Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Altus, Oklahoma
2008 Starting Problems...sometimes..
Hi everyone, I'm looking for some help in figuring out why my 2008 KLR650 is hard to start sometimes. The bike can sit for a few days and start great or it can start great every day and then it doesn't want to start. The bike cranks great and I think it might be a fuel related problem. To get it to start I play with the choke and throttle but what seems to help the most to get it started is by sitting on the bike with it upright off of the kickstand, wait a minute or two and then it will start. I have had the bike into the dealership several times for this and they are clueless. I have also had the bike start great the first time of the day, ride to an appointment, come out an hour later and it doesn't want to start. When the bike does start it runs great, no problems with it while riding. I thought the petcock was the problem (maybe clogged) and rebuilt that, installed a new plug, new battery ( 2 weeks ago) and adjusted the pilot screw out to a total of 2 turns. The bike doesn't do this on every start, just once in a while. If it is hard to start the first time that day and I ride it, it's hard to start if I stop somewhere and restart it. The carb was gone through by the dealership the last time I had it in there and they said it was clean and ok. I'm not sure where to start to look so anyone with any ideas would be great. Thanks.