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About barko1

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  1. Anyone need a 280 parts bike? I have one but will be moving soon and don't want to drag it along. Only thing I might salvage would be the wheels Find me @
  2. That is what I started with but then had to get the full float assembly. With the new choke assembly most parts have been replaced. I took it out for a 10 mile ride today and it all seems good now. May need a minor screw adjustment, I'll check the mileage but throttle response, idle, power, all seem good.
  3. Update I replaced the float assembly and after one false start got the float correctly set, and that solved the flowing gas issue. But it still ran erratic which I suspected was the choke assembly. It was partially broken off just outside of where it threads into the carb and that allowed it to move around creating motor insanity. I replaced the assembly with the Procycle remote choke assembly getting rid of the stock cable. My hoses are fine, my bike never sits so thhat isn't an issue. It's a 98, just got tired and dried out, all seems well now. Thanks
  4. I just benefited from just such a sale, got myself a TE250 and some spares for $3500US and it has 700 miles on it, great machine!
  5. Happened first when I trailered it:smirk: and I figured it was a time to do some overhaul of the BST and had a Pro cycle kit on hand so I took it apart, put it back, fired up in the garage, fine although started with a full throttle. Next day (today) didn't want to run right, died, spewed some smoke, took another bike. Came home an hour later and I had left the petcock on res and there way a puddle under the bike and an airbox (and probably crankcase) full of gas, cups full. So I am presuming my float needle isn't seating allowing all that to just run into the carb and everywhere else. Is that the logical assumption? If so perhaps I didn't get it back together right:banghead: Anything else I should look at? Is had been running fine, just up in Colorado and trailered it back home when it became an issue.
  6. Sometime a less then super tight connection on the battery can do it as well, crank them down hard!
  7. I think it is pretty simple that you need a battery. Like someone else said you could swap with a known good one. These unloaded readings don't mean a lot. The lights are sucking the little juice there is. That's another good reason to wire in a switch for the headlight so you can keep it off for cranking, etc.
  8. Yeah, don't buy the Harbor Freight variety, Deltran seems pretty good. In fact don't buy anything from Harbor Freight that has to be plugged in!
  9. Last one I got was sealed, I believe an AGM. I try to keep all the bikes on a battery tender. When I got my DR it had been sitting unattended for 3 or 4 years. I got it home, filled the battery and charged it up. worked fine, for about 2 weeks.
  10. Good point, just re-oiled mine .
  11. I had trouble after dropped the bike (unloading:bonk:) when a lot of gas went into the airbox so open might have been better then but once I drained it I was fine. Last week, somewhat to my surprise, I did a deep water crossing, reports are my exhaust pipe disappeared:shocked:, and the bike went right through it, Jesse airbox mod. One other DR seemed to ingested some water as it sputtered but made it through. A water crossing like that could have been trouble with a low opening to the air box. Wonder about even a heavy rain??
  12. I presume that air box drain is capped for a reason. Since the airbox has negative pressure when running wouldn't/couldn't that led to ingesting something, like water when crossing streams, etc?
  13. I don't think your experience is that unusual. They can test good just sitting there but when you load them there is nothing there. Put a meter on and crank and see how low she goes. I think 11 is OK, 9 won't do it for long.
  14. Familiar with Monticello Canyon? Few places in NM where the county road is a perennial stream. Dozens of water crossings and a narrow canyon, a few weeks ago seems one of the water crossings became a hole about 110' wide and 150' long and 3' deep. DR did fine!
  15. I get mine at walmart, I think it was around $50. Never an issue, better to spend the $50 now than have to hassle with battery issues and have to spend the same or more later and maybe end up stranded. While the cold reduces cranking it is the TX heat the does the battery in. Going to the Sacramentos?