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Bike has been sitting since 1984. I was able to change some parts and replace the carb, and a few other items including the battery. I am able to get it to crank over and it almost starts but just wont get there. What should I do next?

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Run a compression check looking for stuck valve or rings. A motor will not run without compression. 30 years will do strange things to a motor.

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SOURCE: bike wont start when it gets below 60 degrees if its been sitting for a few hours. i go to start it and it tries to turn over, but battery eventually dies. sometimes, if i go to start it a few minutes

First thing you need to do is check the battery. State of charge,disharge,charging. Find a friend or shop with a charging system analyzer,or use a volt/ohm meter.

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SOURCE: changed battery lights and all electrics on but bike wont start

he range of issues are to great starting with fuel. Try to spray the air box or carbs with starting fluid, check spark, check clutch safety switch, check kickstand switch, if engine is cranking excessively fast it may be a timing chain issue. Hope this helps!!!

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Hi, Jackie if your bike has been sitting idle for months or years and you did not do any pre-storage maintenance I feel your pain it will probably have a dead battery and not want to start or if it starts it will idle and run poorly then stall, here are the following steps necessary to complete in order to get your bike back to an acceptable running condition.
1. If your battery was 2-3 years old when you last had the bike running you should replace it.
2. If you believe your battery might still be serviceable remove it from the bike and put it on a 1 or 2 amp trickle charger for 24 hours. If it is the old lead acid type with visible cells and acid levels fill each cell to the top line with distilled water and replace the caps, run the vent tube into a plastic or styrofoam cup, any cells that are cloudy/milky replace the battery.
3. After charging remove the leads and let the battery sit for a couple of hours then check the battery voltage with a volt meter, you should have 12.5 volts or better, any readings in the 11 volt range you need to do a proper load test on the battery and replace as necessary, any readings in the 10 volt range you have a dead cell and the battery needs to be replaced.
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5. Remove and inspect your air cleaner paper elements that are not oil soaked can be cleaned with a soft brush and low pressure compressed air, oil soaked elements must be replaced. Gause mesh and foam elements can be cleaned by soaking them in a container big enough to completely cover them with a solution of 1 gallon of water and 1 oz. of Dawn dishwashing liquid for small and medium size elements, for monster size double the formula and let soak for at least one hour then rinse with warm water shake off excess and let air dry, "WARNING" do not use compressed air as this will embed micro-sized dirt and road grime and destroy the mesh pattern and stretch foam elements out of shape just squeeze it like a sponge and let air dry, use a fan if you're in a hurry. When completely dry spray a very fine mist of air filter oil evenly around the whole element.
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I just bought a 1984 honda ascot vt500. It will turn over but not fire. It has been sitting for somewhere from 1 year to 3 years. When i try to jum p start it all of the lights and everything works.


the carb is clogged up. You will have to remove the float bowl and clean the jets. use spray carb cleaner. Use a very fine copper wire strand to probe the jets--do not scratch or englarge. Empty all the gas out of the bike including fuel lines. use fresh fuel. Be sure to count the number of turns you make on any adjustment screw and write them down. This will make it much easier to put back together in proper adjustment.

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2000 bandit 1200. Was sitting the guy that owned the bike tryed to do a carb rebuild then let it sit. We got the bike did the carb rebuild. The bike will run but give it some throttle it bogs down and...


REPLACE the BATTERY IMMEDIATELY !!!..So, you put in new spark plugs.. not better..?? .. take it to a QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL (very experienced and factory trained) to have the carbs checked,,!!.. "rebuild kits" are usually a disaster. they ask you to replace parts that don't need replacing with generic junk... I get so tired of idiots that think they know something about a carburetor.. and then attempt to install a generic "rebuild kit" .....and ......99% of the time, a SIMPLE CLEANING and SETTING/SYNCHRONIZATION is ALL THEY NEED!!!

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It sounds like it is running too lean for some reason. First, let's assume that the normal tune up items are correct (valve tappet clearances, spark plugs are good, air filter, etc.). Also included in this assumption is that the engine has good compression (at least 140 psi on all cylinders) and that there are no air leaks between the carbs and the engine.
The aftermarket exhaust will generally require larger jetting in the carburetors - especially when combined with anything but the stock air cleaner box assembly. So, right off the bat, plan on going up to the next size larger pilot and main jets for the exhaust alone - PLUS another two to three sizes bigger if you aren't using the stock air cleaner box.
Finally, make sure the carbs that you have refitted to your bike are not clogged up from sitting with gasoline in them. It only takes a few months for the fuel to evaporate and leave behind a varnish that will require the carbs to be disassembled and cleaned.

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Need help starting up two 1984 honda xr200's


First, change the spark plug and oil. The stock plug is NGK DPR8Z and 10w40 motor oil is what you need. There is no oil filter. Changing the oil acts as the "filter". Lubricate the chain. be sure it has no kinks in it. If kinks, then get a new 520 chain. The stock sprockets are 50 tooth and 13 tooth. Lubricate the control cables with liquid graphite, ( Lock Eze ). Make sure the tires have adequate pressure. Check the spokes and snug up any that are lose.

The carbs will be your only problem area. The bike has four valves and a primary/secondary carb set up. The dual carb setup makes the bike more responsive. The set up does mean twice the effort to clean the carbs and twice the likelihood something will go sour. Sitting for two years is not a good thing. The gas in the carbs evaporates and leaves varnish to gum up the jets and passageways. If the fuel petcock (gas valve) was left open, you can really have a problem. Remove the gas tank. Dump out the gas tank and inspect it. Is there rust in the drained gas? If so, remove the petcock and put a LOT of large nuts into the tank and shake the tank well to let the abrasive action of the nuts break away the loose rust. Flush the tank well. You may want to consider a tank liner. This will solve the rust problem forever. Google “ kreem fuel tank liner “ or go to
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Disassemble and clean the petcock. Now install an in-line fuel filter and make sure the fuel line is clear. On the bottom of the carb(s) is a drain plug. Remove the plug and and hope it is clean. Open the gas valve and see if gas is flowing past the float valve. If you lucked out and the plug was pretty clean and WITHOUT RUST, go ahead and install the plug, turn on the gas and see if it will start up. If the bike runs poorly after warming up, your next project is to clean the carbs.

FOR EACH carb > Remove the float bowl and clean the entire carb with a spray carb cleaner from the auto parts store. Wear protective goggles to avoid getting spray in your eyes. Spray into all the little airways and fittings in the carb. Remove the idle screw and the air screw on the outside of the carb and spray into the screw holes as well.
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Be sure to put these two screws back in the same hole they came out of. IMPORTANT > do not tighten these two adjusters down. Only screw these in until they LIGHTLY seat. Now turn each adjuster one and one half turns outward. Put the rest of the carb back together and install the carb. Clean or replace the air filter. Let the float bowl fill then start the engine. This process should get you back on the road.


Go to the site below where you can see a parts diagram for your specific bike. You will select the actual brand, year, model, etc., once you go to the site. Part numbers and prices are also shown. You can order parts from this site. In the event no price is shown on a particular part, the part is not in stock.
www.babbittsonline.com/pages/parts/viewbybrandand/parts.aspx

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Bike has been sitting for more then 5 years.


I hope it was sitting inside and not outside. This will be a real project bike for you. Bear in mind that your 'free' bike may get costly. The following are general thoughts.

  • If the bike has a kick starter is it froze up or will it rotate the crankshaft? If it has only an electric starter, remove the bike battery and run jumper cables to the battery leads. Will the bike turn over using a car's battery?
  • Do the clutch and throttle cables work okay?
  • Can you shift up and down through the gears?
  • With car battery hooked up, does it have spark?
  • Shoot WD40 into each cylinder. Be liberal with the WD40.
  • Change gearbox oil. Disconnect the chain.
Does this bike have fuel injection or carburetors? CDI ignition or points? How bad is the rust inside the gas tank? Have you checked the cost of the following items?
  • New chain. New front and rear sprockets (if needed)
  • Battery
  • Carb rebuild kits (if carbs are there)
  • Upholstery
  • Tires
  • Throttle, clutch and front brake cables
  • Speedometer cable
  • Rear view mirrors
  • Title changeover, License plates and insurance
  • Electric starter (if needed)
  • Fuel pump (if injected and if needed)
Get back to me on this bike. I would like to see what you find.

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