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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wayne, NJ
I think I need to change my answer: riding vs fixing!
The bike has been running great over the past couple of weeks. The idle seemed to be on the low side until the bike really warmed up (heard that a few times here, so I didn't get worked up about it). Yesterday, after about 25 miles of riding home from work, I noticed a little hesitation, almost like I was running out of gas, and thought Oh $#*& now I have the phantom out of gas syndrome! But, it cleared up as quick as it came, bike never stalled. This morning on the way to work, she ran like a clock. On the way home things went into the toilet! About 5 miles into the ride it really started to idle rough (almost a full tank of gas) at a stop light. Pulling away I had to play with the throttle to keep it from stalling, then she fired up and went. At the next light, I noticed that the rpm's stayed high when I pulled in the clutch, and came down veeeerrrryyy slowly. As long as I was in gear and moving, I was able to keep going. Any time I needed to idle, the rpms would stay high and sometimes come down and sometimes not. The adjustment knob was useless, and I had to pull to the side of the road 3 times. I finally got the bike home. I already had Seafoam in the tank. I drained the carbs and filled them with solvent, let them sit for 15 minutes or so, then drained them out. Started the bike, and it seemed to idle ok, but a quick test ride and absolutely no power. It ran, but it felt like I was dragging a car behind me. Toward the end of the 5 mile ride, it surged a bit every now and then, but it was not good.
Okay so my limited diagnostic skills are telling me that I really need to pull the carbs and clean them out. Plugs are clean, both cylinders seem to be firing, no smoke, a little popping, compression is 170 - 175 on both cylinders, charging system seems to be working. I'm guessing fuel system at this point.
Like I said, I have limited diagnostic skills, so I am hoping to get some input from the more experienced folks in the group before I start wasting a whole bunch of time for no reason. I plan to pull the carbs and thoroughly clean them, and also take apart the petcock and clean the screen. I should probably also clean out the gas tank (in case there is some gunk hiding in there as well).
Does this sound about right? Am I barking up the wrong tree? Also, if I am heading in the right direction, what is the best way to clean out the gas tank?
As always, any help and input is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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-K&S Turn Signals Clear Cover/Amber Bulb
-Kenda Kruz 110/90-19 front 170/80-15 rear
-Clear Alternatives LED tail light
-Willie & Max Saddlebags and SissyBar Bag