Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Trip Transport

Trip Transport Shipping the bike and yourself.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

UK Motorcycle Shipping Experts!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 8 Nov 2005
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: London
Posts: 16
After shipping...bike not starting..help!

Hi there,
This is actually a question about an XTZ750, but im hoping anyone can help me! We have just recieved our bike after shipping it fom Vancouver to Wellington. Prior to shipping, we did all the usual..drained oil and petrol, disconncected the battery etc. It was in freight for at the most 4 and a half weeks.
It arrived on the weekend, my partner put it all back together....and she wont start. The engine turns over, but just wont kick in. Weve charged the battery in a battery charger, but because we keep trying to start it over and over, the battey keeps dying and its juices are never really at its maximum.
We checked the spark plugs, the oil is full, full petrol.
Has anyone had this problem after shipping? And can anyone lend any advice on what this could be? It is an old bike, 1990, but the motor has been so strong. We had some problems in Mexico with the voltage regulator, so maybe this has had a lasting effect on the battery?? Has being on a boat in the sea water in the air have anything to do with it?!! anything?!
Please help!

Reply With Quote
Old 8 Nov 2005
beddhist's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whangarei, NZ
Posts: 2,227
Drain the petrol out of the carbs. Do they fill if you open the tap? Is there a spark?

Europe to NZ 2006-10
Reply With Quote
Old 8 Nov 2005
bobkat's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 101
This may seem a silly little thing, but it has happened to me. Check the "kill switch". Is it on or maybe rusted in the sea air?

Bob & Kathy
The adventures of Lemonade
Reply With Quote
Old 11 Nov 2005
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,525
For the bike to run you need 3 basic elements... Fuel, Spark & compression. Compression is VERY unlikely to be effected in transit so its probably an electrical or fueling problem.

Take one of the plugs out and ground it to the frame then holding the HT lead (NOT the plug) hit the starter and check for a spark. If thats ok then you need to check for fuel. Losen the carb drain screw and see if fuel is coming out. If you've drained the fuel entirely then you need to pull quite abit through before the bike will start. To pull it through your starer motor will kill the battery so you need to use jumper leads to a car battery or another RUNNING bike. Remember to attatch the positive first to avoud shorts. Keep turning the engine until it starts spluttering to life. Let me know if it still havng problems after this..
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

EX - BMW Dealer Technician
Reply With Quote
Old 16 Nov 2005
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Flagstaff,AZ U.S.A.
Posts: 81
exposure to salt air and a damp shipping crate would be a possible problem for any electrical connection.You might try spraying every electrical part with a shot of contact cleaner.On my bike the engine kill and headlight hi/low switches have rusted shut several times.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Nov 2005
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Various, UK
Posts: 13
It does take a long time to suck fuel through with the vacuum fuel pumps.

Also the reg/rectifiers on the XTZ and Early mkI TDM's are notoriously unreliable. Though normally they will run the battery totally flat when they expire.

Hope you get it sorted. I tinker a lot with these engines, so if you need any parts I may be able to help (though in the UK).


Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 23:05.