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I have a Honda XR650L that sometimes has trouble starting. Ill go out and try to start it one day and it will crank over really hard like it wants to start but just wont do it. Then Ill go out there a day or two later and it will start after I give it a couple small flicks of the throttle, then after that it will start good with no problem for a week. It just keeps going through the cycle of not starting at all, to starting hard, to starting great. Its frustrating! lol Iv tried the cdi box, spark plug and coil, cleaned the carb a little, and a couple other things. I just dont know what the problem is. If anybody could help me out that would be great. Thanks.

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Mine did that for the previous owner, he figured out that it only acted up on colder mornings.........Daves mods seems to have fixed it, as I don't have a problem starting it now.

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Mine did that for the previous owner, he figured out that it only acted up on colder mornings.........Daves mods seems to have fixed it, as I don't have a problem starting it now.

Same here. Factory jetting is so lean I had a heck of a time getting it to start on cold mornings. Re-jetting ( Dave's mods ) did the trick. I still use full choke to get it to start, move the choke lever to the first detent once it starts, then after a few seconds move the lever to the off position.

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Same here. Factory jetting is so lean I had a heck of a time getting it to start on cold mornings. Re-jetting ( Dave's mods ) did the trick. I still use full choke to get it to start, move the choke lever to the first detent once it starts, then after a few seconds move the lever to the off position.

whats the cost to get it rejetted?

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whats the cost to get it rejetted?

The jets sre about 20 bucks maybe,,,the washer about a buck,,,,do Dave`s Mods......it`s easy and well worth it.

The other problem, i see alot of people shut their bike off call it good and not ride it for weeks and expect it to start right up.......that`s fine with a multi cylinder car......

On a single cylinder machine....turn the fuel off just before you get to your driveway and let it quit before shutting down...the next time you start it open the petcock and wait 5-10 seconds and you`ll have fresh fuel for that restart ,,add choke and she`s good..and this makes a BIG difference in starting...

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The jets sre about 20 bucks maybe,,,the washer about a buck,,,,do Dave`s Mods......it`s easy and well worth it.

The other problem, i see alot of people shut their bike off call it good and not ride it for weeks and expect it to start right up.......that`s fine with a multi cylinder car......

On a single cylinder machine....turn the fuel off just before you get to your driveway and let it quit before shutting down...the next time you start it open the petcock and wait 5-10 seconds and you`ll have fresh fuel for that restart ,,add choke and she`s good..and this makes a BIG difference in starting...

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what do you have to do for the mods? do you have to buy anything new, or new jetting? difficulty level?

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what do you have to do for the mods? do you have to buy anything new, or new jetting? difficulty level?

Easy..go to fourstrokes.com there is a toturial/thread with pics called Daves Mods..just do a search,,you need a new main jet,pilot jet, and a small washer...drill the slide.......

It depends on your skill level........if you`ve done any mechanical work at all it`s about an hour or 2 to do...easy stuff,,,,well worth the effort..

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Easy..go to fourstrokes.com there is a toturial/thread with pics called Daves Mods..just do a search,,you need a new main jet,pilot jet, and a small washer...drill the slide.......

It depends on your skill level........if you`ve done any mechanical work at all it`s about an hour or 2 to do...easy stuff,,,,well worth the effort..

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alright man thanks alot! Ill give it a try and let you know how it comes out.:smirk:

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I have a Honda XR650L that sometimes has trouble starting. Ill go out and try to start it one day and it will crank over really hard like it wants to start but just wont do it. Then Ill go out there a day or two later and it will start after I give it a couple small flicks of the throttle, then after that it will start good with no problem for a week. It just keeps going through the cycle of not starting at all, to starting hard, to starting great. Its frustrating! lol Iv tried the cdi box, spark plug and coil, cleaned the carb a little, and a couple other things. I just dont know what the problem is. If anybody could help me out that would be great. Thanks.

I keep mine on a battery tender and still have occasional starting episodes. If it doesn't crank over after a couple seconds with the choke on full, stop, move choke to the half-off position and try again for a couple more seconds. If it still doesn't start, turn choke off completely and nudge the throttle a hair while trying to start again. If it still doesn't start, let it sit for 10-15 mins and try again.

I rode mine today and yesterday @ 50 degs in PA.........psyched me up now, ya hear me. two days after xmas and now two in the first week of Jan. I can tell you this though: wet roads at 40-50 degs are slipperier than wet roads at 70-80 degs. Must have something to do with molecule contraction?

Anyway, pulled the choke in (warmed-up) at about 50mph and the engine stumbled significantly. I believe the choke is hyper-sensitive, at least mine is, and this could be the culprit with sporadic starting issues. Haven't had any issues with not starting when I'm cognizant of the "choke affect".

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alright man thanks alot! Ill give it a try and let you know how it comes out.:smirk:

Send me a PM with your email address and I'll email you a .pdf file of how to do Dave's mods step-by-step. It's much easier if you have a printed out version with photos that you can refer to.

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Send me a PM with your email address and I'll email you a .pdf file of how to do Dave's mods step-by-step. It's much easier if you have a printed out version with photos that you can refer to.

hey man thanks a lot but i just got done doing it the other day

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