So my ninja has been running pretty good. Last week I left it outside for a week and a half and it rained alot. I went to start it to go for a ride. Ran fine for about 5 mind then I heard the rpms slow down slowly until it just died. Now it starts for a second then dies. Any idea what's going on?
Drained the tank. Put new gas in it. Started up but couldn't Rev it or it would die. Had to blip the throttle and slowly give it more gas for about 5 mins. Then it finally started running fine again. Yay
sounds like the gas in your carbs was also bad and just had to get run through, hence the 5 minutes. Should be good to go now.
If your bike sits for a week or more, you need to drain the float bowls in your carbs, turn the fuel petcock to the 'off' setting and add some gas stabilizer into the tank. That's how you winterize a bike as well. That's the thing with these carbureted bikes: gas gets old quickly and they clog up all the passages and hoses very quickly.
Further, there are pros and cons to both fuel injected bikes and carb'd bikes. I just want an FI bike for the fact that's it's hassle free when it comes to installing aftermarket intake and exhaust mods. I haven't done any to my bike because I don't want to mess with the carbs if I don't have to. My bike's run great since I bought it so I've left the carbs alone.
Wouldn't hurt to put some methyl hydrate/gas line antifreeze in your gas. It will help get rid of any excess moisture. We sometimes add it to our gas in winter up here when condensation in the gas tank becomes a problem.