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I have an 87 virago 1000cc I know I need to sync the carbs but why do I lose power when I have it idling to warm it up before I ride? I have it plugged up to a battery charger when I don't ride for a while bc I know that was one of the problems, but I start it up a few times and the battery dies again. But also smoke comes out of the top exhaust pipe but not the bottom exhaust... need some answers please and thank you!

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Have your battery checked. If it's good, have the charging output checked. The smoke from the top pipe may be fuel or oil. If it's blue, it's oil. If it's black, it's fuel.

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