Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – February 18, 2022
John Talley brings you another edition of Partzilla Live Q&A, answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions.
Honda motorcycle repair questions popped up several times during this session. Check out some excerpts from Partzilla’s latest live Q&A session below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next edition.
Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Honda Motorcycle Repair
My Honda CBR600 RR is stalling lately in neutral at stops, even with the clutch in. Also while riding, it’ll lose power for a second or two, and jerk forward sometimes as I decelerate. Any ideas what that might be?
John Talley: That really sounds like an electrical problem to me. And one of the first places I would check is the kickstand side switch. … I remember, it may have been a CBR600, where it would get out there and just hum right along and then shutter, and I think that’s what you’re describing to me. We ended up having to strap it to a dyno because it’s really hard to push around wires when you’re running at 50 or 60 miles an hour. I think it lost one of the stays on the wiring that went up to it. And when you really romp down on it, when the chain would flex, I think on d-cell, it was pushing into that wire, which was part of the circuit grounding it out, and then making it seem as if the kickstand was down. So that would be one of the first places I would look because what you’re describing to me doesn’t sound like it’s fuel related. I think this is going to be electrical and it’s going to be on the safety side. Now if it’s not that particular circuit, keep going. You could have a stop switch that’s not wanting to act right. A neutral indicator or a gear indicator that’s not making contact as it should. But given where that switch is down at the bottom of the bike, chances are it’s been hit once or twice and maybe having an issue. And if not the wiring, then the switch itself because let’s face it, it’s on the bottom side of the motorcycle. …
I just finished replacing the air filter on my 2015 Honda GL1800 using your video. Thank you so much, but next time can I bring it to you?
John Talley: Isn’t that fun? Goldwings are fantastic to ride but they’re difficult to work on. You have to take your time and you have to be organized. As you learn removing what they call the shelf or that storage area, they use like five different lengths of diameter screws. I mean, really Honda? Did you have to do that to us?
My ‘03 CRF450R isn’t idling without the choke pulled. It runs lean. I replaced the jets and cleaned it up but still no luck. Any suggestions?
John Talley: Well if it’s not your jets, it’s going to be something a little bit further down in the valves of the carburetor. If you use just a regular carburetor dip and it still didn’t come around and you’re not able to blow through those orifices, you may need to find somebody with an ultrasonic cleaner and see if that does it. But be a little careful when you’re considering blowing carb cleaner or spraying it into the midsection of the carb. That section you’re not supposed to take apart, but I have anyway. Be careful if you do because they have the smallest of O-rings in there and they’re very difficult to hold in place and if you don’t have the correct glue, you have just about a zero chance of going through that. But if you’re trying to get those to blow through and they don’t want to clean back up, take it to a place that has an ultrasonic and see if they can draw it loose. Other than that, you may be forced to pull apart what they call the midsection …
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