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It all started when I forgot to put down the kickstand.  We all do it once every few years, and it was my time. Rode into the garage, turned off the ignition and was certainly thinking about something else. I turned the handlebars to the left, lifted my left leg to put the bike on the kickstand, and started to get off, as the bike just kept on laying over in slow motion.

We all havel had that feeling. Certainly no damage as it just layed over easy on the carpet.  Layed there for about 2 hrs until my son helped pick it up. 

Gas ran out of carb until I turned off the gas, and float bowl emptied.


Now, as I ride it, the engine will pop and backfire like it injested a June bug, until the revs are higher, and am in second or third gear.  Coming to a stop, it starves for gas and stalls. Starts right up. Intermittant problem. Top end runs fine, and will idle fine. Problem now only exists accelerating from 1st.

Removed Mikuni 42 Carb, cleaned completely, and made no adjustments or changes. Replaced gas, and made sure petcock and filter is clean. Same problem.

Any ideas where to look next?


2001 FLHT 1450

Mikuni 42

Stock exhaust



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