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Choke Has anyone replaced the HandleBar Choke lever with a On Carb lever?

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I am about to do it on the lemans 5. Just have to source the two lever setups for the PHMs.At the moment I dont have any choke setup on the bike.It doesnt need it realy.I just twist the throttle a few times when cranking in the cold weather and she always fires up no probs. I do want to fit the levers as the choke should be operational for winter time.

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Does the choke lever need a spring to keep it open?

sometimes the choke leaver has an indent to catch a part on the carb ! wot bike is it and is the leaver on the carb or the bars ?

Dec 03, 2013 | 2004 Honda CRF 100 F

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The Choke lever is located on the left handlebar as part of and on the inside of the switch mount. If it is not there, then the lever has broken. They are still available from he sends parts worldwide for these bikes. Have you joined the worldwide Yahoo email group? There are over 1400 members and there may be someone near you. Join via

Nov 21, 2011 | 1986 Suzuki GV 1400 Cavalcade LXE

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The bike is a 250 DT1 1972 model. I runs but I'm not sure in what position (up or down) the choke lever should be in. Thanks

If it's a butterfly style choke with a plate on the back of the carb, remove the boot that goes to the air cleaner and you'll be able to see the choke plate. If you can't get your head in there to see, stick a finger in there and operate the lever. When it's blocking the throat, it's on.
If the lever is in the front of the carb, it's not really a choke. It's an enrichening valve, that controls a brass valve that opens a port to allow extra fuel into the carb. Whatever direction of the lever pulls it up, that's on. Good luck, cool old enduro!

Jun 13, 2011 | Yamaha DT 360 Motorcycles

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How to change out a choke cable on 2001 barley fxd

To change the choke cable, you must take the carb off the engine. Remove the air filter and backing plate. Take the nut off the backside of the choke cable and let the cable come out of the bracket that holds it. Make sure the petcock is turned off and disconnect the fuel hose at the carb. Loosen the throttle and idle cable at the handlebar throttle assembly. Pull the carb out of the intake manifold seal. Work the throttle and idle cables out of their positions in the carb. Bring the carb with the choke cable out and away from the engine. Take the choke cable out of the carb with a 14mm open end wrench. Take the plunger and spring off the old cable and swap it to the new cable and reinstall the choke cable. Put the throttle and idle cables back onto the carb, put a new intake manifold seal on the intake manifold and push the carburetor back into the new seal. Put the choke cable in it's bracket and secure the nut. Be careful and do not over tighten the nut as the plastic cable housing will break. Reconnect the fuel line, the vacuum line, and anything else that was taken off. Replace the air filter backing plate and the air cleaner. Readjust the throttle and idle cables making sure that the throttle operates freely and returns when let go on it's own. Never put any kind of lubricant on the choke cable. There is a knurled wheel that you can use to tighten the cable so that it stays where you put it.

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Jun 08, 2011 | 2001 Harley Davidson FXD Dyna Super Glide

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It runs good but can't get it to start in cold weather. What should I do 85 Suzuki gs 550.

Without much other information of what has been done, I would start with the choke system. The choke cable may be detached or far out of adjustment. With a helper see if you can watch the choke cable move the choke lever on the carbs when you move the choke lever to full choke. Cables do break and or stretch. If that is the case then reconnect, replace, or adjust as necessary. If the choke lever and carb choke system is moving correctly then the problem may be in the carburators themselves.

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Mar 27, 2011 | Suzuki Gs 550 L Motorcycles

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I just bought a 2001 Yamaha R6 and the choke cable is there but not installed the cable just hangs. Does any one know how to fix the choke cable on a 2001 Yamaha r6 ?

hi, this is the best way to replace the choke cable, first remove the riders seat, 2 alun key bolts at the rear of the seat turn up the corners of the seat and you will find the bolts,
undo the tank fiking screws at the front of the tank and then prop up the fuel tank , remove the air box by undoing the 10mm bolt in the front of the airbox, then undo the clip/clips holding the airbox rubbers to the carburetors, lift of the airbox, now you will see the carburettors and the location of the choke cable sliding mechanisam,

undo from the handlebar the left hand switch unit and pull the 2 halfs apart you will then be able to remove the nipple of the old cable from the opperating lever, replace the new cable using a small amount of grease on the new nipple,then thread the new cable through the frame following the exact same route as the old cable and connect it to the carbs and check the opperation of the choke lever, pulling it on and off making sure when the choke is off that you have a small amount of frree play in your cable and the lever on the carb end is all the way home, if you are happy you havereplaced the control cable correctly, you can then reasemble the airbox, lower the tank and replace the seat, finaly recheck the operation of the controls before riding the machine on the road, regards, paul

Jan 18, 2011 | 2001 Yamaha YZF-R6

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The choke do'nt seem to work, the cable closes nothing I can see leave it set a few days and you have to start it 4 or 5 times, I have a haynes manul, but it do'nt show much about the choke , I would like...

Hello and welcome to Fixya, The Gl1500 choke is operated by a cable. There are 2 plunger type chokes, 1 for each carb, the cable is attached to a bracket and when you operate the choke the lever opens or closes the plungers. So we're looking at either a broken cable, or stuck or partially stuck plungers. So first thing you should check is your cable, remove the choke lever assembly from your handlebar and remove the choke cable, try pulling the cable with your hand, if it comes all the way out, you will be needing a new cable. 2. If the plungers are stuck, this is a very time consuming job and I would suggest a Honda Technician do it unless you are mechanically inclined and want to tackle the job yourself (which will save you quite a bit). You mentioned the Haynes manual, there ok but they don't go into great detail like a factory Honda manual. Which you can purchase threw your dealer or maybe even cheaper on Ebay. But regardless if its the cable that's broke or the plungers, your going to have to get in deep to repair either one. I have done hundreds of these Goldwings and would be happy to try and guide you as you go threw the process, but I suggest getting a Factory manual as well. Just a guess, but your total repair cost + manual less than $100 if you do it yourself. If the dealer does it, depending on your location, could be upwards $400+. But either way call your dealer and ask them for a quote, you may get a great deal if there slow and need the work. Anyway I hope this helps you some, I will be happy to assist you any time just let me know. Thanks for your time, and thanks for using Fixya. Have a great day :) Cycleworx157

Dec 30, 2010 | 1991 Honda GL 1500 SE Gold Wing

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Have a 1982 Honda CB650SC NightHawk and had the carbs off and know the choke won't work.when you when you try to turn the choke off it's like the cable is

Check the routing of the choke cable and, basically, make sure it does not get kinked or pulled tight when the handlebars are turned from side to side. Then, remove any excess free play in the cable by turning the adjustment fitting that's part of the cable. You want it so that the choke mechanism on the carburetors begins to move as soon as the handlebar mounted choke lever is moved. If the cable is worn worn - or broken - replace it.

Nov 22, 2009 | Honda CBR 600 F(2)N Motorcycles

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Bike will not start unburned fuel come out from breather hose, what carb problem should I check first?

Check your engine kill switch on right handlebar, make sure it is in the "run" position.

Check for flooding due to choke on full.

Check for bad (old) fuel.

Check for spark at the spark plugs.

Check throttle cable operation.

Check to see if carburator is stuck open.

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