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Engine runs rough and cannot get over 50mph.

Bike has sat for about 8 months. Gas turned bad. Initial problem 8 months ago - gas pouring out the back of the engine compartment, rear cylinder cold.

Thought I had an electrical problem at first. Electrical checks in Clymer's manual led me to believe I had a bad pickup coil but manual was incorrect. Electrical system is fine.

Was told that float could be sticking. I am surprised that this type of thing can happen all of a suddent while riding.

Plan on checking fuel filters then pulling carbs and checking floats and performing cleaning (if my mechanical abilities allow me). I have never attempted this type of work before.

Any tips will be helpful.


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  • theburgh349 Sep 07, 2009

    Thanks for the reply nuckle bustr.

    I will check the needle valve. I was reading in the manual that you can pull out the carbs with all of the lines still connected. Does removing the carbs always dictate resynching the carbs??



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Gas will varnish and then flake and stick in the needle valve.the hardest part your going to deal with is the correct syncing of the carbs.this is best left to a good mech with the proper tools

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  • nuckle bustr Sep 10, 2009

    in my experiance any time you disassyble a carb you have to readjust it.syncing is no more than adjusting multiple carbs so they are delivering the exact mixture. it might run but you wont get its best and you may have to keep replacing spark plugs. worst case is it runs to lean and burns up a piston



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