From:backyard bob e-mail:somewhere-A-new jersey
Subject:RE: RE: RE: RE: 1960 Super 10 Timing Date:Tue May 15 20:02:40 2018
Response to:22716
"I recently had a similar problem with my 55 B (pretty
much the same as your 60). I messed with the main jet,
and that helped a little, but didn't fix it. Then I
checked the float - it was WAY off. I have no idea how it
got that way - it just sits inside the bowl with no
external forces on it - but it certainly was way off. I
adjusted and it runs fine now.' (Dave) Had a similar
problem with an old Indian Chief. I found the float sits
lower in ethanol gas than it does in non-ethanol gas.
Specific gravity, surface tension, or something like
that. (BYB)


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Has the bike always done this since your restoration, or
is this a recent occurrence?

It's hard for the timing to get very far out unless
you've disassembled the magneto or rebuilt the lower end.

I think that the problem is more likely in the points or
carburation. If the points are too far open, as your
engine speed increases, they may "float", and never
really close. I'd remove them, and take a close look.
If they're pitted, you need to file them down. Set them
at .018 (both sets).

Years ago, I had a 1960 Super 10 that would not start
unless I gave the points a quick lick with a file. Then
it would start and run fine. The metal had crystalized
or some such thing. Check with Duane Taylor or
harleyhummer.com and see if they have replacement points
for sale.

Carburation - two ideas - check for an air leak where the
carb meets the cylinder flange. Spray some choke cleaner
(good luck finding that anymore) or some brake cleaner at
the joint and see if it changes anything.

Could you be running out of gas? If your petcock is
partially clogged, or your gas cap vent is clogged, the
engine might be using gas at high speed faster than the
float bowl can fill back up.

Pop off the gas line and see how fast gas comes out of
the tank. Also check your float setting*** Leave your
gas cap loose and see if that fixes it.

*** I recently had a similar problem with my 55 B (pretty
much the same as your 60). I messed with the main jet,
and that helped a little, but didn't fix it. Then I
checked the float - it was WAY off. I have no idea how
it got that way - it just sits inside the bowl with no
external forces on it - but it certainly was way off. I
adjusted and it runs fine now.

Hopefully your problem is one of these simple things.
Let us know...



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It does. First and second gears are pretty much useless.
Once I get to third I have
a little more range, but once the rpm gets back up it
sputters again.

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does it do the same thing if you go the same rpm in each
of
the 3 gears?

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I restored a 1960 Super 10 a couple years ago and have
ridden
it quite a few times. I noticed that once I get up to
speed
(about45 mph) the engine starts to sputter. I've thought
it
was a carburation issue and have adjusted and readjusted
numerous times with no change. I got to thinking about
it
and thought maybe the timing is off. Anyone have
experience
with an issue like this? Do I need to advance or retard
the
timing to dial this in? Do you think timing is the
issue?

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