so, ten minutes after i posted this i heard some buzzing come from outside, so i ran to the fire escape, and there goes the gang of mopeders down my street. ha!
i checked out the carb and the throttle cable, and everything seems to look and function normal. when you pull the grip back, it engages the cable. in the carb, the float bowl is freely moving and i shot some carb cleaner in all the holes and what not.
since i had it running this afternoon, just not well, does that rule out anything?
i've taken off and reinstalled the airbox (to get to the carb) a few times now, so i know that's not the problem.
what do i look at to see if the intake manifold cracked or broke off the engine? where is that?
what else do you suggest that i take a close look at?