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What do I check

When going at a steady low speed the bike is back fireing out of the front pipe;or should I say lower pipe. I can sit still and give a little gas and hold it their I get the same thing.

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  • David ferrell
    David ferrell May 11, 2014

    one more thing to add,top speed is 85mph.



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Hello there ... Well you got me confused ... What exactly do you mean by saying back firing ? If you hear some noises from the exhaust and seeing flames now and then you must first check your carburetor . There might be something inside blocking the way , then you must look at the carburators neck ... Check for cuts or possible air loss same with the air pump... After that you can check the exhausts for any possible holes on the front neck or somewhere after the neck the sound of the bike any different ? Check the chain also you could need some tighten if that's the back firing you mean ... I hope I helped !!!!

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    Spiros M. May 11, 2014

    Spark check and replacement first !!! And then check the carburetors ...I just read your problem again it must be sparks and air filter ! Check these first and replace your old engine oil and if the problem continues check carburetors for possible air failure ! If this won't help check the engine and transmission kit for possible failure to a mechanic



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SOURCE: bike keeps back fireing when first starting

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, backfiring is a spark/timing issue or contaminated fuel (water) or as you stated stale fuel. AVGas would not result to backfiring but rather a stronger pull though would heat up easily.

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Your timing is off. Try backing the timing up to 4 degrees before top dead center!

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SOURCE: bike is starting to backfire (more of a burp) at

Chances are you just need new spark plug caps and new spark plugs. Modern resister caps burn out periodically or the get corroded (I have heard of people unscrewing and taking out the inside resister and cleaning off the corrosion). Some times the cap is part of the wire (about$40-$50 dollars each) But you may be able to replace the "NGK caps" for about $5 each( clip the wire and screw on the new cap). This is cheap and easy to try and will usually fix the kind of miss you describe.

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try draining the tank and adding new fuel,depending on how long its been sitting not good for the engin

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This is a common problem related to plugged or very dirty low speed idle jets in the carb, When they get that bad it is best to have the carbs cleaned by a reliable mechanic.

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