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Bike is sputtering when give it gas. sat for 2

Bike is sputtering when give it gas. sat for 2 months during winter. any suggestions. I have used fuel cleaner

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Put some sea foam in with fresh gas

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Make sure battery is full,not just charged. if the sputter is still there you may need to clean air filter,fuel fillter or carbs may need to have trash removed from inside at the fuel float valve-seat and jet.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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    Try cleaning the spark plugs.

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