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  1. My wife and I are planning to motor around the east coast next summer around June. In order to have more riding we are planning on shipping the bike to Va and working our way back to Idaho. Having never done this before I thought I'd see if anyone here has ever shipped their bike. I'd like to know Who did you use? How was the pickup done? How was the delivery done? Did you have to be there to meet it or could they hold it until you showed up? Were you satisfied? Anything I need to look out for? Thanks for any help.
  2. Im appealing to the wisdom of this site to find a mistery. Well here goes. I'm not getting a spark on second cylinder. I've gone thru the diagnose on the clymer's manual and all indicates is the igniter unit. I've changed it twice and same. I've switched the wires from the front primary coil to the second and I get a spark. Hence it's not the coil. A mechanic friend said it was the pickup coil. I changed it. Same symptom. Both sparks and caps tested and good. The only thing left is the stator, which test fine and produces spark in both coils. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  3. Rode my bike to the stealer today for some repairs and as I pulled up to the service entrance another man was going to his truck with his parts we exchanged a nod and I parked my bike and got off. Just as I was removing my "safety gear" a young man came out of the back of the shop on a Silver Wing ( it was a customers skoot he worked for the dealer ) anyway about the time the gentleman with the parts started backing out the young man gassed on the little skooter about 30' from where the little pickup was backing up hidden from view (almost certain his feet were dangling) the pickup appeared and the little show boat panicked grab the front brake on wet concrete and he went rolling right beside my bike. Found out the little Wing had just finished being repaired from a previous accident and this was the fourth incident with this young dude this week. General Mgr. came out to access the new damage so I explained to him what happened and that guy better not be on my bike. Don't think he will be there when I go back
  4. Just saw the local news, and there was a venture and another bike that was hit by a pickup. The riders were killed. Does anyone know these people?
  5. After 5 months of on again off again tinkering, my 92 finally runs, not well, but it runs. Got the bike from an estate, as a basket case, last year and actually began work on the bike last July after I found a good drive shaft and differential. It had been torn apart in 2003 after the previous owner twisted off the pinion shaft. Got it all put together last summer. Cleaned the carbs - they were pretty bad, put new diaphrams in, lined the gas tank, checked all the wiring connections, scanned a lot of the threads on here regarding getting these older bikes back on the road and performed as many of the items as I could and thought I was ready to put it on the road in August. Tried to start it up, no spark. Back to the forums, rechecked all the wiring, re ohmed the coils and pickup coil, everything tested ok. Everything was pointing to the TCI, got it out from under the battery, opened it up and sprayed everything down with electrical contact cleaner and baked it in the oven for a couple of hours, still nothing, retested the ignition components again, coils and pickup tested ok - must be the TCI; so I ordered the ignitech unit in November. When it arrived it came with the wrong wiring harness for a 93 and they also informed me that it had the wrong program in it. To shorten up this long story, have yet to get the Ignitech program to work. In retesting all the ignition components, the pickup coil did not read out, out of desperation, I was able to find a pickup coil on ebay in February and changed it out. Still no spark with the Ignitech unit, what the heck, plugged the original TCI in and it fired up. It wuld only run with a lot of choke, but hey, it was running. Let it run for 20 minutes or so and shut it down. Came back to it the next day - no spark and the new pickup coil did not ohm at all. Last week found another used pickup coil, ohm'd it when it arrived, tested good. Drained all the fuel that had been in the tank for the past month and refilled with 5gl of gas and a can of Seafoam. Put it in with the original TCI, fired right up - again with a lot of choke. Ignitech still no spark. Let it run for an hour and a half, was slowly able to reduce the choke to about 1/4 to 1/3. but can't take the choke all the way off and if I give it any throttle it dies. tried it again last night, same thing, fired right up with choke, but can't take the choke all the way off and if i give it any throttle at all it dies; so I still have a carb issue to resolve. Just not sure what to look at - more carb cleaning, more Seafoam and let it work it's magic, new parts, float level,...?
  6. I am aware that there was a change to the TCI & pickup coil set up on the 90-93 VR (after reading tech library) However all the manuals I have state that there is 5 wires coming from the pickup coil (stator)case & Ohms should read 100-125. This 90VR has 6 wires (colors not the same) & unable to get any Ohms reading. Question: Should there be Ohm reading at the 6 prong plug & what should that be? Is there a way to test the TCI? I have spark & compression with rebuilt carbs will not fire or run (its like the timing is off) When the plugs are pulled there seems to be a film but not soaked with gas. Fuel pump fills float bowls & shuts off, pilot screws are turned out 2-2 1/2 turns, choke plungers all work. Lacks gas flow. Is there a need to prime carbs? I am grasping at straws. :canada:
  7. This is another one of those stupid idiot threads. I was having a great weekend in the Chattanooga area with Lady Linda and on the way back north on I-75 near Sweetwater, TN, while running with traffic at about 75mph, a pickup truck with a full size baby bed lost his load. I was the first car behind him and fortunately not too close. Then, all of a sudden, this baby bed just raises up and the wind just flipped it every way. I hit my brakes without trying to slow too quickly, as I had an 18 wheel truck behind me. With moving over to the shoulder about a half lane, I was able to miss it. With the truck behind us, I was not able to see very much on what went on behind him. The guy in the pickup did slow and pull to the shoulder and when I went by him, I blew my horn at him. I don't know if he did back up or what. The interesting thing is with the temperature being about 70 degrees, I was really wishing we were on the bike. But, after that event, I was kinda glad we were in the car. It never ceases to amaze me at how many people will throw something in the bed of a pickup and take off down the highway without any kind of tie downs in place. I just hope that this idiot did not cause a crash behind us because there was a lot of traffic. RandyA
  8. My wife an I were out for a ride yesterday from our home to a nearby town which is about 45 miles away. We hadn't gone far when we came up behind a line of traffic and had to slow down a bit. As we were riding along I began to notice there was a small truck a couple of vehicles ahead of me that was weaving back and forth from the centerline to across the white line on the edge of the road. I stayed behind for about 15 miles before finally passing and put some distance between us and the pickup. Now I'm thinking, "all is well". As we continue on, I notice the truck is catching up, now he's riding too close to me. I tap my brakes to let him know I'm concerned about his being so close to me. We come to a passing lane but he doesn't want to pass, just stay right on my rear. So, what do I do, he's still weaving and acting like he's either impaired by alcohol or lack of sleep. Before passing him, I had noticed he had an out of state tag, so I'm guessing he's from out of state and been on the road too long. I've given him the opportunity to pass, so now I crank the throttle and leave him behind. Once again, all is well. As it turns out before long I've run up behind slower traffic again. This time I see a SUV slowing ahead of me to turn right so here I am putting on brakes for him when I glance in my rearview mirror and see this idiot bearing down on me with all four tires in a slide. As, a last resort I split traffic, going between the turning vehicle and the oncoming traffic to keep from being rearended. The driver of the pickup naturally acts like nothing has happened and passes me on the right. My blood was now boiling! It's probably a good thing I don't carry a weapon with me because I would probably be in jail today for manslaughter. After a few choice words directed in his direction, I continued on where he turned onto the interstate and our paths divided. (1)I'll never again pass up the opportunity to call the LEO's to someone like this. (2) I'll never pass someone else like this and hope to let someone else deal with him! I wrote all this to make you all aware of the dangers out there of drivers that are behind you, not only to your front. Be careful out there folks, most times we don't get a second chance!!
  9. OK Maybe I am asking to much but my wife and I are planning a trip to Florida towards the end of January. We are going to haul our bike down in the pickup until it gets warm enough to ride and I was wondering if any of you in the Georgia/N Florida area might live someplace with room to park my old pickup in your field or something for a week while we ride around Florida. Anyway just a thought. Rick
  10. The trike I have is based on an 05 midnight venture . The trike was "cobbled up " rather than using a complete kit. The speedometer jumps around and the cruise control doesn't work , due to the unevenness of the input at the pickup level , I think. The impulse wheel used is a fan from an alternator , and the pickup is mounted at the side of the wheel. The fan is not mounted on center of the universal joint. It wobbles. So back to the original question. What is needed to make the speeometer pickup system work properly? Help!
  11. how do I clean conection at key switch? I'm having problems with no spark on back plugs. I read in one forum possile low voltage from key switch,I've already checked ohms on pickup coils & ignition coils. I had a problem with my key, (I could not turn it) so I used black carbon lube in ignition. Could that cause a problem? thanks Al
  12. My 86vr was running good. On my way home from work.it started acting like running out of gas ,with some backfiring.I checked ohms on pickup coils & ignition coils there OK.But no spark to back 2 plugs.Any ideas would be helpfull.
  13. Ive tried to find info on replacing my pickup coils, maybe im not looking in the right places. it seems pretty straight forward, but thought if anyone had tips or hints it would be a help. Also reasons for replacement. The problem i am trying to fix is bizzare and my MC mech has suggested the coils. The bike ran fine till it really warmed up, then it started to lag and surge at cruising speeds, kind of like someone was lightly pressing the brake on and off. the bike will hesitate when i roll on the throttle and then jump to life. we put it on a dyno, and the timing on the #2 cylinder is all over the place and the #4 jumps around a little. I have replaced the boost sensor with a tested OK one and swapped the tci with no change in performance. The problem seems to be getting steadily worse.....any thoughts?
  14. My 16 YOA son bought himself a bike! We found a 1983 Honda CM250 Custom on Craig's List in Mitchell, SD. Went to look at it last night. It is in very good shape. Odometer reads only 3350 miles. It sure seems like it could be original. Very few nicks and dings. Everything works and it all feels tight. Too much wind around here to ride it home 70 miles but she fit in the pickup easily. He is signed up for the MSF course to be held here in Madison on July 10 & 11. I think this will be a great starter bike for him and it only cost hiim $500.00!!!!!!!!! I know this may be too late to be asking, but does anybody know anything about this bike? We are looking forward to getting out to ride together, even if only to DQ! Dave
  15. Thanks to all who helped with my last question. After performing the suggested tests and maintenance, I still have no spark. Looks to be that the TCI has failed (though I have not been able to prove that the pickup coil is not at fault). Being a 92 model with the single pickup coil, there do not seem to be very many used ones available. Does anyone know of anyone who tests and repairs TCI boxes? Does anyone have a schematic for a 90-93 TCI box? It is not wired the same as the 1985 schematic that is available here on the website. Anyone installed the Ignitech on a 90-93 venture? I can get one of these for less than a used Yamaha TCI, but don't want to spend the money if it is not going to work right. Thanks Steve
  16. PRAIRIESBURG, Iowa -- The Linn County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal crash in which a motorcyclist was struck by a mattress that flew out of the back of a pickup truck. Police said John Saddler, 73, of Cedar Rapids, was riding his motorcycle near Prairiesburg on Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a mattress that blew out of the bed of a pickup driven by Roger Ockensfels. Saddler, who was wearing a helmet, was knocked off his motorcycle and onto the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is just unbelievable how many pick-ups do not tie things in the bed down! I see it all the time. Bryan
  17. Especially if it's a trike. I was just reading another post and a member was asking about leaving his bike in gear while starting and it brought back a memory for me. We had just left Kerrville Tx. heading home from our fantastic winter trip. After a couple of hours the Shuttle was getting low on jet fuel so I pulled into a truck stop on Hwy. 281 just north of Johnson City at Round Mountain. I get out and say hi to the fellow on the other side of the pump and get started on my fill up. The fellow on the other side gets in his pickup and start to leave but only goes a few feet and I see him jump out of his truck and start running out in front of it. Next thing I see is a white Goldwing trike with no rider backing up across in front of his pickup and heading right for my trailer. Lucky for me, and the trike owner, the pickup man was able to stop the trike with about three feet to spare. He shut the engine off and put the bike in gear just as the owner comes running out of the store. The first words out of his mouth, "you didn't shut it off did you". Apparently his charging system was out and the battery wouldn't start the bike. After giving him the lecture about leaving a vehicle parked in neutral without blocking the wheels or applying the brakes I calmed down. I explained to him what a bad day he and I both could of had. The pickup man and myself gave him a push and it started right up and he was on his way. All's well that ends well. I can laugh about it now but it sure wasn't funny at the time.
  18. I spotted a 2nd Generation in the back of a pickup on I80 in Des Moines yesterday - headed West. I wonder if it was one of our members? There has also been a 2nd Generation running around Colfax - Newton - Baxter area with a smaller bike following - perhaps a child with a permit - any of these people members here?
  19. Can anyone tell me how to test pickup coils on my 83 VR? Not getting fire at #1 and 3. Have tested down to harness that goes to TCI and not getting anything at all. I have a good grund but not anything else. Other option could be Ignitor box, but bike starts and runs, but no fire to 1 and 3. Help in Fremont, NE.
  20. Greetings! I'm trying to diagnose my charging system on a 99 RSV. I check the battery off the bike, and it reads 12.9V. I connect it to the bike with ignition of, it reads 12.9V. I turn on the ignition switch without starting the engine, it reads 12.3-12.4V. When I start the engine, it holds at 12.3V. When I take her to 5KRPM it hold at 12.3V which according to the ever knowledgeable service manual (I've learned my lesson about not reading the manual when troubleshooting...) is bad. It's supposed to be at or around 14V at that RPM range. So... I now know from that series of tests that my charging system isn't working. I've tested the resistance on my pickup coil, which reads .4 Ohm on both negative leads. The service manual says that it should be between .279 and .34. My Ohm meter is not that sensitive, and doesn't show me 1000ths; it only goes to 10ths. Is .4 significantly out of spec with the .274 to .34 range? I haven't tested the stator yet because I'm waiting for the gasket to come in so I can put it back together again the same day I take it apart. But given the cost of a new pickup coil (I'm looking at about $120USD from my local parts store) I'd hate to replace it only to find out that .06 Ohms is a nominal delta. Thanks!
  21. hey everone hows it goin i got a problem i need some parts i have a 83 venture 1200 first gen i need a set of pickup coils, not coils, a clutch resivor,and a few other parts but ill get back after i get it running again if some one has any layin aroud please give me a shout i really need them and ill also ty to get a pick of the pickup coils here tomarrow thanks kenny
  22. Subject: Rules of Minnesota Here's to all of us who live in Minnesota , some born and raised here. Some got here as fast as they could and others who would like to be from Minnesota . Rules of Minnesota : 1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot. 2. Let's get this straight; it's called a 'gravel road.' I drive a Pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way. 3. You say our lakes smell to you. They smell like money to us. Get over it. 4. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 combines that are driven only 3 times ayear. 5. So every person in every pickup waves. Its called being friendly. try to understand the concept. 6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of ducks are coming in; we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time. 7. Yeah, we eat walleye & northern pike and love it. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop. 8. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a Religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November. 9. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age. 10. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak. Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the pound of ham & turkey. 11. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: Onion, Pepper, and Garlic! 12. College and High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a lot more fun to watch. 13. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards --it spooks the fish. 14. Colleges? Try St. Olaf, Concordia, or St.John's . They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come home for the holidays. 15. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, than any other state, so 'Don't mess with Minnesota .' If you do, you will get whipped by the best.' Minnesota is the greatest state ever!!
  23. I'm continuing to have trouble with getting a spark out of my #4 cylinder. All ignition and pickup coils passes the resistance test in the service manual. Swapped pickup pins from #3 to #4, that would generate a spark through the #4 ignition coil. Believing I had the problem isolated to the TCI, I first swapped transistors on the original unit then purchased another TCI from ebay. After resolving some interlock issues, I'm having the same problem with spark on 3 cylinders, none on #4. Is there another way to verify the pickup coils are working or non-functioning? Here are my resistance tests on the pickup coils: #1 119.7 Ohms #2 122.2 Ohms #3 118.7 Ohms #4 115.9 Ohms I'm wondering if the contact area for that coil is not any good, would that still show good resistance? Any thoughts?
  24. The #4 cylinder on my 83VR isn't firing. I verified the ignition coil works by swapping the plug-in with the #3 coil. Went to the back of the bike and swapped wires on the pickup coils to confirm that wasn't the problem. The #3 ignition coil when hooked to the #4 pickup sparked without problem. Before having this much fun, I checked resistance throughout the ignition system. Here is what I found: Pickup Coil #1 119.7 Ohms #2 122.2 Ohms #3 118.7 Ohms #4 115.9 Ohms Ignition Coils: #1 3.5 Ohms #2 3.6 Ohms #3 3.4 Ohms #4 3.5 Ohms Resistance across the TCI +12V to ground is 392 Ohms. I pulled the back cover off to check for any major signs of corrosion or burning. Nothing nasty, and the solders look solid around the heatsinks and plug connectors. I'm wondering if the transistor that fires #4 might be shot? Any other ideas, and ways to test? Anyone know which transistor fires #4? I've attached a photo that laxman used in a post last year about his TCI.
  25. This is way off topic, but I'm just so damn thrilled with my pickup, I had to share. Today I dragged my wife's 94 Ford Escort from Minneapolis to my place just south of Canada with my 92 Toyota pickup. The weight of the car and dolly was just over 3000#. I held 65 mph in 5th gear (could've gone faster, but I didn't want to risk losing the whole ball of wax at 75), only having to downshift for the construction zones and was able to pull down 19mpg on the first tank, and 19+mpg with the air conditioning on (haven't figured it out yet) on the second tank. Not bad for a 16 year old pickup with 171,000 miles on it. Now, if Toyota just made a truck I wanted, I might consider buying a new one....on second thought, nah!
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