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Honda XR200R won't start unless push-started and rattles.

I just bought a used 1997 Honda XR 200R dirt bike (4 stroke). The bike ran fine but would not idle until we ran it for a little bit (an hour or two of nothing extreme, just riding it on the street a bit). I then wanted to hit the trails with it to see how it did. A cousin of mine was riding with me on his '90 Yamaha Blaster and it smoked it. We noticed about an hour of riding it in the back corn fields that it started to smoke a little bit; sounded, ran and idled fine though. We then brought them back because my cousin had to pick a friend up from work, so we noticed that the XR200R was smoking a little bit (unusual for a 4stroke). I kept riding until he returned, for about an hour of riding it in the cornfields and opening it up to it's full potential in 6th gear. Everything seemed fine though it was still a bit smokey. We continued riding for another 2-3hours and brought it back. I wanted to then see how well it stacked up to my other cousin's Yamaha Raptor700. He tore me off the line and i tried to keep up best I could, but to no avail, he smoked me. Before I was gonna call it a day, I figured I'd open it up once more before I put it away. I had it in 6th gear, topping it out (but not overly doing it to where it was whining too loud, just barely got it in 6th) and it cut out on me, the entire engine shut off and I simply coasted, so I tried to kick/push start it as I was still going about 30mph or so. It refused to kick back on, so I simply put it away. It seemed as if I blew the motor because it smelt funny, but we figured maybe some of the water from riding in the cornfields against the hot motor just steamed up. So we put it away to look at it the next day. Next day, we checked all the loose connections and we replaced the oil in it, but it wouldn't turn over. So we had my uncle pull me on a tractor to get it to push start and it popped in 3rd gear. It refused to idle and would only start if we push started it by the tractor, it also sounded very clinky like there was something rattling around in it.

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  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    i have a 2000 XR 200 too and it smokes out the exaust. i changed the oil in it and it did nothing.

  • Colby Levesque
    Colby Levesque Aug 20, 2014

    same hear it is smoking of the engine and the exaust and mine wont even jump start



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Check your valves. Their usually what makes the "clinking" sound, as for the somking...rings usually do that when they get worn. If you seized your motor, it was probably because your rings broke or got hot and melted to your cylinder wall. This could also cause severe damage to your cylinder wall. Of course this is all just IMO

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Hello kstnflip360,

I'm not 'expert" when it comes to motorcycles, however, I know that a "clink" or "rattle" (especially on a small engine such as a dirt bike); could only mean one thing - a bent, loose, or broken push rod, or connecting rod. Again, I'm not expert, but that's what it sounds like to me. I can't really think of anything else inside a motorcycle engine that would make a sound like that. The best way to find out is to take the engine apart and take a look-see.

Sorry I can't tell you exactly what it is. As far as the smoking, you may have had a little water in the oil - or the fuel mixture was off. If the fuel mixture is too rich, the engine will burn hotter than it should which will cause it to shut down. Chainsaws work the same way.

It is imperative that the fuel mixture is correct, and that you're using fresh fuel.

Thank you for choosing


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