Choke won't stay on.

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Choke won't stay on.

Post by Sig45227 »

Since I got this bike the choke lever has always been stiff. I have lubed all the cable guides and linkages on the carburetors a few times. I actually ran some lube down the cable too which is free and not corroded. However when you put the choke on all the way, it immediately wants to start turning itself off when you let go of it. Won't stay put.

Basically it's not a big deal but it is a pain in the ass because you can't walk away from the bike for about a minute and a half. These things are pretty cold-blooded especially in the spring and late fall.

Anybody know of anything that would cause these problems outside of the basics like a bad cable?

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Post by Rambozo »

Maybe someone put in a stronger return spring?
There should be enough friction in the handlebar control to overcome the spring. Not sure if it's adjustable on that model. Have a look.
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Re: Choke won't stay on.

Post by OldguyGlen »

I have the same trouble. I have a cheap aftermarket cable. It has an adjustment on the handlebar bracket, but I've tightened it all the way (keeps turning, probably stripped due to cheap plastic design). I don't know if better quality ones are available. I only need to manually hold it while starting cold (In Minnesota, sometimes cold is near freezing). and maybe 10-15 seconds after it fires. Not enough of a problem for me to try another new cable.
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