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Re: PROBLEMS STARTING
How long was the bike standing? Are you sure the gasoline/petrol is still good?
Suggest you have the battery tested and replace it if necessary. Honda says in their service manual that "Even under normal use, the performance of the battery deteriorates after 2-3 years", so in my opinion after two years it is on borrowed time.
Also go through a complete charging system diagnostic to see if you have any other problems. I suspect that many people try to address operating problems by tweaking the mixture instead of first doing the relatively hard work of ensuring the electrical system is perfect.
Take the plugs out again and clean them thoroughly, preferably using a propane torch to get them real hot, too.
Now that the plugs have been cleaned, take the bike for a nice run. That's the time to read the plugs, not immediately after some failed starting attempts. In my opinion it is only then that you should try making mixture adjustments.