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

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My motorcycle is refusing to start, which common problems should I look for?

I've just taken my motorcycle out of storage, I rode her around the block once, parked her, and now she is refusing to turn over. The starter seems to be running fine. I've just filled the tank with ...
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Yamaha XJ750 not starting

I would like to thank all in advance for any advice I recieve. I own an 82 Yamaha 750 maxim, I have got single air breathers, for my 4 carbs and I removed the carbs to clean out and install air ...
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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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Varying acceleration while riding

My motorcycle, a KTM Duke 200, while riding is producing varying acceleration. This is during a single ride. For about a few minutes, the acceleration is alright, then after a few minutes, the ...
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Motorcycle kickstarter locks at certain point

I was hoping to get some help diagnosing a kickstarter issue I'm having, so I can figure out what my next steps should be (if any) on the 1981 Yamaha XS400 I'm attempting to rebuild. When attempting ...
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Aprillia Pegaso 650 won't start after cleaning carbs, what might be wrong?

I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which has been sitting idle for about 7 years. The carbs were quite bad shape when I got it. The first time I cleaned the carbs I was able to get the bike started but it ...
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How do the chain adjustment nuts on the swing-arms of a motorcycle work?

How does working the nuts on the swing-arms actually cause the chain to be tightened or loosened? I know chain adjustment has to do with the rear axle. So how do these chain adjuster nuts affect ...
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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 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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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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Honda Shadow VT750 louder exhaust noise, low power

Recently, my motorcycle got smashed by my girlfriend (who was driving behind me) in the rear. As a result of the impact, I got propelled into the rear of the car in front of me. Both fenders are ...
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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 performance?...
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How to start my motorcycle when the kick-starter fails?

This morning I tried to start my motorcycle but the kick-starter failed. It was idle for about a month but it was riding fine before that . My motorcycle doesn't have an electric starter function. ...
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Changing motorcycle oil

How do I change the oil on my motorcycle? I can see where to check the level, but how do I drain it? It's a Honda CB400 2011 model
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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 Maintenance [closed]

What should you check/clean/replace on a Motorcycle? I already: Change the oil (10w40) and filter twice a year Periodically check the tires for pressure, cracks, bumps (I forget the technical term),...
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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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What is cold tire shearing?

I have friends that goto Track Days frequently on their motorcycles. If the first session is very cold they use their old tires and don't ride real hard because they don't want to shear their good ...
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What causes an engine idle to increase briefly?

I have an 82 Honda 450 Nighthawk 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 ...
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Starting Enfield with low/dead battery

My bike has a very low/dead battery and it doesn't start. What I did though was, kick the bike for few minutes and later it started, but when I tried to move the vehicle by putting it in first gear it ...
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Exhaust Flame Kit

I have been searching over the past week or so trying to educate myself as much as possible before going ahead and trying to build an exhaust flame kit from scratch (the ones on sale on the internet ...
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How do I drain the brake fluid for a 1999 BMW K1200RS?

I need to drain the brake fluid for my 1999 BMW K1200RS with ABS in order to do some minor service on the Master Cylinder, but I don't have a service manual for the bike. How should I go about doing ...
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How fast should a Honda CBR 600 F4i idle when the engine is cold

My CBR 600 F4i idles at about 3000 rpm when the engine is cold, after about 2 to 3 minutes when the engine warms up, it settles back down to regular idle speed of about 1300 rpm. Is this normal for ...
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Cleaning mud from motorcycle radiator

Can anyone suggest a non damaging way to clean my muddy radiator? Preferably without removing it from the bike. Thanks! Update, after cleaning it with sprayed hot water and small brushes: Note:...
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Relay for Auxiliary Fog lamps of 54 w (27W x 2 lamps)

I wish to install two LED Auxiliary Fog lamps of 27w each (54 w in total), for my motorbike powered through a 12V Battery. What type (capacity) of relay should be used for this. Kindly let me know.
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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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“tick-tick” sound in Enfield Clasic Motorcycle

BIKE ENFIELD CLASSIC 350 2013 Model ODOMETER: 14000 One and half year old Oil changed one and half month before general servicing. There is a particular sound from the engine while riding ...
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While raising the accelerator suddenly my bike's speed goes down

While driving, I faced some problem in my bike. when I raise the accelerator suddenly my bike's speed goes down. Anyone knows what is the problem?. I'm using yamaha ss 125 cc bike.
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2003 Suzuki Katana 600 won't start

My bike doesn't want to turn over. It ran just fine last week, but something has changed. I have enough power with a new battery and I can hear the motorcycle trying to turn over. The exhaust pipe ...
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Pulsar 180 - How Can I Measure the Mileage?

Could anybody please tell me how to measure the mileage of my Pulsar 180 bike accurately? I have tried by emptying my tank. I failed miserably, and I had to take my bike walking long distance.
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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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Motorcycle won't turn over immediately after a pit stop

Motorcycle: 1980 Honda CB900 Custom. After refilling the battery with distilled water, getting it charged and letting the motorcycle sit for a few days... I then went for a ride yesterday. The ...
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Replace Yamaha FZ6 radiator for two smaller ones

I bought the engine of a Yamaha FZ6. I want to use it to run a competition single seater car we are builiding in the university. The engine didn't bring the radiator with it. I would like to ...
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What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?

It's been in the garage all winter. It starts, but I'm nervous about getting it to a mechanic (about 10 miles away). It's a 2007 Honda Rebel 250cc. I have zero maintenance experience. None. A couple ...
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2009 Honda VTR250 motocycle losing power [closed]

My 2009 Honda VTR250 is loosing power during long rides. The throttle at this time does not pick and it slowly stalls. I tried replacing the plugs but still has not worked. It only solves the problem ...
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Why does my motorcycle's brake get loose easily?

I drive a 100cc motorcycle which has drum brakes on both the wheels. I have faced this problem with the rear wheel's brake for the past two years and I adjusted it many times. About an year back, I ...
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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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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 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. I also get occasional fault codes from the ECU indicating a vacuum leak. Today I connected a ...
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straight pipes and carb rejetting?

I have a 1984 Honda GL 1200 standard wing and I am going to put straight pipes on it, however some forums say I will need to upjet the carbs, and others say I will not. Has anyone on this site ever ...
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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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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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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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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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Bike is sometimes not wanting to shift into neutral

I have a 1982 Suzuki SP250. The bike "doesn't want" to shift into neutral sometimes. I have to rock it back and forth and shift up and down the gears a for a while before it shifts. I have changed the ...
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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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Should motorcyle exhaust headers ever glow red hot

I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which hasn't been running for about 7 years. It's was in a quite a deteriorated state when I got it, i.e. seized carbs, tank full of water, sump full of an ugly fuel/oil mix, ...
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What is the difference between a normal battery and a maintenance free battery in a 2 wheeler segment

What is the difference between a normal battery and maintenance free battery. Is a maintenance free battery really free of maintenance or just it requires less no of charge cycles. I currently own a ...
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Motorcycle with EFI not starting well

I have a 2012 Kawasaki W800. On cold mornings it is difficult to start - it turns over quite a few times before it catches. This is compared to my old carburettor bike which started instantly with the ...
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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 ...