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Love my carbs! - June 27, 2007, 11:28 AM

I simply had to tell someone about how happy I am that Boomboom929 was able to fix my carb problem.

The problem started last fall when my bike would stall when idling downhill or on hard stops. I couldn't do slow-speed maneuvers very well nor could I practice hard braking (which is something we should ALL practice often). I wasn't riding much and regretted it.
As an affordable possibility, I replaced my fuel cock (I broke the original learning how it worked). No improvement. I got frustrated and paid Coleman's an arm and a leg. They adjusted my valves which made my bike run a little better, but the bike still stalled and ran rough. Admittedly, they wanted to do a complete engine rebuild, but I couldn't afford that!

If the professionals who do this for a living can't help you, then what?

Well, Boomboom overheard me whining about this perpetual problem and said, "That sounds like a float issue! Let me help you with that!" And so, I once again had hope.

Over the weekend I learned SO much about how carburetors work! Another friend walked me through the physics but Boomboom showed me how to open them up, clean them out, and I got to see all those parts I'd only heard about. He was quick, efficient, and patient. He had all the right tools (including a really cool mercury pressure meter). Oh, my Kat put up a fight, though. She wasn't going to be tuned easily, no way... We were running out of time (he had to be somewhere).

At the last minute, the bike began behaving. It seemed to be running fine, so we threw her back together and backed her out of his garage. Boomboom and family took off to their other engagement leaving me to test drive my bike (yipes!). Fortunately, Cruiserhubby had come to pick me up (we didn't think we'd have the Kat ready). He gallantly took my bike for the first test ride.

"How does she feel?" "I don't know. I don't ride your bike that often." He was a lot of help.

Riding it home, it seemed she was running rough. After a few days of fiddling with it, I realized the problem was in my head. I was so afraid of my bike idling at a low rate, I was giving her too much air! But the stalling stopped, she runs smoothly, and I feel like she's a new bike! I'm so happy!

With all that I learned about carbs, I think I might tweak the idle rate up just a hair...

I had to share a story that had a happy ending!

"She wont be so fuckable covered in road rash." -boomchic00

"The whore force is strong in this one."

BamBam, I miss you more than words can say.
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June 27, 2007, 11:31 AM

and the bike fairy strikes again!!!

so we'll start seeing you again, what's your name again?


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