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Big motorcycles at stop lights; why do they keep blipping the throttle?

We've all been near a big Harley at a stop light, where the rider keeps blipping the throttle. I've always wondered why they do this. Is it because those big pistons don't idle very well, and if you ...
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Is there any protective sealant or bladder within a motorcycle tank?

I am learning metal work and will one day build my own motor cycle tank. Do these have any internal sealing or bladder?
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1995 Yamaha virago 535 Fuel pump problem

On my 1995 Yamaha virago 535, why does the fuel pump click 10 or so times before trying to start? I've replaced the fuel pump and fuel pump relay. It still has the clicking issue and will not start. ...
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How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?

I'm a computer systems engineer (we did a lot of embedded systems and some electrical at university) and I own a Suzuki SV650S. I am considering doing several upgrades to it (e.g. replacing the front ...
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Fresh battery, no lights on 1979 Honda CB125 [closed]

I have a 1979 Honda CB125 that was running consistently about 2 years ago. It then sat for two years and the battery was corroded so I replaced it. I've made sure the battery is charged (I have a ...
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Tuning an ancient carbureted Honda motorcycle

I was in an accident recently. Tboned by a minivan at an intersection. Totaled my nice bike. My buddy gave me an old rust bucket he had laying around just to get me to work for a few weeks until I ...
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Motorcycle Headlight Dies After Engine Start

I am having a weird problem with my headlamp on my 1983 Honda FT500. When I go out to start it in the morning, insert my key and turn it (engine still not started tho), the headlamp comes on as one ...
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What might cause a stator to burn out?

My motorcycle recently required a new stator (plus a new regulator rectifier and battery) because the stator burnt out and fried everything. What are the typical causes of a burnt-out stator? Does ...
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Can a valve suddenly break in half? Versys 650 destroyed engine

this week-end, I had to disassemble an engine from a kawasaki versys 650 (early). The bike lost power while making ugly metal sounds. It never started again. RIP. context: 108.000km, mostly higway ...
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Why do they called motor bike instead of engine bike?

In Bikes, major part plays by 4 stroke petrol engine, then why did they named as motor bike or cycle instead of engine bike?
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Requirements to use 55W Bi-xenon 6000k projector on yamaha r15 v 2.0

I have a problem with my vehicle headlights. Now I'm using a 35W 8000k projector for my bike. This is not having much light output as I wish. I'm really interested to see powerful light output from ...
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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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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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2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Vulcan 800 Throttle Cuts at High Speeds (85mph+) [closed]

The bike starts fine but it coughs a lot when giving throttle in first gear. Runs great 2nd - 5th but when pushing around 85 mph or more the acceleration quits. The engine is still running but feels ...
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What is the purpose of a smog block-off plate?

What exactly is the purpose of a smog block-off plate? What does it 'block-off'? How is it installed? And what are the benefits/detriments of installing such plates? In my particular case, I ask, ...
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TVS Apache RTR 160 - What Grade Engine Oil Should I Use?

I bought a TVS Apache RTR 160 second hand. I want to know what grade engine oil should i use for my bike. I was suggested to use 15W50. Is that a good choice. The bike has done almost 65000Kms.
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GSF400 Bandit carburetor model or type,

I have Suzuki Bandit GSF400 model '92. May I know the type of carb do I have on it? I am trying to do some replacement on jets but I need sizes.
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'00 Honda CBR929RR - Unknown issue, help!

Sorry for the ambiguity here.. I'm not sure what the issue is with my bike. I have a bunch of symptoms and my hypothesis is that it's a cascading failure and I'm just seeing a bunch of effects down ...
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Rain tyres for motorcyles

I have recently started driving a motorcycle to work (60 km/day). I have a Honda XR125L. Today I had an accident. I was driving at 10-20 mph and wanted to break for cars that were standing still. I ...
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When should I perform a valve head adjustment?

My 2012 Yamaha R6 has about 12000 miles on it. During that times I've had a couple rough accidents and I think the combination of those two factors it may be a good idea to check my valve clearance ...
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What does an EXUP servo and subsequently EXUP eliminator plug actually do?

This question relates to my 2012 Yamaha R6. I removed the kickstand safety actuator because it was bugging me, I found it useless, and my habit is often to lift the kickstand when I start moving ...
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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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2015 hawk 250cc enduro motorcycle

While riding down the street, our motorcycle just died. Tried to restart it and it sounded like it wasn't firing. We changed the plug and ignition coil and still not firing. What should we do now?
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Why do most mass-production motorcycles have their intakes facing backwards?

Almost every motorcycle I have seen has its air intake mounted such that it is sucking in air from the direction opposing travel. According to fluid dynamics, if the intake is made to face forwards, ...
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How to learn motorcycle maintenance theory

I'm a motorcycle novice and want to learn how to maintain a bike and fix problems that may arise. I've found a few great videos that have elucidated some basics: How a motorcycle engine works: ...
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How to find model year of this Honda Shadow bike 'NC34-1002157'?

Recently, I was about buying nice Honda Shadow but the seller didn't know the model year of his bike. I saw many 17-digit vin numbers and I can decode it, but 11-digit vin is difficult and I don't ...
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Motorcycle transmission occasionally pops out of gear

I'm having an issue where the transmission will occasionally downshift by itself during a fast acceleration. I have a 2005 Suzuki Vstrom 650 and it's been a great bike so far. At pretty high revs, ...
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Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...
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Parking a motorcycle with hot engine

I have a question regarding my motorcycle (Yamaha FZ8 - 4Zylinder 800cc). At the weeksend I was driving through a town. It was very hot outside and I parked the bike. The coolingwater-temperature was ...
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Reboring a cylinder: compression ratio of new piston

I'm going to have the cylinder of my 2004 TT600RE motorcycle rebored (because it's damaged, not to increase power). The manual says the piston size is 95mm and the compression ratio is 8.5 : 1. I'm ...
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Clutch pulls in too easy after reassebling the clutch basket, what did I did wrong?

I have a 1982 Kawasaki KZ550C LTD. When I got the bike one of the bearings on the starter assembly was worn out and would slip. So I pulled the engine and had to tear it down in order to get to the ...
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Help identify round diodes - need a replacements [closed]

Few diodes died in three phase rectifier circuit on a motorbike. I can't find any suitable replacement online since I can't understand what kind of packaging is it. They round like a round pill. 7mm ...
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Why is this motorcycle burning oil, and how can I get it to stop?

I have a newbie question for you. I'm considering buying a 2004 Yamaha TTR600RE- a single-cylinder, air-cooled dirt-focused dual-sport bike. It's perfectly set up for adventure touring, which is what ...
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Motorbike Lack of power/speed [closed]

I bought an ajs dd125e-8 it was delivered on Monday and I had no problems until yesterday on my way home from work. I got half way home and the bike just started to slow down and no matter how much ...
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What is choppy throttle response and bad fuel mapping and can it be fixed?

I'm looking to purchase a motorcycle and according to it's wikipedia article it has two major flaws: Being the company's first fuel-injected 600cc sportbike, the initial 2000 model had choppy ...
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What is Zongshen ZS125ST Carburetor 24mm KF Standard of Japan compatible with? [closed]

I have a carburetor "KF Standard of Japan" apparently Zongshen ZS125ST Carburetor 24mm KF Standard of Japan. What other makes/models is it compatible with?
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Do I have to change the chaincase lubricant when adjusting the clutch during routine maintenance? 2015 HD Road King

I am completely new to motorcycle maintenance, but need to adjust my clutch. I have watched a demonstration video for a similar model (I think) - but couldn't find an exact match. Since I will be ...
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Is there a source assessing repairability of motorbikes and cars?

For phones you can find ratings based on ease and cost of repairability (assuming you do everything yourself). Is there such a source for choosing a motorbike or car that you want to maintain yourself ...
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Why does my front wheel rotor is heating up more than rear one?

I had been facing high fuel consumption lately. To my surprise I discovered that my front wheel free rotation seems bit restrictive to my rear one even when rear wheel drags chain and two sprockets ...
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How come I can put in more gas in the tank than possible?

I have a Honda Varadero 2010. When I fill her up to max, the level of the liquid in the tank is at maximum, just a tiny bit below the rim of the nozzle. Then, I poor in some more and the level raises ...
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How to clean engine when oil is contaminated with metal shards?

During a recent oil change Istripped the oil pan bolt. It took a bit of trial and error for me to realize the stripped hole was a 14mm 1.25 thread so I got a tap and rethread it to 14mm 1.5 thread ...
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Should I worry about buying this bike?

I'm looking at buying a 2014 Ninja 1000 with 1,400 miles on it. I asked the guy about the maintenance he's performed and he said he hasn't done anything to it so far. I know you should change the oil ...
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2007 Hyosung GT250R not starting, some repairs have been made

Hoping to find some good advice on fixing my (above mentioned) motorcycle. I'll try to keep it brief but with as much details as I can. I had an issue with the bike and it sucked up some varnish from ...
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Oil all over outside of engine

I have a 1988 yamaha route 66....I put some oil in, it has a slow leak by kickstand...I took it for a 5 mile ride last night. Afterwards I found it sitting in oil, and the outter engine /side was ...
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Kawasaki H2R flames come out of exhaust system

Kawasaki recently launched the H2R motorcible. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport streetbike. This bike has 326 bhp. I saw few videos of this incredible bike. My question is about ...
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1987 Yamaha fz700 handlebar lock

On my ignition there are a couple positions, on, off, lock, and p. I assumed the lock was for the handle bar lock, but it doesn't lock when I switch it to that, when I switch it to P though it ...
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2005 Suzuki Katana stalls when put in gear

I have reworked all the carborators on the motorcycle. All seemed well but once it was put in gear, it stalled. What do I need to look for?
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How to find the cause of sudden high fuel consumption of a motorbike?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 35000kms Total Time: 2 years 3 months Clutch Plate changed at 30k kms after an accident Engine oil, engine oil filter and air filter changed in ...
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What causes an engine idle to increase briefly?

I have an old twin cylinder motorcycle that I'm rebuilding and I need to tune/balance the carbs. I have them bench-balanced and reset the idle screw on both. Now it runs a lot better, but every 10-15 ...
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Suggestions for replacing/upgrading exhaust/silencer for a 125cc Motorbike [closed]

I have a 125cc Yamaha Gladiator SS125, which is about 3 years old. I had my stock air filter (paper-based) removed and installed a K&N conical filter about a year ago. I wanted to know if anyone ...