Common motorcycle part issues at 1980 Honda CB650- Part 2

by Goldie 9. October 2011 08:40


We’ll be continuing the “1980 Honda CB50 motorcycle part issues” saga. Why? Well, it seems in many cases the previous blog post isn’t enough in resolving the motorcycle part issue. For the previous part, you can find the blog post here, "1980 Honda CB50 motorcycle part issues".


So, after the alternator, battery and gas are all checked, we should move our suspecting on other motorcycle parts:


Pulse generator - This motorcycle part could get hot and after the motorcycle goes on the road, the difference between temperatures makes it break down.   


Battery - Again we’re referring on the two spark units mounted back by the battery. If you see black emission down from the units, they may be weak.  


Spark Plugs – Connect spark plugs to the two outside cylinders and check them for spark. Notice if they look overheated from a lean condition. If it loses one coil, it could be the coil overheating or the spark unit acting up. If the spark plugs are good we’re moving on the next motorcycle part.


Vacuum hoses - Check if the vacuum hoses to the automatic fuel valve are tight. If they’re not tight, you can get vacuum leak and fuel supply loss to the carburetors.


Extra tip: Quick check your charging system by watching the headlight bulb intensity. If this light brightens up when you rev the motorcycle, than probably your motorcycle is doing okay.



Just another starting issue with Honda motorcycles

by Goldie 25. September 2011 02:45


As we can notice, recently we were writing a lot about Honda motorcycles and sure a lot about starting issues.  As you can notice by far, every motorcycle has its own specifics and every problem with each motorcycle part could have million different solutions.

In today’s blog post we are going to elaborate starting issue at 1980 GL1100 Gold Wing Honda motorcycle.  This motorcycle was stored for 2 years though it has new starter, good voltage and starter relay. The owner suspects: the starter switch could be bad and also the connections could be bad.  

Experienced motorcyclists would test all the electrical components first. Next motorcycle part for inspection would be the battery and its connections. These GL1100 Gold Wing motorcycles all have a permanent magnet battery charging system, consisted of a stator with three output wires, which go into a regulator. This unit regulates the AC into DC and then DC to 14.5V to ensure proper battery charging. Every connection between the regulator and the battery should be checked.

Also there are cases where the battery could have 12V and it doesn’t have enough amperage to give the starter real power.  There have been tests with new batteries when one cell is shorted or weak and the motorcycle won’t start. Also check if the battery is right for the motorcycle.

Furthermore, the problem can be located at the Stator and Regulator. In addition, as we can tell from the previous blog post stator and regulator failure is also common motorcycle part issue at 1980 Honda CB650.


Weird problems with older motorcycle parts

by Goldie 16. August 2011 03:00

Today we will be making retrospective by interviewing experienced motorcycle repair guy about his rarest motorcycle part issues he ever collided. If you want to share some weird problem please feel free to comment down bellow. Note* we’re talking about problems connected mostly to really old motorcycles, age 20-30 years.



Weird motorcycle part problem - The headlight comes on/ doesn’t want to turn off when the motorcycle gets wet:


Whenever the motorcycle gets wet from washing or raining the headlight comes on regardless of the off position of the headlight switch or the ignition switch. The only way to turn the headlight off is to disengage the battery.



Weird motorcycle part problem solution:


The most probable issue is that the wiring is getting wet and it holds water. The motorcycle must get wet so the headlight comes on again and then you’ll need to track the connections to find the short.



Another similar and hard for resolving problem – the high beam control light and the rear indicators are on but the motorcycle itself doesn’t want to start. Just the same as the previous problem the battery needs to be disengaged and after the first starting attempt the condition is the same.


This issue is mostly connected to the wirings but for resolving it needs to be inspected more carefully and the solution depends of the motorcycle parts and of the motorcycle brand.  


As I said before everyone is encouraged to share their stories associated with unusual motorcycle parts issues.  


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Common issues with Suzuki motorcycle parts

by Goldie 17. November 2010 01:55


Every motorcycle brand has its own uniqueness. Today we will talk about common problems that happened with Suzuki motorcycle parts at diverse range of Suzuki motorcycles.


Installing a clutch at 1996 Suzuki RM 125s. The most common question that comes up during this kind of work is asking about bolts and springs and their tightening to specific torque.  If the bolts are 8mm, the torque spec is about 8-29 depending on the grade of bolt.


Carburetors reinstall at 1982 Suzuki GS-650GL. This common problem with Suzuki motorcycle parts 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. The simple answer to this is 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.


Electrical issue with 2000 Suzuki VS800 Intruder. Having this kind of electrical problem is equal to not be able to start your motorcycle at all. Maybe the motorcycle’s light will give you little hope by responding few seconds, but let us explain further. To eliminate if the batteries are good – hook the charger. Also check out the fuses. If everything is good – clean the battery terminals.