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During a ride in the Nevada desert, my friend and I both experienced a situation where after parking our bikes, we tried to start them and they were flooded. In fact, they had gas squirting out of the air box. We both ride RoadStars and it was probably in the 90's, but I have had my bike in hotter weather and have never had gas pour out of the carb. Any idea why this happens?

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Sounds like you got something in the carbs that got into the float needle and keep it from shutting all the way to stop the fuel from filling the float bowls. And when this happens it has know where to go but up threw the main jet and into the intake and into the combustion chamber which would flood it. And also it would leak back from the carbs and into the air box.
The air cleaner needs to be clean so you wont get dirt into the carbs and also put a inline fuel filter on if the is not one already.

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