Wont takeoff until around 5-6k rpm, stalls mid ride once you lose momentum...
Okay guys, there's a bit of backstory to this, please bear with me.
When I came home from Afghanistan in 2010, my wife REALLY wanted a bike, and she picked out the 2010 250. I knew very little about motorcycles and while I'm a quick learner and have the potential to be mechanically inclined, I am not. That said, we liked the 250 as an entry level bike and from it we could move on to something bigger down the road.
Buying a motorcycle in Colorado Springs in October is a dumb idea. We did not know about properly winterizing a bike, and the carbureators got a little gummed up. It still ran though, and once we burned out all the crap, it worked like a champ.
Then, in 2012, I got sent to Minot, North Dakota. In October. The movers tell me "empty the fuel and we can move it for you" So I get on youtube, find the fuel line, empty that out, and they move the bike. We get set up in North Dakota, "no reason to do anything, fuel is empty!" so we store it for the winter season. Of course I didnt empty the carbs because I'm an idiot and didnt know any better, I thought the fuel was just empty and that was what we needed.
A friend says "dont bring it to a mechanic, ill help you clean them!" Guy finds out how complicated it is to get to the carbs, and quits on me. Family problems then keep me from sending it to a mechanic proper. A new buddy moves into the office, and promises he will help me no matter what. We get the carbs off, but one of the bowls is so bad we cant get it open. We hope we got enough into the valve to push it though. It starts, but runs for a bit a dies. Guy tells me we need new spark plugs probably, before I can buy them, I get a no notice deployment. Fuck me, right? Guy says he will do the work while im gone. He doesnt.
I come home, its winter. Now it isnt winter anymore. I pull the damn things off myself, bring them to the shop to have them cleaned, change the spark plugs myself, put it back together (probably, nobody is checking my work now..)
So here we are. The bike had a HARD TIME warming up. It didn't want to run, but now it starts up and stays running like a champ. Until you try to ride it. It wont go anywhere unless your SERIOUSLY cranking the RPMs, and it just doesnt feel like what I remember. I think I used to need only about 2-3k to go? I cant get it very fast on base (speed limit is 30) but when I switch back to second to turn, it basically dies, and I cant really get the RPM back up to keep going.
Could I have put something back together wrong? Any ideas? I would love to get this fixed and would greatly appreciate anyones input and suggestions.
The bike idles at about 1.3 if thats helpful to anyone.