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Motorcycle Parts OEM Parts How to Find Them With Microfiche

Honda ST1300 Cylinder Head Microfiche

St1300 Honda Cylinder Head Assembly
Motorcycle parts fall into 2 major categories – OEM parts – (original equipment manufacturer) and those from the Aftermarket. For the OEM Parts, there are some great, Free Microfiche tools that can help us to Identify the OEM Part Numbers, their stacked Placement and orientation, and Quantity of the same Parts used in the assembly.

Whether you’re looking to make a single item repair, to make repair to multiple ST1300 Honda Left Cylinder Head Placementcomponents, or a full-on motorcycle restoration project start to finish, the Interactive Microfiche websites like the ones available through RonAyers.com and many others are a good way to get started.

For those of us riding and maintaining Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha motorcycles made over the last 40 + years, these Microfiche tools are outstanding.

Honda CL77 305 Project
They show year and model definition details with high accuracy and the part numbers that go into making each bike. Just a heads-up about using on-line microfiche though, a listing for a motorcycle part and it’s price detail for that part Does Not mean that the OEM part is available or that one exist in the world.

I’ve seen that happen many times over the years – want OEM or NOS Honda CL77 305 Parts Inventory and AccessmentSeat Hinges for a 1965~1967 Honda CB450KO? An Exhaust System for a 1974 Suzuki GT750? Not going to happen…….

I’m a planner. I love taking projects of the worst kind and breaking them down into dozens of manageable pieces.

Microfiche pages have been a part of my process for many years.

I find the on-line microficheMicrofiche Website Page 1 that best covers the motorcycle in my project and I print out every page. I then bind those pages into a folder that I have in my workshop for constant access. During the teardown, I mark which parts I’m going to need to replace or find.

Sometimes on the older machines, OEM Parts are not available, but knowing the OEM Part number, how many are used, and exactly where they go in the assembly can help us find them through eBayPage 2 Microfiche for Motorcycle Parts and OEM Parts and other selling resources.

Using the “where used” feature of the microfiche website has led me to salvaged parts of the correct part number from different years/models that could be restored for use. As I order and later receive each part, I document that onto the microfiche page.

This same Printed Microfiche then becomes an integral part of the “Assembly Manual” where I’ll check to see that I Motorcycle Parts Page 3 Microfichehave and use all of the motorcycle parts that I intended to.

Microfiche pages are usually drawn and grouped into assemblies of related parts.

These assemblies can guide the new restorer or mechanic through each segment of the repair. As mentioned earlier, the microficheMotorcycle Parts and OEM Parts Finder Where Used Feature page is a good tool for keeping record of parts ordered, parts received, and parts used during assembly. They go from being a planning tool to an assembly tool, then onto a recorded tool for each/every bike I’ve restored.

Make friends with your favorite Microfiche website for motorcycle parts and be sure to use the OEM Parts Tool on your next motorcycle repair or motorcycle restoration project.

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Kawasaki MACH IV H2C 750

Kawasaki 750 H2 MACH IV

Kawasaki introduced the 3 Cylinder, 2-Stroke, 750cc MACH IV motorcycle in 1972 as a big brother to the 500cc MACH III they introduced in 1969.

Why not make a 750? – After all, that 500 MACH III was the fastest and quickest “production vehicle” you could buy in 1969 and 1970. No car or other motorcycle available for sale then could beat the 500 MACH III in the quarter mile. As other companies were trying to catch-up, Kawasaki released the 750 MACH IV in 1972 to make sure that the Kawasaki name stayed on top of the food chain through the quarter mile.
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Suzuki 1974 GT750 Grand Tourismo

Instruments On the 1974 GT750 Suzuki

Water Temperature and Gear Position

The Suzuki GT750 Triple is probably one of history’s most confusing models of motorcycles ever sold to consumers. Some don’t know that it even existed, others do remember it and are still confused, but many of us know and Love these bikes as the Wonderful and Reliable bikes they were. The Suzuki GT750’s were built from 1972 to 1978. They were all large-displacement, 3-cyclinder, 2-Strokes built for Highway Touring, hence the name Grand Tourismo (GT750). They were not performance machines – Kawasaki‘s S1, S2, and the notorious H1’s/H2’s had that covered.
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Kawasaki 1985 GPZ750E Turbo

Kawasaki GPZ750E Turbo 1985

The 1985 Kawasaki GPZ750E Turbo

The 1985 Kawasaki GPZ750E Turbo was what many consider to have been top of the food chain in 1984/1985. Only 2,200 of these 1985 models were built and were among the very last of all the factory turbos to be offered by Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, or Yamaha. Kawasaki was late to the Turbo party when they introduced the first model in 1984, but like Thor – they arrived with the biggest and meanest hammer when they did.
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Honda 1974 CB750 Four CB750K4

The Honda CB750 Four fully restored

Honda CB750 Motorcycles

The Honda CB750 Four – A Historical Achievement for 1969

I don’t remember the production release of 1969 when the Honda CB750 started hitting the showrooms and was only 11 at the time. Here now 46 years later though, and thousands of us still live with these bikes. Honda introduced the CB750 Four Motorcycle to the world and in doing so, re-wrote what would become the New Normal. It was the first production traverse in-line Four. Four cylinders, four carburetors, four pipes, and a Front Disc Brake. All this was amazing stuff for 1969. It would take years for the rest to catch up. More than ½ Million CB750 Fours were made in just 10 years! (553,400) The last SOHC 750 Four was made almost 40 years ago, ending that amazing run in 1978.
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Wheelie Bike Project Update #2

TTR225 Yamaha On Stand Waiting On Parts

We’re getting excited! Our wheelie training project bike is almost complete. We’ve got a few parts that we’re waiting on, but those should be here by the weekend. I have carelessly lost/miss-placed the new, OEM air filter received 2 weeks ago so a replacement was ordered and then I got carried away with the gearing ratios and installed a new 13 tooth drive sprocket (stock is 15) which will not work.
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Motorcycle Aluminum Polishing and Buffing

Suzuki 1974 GT750 After Poilishing

A Clean, Polished GT750 Engine For My 1974 Suzuki Restoration

All of us has one, I’m sure of it. Somewhere in our family of bikes, there is at least one engine in the group that we really like and have been secretely thinking about making Motorcycle Bling out of. Our vintage bikes incorporate their engines as part of the appearance package. For me, nothing adds more to a great bike and it’s looks than it’s engine. On that same front, nothing takes away more from those looks that a dirty, dull, and badly oxidized engine.
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Gasoline Facts About Using and Storing Gasoline – Ethanol Blends

Ethanol and Gasoline Blends are Everywhere

Gasoline / Ethanol Blends Are Everywhere

I have a thing for motorized machines. 99% of my toys and recreational equipment has a Gasoline Engine bolted onto or inside! Whether it’s a boat, motorcycle, ATV, truck, or car – I’m hooked on the combustion process and have been for 5 decades. I recently did research into some of the problems that I and others were having with Gasoline Use and Storage. My goal was to find a way to Live with Ethanol. I can’t stop it, I only hope that I can continue to find outlets for Non-Ethanol Gasoline, but I fear the day will come when Gasoline/Ethanol Blends are the Only choice.

Let me share some of what I learned to help us understand what and how we can Live with the Blend. As the advertising director of a national magazine, I was able to interview and make exchanges with the Technical Management of two of the largest suppliers of Fuel Conditioners. With their help, I had a much better understanding of the problem and the survival.
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Wheelie Bike Project Update for Over Center-Over Fifty

TTR225 Wheelie Project Bike

Our TTR225 Wheelie Bike Project Is Coming Along

Yes, there is a lot to talk about in this update for our Over Center-Over Fifty project!
Let me start by admitting to fact that I was NOT READY for that loss of balance feeling that comes when the bike goes “over center”. I panicked, then immediately left the pegs, and jumped to my feet.
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