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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-10-2016, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Carb issue?: VN800 Dies on Highway

Been reading through some of the carb posts but I don't really see anything specifically like what I'm experiencing so I thought I'd take a shot at it here and see what you guys think.

95 VN800 Stock Intake, Carb (as far as I know), V&H Straight Pipes, 12,500 miles total. This bike is pretty much bone stock except the exhaust as far as I can tell. I just picked it up locally for 1k. My intent is to convert it to a classic but before I do that I need to work out the mechanical bugs and get rid of the dirty air recirculate system.

So, if I drive it on the highway at sustained speed for 10-15 minutes, it acts like its running out of gas. If I stay in the throttle it dies. I pull over, wait 20 seconds, it fires right back up and away I go.

If I pull the clutch and coast it for 100 yards or so, it eventually evens out and continues running until the next time it tries to die.

My initial feeling is the fuel bowl is running dry. Maybe a incorrectly configured float or sticky needle?

Second feeling is something to do with delivery to the carb, possibly the fuel line clogged or the Petcock. I can see that it's run by vacuum, has anyone experienced a vacuum issue causing this?

Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.



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