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Not starting after winter storage...

It turns over and does not catch. What can I do to fire it up? The gas has been turned on. Choke works..any ideas?

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Check for spark............
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Ok, will do right now

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New Bridgestone on the back
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Ok, will do right now
What was done to the bike prior to storage ? You use a gas stabilizer, drain the carbs, block off the airbox/exhaust to keep critters out, change the oil, etc??

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How does the gas smell?
If you have good spark, but the gas in the tank smells a bit rancid, drain the tank and put in fresh fuel.
You can burn the stale gas in the car as it will be diluted in the larger volume of gas in the bigger tank.

I usually have to use a bit of starting fluid in my lawnmower for the first start of the season. Try a short shot or two on the Vulcan.

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I put seafoam in the tank and put bags over the air filter. I did not drain the carbs...I ran a high dosage of the seafoam through the tank before putting it away. I checked and did get a spark...the battery is charged as I put it on a maintainer throughout the winter. Where do I put the starting fluid?

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New choke cable
Clean front rim
new throttle pull back cable
new spark plugs
New Bridgestone on the back
New Fluids all around
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Where do I put the starting fluid?
You can squirt some on the air filter or remove the filter and squirt directly into the air intake (my preferred method).

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Ok, I will try that. Thanks for the advise. I'll post what happens tomorrow.

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New Bridgestone on the back
New Fluids all around
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If it turns over but just doesn't start try turning the petcock switch to prime for 30 seconds or so and then back to on. I think that's it. I remember reserve, prime and whatever it says for when you typically ride. Anyway that should prime the gas that evaporated over the winter.


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If it still is not running, check to see if the carbs are getting fuel by opening the drain screw on the fuel bowl. If you have no gas, check to see if the vacuum hose is hooked up to the fuel petcock.
I forgot to attach the hose after a stator replacement. The bike will crank and crank but never fire if that hose is off.


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