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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-30-2008, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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new battery.. fully charged... can of starting fluid.. after few shots she starts and stays running... idle with choke on for 2 minutes or so I take her for a spin in the parking lot about 2 hundred yard.. then she died on me... wouldn't start back up and run.. it would sputter for a few seconds, then die...
mainly running solely on the starting fluid after I drove it.. help!

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You have air filters in yet?

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I have a foam tractor air filter (3/4" thick) in now... lol.. I was told that should work to get it running enough for parking lot or just getting her started up, lol...
also- which position is the fuel selector supposed to be on for ON, RES, and OFF?



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for Res the lever is pointed forward, on is middle, off is rear. Just like the petcock is labled.

I'm guessing you're running lean. Especially since it'll start on starting fluid and choke but won't with just gas.

I assume you DID put the ear covers back on? Having the ear covers off will cause a lean condition - as will having no foam on the filters.

I also wouldn't be suprised if your carbs are filthy. Actually, I'd be suprised if they aren't. Try putting the ear covers back on and putting the bike on full choke. Don't crank the starter for more than a few seconds at a time or you'll burn it out. Starting fluid isn't a great idea because of the rubber components before the carbs.

I would recommend waiting till you have "proper" filters in your hands - but I understand that sometimes that's impossible.

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gotcha... the manual said by the pic that the reserve was forward, on was back, and off was middle.. haha.. well, that might be the problem? running on OFF? I think I will have to get a clymer for my bday.. man I sure am glad ya'll are here, lol

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on is down, reserve it with the lever pushed to the front (direction of travel) and off is full towards the back..--->

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gotcha... the manual said by the pic that the reserve was forward, on was back, and off was middle.. haha.. well, that might be the problem? running on OFF? I think I will have to get a clymer for my bday.. man I sure am glad ya'll are here, lol
Did it run on the run position???

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I am going to try that when the battery is charged back up, haha,.. yep.. I am new to motorcycles... but I love the learning...

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I am going to try that when the battery is charged back up, haha,.. yep.. I am new to motorcycles... but I love the learning...
I did the exact same thing last year when I first got my bike...

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