Please forgive me if I have made a mistake, first thread here.
I recently acquired a reconditioned 1978 Honda XL125S, which unfortunately has been unused for a considerable amount of time, and doesn't start.
To be more specific, I have
had it started, but only occasionally and then I can't get it going again for a while.
So far I've changed the fuel(I hear 2 year old fuel ain't too good.
), cleaned the spark plug with a wire brush to make it shiny, trimmed the spark cap cable back into the wire(it was quite loose), and also had a look at the air filter, which appears to be home made, but looks clean enough.
The biggest problem I believe is the choke lever has been butchered, so by default the choke is ON. The person I got it off had done it up for dirt bike racing and removed almost all the 'fruit' on the handlebars, including the choke button.
Yesterday it DID start, I think because most of the old fuel had leaked out and it had finally gotten the fresh stuff - but after it got dark I put it back in the shed and this morning it won't go again.
When I had finished last night however, the plug was blackened with what I believe is carbon fouling...
Any suggestions? I'm not really brave enough to open up the carburetor and clean it out, though if it comes to the worst I probably will give it a go.