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

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Why are most motorcycles 5 speed than 6 speed?

I have a Honda Trigger motorcycle. I have seen most of the motorcycles even like Karizma ZMR having 5 gears. What would be the reason to have just 5 gears even for 223 cc motorcycles?
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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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Why are gears designed in this pattern in motorcycles? [duplicate]

On motorcycles with manual transmissions, the shifting gears goes (down to up) like this: 1st Gear (all down) Neutral (half up) 2nd (full up) 3rd (so on) What is the logic behind this? Wouldn't ...
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Motorcycle engine running a bit hot?

For the past few rides, I think my 2007 Ninja 250 has been running hotter than before. At least, I think it feels hotter through the seat, but the oil temperature gauge seems to be pointing pretty ...
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Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?

What bike? A BMW 650, 1996 model. What's the problem? I noticed a slow, but steady, drip of gasoline from one of two rubber tubes that output to the bottom of the bike. I think the other rubber ...
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Motorcycle Front Forks: Fork tube stuck in bottom pipe - clunking sound when trying to remove

I'm rebuilding the forks on my CB400 project bike [ turning into a street tracker ;) ] The process from the manual is pretty straight forward: 1) Remove the front fork bolts and drain oil 2) With ...
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Is there a source assessing repairability of motorbikes and cars?

For phones you can find ratings based on ease and cost of repairability (assuming you do everything yourself). Is there such a source for choosing a motorbike or car that you want to maintain yourself ...
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1987 Yamaha fz700 handlebar lock

On my ignition there are a couple positions, on, off, lock, and p. I assumed the lock was for the handle bar lock, but it doesn't lock when I switch it to that, when I switch it to P though it ...
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What is an inverted triangle piston skirt?

The recently launched Suzuki GSXR150 boasts an inverted triangle piston skirt. From what I have been told, it seems to be MotoGP technology which has been stripped down to suit a 150cc bike. Kindly ...
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How to find model year of this Honda Shadow bike 'NC34-1002157'?

Recently, I was about buying nice Honda Shadow but the seller didn't know the model year of his bike. I saw many 17-digit vin numbers and I can decode it, but 11-digit vin is difficult and I don't ...
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Why can't I ride a new motorcycle too fast?

I bought a new motorcycle. The manual says that for the first 500km, I should not twist the throttle more than half. And for the first 1800km, should not twist it more than 75%. Why can't I use ...
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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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Does putting vehicle in neutral at slope cause clutch plate spoilage?

I am having a Hero Honda Passion 2002 model motorcycle. I have a doubt regarding clutch and Neutral functionality. I have observed that most of the time in our city the roads have ups and down so ...
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Honda Unicorn skids every time I use the rear brakes only

Honda Unicorn 160cc motorcycle skids every time I quickly hit the rear brakes. Even at slow speeds such as 10kph (about 6mph) Is there a problem with my riding style or could it be the bike? I have ...
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Bent front fork on a bike

There's a previously owned 2009 YAMAHA FZ16-S that I'm thinking of picking up. It has a slightly twisted and bent fork (plausibly caused by an accident). It's only apparent when you ride it for a bit. ...
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Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...
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Moped bike motor problem carburetor

I have tried many technicians but none have solved my problem. I had problems in the past past, but one day my bike started to make a noise while opening the throttle when cold after about 50km/h ...
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Suzuki vl 250 wont start

I have a Suzuki vl250. It's been running great until last weekend I rode it home from work turned it off and the Mrs decided she wanted to go for a ride only problem is bike wont start! Since then I ...
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Motorcycle front brake's are weak

A few weeks ago I was in a motorcycle accident and my handlebar had bent and so had my old brake lever. A buddy of mine who's quite good with motorcycle's bent the bar back and changed the brake ...
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Replacing Spark Plug with Laser Iridium NGK Spark Plug

I have 2012 KTM Duke 125 at 10 000 miles (16k kilometers). I am the third owner of bike for 2 years. Whenever i twist the throttle fastly, motorcycle is chocked up. So i thought the problem could be ...
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Terminator 2 1990 Harley Davidson Fatboy FLSTF technical information [closed]

I am doing a project for class about the Harley Davidson Fatboy, and I need to find the values for the spring constant of the bike used in Terminator 2, and whether or not it used a custom suspension. ...
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requirements upgrading of headlamp from 35/35w to 60/55w on bullet 350 uce

I own a Royal Enfield Bullet (std) 350cc 2013 uce model. The bike is fitted with a 35/35w HS1 PX43t halogen bulb. I want to replace it with a 60/55w halogen H4 bulb. Earlier I had installed the ...
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Does increasing headlight wattage affects motorcycle mileage

I ride Honda CD-100 SS, a 100cc motorcycle. Does increasing the wattage of the headlight bulb affect the mileage(fuel efficiency) of the motorcycle? If it does please explain how.
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Winter is here, what measures should be taken to protect a motorcycle?

After a mere two months of owning a motorcycle, it's already winter and I'd like to know how best to prepare for the inevitable ice/snow/cold. Other than basic cleaning and lubrication, are any other ...
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Motorcycle Headlight Dies After Engine Start

I am having a weird problem with my headlamp on my 1983 Honda FT500. When I go out to start it in the morning, insert my key and turn it (engine still not started tho), the headlamp comes on as one ...
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Is there any protective sealant or bladder within a motorcycle tank?

I am learning metal work and will one day build my own motor cycle tank. Do these have any internal sealing or bladder?
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Problems with starting my Motorcycle [closed]

I have a Honda 2003 VTX 1300 S Retro that will not start without a jump. I just purchased a new battery on line (Chinese) for this type of bike charged it and still getting the same results as before. ...
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Big motorcycles at stop lights; why do they keep blipping the throttle?

We've all been near a big Harley at a stop light, where the rider keeps blipping the throttle. I've always wondered why they do this. Is it because those big pistons don't idle very well, and if you ...
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1995 Yamaha virago 535 Fuel pump problem

On my 1995 Yamaha virago 535, why does the fuel pump click 10 or so times before trying to start? I've replaced the fuel pump and fuel pump relay. It still has the clicking issue and will not start. ...
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How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?

I'm a computer systems engineer (we did a lot of embedded systems and some electrical at university) and I own a Suzuki SV650S. I am considering doing several upgrades to it (e.g. replacing the front ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Why do they called motor bike instead of engine bike?

In Bikes, major part plays by 4 stroke petrol engine, then why did they named as motor bike or cycle instead of engine bike?
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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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Requirements to use 55W Bi-xenon 6000k projector on yamaha r15 v 2.0

I have a problem with my vehicle headlights. Now I'm using a 35W 8000k projector for my bike. This is not having much light output as I wish. I'm really interested to see powerful light output from ...
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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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2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Vulcan 800 Throttle Cuts at High Speeds (85mph+) [closed]

The bike starts fine but it coughs a lot when giving throttle in first gear. Runs great 2nd - 5th but when pushing around 85 mph or more the acceleration quits. The engine is still running but feels ...
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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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What is the purpose of a smog block-off plate?

What exactly is the purpose of a smog block-off plate? What does it 'block-off'? How is it installed? And what are the benefits/detriments of installing such plates? In my particular case, I ask, ...
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Rain tyres for motorcyles

I have recently started driving a motorcycle to work (60 km/day). I have a Honda XR125L. Today I had an accident. I was driving at 10-20 mph and wanted to break for cars that were standing still. I ...
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GSF400 Bandit carburetor model or type,

I have Suzuki Bandit GSF400 model '92. May I know the type of carb do I have on it? I am trying to do some replacement on jets but I need sizes.
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2015 hawk 250cc enduro motorcycle

While riding down the street, our motorcycle just died. Tried to restart it and it sounded like it wasn't firing. We changed the plug and ignition coil and still not firing. What should we do now?
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What does an EXUP servo and subsequently EXUP eliminator plug actually do?

This question relates to my 2012 Yamaha R6. I removed the kickstand safety actuator because it was bugging me, I found it useless, and my habit is often to lift the kickstand when I start moving ...
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When should I perform a valve head adjustment?

My 2012 Yamaha R6 has about 12000 miles on it. During that times I've had a couple rough accidents and I think the combination of those two factors it may be a good idea to check my valve clearance ...
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Why is this motorcycle burning oil, and how can I get it to stop?

I have a newbie question for you. I'm considering buying a 2004 Yamaha TTR600RE- a single-cylinder, air-cooled dirt-focused dual-sport bike. It's perfectly set up for adventure touring, which is what ...
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How to learn motorcycle maintenance theory

I'm a motorcycle novice and want to learn how to maintain a bike and fix problems that may arise. I've found a few great videos that have elucidated some basics: How a motorcycle engine works: ...
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Why do most mass-production motorcycles have their intakes facing backwards?

Almost every motorcycle I have seen has its air intake mounted such that it is sucking in air from the direction opposing travel. According to fluid dynamics, if the intake is made to face forwards, ...
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Why my bike shows petrol missing before 2000 RPM in all gears?

I am using Hero Karizma R (225cc, 5 gears). Recently I feel a missing in all gear befor 2000 RPM. Sometimes my bike turn off due to this missing. Usually it happens at 1st/2nd gears. After 2000 RPM ...
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Mounting bar end mirrors on non-hollow bars?

I bought a CRG hindsight bar end mirror but the CRG adapters and all the adapters I find online seem to be for hollow bars. But the bars on my 12 Yamaha R6 just have a threaded hole for a bolt.