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post #1 of 20 Old 05-29-2008, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Idling problems

So today, after coming off the highway, 70ish for about 15 minutes, I get about 1/4 mile down the street, and when I approach a light, coming to a stop the bike just dies. Get the bike restarted, only seems to want to stay on with the choke on, at least partially.

Get down the street another 1/4 mile at the next light, dies again. Pull over, thinking maybe I'm just pulling a bonehead out of gas maneuver, put it on reserve (about 175miles from full) still seems to want to do this... Finally get it home, but had to leave the choke partially on.

Get home, looking into the throttle cable assembly. Did some adjustment, and it seems like it will be ok, give it a quick little blip on the throttle, when it comes down, it will want to die...sometimes. If I sit there reblipping it and roll the throttle back to idle it will be ok. Even with the idle set higher than it normally had been set, it would still do this wanting to die.

Any ideas? I've got almost exactly 350 miles on the bike. I changed the oil at 70 miles, and while I was at it, did it tonight as well. After changing the oil, I fired it up again, set the idle high, took it around the block, works fine, just wants to occaisionally die.

Bike is stock, havne't started modding anything.

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-30-2008, 08:39 AM
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My '99 just started doing the same thing last night. Seemed to begin after the engine got warm. I'm eager to hear some sage advice. All hoses, fuel tank venting, simple troubleshooting that I can find looks to be OK. My bike is an ex-Kalifornia unit, so I think I'll start with pulling that emissions stuff off.

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-30-2008, 11:17 AM
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Same thing happened to my 08. The fix was not the carb but the wiring harness! After 1600 miles the tank was rubbing a wire "the wrong way" and causing a short. Sounded & felt like the bike was starved for gas, water in the gas, clogged jet etc.

Turned into a warranty repair and my dealership was really great about getting it fixed. "95% of carb probs are electrical" is my new mantra!

I'll also keep a roll of electrical tape in my tool kit!!

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It turned out to be crud in the carb. I took it to the dealer today and they spent the day with it. Its running a lot better than even before it was having problems. I am about 100ish RPM's lower in 5th out on the highway at 70mph.

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Same thing happened with my 08 as well, also a wire that was rubbed through on the tank. Factory warranty no cost to repair. My CDI unit also packed up, also a factory warranty. +/- 5000 km on the clock. Good idea to have a role of insulation tape handy.
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post #6 of 20 Old 06-03-2008, 12:49 PM
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650 dies and hard to start

I've got a new 650 KLR (30 miles) and the engine will stop dead while running and then be very difficult to start. Sometimes it will run fine. This is driving me alittle batty. Blamed myself at first but now I think it's the machine.
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Get the dealer to check the wiring harness under the tank. There looks to be a factory fault with the routing of this harness. Could be the CDI unit as well.
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post #8 of 20 Old 06-05-2008, 08:50 PM
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KLR 08 staling

I too am having a problem where the engine will idle but will not tolerate any input from the throttle.
I have added some electrical items but each one has it's own fuse and relay when it was required. Nothing was tapped into the existing electrical.
I am in the process of checking voltages on the IC Igniter and coils, crankshaft Sensor voltage. I have verified all other voltages ,such as voltage regulator,battery etc.
Has anyone really found out what wire or wires are the problem and where they were being shorted. I have not blown any fuses, and was extremely careful in adding new wiring to make sure nothing was caught in something or pinched and everything had a service loop to compinsate for the stering.
So far I have found nothing to cause this problem.
I would like to have any input from anyone who has had this problem and what exactly was done to remedy it .
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post #9 of 20 Old 06-12-2008, 02:35 PM
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08 KLR 650 Stalls, Hard to Start

Well I just got my bike back from the dealer yesterday,they said nothing was wrong, but they asked me if it had ever been down. I said yes it tipped over coming down my ramps from my truck. The mechanic explained that the tank has a charcoal filter that traps gas and will cause stalling and starting problems. Got the bike home, the temperature was in the 90s, and took it for a long ride and it worked fine yesterday. This morning, the temperature was in the 60s, choked the bike and got it started, waited about a minute, gave it some throttle and it died. Couldn't get it started again. I could smell gas. So jumped in the truck and drove it to work. I bet when I go home the bike will start right up. The choke and cooler temperatures seem to make start ups
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post #10 of 20 Old 06-15-2008, 10:05 AM
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If it is flooded you can get it going by holding the throttle all the way open while cranking which should start it. This is also the common procedure in auto's.
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