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Won't start Just drained fuel tank and put fresh fuel in now it will not start. Was running prior to drain but fuel was old and not igniting well.

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  • Jim Giesen May 11, 2010

    Have you got the fuel tap on prime and have you drained the fuel bowls?


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Hey m8,,im guessin to have old fuel in it,,shez been standin 4 a while, 1st if its been stood on the side stand while shez been standin,then u need to clean out number 1 carb ,,possibly number 2 carb to,, undo bottoms of 1 and 2 carbs,,it may have conjealed inside the carb,,or gone a kind of nicotine stained look about it, , if so ,then u will have to clean the main jets out while your there, by pokin a needle in all the holes of the jets,,just to let u no as your sat on the bike 1 and 2 cylinders will be left to right,,cheers

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