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Fuel problem Just put fuel tank back on bike after a month of being off now bike will only start if I pour fuel in the carburator and even then only for like 5 seconds.

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  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    The carb is not getting fuel for some reason. Have you checked to make sure there is no old, gummy gas in the tank?

    And that the petcock valve is on?

    I would check the fuel filter and all the lines. If it runs when you pour gas in the carb for a few seconds, then it is not getting gas.

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See if the fuel flows freely from the pet-****, to the carb. Did you empty the carb out while the tank was off? If not then inspect the carb for a blockage somewhere.

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Are you pinching any hoses?

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