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What is the technical reason the engineer decided the motorcycle gear pattern as follows?

The gear pattern is selected by clicking a lever with your left foot, and is typically laid out as follows: 6th gear (if applicable) 5th gear 4th gear 3rd gear 2nd gear NEUTRAL 1st gear What ...
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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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Why should the fuel petcock valve be turned to “Off” position when not using the vehicle?

It’s mentioned in the user manual of my motorbike, that when not using the vehicle, I should turn the petrol tap (the one that has three positions “On”, “Off” and “Reserve”) to “Off” position. I don’t ...
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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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How do you get the carburetors out of a 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000 P?

It's a 4-cylinder engine, and the carbs are really wedged in there. The best way I know is to loosen the boots on both sides, pull the carbs back, and try to slip them out sideways, but what a pain! ...
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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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What does the 'cc' mean on a motorcycle?

I'm relatively new to motorcycles, my flat mate taught me how to drive his two Royal Enfields around New Delhi, and for the past year and a half I've been taking care of them as they break down ;) ...
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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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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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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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Play in motorcycle chain - how much is ok?

Riding to day I could hear a rhythmic tapping sound. I occurs when I ease off the throttle. I think it is the chain tapping against the plastic chain guard when tension on the chain from accelerating ...
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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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Preventing visor from fogging

How do you prevent your visor from fogging? I ordered a pinlock today for my HJC helmet, but had read some good things about NEC pinkstick (some kind of wax for visor). Usually I just keep the visor ...
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Is it OK to skip gears?

I'm not sure if this is on topic, but I'd like to know the answer before it comes a repair question. I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple - great bike. First gear comfortably takes to 90km/h. Needless ...
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How to Clean a Paper Air Filter

I have a 1989 Yamaha FZX 750, and I can't find a replacement air filter for it. What's the best method to clean the air filter?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I replace this stator? (2007, Suzuki, DL1000)

I opened my stator case to inspect what I thought was a bad stator. I discovered the following issues with my magnets: Broken Magnets: Cracked Magnets: Not sure if I need to replace stator ...
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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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Proper fuel for motorcycles?

I've heard that regular petrol (92 octane ULP) from some fuel companies is not good for motorbikes as it is intended for cars only. Is this just an old wives tale?
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Why isn't it allowed to ride a new motorcycle too fast?

I bought a new motorcycle. The manual says that for the first 500 km, I should not twist the throttle more than half. And for the first 1800km, should not twist it more than 75%. Why isn't it allowed ...
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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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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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What problems to look for when buying used motorcycle

I'm planning to buy a used Honda Goldwing. Researching the prices, my budget will allow me to get something in the range up to year '95-96 models. As this is going to be my first bike, I have no idea ...
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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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Can't remove stuck rear dirt bike axle

I'm trying to remove the rear wheel on my 2007 Suzuki RMZ450. I've removed the axle bolt and tried banging the axle with a rubber mallet for about two weeks now. IT WON'T BUDGE. Not even a little bit. ...
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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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Motorcycle Leaking Fuel (1999 CBR600 F4)

Just fired up my motorcycle after 3 years in storage. Changed the oil and replaced the fuel in the tank. It starts easily. It is leaking fuel from somewhere under the gas tank. The engine has a ...
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Motorcycle chewing through too many front tyres

Hey, 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 ...
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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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What's the proper method of replacing the crank shaft oil seal of a Honda Rebel?

I've been searching for a guide, but haven't found anything the deals with the oil seals specifically. My '09 Honda Rebel is leaking oil into the flywheel cover, and I suspect the flywheel and crank ...
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Solution against motorcycle gasoline theft?

During these last few weeks, somebody has been stealing gas from my motorcycle. It's a Honda Vt 125 Shadow, and since all the wires and hoses are apparent, it's pretty easy to unplug the hose and ...
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What are good techniques for cleaning metal filings out of a crank case?

My Honda Rebel managed to beat one of the pistons into a billion pieces and bend the offending piston rod. I've identified all the damaged parts and ordered replacements, or had them repaired ( ...
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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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Ducati Monster M600 - Engine Vibration/Cold Cylinder

I have a 1995 Ducati Monster M600. Recently I noticed an engine vibration and whilst trying to figure it out I noticed that the horizontal cylinder exhaust is hot (hot enough to burn leather gloves) ...
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Motorcycles: Way to maintain shiny chrome on exhaust outlets?

I have a motorcycle that has chromed exhaust pipes. I am worried that there will eventually be discolouration where the pipes join the engine, due to the heat. Is there a way to treat the pipes so ...
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Suzuki GSR600 low idle revs and unstable

Just a week ago I noticed in my motorbike unstable rpm, +-300rpm. But today I found that the idle rpm are below 1000rpm, at some points around 500rpm (Normally is 1500rpm). I'm due for the annual ...
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Fuel leaking out of drain tube

I just purchased a 1985 Suzuki gs300l. When I put gas in the tank it immediately started pouring out the drain tube that is connected to the air box. What is wrong and how can I fix it?
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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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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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How can I add tension to a motorcycle chain?

I have 2008 Yamaha Scorpio 225, and the chain is looking a bit loose. I've had a good look around, and I really can't find a way to tighten it. Does anyone have any idea where to look? Is there a ...
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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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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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How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

I'm aware of how important they are, but have been coming up empty in my searches to determine if they're worn to the point of needing replacement. The service manual just says to inspect and replace ...
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How many kms is too many for a 400cc bike

I am looking at getting a Ducati Monster that is 400cc and 1996 but has done around 42,000kms. How many kms is to many before you will start to run into problems