Okay the background; traded for this VN700 for my gal to ride, went through it replacing missing parts, fixing things, and customizing it for her. I did an ear shave, has aftermarket (de-goated) exhaust, so I did not re-jet the carbs, at her command.
I did go through and clean them, as well as replacing the inlet fittings, after reassembling, I backed out the mixture screws 2-1/2 turns.
After a few minutes of cranking the bike, I get it to start, however when I give it throttle, it dies. I could start and let it idle to warm up, then I could manipulate the throttle giving quick, small twists to get it past dying and then to rev on up, but if I revved and held it at a high rpm, the front cylinder would backfire, and it seemed like the front cylinder was not getting as hot as the rear ( judging by the exhaust) but it idled pretty smooth.
I looked at the carbs a little closer, and the choke was very stiff and kind of sticking. So I removed them and loosened the choke lever screws, which helped a little, but they still seem awfully stiff?? Is there supposed to be some type of return spring other than the little round ones on the shafts?
While I had the carbs off I went ahead and backed out the mixture screws another 1/2 turn to a total of 3. It seemed to start better and stay running with better throttle response.
But now, my new clear hoses that seemed to be tight enough not to be clamped, were leaking. The supplied spring clamps were just barely too small, I got FI clamps and clamped the lines on the petcock and at the carb inlets.
And added two small inline filters.
Now I have a very difficult time starting it and it dies as soon as it does.
I guess I'll start by removing the filters. I'm in SE Alabama at 350' above sea level, any recommendations for a mixture setting, or should I be looking at something else (choke problem)?