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Old 04-10-2010, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My girlfriend's vstar 650 wont start. Turned the fuel **** on. Bike sputters then dies. Tried to pull the choke out but in only comes out 1/4 inch. I know on my VL 800 the choke comes out over an inch.

We got it started a few weeks ago but had to hold the throttle open to keep it running. Once we released the throttle, it died.

Is 1/4 inch choke normal for this bike or that the problem?
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My girlfriend's vstar 650 wont start. Turned the fuel c**k on. Bike sputters then dies. Tried to pull the choke out but in only comes out 1/4 inch. I know on my VL 800 the choke comes out over an inch.

We got it started a few weeks ago but had to hold the throttle open to keep it running. Once we released the throttle, it died.

Is 1/4 inch choke normal for this bike or that the problem?
some chokes have a "knob" that you can use to adjust the tension on them.

make sure that it is not tightened up to the point that it is restricting function.

also, if the carb had been taken off for any reason, a choke shaft can easily be caught up in a vent hose or cable. just check to make sure that it's not binded up on anything.
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Put the battery on the charger. Got it started. But only by opening the throttle a hair. Then I have to hold it open slightly to keep it running. Ran it for 5 minutes, but the moment I close the throttle, it dies. Is this an idle adjust problem? Is the throttle adjustable?
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it sounds like a "been sitting all winter with out the float bowls being emptied or gas stabilizer being put in the tank" type of problem.

what procedure did you use to prepare the bike for winter? the 650 yammi is a cold blooded animal from what I understand.

I absolutely HATE when people used to suggest seafoam around here but I actually used it on 2 bikes last season when their owners neglected to store their bikes properly and it actually worked VERY well. It's worth a shot.

as far as the choak knob goes-get on a vstar forum and see if the length of the "pull" is correct or not....I am willing to bet that you are ok and that it isn't a choke issue.
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Got it running. Wasn't a choke issue. Bike wasn't stored correctly for winter. We've only been dating a short time.

Used seafoam to stabalize the fuel. The problem was the idle adjust. WAY out of whack. Opened the throttle while turning the adjust clockwise until I could let go of the throttle. She has teenagers, so who knows. lol

Rides nice, but not as nice as my VL800.
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Got it running. Wasn't a choke issue. Bike wasn't stored correctly for winter. We've only been dating a short time.

Used seafoam to stabalize the fuel. The problem was the idle adjust. WAY out of whack. Opened the throttle while turning the adjust clockwise until I could let go of the throttle. She has teenagers, so who knows. lol

Rides nice, but not as nice as my VL800.
sweet!

I would make sure that you take it for a nice long ride and warm the bike up to normal temp....that will do 2 things for you.

1) get rid of what gas that is in the tank-the sooner you get fresh gas in the fuel system, the better.

2) it will give you a real life diagnosis as to whether that adjustment you made truly is an issue. Run the bike good and make sure that the idle adjusted too HIGH. you might just need to back it off a smidgen now that you've cleaned things out a bit.
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I rode a 99 V-Star 650 for years so I know and loved that bike well. The choke certainly pulls out more than a quarter inch, in fact, you should see about 3 notches in the stem of the choke just below the black knob when it is pulled out all the way.

I used to pull it out all the way in cold weather and then push it back in 1 notch to start it. Could also push back in 2 notches to start but not as reliable in cool weather.

Glad you got it running but you better check out that choke. I'm thinking that in cold weather you may not be able to start it if you can't choke it. You're lucky the weather is warm now and you don't need to choke it if it's only pulling out a 1/4 inch.
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Totally agree the choke needs servicing. Question is, how? Is the problem the cable or the choke itself? The bike has been sitting for a year but only has 2700 miles on it. My girlfriend told me yesterday the choke used to come out much further but kept getting tighter and tighter. Now it barely comes out.
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Totally agree the choke needs servicing. Question is, how?
I never dug into that part of the bike. no issues/no problems for 4 years before I sold it. maybe let a mechanic figure it out.
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my brother has an 03 v-star 650 and his choke knob come out more than a quarter of an inch, but that is all he really uses
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