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Motorcycle mud-guard hit and broken; any chance of repair, or is this something best addressed with replacement parts?

The front mudguard, built out of what seems to be flexible plastic material, recently cracked and needs to be either repaired or replaced. A friend of mine works at a car body-shop, and offered to ...
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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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What does “the bike dyno'd at 125BHP at the rear wheel” mean?

I'm in the process of buying an ebay bike (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121337863485) which I won for maybe 60 - 75 % of its expected value. In the description the owner states that the bike dyno'd ...
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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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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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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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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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Ducati Monster M600 - Engine Vibration/Cold Cylinder

I have a 1995 Ducati Monster M600. Recently I noticed an engine vibration and whilst trying to figure it out I noticed that the horizontal cylinder exhaust is hot (hot enough to burn leather gloves) ...
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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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Kawasaki ZZR600 - Engine idles ok. Choke ok. Cuts out when open throttle. Possible causes?

I have a 20 year old Kawasaki ZZR600. She was running fine in December. I didn't ride her for a few weeks in January. Left the battery on maintenance trickle charge. A few weeks or so ago I fired her ...
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Slight dent in motorcycle oil filter: bad for flow?

I replaced my motorcycles oil filter the other day and accidentally dented the outside casing of the new one putting it on. I know its probably nothing, but would this impact the flow of oil through ...
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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: 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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What is this part and how do I remove it?

I am trying to replace my motorbike clutch friction plates, but cannot remove the basket around the plates ( I think that's what people mean when the say 'basket' - the cover over the plates that ...
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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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Removing a nail from my tyre

I have a 2" nail in the side of my rear tyre on my motorcycle. The nail is fairly firmly stuck in the tyre but I'm not sure if it has actually penetrated it (it has gone in sideways). The damage is ...
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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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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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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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New batteries with acid at 80% charge— if I run then tend, will it bring it up to 100%?

I have read that, when you add electrolyte and acid to a new battery, it will then be at 80% of max charge. You can put the battery in your bike and it will turn. However, it's highly recommend to ...
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Installing Tachometer on bike

I have 1997 model Kawasaki 4s champion (100cc 4 stroke bike). It have no tachometer . is it possible to install new tachometer on my bike. can anyone give some advise ?. thanks in advance
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I am looking to buy a motorcycle which I can fully (or as close to fully) maintain and repair on my own. Which models should I look at?

Which motorcycles are well known for being easy to maintain and repair, and would be suited for a beginner to cut his teeth on? What are some features of motorcycles that I should look for, when ...
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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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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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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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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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Squeaking brakes on motorcycle - an issue or not?

The front disc on my motorcycle emits a low pitch squeaking noise when I'm pulling up to a complete stop (almost like the sound train brakes make when pulling up to a station). This only happens when ...
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Maintainance of shock absorber

I have a 125cc bike. My cousin uses my bike more than me. He is more than 110 kg in weight. So I feel that my bike's shock absorbers will be break down soon because of my cousin. So is there any ...
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Comparing v-twin with straight-four engines

This isn't really on-topic for "motor vehicle repair", but I figure it's kinda close. A few months ago, I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550, which has a straight-four engine. A friend of mine was ...
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Motorcycle 125cc question about PISTON condition and battery

Last year I bought a 125cc bike Modenas brand, most likely unknown to you. It is a moped. http://www.modenas.com.my/v2motorcycle.asp?id=70 It can go as fast as 110 km/h enough for the city and not ...
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Kawasaki ZZR600 Model D3 - where is the fuel filter?

I've been looking for the location of the fuel filter. At first I thought it might not have one, and only the Model E ZZR's have one, because there seems to be no explicit mention of it or diagram in ...
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2 week old disk brake pads rubbing on rotor. Is this OK? (motorcycle)

I got the pads on the front brake of my bike replaced 2 weeks ago. Immediately I heard a rubbing noise at low speed. I thought this would be ok - that the pads just had to be worn in or something, but ...
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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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Motorcycle gears seem really stiff and hard to shift when cold

So I have noticed that even for a fruther 10 to 15 mins after warm up, the gear lever on my motorcycle (bought brand new - 6 months old) seems really stiff and harder to change. COuld this have ...
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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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Burned regulator/rectifier

I have managed to completely fry regulator/rectifier on my Suzuki GSR600 (K7). I suspect that it happened when I blindly splashed into a big water pond, so some water probably got on connector. Thing ...
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How to determine what carburetors will be compatible with a motorcycle?

What are the parameters to determine whether or not motorcycle carbs are compatible with a certain engine? Is it just the size? For example, I have a 1978 Suzuki GS1000 with Mikuni carbs, and it's ...
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Changing the exhaust on a motorbike

I have a Yamaha XJ6 from 2012 and I would like to change the exhaust. But I have a choice. Do I change only the muffler or the whole "line"? Other than cost what are the pros and cons of changing ...
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What is the right way to attach the Micarb to the engine head of my Enfield Bullet 500?

Before an upgrade to a new Hitchcock conical air filter, the carburetor was held in place by both the original (massive) air filter and the rubber manifold attached to the engine head, and it was ...
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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 do I clean/grease my dirt bike steering bearings?

My dirt bike's steering has become increasing harder to steer. Other dirt bikes I've ridden have much smoother, almost effortless, steering. How can I have that same smooth steering? What parts do I ...
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Squeal (vacuum leak?) and high idle after rebuilding carbs on '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim

I've got an '82 Yamaha XJ 750 Maxim. I rebuilt the carburetors this weekend, and after putting it back together, it seems like it's got a vacuum leak. There's a loud squeal every time a cylinder ...
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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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Looking for Tyres for Pulsar 150 bike with 180cc engine

I have a pulsar 150 bike modified with 180cc engine. I am looking for tyres(both from and rear). The tyre should have have good cornering capability and a very good grip. Till now I have. I looked at ...
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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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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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Four-body carbs regulation.

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 many body carbs regulation?
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Motorcycle dies while riding in cold

I have a 2008 Suzuki Intruder (VL250) that is really struggling to run in the cold weather. It stalls and dies, loses power while riding, and dies while waiting at the lights. When I warm it up, even ...