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How important are swing arm bushing pivot collars ? [ Honda CB400T Motorcycle ]

I've got a project motorcycle which is a bit of a frankenstein. It came to me with a Honda 400T engine but the compliance plate says it's a 1982 CB-250T, looking over the frame though the swing arm at ...
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Carbon Fouled Plugs '74 TX500

I'm somewhat new to wrenching my bikes and I'm loving it! :D I have a 74 Yamaha TX 500 that keeps carbon fouling her plugs :(. I've put on slightly hotter plugs (D7EA from D8EA), narrowed the jets ...
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Motorcycle: Irregular brake bite (front single disk)

My motorcycle's front brake is giving a irregular bite. I don't know how to express it in words pleas check the below illustration --------$^^^^^^^^-^-^-^-^-^^--^^^---^^^^^^----^^^| ~60Kmph ...
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What do I need to put rear shocks on my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ 750?

I bought the bike and didn't notice the previous owner had taken the rear shocks off (worst oversight I ever made, kicking myself now). I want to put some shocks on it, but I'm not really sure what I ...
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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. So, after an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage, then in a rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and ...
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Buying a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D questions

There is a 1981 Kawasaki 440 D that is belt driven on Craigslist for $850 and I just have a few questions on about it being a belt drive. Is a belt drive ok to have? Is it worse than chain drive? And ...
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1995 gsx 750 won't start

I bought a katana 750 from a guy that had it sitting for a while. He said he rode the bike and it started but won't cut off, then the bike stopped firing and dosen't try to turn on - the lights come ...
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Larger cylinder volume, but less power, how?

KTM Duke 200 which has an engine of 200 cc, and, on the other hand, Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with a 345 cc engine. I.e. Enfield has 150 cc more than the Duke. But KTM produces 25 BHP of power, whereas ...
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Damaged frame on my motorbike

My 10 year old Yamaha Super Tenere 750 has been off the road for a while as when I got it I learned it had had a bad crash which bent the frame. The rest all works, so I plan to take it to a garage to ...
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Honda Unicorn missing during rain and cold weather

I have a 2009 model Honda unicorn motorcycle. It's very difficult to ride during rain or cold weather, because of missing. I asked service center but they did not do anything. I have changed the CDI, ...
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How do you adjust the idle on a 1981 Suzuki GS 650 GL?

I'm asking this for a friend, so if you need more details, I'll have to ask him. He brought his bike with him when he moved, and with the elevation change, the idle isn't high enough. How can he ...
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What can cause gas to blow back into air filter in a motorcycle

I have a 1987 kawasaki ninja. I've had it for two years and it ran good until this year. When I started it this week, gas started to flow back into air filter box. Has anyone ever encountered this? ...
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Motorcycle: Fuel Injection light comes on after 5 mins of riding

I've bought a brand new bike and have had it for about 2 months. Later this week I noticed that after about 5 mins of riding the Fuel Injection light comes back on. I stop the bike, turn the ignition ...
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Exhaust Flame Kit

I have been searching over the past week or so trying to educate myself as much as possible before going ahead and trying to build an exhaust flame kit from scratch (the ones on sale on the internet ...
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Motorcycle Front Forks: Fork tube stuck in bottom pipe - clunking sound when trying to remove

I'm rebuilding the forks on my CB400 project bike [ turning into a street tracker ;) ] The process from the manual is pretty straight forward: 1) Remove the front fork bolts and drain oil 2) With ...
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Why won't my Honda Rebel shift when idling?

I recently ( and successfully ) rebuilt the engine of my '09 Honda Rebel; she's running well but doesn't want to change gears when idling. If I'm moving she shifts gears without any hanging, ...
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Should I grease an axle when I replace it on my motorcycle

I have a taken the front wheel out of my motorcycle to replace the tyre. When I put the axle back in is it a good idea to grease it? If so what type of grease should I use?
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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 do these compression figures mean

This is a follow up question to What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. After ...
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What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

I have a 2005 Honda CBR600 F4i which suffers from occasional hesitation at low rpm when accelerating. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
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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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Fuel leaking out of drain tube

I just purchased a 1985 Suzuki gs300l. When I put gas in the tank it immediately started pouring out the drain tube that is connected to the air box. What is wrong and how can I fix it?
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1980 Suzuki GS 850 trouble at high rpms

I have a 1980 Suzuki GS 850 and I am having a problem where the rpms spike when I really get on the throttle. If I slowly accelerate there is no problem, everything runs smoothly. When I'm on the ...
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Clutch dragging and making squeaking/grinding noise

My motorcycle clutch (Yamaha Diversion) has recently started dragging extremely badly; I need to rev-match up and down gears and shifting from neutral into first requires me to rev the engine, pull ...
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Motorcycle with EFI not starting well

I have a 2012 Kawasaki W800. On cold mornings it is difficult to start - it turns over quite a few times before it catches. This is compared to my old carburettor bike which started instantly with the ...
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What are the pros and cons of using big tires in front on a bike? [closed]

I need to know more about the pros and cons of using different size tires in front and back. My bike has a lower curb weight, so every time its back tire skids.
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Carburetted motorcycle stalls when accelerator is applied

My father has 1995 Kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan with low kilometrage (18 000, 11 000 miles). We had installed new Vance & Hines pipes on it (in hindsight, way, way too loud, but that’s beside the point, ...
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Motorcycle: Way to stop plastics fading?

I have a 13yo motorcycle that has a black plastic instrument panel. Although it is not regularly exposed to the sun the black plastic is fading to a chalky white. I was wondering if anyone knew of a ...
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Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
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Motorcycle: Puncture in tubeless tire. OK to plug yourself?

I got a nail in my tire the other day. Its wedged in the tire so tightly that the tire isnt actually losing pressure. A friend told me I could fix it myself by using a kind of volcanised rubber glue ...
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Motorcycle: increasing choke kills engine

My bike struggles to idle on cold mornings. No issue there: I just open the choke till it warms. However, I must do this ever so slowly and delicately otherwise the engine cuts out. I find this odd as ...
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Motorcycle engine running a bit hot?

For the past few rides, I think my 2007 Ninja 250 has been running hotter than before. At least, I think it feels hotter through the seat, but the oil temperature gauge seems to be pointing pretty ...
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Repairing a motorcycle tire puncture. With heat or without heat?

Asked a local mechanic for the charge of repairing a puncture and he says he'd charge a certain amount for simply taking a piece of rubber tube and sticking it over the puncture, or if I would pay him ...
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Solution against motorcycle gasoline theft?

During these last few weeks, somebody has been stealing gas from my motorcycle. It's a Honda Vt 125 Shadow, and since all the wires and hoses are apparent, it's pretty easy to unplug the hose and ...
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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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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
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How reliable is a Honda GB400 (motorcycle) grey import?

I am considering getting a 1985 Honda GB400TT bike as I simply love the look of them and they seem to be selling at a good price. I understand these are grey imports (imported 2nd hand from Japan) ...
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Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine

I have a motorbike with a wet battery. I use its electric starter to start the engine. Is there any research done by others before to prove which one of the following makes the durability of the wet ...
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Moped bike motor problem carburetor

I have tried many technicians but none have solved my problem. I had problems in the past past, but one day my bike started to make a noise while opening the throttle when cold after about 50km/h ...
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How might I fix a dent in a Honda Rebel fuel tank?

In a silly move during an engine overhaul, I dropped my Honda Rebel's fuel tank and put a dent in the top side. Is it possible to pull this dent out? I've heard there is a method using heat and ice ...
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Would a Triumph Thruxton be suitable for everyday use? [closed]

I really love the look and design of the Thruxton and am considering getting one. I use my current motorbike every day, from getting to work and back, to shopping, to long trips. Its a bullet proof ...
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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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What are good techniques for cleaning metal filings out of a crank case?

My Honda Rebel managed to beat one of the pistons into a billion pieces and bend the offending piston rod. I've identified all the damaged parts and ordered replacements, or had them repaired ( ...
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motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay

I have bike with 35 watt HS1 bulb and I want to upgrade brightness of headlight so I decided to put H4 60/65 watt xenon bulb. An expert on this forum suggested me to use relays as the new bulb ...
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Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?

What bike? A BMW 650, 1996 model. What's the problem? I noticed a slow, but steady, drip of gasoline from one of two rubber tubes that output to the bottom of the bike. I think the other rubber ...
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Which relay to use for bike headlight

I have Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4, it has a 35 watt HS1 Helonix headlamp bulb. I want to upgrade the stock headlight to make it brighter, so I found H4 Xenon bulb 60/65 watt. I asked this question question ...
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breaking in (running in) a very small engine

I just bought a new 110 cc Honda motorcycle. It's waay underpowered, so I spend a lot of time at wide open throttle. Being brand new, this seems likely to cause damage. The manual recommends not to ...
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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
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Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year

What do I need to do to get my motorcycle running again after I've left it in my garage for over a year?
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Motorcycle popping on acceleration

I have a 1975 Honda XL250 that I bought earlier this summer. Up until recently its been running great. It was leaking a little gas, but nothing too serious. When it started to get worse, I opened up ...