Lugging in 1st gear


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Drdemos
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Lugging in 1st gear

Postby Drdemos » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:04 am



Hello,

Got a bit of a problem. I can't seem to get the RPMs high enough to prevent lugging around for a bit in 1st gear. There seems to be an overall lack of power, while in any gear... As you can imagine, this makes hills nightmarish, which sucks because I live on a mountain.

This bike hasn't been ridden in about 15 years - could it just be "warming up?" When in neutral, the throttle it totally responsive, and there are no problems getting the RPMs up, but it just wants to lug around a bit when I put it in gear.

Thanks!



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bcassel
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Re: Lugging in 1st gear

Postby bcassel » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:49 am

Okay,I'll jump in here: These bikes take about 2,000 rpm to get off the line without making awful noises and groaning. So, if that's what you are talking about, it's pretty normal.

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Fred Camper
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Re: Lugging in 1st gear

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:42 pm

Maybe your secondary jets are clogged or your sliders gummed up. Once you address this the bike will put a smile on your face at every ride. I would go after the sliders first.

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Re: Lugging in 1st gear

Postby dingdong » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:08 am

After 15 years the carbs probably need rebuilt. Also could be timing, points replaced/adjusted or even the timing advance mechanism could binding. You shouldn't have any problem riding in first gear.
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Drdemos
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Re: Lugging in 1st gear

Postby Drdemos » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:42 pm

Thank you guys. I rebuilt the carbs already, but I haven't synced them.

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Fred Camper
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Re: Lugging in 1st gear

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:18 pm

How did you rebuild the carbs, if you used Randakks video then you are all set. If not, we need to know how the sliders moved when you were done. The float height is very tricky as well.




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