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Old Today, 05:16 AM   #1
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Start DR650 with choke not working

I'm going to look at a clean 2002 DR650 which the owner says will not start in the cold because the choke doesn't work. I know this is a common issue, and the price is right.....if it is only a choke issue. Is there a way to manually choke it to make sure it runs well with no issues? I'm not familiar with the DR setup.
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Old Today, 05:36 AM   #2
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i dont think thats a common issue
busted choke cable?
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Old Today, 05:39 AM   #3
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I have done a little research and it seems common for the choke cable to set up. People often replace it with a short cable so the choke is actuated below the gas tank instead of on the handlebars.
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Old Today, 09:41 AM   #4
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Take medium size Phillips screwdriver with you. When you get there undo the screw that holds the choke plunger and pull the plunger assembly out of the carb and work the choke lever back and forth to free it up. Reassembly and fire it up. Worse case is a shot of starter fluid I. The air box will get things going.

If you end up buying it. When you get home lube the cable.

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Old Today, 11:45 AM   #5
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Pretty common issue on the DRs. Replace it with a remote choke.

Just make sure not to focus on the choke issue, not starting can be many things, valve adjustment, old gas in the carb, dirty carb, pickup on the flywheel, etc... Just get it for a good price, knowing that it could be an easy fix but if it is more, then you are not upside down in the bike. If the seller claims it is an easy fix and will not come down in price, tell him to fix it and call you when it is done.

I have seen it where the corrosion is so bad that the old choke has to be drilled out of the carb.
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Old Today, 05:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips guys. I agree - I need to keep the bigger picture in mind and not assume the starting issue is only the choke!
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