Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – April 09, 2021

Our very own powersports pro John Talley wraps up another edition of Partzilla Live Q&A, answering your motorcycle and ATV repair questions. 

In last week’s session, John decided to start giving stuff away to our Live Q&A followers. This week, John decided to give away one of his favorite battery chargers to one lucky winner! 

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley

Here’s what John had to say about this week’s giveaway:

John Talley: Last week we started a new thing, giving away prizes. And if you want to enter this week’s, you just want to look in either one of the chats, whether it be on YouTube and/or Facebook, and find the link and enter to win. … This week, out of the toolbox, I’m going to go with a Yuasa 3-amp charger. … This is one of my favorite ones, with the 3-amp that is large enough to maintain even a car battery, and in my case, that’s what I’m doing with it. But that’s enough amperage to bring it up to charge if it’s a new battery. It’s enough to maintain it over the winter months and it’s smart enough to where it’s not going to overcharge the battery. 

After announcing the Yuasa battery charger giveaway, John began answering your questions, and once again Honda motorcycle and Honda ATV repair questions ruled the conversation. 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 and ATV Repair

Honda Motorcycle Repair

I have an 07 CBR 600RR, no track days. Which brake pad would have the least wear on rotors?

John Talley: Well, of course any of your track pads are going to be very aggressive, they’re going to bite really hard, and when they do, they’re going to wear into your rotors pretty significantly. … Just don’t go for a higher performance pad. You’re going to lose a little bit as far as your gripping, but if you’re not fooling around on the track, then just the standard ones should do just fine as far as being easier on your rotors. You would only have to stay away from the higher performance pads that are dedicated for track use.

Should I put a spike air intake on my VTX1800?

John Talley: Are you referring to one of those spike-looking intakes as far as the air filter coming into it? … I had something similar on my VTX1300. It actually had a couple of plates that would open up. I had this big intake that would ram air into that one, which is a carbureted one. I would say just be careful, because you’re exposing your machine to potentially forcing things in other than air. What I mean by other things is possibly water. So just keep that in mind when you figure out which one you want to use on your machine. 

Honda ATV Repair

I have a 2000 Honda Rancher 350 and my battery isn’t charging. I replaced the voltage regulator, checked the AC voltage from the stator and all three were over 18 volts. Any ideas?

John Talley: Honestly, they need to be a little higher than that. And you should’ve been reading that in AC. Were you? Because that’s important. Even at idle and just a little bit over that, you should be reading somewhere between 25 and 35, maybe even up to 40, depending on your RPMs volts, AC. … A regular volt-ohm meter should be able to show that range, because it’s going to bounce around a lot. 

My Honda Rancher 350 blew a fuse and lost spark, so I put another wiring harness on it and it ran fine for about a week, but just did the exact same thing. What do you think would cause that?

John Talley: There’s a short somewhere in there. And it may have damaged your original wiring harness. But now it’s working on damaging your second one. With something that traumatic, I would be looking at some of your higher amperage pieces. Your starter being the primary one I would look at, because if it’s blowing that main fuse, it’s a severe short, so to speak. Now I’ve seen starters that’ll start over and over again … and it’ll catch on a bad winding and pop that fuse. So I would check the starter and see what you find there.   

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