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    Du lait Amour? Array axle167's Avatar
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    Question help! bike stalled

    I was on 1st ave last night and then the bike felt like it ran out of gas, but I checked the clear inline fuel filter and there is gas in it. I tried to start it, but again it seems like there is no gas. I put the choke on and it started but it sounds like it is labouring just to idle. After a minute it seems fine so I rode off. 10 min later it did the same thing. Today it rode fine. Anyone have experience this before? I think that it has something to do with the carbs, but not sure. Any input is appreciated. Thanks

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    what bike is it?
    is it the 95 ninja?
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    Could be any of a few things. Blocked tank vent, petcock problem, vacuum line to petcock (if it's a vacuum operated one) or "other". Not a lot to work with other than it seems to be shy of gas.
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    Yes it is the 95 250.
    The petcock was on reserve and I did see gas in the filtered line from petcock to the carb. However, I did noticed that the fuel level in the filter was a bit low.
    The bike would start only when the choke is on, just like a cold start.
    I know that this is not too much info to go on, this only happened to me a few times this season, but it is happening in a progressing frequency. Thanks

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    Registered User Array Commuter Boy's Avatar
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    Oh fun. Next time it stalls, open the gas tank cap and listen to hear if there's a "whooshing" noise of air rushing in. There's a vent in the tank that allows air in to replace the gas that's going into the carbs. If it's gummed up, the bike runs ok for a while, then the gas just doesn't flow into the carbs quickly and the bike stalls. After a while enough air leaks in that it starts ok, runs for a bit then dies again.

    There's a screen filter inside the tank attached to the petcock on most bikes, that might be getting clogged.

    Do a plug check to see if both cylinders are acting up, or if it's just one.

    There might be crap in the carbs, but I doubt it if you've got an inline filter.

    When's the last time you've had a tune-up, plugs, valve adjustment, carb synch, and air filter cleaning?

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    It may be that some of the parts of the carb are becoming blocked with grunge from winter or other long term storage. A carb clean may be in order.
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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