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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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idle issue...help please

Ok so my first bike is an 06 1100. Just bought it last week. Well it has basically been sitting since 2010. (ridden less than 2k miles) I have ridden it about 35miles and it seems to run and perform fine except idling. When you first start it, it will pop while idling. Not constantly just randomly. The first time I had it out it seemed to disappear once it was good and warm. Yesterday I ran it up the street for a state inspection and it never disappeared. Even when I got back here and parked it was still doing it. It does it more when the choke, or whatever ya want to call it, is engaged some. I'm thinking since it has been sitting for so long it will disappear as I ride it but then again it might not. I have changed the plugs so I assume that's not the issue.
Just looking for some suggestions. Wondering if I should just put several hundred miles on it then if it isn't gone do something about it, or have it worked on now and fix the issue. Everything is stock as far as I can tell except the AIS has been removed.
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Anyone???

Ok so now it gets weirder. Just got back from about a 40mile trip. Every time I stopped the idle was way high until I hit neutral. At any point riding along I can release the throttle and squeeze the clutch and it doesn't idle down completely. Shift down through all the gears to first with no change, pop it to neutral and the idle drops instantly. Did this every time I stop.
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You need to pull the carbs and clean the jets,especially the pilot jets they have small holes that can be cleaned by running a "bread tie wire" thru them.And then sinc sincing will even the idle.Or try running seafoam
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Thanks for that advise. So that brings another question. How critical is this? Is it safe to drive or should I do this immediately? Only reason I ask is I'm supposed to ride with a buddy over the weekend. Couple hundred miles max, but I won't have time between now and then to do this work. Will I be ok or should I park it until I get them clean and synced?
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If you don't feel unsafe on it I'd fill the tank and add Sea Foam and go on the weekend ride. I'd add slightly more Sea Foam than is recommended on the can. If you notice improvement but not perfection, repeat. The bikes been sitting for over three years and might need several cleanings.

If this doesn't work, clean the carbs and tune it manually. If you feel competent you could do this, or if you're incompetent like me, just take it in and have it tuned professionally.

If you don't feel safe riding it in its present condition, have it remediated before further riding. My $0.02.

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sounds like a lean issue at idle perhaps.

*Sea foam is an easy fix for helping to clear up some carbon build up.. (bike seems to new to really be affected by that)

also you might grab a FlatHead Socket and play with your PMS screw underneath the carbs.

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try seafoam,a ride at sustained speeds might clear it up?For the idle it needs to be sinced.Take a tow rope.
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Nick that's pretty much what I have decided to do. Since the syncing is so easily done I will check that and adjust accordingly. If after a couple of tanks of heavily seafoam treated gas I'm still having issues, I will pull and clean the carbs and go from there.
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If I bought a bike that been sitting for 4 years, the first thing I would have done is to take the carbs apart and clean them. In my opinion, that is beyond the "dump stuff in the gas tank and pray" stage by about 3 1/2 years. I wonder how much junk was in the gas tank that got sucked though the system too. A bike sitting even half that long should have had the tank cleaned, fuel lines replaced, fuel pump flushed, carbs fully disassembled and cleaned....not to mention complete brake fluid flush etc.

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Well after riding over the weekend I said heck with it and pulled then carbs today. Didn't see and obvious blockage but the plugs have been removed and extended PMS screws( guess that's what by a call them). So that brings up the question of PMS settings. What are they for stock set up? Currently they are 1 1\4 out. All I have left is reinstall and fire her up and sync then. Then ride!!! :-)
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