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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 add hybrid technology to a 4-stroke engine motorcycle?

I am enthusiast of automobile, and especially of motorcycles. I don’t know much about engines practically, but I read a lot. I was reading an article at How Stuff Works about the hybrid technology ...
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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 ...
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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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Why is my motorbike's clutch slipping?

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, a cheap Chinese import, normal manual gearbox motorbike, not scooter, which probably already partially answers the question, but at 10,000km I have had no prior mechanical ...
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How much Octane Fuel does Honda CBR 250R (India Version) needs? 91 or 93?

Honda CBR250R STD 2013 Model's manual state that fuel(petrol) used should be 91 or more. Seems like they have defined the minimum threshold of RON than stating the optimum RON for the given bike. ...
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What is a good service for a cheapy 250 at 10,000km?

It's a BigBoy DRT-250, but I doubt that will be known outside of SA. I had it serviced at 500km, then 3000km, and 6000km, according to warranty. Then it was highlighted to me that the warranty ...
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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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Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle

So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort ...
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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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Motorcycle stood for over 12 months, turn over by hand first?

My 2006 GSXR 750 has been stood for over 12 months, I have drained the tank, and oil, and I'll do the coolant after I get it started, and give it another oil change. Is it worth me removing the plugs ...
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Motorcycle gear changes alternate between stiff and normal

I have a 6 month old Kawasaki W800 I bought new. Sometimes when I ride gear changes seem stiff and clunky. Other times they seem smooth and normal. Would anyone know what could be causing this? ...
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Yamaha Vstar 250 won't start: need to diagnose and fix possible fuel, battery, or flooded carb

My riding experience: 1 day. Already I'm an idiot. This will probably be a good laugh for most of you. I purchased a used bike, Yamaha VStar 250, <2,000 miles, <4 years old. Battery has not ...
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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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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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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 bikes with gears are preferred when there is gearless(or automatic gear) technology?

I know that lower gears have higher acceleration & low top speeds and higher gears have low acceleration & higher top speeds. But I would like to know why this gear system was designed first ...
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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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is motorcycle chain lubrication absolutely necessary?

Lubricating your chain is certainly one of the easiest maintainance tasks for a motorcycle owner, however I frequently wonder how necessary it really is. Are there any negative effects which can come ...
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Frequency for servicing bike?

I have a Hero Honda air cooled single cylinder 4 stroke engine bike. It's about 5 years old, and I've done all the recommended servicing on time. I lost the servicing manual, but I remember that the ...
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Going more than recommended Speed in Break-in Period

I have a new Yamaha motorbike. Seller told me not to ride speed more than 50 Kmph for first 1000KM but I rode it 60 for 10 - 15 minutes due to some reason. How does it affect to my Motorbike ?.
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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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Motor cycle maintenance tutorials [closed]

I am searching for a tutorial about motor cycle maintenace. I tried in google search but not much of use: I get only blogs and website which give basic advice that - "go and consult a good mechanic". ...
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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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What is the best practice to maintain a bike?

I have an Avenger 180cc bike, I want to maintain the bike without much help from the service center, external help etc. What would be the best practice methods?
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What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain

I have a aging (y2k) motorcycle with not too many Ks on the clock. I have been told by a mechanic that I need to replace my sprockets and chain. This seems reasonable since the chain has been poorly ...
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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 ...