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July 23, 2004, 01:51 PM

Hi: My 98 Super Hawk has been garaged for a year. After charging the battery, the motor cranks but won't start. I was advised to drain the carbs, replace the gas and use tecraline or gumout to clear the passages. Unfortunately I don't know where the carb drain screw/bolt is. Do I have to remove the fairing to access it? Any Super Hawk owners out there? Please help!

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July 23, 2004, 05:10 PM

Im pretty sure your gas is fine. There is no need to drain it. Check your spark plugs. They tend to get icky after the winter. Buy some new ones and she should fire right up.
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July 23, 2004, 08:22 PM

I have to disagree with the previous list, if the bike sat for a year, the gas in the floats is pretty much water with solvents.

You might need to take the tank and intake off to access the float drain screws

after you remove the drain screws, try spraying peak starting fluid (ether) into the carbs so it helps the bike start. It mike take a wnile of the bike running to get a smooth running motor.
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July 27, 2004, 09:27 PM

you need to clean your carbs. your gas has evaporated and has left plenty of varnish behind. smell your exhaust while cranking the motor. if you don't smell raw fuel, your carbs are gunked. if you smell raw gas, you're not getting spark

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July 29, 2004, 04:17 AM

Clean your carbs good. Bowl is probably full of gunk as well as the starter jet and main. Soak them overnight if possible to remove the film that has settled on them. Just my .02

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August 19, 2004, 03:14 AM

When letting your bike sit for anything over 30 days you should be using some form of fuel stabilizer such as Sta-Bil. Gas does go bad and this sounds like what has happened to you!!
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