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The battery could be discharging because there's a problem with the bike's wiring that is causing a constant load on the battery, even when the bike is not running. This can happen when accessories are added directly to the battery versus through a switched circuit (i.e. the ignition). It could also be discharging simply because it's old and worn out (...


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My Kawasaki owner's handbook stated that it should not be idled for more than 5 minutes when started. However the dealer advised me to let it warm up for a few minutes (by idling, not revving), especially in cold weather. Partly so the oil can warm enough to circulate freely, and because of tight engineering tolerances in machined parts, which are not ...


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Given the state of that then I would grind the other side and use a big chisel and matching hammer to crack the last bit - always worked in the past.


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Consider moving the new bracket to the left of the old one or grinding the old one off, which means you won’t have to mess around with a safety critical system... If your “bodge” on your throttle cable fails halfway into a fast corner - what direction will you be taking?


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We "warm up" vehicles for a number of reasons: An engine that has sat will have had some degree of drain down - the oil will have drained off all the critical moving parts and won't be able to provide any protection until the oil pump has run for several seconds. Also, cold oil is thicker and has different properties than warm oil. Getting the oil pumped ...


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For a late model car, you want to start it, buckle up, turn on the heater, radio and then drive with a light foot. Warming up a late model car warms the coolant, but not the oil. The fastest way to warm the oil and increase oil flow it to drive it, not idle it. See this post https://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/warm-engine-winter/


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Power = volts X amps. A smaller capacity battery will generally deliver less cold cranking amps (CCA) than a larger capacity battery. By reducing the amps delivered by the battery you are reducing the power it can deliver to crank your starter, so you could have problems starting up or running under a high electrical load. If the 4Ah battery has the same ...


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If say you removed the handlebars it would give you much better access to the area to work. Once the bars are removed along with the throttle grip, I would possibly try a mini hacksaw to remove the bulk of that old braket/weld, then VERY carefully grind away the old bracket. I say VERY carefully as you don't want to damage or remove material from the ...


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The virago carburetors are somewhat tricky to clean properly. I have an 86 Virago 700, which has a "tube jet" instead of just a pilot jet. I had to use the properly sized guitar string to clean these out. Carb clean wasn't enough. Also, there's some bad advice floating out to drill out the pilot jets. It's possible your carbs have these drilled out ...


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Driving motorbike with an electronic dashboard and all necessary indicators including coolant temperature, oil level, fuel level, and all other indicating things... MAY BURN THE electronics, due to a high range of voltage variations. The battery acts like a "sponge" or a capacitor to the excess current, soaking it into itself. If there is no battery expect ...


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