2001 KLR 650 stored 5 years outside in Ottawa with no prep
Ive been a bad, bad man, and I need help. Only shut off the petcock before leaving this thing under a tarp.
You may be surprised that the spark, carb and airbox were clean. My problem is that the gas tank was fouled, and not knowing that rust or water could develop, I just drained old gas, filled up, and brought all kinds of hell to the carb, and had to clean it all anyway.
I ended up pouring gas in a cup, waited till particles settled, and manually poured into fuel line. Bike started and idled fine, with only some delay at higher RPM.
I put in an inline fuel filter which should take care of particles. Now the filter fills from a leaky petcock, even in the off position and the following problem when starting:
slow crank, engine fires and dies after 2 minutes, and next crank it turns to slow to start. Third start engine turns twice and no more. Only a ticking sound which I assume is the spark plug.
Is it now the battery dying from so many starts without riding, or is it an over supply / contamination of fuel?
Many thanks.. frustrating as I have never worked on a motorcycle before, and have to start with this messy stuff.