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by GS_in_CO
Tue May 24, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6904

Re: Starter Issues

This feels like we're communicating now. Good job! The marking on the flywheel for these purposes does not have to be large. The rectangle you describe might actually be it. Can you compare its position with actual piston TDC? You mention TDC marking on the flywheel cover? Could there be a viewport ...
by GS_in_CO
Tue May 24, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6904

Re: Starter Issues

Thanks for better formatting. Much more readable. If English isn't your native language you are doing very well with vocabulary and spelling. The formatting is easily fixed. The usual cause for backfire is triggering the spark while the cylinder is still filling with fuel/air on the intake stroke. W...
by GS_in_CO
Tue May 24, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6904

Re: Starter Issues

In your wall-of-text posting I didn't see you were referring to assembling a motor from pieces - which matters a very great deal. It also wasn't clear to me how many different problems you were working on. I'm old enough to require sentences and paragraphs in my text. Otherwise it's unreadable. Many...
by GS_in_CO
Mon May 23, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Starter Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 6904

Re: Starter Issues

KevariMan wrote: is it normal when i put my hand against the hole where the carb sucks air

For a 4 stroke engine it is not normal for that to happen.

THat's about as far as I'm willing to go on advice for this.

Is this bike a refugee from the junkpile?
by GS_in_CO
Tue May 17, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: GS 450 is possessed
Replies: 12
Views: 5586

Re: GS 450 is possessed

Johnj wrote:I found all the parts at Bike Bandit. I didn't look at Old Bike Barn.
Fixed so old eyes can read the text.
by GS_in_CO
Sun May 15, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Need help - engine dies after a couple of minutes
Replies: 2
Views: 2283

Re: Need help - engine dies after a couple of minutes

Not much info to go on.
Some chokes are nice and rich for the start but are too rich for the warmup and so the engine dies.
Chokes are not always on/off controls. Some need to be adjusted as the engine warms up.
This is my best guess based on almost no information.
by GS_in_CO
Mon May 09, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: Front right running light broke, but blinker is fine
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: Front right running light broke, but blinker is fine

Since the other light/blinker is working you have a "known good" to compare. Using a multimeter start checking to see if there is the expected power at the connector. (compare the "good" connector to the "unknown") Be very, very, very careful probing inside the bulb socket with the meter probe as yo...
by GS_in_CO
Fri May 06, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: route comparison?
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

Re: route comparison?

If I recall correctly it's mostly wide sweeping curves.
The views are awesome as are the dropoffs without guardrails.
It's the dropoffs that cause flatlanders problems.
by GS_in_CO
Thu May 05, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: The Ladies Lounge
Topic: route comparison?
Replies: 3
Views: 1503

Re: route comparison?

Difficulty in what way? If you can keep it on the road and between the lines the Million Dollar Highway will be no problem unless an oncoming touron decides they have to drive on the centerline because the edge is too scary.
by GS_in_CO
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: GS 450 is possessed
Replies: 12
Views: 5586

Re: GS 450 is possessed

Definitely not a common symptom. Disregarding the oil - you probably have a stuck open float valve (inlet valve). One thing to try is opening the bowl drain for that carb to try flushing the obstruction thru. Might get lucky. But ultimately you probably will have to drop the carb bowl and maybe remo...
by GS_in_CO
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: GS 450 is possessed
Replies: 12
Views: 5586

Re: GS 450 is possessed

Crankcases are often (usually? always?) vented to the intake manifolds so that some fresh air is drawn in someplace, usually on the clean side of the air filter, and drawn thru the engine and then burned along with fuel/air mixture. These are usually very small hoses. Backwards flow (how???) would o...
by GS_in_CO
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: GS 450 is possessed
Replies: 12
Views: 5586

Re: GS 450 is possessed

There probably are things you aren't telling us - how do you think oil can get into a carburetor?

Have you investigated those possibilities?
by GS_in_CO
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3724

Re: New Rider Questions

Yankees1212 wrote: I kept my composure, restarted the bike and got going but the fact that people were honking kind of angers me
They probably thought you were texting.

As long as they aren't running you over it's ok. Happened to everyone.
by GS_in_CO
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3724

Re: New Rider Questions

My situation was either 1) slowing down to turn right off a 35 mph street at 90 degrees or 2) slowing to turn left across traffic but not coming to a complete stop But, yeah I've found myself tapping on the rear brake and it really does help with slow speed stuff. Since you aren't stopping you woul...
by GS_in_CO
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3724

Re: New Rider Questions

Tomorrow, the weather should be nice so I'm going to work on controlled turning without using the clutch and downshifting. It's trying to snow here so.... enjoy your good weather. Turning at slow speed you should have your hand on the clutch ready to slip it if needed if RPMs get too low. It's hard...
by GS_in_CO
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New Rider Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 3724

Re: New Rider Questions

You can use the brakes without pulling the clutch until the engine RPMs get to near idle speed. But of course close the throttle when you use the brakes and before pulling the clutch. On downshift you should be trying to match the RPMs in the new gear. Think about it and recognize that for the same ...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What was your first bike and how did you come to own it?
Replies: 25
Views: 9686

Re: What was your first bike and how did you come to own it?

I was in Submarine School after having finished a year of US Naval Nuclear Power training. With completion of nuke school there was a bonus that was enough to pay for my Suzuki GS425. Sub School was in New London Connecticut during the summer and was a great place to learn to ride by following the m...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: bike hesitating at high rpm
Replies: 10
Views: 10046

Re: bike hesitating at high rpm

I gave myself a self-induced fuel starvation issue last year which acted just like you are describing. No hiss from the tank cap but it would miss and buck after a few minutes above 50 mph. The easy test for venting is to ride with the fill cap loose. (be sure the tank isn't real full.....) (My bike...
by GS_in_CO
Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: bike hesitating at high rpm
Replies: 10
Views: 10046

Re: bike hesitating at high rpm

Fuel starvation? Clogged gas tank vent?
by GS_in_CO
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: bike hesitating at high rpm
Replies: 10
Views: 10046

Re: bike hesitating at high rpm

I checked the plugs first and they looked fine upon inspection, but ill grab new plugs after work amd see if i was wrong in my initial judgement. Ill post back after i change them and take a ride and let ya know how it works out. I appreciate the input, brother. "looking" should include using a gap...