Can’t ride because of the weather and bored?
By Dustin Lewis
I bought a 2012 CRF450R around 8 months. I decided to get back into riding after my Dad bought my son a CRF50 for christmas. I was following him around on my XR100R and was having a blast, but came across a cherry 2012 crf450r for sale by an older gentlemen that claims he rode it a few times a year and was meticulously maintained. The bike runs great (in my opinion?) and is stock other than a clutch lever, shifter, and Racetech Gold valves.
Anyways had a family emergency that led to the bike sitting for over 8 months with 3/4 tank after only riding it for about an hour since I bought it. I fired it up a couple weeks ago after a couple kicks and seems to be fine. I have searched through the forums and found some info on draining the tank, but mentioned the tank was pressurized and needed a special honda tool to re-pressurize. What is easiest way to drain the fuel and do I need special the tool? Or since the bike fired up and seemed to be running okay in the neighborhood, just burn through the tank? Or could this cause damage? I have a service manual coming in the mail from ebay as I plan to learn to do my own bike maintenance and havnt performed a proper check of everything since I bought it, but was hoping I get some help while I wait for snail mail. Thanks for putting up with newbie crap. Much appreciation!
By ZV Moto
I just bought an '03 CRF230F and am eager to start riding it and getting used to it. I've ordered the official Honda Service Manual but it won't be here for up to a week. I want to change the engine oil on the bike ASAP though. Can someone tell me what weight oil to use? Thanks, and I'm looking forward to participating in these forums!
Hello, I feel like I have read all the tips and tricks on the spongey/springy KTM front brake. I've got an 05 250 EXC and last summer I lost my rear brake during a ride, so I decided to do some maintenance this winter on both front and rear. Rear brake went smooth, new pads, rebuild kit on mc and caliper, fresh fluid, new lever bearings. Rear brakes now work great, but the front brakes are spongey/springy. I've tried just about everything from zip-tie to tapping on the caliper when bleeding, back bleeding with a syringe and traditional bleeding. What I am noticing now is, my lever gradually gets firm as it is pulled in but can still pull to the bar and never gets solid (the adjustment is all the way in so there is no free play), what I am seeing and hearing is the caliper kind of creak and flex. Note that this is just in the shop, not during movement. I've never had issues with bleeding brakes and I am 90% sure there is no air in the system. I'm about to the point of getting on ebay and getting a Nissin MC.
Any suggestions on what to try before I try a Nissin? I'm not sure how I still have hair!
By Dylan Kilbride
Hi, brand new to this forum so excuse me if this is in the wrong section!
We got a 2002/03 (unsure), yz85 a couple of months ago. Very few issues at the start, ran perfect.
In the past two months the bike has been very temperamental. It was idling very high when it started but alot of the time it wouldnt even start. Was making very throaty, burpy kind of noises, especially with a bit of a throttle twise to try and get it going. So, after pulling the carb to bits, cleaning all of the jets, itd run once well, then do the same thing again. We repeated this process 4/5 times to date. We eventually routed the cause to a frayed intake boot causing a vacuum leak. So we replaced it. Good as new. For the first run.. kicked like a horse the first time we ran it after replacing the boot.
Then today, she's back to her old self. Started fine earlier, and then just went throaty and started to die. Sounded like the plug wasn't firing. So took it out, checked. Nothing, check if there was power to the coil pack, got a spark, so cleaned the plug with a wire brush (b10eg, btw)
Away she goes again, for 2 minutes, and dies. Back to making throaty sounds again.
The plug is working as of now.
The bike would start if the throttle was wide open but be very very throaty, burpy and rough.
Carb was cleaned earlier before this. (Today)
That's all the detail I can give, any questions feel free to ask me.
I've given up on it as I'm all out of ideas.
There was a bit of black oily stuff leaking out of the exhaust as well, only noticed as I was finishing up.
Any help, ideas, suggestions are welcomed. I have a video of it but can't upload here.
Thanks in advance