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My bike got left in the rain for two days and now it won't start! I don't know what the problem could be exactly, but I'm going through what it might be. Today I bought a new plug and plugged it in the wires outside of the motor, turned it over, and didn't see a spark... That might just be because I need a new battery though, the one I have is old and needs to be jumped frequently. ALSO, I went to my local cycle shop called Suicycle, and they told me there is a man in Sacramento named Larry who specializes in CX500s, and that he is on here, If you're Larry or know him, I might need to talk to him/you for some sort of advice. I like my bike and don't really know what to do, but I'm trying in what little time I have off.
 

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I've never heard of any "Larry" around here
but I have heard of the Guy in Sacramento called Larry. You are lucky indeed... do a search for carb jetting. I'm sure he will chime in here...





I would suggest riding somewhere other than California for a while... bikes there are not used to being rained on and yours is probably just angry at you now.
nawwww... kidding again.



There are a number of very helpful Cx owners here, but sounds like you are close to the most knowledgeable and helpful. If you were looking for a spark from a new plug did you hold it on a good ground. If so and no spark, Check the main fuse, Check the bikes ground wire(s) for good connections. Is the Kill Switch functional. The neutral switch etc...



Lot's of good threads here with a similar question. Under General Discussion is a quick ref section with a wealth of good links to Cx info and suppliers.
 

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Well well well, another Sacramenten! Good to have you on board. Funny thing is that I was just at suicycle this afternoon. It's right across from my paint supply shop.

Anyway, I'll send you a PM with my phone #. Glad to have you aboard! We'll get it running again don't worry. It's just water shorting out the kill switch most likely.



The Larry!
 

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Use the valve cover bolts for spark testing and not the valve covers themselves as the valve covers are rubber insulated by their gaskets.
 

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She starts, and runs now! I changed the battery and plugs, drained the float bowls as per Larry's instructions, put fresh gas in it, and she barely sputtered back to life! Now, carb issues I'm sure of it. The left cylinder pops when it's on idle now when it used to only pop on deceleration; which screw do I turn to fix it?! I think that means it's too lean?



Another issue is that the left cylinder tries to idle at 1500 and the right at 700. Which screw is that? any pictures would help so much, I'll go search the forums for them too
 

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Marshall, good to hear you got it running even if it's not 100%. Give me a call tomorrow and we'll set up a time to get it running better. I just finished with my first phase of painting on the GL and would welcome the change of pace.

Will it run enough to drive it to my house?

Larry
 

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Your carbs are out of synch as evidenced by the rpm's being way different. Turn the little spring loaded screw on the linkage that's between the two carbs. It will simultaneously lower one side rpm while raising the other and vice versa.
 
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