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2000 XLH sportster bike starts up and idles right but once you put it in gear and try to ride cuts out and dies

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Sounds like you're letting it idle too long with the enricher on. The enricher circuit is VERY rich and it will foul your plugs. When you start the bike, run the enricher only long enough to where you can get the bike to stay running with the throttle grip or throttle lock. Turn that enricher off as quickly as possible. Your plugs are probably fouled.

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Posted on Aug 28, 2010

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