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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-24-2007, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Let me guess: You put your bike away in (pick one : Novermber, December, January) and it was running fine. You (did, did not) put Stabil or somesuch in the gastank, and on your first ride of the season, it's runny poorly, spitting back, feels like the plugs are fouling, hard starting....any of these sound familiar?

Outside of flat batteries from not having a battery tender or taking the battery out during the off season; the poor running bike is the most common complaint on the first ride(s) of the year.

Go drain your tank. I use a kerosene siphon because I can prime it by hand (rather than getting a mouthful of 89 Octane) and it's made clear, so I can see what's coming out of the tank (like water, insect parts, dirt, rust, ect.)

Now, go put some FRESH GAS (not the crap from the lawn mower that you bought last July), preferably some Chevron (with Techron) (Gas Man? Any others?) and go run it for a while. You may need to put a tankful or two of fresh gas through it before it runs right. Gas stabilizers work OK for preventing the gas from turning to laquer, but they won't do much for all that condensation at the bottom of your tank.

For munged up carbs, I use a few ounces of Yamaha carb cleaner in the first couple of tankfuls; it will remove laquer in mildly sticky carbs. You may need to drain the grunge out of your floatbowls, and maybe do a carb rebuild if you don't stabilize your gas during storage.

Yamaha also makes a great FI cleaner for non-carb systems.

Remember; do the preventitive stuff in the fall so you don't have to be mucking about with this stuff in the spring when you could be riding.....and always do the cheap/easy basics before you go tearing into the major rebuilds... unless you like wasting money and riding time.
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Good advice, a little late for some already... but good none the less!

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this should be a sticky thread.
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Well I expected to go riding all winter, but a very heavy snow storm in December, followed by below zero temps, followed by six straight weekends of snow storms changed my mind. Sand and ice were on every street corner.

When I did go riding, I used my 79 Suzuki. Two decades ago, I crashed it when I hit an ice patch, and I dropped it in the garage several times. It has no plastic panels to break, and no fairing to block the wind, but I rode it anyway. When we had a warm spell in March I tried to start the CBR. Dead battery.

While continuing to ride the Suzuki, several weeks later I got a new battery. Several weeks later, I installed the battery. It cranked over, but wouldn't start. I pulled a plug (actually just pulled a sparkplug wire and installed a good plug) and had a healthy spark.

In the middle of April, I took out the carbs. On Saturday morning, I took the carbs apart and cleaned the float chambers. All four pilot jets were clogged. Before installing them, I was going to clean the piston/diaphrams and walls. So there they sit on my workbench. But I have been enjoying riding the old Suzuki.
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Nope. Bike running great. Stabil added in October. Battery on Tender ALL winter. Float bowls drained.

The result?


Fired right up, first try, after sitting for 4 months. I ain't no rookie.



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Haha, nice timing. I just rebuilt the carb on my dirtbike over night so I could ride on sunday. Still doesn't idle but I'll deal with that later. I had not planned on leaving it to sit but in hindsight some stabilzer would have been good.
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My bike runs great!


(cept my tires are so ****ing bald i'm considering a hairpiece)
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Nope. Bike running great. Stabil added in October. Battery on Tender ALL winter. Float bowls drained.

The result?


Fired right up, first try, after sitting for 4 months. I ain't no rookie.
umm...my bike was only stored for about 4 weeks.

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umm...my bike was only stored for about 4 weeks.
has anyone told you how much you suck recently?
No?
ok then...
YOU SUCK DONKEY BALLS!

ok, my work here is done.


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