klr650 not starting

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by roadtripp, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Glad you're up and running again! KLR's have their own personality...maybe yours just didn't feel like moving for a few days!:rofl

    Looking forward to the rest of your RR!

    Be safe:thumb
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  2. dukedinner

    dukedinner Been here awhile

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    A good tip I learned is to run some SeaFoam through the bike once a year..does wonders for engine performance and keeps everything clean. The first time I did it I thought I had a new bike...
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  3. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Fantastic! Glad to hear your problem is resolved. As most of us listed the carb or electrics are about the only thing that can put a KLR down. Now you have a little more KLR education and have gained confidence along the way. Fantastic.

    Keep the RR coming and up to date on your trip. Be Safe
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  4. rawdog

    rawdog Been here awhile

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    Great support system to have here. :clap
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  5. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    + 1 on the advice on the thread so far. Diaphragm air-tight fit is critical, and the "choke" (enricher) plunger must seat fully for proper carb operation.

    A desperate measure sometimes effective is STARTING FLUID. A whiff of this ether-based sure-thing combustible mixture into the carb will sometimes kick off a balky engine, later picking up on its own and running on its gasoline fuel supply.

    Have a fire extinguisher standing by if you try this, and--oh, yes, "Do not try this at home!"

    With compression/spark/combustible mixture; oughta start! A long tow or push at a pretty good clip, and easing the clutch out in 3d or 4th gear might kick it off, if the electric starter won't.
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  6. piratehood

    piratehood discoverin' dual sportin

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    What is "Seafoam":ear
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  7. subybaja

    subybaja Long timer

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    Snake-oil-in-a-can that actually works.
    Found at most NAPA/Schucks/PepBoys.

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  8. RandyLove

    RandyLove Adventurer

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    I thought I'd add my experience with a very similar sounding issue while I was riding through Argentina. I pulled off at a fuel station to get off the bike and grab a drink. 15 minutes later, after not fueling or making any changes to the bike, it began to stutter above 3.5 - 4K RPM.

    Issue: I could start the engine and rev it up as high as 4K RPM while in neutral and it would run fine. Then throw a leg over her and try to ride and it would stutter at about 3.5K - 4K RPM then pop back up and give me power for a second, then drop off again. I was traveling at about 55MPH, which was all she could muster.

    I pulled off at a safe shaded area and started to review what I had worked on recently. I had removed the fuel tank to repair some chaffed wires (another post altogether) and recalled the vacuum hoses from the carburetor could cause a similar issue. I inspected the connections and found that one in fact had backed off, presumably when I pulled off the highway into the fuel station's bumpy potholed parking area. Once all snugged up, I was back on the road w/o issue.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Randy
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