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Storing your bike over winter!!!

When your motorcyle has been stood for a while like over winter..keep the battery charged up. if its got carbs..run them out of petrol befor storeing. has petrol goes off in the carbs & gums them up. whitch then when you come to use the bike you need to strip the carbs & clean the float bowls & clean the jets out..has with a lot of problems i have seen on here when bikes have been stood they wont rev or even start because the petrol carnt get threw...if the bikes been stood a long time you need fresh petrol anyway as it goes off!!...

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Will run only with choke on


This is fuel starvation ( it is running too lean ) if it has been stood from last year with the same fuel in , the fuel may have gone stale and bloced the jet in the carb, keep priming and starting this may eventualy clear the carb, if not the carb will have to come off and clean through, ley us know if you need help servicing the carb.

Nov 25, 2012 | Garden

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bike been stood for 6 months and will not start when i veiwed it we had to bump it but now it will not work ive re-charged battery wat shall i do now


The problem may be the petrol. Usually after 3 months, the petrol itself in the carburettors tends to evaporate and leave behind the additives. These act as a gum and block up everything including the jets !! Apart from the gum, the petrol now fails to ignite - DO NOT TEST THIS LAST PART OUT, just accept that it may be. Firstly, drain the petrol from the carb. and change the petrol in the tank. Prime the carb (with a few twists of the throttle) and try it again. If your lucky, enough will get through to ignite, once it's running, you can then drop in a few cc of something like redex and clean the carbs while running. If the petrol doesn't ignite then I'm afraid its a carb clean. Get a haynes manual and look first before stripping the carbs down. Not difficult to do.

May 09, 2011 | 2004 Honda CBR 125 R

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cranks but wont turn over


Did you drain the gas out before you stored it.

If its carb model, then the carbs probablt need taken off and cleaned.

If it fuel injected, the screens are probably plugged up....dump the gas and try fresh gas

Mar 31, 2010 | 2003 Suzuki VL 800 Volusia

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cant start a motorcycle


charge the battery up...& clen the carb if its been stood all winter

Mar 03, 2010 | 2005 Honda FMX 650

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my honda cbr 600 is struggling as if it keeps running out of petrol. whats happening??


it sounds like it's being starved of fuel, has it been stored for winter? check fuel filter or just change it now, if stored over winter could be carbs gummed up. get some Berrymans B12 fuel additive and double dosage, run til hot then let it stand overnight. pray hard and hopfully it will all be good.
do you have a electronic fuel pump? does it run constantly? if so its not getting enough to feed the carbs. could be as i said the filter or if you have bad luck it could be the pump.

Apr 05, 2009 | 2006 Bajaj Wind 125

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