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Starting The Bike On A Cold Morning

Hi, I have A 1988 FZR 250 2kr Genesis.... EVERY morning i CANNOT start her. She refuses to kick over! while im starting it the battery also goes flat!!! is there a way to warm the bike up before i start her in the mornings? Like maybe a houshold heater??? put the heater near the engine to warm her up, will that work? Please help? Im just about to smash this bike as im fed up of being late for work in the mornings!! Yes I Do Pull My Choke Out.......Carbs are cleaned and all working fine...and yeah my fuel pump is 100%....I think! Sometimes she starts fine in the morning, then the next few days its a HUGE mission to try and start her, i have to always push it up my driveway and then push-start her down the road, then she starts, otherwise no luck :( I just bought a brand new battery too about a week ago, and it goes flat now after trying sooooo long to get the bike started every morning..then i have to charge the battery for 20-30 mins, but even after i do that sometimes the bike still won't start Any ideas?, thanks for the reply

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Try putting in new, stock spark plugs. Check and possibly replace the air filter. Charge the battery. Get the bike running then check the battery voltage at 2000 rpm. It should show 14volts or more. If not, get the charging system checked. Get a can of starting spray (for future problems).

Get the compression checked. Your bike is 21 years old and I will bet that the valves are needing to be reseated. Check the valve clearances with a cold engine and reset valve clearances as needed. Check the area where the head contacts th cylinder. Any mist of an oil stain? Tighten the head or replace the head gasket. If replacing the gasket, now is the time to have the shop lap re-seat the valves. Have them sync and balance the carbs as well. Your bike will now have its' manners back and show you the dedication it should.

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