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Why is my motorcycle losing power when accelerating?

I ride a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle and over the past few days I find that the bike is losing power when accelerating fast. When I twist the throttle to accelerate quickly (in any gear) I hear the ...
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Putting three headlights on my bike

I want to fit a total of three headlights on my average 220. What type of modifications do I need to make in the wiring to make it possible?
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Trying to understand the cause of the leak?

I am preparing to jump into a change of my stator (generator) on a 2007 DL1000 Suzuki V-Strom. I saw something unusual on the outside of the box, can anyone determine whether this might indicate a ...
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Downsides to using an adapter allowing me to use car oil filter on motorcycle?

I saw this video recently on adding an aftermarket oil filter adapter to my motorcycle. Are there any downsides to using this type of product? Should I have a concern about using a car oil filter on ...
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Something stuck inside the spark plug barrel of motorcycle

I went about changing the spark plugs on my 91' Honda CBR250RR and ran into a problem with the fourth plug. I tried inserting the sparkplug socket but it wouldn't get in there. Using my phones camera ...
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Honda ST1100 instability problems

I've had some issues with my 1991 Honda ST1100 that I, nor my mechanic, can't seem to figure out. It started with some kind of bang, probably because of a hole in the road. Then, whenever I had to ...
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Motorcycle stalls shortly after starting

I have a BMW 2008 F 800 st and the oil looks watery. It stops pretty frequently after riding it around the block. When it stalls, after some hesitation, it will start again. I need an unbiased answer ...
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''Tire air leaking sound''

I have yamaha SZR bike. It is making weird sound lately. It is making ''tyre air leak sound'' but it is not certainly from the tire. It makes sound after 20-30 minutes interval. Im far from service ...
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Understand the tyre measurement of my CBF Stunner 2009 model

MRF - 2 Wheeler Tyres - Nylogrip ZRY - 130/90 R15 (66P) What I can get out of this measurement is: MRF - tyre manufacturer company 2 Wheeler Tyres - type of vehicle tyre will get install to Nylogrip ...
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Cold engine works on three out of four cylinders

When my Honda CBR900’s engine is cold, it works only on three cylinders. When the engine begins to warm, all goes fine and all the cylinders begin to work. What can cause this?
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How to Improve Suspension on my bike Honda Shine

My Bike has rear Suspension 3 Step Spring Loaded Hydraulic Shock Absorber & Bike total Weight (kgs) is 122 and its around 3yrs over 90000km run. i didn't feel comfort with suspension as now a days ...
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My motorcycle won't start at all why?

Something is draining my battery and my bike won't start. If it's the relays which one is it? My motorcycle doesn't crank at all. it makes a buzzy noise when I press the start button. It sounds like ...
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How to stiffen up a loose ball & socket joint for a motorcycle mirror?

I have bar-end mirrors on my Buell 1125CR. They're fairly heavy anodized aluminum pieces that pivot on a ball & socket joint for adjusting the angle of view. One of them fits snugly on the joint, ...
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Motorcycle Recharge System Checks?

I have a 2007 V-Strom DL1000 motorcycle, whose recharge system is not recharging a new battery. I also have a multi-meter. Could someone share how I can check the recharge system without removing the ...
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Using an open vs closed clutch cover on a motorcycle with a dry clutch

A common modification I've seen on motorcycles with a dry clutch is to replace the closed clutch cover with and open one. Besides the visual and auditory differences, will I notice any other ...
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What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch?

What are the differences between a wet motorcycle clutch and a dry motorcycle clutch? More specifically, what are the differences in applications performance reliability maintenance/repair
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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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Motorcycle tire shopping confusion

I'm having a hard time choosing a tire for my bike ('11 Yamaha FZ8n). The main source of my confusion are very similar markings on a multitude of tires that don't make a lot of sense to me. I was ...
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Still safe to use a helmet when it's dropped?

I dropped my helmet from the seat of my motorcycle. Is it still safe to use it?
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Motorcycle chain degreasing

What are the pros and cons of the various chain degreasing techniques. I want to maintain my chain and sprockets to the best possible standard and have heard many schools of thought on chain cleaning ...
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Comparison: motorcycle paddock stand vs lift vs table lift?

what are advantanges and disadvantages of paddock stand , lift and table lift regards to motorcycle maintenance work ?
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Can I put a regular lead acid battery in place of a gel battery in a BMW R110RT?

I just got a 2000 BMW R1100RT and the previous owner told me the battery is 7 years old so I figure it's time to go. I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEBjekqUV9c and the guy points ...
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Why does the bike idle lower after balancing carburettors?

I have just balanced my bike's carburettors (they were initially way out of sync) it idles lower and seems to smoke more when I rev it (smells rich). Returning it to it's previous out of sync setting ...
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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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What is the tank size of a honda shadow 750 (2009)?

I have a Honda Shadow 750 (Aero). I see people saying they fill it up to 3.8 gallons. I can't get even near to that. When I get to 1.8 the pump stops automatically and with 1.8 I can ride for about ...
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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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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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Load Honda CB400 inside 2003 Kia Sedona?

I have the car, but I don't have the motorcycle. I plan to bring the motorcycle back home. The maximum height the car can load is 40 inch. About the motorcycle, from Wikipedia, the seat height is ...
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How do I fix my XF125GY 4-stroke engine misfires?

I own a XF125GY Supermoto Pioneer 4-stroke single cylinder. I put too much oil in it so I did an oil change and put in a new spark plug then I noticed that oil had got into my air filter and that the ...
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How often should I have my bike checked?

How often should I have my bike checked out? My dealer said once a month. If that's the case, how much should I expect to pay?
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Fuel meter on Yamaha TZR 50/125

I have my eyes on my childhood dream, Yamaha TZR 125. But, as it turns out, this motorcycle doesn't have any type of fuel meter. And, I'm pretty sure, it doesn't have any sensor for it too.. ...
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Should my motorcycle wheels be two different size diameters?

I've heard that a larger wheel (diameter) in the front can produce quicker turns on a motorcycle. How much larger should a front wheel be than a rear wheel on a road bike (if at all)? Will this affect ...
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Should a clutch be immersed in oil prior to installation?

I heard somewhere that I should soak new friction plates in oil for at least two hours prior to installation. Is this true? And if so, then why? P.S. I'm talking about a motorcycle's wet clutch.
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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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How do I protect chrome before there is any rust, and right after I have removed rust off of it?

I have an old motorcycle with chromed parts. Some of them look brand new, but others have rust on them. Is WD-40 good for preventing corrosion on chrome parts? Can it also be applied after removing ...
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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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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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Do motorcycle covers work for cold weather?

I'd like to know if covers work well for motorcycle in cold weather, for example -20C. If not, is there an alternative option, assuming garage is not available?
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Trying to start a Honda CBR250RR after winter (Also feeling a lot of friction when in neutral)

I have 1991 Honda CBR250RR that has been left sitting for the past few months. Unfortunately I didn't take the proper steps for winter storage before I stopped using it. Tried starting it up a few ...
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Dirt bike silencer core cracked/rusted

After removing and disassembling my FMF Factory 4.1 dirt bike silencer, I saw that the inner core was cracked and extremely rusty (having the potential for more cracks). I definitely want to fix this ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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how to charge a dead motorcycle battery?

I have a 1983 Honda Nighthawk but the battery has died. I also have a trickle charger that you see in this photo but I'm not quite sure what amp and voltage settings I need to use for a motorcycle ...
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XJ600 1994 Seca 2

I am wondering if anyone can shed light on an issue we are having with this particular bike. Basically, the bike starts fine cold and warms up and drives perfectly for about 15 minutes ( responsive to ...
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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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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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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 ...