HELP! 2002 KLR is dying..
I rode my 2002 KLR 650 to work today (about 10 minute ride) and it was running fine. I rode it home and it was still running fine. I got changed and decided to go out for a little ride and as I was riding along on the highway, climbing to higher and higher speeds, the bike started to lose power and before I knew it it was bogging down with every twist of the throttle.
I pulled off the road and pulled the clutch in and the engine died. I tried to start the bike with no luck. After maybe 2 minutes I put the choke on and it started right up! I started to ride home and the bike seemed to be running fine so I rode around town for a little bit and it happened again, this time at a much lower speed (30 mph). I pulled off to the side of the road and the bike wouldn't start no matter what I tried. After about 20 minutes I pushed the bike home, stopping intermittently to try to start the bike...no luck. I got home, put the bike in the garage and just for kicks pressed the start button. What do you know?! It starts right up! WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!
The bike is not overheating as I kept a close watch on the temperature gauge. I live at 7500 feet above sea level and I know the previous owner had not jetted the bike for altitude (maybe this has something to do with the problem?). I just bought this bike about 2 weeks ago so, as you can imagine, this is pretty disheartening. I have taken the bike out on a few rides since I bought it, very similar in nature to the ride I went on today, and had no problems. Any input is welcome.. Thanks in advance!