I have '57 pan, jst installed new points and plugs. Fires first kick but then starts bacfiring and running rough, won't idle. Sounds like an electrical problem. Before it would start run a couple of minutes, then die. If you let tit sit a couple of minutes would start again. Sounds like runnining out of gas. Have a linkert (what else?). Float may have been stuck.
I have a 07 Harley RKC . Last week It took me about 15 times to start her when I hit the start button This week it won't start but everything works. All systems go except starting? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Bill
Check your throw out on late models 1989 on (Electro Magnetic) the copper ring gets covered in muck , black stuff so does the contacts it hits which transfer current through the ring to the starter motor. Disconnect the battery ,There's an access panel with three screws a gasket. undo it slowly holding the panel as the throw out shaft is spring loaded so it returns back from the clutch stater ring when you take your finger off the switch ( a small metal ball might come out at the end of the spring so watch it) . Pull out the shaft and clean the ring with contact cleaner same for the two contacts that you will see bolt through the Housing. Get a Clymer Manual you'll see the diagram. I just scrape the muck away with sandpaper, a file , pen knife of stainless wool etc. It's a regular maintenance thing the muck is caused by heat generated by the closing circuit , electrical burning. If the copper ring is badly worn or the contacts from constantly hitting each other you can get rebuild kits from H-D or aftermarket. Also there are two small enamelled wires running into the magnetic coil. I had them come away or someone cut them at a shop for return work. If there broken the Magnetic coil won't get power and won't pull the throw out shaft through. I found I only needed one wire off the right hand power input and soldered to the two exposed ends after scraping back the non cunductive enamel and the nylon looking insulation at the coil. It's a real finicky job as theres not much to work with. You'll see what I mean when you look at the bolted through contacts. After I fixed it it worked fine. It came loose once and I had to redo it. As it sparked on the case when the bike ran it caused a miss.
If you ever get stuck when the ring doesn't throw out I discovered I could take off the door turn on the ignition , fuel, bike in neutral and push the ring manually to contact the power contacts with a screw driver on the insulator hole in the middle (looks like bakealite opr masonite ring) got it started a few times like that. I had an idea that it'd be great to put a button through the door so I could just push it like an old car starter and bypass the starte button electrics, but I found on ebay someones had the same idea and the make doors with buttons now so I bought one they only fit 91 on starters though as there smaller than my 89 so I had to buy a new assembly to use it but my old one still goes as I keep cleaning it and I put a rebuild kit in a year or so ago.
Or alternatively a wire could've come off at your starter switch I had this happen too. Disassemble the accelator housing and check the wiring I had to solder mine not pretty but it still works. corrosion gets at the soldered ends ( dry joints) and they break strip back the insulation and try and resolder them it's a bit like microsurgery or if your rich see if an auto electrician will do it. To can purchase new switches I'm still waiting on mine been 3 months as I'm in Australia and my bike FLTCU 1990 parts are becoming obsolete,I ordered a sporter switch set as it looked the same and all that was available from a US parts supplier on Ebay who ran out of stock.
I am looking for a specific harley davidson decal. It came out about 3 years ago. It was a tiger and face claws with the body extending out in flames and underneath the tiger was the harley logo and next to that it says untamed. I was wondering if anyone knows what decal I am talking about or...
Looking for wholesale Harley Davidson decals to put on a trailer that you pull behind your cycle. I've checked ebay but am still looking for just the ones for the side. Don't want hog flames or skeletons or anything like that. Thanks to anyone that replies.
The inventor of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven.
At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur. 'Since you've been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want to in heaven.'