Please reassure me! ... riding on half choke! - Honda Rebel Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Please reassure me! ... riding on half choke!

Hi All:

I took my Rebel for her first ride of the season ... 20 miles at about 45 mph (my ideal speed!). The only issue was like a bozzo I left the choke in the half-way position for the entire ride. Did I do any lasting damage to the motor (or the oil?)?

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2019, 03:36 PM
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Ignore 01-7700. The entire bike is totaled and can't be fixed by God or man. Start looking for a new ride. Send me your address and I'll come take it off your hands so you don't have to incur disposal costs.

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Practical answer: nothing to worry about, just don't make a habit of doing that.
Non-serious answer: your 20 mile ride probably added 97 miles worth of normal carbon build up, change your plugs at 7903 miles instead of 8000, and your oil at 2903 miles instead of 3000
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Ok the correct answer,

I do the same thing every other day. The coke or what ever you want ro call it puts very little gas into your bike. So when you rid in that manner you now ha e basically the same jetting as a 80 bike absolutely no big deal your. NOT getting oil in your crankcase so the choke or enhancer will not cause a problem jut cost a hair more to run. What will cause you a problem is worrying about it. I did a 60 mile trip on I75 with mine on.


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post #6 of 8 Old 05-19-2019, 06:10 PM
 
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When I started riding 10 years ago I ran Full-choke all the time not knowing any better for 1,500 miles. Bike still ran like new when I traded it up with 24,000 miles...no harm done.

Doesn't the choke essentially cease to function once you have the throttle open anyway? Like, at 45-65 mph it wouldn't be really doing anything. That's what an expert mechanic/racer told me once...I'm guessing that means you're only flooding the engine while sitting at a stoplight with the choke cranking.
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PhilipJ nice to hear from you again. Only thing that hurts is your pocket book. Wasted gas...

But if you don't want to sell to flitecontrol, I'm much closer and can take it off your hands much sooner...

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a "choke" restricts the air intake to force a greater vacuum in the carb throat to siphon more fuel from the slow/idle jet.
you can't rev up with the choke closed, the engine can't draw in the additional air.

the Rebel has an "enricher" that opens a second slow/idle fuel passage allowing the carb to siphon 2x-3x as much fuel as the slow/idle jet would on its own.

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