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by coffee_brake
Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: Don't just ride a bike, KNOW how a bike works
Replies: 4
Views: 3495

Don't just ride a bike, KNOW how a bike works

I'm disgusted with folks who want to have a bike and not do what it takes to keep it on the road. I'm fed up with folks who plead they don't have a lot to spend, buy an older bike because it's so much cheaper, and then a month later bemoan that it won't start, without trying to learn what's wrong or...
by coffee_brake
Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starts fine, idles high, then dies
Replies: 13
Views: 21353

Re: Starts fine, idles high, then dies

The best I can see is to look up the part numbers for those o-rings and washers on a site like Kawasaki.com --> owners info --> parts diagrams. Copy/paste that number into ebay or tell it to your local dealership, get a new set. I found the 90-degree screwdriver for a better price on Ebay but I do n...
by coffee_brake
Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: spray painting a helmet?
Replies: 15
Views: 10356

Re: spray painting a helmet?

The same paint that made the helmet in the first place is what is in the re-painting. Mind, you want to tape off the openings at the neck and face shield, just use masking tape and newspaper to make a barrier. Not hard. You'll sand the helmet with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper with a little soapy water...
by coffee_brake
Mon May 24, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: Ladies - Found Flat Spots on Front Rim
Replies: 5
Views: 5051

Re: Ladies - Found Flat Spots on Front Rim

It's a Virago 250. A used straight wheel from Ebay is going to be your best bet.

That, and no more curb jumping! :?
by coffee_brake
Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Reinstall idle screw assy issue
Replies: 3
Views: 1825

Re: Reinstall idle screw assy issue

Clymer's is your friend, if the diagram in the microfiche doesn't help...
by coffee_brake
Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Appearance
Topic: Cruiser Saddle bags & bracket help!!!!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 3364

Re: Cruiser Saddle bags & bracket help!!!!!!!

Davie you pretty much got it. The bars for the saddlebags do both: they stop the bags from moving out away from the bike and more importantly, they keep the bags from rubbing on the wheel and shocks, and from getting pulled up under the rear wheel. (You just tie a cord from the bag to the bar to kee...
by coffee_brake
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: Another conference, anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 7896

LL, are you and hubby doing an MC trip for the big Silver?? Yup. Riding to Key West, FL in October. Gonna spend the night in Savannah on our way down there. P Very cool. Where are you staying in Savannah? I lived there a few years...downtown Savannah is one of my favorite places. I'm still right he...
by coffee_brake
Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

All noted...thank you.

I wonder if I shouldn't break the carbs down off the rack and swap 'em, then I'd know FOR SURE before I yank the head back off.
by coffee_brake
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

I'm not sure if I've done this right, but here is a video from the camera. You can't hear the carb puffing and hissing, but you can hear the motor missing. Each time is misses, the left carb puffs simultaneously. http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z41/coffee_brake/kz440%20carbs/?action=view¤t=...
by coffee_brake
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

Oh, and the cams looked really good, they showed almost no wear at all.
by coffee_brake
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

Buzz I wouldn't know how to tell if a valve was sticking. But, just for giggles I fixed the boogered-up threads on my second-rate compression tester (I didn't booger them up!) and did a compression test. On the right (good) cylinder I'm getting 120 psi. On the left I'm getting 110 and the manual say...
by coffee_brake
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:07 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

New developments....with floats adjust correctly and carbs set up right, it idles but still puffing out the left carb. Some folks think it may be timing or a valve out of whack. So...I pulled out the old stock carbs that came on the bike. They were all beat up but I DID see the bike running with tho...
by coffee_brake
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: Another conference, anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 7896

LL, are you and hubby doing an MC trip for the big Silver?? Yup. Riding to Key West, FL in October. Gonna spend the night in Savannah on our way down there. P Very cool. Where are you staying in Savannah? I lived there a few years...downtown Savannah is one of my favorite places. I'm still right he...
by coffee_brake
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: The Soap Box
Topic: Happy Birthday Buzzz
Replies: 12
Views: 3042

Buzzz is old? I want to be old some day....

I didn't know that..or I'd have been more respectful!


Buzz and Wrider helped me get that CB750 through a top-end rebuild and I'll never forget that....


Happy birthday and I hope it was a great one!
by coffee_brake
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: 650 suzuki savage
Replies: 8
Views: 14324

Well you really do have to look at who you are right now. Some younger folks know that they better get started on a 250 because they like to wring the throttle and go fast. Some folks don't need the drama :roll: and do just fine with bigger motorcycles right off the bat. I started riding in my late ...
by coffee_brake
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: 650 suzuki savage
Replies: 8
Views: 14324

Small and manageable, but it will shake you to pieces on the highway.

It will be good to learn on, but I don't know many who can put any kind of distance riding on them....

Wow you're up late...it's early here....
by coffee_brake
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

Sorry, had some major PC issues...back online now. Yes, I am working with the Kawasaki Twin Owners Forum, and these guys are great. But the 400 and 440 went through so many versions, each slightly different in the carbs, that finding the way with this one is tortuous. Also had help from a local vehi...
by coffee_brake
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

If you were running a more open exhaust and cone air filters (very free-flowing), whichs jets would you change, and how many sizes would you change them?
As a starting place, you know. I don't know in which direction to move.
by coffee_brake
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Kickstand bypass problems
Replies: 7
Views: 3069

Your Honda likely has a clutch safety shutoff, it prevents the rider from starting the bike in gear without the clutch handle pulled in. Most all bikes have them these days. Under the left controls, look for two little wires coming up with all the wires that go up the left bar that should connect to...
by coffee_brake
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: My turn with carb troubles....
Replies: 21
Views: 6177

Gummi you were just about on it. I never heard of synching the choke so this last run, I looked at the butterflies to see if they were nearly the same. Good side was fluttering away, bad side wasn't moving at all. Comparing the carbs to the parts carbs carcass, looks like the linkage for the two cho...