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post #1 of 8 Old 06-30-2010, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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2002 KLR650 won't start

For thepast few weeks I'd occasionally use my bike in the early morning - I live in central CA where the weather is between 45 and 65 year round. With the choke on, my bike would backfire and basically take a minute or two to randomly fire up. During the day, there was never a problem.

Also, the past two days, my bike completely stopped running, then after I let it sit for about 10 minutes, it randomly shuts off if I don't hold in the throttle.

This morning the bike barely attempts to turn over, I hear clicking coming from below the gas tank. It won't start at all, in the morning or afternoon. No idea what the problem is.

Perhaps I need new spark plugs? A friend suggested I take off the gas tank and clean everything. Perhaps its the fuel injector. I'm not mechanically savvy so I'm throwing out ideas.

Thanks in advance.
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For thepast few weeks I'd occasionally use my bike in the early morning - I live in central CA where the weather is between 45 and 65 year round. With the choke on, my bike would backfire and basically take a minute or two to randomly fire up. During the day, there was never a problem.

Also, the past two days, my bike completely stopped running, then after I let it sit for about 10 minutes, it randomly shuts off if I don't hold in the throttle.

This morning the bike barely attempts to turn over, I hear clicking coming from below the gas tank. It won't start at all, in the morning or afternoon. No idea what the problem is.

Perhaps I need new spark plugs? A friend suggested I take off the gas tank and clean everything. Perhaps its the fuel injector. I'm not mechanically savvy so I'm throwing out ideas.

Thanks in advance.

When the valves get tight it will progressively get harder to start and eventually won't start at all. You've probably run down the battery cranking it over. No fuel injector, it has a carb.

My diagnosis: adjust the valves + new battery = run
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+1 on Spec's advice. Since it came on gradually I would suspect tight valves as well.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-30-2010, 06:01 PM
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And while the tank is off, toss a new spark plug in.. Cheap insurance..
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thanks all. my buddy checked it out, the battery is completely dead. loaded it up with jumpers, off to get a new battery.
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thanks all. my buddy checked it out, the battery is completely dead. loaded it up with jumpers, off to get a new battery.

Here's the $3 question.. Does it have ANY water in it?

If not, and the battery isn't more than a couple years old, fill it back up with water and toss it on the charger.. It's free to try and it might be just because it's dry..

My co-worker had the same issue and the battery was dry.. Filled it up and has been running fine since.. That was last spring!!!
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and by water he means distilled water

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and by water he means distilled water
Or even just soft water.. Distilled would be best, but any water is better than no water.
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