Re: my Black Squirrel ("The Flying Fart")
I'm starting to see that 4 miles is about as far as I can get before something goes wrong with my bike. Wheel kicks sideways. Exhaust shakes loose. Spark plug backs out. A couple of times I even ran out of gas. Sometimes, just trying to break the 4-mile mark on my bike makes me feel like Chuck Yeager trying to break the sound barrier.
If nothing else goes wrong, I usually end up losing power on the high end after I've gone about 3 1/2 miles. I'm slowly zeroing in on the problems: I thought it was struggling for air, so I gave it better flow. Then I replaced the spark plug. Then I noticed the spark plug was being shaken loose from vibes, so I locked it in with a little thread sealant. All of these things helped but the high-end power loss is still there.
Today I noticed the spark plug wire is getting shook loose after a few miles. I know I say this every time I notice a new problem, but maybe this is how to prevent the power loss....
One way to find out: gotta get a new spark plug boot.