Since I’m already on the topic of late 70’s Yamaha bikes and mentioned my sorted history with XS1100’s yesterday, I figure I ought to dispense a little information about how to build one properly into a long distance touring bike. This is my 1978 Yamaha XS1100 that I picked up in Arizona. 1978 is the… Continue reading 1978 Yamaha XS1100
I can’t seem to find one anywhere. Do you have one? I don’t have an XS400 repair manual right now. I do have the factory parts fiche diagrams which I am uploading presently (I’m in Mexico so the upstream is a bit slow). I’ll see if I can’t dig up that manual for you. I… Continue reading Got a service manual for a 1981 Yamaha XS400 Special II?
A reader recently wrote in a question addressing my apparent lack of interest in the Yamaha SR500 singles. Just stumbled upon your site, awesome. I just can’t understand with all of the great motorcycles that you’ve chosen, how you don’t own an SR500. The xs650 is fun, the XS1100 is fast, the XS400 is cute,… Continue reading Get a Yamaha SR500
I live outside of Philly and am looking for someone to either help me restore or do the whole job on a 1971 Bonnie & a 1969 matchless that are in “barn” condition. I would like to get them rideable not show bikes. Note from Reader: Hope this response will still help the owner. There… Continue reading Any restoration shops in Philly who work on Triumph & Matchless?
I was just flipping back through the blog and realized I never wrote up anything about my 2002 Honda XR650R. I’ve had a lot of XR600’s and other Honda singles, but I always wanted to have a go with an XR650R. The aircooled XR600R was retired after it’s final production year of 2000, the same… Continue reading 2002 Honda XR650R
hey bro am building that bobber out of my yamaha xs850 triple,removed the headlight gonna put a diffrent one on took the turn signals off front and backand tail light off all torn down to cut the frame.problem I am having is before I cut it up I am stumped on how to simply wire… Continue reading Yamaha XS850 Triple Bobber Project
Hey there I did an oil change then after about 2 miles i reset the trip meter and now the speedometer is pegged at zero. Did it just crap out or is there something funny about these older honda speedos that I should know? Thanks again You can tell very easily if the issue is… Continue reading Now the Speedometer isn’t working CB450 Nighthawk
Need to know if you can get me a gear assembaly pinion for 1982 honda ft 500? If not, do you know if another model fits this bike? Having hard time and getting bike running is dream come true. Thank you verry much. That’s going to be a tough part to find anywhere but used.… Continue reading Transmission parts for a 1982 Honda FT500
Hey there I have been rehabilitating a 1982 Honda Nighthawk CB450SC. It was having serious hesitation issues between 3-4 k rpm so I did the “radioshack washer”* carb fix to lift and stiffen the needles. THe hesitation went away and the bike rides wonderfully accept right before I need to downshift and the bike is… Continue reading Strange RPM bursts 1982 CB450SC
i was wondering im told that rejetiing my carbs on my 77 kz 650 is required cus of upgrades i made does that mean i just have to replace the jets onlty or do all other parts need replacing ex floats valve needles etc If you put on an aftermarket exhaust or air intake then… Continue reading Rejetting a 1977 Kawasaki KZ650