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

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Why is there a trend towards cantilevered rear wheels in recent motorcycle designs?

In looking at the new motorcycle designs that are coming out in roughly the last decade or so, there seems to be a trend towards the cantilevered rear wheel. My question is what are the advantages to ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never ...
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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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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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Slippery handlebar grip handles

Recently got me a new scooter, Honda Forza if that matters. However the grips are made from some unfortunate material and after a short ride the palms get sweaty and the grips becoming slippery ...
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The Kawasaki H2R Motorcycle has a blower, why doesn't it have an intercooler?

Why no intercooler when it has a blower? My understanding is compressed air fuel mixtures have an increase in heat and are therefore prone to detonation. In this episode of Jay Leno's Garage at ...
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Motorcycle Four Body Carburetor Synchronization Balancing

I would like to adjust four-body carbs by myself, in order to avoid spent money every time. What are the basic rules, tools and secrets of synchronizing multiple carburetor bodies?
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2012 Ninja 250 Clicks When Trying To Start

tried searching all over the Web to solve this problem without luck! My 2012 Ninja 250 keeps making a clicking noise coming from under the seat when I press the starter switch. I have a brand new ...
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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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How to remove rust from chromed parts?

My motorcycle (Suzuki GN250) has many chromed parts, some of which are spotted with rust. I've seen several videos on youtube about ways of removing rust (e.g. ...
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Weak front brake on dirt bike

After changing the air tube in my front tire and reinstalling the wheel on my Suzuki RMZ450, I noticed that the front brake lost a lot of stopping power. What caused this and what do I need to fix to ...
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Motorcycle heats up within minutes of driving in the traffic

Ice cold engine of my KTM Duke 200 heats up and shoots the highest temperature and the gauge reaches the extreme within like 15-30 minutes of driving it in traffic. And the engine stops and doesn't ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F - No Start Issue

So I recently purchased this motorcycle from a third party. 2 days ago it would start up fine and you could ride it. The guy I brought it from said the battery was acting cranky so you should change ...
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Ducati ST4s not starting

I ride a 2002 ST4s that was bought new in 2008 and has now travelled 8800km. I have fitted a power commander and carbon mufflers and done some minor alterations to the air box. Spent some time setting ...
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How to upgrade a motorcycle battery to a bigger AH battery?

My motorcycle (honda CBF150) came with a 12V 3AH battery. I want to change the stock 35w headlight to a higher power one and connect them directly to the battery (the stock ones are not, and they ...
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Yamaha Seca - Motorcycle Idle problems

My motorcycle (1982 Yamaha Seca 650) has had a strange problem with the idle for a few years now. I have not been able to diagnose it and I'm hoping that someone here might be able to help. It starts ...
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Motorcycle Speed Wobble - How do I figure out the problem?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600. I took it for a test drive and the head shakes around 65mph or so and then goes away when I go past that. It's worse when I'm slowing down without the front brake. When I ...
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Gear Shifting is Very Hard

I have Pulsar 135 motorcycle. Ove the last few days shifting gears has become difficult. In 1st gear I have to push very hard. There is a clacking noise that comes from the side of the engine when ...
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Discerning a component of a motorcycle

Here's a Yamaha XJ6N motorcycle: But I was wondering what this component here was??
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Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access

Last year I added crash sliders to my aging Honda CBR 600F (1998) Recently whilst trying to remove the fairing for other work, I found the nut and bolt were "seized". Actually, by using a spanner at ...
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what is the exhaust pressure of bajaj pulsar 220cc engine 2014 model?

What is the exhaust pressure of Bajaj Pulsar 220cc engine 2014 model? What is the normal idling rpm of Bajaj Pulsar 220cc? Can a turbocharger be installed on this bike?
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Yamaha R1 intake tract configuration

Interesting Configuration The Yamaha R1 has a very strange intake design. Notice the intake horns in the image below. They sit above the throttle bodies and are not attached directly to them ...
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2012 KTM Duke 200 - Low acceleration in low rpm

Recently my bike (KTM Duke 200) is suffocating to deliver enough power between 2000-3000 RPM. I took the bike to a service station and they told me that its an engine problem, low compression and ...
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2002 Suzuki RM250 - Dies after warm up, restarts after cleaning wet plug

Has a fresh top end. Carburetor cleaned. Fresh fuel mix. Reed valve looks ok. Air filter and intake, ok. Has good spark. After it dies, the plug is wet. Restarts after cleaning plug? I ...
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Fork bent and replacement

I own a Royal Enfiel Classic 350. I recently met with an accident and had to replace the tank, handle, light set, metal mount for light and the handle for the fork. My insurance did not cover for ...
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Key-on electrical for the Honda NC700x

I've got a 2014 Honda NC700x motorbike, and I'd like to install the aftermarket Bikemaster Heated Grips on it. I purchased the 7/8" kit, instead of the 1" kit that is also offered. When it comes to ...
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Why is the engine on my Royal Enfield Classic 350 shutting down?

After travelling 7-8km on my Royal Enfield Classic 350, the bike acts as if the fuel is finished & the engine shuts down, but it starts again when I pull the accelerator. What could cause this ...
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Is it possible to fit mashroomhead air filter in Honda Stunner CBF 125?

I have Honda Stunner CBF 125 2009 model. I just need to know is it possible to replace the typical air filter with mashroomhead air filter to improve the bike performance? Is there any other way ...
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Will any starter relay / solenoid do? For my motorcycle

I'm looking for a starter relay / solenoid for my 2004 Yamaha TT600RE. That part seems to be scarce for this bike. How interchangeable are solenoids for motorcycles? Will any Yamaha 600cc solenoid ...
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Supercharger calculations

How to determine safe supercharged pressure and CFM for a motor cycle engine (fuel injected 149cc (9.31 cubic inches) 12.9 bhp?
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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?