Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Living in Twin Falls, ID. Which is Southern Idaho. Not to be confused with Scenic Idaho.
Just want an opinion on this specific issue...
So I've been riding my '85 VN700 every day for the last two weeks. I've ridden it all over town and to the next town over with no noticeable issues. In the morning and sometimes in the afternoon when I first start it up it's kinda "bleh" but not so much I worried. Now, truth be told, first day I had it I ran that bad boy outta gas. I kinda wondered at the time if this would later cause some problems.
Now here's the thing: rode my bike to work this morning, no issues. After a couple minutes she ran like a champ. Went home for lunch. No issues until I was back in the parking lot. I was barely idling around a corner into a parking spot when I felt the engine heave a little. It wasn't much and I almost though I was losing my mind because I made a couple more circles just to be sure and that little bit of sputter didn't recur. Each of these trips is just about 2 miles, I might add. So, about 2 hours later, I though I was going to have to run a couple towns over so I jumped on my bike. She started, but with some effort and didn't even want to idle unless it choked and it took a few tries to keep her going. I finally got her to behave, rode her about an 1/8th mile to pick some stuff from the shop, found out I might not have to go anywhere, and so I shut the bike down. Another hour goes by, and it looks like I'm gonna hafta go on that trip after all but I need to go home first and swap to a car for people hauling. She starts up easily and goes but as I get out on the street she starts to sputter when I get in the throttle and she eventually dies. I tried a couple starts to no avail, but then switched to reserve and she started fine, and idled high as hell. Got her home with no issues after that. was gone for about 4 hours and checked on her, she started right up but there was definitely some lag in the throttle.
Now based on this long winded explanation, what do you guys think I have? I'm sure the carbs could use a rebuild, but I just changed the oil and plugs, and I had almost a half tank of gas. I know the battery's good, and I checked the breather hole in my gas cap and it seemed fine. I'm thinking fuel filters might be stopped up, maybe picked up some sediment when I ran out of gas that one time. Just wanna know where to start so I don't have to throw money at the issue till it's better.
Last edited by luciferiad; 07-07-2010 at 01:12 AM.
Reason: left out something important!