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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wayne, NJ
Not the phantom out of gas syndrome after all!
Just thought I'd share something I found a couple days ago that hopefully might help folks.
I thought that I might be experiencing the phantom out of gas syndrome that I have been reading about recently. I'd be riding along with the tach around 4000-4500 and the bike would start to skip and hesitate, like it was starting to run out of gas. It was most noticeable on acceleration, but would sometimes occur while steady cruising. So I took apart the gas cap to clean it out and blow out the vent line, but it seemed pretty clear already. While poking around a bit I found a hairline crack in the vacuum line from the petcock to the carb. I guess the hose was pretty old and brittle, and it was cracking at the bend in the line just before the nipple on the carb. I only saw it when shining a bright flashlight directly on the hose. I changed out the hose and so far the problem has not returned. I'm guessing that under load the vacuum hose would leak and stop or slow the flow of fuel, enough to make it hesitate. Something else to check I guess when experiencing what appears to be the phantom out of gas syndrome.
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