Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Western Kentucky
Simple fix for my bike's poor performance
This summer I bought an 01 with just 4600 miles. The bad part was sitting around alot isn't good for carb's. It ran poorly and flooded the engine, so I had the carbs rebuilt. It ran much much better, but there was still a slight 'uneveness' about the way it ran. It was most noticeable at slower speeds around 3000 rpm. I was scratching my head and so was my mechanic. I thought it had to still be a carb issue. He suggested leaning the carbs a half turn, didn't cure it. I had given up getting it right.
THEN, one morning last week I had pulled it out and got off to close the garage, coming toward the bike I could see the left rear plug cap was leaking spark. The days are now getting shorter so it's still dark when I leave at 5:30that's the only reason I noticed the sparks flying inside the plug tube. There wasn't a visible crack in the cap, but after wrapping the plug cap with high voltage rubber tape there was no leak and the bike now runs like a scalded ape.
Sometimes it's just takes noticing something simple.
If you're having problems check your plug wires, I wish I had sooner.
Last edited by k9sarky; 08-25-2011 at 08:39 PM.