I have a 1980 Yamaha XS 1100LG Midnight Special that I think needs the carbs cleaned and re-calibrated? Bike has 18,000 miles on it and ran well last year. But……I left gas in it without stabilizer (DOH) and think that is the problem. Bigger problem is ……….I’ve never done the work myself. Dealer can “burn through $800.00 pretty quick” barring any other problems.
1) Know any mechanics in New Jersey that would fix it?
2) Where can I get info on dismantling/cleaning myself?
If the carbs sat with fuel in them for a season then it is likely they need to be cleaned up. It doesn’t take much to clog up the jets.
To answer your questions:
1.) I never recommend taking a bike to a dealer. In my opinion, part of being a true motorcyclist is having the knowledge and skill to repair and maintain your own motorcycle. Motorcycles are about independence, and you lose that autonomy when you become reliant on a dealer.
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