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First off, I have been lurking around here for a while and have learned a lot. This site rules.

Now... on to my troubles. For the last few days I have been having a problem with my '06 R model not wanting to start. I go to start it, and it will crank fine and initially start; but, if I move the bike side to side, or crack the throtle even the slightest it will die and not start for about an hour. This is an intermitant problem some days it will start up and run fine, others it won't.

The bike is mechanically stock, save the clayton mod. I have also noticed that it will miss occasionally at idle when hot and it pops/backfires a lot when you shut the throtle at speed. (I know that the popping likely the pair valves though some have said they didn't have to do it for the clayton mod.) Otherwise it runs great.

Could the carb need adjusting? I have never really worked on a carbed vehicle. So, how do I know if the mixture is right? Do you tune it by vacuum?
 

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Some things to check:
Spark plugs for fouling from rich condition (if you use the choke much) or white from lean condition.
Small wires to the EMC unit under the seat. It's on top of the battery case. The wires are prone to breakage.
After doing the Clayton Mod you are probably a bit lean. You may need to adjust the A/F screw out a little. 1/8 -1/4 turn.
After the Clayton Mod you will get some backfiring and popping. Pair valve removal should take care of that.

Hope this helps, good luck.
 

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When I pulled the plugs friday, they were a little sootybut it was light and soft. Not much to worry about there. I don't remember them being to white. They were slightly tan on one side, white on the other, and a touch damp since I knew I had flooded it at that point trying to start it using the choke.

I was thinking vaporlock, maybe?

Definitly time for service manual!
 
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