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I have a 1989 honda xr 600. the only way i can start it is by push starting it. very inconvenient! when i kick it over it trys to start but never does. and also after riding it for a while it just dies like the fuel has been cut off from it. is this typical for this type of bike? and does anyone know how to fix it? Thank you

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  • joe May 11, 2010

    very strange & inconvenient indeed! can you feel a full throw with the kick starter or is it slipping? can you get it to start with the kick if using starting fluid? how new is the spark plug and battery?

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No its typcal for that type of bike. and check the coil it mite be damaged or the timeing might be rong so check in with ur honda dealer to see if the timing is right hope that helps bye

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Its as if the bike is straving for petrol.
I would advice you to tune the engine up,
check the spark plug to its condition.
Black/sooty = rich, brownish/whitish =ok. whitish= lean.
Check the petock, better too is to clean the carburator.

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Turn the idle up works every time

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