Y'all sure know how to party! LOL
My carborated bike, an 09 Honda Shadow, sat for a number of years before I bought it.
The previous owner used Seafoam to get it started before he sold it to me, but it needed to be choked to start, even in warm weather.
It ran fine all summer and through the winter too, then one day the following spring it decided it didn't want to start.
I only rode it once a week during that first winter, and I put a healthy amount of Stabil in the tank to try an keep the gas from going stale.
The following Spring, she was idling a little rough, so on the advice of a Honda motorcycle forum, I gave it good dose of Seafoam... And that seemed to fix it.
She ran better than ever for the first month after the Seafoam.
One day as I was letting it warm up, getting ready to take the choke off, it just died.
The Honda shop removed and cleaned the single carb shared by both cylinders. They charged me for 90 minutes labor, which I thought was very reasonable... But I would prefer not to hire them again!
Last winter I basically did the same things that I had done the previous winter, Stabil 1st and Seafoam after, and had no problems come Spring.
I don't think I've had to use the choke since April... But now we've had a couple of 50F degree nights and she's needing the choke again in the morning.
Which is what got me thinking so I started this thread...
Even here on BITOG, there seems to be a variety of opinions... Apparently everyone has one!
Thanks for all your replies and goodwill... Rubber side down!