May 2011 10
I have an 06 HD Heritage Softail that I pulled a P1353 combustion code from. Is the ignition coil a common cause for that code?
Hey Bob – I’m not an expert on the newer Harleys. However, I believe that is a misfire code. Is the bike running ok or not running? I’d confirm strong spark on the cylinders by looking at the spark plugs, then visually inspect the ignition coils. It could be a fuel issue as well, but I’m not familiar enough with the Harley’s to offer a definite recommendation.
I have a 1975 Honda CB500T project that is almost complete. I know the 500T wasn’t the greatest bike ever to grace American pavement, but I digress… With a charged battery I have no problem starting the bike and running around town, but after a hour or two of run time the bike when cold, won’t start even though the headlight and turn signals & etc. work. After charging it up again it will start and run. When it does run and I throttle up I notice only the neutral light on the column barely glows any brighter than at idle and the headlights don’t really brighten up at all. Maybe this doesn’t happen on all bikes and I thought maybe this is an indicator it isn’t producing much electricity of it’s own , but relying solely on the battery? I am not sure what to check first for the charging issue. I am running Mike XS 650 coils at 4 ohms if that makes a difference in the juice usage in the bike.
Thanks ahead for any input!
Hey – Sounds like you have a charging issue. Probably a faulty stator or rectifier. Check the voltage on your battery with the bike off and with the bike running. With it running the voltage should be over 13v. If not you have a charging issue and need to isolate the problematic part and replace it.
Just bought 1982 kz550 runs great til the battery goes dead.On 2nd battery in two weeks just had to reschedule a road test cause it died on the way there.HELP
If the bike isn’t charging you could have several problems. First thing I would do is inspect the condition of all the wiring connectors and grounds to make sure things look to be in generally good clean condition. If everything looks ok than you probably have a problem with your rectifier or your stator. It’s hard to say which.
Put a voltmeter on your battery with the bike running. What voltage do you see?
Old bike just got running. I think sat for a long time, don’t know how long.
When I wind it up in first and shift into second it bogs and misses, can’t put any load on it, also smokes. When I wind it up in neutral it smokes and misses when it get to higher rpm. Checked the plugs and air cleaner. Plugs are wet, air cleaner ok. Seems to be way rich. Winding it up in neutral after running for a while it seems to actually leak upburned fuel from a rust hole at the bottom of the right side pipe.
What ya think?
I think you need to pull the carbs and give them a good cleaning.
You could potentially have cylinder/piston/valve issues, but a carb problem is more likely. Pull them and give them a good service. Stuck floats and needles will flood your motor like no tomorrow.
I need to replace a clutch cable for my Virago (stretched), but parts are hard to come by here in the far north. Anyone know if there is a match that might be newer/easier to find? Part#15589-001
I’m sure a site like Bike Bandit carries clutch cables for all years of the Virago. If you need a custom length made for your bike because it is modified you should tryhttp://www.flanderscables.com/ They carry all sorts of cables, lengths, and parts to make your own.
Can anyone please help me? Where can i order via online this original parts?
-xr 650R chain slider
-xr 650L chain slider
I’ve already searched this parts on Amazon.com and ebay.com but didn’t find the exact one.
please send me a link or any suggestion that can help me finding this parts.
Hey Tontino – You can get XR chain sliders from lots of places. RockyMountainATV is the place I’d go first. But XR’s Only, Dennis Kirk, Bike Bandit, and others will all have them.
So I just baught a older ZX6 engine, that im trying to fit into a golf cart, but the current wiring is a complete web and I have already seen some frayed and broken wires. Im not to picky about having all the bells and whistles such as the cluster and the lights, just need the engine to turn over with the push of a button
Im used to working on dirtbikes, and this is a whole new world to me. Any tips for a simple wiring map, that wont kill my bank. All of the ones I have seen so far are around 500$.
Notes from a Reader:
Evan has some good diagrams http://cycles.evanfell.com/2010/03/simp … fe-racers/
I just got done, well almost with a 77′ KZ650 cafe re-wire project and used www.ripper1.comfor a sweet diagram too.
There is a thread here under my name where Evan gave me some help and I have a link to a good place if you need a regulator/rectifier too.
Good luck, my buddy has a golf cart with a jet engine out of a helicopter, way cool stuff to do.
Did this project get completed? I’d love to see some photos of a golf cart with a ZX6 engine in it! If you are still looking for it, here is a wiring diagram for a 2007 Kawasaki ZX6:
Greetings from southern Mexico!
I’ve been down here a while now and couldn’t be having a better time. I have no specific timeline for getting to Ushuia, I am in route and just enjoying life as it comes. I’ve been on the road since September and have nothing but time.
I have a 73 CB350G that I’ve fully disassembled. I’m completely new to motorcycle restoration and have two technical questions that I’m hoping you can help me answer.
Should I assume that they need cleaning? I’ve read Evan’s guide to carb cleaning and was planning to take a stab at it – but is there any sure-fire way to know if it’s necessary in the first place? I bought the bike in upstate New York when it was -5 degrees out – suffice it to say, it didn’t start. So I don’t have much of a diagnosis on what could be wrong.
That said – I want to bring the bike back to it’s original grandeur. Is it worth cleaning the carbs?
No, I was not methodical about pulling the wiring. I knew I wanted to strip a bunch of the electrical pieces (blinkers, brake light, etc.) and the wiring was pretty gnarly in the first place. So:
– I need new wires/fuses. Does anyone know where I can get them? An online resource would be preferred. I live in NYC if there’s a place anyone is familiar with.
– I’d like to have an ignition, headlight, and speedo. Can I simply remove the brake light and starter pieces from Evan’s diagram?
Appreciate your help.
CARB – Yes, you should definitely at least give it a look. If the bike is already torn down then you can open up the carbs in 5 minutes and check if the jets are clogged or not. If the jets are clogged give the carbs a thorough cleaning. If not, you’re likely fine.
ELECTRIC – You can buy new harnesses for the CB bikes. I believe Parts n’ More has them available on their site. If not check with Old Bike Barn. You can indeed remove the break light and starter from the electric diagram without any adverse effects.
Not sure how familiar anyone here is with 2 strokes…just purchased a 74 RD350 and the engine had been modified for racing:
-stage 3 porting
-enlarged reed case
-moto carrera expansion chambers
My question is if this bike NEEDS race fuel or if it would be damaged by the 93 octane found at every gas station?
It’s hard to say for sure Ron. It’s possible it will need race fuel, or a 50/50 mix. You won’t know for sure unless you run it on a lower grade fuel and see if it performs. Put in 93 octane, fire it up and go for a zip around the block. If you hear pinging (pre-detonation) then you need to run a higher octane fuel. Do you know what the compression ratio is? Or just the compression itself?