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Motorcycle Repair: timing, suzuki dr200, camshaft timing
suzuki dr200, camshaft timing, suzuki bikes: Hi Gary, I do not have the Service Manual or specs for the 1989 Suzuki DR200 camshaft timing. Try asking for the specs and procedure at this website forum: www.suzuki-bikes.com/forum/index.php? See microfiche parts on www.bikebandit.com. Check...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, cam lobes, punch mark
cam lobes, punch mark, head gasket: Michael... is this a trick question? Honda didn t make any 750 Shadows in 1981. Are you working on a V twin 750 or an inline 750 Nighthawk? Basically you have to bring the piston on that cylinder up to the TDC (top dead center) mark and the cam lobes will...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, kawasaki kz1000, camshaft
kawasaki kz1000, camshaft, kz: Hi Kathy, I recommend the service manual for this procedure. I do not have the service manual and cannot remember the procedure or how many camshaft sprocket points to count to set the timing. A good resoure for your KZ is www.oldkawman.com Maybe...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, emery paper, maximum gap
emery paper, maximum gap, harley dealers: Melanie... some helpful files are on the www.sohc4.us site. There is more to it than just turning a few screws.... There are a number of factors to be considered when adjusting the timing on a points/condenser ignition system. Here s a photo of your...

Motorcycle Repair: timing a 79 fxe that won't start, timing hole, fxe
timing hole, fxe, timing light: You will need a timing light and a clear plug for the timing hole in the case. Start the bike and looking in the timing hole with the timing light, look for the timing line on the flywheel. If you dont see it then have another person slowly turn the timing...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, timing hole, preignition
timing hole, preignition, rear cylinder: Your going to need a timing light to get it right on as well as a clear plug for the timing hole. If you dont have this equipment you can get it close by ear. Start the bike and let it warm up. Slowly turn the ignition until you get your highest RPMs and lock...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, timing hole, hole plug
timing hole, hole plug, timing light: On the wiring you need to get a wiring diagram and with a test light follow it to the problem. Start at the sey switch and work your way along. As to the timing, once it is set it doesnt move. If you need to set it however, you will need a timing light and...

Motorcycle Repair: timing belt and cams, compression stroke, shift focus
compression stroke, shift focus, plug hole: Hi Dave, I don t think removing the cams was necessary. The cams moved, but that didn t damage anything. It would have been easier to reinstall the timing plate. It has locators for proper installation. On a positive note, It s a good learning experience....

Motorcycle Repair: timing/carburator, yamaha 450, float bowl
yamaha 450, float bowl, dirt bike: Hi Luis, it is probably time to clean out the carb. The fuel will turn to varnish if left to long in the float bowl and plug up the pilot/idle jet. This is assuming that this is a dirt bike with a carb?? Good luck and remember to drain the fuel out of the...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain, cam chain, timing chain
cam chain, timing chain, bolt: Hi Andrew, It s been awhile since I serviced an XS. If memory is correct..... with the engine off, loosen the cam chain tensioner lock-nut and loosen the tensioner bolt just enough for the auto-tensioner to move (about 1/2 turn). Tighten tensioner bolt...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain, honda xl, cam shaft
honda xl, cam shaft, spocket: The proper way to tighten the cam chain is too loosen the adjuster nut and turn the bolt in with your fingers until you cant turn it in anymore and then lock the nut.As for the chain falling down the motor take a pies of wire and wrap it around the chain before...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain, locknut, chain tensioner
locknut, chain tensioner, timing chain: Jon, there is usually 1 locknut on the rear of the cylinders between and below the carbs. -You let your bike idle (1200 rpm) and loosen the locknut, the chain tensioner inside the engine should adjust itself automatically, then you just lock the nut...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain on 85 honda, camshaft lobes, honda dirtbike
camshaft lobes, honda dirtbike, chain and sprocket: Peter..... a 85 Honda dirtbike isn t very informative, but I will assume that it is a single cylinder 50cc-250cc something.... It is called a timing chain for a reason.... it coordinates the crankshaft/piston position with the timing of the intake and...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain adjustment, cam lobes, compression stroke
cam lobes, compression stroke, chain spring: Turn the kickstarter until the timing marks line up, making sure you re on the compression stroke.. (cam lobes pointing outwards), loosen the locknut on the screw you ve found, loosen the allen key on the adjuster and the chain should auto-tighten, then reverse...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain on suzuki 400cc Bandit, bike repair shop, motorcycle engine
bike repair shop, motorcycle engine, chain tensioner: yes they do have a cam chain tensioner. you might want to chk it first do not rev engine to much you could damage internal parts,you could also have a a screw missing off of the cam gear i have seen it before causing the rattle. good luck hope this helps you....

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain tension, arai mx, chain and sprockets
arai mx, chain and sprockets, katana 750: Hi Don, Keep your chains adjusted and lubricated. Always replace chain and sprockets as a set when necessary. Read the following file: Respectfully, Mark Shively Chain Maintenance Neglecting your chain is kind of like wearing that ratty pair...

Motorcycle Repair: timing chain, engine temperatures, temperatures rise
engine temperatures, temperatures rise, valve clearances: Hi Gary, I don t know of any such common problems with the Bandits or GSX-R s. It s normal for valves to produce a tapping sound when valves clearances are slightly excessive or with a cold engine. As engine temperatures rise and metal engine parts...

Motorcycle Repair: timing a evo motor, evo motor, timing hole
evo motor, timing hole, softail custom: Remove the timing plug on the left side of the motor. Attach your timing light. have a buddy on the cam side of the bike. Start the bike. You are going to get a oi mist out of the timing hole so you have to do it quick. They do make a clear plug for the hole,...

Motorcycle Repair: timing an evo with points ignition, timing hole, pinion shaft
timing hole, pinion shaft, hole plug: Your timing on your bike would be the same as the electronic. One thing to remember, once the timing is set, it doesnt change. Your timing is a direct drive off the cam and the cam is direct drive off the pinion shaft. SO once its set, it is set. Now to the...

Motorcycle Repair: timing an evo with points ignition, electronic ignition system, point gap
electronic ignition system, point gap, cam lobe: First of all you went TOTALY BACKWARDS going to points. But its you bike. Remove plugs and put bike in 5th gear rotate engine over untill big lobe on ignition cam holds the points open. loosen point hold down screw and adjust point gap .016 to .018...

Motorcycle Repair: timing honda cb350, clymer manual, piston crown
clymer manual, piston crown, critical settings: Nick, I m not sure of what you mean, what are these bolts you are describing? Are they from the cover or the screws that hold the points assemblies down to the stator cover? Check for spark on all cylinders before proceding. It may be best if you replace...

Motorcycle Repair: timing magnito ignition, time mike, intake valve
time mike, intake valve, kill switch: First, check to make sure you dont have it 180 degrees out of time. Find top dead center. It will happen right after the front intake valve shuts. Then look for the mark on the flywheel. Once you have it check the lobe on the mag. If its out then you need...

Motorcycle Repair: timing mark on Honda 450 Nighthawk, honda 450 nighthawk, fuel air mixture
honda 450 nighthawk, fuel air mixture, paul devlin: Hi Terry, The right side case. Remove the (tappet) cover at about the 1 o clock position. Some helpful reading I found on line is below. Respectfully, Mark Shively Making adjustments on Cam Chain Tensioner and Acceleration Pump I found...

Motorcycle Repair: timing marks, yamaha xs1100, cam gears
yamaha xs1100, cam gears, crank: Hi Monte. It is just like a car in that respect. It all goes back to the an engine is an engine philosophy. Go through the repair manual for the specifics, but you will find that the same type of thing on a car for the timing is almost identical on...

Motorcycle Repair: timing/points setup, maximum gap, emery paper
maximum gap, emery paper, point gap: Carl, ignition points are just switches to turn the ignition coils and and off. The point gap determines how long the coil primary windings can saturate the coil with a magnetic field. If the gap is smaller the points stay closed longer, which makes a larger...

Motorcycle Repair: timing problem, honda xr80r, first mistake
honda xr80r, first mistake, dirtbike: I m confused myself. Here s the first mistake in your description. This is a dirtbike, so it would use a two cycle engine. Unlike a 4 cycle, two cycle motors don t use timing parts, and there aren t any valves that would tick persay. It s likely you have...

Motorcycle Repair: timing set up, camshaft sprockets, camshaft lobes
camshaft sprockets, camshaft lobes, valve shims: Hi Stephen, Turn the rotor counterclockwise and align the T mark on the rotor with the crankcase index mark. This position will put you TDC on the compression stroke. The diagram shows the alignment mark at about 11 o clock on the crankcase. At TDC,...

Motorcycle Repair: timing specs, timing specs, shively
timing specs, shively, volunteers: Hi Dale, I recommend the Service Manual for specification information. You may find a website dedicated to the XR s that has this intel. I don t own that paticular manual and AllExperts doesn t provide volunteers with such. I cannot remember the specs...

Motorcycle Repair: timing suzuki 250 atv, suzuki lt250, suzuki 250
suzuki lt250, suzuki 250, exact specs: Hi tim, It s easiest to use the factory timing marks. Refer to the service manual for the exact specs and procedure. You may find someone with the specs at www.atvfrontier.com Use www.bikebandit.com to see microfiche parts on line. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: timing and syncing carbs, maximum gap, hash marks
maximum gap, hash marks, chiltons manual: AL, I don t use the books much and a lot of it is misleading or incomplete. You might want to remove the point plate and clean up the marks on the spark advancer unit, so they are easier to see. Also check the advancer to see that it is moving freely into...

Motorcycle Repair: timing of yamaha virago, yamaha virago 1100, bikebandit com
yamaha virago 1100, bikebandit com, virago: Hi Craig, From the information provided, I suspect the carburetors need thoroughly cleaned to remove varinshed gasoline, and then synchronized to complete the task. You described the symptoms, but did not include other important information as requested...

Motorcycle Repair: timing, cam lobes, punch mark
cam lobes, punch mark, cylinder motorcycle: Matt, I hope you didn t turn it over too hard, otherwise the valves will get bent. Single cylinder motorcycle engines have to have the cams installed at TDC (piston at top T mark on flywheel). At that position, the cam lobes should both be down in an upside...

Motorcycle Repair: timming, harley riders, white paint
harley riders, white paint, fxrs: You are having the same problem that has plauged harley riders for years. What you are doing is correct, but it is hard to see through the plug. I have had the same trouble, but now I use a electronic meter to do my timing. Problem is its expensive. I have,...

Motorcycle Repair: tire alignment, stock aluminum, tire alignment
stock aluminum, tire alignment, rear fender: Actually, you should align the real wheel to the front wheel. The best thing you can use are a floresent lamp. One on each side. lay them on both sides of the back tire running foward to the front tireSince you have two different size tires you can measure...

Motorcycle Repair: tire change, honda goldwing, gl 1200
honda goldwing, gl 1200, bikebandit com: Hi Marc, You ll have to buy, borrow, or otherwise locate a copy of the service manual. I simply don t have the time to type the procedure. The service manual has illustrated procedures on all repiars and will pay for itself with the first repair you...

Motorcycle Repair: tire change and brake replacement, unbalanced tire, honda 400
unbalanced tire, honda 400, rear brakes: Hi Mike. Seating the tire bead is easy as long as you have access to a good air comppressor. You need to over inflate the tire till the bead (quite literally) pops into place. You will both see the bead set and hear an audible pop as the bead seats....

Motorcycle Repair: tire change, rear axle nut, rim band
rear axle nut, rim band, cotter pin: Matt... I guess you didn t get an owner s manual with your bike : ) If you have tools and some knowledge about disassembly of things and some tire tools, an air compressor and are ready to get dirty, then you should be able to do this yourself... The...

Motorcycle Repair: Front tire removal 1999 Marauder, suzuki marauder vz 800, marauder vz 800
suzuki marauder vz 800, marauder vz 800, 1999 suzuki marauder: Scott, Just a followup note: be careful not to bump the brake lever when the caliper is off the disc, the brake pad pistons will fly out and make a mess. You could stick a piece of wood in between the pads for safety sake until you get it back together....

Motorcycle Repair: front tire removal, suzuki 88, tire removal
suzuki 88, tire removal, bolt: on the right side at the bottom of the forks make sure the two bolts are taken off ,then take the big bolt ou of the shock the one thta runs through the rim you may hev to use a smaller bolt on the side where the threads are to tap the long bolt out after...

Motorcycle Repair: tire repair, factory tool kit, honda shadow
factory tool kit, honda shadow, allen bolt: Hi Ken. The bike should have come with a tool kit. In that kit is a wrench for almost every bolt, nut and screw on the bike. Use the appropriate size wrench on the bolts. One on each so that they don t spin without loosening. If it is an Allen bolt,...

Motorcycle Repair: tires, shadow ace, tires
shadow ace, tires, good luck: The tire are cracking from weather and the age of the tires. Many time the tires you get are new, but they may have been made 5 years before. As long as the cord is not showing your tires should be fine. You should replace the tires once the tread is about...

Motorcycle Repair: top brush wire blows 20amp fuse, 1981 yamaha 650, stator
1981 yamaha 650, stator, rotor: Hi Harry. You have a short in the system on that particular part of the circuit. Somewhere along the way, something is grounding out where it shouldn t between power and that brush. Check that line from power to brush. Then see if something is contacting...

Motorcycle Repair: top end, viable solution, carbs
viable solution, carbs, madura: Hi Jerry. Well, there s a few things to check here. 1) When you were done cleaning the carbs and had the bike started up again, did you synchronise the carbs? That could have a part in the problem. 2) Have you made sure that the valve gap and timing...

Motorcycle Repair: top end gaskets, gasket material, exhaust leaks
gasket material, exhaust leaks, gasket kits: Carl, as you have found, the sealing rubbers are important to keep oil inside. Unfortunately aftermarket gasket kits and manuals don t always cover all the repair aspects. I went online at the http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login and checked their...

Motorcycle Repair: top end internal engine noise, tappet guides, dial caliper
tappet guides, dial caliper, rocker shaft: Your valves will show wear marks due to the fact that they dont ride on roller bearings. Check the top of the pistons for a mark to see if the valves are hitting the pistons. You said that you rechecked the pushrods after riding. Did you cneck them when the...

Motorcycle Repair: top end job, piston slap, turn around time
piston slap, turn around time, time thanks: The cost for a top end job is $450.00 labor. Its tough to sayhow much the parts will cost until I saw what needs to be replaced, but probably around $400.00 or less. Usually takes about 2 weeks. Without hearing it its tough to say what the rattle is, but...

Motorcycle Repair: top end noise, crane cams, roller rockers
crane cams, roller rockers, alignment tool: The gear driven cams are going to make more noise than the chain driven cams, so you might be hearing that. If you still think its the lifters try backing off each pushrod about 1/2 turn and see if that doesnt help. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: top end rebuild, ball hone, gasket set
ball hone, gasket set, torque wrench: You will need special tools like A ball hone, torque plates, valve seat cutters with pilots, lapping compond, and lapping tools, valve guide small gage with mic, venere calipers, spring compression tools and spring tested, solvent tank, ring compressor and...

Motorcycle Repair: top end repair, leak down test, piston
leak down test, piston, bearings: Hi michael, With low oil i assume there could be a whole lot of problems.Piston yes,crank bearings, valves,cams.You can do a leak down test on the motor to eliminate some of the suspicion,if that is ok then i suggest a tear down to find the problem...glad...

Motorcycle Repair: No top end, southside johnny, heritage softail
southside johnny, heritage softail, drive ratio: your final gear ratio is way off. you have a 2.92:1 final drive ratio. and you need to have a 3.36:1 final drive ratio.you need to change the outer clutch hub from a 36 tooth to a 37 tooth and change the motor sprocket from a 25 tooth to a 24 tooth engine...

Motorcycle Repair: torque cones, stock exhaust, head quarter
stock exhaust, head quarter, exhaust system: A total waste of good money. All you will be doing is plugging up the exhaust system. The best exhaust system for your bike that will give you more power and torque across the entire power band and will be easyest to tune is the White Brothers E-Series 2 into...

Motorcycle Repair: torque cones, head quarters, head quarter
head quarters, head quarter, wast: your right BOB thay are a wast of good money and will also KILL HORSEPOWER and TORQUE. I tested them on my dynojet 250 dyno on meny bikes.and then I tossed them in the trash can where they belong. Install a set of white brothers E-Series 2 into 1 headers and...

Motorcycle Repair: torque settings, torque settings, small screws
torque settings, small screws, torque specifications: Hi Derek, I don t have the Service Manual for your MC, either. AllExperts does not supply volunteers with anything other than the occasional Thank-You. Try using the information below. Torque values are common for fasteners. You have to decide which...

Motorcycle Repair: torque specs for 86' Suzuki DS 80, bolt holes, torque chart
bolt holes, torque chart, suzuki ds 80: Sean, the first call I would make is to a Suzuki dealer. If you don t have access to one, then you can use the charts provided at this website. You will have to determine the size of the bolt (6mm, 8mm, 10mm,) and the type of material (grade of bolt) so you...

Motorcycle Repair: torque, small screws, torque specifications
small screws, torque specifications, screw size: Hi Floyd, I recommend the Service Manual for torque spec values. Respectfully, Mark Shively Torque Specifications of Small Screws Screw Size Torque (in.-lb) 2mm 5-7 2-56 6-8 2.5mm 8-10 4-40 10-12 5-40 11-13 3mm 12-14 6-32 15-17...

Motorcycle Repair: touch up, plastic body filler, light scratches
plastic body filler, light scratches, factory paint: Hi Jon, My experience with ABS plastic is limited to plasti-welding and using plastic body filler prior to refinishing. Road racing quickly consumes original parts. I ve learned to make molds of new body parts and fabricate new fiberglass body parts....

Motorcycle Repair: touching up scratches, steven fry, touch up paint
steven fry, touch up paint, vs800: Thanks for the question. ON THE CHIPS: The truth is, your not going to hurt anything. My best advice is just to try to keep the paint within the chip, (like coloring in the lines) If your still not comfortable, place some fine-line tape around the chip,...

Motorcycle Repair: tough bolt, speedometer cable, screw out
speedometer cable, screw out, hex head: These little problems can be the most aggravating, time consuming, fiddly, and depressing jobs on a motor cycle. I know too well. The most logical solution, which depends on the access to the retaining screw in question. Which you say is not good, is If you...

Motorcycle Repair: towing motorcycle, safe journey, brake drum
safe journey, brake drum, shively: Hi JP, I don t have any experience towing with one of those devices. I recommend removing the drive chain for towing. Rear brake drum should be okay. Consider renting a U-Haul trailer. In any case, have a safe journey. Respectfully, Mark Shivel...

Motorcycle Repair: trail 70 ignition coil., 5k ohms, point gap
5k ohms, point gap, dirty point: Jim, before you get too deep into this, clean the points and gap them out to about .012 -.016 , so they just open at the F mark alignment on the flywheel/case. This is a magneto ignition so clean points are critical. The battery is just for the lights. ...

Motorcycle Repair: trail 90, crankcase pressure, oil leaks
crankcase pressure, oil leaks, shaft seal: Nick, you may have to email me a photo through my website, if we can t determine the cause here. I am not sure which hole you are referring to. Oil leaks on that side, generally are related to the cover gasket, the neutral switch, wiring harness lead...

Motorcycle Repair: training, motorcycle mechanics institute, harley school
motorcycle mechanics institute, harley school, harley dealership: Motorcycle Mechanics institute is a good school to go to, but it lasts a little over a year. It goes over all current brands of motorcycles. Looking for a internship might be hard. Most shops are looking for experienced mechs. You might try cheching around...

Motorcycle Repair: training, mmi school, mc repair
mmi school, mc repair, american chopper: Hi Carla, My opinion is for your son to learn a career that will yield a decent annual income, provide steady work, with benefits and retirement plan. Learn a solid career in another trade and then learn about MC s and repair them at home as a hobby income....

Motorcycle Repair: tranmission fluid, trans fluid, lubricant
trans fluid, lubricant, harley: The fluid you have in the trans is probably another brand and that is why it is red. the problem is you dont know if its full synthetic or semi synthetic. You shouldn t mix them. I would go ahead and drain the trans fluid the put in the new that you bought...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny, honda shadow 600, engine bolts
honda shadow 600, engine bolts, japanese bikes: Hi Russ. You must tighten the parts down and/or replace the gaskets if the gaskets are bad. If the engine bolts are all tightened correctly and the gaskets still leak, then the gaskets need to be replaced. You need the repair manual for diagrams,...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny and inner primary removel, flyrite chopper, revtech motor
flyrite chopper, revtech motor, speed tranny: Sounds like somthing in not lined of correctly in the trans or a bent shifter fork. Either way the trans will hae to come out and be inspected. recheck all the bolts in the inner primary. You might have missed one. Try popping it off with a screwdriver. it...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny plug, carb jets, dip stick, vance hines
dip stick, vance hines, quess: Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner. Seems all experts was having trouble with their web site and I couldnt get on. On the tranny. Read the dipstick with the bike standing upright. The starting point that S&S gave you is correct. install the pipes and take...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny problem?, clutch baskets, drive pulley
clutch baskets, drive pulley, pully: That is about the only way to get the nut off. The shaft is harder than the pully, but because of the hardness is will chip easier. I would remove the pully and check the shaft. If that is not the problem then you might have a bent shifter fork, or a bearing...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny shifting, pontiac grand am, auto zone
pontiac grand am, auto zone, solenoids: gary there, are shift solenoids on the tranny , spometimes they do act up , also you may want to check the filter , you can also bring it to a dealership they can put it on comp and and tell you if you have a serious problem. also auto-zone reads codes for...

Motorcycle Repair: tranny, mike stacy, foward controls
mike stacy, foward controls, problem thanks: The reason the bike shifts backwards is from the foward controls. I have seen this done before. Its to be able to go through the gears upshifting faster. It is not internal in the trans that does this. Its that the shifter linkage is backwards on the foward...

Motorcycle Repair: trans, kx 250, hi chris
kx 250, hi chris, email addy: Hi Chris, Do you have an email address? I return tech information files by email. There was no email addy with your question as requested in my instructions. Or, to answer your question, 4th gear dogs/cogs are rounded (worn) and need replaced. ...

Motorcycle Repair: trans alignment, cocking, bolts
cocking, bolts, alignment: Your question is a little confusing to me, so I will tell you how to align a trans to make sure you have it right. Loosen the trans bolts that hold the trans in place. They are under the trans. Now the trans should slide around. Now install the inner primary....

Motorcycle Repair: trans, hi doug, gixxer
hi doug, gixxer, shively: Hi Doug, Q: ...on a 2003 suzuki gxsr600 the bike nolonger has 2nd gear to fix it do i have to split the case. A: Yup Q: ...can you send me some info on this. thank you A: I return tech files by email. There was no email address with...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, yamaha 1100, maxum
yamaha 1100, maxum, downshift: Hi Jim. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for this problem. You have a problem in the gearing. That requires the engine to be removed and the case needs to be opened up for the transmission to be rebuilt. If you are not completely confident doing...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, honda vtx 1800, rainstorm
honda vtx 1800, rainstorm, coincidence: Hi Xavier. It is impossible for a rainstorm to prevent the transmission from operating. Most likely, you had something in the transmission fail at that time. It s just a coincidence; nothing more. Could be that one of your shifter forks broke, but...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, local shop, disassembled
local shop, disassembled, piston: Hi Brent, I suspect a shift/kick linkage is broken or came separated from another part and is binding/not working properly. I recommend having a local shop look at the MC and give you an estimate of repairs and parts. This way, they will tell you the...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, shaft bearing, shift fork
shaft bearing, shift fork, bill silver: Carl, third gear only could be a broken gear tooth, gear engagement dogs and/or shift fork not engaging the gear all the way. Shift drum could have a damaged track, too. A shaft bearing would make noise all the time. Gotta come apart to see what s what...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, kawasaki ninja, motorcycle transmission
kawasaki ninja, motorcycle transmission, shift linkage: Hi Daniel, The problem is common with worn gear cogs & dogs. The transmission gears need to be inspected. Review the tech file below. I ll send tech files to your email addy, too. Respectfully, Mark Shively Motorcycle Transmission Problems...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, best bet, good luck
best bet, good luck, bearing: There could be several reasons. Your shifter cam might be bad, shifter dog is bent or a bad bearing. Either way your trans would hae to be removed and rebuilt to determine what the problem is. I cant comment on cost, due to the fact you never told me the...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission/clutch, honda xr 200, dirt bikes
honda xr 200, dirt bikes, belray: Hi Richard. Since it s the wife s bike, you have my sincerest sympathies. I guess you need to get used to sleeping on the couch now. :) But seriously; It sounds like the problem is just a matter of circumstantial timing. I don t know of any oil change...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission,clutch?????, yamaha 650 maxim, japanese bike
yamaha 650 maxim, japanese bike, 1982 yamaha 650: Hi Don. What you have is a bad sidestand cutoff switch. Those tend to be the one thing on every japanese bike that goes universally bad. You need to either replace it or bypass it. The switch is located at the sidestand mount. It is usually 3 wires,...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission fluid check, shovel head, chain tension
shovel head, chain tension, exact measurement: Check the trans fluid with the bike sitting upright. you check the chain through the inspection cover. you just hve to make sure it is about 1/2 inch when the bike is cold. just use your finger and extimate the distance. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission fluid, head bolt, learning curve
head bolt, learning curve, dipstick: Look ont he right side of the trans. You will see an allen head bolt. remove it and there is a dipstick on it. Check the level with the bike sitting level. remember, no question is a dumb question, its all a learning curve. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission level, ultra groundpounder, transmission level
ultra groundpounder, transmission level, probaby: First, make sure you check it when the bike is hot. Also, let it sit for a few minutes before checking it. As to how much it holds, I am not going to e able to tell you. It depends on whos trans Ultra uses. Dont worry about the OZs. Go by the mark on the dipstick....

Motorcycle Repair: transmission mod, chain oiler, oil drip
chain oiler, oil drip, chain lube: I am not sure if I would be cutting on the trans since, like you said, you cant reverse it. I think I would be more inclined to shorten the primary chain so that you dont have as much slack in it and still fit the trans. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission noise, check oil level, internal combustion engines
check oil level, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Dick, I doubt the tanmission is defective. Check oil level in crankcase. Gas may have elevated oil level. Change oil and filter. With new oil in cases, check cylinder compression. Perform a leak-down test if compression results are not within service...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission noise, clutch slave cylinder, clutch springs
clutch slave cylinder, clutch springs, clutch plate: Hi Steve. It could be the clutch plates, but unless the bike is really old, I am more inclined to believe that it is something else. If you have a hydraulic clutch, then it could be the clutch slave cylinder coming loose, which is an easy fix, or you could...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission oil, mobil one, synthetic oils
mobil one, synthetic oils, superglide: I havent used Mobil One so it going to be tough for me to comment on it. I would check with the manufacture or where you buy it to make sure it can be used. If not there are alot of other synthetic oils you can use. Belray is a good one. Good luck and happy...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission pops into neutral sometimes, tie down straps, motorcycle transmission
tie down straps, motorcycle transmission, shift linkage: Hi Dan, Review the following tech information files. With future questions, please include your email address in each question as requested. I return tech files by email. Email makes my volunteer time possible. Respectfully, Mark Shively ...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission shifting and oil, twin cam 88, harley dealers
twin cam 88, harley dealers, 20w50: You must be talking about the synthic motor oil from harley.You shouldnt switch back and forth from synthic to semi synthic oil. Stick with one or the other. the synthic oil seems to help the harleys shift better, but I think your problem is more serious....

Motorcycle Repair: transmission slipage or clutch adjustment, clutch adjustment, twin cam 88
clutch adjustment, twin cam 88, clutch plates: Your slipping is fromt he clutch being to tight and needs adjusted. As to the shifter getting stuck, sounds like an adjustment problem. I would returnt he bike and have it looked at. If the clutch keeps slipping you will wear out the clutch plates. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission sprocket nut size, pitch gauge, 660 raptor
pitch gauge, 660 raptor, thread pitch: Hi Jeff, I don t know the thread pitch either. If I needed to know the pitch of a thread, I would use a pitch gauge. See the tool here: http://doityourself.com/store/6711584.htm An alternative to buying a tool for restoring threads, is to fabricate...

Motorcycle Repair: transmission, honda interceptor, clutch pack
honda interceptor, clutch pack, clutch lever: IF the shift mechanism is okay, you should be able to select the gears by rocking the bike back and forth, while moving the lever. If you can do this, then the transmission is probably okay. You may be experiencing clutch release issues... either the plates...

Motorcycle Repair: What to take on a trip, tire plug, quality chain
tire plug, quality chain, tire repairs: Hi Dave, I would pack a tire plug kit and 12VDC air compressor for emergency tire repairs. I would pack a quality chain lube, though not a concern in your case. I would pack a headlight, turn, and brake bulbs, too. Other than the above, if you...

Motorcycle Repair: triple tree rake, fxdl, question the answer
fxdl, question the answer, rake: Sorry I didnt get back to you sooner. I tried all day yesterday to send you a reply, but somthing must havev been wrong with all experts. Now to your question. The answer is yes and know. Your bike will still handle fine. You will notice that when riding...

Motorcycle Repair: triumph 5ta twin speed, exact ratios, speed twin
exact ratios, speed twin, twin speed: James Whatever answer I give you will probably generate a lot of controversy, but I m a courageous kind of guy. In the comming months the whole country will find out how courageous I am. I think your bike will run just fine on high octane unleaded gas...

Motorcycle Repair: triumph exhaust, exhaust sound, maintainence
exhaust sound, maintainence, carbs: Hi Bud. If a bike backfires, it s because the timing is off (usually, only a little). This is fairly common and needs to be checked and adjusted periodically along with other common maintainence items. It may be retarded a bit too far. On most bikes,...

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

Motorcycle Repair: triumph kickstarter, clutch adjustment, clutch lever
clutch adjustment, clutch lever, kicker: Dan I don t know what your symptoms were before you replaced the parts or the quality of work that went into the proceedure. The one thing that comes to mind quickly is your clutch adjustment. If there is no free play in the clutch lever, or the clutch itself...

Motorcycle Repair: triumph sprint rsvalve shim tool, triumph thunderbird sport, triumph sprint rs
triumph thunderbird sport, triumph sprint rs, triumph dealer: Rich The bike I ride daily is a 99 Triumph Thunderbird Sport. It s given me good service for 5 years and the local Triumph dealer has done a good (maybe expensive) job of keeping it working for me. How much work do I do on one of the modern machines? Almost...

Motorcycle Repair: my triumph thunderbird, triumph thunderbird, infinite wisdom
triumph thunderbird, infinite wisdom, gas tank: Kate, you may have gas in the tank but it is not getting to the engine. I suggest checking the vacuum fuel tap, the hose can get pinched since it runs close to the frame. The other possibilities are gas cap vent, try opening the cap when it starts stalling....

Motorcycle Repair: trottle response, kawasaki zx9, kawasaki zx
kawasaki zx9, kawasaki zx, check ebay: I would say that your clutch needs adjusting or replacing. If there is free play at the clutch lever and the clutch isn t hooking up under big throttle openings, then the plates are worn and the clutch is slipping and burning up. Drain the oil, change the...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble getting into 1st gear, drum groove, motorcycle transmission
drum groove, motorcycle transmission, output shaft: Hi Mario, I suspect 1st and 2nd gears are worn and need attention. The dogs and cogs are likely rounded causing the gears to slip apart under load. The task of a complete engine tear down may not suit the novice mechanic. I recommend obtaining a copy...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble with fuel/air mixture..., stock air filter, honda nighthawk 650
stock air filter, honda nighthawk 650, fuel air mixture: Hi Peter, Great narrative description of the problem. I ll need your email address as requested. I ll return repair information files via email. I will explain possible cures in the email. Send to me here: mshively1@woh.rr.com You may contact me as...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble shooting, trouble shooting, falcon
trouble shooting, falcon, good luck: Hi Ben. You are most likely looking at nothing more than adjusting the idle screw. It is a small gnurled knob down on the carb. It should be relatively easy to see. It will be sticking either out or down from near where the cable attatches to the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: trouble starting '87 kx 500 engine, free email servers, air fuel mixture
free email servers, air fuel mixture, fuel air mixture: Hi Robert, I cannot give you jet sizes to try. Tuning carburetor air-fuel mixture is done by reading the spark plug and feeling the power band. Start with what you have and make changes to the affected carb range needed tuned. Make one change at a time....

Motorcycle Repair: trouble starting when hot, check air filter, battery cables
check air filter, battery cables, excessive fuel: Todd, is your bike a 83? I think that s when the Shadow was first manufactured. Anyway, I think possibly the problem is related to heat. Is the cooling fan coming on when hot? If not check the fan and fan sensor on the bottom of the radiator. -Try...

Motorcycle Repair: true duals vs stock headers?; 07 FLSTCUI, dual headers, step in the right direction
dual headers, step in the right direction, true duals: Changing at thins point will add hosepwer and torque, but going from the slipons to the true duels will only increase by a little. Probably not enough to notice. As to the V&H maping. I have never used it. I have a diferent mapping program. Turkey? I ate...

Motorcycle Repair: true duo-carb. rejet, air fuel mixture, pet cock
air fuel mixture, pet cock, stock carb: You might get by without rejetting, but it depends on how much the exhaust flows. You will need to reset the air/fuel mixture screw. the best way to tell is get the bike running, ride for about 10 miles and check the plugs. If they are sooty, then you are...

Motorcycle Repair: trying to figure out entire VIN, 7 digits, vin number
7 digits, vin number, number thanks: Hi Bob. Normally, the VIN is 16 digits long. The only way to find out for sure what the original vin was, you would likely need to contact the DMV and do a title search of some sort that would find out the previous owners of the bikes and the VIN# as it...

Motorcycle Repair: ttr 225 clutch problem, yamaha ttr 225, triumph bonneville
yamaha ttr 225, triumph bonneville, wet clutch: You can smoke unlubricated plates pretty quickly. I always soak mine for a few hours before reassembly but I realize this is not always possible. You have to lube them on a wet clutch though. If you are sure you have proper free play in cable and it feels...

Motorcycle Repair: tubeless tire, bandit 1200, wheel rim
bandit 1200, wheel rim, bad tire: Hi Tony. without the proper training equipment to check balance and other tire factors, I would suggest that you take it to the shop that put it on. You could have a bad tire or a bad install. The shop that installed it has a responsibility to fix it...

Motorcycle Repair: tubless tires, honda interceptor, tubless tires
honda interceptor, tubless tires, tubeless tires: Hi again DC. I have had a couple of bikes that have had to have tubes put into tubeless tires to get them to seat correctly and never had a problem with them. You listed the speeds that you go at to be over 140k? I am assuming that means KPH, which would...

Motorcycle Repair: how to tune, harley 883 sportster, carburetor
harley 883 sportster, carburetor, hesitation: Could be lots of stuff. Just put in a new set of plugs for starters. Carbon on the plugs or leaks at the exhaust connections to the head are the most common causes of backfiring, unless of course your ignition timing is off. The hesitation is probably either...

Motorcycle Repair: tune up specks, yamaha xs 650, plug gap
yamaha xs 650, plug gap, cam chain: Hi Wayne, I recommend the service manual for the specifications. Clymer manual costs about $19, has procedures and wiring diagram, too. I do not have the service manual and they are not provided. You may find the specs on a XS website. Use AllExperts...

Motorcycle Repair: tune up specs, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, spray cleaners: Hi Ault, For 1980 GS1000 E/G/L/S models, try the following website: www.thegsresources.com --- Great GS Series resource!! Otherwise, buy a $20 Clymer manual for the specs. Find them on Ebay. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101...

Motorcycle Repair: tune up, honda cl350, oem honda parts
honda cl350, oem honda parts, keyster carb kits: Mike, watch the points to see if they are arcing excessively when the bike is running, especially at high rpms. There is a service bulletin on 350-450s for similar problems when the condenser body is not secured to a clean shiny spot on the frame. If you...

Motorcycle Repair: tuneup, tdc mark, point gap
tdc mark, point gap, compression stroke: Hi Doug, The base rides on the cam lobe. You ll have to read the instructions in the service manual for replacing and setting ignition breaker points and condensors. If you have a specific question, I ll answer it. I m providing the following information...

Motorcycle Repair: tuning problem?, suzuki 250 quadrunner, shifting gears
suzuki 250 quadrunner, shifting gears, correct heat: Hi Rob, Review the following tech file Carb Cleaning 101 and try cleaning the carburetor more thoroughly. I suspect the problem is pilot circuit obstruction and carb tuning issue. Consider air intake restriction as part of the problem. For example,...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal module location, rear fender, scanalyzer
rear fender, scanalyzer, signal module: Your 1999 FLHRCI is the first year of the twin-cam but has older style EFI. I always forget what year they changed location of the module but when you pick up the seat it s obvious. On the right rear of the battery is a silver clip holding in the module...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal problem 99 super glide sport, bullet turn signals, modual
bullet turn signals, modual, signal problem: It sounds like you have a ground wire problem. The turn signals are controled by a turn signal modual. WHen it sences not enough current is being sent to the signals then it make them flash. Check your wiring. Follow the ground wire and see hows its attached....

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal problem, w 1700, signal problem
w 1700, signal problem, turn signals: First, check the bulbs ends for rust and make sure they have good contact. If they are ok, then your turn signal canceller is bad. Change the oil at 3000 miles. You can use synthetic if you like. Its personnel preference, but remember it cost alot more. ...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal uining light, twin cam 88, harley engine
twin cam 88, harley engine, signal right: There can only be a few reasons for the problem. One is a loose bulb, the other is a short in the wiring. you could have a connection vibrating loose and causing the problem. You dont need to go through the entire elect system. Start at the bulb and work your...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal stem replacement, honda motorcycles, license plate bracket
honda motorcycles, license plate bracket, rear harness: Bob, go to: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp Sign up, log in, choose HONDA MOTORCYCLES, then CMX250, then 1986 and then TURNSIGNALS. You can see that the stems are just retained by a nut on the inside of the fender, as I recall, the two...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal stuck, 1991 honda nighthawk, flasher relay
1991 honda nighthawk, flasher relay, relay switch: Hi Becca. You may need to clean the contacts in the switch as well as the very strong probability that you have any number of shorts and crossed wires in the signal system. Get the repair manual and go over the entire signal system, both visually and...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal switch on vtx 1800c, honda shop, salvage yard
honda shop, salvage yard, ball bearing: Hi Chip, I m not familar with that specific assembly. A spring and ball bearing are often found together in switch assemblies. If no ball bearing, there may be a small piece of copper or tin in place of the ball. You may find a less expensive housing...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signal, 1979 honda twinstar, bike shop
1979 honda twinstar, bike shop, flasher: Darrall, Sounds like your relay/flasher is bad. Simply relpace it w/ a new one. You may even be able to match it up at an auto parts store, bring in the actual relay and they will check the numbers. Otherwise you ll have to get it from a bike shop. ...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, flasher units, turn indicators
flasher units, turn indicators, flashers: Hi Gale, I would inspect the basics first...check your fuses..if ok, then turn on your flashers and locate the flasher unit..there should be two flasher units..one for the turn indicators and one for the hazards..see if you can swap them..then check turn indicators....

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, custom bike shop, halogen bulb
custom bike shop, halogen bulb, harley dealer: You need what s called a turn signal load equalizer. Badlands, Kuryakyn, and others make them. They come with installation instructions. Anytime you change to halogen or LED lights there s a chance that you need an equalizer. Most good brand lights come...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, honda rebel, panka
honda rebel, panka, ebay: Hi Wanda, I know how frastrating it can be figuring these things out.. However, Its always been my best shot to go on eBay and simply type in EXACTLY what youre looking for. I have yet to not find what I need for bikes missing parts. I do know if all...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, volt system, suzuki ts
volt system, suzuki ts, battery terminals: Larry, are these signals the original items and the flasher as well? If not you may need to try some different bulbs or another brand of flasher as the flasher and the resistance of the bulb elements control the flashing. Also the battery needs to...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals,1990 dr250, turn signal switch, volunteer time
turn signal switch, volunteer time, dr250: Hi Rob, Your narrative is difficult to read, but I think I understand the problem(s). I may be able to help you. I return tech information files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested in my instructions. Email makes my...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, honda shadow 600, rear fender
honda shadow 600, rear fender, bullet type: Hi Cory, I recommend the purchase of the service (repair) manual for the Shadow. The manual has specs, test, and illustrated repair procedure information. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Visit: www.bikebandit.com to view prats microfiche...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, turn signal switch, electrical diagnosis
turn signal switch, electrical diagnosis, vt500c: Hi Mike, It may be a CDI related problem, corrosion somewhere within the circuit, loose connection or short, or ????? Problems such as this require electrical diagnosis to find the source of the problem. Get the service manual with wiring diagram and...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals., safety sake, signal module
safety sake, signal module, test light: Hearing a clicking sound tells me that there is no turn signal modual. They dont make a clicking sound. I would suspect that you just have a flasher. First thing I would do is locate the wire going to the rear turn signals. Push the turn signal button and...

Motorcycle Repair: No turn signals.., turn signal switch, gas tanks
turn signal switch, gas tanks, flstn: The module is located between the gas tanks. FIst thing you want to do is take a test light and make sure you have power going to the turn signal switch and also the module. When you push the turn signal button make sure you have power going away from the...

Motorcycle Repair: No turn signals, kawasaki kz550, turn signal switch
kawasaki kz550, turn signal switch, dead insects: Hi Dan, I suspect a problem with the turn signal switch conatacts or a conductor or connector within switch. Over the years I ve found corroded contacts, webs, and dead insects to cause same symptoms. You ll have to open the switch hosuing and investigate....

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, honda cbr 600, relay switch
honda cbr 600, relay switch, running light: Hi Chris, Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. I ve attempted to reply several times. AllExperts servers must have been out of service. Try replacing the turn signal bulb. I suspect the high wattage filament is open (blown). Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, check ebay, honda motorcycles
check ebay, honda motorcycles, signal heads: You can go to: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp sign up, log in, select HONDA motorcycles and then CMX250. You can compare the illustrations between years to see what ones fit what, but they are mostly the same for a long time! Many times...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, honda xr250, halogen bulbs
honda xr250, halogen bulbs, circuit switches: Hi Barry, Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. I m experiencing server problems. Test charging system output and then check charging system components separately. If your not sure how to perform these tets, get a copy of the repair...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals,motor wont kick over, wont kick, eyes and ears
wont kick, eyes and ears, signal circuit: Hi Larry, I can help, but I ll need more information than given. Please give me detailed descriptions of the problems. Will the engine start normally? Does it idle, or just on choke? Does it start and run well, just won t take throttle? Be as thorough...

Motorcycle Repair: turn signals, suzuki gsxr, signal circuit
suzuki gsxr, signal circuit, hi ed: Hi Ed, Can you tell me anything at all about the history of this problem or the MC? Any electrical accessories installed? What service, repairs, or modifications have been done or are in the process of being done? Need an email address as requested to...

Motorcycle Repair: turn on, kawasaki tecate 3 wheeler, internal combustion engines
kawasaki tecate 3 wheeler, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Potter, Check for a pinched fuel or vacuum hose, an obstructed air vent hose, and clean the carburetor again after reviewing the information below. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal...

Motorcycle Repair: turns over won't start, 1983 honda nighthawk, starter button
1983 honda nighthawk, starter button, excess gas: Hi pat, You may have found the problem. Check for spark by grounding plugs against the cylinder head to test for arcing. Do this with all the plugs removed for less strain on the battery. Ground all the plugs while cranking engine (prevents damage to...

Motorcycle Repair: turns over wont start, 1983 honda nighthawk, ok move
1983 honda nighthawk, ok move, email addy: Hi Pat, I replied to your original question. Maybe AllExperts server had a problem with our correspondence. Happens on occasion. I ll try sending a couple of files to your email address. Do you have another email that I can return information file to?...

Motorcycle Repair: twin 88 cam tensioner problem, dealer charges, push rods
dealer charges, push rods, question thanks: Replacing the pushrods to adjustables is cheaper than tearing down the whold top end to do the change. I know the gear diven ones are more, but it daves you in the long run on changing the rub blocks. At $80.00 per hour that is about right Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cam carb. rejetting, screaming eagle pipes, dyna jet
screaming eagle pipes, dyna jet, mysterious things: Hi Harvey, Q: Why would a dealership put on parts that are not going to work as well as Harley parts? A: I ve witnessed lots of mysterious things dealers have done. Lack of wisdom or experience would be my answer. Q: The dealership where bike was...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cam ignition, custom chopper, modual
custom chopper, modual, senser: Your beat bet is to get a 05 service manual and check the wiring for the modual. It will also list the voltage at the different locations. If the modual is not picking up voltage from a senser it will not fire. Are you using the cam position senser? If it...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cam stator, meter check, check voltage
meter check, check voltage, stator: Witha OHMs meter check for ground at the pins and pin to ground. If that passes start the bike and with a AC volt meter check voltage. At 2000 you should get around 60 volts. If not then the stator is bad. If the stator passes then the regulator is bad Good...

Motorcycle Repair: twin cyl. 1 plug wet?, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, stroke bike: Hi Bob, Compression is a bit low, but enough for engine to start and run. The wet fouling spark plug may be a bad plug, ignition problem, carburetor tuning problem, or obstructed air inatke on that cylinder. If separate carbs are used, try your...

Motorcycle Repair: My twin is a single!, fuel system components, air passages
fuel system components, air passages, insufficient clearance: Brett, there is complexity and simplicity in this machine, but they are very sensitive to any overlooked details. Finger compression checks are not too accurate. When in doubt about the condition of an engine, adjust the valves to .004 cold (intake and exhaust)...

Motorcycle Repair: twinstar 185 electrical problem, regulator rectifier, yellow wires
regulator rectifier, yellow wires, dead battery: Michelle, It sounds like your charging system has some problems. If you run a battery dead, it is sometimes hard to get them to charge. Try hooking the new dead battery up to the charger along side another battery with some charge in it. This will help...

Motorcycle Repair: ty 125 problem, premature detonation, mechanical failure
premature detonation, mechanical failure, blue spark: Tony, If you are getting a good stong blue spark and it is TIMED CORRECTLY you are dealing w/ either a fuel delivery problem or an internal mechanical failure problem. Be absolutly sure your carburator is set correctly. By this I mean that the floats...

Motorcycle Repair: type oil, yamaha maxim, oil molecules
yamaha maxim, oil molecules, motorcycle oil: Arthur, the most important factor is that you use a motorcycle oil, instead of automotive oils. The oil in a motorcycle also lubricates the transmission gears, which cause shearing of the oil molecules. This requires special formulation of the oil for...

Motorcycle Repair: tyres to rim size, ktm 400, tyre size
ktm 400, tyre size, chapperal: Hi Tre, I recommend calling a major parts retailer such as Chapperal or Compettittion Accessories and ask the sales rep same question. They have catalogs with this information and will tell you the sizes available for your MC. Your MC was designed with...

Motorcycle Repair: tyres to rim size, ktm 400, tyre size
ktm 400, tyre size, rim size: Tre, That s a bit tough to do without the manufacture s data on their tires. Best suggestion, armed w/ your rim measurments, log onto a particular tire maker s site and check there INFLATED overall dimensions of models that will fit your rim size. Compare...

Motorcycle Repair: Ultra vs. Wing, twin cam motor, reliability issues
twin cam motor, reliability issues, reliability problems: you need to meet some new people, your people live in the flinstone age, The twin cam ultra is every bit reliable as you 98 wing. I have seen EVO motors with over 168,000.0 miles on them with out a rebuild.Evo motors were built in 1984 to 1999, the twin cam...

Motorcycle Repair: How to Un-flood CBR 600?, fly wheel, cbr 600
fly wheel, cbr 600, rubber tube: Sorry Jesse, I did not see your question but you can take a socket and turn the motor over by the nut on the fly wheel. And to get the gas out of the cylinders just take the plugs out and bump the motor over. But i belive you have a different problem....

Motorcycle Repair: How to Un-flood CBR 600?, honda cbr 600, honda cbr 600 f4
honda cbr 600, honda cbr 600 f4, excess fuel: Jesse, Note: Optional:take the plugs out and use the starter to clear out the gas. Watch that the plug wires are not close to any gas that is ejected. If you have alot of gas the syringe trick would be okay. Make sure your gas tap is not set on prime...

Motorcycle Repair: Unable to start, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, suzuki savage: Hi Holly, Avoid the jump-start connection. That can damage delicate on board electronics. For now, charge the battery and focus on cleaning the carburetors. Gasoline in the float bowls has varnished and is obstructing fuel jets and passageways. The carbs...

Motorcycle Repair: Uneven Cylinder Heating, air fuel mixture, center electrode
air fuel mixture, center electrode, light shades: Hi Greg, As you suspect, the cylinder with the cool exhaust pipe may have a carburetor circuit obstruction, or other fuel restriction problem. I believe it s fuel related, not an ignition problem. The first thing to check is cylinder compression. If...

Motorcycle Repair: Upgraded grips-now battery dead & wiring problems, bike check, volt meter
bike check, volt meter, charging system: First thing I would do is charge the battery and start the bike. Check at the battery, with a volt meter, and see what voltage you are running. At 2000 RPM you should be at 13.5 to 14 volts. If not then you have a problem with the charging system. If it is...

Motorcycle Repair: CAN I USE AN CAR COIL ON A MAGNITO SYSTEM, stroke cycle engines, jin cheng
stroke cycle engines, jin cheng, two stroke: Hi B.C.Wallace, I suspect the carburetor air-fuel mixtures needs tuned to lean out the mid to upper ranges. The automotive ignition coil likely has more output than the mini s coil. I would need to know the turns ratios of both coil s windings. Another...

Motorcycle Repair: Used Bike Purchase, kawasaki vulcans, favorite bikes
kawasaki vulcans, favorite bikes, cb series: Hi David, I recommend Honda Shadows, Magnas, Goldwing and CB series; Kawasaki Vulcans, KZ and GPz series, Yamaha Secas, XS s, XV s, and FZ/FZR series. Avoid Suzuki GS series...they have faulty charging systems. See more about them here: www.thegsresources.com...

Motorcycle Repair: unable to find your answer to my question, spark plug wire, 750 honda
spark plug wire, 750 honda, bench test: Hi Bruce. Here s a copy of my response for you: First, let s address the starter problem. When any component, like that, draws excessive amps, that means that there is a short somewhere in it or the wiring to it. Chase down the wiring, both visually...

Motorcycle Repair: unable to start, rectangle buttons, nitty gritty details
rectangle buttons, nitty gritty details, more than thirty years: Bill The son is safe, back on U.S. soil. I drove down to Fort Bragg not too long ago to watch him and his unit jump from a C-17. Damn, that s one huge airplane. And man, was I jealous. I hadn t done that in more than thirty years, but it almost made me want...

Motorcycle Repair: underpowered springer, drag pipes, mark couple
drag pipes, mark couple, straight pipes: Couple of things you can do. First, replace the stock cam. I would go with an andrews EV27 cam. Change out the carb. I would go with a S&S carb for more flow. Last, replace the drag pipes. Drag pipes make you lose power. Go with a tuned exhaust. All the above...

Motorcycle Repair: uneven exhaust temperature, honda vtx 1800, circulation problem
honda vtx 1800, circulation problem, rear cylinder: Hi Tom, This is normal for V-twin engines. The front cylinder receives most of the air cooling from forced convection when in motion. The rear cylinder gets less air (if any) and is usually jetted a bit richer than the front to help with cooling. ...

Motorcycle Repair: ungrading the power the engine, shively, pep
shively, pep, many things: Hi Vince, There are many things that can be done to upgrade power and performance. It depends upon how much money you want to spend and the goals of the project. I cannot be more specific without knowing the year, make, and model, and what you plan to...

Motorcycle Repair: unknown oil leak?, kawasaki zx750, baby powder
kawasaki zx750, baby powder, oil leak: Hi Jordan. I have two words for you. Baby powder. That s right; baby powder. It s an old mechanics trick and here s what you do and how it works; Clean the bike completely and make sure that it is completely dry. The entire engine should be clean...

Motorcycle Repair: unknown yamaha engine, mid seventies, resorses
mid seventies, resorses, model yamaha: Brett, This is definitly from a mid seventies or prior RD 350 or possibly 250. You will see cast into the base of the cylinder or in the case itself, a cc size. I m suprised the seller didn t make clear what it was, this is a very popular bike to restore...

Motorcycle Repair: unleaded gaz on HD, leaded gas, test gas
leaded gas, test gas, unleaded gas: Here in the US there is no difference between unleaded and leaded gas except for the fact that unleaded gas has no lead. The octane is still the same. Make sure you use high test gas in your bike. If your bike is pinging then you can retard the igition a little....

Motorcycle Repair: unusual breather discharge, crankcase breather, oil drip
crankcase breather, oil drip, breather valve: Your problem, I suspect, is one that has been plauging the new motors. You are getting blowby which is also picking up a little fuel and dripping. S&S has a cure for this problem. Its called a crankcase breather valve. This should solve your problem. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: unusual noise and vibration, kawasaki ninja zx, wheel alignment
kawasaki ninja zx, wheel alignment, frame alignment: Hi Serg, Trying to reproduce vibrations or sounds by raising the vehicle is not a true and accurte representaion of the problem. For example, the problem may be within the front wheel. Is the front wheel rotating at speed in the test? Vibrations...

Motorcycle Repair: upgrade per apes and cables, clutch cable, heritage softail
clutch cable, heritage softail, apes: Your clutch cable install is not that hard. You need to remove the trans cover on the right side of the bike. Once you have it off you can see hows its attached. You will probably have to remove the exhaust to get to the cover. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: upswept pipes on one side, 1976 honda cb750, holy christmas
1976 honda cb750, holy christmas, prosperous new year: Hi Gary, Thanks for the Blessings. Hope you and your family celebrate a Holy Christmas and enjoy a prosperous new year. Try this site and check out the manuals there. You may find the plans for your idea. You ll have to join the club. Joining is free...

Motorcycle Repair: can i use big carbureter for my 4 stroke bike to enhance its speed, honda cg125, stock boots
honda cg125, stock boots, stroke bike: Nasir, You can try another carburator with a larger barrel opening but you would have the problem of mating them to the air box and cylinder intake. The stock boots might be to small. You can eliminate the air box and add aftermarket cone type filters....

Motorcycle Repair: used oil additive, honda gl1100, wet clutch
honda gl1100, wet clutch, wont move: Hi again, William. MMO is good stuff, but as far as flushing the engine, I would ask around to some of the Honda mechanics as to what they would suggest as far as the best flush for their engine. There are a number of good engine flushes out there, but...

Motorcycle Repair: used tires, motorcycle tires, bike tires
motorcycle tires, bike tires, tire machines: Not a problem using a tire machine to change the tires if the rim will fit the machine. As to using used tires, my personal opinion, I wouldnt do it. Remember, you only have two tires on the ground when riding. i want two good tires. I would go with new...

Motorcycle Repair: V-Max V-Boost, vmaxtech, vboost
vmaxtech, vboost, gas mileage: Hi Charles, Either the VBoost or carburetors need inspection. Visit the links below for related web resouirces. Respectfully, Mark Shively http://vmaxoutlaw.com/main.html http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/vmaxtech/ http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/YIN8RQZ8weACg3ChKt8KwwoZjR6jZnC3dpszuFL9XNgy60uW5IBOGPq4FFlNd0vTLf-1EPWsjeBANMHcDxrnk7JBbiUyrw/FCR%20Tuning/FCR%203_2.doc...

Motorcycle Repair: V-Max, gloucester road, new apartment
gloucester road, new apartment, v max: Hi Tony. The fact that it starts back up is not indicative of a battery issue so much as a short, bad fuse and/or bad connection in the ignition circuit. What you may want to look at is the connections, fuses and fuse connections in that circuit. ...

Motorcycle Repair: V.I.N plate taken off., stroke cycle engines, yamaha tz
stroke cycle engines, yamaha tz, rgv 250: Hi Mark, The RGV is pretty cool! I grew up on RG500 s and Yamaha TZ s until two stroke-cycle engines were banned in the USA for street use. About the VIN... I don t know what you can do to restore the plate. You won t get anything from the factory...

Motorcycle Repair: V Star 1100 front brake pad replacement, pad replacement, vstar
pad replacement, vstar, brake pad: Hi Monty, I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual. There s too much to type to explain the process. The serivce manual has illustrated procedures for brake pad replacement and more. I return tech information files by email. There was...

Motorcycle Repair: V Star 1100 - Will not run unless choke is on, yamaha vstar, xv1100
yamaha vstar, xv1100, battery connections: Troy, -double check the battery connections, they have to be clean and tight or electrical problems surface. -Check for any loose connectors under the seat, side panels etc. -Could be the fuel filter, but seems unlikely at that mileage. -Try checking...

Motorcycle Repair: V-Starr 1100ccc exhaust-carburetor, air fuel mixture, v twins
air fuel mixture, v twins, jet needle: Hi Skeezy, I will say that the rear cylinder runs hotter than the front cylinder, however with that said, it will need more fuel to run correctly and if anything it ll run more lean due to the heat (rear cyl wont see as much moving air as the front one)...

Motorcycle Repair: V star 1100 silverado, oil filter relocation kit, vstar 1100
oil filter relocation kit, vstar 1100, motorcycle usa: Hi Joe, It may be a good idea, I dunno. I do not have any experience with this MC yet. Try an internet search for V Star message boards. Also, visit these sites: www.beginnerbikes.com/index.html and www.motorcycle-usa.com Ask other V Star owners...

Motorcycle Repair: V2K taillight bulb, light conversion, auto parts stores
light conversion, auto parts stores, vroc: Hi Ralph, Unlike the older 1157 s and 2057 s, the Vulcan s bulbs are the push in solid glass type. You may be able to find them is auto parts stores if you carry one of the old bulbs for comparison. Reference the LED light conversion, try asking other...

Motorcycle Repair: V45 Sabre won't start when engine is hot, sabmag, bill silver
sabmag, bill silver, thanks art: Art, you could be having issues with the KILL switch or wiring to it, but probably you may be experiencing some problems with the spark module overheating or the pulser coils going south when they HOT SOAK after sitting awhile. See links below for more...

Motorcycle Repair: V65 electrical short, honda v65, charging system
honda v65, charging system, amps: Hi Jeff, I suspect the current draw is a short within the wiring and connectors in the headlight housing. Rotating the front-end about may be causing the wires to complete a circuit other than which they were intended (short). You ll have to trace...

Motorcycle Repair: V65 Sabre speedometer, v65 magna, salvage yard
v65 magna, salvage yard, trash truck: Hi Rick. I haven t seen your particular problem before. What you should try to do is to put the guts of the old speedo into the new housing. I went through my service manual and could not find anything on the speedo for the 85 Sabre, as far as the issue...

Motorcycle Repair: V65 Stator Change, v65 magna, bike bandit
v65 magna, bike bandit, bolt size: Hi Perri, You ll need a special puller to remove the rotor. Don t strike or drop the rotor. It s a permanent magnent. A dead blow may align the magnetic poles and render it useless. Find pullers on line or order through a Honda dealer. Bike Bandit...

Motorcycle Repair: VAS Sensor........timing pickup, nose cone, fxdl
nose cone, fxdl, retarted: I have seen a few of these melt a little, but not to your extent. Check your timing to make sure you are not running to retarted. That will cause more heat. As to the different numbers, I am not sure, but I think it has to do with where the pickup opens and...

Motorcycle Repair: Vacuum hose and Fuel Lines, ron kleeman, vacuum hose
ron kleeman, vacuum hose, carberator: Hi Ron. On the steering head, there is an identiplate or an engraved ID number. There should also be a manufacturer name there as well. If not there, then somewhere on the bike there should be some major parts that will have the make embossed on it. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Vacuum levels, free email servers, yamaha fj1100
free email servers, yamaha fj1100, vacuum gauge: Jourdy, I return tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested and explained in my instructions. Reply with your email address if you want the tech files. It shouyld be known that free email servers such as Hotmail and...

Motorcycle Repair: Vacuum Source, 2005 V-Star 1100, cruise control system, vacuum source
cruise control system, vacuum source, vacuum line: Hi Daniel. The vacuum line to the fuel valve is a possible source, but you would need to add a T connector to it to connect the vacuum line properly. Alternately, you could run the line to one of the other manifolds as well. In order to be safe,...

Motorcycle Repair: Valkyrie 1500 cc engine, clean air act, bolt holes
clean air act, bolt holes, gas mileage: Hi Ron, Trigger Wheels can be changed to tune ignition timing. The design of the fingers or triggers on the wheel determine if timing is advanced or retarded. Engineers detune engines a few degrees to meet EPA & Clean Air Act standards. Installing...

Motorcycle Repair: Valkyrie Carbs, mixture settings, fuel mileage
mixture settings, fuel mileage, exact position: Hi Gary. Have you checked the maintainence schedule to see if your valves and timing are due or overdue? How about the air filter? How about the carb synch? Since you are getting plenty of fuel, I doubt that the needles need to be pulled and...

Motorcycle Repair: Valkyrie starting, chris answer, honda valkyrie
chris answer, honda valkyrie, winter storage: Hi Michael. Since the bike has so few miles for it s age, then the carbs definitely need cleaning. Cleaning the carbs does not really require special tools, but if you ve never done it before, then I would suggest taking it to a mechanic to have the...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve Adj. 86' Honda TRX250 2WD, honda trx250, bikebandit com
honda trx250, bikebandit com, valve clearances: Hi Tony, The ticking or tapping sound is likely excessive valve clearances. This is very common. Too little or zero valve clearance causes engine damages. Excessive clearance causes noise. All the same, shouldn t let it go too long. Get a shop manual...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve Adj, gsxr 750, ron ayers
gsxr 750, ron ayers, valve cover gasket: Mike, Valve wear varies from valve to valve. You must measure each valve s clearance. Remove the valve cover, measure clearances and figure which shims are needed, order shims, disassemble and install shims upon arrival, recheck clearances, and be done...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve Adjustment (Honda VTR1000F), honda vtr1000f, honda superhawk
honda vtr1000f, honda superhawk, valve clearances: Hi Joe, 0.004 to 0.007 on the intake 0.011 to 0.013 on the exhaust 0.0075 is on the loose side, and may make tapping sounds. Loose clearances do not harm the engine (within reason). Tight clearances cause damages. Yes. It s true that valves...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve adjustment, honda baja, stroke bikes
honda baja, stroke bikes, valve clearances: Hi Alvin, I can help you tech problems, but you ll have to obtain the Service Manual to get the procedures for tasks such as adjusting valve clearances. I make references to the manual, so you ll need it anyway. The manual has procedures, specifications,...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve adjustment, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, honda interceptor 500: Hi Scott, Find the valve clearance specifications and illustrated procedures in the service/repair manual. The valves are not the problem. However, valve clearances and cylinder compression must be within service limits before the carburetors will work...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve adjustment, honda shop, valve clearance
honda shop, valve clearance, valve adjustment: Randall, the reason it is not in the manual is because most owners don t have the tools or parts to do the job. The valve clearance has to be recorded for each valve, then the camshafts are removed and the valve clearance shims are measured and replaced...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve adjustment, air plenum, leak down test
air plenum, leak down test, rub marks: Hi Dennis, Hydraulic valve lash adjusters eliminate valve adjustment maintenance. Keep the engine oil and filter changed and level for best performance of adjusters. Although undesirable, it s normal to hear tapping or ticking. The noise may come and go....

Motorcycle Repair: Valve cover gasket repair, bolt torque chart, valve cover gasket
bolt torque chart, valve cover gasket, torque sequence: Garry, I don t have the specs for that machine. Try: http://www.thegsresources.com/ for assistance or check your local m/c supply shop or dealer for a copy of a service repair manual. Not only will you get the proper torque values, but you will also find...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve and Ignition timing, harley chopper, alignment marks
harley chopper, alignment marks, strobe light: Sorry it took so long, I ve been out straight at the shop, it s now 11:15pm,just getting home. Valve timing is all done by alignment marks on your cam gear, breather gear, and pinion gear. Points gap is .018 . Ignition timing is 5 degrees before TDC or...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve Job 1972 Cl175 Honda, honda bike, leak down test
honda bike, leak down test, valve clearances: Hi Mike, It s possible for the valve to leak after reaching operating temperatures. Check and adjust valve clearances and then perform a compression test and leak-down test with warm engine. I sent tech information files to your email. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve lapping, american honda motor, honda ct70
american honda motor, honda ct70, honda motor co: SL #84 5/4/71 INTAKE AND EXHAUST VALVE REFACING - NOT RECOMMENDED The intake and exhaust valves in some Honda engines have a bimetal head and stem. A hard stellite facing is welded to the valve face and the end of the valve stem to provide a long wearing...

Motorcycle Repair: Valve Noise?, valve clearances, valve adjustment
valve clearances, valve adjustment, cam chain: Hi Dwayne, I suspect the tapping/ticking sounds are excessive valve clearances. Check valve clearances by measuring with engine at room temperature. See Service Manual for specific procedures. Valve clearances (lash) decrease as metals expand with engine...

Motorcycle Repair: Valves, ktm 450, sx
ktm 450, sx, stroke: Jake, I can t say it any better than these ktm specific links: http://www.ledametrix.com/valves/ http://www.ledametrix.com/valves/valves.htm http://www.ledametrix.com/valves/ktm_valveclearance_bulletin.jpg Also - being a ktm owner, if you...

Motorcycle Repair: Valves, vstar 1100, maintainence
vstar 1100, maintainence, intervals: Hi Rick. If the bike has not had it s break-in tune-up, then it is way overdue. However, if the bike has been getting it s proper maintainence during the proper intervals, then you should be good for another 37,000 miles. If you are truely concerned,...

Motorcycle Repair: Vance & Hines Power Chamber, vance and hines pipes, performance perspective
vance and hines pipes, performance perspective, h power: My thoughts are of the vance and hines pipes are thay are the worst junk sold for harleys. they KILL more horse power and torque like no other exhaust system on the market!. I took a set off friday that took off 21 horse power. if you want a great exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: Varnished Carb Etc, honda vtx, liquid plumber
honda vtx, liquid plumber, honda store: Hi Jim, There s no liquid plumber additive that works the way we wish it would. You may try additives, but I don t recommend them to purge the varnish from the system. You may get lucky and only have mild varnish at the pilot jets. Are you gelling?...

Motorcycle Repair: Vespa ET2 50cc 2 cycle engine, service intervals, fuel filter
service intervals, fuel filter, repair manual: Hi Terry. Does the bike set up in storage over the winter? If so, then the problem is that the carb needs cleaning. If not, then you could have the idle set just slightly too low or you could have a problem with a clogged air filter. When was the last...

Motorcycle Repair: Vespa p200, fuel air mixture, insufficient lubrication
fuel air mixture, insufficient lubrication, preignition: Tom, Check your timing to be sure, if it s drasticly off you can experience preignition which can suddenly stall or wet sieze an engine. Check your points, they may need to be set and/or replaced. Also, very important that your fuel to oil ratio is correct...

Motorcycle Repair: VF1000F, valve stem seals, intermittent problem
valve stem seals, intermittent problem, fuel feed: Norman, sounds like your motor is well overdue for at least some fresh rings, valve stem seals, gaskets and seals to freshen it up again. Better have a LOT of space to lay the motor parts out on, as there are a lot of bits and pieces that comprise these...

Motorcycle Repair: VF500 Interceptor, throttle bogging problems, worst case scenario, honda vf500
worst case scenario, honda vf500, antique motorcycle: Hi Jerrod. You re right; your friend is an idiot. At least when it comes to this. The fuel, from sitting for so long, evaporated and left varnish in it s wake. This has clogged up the fuel system. The bike sat for over 20 years. The tank needs to...

Motorcycle Repair: VFR 700 Carb Jetting, plug colors, honda vfr
plug colors, honda vfr, jet kits: Hi Kevin, Technically, any changes to the air, fuel, or exhaust will affect the air-fuel mixtures of the carburetors. Drop-in jet kits are available and work well, though my experience is these require additional tuning or fine tuning. Learn about...

Motorcycle Repair: VFR 700 INTERCEPTOR, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Anthony, Find parts and Service Manuals at www.bikebandit.com Review the tech files below to start repairing your MC. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known...

Motorcycle Repair: VFR Mileage, leak down test, cylinder compression
leak down test, cylinder compression, true indication: Hi Mike, Mileage or Kilometers is not a true indication of the engine s life or condition. These figures don t represent idling time, operation in stop in go traffic, etc... Aside from the obvious appearance of the MC, to determine the condition on an...

Motorcycle Repair: VFR700 Stalls off of choke, air leaks, fuel flow
air leaks, fuel flow, flow problem: Hi Matt. How often do you perform routine preventive maintainence? The fact that you have to have the choke on to run the bike means that the mixture could be off. This could be because the air filter is completely gummed up and needs cleaning/replacement...

Motorcycle Repair: VINTAGE motorcycle REPAIR, motorcycle repair, vintage motorcycle
motorcycle repair, vintage motorcycle, shively: Hi Zach, Sounds as if she s starving for fuel. Try restricting air intake with your hands for a second while applying throttle. What happens? Describe the spark plug to me. For our convenience, I return tech files by email. There was no email address...

Motorcycle Repair: Vibration when clutch out and in neutral, honda cbr f4, alternator
honda cbr f4, alternator, clutch: I m gonna have to say u have a trans issue. Without being able 2 actually see and hear the maching this is very hard to diagnos. Pull the cover on the side of the engine the starter is on. U will see a large gear. With little effort try to move this gear....

Motorcycle Repair: Vibration, wheel bearings, bad tire
wheel bearings, bad tire, motor mounts: Check the bolts on the motor mounts and make sure they are tight. Even though you have low miles on the tires, you can still have a bad tire. If the motor mounts are ok, remove the tires and check the balance. While they are off check the wheel bearings also....

Motorcycle Repair: Vintage Honda Ct90, honda ct90, rotor stator
honda ct90, rotor stator, stator coil: Austin, Get an actual figure on the compression first. Factory readings indicate 170 psi. If you are down 30-40 psi then probably the cam timing is incorrect. If the cam is off a tooth, the ignition timing will be difficult to correct, as well. Point gap should...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 1000, right cylinder, electrical problem
right cylinder, electrical problem, fuel filter: Hi Keith. Whoever said that it is electrical does not know engines at all. The plugs tell the whole story here. They are white, so they are firing, but because they are white, it means that they are firing with little to no fuel in the cylinders. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 535 power loss, virago 535, needle valves
virago 535, needle valves, throttle cable: Hi Colm. When you cleaned the carbs, did you check the position of the needle valves to see if they had come loose or slipped? Also the Virago, like all Yamaha s, is susceptible to airflow affected performance problems. Check the air filter. Is it...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 535 stalling, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Tom, [Carburetors] Review the following tech files. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways within carbs become...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 750, periodic maintenance, mths
periodic maintenance, mths, service manuals: Hi Colin, The horn(s) likely needs to be replaced. Rust and corrosion forms inside the horn housing preventing the diaphram plates from vibrating, thus no sound. Adjust vazlve clearance according to the periodic maintenance table loctated in the Owner...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 750 1995, clymers, best bet
clymers, best bet, ebay: Johnny, sounds to be a carb issue and it has sat for a while. the slow main or idle jets are partially plugged. i would get the carbs cleaned and set correctly. i dont know of any other sites sorry. and for a manual try ebay for a factory service manual would...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 750- Long Layup, check tires, dry rot
check tires, dry rot, fuel line: Hi Dave. Here s what you need to do. 1) Empty and reseal the fuel tank. DO NOT USE ANY OLD FUEL. It will undo any work that you have done on the fuel system. Use only fresh fuel. 2) Replace the fuel line. 3) Remove, disassemble and completely...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 750, vacuum leaks, motorcycle production
vacuum leaks, motorcycle production, macanic: HI Matthew, First, get the service/repair manual. Second, see microfiche parts and order manuals at www.bikebandit.com Review the tech file below titled, Carb Cleaning 101 it should help you thoroughly clean the carbs. The Virago s carburetors...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago 920 carbs, bikebandit com, vacuum type
bikebandit com, vacuum type, mixture control: Hi Mark, I m referring you to the following website links for answers to your questions. Visit www.yamaha-motors.com and www.bikebandit.com to see microfiche parts views on line. www.vroc.org/dbva/php/faqdisplay.php3?category=mods#question5 www.viragoownersclub.org/all_link03.htm...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago Carburetors, open pipes, drag bikes
open pipes, drag bikes, virago xv750: U r beyond your mix screws. Baffle the pipes, or jet the bike. I would suggest baffling cause open pipes offer no back pressure. Open pipes r an illusion, even drag bikes have some back pressure from the pipes usually in the form of a reducer at the head....

Motorcycle Repair: Virago High Idle, adjustment screws, throttle cables
adjustment screws, throttle cables, virago xv750: Hi Ken. It is entirely possible that the carbs are a bit out of synch, or the carbs may have an internal problem that you may not have forseen. In addition to that, there is also the possibility that the cable is sticking near the end of travel. Access...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago idles too fast, adjustment screw, virago 535
adjustment screw, virago 535, runnning: Hi Rick. That mechanism may well be the problem. If the carbs are not properly and completely cleaned, then some of the varnish is still going to be there and cause the components to stick. The entire carb mechanism must be free of this contaminant before...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago Midnight 920 will not start, virago owners, yamaha virago
virago owners, yamaha virago, winter march: Hi Agustin, Virago starters need a shim installed to cure that awful sound. See your nearest Yamaha shop for details. The carburetors are probably varnished preventing the engine from starting or idling. This is the most common repair with motorcycles...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago Midnight Special 1983, lean mixture, strange background
lean mixture, strange background, valve adjustment: Hi Khal. Since the XV series is a very reliable motor, I can only assume that there are a number of things that need attending that have been neglected. 1) Check the plugs. Is the bike running rich, normal or lean mixture? DO NOT ADJUST THE MIXTURE...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago won't start after stalling, starter motor problems, virago 535
starter motor problems, virago 535, 9 times out of 10: Hi Rick. The Virago series has always been plagued with starter motor problems. 9 times out of 10 it is simply a matter of pulling the starter taking it apart and cleaning the contacts. I did it so often on my XV700 that I could do it in 20 minutes from...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago XV 1000 firing, powder substance, accurate diagnosis
powder substance, accurate diagnosis, crystal powder: Hi Daniel, I would need to inspect the problem for accurate diagnosis. I cannot remember which cylinders the grey or orange wires goes, respectfully. I cannot remember the ignition timing and if it matters on the Viragos. Try switching them and...

Motorcycle Repair: Virago XV750 High Idle Problem, max engine speed, adjustment screws
max engine speed, adjustment screws, vacuum leak: Hi Ken, Set the pilot screws at two turns out to start. Turn each screw out until max engine speed is reached. Turn each screw in until engine minimum engine spped is reached. Set screws in between these positions. I suspect carburetor synchronization...

Motorcycle Repair: VL 1500 LC Suzuki, worn gears, vl 1500
worn gears, vl 1500, bikebandit com: Marcus, check the linkage for any problems first, make sure the shift lever is not hitting anything. The problem may be the shifter cam stopper or spring. This keeps the shift drum from turning too easily and has a notch for each gear. It is under...

Motorcycle Repair: VMax stalls at idle, radiator cap, water wetter
radiator cap, water wetter, temp gauge: Hi Tony, Welcome back, Sir. Thanks for the compliments. As always, I return tech files by email. You ll have to reply to this with an email address as requested to receive the tech files. I suspect the carburetors will require tuning to correct air-fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: VN 750 won't upshift, vn 750, drum groove
vn 750, drum groove, motorcycle transmission: Hi Don, I suspect the shift linkage is defective or out of alingment with mating parts. The fix may be simple or require tear-down. It depends upon the problem. Get a copy of the service manual and follow the transmission troubleshooting procedures....

Motorcycle Repair: VRSCDX Night Rod Special, vibration noise, czech rep
vibration noise, czech rep, thanks in advance: If the belt is hitting the belt gusrd then I would check to make sure the belt is adjusted correctly.It should have enough tention on it to keep it from vibrating like you stated. I have not heard of this problem here in the US. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: Vstar 1100 Head Gasket, cylinder head gaskets, oil seeps
cylinder head gaskets, oil seeps, mc repair: Hi Chris, Fact: Any MC repair is expensive. lol The task of replacing cylinder head gaskets is a bit involved. Depending on your abilities, it can be done at home. Get the service manual and become familiar with the task days before starting work,...

Motorcycle Repair: VT 600 new exhaughts, air fuel mixture, drag pipes
air fuel mixture, drag pipes, vt 600: Hi Duncan, Q: Just installed a pair of Raask drag pipes to my vt 600c 1998 model I have been told with 2000 reg plate not a vlx the one with bigger air box !. It is back fireing when I slow down. Is this normal? if not do you have any advice on how to...

Motorcycle Repair: VT1100 shadow no spark, panka, test light
panka, test light, battery voltage: Hi Derek, It sounds to me like your pulse coil or pick up coil is bad. Strange things can happen when a battery goes dead, maybe try that. When the coils are getting juice, but no pulse telling them when to unleash/spark, this is where I beleive where I would...

Motorcycle Repair: VT1100, honda shadow sabre, suzuki marauder
honda shadow sabre, suzuki marauder, sabmag: Hi Tony, Both models are impressive to me. I would have to have one of each. I can t say anything bad about either model. Visit the following websites for more intel: www.sabmag.org -- Sabre/Magna resource www.motorcycleusa.com -- great message...

Motorcycle Repair: VT1100C 1986 Gearbox, drive line components, clutch plates
drive line components, clutch plates, clutch lever: Hi Pablo, The sounds and sensations you re feeling are common. When the crankshaft and transmission drive shaft are rotating and engaging with the non-rotating clutch and transmission driven shaft (and other drive line components), the result is the...

Motorcycle Repair: VT1100c tranny noise, mileage engine, shadow vt1100c
mileage engine, shadow vt1100c, transmission failure: Hi Dave, Q: ...Can you offer any advise or insight? A: A tech will need to experience the problem to learn more about the cause. It s too difficult to accurately diagnose the problem without being present. Q: Am I risking catastrophic failure of...

Motorcycle Repair: VT600 misfiring, honda vt600, piston ring
honda vt600, piston ring, rich mixture: Hi Chris. The white smoke is indicative of oil burning, not a rich mixture. The problem with the running is probably due to that and a dirty fuel system. Clean the carbs, replace the fuel line and reseal the tank. See what happens. If the white...

Motorcycle Repair: VT700C turn signal replacement, hex head, rear fender
hex head, rear fender, honda model: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view~schem_dept_id~2341838~section_dept_id~1~section_dept_name~OEM+%28Stock%29+Parts~dept_type_id~2~model_dept_year~1984~model_dept_mfr~Honda~model_dept_id~2341785~model_dept_name~VT700C+SHADOW.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: VTX 1300 runs rough at low rpm speed, honda vtx1300s, float bowls
honda vtx1300s, float bowls, powder substance: Hi Curtis, I suspect the problem is related to varnished fuel. This is common with fuel left in the carburetor float bowls during periods of storage or non-starting. The carburetors may need thoroughly cleaned to restore proper performance. It s possible...

Motorcycle Repair: VTX 1800 Front shock rebuild info, oil seals, fork leg
oil seals, fork leg, fork oil: Ray, -this webpage has a fork rebuild similar to what you would basically need to do on your bike:http://www.geocities.com/bender647/forkseal/ -You may have to remove the right caliper, fender bolts, wheel and fork covers, which have an o-ring near...

Motorcycle Repair: VTX 600 Honda, throttle cables, bikebandit com
throttle cables, bikebandit com, project bike: Hi Taspitzer, The task of routing and connecting throttle cables is easy, but not so easy to explain. Instead, I recommend you obtain a service/repair manual to learn proper cable routing and installation procedures. The manual has illustrated...

Motorcycle Repair: VTZ250 cdi unit, vtz, bikebandit com
vtz, bikebandit com, shively: Hi Kraig, You ll have to contact the dealership parts nazi s and ask them to cross-referrence your parts numbers. I doubt they ll be able to assist you, though. You may try posting your question on the message boards at: www.motorcycleusa.com Browse...

Motorcycle Repair: Vt 500 c Shadow, vt 500 c, starter solinoid
vt 500 c, starter solinoid, battery booster: U cannot jump bike to bike. It won t work cause bikes r a generated, as opposed to a car that is actually charged. Try jumping from a car, or a battery booster/charger. Check your battery at the posts, it should read over 12 volts, but under 14. The closer...

Motorcycle Repair: Vtwin brand 3-degree rake kit, head caps, v twin
head caps, v twin, head cap: You didnt give me a measurement of the difference between the steering head caps and the neck of the frame, but the bearing caps have to be slightly bigger so they dont turn. the bearing head caps have to be pressed in. Mic the head cap and the neck of the...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 1600 Classic exhausts, quality pipes, aftermarket pipes
quality pipes, aftermarket pipes, vulcan 1600 classic: Hi Gerald, I do not recommend drilling the exhaust pipes. Such practices may result in performace problems and may cost you more correcting the mistake than the cost of quality aftermarket pipes. The engine was engineered with air/fuel/exhaust volumes...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 500 carb problem, pilot jet, wits
pilot jet, wits, needles: Well, if it s falling on it s face as u described then u have properly diagnosed a rich condition. When u cleaned the carbs, What did u use to clean the jet holes? After u install the floats don t turn the carbs from side to side or upside down as this will...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 700 one cylinder quits running, engine cranks, random ideas
engine cranks, random ideas, new spark: Larry, Here are some random ideas I had, can you switch coils? Otherwise it sounds like it may be running out of fuel on that front cylinder. Sometimes coils act up when hot, but yours sounds like it barely has time to heat up the coils. Does the...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 750 starting problems, kawasaki vulcan 750, starter solenoid
kawasaki vulcan 750, starter solenoid, carbon brushes: Hi Justin, Perform an output test to check the charging system. I suspect the starter motor s carbon brushes or the starter solenoid may be worn. It s usually the brushes when this happens. If so, simply replace the brushes. Visit www.vroc.com for...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 800 problems, safety switch, mile trip
safety switch, mile trip, sunday drive: Hi Craig, I suspect the clutch needs attention, or a safety switch is not working properly. Reply with your email address as requested and explained in my instructions. I ll return a few tech information files that may assist you. Respectfully, Mark...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 800 problems, electrical diagnosis, clutch cable
electrical diagnosis, clutch cable, powder substance: Hi Jeff, I would have to be present and inspect the VN800 to accurately diagnose the problem. I suspect one or more of the following: Clutch cable or clutch assy. may need adjustment. Clutch safety switch defective, worn, corroded, or other. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan 88 Carburetor, air intakes, kawasaki vulcan
air intakes, kawasaki vulcan, powder substance: Hi Andrew, Twin carburetors is not the problem. Dealerships have a ten year rule. MC s older than 10 years are usually turned away. Older models seem to come-back needing repaired or require extra time to repair, which costs the shop money. You re probably...

Motorcycle Repair: Vulcan with alot of unknowns!, kawasaki vulcan 500, float bowls
kawasaki vulcan 500, float bowls, light shades: Hi Matt, I ve experienced Dallas interstate travel. Took the left when I should have went right. Do you know the Dallas junction I described? We have the same here in Dayton, Ohio. Affectionately called Malfunction Junction. : ) Remove the spark plugs...

Motorcycle Repair: v.o.e.s switch, ohm meter, rpm
ohm meter, rpm, good luck: There are a couple of tests you can do. First, start the bike and disconnect the vaccumn hose from the intake and plug the hole. If the switch is working your timing will retard and the RPM s will drop. When you reconnect it the timing will advance and the...

Motorcycle Repair: v-star 2003 1100cc, starter solenoid, starter relay
starter solenoid, starter relay, loose connections: Hi Paul. It could be the sidestand relay, the clutch relay, the starter solenoid or even the battery. As far as the battery, it may be showing full volts, but is it holding full amps? The starter motor needs the amps to turn over as much as it needs...

Motorcycle Repair: v-star oil filter, star oil, oil level
star oil, oil level, sight glass: Hi Ron. Unless Yamaha revamped how they configure all of their engines, the oil filter will be center foreward bottom of the engine. In the V-star, it may be under a cosmetic cover under the engine. The repair manual will show you more precisely. Also...

Motorcycle Repair: v45 Magna dies, misfires, poor conductivity, v45 magna
poor conductivity, v45 magna, fuel contamination: Hi Ron, I suspect the shock from the tip-over may have caused rust or other fuel contamination or sediment to reach the pilot circuit and may be obstructing fuel flow. Varnished fuel in the carburetors is very common. Sea Foam is very good product, however...

Motorcycle Repair: v45 sabre igntiers interchange, honda models, motorcycle models
honda models, motorcycle models, honda motorcycle: Hi Domenic, Try using the following website information: Respectfully, Mark Shively Honda Parts Interchange Information Honda uses a unique (three character) Product Code for each model motorcycle it manufactures. Since 1966, the Product Code...

Motorcycle Repair: v65 Magna, v65 magna, starter clutch
v65 magna, starter clutch, panka: Hi Andrew, Is it the starter that works infrequently? Or the engine only run once in a while? Either way, when it is running, you hear a noise from the starter area, its more than likely a bad starter, if you look on www.partsunlimited.com Look for a...

Motorcycle Repair: vacume jumps at idle, yamaha yzf600r, panka
yamaha yzf600r, panka, especialy: Mark, What you ll need to do is have the idle set to a point where the guage jumps around the least. The mercury bouncing you are experiencing is quite normal especialy for a bike such as yours with a higher compression. What youre looking for is for...

Motorcycle Repair: No vacuum from carbs to fuel petcock, kawasaki ninja, ninja zx600
kawasaki ninja, ninja zx600, fuel outlet: Hi Andrew, Very well written description. Thanks! The petcock seems to be working properly. The larger outlet pointing to the side (East/West) is the fuel outlet pipe. The smaller outlet pointing South is the vacuum hose pipe. Connect a hose from...

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum hoses, vacuum hoses, vent hose
vacuum hoses, vent hose, vacuum lines: Hi Sue, I would need more info, like why are they disonnected? did it come this way when you bought it? does it run or has it run since you have owned it, is it a touring bike or sport model? are the lines gone completely or are they still attached to the...

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum hoses,stalling, honda service manual, internal combustion engines
honda service manual, internal combustion engines, vacuum hoses: Hi Ira, The hose routing diagram is in the Honda Service manual. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal combustion engines are: correct fuel/air ratio, spark at right time, adequate cylinder compression....

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum hoses, vacuum hoses, petcock
vacuum hoses, petcock, shively: Hi Sue, Q: kawasaki 1984 need to know where 3 vacuum hoses connect. have clymers book but does not give detail. can u help? A: This description lacks necessary information for assistance. Plesae return to the page where question is typed and read question...

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum leak, suzuki gs 500, vacuum leaks
suzuki gs 500, vacuum leaks, vacuum line: evidently dennis it seems like you have a faulty petcock ,i have seen this before in myshop.thats causes this problem.try putting something in the place of the petcock like a vacum hose adapter whre you connect 2 hoses togethr ,let me know .im here to help.bud....

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum line, vacuum line, vent hose
vacuum line, vent hose, suzuki model: Bill, Reference the microfiche, part #72 is the main fuel supply hose for the carbs. Part #68 is the vacuum hose from the carb, to the petcock. This hose allows fuel to flow when engine is running. Look again for reference: http://houseofmotorcycles.bikebandit.com/partsbandit/oem_schematic_view.asp?schem_dept_id=706937§ion_dept_id=1§ion_dept_name=OEM+%28Stock+Parts%29&dept_type_id=2&model_dept_year=1983&model_dept_mfr=Suzuki&model_dept_id=703461&model_dept_name=GS650GLD...

Motorcycle Repair: vacuum switch valve, air fuel mixture, combustion gases
air fuel mixture, combustion gases, combustion chambers: Hi Jack!!! The valve is part of the emissions system. Like the positive pressure crankcase vent, these parts route combustion gases that blow-by piston rings and valve guide seals to the airbox. They rob hosepower in the sense that these blow-by gases are...

Motorcycle Repair: value adjustment, honda xr 80, valve clearances
honda xr 80, valve clearances, valve adjustment: Hi Linda, Q: I would like to know the value adjustment on a 2000 honda xr 80. A: I think you mean valve instead of value. If you want valve adjustment intervals: see the Owner s Manual. If you want valve clearances or the procedure: see the Service...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adgustment, bolt torque, head bolt
bolt torque, head bolt, valve adjustment: Robert I can t find the spec. for the headbolt torque. Guess you re going to have to spring for a service manual...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adj., yamaha roadstar 1600, bikebandit com
yamaha roadstar 1600, bikebandit com, shively: Hi Ed, Check your email for the tech information you requested. I recommend the Service/Repair Manual. It will pay for itself with the first repair/maintenance you perform. See microfiche parts, prices, and buy manuals on line at: www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adj. and cam chain adj, tdc mark, cb400t
tdc mark, cb400t, bill silver: .004 on the intakes and .0055 (tight 5 or loose 6 thou of an inch) on the exhaust. I wasn t aware that they had made major departures on the camchain tension from the 400 to the 450 versions. Checked my online source of microfiches: http://www.powersportspro.com/partsfish/login.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adj., model honda, crankcase
model honda, crankcase, crank: Hi Clyde. Actually, the answer to your question resides in the repair manual along with the specs for the adjustment. Here s the basics, as most bikes are done a little bit differently, it may vary a bit from the manual. Remove the access to the valves...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, float bowls: Hi Scott, The valves on your 1996 VT1100C ACE are hydraulic adjusters, meaning they self adjusting. Keep the engine oil changed, clean, and level for proper valve clearances. Rough running may mean time for new spark plugs, time for carb cleaning and/or...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, camshaft lobes, inaccurate measurement
camshaft lobes, inaccurate measurement, feeler gauge: Jack, Cylinders and carbs are numbered 1-2-3-4, left to right when viewed as if sitting on the MC. Each cylinder has at least one intake and exhaust valve. Intake valves are on the carb side of the head, exhaust valves on the exhaust side. If there are...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, gsxr 600, valve adjustment
gsxr 600, valve adjustment, sorce: Hi Andreas, I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual. I do not know of any on line resources for the 2004 model. Try www.gixxer.com Ditto for the rim question. That swap has not been performed in my shop, nor have I read anyone making...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, yamaha 1100, compression stroke
yamaha 1100, compression stroke, adjustment screw: Patrick, these links should explain it as well as I can, http://www.vstar1100.com/engine.htm http://www.vstar1100.com/vs1100valves.pdf http://650ccnd.com/valve.htm -Just make sure the cylinder is on the compression stroke before you change any adjustments....

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, fxrs, valve adjustment
fxrs, valve adjustment, pushrod: Rotate the cylinder so the one pushrod you are working on is all the way to the bottom of the stroke. Remove the lifter and bleed it. Now install the lifter and pushrod. Turn the pushrod until it has bottomed out the lifter and then turn it back up 1 1/2...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustment, combustion chambers, tolorance
combustion chambers, tolorance, cylinder compression: Hi Dean, You ll have to install smaller shims to gain the proper valve lash (clearances). If there s no clearance install a smaller size shim and recheck clearances. Install smaller or thicker shims until you get clearances within specs. Perform a cylinder...

Motorcycle Repair: valve adjustments, gsxr 750, joseph rubin
gsxr 750, joseph rubin, valve adjustments: Joe, Not my area but you may be dealing w/ shims to adjust the clearance instead of a typical locknut mechanism. There was a prob. w/ this bike according to a friend of mine that had one, the timing chain tensioner makes alot of noise however Suzuki says...

Motorcycle Repair: valve clearance check, valve clearance, manual states
valve clearance, manual states, hi john: Hi John. If you don t really care how well the bike runs, then follow your friends advice. However, since both the owner s manual and the repair manual were both written by tech writers that got their information from the engineers who designed the bike,...

Motorcycle Repair: valve clearence check & adjustment, extended warranty, falcon
extended warranty, falcon, good luck: Hi Ralph. As far as getting the valves taken care of, Yes you should as often as the manual recommends. As far as the shop to do it in, I suggest that, as long as the bike is not covered under some kind of extended warranty, then go shop around. Talk...

Motorcycle Repair: valve covers, ryan austin, bill silver
ryan austin, bill silver, cb550: Ryan, could have been that the bike was run with loose locknuts and they backed off and started eating the threads... kind of a longshot there, though. If the threads on the adjuster screws are all not fairly even in length, then you could have problems,...

Motorcycle Repair: valve guides, vernier calipers, valve seals
vernier calipers, valve seals, combustion chamber: David: How do I refinish the valve seats? Mark: If you re not experienced, have a shop or machinist perform this work. They have a saying: You can pay me now, or you can pay me later. David: What do you mean by ream the new valve guides? Mark:...

Motorcycle Repair: valve lash, model bike, pushrod
model bike, pushrod, lifters: I am not going to be able to help you unless I know what pushrods they are. the problem is different manufactures have different thread pitches so they all dont adjust the same. I can get you close, however. Start with any valve. Rotate the motor so that...

Motorcycle Repair: valve noise, adjustable pushrods, velocity stack
adjustable pushrods, velocity stack, oil dipstick: You dipstick popping out means there is pressure building up in the motor. I would first check the vent lines to make sure they are not kinked. Then check the breather in the velocity stack. After that you will have to check the pressure relief valve. Good...

Motorcycle Repair: valve are noisey, train noise, cold engine
train noise, cold engine, valve train: Sportsters are known for valve train noise. Your bike is probably not making any more noise than any other sportster. There is no adjustment on your valves. You have solid pushrods, unless they have been changed before you bought the bike. As to your second...

Motorcycle Repair: valve problem, vavle, eighth inch
vavle, eighth inch, valve springs: sounds like weak vavle springs not pulling rhe va;ves back up to correct seat . they mighr have got hot at one time and weakened ther pressure to pull valves bk up to saey try looking at valve springs then e- mail me bk ok good luck and keep riding ...

Motorcycle Repair: valve replacement, exhaust ports, combustion chamber
exhaust ports, combustion chamber, leak down test: Hi Gary, Try performing a cylinder compression test and a leak-down test to determine the condition of the engine (sealing properties of the combustion chamber). Repair or replace the valves and valve seats accordingly. Here s a couple of links to...

Motorcycle Repair: valve replacement, suzuki savage, valve work
suzuki savage, valve work, cylinder compression: Hi David, Do you have a copy of the service manual? Did you replace the valve seats, or perform any work to the valve seats, or lap the valves? Why was this valve work necessary? What is cylinder compression? What was compression prior to the work...

Motorcycle Repair: valve seats, honda z50, metal material
honda z50, metal material, valve seats: Gary, It s difficult to say what condition a 32 year old head would be in. But, IN GENERAL, if you are not looking for optimum performance, and i d bet the wear is not all that bad, yes, you can go ahead and put new valves in it. However, why does it...

Motorcycle Repair: valve setting, honda fourtrax, barnes noble
honda fourtrax, barnes noble, valve clearance: Hi Kevin, Get a copy of the service manual for illustrated valve clearance adjustment procedures. The service manual will pay for itself with the first repair you perform. It has important information you must know when performing this procedure. ...

Motorcycle Repair: valve specs for 2002 honda xr400r, honda xr400r, valve clearances
honda xr400r, valve clearances, clearence: Hi Brant, I don t have the service manual for your vehicle, either. You may check the internet and find the specs. I recommend buying the service manual. There is important things to know when adjusting valves. Loose valve clearances ( lash -same thing)...

Motorcycle Repair: valve sticking, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, piston rings: Hi Roger, The first thing to do is obtain a service/repair manual for this quad. Valves may rust to their valve seats, but this doesn t always happen. Piston rings may rust to cylinder walls, too. Perform a cylinder compression test followed by a...

Motorcycle Repair: valve timing, cam lobes, forward side
cam lobes, forward side, deck height: Bill, the dimples usually go away from each other or the intake back, the exhaust forward. Just look at your cam lobes, when the engine is TDC on #1, the intake and exhaust lobes have to be up so compression is possible. See if the marks are near lining...

Motorcycle Repair: valve timming , cam/gear placement, xlh sportster, cam gear
xlh sportster, cam gear, good luck: Install them one at a time like a puzzle making sure you line up the marks on the cams. It takes a while to get them all lined up, but make sure they are lined by the marks. If you are off a tooth the bike will not run. Its best if you have a service manual....

Motorcycle Repair: valves, compression stroke, yamaha moto
compression stroke, yamaha moto, plug hole: Jacob, set them all at .004 inch or .1016 mm. Make sure the engine is on the compression stroke. You can feel pressure in the spark plug hole and then put the piston up to the top of the cylinder or check for a T mark on the magneto or flywheel....

Motorcycle Repair: valves on a vtx1800c 2002, valve clearances, arm pad
valve clearances, arm pad, vtx1800c: Hi Terry, Excessive or loose valve clearances often causes soft tapping or ticking sounds. This is normal and will not harm the engine. Adjusting clearances to the looser side of service limits is okay. Valve wear causes tighter clearances. Rocker arm...

Motorcycle Repair: valves, exhaust gasses, pressure waves
exhaust gasses, pressure waves, exhaust valves: Hi Gary, In a nutshell, exhaust sonic pressure waves are affected by changes to the exhaust. Exhaust systems are engineered with flow characteristics and thermal disipation goals in mind, etc... etc... These pressure waves affect how extremely hot exhaust...

Motorcycle Repair: vapour barrier, gsxr 1100, bill silver
gsxr 1100, bill silver, aluminum foil: Rob, vapor locks usually happen because of overheating of the fuel line or fuel handling components due to their proximity to engine heat. Sometimes a layer of aluminum foil will help to reflect the heat. The fuel tank has a petcock screen inside the tank...

Motorcycle Repair: I've got a '77 Suzuki GS 750..., suzuki gs 750, clutch setup
suzuki gs 750, clutch setup, clutch basket: Cory, To the first part of your question,Take it to a machine shop for the drilling & tapping out.The second part,If you are going to restore or keep for a evry day rider,and plan on riding it for a while,Have the work done.But if your going to fix up to sell...

Motorcycle Repair: vent on rear gear cover, yamaha seca 750, bike bandit
yamaha seca 750, bike bandit, vent stack: Hi Joe, Simply remove and replace the leaky vent cap with a new part. Visit Bike Bandit s or Yamaha s websites and see the part on their parts microfiche. Order directly from Bike Bandit. www.bikebandit.com www.yamaha-motor.com Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: vfr nc24, honda vfr 400, internal combustion engines
honda vfr 400, internal combustion engines, powder substance: Check your email, Sir. Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways within carbs become obstructed when varnishing occurs. Liquid gasoline changes...

Motorcycle Repair: vfr400 runs only on two cyl, fuel leaks, honda vfr400
fuel leaks, honda vfr400, honda tech: im not laughing i get feedback on my answers from people like you whom i help just try this ididnt believe it either but it worked ,i honor your thought but it doesnt hurt to try something out of the ordinary it worked on a suzuki 1400 with the same problems,...

Motorcycle Repair: viargo, compression check, excess gas
compression check, excess gas, ac output: Brandon, I suggest a compression check, it should have about 130-160 psi on each cylinder to run properly. Is your oil level correct and the oil clean? Check your spark plug color, that will indicate what is happening in the engine. If the plugs are...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration, feeler gauge, speed tranny
feeler gauge, speed tranny, balance master: Hi Bob The balance Master products just flat out DONT WORK!!!!! I would install a compensator sprocket on your motor and also a M6 Chain tensioner will help alot. Every bike I owned since 1988 I have install Decompression valves In both heads and now I...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration in 1983 XJ900RK Seca, engine vibration, wheel balance
engine vibration, wheel balance, tire condition: Hi Justin, Use an oil weight recommended by Yamaha. Any rotating parts may cause vibration. Engine vibration dosen t mean something has become loose. The frequency at which the engine is rotating, engine design, or frame design may contribute to the...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration, sportsters, xlh
sportsters, xlh, motor mounts: If the vibration is not bad I would worry about it. But if it gets bad then you are goiing to have to do some motor work. Since you are sitting still and you getting a vibration, then the only thing it can be is the motor. You would have to start tearing it...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration, clutch basket, vibration problem
clutch basket, vibration problem, netural: If you shut the engine off and dont have any vibration, then its not motor related. I doubt its the trans. I would start by check the tires since it related to a certain RPM. A bad tire will cause the problem, even though they look good. If youa re running...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration and bike shutting off, harley davidson nighttrain, bank angle
harley davidson nighttrain, bank angle, key switch: To find the shutting off problem you will need a test light. Go for a ride and let the bike shut off. Do not turn the key off. With the test light touch the prongs on the coil. Do you have juice on the hot side? If not then you have a short. Check the key...

Motorcycle Repair: vibration, honda cr250, wheels tires
honda cr250, wheels tires, motocross 2002: take off the chain, and run it see if it vibrates from engine alone or if putting it in gears causes it. there may be a counter balance assy out of time, or bad bearings in the power train. if its smooth in all ranges with the chain off look into the wheels,...

Motorcycle Repair: vin number, vin plate, towing company
vin plate, towing company, wre: Hi Daryl. It is very possible that the DMV could be wrong about it for that make/year bike. What you may want to do is try to get hold of the towing company and see if they have the old title. It would have the VIN # on it and the DMV should have no problem....

Motorcycle Repair: vin #, dream cant, restoration guides
dream cant, restoration guides, bill silver: Joe, they could be painted over, if the bikes were repainted, however they are in such an odd place that usually they are covered with dirt/grease. Look at the left side of the frame, below/behind the engine, where the footpeg mounting bar attaches to the...

Motorcycle Repair: vintage honda dirtbike, honda dirtbike, check ebay
honda dirtbike, check ebay, dirt bikes: Nathan, there were several Honda 175s that are dirt bikes and each has different ignition systems and characteristics. MR175.... 2 stroke dirt bike with magneto CL/SL175 twin ...4 stroke engine with battery ignition. XL175 single... 4 stroke engine with...

Motorcycle Repair: vintage outboard motor, marine outboard engines, scott atwater
marine outboard engines, scott atwater, auto parts stores: Hi Bob. Older engines, that came out before unleaded was the only choice, usually need leaded fuel. There are lead additives that you can get from auto parts stores, but you may want to check with someone who specialises in marine outboard engines to...

Motorcycle Repair: vintage Triumph repair, vintage triumph, wakefield ma
vintage triumph, wakefield ma, triumphs: Bob I have a couple of quick answers for you. There may be more, but this is what I came up with. Restoration and service, Wakefield, Ma: http://www.triumphman.com Parts supplier in Hartford, may know someone local: http://www.moorescyclesupply.com...

Motorcycle Repair: virago 1100, blown head gasket, overhead cams
blown head gasket, overhead cams, panka: Hi Donnie, Usually a head gasket will only need to be replaced, and for a novice, I personally wouldnt take the chance, this bike has overhead cams which need to be placed in a exact place when assembly takes place or you can damage the engine. I would...

Motorcycle Repair: virago 750, free email servers, clymer manual
free email servers, clymer manual, yamaha virago 750: Hi Ed, I may be able to help you diagnose the problem. FYI... I reply with test and repair files by email. There was no email address with this question as requested. Hotmail and Yahoo free email servers rarely accept my large files. BTW... check...

Motorcycle Repair: virago 920 rj front cyclinder wont fire, gauge tool, float bowls
gauge tool, float bowls, powder substance: Hi Robert, I suspect the fuel left in the carburetor float bowls has varnished and is obstaructing fuel jets and passageways. If so, you can clean the carbs at home with a little help. The key is to be very thorough when cleaning. Read up on the task...

Motorcycle Repair: virago electrical problem, yamaha virago xv 750, yamaha virago xv
yamaha virago xv 750, yamaha virago xv, blown fuse: Hi Andy, Car and truck batteries are 12VDC like MC batteries, but they operate with much higher amperages. The higher amps can harm the MC s electronics. Reversing polarity can be harmful, too. You re on the right track. Get a copy of the service...

Motorcycle Repair: virago starting problem, yamaha virago 920, starter solenoid
yamaha virago 920, starter solenoid, starter button: Hi Andy. Have you tried applying power to the starter motor with it removed from the bike? If so, then I see two immediate possibilities here, barring any mechanical issue with the starter motor. Faulty wiring or a bad starter solenoid. I am guessing...

Motorcycle Repair: virago xv250 '92, train brakes, xv250
train brakes, xv250, metallic sound: Hi Panagiotis, It s difficult to tell what happened from the description provided. The problem may be clutch, drive train, brakes, bearings, or ????? You should have a loacl tech inspect the problem. Visit the following website: www.viragotech.com...

Motorcycle Repair: vlx 600 engine cutting out, honda vlx, honda motorcycle
honda vlx, honda motorcycle, mapping problems: Hi Linda, I suspect the gasoline may have water or other contamination. To check for this, drain float bowl gasoline into a container and examine the gasoline. Other things that come to mind are ignition mapping problems, dirty pick coil, or other...

Motorcycle Repair: vn1500 4 speed 1st gear, accurate diagnosis, vroc
accurate diagnosis, vroc, php section: Hi Spanner, It may be related to the clutch, transmission, or final drive. I would need to be present to inspect this problem to provide accurate diagnosis. Try researching your question at these websites: www.ipass.net/wb4iuy/index1.html ...

Motorcycle Repair: vn1500 vibration, time bill, balancers
time bill, balancers, fellas: Wow, that s a really hard one to answer without having the bike present. Is there a machine shop near u? If so, try having them take a look. These fellas usually know they re stuff and can almost tell at site balancing issues, etc. I hate that I can t...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage drop, motorcycle batteries, volt meter
motorcycle batteries, volt meter, starter button: First, get a volt meter to check the battery with. The one that is on the bike can be off. When the bike is sitting cold you should have a little over 12 volts. When starting, the voltage will drop off quit a bit. After starting and running you should get...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage gage on 2002 ultra classic, ok check, stator
ok check, stator, gage: Check at your battery and see what voltage you are running. If your voltage is going up and down then you have either a bad stator or regulator. If the voltage doesnt go up and down witht he gage then you either have a short going to the gage or a bad gage....

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulator, rev tech 100, dc volts
rev tech 100, dc volts, bare wire: To test the stator you need a OHM meter and a DC volt meter. Unplug the voltage regulator and at the two prongs of the stator test for OHMs. If there is a ground it is bad. Now start the bike and at the prongs of the stator you should get around 60 DC volts...

Motorcycle Repair: voltage regulator, kawasaki vulcan, regulator rectifier
kawasaki vulcan, regulator rectifier, manjo: Hi Tandy, The regulator/rectifier is the black finned thing that lives on a strangely shaped black bracket behind your left foot board. Visit the following sites for additional assistance: www.gis.net/~manjo/faq.htm#IV.__Electrical_System_- www.buykawasaki.com...

Motorcycle Repair: vstar 1100 baffle removal, exhaust pipes, stock exhaust
exhaust pipes, stock exhaust, lowend: I usually answer questions on harleys, but I might be able to help. There are several ways that baffles are installed. One is an external bolt. Look around the muffler for a bolt to remove. the other way is that they are welded. You have to take a long screwdriver...

Motorcycle Repair: vstar 1100 exhaust popping, dg hardkrome, hyper charger
dg hardkrome, hyper charger, jet kit: First of all how do they perform on acceleration? If u r not getting popping (lean) or if the bike doesn t fall on it s face (rich) then your deceleration is a characteristic of the pipes. In other words, if your bike will still shit and get who really cares...

Motorcycle Repair: Another vt 500 ascot question., decent supplier, bill silver
decent supplier, bill silver, vt 500: Doug, there are no sources of remanufactured engines, like those for automobiles. The bike was only sold for 2 years here, so the parts are scarce in the US. You can try outside sources like www.cmsnl.com or www.davidsilverspares.com and www.westernhillshonda.com...

Motorcycle Repair: vt1100 shadow spirit fork adjustment, honda model, shadow spirit
honda model, shadow spirit, dept id: Hi Jeff, Not sure which model year your VT1100 is, but most Shadows can be tuned by replacing fork oil with a heavier weight oil, and/or replacing factory fork springs with progressive spings. Progressive Springs is a popular brand of fork springs. Progressive...

Motorcycle Repair: My vt700, fuel system components, purchase manuals
fuel system components, purchase manuals, carb adjustments: Hi Dennis, The problem may be associated with more than one cause. The following are common causes: Improperly cleaned carburetors or not thoroughly cleaned. Defective carb parts: Carb cleaners can damage parts, parts wear, and parts can be damaged...

Motorcycle Repair: vtz250, ebay australia, bike bandit
ebay australia, bike bandit, vt250f: Hi Kraig, I have no way of comparing CDI s other than part numbers. I only have access to U.S. bound part numbers. You can try Bike Bandit and compare numbers. www.bikebandit.com The ignition mapping may be very similar between the two models. ...

Motorcycle Repair: vulcan 1500 carb. adjustment (2001), air fuel mixture, air screw
air fuel mixture, air screw, air fuel mixture screw: Hi Herb, The air-fuel mixture screw is located under each carburetor, where the float bowls meet the carb body, and close to the rubber intake manifolds. Visit: www.buykawasaki.com once the website opens, click the green text Vehicle Information...

Motorcycle Repair: vulcan 500 cooked pipe, valve seal, exhaust valves
valve seal, exhaust valves, running start: Hi Richard. This sounds a lot like you have a valve seal blown or the exhaust valve timing could be somehow off on that cylinder. That would explain the baked pipe, loss of power and bad running. Start with the exhaust valves and let me know what...

Motorcycle Repair: vulcan 750 headlight, vulcan 750, lighting device
vulcan 750, lighting device, light emitting diodes: Hi John, I suspect the ignition switch or starter button is the source of the headlight problem. Both of these parts have a role on the operation of the light. When the ignition switch is turned on and the starter button is depressed, power to the headlight...

Motorcycle Repair: WANT CRANK, yamaha r6 2002, cam shaft
yamaha r6 2002, cam shaft, head bolts: HI TERRY PERFORM A COMPRESSION CHECK TO KNOW IF THE CAMS ARE OUT OF TIME AND HOLDING OPEN A VALVE(S) IF THERE IS NO COMPRESSION THEN THIS IS LIKELY THE WHATS HAPPENING HOPEFULLY THEY WERE INSTALLED PROPERLY AND VALVES ARE NOT BENT RESPECTFULLY MARK...

Motorcycle Repair: Waring Lights on a 82 Yamaha Seca, fuse boxes, fuse holders
fuse boxes, fuse holders, fuse box: Samantha, -get a 12 volt testlight or multimeter so you can check positively that power is getting through the fuse box. There should be a reset button on your dash panel to turn off the warning light. -Double check your battery and all it s connectors....

Motorcycle Repair: Warm-up, silly question, clymer
silly question, clymer, kawasaki: Hi Patrick, I suggest running the choke until it will idle by itself and then turn the choke off.Bring it to a operating temp of atleast 120f before operating.A owners manual can be purchased through clymer for a reasonable price and it is handy...

Motorcycle Repair: Warm Up, yamaha seca 400, air leaks
yamaha seca 400, air leaks, right cylinder: Hi Kris. Start by checking the valves (intake and exhaust) as well as the valve timing for both cylinders. Then check compression. This is not the most likely issue, but it is possible. Use a compression tester to check it. Also check the carb...

Motorcycle Repair: Warranty, regional rep, harley
regional rep, harley, turnaround: I would call your Harley Regional Rep. Every shop seems to be a little different. We try to do a 1 day turnaround and if we don t have the part my boss will drive out of state if necessary to get it. But I know some HD shops that make you wait in line with...

Motorcycle Repair: Warrior carb, yamaha warrior 350, internal combustion engines
yamaha warrior 350, internal combustion engines, overflow pipe: Hi Bob, From your narritave description, I suspect the fuel system has varnished Other causes includes some other fuel contamination is present and preventing the needle valve (float valve) from closing fuel flow into the float bowl; and/or the overflow...

Motorcycle Repair: Water & a Four stroke, adjustment screw, model machines
adjustment screw, model machines, bill silver: Chris, if it was running properly before this happened, I imagine that you still have a drop of water or debris in the idle jet. Many late model machines have no removable idle jets, so you don t always recognize them as such. It is the one with about .012-.014...

Motorcycle Repair: Water in fuel, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, cylinder compression: Hi Chris, try adjusting the engine idle screw in and see if engine starts. Otherwise, review the following information and get back into the carburetor again. Respectfully, Mark Shively Carb Cleaning 101 By M. Shively The elements of internal...

Motorcycle Repair: Water in oil, water mix, oil water
water mix, oil water, length of time: You never said how long the water was in the motor, but if it was in there any length of time you might have ruined the bearings. The only way you will completly get the water out is to remove the motor and slip the cases. You can keep changing the oil but...

Motorcycle Repair: Water Pump Gasket, sincerley, inline four
sincerley, inline four, honda dealer: Hi Gerald, I have heard it can be done. Although a Honda dealer is going to go by the book as will most independant shops, so they can gaurentee the repair. Whenever I have heard about the Mechanical seal (they call it) being replaced with the engine in frame...

Motorcycle Repair: Water placed in fuel, air fuel mixture, water in the fuel
air fuel mixture, water in the fuel, speed jet: I normally only work on harleys, but I think I can help. SInce the bike was running fine before the water being added I would say that the carb is plugged up. Since It will only run at high speed I would say the the air/fuel mixture and the low speed jet is...

Motorcycle Repair: Weak Spark to the Spark Plug, kawasaki kx250, digital ignition
kawasaki kx250, digital ignition, condensor: Hi Barry, The condenser in a breaker points and condenser ignition system would store electrical current while the points were open, and release the current when the points closed to produce an arc at the spark plug. The condenser also helped to prevent...

Motorcycle Repair: Weak Spark, honda cm200t, twinstar
honda cm200t, twinstar, great shape: Hi Dave. The Twinstar is a good little bike and it is also one of the early cdi box bikes. It has ignition coils not condensors. The coils are an odd lot. You will want the repair manual because it has all of the specs for the bike. Check the coils...

Motorcycle Repair: Weak spark on all cylinders, fuel air mixture, compression gauge
fuel air mixture, compression gauge, piston rings: Hi Manuel, Causes of Weak Spark: Battery voltage low Spark plug dirty, broken, or maladjusted Spark plug cap or high tension wiring trouble Spark plug cap shorted or not in good contact Spark plug incorrect igniter trouble Pickup coil trouble...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheel Bearing end play, front wheel bearings, wheel bearing
front wheel bearings, wheel bearing, wheel seal: I put the axle in a vice and spacers and then the wheel and more spacers untill I can torque the axle nut to the proper spec s. Then I use a dial indcator with a magnetic base and set it to Zero. and now I place the mic on the hub pull up on the wheel and...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheel Removal On An FXD 2003, axle nut, tight fit
axle nut, tight fit, brake pads: You have to jack the bike up. On the rear, remove the axle nut and the axle. The wheel will drop out when you jack up the bike. remove the belt from the sprocket. Keep jacking until you get the tire out. Do it in reverse. Make sure you have the brake pads...

Motorcycle Repair: Wheels, flh, good afternoon
flh, good afternoon, spacers: What you are going to have to do is do a measurement on the wheel you have at the point where the axle goes through and then measure the new wheel. You will probably have to space it different. You can buy different spacers. Next you will probably have to...

Motorcycle Repair: Whine in rear wheel, harley dealership, springer softail
harley dealership, springer softail, alinement: have the rear wheel checked for alinement. It sounds like the rear belt is making this noise. Pick up some poly lube at the Harley dealership and put some of it on the out side edge of the belt. All away around it. then go for a ride and it will be gone I...

Motorcycle Repair: Whistling noise when downshifting, suzuki vs800 intruder, air leak
suzuki vs800 intruder, air leak, tea kettle: Hi Rick, That s a first for me. Only thing that comes to mind is an air leak. Can you make the sound happen with the transmission in neutral? You ll have to let a local tech ride and listen to the noise. Please advise me if you find the source....

Motorcycle Repair: White smoke coming from 1983 Honda Goldwing Interstate GL-1100, 1983 honda goldwing, goldwing interstate
1983 honda goldwing, goldwing interstate, terry kay: Hi Terry, Perform a cylinder compression test, cooling system pressure test, and a cylinder leak-down test if necessary. If the cylinder walls or a gasket has failed, air pressure from any of these tests should indicate the problem. A leak-down test...

Motorcycle Repair: Widening wheel base, polaris sportsman atv, 2005 polaris sportsman
polaris sportsman atv, 2005 polaris sportsman, wheel spacers: Hi Mike, You can reverse the wheels or fabricate wheel spacers with longer wheel studs. visit www.atvfrontier.com and inquire with other Sportsman owners there. There s some good Polaris techs there. Just post the question and wait for replies. ...

Motorcycle Repair: Winter maintenance, fuel stabilizers, marvel mystery oil
fuel stabilizers, marvel mystery oil, winter storage: Hi again, Andrew. This is what you need to do now. 1) Pull and thoroughly clean the carbs. 2) Drain all fuel from the tank and reseal it. 3) Replace the fuel line. 4) Fuel stabilizers are nothing more than a placebo. They do not work well at...

Motorcycle Repair: Winter Storage Condensation?, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, long term storage: Hi Jim, I think the carb will need removed and disassembled. Review the following information file. There may have been some condensation. I think changing the engine oil would be a good idea, too. Hold off on the tear down. Respectfully, Mark Shively...

Motorcycle Repair: Winter storage, local bike shop, msf course
local bike shop, msf course, winter storage: the problem with storing a bike outside is that it will draw moisture from the temp changes outside and things will have a tendensy to rust. Your best solution is to get a storage bag that is out there for bikes. You part the bike on the bag, zip it up inside...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing, exhast pipes, gs850g
exhast pipes, gs850g, vinyl tubing: Hi Brian, great question. Yes there is a few critical areas to be addressed. To avoid a Spring Carb cleaning bill you should drain the carburators float bowls. Turn off the petcock if it has an OFF postition and locate the drain screws at the very bottom of...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing a Motorcycle, petcock, gas tank
petcock, gas tank, battery tender: First, get a battery tender. That will keep your battery charged and fresh all winter. Next, change the fluids and fillt he gas tank to the top and put some stablelizer in it. Start the bike and let it warm up and then shut the petcock off. This will drain...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing a motorcycle, norton commando, lucky bastard
norton commando, lucky bastard, marvel mystery oil: Hi Marcus. (in best Monty Python voice) You lucky bastard!! It sounds like you have been doing just fine so far, but I will go through the basics again for you, just in case there s something that you haven t been doing. 1) Remove the battery and put...

Motorcycle Repair: Winterizing, trickle charge, street bikes
trickle charge, street bikes, dry rot: Hi Ivan, spraying wd 40 on your bike is an excellent idea, as well as keep it covered, drain the float bowls of fuel and fill the tank full of gas and add a stabilizer. Take the battery into the house and trickle charge it once a month. Drain and refill your...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring Diagram, suzuki bandit 400, car parts stores
suzuki bandit 400, car parts stores, autozone: Hi Dave, You ll have to purchase the service manual to get a wiring diagram. I don t have every manual and AllExperts supplies nothing. My local library has service manuals, check you area. AutoZone car parts stores sell MC manuals. Visit www.bikebandit.com...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring and engine dying, weldons, overflo
weldons, overflo, needle jet: Dennis... First, always check the valve clearances. Only .002 cold, but vital to these engines. Hopefully you have compression readings around 100psi. Then, go to the magneto, clean the points and be sure that they are opening at the F mark alignment with...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring harness for my CL 72, restoration guides, bill silver
restoration guides, bill silver, ebay: Micheal, contact me through my website: www.vintagehonda.com and I can email a wiring diagram. I also have written extensive restoration guides on this model, delivered on CDROM. I saw a main harness on Ebay recently... went for around $100. Check the www.vjmc.org...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring a kill switch, ground lead, kill switch
ground lead, kill switch, shively: Hi Gordon, I have no idea what year, make, or model, or what kind of vehicle you have. Basically, kill switches either keep the connection or break the connection of chasis ground or power of the ignition circuit. Try installing the new switch in...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring problem?, ohm meter, fxe
ohm meter, fxe, stator: What you need to do is test the stator to see if its putting out power. You will need a OHM meter and a AC volt meter. Unplug the regulator from the stator. Now with the OHM meter check the plugs on the stator to see if its grounded. If it is then the stator...

Motorcycle Repair: Wiring, xl 125 honda, honda three wheeler
xl 125 honda, honda three wheeler, honda engine: Go here: http://oldmanhonda.com/MC/WiringDiagrams/MCwiring.php#class select XL100 or SL125 for factory wiring information. They switched from the yellow/pink/white to all white leads, later on. These three wires are coming from the stator windings and are...

Motorcycle Repair: WON'T START, internal combustion engines, 1984 honda magna
internal combustion engines, 1984 honda magna, powder substance: Paul, Reply with an email address as your question text. When posting a question on this forum, you are required to enter an email address for AllExperts reply. AllExperts doesn t allow us (experts) to view your email address. I can help you, but...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Wobble, wobble, tyres
wobble, tyres, rim: Paul, could be three things and i would check in this order. need the front wheel off the gropund and spin the tire , look for a bent rim, it wont take much of the rim to make wobbles happen but i would check this. secondly i would have the tire balanced again....

Motorcycle Repair: Wobble at high speeds, axle nuts, good peoples
axle nuts, good peoples, honda dealer: Ok used tires? not good. peoples lives depend on those things... yours! dont ever do that again. put the bike on the centerstand, and weigh or tie the back down so the front is in the air. take a pin or something, spin the front wheel and see if its bent,...

Motorcycle Repair: Front Wobble, steering damper, wheel bearings
steering damper, wheel bearings, wheel bearing replacement: Hi Paul. There are 3 possibilities here. You could need a steering damper on the bike, you could need a steering head bearing replacement or you could need wheel bearing replacement. If this is a new problem that has never happened before at those speeds,...

Motorcycle Repair: Wobbly, unsteady steering., bolt torque, suzuki gsxr
bolt torque, suzuki gsxr, wheel alignment: Hi Rameh, Worn tire tread may cause such problems. Did the problem exist prior to the crash? If so, replace the tires. Otherwise, check the following: 1) Tire air pressures. 2) Wheel axle nut torque. 3) Fork pinch bolt torque. 4) Check forks for...

Motorcycle Repair: Wolverine won't run right, long periods, tactical error
long periods, tactical error, fuel flow: Hi Dave. My guess is that you left fuel in the tank and carb. Major tactical error. However, it is also a common error from most riders who store their machine for long periods. When you leave fuel in the fuel system, it will, over time, leave...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't run, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Jim, Ignitor is fine. Carburtors need thoruoghly cleaned to remove varnishing. Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is known as varnishing. Jets and passageways within carbs become obstructed when varnishing occurs....

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks
internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks, powder substance: Hi Terry, I suspect fuel left in the carburetor has varnished. Consider checking and cleaning the carb thoroughly. Respectfully, Mark Shively Bad Gas By Mark Shively Gasoline goes bad with time and in as little as 3-4 weeks. This effect is...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start!, wd 40, new spark
wd 40, new spark, fuel valve: Jordan, -do the basics first, check for spark, if no spark, check the fuses, kill button, fix up any bad wires. Check connectors for corrosion. if it looks okay move on to the fuel system. -Try some carb cleaner or wd-40 in the carb intake, see...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start after a Wash, dielectric grease, regulator rectifier
dielectric grease, regulator rectifier, motorcycle work: Baffling problem (no pun) It s a long shot, but remove and inspect spark plugs. The plugs may be wet fouled by now. Cleaning the spark plugs with brake spray cleaner (leaves no residue like carb cleaners). If the above doesn t yield any results, start...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't Start, honda twinstar, rotor stator
honda twinstar, rotor stator, feeler gage: Lawrence, I think you have two different operations confused. First, you establish the point gap, which is where they are the widest open. This establishes the amount of time that the points are closed to fully saturate the coil windings with electricity...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't start, air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines
air fuel mixture, internal combustion engines, vacuum leaks: Hi Todd, I think I can help you, but there was no email address with the question as requested. I return tech information via email. I recommend the service manual to assist with tune-up specs and all procedures. Find manuals at local libraries and ...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't start, bill silver, cb900
bill silver, cb900, turn signals: Craig, check the ignition switch base connector. They often fail over time, giving a rather weak connection to the electrical system. When you press the starter switch, the running lights on the turn signals are supposed to go off momentarily. If everything...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't start Honda CME 450 1982, solinoid, starter button
solinoid, starter button, starter motor: Diane, That sound is the solinoid which is a low voltage switch which makes the high current connection from your battery to your starter motor and kicks out the starter gear, all when you press the starter button. The most probable reason for the starter...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't start when warm, yamaha ttr125l, screw holes
yamaha ttr125l, screw holes, jets air: Ok, for one the carb cleaner is the gas will simply not work on bikes, or cars for that matter. Only fuel injection benefits from these products. U are most likely experiencing a lean condition caused by dirty carb. Remove the carb, take apart(all the way)...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't start!, honda cbr, long periods
honda cbr, long periods, right start: Hi Fred. Does the bike sit in storage over the winter or does it sit unused for long periods? Based only on what you are telling me and the time of year, I would bet that you have varnish in your carbs. We only call it varnish because that is what it...

Motorcycle Repair: Won't stay running, water intrusion, auto parts store
water intrusion, auto parts store, crankcase: Hi Jason. That watery oil could be water intrusion into the crankcase. Replace the oil and look for water in it, but it could hve fuel in it as well. If the oil smells like fuel, then get the bike to the shop to have them take a look at it. If it has...

Motorcycle Repair: Wondering about costs on 1987 Honda CBR 600F hurricane, honda cbr 600f, shively
honda cbr 600f, shively, carburetors: Hi Oliver, Labor rates vary. Expect to pay between $250 & $300 to clean the carburetors. This should include synchronization, parts are not included. New brakes may cost about $30 fdepending upon which brand and type selected. Installing the brake pads...

Motorcycle Repair: Wondering., honda 550, frequent service
honda 550, frequent service, synchronizing files: Hi R Q: My question is, are Bikes much different than cars? A: Motorcycles tend to need more frequent service to keep them running properly. The number one problem with motorcycles is gasoline varnishing in the carburetors while parked suring storage,...

Motorcycle Repair: Wont Start In Seattle, shively, carburetors
shively, carburetors, email address: Hi Johnny, From the lenghty description, I suspect fuel left in carburetors has varnished. If so, clean carbs. I don t return calls, I return detailed tech files by email. There was no email address with your question as requested in my instructions....

Motorcycle Repair: Wont Start, honda cbr, starter motor
honda cbr, starter motor, motorcycle wont start: Hi DJ. Start by checking your fuses , starter circuit wiring, ignition circuit wiring and alll related connections. There is also a main fuse, usually seperate from the other fuses. If those are all good, then check the starter motor for worn/dirty brushes...

Motorcycle Repair: Wont start / back fire, local bike shop, back fire
local bike shop, back fire, 5th gear: Hi Bern, The carburetor will need to be inspected. If I were you, I would return the YZF to the shop that made the recent repairs and complain. The shop should handle the inspection and repair as a come-back and not charge you. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: Wont start-nothing-new battery-been running, safety switches, sw side
safety switches, sw side, honda shadow: Hi Thom, Check the following safety switches for proper operation: Clutch sw, side stand sw, and neutral sw. Check the battery leads at all ends for clean, tightly fastened connections. Check battery voltage and specific gravity of electrolyte...

Motorcycle Repair: Wont start, cylinder compression, valve clearances
cylinder compression, valve clearances, shively: Hi DJ, If the MC was stored awhile, I suspect the gas in the carbs has varnished. This requires a thorough carb cleaning. The carbs are removed, disassembled, cleaned, and reinstalled. Carb synchronization is performed to fine tune the carbs. There may...

Motorcycle Repair: Worth of Japanese 1965 Honda CB72 Hawk, honda hawk, honda cb72
honda hawk, honda cb72, rare bike: Bryan, the Japanese domestic versions varied from the US types, usually by having winkers (turn signals), solid (non-folding) footpegs and KPH speedometer. There were some variations called CBM72s with Dream-Style 360 degree firing crankshafts. CB72s were...

Motorcycle Repair: WHAT IS WRONG, compound problem, oil gun
compound problem, oil gun, pushrod: Sounds like you have dirt in the jets of the carb. You need to pull the bowl of the carb and remove the jets and clean them. The ticking from the top end of the motor is common for a harley. Its the valve lash between the rocker and pushrod. Good luck and...

Motorcycle Repair: Wrong Fuel, friend of the family, shively
friend of the family, shively, fuel system: Hi Tim, Flush the fuel from the fuel system. Usually, no damage occurs rather the spark plugs fouls preventing the engine from starting or running properly. Remove the spark plug, clean or replace the plug and try starting the engine again. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: when it's getting warm, no more power, check engine oil, vacuum hoses
check engine oil, vacuum hoses, fuel tank cap: Hi Baiazid, Check the ventilation system on the fuel tank and fuel system. Run engine with fuel tank cap ajar and note engine performance. Check for pinched or collapsed vent and vacuum hoses. Check carburetor vent hoses and passagesways. ...

Motorcycle Repair: warming/running problems, shadow spirit, honda dealer
shadow spirit, honda dealer, rpms: Hi Steve, If the bike has sat for any lenght of time, anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months, since last was ridden, I wouold try draining the tankand replaceing with fresh gas...It doesnt sound like you need a carb clean, but old fuel will definately case sluggish...

Motorcycle Repair: water cooling system,stuck sensor, water cooling systems, water cooling system
water cooling systems, water cooling system, safety precaution: crank the bike and diconnect the return hose if water is flowing fast as you rev then water pump is good,if the return hose is at the bottom then hold it upright when u take it off so you can see if you have positive water flow.o.k p.s not just water coming...

Motorcycle Repair: water in the fuel, water in the fuel, seasonal storage
water in the fuel, seasonal storage, runnning: Hi. If there isn t any water in the fuel system, then the only thing that it could be is the idle has been tampered with as well. If nothing was changed but the water in the fuel and it ran fine before, then that could be the only thing, unless the...

Motorcycle Repair: water loged engine, muddy swamp, yamaha rt 100
muddy swamp, yamaha rt 100, milky color: Sitting for a month water logged is really bad. The bearings probably rusted. Also, letting it sit with water in the head and dirt probably scorred the cylinder when you tried to start it. Your best bet is to pull the head and do an inspection. Good luck...

Motorcycle Repair: water in oil ?, losing coolant, water intrusion
losing coolant, water intrusion, cracked block: Hi Dalton. You have water intrusion into the engine. Either water has gotten in from some outside source, or if the fungus (that s what it is) is a large amount, then you could have a cracked block. If you have had an overheat problem, then that is what...

Motorcycle Repair: water pump Yamaha YZ450F 2003, yamaha yz450f, weep hole
yamaha yz450f, weep hole, shively: Hi Harold, There s no question here, but I think I know what you mean. The hole you ve described is a weep hole. It s there to allow a leak to indicate the water pump seal is failing or has failed. Get a copy of the service (repair) manual and learn...

Motorcycle Repair: watercraft carb adjustment, fuel mixture, bn series
fuel mixture, bn series, fuel light: John, -not sure what carb you have, I thought maybe a Mikuni BN series for watercraft. -The lower screw is usually the low speed mixture and if it is a BN model it would be under where the throttle cable hooks up. -The high speed screw is on the...

Motorcycle Repair: way to much shift lever freeplay, honda 600r, motorcycle engine
honda 600r, motorcycle engine, freeplay: Hi Ryan. You have one of two possibilities here. Either the shifter is loose on the shift shaft or ther is an internal problem that will require engine removal or splitting. Based on what you ve told me, my first guess is that the shifter is loose....

Motorcycle Repair: very weak spark, voltage rectifier, ac volts
voltage rectifier, ac volts, plug gap: Battery, conductors, connectors, ignition switch, engine kill sw, safety sw, CDI, pick-up coil, ignition coil, spark plug, and chasis grounds. With the CDI or pick-up coil, it s gonna have spark or it isn t. Other parts may cause weak arc. A healthy...

Motorcycle Repair: weird problems with my bike, internal combustion engines, life giving oil
internal combustion engines, life giving oil, float bowls: Hi Dan, The gas in the float bowls has varnished (more specifically-the needle valve springs likely varnishd) and is causing the fuel to free flow into the airbox and crankcase. Gas has thinned the engine oil is making clutch operation improper. Oil seals...

Motorcycle Repair: welding/adhesing broken crankcase piece, honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750
honda shadow 750, 1983 honda shadow 750, motorcycle engine: There is really no epoxy that will work on cases. The metal in the case is porus and holds to much oil to use any kind of glue. What you need to do is get it welded and then redrilled, probably by a machinest. I have done this to many harley cases where things...

Motorcycle Repair: welding case near oil pump 82 shovel, oil pump, tool shop
oil pump, tool shop, fxr: the cases are aluminum. If the shop has never welded cases, you should find sombody that has. First,with aluminum, the area has to be really clean. Aluminum is porus and there will be some oil in the case. Second, you need to cut a groove in the crack on...

Motorcycle Repair: wet electrical, 125cc motorcycle, motorcyle battery
125cc motorcycle, motorcyle battery, walmart: Anthony, check your fuses in case the starter uses one somewhere. Check for any loose wires or connectors. Dry the bike out well. Gas should not leak out unless something is stuck, loose or assembled wrong. Is the bike running okay? Maybe there...

Motorcycle Repair: wet plug foul, yamaha rd 250, piston ring
yamaha rd 250, piston ring, head gasket: Hi Gene,It could be a combination of things.Is the timing set correctly, the spark plugs are of the proper heat range,the float level to high,the gas/oil mix not correct and yes, bad piston!Try doing a compression check,and leak down test to see where the...

Motorcycle Repair: wet plug foul, yamaha rd 250, piston ring
yamaha rd 250, piston ring, head gasket: Hi Gene. Do you have spark at the offending plug? You could have a broken plug wire or some other issue with the coil or a short in the ignition system. You may also want to check the carbs. Make sure that they are all set correctly and that they...

Motorcycle Repair: wet plug foul, yamaha rd 250, check air filter
yamaha rd 250, check air filter, piston ring: Awesome bike. I would pull carbs and make sure all is clean and float levels are spot on. Also check coil and wire on that side - make sure it s all in spec. Check air filter is clean and not excessively oiled. Calibrate carbs. See: http://www.motocom.com/motorcycles/1973/1/1/2793...

Motorcycle Repair: whats up falcon, ..., motorcycle dealerships, cam chain
motorcycle dealerships, cam chain, engine case: Hi Tommy. Where is the oil leak coming from? You could have a bad gasket or seal or some of the engine case bolts could have loosened up, which is common for almost every bike out there. As far as the clicking, it is likely that the clicking might likely...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel, honda gl, fork legs
honda gl, fork legs, gl 1200: Your triple tree (where the fork legs meet the neck) you will find clamping mechanisms that hold the legs in. put a bike jack lift under the bike and set to a comfortable height, loosen the brackets that hold the fork legs and move to the desired length, make...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel alignment, e mail address, wheel alignment
e mail address, wheel alignment, rear fender: Remove the rear fender and tank. Take a string and starting at the neck, run it down the backbone of the frame in the center. The center of the wheel should line up with the spring. If not then you need to respace the wheel. Good luck and happy riding Mik...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel alignment, dyna low rider, wheel alignment
dyna low rider, wheel alignment, speed corner: First thing to do is check to see if it looks out of align. Sit on the bike and holding the handlebars straight have somebody look at the front wheel. Another thing you can do is lay a 8 floresent light bulb on both sides of the bike, against the rear tire...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel alignment, wheel alignment, rear fender
wheel alignment, rear fender, mike hope: Had a great time. Road 3025 miles. To align your wheel you need some string. Remove the rear fender and fuel tank. Go with the string from the center of the neck, all the way down the backbone of the frame. The rear tire should be centered to this. If not,...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel bearing race, shade tree mechanic, wheel bearing
shade tree mechanic, wheel bearing, hub assembly: I once replaced a race in a wheel, while I was on a long trip, on the side of the road with a screwdriver and a rock! I wouldn t recommend it however. You changing the race will require having a race puller and driver. Problaby somthing you dont have. Also,...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel bearing replacement, front wheel bearings, hd sportster
front wheel bearings, hd sportster, wheel bearing replacement: you will need a special wheel bearing removeal tool and The axle may not work in the lower slider because there is a size difference from the OD of the bearings. You need to make sure the Dyna 04 axle slides all the way into the lower slider on your bike....

Motorcycle Repair: wheel bearings?, wheel bearings, gsxr 750
wheel bearings, gsxr 750, seals: Hi Chris, You can check the bearings yourself. Send me an email as requested. I ll return the iformation files. I don t buy the bearings not seated line. I wouldn t let my work go with a known problem. That s unprofessional. Maybe have another shop...

Motorcycle Repair: Front wheel camber issue, 1982 honda cm450e, wheel bearings
1982 honda cm450e, wheel bearings, fork tubes: Mike, something is either bent or out of place. Check that the wheel has a spacer opposite the side the axle nut is on. Check that the axle is tightened evenly on both sides. Check that the tire is seated on the rim properly and check that the top of...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel lacing, american motorcycle institute, crf 450
american motorcycle institute, crf 450, wheel truing: Hi Nathan, Wheel lacing is one of the most difficult tasks to perform on a motorcycle. Truing a laced wheel is difficult, too. At the American Motorcycle Institute, every class is challenged to try and set a new wheel truing record. The time to beat...

Motorcycle Repair: wheel removal, rear axle nut, shaft drive
rear axle nut, shaft drive, xjbikes: Hi WC, Remove the rear brake arm and brake linkage, remove the rear axle nut and axle, and then pull the rear wheel off. If you need more specific details, I recommend that you get a copy of the service manual. Visit these links for more about wheel...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel removal, fender rail, brake calipers
fender rail, brake calipers, model visit: Hi Jim, I don t have the service manual for this model. Visit the following link and click to page 6-37 to view wheel removal technique. https://docushare.gmu.edu/dsweb/Get/Document-20283/LIT-11626-16-05_22.pdf Other than the above, try inquiring...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel removal, suzuki gsx r750, tred
suzuki gsx r750, tred, gsx r: Hi Sean, Get the repair manual for your GSX-R. The procedure for changing a tire is listed there plus many other procedures for maintaining your MC. You can find manuals for as little as $20 online. It will pay for itself with the first repair. Please...

Motorcycle Repair: Front wheel of my Suzuki is making noise, 2002 suzuki gsxr600, dial indicators
2002 suzuki gsxr600, dial indicators, handle bars: Hi Roberto, I would need to inspect the front end parts to determine the damages if any. I recommend you have an experienced tech check for you. The forks can be checkd by placing the disassembled inner stantion tubes in V blocks and measuring run-out...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel shake, 1972 honda cb350, wheel bearings
1972 honda cb350, wheel bearings, old bike: Hi Alan. Just because there is no discernable bounce does not mean that the tires are balanced. They could still be off, even slightly. However, because of the age of the bike, I am leaning more toward the possibility of it being bearings as the cause...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel shake, wheelbearings, bad tire
wheelbearings, bad tire, best guess: Sorry to say, but I am not going to be able to help you. If you check my profile I only work on harleys. My best guess would be that you have a bearing in the steering head going out or you have a bad tire. Check with some of the other experts and they should...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel vs. handlebars off a bit, 1993 suzuki gs500e, triple trees
1993 suzuki gs500e, triple trees, handle bars: I usually only answer questions on harleys, but I think I can help you. You have probably twisted the forks when it fell. Locate the bolts that hold the forks and the triple trees and loosen them. This might pop the forks back into place. If not then put the...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel whobbling, front wheel bearings, bearing service
front wheel bearings, bearing service, fork oil: What brand of tire are you using?. and when was the last time you had a steering neck bearing service done??. It should be done every year or 10k. which ever comes first.. have the fall away done correctly and fork oil changed also. Make shure front wheel...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel whobbling, head nut, kickstand
head nut, kickstand, handlebars: There are some different reasons for this problem. First check the tire for wear. Run your hand around the center. If it feels wavy it probably needs replaced. Even if you have it balanced it will still do it. I have seen many tires that look good, but cause...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel wooble, possabilities, handle bars
possabilities, handle bars, good luck: check the front end for bearing wear. Have somebody help you. Leant he bike over ont he kickstand so the front wheel is off the ground. Pull on the wheel, inline with the frame. If you get movement back and forth then eithr the bearing is bad or not tight...

Motorcycle Repair: front wheel, scissor jack, dish soap
scissor jack, dish soap, tire irons: Hi Ian, I found the following information on line at: www.zr-7.com/tirechange.htm I recommend the purchase of the Service Manual for all maintanance & repairs. The mamual will pay for itself with the first home repair and has procedures. Respectfully,...

Motorcycle Repair: wheels, performance machine wheels, motorcycle usa
performance machine wheels, motorcycle usa, honda dealership: Hi Ty, I don t know if the rotors/wheels will work or not. Try contacting a Honda dealership and inquire. Also try www.motorcycle-usa.com and ask around the Message Board. If you have the RC51, find a bud with a F3 and make the measurements. I tuned...

Motorcycle Repair: wheels, stroke fuel, ounces per gallon
stroke fuel, ounces per gallon, rule of thumb: Hi Norm, You can get by with replacing the defective spoke in most cases. Check radial and lateral play of the wheel. True the wheel accordingly. If the wheel is too badly tweaked, investigate and repair accordingly. 50:1 premix ratio is 2.56...

Motorcycle Repair: wheels, duel disc, fxrs
duel disc, fxrs, disc brakes: fxrs bikes came from the factory with a 19 wheel. Not a 16 wheel, it will fit. the fxlr came with a 21 wheel and it has the same front end as the fxrs except for the duel disc brakes. Southside Johnny Phoenix Az 602-340-1266 www.southsidesdyno.co...

Motorcycle Repair: whirring noise, harley electraglide, harley bike
harley electraglide, harley bike, oil chamber: If you rode your bike with no oil inthe tranny then I would start looking there. You probably hve a bearing going out. I would ride the bike at all. If the bearing goes out you might damage some gears or at worse lock up the trans and crack the trans case...

Motorcycle Repair: whistle, honda shadow aero, stock exhaust
honda shadow aero, stock exhaust, aftermarket exhaust: Hi Scott, Sorry! This is not a known problem to me. As you know, without being present I m not much help. Try the following links for posting your question with other Aero owners: www.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/Aero02/ www.aero-owners.com/default.asp...

Motorcycle Repair: white/blue smoke out exhaust, combustion chambers, leak down test
combustion chambers, leak down test, cylinder compression: Hi Aaron, Check cylinder compression and follow with a leak-down test if readings are out of service limits. These tests will determine the sealing properties of the combustion chambers (condition of the engine). A leak-down will help locate the source...

Motorcycle Repair: white smoke, honda cx 500, valve seals
honda cx 500, valve seals, 1979 honda cx 500: Hi Kevin. Well, I have good news and bad news. First the good news; The bike is repairable. Now the bad news; The bike suffers from one or more of the following problems; 1) The pistons need work (rings cylinders need boring, etc.) 2) The...

Motorcycle Repair: windshield, nicholas leonetti, cushion plate
nicholas leonetti, cushion plate, rubber cushion: Hi Nicholas. As far as the sub fuse that you mention, I think you are talking about the main fuse. It is normally located on one of the sides, near the location of the battery. It will be a tiny black square with a wire running through it. For the...

Motorcycle Repair: winter storage, honda shadow, leather treatment
honda shadow, leather treatment, winter storage: Drain fuel system completely. It isn t necessary to fill the carb, unless u wanna b extra nice, cause if there s no gas varnish will not b present. Change your oil at the very beginning of the next riding season. As for the leather u can use just about any...

Motorcycle Repair: winter storage, harley fatboy, trickle charger
harley fatboy, trickle charger, winter storage: First, purchace a battery tender. It will keep your battery charged all winter and it makes the battery last alot longer. Make sure its a tender and not a trickle charger. The trickle charger will ruin the battery. If you are not going ot ride the bike all...

Motorcycle Repair: wintered honda cm400c, balancer shaft, tank sealer
balancer shaft, tank sealer, bill silver: Josh.... See your local Yamaha dealer for some of their effective fuel tank cleaner and carb cleaning products. Heavily rusted tanks can be treated with POR-15 or Kreem tank sealer products. Drain all remaining fuel into a safe container. Remove the fuel...

Motorcycle Repair: winterization, psi air, trickle charger
psi air, trickle charger, sea foam: Hi mpratt, Yes, drain the float bowls unless you intend to start and run the engines every few days during storage. I use and recommend Sea-Foam as a gasoline stabilizer. The only other product I recomend is Marvel s Mystery Oil. With any additive,...

Motorcycle Repair: winterizing my motorcycle, 2005 kawasaki ninja, stableizer
2005 kawasaki ninja, stableizer, petcock: As to repairing the missing problem, I am not going to be able to help you. I only work on harleys. On the winterizing, Start the bike and let it warm up, then shut off the petcock to the gas so the carb will run dry. I would put a battery tender on the battery...

Motorcycle Repair: winterizing, flhr road king, stablizer
flhr road king, stablizer, conflicting reports: A couple of things you should do for the winter. First, change the fluids. This get the acids out that has build up in the oil. Dont worry about changing it in the spring or that it will draw moisture. It will be fine. Second, fill the fuel tank all the...

Motorcycle Repair: wireing to hot, honda shadow 600, altenator
honda shadow 600, altenator, lighting system: Hi Skippy, You ll have to use figure total wattage for the lighting system. Sum up total watts of all lights in the circuit. Compare your readings with the ouitput of the altenator. Find the specs for the altenator in the service manual. Excessive...

Motorcycle Repair: wireing problem, fuse box, negative terminal
fuse box, negative terminal, battery terminal: Mark, not sure if I have enough information to figure this out. If your positive battery terminal goes to the fuse box and the negative terminal goes to ground,like the frame or engine, that is a negative ground system. How and what part are you checking...

Motorcycle Repair: wireing, master cyl, light thanks
master cyl, light thanks, united states senate: John Damn, where did all these questions come from? I ve got a bunch of em. I thought I was listed as on vacation while I was running for the United States Senate. Don t believe me? Check out my web site: http://www.senatorjohn.com My man, this...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, matching colors, e bay
matching colors, e bay, winter project: Bobby, I think that if you have all winter to do this project!! I would go to e-bay and try to get a used wiring harness ,It might take a few try s but getting it back right is the important thing.Otherwise go to WWW.HAYNES.COM you should be able to get a...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring on a 1991 Kawasaki EX500A, electrical gremlins, vital ground
electrical gremlins, vital ground, bill silver: Micheal... it sounds like a defective ignition switch to me. The internal contacts can get corroded, especially when the bike sits for a long time. Try cycling the switch through all positions several times quickly and check the harness connector to the switch...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, power circuits, electrical issues
power circuits, electrical issues, electrical components: Hi Mike. This could be a whole series of electrical issues. Have you checked, with a multimeter, all of the main power circuits as well as the main fuse? You could have one or more shorts in the wiring or a bad main fuse. Check those before you check...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring etc., honda cb550, motorcycle interests
honda cb550, motorcycle interests, compression testers: Hi Lauren, Q: I am wondering though if it s as simple as replacing the wiring? A: I need to see the damaged wiring. Can you send images of the damages? Q: Should I attempt to clean the carbs? A: Clean the carburetors if necessary. Has the MC...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring harness, upgrade to electronic ignition, electronic route, stock ignition
electronic route, stock ignition, electronic ignitions: Allen I have heard many people sing the praises of the available electronic ignitions on the market. However, I am not one of them. Just stuck in a rut, I guess. When they go wrong, they go really wrong, and are out of my range to repair. The stock ignition...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring problems, running light, brake switch
running light, brake switch, hot wire: Check your wiring again. Sounds like you have the hot wire to the running light connected to the brake switch or they are touching somewhere. There should be only two wires going to the rear light itself so the housing is the ground. Good luck and happy riding...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring problems, v twins, wiring harness
v twins, wiring harness, email addy: Hi Danny, I have a few repair files on Roadstars, but no wiring diagram. You re welcome to what I have. Send a email addy if interested. I don t have the service manual for this model. I have numerous repair files on every topic in general. If ever needed...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring short, honda goldwing aspencade, fuse box
honda goldwing aspencade, fuse box, bikebandit com: Hi Betty, Q: Could either of the above have caused this to happen? A: Yes. Too much current draw by the lights (load) and/or too much resistance in the wires/load causing the meltdown. Q: Can the wires be replaced or does it need a new unit and about...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring starter relay, jumper wire, starter relay
jumper wire, starter relay, starter button: First dicconnect the small wire that you have attached. With a test light check to see if you have power going to the relay, by pushing starter button. If you dont hten you have a bad wire or a short or a bad starter button. If you do then move the wire to...

Motorcycle Repair: wiring trouble., internal combustion engines, mixture ratio
internal combustion engines, mixture ratio, piston ring: It would have been wonderfully helpful to know what you are working on..... A bad condenser will often give an erratic spark, but it will be weak and not always occur when you want it to, so the bike won t start. Internal combustion engines require......

Motorcycle Repair: wiring, kawasaki 454 ltd, motorcycle usa
kawasaki 454 ltd, motorcycle usa, www motorcycle: Hi Michael, Diagrams are hard to find, but try this website: www.twostrokes.com/Technical/wiring_diagrams/Kawasaki/kawasaki.html You may need to email the webmaster to get the diagram. Also try: www.motorcycle-usa.com/forum You have to become...

Motorcycle Repair: wobble in handle bars, loose bolts, gpx 250
loose bolts, gpx 250, wheel balance: Hi Peter, This is common for bikes which have windshields or fairings mounted to the forks, in another case, theres a good chance your steering head bearing outer race has a groove worn in it which will also cause the same effect... Hope this helps! ...

Motorcycle Repair: a wobble I can"t find, rear wheel bearings, swingarm bearings
rear wheel bearings, swingarm bearings, rear tires: Sounds like you have checked everything in the front, but did you check the rear swingarm bearings and the rear wheel bearings? Sometimes a wobble can be coming from the rear and feel like its coming from the front. Good luck and happy riding Mike PS:...

Motorcycle Repair: won't idel, suzuki intruder, katana 600
suzuki intruder, katana 600, flow line: ok i had same ptoblem with 1400 suzuki intruder., look ath the carbs there is an over flow line coming off the bowls stick a small wire in ther to clean out for air ,this should solve the problem if not, take off carbs clean bowls real good anb blow ow jets...

Motorcycle Repair: won't idol the same everytime., vacuum leaks, mixture settings
vacuum leaks, mixture settings, air vacuum: Glen, the things that affect the idle speed and quality are: Carburetor speed and mixture settings. Air/vacuum leaks (intake and exhaust) Float level settings. Valve adjustment/compression readings. Ignition timing and spark advance.... probably where...

Motorcycle Repair: won't run smooth, yamaha virago 750, 1981 yamaha virago 750
yamaha virago 750, 1981 yamaha virago 750, motorcycle shop: Hi Chris, I would like to see the carburetors. I suspect they were not thoroughly or properly cleaned. Did the shop perform a cylinder compression check? If so, do you know the results? When was last time valve clearances were checked and adjusted on...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, electrex usa, gs series
electrex usa, gs series, charging systems: Hi Grant, I would need to perform a few checks to know exactly what was happening with the MC. Do you know if this MC was stored for a while, such as over winter? Remove the spark plugs and clean or replace them. I suspect they have become fouled. The...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, 1978 honda cx500, power fuses
1978 honda cx500, power fuses, fuel lines: Hi Ed. Since the bike was sitting for a long time, there could be a couple of things wrong. 1) Varnish in the fuel system. That means that the carbs need cleaning as well as the fuel lines need replacing and the tank needs to be resealed. 2) Minor...

Motorcycle Repair: It won't start, kawasaki nija, e mail address
kawasaki nija, e mail address, fuel droplets: Hi Ron, I suspect the fuel has varnished and is causing fuel pressure issues or obstructed injectors. Even if you smell the odor of gasoline, that does not mean fuel is being vaporized by the injectors. Fuel droplets may be forming instead, resulting...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, honda z50, bill silver
honda z50, bill silver, push start: Mike, has the bike been sitting for a long time? If so, any old gas in the carb probably plugged up the idle jet. I went to the online PARTS FISH site and see that the idle jet is probably pressed into the carb body, so cleaning it will require a small...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, jet issue, carb adjustments
jet issue, carb adjustments, cold weather: Ah, u r experiencing a jet issue. When the weather cools, or at higher altitudes your O2 to gas mix goes rich. Try turning down your air/fuel screw 1/4 turn until it evens out, waiting five min. before each adjustment. The bike must b warm for this proceedure....

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, coil windings, continuity check
coil windings, continuity check, suzuki katana: Jerome, You ll need to use the service manual for the following test procedures. These tests may be difficult if you ve never performed them or have little experience and knowledge with electrical systems. Check electrical connectors/connections for...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, motorcycle carburators, air passages
motorcycle carburators, air passages, jet needle: Hi Peter, Carb cleaning any motorcycle carburators is a very involved task. It has to be approached with a surgeons precision. The carbs need to be removed and completely dissasmbled. In a well lit area each Idle jet, main jet, Jet needle, Needle jet, Emulsion...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, hd sporster, starter solenoid
hd sporster, starter solenoid, starter relay: Check your battery to make sure all the cells have water in them. Then take a volt meter and testthe battery. You should have 12.5 volts on a fully charged battery. If not then charge it up overnight. Try to start the bike. If you have the same problem then...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, kawasaki ex500, shively
kawasaki ex500, shively, twin cam: Hi Raymond, Start by reading and following the instructions above and below the space where you typed your question. I do not know what you know about your MC. The more you tell, the better I can assist you. Be very thorough as I will be in return....

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, fuel air mixture, kawasaki ninja
fuel air mixture, kawasaki ninja, ninja 750: Hi Pierce, Q: ...the engine will turn but it will not start A: The limited information really narrows the possibilities, thanks. Please follow my instructions when asking me questions. Respectfully, Mark Shively In order for an engine to...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, electrical diagnosis, defective wiring
electrical diagnosis, defective wiring, starter relay: Hi Rick, Get a copy of the service manual. Test battery voltage and specific gravity. Recharge or replace the battery accordingly and try starting engine. If the problem persists, perform electrical diagnosis to find the source of the problem. ...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start, suzuki 1100 katana, e mail
suzuki 1100 katana, e mail, hi john: Hi John, Q: ...i removed the tank to clean plugs i don t think i connected the hoses correctly i have gas in the tank it was running before, but i didn t allow it to warm up and fouled out the plugs. can you e-mail a digram on were the hoses go under...

Motorcycle Repair: won't start leaking gas, proper mixture, proper fuel
proper mixture, proper fuel, best bet: Hi Ralph. The leak could be bad floats, but most likely is dry-rotted seals and gaskets in the carbs. Also, the carbs need to be cleaned completely and properly to get the varnish out, which is preventing proper fuel flow through the carbs. Your...

Motorcycle Repair: It won't start, suzuki gsx 750, continuity test
suzuki gsx 750, continuity test, msword document: Hi G Scarlett, The components you described are related to igniton. They are the pick-up coil and rotor. You re right about the timing marks. The rotor s teeth send a signal to the electronic ignition module every time they pass the pick-up coil. These...

Motorcycle Repair: won't stay running, honda cx 500, leak down test
honda cx 500, leak down test, cylinder compression: Hi Jeff, The narrative description only provides minimal information. It s difficult to diagnose the problem. Check the appearance of the spark plugs. learn about reading the appearance of the plugs at NGK s website. www.ngk.com Maybe you ve simply...

Motorcycle Repair: wont go into any gear higher than neutral, kawasaki ninja 500, gears
kawasaki ninja 500, gears, email address: Hi Jennifer, Please describe exactly how this problem was discovered. Was the engine started and idling? Was the MC running and being ridden at the time? Was the engine off and just trying to cycle through the transmission gears? I reply by email with...