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I washed and waxed my bike and now it has half the power. Think I fouled the plugs or wires....will it dry out on it's own?

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Hi Ride:
I'd suggest it would be best to blow it dry around the plugs and carbs before you try running it . If you've drowned a carb you'll be pulling water into a cylinder. If it doesn't want to run nicely, I'd recommend pulling the plugs to find which cylinder is not firing, then figure out why. Shorted plug lead? Bad plug? Contaminated fuel? Drowned air filter?

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