50cc Scooter Starting
Not exactly a KLR650, hence in the "Off Topic" forum.
I got my wife a used 50cc Chinese scooter. Ever since we got it, it's been hard to start. It eventually does and, once it warms up, it runs great. If you start it several times throughout the day it does fine, but when it sits for a week or more, it's hard to start.
The hard starting is accompanied by a fair amount of smoke (I'd describe it was "white") coming out of the exhaust. Once the smoke clears up, the idle smooths out and it will take full throttle.
Any of you guys have one of these things and are familiar with it that might be able to tell me what to look for to fix this problem? My wife wants to ride it to work (6 blocks away) but she's afraid she won't be able to get it started to get home.
It might be a mechanical issue or it might just be my starting technique. It didn't come with any kind of manual. It doesn't have a manual choke.
I've tried cranking it with my hand off the throttle and that doesn't work. it doesn't seem to start to catch until I start messing around and twisting the throttle, but I don't know if maybe I'm slightly flooding it or something.
Any ideas would be appreciated. It has about 1100 km's on it. I'm thinking perhaps valves need to be adjusted?
Last edited by planalp; 04-08-2012 at 05:44 PM.