Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual 1959-1979

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Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual 1959-1979
Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual 1959-1979
Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual 1959-1979
Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual 1959-1979
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The 1959-1979 Vintage Japanese Street Bikes repair manual by Clymer, covers the following motorcycle makes and models:

  • Honda 250 and 305cc Twins, 1959-1969
  • Kawasaki 250cc through 750cc Triples, 1969-1979
  • Kawasaki 900 and 1000 Fours, 1973-1978

Book Excerpt: 1959-1979 Vintage Japanese Street Bikes Repair Manual



If the engine seems to die momentarily when the throttle is opened and then recovers, check for a dirty main jet in the carburetor, water in the fuel or an excessively lean mixture.


Poor condition of rings, pistons or cylinders will cause lack of power and speed. Check that valves are correctly adjusted. Ignition timing should be checked along with the automatic spark advance.


If the engine seems to run too hot all of the time, be sure you are not idling it for long periods. Air cooled engines are not designed to operate at a standstill for any length of time.

Heavy stop and go traffic is hard on a motorcycle engine. Spark plugs of the wrong heat range can burn pistons. An excessively lean gas mixture may cause overheating. Check ignition timing. Don't ride in too high a gear

Broken or worn rings and valves may permit compression gases to leak past them, heating heads and cylinders excessively. Check oil level and use the proper grade lubricants.


Check that the timing is not advanced too far. Check the automatic advance mechanism for broken or sticking parts. Check fuel for contamination.


Experience is needed to diagnose accurately in this area. Noises are hard to differentiate and harder yet to describe. Deep knocking noises usually mean main bearing failure.

A slapping noise generally comes from loose pistons.

A light knocking noise during acceleration may be a bad connecting rod bearing.

Pinging, which sounds like marbles being shaken in a tin can, is caused by ignition advanced too far or gasoline with too low an octane rating.

Pinging should be corrected immediately or damage to pistons will result. Compression leaks at the head-cylinder joint will sound like a rapid on and off squeal.


Piston seizure is caused by incorrect piston clearances when fitted, fitting rings with improper end gap, too thin an oil being used, incorrect spark plug heat range or incorrect ignition timing. Overheating from any cause may result in seizure.

This workshop manual provides valuable repair, maintenance and restoration information compiled from Clymer's manual archives, and incorporates three manuals into one big info-packed guide.

Clear text instructions and sharp photos allow for easy service, maintenance and repair of the following motorcycles:

1959-1969 HONDA 250 and 350 TWINS

C71 Dream Touring | CA71 Dream Touring | CE71 Dream | C72 Dream Touring | C72 Dream Touring | CA72 Dream Touring | CB72 Hawk | CL72 Scrambler CL72 | CL77 | CB72 | CB77 | CS72 Dream Touring | C76 Dream Touring | CA76 Dream Touring | CS76 Dream Sport | CSA76 Dream Sport | C77 Dream Touring | CA77 Dream Touring | CB77 Super Hawk | CL77 Scrambler | CS77 Dream Sport | CSA77 Dream Sport

1969-1979 KAWASAKI 250 through 750 TRIPLES

H1 500 (CDI and no-CDI) H1-B | H1-C | H1-D | H1-E | H2 750 | H2-A | H2-B | KH250 | KH400 | KH500 (CDI and no-CDI) | S1 | S1A | S1B | S2 | S2A | S3A | S3

1973-1978 KAWASAKI 900 and 1000 FOURS

Z1 | KZ900 | KZ1000 LTD | Z1R

Perfect for today's vintage bike enthusiast with thorough, easy-to-use service information.

Subject: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 Vintage Japanese Street Bikes service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0892875887 | ISBN-13: 9780892875887 | Clymer M305

  • Publisher: Clymer Series / Haynes Manuals
  • Pages: 624 - 883 b&w photos, 340 diagrams.
  • Binding: Paperback - 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-89287-588-7
Table of Contents
  • General Information
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lubrication, Maintenance and Tune-up
  • Engine
  • Clutch and External Gearshift Linkage
  • Transmission and Internal Shift Mechanism
  • Fuel and Emission Systems
  • Exhaust System
  • Electrical System
  • Wheels, Tires and Drivetrain
  • Front Suspension and Steering
  • Rear Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Body and Frame
  • Wiring Diagrams
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