So, I braved the 3 mile journey into town to the gas station with the S7 Deluxe this morning. It was a beautiful autumn day and I couldn't resist. KYL95 started right up and purred along nicely down the road. No popping, no carrying on, just reliable shaft power pushing me down the road to reach 11,900 miles.
I got a few quizzical glances while topping up. It even started with a gentle kick for the journey home. 6 miles later I was still enjoying the wind on my face when I pulled in the driveway.
I figured I should take a quick glance around the machine and make sure no leaks or loose bolts were developing. I let it sit for a few minutes and then figured I'd go out again!
That's when the trouble started. She wouldn't start. I had to put the strangler on, and then when I turned it off when the black smoke started, the engine would sputter and stall. What's going on? It ran fine for 6 miles and even up hill both ways!
I surmise that either the engine is simply running lean, or that the carb is vapor locking after sitting next to those hot exhaust pipes. I coaxed it around the house and closed the garage door behind me. Further investigation is required. I can't believe that its running lean since when its relatively cold it runs great. Its gotta be the heat off that exhaust header, even with the fiberglass exhaust wrap. I wonder what I could use to insulate? Maybe a piece of the exhaust wrap around the bowl and around the fuel line?