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    Inconsistent Power

    I've got an '89 Hawk that I'm getting back into working condition. When I put it away in 2008, it was acting up the same way it is now. When I'm riding at a given throttle position, the engine will suddenly generate more power, then back off. The engine doesn't quit, it just goes between these high and low power states. It seems to happen around 4-5000 rpm.

    I don't think it's carb or fuel related due to the suddenness of the change.
    I don't think it's ignition related because the engine never quits generating power.

    Could it be a valve that sticks intermittently?

    Bike data:
    I'm the original owner.
    20,000 miles
    All stock, no mods

    -Jason

    #2
    If it's happening between a certain RPM, like 4k-5k, I would suspect the needle or carb slide. I'm assuming the carbs got a cleaning after pulling the bike back out for service. Although it is odd it did it before its hibernation.
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      #3
      Originally Posted by Talon View Post
      If it's happening between a certain RPM, like 4k-5k, I would suspect the needle or carb slide. I'm assuming the carbs got a cleaning after pulling the bike back out for service. Although it is odd it did it before its hibernation.
      Yes, I tore down the carb and cleaned it well.

      Would an intermittent spark plug cause this?

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        #4
        Are the hoses that are supposed to vent to atmosphere on the carbs venting?
        Hawk with many differently shaped fuel tanks.

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          #5
          Originally Posted by Henway View Post
          Are the hoses that are supposed to vent to atmosphere on the carbs venting?
          Interesting thought.


          It's very likely carb related. Hawk ignition system won't usually fail intermittently, and ever rarer intermittent but consistent at the same rpm.

          Sticky slide could do that.

          Air leak is also a very viable option. Check for leaks around the bottom of the carbs where they enter the boots by spraying some carb clean or starter fluid at them and seeing if it revs up. If so, air leak
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            #6
            STEP ONE: remove 3 sparkplugs for inspection and post a closeup photo here.

            could be one cylinder firing inconsistently, so consider changing plugs, cleaning connections at coils and grounds. probably not carb, but as 6 sez the slide could be sticking. need to locate which cylinder has the problem.

            guessing it could a be the CDI box going bad or pulse coil ? very rare failures, but........
            Last edited by squirrelman; 3 Weeks Ago.
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              #7
              Originally Posted by Talon View Post
              If it's happening between a certain RPM, like 4k-5k, I would suspect the needle or carb slide…
              I once had a similar problem. Turned out the star lock nut that secures one of the needles had come unseated. Once locked into place, never again an issue…
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                #8
                If it has always done it then it might be worth taking note of how you have it tuned. Are your jets stock as well? A lot of folks will say stock and then not realize jetting was changed without a needle change.
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