Originally Posted by slowoldguy
Aaah. It appears the sputtering was water in the gas. It is running a bit better now. ;)
Fuel is critical on these bikes- for some reason they are finicky. Not sure if this is true but I was told that you need to drain the carb out if you wash the bike. SOG, that may hold true for drowning one too.
My bike sat with stabil in it from Nov-May and would barely start for a month then cough and sputter like crazy once she was running. I dumped the entire gas tank and it still took 20 miles of short daily rides to recover fully. Now I start it weekly and scare a young mother in the neighborhood to make sure she's in top running order, and to make sure the bike runs well too.