Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Model: 91 Aspencade with a 97 powerplant!
I never had an idling issue with any of my wings so I never had to let it sit running to clean the idle circuits up.
However, every spring I burn off the first tank of gas that has fuel stabilizer in it and then I run 4 tanks with 1/2 a can of sea foam in it.
Now, that's up here north of the 49. We don't use that corn syrup crap in our gas but do lay up our bikes longer for its winter nap than most of you guys.
The cans are 16 oz.
So my formula for spring breakfast for my bike is 6 gal of fresh gas to 8 oz of Seafoam. She (the bike) gets that 4 tanks in a row. The bike is now ready for the year.
That measurement puts it above the 1 oz per gallon and a less than the 2 oz per gallon ratio. At this point I have no need to use it at full strength ratios.
I have never had a carb (on any engine) that would have needed 2oz per gallon. Seafoam is good stuff.
Paul, it would not hurt anything to pour a full can into your tank. That would exceed the high dose recommendation but still not hurt anything. The bike might smoke a little but that's the Seafoam and not the oil. I would pick up 3 cans and do 3 tanks if you were going to do this. Drive it like your stole it. Lots of wrist function back and forth.
I don't like the bike sitting and idling for long long periods of time when there are no issues with idling. I will let my bike idle for 15 min a few times in the first tank or two but that's it, usually as I am getting ready to go.
Seriously though, I would not wait until October to dig into the vacuum tubing.
If you know your going to have rain on a Saturday, get the plastic off you bike Friday evening... it really does not take that long. Remove the top shelter and the sides. Saturday morning remove the air filter and start the bike up.
Use a good carb cleaner and spray the slides as it is running while twisting the throttle back and forth. Watch the sliders move and make sure they are not sticking. Stop the engine and spray as best you can into the area where the slides are covered and let it sit a few min. Start the bike again and give it another spray. Your done with that.
Being that you're already here, remove the breather box and clean it... only a few minutes to do that too. Now you can easily get at all the vacuum lines. Replace what's needed after carefully inspecting the hoses.
Hey... your plugs are staring right at you!!! Might as well check them. They can tell al lot on what going on with your bike. It just takes a few min longer.
You can do a search here in the forums to see the likely culprits.
Please don't wait until October for a few reasons. One, you will miss some QUALITY time riding the bike and will not get the pure enjoyment from cracking the throttle and feeling the response of a clean and working fuel system.
Second... safety. Sometime a laggy throttle response can get you into trouble by not getting you out of an unsafe situation when you "need it now" or that it acts erratic in a well leaned over turns or in traffic.
We want to see you... all of you new guys and gals have a safe, working bikes and up the "more smiles per miles" ratio!
Drive safe and enjoy.
1) Experience is something you don't get until after you need it.
2) A closed mouth gathers no foot.
3) IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO IT RIGHT, WHEN WILL YOU HAVE TIME TO DO IT OVER??
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