just do it
all of this work and i have to leave for the army again in 2 weeks...time just keeps passing and passing and I won't get to ride it again...I made a new thread because I didn't see that anyone had responded to this one...
the bike starts now, i changed the gas and charged the battery, the bike starts and runs with the choke on, but when i turn the choke off, the bike immediately dies...and i can't start the bike without the choke, even when the engine is warm...I don't know if it's my idle (that i've been playing with for what seems for ever and the idle doesn't change a hair) or if my carbs are all dirty or screwed up.
No offence dude, but stop complaining. Everyone here has suggested a fix. Changing out the gas prob wont do that much. Did you buy sea foam and run it though? Did you change your spark plugs. Changing your spark plugs is prob one of the easiest things to do. It will only take you 1/2 and hour and you will back up and riding in no time if it's that easy fix. The fact that you have been running the bike WITH THE CHOKE ON, may have fowled the plugs. In fact, I almost grantee you fowled the plugs. Im not expert, but I have seen this a few times. And for 16 dollars and some change, you can be back up in riding. Your bike came with all the tools "most likely" to change out the spark plugs and do most everything else.
My bike when I bought it salvage had the same exact problem. So, I did everything first but change the spark plugs. Guess what, it was the spark plugs.
If it's not your spark plugs, cleaning the carbs is actually very easy. There are TONS of good articles about doing it and it prob only takes a few hours. Maybe not even that long if your 1/2 way mechanically inclined. Im a computer programmer/networking guy by trade and I was able to do it.
If your in the army, im sure you can handle a carb.
Just take the gas tank off, the carbs sit right on top of a rubber boot. The boot is pliable but stiff at the same time. There is a mettle O ring clamp that sits around the boot. there is a screw on that O ring clamp that loosens and tightens the clamp. You just need to loosen those on each carb. Just unclip any sensor you may have, or any tube. Most of these will be easily taken off with a pair of pliers, or if you have strong hands, those will work too.
When the O ring clamps are loose, and by loose I mean you can push them and the spin pretty freely, you know its time to pull the carbs off.
To do this, straddle the bike like your going to sit on it, pull on each side of the carb, "grabbing it on the left and right side". You should start to feel it budge, they shouldn’t be that hard to pull right off. Just pull, if you have to, rock from side to side slightly. But for the most part, they should pull right off. If you feel like something is keeping it from pulling off, you probably did not loosen the O ring clamps enough. Loosen those a bit more then your ready to try again. Pull them off and once you have them off, disconnect the choke cable and the throttle cables. I had to loosen my hand grip with the 2 screws at the top of my handlebar and undo the wire up there first so I could move it enough to unwrap it and pull it out of its eyelit.
ITS REALLY NOT THAT HARD!!!!!! I figured most of it out by myself!!! And I am only mediocre with this kinda stuff. I also have never worked on a bike much before, except for changing the sparkplugs, and a friends fuel injectors.
That’s what I like about this place, if you get stuck on a step and you just take a picture, ½ the people will know what to do to fix the problem. But sitting there spinning around in your seat really wont do anything for ya. When you get a time slot where you have 2 – 3 hours free, just try these things. Really, they are not that hard!!!!
You will appreciate your bike more, now that you sorta know how the insides work. Very COOL!