Justin, Yeah, wet and black, not to the extreme, but of all of the conditions given in the Clymer manual, oil fouled is the best description.
The new plugs were better, light tan but still had oil on them.
I've got 3 oz. of SeaFoam in the crankcase too, FWIW.
In the process of trying to clean the carbon off of the valves with some Yamaha Ring Free ($17 a bottle--but looks to be some serious stuff) I wanted to get some mix through her well after about a half hour the tach went crazy again and she died.
Started right up but I noticed my fuel filter was feeding bubbles (my secondary f.f.) to the carbs and there wasn't much gas in there, so maybe my fuel pump is going.
After the tach went crazy the 2nd time, I pulled off the road about a mile from my house to check things out before the bike cut out again. I started off for the house and the clutch lever went limp.
Starting to wonder which of us will kill the other first.
Is there a guide to "Parting out" a bike on this board somewhere?