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I'm hoping somebody might be able to give me some guidance.

I bought a 2006 BV-250 last year and had a blast riding it. I live, however, in Montana, and we had a long winter (understatement of the year). So the bike sat in my garage for six months. The weather has now warmed up, but the bike isn't starting.

From what I can tell, it is NOT an electrical issue. Battery is at full charge.

It turns over when I hit the starter button, but doesn't seem like it's getting fuel.

I am the opposite of a handyman, so my repair skills are thusly limited. But I thought before hauling it down to the dealership I should ask for some wisdom on this forum in case this is a common or easily fixable issue.

I appreciate any help!
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More than likely the carb is gummed up and the jets are clogged. Did you put fresh stabilized fuel in it before you stored it for the winter?
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But of course not! Why would an inexperienced bike owner do that?

So I guess the question is: is cleaning out the carb doable for me? I've got a workshop manual and a friend who's handy with this sort of stuff, so maybe.

Is there a particular solvent I need?

Thanks for your help! I really do appreciate it.
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BrianMattson wrote:
Is there a particular solvent I need?
I have had good success using Yamaha carb cleaner. It is a dip type cleaner that you soak the parts in to remove tarnish, gunk etc. Basically you need to remove the carb, disassemble and clean, re-assemble and re-install. Here are a couple of links to help you get an idea. Note: I have not reviewed these and cannot vouch for their accuracy.

Vespa LX Carburetor Jets Cleaned

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+clean+a+motorcycle+carburetor
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