99 vstar 650 only starts when leaned to the right...?
Hello all, and thank you in advance for any possible answers.
I recently bought a 1999 v star 650 classic with known issues (it was a bargain so i didnt mind) however now i'd like to get to the bottom of these issues, and dont know where to start because the symptoms are different than the results.
The seller claims he cleaned everything from the gas tank to the carbs, new fuel filter, sea foam added, the whole nine yards, says he set the float heights within +/-1mm, and i honestly believe him because he was a very...meticulous... guy, and had about 7 other bikes he was working on, seemed like he knew his stuff.
SO... for the issue. From a cold start the bike WILL NOT START WITH THE CHOKE ON AT ALL it must be pushed all the way in. It also will not start cold leaning on the kick stand, or even balanced by sitting on it.. it will only start if you tip the bike to the right, and not just a little, im talking it is on the verge of falling, only then will it start, and usually takes about 2-3 tries to get it to hold an idle, and even then it is weak, and will die again if you straighten it back up within the first 20-30 seconds. Once it is warmed up you can turn it on and off reliably with no issues on start up. Once the bike is started it runs...good, not great, but it works. Under load it is bogged down for the first 25% of the gear, only smoothing out after a few seconds of gurgling, but at the top half of each gear it runs great. at idle it is pretty similar, unless you ease on the gas it bogs down... Upon deceleration it backfires.
1999 vstar 650 only starts with the choke completely off
only starts when leaned 35 degrees or more to the right and only the right
once started idle is weak and throttle bogs it down is brought on too quick
under load the first half of each gear is bogged down, while the top half of each gear runs smooth and sounds great
backfires when downshifting
This all sounds to me that it is running too RICH, but the exhaust does not smoke, and the spark plugs look fine... HELP