So I have definitely experienced the POOG. It was elusive and I didn't think I was infected by the virus. Saturday morning, early, I filled up and decided to take a cruise around the lake
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I have to say, I've had the bike about two months and this was THE BEST it's ever driven. I was cruising wonderfully at 60-65 with no vibration - got over the 3500RPM buzz hump I guess. I get all the way around to what is about mile 30 maybe. I've been goosing the thing quite a bit in the previous 6 miles because I was following a Harley guy that was teasing me I think.
Well, this pup kept right up with him no problem and then we get to a light to turn left back toward home - Point E on the map. He takes the turn and really lays down on it. I follow suit and believe it or not this bike keeps pretty much right with him to about 70 mph and then I slow down for the next half mile. I was pushing prolly 6000-7000 RPM in there I'm sure.
So anyway, at this point, I start loosing power. I limp to the service station a half mile maybe and pull up under some shade - point F on the map. I smell gas. I look down at the K&N filter on my left (did ear shave) and fuel is gushing out of the filter. I take off the filter and start sopping the stuff up with a rag - I'm visualizing my bike in flames in the parking lot of the zippy mart.
I grab a big gulp (still legal here in South Carolina) and I sit down and thing in the shade. Been reading Zen and the Art so decided I needed to get right first and think about the problem.
I needed to stop the gas leaking so I turned off the petcock. I also disconnected the vacuum hose from the carb noticing that gas was coming out of it. So I was like, hmmm, too much vacuum in the line? I did notice last weekend that the manometer favored the front cylinder at higher RPMs. Then I decided I'd just turn the bike on and let it idle until it burned up all the fuel in the bowls - which it did. I was pretty proud that I had thought of that.
With the fire hazard taken care off, I put the vacuum hose back on, couldn't get the filter back on so just left it off and rode slowly home.
Later that day I go out again and the bike is running like total crap. I go maybe 10 miles to my new destination and stop the engine and hear a high pitched whine. I was like WTF? I bend down and the sound is coming from the GAS CAP! I wanted to jump up and down with joy. See I kept thinking that my bike was running like crap when it was hot after riding for a while. Nope, I bet it's the damn POOG thingy. Going to clean this pup and I bet you it runs great.
But! What about the fuel gushing out of the air intake you ask!? Well, I think that because I really hit that throttle hard, that the vacuum was awesome in that tank and it somehow got a big gulp of air on it's own because the vacuum over took the little thingy in the cap and with a whoosh, gas came bellowing into the system and over took the floats in the bowls.
What do you think?