WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?
Now I’m baffled. I broke down yesterday on my way to base to stand duty. After pushing it up to the corner where I could get up on the sidewalk and out of the way of traffic I realized that there was a quickly growing puddle of fuel under the bike. Not having many tools with me I had no choice but to get it towed home. This morning before I came in for duty I spent what little time I had between church and leaving for work checking it out. I took the air cleaner off and poked around looking for obvious signs, such as a bad hose or something. I couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. The only thing I saw was that the bottom of the carb throat was wet with fuel, seeing this I thought maybe the needle or float were stuck causing the fuel to just flow out of the carb. I reached in with my fingers and manually moved it up and down a few times; seemed okay. So I put some fuel in the tank (as it all leaked out) and watched and waited. Nothing, not a drop. So I attempted to start the bike, started with very little effort. So I let it warm up for a bit to get to NOT. Still nothing, so it must have been the needle or float. So I started to put the air filter housing back on (burning myself pretty good a few times), got everything hooked up, no problems. Then I went to put the air filter in and it died. So I took it off and started it, no prob. so I went to put the filter on and the second the filter was a half an inch from its seat the engine almost died. I pulled the filter away, came right back. Did this a few more times. So now I’m thinking the filter is blocking a vacuum line or something. It is a 3 month old K&N. Not the least bit dirty. So I inspected the area where the filter makes contact with the housing, nothing in the crevice for it to block. So I put my finger over every hole for the various hoses and it made a difference but nowhere near as much. I even covered the carb throat aprox 90% with my hand and it didn’t have nearly the same effect. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like trying to put 2 magnets together with the same polarity. I don’t even need to touch the bike with the filter and it almost dies. Not only that, but the filter is kind of like one of those old school O shaped ones. The ones that ore a big hole, so there is no way that it is restricting any airflow. The air is not forced through the filter until the cover is placed over it.