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My yahama maxim 650 wont full start running but it sounds like it wants too

I start my motorcycle but then it starts trying to kick on but it wont and the spark plugs are fine...please help I wont to impress my girl and im a new rider!!

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    nicholas taylor Apr 18, 2014

    i forgot to mentions its been sitting all winter and i did some by passing of the soleniod i stuck a screwdriver on both terminals and it still didnt turn on completely but it wants too. please help!

  • Mike Squire Apr 19, 2014

    If it cranks and "tries" to start but will not even with starting fluid it may have a timing issue, high mileage bikes with a timing chain can slip like a car's will. If the starting fluid works it's the carbs, if not it could be timing. The XJ650 is a fantastic bike for first or experienced riders, it's worth spending some money on; everyone who's sold theirs regrets it.

  • mj peterson Apr 24, 2014

    Yamahas, and in my experience especially the maxim fours, are notoriously cold hearted. They are a bear to start cold, but once ran start like a dream the rest of the day. "Burtons place" is a great suggestion, you may find the o rings which seal the "choke", actually the priming system, to be your culprit. I serviced several of these in the past year which resolved the problem



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Hey Nick, unfortunately it could be several things. As Tom Diffin mentioned carb gummed up or even bad fuel from sitting all winter. If your positive the spark plug is firing (pull plug, connect to plug wire, place within a couple mm of a metal bolt, CAUTION: hold with insulated pliers so you don't get shocked, bump starter and watch for a spark) then try a very small squirt of fuel (starting fluid would be great) into the park plug hole and replace the plug. Try to start if the engine fires and then dies you have narrowed it down to carb, fuel or timing. FYI get a motorcycle repair or operators manual that describes how to winterize your bike for long storage (check library, you can read for free and make a photo copy of a page cheap). Keep us updated and good luck.

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