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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Runs rough this morning ...

Okay, heres my dilemma for today...

Saturday afternoon I got the inspection done, topped off with fuel (right to the top) and washed. I use Bike Brite (which I have used before) and hosed down and dry afterwards. Rode approx 6 miles after that, eveything was great.

This morning, I pulled out of the garage, fired up, added some choke like I usually have to do, and it stalls. Started again, and now this time there was no difference in choke on or off- it was idling quiet and smooth. Almost like the choke wasnt even connected or something.

Got about 4 miles from the house and stalled at a stop sign. Took a few minutes on the side of the road to get goiung again, and I had to keep the throttle up to avoid stalling again. The backfires even sound a little different today.

Would water in the choke control area do this? Bad gas?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-18-2008, 12:50 PM
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Would water in the choke control area do this? Bad gas?
Water in the gas or bad gas would... And the over night setting would let the water settle to the bottom and the short ride would let the water get to the carbs... Just my WAG, don't really know much...
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Yes, water. Get some water remover for the tank. I use some stuff called heet, it only cost less then 2$. Drain carbs, screw at bottom of carb. This should help.

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sooo... water in the tank? Is that an indication of my fuel tank cap going bad? ... Will try heet for sure. How much more riding would be considered bad as far as future problems?...
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Probably water from cap when washing bike. Or like oldog said, condensation from fuel set over night.

Wipe feul tank with wet cloth instead of running water over it.


Also when running highway speed turn on the reserve valve on for a few miles to clean water from bottom of fuel tank.

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Makes sense- will try that too.
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I do that about once a month.

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I was just thinking-hot bike & washing, cooling the tank and causing a slight vaccum pulling some water in through the key hole mabe, and then the setting over night letting that water settle to the bottom of the tank... Like I said just a WAG, but a possability...
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Made sure the bike is cool before washing, but that theory makes sense also. Based on everyone's opinions, I am pretty sure that that is what it is, and some good heavy riding will take care of it.
Water in fuel wont hurt plugs, will it?
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