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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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What the heck???!!!

I was leaving work on my Aspy today and I had just shifted her into 3rd when she started shaking and sputtering, so I shifted her down to 2nd and she continued to do the same. I thought she was going to die on the side of the road, when she let out a big backfire and she took off again.

I filled her up with gasthis pastSunday and had trouble starting her on Monday morning. She would start real sluggishly and die. I couldn't get her going until later that afternoon and she ran just fine until this trip after work.

About a month ago, she wouldn't start on a short trip, turned out the fuel tank was almost empty and had a lot of pressure on it. I released the pressure and she started up.

Any ideas on this one? Could there have been some water in the fuel I got on sunday to make her act this way?

Thanks for any help...Jeff
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Any chance you could have picked up some sediment or perhaps some water on that last fill up?

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That's what I am thinking might be the problem...
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Okay so my local honda shop has a mechanic who has been working on the goldings since there were created and he says to fix the gas tank pressure issue, drill a VERY small hole all the way through the gas cap. This will allow it to vent.

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That might work, but it would be more satisfying to find the actual problem and correct it, after all the bike's been running for a long time without a drilled hole in the gas cap.

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Okay so my local honda shop has a mechanic who has been working on the goldings since there were created and he says to fix the gas tank pressure issue, drill a VERY small hole all the way through the gas cap. This will allow it to vent.
Be careful when messing with emissions control stuff on California equipped motorcycles...

Yes, the gas cap on Calif. equipped Wings are part of the emissions control system. If you live in an area where emissions inspections are required annually/semi-annually and they find you have "modified" the emissions system you can get into major trouble with the state... Thank you C. A. R. B.

Not sure about the Indio area (east of Palm Springs, west of 29 Palms), but I spent better than 26 years in Santa Barbra county and the enviromental radicals there have the enviromental cops in their back pocket.

Much better for your "piece of mind" and wallet to find the problem and correct it.


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The bike came from Texas, so no California emission equipment on it...I don't think there are any inspections when I renew it related to emissions.

At least I have never had to do that and I have owned her for five years now
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The bike came from Texas, so no California emission equipment on it...I don't think there are any inspections when I renew it related to emissions.

At least I have never had to do that and I have owned her for five years now
Very good... I got mine in northern Utah and it came from Calif. so it has stickers that tell you that and all sorts of differences (read additions) in the emissions stuff.

I still agree with exavid that you should find the cause instead of treating a symptom.

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BTW - Did anybody else notice the change under exavid's handle.

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