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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
How long have you had this bike? If you just got it, or if it has been sitting for some time with gas in it, the only right way to do it is to remove the carbs and clean them out good. It is not an easy job, but not as hard as some say, if you do it the right way. Even if you do get it running fairly well, there is still likely to be sediment in the float bowls that will plug it up again. Seafoam will not dissolve solid particles, like rust of corrosion, which are likely if ethanol gas was left in the carbs. Once the carbs are spotless, you should never have to remove them again if you properly maintain them.
You can check the petcock by removing one of the fuel lines, and cranking the engine over. If gas pours out, the petcock is ok.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
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