It's not a problem I hope, but I'd appreciate some educated opinions.
Bike's been sitting for three days, I pull it out to wash it, discover I left the petcock open. No biggie, but I heard the old gixxers have leaky carbs. I wash it, lots of bugs on the front after my evening rides to/from whistler.
I go to start it, as soon as I press the starter there's a loud bang that doesn't sound like it's coming from the muffler, more like front of engine, and a blast of something from around the furthest left exhaust. Of course I release the starter immediately, scared the crap out of me. Try to start again, it doesn't turn over. Wait a few minutes, try again, big bang again. Then won't turn over. There's water running down the furthest left exhaust pipe, like it's been blown away from the engine (which still has water on it from the washing). I decide I'm not going anywhere, roll it back into the backyard, try again for fun. It starts, idles a bit rough for a while, and it's been fine ever since.
Did I get water in the engine while washing? I was using the spray to get bugs off the front, I didn't spray the engine deliberately but it's totally possible that it got hit. I don't know what "leaky carbs" means, did leaving the petcock open for so long do something?
Ahh old machinery... I learned so much about my car this way. Anybody have any theories?