At wits end (but it was a short trip)! Newb needs your wisdom!
I've been lurking about here for some time, but it feels longer since for the last 2 years my beloved 08 (red) has been in pieces on the basement floor!
To make a long story short as i crested a big f*ck off rock the top of it came out of nowhere, punched through the stock skid, grabbed my oil drain screw and ripped it out. When it was all said and done the bike puked its oil all over the trail, i had to push her 2km out of the bush, and needed the bottom case welded up by a man with more skill than I. Then work happened, i deployed in the summers, and was made a sad everytime i saw her all covered up in the corner.
HOWEVER! She's back together now and, after a whole slew of problems along the way, fires up, runs, stops, turns, etc. To be bluntly honest a great deal of the troubleshooting couldn't have been done without forums like this one and the people that have had problems before me, so thanks to all you!
On to the thing(s) that are driving me nuts though. In spite of starting up fine, warming up fine, idling fine (1400ish warmed up, no choke), when i slow down to come to a stop, the revs die off and the engine cuts out. It's rideable, but i have to keep the clutch in and revs up higher than i remember having to do to keep the engine alive as I come to a stop. I have to give it more revs than i remember to get moving without it sputtering to a stop too.
Maybe related, or a separate thing, but it feels (sounds) like the bike isn't running as smoothly or regularly as it used to. Almost like it's "missing a beat", but regularly, like it's just thumping a tiny bit slower than i feel it should be.
Lastly, there's a ticking sound i can hear from the cylinder that i don't think i could hear before. I asked the guy who took the engine apart to check the valve clearances while he was in there, and he said they were good. I'm a bit hesitant to open up the top end since i just got her together, but if you guys think i should....
I'm sure this is probably at it's heart a fairly simple problem, but i can't figure out what my next step is, or where to look for a solution.
So far (some of this to get it running in the first place) I have drained every scrap of old gas and filled with new stuff, run seafoam through it (neighbours are probably getting tired of the white smoke i leave behind trying to get it through the system!) and cleaned the carb as best i could. None of the vent/vacuum/fuel lines seem to be kinked or clogged.
So there it is, at wits end and open to anything! Not having her on the road is slowly killing me, especially when i feel like i'm so close!