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Date Posted:09/01/2016 10:34 AMCopy HTML

Hi, I'm new to the forum - is it still active?
This is my first old Honda so forgive my ignorance.

I've assumed that the choke is ON with the little black choke lever pushed DOWN?

I've only just got this bike and it runs OK with the lever pushed down but horrible when the lever is up even when warm.

Also, the electrics are a mess with a home made loom and lights not working.
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Re:XL125R Choke position

Date Posted:11/22/2016 4:12 PMCopy HTML

What year is it?

Usually the choke is on when it's down on the plastic lever carbs. On older Hondas (SL125) the choke was on with the lever up. To be absolutely sure remove the rubber boot on the back of the carburetor and see when the choke butterfly closes the hole, or, chokes it...

Many bikes that came out in the 70's won't run right unless you increase the flow of fuel by getting larger jets... With a slide carb you raise the main needle in the throttle slide. Fuel was more explosive back in the 70's... So, now in 2016 you need more fuel to achieve the same performance.

Could be that you are not receiving enough of todays fuel to the carburetor unless you are fully choked...



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