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Bike won't start -- loose tube on carburetor

This is a brand-new bike (25 miles) with the only real problem being the headlight not working (got a guy coming out next week). I went to start up the bike a few minutes ago to take it out for a ride

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    my headlights are loose in the bracket. you don't notice when you ride the bike but cars in front of me think im flashing them. the adjustment screws do nothing to fix this problem.



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And it won't start! Doesn't seem like anything is happening at all. Got the fuel switch ON the ignition is turned on the starter switch is on bike is in neutral, and then I hit the electric starter and nothing happens at all. Silent as a hall. Kickstart won't seem to do anything either. What on earth could this be? Also, I noticed what has now been my THIRD loose tube on the bike. I understand there are supposed to be one or two, apparently, but I just noticed a third loose tube. It's the tube that's hooked up to something on the carb right beneath the CHOKE switch. The other end of that tube isn't connected to anything at all -- and this is the first time I've noticed it like that, which seems to mean it must've been hooked up to something at one point. Can anybody help me out? I had serious riding plans this weekend that are going to be turned into serious riding dreams unless I can get this bike running. Could it be the battery? And why would the battery be dead if this is a brand-new bike? And what the heck is that loose tube on the side of the carburetor??, Always try the simple stuff first. No matter what the problem actually is, you may never find it if you don't take care of the basics. For anything to work you must have electricity. Check the fuse. It is in the left tool case. Even if it LOOKS OK replace it with a new one. Then check the battery fluid. Top off if necessary. Put a 2 amp or less charger on it and walk away for 2 or 3 hours. When you come back check as many connectors as you can find around the battery and in the headlight housing. Now try to start the bike. If it now turns over then that problem is fixed and you can go on to things like the spark plug. The hoses on the carb are for vent / over flow. Do NOT hook them up to anything. It will affect carburation. ,,,

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