I have just changed the oil and replaced the spark plug and this hasn't made any difference.
Tomorrow I was going to make sure the valves are adjusted to the correct distance and replace the gasket. After that if things still don't look good I'm gonna wheel it down the road to the pub car park and ring the RAC! (I have to be 1/4 or more away from home) I can just say that I went to pick it up after leaving at the pub over night and it just won't start.
Hopefully they'll give me a diagnosis if it comes to it.
Cheers for the replies and I'll let you know how I get on.
Not that I'm aware of but I'll have a look in the morning.
When kicking over it sounds as though it's almost going to go sometimes.
I went out early this morning and tried to kick start it again, not a chance. So I done what I planned to do and that was to look at the valves and then move over to the carb.
Starting on the valves they were a) filthy and b) needed adjusting. Took me about 45 mins from start to finish and on the second kick over it started! I left it for an hour just in case it was a fluke and then tried it again. It started on the first kick!
Done a little tuning to other things and now the glorified hair dryer is running great. Lots better than it was earlier in the week. It seems to sound and ride a lot smoother. I now just need to replace the air filter when the new one arrives which will only take about 10 minutes to do.
Thanks for all your suggestions etc.
Great job, I bet you are feeling pretty chuffed with yourself.
Thanks to youtube really. Having the manuals etc is great but actually watching someone doing the job your trying to do really does help.
I thinks me may have spoken to early!
Just went out to make sure it would start again and guess what, it didn't!
I'm thinking the suggestions re flooding maybe true!! I think that maybe I'm slightly turning the throttle when getting the bike out of the garage. I have re reverse it out and negotiate some movements between cars to get it out onto the road.
It's firing and just seems to almost get there and then just fizzles out!
I'll update again tomorrow!
I have to have this going by tomoz so I have decided to call in a mechanic.
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