83 VT500C Too Lean/Cooling Issues??
1983 VT500C ~20K km, new pipes, 2 recent trips to the shop for carb work followed by a short road trip and here's where I stand:
Sounds like Im making popcorn every time I decelerate (shop claims - exhaust gasket leaking where mufflers attach), starts easy/idles nice/rides well until the engine gets hot (aka 2+ hours on the hwy). After that, I have to hold the idle part way open at lights, occasional backfire at lower rpm/starting and it feels ready to stall <2500 rpm. Note: upon passing the 2500-3K mark it wakes up and rides like nothing happened.
My suspicion is resetting the stock jets wont adequately compensate for the new pipes and/or I need to repair the cooling system.
Can I please get some input before I bash away at this?
Thanks a ton!