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Cold starting Honda VTR 250

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by citysurfer, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. I got my first bike a week ago, a Honda VTR 250. Before this I had pretty much no riding experience.

    I find it really hard to start my bike in the mornings. Apparently I nearly flooded the bike a couple of days ago because I had the choke fully open.

    Can anyone give me some advice on cold starting the bike? a friend told me that it appears my bike has a pretty touchy choke :roll: not that means alot to me at this early stage.

  2. hi citysurfer-
    I've had some dodgy starting moments on my vtr too, my fault though.
    I lost the choke ring while changing the handlebars (duh)- so It's cold starts for me most of the time!

    I've found the bike runs fine without the choke anyway, I just give it a few revs when starting, and keep it revving very low (so as to not let it stall) for 20 seconds or so.

    When I had the choke, I'd leave it half to 2/3rds open for about the same time, no problems. If the engine felt like it was about to die, a quick twist to get the revvs back up did the trick.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Yeah i dont use my choke much either, mostly just start it up and give it a few revs and shes right. Otherwise pull the choke on start it up and back it off as soon as it starts to idle.
  4. You mean choke CLOSED :) Using the choke is closing it.

    This time of year not many machine using much choke, if you do feel you need to use it, i bet not much more than a 1/4 would be needed. Try using less or none, as described above.