I have a 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan that I've been riding for a number of years now. I'm the third or fourth owner of it. It's got about 34K miles on it now. I hadn't rode it in about 2-3 weeks because I've been sick and I've just been taking my truck to work.
So, I've been feeling better and went to take the bike out yesterday. It had trouble turning over. Eventually, it did turn over, choke was on, the bike reved up and I went inside to go wash my hands since they were dirty. I wasn't even done washing my hands when I hear the RPMs just die and the bike quits.
Alright, whatever, I go back outside and try to turn it over again, no dice.
-I have plenty of gas in the tank. (Verified by looking into it, no flame of course :P)
-I tried the petcock both on res or on, no go.
-Spark plug caps are all on the plugs. I pulled each one loose and put them back on. I'm using the NGK Iridium plugs.
-Made sure the choke lever was moving down at the carb. Yes.
-Took off vacuum hose from petcock to carb.
-Took off fuel line hoses attached to petcock, nothing in there either.
-Removed the entire gas tank.
-Removed petcock valve from gas tank.
-No visible clogs or damage to fuel filters.
-Took a tooth brush and cleaned fuel filters and then blew off with the air compressor since I was in here anyway.
-Took air compressor attachment and blew air into the petcock, set to off, res, and on. Was able to see that air could make it to the fuel filters.
-Reassembled petcock back into gas tank.
-Put a good bit of the gas back into the tank.
-The tiny air valve at the gas tank lid isn't clogged as I can hear it venting out the air while I had the lid on and gas moving was around inside.
-I didn't do this test prior, but I did read and search around on the forums for a bit prior to making my post. I reattached the vacuum hose and sucked it and gas did come out the left side of the T. I sucked more, and all it would come out was the left side. When would fuel come out of the other side or maybe I'm not sucking hard enough?
So, I think this is fuel related, but I'm not entirely sure at this point since I'm running out of ideas. I'm about to reassemble everything and see what happens, but I didn't notice any clog or any damage so I'm not sure why it appears to me that the bike is not getting the fuel from the tank.
What other items can I check assuming that I'm still in the same position after reassembly? Would I then be moving on to the carb?
Thanks for any future responses. I do enjoy the community here when I get stuck on a problem.
You guys are great!