After 7 years of marriage finally talked my wife into not being extremely upset if I bought a bike. So I grabbed a 03 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 w/ 4400 miles. Got a good deal because it didn't run. Guy swore it was the carbs. (interesting thing is he said he paid someone $300 to clean the carbs and install battery and some extra chrome on the bike 4 months ago. Then he just let it sit and now it won't start. So after reading this forum and calling everyone I knew who had a bike I:
Drained the tank and carbs - checked for rust with mirror.
filled with new gas and seafoam.
tryed to start for a second and then just turned over.
Next I charged the battery and pulled the carbs and cleaned them just like I read to do. Both pilot jets were clogged and one of the main were clogged. One carb was much worse then the other one. It had a really sticky float valve that I got moving smoothly.
Then I replaced the plugs, air filter, and a gas line because I tore a hole in it while I was taking it off.
Now the bike starts up with the choke on but if I move the choke at all it will die. I can give it gas but it back fires and trys to die as well.
I read on here that it could be a leak around the carbs so I sprayed for carb cleaner(not sure what I was looking for) on the boots and didn't notice anything going on.
So first question is. What next?
Second question is. The bike has a vance and hines exhaust on it. (installed when the bike was first purchased and they rejetted it at that time. If I need to replace the jets... which is what I am guessing will be the next thing for me to do. What size do I need to get? I am sure there is some information somewhere on this. If you could point me to it that would be great.
Thanks for any help. I am really excited I got a bike but now I am starting to regret the bike I bought. I am taking a motorcycle training course next weekend and would love to have this bike going so I could start driving it before the weather turns bad.