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Why is my motorbike's clutch slipping?

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, a cheap Chinese import, normal manual gearbox motorbike, not scooter, which probably already partially answers the question, but at 10,000km I have had no prior mechanical ...
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Fork tube seals Suzuki sv650

So I recently inherited a 2002 Suzuki sv650... It was garage kept for about 6 years and needs some love. I noticed that the rubber seals on top of the fork shock tubes won't stay with the tubes... ...
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One cylinder not firing, GSX R 750 W

What could be possible reasons that one of the four cylinders (the left or first one) is not working? It was working before, than it did not, then it did again and now not again. I was able to start ...
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Honda CBR 250 won't start after heavy rains, puttering noise

There has been heavy rain and yesterday I couldn't start my bike. The main and other fuses are not blown. I ride it regularly. Turning the bike on: https://vid.me/pYNw. The high-pitch noise is not ...
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2001 Suzuki Katana 750 won't start after jump start and new battery

Bike has been running just fine. Recently left the lights on while at work, completely draining the battery. Couldn't get it push started there, but was able to get it jumped. I thought no biggie ...
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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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XJ600 1994 Seca 2

I am wondering if anyone can shed light on an issue we are having with this particular bike. Basically, the bike starts fine cold and warms up and drives perfectly for about 15 minutes ( responsive to ...
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2011 Hyosung GT250R - Stalls and Stutters at Lights

I have owned a 2011 EFI Hyosung GT250R for about a month. I haven't had any problems. Today, I was riding in 2nd gear and I shifted down to 1st to make a quick stop, and once stopped the idle speed ...
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1973 CB350-four, no spark on 1 and 4 when it's cold

When this bike is cold the 1st and 4th cylinders do not fire. Pulling the plugs and checking them, there is not spark. If you get the bike hot, it runs really bad on the way there, 1 and 4 come ...
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2001 Suzuki Katana 600 motorcycle won't start

A few months ago I bought a used 2001 Suzuki Katana 600 with about 11,000 miles on it. I rode it without any issues for the first month or so. After that I started having occasional issues with ...
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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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identify suspension leak on motorcycle

Especially after a good cleansing when there is no visual signs of a spil, I found it hard to detect problems with oil leaks/levels. Usually I can feel low levels in a rear mono suspension when ...
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What are the Advantages of a Single Side SwingArm on Motorcycles?

I have noticed that Ducatis , Honda and Triumph have bikes with a Single Sided SwingArm Much like most of the scooters. Are there any advantages of following this design , if so why are not all ...
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Motorcycle gear changes alternate between stiff and normal

I have a 6 month old Kawasaki W800 I bought new. Sometimes when I ride gear changes seem stiff and clunky. Other times they seem smooth and normal. Would anyone know what could be causing this? ...
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Is it OK to skip gears?

I'm not sure if this is on topic, but I'd like to know the answer before it comes a repair question. I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple - great bike. First gear comfortably takes to 90km/h. Needless ...
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Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?

I recently had a low speed spill on my bike leaving the brake lever rather bent. Can I bend it back (roughly) straight or it is likely to just break? Given that it is cast aluminium, I suspect is will ...
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What is the best practice to maintain a bike?

I have an Avenger 180cc bike, I want to maintain the bike without much help from the service center, external help etc. What would be the best practice methods?
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Why bikes with gears are preferred when there is gearless(or automatic gear) technology?

I know that lower gears have higher acceleration & low top speeds and higher gears have low acceleration & higher top speeds. But I would like to know why this gear system was designed ...
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Clutchless Downshifts Using Throttle Blip on a Motorbike/Sequential Gearbox

This is with respect to non synchromesh, sequential transmission. Ducati along with several after market systems, implement clutchless downshifts by automatically applying a slight throttle to unload ...
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Top speed of my Bajaj Pulsar 135 is decreased after changing Clutch plate

I would like to know if my clutch plate can be the reason that my top speed is now lower. Top speed of my bike is 115. I drove my bike after the clutch plate replacement and the top speed is now 90- ...
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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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Motorcycle: stiff chain links - able to repair?

So after tightening my chain the other day I noticed a creaking noise - its seems there is a tight spot in the links. I have sprayed this with chain oil and let soak. I know I will need to replace the ...
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Can I Mount auxiliary lights for Hero Honda Passion 2002 bike?

I am having a Hero Honda Passion 2002 model bike. The head light is very low and it works on engine power not on the battery, due to this riding bike in no light area with lots of ups and downs are ...
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How does one use a chain press to remove a motorcycle chain?

I recently found out about this tool from this answer. I'm interested in understanding the steps involved in using this tool to remove/install motorcycle chains. Also, would it be possible to use ...
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What should I look for in a basic motorcycle maintenance toolkit?

I'm looking to do more of my motorcycle maintenance myself, and am wondering what I should be investing in, when it comes to tools/devices. What are the basic tools that I'd need when starting to do ...
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1999 gsxr 600 - What is wrong when my regulator keeps burning out?

I recently had my clutch replaced and a new battery put in. Within a month my regulator/rectifier burnt out of it. So, I purchased a new one. After 2 weeks that one burned out also. I replaced the ...
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Motorcycle Maintenance Tasks - Please Provide a List of Actions

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, but I doubt that will be known outside of SA. I had it serviced at 500km, then 3000km, and 6000km, according to warranty. Then it was highlighted to me that the warranty ...
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Does the brake pedal always feel soft after the pads are changed?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 17500kms Total Time: 1 year 1 month (rotor & break fluid never changed, break pad changed 6 months back) Break Fluid Level: 3mm above lower line ...
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Engine oil reducing almost to half

I recently changed engine oil of my Apache rtr 160. I used otul 5100 15W50. Later I started experiencing vibrations, a lot of vibrations. I checked on the engine oil. The quantity is reduced to half. ...
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Lost torque on my Yamaha XVS650

I have a Yamaha DragStar 650 1999. I have a Highway Hawk exhaust and I removed the baffles. Now the exhaust is completely open. When the engine is cold I can start it only if I pull the acceleration ...
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Lacing spoked motorcycle rims

I have a friend that is rebuilding an old Triumph. He is getting ready to lace his rims and has all the parts ready to go. He has never done it before and lacks knowledge. We have watched a few ...
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How to let off the carburetors of a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 for winter storage?

My '93 Gixxer is in the shed for winter. I had it fully tanked, the shed is (moderately) warm, and every couple of weeks I attach a trickle charger to its battery. However, I know that there is still ...
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Engine oil leak from motorcycle

I'm having this peculiar problem. There is an engine oil leak from my 160 cc motorcycle. The thing is that, I got the engine oil changed couple of days back, by a nearby mechanic. Now the problem is ...
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Why do old motorcycle engines rev so slowly?

I know someone with an older Yamaha XS750. It's from the late 1970's. When I rev the engine in neutral it rev's up really slow. It comes down from the revving a slowly as well. When I rev a 2005 ...
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1980s motorcycles and engine size: still good performance?

A buddy of mine is considering a fix it upper road bike for fun and to learn (prior dirt bike rider). I still go by the rule of thumb that 600cc is iffy for beginners but a lot of used 1980s bikes are ...
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GSXR 1000 K5 turns off on hot days

My name is Joel from Sydney and I'm trying to diagnose a strange problem on my bike. Apologies if this is the wrong forum to be asking this question I'm new to this forum. Bike: GSXR K5 1000 Mods: ...
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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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Why don't motorbikes have chain covers?

I notice that except for small commuter bikes and older bikes (before the 80s), hardly any of the larger and/or sportier bikes have covers to protect their chains: . They seem quite practical, and ...
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A Suzuki GZ125 marauder that won't power on at all

I've been having a problem with my bike. I went to go to work in the morning and it turned on ok. Left to run for a few minutes then cut out. It turned over again and same thing ... I tried a third ...
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Engine rev in motorcycle

I somewhere read that for a good launch we should hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower. What does "hold engine revs at peak torque, not peak horsepower" means? How can I hold engine ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

I'm aware of how important they are, but have been coming up empty in my searches to determine if they're worn to the point of needing replacement. The service manual just says to inspect and replace ...
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How do I drain the brake fluid for a 1999 BMW K1200RS?

I need to drain the brake fluid for my 1999 BMW K1200RS with ABS in order to do some minor service on the Master Cylinder, but I don't have a service manual for the bike. How should I go about doing ...
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How do I pull error codes from my Kawasaki motorcycle?

I have an FI light on my Kawasaki motorcycle that is 2002 or newer. How do I get the error codes so I can troubleshoot it?
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Why does the bike idle lower after balancing carburetors?

I have just balanced my bike's carburetors (they were initially way out of sync) it idles lower and seems to smoke more when I rev it (smells rich). Returning it to it's previous out of sync setting ...
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2009 Aprilia RSV1000 - Piggy Back ECU, Should I get one?

I have an Aprilia Tuono, 2009. It seems to run lean after putting an Akrapovic exhaust on it. It makes exhaust popping sounds on deceleration. My boyfriend said I need a power commander on it to ...
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Cold engine works on three out of four cylinders

When my Honda CBR900’s engine is cold, it works only on three cylinders. When the engine begins to warm, all goes fine and all the cylinders begin to work. What can cause this?
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Is it okay to run aviation fuel (100 low-lead) in a dirt bike?

I'm wondering if it will be okay to run 100 octane low-lead aviation fuel in my 2007 RM250 motocross bike (two-stroke). Half of the people I've asked say yes, while the other half say no. Will it be ...
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How to remove front forks on motorcycle

I've got my motorcycle up in the air about to pull the frame up off the engine but I need to remove one last thing. I got everything taken apart except this center bolt holding the front forks on. ...
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Motorcycle petcock leaking around bolts to tank

My petcock is leaking I originally thought it was internal do I took it apart inspected all the gaskets and seals and have it a good cleaning after reassembly it was still leaking and after a better ...
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Rear wheel wobble

I recently took my '12 Yamaha R6 completely apart when I repainted it. When I put it back together I didn't realize but I'd forgotten a washer on the swingarm axle which was causing some movement of ...