Slight Problems This Morning
May 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm #2854
So, it’s been kind of cold in the Chicagoland area and today is the first really nice day in like a week, in my opinion. Ok, the next 4 days are going to be BEAUTIFUL, so I have been so excited to ride my moto to work and OMG, I was going to be able to ride 4 days in a row, how about THAT!
Hopped on the bike all geared up and ready to enjoy, hop on the highway, hop off at the next exit, going along, around the curve, no power. WTF?????
So, I pull over, try restarting – YES, I have gas – clicks, clicks, clicks and never turns over. I try this multiple times to no avail. Hop off the bike, take off my helment, call the hubby, tell him I need tow truck, then I say, wait, let me try one more time, hop on, click click, click, give some gas and there she goes! So, I said I’ll turn around and try to drive it home. It dies again as I’m getting on the ramp to get back on the highway, then I get it going right away because I know the trick is I have to give it some gas, was kind of scared for a minute to pull out because I’m on a curve and can’t really see who’s coming. Get it going, merge on the highway, PRAYING that I just make it over the river and don’t die on the bridge, please, please, please and it didn’t thank goodness. Then it dies at the stop sign, then it dies again at a stop sign, then it dies again as I’m pulling in my driveway. BUMMER.
So, I guess I’ll drive her over to the shop, my husband can follow to protect my ass. Anyone got an idea what the heck is going on? It seemed as if I wasn’t turning the throttle then it would just die.
Thanks!May 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm #18693Clay DowlingParticipant
That’s pretty clearly what it’s wanting here.
Have you checked that you’re not down near the reserve cutoff? That’s kind of classic fuel supply problem behavior.May 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm #18694
I have a full tank.May 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm #18698MunchParticipant
If you have a fuel selector make sure your not in the “reserve” setting. Another thing to try is when it happens to open the gas cap for a few mins then close and try to restart. Seems to be alot of bikes here recently having vacuum problems with the fuel system.May 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm #18699
Checked the fuel selector setting and it was in on postition. I did not open gas cap at the time of failure though. I washed the bike after the last time I rode it, I couldn’t have got water somewhere it wasn’t suppose to be I hope. I mean it rains and things get wet so I don’t think that would have anything to do with it right?May 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm #18717EliasParticipant
I doubt water is the issue. As long as you’re not hosing down your air intake directly, or soaking your filter right before you start, your bike won’t have water problems. Bikes are built to ride in the rain. In a most elementary sense, your bike is either not getting enough gas, air or spark. Check the intake for clogs, maybe a mouse crawled in there somehow and died lol. Then follow your fuel line. Is it carb’d? If yes, pull the fuel line out of the carb and make sure gas comes flowing out. Check for leaks everywhere, especially fuel and oil. Does your bike have a temp gauge or light? Was it running hot when you were experiencing the problem? Take your plugs out and inspect them (and the wiring) if all else fails.
Or take it to the shop…or Munch’s place.May 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm #18744
Thanks! I went home last night and got out my manual and checked a bunch of stuff and it all seemed good to me so I started it up, rode it, it was totally fine. I rode to work this morning with no problems. I wonder if I was just uncoordinated yesterday or something, you know, operator error. How embarrassing. Hee hee.
Well, I did add towing to my insurance now because of this so that’s a good thing! Live and LEARN!
Thanks!May 20, 2009 at 11:41 pm #18766MunchParticipant
just an added tip: Pay attention to where you fill the gas up to… sometimes you can overfill it and plug the exhaust vent hole under the fuel cap. This symptom you have/had sounds eerily close to what I ran into with my 500. Just watch the fuel level on fill up and try to keep it in mind.
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