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 Post subject: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:43 pm 
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I have to choke my dr every time I start it, even if I'd just ridden it a couple of hours before hand. Is this normal? I've never had this 'problem'(?) with any of my other bikes that I can recall.
I will say, that it'll start without choke, but won't run more than a couple of seconds


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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:48 pm 
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This is normal for the DR650.

If the engine is cold, it will need to be choked to start it up.

If you can start this bike with no choke and the engine is cold, it's set up to be too rich.

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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:57 pm 
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Looks like he’s talking a warm engine...

Then it’s not normal and may suggest the pilot jet is (partly) clogged.

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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:18 pm 
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If the air temp. is over 85 or it is at all warm from riding, the bike starts up no choke. Other than that, I need the choke every time I start it.


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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:54 pm 
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My '02 and my '09 didn't need choked until it got below 50 degrees, the '02 was stock, the '09 was bought used and the PO had installed a jet kit. Agree with comment about pilot jet or maybe some other carburetor issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:37 pm 
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Likely the fuel screw is too lean.

If it needs choked after going into a store and it's still warm.

Mine did his as well until I adjusted the fuel screw and then all was expected... :good:


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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:07 pm 
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willtill wrote:
This is normal for the DR650.

If the engine is cold, it will need to be choked to start it up.

If you can start this bike with no choke and the engine is cold, it's set up to be too rich.


Agree....
If you shut off the bike, go into the shop to grab a coke, sure you should be able to restart it without choke when you come out.

If you shut off the bike, go into the pub and throw down a couple or 6 brews, when you come out 2 hours later it should need choke to start if you are silly enough to try and ride it after the 6 beers.

Unless it's an Aussie summer day. Then it's too hot to ride anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:22 pm 
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In the heat of Louisiana, I rarely use the choke.


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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:35 pm 
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Only time I need choke (enricher) is doing a cold start when it is below about 70°.

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 Post subject: Re: Always choke
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:13 am 
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Completely normal. If you don't need choke for a start after sitting a little while then it's likely the carburetor is setup too rich. On a cooler day with a breeze to help carry away engine heat "a little while" might be as little as 10 minutes.

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