers...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 FJ 600 Idle Set Screw, adjustment screw, loose plug
adjustment screw, loose plug, set screw: It sounds like an idle mixture issue. Taking a look at the microfiche: http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/yamaha-motorcycle-fj600n-1985/o/m7155 These look like Mikuni CV carbs and the idle mixture screw is seated under a plug in a rizer which...

Motorcycle Repair: '85 Sportster, remov, screw
remov, screw, gap: Your points should be set at .018. remov ethe cover on the points. You will see a rub block on the points. On the lobe where the rub block sits you will see two places where the points are caused to open. One is wider than the other. You want to rotate the...

Motorcycle Repair: 85 Virago 750, air filter element, apparent reason
air filter element, apparent reason, start button: Hi Carveric... You say the plugs are firing yet she won t start? If you have spark at the plugs then there is nothing wrong with the ignition system. I am a little confused by what you wrote. I read what you wrote as meaning your friend was riding it, it...

Motorcycle Repair: 86 CB450 vacuum issue, vacuum leak, gravity feed
vacuum leak, gravity feed, vacuum pump: I don t have experience with this bike but I ll add my thoughts to your excellent written description. The rain/water problem is probably the spark plug caps. Start the bike up and spray a little water on the caps. Put a hand on the tank and touch the wires...

Motorcycle Repair: 87 zx600r, haynes manuals, haynes manual
haynes manuals, haynes manual, vacuum line: Hi Blake. I know exactly how you are feeling. Unfortunately, I haven t found a good manual that deals with vacuum and evap hose routing myself. BUT... the answer lies in whether your bike is a California emission model or not. Typically, there is only one...

Motorcycle Repair: 91 fxrs front wheel bearings, front wheel bearings, replacing front wheel bearings
front wheel bearings, replacing front wheel bearings, axle torque: You need to replace the races, but you will need a race remover to get them out. Once you have them removed and installed install the bearing with the old shims. Now you need to install the axle so you can tighten it and check the spacing. You should have...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 katana 750 clutch problem, clutch cable, adjustment screw
clutch cable, adjustment screw, katana 750: Hi Chris... Sounds like you need to replace that clutch push rod. If the rod is bent at all, it s length is effectively shortened and it will not be able to reach. Change the rod and make sure the clutch cable is properly adjusted. Hope this helps!! ...

Motorcycle Repair: 94 sportster knock, start ups, great shape
start ups, great shape, pushrod: Without hearing the noise, its hard to determine what the noise is. It can be just a piston knock or a pushrod ticking or your primary chain is to loose. Worse case, it can be a rod going out, which would make noise at low RPMs or at idle Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: 95 roadking whine, clutch basket, roadking
clutch basket, roadking, oil levels: I would start by changing the fluids in the primary and trans and see if that doenst help. If you still have the noise then I would check the clutch basket nut for tightness. If that is not the problem then you will have to inspect the trans for a bearing...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 EVO, crank shaft, shaft bearing
crank shaft, shaft bearing, crank case: It would not be possible for the bearing to move on the shaft since they are pressed in, unless the motor sprocket nut came loose. Also, that bearing and race has been used for all harley motors since 1969 and I dont recall them having a problem is 97. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: 97 VF750C Magna, vf750c magna, rotator cuffs
vf750c magna, rotator cuffs, clutch cable: Hiya Mike! Let s try the simple fixes first and if they don t get you shifted then we ll head to the uglier stuff. First, you have a GREAT bike... extremely low miles, which makes me wonder if the problem might be dried out lubrication at the ball joints...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 FXD Will not fire., compression engines, mike thanks
compression engines, mike thanks, fxd: SInce you are sure you have fuel being pumped in and a good spark then you need to check the pickup or ignition, which ever you have, in the cone cover to make sure it hasent come loose and moved. If it is ok then if you have flyweights check them. Lastly,...

Motorcycle Repair: 98 Honda 1100cc Submerged by Ike, honda shadow, redone
honda shadow, redone, jugs: I m sorry to hear that Todd. I know a lot of folks lost a lot in that storm. My daughter and son-in-law live an hour or so north of Houston. I m glad you survived. There were some who didn t. No you don t have to take it all apart if you catch it soon...

Motorcycle Repair: 99' 1340 Evo Motor: How does the starter work?, starter solenoid, starter shaft
starter solenoid, starter shaft, starter relay: When you hit the starter button the starter relay send power to the starter. the starter solenoid pushes the starter shaft outward and the starter turns. When the solenoid moves the shaft it is connected to the jackshaft which ingages the starter gear on the...

Motorcycle Repair: Air lake Trigger wheels for honda Valkerie, honda valkerie, honda valkyrie
honda valkerie, honda valkyrie, honda gl1500: Hi Donna... To be honest, I don t usually promote using parts that alter what Honda has originally installed, but your question intriqued me so I schlepped around on the net to find out more about this timing wheel and found some pretty neat things out. You...

Motorcycle Repair: adjusting push rods on 1980 flt, rocker boxes, push rods
rocker boxes, push rods, rear position: What you need to do is remove the tappet and bleed the oil out of them. remove them and on the bottom you will see a hole. There is a ball check valve in there. Take a piece of stiff wire and push the ball and pump the tappet at the spring end, until the oi...

Motorcycle Repair: alternator removal, mechanical experience, stator
mechanical experience, stator, honda: It s a lot easier to work on it if you pull the motor. It s buried in the back side of the engine. I ve pulled the, exhaust, rear wheel and swingarm and changed one once so you can can get to it but I d probably pull the motor if I was going to do it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: BACKFIRING, suzuki savage, diaphram
suzuki savage, diaphram, fun bike: Hi Jeff... Man, I love the Suzuki Savage!! They are a fun bike to ride, and cuz they are a single cylinder with one carb, they are also usually easy to fix. Has the bike always done this or is this a new problem that started without warning? I ask because...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery not charging, stator windings, regulator rectifier
stator windings, regulator rectifier, honda 750: Bill, check the field and stator windings. They should have equal resistance between the windings on the stator and no continuity to ground. The field coil should also not have any continuity to ground. If those check out, the problem is most likely in the...

Motorcycle Repair: Battery not holding charge, yuasa battery, regulator rectifier
yuasa battery, regulator rectifier, volt ohm meter: John, take a volt ohm meter and measure the voltage on a fully charged battery with the engine running at about 3-4000 rpm. It should read 13.5 volts or higher. If it s doesn t, you have a high load on the system somewhere or you have a charging problem....

Motorcycle Repair: Battery Tender vs. standard charger, trickle charge, winter storage
trickle charge, winter storage, battery tender: A battery sends a constant current, depending on what you set it to, to the battery. If left on, after the battery is charged, for a long period it will ruin the battery. A battery tender sends a current to the battery until its charged and then shuts itself...

Motorcycle Repair: Bike stalling, gas caps, fuel caps
gas caps, fuel caps, petcock: Another thing to check is remove the air cleaner and when it stalls, shut the petcock off and then pump the throttle. Are you getting a squit of gas down the throat of the carb? Do it again and witht he petcock on give it a shot of gas. Are you getting fuel?...

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, vacuum line, diaphram
vacuum line, diaphram, intake manifold: Hi David... Ok... Was the bike running fine and just suddenly started backfiring for no reason? Or did the bike sit for awhile not being used? Also, have you made any alterations to the exhaust system prior to start of the backfiring? If the bike just up...

Motorcycle Repair: bad green wire from starter relay to solenoid..., novice questions, volt system
novice questions, volt system, starter relay: Yes, you can reroute the wire. Just make sure its not contacting anything hot. Wire open means the wire is not grounded. Wire grounded means the wire it touching somthing metal and is grounded. Either way, in a 12 volt system, the part that is suppose to...

Motorcycle Repair: bike want start, venturi tube, float bowl
venturi tube, float bowl, fuel petcock: Hi Richard... Well... I can t say for sure the problem is in the carbs. Is fuel getting from the gas tank to the carbs? At the bottom of each carb is a screw that when loosened allows fuel to drain from the float bowl. If gas comes out of those drains,...

Motorcycle Repair: brake light, brake light switch, eltra
brake light switch, eltra, test light: If the light is staying on all the time check at the handlebar switch. Looking at the brake lever you will see that the lever and throttle are attached to the handlebar by two pieces. they have to be slid together tightly or the brake light switch will not...

Motorcycle Repair: CA95 spark problem, center electrode, plug caps
center electrode, plug caps, point gap: Doug, check your battery voltage, spark plug cap resistance values. Plug caps should be zero ohms if originals or around 5k ohms if replacements. A bad condenser usually results in random firing of the coil, rather than just dropping one side. Recheck...

Motorcycle Repair: Cam Chain and tensioner on 84 VF1000F, cam chains, cylinderheads
cam chains, cylinderheads, vf1000f: Steve, there is no adjustment so if you need to replace them you have to pull the top of the cylinderheads apart. If you need to replace the cam chains, you have to take the engine apart. You have to pull the crank so you can slip the chains over the crank....

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem on 87 honda shadow 1100cc, honda shadow, carbs
honda shadow, carbs, overflow: Sounds like the floats are stuck and it s dumping fuel out the overflow tubes. I think you ll want to pull the carbs and find out why the needles and seats don t shut off. Could be dirty carbs from old fuel or rust or dirt coming from the tank. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: Carb slide/diaphram separated, yamaha v max, sugestions
yamaha v max, sugestions, diaphragm: A damaged diaphragm usually cannot be repaired but if the rubber is intact you may be able to reattach it. A replacement assembly is still available as an OEM part but costs about $75. Be careful about changing the weight of the slide and they are precisely...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR 250R oil leak, drain pan, oil leak
drain pan, oil leak, flashlight: David, my experience is limited to older pre-82 honda but it s probably because the plug is loose or they left the aluminum sealing washer off. If you take flashlight and a mirror you should be able to see if the washer is there. If it isn t it s easy to...

Motorcycle Repair: CBR F3 won't start, motorcycle world, engine case
motorcycle world, engine case, gas tank: Nick, is sounds like you don t have spark to the plugs. Putting gas in the carbs should have got the engine running if it had spark. Try pulling the plugs and putting in a new set. It s possible those are fouled with old fuel. When the plugs are out, check...

Motorcycle Repair: Choke Assembly, 1200c sportster, plastic nut
1200c sportster, plastic nut, good luck: You have to remove the carb to get to the choke assembly. It has a 9/16 plastic nut you have to turn off. Then install the new on back on. install the ckoke back in its slot, but be careful you dont tighten it to tight or it will break. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Clutch Adjustment, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, clutch cable: You need to do both. Loosent he cable so there is slack in it, then adjust the clutch itself. then go back to the clutch cable and adjust it. You neede about 1/8 turn play in the clutch adjster and about 1/8 inch play in the clutch lever Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: Coughing and Sneezing, charging system, chix
charging system, chix, coughs: Check your spark plug for color. If its sooty or wet you are either running rich or may have issues with the battery or charging system. If its white or looks burned you are running lean and may have plugged jets in the carbs. I like to start with the plug...

Motorcycle Repair: Crankcase breathe oil spillout, chain oiler, crankcase breather
chain oiler, crankcase breather, breather filter: Dont put two balls in, that will only cause problems. take the old ball and install it. Take a punch and hammer and tap the ball and that should reseat it. Not sure what sdjuster screw you are talking about, since there is no adjuster screw for the ball and...

Motorcycle Repair: c70 passport electrical, honda c70 passport, signal relay
honda c70 passport, signal relay, key switch: Hi Tracy... The C70 Passport is a very simple 6volt electrical system. I assume that the bike does run, but that you are kick starting it? Based on everything you have said, I think your problem will be found where the wires for all affected circuits join....

Motorcycle Repair: carburetor, harley chopper, mukini
harley chopper, mukini, custom harley: Make sure when you stut the bike down you turnt he petcock off. It sounds like to float is stuck open, letting gas flow out. ride the bike and see if the float doesnt come unstuck. If it doesnt, then you will have to remove the carb and the bowl on the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: case threads striped @ timing hole, timing hole, rubber plug
timing hole, rubber plug, plug hole: About the only thing you can do is remove the motor nd split the cases. When you try to drill it for a bigger plug or putting an insert in you will get metal inside. The only other sugggestion is to get a expanding rubber plug and put in the hole. It may look...

Motorcycle Repair: cb250n valve clearances, superdream, valve clearances
superdream, valve clearances, rocker arm: hello john , it sound like to me your have bad rocker arm nuts try re-setting them them put lockti on eah one so they dont back out that is what is causing the valve clearence change they are not holding there setting becuase the nuts are coming loose on...

Motorcycle Repair: cbr250r oil leak from bolt, drain bolt, luck david
drain bolt, luck david, drain hole: Hi David... Here s what I would do... drain the oil from the engine, and wait for it to stop dripping. Next, I would inspect the drain bolt and the washer (if equipped with one). Next, wipe the hole clean and look carefully around it. Look to see if there...

Motorcycle Repair: how to change rear tire, axle nut, rear tire
axle nut, rear tire, caliber: First you have to have a way to jack up the bike. jack it up so the rear tire is just sitting on the ground. Remove the exhaust if it is in the way of the axle. remove axle nut and slide the axle out. remove the belt from the wheel. Jack the bike up high enough...

Motorcycle Repair: checking the charging system., ac volts, stator
ac volts, stator, volt meter: Since you have replaced the regulator and if you know your battery is good, then the only other thing it can be is the stator. The next time, if ever, youhave to test the stator you need to test it for volts, not amps. You should show around 60 AC volts when...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch, hydraulic clutch, ring seals
hydraulic clutch, ring seals, slave cylinders: Randy, the clutch is slipping. It has a hydraulic clutch that may be holding pressure or the plunger is sticking. I d start by taking the master and slave cylinders apart and give them a good cleaning. You will probably find a varnish like material behind...

Motorcycle Repair: clutch hub, left hand thread, shovelhead motor
left hand thread, shovelhead motor, clutch setup: the nut is left handed and you will probably need a impact wrench to remove it. The other problem is you will need a clutch hub puller to remove the clutch hub from the trans shaft. the studs go in from the back of the clutch hub. If you have had roller bearings...

Motorcycle Repair: compression damping, v65 magna, twin spring
v65 magna, twin spring, spring rate: The damping adjustment won t change the ride height or the spring rate it only changes the rebound characteristics. The only way I know to keep them from bottoming out is by changing the spring rate. You can shim the spring or you can change the spring to...

Motorcycle Repair: How to confirm the model # Honda CM450E?, salvage title, model honda
salvage title, model honda, noise question: Linsey, I think I just answered some of the same questions from your dad. The model number can be found on the head stock of the frame. You will see a tap riveted on the headstock. If that s been removed, you will find a serial number stamped into the frame...

Motorcycle Repair: correct fluids, 20w50, matter of opinion
20w50, matter of opinion, lubes: For you oil, you can use any oil that has SAE one the bottle and is a 20w50. The primary and trans oil should be a oil the is make for those locations. On the recommending oils, its a matter of opinion. You ask 10 people what oil is the best and you will...

Motorcycle Repair: Dirty Carbs? & Turn Signal, yamaha fj1100, bikebandit com
yamaha fj1100, bikebandit com, ebay: The rising RPMs at idle is a sign of a dirty or lean idle circuit. Since you just got the bike, you can assume the carbs need going over. You may try just removing and cleaning the idle jet and the idle mixture screw. That may be all it needs. Once the idle...

Motorcycle Repair: Ditch or fix, honda cb160, metal debris
honda cb160, metal debris, piston ring: Hey Brett... Man... you re a tuggin at my heart strings!! I love those old bikes. Ok... judging by the description you wrote, coupled with a gut feeling, my first guess is that one of the pistons has a small hole in it. This could have been caused by the...

Motorcycle Repair: Electrical, Engine does not turn over on 1993 softail, sorry for the confusion, starter button
sorry for the confusion, starter button, starter relay: Ok, what we need to do is get the bike running. First, charge the battery over night. Get a test light and with the ignition on see if you have power at the hot wire on the starter button. then push the button and see if you have power going away from the...

Motorcycle Repair: Evo 883 Pushrod, copper wire, push rod
copper wire, push rod, push rods: What you need to do is install the pushrods and before putting the top rocker covers. Rotate the motor so the front exhaust valve is open all the way. Now let he bike sit for about 15 minutes and it will bleed down. then rotate the motor and do the next one....

Motorcycle Repair: electrical, starter relay
starter relay: Sounds like the relay is shorting or drawing too much current for some reason. You should be able to test the relay by itself by just applying 12v to the contacts. If the wires get hot while applying power to the relay I m thinking the relay is bad or its...

Motorcycle Repair: putting in my engine, yamaha maxim, bike frame
yamaha maxim, bike frame, floor jacks: Old trick is to lay some old tires flat on the ground and lay the engine upright on some wood between the tires. Then lift the bike frame and slide it flat over the engine, resting it on the old tires. Sometimes its easier to move the bike frame around and...

Motorcycle Repair: Feels like grinding gears!!!!, suzuki gsxr 600, 2004 suzuki gsxr
suzuki gsxr 600, 2004 suzuki gsxr, 2004 suzuki gsxr 600: Hi Paul... Well... grinding and clicking noises are not something you want to hear from your Baby... so, I understand how ya are feeling right now. The good news is that the problem may be your chain. When a chain stretches too much, the end result is often...

Motorcycle Repair: Fuse, honda cb 400, regulator rectifier
honda cb 400, regulator rectifier, signal light: Popping fuses usually means that there s too much voltage on your electrical system. That is a symptom of a failed or failing regulator/rectifier. Put a voltmeter and check the voltage while the bike is running. Increase the RPMs and watch the voltage. If...

Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Yamaha DT 175 Sticky Throttle, dt175, clatter
Motorcycle Repair: 1978 Yamaha DT 175 Sticky Throttle, dt175, clatter, air filter

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E HONDA jingling while freewheeling, chain tension, frame problem
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E HONDA jingling while freewheeling, chain tension, frame problem, rear tire

Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E Honda (6 up!) Used 1st bike, sweet time, repair manuals
Motorcycle Repair: 1982 CM450E Honda (6 up!) Used 1st bike, sweet time, repair manuals, thanks for your help

Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda with mystery ailment. Can you help?, stator, fuel pump
Motorcycle Repair: 1984 Honda with mystery ailment. Can you help?, stator, fuel pump, solenoid

Motorcycle Repair: 1988 yamaha tt 225cc, cam chain, valve timing
Motorcycle Repair: 1988 yamaha tt 225cc, cam chain, valve timing, timing problem

Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Suzuki DR200 (DF200) ...horsepower, dirt farm, sprockets
Motorcycle Repair: 1998 Suzuki DR200 (DF200) ...horsepower, dirt farm, sprockets, bat motorcycles

Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Honda Sabre will not idle, jack anthony
Motorcycle Repair: 2005 Honda Sabre will not idle, jack anthony

Motorcycle Repair: 85 700 Maxim X
Motorcycle Repair: 85 700 Maxim X

Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, coils, vulcan
Motorcycle Repair: backfiring, coils, vulcan

Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem on 87 honda shadow 1100cc, needle valves, cleaning solution
Motorcycle Repair: Carb problem on 87 honda shadow 1100cc, needle valves, cleaning solution

Motorcycle Repair: General Motorcycle Brake Bleeding., banjo bolt, caliper
Motorcycle Repair: General Motorcycle Brake Bleeding., banjo bolt, caliper, washers

Motorcycle Repair: gs1150 runs on choke only very rough, float bowls, rubber plugs
Motorcycle Repair: gs1150 runs on choke only very rough, float bowls, rubber plugs, ohm meter

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 400F SuperSport 1977, replacement fuses, fuse box
Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 400F SuperSport 1977, replacement fuses, fuse box, pilot light

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL250S, regulator rectifier, volt regulator
Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL250S, regulator rectifier, volt regulator, cdi

Motorcycle Repair: honda xl350 1975, piston face, honda oem
Motorcycle Repair: honda xl350 1975, piston face, honda oem, honda manual

Motorcycle Repair: is this mechanic going to rip me off?, guarentee, rural area
Motorcycle Repair: is this mechanic going to rip me off?, guarentee, rural area, mechanic

Motorcycle Repair: Oiling the chain? 1982 Honda CM450E, gear oil, rear tire
Motorcycle Repair: Oiling the chain? 1982 Honda CM450E, gear oil, rear tire, yesterday and today

Motorcycle Repair: Seat repair: 1982 Honda CM450E, plastic leather, plastic seat
Motorcycle Repair: Seat repair: 1982 Honda CM450E, plastic leather, plastic seat, upholstering

Motorcycle Repair: no spark at the plug, nx250
Motorcycle Repair: no spark at the plug, nx250

Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gz125 marauder., good answer, gz
Motorcycle Repair: suzuki gz125 marauder., good answer, gz

Motorcycle Repair: frt motor mount, harley dealer, stablizer
harley dealer, stablizer, frt: the stablizer is located at the top of the center of the motor. it is a bar going from the frame to the center motor mount. If you have never messed with it or it is not broken, then there shouldnt be anything wrong with it Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel leaking out of carb float bowl, v45 sabre, fuel pump filter
v45 sabre, fuel pump filter, fuel tubes: Brian, go back to the bikebandit.com site reference and you will see the fuel pump. It should be under the seat, perhaps along the side cover. Been awhile since I worked on one. The float valve is just a plastic float that rises when the incoming gas fills...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel petcock installation, vent hose, vacuum systems
vent hose, vacuum systems, performance motor: Yes, you turn the nut on the petcock and it threads on both ends at the same time. There is really no best brand, unless you are running a high performance motor. Stick with a stock one. Your bikes carb draws it vaccumn from the motor when the pistons go...

Motorcycle Repair: fuel tank, honda cm400t, honda motorcycle
honda cm400t, honda motorcycle, bikebandit com: Probably not but you can check the microfiche to see if other models had similar looking and larger tanks. It may be possible to modify a tank from a different bike to fit your bike but it wold probably involve some cutting and welding. http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmotorcycles/honda-motorcycle-cm400t-1981/o/m2130...

Motorcycle Repair: General Motorcycle Brake Bleeding., bleeding brakes, port holes
bleeding brakes, port holes, motorcycle brake: Dan, bleeding brakes can be a pain. I use a mini-vac system and pull the fluid through the lines with some velocity so it pulls the air out with it. If you want to try it manually, you need an extra pair of hands. Fill up the reservoir so you don t run...

Motorcycle Repair: GL1100A brake problem, brake calipers, goldwings
brake calipers, goldwings, s center: Hi Will! Great question. Here is what I would do: Put the GW on it s center stand and place a small jack under a non-damagable area of the front of the engine. We re trying to get both wheels off the ground. Once you have the bike so that both wheels are off...

Motorcycle Repair: GS550ES, suzuki gs550es, gs models
suzuki gs550es, gs models, bikebandit com: Most likely it needs some carb work. Pay careful attention to the operation of the float valves. You may need to remove the float valves, clean them and replace the o-rings. I want to add the following: * parts can be had in several places online. OEM...

Motorcycle Repair: gs1150 runs on choke only very rough, lean mixture, gear teeth
lean mixture, gear teeth, chain stretch: I would start by posting this to www.thegsresources.com and ask if a 2 tooth skip can result in damage to the valve. Their forum is down right now but when it comes back you will have access to the best minds in the GS business right there. I think you are...

Motorcycle Repair: Hard to start Yamaha FZR 600, yamaha fzr 600, motorcycle world
yamaha fzr 600, motorcycle world, carbs: Hi Cameron... Sorry for the delay in answering... Even tho the carbs were rebuilt last year, it may be that the bike sat too long with gas in the carbs after the rebuild. The gas gets gooey after a few months and clogs the slow jets. Even if you put...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley Dyna Oil Change, harley dyna, oil plug
harley dyna, oil plug, trans fluid: remove he drain plug and drain on the trans. Fill with trans fluid until it is on the full mark on the dipstick with the bike sitting upright. On the primary, drain and remove the derby cover. Fill, with the bike sitting upright, until it is at the bottom...

Motorcycle Repair: Harley FLH 1972 clutch, spring tension, hi mike
spring tension, hi mike, steel plates: Remove the adjustment from your clutches. Tighten up the nuts ont he springs about 1 to 1 1/2 turns and readjust the clutch and see if that doesnt help. Your adjustment bolt should have about 1/8 turn outward from bottoming out, then adjust he cable Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 500 shadow canadian, wheel alignment, cork ireland
wheel alignment, cork ireland, honda 500: Could be low tire pressure, or either the wheel or swing arm bearings. You should also check the rear wheel alignment. The procedure for checking the bearings involves seeing if there s any lateral motion on the rear wheel. Grab the wheel and see if it...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda 750, honda cb 750, dyna s ignition system
honda cb 750, dyna s ignition system, honda 750: I have very little experience tuning for performance but the only way to know for sure if your modifications do any good is to run on a dyno. With stock carbs I am guessing you can probably keep the current airbox. The airbox s job is to give the carbs a...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda C70 motorcycle timing, honda c70 motorcycle, air fuel mixture
honda c70 motorcycle, air fuel mixture, exhaust stroke: Rick, you have almost answered your own question. Yes, the system sends a voltage spike to the plug again at the start of the exhaust stoke but it doesn t have any effect. Since there are no combustible gases in the cylinder at that time, it doesn t help...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB 400F SuperSport 1977, starter solenoid, honda cb
starter solenoid, honda cb, thermal fatigue: Intermittent electrical failures are very hard to diagnose. Those two fuses are the main fuses for the electrical system. Things like lights, horn, starter solenoid etc. are probably on those circuits. I don t have a wiring diagram for that bike so I can...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CB175, throttle cable, cranks
throttle cable, cranks, air filter: The throttle cable is stuck, idle screw is in too far or the slide is stuck in the carb. It could be caused by a rusty throttle cable or a dirty carb. Take the air filter off or remove the carb and watch inside the carb bore as you open and close the throttle....

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CBR600F carb balancing / syncronisation, honda cbr600f, adjustment screws
honda cbr600f, adjustment screws, gages: Bertie, the procedure is too complicated to write out a step by step. Once you hook up the gages and start the bike you will see the balance between the 4 cylinders. You will find some adjustment screws between the carbs. Those screws adjust the balance...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda CT-90 1969 K1B, honda ct, honda parts
honda ct, honda parts, aftermarket parts: Any of the 90 CC engines will fit that bike. The 110 cc engine were almost identical if you want to swap the whole engine but the rings and piston won t fit your cylinder. I d look around some or check the internet for aftermarket parts. The Honda parts...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda Twinstar 185T-1978, honda twinstar, ac volts
honda twinstar, ac volts, volt system: EWB, I don t think that will work. I ve never tried it but the AC voltage you measured was an open circuit voltage but you ll loose half of that voltage right off the bat because the rectifier can only pass the current that has the right polarity. I d be...

Motorcycle Repair: Honda XL250S, volt electrical system, rare thanks
volt electrical system, rare thanks, xl250: Hi Martin... Umm.... A Honda XL250S is a single cylinder engine that runs on a 6 volt electrical system. The CB250 (NightHawk) is a twin cylinder that runs on a 12v system. Let s assume that I have not misread something here and you fitted a Nighthawk...

Motorcycle Repair: hand grips, stock grips, hand grips
stock grips, hand grips, deuce: You have to have a grip with two slots, since you have two cables. When you get ready remove the cover over the throttle and you will see how the grip is installed. On the other side remove the cover and the grip will have to be cut off. It is glued to the...

Motorcycle Repair: handlebars and pulls to tke left at 50mph, clutch cable, throttle cable
clutch cable, throttle cable, pully: If you are wanting to pull the handlebars back and there is not enough wire then you will have to splice wire in. The other problem you might run into is the throttle cable and idle cable, clutch cable and brake line might be to short. As to the pulling to...

Motorcycle Repair: about harley davidson, harley davidson xlh, harley davidson
harley davidson xlh, harley davidson, 30th anniversary: In 87 I dont think a sportster cam with a belt. It might have been converted to a belt. What you need to do is measure the width of the belt and then count the number of teeth on the belt and then get one that matches Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight trouble, honda ascot vt500, starter button
honda ascot vt500, starter button, green mountains: PETER!!!! Oh man... Sorry to hear the extra troubles. The reason I needed to know what bike you had was cuz my first thought was the starter button. On a lot of bikes, the starter button actually performs two functions. One is to energize the starter solenoid,...

Motorcycle Repair: headlight/turn signal problem., turn signals, signal problem
turn signals, signal problem, signal lights: On a 2000 the front turn signals have a two filment bulb. One it for turn signals and the other is for running lights, so a light is suppose to be on. If your headlight is not working then you have a wire off or a shorted wire, so you need to check it Good...

Motorcycle Repair: heating, suzuki gsxr 750, radiator cap
suzuki gsxr 750, radiator cap, ok buddy: Patrick, first of all i cant really remeber but if its water cooled you have either a bad thermostat or a bad cooling fan sensor that kicks on your cooling fan when the bike starts to heat up, be carefull not to run it till it shuts off that is very dangerous...

Motorcycle Repair: heating, oil pressure gauge, gixxer 750
oil pressure gauge, gixxer 750, gsxr 750: Hi Patrick!! Gixxer 750... Best sport bike ever built!! Ok... A problem like this is difficult to resolve without being able to put my dirty little hands on it. But lets run through the facts here: the 91 GSXR 750 is air/oil cooled. It has a small oil cooler...

Motorcycle Repair: help with my yamaha yz 125 94, yamaha yz 125, yamaha yz125
yamaha yz 125, yamaha yz125, kickstarter: hello gary, it sound like to me you may have bent a valve causing the pressure to stay inside the engine head instead of blowing it out the exhaust head or make sure you are on top dead center with yur timing marks this can also cause the kickstarter to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda cx500 '79, fuel tank, honda
fuel tank, honda: Miano, it could be as simple as installing a new battery or it could require a complete carb rebuild along with and fuel tank flush and sealing. It s really hard to tell. The fact that it runs when you jump it is a pretty good sign. Regards Ric...

Motorcycle Repair: my honda magna v45 750 1982, honda magna v45, throttle linkage
honda magna v45, throttle linkage, trottle: James, sounds like the throttle cable is stuck. You should be able to force it to idle by pushing the trottle closed. They have a push/pull cables for just that purpose. It s also possible the throttle linkage is binding up with dirt or rust. Regards...

Motorcycle Repair: honda shadow ace 2003, honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750
honda shadow ace, honda shadow ace 750, air fuel mixture: Hi Billy... Start by putting all the mixture screws back to their factory setting. The air/fuel mixture screws have no effect on de-accelerating. They only control the fuel/air at idle. The process of rejetting the carbs can be timely and frustrating to...

Motorcycle Repair: honda vfr750 front brake problem, caliper pistons, honda vfr750
caliper pistons, honda vfr750, piston seals: Hi Alan... Wow.. tuff question. Being as how the brake lever was bent outward, I am at a loss to understand how this mishap has caused the problem. It may be a coincidence. But at anyrate, we need to determine where the problem is exactly. A VFR750 Interceptor...

Motorcycle Repair: honda xl350 1975, honda shop, exhaust side
honda shop, exhaust side, valve clearance: Mike, with what you just told me I d recommend you put the indicator on the intake side. The IN indicates the intake side on the stock piston and the triangle should also be used the as the intake indicator. If you don t reverse it you may find that the...

Motorcycle Repair: about the hot start, plastic flange, flange nut
plastic flange, flange nut, model bike: Hi Josh... I m not intimately familar with the model bike you have, but that shouldn t matter... the choke plunger is usually held down with a plastic flange nut (black in color). You will need either a 12mm or 14mm wrench. Loosen that flange nut and the...

Motorcycle Repair: ignition coil, accel coils, duty coil
accel coils, duty coil, spark tester: Coils are like anything other electrical part. In time they will fail. As to why it only lasted 14 months, I cant tell you. Personnally I use Accel coils and have great luck with them and they have a warrenty on them. Check with the company for your company...

Motorcycle Repair: Jets, vance and hines pipes, slow jet
vance and hines pipes, slow jet, dyna jet: Your best bet is to get a Dyna-jet kit for your bike. In it you will find the proper jets you need. There are some holes you will drill out which will give you more throttle responce and jet it correctly. Its easy to install and only takes a couple of hours...

Motorcycle Repair: kawasaki ninja zx10, kawasaki ninja, coolant temp
kawasaki ninja, coolant temp, crankcase: Don t know the specifics on this bike but the speed and rpm are cable linkages to the front wheel and the crankcase, usually. The gas is driven by a sender unit which sits in the tank. The sender unit may need adjustment. The temp (coolant temp I m guessing)...

Motorcycle Repair: kehin butterfly sceaming eagle carb, air fuel mixture, eagle carb
air fuel mixture, eagle carb, harley dealer: Your starting point for the air/fuel mixture screw is about 1 1/2 turns. Once you get it running and warmed up slowly turn the screw inward, just until the bike starts to stumble then, counting the turns, turn it outward, just until the bike starts to stumble....

Motorcycle Repair: kx85 is bogging, stator plate, k n air filter
stator plate, k n air filter, scilencer: You can tell pretty quickly. First shut off the fuel a run the bike, if it runs better for a little while before the carbs run out of fuel, the dealer was right. Then put some choke on (not full on)and see if it runs better. If it does run better with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Lowering an Ultra, stock shocks, spacer
stock shocks, spacer, good luck: you can lower it at the rear. There are kits out there you can buy which moves the stock shocks so the rear is lower by 1 . to lower the front you would have to remove the front end so you can get to the fork springs. You then change them out for a set of...

Motorcycle Repair: This Magna VF700 has a MYSTERY AILMENT that we just can't figure out! HELP!, mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna
mystery ailment, 1984 honda magna, clutch fluid: Luke if the stator were the problem your bike would lose voltage to the whole ignition system. Check info at: http://users.rcn.com/kochc/moto/spark/ig_repair.html http://www.sabmag.org/Sabre-Magna%20FAQ%20v2.htm There is a fuel cut relay for the...

Motorcycle Repair: Modulating light, beam element, buld
beam element, buld, low beam: the modulating light is designed to make the bike more visable to other drivers. the buld will not burn out faster, I dont think it will hynotize the rider, it make other drivers more aware, it will not run your battery down faster. I would recommend it if...

Motorcycle Repair: is this mechanic going to rip me off?, bike mechanic, old bikes
bike mechanic, old bikes, rare model: Its really hard for me to say whether he is goign to rip you off or not. I do know some really small shops that charge a deposit to do work. This helps them pay for parts. You can always ask him for a few customers phone numbers that he did work for. You could...

Motorcycle Repair: motorbike, honda cbr600rr, electric starter
honda cbr600rr, electric starter, hondas: My experience is on older pre-82 Hondas but it depends on what you mean by getting the bike turning. Will the electric starter not spin the engine or won t it run? If it spins with the starter but not fire and run, I d bet you have old fuel in it and it...

Motorcycle Repair: motorcycle, honda cb750k, dohc motors
honda cb750k, dohc motors, motorcycle oil: Bryan///// http://motorbikearchives.com/Bike-Tests/Road-and-Street/Honda-CB750F-1980.html Looks like you better buy a 5 pack, along with a filter. Most all of the DOHC motors are the same design and size, if not equipped with an oil cooler. Honda...

Motorcycle Repair: Need a Key, honda cb650 custom, 1980 honda cb650
honda cb650 custom, 1980 honda cb650, fuel tank cap: Bill, the ignition lock used to have a number stamped on them that corresponded to a key code. Sometimes dealers had a stash of old keys that you might be able to match up with. The dealer I used to work for always took 2 of the 4 keys that came with the...

Motorcycle Repair: Nighthawk clutch, clutch replacement, clutch lever
clutch replacement, clutch lever, shop bike: Hi Mike... We have a 92 Nighthawk 750 that we use as a shop bike to run errands and fetch parts, etc. Our bike also makes that same sound, but only when started with the choke on (before the engine is warmed up). So before ya start ripping the clutch apart,...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil Leak, two different things, chest area
two different things, chest area, oil leak: Under the rocker box there is a rubber disc which is suppose to vent air. It must be bad so a little oil is going with it. You can do two different things to cure the problem. One is replace the rubber. the other is to get a kit that will vent the air to the...

Motorcycle Repair: Oil spitting out of hose, ultra groundpounder, oil pump
ultra groundpounder, oil pump, cranks: When running the bike you cant plug that hose, its a vent for the lower end. there is not much you can do for the dripping unless you run the hose so it is higher than the vent, then the oil will flow back into the motor Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: Oiling the chain? 1982 Honda CM450E, chain oilers, squeeze bottle
chain oilers, squeeze bottle, autozone: I use 90 weight gear oil. This is what the service manuals recommend. You can buy it in a squeeze bottle. Just trim the tip real small and drip some on the chain every 200-300 miles. Wipe off the excess with a rag. I ve heard of automatic chain oilers which...

Motorcycle Repair: oil change, heritage softail classic, 2003 heritage softail
heritage softail classic, 2003 heritage softail, tank drain: Start the bike and let it warm up. Under the bike you will find the drain hose coming from the oil tank. Drain the oil and remove the filter and replace it. Fill the oil tank, with the bike sitting upright, with 20w50 oil. It will take about 3.5 quarts Good...

Motorcycle Repair: Possible electrical overload, honda cb 550, amp fuse
honda cb 550, amp fuse, fuse block: Hey Terry... Well... I m not sure which fuse you are referring too. I haven t worked on a bike the age of yours for some time now, but I do know that Honda used more than just one fuse on that bike. If you are talking about the main fuse, then the problem...

Motorcycle Repair: Primary cover removal on 2002 Harley Sportster, harley sportster, locknut
harley sportster, locknut, clutch: You first have to remove the clutch adjuster. remove the derby cover and you will see the adjuster under it. remove the locknut and then turn the adjuster nut out. then you need to loosen the chain adjuster under the primary. Once you have the above done then...