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Stumped

So after one flawless ride with zero hiccups the RS has decided it no longer wants to start. Hitherto she has started willingly with little coaxing but today, she's pretty determined to keep me from enjoying the 48 degree weather we've been blessed with in December. I tested the battery it's good, she's filled to the brim with fuel. Nothing has changed since I got back from my last ride aside from sitting in my garage for the week. The starter motor is working but it just isn't catching. Any ideas?

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64' R60/2 - 66' R27 - 51' R67 - 68' R69S
88' R100RS - 06' K12R

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Flooded

It acts as though it's flooded from the start. I did have an issue on my first ride where I parked and killed the engine and noticed the right side carb dripping gas. Figured it had a stuck float. I started the bike and the dripping stopped so I road home and killed the engine in the driveway. I waited about 20 minutes with zero drips.

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64' R60/2 - 66' R27 - 51' R67 - 68' R69S
88' R100RS - 06' K12R

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Well, the bike needs spark

Well, the bike needs spark (at the right time), air, and fuel. A full float bowl should have about 24mm of fuel in it when removed. Check timing. Also be sure the valve clearances hasn't shifted.

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She's Alive!

Well my suspicions were confirmed. I pulled the float bowls, they looked good so I dumped them and re-installed. I pulled the plugs and although they looked good from a running perspective, they were wet. So I left them out for a few minutes then reinstalled and this time tried starting with ZERO choke and just a touch of throttle. BINGO! She fired right up. Out we went for a good 50 miles and damn she feels great! The motor is so smooth and quiet with just enough more power than my R60/2 to be fun. I wish they had somehow found a way to retain the suspension feel of my /2. Of the many bikes I've ridden over the years, nothing compares to the road feel of an Earles /2.

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64' R60/2 - 66' R27 - 51' R67 - 68' R69S
88' R100RS - 06' K12R

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