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I have used my bike very little over the last few months. Last week it ran fine. Started it today and the motor starts and runs for about 15 seconds, then dies. It will run fairly normal with the choke on - a few misses, but it does not quit on its own. Turn the choke off and it dies within a few seconds. I thought it might be the carb, so I pulled it, disassembled it and cleaned all the parts with carb cleaner. When held up to a light, you could see through all the holes in the jets. The float valve did not look like it was sticking and there was not any debris in the float bowl.
Once the carb was reassembled and installed in the bike nothing changed. Turn the bike on, hold the throttle at 3k rpm and within 10 – 20 seconds it dies.
I siphoned out the gas and put fresh gas in, same issue.
Pulled the fuel line from the petcock and started the bike up – gas flowed from the petcock at an amazing high rate (1/4 cup in seconds).
A bad plug, short in coil????? Please help if you can.

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Keith
 

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I hate to say it but it sound's like the carb still, if it would not run with the choke I would think otherwise. pull it apart again and remove the jet's and use the pee tube in all passages. carb's can be a pain sometimes. if it was an ignition problem the choke would not have any affect. did you have the choke on when you unhooked the fuel line from the petcock to check fuel flow? if so try it again with the choke off first before you go and take the carb apart again. just for grin's put a new plug in it also. good luck.
I hope this will help you.
 

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Thanks for the help. As soon as I can I will check it out and get back.
I was so focused on the carb I did not even think about the plug. I remember it was missing a little bit while running with the choke.
I cleaned the air filter last week and took the bike for a short ride, not thinking and starting it before the freshly oiled filter dried. I may have multiple issues here???

Oh the memories,
Keith

'02 KLR650
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Typical pilot jet problem. It's probably clogged with varnish, and you can still see light through it regardless. Pull the jet and make sure you can actually blow through it. Undo some stranded copper wire and poke it out with one strand. Next time drain the carb and run it dry before putting it up for anything longer than 2 weeks.
 

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Whoa!

Make sure that the vent tube is clear. This is the one that is a fairly transparent yellowish orange color of tube. It is routed down with the rest of the hose cluster and exits around the lower mount of the monoshock. This gets plugged on every bike eventually. I was having the issue when going through water, not a lot of water, but enough that the water was splashing up, plugging the hose for a few seconds, and when it did, the bike leaned out and died. Then the water drips out of the hose, fires right back up, and you are left wonder what electrical thing got wet and killed it. It took me a long time to figure it out. Most bikes accumulate dirt until eventually it is just plugged. Cleaning it works, but re-routing it up high is a permanent fix.
The symptoms you described, are precisely what has happened to a couple of buddies, and when we pulled the hose up to look at it, whatta ya know, it was plugged. Clip off the end, and vroom.
 

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is it the carb or electrical?

It's the carb. Most likley.
I agree with the pilot (idle circuit) jet theory. It is probably stopped up, it is a tiny hole. It is only the pilot jet, the main jet has zero to do with the way the bike runs at idle. Also, the passage that feeds the idle mixture adjustment can get partially or fully blocked. While you are in the area, you may want to remove the plug covering the fuel screw so you can adjust idle mixture.
And yes, it could also be a plugged vent tube, I have seen dirt dobbers stop them up. Very easy to check, remove it and see if you can blow thru it.
But, if it was running and idling when it was parked a few months ago, the idle jet is the most likely problem.
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On a hot day, with the engine hot, then you park the bike; the fuel can boil in the float bowl. this starts the cooking. In relatively short time.As fuel evaporates from small quantities like a float bowl's worth, it leaves behind residue that can easily clog the jet.
 
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