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Choke won't open or close

Choke flap doesn't move

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    Mel Jacobson May 11, 2010

    Have u checked your throttle cables?

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I think your bike has a CV carb which doesn't have a choke.It's called an enrichener. Pulling out the "choke" knob merely dumps more gas into the carb. If the bike starts normally with the knob pulled out, you do not have a problem. On a cold/cool day, pull the knob out and start the bike. If it idles faster than normal the system is working. Pushing the knob in should drop the idle speed, maybe stalling the bike if it is not fully warmend up.

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