Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: South Louisiana
Choke flooding carb
2005 V Star 1100. The bike has become a little hard to start, not bad but something has changed. It seems that when I choke it to start (cold) it may be flooding. If I do not choke it, it does not want to start unless I give it a little throttle and I do not want to start it this way.
A little history; bought the bike used, previous owner had been idling it a lot to keep it running and battery charged, not a good idea with a V twin. I had to clean the pilot jets so that the bike would idle without using the choke, after this the bike would idle and run great. Starting sequence was full choke, start and move the choke to mid position for warmup. Something has changed and I would like some advice for where to look. There are no mods on the intake or jetting, mixture screws are set at 3.5 turns.
I pulled the plugs and found the front plug to be black, probably due to excessive idling but the back plug was fine. I put new plugs in but it did not change anything, still will not start choked and requires a little throttle.
I believe that the choke is functioning because if I engage it after the bike starts the bike dies right away, one reason that I think it is flooding.
Any advice on what to look for is appreciated.
2005 V Star 1100 Classic, Mustang seats, Baron ORK, risers and Star handlebar, AIS removed, muffler baffles removed, run/turn/brake light controller, modulating headlight, pods installed in air box, progressive front springs.
Last edited by LoupGarou; 02-01-2015 at 07:44 PM.