Welcome man. congrats on the Freebe.
x2 on the carbs needing some attention. Likely a bit clogged up after sitting for so long.
That missing hose on the T-fitting shouldn't be a prob wit the starting/ running while your sitting still. but you'll want to get a hose running to the back of your airbox as mentioned. Having that open causing some power/hesitation issues while going down the road at speed.
I assume our putting fresh gas into the tank, and not trying to use any that would have been sitting in the tank for that long. Dump in a can of Seafoam to a full tank to let it run through the carbs.
Many have also poured the seafoam straight into the carbs via the fuel lines and let it sit over night.
Are you still attempting to start with the choke on? Its nearly impossible to star the bike without choke on this bike when all stock (at least from my experience) Make sure the choke plungers are actually moving in and out on the carbs when you move the lever.
Make sure that all the rubber boots on the carb air inlets and outlets are properly fitted and clamped down. Check that they are in good condition too. With the age of the bike, cracking and dry rot is a possibility. An air leak here can definitely cause some problems.
Might also want to check the air filters. Make sure they are clean and properly oiled.
I'm sure others will chime in with their thoughts/ideas as well. Gotta good group here with a ton of knowledge.
......I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere then in any city on earth.
*2014 VN900 Custom (16,200 miles and counting)
Last edited by Ndr; 08-03-2012 at 04:20 AM.