How to Troubleshoot a Honda Blackbird

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How to Troubleshoot a Honda Blackbird
Troubleshooting a Honda Blackbird is a moderately easy process. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from

The Blackbird series of motorcycles are made by Honda as part of their Cruiser range. The Honda Blackbird is a large highway motorcycle which has room for another passenger behind driver. At some point, the Honda Blackbird might not start, or stalls while you're driving it. If not immediately addressed, the problem might quickly turn into a very expensive repair. Therefore, determining the nature of the motorcycle's problem is vital. You can save money and troubleshoot your Honda Blackbird in your own garage or on your driveway if you wish.

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Things you need

  • Fuel
  • Cloth
  • Electric starter
  • Socket wrench
  • Voltmeter

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the gas cap from the side of the Blackbird fuel tank. Pour fuel into the Blackbird's fuel tank until it is at least half full. Attempt to start the engine; if it fails, then the problem will lie within the ignition.

  2. 2

    Remove the spark wire and spark plugs from the right side of the Blackbird engine with a socket wrench. Dry each individual socket with a dry cloth before reattaching them. Clean and dry the spark wire thoroughly before reconnecting it. Moisture or dampness on the plugs or wire will impact the way in which the Blackbird ignition works. Attempt to start the Blackbird's engine; if it fails to start this time, then the problem lies with the battery.

  3. 3

    Connect each end of an electric starter to the left and right side of the Blackbird engine. Attempt to start the engine. If it fails to start, check the battery with a voltmeter. If it registers no voltage, you may need to purchase a new battery for your Blackbird from a Honda dealership.

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