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    Hey there folks! Sorry if the format is crappy, it's been a while since I posted on any forums..



    I've recently become the new owner of a gorgeous 1999 Road Star and discovered this forum while working out the major kinks,
    We just got her running pretty good a couple days ago and so I decided it's time I join the Clinic so I can show y'all some pictures and tell quite a wild story!




    Barely over 18,000 miles on her.. I actually bought her over a month ago in Denver off this old-school biker dude,
    and was intending on riding it home that same day (I live a few hours away from Denver)

    So I left my truck at dude's house, made it about 4 miles down I-25 when the idle suddenly dropped really low and the bike stalled at a red light..
    I got her to start back up and got off the interstate into this apartment complex type place where she proceeded to die again,
    and this time she wouldn't start back up at all!

    So there I am, in the middle of some random part of Denver with no phone (yes, I'm a bit of an idiot),
    my truck is miles away and I have a 700 pound beast of a bike with a dead battery and gas dripping out the exhaust!

    I was like shit, this is so not good...

    So I stayed there for most of the afternoon pushing it up the hill over and over again trying to pop-start it to no avail,

    this really cool dude helped me push it for a good part of the day, and when it became clear it wasn't going to start back up he let me stash it in his backyard.
    (Thank you so much again Jake, you're an angel)

    So after that I walked ~30 blocks back to my truck in the dark, came back 2 days later with a homie and managed to find a ledge up the street,

    We pushed the bike up onto that ledge, I backed my truck up to it and jacked the rear diff up so the bike wouldn't scrape, we got it on the back of the truck strapped it down and hauled it home!




    Luckily my boss/good homie has a 2002 Warrior and used to work in a motorcycle shop back in the day so he was able to help me figure out what the issue was..

    As it turned out, the carb was leaking an absolute ****load of gas both out of the breather and into the cylinders (I suspect the float needle was sticking, or the seat was too loose)
    also the gasket fell into pieces when we took it apart so it was probably leaking there too..

    Before we took it apart it was running like a turd.. kept acting like it had an air leak but also didn't want to idle or really run at all for that matter, and was huffing black smoke out the exhaust..

    first we replaced the intake manifold and rubber parts of the fuel line which were cracked to hell, that seemed to help a bit but it was still leaking mad gas..

    So we cleaned the carb real good, replaced gaskets and O-rings and made sure all the passages were clean as a whistle.

    It ended up also needing a new starter, the one that was on there fell apart when we took it off, was all charred and black on the inside, looked like it had caught fire at some point...



    Now after doing all that it fires right up and idles really nicely, I'm still having a couple issues with it but they seem pretty minor, I will go into those issues here soon and see if you guys have any ideas but for now I just wanted to introduce myself and let y'all know I'm honored to be a part of the family!

    I'll be taking it to the courthouse to transfer the title and get it registered today.. also going to be checking the front pulley nut, I'm still waiting on my local shop to find out if the trans recall has been done.. I know very little about this bike so far, but I do know that I'm already deeply in love with it.. I will do anything to make sure this bike can have a nice long happy life.







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      from Solon, IA

      That's a hell of a story! Glad to hear you managed to get it home after all that. Lots of knowledgeable guys here that are willing to help.

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      • #4
        from Richardson, Tx. Your bike looks pretty nice. It sounds like the bike has been sitting unloved for awhile, so among other things, you will need to check besides all the mechanical, should be the age of the tires... check for cracks and the age of the tires (look up how to find the manufacture date.

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          From Plano Texas.

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          • #6
            Representing Scorpion Gulch, Arizona. Looks like a pretty clean machine. Worse thing you can do to one of these bikes is let it sit. Once you get all your little problems sorted out, you'll have a dependable bike that will give you years of service.

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            • #7
              from Athens, Georgia.
              Enjoy the ride !!
              I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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              • #8
                From Northern Iowa
                With enough beer you can do anything...D.Pate

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                • #9
                  from Sweet Home, Oregon. Cool story, glad you see the lighter side.
                  It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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                    • #11
                      from beautiful Burketon, Ontario. Ace

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                      • #12
                        Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!!!

                        Originally posted by boomerA View Post
                        from Richardson, Tx. Your bike looks pretty nice. It sounds like the bike has been sitting unloved for awhile, so among other things, you will need to check besides all the mechanical, should be the age of the tires... check for cracks and the age of the tires (look up how to find the manufacture date.
                        The guy I bought it from was actually kinda upset about letting it go.. he said he had nerve pain from diabetes so couldn't really enjoy riding anymore, and he barely put 600 miles on it in the year that he owned it.. he told me he changed the oil and put all new brakes, tires, oil filter and brake fluid in it within the last 2 months, although I haven't really checked that stuff in detail yet..

                        I plan on changing the oil and filter myself ASAP because I suspect some gas might've gotten into it.. gonna use Redline 20W-50 unless y'all have any other suggestions.. also how common is an oil pump gear failure and what are some things I can do to avoid having that happen? I've heard a lot about that gear snapping and killing the engine.. is it really that common of an issue? I will most certainly replace it with the thicker gear eventually if it hasn't been done already, but hearing about that made me paranoid and I want to avoid it at all costs

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                        • #13
                          from EL Paso, TX The guys here will take care of you, just ask

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                          • #14
                            From the Four Corners area. Northwest New Mexico.

                            Nice looking ride. It seems like you did a little research on the early Road Stars? If the recall hasn't been done and you get it done, the updated pump drive is not included, but that would be the time to buy one and have it done.
                            My suggestion to help keep from breaking the oil pump drive is; anytime you start the bike cold, "do not rev the engine at all until the oil is warm". The two stage oil pump is trying to move 20w50 cold oil from the crank case to the tank, 1st stage, and oil from the tank to the oil ports at approximately 80 psi, 2nd stage. If you rev the engine,' it puts a hell of strain on that shaft.

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                              From Spring Branch, Texas
                              2005 Silverado Midnight Star

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                              • #16
                                from Nebraska. Good story. There may be a punch mark on the neck of the frame if recall was done. But I would call a dealer and run the number to be certain.

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                                  DEEPHATE commented
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                                  I agree. I have heard of ones that were done but the dealer didn't punch it.

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                                from Keeseville, NY

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                                • #18
                                  From Puyallup, WA. Read this entire thread below and report back in 3 days for the 250 question exam.

                                  https://www.roadstarclinic.com/forum...s-should-check

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                                  • #19
                                    I'm kind of interested about the name, Lord of the buzzards?
                                    It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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                                    • #20
                                      It's been my main email address for like 14 years

                                      I also plan on using it as an album title and making a concept about it once I start recording/writing my own music



                                      In relevant news the bike seems to run stronger and better every time I ride it!

                                      I've been running Seafoam in the gas and as it turns out the premium gas where I live is ethanol-free so I've been running that even though the manual calls for regular, the pump says the other grades may contain up to 10% ethanol..

                                      I mean I guess it isn't a big deal since I'm gonna be riding it pretty much every day til it gets too cold outside, but my bike seems to like the premium so I'm gonna stick with that

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