Buell Lightning sat for 3 months and now it wont start
I added fresh gas to it. It was about 3 gallons and it has a 5 gallon tank. I even used some either. The motor turns over and it will pop every so often but it wont stay running. Im guessing gummed uo fuel injectors. What else could it be, and how can I clean up the injectors.
Re: Buell Lightning sat for 3 months and now it wont...
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1. Drain the gasoline. 2. Remove the carb bowl(s) and turn on the petcock to drain the fuel in the lines. 3. Clean out the carb bowl(s) and replace. 4. Refill with gasoline, add 1 oz of Seafoam fuel system cleaner (I'm not a sponsor, I just haven't found anything better) to each gallon of gas. This will stabilize your fuel as well as do a great job of cleaning out the carb(s). 5. Try to start it.
If it still won't start, begin the standard troubleshooting procedure by first pulling a spark plug and turning it over to ensure gas is getting to the cylinder. If so, replace the plug, hold the plug wire slightly away from the plug and turn it over to ensure a spark jumps between the wire and plug. If so, it starts getting complicated. Buy a manual for the bike if you don't have one and follow the troubleshooting steps there.
If you are using fuel with ethanol and it sat for six months, the carb jets and passages are gummed and clogged. Rather than an expensive teardown and manuel carb cleaning, I recommend putting 1/4 to 1/2 can of SeaFoam in the gas tank. Lock the front brake and rock the bike back and forth for a minute or two to mix it with the gas. Crank the engine and run at high idle for a few minuets, shut it off and let set giving the mixture time to work. Crank back up and repeat running at high idle.
Even if your gas doesn't have ethanol, it can gum up with storage that long. You can use a full can of SeaFoamto tank of fuel if necessary.
I recommend 1/4 can for 5-10 gallons as a normal additive for running.
Adding good gas with treatment to bad gas DOES NOTHING. You need to remove the BAD GAS. Drain the tank. Does the fuel pump prime when you turn the key on? (makes a whirring noise for a few seconds and stops) If it does not - you need a new fuel pump.
Has the bike been in storage for awhile for winter? If so was fuel stabilzer used. If not the gas is probably bad. Add 2 ounces of sea foam for every gallon of gas and introduce as much freah fuel as you can to the tank. Take it out and replace every gallon burned with a fresh gallon with 2 ounces of sea foam until the old gas has run through. You may get a lite blue cloud on start up but this is normal with the sea foam, its cleaning out the junk in the fuel system and engine. Hope this helps.
Was it in storage for a while? If so the gas may be bad or going bad and the efi may not be able to compensate for it at idle. If you dont want to drain the gas and put fresh in, put 2 ounces of sea foam to each gallon of gas in bike, put as much fresh fuel in as you can to start with,and as you burn each gallon of fuel replace it with a gallon of fresh.
Real Life experiance, if you ride your bike at high speeds, even with Over Drive engaged, I end up doing about 180~200 miles per 5~5.25 gallons which breaks out to about 36~38 mpg.
Course, slowing it down to 60~65, in OT will get you another 25~35 miles per tank extra. If you need better MPG, suggest the 650 for the job, The litter is solid for rider/passenger, as the 650 is more for the rider only with added mileage clearly in the 40+mpg rating..
I finally had some time and it was really nice out but my Lightning won't start. I just had it fully serviced before I parked it for the winter. New synthetic oil new plugs and a TPS reset. It's been sitting with a gas tank 70% full of premium for 4 or 5 months. The battery was extremely low so I trickle charged it over night. The charger said complete. The lights are bright. I went to start it and it barely made a slight sound like it wanted to turn over. Now it just clicks really loud whenever I press the start button.
This thing only has 1100 miles on it and looks great. I've babied it and it's been fully services 3 times since new. Any tips? Suggestions?Did you try kick starting it? Put it is gear and hold the clutch in (with the key on) then push it up to about 5 mph, then pop the clutch. I had the same problem with my old ZX7R. It turns out it was my battery. Even though it took a charge and held one, it didn't hold enough amps to turn over the engine. And I am thinking that a 1200cc v-twin needs some decent current to turn over. Could also be a dead spot on the starter. Also, did you put any stablizer in your tank before you parked it? It isn't good to leave a tank under 90% full over the winter, especially without any stable in it. Moisture can get into your tank and ruin the petrol. Usually it will start though, just will run terrible.,,,