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August 17, 2008 at 12:55 am #1917jayman2078Participant
Just got my 1987 Honda rebel today, 18000+ miles on it. Ran it fine last weekend, run it today for maybe 20 minutes, the throttle started staying open on its own and then it’d die. After the 2nd time it would start up and I had to push it home. Won’t start now. I’m SUCH a noob that I have to go to Barnes & Noble or something to find Clymer’s or some motorcycle for dummies book (didn’t come with the manual) so I can see if it’s just the carburator or something. Needs a tune up too, so I’m sure I’ll have it running once I figure out how to do the regular maintenance on it it probably really needs.
But I sure had fun for 20 minutes today!August 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm #10693AnonymousGuest
Might just be a sticking cable that needs lubed.August 18, 2008 at 2:40 am #10703jayman2078Participant
Well, at least is started today, but very soon after it started revving up without me even touching the throttle, and until I get a manual and do some regular maintenance on it (which will hopefully clear it up) I won’t be riding until this weekend when I take the MSF course. Hmmmm, which should I spend $$ on first, fixing the bike or getting proper gear to wear………a conundrum to be sure.
Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting!August 18, 2008 at 3:48 am #10704fotobitsParticipant
Get the riding gear first, then fix your bike. If you can’t afford the gear you can’t afford to ride.August 18, 2008 at 4:08 am #10706ShannonGParticipant
If it has a choke, when you start the bike cold with the choke on it will rev higher and higher as it warms up. You have to keep adjusting the choke.August 18, 2008 at 6:13 am #10707MunchParticipant
After 5oo+ miles on my bike I got gas near my work, halfway down the highway she shut down on me…. after safely managing a 2 lane merge to the shoulder under no power I tried to fire her back up…nothing…. kept trying then she sputtered to an idle… open throttle a bit…choked out. Opened the choke thinkin maybe I managed to flood it somehow in cranking…. thing went wide open, after quick shut down did the same thing but this time experimented with the throttle, which choked it down for a second or two then went wide open…. pushed down to half choke and started running better,,,,,,eventually got to where she ran normal for the rest of the tank. 2nd fill up at same gas station ….. new symptom…… through each gear she would buck and kick …grrrrr luckily I was at 500 mile mark and needed to get check up done…. also lucky I paid for the maintenance program.
Conclusion…. gas station had mixed diesel by accident with their regular, which is really odd since they don’t sell diesel.
You can try using a product called Sea Foam to help stabilize and clean some of the gas up in the tank already especially since she is idling. Or drain and use Sea Foam or similar product to do some non invasive and probly needed help anyways.August 18, 2008 at 6:10 pm #10722BoOZe P-ti MotardParticipant
wise..agreed… and well try checking the cables + mostly the carbs, especially the pin/screw on the outside that regulates the amount of fuel in, to be mixed with air..there are two pins/screws, one near the air filter and one where the ‘hose’ from tank connects into the carb… on my bike, more fuel in and it would back fire when accelerated and let off throttle and shut down when idling…
Solomolo RiderAugust 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm #10754WeaponZeroParticipant
This is just me, but i would never buy a used 250. They’re generally beaten into the ground and then sold.August 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm #10770MattParticipant
“Beaten into the ground” certainly is a strong statement.
Certainly fair to say that any bike used to learn on is going to have a rough life. In mountain biking we say mountain biking isn’t hard on bikes, learning to mountain bike is hard on bikes. And that certainly seems true of motorcycles as well.
Would a bigger bike fair any better? If so, why?
The 250s do have the advantage of being (for the most part) very simple and reliable machines. When stuff breaks, they aren’t nearly as hard to fix as some.
Please note that the bike in question here is more than 20 years old now. Any bike that has lasted 20 years is doing pretty well imo.
My mom’s 250 never seemed to last with an owner more than a year – and it was a 1983. Think of how many people got introduced to biking on that poor abused little bike. She did her share of abuse and now it is off in the hands of another new rider.
I’m with Shannon on checking both the choke (since it needs to be turned down as the bikes warms up) and the idle set screw. The idle speed has to be set when the engine is at full operating temperature. If it is set when the bike is cold, it’ll over rev the engine as the bike warms up.
And yes, gear or working bike? Gear. Yo can’t kill yourself with all your gear and no working bike. The reverse is not the case.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 19, 2008 at 7:13 pm #10790AnonymousGuest
Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but my Nighthawk 250 was like new when I sold it after about 8 months.
It was never down, ridden carefully (as I was learning), and washed, polished and lubed more than it needed.
Then again, I’m not a kid and do look after my stuff.
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