- May 13, 2007
The tank was full when I left, and it was over half an hour before the road failure including 25 miles at 65 mph. But I'm not ruling that out, and here's why -This is my guess as well; you said the bike died shortly after refueling. A plugged vent can cut off fuel flow in as little as 10 minutes with a full tank, longer with less fuel.
After dealing with the kill switch and TriSpark issues the bike still wouldn't start. I put gas in the spark plug holes and it would fire for a couple seconds, but with the tank on it wouldn't start. Carbs would tickle OK and the plugs were wet. We had torrential rain for two days before and it was suggested (by my brother) that maybe the gas had water in it. Yesterday I drained the gas from the tank and put 2 gallons of hi-test in it. Viola, all is well again. Starts and runs normally.
That was the first time the gas cap was opened since the failure. If it is a plugged vent the problem will likely repeat. Is there a test for a plugged vent? And what's the cure?