I just acquired my first motorcycle, a 1988 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. It has only 34k miles:
The bike didn't run in the last two years or less than that, so me and my father in law started doing some maintenance to make it perfect again. With surprise and happiness we discovered that everything works perfectly;
- tank is de-rusting using a gallon of Metal Rescue;
- replaced the fuel filter with original Kawasaki part from a local dealer;
- replaced some fuel lines (still had the originals);
- checked the battery, it was charged (12.95V, 9.8V while starting the engine);
- checked the electrics, everything is fine;
- checked the fuel pump, working perfectly;
- cleaned the filters + ordered new sponges on eBay (the originals fell apart while cleaning);
- checked spark plugs, they were new;
- checked for sparks, sparked fine;
- checked compression, had compression;
Still the bike would not start; you could tell that she really wanted to though. So I went on with the last thing to do, disassemble the carburetor:
From outside looked fine:
I assume that that stuff is gas that lost some volatile parts and became gel. My question is, what is the best way to clean that stuff? Any particular solvent that you guys can advice? We started cleaning it with carb cleaner, but it leaves a white patina and will need further scrubbing, which is not easy to do inside the carburetor.
Any feedback is more than welcome, thanks!