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post #1 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start!('01 Rebel 250)

Okay, so here's my issue, my 2001 Rebel 250 for roughly a year was my main means of transit to and from work, and after a while the battery quit working, which forced me to have to roll start it to get to work until payday. Before I got the chance however, another problem arose.

I was riding home from work and the engine cut off as though I had just run out of fuel. Having dealt with this before, I pulled over, set the selector switch to reserve, and attempted another roll start, to no avail. Then I attempted another roll start in a spacious church parking lot. Still nothing. It rumbles like it's trying to crank, but never actually cranks all the way, which suggests that it's the fuel, not the fire. The bike has been towed home, but I don't know what's wrong. One theory that's been presented to me is bad gas? Is there any validity in this? If not, what else could it be? Can't really afford a shop visit unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:13 PM
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Have you checked for spark yet?

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:26 PM
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Try taking the gas cap off then starting it. It could be a tank venting problem.

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post #4 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:27 PM
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Also, if you have a fuel filter, it could be clogged.

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:55 PM
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check the kill switch. it happens all the time.

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 03:58 PM
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And if you don't have a fuel filter, the carb could be clogged.

Folks who know more about electronics than I do say that riding without a good battery can be harmful to the bike's electronics. Hook the bike up to a car battery with the car engine off, and see if it will crank.

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post #7 of 13 Old 12-13-2011, 04:19 PM
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I would fix the already known problem first and then try and diagnose the other problem.

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post #8 of 13 Old 12-14-2011, 12:09 AM
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This happened to me once with an older Honda. It acted like it ran out of gas and wouldnt run when switched to reserve. Turned out the petcock had crud on it inside the tank where it fed the fuel and was clogged/severely restricted. I took the fuel line off to confirm the lack of flow. I took the petcock off and found a mound of crud resting on it. It would feed just fine in the normal position though.

But like it has been said already, you really need to fix the initial problem first.

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post #9 of 13 Old 12-14-2011, 03:41 AM
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They say that continually push starting the bike and running it with a dead battery is VERY BAD for the charging system. Hopefully it's not something major.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-14-2011, 09:30 AM
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I'm just a newbie here, but please dont jump start a motorcycle battery off the car. The car battery may fry your electrical...hope everything works out for you.
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