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Sooty exhaust, engine cuts out unless warmed up.

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Sounds like the air filter has either gotten wet or is just dirty. If this is not the case then perhaps the spark plugs have become fouled from excessive idling of the engine.

Check the air filter first - and make sure there's nothing covering the air filter intake. I once found a rider's beanie stored over the air filter intake, causing this same symptom. (Where do you store your beanie and gloves?)

No matter the cause, if the spark plugs are black and sooty, replace them with new ones.

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