Yearly carb cleaning is my life now?
I bought a 2005 Rebel last year. It had been sitting a while, so first thing I did was clean the carbs and it worked beautifully from April until September. September it suddenly started to have no power in first, stalling out. Cleaned the carb again (long story short: cleaned the carb myself, I think I accidentally twisted out the idle mix screw a bunch, so it didn't work; had the shop re-do it, and they discovered and fixed it), and it ran fine through early November. A few weeks ago I took it out of winter storage, put on new gas tank, adjusted valves, everything ran fine until about a week ago when it started losing power again. Yesterday it straight up wouldn't ride, so I cleaned the carb again and now it works perfectly.
So, is cleaning the carb 1-2 times a year just a part of owning a Rebel? I do have an inline fuel filter in addition to the petcock one, gas is fresh, new tank is sealed with Caswell. Or am I missing something?