At the end of the road

11537804_10152992906040922_219450122909277485_nI am not fond of quitting, but I feel like I’m closing in on that moment where you have to say “damn it, I can’t do this anymore”. But it stings, like a lot, so I don’t think I’m ready to give up just yet. Somehow I will find a way and if that way is paying a real mechanic to do it, well, then that’s what I have to do.

So I went back to the man cave and carefully cleaned the carbs and put the linkage back together. I really grasp the concept of the carbs now and how my specific set of carbs work, so that’s a good thing. But it still haunts me that I can’t get them to work.

With the carbs back on the engine, I put some fuel in my auxiliary tank and hooked it up to the carbs. Showtime. I pressed the start button and two things happened, or rather one thing happened and one did not. What did not happen was the bike starting, and that sucks. What did happen was one of the carbs leaking and that sucks too because I was pretty careful when working on the carbs.

It sounds okay, but something is off and I can’t figure what. I checked for spark and I have spark (I think, the spark plugs work anyways), I haven’t checked for compression but it sounds like it, I know it fires in the right order. Is it the testing method? I’ve tried with the stand tucked in to eliminate some kind of sensory mistake, but does it have to do with airflow since I test it without the airbox? I tried it without the choke today too, is that the problem? I need to know but at the same time I’m a little bit scared because of that fuel catching fire incident a while back…

Now I don’t know what to do. I am out of ideas how to solve this and I dont know if I have the strength to drain the oil and check the timing AGAIN. I know I did it as well as I could this time. I even checked the valve clearances for fuck sake, something I’ve never done on this bike before. But just in case I decide to do it, I ordered a TDC tool off eBay to be sure the timing is right. The battle was lost but the war ain’t over…