Originally Posted by Army Mom
I too have had problems with my 1999 Legend's propensity to stumble at low speeds/ RPMs. I recently had to bite the bullet and spend $513 to rebuild/sync the carbs and replace the air filter. The Sea Foam thing helped it a little, then it dramatically got worse to the point it died taking off in a curve, which caused the bike to go down quickly and break my right foot. Rebuilding the carbs and replacing the filter greatly improved it for a while, then a screw backed out of the middle carb (poor mechanic, I think), and that caused my boyfriend to drop it in a curve and break the shifter. It's back in the shop again waiting on parts to have the shifter replaced. Bottom line, I wouldn't put Sea Foam in my motorcycle again. Definitely check those carbs first.
you broke your shifter?!? you (soon to be) poor, poor woman. my heart goes out to you.
i got my Triumph given to me from my father w/ the shifter lever broken off (and needing a carb cleaning/tune/balance and a battery). the real trouble is that the end of the shifter shaft can shear off if you drop it on the leftside just right. have to replace it and it's all the way at the back of the engine/trans. SUCKS big time. still free bike (that needs a front tire, fork gators, and a THOROUGH cleaning).
i had my friend who owns a Jap Bike shop fix it. He had a highly skilled naval welder look at it, but the lever couldn't be welded on (aluminum to carbide steel) and the sheared off portion is long gone. He ended up drilling it out, tapped it and then bolted the shifter on.
His advice to me was to sell it, but i have had it for a year now without any issues. I baby the shifter lever and gears now, and never short shift anymore. i love riding it too much too sell it!
it's a shame because i am sort of young (31), i guess, and i always wanted a sporty hooligan bike (speed triple, tuono, diavel), but i definitely wouldn't want to get rid of the legend either. So i guess this will be my bike until i can't stand it, which probably won't happen. Still i feel that in the future i will value classic looks and style over sportiness, because i currently value classic looks now. So i will only want it more and more. And the rarity/uncommon status definitely adds to the cool factor (plus it's a damn monster on the road). I only wish OEM parts and aftermarket parts and accessories were more available. I'm just glad they built this bike triple redundant and dead simple.
PS: I put seafoam in my tank this year and have been running it to help clean out any varnish from the last year. Since i got the carbs cleaned last year, i am not really worried about to much gunk. I mostly put it in to stabilize the fuel over winter. I will note that i felt the power was down a bit after adding seafoam. Runs great when it's warmed up though. idles like a sewing machine (but loud like an earthquake). i think this power will come back when i put fresh gas in it too, but i haven't been riding much because it's been cold.
Turns out my mechanic is not a fan of seafoam and suggested i drain it or run it out and use good fuel+stabil. He swears by stabil. His opinion on seafoam is not as good. "Don't use draino to fix a problem that has to be snaked." or something to that effect. Basically, he is comparing the home mechanics "carb clean in a bottle" that is seafoam to what he does in his shop when he cleans them. He also said that this fall he has had multiple bike in with clogged carbs that had been seafoamed and got worse. He say's it's not the additives fault, but it is breaking up deposits that are trapped out of the way and those chunks clog up all the little holes. That's why it runs good at first, it clears all the gummy stuff preventing it from moving easily, and then dies or starts sucking bad, when all the chunks start moving around.
in any case, i won't be using it in my MC again. i will just run a bottle of carb cleaner twice a year and add stabil in the winter. try to run top tier gas the rest of the time.