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post #1 of 90 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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My bike is a Bitch

Ok... so.

Started her up this am, with much resistance.

Only started w/full opened choke

Only stayed running w/full open choke

Started idleing up and down then superidling.... then tick tick tick tick....

Started sounding like it was going to blow

Turned it off....

Checked oil..... smoke coming from inside.

Let it sit for 2 hours (Yeah it's not an "It")

Started up again w/full choke, had to turn up idle for it not to die

Rode for an hour... slowly closed choke.... DEAD while riding

Stopped at a light... DEAD

Eased up throttle....DEAD

Basically I drove the way home w/high idle and open choke or it DIED.

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post #2 of 90 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 05:21 PM
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Was it sitting for a while? Sounds like it needs the carb cleaned.

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Yeah that is what I was thinking but.... Hasn't sat for more than a few days, and supposedly LVC did an entire carb rebuild in July. Something doesn't seem right...

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is the gas knob on?

next start turning the idle knob in, and see if that helps. strange if its only sat a couple days at a time, unless some crap got sucked into the carb bowl.. hmmm
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Gas is on. Idle had to be moved in or it would die. I suppose I am a bit pissed that I paid $200 and wasted 10 good ride days for them to get it running in tip top shape and in a few months it's shit.

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I dunno if it will help, but it's a cheap thing to try - Seafoam from any automotive store. Just add it to the gas.

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I dunno if it will help, but it's a cheap thing to try - Seafoam from any automotive store. Just add it to the gas.
Seafoam is good stuff.

BTW with the way todays gas is, if you let it sit for a couple of months then yeah it will clog the pilot jets again.

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fouled sparkplugs?

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It might be possibal that the carbs got clogged with something from inside the tank or that the fuel line might be clogged. I would make sure you have good fuel flow from the tank to the carbs. I would definently clean or replace the plugs as they are surely fouled now. Seafoam is some good stuff and will help clean out the carbs if they are starting to gum up.
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Replaced the plugs myself back in July and added seafoam which didn't help... thus turned it over to LVC. Hmm... Have a friend coming to take a look tomorrow or Tues, hopefully we can figure it out. Thanks for all your imput.

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3 months is enough to clog up carbs depending on what you did with the bike. It does sound like a fuel delivery issue though. As for the ticking... beats me!

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3 months is enough to clog up carbs depending on what you did with the bike. It does sound like a fuel delivery issue though. As for the ticking... beats me!
Just daily riding. I consistantly have been on top of maintenance on this damn thing. Mind you there were a few "sportbike" type rides rides on the weekends, but would pushing the bike to give it's all and a few twisties really screw up a carb in a couple months?

Aruugh.... Anyone know how to jimmy rig this so I can sell it on craigslist and upgrade?

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Definately not an old gas failure then, maybe dirt in a jet? Crappy gas from a cheap gas station? Too many variables. Advertise it as "Needs the carbs ceaned" and it'll sell. Best of luck to ya

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2k if anyone wants it! lol...

Advise on ad.... just don't take it to a particular dealer in Naperville that will keep it for 10 days and give you back a shitty ass job you'll have to repeat in 3 months!

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Looking at one actually lol

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The ticking could indicate the top end wasn't getting oil. Is the oil level up where it should be? Is the engine getting hotter than normal? If both answers are yes it could be that the oil pump went out. If this is the case, I'm surprised it ran as long as it did. I've heard stranger things though. Good luck.

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the ticking could be form old worn oil, how many miles on it?

i wouldnt be so quick to blame the dealer for this though

your ride on the choke will foul the plugs and warrant their replacement regardless of wether they had 10k miles on em or 10 miles

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i think she wants something that won't break all the time

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1500 miles. YES it started getting very hot. Buying oil and carb cleaner tonight. If it is the oil pump how difficult is this to change out and any idea of $$?

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its a honda, its not the oil pump.
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05 cb250(rebel???)

80 @dgy for the assembly and looks like a simple replacement formt eh aprts diagram

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Yes 2005 Rebel 250. I'm going to work on the carb and change the oil hopefully tonight or tomorrow.(w/help lol) I've changed the oil on several cars but never a bike, it couldn't be that difficult right?

I'm pretty mechanical so I'm guessing that a pump w/diagrams shouldn't be rocket science. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Changing the oil on the rebel is easy...speaking from experience as long as you have the right tools
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Yes 2005 Rebel 250. I'm going to work on the carb and change the oil hopefully tonight or tomorrow.(w/help lol) I've changed the oil on several cars but never a bike, it couldn't be that difficult right?

I'm pretty mechanical so I'm guessing that a pump w/diagrams shouldn't be rocket science. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
an oil change on your bike should be easier than on a car. so if youve done several cars successfully the bike wont be an issue.


i dont think the pump replacement would be hard, it looked like a simple remove and replace job, no digging for it, but i dont have the detailed service manual diagrams/pics to look at.

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i think she wants something that won't break all the time

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Let's review the Suzuki to Ducati ratio for mechanical failures. Ducati had one breakdown, Ricks 1000 GT. It had a fuel pump (?) failure of some sort. Was straightened out the next day covered by warranty.

Suzuki, Marks giggy 750 won't rev past 8k, Chiefs 600/750 is down, Hunny has a fi light on.....

Shall I continue?
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...speaking from experience as long as you have the right tools
nothin like having a good tool in your hand huh









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Let's review the Suzuki to Ducati ratio for mechanical failures. Ducati had one breakdown, Ricks 1000 GT. It had a fuel pump (?) failure of some sort. Was straightened out the next day covered by warranty.

Suzuki, Marks giggy 750 won't rev past 8k, Chiefs 600/750 is down, Hunny has a fi light on.....

Shall I continue?
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