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I have an 83 sporster. it will start and run, but it gets up to about forty miles and no more.i know its the carbuetor, but dont know how to fix it.

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    How do you know it is the carb?

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When you say "gets up to forty miles" are you refering to distance or mph? If you mean distance, try looking at the coil. When they heat up, they drop out and you can't restart until the bike cools down.

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Carbs are not easy to fix other than cleaning.It may pay to send it out for rebuilding if your sure it's the carb.Other things to consider,does it have a govenor? Electronic ignition or points?

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    Gene Booker Oct 29, 2013

    When you say "gets uo to firty miles" are you refering to distance or mph? If you mean distance, try looking at the coil. When they heat up, they drop out and you can't restart until the bike cools down.

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