I have a new California bike, and sometimes when I'm at a stop waiting, the engine sputters and stalls out. I've spoken to the dealer, he says there is some system that is supposed to lower the idle while waiting to conserve fuel, and that is what the sputtering is, but that it should never stall out. Unfortunately it does sometimes, and he's kind of at a loss and says needs to check with the RE guys to find out what possible problems could be. Just wondering if you knowledgable folks can offer up any ideas as well, while I wait to hear back.Just about every time I'm at a stop, whatever system (he told me and I forget now) kicks in and lowers the idle, and I can hear it kind of sputtering, but then it's like some switch catches it before it stalls, and raises the RPM up a bit again. Maybe 1 in 5 times though, it doesn't get caught and the bike stalls. I've learned to just give it a tiny bit of throttle when I hear it sputtering and that seems to correct the problem, but seems like I shouldn't need to be doing that.
Is cleaning the plug something I can do myself? I'm fairly limited in my mechanical experience (though I eagerly want to learn more), but getting to the dealer is about an hour each way.
And how do I check the idle speed? Feel free to just tell me to search the forums if there are posts about it already
The "usual" modus operandii of the bike is to run great dead cold, "hunt" for a bit until the O2 sensor and the engine temps sensor agree with each other - then run OK when blazing hot.
Probably. Just take it out and use a spinning wire wheel on a drill or roto tool to gently clean off the electrode. They even make little machines just for this but I think that's overkill. You can also just change it for a new one, properly gapped of course.Scott
My G5 used to occasionally stall while idling especially when cold. I raised the idle a little and now it is fine. There is an idle air screw on top of the throttle body to raise or lower the idle.Here is a video showing it, thanks to RE brother Singhg5http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w51XKoubABI
Thanks Bob. I crossed out the bad info above.Scott
No worries! This is a common thing to do.As I found out over and over - and them finally from an engineer who SHOWED me the metallic crap that gets on the ceramic - it's not the best thing to do. If I can save one fellow from "cleaning" the plug, having the bike run WORSE - and then chasing his tail forever because the plug is "clean" - then I 'm happy. Been there, done that, bought the new plug .......