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The Bike was sitting for 2 years with gas in it had carb cleaned. Bike starts and idles, but when you go togive it gas it dies. How do I fix?

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Try checking the high speed jet---it may be adjusted improperly

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Sounds like the gas went bad and plugged up the idle jets in the carb.

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