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Choke on a suzuki gs1100 gk /mikuni 34mm carbs

When i apply the choke and start the bike, choke works good, but when the bike is warmed up the choke will not open completely. if i push on the end of the choke rod(four carbs connected together with common rod). rpms will go back to idle but will not stay there. when the throttle is moved or it seems that just the vibration of the engine will apply the choke a small amount( will raise rpm's to about 2k ) I can not seem to find any reason for it. thanks, ron

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    will start and idle if only if it is choked. unchoked it will barely start. both ways it will stall the moment i try to turn the throttle. all spark plugs are getting a spark. fuel is good. what should i do?

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Cables too tight , poor lubrication of choke and or throttle cable

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