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Bike is sputtering in high 2nd/3rd gear, best kind in idle

When riding, my 2007 crf 230 is sputtering in high 2nd/3rd gear...the plug is a bright white color...gas is new, not old...I just got the bike used...it was operating fine but when riding the hills in the dirt pits she was falling off on power and sputtering...it was the same when on the flat too...it could be dirt in the carb i know...at idle,or reving at idle there's no problem...wondering if you have any insight...thanks

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  • funky_mojo May 22, 2009

    thanks for the info...

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Sounds like a lean condition. Spark plug should be a tan brown.
I would say the carb probably wasn't drained prior to storage and your main jet is gummed up. Gas deteriorates very quickly especially in vented containers like the float bowl of a carb.
clean your carb for sure.

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