The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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Do you know the starting sequence for the XR ?
Has yours got a decompression lever ?
Does it backfire once it's started ?
Is it from hot or cold ?
How old is the bike ?
Just in case-------- use the decompression lever to get the piston just past top dead centre, that is pull the lever in, slowly push on the kicker until you feel a resistance and take it slightly past. Do not open the throttle, in fact don't even touch the throttle, then give it a good kick and let it idle for a short time before opening the throttle and then in small increments until the engine revs cleanly.
Bike is 02 model.
Never backfires once started. Runs beautifully.
It does have the decompression lever.
Running on BP Optimate (98) at present.
Will clean the valves and put in new spark plug this week.
synchronise the carb with what? migrating wildebeest? what do you synch a single carb with? I used to do it with banks of 4 carbs
back to the question: are you flooding the engine? if it runs well once started, I'd guess you're flooding it by using the throttle while kicking it. only use the throttle if you need to clear a flooded engine eg after a tumble - pin the throttle wide open for 6-10 kicks then resume normal starting sequence which means finding TDC and then, leaving the throttle alone, kicking it through TDC. use the decompressor to nudge it past TDC if you like, but then give it a good kick. getting the choke setting right helps - mine can be a bit of a bugger. oh, and every now and then random XR650Rs will lose compression. I assume its the decompressor sticking, but I've seen it on several bikes.
I wouldn't know about your clubman, but wouldn't want to risk the damage to valve seats etc
the dommie engine powered my XR650L with dodgy rubbish, no worries. I tried diesel, but found pushing the bike back to the garage was a bit of a drag. I did find some "petrol" that pinked a bit under load so I backed off and didn't do any harm.
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