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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Iím not sure if that could be the cause, but it seems like the only thing you havenít checked.
Thank you, not seeking certainty of course, but welcome any ideas at this point. And you're right, have been through pretty much everything, couldn't hurt to have a look, which I'll do a little later and report back.

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Last I had those type if symptoms it was the common electrical ground at front coil, ......corroded.
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Last I had those type if symptoms it was the common electrical ground at front coil, ......corroded.
Thank you - I'll recheck when I have the tank off. I did go through the connections, as I recently added a tach. I should check the other end of the ground.

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Have you removed the rubber boot connector, between the carb and the manifold?? If not, remove it and check it for a split, if it is, there is your problem. You might also make sure the clamps at the manifold and each head are tight,
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I thought I should follow up, albeit a little sheepishly.

So...I spent yesterday tearing everything apart, inspecting, cleaning, you name it.

Now, I'll be the first to admit if I did something wrong. I was kind of hoping for something stupid, and I think I found it.

I pulled the petcock, disassembled and inspected, all good. Went through all the lines again, manifolds, clamps, coil connections, and finally, pulled the carb to check my previous rebuild. As I was taking it apart, I noticed a rattling from the diaphragm. The plastic cam lock that holds the needle was loose. It is possible I did not lock it in place all the way, which would explain why it ran fine for a while, until it didn't.

Put everything back together, bike is running fine. In fact, rode it to the office this morning. Seems a little cold-blooded (in the 50's this morning), so maybe a little more fine-tuning is in order, but otherwise, I'm back on the horse, as it were.

If there's an upside to all of this, I got to know this fairly-new-to-me bike really, really well.


Thanks so much for all your help.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2019, 03:29 PM
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The one thing that I would add is that what you describe sounds like the carb jet has a small piece of debris in it. These carbs are very sensitive and the least amount of debris will cause exactly what you are describing. I had to use a magnifying glass to find what caused that problem with mine AND like you, my bike wasn't ridden frequently. Check that carb again...I know...pain in the butt to do.
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Oh! I see that you are back up and riding...good. Yes this is a cold blooded bike but when the carb is right you only need to use a little of the enrichment (choke) for it to start right up and run smoothly. When it gets warm don't forget to push the enrichment in and it should run perfectly.
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-31-2019, 10:55 PM
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Man sounds like the terror I've been going through with my 05 1300 r. I gone through all carb diaphrams ,hoses petcocks ,and I've about given up for winter. Glad you found your problem
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