Question about 1997 Honda VT 1100 C Shadow Spirit

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Will only run in full choke mode

After 12 months of non-use while I was out of the country, I tried to start the motorcycle. I changed the fuel and the spark plugs, and installed a new battery. The bike had to be started several times with the choke in the full on position, to get it to continue running. The problem is that it will not increase in rpm's in the normal fashion, allowing the choke to be taken off and settle into a normal idle. Even after several minutes of what seems to be a normal idle with the choke on full, it will not progress to the increased rpm's as usual. When I try to slide the choke switch to the off position while it is running (choke on full), the motorcycle dies every time. Any recommendations?

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Try a fuel additive to clean the system, also if the airfilter is dirty or damp, this can cause problems.
You may even have a rust problem in the barrels.
Or even the engine oil may have thickened causing a resistance in the crank bearings, so flush the engines oil ways if other solutions don't work.

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As long as this bike has a carburetor it is definitly a clogged jets problem, Carb clean should fix it!

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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