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post #1 of 4 Old 08-19-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Difficult to Start; runs rough

Took bike out of storage the other day. Using regular pressure of garden hose, washed the dust off. Set choke. Hit starter. Bike would run for perhaps a half second. Changed out fuel, set choke and same thing, runs for about a second.

Gave a squirt of ether into air cleaner. It started up and ran rough. Went for a 2-3 mile ride to get to operating temperature. Still running rough. After cooling off, tried to re-start. Same symptoms, will run for a second when choke is set.

Any suggestions? TIA.

'09 KLR-650 (1,400 miles)
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-20-2012, 06:57 AM
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Chances are it's got something to do with water getting into something it shouldn't have.. Without actually being there to assist, your best bet is to start with the simple stuff and look at one thing at a time.

I'd check to make sure your plug wire is connected to the plug, that the plug is not loose in the cylinder, that the air cleaner isn't plugged, etc...

Remember, one thing at a time, or you won't know what actually fixed it (and if there's something that needs to be fixed).

My guess is the air cleaner is dirty and the extra water plugged it enough to keep it from running right, but again, it's just a guess.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-30-2012, 02:35 PM
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How long was it in storage?

You may need to clean the idle/pilot jet, the bowl, needle seat, and the other bits of the carb. If that isn't it, it could be a petcock / diaphragm or bad gas issue.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-30-2012, 03:12 PM
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Clean the Carb. Mbe some Carb cleaner fuel additive will do but I'd take the jets out and clean em.

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