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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Northern KY
Newbie versus the fuel petcock
Okay, so this morning I had plans to meet up and have breakfast with a buddy of mine that I used to work with before we got laid off a few months ago. Figuring that he hadn't seen my new bike yet and I didn't get to ride to work all week due to rain, I decided to take my baby out this morning.
First time on the interstate (I still want a shield, but 65-70 wasn't as bad as I thought it would be) and she felt great as she really stretched her legs for the first time with me. My fuel guage read about at the halfway mark so I figured I was good. The trip was only about 10 miles on the interstate.
About halfway there, I noticed a "flat spot" in the throttle. Going right about 60-65, 4k on the tach and I twisted the throttle and nothing happened. She still was keeping speed, but it just wouldn't go any faster. Then, suddenly, the throttle would kick in and I would take off, which was quite surprising. I get to the exit and as I pull up to the light, she dies. I didn't know what else to do, so I flipped the fuel petcock to reserve and made it to my destination with no other issues. Thinking this was causing the problem, I rode all the way back home with it on reserve and no "flat spots" in the throttle. I could twist and she would immediately respond. I did noticed that on the way back, I dropped pretty fast from 1/2 on the fuel gauge down to about the 1/4 mark. Pull into the gas station and turn the petcock to off. I fill up with about 2 gallons and I continue down the road. She sputtered and died right as I was coming up to a parking lot right off the street. I cruised in with no power and got off. I then realized that I didn't turn the petcock back on, so I put it to the on position and fired her up and road home with no issues.
After that long winded description, obviously I goofed like a newb by not having the fuel "on" after leaving the gas station. But do you all think my "flat spot" on the throttle was the fuel getting below where the normal pickup is in the gastank? Should I just take it that the halfway mark on the gauge is closer to a third of a tank left and fill up then? She seemed to take forever to go from above full down to the halfway mark, but only took 10 miles on the interstate to go from a half down to a 1/4.
2004 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 "Serenity"
Changed Oil/Filter and Coolant
Installed Big Crank ETX15L Battery w/charger hookups
Duct-taped retention safety for toolbox door
New OEM clutch lever replaced after first tipover
Plan on: changing brake fluid, coastering, lubing splines, relocating R/R, new saddlebags, highway pegs, windshield.
Scratch that...make that getting her ready for sale. Nope, scratch THAT! I'm keeping her!