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Won't start after winter

My Honda VT125 won't start after the long winter. The battery is new and fully charged, there is petrol in the tank and the valve is open. When I start it, the motor spins and stop. The muffler made a big noise before the motorcycle stopped, like an explosion. What could be the problem ? Maybe the carbs need to be clean ? Where are the carbs on this motorcycle (below the battery ?), and how can I clean them ?
Many thanks
PS Excuse my approximate English, I am French...

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  • joe May 11, 2010

    could it be possible a little critter (mouse?) made a home in the air filter or maybe you got something inside the exhaust pipe?

    have you tried to restart the bike since the "explosion"?

    how new is the gas (petrol) in the tank?


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Open the drain screws on the bottom of the carbureators. this should allow fresh gas in to replace the old stale gas in the carb bowls. then tighten the drain screws and fire it up.

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Big explosion was probably from a large amount of gas that ran into the exhaust system and then ignited when you started the bike again. There probably is gunk from sitting in the carb. If you can't find them, then you probably should not disassemble them by yourself. It should not cost to much for a dealer to clean it for you.

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