Not having ridden my '98 WR400 much in the last 8 months, except for the every 4-5 week trip up and down the street to keep everything in check, I have been expecting something to go wrong. During one of my "check rides" yesterday, the blue beast started acting strange (for the first time in the two years I have owned her). It ran well (once it got started, which took another 7 kicks or so) for only about a minute or so. Then it died. I'd kick another 8 times (or so) and it fired up, after a minute it would die again. I thought, "She's paying me back for the negligence...something has gone wrong, now what could it be...the choke, I left the choke on too long and have fouled the plug." I remembered back to a post I had read on TT about plugs fouling due to people playing with the throttle and thus causing a flooded condition for the next start, combine that with the choke left on too long and you have an incredibly rich environment, not exactly healthy to spark plugs. So I go today to buy a spark plug (first one I have purchased in the 2 years) and go to taking the seat and tank off to get at the plug (glad that changing the plug is NOT a regular occurrance). The fuel hose to the carb comes off, and I direct it to a bowl, only nothing comes out of it. I turn the fuel petcock on, and nothing comes out of it. I turn the petcock to reserve, and I get the satisfying view of streaming fuel. I changed the spark plug anyway, just cause I felt guilty, but I laughed at myself for doubting the reliability of the blue beast....the thing just won't die.....as long as you put fuel in it!!!!!
Again, one of those ideas I want to take back (fouled plug....)