Took er out for a little longer run today, looking for bugs and checking things over. I decided a run up to Hamsters would be a good bet. If I had any problems I would be between two wing shops! lol.
The trip is around 100 miles round trip and involves a little freeway, a little urban, a little twisty and a little country. Got up to his place fine, and felt like it still was not running quite right. Hamster was more than gracious with his time, and set about helping to synch the carbs with his sticks.
Then the fun began. We got into a real tail chaser. adjust 1-3, adjust 2-4 and then adjust the banks and everything would go all wonky. We figure something is wrong with the side to side adjuster.
Well, as we fiddle faddled around, neither of us noticed the fan had not come on. Suddenly we had antifreeze blowing out of the radiator cap. Partly this was due to the crappy aftermarket crossover cap I had installed. I had noticed it leaking earlier. So anyway, no harm was done, we shut her down and let everything cool off. We also melted one of the tubes for the sticks. And I plugged the wire back onto the fan switch... duhhh.
After firing it up, it was running rough, since we had not completed the carb synch, and it was getting late, so i decided to buzz home and deal with the problem later. Being the fine strong machines these are, I made it home safe and sound, albiet probably running on three cylinders, with impressive backfires on deceleration.
This morning I went out side and decided to do my little "roadside" synch work before heading to the shop. In case you wonder how this works, here ya go. I find I can get my engine carbs pretty darn close using this method.
Fire up the bike, and warm it up. Standing on the left side while the bike is running, pull the number 2ne plug wire and listen to how much the engine drops or misfires. Now do the same with the number 4 wire. Adjust the synch screw until both have the same effect on how much the engine drops. Now do the other side the same way. When you are done, adjust the side to side screw until it runs smooth. You will probably have to play with the idle screw as well.
I have done this trick many times and when i check it with a real carb tool, I find i am pretty close. Probably about as close as a bench synch.
Anyway, I puttered down the country road to the shop and she ran real smooth.
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