I bought a '04 Suzuki Marauder a little while ago and everything was going pretty well until now. It is in really good condition, but is in need of a tune up. I was able to drive it around at the end of last week and over the weekend. No problems at all. I was busy at the beginning of this week so I didn't ride it for a few days. I go to start it up on Wednesday and it seemed the battery was low, so I left it alone and charged it overnight.
The next day I had a full charge and tried it again. Used the choke, got it started and let it sit for several minutes to warm up. Once it was good to go I put it in 1st, started to release the clutch and it stalled. I tried a few more times and this kept on happening. This happened right as it got into the friction zone, and not at the end of it (like if you release it too fast). At the end of trying, my battery was low and wouldn't turn the starter over, so I quit for the day and put the charger back on.
Today was pretty much the same thing. Even though the tank was pretty full, I topped it off with more gas, but I was still getting the same result. I did some research last night and it seems to be a gas problem...like it's not getting enough if something is cloged or dirty.
I have zero experience working on bikes, and I do have an appointment at a local bike shop next week, but I guess I'm just being impatient and want to do some riding. So my questions are:
- Does this sound like a gas problem to you?
- Is this something that can be easily fixed, even if only temporarily (a few days)?
- Why would something like this happen now after the bike was working flawlessly over the weekend?