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I'm not getting fuel out of my fuel ine to carb I changed the pitcock and still no fuel.and I seem to have vacuum going to pitcock

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Try switching to RESERVE, as it should be mechanically operated, rather than vacuum operated.

If that works, test the vacuum operation on the petcock.
You can try sucking your brains out on the vacuum line going to the petcock, or apply a vacuum with something like this:

When you do this, have a line going from the petcock to a catch can (gas can), and see if fuel flows under vacuum.

If that works, with bike running (petcock on RESERVE), pull vacuum line at petcock, put a finger over hose opening, and feel that it is drawing a vacuum.

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