First Road Star - are these things normal?
There are a few things I'm hoping you all can help clarify for me. I just picked up a 2006 Road Star with 5500 miles. Factory exhaust and I don't believe motor or fuel system has been modified in any way.
I've never owned a carbureted bike outside of an old dirt bike long ago. The dirt bike left that distict smell of fuel on my clothes following a good ride. I get that after riding my Road Star. Is it normal or should there not be any noticible smell? There are no leaks and no moisture on any of the lines that are visible, I'm worried it's running rich.
Next, without a tachometer, I have no idea what RPMs I'm running at. My question is, what speeds for which gears do our bikes like most? I like the sound when I'm at a higher gear and the engine is turning more slowly but I'm not sure this is ideal.
The bike has no issues starting but I'm unsure of the best way to use the choke when starting the bike. I've read to never ride the bike with the choke on at all. I've also read about the full, then half, then off method of getting the bike going. I've been using this method but often have began riding with the choke at half, then turning it off (pushing it all the way in) after riding a few minutes when it will idle with no choke.
Lastly, when I turn the bike off, I hear a subtle "burp" from the exhaust. This happens most of the time when I turn it off but not all the time. Not too worried about it, just curious if it's normal.
So far, I love this thing (had it 1 week today!) and can't wait to get back on it after work today...or at lunch, and maybe I'll take an extra break too... I just want to understand how best to operate this beast. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
Last edited by jdbell; 08-27-2014 at 10:14 AM.
Reason: additional question