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Hello all,

recently I had an issue with my bike. One morning I fired her up and she sounded very unusual, she kept spitting like a cammed car and after a few seconds she would turn off. She will start up with a bit of gas and will keep running with a bit of throttle but the spitting was still there, besides that there was a white cloud of smoke coming out of the exhaust every now and then.

My solution was to diagnose it of course. I popped the tank and checked the fuel lines to make sure nonce were damaged or pinched together. After that I went to by a dehumidifier additive to get rid of any possible water in my gas tank. I mixed it my moving the tank up and down and allowed it to settle for 5 mins. My bike fired back up and ran perfectly 1 week straight.

this morning I had the same issue. Could it be that I have back luck with my local gas stations? or maybe just the cold weather? My bike is garage kept.

Please let me know if anyone has any recommendations.
 

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Hello all,

recently I had an issue with my bike. One morning I fired her up and she sounded very unusual, she kept spitting like a cammed car and after a few seconds she would turn off. She will start up with a bit of gas and will keep running with a bit of throttle but the spitting was still there, besides that there was a white cloud of smoke coming out of the exhaust every now and then.

My solution was to diagnose it of course. I popped the tank and checked the fuel lines to make sure nonce were damaged or pinched together. After that I went to by a dehumidifier additive to get rid of any possible water in my gas tank. I mixed it my moving the tank up and down and allowed it to settle for 5 mins. My bike fired back up and ran perfectly 1 week straight.

this morning I had the same issue. Could it be that I have back luck with my local gas stations? or maybe just the cold weather? My bike is garage kept.

Please let me know if anyone has any recommendations.
This should be in the tech section.

I have not seen these symptoms pop up in some time but there are several threads, along with one by me, a few years ago. I think they are under cold start problems, etc.

Pretty much below 60 degrees, my k6 750 would start normally but occasionally, after it went off fast idle, it would seem to run rich and stall. The first time it did this, it actually fouled a plug.

There were no fixes posted at the time and I have just learned to pay attention to the bike in the first two or three minutes and keep it at 2k rpm or so if it falters till it warms a bit. Then I have no issues.

My best guess at the time was that there is a flaw in the ECM programming for starts at those temperatures, but that is just my guess. It never does it consistently.
 

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Does the fuel have ethanol in it? I’ve heard horror stories from friends who run ethanol blended fuel - especially after filling up after a rain storm.

It might also be worth trying a different gas station to see if the problem persists or goes away. If your plug(s) are fouled you’d need to change them though.

I always ran “real” gas in my bike and never had issues of rust in the tank or stalling/fouling plugs like you and John have described over the 6 years I owned it.




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^ This is a good point. Ethanol does not work well as the temperatures go down.

As I mentioned, there were quite a few posts with similar symptoms about 5 years ago, but they seem to have gone away. Either less of those bikes are around or maybe the fuel suppliers are better about cutting down the ethanol content in the winter? Who knows.
 
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