A self propelled two wheeled motor vehicle with an engine larger than 50cc's.

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Can't recognise or open these custom motorcycle lights

The previous owner of my Honda Hornet 900 was a brilliant mechanic but a terrible electrician. They added some extra lights that are beautifully fitted but wired illegally. There's a basic switch on ...
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What is Total litres (reserve, usable)15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable)?

I bought a new bike(Pulsar 150), and while reading its specs in the user manual i found Total litres (reserve, usable) = 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable). what does this mean, I assume ...
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carburetor failure in yamaha dt lanza

I have a problem with DT Lanza carburetor and the mechanic said I need to replace all the parts in carburetor. Can I get DT 200r carburetor on the DT Lanza 230, because it is hard to find it's spare ...
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How to remove tank pad glue?

I had an old and worn out motorcycle tank pad (protector) and I want to replace it with a new one. It's too late to remove it together with the glue by heating it, so now I need to find a way to ...
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Can you charge an electric motorcycle at an electric car charging station?

Do electric motorcycles and cars use the same type of chargers? Can we charge a Zero motorcycle at a Tesla supercharger station? How about at an electric car parking?
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My ER6 was lowered to accomodate a shorter driver than me. How can I adjust the height?

I want to adjust the height of my Kawazaki ER6n from 2006. Specifically, I want to reset the height to factory settings. Is this something that's possible to do without hiring a certified mechanic or ...
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Engine oil refill volume in Bajaj Pulsar 220

My bike's user manual recommends using 1150ml of "Bajaj 10000" 20W40 1.2 litre engine oil. Needless to say it results in pathetic performance. So I am thinking of switching to Motul 5100 15W40 ; ...
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Symptoms of Lean or Rich carb settings on a motorcycle

I have a 1981 Yamaha XS650. I recently put in K&N stock replacement filter (ie, they are in the airbox and conform to the size of the original), however they may be leading to a leaner mixture ...
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Holding clutch when braking

I always hold my clutch when braking suddenly in traffic or to move in traffic. I heard that its bad driving. I tried to stop holding clutch and I am unsuccessful in it. How bad is this for ...
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Interchangeability of motorcycle parts

How standardized are motorcycle parts? Is every manufacturer doing their own thing or could you take parts such as a crankshaft from a Honda machine and use them in a Yamaha machine? Are there ...
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Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?

I had quite a morning with my 1986 BMW K75 this weekend. The plan was to ride the bike to a friends house to store it for the winter. The weather was pretty cold on this particular morning, perhaps ...
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KTM Duke 200, Broken Airbox

My duke generates an odd noise and when I looked under my seat what I saw was an open air filter box because of the broken screws. When I took my bike to the service center what they told was to ...
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Motorbike has no power, but kick start works

First up the motorcycle in question is a Skyteam V-Retro 250 (V-Raptor in some countries). On the way home last night I noticed that my tail lights weren't working so I bought a new bulb like I had ...
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Engine weakening for Bajaj pulsar 220F

Everyone knows that apparently a bike looses it's power with age. But I refuse to agree to this. Shouldn't proper care allow your bike to maintain its pickup over the years? I own a 2014 Pulsar 220 ...
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Should you stop a motorcycle's engine with the side stand?

My main question is already in the title, but just to make sure it's clear, what I'm asking is, is there any harm done to the bike if you stop it by lowering the side stand. Also, if anyone can ...
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1982 Yamaha Virago - Several things are wrong and i'd like to repair myself

Several things have happened in the past couple days and I would like to know what could possibly be wrong before I take it all apart. Engine dies after letting off the throttle while on the road. ...
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Motorcycle muffler is stuck

Trying to get my muffler off of my Yamaha L5T but am having no luck. Any tips or tricks to getting this off?
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Motorbike chain tight when in gear pushed forward but loose when rolled backward

I have a Yamaha XJ600 diversion with a sidecar fitted. Recently had to fit two new tyres and a new rear sprocket for MOT. Chain seemed fine afterwards for a while but all of a sudden started making ...
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Tank Dents - 69 Yamaha L5T [duplicate]

I've been trying to get a larger dent out of my old gas tank for a while now and am having no luck. I've been trying the hot glue method and am having no luck. This tank seems to be too thick for this ...
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Paintless dent removal for old tank

Is there a way to remove dents like this on the right side of the image? I've seen suction tools but the reviews are bad. Any ideas?
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Tick Tick sound from a Royal Enfield Classic 350 at idle

I own a Royal Enfield Classic 350. At idle, the engine starts to produce a TICK TICK sound. However it vanishes when the rpm rises and when riding the motorcycle. This question is a very frequently ...
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Honda R8X-S heat seize

I've got a Honda R8X that heat seizes when I'm riding it when it goes over 40mph. The lad I got it off said he had it re-bored and that it was run in. Will I need to re-bore this again or is there ...
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Does the air screw only affect the pilot jet?

I have a 2 stroke motorcycle, it's Kawasaki KR150. When I try to do some jetting on its carburetor (it's Keihin PWL26), I saw that there's an air screw. So now I've been wondering about this air ...
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Why do two-stroke engine exhaust pipes look so strange?

Two stroke gasoline engine exhaust pipes are shaped strange. They expand into a wide diameter and then shrink down to a very small diameter where the exhaust gasses emerge into the environment. Why ...
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Wealth of info? 69 Yamaha 100 L5T [closed]

Just picked up my dad's old 1969 yamaha 100 l5t that's been collecting dust for the past 35-40 years. Anyone know much about these bikes? I'd like to get this thing running again and most likely swap ...
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Idling issues on 1995 Kawasaki ZZR600

The bike was running rough and could not get a constant idle speed. I checked the air filter and it was pretty well shot (contamination, etc.). As I awaited delivery of the new air filter, as a test I ...
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what are the advantages of upside down forks

Recently I have come across many bikes which have upside down front forks. From browsing around the internet , I was not able to get a concrete answer for why it is preferred over conventional ...
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Why is my motorcycle losing power when accelerating?

I ride a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle and over the past few days I find that the bike is losing power when accelerating fast. When I twist the throttle to accelerate quickly (in any gear) I hear the ...
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DIY: Prepare Virago for both tall and short riders

Background I currently ride a Honda Africa Twin and my wife rides a stock Virago 535, just like this: I will soon sell my Africa Twin and we'll keep only the Virago, but I'm not very familiar with ...
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Honda CB400 Super-Four - Power Issue

I have a Honda CB400 Super-Four. My bike starts and rides but I can't get more than 5000rpm out of her. If I do then she floods and cuts out. Two of her exhaust pipes are cold and two are warm. ...
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Motorcycle parts that need to be replaced most frequently

With motorcycles, what are the parts that most frequently get damaged and therefore have to be exchanged most frequently? I'm asking this question because I am looking to buy a motorcycle that I ...
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Can you recognise this motorcycle?

Can you recognise this motorcycle?? Thank you very much.
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My motorcycle is refusing to start, which common problems should I look for?

I've just taken my motorcycle out of storage, I rode her around the block once, parked her, and now she is refusing to turn over. The starter seems to be running fine. I've just filled the tank with ...
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Yamaha XJ750 not starting

I would like to thank all in advance for any advice I recieve. I own an 82 Yamaha 750 maxim, I have got single air breathers, for my 4 carbs and I removed the carbs to clean out and install air ...
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How to inexpensively replace missing baffles on a classic bike

Dilemma I have a 1980 Suzuki GS550L. Not only did one of the previous owners completely remove the baffles from the exhaust pipes, but they welded fender washers on the end of the pipes, so the OEM ...
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Varying acceleration while riding

My motorcycle, a KTM Duke 200, while riding is producing varying acceleration. This is during a single ride. For about a few minutes, the acceleration is alright, then after a few minutes, the ...
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Motorcycle kickstarter locks at certain point

I was hoping to get some help diagnosing a kickstarter issue I'm having, so I can figure out what my next steps should be (if any) on the 1981 Yamaha XS400 I'm attempting to rebuild. When attempting ...
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Aprillia Pegaso 650 won't start after cleaning carbs, what might be wrong?

I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which has been sitting idle for about 7 years. The carbs were quite bad shape when I got it. The first time I cleaned the carbs I was able to get the bike started but it ...
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How do the chain adjustment nuts on the swing-arms of a motorcycle work?

How does working the nuts on the swing-arms actually cause the chain to be tightened or loosened? I know chain adjustment has to do with the rear axle. So how do these chain adjuster nuts affect ...
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Is this the correct procedure for a stator test?

Stator Test I have a 2007 DL 1000 V-Strom: I followed the following process while checking the stator: Put multimeter to VAC Tested the three phases of the stator connector plugged into a new ...
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Why does my new tail light keep blowing the fuse?

I have a 1972 Honda CB350F and I got the new tail light from DimeCity. I think it was called the Buffalo style Medium tail light. The tail light turns on and works fine when I switch on the headlight, ...
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Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600 I'm getting on the road. I bought an Ohlins rear shock for it and ordered the spring to match my weight. I can't figure out the low/high speed or the rebound/compression ...
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Honda Shadow VT750 louder exhaust noise, low power

Recently, my motorcycle got smashed by my girlfriend (who was driving behind me) in the rear. As a result of the impact, I got propelled into the rear of the car in front of me. Both fenders are ...
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Why go for aftermarket air filters?

If aftermarket air filters tend to increase the performance of a vehicle, why don't vehicle manufacturers install something similar that is manufactured by themselves in order to increase ...
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How to start my motorcycle when the kick-starter fails?

This morning I tried to start my motorcycle but the kick-starter failed. It was idle for about a month but it was riding fine before that . My motorcycle doesn't have an electric starter function. ...
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Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
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How do I handle scarring on a cylinder head?

A few weeks ago, my Rebel 250 blew a piston, allowing the piston rod to beat on the top of the cylinder and the valves. There's some scarring there now, as well as a jagged protrusion or two. What ...
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Motorcycle Maintenance [closed]

What should you check/clean/replace on a Motorcycle? I already: Change the oil (10w40) and filter twice a year Periodically check the tires for pressure, cracks, bumps (I forget the technical ...
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What are the pros and cons of installing an filter on a bike?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing high performance air filters (K&N,Green cotton,etc.) over original filter? What are the changes/working occur internally?
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What is cold tire shearing?

I have friends that goto Track Days frequently on their motorcycles. If the first session is very cold they use their old tires and don't ride real hard because they don't want to shear their good ...