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Part 3 - continues with ignition problem troubleshooting with some more CDI (black box) tests and inspections, also a great way to verify pickup coils are OK, and some useful tips and tricks to get your motorcycle running great again and back on the road.

Service & Repair Manuals on Amazon
https://amzn.to/2Hlaiqs

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The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

Part 2 - continues with ignition troubleshooting using simple spark & coil tests, including testing the CDI, aka black box, and review testing ignition pickups. By taking this step-by-step approach you will be back on the road in the shortest time, with the least effort, and will likely save some money.

Service & Repair Manuals on Amazon
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Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

This video covers common hard starting motorcycle problems with quick ignition system checks you can easily do. Part 1 - goes over simple battery tests, how to check "lockouts", and some basic wiring tests. I take a step-by-step approach to get you back on the road and happy again, with minimal downtime, effort, and money.

Service & Repair Manuals on Amazon
https://amzn.to/2Hlaiqs

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

This video discusses the 6 key inputs to consider before starting any troubleshooting. Follow these steps and fix your bike faster and for less cost.

FREE Download - 2-Page Print out - 6 Input Checklist
https://newtouringrider.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/DIYMotorcycleGuy-Troubleshooting-Inputs.pdf

Service & Repair Manuals on Amazon
https://amzn.to/2Hlaiqs

Motorcycle BASIC Techbook by HAYNES
https://amzn.to/2Sk6goF

Motorcycle Electrical Techbook by HAYNES
https://amzn.to/38rapg4

Bill A.
DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

This video covers motorcycle manuals and guides available and what they each provide the DIY'er.
BONUS - find how to determine what years and models any part fits, super easy and free.

As mentioned in video;

How Much Weight Can My Motorcycle Carry?
Blog post - https://newtouringrider.com/how-much-weight-can-my-motorcycle-carry/

How to determine the maximum safe load your motorcycle can carry,
Video - https://www.bitchute.com/video/srIfYP2i8IWG/

Also of interest;
How to Find Quality Motorcycle Parts,
Blog Post - https://newtouringrider.com/how-to-find-quality-used-motorcycle-parts/

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

This video covers basic airflow troubleshooting steps if your motorcycle is hard to start. Watch to discover a common shade tree mechanic trick that could literally kill you, AND has no practical value!

Motorcycle Compression Testing – How to Avoid False Results
https://newtouringrider.com/motorcycl...

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

If your motorcycle is hard to start, it might be a fuel problem. In this video, I step through a basic troubleshooting process. Watch out for vapor lock, if you want to know the signs, watch this video now.

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

Series of the best tips and tricks for around the DIY motorcycle shop.

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

Series of the best tips and tricks for around the DIY motorcycle shop.

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

Tire changes at a shop or dealer can cost you $50 - $100 and more, do it yourself and save. I test a number of promising DIY tire change methods like zip ties, woodblock methods, tire warming, bead breaker tool, and some great tips.

Tools I Use - from amazon,

Portable battery - air compressor, jump starter, USB phone charger, work light...a great tool to have around: https://amzn.to/39bu0Sb

Motion Pro Bead Breaker: https://amzn.to/2ZmCsKc

16" Tire Spoons / Irons: https://amzn.to/2ERA0ls

Bill A
The DIY Motorcycle Guy
newtouringrider.com

I rented a U-Haul motorcycle trailer and did a 700-mile round trip to pick up 2 bikes. Overall a pretty good unit, designed for hauling motorcycles. This video covers some tips and tricks I would definitely use next time I rent one.

Bill A.
DIY Motorcycle Guy
www.newtouringrider.com

How to determine maximum safe load your motorcycle can carry, with some tips on packing saddlebags, and driving with a full load.
This is a companion to the blog post on NewTouringRider.com
post link - https://newtouringrider.com/how-much-weight-can-my-motorcycle-carry/

Bill A
DIYMotorcycleGuy

Ready for the first start, after checking the basics...

If you are like me, always having a few bikes around with no batteries, check out the portable battery I use in this video. No need to find a spare battery and carefully lug it around without tipping it. Lightweight and super useful invention.

https://amzn.to/31sf65a - same as the one I use, but this one has specs and different color plastic.

Bill A.
DIY Motorcycle Guy
www.newtouringrider.com

10 tips and tricks I picked up from erecting a 10 x 8 Shelter Logic temporary shelter/garage.

Running a compression test on the Honda Gold Wing GL1200 Aspencade. Surprising results I've never seen before, cold versus a warm motor test.

Check out my post on How to Avoid Common Compression Test Mistakes (like the basic one I made!!)
https://newtouringrider.com/motorcycle-compression-testing-how-to-avoid-false-results/

Decent Compression Tester; highly rated and not too pricey -
https://amzn.to/36226GI

Or, if you just need adaptors - https://amzn.to/2CnAT3F

If you don't have a battery, or it's too weak to spin the motor - this is the cure!
https://amzn.to/2PcGUYP

Bill
DIY Motorcycle Guy
NewTouringRider.com

A quick look at the 1985 NTX 350, interesting design. Never sold in North America, this is a rare motorcycle.

Easy way to install XS650 Kick Start Lever. This applies to other kickers too. Follow these simple instructions and a few time-saving tricks and to install a kickstart fast.

Video about removing junky electrical accessories from my newly acquired 400$ 1985 Honda Aspendcade GL1200A. There is a right and wrong way to install accessories, I find a lot of bad workmanship, and some stator wiring from Honda that needs to be fixed up.

LINKS
Amazingly useful portable battery. I got mine from Canadian Tire, (get it on sale),

This is the same product, with different colored plastics - on Amazon;
a bonus of - higher-rated peak amps, and AC out plugs, and 4+ stars or better ratings.

https://amzn.to/31a1n2I

So handy when you have an old bike with a dead or no battery, I am working on 3 old gems right now, none have batteries. I took it on my trip, super handy for tire changes and psi top-ups, too!

Easily the best tool I have come across in a long time!

https://amzn.to/31a1n2I

Bill A,
DIY Motorcycle Guy
www.newtouringrider.com

I rent a U-Haul motorcycle trailer and take a 700-mile round trip to pick up these two bikes from deep storage, my 1977 Yamaha XS650 and 1985 Moto Guzzi NTX 350.

LINKS
Amazingly useful portable battery. I got mine from Canadian Tire, (get it on sale),

The same product, with different colored plastics - on Amazon;
a bonus of higher-rated peak amps, and 4+ stars or better ratings.

https://amzn.to/31a1n2I

So handy when you have an old bike with a dead or no battery, I am working in 3 old gems right now, none have batteries. I took it on my trip, great for tire work and topping up tire pressure.

Easily the best tool I have come across in a long time.

https://amzn.to/31a1n2I

Bill A.
DIY Motorcycle Guy
www.newtouringrider.com

Well, planning is all good, but when you see a crazy deal you gotta go for it...

Only 400$ Canadian beaver bucks, about 300$ US, and delivered to my driveway.

All good plans are made to be broken, isn't that the saying?

Oh well, here we go...

Bill

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Created 11 months ago.

20 videos

Category Auto & Vehicles

Hi, I am Bill, this channel is all about do-it-yourself motorcycle repairs, fix-ups, and general hacks. Doing this all on a budget, no sponsors, and no garage. Stayed tuned, and subscribe for the fun and misadventures.

Bill A.
DIY Motorcycle Guy
www.newtouringrider.com