My boyfriend has a highlight motard miles on it and looks brand new. He rode it to work this week and was in 2nd gear going up a hill and laid on the throttle. The bike sputtered and fishtailed - now it makes a chugging sound when he starts it. Our mechanic said it was probably the timing chain.....so.... I guess my question is....where in the heck is it? I've looked online everywhere and cannot find anything. Thanks in advance![/color]
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Re: timing chain question
Go here: http://www.bikebandit.com/
Look up under OEM Parts and pick your bike.
Look at the engine Fiche.
The Vulcan Has 2 timing chains. 2 Tensioners. the engine is overhead cam the chains turn the cam.
But It sounds more like fouled plugs or carburetor problems.,
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Check the fuel filter if this is bad it will gum up the works every time, also even if you change it the new one could last 5000 miles or five miles. Fuel filter are fickle that way so be aware of that and good luck
More than likely, the metal shavings have come from the primary chain and the sprocket teeth on the compensator sprocket and the outer clutch hub. Also, you have a starter ring gear and the starter drive gear. Finding metal shavings in the primary is not unusual.
If the bike has knobby type (bumpy tread) they do make noise.Just be sure they have the correct air pressure in them.
Try to support the bike so you can manually spin the wheels like if the bike had a center stand.Feel while turning, to see if the wheels feel to tight or loose.And try to feel any play in the wheels. Or hear any stange noise.
While your are at it go ahead a drain the oil and change it with a good quality oil. The bike should have come with a book to tell you what type oil it wants.Dont be afraid to change the oil more than it is suppost to be.They dont hold that much oil and the shifting of the gears will generate alot of break in metal dust that needs to come out of the engine.
To say if you made a mistake in buying the bike remains to be seen because their is no history of the Chinese bikes in this country.
If I could ride the bike I could give you a better opinion.
Another thing you could do is, while riding the bike with it makeing the sound,pull in the clutch and put it in neutral.Is the feeling gone?
This can help to be sure the noise is not engine generated.
Do check if not drain and refill the gear box, but check with your dealer that it will not affect your warranty. a little self help may prevent time consuming and inconvenient repairs at this stage, but remember gears are clunky and come in for a lot of abuse, reliable as they are.
my boyfriend got a geely scooter 125 i think it is and he had exactly same problem, tappits need set to 0.5 and try cleaning the air filter only problem he got now is his indicaters are totalled and the geely site is closed down :(
though if it was a problem it would have blown the 10amp fuse????Don't rely on on whether the bike will start at a gas station to determine if the charging system is working. Get the multimeter out and do a proper test. Should be getting about 14.5 volts @ around 3K RPM. It's too easy of a test to to just skip. If it is charging then start looking for something else.
Was the new battery properly charged to begin with?
Loose battery connection?
I suppose the GPS could be too much but you said that it was dying last november so I would suspect something else.
P.S. you need a properly charged battery to get an accurate reading for the charging test.