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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2009, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Using the Choke

At times I have been motoring down the road and discovered that my choke is still half or slightly on. My question is, does the choke work for the full travel of the thumb handle, or just the first bit of it? Am I wasting gas when this happens or does it matter?


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If it's adjusted properly, it works over the whole distance. It's actually an enricher so, yes, you would be wasting gas. The bike will be running too rich and that will lead to fouled plugs. If the bike won't run properly after it's warmed up without some choke, there's trouble in the carburetor.

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Thanks. The trouble is the addle-pated operator. I take off with half choke 'cause it feels like it needs it, then forget to open it on down the road.




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If it's adjusted properly, it works over the whole distance. It's actually an enricher so, yes, you would be wasting gas. The bike will be running too rich and that will lead to fouled plugs. If the bike won't run properly after it's warmed up without some choke, there's trouble in the carburetor.


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Thanks. The trouble is the addle-pated operator. I take off with half choke 'cause it feels like it needs it, then forget to open it on down the road.
On occasion I do the same thing. But when I idle or take off from a light, the engine is just so darn responsive that it jars my memory to take the choke off.

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Been there, done that.
I usually notice it when, after the first couple miles, the bike doesn't seem to be running right. Then it hits me..... uh, check the choke dummy!!... yep it's still partially on


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