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Motorcycle only have spark when bike sets in the sunshine.after setting in the sunshine for awhile it cranks up and starts good the rest of the day.I put new carbs and it does the same thing.

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Carbs have nothing to do with spark my friend. try looking at your coil wiring.

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What u are describing is typical of a faulty ignition system, but could also be a fuel problem. I check by removing the aircleaner and rotating the throttle. If u see a nice spray of fuel, thats probably not the problem. Check for a spark at the plugs. I can explain how if you need me to. If you cant see a good spark, U have an electrical problem. I had a crank position sensor go bad on me. Dont do what I did (replaced the battery, ignition, and regulator as part of my diagnosis procedure)

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as you have replaced carbs you will need to retune for fuel intake also check its getting enough air ie.. air filter has been changed or is clogged

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Pull the plugs making sure you have wet plugs, fuel is getting through to cylinders.
If no fuel, make sure you have flushed each float bowl by unscrewing the float bowl drain and allowing a bit of fuel to run out, this can reduce airlock in the carb. Make sure the floats are loose. A poor mans fix is to tap the carbs with a screwdriver hand to make sure they are loose. If you still are not getting fuel into the cylinder, pull the carbs, check pilot jet for clean, if you have to order new ones. Do not clean with a drill, use carb cleaner in a small jar and leave them overnight and blow out with compressed air.
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try squirting some fuel on the inlet and see if it firse get back to me with results

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