Most needed on-the-road items

by Goldie 15. October 2011 06:02


We were making survey about what items motorcyclists are bringing with them on a road. Besides wearing personal items such as cell phone, cash, credit cards, the majority of motorcyclists are thinking about Murphy’s Law and take spare motorcycle parts more or less. According to our survey the most needed on-the-road items are mentioned down bellow. 

Tools for repairing more perishable motorcycle parts. Most of the motorcycles come with toolkits, but if you don’t have one, it would be advisable to get equipped with pliers, wrenches, wire cutters, duct tape and of course pump or CO2 cartridges ( little battery-sized cylinders that deliver a burst of pressured gas and refill tires really fast).  toolkit

Key spare motorcycle parts. It’s really good to take extra spark plugs, fuses, bulbs, chain oil on the road. You never know when a motorcycle part will break down.

First Aid Kit. You’ll never know what will happen on the road. You can get scratches, burns from the pipe and similar little accidents.

GPS. If you don’t have one already mounted on your motorcycle it’s good to have portable GPS with you. It’s really easy to get lost on the road.

Before going out on the road it’s recommended to inspect your motorcycle. First, make sure your tires are properly inflated by mounting air pressure monitor to them. Check your controls (brakes and clutch) if they work well. Checking the lights before going on the road is really essential. Make sure your headlights, turn signals and brake lights are working. And lastly check all oils and fluids; everything from engine oil to brake fluid. 


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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.



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 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.


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.


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 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.  


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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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.


Recognize your Honda motorcycle part when returning from repairs

by Goldie 26. July 2011 01:39

Today’s blog post will be about recognizing your Honda motorcycle part when returning from repairs. We’re not saying that all repair salons are ripping off their customers but it wouldn’t be bad a little carefulness.  We know few people who were installed different motorcycle part than the original one (intentionally or not intentionally). Best advice when going to repair salon is to do research in advance, in order not to look like total ignorant about motorcycle parts.

Now we’re going to present what-if situation about recognizing Honda motorcycle part, particularly - the Honda engine.

The first question when you forgot to write down your engine’s serial number before you send the motorcycle in repair salon would be:

How can I find out the engine’s serial number by the VIN number of the motorcycle?

Answer: The VIN number will not help you find your engine number. Honda doesn’t use matching numbers because often engines are pulled from the line for racing use.  The VIN number will only help you to narrow down the engine number range and expert can tell if the engine was the same year or not.

The only way to find your motorcycle’s serial number is to find the original MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin) that went with the motorcycle when sold new (The original bill of sale from the dealer). If you have owner’s manual, usually the serial number is in the front next to the VIN number.

TIP: Next time when you'll send your motorcycle in a repair salon I would advice to mark all motorcycle parts.