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post #1 of 14 Old 01-27-2016, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Bike was hunting for fuel...

Just got back from taking the bike out on a couple trails not too far from my place. It is all still pretty wet/muddy as it snowed a bunch but the snow melted.

Anyway, I was out riding and right when I got off the trails/offroad and back onto the dirt road to find some more trails, the bike began to hunt for fuel as if it was out of fuel.

I know I was not out of fuel because I monitor my miles I go per tank pretty regularly. I should have had at least 2 more gallons with reserve and it just died on me. I switched it to reserve and it did the same thing. Let it sit for a minute, kept it on reserve, and then tried starting it up. Died on me again. I let it sit for a minute and then switched it back to the main tank and it started up. I then proceeded to ride the 5 or so miles back to my house with no issues.

I was going a little quick on the trails and everything. Maybe I hit too many bumps and my carb lost its vacuum? Does this happen for anyone else? It was totally weird. I could have had a varnish blob in the carburetor and it worked its way out, but that was just weird for it to be acting like that.

Anyone else have this issue after doing some muddy trails?

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-27-2016, 07:57 PM
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Have you had the fuel tank off? Check the small vacuum hose from the carb to the petcock.

Is your bike a CA model? A rectangular charcoal can on the left rear, above the sprocket? Maybe you had over-filled the fuel tank last time?

Way too 'New' to be much else, imo only.

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-28-2016, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't had the tank off at all. Think maybe the hose had maybe shifted and got pinched? Mine is not the CA model but is a 2014 NE. How would overfilling the tank cause that? Plus, I should have had only about 2 gals in there so there definitely wasn't an overabundance of fuel.

It was just weird... It's not like I was doing wheelies on it and getting the bike at a weird angle causing it to starve. I was just riding off road. Never had that happen.

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It can be a California model even if it was not bought in California. Does it have the tank pdwestman referred to?

Any chance you may have turn the petcock to OFF instead of RESERVE? I have see guys turn the big end of the lever to reserve instead of the little end with the arrow.

When it started and died were you doing anything like raising or lowering the stand or dropping into gear or adjusting the choke?
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Any chance you may have turn the petcock to OFF instead of RESERVE? I have see guys turn the big end of the lever to reserve instead of the little end with the arrow.
GoMotor and RTB,
The "arrow" is at the tip of the handle (both sides , actually) on the OEM fuel valve.
As in, the handle 'points to position'. An aftermarket or Yamaha 'Raptor' manual fuel valve may or may not have an 'arrow' on the exterior 'face'.

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GoMotor and RTB,
The "arrow" is at the tip of the handle (both sides , actually) on the OEM fuel valve.
As in, the handle 'points to position'. An aftermarket or Yamaha 'Raptor' manual fuel valve may or may not have an 'arrow' on the exterior 'face'.
Correct. I said it backward. See how easy it is to do it wrong? In actual use my left hand knows which way to turn the lever when the engine starts sputtering.
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Correct. I said it backward. See how easy it is to do it wrong? In actual use my left hand knows which way to turn the lever when the engine starts sputtering.
I totally agree Paul. Forward for GO(motor) on Reserve!

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Sounds to me like its time to do the "T" mod on the carb vent line.
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That was my thought, too. Maybe a glob of mud temporarily blocked the vent line?

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That was my thought, too. Maybe a glob of mud temporarily blocked the vent line?
it is a 2014 gen2 with the vent tube near the battery.
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