Hey. Long read so if you want a short version with no history just scroll down to the bottom. I've been having a few issues with how my bike has been starting over the last week or so. It started last Monday after the bike had been sitting there not having been ridden for about 4 or 5 days while I was sick. I start the bike up in the morning and after a few seconds the revs start to get lower and lower until it eventually died. Tried starting it back up and it would just kick over and over and over until the battery started to fade. Pushed it to the mechanic thinking it may have been some sort of fuel pump issue (on the advice of a mate, switched it over to reserve to see if the fuel pump was working and it made a few clicky noises as per normal so that seemed fine) and let them know about it. I left the bike there for a few days and was told they would be changing some electrical part (forgot the name of it now but the part alone was quoted at $350) as it was sending to much charge through and blowing a fuse. Fair enough, gotta do what they gotta do. Went to pick the bike up to find they had just changed the fuse and flushed the carbies, which was fine with me seeing as it cost me less than half the price quoted for the price of the new part they were originally going to put in. Starting the bike up at the shop I had noticed it didn't start as cleanly as it had been before the problem started originally, but it went so I was happy with that (brakes also seemed to be stopping the bike a lot better) Over the next few days it was still not starting as cleanly as usual, a bit like it would when the bike was running rich a month or two ago. Then this morning after not riding it over the weekend the bike died on me the same way it did last week. This time however, I had kept it going a bit longer by opening the throttle about half way until it wasn't enough and died. Turned it over again and this time had to give it full throttle to get it to start and keep it above 5000rpm for about 5 - 10 seconds then 4000rpm with the choke on the whole way (I have NEVER had to use the choke on this bike before in the year that I have had it) while I put the bike cover away and got my gear on. After a minute or so of this I let the choke off and it was idling fine. --- SO IN SHORT --- Bike dies when starting and the only way to get it going is to have a wide open throttle and keep the revs right up for a while before it will stay on on its own. Trying to figure this out before taking it back to the mechanic and handing over more dosh and having the inconvenience of no ride for another week.