First off, this is my first post in using this forum and if I'm doing anything incorrectly please let me know so I can be as efficient as possible with your time and my own. I did try to search for solutions in other threads but couldn't find anything specifically helpful to my issues.
Second, thanks for any advice and tips you can provide me with along the way to help get this beautiful bike running as best as she can!
Alright to start off the bike is a 1973 Honda CL350.
The title claims it's a 1972 but every time I search online for '72's I get images and info that doesn't seem to perfectly match what my bike looks like.
Here are a couple links to images and a video of my bike.
The password to access the album is "hondatwins
Here's a link to the YouTube video I posted of it running.http://youtu.be/0LlSJmAHlPo
Now to try to explain what issues I'm having with the bike.
Forgive me for not knowing all of the lingo.
I'm definitely a rookie when it comes to trying to be a mechanic!
I usually kickstart the bike to start it because the electric start just doesn't have the power to turn it over. Once it's started, it sounds like it's running really well. Nothing is misfiring, nothing is rattling, it all sounds pretty solid.
It idles comfortably around 1-2k rpms.
So... after about 5-10 minutes the bike will silently die. Again, there are no misfires or chugs that sounds like the engine is lacking fuel. It simply and quietly dies.
In the images and the video you can see that the fuel lines don't stay completely full. I'm unsure if that's common and I'm just being paranoid or if that may having something to do with it.
A buddy of mine and myself just took apart the petcock and fuel lines running to the carbs and cleaned them up to make sure nothing was clogging the distribution of fuel. After cleaning the lines still wouldn't fill up all the way.I'm assuming the lines are gravity fed and not vacuum pulled?I'm also curious about what the line is that sits right under the gas tank.
Does this line have fuel in it? What's it's purpose?
We also have checked the battery because with the way it's behaving when it dies, it's as if someone hit the kill switch. So we're naturally worried that it might have something to do with the wiring or battery...
It sits at above 12 before we started the bike and after starting the bike with it running the volts read at maybe 12.5 or so on average. The charge doesn't appear to be dropping while letting it run.
Like I said I'm new at this and I am probably missing a lot of information.
I hope this is sufficient in starting off a helpful conversation.
Thanks again for everyone's time and effort in helping me out!