Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Southern Arizona
Nick, how did you start the engine again when it died at the light? If the carb float stuck then it got caught between empty and filling so had no fuel. But if it started right up again then the idle might be too low or mixture. Or these funky vacuum diaphragms get stuck in the tube and kill the engine. Hard to say if it only happened once.
I'm glad you're getting the LED light. It's on my list too since these stock bulbs are terrible. But, I will caution you against riding at night since you're new to this operation. I expect to be nearly hit by a car every time I go out on the road simply because I am nearly hit by a car every time I go out on the road. Only my defensive riding skills keep me from getting hit. Car drivers are getting worse and worse and night time is doubly dangerous. After 15 years riding I ask myself if I have my 'A Game' every time I suit up and if the answer is 'no' because I'm sick or distracted then I don't go anywhere because my life is on the line and I know the worst drivers are out there waiting to cut me off or not yield at a traffic circle (just happened 1 hour ago), etc. Stick to daytime riding, is my advice...especially with a bike that doesn't sound ready for prime time to me.
1985 CMX 250
You look much less stupid locking your handlebar lock every night no matter where you park it than looking at the empty space where your bike was last parked.