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My 2002 426 wont start at all. replaced the plug. checked the timing, thats all good. carby is all good and still wont start

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  • steve t May 11, 2010

    if all you say is correct AND you"re getting a fairly good fat blue spark and of course fuel is in the bowl it must be a compression problem or an air leak. Need more info though; does it bump start for example?

  • stephane richard May 11, 2010

    when does it stop starting ... have you make any new maitenance on the bike that should help me to diagnostic or the way it just end up



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Try squirting some fuel on the inlet and see if it fires for a second and get back to me

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