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Gear What safety gear is recommended specifically for commuters who lanesplit a lot?

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My best advice on this would be take a Motorcycle Safety Course
Then wear a good helmet,leather jacket,pants or chaps,gloves and boots.And remember aggressive riding will get you killed defensive driving will save your life.

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* barkbusters for the handlebars -- a kind of bracket that clips on over the front of the control levers, protecting your knuckles from rear-view mirrors and the levers from bending backwards when the bike gets knocked over. * headlight modulator -- a device that makes your headlight vary its brightness up and down 4 times a second and makes you more conspicuous. * brakelight modulator -- a device that makes your brakelight flicker ~4 times a second for about a second when you hit the brakes. * front running lights -- two-filament bulbs in your turn signals to light them up at 5W all the time. * a louder horn

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My xlh 1000 jumps out of 2nd and 3rd gear when under a load

Hi Anonymous, and the usual suspects are:
1. Shifter pawl improperly adjusted.
2. Shifter drum improperly adjusted or damaged.
3. Shifter engaging parts/dogs badly worn or rounded.
4. Shifter forks bent.
5. Damaged gears.
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I am not a lubricant specialist, nor am I a Yamaha expert. 5 W 30 doesn't sound correct to me. You should check with your Yamaha dealer for proper lubricant. Of course you could check the Yamaha web site which will also give you specifics. Talking with the guy or gal at the parts counter at your Yamaha shop will give you lots of other valuable information about your YZ.

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Why bike wont starts in gear

Safety feature ... side stand down and bike in gear = will not start. Bike in gear, side stand up and clutch not pulled = will not start. Safety features. Please use them - please do not try to defeat them.

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Checked fuses all of them r good the bike will not start has new battery

Check the safety switches, specifically the neutral detect and clutch safety.
If the bike thinks it's in gear, or that the clutch isn't pulled in, it won't start!
Check the wiring to the starter relay.

Jul 11, 2011 | 2005 Suzuki Boulevard C50

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Oil for a Harley Davidson Sportster 1991

Harley-Davidson recommends their 20W50 petroleum based oil for the engine. You can use the H-D Syn 3 20W50 synthetic oil in the engine but I don't recommend it in the primary/transmission area. You can use any 20W50 oil as long as the API rating has a "C" rating for use in diesel engines. Look for the round circle somewhere on the container that had the API initials in it. It should say something like "SJ/CG". What you're looking for the "C" rating. If you wish to use a specific brand of oil, got to their website and look for their recommendations.

In the transmission, Harley recommends their Semi-Synthetic Primary and Transmission lubricant for Sportsters. The lube lubricates both the primary and the transmission on the Sportster. I don't recommmend full synthetic transmission lube on any bike built before 1995 as it will cause the gears to run noisey. In 1995, Harley changed the back cut on the gears and this made use of full synthetic lube more quiet running. Of course, you can use the full synthetic from a lubrication view point. It's just a bit noisey for my taste.

Whatever you use, make sure you go online and check the manufacturer's suggestion for use.

Good Luck

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Mar 30, 2010 | 2006 Hero Honda Splendor+

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Hello, how can i replace or clean my burgman's starter or the brushes.It is acting up with me I have almost 35k miles on it?

Rebuild procedure:

1. Unscrew the two small screws on the commutator housing (back) this
releases the brush holder.

2. Unbolt the two studs in the back. Now the commutator end comes off after
removing a circlip on the end of the shaft, and the rotor is loose, but
don't pull it off yet.

3. Loosen the 3 screws holding the solenoid to the front housing.

4. Between the solenoid and the starter motor is a small rubber piece. See
if you can loosen it. Carefully wiggle and separate the front housing.

5. Solenoid and starter can be separated at the solenoid end. Take off the
solenoid. (To prevent binding wipe off any dirt or corrosion on the solenoid
plunger before reassembly)

6. Determine shape of bushings. The gear end bushing is in the bellhousing
on starters for transverse engine models, and in the front housing on
longitudinal engines. Replace front and rear bushings if worn.

7. To get at the middle bushing remove the ring and c-clip in front of the
gear. Slide off gear assembly. Take out plate holding middle bushing.
Replace if worn.

8. Check brushes. New brushes have about 8mm between the tip and the copper
braid. I'd replace them if they are more than half worn. Also if the
bushings were really bad the starter shaft has been riding out of center,
and the brushes have been wearing irregularly and need replacement.

9. Snip off the braided copper holding the old brushes. Don't lose the
springs! File off any remains from the brush holder. Solder on new brushes.
Make sure they are soldered well. Each brush will pass 100's of amps at

10. Inspect the commutator. If pitted (from arcing) file down until clean
copper. If out of round use a lathe.

11. Assemble the parts. Grease bushings and gears lightly. You don't want
grease on the commutator or too much so that it can spatter on the clutch.

Dec 02, 2009 | 2003 Suzuki AN 650 Burgman

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Looking for good city street/commute tires for my Honda CL100
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Ron Ayers is what i have used in the past for my tire purchases

Aug 02, 2009 | 1973 Honda CB 100

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What kind of oil doi put in it

you need 2 cycle oil. I recommend using yahama oil if you can find it nearby otherwise any good 2 cycle engine oil will be fine.

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ST3 Q&A owners?

1. Is that tank steel - will it hold a magnetic bag? Steel - I use a bag that mounts to the fuel filler and does not touch the tank. 2. What mileage do you get when touring, not thrashing? City, low light comes on at 125 miles (stop start 20 mile commute) takes 4.0-4.2 gals each fill. Highway, light comes on 150-170 miles, same fill. 3. What is the real fuel tank capacity - full to fumes? Never experimented with it. Book says just over 5, I have never put more than 4.7 in it. 4. What are the recommended service intervals? 600 mile and then every 6000 5. How expensive has dealer service actually been? 600 about $320, 6000 about $600 depending on work 6. Fun factor? Lots

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