Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley – May 15, 2020

John Talley continues his ongoing live Q&A series from his home garage to answer your motorcycle and ATV repair questions every Friday at 3pm EST. 

In this session, a wide variety of repairs were discussed, but Honda powersports vehicles seemed to be the most popular subject. Check out some of the Honda motorcycle and scooter highlights from John Talley’s sixth live Q&A below, and tune into our YouTube and Facebook channels every Friday at 3pm Eastern for the next Partzilla live Q&A.

Partzilla Live Q&A with John Talley 05-15-20

Partzilla Live Q&A Highlights – Honda Motorcycles and Scooters

Honda CBR

I have a 2007 Honda CBR100RR. When it gets hot, the engine cuts off. Once it cools down again, it starts again. Any advice?

John Talley: It sounds like you have a cooling issue. So, we really need to start looking into the water pump, make sure it has enough coolant in there, make sure it is coolant and not just water. … And beyond that, if you’re sitting still you should also have the fan, when it hits a certain temperature … it should cut on and help cool down the radiator. … As far as it overheating like that, my best bet at this point without actually seeing the machine, it’s probably going to be a water pump issue, because it sounds like it’s completely getting choked off.   

Honda CRF

I put my CRF80 into first gear and it barely wants to start moving, and as I switch gears it gets worse, then it won’t accelerate at all. What do you think? 

John Talley: Well, sounds like it’s time to take a look at your clutch. But before you go tearing into the machine, make sure that your clutch is adjusted correctly. … maybe the adjuster up top has a little too much tension on it. But when it does that, those plates aren’t fully engaged, they’re going to spin and you’re going to have to buy a clutch. Now if the adjustment is correct on the lever itself, well it’s probably going to be time for a clutch. When you replace it, go ahead and do an oil change because when you wear out a clutch, it is actually bathing, in most units, in the same oil that’s circulating throughout your whole engine. So all that debris from your clutch plates that are starting to break down, it needs to get it out of the engine and it needs to get it out pretty quickly because it can actually stop up the passages and do damage to your bearings, the valves, the camshaft, you name it.

Honda Metropolitan

I have a 2009 Honda Metropolitan, and the electric start stopped working, no clicking, fully charged battery, will kickstart, and swapped relays and fuses but no luck. Any ideas? 

John Talley: It sounds like you’ve eliminated most of the problem. I would start looking at the actual start switch. I know that those, especially if it’s been left outside for a long period of time, water gets into that switch, gets a little bit of corrosion, and it won’t do anything. That’s what you’re describing to me, so take a look at the contacts, the wires that come off of that switch and see if it’s actually making a connection inside. 

Want to see more live repair questions answered? Watch John Talley's live session from 05/22/2020, or see all of John’s Live Q&A sessions here.  

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