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

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Motorcycle chewing through too many front tyres

I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple that has an excessive appetite for front tyres. It eats two front tyres for each rear tyre. This is reverse what it should be. I run the tyres at about 38 PSI and ...
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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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Why go for aftermarket air filters?

If aftermarket air filters tend to increase the performance of a vehicle, why don't vehicle manufacturers install something similar that is manufactured by themselves in order to increase ...
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KTM Duke 390 - Does it have to be hot to ride?

I have a KTM Duke 390 - 2013, single cylinder 373 cc motorcycle for 4 months now. I bought it from another owner when it was around 9500 km. now It's at 12000. This is my first bike, and I'm trying to ...
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Ohlins Rear Motorcycle Shock - How do I setup, care for and tune it?

I have a 2005 GSXR 600 I'm getting on the road. I bought an Ohlins rear shock for it and ordered the spring to match my weight. I can't figure out the low/high speed or the rebound/compression ...
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Carburettor jetting on installation of aftermarket air filter

I have a 150cc motorcycle and am planning to install an after market air filter(K&N) since the stock one was favoring fuel efficiency and not performance. The bike has a carburetor (Mikuni) not ...
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Suzuki 2004 sv650s wiring

I got a 2004 sv650s Suzuki when I turn the key on the fuel pump does not come on and the CHECK light comes on on the dash. All the lights come on and the starter button does not work.All the fuses are ...
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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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Why does my new tail light keep blowing the fuse?

I have a 1972 Honda CB350F and I got the new tail light from DimeCity. I think it was called the Buffalo style Medium tail light. The tail light turns on and works fine when I switch on the headlight, ...
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What can cause my motorcycle to shift into gear (but not all of them) without using the clutch?

I'm riding a Honda CB600F Hornet built 2006 (last model with carbs). I put it away for the fall/winter about 6 months ago. This week I was doing the maintenance, cleaned the brakes, lubed cables, ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of installing an filter on a bike?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing high performance air filters (K&N,Green cotton,etc.) over original filter? What are the changes/working occur internally?
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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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what are the advantages of upside down forks

Recently I have come across many bikes which have upside down front forks. From browsing around the internet , I was not able to get a concrete answer for why it is preferred over conventional ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can't start a Kawasaki GPX 750

I'm in the process of getting my 1986 Kawasaki GPX 750 back in running condition. The bike was sitting in the garage for two years. In this period it wasn't started even once. Two years ago the engine ...
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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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Single-cylinder engine - no camshaft position sensor?

I'm doing some research on the Honda CRF450. This is a single-cylinder engine. I'm interested in the fuel-injected models (not the older carbureted versions). As far as I can tell, this engine ...
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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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Suzuku Katana does not start after an accident

I have a Suzuki Katana GSX600F. After an accident I was in, I rode the bike home and all was fine except a little cosmetic damage. In rainstorm it tipped over and after picking it up and trying to ...
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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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Small crack/gap between cylinders on block

I was doing a head gasket replacement onnmy 86 Kawasaki ninja gpz1000 and I while cleaning the gunk off the top of the block I noticed a small gap/crack in between two cylinders (Pictures are linked ...
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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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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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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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How to inexpensively replace missing baffles on a classic bike

Dilemma I have a 1980 Suzuki GS550L. Not only did one of the previous owners completely remove the baffles from the exhaust pipes, but they welded fender washers on the end of the pipes, so the OEM ...
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What is a chopper?

What modifications must be made to a motorcycle to classify it as a chopper and how does it differentiate from most stock designs?
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Yamaha YZ125K 1983 transmission bearings

I'm restoring an engine and am unable to locate 3 gearbox bearings. Identifying mark is either IXO or IKO. It is a needle roller bearing type and sits RHS crank case 1/3rd gear shaft. Mark clearly ...
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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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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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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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Can you recognise this motorcycle?

Can you recognise this motorcycle?? Thank you very much.
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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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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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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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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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Suzuki GSXR600 (K7) - Burned regulator/rectifier

I have managed to completely fry regulator/rectifier on my Suzuki GSXR600 (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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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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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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How easy (is it possible) for an amateur to change the drain tube of a motorbike fuel tank?

The bike is a 1998/99 Honda CBR 600F. The drain tube seems to be corroded inside the fuel tank, based upon 2 symptoms: Filling the tank more than 3/4 full causes petrol to drain from the drain tube ...
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Does gasoline ruin an air filter?

The carburetor on my 2005 Honda Shadow Aero (VT750C) had a bad leak and flooded the air cleaner assembly with gasoline. The air filter was completely soaked with gas, so I let it air dry. Is my ...
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Is this the correct procedure for a stator test?

Stator Test I have a 2007 DL 1000 V-Strom: I followed the following process while checking the stator: Put multimeter to VAC Tested the three phases of the stator connector plugged into a new ...
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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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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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Two-stroke dirt bike piston running into spark plug

Recently, I submitted a post on here regarding a broken ground electrode on the spark plug of my 2005 Suzuki RM125: Bottom piece of spark plug broke off in motorcycle engine Well, I found out what ...
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GSX-R front suspension technology timeline

I have noticed that people frequently choose the GSX-R front end for a front end conversion on old bikes to improve handling and comfort. The GSX-R was produced from 1985 through the present, and I'm ...