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I have a 1991 RM250 and when i try to kick start it it will not start up, however, if i hold the throttle slightly open (slightly revved) i get a more deeper sounding noise when i kick it and then the bike starts first time. Once the bike is started i get a dark oily substance spitting out of my exhaust in high preportion. If i let the throttle off the bike dies straight away and does not idle at all.

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Try this:
Clean and gap the spark plugs. Clean the air filter,and then run some carb cleaner through the carb.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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To adjust the valves, the bike must be stone cold. Take the spark plugs out, raise the rear wheel of the ground, and put the transmission in fourth gear. Turn the engine over by bumping the rear wheel in the normal direction of rotation. Bring the piston of one of the cylinders up to top dead center on the Compression stroke. Pop the pushrod tube covers and check the pushrods. You should be able to spin both pushrods with your fingers. If not, adjust the pushrod so taht it's tight. Then back it off to where you can just spin it with your fingers. Keep in mind that on a Sportster, it's better to have the pushrods slightly loose than tight. Once you get that cylinder's pushrods adjusted, do the same thing with the other cylinder.

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One other thing about a Sportster. Did the old man you bought it from have a limp in his right leg? A Sportster is notorious for "slipping through" when you try to start it. The result is that all your weight comes down on your knee without any resistance. The result is your knee tries to bend backwards, the way it wasn't designed to do. This can tear ligaments and cartilage in the knee and it even has it's own name, "Sportster Knee". Be careful.

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