If only it had 6th gear..
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North of Boston
Oil was over full? Could it be that there was gas mixed in as well from severe flooding? Backfiring is a sign of that. Good spark, engine turns and seems to have good compression... I'd attack the carbs. Had a hell of a time with mine - same symptoms, backfiring and all. My carbs had both floats hanging up and not closing. Good luck. Oh, try disconnecting the small vacuum line on your fuel petcock and see if you can get it to run for a minute or two with just the fuel in the carbs. That way the petcock valve wont open and continue to pour more gas into your carbs.
Afterthought, "squalling".... wonder what he meant by that. I agree with your thought about the oil light. Probably looked at it afterwards. By the way, during my float dilemma, I was able to get my bike running by keeping the throttle wide open while cranking it, but had to keep the rpms really high or she'd choke out. Just some ideas for you.
Last edited by DavesVulster; 08-04-2011 at 01:36 AM.
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