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When I try to crank my bike the engine turns over, will not start

For about a week before my current predicament, I'd noticed that the bike was taking a little longer to crank each time. Finally, the starter would just turn the engine over, but I could never get the bike to start. It would just turn and turn, sometimes I'd get a backfire, but the engine would never start. Finally, the battery ran down too much to start it. I charged the battery and tried again, with no joy. I pulled the plugs to take a look at them. They seem to look fine, clear of corrosion, but I'd noticed they looked at bit oily. I was going to replace them, when the guy at the store said they looked fine, but he agreed that the plugs looked oily as well and suggested that the bike was running rich and was getting too much fuel. Does this sound right, and if so...how do I adjust the fuel mixture?

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The bike needs 3 things to run, fuel, compression and spark correctly timed. Try taking one plug out and connect it to the ignition lead. rest the plug against the engine and crank the bike - You should see a fat blue spark. If you have a spark, stick your finger down the plug hole where you removed the plug and crank again, there should be enough compression to blast you finger out. If you have all these, check the fuel filter

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