Okay. Met with my group about 30 miles from home. Bike ran as usual on the way there. Choke for a few miles, then closed for the rest of the trip. We were going to the Annual bike blessing at a local church and then for a 200 mile ride. So since the bike was running well, I stopped to top off the tank. Met the group at a coffee shop and hung out for a little over an hour.
Saddle up for the short ride to the church, and itís acting up all the way. Needed 1/2 choke to smooth it out. I stayed for the blessing and then just headed home to be safe.
The engine seems very hot. The chrome cap on the oil dipstick is too hot to touch.
I put my inline spark tester on, all plugs firing.
I drained the tank, and removed it.
Gas lines and vacuum lines all look good, but I think Iíll replace them.
Removed air box, all clean, no critters.
Started to remove the carb, I think Iíll need to read up some before messing with it too much. Lots of stuff connected to it.
Took the diaphragm out of the top of the carb and inspected it. Put a flashlight on the opposite side and looked for holes. Didnít see any. Cleaned the needle and put it back. Cleaned some soot out of the carb.
Checked my exhaust bolts. All were loose. I canít get at the bottom front one very well, but tightened it as well as I could. Each one took almost a full turn with the socket wrench.
Put everything back together, until I can get the new lines and read up on removing the carb. I think Iíll drain and replace the coolant as well.
Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.