Hi all, I bought a 2001 KLR 650 last year. Runs great! Love the bike. Problem is, when the temp drops to 15 degrees celcius less, it doesnt want to start. If I put a heater on it, it starts no problem. It turns over just fine, but wont fire. Plugs are good, new battery. Any tips?
Too many new owners can Not Resist playing with the throttle on motorcycles. It is NOT a '57 Chevy pickup with a manual Choke & an accelerator pump in the carb, nor a '67 Chevy with an automatic Choke & an accelerator pump.
It Does Not Even have a "Choke" plate and has no accelerator pump either.
Rather it has a separate Cold Start Enrichener System. By opening the throttle it allows Too Much extra air in with-out passing over the Enrichener Jet first. Effectively making it too Lean to achieve a cold start.
Check cold start lever cable slack, about 1/8th inch?
First I need you to keep your hand Completely off of the RH hand grip!
Pull Enrichener lever full ON. Key On. Kill switch on. Use your RH INDEX Finger to push and HOLD the starter button for 3-4 seconds of continuous cranking.
None of this tap, tap, tap crap. Crank it!
If it did not start on the 4th exhaust pipe pulse, Stop Cranking. Count to ten. Let the raw fuel we sucked in vaporize a bit.
Using your Index Finger again, Crank IT. If your valve tappets are Not near or worse yet Below minimum specs & your carburetor jets, including the non-removeable Starter Jet is as clean as you think they are, it should now be running.
If it does not start with these procedures we can discuss it some more.