I decided to take on the project of converting my little CG125 in to Café Racer, I still have to do the single seat conversion, fender, paint and speedo though. This is it so far…
Aaaaanyway, So it runs great for a while then at about the 10 mile mark (from cold) if I stop at some lights it will sort of almost skip a beat, get quieter and just die. I’ve checked the spark plug to see if its rich or lean but it seems to be fine, I figure it’s over heating but I haven’t a clue how to stop that
I re-jetted the carb for the exhaust and checked the valve clearances…
I may just point out that when pulling away from lights it moves and revs up then it wants to stall… I’m not sure how to explain it but pulling the clutch in slightly and letting go to the throttle then going again works.
If anyone has the faintest of ideas as to what could be wrong I’d be forever in your debt!!!
Sounds like an air lock to me the rise in revs is what can happens just before it stalls due to very lean running ( the petrol is about to stop )
If an air cooled engine constantly overheats the head will fail big time and the dead giveaway is an oil lead along the head to block mating surfaces
The needle seems straight.
It needs a proper look at but I wouldn’t be able to get it to Watford!
Art - I re-jetted the carb for the exhaust, it’s only lately the symptoms have gotten worse.
You say it’s mutton dressed as lamb and you are entitled to your opinion however, I have absolutely no budget and am doing this as and when I have money and for that in my humble opinion reckon it doesn’t look that bad. I also got the bike for free!
The problem will be nigh on impossible to diagnose on line, as good and bad as the inter webby is it is the inter webby and comes with all manner of baggage and limitations. Get it to a reputable mechanic who has a hands on reputation for getting things sorted.
Scorch in Watford, OMC in South London SW8 and Essential Rubber in East London E3 - all come highly recommended and have an excellent reputation amongst London Bikers.
If it has been running as it should do with the after market exhaust and carburettor set up then this is most likely an entirely unrelated matter other than it is an air/fuel system fault. The entire fuelling system needs to be given the once over by someone who knows what they’re looking at and who understands the fulling requirements of a naturally aspirated combustion engine.
If you want another DIY look yourself I’d start by looking at the spark plug immediately after the 10 mile cut out.