Losing power at speed, eventually stalling
This has happened a couple of times, now:
Riding along happy as a clam (first time at 55mph, the second at 70), when it starts hesitating and eventually there's no power at all. Pulling over, the bike eventually dies and will not start.
After 10 minutes or so, it starts up just fine.
It appears to be a carburetor issue. It's an old bike ('85 VN700) and could prolly do with a full blown carb work-over and clean. I've seen a few threads about problems similar to this. I'm running a bit of seafoam in the tank - maybe a quarter bottle per tank.
However, here's the thing I don't understand. When it dies, the gear change lever just won't do anything: It doesn't appear to change gear back to 1st (or go up in gears either, which I'd expect), and it won't hit neutral. After sitting for 5 minutes, I can put it in neutral - that is, the neutral light comes on. It won't start at this point; a few more minutes later and it'll start.
So, I'm sure there's a couple of carb things I can work on, but why the 'gear change' issue (not being able to put it in neutral)? Is there a 'link' I'm not thinking of?
Last edited by OceanTwo; 02-25-2010 at 01:40 PM.
Reason: title was a bit misleading