Oops, I Fixed It! All Hail the Hamfisted

Aug 15, 2017 View Comments by

Rain slants down outside my garage as utility trucks scurry about, fixing downed power lines. A fire truck screams past, heading up the canyon to deal with the latest meetup of a car and tree. Meanwhile, a dull glow emanates from my garage shop, like an ember—I’m in there working. This is a day for […]

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MotoMojo Motorcycle Malfunctions: What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Jan 07, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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MotoMojo: Valve Adjustment

Aug 13, 2013 View Comments by

Valve adjustment, which can often be done by DIYers, is necessary routine maintenance on many motorcycle models. Check the owner’s manual for service intervals. If an engine has insufficient valve clearance (lash), valves have less time to give off heat into their seats, which leads to burned valves. Tight valves also may cause hard starting, […]

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MR Fix It

Mar 10, 2012 View Comments by

My friend Yates told me, “We won’t know what to fix until we break it”, and the weekend before last we went ahead and found out. The 1976 Honda MR250 took a thrashing and, in turn, presented us with numerous hints and symptoms. Fluids that should be contained inside the machine’s various components suddenly began […]

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