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Old 09-07-2010, 06:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Motorcycle shops tend to spend most of their time rebuilding and cleaning carburetors because they sit over winter, so even if a fuel injected bike gets the same mileage it will get used more because it will start more
The carbs on my bike were (probably) cleaned just once, when I had them rejetted when it was re-engined.

It never developed any carb problems during the 8 years I've had it, though it stood idle for many months on end - all together it stood still for well over 4 years.

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In a European setting, many bikes will use more gas than a diesel car, especially if the bikes have been souped-up with aftermarket exhaust and other common performance mods.

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Ryland and I live in a climate that's not bike friendly for about 1/3 of the year. Engines do develop fuel system problems when they sit that long.
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Ryland and I live in a climate that's not bike friendly for about 1/3 of the year. Engines do develop fuel system problems when they sit that long.
My bike stood still for anything between 3 months and a whole year.
Sure it started reluctantly the first time, but it didn't develop any fuel system problem.

The battery was taken out and put on a trickle charger.
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Lucky you! Maybe your fuel doesn't turn to crud in months as ours does.
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euromodder; For what its worth, my experiance on my own bikes and small engines is like yours, however I have taken small engine and bike carbs apart in the sping time, that were covered internaly with a green varnish and had to be cleaned. my experiance is that the "dirty" carb condition is rare but it does happen.
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My bike stood still for anything between 3 months and a whole year.
Sure it started reluctantly the first time, but it didn't develop any fuel system problem.

The battery was taken out and put on a trickle charger.
Did you close the fuel petcock before storing for long periods of time? I'll bet that can save you from a gummed up carb. Last year I had to open up jets that were completely restricted due to sitting for 2 years. The original owner laid it down within the first 40 miles, got scared, and parked it.
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i have never had a problem either. i have never used STABIL, or a trickle charger or anything. the best thing to do if your bike will be setting alot in winter is to go out and start it once a week and let it run for 10-20 minutes. i been doing this for 15 years.
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the best thing to do if your bike will be setting alot in winter is to go out and start it once a week and let it run for 10-20 minutes. i been doing this for 15 years.
That's actually the worst thing to do.
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That's actually the worst thing to do.
no its not. and i should know, i've been a mechanic my whole life. whoever told you this was a bad thing to do, they are obviously not mechanically inclined. what was it that was suppose to happen if you did this? i am really interested what kind of crap someone told you.
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I have had trouble with motorcycle engines that are carbureted. I think the new alcoholed fuels are worse. The last one was a yamaha vtwin that had a passage from the pilot to the port become clogged. The passage had two right angle turns in it that could not be probed, boiled or sprayed well enough to make the engine run right.

I have had some bikes fair pretty well but many do not. My motorcycle history goes back to 1975. I still have that RD 350 in the back of my shed.

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