check out the garage photo
<= over there of my VS650 - we have the same bike and paint
that "raspberrry red" glows in the sun from 100 yards away.
it sounds like it ran home on only one cylinder - your bike will do 100mph in 5th gear
One of your carbs is either completely plugged with dry gas goop, or the float bowl is stuck in the up position and no fuel is flowing thru
the simple approach is to get some carb cleaner thru the fuel line into the float bowls, and if they will fill up let it soak overnight, then see if it runs better on new gas. Im assuming you drained out whatever was in the tank?
Check your spark plugs to make sure they did not rust away to nothing from sitting for so long
and pull the air cleaner off to make sure there is not a bees nest in your air intake box
If worse comes to it, and the carb cleaner cannot get your jets to open up, you will have to take the carbs off, or maybe just the one on the cylinder that is not firing, and clean the jets with thin steel wire.
to tell if both cylinder are firing tap your finger where the exhaust pipe goes into the head. If it feels warm/hot then its firing, if its cold nothing is burning on the compression stroke
its harder to tell putting your hand over the exhaust pipe, because both cylinders blow air out on the exhaust stroke, but the one that is firing will blow out more air, and it will be warm to somewhat hot.
Thanks for the tips as well.
Here is a list of what I did to get it running. Please feel free to point out any mistakes I made, but don't be cruel.
Remember; I have ZERO experience with any bikes of any kind. None.
I pulled the plugs out, soaked them in carb cleaner for a minute, wire brushed them, gapped them, and reinstalled. They looked brand new.
Pulled the air filter out and visually inspected it. Not a speck of dirt on it.
I wanted to pull the tank off, but couldn't figure out how.
I found the two tank bolts, pulled the three screws from the speedometer bezel, but I couldn't get the bezel to lift high enough to get under it to disconnect electrical and speedo. It only came up maybe a half inch.
I wanted to pull the carb covers off to take a peak at them, but there were stripped screws that I didn't have the tools to deal with in the co-workers driveway, and I couldn't fully access the carbs to remove them without the tank being off.
I drained the fuel tank, with the lever both at "ON" and then at "RES", and put about a half gallon of fuel in it.
Put a brand new battery on it, and started cranking. Soon the driveway was covered in fuel.
Traced it to a vent or overflow tube behind the air cleaner box. Pulled the box off.
Figured the floats were stuck, but I had no way to get the carbs off, so I had to improvise. I am a former Marine; Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.
I drained the fresh fuel out of the tank, cranked it until the fuel stopped coming out of the tube, then sprayed a half a can of carb cleaner in the tank. I cranked it until the carb cleaner started coming out of the tube. I let it sit for about 30 minutes, then wrapped a hammer in a towel and lightly rapped on the carb covers about a dozen times each. Cranked, rapped, cranked, rapped. When I stopped getting carb cleaner out of the tube, I poured half a can of Seafoam in the tank, and cranked until it came out of the exhaust. I let it sit for 30 minutes, then added a half gallon of fresh gas.
After a minute of crank and rest, it fired up. I let it idle for about 5 minutes, then shut it down and let it sit for 30 minutes. Topped off the tank, fired it up, stalled it 10 times trying to take off, then rode a motorcycle for the first time in my life around the small neighborhood. Mostly in first gear because I had no idea how to get to another one.
When I got it back to the driveway I felt the pipes, and the top pipe was slightly warm, the bottom pipe hot enough to burn me if I was silly enough to let it.
I made the deal, rode it 35 miles home, parked it, and now I am on here trying to learn everything you guys can teach me.