Saturday, February 15, 2014

More Snow

This morning, I needed to get gas since I drained the tank yesterday checking for water in the tank. I now know that the tank holds a bit over six gallons, almost all of it useable. I stopped by College Coffeehouse to see if George Rahn had any new ideas on how water could get into the carb bowls but he wasn't there this morning. One thought I had was water being drawn in through the atmospheric vent/overflow in the bowl. It would have to be sucked in and that implied that there needs to be negative pressure in the carb bowl. Haven't figured out how that could happen.

It started snowing lightly and I stopped at the Ballaine Lake turnout to plug in the liner and gloves (again!). I think that forgetting to plug in is going to become a regular thing with me. Since I just had the Gerbings liner under the RC, it got cold pretty quick without the added heat. The fleece liner over the Gerbings is probably the way to go. The controller for the heated gear is still difficult to use so I ordered some extension cables to move the controller to the upper pocket. It would still be difficult to see but easier to adjust. They do make a bike mounted controller but I like the flexibility of the portable unit. 

7 comments:

SonjaM said...

Water in the tank… if we could only ride on water instead of fossil fuels… you wouldn't have to worry about it ;-)

redlegsrides said...

I think you're on the right track Richard, hopefully George has some insights. The fuel lines feeding the carb bowls have been examined also?

Learning to Golf said...

Riding in that white stuff seems fun, but I am heading out in 80 degrees in mid February and don't think I want to trade.

RichardM said...

I wish I had a vehicle that runs on water! Then there'd probably be a shortage of water and it'll be controlled by some multi-national organization.

RichardM said...

In fact, I changed the fuel lines when I did the spline lube. I had picked up some of that new fuel line that Bing sells at the MOA rally. Finally got around to putting it on. Had a great ride today and no water in the carbs.

RichardM said...

Since I'm living up here I figure that I may as well find someway to enjoy the snow. The sidecar definitely helps.

Andy said...

Richard, as far as drawing the water in through the vent lines, you are on the right track. it requires positive pressure on the float bowl to push the fuel up through the jets via the venture effect. So it is drawing in atmosphere and the extreme temperature change around the carbs could also be generating condensation.