Float Issues on Motorcycle Carburetor

Watching gas pour continuously into my Yamaha motorcycle’s air box was not my idea of a relaxing Sunday ride with my father in-law.  But as the gas continued to flow, even with the engine shut off, I knew that I would be spending this day working on my bike rather than enjoying riding it.


I was appreciative of my father in-law who suggested right away that he suspected the trouble lie in the carburetor’s float.  As I got out my manual to begin removing the carb, I started to think that my whole day would be spent diagnosing and disassembling only to find out that I would need a brand new carburetor (or worse).


Carefully following the manual’s instructions, the carb came off the bike and was apart quickly, much quicker than I had first anticipated.  The longest part of this process was losing a small piece of the throttle cable and spending 15 minutes on all fours looking for it (after which I proceeded to use my beloved magnetic tray).

motorcycle carburetor float and needle

I was soon looking at the float which we believed to be the source of the problem.  A quick examination of the float and needle showed that it had no wear and was not damaged.  With the carb apart, I followed the instructions on cleaning it and ensuring the float wasn’t indeed stuck.  Once cleaned, I proceeded to put the carburetor back together, hoping that the cleaning had somehow fixed the issue with the gas flowing into the air box.



After getting the carb reassembled, putting it back into place on my bike and reattaching the lines, I was more than ready to test if the problem had been fixed.  The first crank proved that it had.  Success! My bike started up without issue and no more gas was leaking into the air box. Having only taken a couple of hours to achieve this repair, my father in law and I were able to enjoy the rest of the sunny afternoon riding and I had an extra bounce in my step for the rest of the day knowing I had fixed a problem I had originally thought may hamper more than one day of the riding season.

Tips for “Fly and Ride” Motorcycle Vacations

Say you want to take a motorcycle vacation in another country? Or even just across the country, but you don’t want to waste half of your vacation riding to the place you actually want to experience? While motorcycle riding is about the journey, not the destination, once you’ve exhausted all of the journeys in your area, it may be time to start considering a “fly and ride” vacation. This way, you can spend more time enjoying new roads and the open air, than traveling to your newest ride.

Fly and Ride Motorcycle Vacations

Of course, unless you’re willing to spring for a private jet, you may not be able to take your beloved bike with you. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Before you get on the plane, research the motorcycle rental companies located at your destination. Find one that has a bike you are familiar with and a reasonable rate. You are likely going to want to reserve the motorcycle before you arrive, so that you are guaranteed a vehicle. Some companies even provide luggage storage services and may pick you up at the airport, so you don’t even have to worry about finding the company once you’ve arrived.


If you are adventurous, this might be the perfect time to check out a bike you’ve always wanted to test out but have never before had the chance. Many riders opt for the same model as they own, to make the transition smooth and easy. Before signing your contract, make sure you know the rental requirements, the local helmet and safety laws, and any insurance that needs to be filed.


Packing is probably the most difficult aspect of getting ready for a fly and ride motorcycle vacation. If you are planning on being gone for more than a week, you likely have a lot of gear you want to bring, no matter whether your climate is hot or cold. Unless you can find a way to carry all of that gear onto the plane, the best way to make sure it arrives at your destination safe and sound and on time, is to ship it.


Consider this: most airlines charge a steep fee for checking more than one bag (or even for checking a single bag). Those fees multiply exponentially if your bag is over the weight limit. And then there is the possibility that your bag or bags won’t actually make it to your destination, throwing a huge wrench into your plan. Instead of adding all of those costs and uncertainty into your trip, pack everything up a few days before you board the plane and ship it to your hotel.


To reduce space and keep your pack organized, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them and packing outfits together so you don’t have to dig to find what you are looking for. And have a safe flight and a great ride!

Custom Motorcycle Graphics Options

If you want to personalize your bike, there is no better way than adding custom graphics. Whether you want to go for something classic like flames or a design from your club or other modern design, there are many different ways to actually apply the graphics to your motorcycle, which you can either do yourself, or you can request the services of a professional who can make sure the design is applied perfectly in the best spot. Which method of application you choose will depend on your budget, how extensive the graphic is, and whether or not you want a professional to do the application.

motorcycle hydrographics


This is a great way to apply a graphic or pattern across a large piece of your bike. The pattern is printed on a film, which is then floated and dissolved on the surface of a tub of water. The piece is then submerged in the water, picking up the decal as it goes, wrapping cleanly and evenly onto the piece. This is one of the best ways to adhere a pattern even to an oddly shaped piece of the bike, or a piece with lots of curves or divots. It does not work well, on the other hand, for designs that need very precise placement.


While you can apply decals yourself, if you are wary about placing them correctly or adhering them properly, you can always find a body shop who will gladly place them for you. Your decals can be of just about anything, from club logos to flames. You can even design your own decals and have them printed and applied at your local shop.

motorcycle wraps


If you want to completely transform the appearance of your bike, a motorcycle wrap may be just what you are looking for. A motorcycle wrap covers most of or all of the bike in a pattern. Websites like bikeskinz.com have hundreds of different designs in every single color, so you can find something that matches your personality and style. From skulls, to camo, to dragons, and the ability to buy a set that precisely matches your make and model of bike. These wraps are applied by you—but don’t worry, there are plenty of instructions and you can get a new panel if one gets damaged.


A custom paint job is probably the easiest way to overhaul your motorcycle. In the hands of a professional painter, you can have any color and any design you could imagine, and unlike decals and wraps, a paint job is durable, even through harsh weather and extended rides. Finding the right painter might take some time, as you do not want to hand your motorcycle over to someone unskilled. When you do find the right painter, however, you will have the most unique bike on the road!