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post #1 of 2 Old 06-19-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb 08 KLR650 suddenly bogging down - one solution

Sharing a problem and solution for someone else who may encounter the same symptoms

Bought bike ~2 months ago which probably was sitting for a while
Was low on fuel the day after a hard afternoon of riding

What happened:
Entering the highway hit ~80 mph and then suffered instant loss of power. First thought was a broken chain. Looked down and it was there so down shifted until the bogging bike could maintain speed. Limped the bike back home at 30 mph.

Wasn't a clogged gas tank vent, just a clogged jet in the carb. There was also other little junk floating in the float bowl (probably from when I swapped it to reserve thinking it could have ran out of gas). After a quick carb cleaning, it was back to normal. Rinsed tank with gas and riding again.

As simple as that sounds, I overthought it. Hope this helps someone
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-20-2019, 07:46 AM
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Yeah. "RESERVE" accesses the lower depths of the fuel tank, where crud (if any) thrives!

“You better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, you’re gonna be dead.” "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre
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