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Bike trouble I have a feeling my carbs need some maintenance but I wanted some opinions before I delve into that. I ride my motorcycle to work and home every day and it takes me about 30-45 minutes. My bike, it seems, is either cold-blooded or being stubborn due to its carbs. If I start up the bike in the morning or after work I have to pull up the choke to get the engine actually turning. I rev it a bit and the rpms eventually jump up to around 2000 or 3000. I let my bike sit there a bit to get it warmed up and it seems stable with the rpms. If I push down the choke halfway I usually can keep the rpms steady but pushing it all the way down will make the bike slowly lose the rpms then shut off. I try to ride out with my choke up but even then I get problems while I'm in first or when I come to a stop at the lights or whatever. I can hear and feel my bike sputtering and slowly losing rpms and before my bike totally stalls I move off to the side of the road to get my bike running again. This usually involves pulling out the choke and for some reason playing with my petcock switch (dunno if that actually helps since I have enough fuel). After embarrassing stop sign or light problems, my bike finally is stable enough to ride and I eventually make it out to the highway where I get up to 5000-6000 rpms and I can safely put my choke down and ride without the bike losing rpms. I can even come to stops at the lights and my bike will comfortably idle with the rpm needle around 2000. This all sounds like a carburetor issue, or? I have plenty of fuel and my bike does eventually run smoothly when it gets over its initial hiccups. Time to clean the carbs and filter or just me not warming my bike up long enough before I ride?

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Yes! You will open those things up, and they will probably look pretty clean, but the problem with your carbs is in the Idle circuit - too small for you to see into. If you do a search of carb cleaning or related topics, you'll see that alot of folks with cab problems try to clean their carbs ... only to have to open them up again due to improper cleaning (They are difficult to clean properly, require alot of patience) So, I would suggest that you have them cleaned professionally, or at least buy good carb dip to get them really clean. Spray cans of carb cleaner are worthless. Might as well wash em with dish soap.

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