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post #1 of 4 Old Yesterday, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Bike runs weird!

I've been riding around in my 97 250 for a couple months now, and have had it for a couple years. After I stored it for a year it seems it's health has started to decline a little. Last month I rebuilt the carb and changed the air filter and battery hoping that would fix what was going on. Sometimes it rides great and sometimes awful. I've been running it with the choke slightly on. Last week it felt like it coughed something up and didn't need the help from the choke. Here's what's going on now...
High beams dont work
Will turn over, but won't start sometimes(like it never ignites(
Sometimes dies while riding
Not sure if this means anything, but blowing in the spark plug boots helps getting it to start

I am the worst mechanic and am still learning, but this bike is what gets me around right now.... Barely
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post #2 of 4 Old Yesterday, 08:19 PM
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Having to run with the choke on is a sign the carb is dirty, and may be why it has trouble starting.

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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post #3 of 4 Old Yesterday, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I did fully clean and rebuild the carb after pulling it out it from storage
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post #4 of 4 Old Today, 01:51 AM
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Did you drain the gas from the carb before storing it? If not, the carb probably developed gum and varnish. How did you clean the carb, spray cleaner from a can, soaking in Berryman's Chem Dip, or in an ultrasonic cleaner? The first doesn't work on anything but minor dirt, the second may need multiple extended soakings, and the third does it in one pass.

Again, "Having to run with the choke on is a sign the carb is dirty, and may be why it has trouble starting."

Keepin' all the left over parts. Gonna use 'em to build another bike!

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