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What should I do to my VN800 classic 1996

I have just brought off e.bay the above bike although it 13 years old it has only done 384 miles I have brought a new battery and fitted it
it starts and runs for a couple of minutes but cuts out there seems to be petrol getting through

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I am sure the carbs will need to be cleaned. Sitting that long is not good. I would also recommend doing the plugs for the same reason. Make sure your petcock is turned on also.

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