XR650L hard to start after sitting for a while.


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  • DigDug

Posted February 24, 2007 - 12:44 PM

#1

1995 XR650L, Dave's mods, K&N filter, 12000 miles, maintained religously - everything is in spec (valves, clean plug, etc).

Here's the problem I've been facing:

90% of the time, it fires right up and runs great (although it will stall a little bit when cold - if I don't let it warm up) - However, if I let it sit for a week or so, it'll start right up and stall out after a few seconds. Then it's a bear to get started again (usually involves running the starter for a minute or two - on and off of course) - but once it does, it runs great and will until I let it sit for a week again.

It seems to have done it since I did the carb mod's about a year and a half ago. At least I don't remember any problems before that. I've checked the carb adjustment and cleanliness. Like I said above - the valves are in spec and the plug is clean (it may be just a tad rich on the main jet according to my plug readings - but nothing extreme).

Anyone had a similar problem or any ideas where else I should look for the problem?

I guess it could be just her way of telling me I need to ride more than once a week :applause:

  • EddieTNT

Posted February 24, 2007 - 03:40 PM

#2

My R does the same thing if it sits for more than a month. It feels like it has low compression. My theory is that the oil drains off of the cylinder walls/rings and then the seal there is poor. The compression is within specs if the bike has not been sitting. I need to put the compression tester on it after it has sat and the compression feels low just for giggles. :applause:

  • lhark

Posted February 25, 2007 - 08:48 AM

#3

My 650L gets this way, especially when it sits off season for several months.
I crack the float bowl drain, get fresh fuel in the carb, and it pops right off.
I just did it this past week, when we got a warm enough day to go for a quick run.
It might be worth a try, before you start thinking about upper end rebuilds.
Good luck.

  • hondacrf150f1

Posted February 25, 2007 - 09:32 AM

#4

ive got a 94 XR250L....if its ridden every couple days it will start up and run so nice!!! but after a month or two its severly cold blooded...

In my expirence with the 3 XR's ive owned is that they like to be ridden!

  • EddieTNT

Posted February 25, 2007 - 02:49 PM

#5

My ex had an XR250. Her bike behaved exactly the same way as my 650. Her bike was eadier to kick though! :applause:

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  • XR650L_Dave

Posted February 26, 2007 - 08:54 AM

#6

Double on the carb-bowl drain.

Drain the bowl down before opening the petcock.

Dave

  • cleonard

Posted February 26, 2007 - 01:01 PM

#7

My R does the same thing if it sits for more than a month. It feels like it has low compression. My theory is that the oil drains off of the cylinder walls/rings and then the seal there is poor. The compression is within specs if the bike has not been sitting. I need to put the compression tester on it after it has sat and the compression feels low just for giggles. :applause:


Yes, this can really be a factor. I have a XR600R so I feel the compression when starting. I'm 100% sure that this happenes to my bike.

  • platterdr

Posted February 26, 2007 - 03:50 PM

#8

The best way to cure these problems. Ride the DAMN:foul: bike. Just kidding it's hard for me to find time to ride during the week too. But I try not to let one set for a month

  • Poe

Posted February 26, 2007 - 04:21 PM

#9

My '93 L is sort of like that if it sits for more than a week or two as well. It doesn't start & stall first though... it just has no sign of life whatsoever until you grind on the starter for a while. Pull the choke & hit the button: Grind... thump.. thump.. thump.. thump. Wait a while. Repeat a couple of times... and then it'll fire off and run great. If you shut it off, it'll restart immediately. It also starts right up when cold if it's only been a couple of days since the last ride. I guess it's just the nature of the beast. I'll have to try that drain-the-carb-bowl trick & save my starter & battery.

  • Phuzzy McPhuzzface

Posted February 26, 2007 - 06:21 PM

#10

Double on the carb-bowl drain.

Drain the bowl down before opening the petcock.

Dave


x3

My 650L and 250R both behave this way.

Fresh gas in the bowl, and it is a one-kick operation.





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