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Old 04-08-2012, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been riding my bike(06' shadow spirit 750 DC) for about a mth. now and it's been running great, I parked it about a week ago cause of the cold weather and rain,so I go to start it this morning and it backfired and then started but I noticed the pipes sou ded a little funny when I revved it up,so I figured I'd take it for a ride,now I live where when I leave my driveway I'm going uphill and I never have a problem but now I have to rev the all the way up in first to get it up the hill and it stalls half way there, it's almost like trying to take off in second gear.any hep would be great
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Choke on?
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Something crawled into the air box?
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did you park it out in the open or in a garage...

charge the battery..take the plugs out, clean them with a wire brush, dry them with a hairdrier and put them back in..

fuel tap on, choke on...start engine, count to 30 then turn choke off..

If that doesn't cure it you probably have to drain the carbs.

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Hmmm, could water have gotten into the tank while raining? Timing jump when it backfired? Let us know the outcome.


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Old 04-08-2012, 07:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Check the fuel filter.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Backfire through the carb or pipes? Check the boots on both sides of the carb - you may have dislodged one (or more) and have either an air leak or vacuum leak. Although I would expect a vacuum leak would make it idle like poorly or not at all or only with choke on.
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