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Old 04-24-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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if the bike starts to bog down at around 8k RPM then picks back up. When you open the gas lid after you run it for a few seconds, it makes a noise like its releasing pressure. the other day i was riding it, and we didnt close the gas lid completely, and it ran fine. i had it up to 9k RPM with no problem. the owner got on it and said it still wasnt running as good as it could. when i left he said he jumped on it and it was bogging down again. when you lift the seat it has an air hose (about 2 inches wide) that you have to cover up 1/2 way with tape to get it running. i believe that is the air line that goes to the carb, cause there is something about there is to much air flowing than there is gas, or something like that.

the owner thinks its the gas lid, cause he painted the bike and got a small amount of paint on the gas lid. he thinks the ring around it may have swollen up or something. Others say the carbs need to be cleaned.

what im trying to find out is should i buy the bike for 1,000 bucks and fix it, without spending more than 500 bucks on it? does it sound like something MAJOR? or does it sound like a quick fix?
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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Based on the info you've provided, it needs a new fuel cap (or a particularly good disassembly and cleaning of the old one, if you can) for certain.

How much time and effort (and possibly MONEY) are you willing and able to put into this, if it turns out the seller's "diagnosis" is incorrect? THAT is the question you should ask, and ask to yourself.

Always iffy, buying a bike with "known issues".

How much do you trust the seller? How much mechanical ability do you possess?
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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im willing to spend ALOT of time to fix this bike, i really dont want to spend more than 500 bucks. from what people have told me, they say it SHOULDNT be more than 500.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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It's one of those things that's really hard to say. I think you're asking if we can tell you exactly what's wrong with it, and assure you that you'll not have to fork-out more than $500 additional repairing it. Wish we could do so. Who's to say the fuel issue is the beginning? What happens if you fix that, and suddenly 2nd gear takes a dump from all the wheeliein' the PO did? Or you find cracks in the steering-neck?

Ya' pays yer money, and ya' takes yer chances.

From what you've said, the cap-vent sounds like the fuel-delivery problem. I don't know where the hose goes, but if you look at a parts fiche and identify the hose to a local Dealer, it would be better to replace than go-about with a hack-job patch.
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:38 AM   #6
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M-M-M-Mmmmmmon-key.......... <drools>
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heh...airhawk likes monkey brains...
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:28 PM   #8
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fuel line could be clogged or the filter if you have one is plugged. needs air for gravity to take place. not vacuum
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