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Wont start Bike doesnt seem to start, I have had this intermentine issue since last year when I purchased the bike. Sometimes It starts, sometimes it doesnt. Last fall I changed the spark plugs, air filter, and recently changed the oil. I checked and noticed I was getting spark, the engine does turn over, and battery is fully charged with maintainer, but doesnt start.

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    Mike S Mar 28, 2014

    It seems to start fine on warm weather, just not anything below 50 degrees or so.

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    Mike S Mar 28, 2014

    Could it be a fuel filter issue? I also checked the float bowls, and jets and were perfectly clean.

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    Mike S Mar 30, 2014

    Update: I have check and am getting continuous gas to the float bowls. I ran a clear tube from the float bowl drain to a can and there was a continuous amount flowing until I closed it.

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Have you checked the coils

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I posted this for a similar problem, maybe it can help. Are you sure it's getting gas to the carbs? Some people don't realize the 99-02 SV650 has a vacuum-actuated fuel pump, and sometimes it can get stuck. Mine has had this problem, and it took me a while to determine it was the problem. I would guess it only happens after the bike has been sitting a while (ours unfortunately sat for a year or so without being run).

Best way to check it is to lift the tank (it's bolted to the frame on the right side of the engine just under the tank). Unplug the line toward the front of the motorcycle from the fuel pump, and connect some spare fuel hose to it running to a can next to the bike (don't want to get gas everywhere!). With everything else still connected, crank the bike for a short period to see if any fuel comes out (shouldn't take long). If not, then move backward and ensure fuel will flow from the vacuum-petcock when the bike is cranked. If that does work, your fuel pump needs some work. I was able to take mine apart and unstick it.

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