Old Honda motorcycle parts: Lights issue

by Goldie 2. October 2011 11:39


Do you have really old Honda motorcycle made before 1980s? If you do and you’re trying to find old Honda motorcycle parts, you might find your solution here.

 Some guy had lights problem with his old 1979 Honda CX 500 motorcycle when turning the key and we tried to help him. Since Cycle-Parts.com is a company providing motorcycle parts produced mostly after 1980 we can’t meet our customers’ needs with really old Honda motorcycles.  

This guy’s problem more precisely was with the headlight, neutral light; tail light, blinkers and horn.

Situation no. 1. The ignition switch base could be down. Get new one and replaces it. If it works than you’re done with this issue, if not than we are going to the next step.

Situation no.2. Clean the connections to the battery, and check the fuses back by the battery and also those under the plate at the handlebars. If everything is okay than you should buy cheap 12v test light and start with the battery leads and move forward on the red and black wires with the switch on. If power is coming out of the battery connections, you should go up front to the switch and see if power is coming in and then out again. The motorcycle parts wiring diagram can be found here.


Common motorcycle part issues at 1980 Honda CB650

by Goldie 18. September 2011 06:55

Every motorcycle series have common motorcycle parts issues more or less. One of these 1980 CB650 Honda motorcycle parts issues is turning off the field rotor when the charging voltage is too high; making the charging drop in which case the regulation circuit turns the field rotor back on. This issue sometimes is manifested similar to when the motorcycle is running out of gas.

The motorcycle ignition is battery-powered, so when the voltage drops down bellow 13.5V, the ignition system components shot down. Diagnosing bad rotor is easy, mount volt-ohm meter for testing the charging system output and the ohms value on the rotor tracks cold or hot.

Bad rotor can also cause bad regulator. When the rotor fails it draws too much current for the regulation circuit to supply, causing the regulator to die. This way this motorcycle part dies alongside the rotor.

Loss of spark can be caused by bad connection somewhere. Suspect any connection in the entire motorcycle. You can start diagnosing bad connection by taking off fairing motorcycle parts, the gas tank and seat, and disconnect all connections you find. Do these one at a time, and spray them with a contact cleaner before filling the connector again.

Also another motorcycle part could be suspected for resolving the issue. There is a vacuum-operated valve on these motorcycles. There is a fuel screen inside the fuel tank which requires draining the tank and removing the valve to draw the screen out from the inside the fuel tank. 

How to change a battery on a Honda Nighthawk?

by Goldie 11. September 2011 07:22

You can learn how to change the battery at Honda Nighthawk by following this 6-point list of instructions connected with moving several Honda motorcycle parts:


1.   First motorcycle part you need to remove is the right side cover. For removing this motorcycle part first you need to remove the seat. The side cover is held in place by rubber grommets. You need to pull at the front of this motorcycle part (the grommets are at the front of the side cover) in order not to break the side cover.


2.   Remove the battery case door bolt


3.   Slide the battery towards you


4.   Disconnect the negative battery cables  and the positive battery cable


5.   Remove the battery


6.   Hook up  the ground cable and then the positive cable


This motorcycle parts instruction is really simple and it should be done without any hardness except the first point. That’s why we dedicated more lines in explaining – just to make sure you don’t break any motorcycle part. 

Really old Honda motorcycle parts - where do I get it?

by Goldie 24. August 2011 07:45

Do you have really old Honda motorcycle made before 1980s? If you do and you’re trying to find old Honda motorcycle parts, you might find your solution here.

Some guy had a problem with finding aftermarket motorcycle parts and we tried to help him. Since Cycle-Parts.com is a company providing Honda motorcycle parts produced mostly after 1980 we can’t meet our customers’ needs with really old Honda motorcycles.   

This guy’s problem was linked with the connectors between the air filter and the carburetors. He was desperate to find out if he could find connectors that will suite his motorcycle the most. We’re talking about 1975 Honda cb200t motorcycle.

So here’s the answer: such connectors Honda is not producing anymore, unfortunately.  But you can look for aftermarket motorcycle parts (really hard to find) or you can try to build up or patch the old ones with some goop adhesive.  

Last thing you can try to do is to find other Honda motorcycle parts such as pod type filters but they will need you to increase your carburetors main and idle jet sizes, plus the motorcycle will need increasing the fuel mixture.

If you’re looking for other aftermarket motorcycle parts, you can check our aftermarket motorcycle parts section in which you can search by motorcycle type/brand or by motorcycle parts category.  


Honda motorcycle/ATV ignition issue (again)

by Goldie 30. July 2011 06:25

Another motorcycle parts blog is up, this time we will explain Honda motorcycle / atv ignition issue. Motorcycle parts to check for solving this Honda motorcycle/ATV ignition issue:

Ignition coil.  The motorcycle part called ignition coil could be weak. A weak Ignition coil will shut down until it cools off– the only way to test it is to carry it into a dealer that has a coil tester. A weak trigger coil can do the same thing.

Battery.  Low battery voltage could also be the issue.

Sparkplug cap. Remove the sparkplug cap from the wire, counter clockwise, trim back a ¼ inch of wire and reinstall the sparkplug cap.

On/Off Switch. This switch might be bad, so check this for any case!

Connections.  Clean and put electrical grease on all connections!

Additional tip: Test the motorcycle parts when there’s not spark. .


I would recommend reading Honda motorcycle parts that affect the ignition system for additional thoughts on this issue.


Leaking oil at 1984 Honda motorcycle

by Goldie 10. July 2011 07:41

We are going to talk about reasons for oil leaking at exhaust pipe header, the motorcycle we are inspecting is 1984 Honda v65 magna motorcycle. Possible problems and solutions to these:

1.   First and foremost I would check if the oil is not too watery or too thin.  


2.   If the motorcycle is running fine – the exhaust header gaskets might be leaking. These motorcycle parts are really cheap and can cost around five dollars. The exhaust pipe should heat up at the same rate as the other related motorcycle parts. If it feels cooler when you first start the motorcycle then the problem is in the cylinder.


3.   If the motorcycle is not running okay – there can be problems with several honda motorcycle parts: carburetor, piston, ring or valve guides and seals.


The carburetor related problem could be located if the carburetor float is too high or there is float needle valve leaking fuel into the cylinder.


The worse damage could be at the piston or ring allowing oil to blow by the rings and exit through the exhaust pipe.


Cylinder problem would be connected with low compression and heat rate. Also damaged valve guides and seals could allow oil leaking in the cylinder. And also check the spark plug condition and color for clues on the combustion in the cylinder.


4.   If the oil is coming from another location – then logically the issue might be located at some other motorcycle part. Check the cylinder head cover gasket for example.


5.   Also unburned fuel could be an issue.


Check all these Honda motorcycle parts and if you cannot locate the leaking issue than it would be smart to leave it at more experienced Honda motorcyclist to fix the issue. 


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Having difficulty finding Honda motorcycle part, thermostat?

by Goldie 12. June 2011 04:16


One of our customers had difficulty finding the thermostat at his old 1986 Honda VT700C SHADOW. Consequently we thought this can be great opportunity for brand new do-it-yourself blog post. Often, ignorant motorcyclists are put in situation where they cannot find specific motorcycle part in their own motorcycle. As we mentioned above our customer was suspecting that the thermostat or other accompanying VT700C Shadow motorcycle part was having an issue.

The first frontier he runs onto is the missing knowledge for where the thermostat is actually located. The problem was with the gage going in red - misleadingly alarming that the motorcycle is overheating.

First thing we should do is to locatŠµ the thermostat which is below the coolant filler cap. The best way to find the thermostat at any vehicle is to locate several motorcycle parts. The first motorcycle part for locating is the top radiator hose and then you should track it backwards. This will guide you to where the hose appends to the thermostat housing.

Second, if the motorcycle is really overheating than the radiator fan should come on.

Third, if the fan doesn’t come on then you may have a faulty fan. You can check if this motorcycle part is working by unplugging it and connecting it to 12 volts and see if it turns.

Fourth, if the fan turns fine but still never comes on when the motorcycle is overheating than the fan sensor or wiring may need checking.

It wouldn’t be bad if you ensure the cooling system is full and all the air is out before you put the filler cap on. You can move the motorcycle a bit back and forth to release any possible trapped air in the system.  Hope this post will be useful in future for motorcycle population.

BTW Cycle-parts run promotional offers nonstop. Now you can use the coupon code SUMMER in the shopping cart to apply for 10% off discount. The only precondition is that your motorcycle parts order should be over $165. The promotional period end on Friday, June 24th at 11:59pm. 


Honda motorcycle parts that affect the ignition system

by Goldie 15. January 2011 06:01


There are lots of people called motorcycle junkies. This type of junkies does crazy things when buying motorcycle. I have a friend that recently bought non-running 1985 Honda VT1100 Shadow! Why? Because he’s motorcycle junkie and love to resolve complicated motorcycle issues while having huge motorcycle fleet and motorcycle parts scattered around him.

Let’s start my friend’s Honda motorcycle parts dismantling story. Problem:  Old Honda motorcycle not getting any spark therefore non-running bike at disposal. History: Previous owner said that the motorcycle just simply stopped running one day.  Motorcycle parts that affect the whole ignition system:


1.   All four plugs are dead at the same time.


2.   Ignition switch. By having CDI ignitions, the start switch grounds the sparks out in OFF position rather than opening a circuit.


3.   CDI module control. Before/after testing it you should check wiring connector carefully. The CDI module control is really time/money consuming if you’re not mellow motorcyclist - manual and testing equipment needed.


4.   Kill button on the handlebars. Corrosion could mess up with the switch or the contacts are wearing out from the vibration. Again after this examination, check out the wirings to and from the handlebar switch.


5.   Side stand button should be checked if it works correctly. Make sure if it’s clean and tight.


6.   Pulsar unit is the motorcycle part next to the flywheel. It produces timing signals to the rest of the ignition system. Bad wire could be a cause for non-responsive motorcycle.


These Honda motorcycle parts should be checked when having old dead Honda motorcycle and you might resurrect your new bought motorcycle from the dead. Good luck!


Suzuki motorcycle parts install issue

by Goldie 2. October 2010 01:30

While doing the cleaning and installing the motorcycle parts back, often motorcyclists find it difficult to manage it successfully. In the motorcycle culture there are rumors with installing difficulties at Suzuki motorcycle parts at older motorcycles, particularly at GS-650GL.

The most common problem happens when taking the carburetors out and trying to get it back in. There are rubber connectors that go between the carburetors and engine connected to the engine. Installing this should be done easily, but the problem can occur with rubber connectors that go to the air box and when trying to slide the whole assembly into the space between the engine and frame. Most motorcyclists are trying to hook the carburetors to the engine and front boot, but they couldn’t get the air box boot to go in.

Most of the people would ask themselves what proper sequence to use when assembling these motorcycle parts.

But simple answer to easy resolving is to replace the boots with new ones.  It seems that the air boxes are often installed before the engines are placed into the frames at the factory.

When installing Honda motorcycle parts, motorcyclist often run on the same kind of installing issue, especially at Honda’s four cylinder machines, which are compounded by the carburetor connector boots hardening up.

Tips for old Honda motorcycles

by Goldie 31. May 2010 07:14


We will drive little back in time. The accent will be put on old Honda motorcycle parts and resolving issues connected with 1985 Honda Goldwing Aspencade

-      Problem with lights when the motorcycle is idling.

The lights could dim when you have problem with the battery. Replace the battery first. If the problem is still here, check the connections between the battery and the alternator - motorcycle part that charges the battery. The alternator needs input voltage to excite itself, so the battery needs to be working before it will charge.  A regulator decides how much current is put into the alternator to get the right output.  First check all connections, and the battery itself.

-      Problem with turn signals when start moving.

The front wheel sensor can affect both speedometer readings and apparently the self-canceling turnsignals. If the relay, sensor or other control modules are faulty, it may result in problem with turn signals.

-      Problem with brakes.

First thing you should do is to bleed the brakes and get the air out. If that fixes it, and there are no leaks, then you're done. If you've still got problems at that point, then you can start looking at rebuilding Honda motorcycle parts.


Hope that these tips were useful in order to repair and resolve problems that occurred with your loving Honda motorcycle. 




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