I do not suspect the plugs either. They are all gaped at .030 inch per the manual. My gear smelled like 2 month old bugs so it is in the wash today. Tonight I will take off that stupid looking clamp on the fuel line, put it in my pocket (just in case
), and ride tomorrow. We'll see what happens.
After thinking about it, I can come up with the following reasons for the clamp...
1. There was a problem with the fuel regulator valve, so rather than replace the valve, the previous owner just restricted fuel flow right at the source
2. He clamped down the line for winter storage (why? I don't know.) and forgot to take it off. Somehow the line wasn't blocked all the way so it still ran.
3. He thought it was a performance mod.
No matter the reason, it will come off. I'm betting that with it out of the way, the real problem, if any, will be immediate and easily identified.
If it ends up being a pressure regulator, what do those cost?