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post #1 of 7 Old 06-09-2014, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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question about fuel/tank

Hi - back again. We are near Moncton in NB now. No issues with my bike since my hubby put it back together down in Maine. It is idling a bit high but he wants to wait to adjust as tank, cowling, etc has to all come off.

As we were running on the highway his bike spluttered & he put it in reserve. We weren't that low in gas yet & he is puzzled why it did this.

Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-09-2014, 10:17 AM
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Awfully long shot . . . main fuel standpipe on petcock inside tank could somehow be clogged; switching to reserve would work around this problem.

Again, long shot; better theories most welcome!
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...It is idling a bit high but he wants to wait to adjust as tank, cowling, etc has to all come off.

As we were running on the highway his bike spluttered & he put it in reserve. We weren't that low in gas yet & he is puzzled why it did this.
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Hope you are enjoying NB. Did you happen to stop at the memorial for the 3 RCMP police officers that were shot the other day. It was a very sad day for Moncton, NB and for the country.

Regarding the fuel, the idling speed and extra gear is having an impact on fuel usage and you may be burning more than you expected. After the reserve was turned on and at the next fill up, how much gas did the bike take? How many kilometres on the last leg?

Also a bad spark plug or clogged air filter can also result in very poor fuel economy. If you can share some extra details on the ride segments and noted changes.

Safe Riding....
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Nothing has to come off to adjust the idle speed.

My mileage dips too. That's how the bike is telling me to clean the air filter
cuz it's getting more fuel than necessary for the lesser air available.

Another quick fix to the above mentioned possible clogged fuel straw is
to run it way low on gas, tilt the bike on it's right side to pull out the petcock
and blast clean it with some compressed air. No other parts need to be removed
for this, other than disconnecting the hoses.

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post #5 of 7 Old 06-10-2014, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for responses - have further concern....

Believe fuel usage was higher due to winds & stop/go thru small towns.

Another concern is the 2010 bike. It is burning approx 1 litre per 1000 km while the 2009 is only burning approx 1/4 of a litre for the same mileage.

What are some of the reasons for this?

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Thank you for reassurance

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