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I'm not a mechanic nor do I play one on TV but I have spent more than my share of time in the "WTF" position on the side of the road trying to get a bike to run (especially a Yamaha V-Star but that's another story).

If I were in your shoes I'd do the following:

1.) Check the spark plugs, pull both of them and double check the gap and wear. It's easy and fast to do plus it will ensure you are reseating your plug cable correctly (check the coil connections too). I've helped more than a couple of folks with stalled or crappy running bikes just by changing out the spark plugs and properly gapping them.

2.) Second is check that clutch adjustment, heck do the whole thing over again but from what it sounds like I highly doubt it's the clutch. I just recommend checking it again because it's free and only takes a minute.

3.) You did check your oil levels right? Just making sure, I'm sure you did.

4.) Maybe run some carb cleaner through her whenever you are going to take her on a long enough run to get a tank of gas through it.

5.) Check your choke adjustment. Again I doubt this is the issue but it's free and easy to do.

6.) Lastly the culprit if it isn't spark plugs or cables is likely to be the ECM. If you have the scratch go ahead and replace it. If it wasn't the ECM you'll have a backup then and sooner or later you'll replace it anyway.
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Check the plugs. If you adjusted them to be a little rich and have not checked them in a few thousand miles you may have fouled one.
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My best guess, before reading all the other ones was a case of a clogged fuel filter/screen.
My truck acted up that way once from an old fuel filter being nearly clogged.
If you ride in the hills it would be more immediately noticeable, but on level roads it might act as described, and pulling on the choke knob part way might return some of the power for a moment before the bowl runs completely dry, not just low.
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check the plugs, It's doubtfull that starting it every week you ever let it totaly warm up. next SEAFOAM not just any carbcleaner SEAFOAM before you store the bike. AND MAKE SURE YOU RIDE atleast awhile to get the seafoamed gas into the carb before you park it. only store mine with 1/2 tank then top it off with fresh fuel with SEAFOAM in it in the spring probably got some gunk slowing up fuel flow
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After sitting all winter your gas could be bad if you did not use any gas stablizer ?????? who knows!
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if everything else checks out, check the carb diaphram it may have a tear in it.
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thanks for all the advice friends. I'm actually hoping for bad weather this weekend so I'll have time to get to check it all out. The weather has been remarkably warm this week (but rainy) so my wife's had me working in the yard.
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Not sure if he described that properly... to adjust the clutch (the screw, not the cable) you turn the screw til' you feel it "BARELY" tighten up... then back it off 1/4 turn... I believe these are reverse threads? I can't remember...
If I remember right it is reverse threads.
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Ben.........you got the cold you were hoping for!
I'm in West Central Indiana.....what part of the state are you in?

My best "educated guess".......fouled a plug. My 2005 sat all winter without starting and without a fuel stabilizer.....and fired right up.

You are certainly lugging that baby if you try to accellerate in 5th gear at 50 mph, UNLESS you ease into the throttle. I would suspect that you are shifting too soon on a regular basis.

I'd be surprised if your clutch is slipping. Does it rev higher when you tried to accellerate in 5th? If it didn't, then it's not likely the clutch.

If we are fairly close..........I can help you.
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Ben.........you got the cold you were hoping for!
I'm in West Central Indiana.....what part of the state are you in?

My best "educated guess".......fouled a plug. My 2005 sat all winter without starting and without a fuel stabilizer.....and fired right up.

You are certainly lugging that baby if you try to accellerate in 5th gear at 50 mph, UNLESS you ease into the throttle. I would suspect that you are shifting too soon on a regular basis.

I'd be surprised if your clutch is slipping. Does it rev higher when you tried to accellerate in 5th? If it didn't, then it's not likely the clutch.

If we are fairly close..........I can help you.


Yeah I thought I was easing into the throttle, but I'm gonna be honest; I don't have a ton of experience on a bike, so I am learning as I go. And once I did get it into 5th it didn't want to rev hardly at all. Thanks for the help offer-we're a fair distance apart I think. I'll let you know how things work out with this weekend's to-do list.
We're out east near Muncie. Sure a difference in temperature today from yesterday! I was sweating out in the garden yesterday afternoon in between rain showers and today I'm gonna have to wear a winter coat.
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