Re: inspection of fuel valve
What do you use for the initial starting procedure?
Usual is full choke,. no throttle. A maintenace free battery helps weak starts and I have never turned the fuel valve "off" I leave it in the on position and have had no problem with fuel leakage. That fact that you did get it started after spraying the bowls would indicate that the battery was fine though.
Perhaps leaving the gas on does help keep a little gas in the bowls, which depending on the heat may have evaporated. Our bike seems slow to switch over to new delivery, atleast when switching from on to reserve. Perhaps the same is true when switching from off to on.
What you went through to start sounds like the start up procedure after bringing the bike out of winter storage. You had to "prime" the fuel system first before it would start.
Try it next time leaving the gas petcock turned on and see if there is still a problem.
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