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There is also a grinding noise. Recently I had to set it down in the street and the problem started after that.Well this one seems pretty straightforward. The oil light and lack of pressure mean that your oil pump has quit pumping (assuming that you've verified that there is oil in the crankcase). The grinding noise is common when running any internal combustion engine without oil pressure. That's the sound of the engine destroying itself.,,
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I don't know the term tickover. If you mean it idles to high then lower the idle. It's a carbed bike right? Idle screw is on backside near front of carb but remember these Twin cams run on oil volume not oil pressure. The bike needs to idle between 1000 - 1200 rpm to maintain proper oil circulation. If you turn the idle down to get that lope or potatoe sound from the bike you can starve the engine of oil and burn it up. These aren't throw away rice rockets of yesteryear.
Go with 20w50 motor oil. No synthetic lubricants. Look at the
sidewall of both tires. There will be a 'MAX PSI' embossed on the tire. It will
probably say Max 55 PSI. At 55psi the bike will ride like a rock. At 15psi it
will ride really squirrely. Find a psi at which you feel the bike
handles well and rides well. One rider may weigh 125 pounds and the next rider
may weigh 300 pounds. The best psi for each rider will be different due to
weight. Chances are that 30 to 45 psi will do the trick.Please take a moment to rate
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Check the oil in the engine, transmission, and primary. Check the tires for dry rot and air pressure. Check the brake master cylinders for fluid level and the calipers for leaks. Do a "once over" of the bike to make sure everything that's supposed to be tight is tight and everything that is supposed to be loose is loose. Add some fresh gasoline, fire it up, and take a slow test ride to begin with.
On your Sportster, leave the bike on the side stand to check your oil. Now there are two marks on the stick. The top mark is "FULL HOT" and the lower mark is "FULL COLD". Do not overfill. As long as the oil is on the stick, start the bike up and allow it to warm up. Once warm, check the oil. NEVER add oil to a cold engine. Why? Because when Harleys are allowed to sit for a while, the oil seeps past the check ball in the oil pump. This allows oil to pool in the crankcase. If a quart of oil seeps past this ball and you check the oil before starting the bike, it'll be a quart low in the tank. But that quart of oil may be in the crankcase. When you start the bike up, the oil pump pumps the oil out of the crankcase and now suddenly, you're a quart overfull. We're talking a big mess now. So, as long as you know you've got oil in the engine, start it up and warm the engine before adding oil.
Tire pressure should be 30 psi in the front tire, 36 psi in the rear with a single rider, 40 psi with two riders.
Should be a neutral light - indicating when you are in neutral, a high beam indicator, turn signal indicator, a oil pressure indicator and maybe a high temp indicator.
I suspect the oil pressure light will be on when the ignition is on but the engine not running - just like in a car. The neutral light ... I use mine as a guide. What I mean is when it is illuminated, I know the lamp works. I am still leary about depending on it 100%, though through the ownership of a 1/2 dozen machines over the past 30+ years, it has not let me down.
There may be other indicaating lights on your motorcycle.
Turn signal lights do not self cancel, BTW, you must press the switch IN to cancel the turn signal.
If you will go to the Honda Riders Club (use your favorite search engine to find it) and join for free, they will let you look at a generic service manual. If you pay the couple buck to join, they will give you access to the service manual for YOUR bike, according to information posted at the web site. You can even download and print the manual if you like.
On most vehicles, a red warning light indicates need for immediate attention. One area that this light would indicate would be oil level and/or oil pressure. On most bikes, the red light would show when IGN is first switched on telling the rider that the oil is not pumping. Once the engine has started this should go out indicating that the oil is circulating. In other bikes, the red indicator could represent the level of a 2T oil. In such instances, if it comes on with just switching on the IGN, then this indicates that there is little or no 2T oil in the reservoir. So this would be really be dependent on the make & model, whether a 4 stroke or a 2 stroke. Note: running a 2 stroke engine with little or no 2T oil in the fuel mix would result to burned pistons, rings and an overheated engine.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.
I am a new motorcycle rider. I have a 600 Dirt Track Motard which shows an oil light and no pressure there is also a grinding noise. Recently I had to set it down in the street and the problem started after that.
thanks for any suggestionsWell this one seems pretty straightforward. The oil light and lack of pressure mean that your oil pump has quit pumping (assuming that you've verified that there is oil in the crankcase). The grinding noise is common when running any internal combustion engine without oil pressure. That's the sound of the engine destroying itself.,,,