Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Drive Chain adjustment

The DRIVING CHAIN is very important part of a motorcycle as it drives the wheel with the rotation produced by engine via sprockets. If the chain play is not right, then the performance as well as 'health' of the machine is badly affected. Here, the procedure of adjusting the chain is given and anyone who has some basic knowledge about bikes can do it easily.

Bear with the AXLE mistakenly written as AXEL in the pic.
Picture courtesy: Sam Takidar.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Tuning a Carburettor for Optimal Performance

  • Are you tired of cold starts? Need to raise the throttle everyday to get the cold engine running?
  • Does someone have the same bike with same setup as yours and are you tired of losing to him in drag races?
  • Suddenly, the fuel efficiency has reduced after a service?
  • Has the mechanic screwed up your tuning?
  • Engine gives hiccups when you open the throttle?
  • Or your bike is just missing that smooth acceleration whenever you want?
  • Or your engine overheats even if you did not race too much.

     May be the following will help you in tuning your mean machine for optimal power delivery and best fuel economy. This guide aims at tuning the fuel/air screw to give you an optimal air-fuel mixture.

    Clutch Adjustment

    This is a basic thing which a biker is supposed to know... Adjusting clutch is no rocket science but just a simple thing which anybody can learn and it comes quite handy for bikers.

    The process of adjusting clutch is as follows:

    Rotating the screws in the direction shown in the image will loosen your clutch. But first always start from the 2nd nut (as mentioned in the image below) if you want to loosen the clutch, and start with the 1st nut if you want to tighten it because the 2 nuts move the cylinder in the middle that makes the clutch loose or tight with the direction indicated here.

    Thursday, 26 July 2012

    Carburettor Cleaning

    For all those who still need to depend on their local mechanic for Carb cleaning, just follow these steps which will help you to clean it yourself properly...

    Things needed:

    • Screw driver.
    • 13mm box spanner.
    • 12mm box spanner.
    • 8mm box spanner.
    • WD40/Diesel/Petrol/Carb cleaner.
    • Old/New Tooth-Brush.

    Step 1-

    Close the Fuel Valve and remove the Fuel connector to the carb (take a plastic container to collect the excess Fuel), then take a Flat-head screw driver and unscrew the Fuel-Drain screw