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Valkyrie hard to start, cold weather makes it even worse, bike sat up for 4 to 5 yrs with gas still lined up to carbs. after up to operating temp runs like a champ

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Try a tank of fresh gas with Chevron Techron in it. Do the shock treatment. All Honda's are cold blooded. If the system is just a little gummy this should wash it through with out having to disassemble and clean the carbs. Chevron Techron can be purchased at most auto stores. It is also sold under the name "Yamaha ring free fuel additive" but it will cost double.

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