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05-09-2016, 02:27 AM,
#1
Died and won't restart
Looking for some advice from the experts. Went to ride my 2005 1100 to

work this afternoon and it died at a stop light about 20 miles in, then

wouldn't restart. After it died I saw what looked like steam coming out

of the top pipe, not normal. It kind of backfired about a block before

the light it died at, and this didn't seem normal either. Engine would

turn over just fine, but not fire at all. Had AAA bring me home and

then headed to work in the car. I've only had the bike

for a couple weeks and put about 1 tank of gas through it. I did

adjust the idle speed up after the first ride because it was super low.

Is it possible I turned it up too far and it's just flooding the engine

at lower speeds? It was 15 degrees colder when I made the adjustment,

but the engine was adequately warmed up. Any words of wisdom before I

dig into it tomorrow would be appreciated.
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05-09-2016, 05:24 PM,
#2
RE: Died and won't restart
https://sites.google.com/site/vstar1100k...st-do-list check for spark, see if its getting fuel
2007 1100 custom,cobra longs and pods,doubled clutch spring.
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05-09-2016, 07:25 PM,
#3
RE: Died and won't restart
(05-09-2016, 02:27 AM)dhanson94 Wrote: Looking for some advice from the experts. Went to ride my 2005 1100 to

work this afternoon and it died at a stop light about 20 miles in, then

wouldn't restart. After it died I saw what looked like steam coming out

of the top pipe, not normal. It kind of backfired about a block before

the light it died at, and this didn't seem normal either. Engine would

turn over just fine, but not fire at all. Had AAA bring me home and

then headed to work in the car. I've only had the bike

for a couple weeks and put about 1 tank of gas through it. I did

adjust the idle speed up after the first ride because it was super low.

Is it possible I turned it up too far and it's just flooding the engine

at lower speeds? It was 15 degrees colder when I made the adjustment,

but the engine was adequately warmed up. Any words of wisdom before I

dig into it tomorrow would be appreciated.
sounds like the fuel pump quit, open the carb bowl drains to check for fuel
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05-09-2016, 09:11 PM,
#4
RE: Died and won't restart
Spent a little time on this today. Checked spark on both cylinders and it looked good, but changed the plugs anyway. The engine did fire and try to start, but only with the choke off. When I turned the choke on, it wouldn't fire. Definitely getting fuel, plugs were wet and I could hear the fuel pump kick on. Possibly float stuck and getting too much fuel?
(05-09-2016, 07:25 PM)pauli466 Wrote:
(05-09-2016, 02:27 AM)dhanson94 Wrote: Looking for some advice from the experts. Went to ride my 2005 1100 to

work this afternoon and it died at a stop light about 20 miles in, then

wouldn't restart. After it died I saw what looked like steam coming out

of the top pipe, not normal. It kind of backfired about a block before

the light it died at, and this didn't seem normal either. Engine would

turn over just fine, but not fire at all. Had AAA bring me home and

then headed to work in the car. I've only had the bike

for a couple weeks and put about 1 tank of gas through it. I did

adjust the idle speed up after the first ride because it was super low.

Is it possible I turned it up too far and it's just flooding the engine

at lower speeds? It was 15 degrees colder when I made the adjustment,

but the engine was adequately warmed up. Any words of wisdom before I

dig into it tomorrow would be appreciated.
sounds like the fuel pump quit, open the carb bowl drains to check for fuel
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05-10-2016, 11:32 AM,
#5
RE: Died and won't restart
(05-09-2016, 09:11 PM)dhanson94 Wrote: Spent a little time on this today. Checked spark on both cylinders and it looked good, but changed the plugs anyway. The engine did fire and try to start, but only with the choke off. When I turned the choke on, it wouldn't fire. Definitely getting fuel, plugs were wet and I could hear the fuel pump kick on. Possibly float stuck and getting too much fuel?
(05-09-2016, 07:25 PM)pauli466 Wrote:
(05-09-2016, 02:27 AM)dhanson94 Wrote: Looking for some advice from the experts. Went to ride my 2005 1100 to

work this afternoon and it died at a stop light about 20 miles in, then

wouldn't restart. After it died I saw what looked like steam coming out

of the top pipe, not normal. It kind of backfired about a block before

the light it died at, and this didn't seem normal either. Engine would

turn over just fine, but not fire at all. Had AAA bring me home and

then headed to work in the car. I've only had the bike

for a couple weeks and put about 1 tank of gas through it. I did

adjust the idle speed up after the first ride because it was super low.

Is it possible I turned it up too far and it's just flooding the engine

at lower speeds? It was 15 degrees colder when I made the adjustment,

but the engine was adequately warmed up. Any words of wisdom before I

dig into it tomorrow would be appreciated.
sounds like the fuel pump quit, open the carb bowl drains to check for fuel
check bowl levels with some clear tubing, it's very hard to tell a good hot spark from a weak one at the plug unless your in darkness and even then you really need to study it. i have seen choke cables slip making it impossible to get it to release it without manually pushing on the actual lever on the carb. move the carb slides manually to be sure their free and not sticking. if the carbs look good start thinking electrical start with an ohms test or pick up coil, motorcycles are notorious for pick up coil failures because of the environment their in.
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05-10-2016, 07:23 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-10-2016, 08:08 PM by dhanson94.)
#6
RE: Died and won't restart
Got the bike to fire up after I shut the fuel valve off. Started and idled perfectly for a minute, so I turned the valve back on and within 30-45 seconds it started bogging down. Closed valve again and it cleared up and idled normally. Must be stuck float or needle valve leaking by I guess. Just need some time now to pull the carbs.
(05-10-2016, 11:32 AM)pauli466 Wrote:
(05-09-2016, 09:11 PM)dhanson94 Wrote: Spent a little time on this today. Checked spark on both cylinders and it looked good, but changed the plugs anyway. The engine did fire and try to start, but only with the choke off. When I turned the choke on, it wouldn't fire. Definitely getting fuel, plugs were wet and I could hear the fuel pump kick on. Possibly float stuck and getting too much fuel?
(05-09-2016, 07:25 PM)pauli466 Wrote:
(05-09-2016, 02:27 AM)dhanson94 Wrote: Looking for some advice from the experts. Went to ride my 2005 1100 to

work this afternoon and it died at a stop light about 20 miles in, then

wouldn't restart. After it died I saw what looked like steam coming out

of the top pipe, not normal. It kind of backfired about a block before

the light it died at, and this didn't seem normal either. Engine would

turn over just fine, but not fire at all. Had AAA bring me home and

then headed to work in the car. I've only had the bike

for a couple weeks and put about 1 tank of gas through it. I did

adjust the idle speed up after the first ride because it was super low.

Is it possible I turned it up too far and it's just flooding the engine

at lower speeds? It was 15 degrees colder when I made the adjustment,

but the engine was adequately warmed up. Any words of wisdom before I

dig into it tomorrow would be appreciated.
sounds like the fuel pump quit, open the carb bowl drains to check for fuel
check bowl levels with some clear tubing, it's very hard to tell a good hot spark from a weak one at the plug unless your in darkness and even then you really need to study it. i have seen choke cables slip making it impossible to get it to release it without manually pushing on the actual lever on the carb. move the carb slides manually to be sure their free and not sticking. if the carbs look good start thinking electrical start with an ohms test or pick up coil, motorcycles are notorious for pick up coil failures because of the environment their in.
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05-21-2016, 09:07 PM,
#7
RE: Died and won't restart
When you say you adjusted the carbs. Yu only adjusted tthe idle screw ? If you ran it with the fuel off and it was ok. But died when you turned the fuel back on. It sounds like it's flooding for sure. You're sure that was the only screw you adjusted ?
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05-23-2016, 07:03 PM,
#8
RE: Died and won't restart
(05-21-2016, 09:07 PM)mcd177 Wrote: When you say you adjusted the carbs. Yu only adjusted tthe idle screw ? If you ran it with the fuel off and it was ok. But died when you turned the fuel back on. It sounds like it's flooding for sure. You're sure that was the only screw you adjusted ?
Yup, idle adjustment only. Figured after what I had tried it could really only be a sticking float or stuck needle valve. Took it to the dealer the other day to get carbs rebuilt and fuel system flushed. Will pick it up tomorrow.
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