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by GS_in_CO
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Dies in gear
Replies: 2
Views: 2492

Re: Dies in gear

defective sidestand switch?
by GS_in_CO
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Suzuki GS500 ('92) vs Yamaha FZ1 ('01)
Replies: 2
Views: 1485

Re: Suzuki GS500 ('92) vs Yamaha FZ1 ('01)

Why would you even consider one that someone has obviously not cared for. You may fix these minor issues quite easily, but I would be more afraid of the ones that might creep up on you down the highway... Besides, the FZ may have been stunted. I'd worry that the long continuous wheelies you see on ...
by GS_in_CO
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Need tips to relax
Replies: 4
Views: 3054

Re: Need tips to relax

Very early in my riding I realized I was watching the road trying to detect and avoid nails. I'd done that since learning to ride a bicycle. Once I realized what I was doing it became obvious that there was no way I could even see the nails, much less avoid them, at motorcycle speed. After that I co...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: All Season Rider
Topic: First bike purchase - thoughts on these pictures? 68 Yamaha
Replies: 5
Views: 4484

Re: First bike purchase - thoughts on these pictures? 68 Yamaha

That won't be motorcycling. That will be restoration. Which is a fine hobby. But it's not motorcycling.
I suspect that restorers have gotten projects like that one for free. Or been paid to take it. (sorry)
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Bike wont turn over
Replies: 4
Views: 3000

Re: Bike wont turn over

The RC cars I've observed - whir.
You're gonna have to get hands dirty. Yours or a shop's.
But since the battery is an unknown, do that first. (Disconnect ground first and reconnect it last - in case you didn't know.)
by GS_in_CO
Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Bike wont turn over
Replies: 4
Views: 3000

Re: Bike wont turn over

Spark plugs have nothing whatsoever to do with getting the engine to turn over. They might affect whether it starts though. I'm guessing that you mean the bike didn't start then the starter wouldn't turn the engine over any more? If you have bought, and installed, a new battery be sure it is correct...
by GS_in_CO
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away
Replies: 5
Views: 3329

Re: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away

The problems are almost always "simple" after you know the answer.
Which is why it's best to start with the simple possibilities first. (Then among those you choose the easiest ones to pursue first)
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away
Replies: 5
Views: 3329

Re: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away

The pipe and hole and carb sizes wouldn't have any detectable effect. Wrong jetting would make it run badly - not way faster. Choke in the form of a flap inside the carb body ahead of the throttle plate could wiggle a little without a problem if it is nearly aligned in free air flow. An enrichener l...
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: 97 ZX1100 lacking power
Replies: 2
Views: 3090

Re: 97 ZX1100 lacking power

Mods to airbox to flow more air usually means rejetting. Mods to exhaust likewise. You have a double-whammy reason to examine jetting.
by GS_in_CO
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away
Replies: 5
Views: 3329

Re: Bike goes to rev-limiter right away

Going to the limiter suggests to me that you do not have an intake leak because excess air would tend to lean the mixture and it wouldn't run very well. Stuck open throttle slide? Throttle cable not letting the slide go closed? Does it do this with the throttle cable disconnected? Can you see into t...
by GS_in_CO
Sat May 28, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New wannabe rider, stumped by questions lol
Replies: 7
Views: 2608

Re: New wannabe rider, stumped by questions lol

I'll admit to white-knuckling my first motorcycle home from the dealer. But then I had a nice quiet neighborhood to practice in afterwards.

Good luck!
by GS_in_CO
Sat May 28, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

"coals" makes me smile. In English & engineerlish they are called "brushes." But the fact is that they are made of compressed carbon so calling them coal is actually accurate! Congratulations! You've now completed your course in basic 4 stroke engine troubleshooting. Now on to carburetor repair......
by GS_in_CO
Fri May 27, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New wannabe rider, stumped by questions lol
Replies: 7
Views: 2608

Re: New wannabe rider, stumped by questions lol

What is needed is an area of roads with no traffic. While learning your mind is focused on dealing with the machine and has little left for dealing with traffic. Meantime, traffic (other drivers) are the biggest real danger to you. Your scenario sounds terrible. Can you get a buddy to ride your bike...
by GS_in_CO
Thu May 26, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

Might have to try to find someone on Facebook or similar and ask them the question or for a picture.

Doubt it matters very much right now since the bike won't start.

Good luck!
by GS_in_CO
Thu May 26, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

Wow. That's a puzzle. The only device I know of that is a dead-end cylinder used in piping is used in water plumbing as an air bubble used to absorb shock from water moving to water stopping without jolting the pipes. The air bubble acts like a spring. I suppose there can be some resonant cavities u...
by GS_in_CO
Thu May 26, 2016 8:13 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

This is an air-cooled engine, right? So I'm not seeing radiator mounting holes or a coolant expansion tank? If it's air-cooled and has always been air-cooled and the frame is original for an air-cooled engine then my guess is that the engine pipe is the crankcase breather and the cylinder on the fra...
by GS_in_CO
Wed May 25, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

I've not seen anything like the pipe thru the valve cover you describe. At least how you describe it and how I picture it. However there is always a way to allow air to go in and out of the crankcase since there can be some piston blowby as well as air needs to go back into the case as the engine co...
by GS_in_CO
Wed May 25, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

Fuel - air - spark. Basics. For starting fuel needs to be "rich" in order to get enough fuel vapor from cold liquid. (that's what choke does - enrichens the mixture for starting) Of course you can go too far which is the meaning of "flooding" in the context of starting. Spark has to be at the right ...
by GS_in_CO
Wed May 25, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

Chains go on sprockets. Gears have teeth that mesh. So you have a sprocket. Marks level with the cylinder head makes sense to me so it's probably right if the cam bumps make sense to be in that position when the crankshaft is at TDC. Finger smells of gas is just fine. Remember that we're working wit...
by GS_in_CO
Tue May 24, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6856

Re: Starter Issues

Not the first question but - there is no way you can make that engine open the exhaust valve first if it is being turned in the correct direction. The bumps on the camshaft decide and the intake bump operates the intake valve first if the engine is turning the correct direction. (unless you creative...