Newbie Fuel Intake Question (Help!!) (long)
Hey guys, been browsing for a while and just joined.
I just purchased a 1988 VN750 as my first bike.
I saw the guy I bought it from ride it, it looked to be perfectly fine. I also got it inspected, and it passed easily. I got it home and parked it (with the handlebar lock).
Unbeknownst to me, a light on the back of the bike came on while it was in park and it was left on for 3-4 hours.
I came back to the bike and noticed it, tried starting it, and it started up fine. I was in the garage so I quickly shut it off. A few minutes later I tried again and it wouldn't start. The engine seemed to be turning over a little (RPM's would go up a tad), but it would never catch...in choke or not.
I checked the fuel intake (I think this is called the petcock?) and it was on reserve. There is still a little bit of gas in the tank that I can hear, but I will try refilling.
Here's the weird part:
I called the guy I bought it from, and he said to make sure not to turn the fuel intake into the 'on' position. He said that "it looks like it's on reserve, but it's not...that's just where you have to keep it", which sounded like complete horsecrap. I'm very ignorant when it comes to the mechanical stuff so I couldn't argue with him.
He claimed that if I kept it on the 'on' position, that the fuel would flood the carbs, and it may leak, causing a pretty nasty explosion if one of my spark plugs wasn't covered when I started it.
Is there any truth to this? Why would I have the reserve on instead of the on position? When should it be 'off'? Ever?
I should mention that the bike is NOT leaking
I'm wondering if it's:
a) Just a battery problem
b) Just out of gas
c) Flooded engine
I'm just nervous as to what I should do, especially about the fuel intake. Right now it's pointed to the left, on reserve (where he said I should keep it).
Last edited by thebeginning; 05-11-2011 at 11:31 PM.