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I just bought a 01 SVS which seems to be in good condition however, the engine dies often if left to idle in neutral. It even died while I coasted to a stop with the clutch pulled in and no throttle. The seller rarely rode the bike. Is it possible the gas is bad? There's a new spark plug installed as far as I know.

Any suggestions? Do I need to take it in for service?
 

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It settle down to 1500 rpm to idle. It'll stay there for a minute or so and then just dies. To keep it running I need to give it a little gas at all times. I ran the old gas down to the point where the fuel light started blinking and filled it up with 87 octane. Any ideas? Perhaps adding a splash of stp? If it need service I'm definite willing to take it in.

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Is the idle rough and inconsistent? Your idle should be closer to 1300 (or something like that, look it up in your manual).

I'm certainly no expert, but I would try running some Seafoam through to help clear out anything that might be gunking up your carbs. Does the bike run fine when you're on the throttle?
 

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Yes, the service manual says RPM should be at 1200 (+/-) 100 RPM. 1500RPM should be just fine. I would get it out on the highway and clear everything out. If that doesnt do it then maybe tear apart the carbs?
 

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The bike seems to run fine as long as I'm on the throttle. We don't want me taking the engine apart. At least not until I learn some more. Sounds like I should send some additive through and if that doesn't work, take it in. This is making learning to ride a bit more challenging but I guess I may come out of this with some additional skills due to the attention it requires.

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A new sparkplug? Usually we replace those all at once.
 
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