bike dies when put on side stand

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bike dies when put on side stand

Post by aynew1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:14 pm

When I got home yesterday i put my bike on the side stand while I dropped something off at my car. It promptly died. I had to hold it at full throttle to get it started again and when I stood it up it died again, same thing to get it started. It did the same thing today.
It starts great when cold or any other time, runs strong on the highway and around town, accelerates smooth etc. The heat gauge does get up in the upper half of the normal range coming home but it's 95 and it's a 4 mile 6% grade so that seemed normal to me, thought maybe it was vacuum in the gas tank but there seems to be more pressure than anything else. not really a big problem but it seems curious and I wonder if it's a symptom of a more serious issue. I'd like to hear what somebody else thinks before I change anything

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Re: bike dies when put on side stand

Post by scotterichmond » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:43 pm

My first thought is the float levels are not quite correct.

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Re: bike dies when put on side stand

Post by Johnyy Smoke » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:19 pm

Sounds like a float problem in the carbs-do you smell gas when riding?See a leak around the bowl gaskets?Regards,Johnyy

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Re: bike dies when put on side stand

Post by virgilmobile » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:29 pm

Make no assumptions.You need to determine what of the 3 things are not right.With one test you can tell so it doesn't become a trial and error fix,you will need one thing.A compression gauge.
Here's the process.Run it till it will fail,remove one plug,Leave in on the wire.attach the compression gauge and open the throttle to try to crank it.
At this time you can check not only the spark but the compression.
This will show quick if you have a fuel,spark or compression issue.
Now you can narrow down what to expect to work on and not guess at it.

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