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  1. Two ton tests.

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    The latest. This morning, going with the commuter traffic, no wind, flat road clear air. About 45 F. 150 km, 93.2057 mph. Did not tuck in. I think another 1/4 mile of clear road, with a bit of tuck, we might hit 95. I am slightly motivated to do some work on my spare engine. I am currently...
  2. My vespa isn't starting

    Scooters
    Sometimes it is quicker to check myself. It is a 2 stroke with a flywheel mag. With 2 strokes always check for spark. Who knows what oil and oil mix is being used. A recipe for a fouled plug. When a plug is fouled holding the throttle wide open will allow more air at cranking speeds. But better...
  3. My vespa isn't starting

    Scooters
    I would like to know two things. Does it have spark? Is it a stroke or 2 stroke? Are you sure it has a magneto and no battery? Better change that to 4 things. UK
  4. Keep it stock or not

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    On my XS400, I will be removing the crossover pipe. It is leaking and difficult to repair. I will report back on the Two Ton Tests thread. UK
  5. From the other side of ocean

    New Member Introductions
    Gidday from a small Island in the Salish Sea. UK
  6. New Member from the UK

    New Member Introductions
    Gidday from a small Island in the Salish Sea. UK
  7. Needing more torque in 3rd gear.

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    Top speed requires horsepower. Wheelies in third requires horsepower. If the HP is limited chose one. Change the gear ratio as suggested, try it, and then you will know. UK
  8. 2020 CB300R Drive Sprocket

    Motorcycle Repair
    Wot RG said. Carbs do spit back a bit with high lift cams. Usually the gearing is said that at WOT, wide open throttle in top gear, you attain maximum revs, or maybe a bit less. A bit can be 500 revs for a slow reving motor, and 1000 revs for a high reving motor. The reason is you are getting...
  9. Get with the times.

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    Part one. I have been told to get with the times, or something like that. So part one will be about what I ride, and what would replace it, as in getting with the times. This part is limited to one size of bike only, 400cc. Reason is, that is where the insurance cost break is in BC where I ride...
  10. White smoke

    Community Help
    White smoke can be too much fuel. As stated above blue smoke is oil. UK
  11. Mistery tire not taking air..Suzuki Boulevard M50

    Cruiser Forum
    Wot Wintr said above may be the problem for the OP. Too, if he takes it to the shop, he will not add much to his mechanical learning skills. UK
  12. Progress of my first bike! Suzuki DR250R 1999

    First Bike / New Rider
    Everyone should have a 250 dirt bike. I do not. I used to have two. I was considering an XR200 last week. Not sure if they are street legal. One carb is easy enough to remove and check, but often fresh gas and additives can help. UK
  13. Another newbie - not riding yet

    New Member Introductions
    Gidday from a small Island in the Salish Sea. UK
  14. Bikes for smaller, new rider?

    First Bike / New Rider
    I am 5 feet six. Nearly all the bikes are too tall for me. It is a problem that has been taking place over the last few years. My inseam is 28 inches. A Suzuki 650 dirt bike has a seat height around 36 inches. Useless for me. Decide on the cc size of the bike you want, then check the different...
  15. Brand new Honda Trail 125 coming soon.

    Honda
    I rode a trials course on a CT90. Sold lots of them too. The trials ride was part of a sales gig. Brilliant bike. Still need to buy parts for my pushrod trail 90. Using this as a source for the best engine thread. The best engine would be a 90 to 125 cc single OHC. Problems manifest ( get worsa...
  16. What do you keep with you every time you ride?

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    On my way to the ferry Thursday morning, in the dark, thinking I like the head light pattern on the XS400, both high and low beam. I go thinks, maybe a spare bulb would be a good idea. Light for speedo was out. UK
  17. Why is the V-Twin form factor the best motorcycle engine?

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    I think comparing 1600cc with 1000cc ( the most common size for most sport bikes ) has problems at best. My V twin SV1000S Suzuki is quicker than the BMW. At 410 pounds dry, it is also a much easier bike to handle. But they are two different bikes, designed for different jobs. I would not ride...
  18. Two ton tests.

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    Second test, this time with Deep Purple the 83 XS400 Yamaha. 45 horsepower. Traffic, traffic, on the freeway, found a clear stretch, not the best as it was a slight uphill. Wind not a factor. Top speed comes slowly after about 130 km, slower still at 140, and finally 145 kph. Convert to miles...
  19. Why is the V-Twin form factor the best motorcycle engine?

    General Motorcycle Discussion
    The inline six like the CBX is not the best engine for a motorcycle. If it was they would have sold more than a few dozen of them. It is too wide, too costly to maintain, has too much weight in the pipes, too much wind resistance, and many other issues. An SV650 Suzuki will smoke one up a long...
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