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A motorcycle is a two-wheeled motor vehicle. They are very popular modes of transportation around the world and can vary from a small moped to a large Harley Davidson. Ask questions about motorcycles here.
That's probably a decision you and your doctor should make. If you and the baby are both healthy and you are very careful and don't get wild, then it is probably fine to ride it. But a fall from a 4 wheeler could be very dangerous. And at 6 months, your balance probably isn't as good as it normally …
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Normally a thirty thousandths gap will serve just fine. Make sure you have the correct plug, and then obey the commandments for making two-stroke engines reliable: Clean air Clean fuel Good quality (or better) air-cooled two stroke oil. No "outboard two-stroke oil" - that's for water cooled engines.…
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Hello, the rear wheel bearings are sold as a unit with the hub. It is a sealed unit, you remove the brakes and rotor, unbolt the the hub unit with 4 bols and replace. I did mine 2 years ago, both rear hubs, at that time they were $300.00 each from a Toyota dealer only. No idea on labor.I inquired ab…
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In addition to what has been said, modern bikes have vacuum petcocks that shut off (safety) when the engine stops. Leaving the petcock on 'prime' will bypass and flood. Leaving on reserve will drag the crud through. And you really don't want to be paying for carb/injectorservicing.Best tip: Set petc…
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Investing in a automobile could possibly be pricey, Nonetheless owning a automobile will be a lot more gnawing at. One of the most gnawing at with the working expense will be the expense of fueling. That is specifically being concerned inside nations around the world or perhaps locations in which kn…
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Huge! I do not recommend this - any accidents that happen on your property you can be held resonsible for. Especially, if there are any known conditions on the land and you allow people to ride, it's just a matter of time before you are sued.
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%REPLIES% Answer Strip??? as in no motor or tranny?? no wheels? Well, there are laws against doing so. Some states its a felony. BUT, the bottom line is MONEY. You cant sell the parts for what it cost you when the lender sues you for the deficiency balance. Good Luck Answer you could be in …
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Most courts have ruled that you CANT enter a closed dwelling. Carport yes, garage NO. Call a local attorney NOW with the facts and any witnesses you have. Good Luck
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2 choices here.1. Call the lender and tell them you dont want it.2. Do NOTHING. Same results either way.   Wrong the result is not the same by not taking action. Remeber you received a loan. The company didn't by a motorcycle they loaned you money. In the case that you do not want the bike ba…
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To get the best insurance rate, drive a bike that is under 1000cc. Once you hit the 1000cc mark, the insurance costs increase. Also get a bike you can afford without too much financing. You can get a lot of bike for $6,000. Also cruiser style bikes are less expensive to insure than the high perfor…
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No, it only makes your scooter sound amazingly annoying. Remember, kids, loud does not equal fast. Do not take it off it is unbearably loud... like gunshots yes i have a moped and i took the tip of the muffler and i noticed it made it loud but not too loud but it seemed to go a little faster or at…
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Generally speaking, the smaller the engine, the better the mileage. Most common fault for poor fuel consumption is dirty air filters, an aggressive hand & and bad riding practices. Fuel consumption is like asking how long a piece of string is. It all boils down to how hard you accelerate, how …
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Answer Most of the first motorcycles made were basically bicycles with an internal combustion engine strapped on somehow. These bikes were constructed just as "roads" were beginning to appear, so they were built to ride off road as well. Therefore, even the first motorcycles could be referred t…
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Of the 400cc motorcycles produced by Honda, the Honda CB400F is perhaps best known. This bike has an inline four engine and was produced from 1975 to the end of 1977. The concept of light four cylinder engines in sizes between 350 cc and 500 cc was new in the seventies. After a few years of producin…
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I lived in Alaska and went four-wheeling out on the islands every chance I got. So when I found out I was pregnant, I had a long chat with my doctor and she had the same opinion that I originally had. If you are planning on rough terrain, jumps and general wild riding then no, four-wheeling is compl…
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it was made by Dylan McKay Matt an den dorpel, tryston willing and Ryan van laar. it was made in 1885:) :p XD
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NO, repo is not the same as salvage. Make sure you get a clear title. Think about one thing. If the person who owned the bike could not even make the payments, how well do you suspect he took care of the bike?   repos are usually not good deals ,the bank is tryuing to recover the money on the…
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most state require you to get it inspected and they will give you a plate. It will vary from state to state. Try contacting your state DMV or a local motorcycle shop may be able to provide you with information.In Pennsylvania, there is a set of forms required to be submitted to the state, MV426B.…
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husquavarna made the first modern dirt bike in 1968.  and then husquavarna called that bike a "rat with no face"
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With a stock engine it is best to use the octane grade of fuel recommended by the manufacturer. Gasoline has a fairly similar BTU value per gallon regardless of octane (unless it's oxygenated like VP2 or VP4). The higher octane does allow you to alter aspects of the engine such as CR and timing adva…
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Answer Try www.getnewtitle.com they specialize in lost car titles and have a 100% money back guarantee and are registered with the BBB. Getnewtitle.com does not take ownership they just need a few forms. Answer It is very easy call INTERNATIONAL TITLE SERVICE, 1-800-543-8626 THERE AD IS …
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According to Timberwoof, the maintainer of the rec.motorcycles FAQ: BDC means Bottom Dead Center, the position closest to the crankshaft that a piston travels in its cylinder. Alternatively, Brain-Dead Cager (refering to a car, cage, driver that is not attentive to the road: especially motorcycles…
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Here's the summary from Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ:Cruisers (such as Harley-Davidson) are low and long; their primary purpose is looking cool. They tend to be big and heavy.Choppers- built mainly for show. They feature eye catching designs but don't perform too good.All show and no go! Touring bi…
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Here are the most common engine configurations as summarized in Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ. Single: Called a �thumper.� Most dirt bikes, many small motorcycles, and the following BMW models: F650, R20, R23, R24, R25, R25/2, R25/3, R26, R27, R35.Inline Twin: two pistons side by side.V-twin: Harl…
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Here's the well-written summary from Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ:A frequently asked question is, "What's the difference between horsepower and torque?" A common answer is that "Torque gets you moving, Horsepower = MPH." But that's an oversimplification that hides a lot of information. In this articl…
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As with most things - it depends on your proposed use. If you are intending track day use then a sport bike is ideal. When it comes to overall comfort, sport bikes are not as comfortable as cruisers since you are putting a lot of your upper body weight through your wrists (by leaning forward), and y…
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Go with a chain! That way you can easily change the gear ratio and do WHEELIES all the time!!! That's what I'm talkin about... WHEELIES     In addition to the comments listed above, I shall simply make one or two comments: I have ridden bikes with shaft drive up to 15 yrs and never, eve…
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Things to check before a long trip Tire pressure.Tires for wear, cuts, and stones.Engine oil levelCoolant level.Headlights, brake lights, turn signals.Don't forget to bring a map, a list of route waypoints, and a charged cellphone is a must for emergencies. The cellphone becomes even more important …
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Answer The opposite of a wheelie. According to Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ, "A stoppie is when you stop with the front brake in such a way that you purposely bring the rear wheel off the ground." Answer Stoppies are kind of a dangerous trick. It is when you stop on the front wheel, weight fo…
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For practical reasons it is advantageous to have neutral near first gear since you typically use first gear at the lowest speeds and neutral only when the bike is stopped. They put it above first gear instead of below it so that some one can always find first if they keep hitting the shift lever dow…
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Answer Here's the answer from Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ: "It's a Main/Reserve fuel valve. Its purpose is to select which of two tubes the fuel pump uses to get fuel from the fuel tank. One of the tubes is at the bottom of the tank; the other is about an inch higher. The normal 'On' position get…
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Answer Here's the answer given in Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ: When it rains, slow down a bit. Be aware that the first rains in the season will cause all the accumulate oil and spooge to float up to the surface and make the roads really slick for the first hour or three. Keep practicing your pa…
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Here's the answer given in Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ:In many places, it gets too cold or snowy to regularly ride during the winter, so you have to lay the bike up for storage. Check your bike's user manual for how to do this.In the San Francisco Bay Area, 'winterizing' a motorcycle means packing y…
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Here's what Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ says on the topic:What is lanesplitting? Also known as lane sharing, it is the practice of riding between lanes of cars.Is lanesplitting legal? In California, it's not exactly illegal. In most other states it's illegal.Is lanesplitting safe? According to a stu…
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In the opinion of Timberwoof of Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ, "An hour at highway speeds will subject your ears to enough wind noise to cause some hearing loss."Need: If you want to maintain your hearing as well as you can in your later years.Want: Probably. While strictly speaking they aren't necess…
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In the opinion of Timberwoof of Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ:: Aerostich, Joe Rocket, Tourmaster, or FirstGear. He notes, "Leather looks sexy and works; Cordura is functional and works; Shorts and a T-shirt are an invitation to skin grafts. Jackets can be had relatively inexpensively at pawn shops …
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first of all if u have a road bike u use leather boots and if u ride motocross i reckon no fear boots or alpine star. In the opinion of Timberwoof of Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ, Redwing is the best brand of boots. He notes, "Protect your feet and ankles. If they lace up, tuck the laces in so they…
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In the opinion of Timberwoof of Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ, Aerostich. He notes, "Leather looks sexy and works; Cordura is functional and works; Shorts and a T-shirt are an invitation to skin grafts. Jackets can be had relatively inexpensively at pawn shops or through Internet retailers. Make sure…
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Answer Here's are the answers given in Timberwoof's Motorcycle FAQ: How do I ride with a passenger? Don�t, until you have enough solo experience. After that, go slower and brake earlier. How much experience should I have? Some people are perfectly capable of carrying passengers right away; …
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No one person invented the dirt bike. People began to modify their bikes to ride in the dirt, starting with knobby tires and better suspensions, changing gearing/sprockets, frames, doing everything posssible to lighten and strengthen them, getting rid of parts not needed in dirt riding (lites, horn,…
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In the 1990s Another Answer: Actually about 1902..... almost all the roads were dirt! By the 1920's off road events and trials were very popular in Britain and Europe. Most machines were modified street models. Another Answer: In the 1970's scrambling, or motocross came to America. It is now th…
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you are correct homeowners will not cover a motorbike, that is a policy by itself. as for the ATV, it would have to be used for farm or other type work, not personal, to be covered on homeowners. again, ATV insurance is a policy of its own as well.
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"Shaft effect" is the drop in the back of a shaft drive motorcycle under acceleration, they also pop up when you stop accelerating which can cause a loss of control in a corner That is why some sport bikes don't use them. BMW paralever-frame motorcycles use a shaft drive; the paralever shaft drive d…
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Listed in your owner's manual. I can tell you it is not a 40 weight oil. It will either be 5w30, or 10w30.   5W-30 unless you live in the most southern states or Mexico then 10W-30 Both bad Answers above! Note: Oil is 5w30 the first number is the weight of the oil the following number after…
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Legally, NO!You can sell the vehicle to anyone if the vehicle is over 10 years old and you sell it for parts only, but if the buyer wants to drive the vehicle, they will need a title.
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Answer Just as long as a sport/race bike has all the proper items such as headlights/taillights/turn signals/mirrors and is registered with the dmv riding it for enjoyment instead of racing can be fun as well. There are other things such as showing off, improving your self image fulfilling your …
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Remove the tire from the wheel and repair it from the inside with a patch. Answer: I would not recommend this. While it can be helpful as a temporary fix (it's better than sitting on the side of the road, for sure), a plug or a patch should only be used until you can get a new tire. Look at it thi…
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Check the battery voltage, bike not running. Start the bike (crank the rpm's up a little), voltage should be a couple of volts more than battery voltage. Check both voltage (running and not running) at battery terminals. Charge voltage isn't all though, if it doesn't stop charging when it should it…
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If you are riding on the street, pick up a small Jap bike out of the local newspaper. My 120# wife found a really nice 650 Kawasaki for $350, she rode it a year, I cleaned it up some and she sold it for $500. We have purchased 4 small Kawasakis for commuter bikes in the past, 400, 440, 454, 650ccs,…
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It all depends on what type of engine is in the motorcycle in question. A race bike engine will only last for one race and then have to be torn down and freshened up, this goes for dirt bike racers too. An older English bike is getting high mileage at 60 or 70 Thousand miles whereas a new Brit' will…
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Start off by sitting on the motorcycle, and getting aquanited with all the controls. Basics are:Left Hand Lever is the clutch (In and out) Right Hand Lever is the Front Brake (In and out) Right Handle Grip is the throttle (Twists) Left foot control is the shifter (Up and down) Right foot control is …
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The first thing I would do after a low compression test is check the valve clearance. If its a 2 cycle, a burnt piston/ring. 4 cycle may have brunt valves/piston/rings.  Answer I agree with above but would like to add head gasket or loose spark plug could be a contender as well but less likel…
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Harley built approximately 1000 shaft drive units in 1942 for the Army, designated XA (experimental Army). It was thought the shaft drive would hold up much better the sands of Africa. Very rare indeed. There is one on display in Houston, Texas at Competition Cycles close to Hobby Airport.
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Order a new fender from your dealer, it is the easiest way to go. I have repaired a few with a drill and stainless tie wire. First, drill a small hole at the end of the crack then a few down each side of the crack. Then, use the wire to lace up the crack. They do make plastic welding kits now to re…
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Answer they just do Answer Yep, they just do it.... :) I guess you're wondering how do they get an engine that's in my car, into this small bike. Well although these engines work like the one in your car, they are very different. To start with, there's only ONE cylinder, as opposed to …
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Fuse LocationYou are sitting on the motorcycle, that's what we call right and left.Remove the left side cover, look near the middle and you will see a black rectangular box mounted sideways. It has a Phillips head screw in the middle. On the end of the box that faces the front of the bike it should …
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Most individuals don't bother titling their dirt bikes, but rather rely on the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin or Importers Certificate of Origin they were given when they purchased the bikes.
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If reliability mean anything to you, Honda and Yamaha are your safest bets followed closely by Suzuki and Kawasaki. The Japanese brands offer the best combination of reliability and cost of ownership. Italian brands are less reliable and more costly to own because they often have more frequent main…
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Answer you should look on the fram of the bike right in front of the gas tand on the side and it should tell u. 1977 250 YZ250D 1W3-000101 6520 NOTE: This Is The First Year Of The Plastic Tank, Used On All Bikes Except The YZ80, YZ100. It Was Also A Completely Different Frame/Monoshock/Engine De…
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yZ 450cc with a pro tapper pickin pocker is exhausht is what i started with in i was 13. i now ride a Kx 993cc its a bad bike and it flies.
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It should be on your left and right rear fender, a little sticker. If not, look on the cylinder.If it's a 4 stroke, look directly beneath the exhaust header pipe on the cylinder and it will be stamped there. If its a 2 stroke, look on the cylinder. Should be there.
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performance pipe, carb, air filter and v-stak, racket key also try a nos kit they make it super fast mine keeps up with a 150cc pit bike now
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Ok the shaft drive is smoother as long as the shaft and bearings are maintained properly the belt drive will be close to the same smoothness but will have a slight vibration due to the design of the pulley teeth or cog and the belt tooth contact area. and the belt needs adjustments more often. hope …
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the first dirt-bike ever made was a honda. There were bike manufatures in Europe that were making dirt type bikes before Honda was even a company.
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im pretty sure that anything below a 49cc doesnt have gears. anything above a 70cc is usually 4 speed manual or more.
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Answer There is excellent information on Mini Dirt Bikes at: http://www.mini-chopper-tips.com/mini-dirt.html
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Answer What you can do is on most of the pocket bike carburetors there is a little screw that you can a dust that will increase the speed
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dirtbikes are much safer.   yes but if you flip a quad they are much heavier and more awkward to flip back ove r i have been pinned down by a quad before and had to wait for some one to come flip it over for me dirtbikes are much lighter and you dont have to takes a class to ride one.  …
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IT Depands on the kind of the terrin you are riding onno the titan
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It will run faster. Congratulations you have just added to the Misinformation Superhighway. Stock specs for Hondas is about 10:1 COMPRESSION The octane rating of gasoline tells you how much the fuel can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites. When gas ignites by compression rather than b…
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Do you mean float bowl,and they are on the bottom of the carbs.To drain them you'll need a special tool(looks like a long Allen wrench,about 2 foot in length)and there is a drain screw on each of the carbs. I used to drain mine with a flat head screw driver, it has to be long, but not 2 feet. Just …
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You and the seller must go to your local DMV and apply for a replacement title. If the title is in another state, you can request a replacement title from that state's Motor Vehicle Department. You could also use a titling company, which might save you some hassle, but which would cost you a hundre…
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Exactly the same as a chain but higher tension and quieter. Beware of stones and debris damaging belt drives. Some belt drives use an expanding "with rpm's) counter pulley, so what you get is basically a continuous variable transmission.
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Most of the first motorcycles made were basically bicycles with an internal combustion engine strapped on somehow. These bikes were constructed just as "roads" were beginning to appear, so they were built to ride off road as well. Therefore, even the first motorcycles could be referred to as "dirt b…
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The first motorcycles were produced by companies like Indian, Harley, BSA, and Norton. And since in the early 20th century there were a lot more dirt roads than there were paved roads, these motorcycles were designed to be riden on the dirt as well as the paved roads. Making Matchless the first comp…
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whats is the wiring diagram on a 100 dirt bike coil Honda  Answer Not sure what your asking here, but without specifying what model all i can say is: CDI> IGN coil via wire(usually yellow or red) IGN coil>Ground via wire(usually green or black) And of course IGN coil>sparkplug vi…
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An enduro bike is specialised for nature of the sport, with the deep suspension of a motocross bike combined with the features required to make it legal for the public road portions of the course. Engines are generally single-cylinder two stroke between 125 and 300cc. or four stroke between 250 and…
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if the right safety gear is worn and the dirt bike in question is ridden responsibly, they're very safe. i have friends who dirt bike comepetitively, and have had very few injuries, and definatly nothing serious :o)as long as the person who is riding the dirt bike knows what there doing, its complet…
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if this is on a 2stroke the governors are on the throttle handle and the exhaust take the exhaust off at the head and there should be a washer in the exhaust remove the washer. on the throttle there is a screw that stops the throttle from going full throttle remove that screw. there usually by the…
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One common reason for the gears sticking is incorect oil type, motorcycles have wet clutch and specific motorcycle oil must be used, otherwise the clutch drags and gears are hard to shift.Aside from any major problems with the transmission itself, is your clutch working properly? Is it set correctl…
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Lost Vehicle Title Generally you can apply for a lost title through your state Department of Motor Vehciels or Department of Licensing. It may make it easier if the previous owner goes with you (assuming he is the registered owner). States normally require that a previous owner notify them that a ve…
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Try polishing the exhaust port, you can also enlarge it in different ways to get either top end or bottom end power but that's better done by an experienced engineer. Also some exhausts are fitted with restricters so an aftermarket exhaust will help, then upgrade your jets in the carb, put a good ai…
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Answer This seems to be a good source: http://www.sportrider.com/tech/146_weights_measurements/index.html There is no horse power info because of 2 reasons, manufacturers dont seem to like to comit to giving power outputs, and they differ between bikes. you can get a rough guide to approx…
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Answer It has a dodge viper engine in it and as of right now it is just a prototype , not on the market yet It is called the "Tomahawk" and will never be mass produced.
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well to clean it an easy way is just to pour some gas into a bucket and put the air cleaner in it and wash it in there the take it out and ring it out and dry it and put it back in Answer #2 Just take it to sink wash with dish soap and warm water wring out excess water let air dry. Put clean filter…
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Wouldnt recommend repairing, suggest you get new belt if old is damaged. Its a long push home.You cannot repair a belt, only replace it. Sure there are "repair kits" but they are for an emergency limp home.
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Answer Travis Campa in 1863.
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There is a prototype motorcycle, showcasing a Dodge Viper engine, that has two wheels in the front, and two in the back. This is not a production run yet. There are also three-wheeled "bikes", like the T-Rex, that have a two-wheel axle in the front, and a motorcycle-style single wheel in the back.So…
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The Intruder does handle fairly well compared to its counterparts of the cruiser class, by handling I would assume your talking about how well it behaves in turns...since this class of machine IS the cruiser type do not expect to keep up with the current or past generations of sportbikes as you wil…
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Go to dealer and roadtest, don't buy anything too extreme but you have to find a bike that you are comfortable on. As far as power, any bike whether 250cc or 1500cc will only go as fast as you twist the throttle. No point asking people whats best as everyone has different opinon, if you like it and …
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Answer The Dream Touring is a bigger bike that the Benly Touring. I had a '64 Benly. My bike has a 150 cc engin. The Dreams had (about) 300 cc engines. 305cc, SOHC, pressed steel 'box' frame, leading link front suspension. The same motor was in the Honda 'Hawk', a sport version.
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Most states will not allow you to register a vehicle with a CD title. To find out if the state you want to register the car in allows it, contact the DMV office.
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Answer de-restricting a ts 50They are restricted by having- 12mm, maybe 10mm carb Tiny airbox. very conservative port timing. Very restrictive exhaust with baffles inside the expansion chamber which cant be removed, unless you cut it open. Plus a crap can. Buy a big one, or DEP or similar expan…
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Answer There could be a restriction in the intake air box or the exhaust (or both). The vehicle may need to be re-jetted (carb) after the restriction is removed. Years ago I picked up 7 mph on a moped by just removing the baffle in the air box. No re-jetting was required however the noise level d…
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Answer to moto gear queryI rode motocross/enduro in S. Calif in the early 70's and I wore used hockey goalie's chest protectors and baseball catcher's shin guards. Open-face helmets and ski goggles were the norm. We did however have motorcross boots but they were made specifically for racing and wer…
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 spark plug if it wont start rings for no compression and also the piston if it wont start and the spark plug will make it bog down if its about fouled out
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Harley Davidson, Victory, and Indian
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Answer All BMW's(except cross country), some Honda touring bikes, the Suzuki Boulevard (and the Volusia before it) and the Yamaha V Star. I bet there are others, too. Kawasaki cruisers, Ural, some Moto Guzzi. A 1953 Sunbeam 350cc is the earliest I can remember.... Triumph, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasai…
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