You want the proper mixture for normal riding conditions. This means that you may have to use the choke when it's cold. In warm weather, you may or may not need the choke (with a proper mixture). Once the engine is warm, you should not need the choke.Good to know that this is a normal occurance. I just read somewhere that I can richen up the fuel mix by taking apart the carb and turning the mixture knob a 1/2 turn - I 'll ask a mechanic about that one. Thanks.
You do not need to "take the carb apart" to adjust the mixture! You can do it in 5 secs with a carb adjusting tool or a tiny flat blade screw driver even when the engine is running (after removing the plug).Good to know that this is a normal occurance. I just read somewhere that I can richen up the fuel mix by taking apart the carb and turning the mixture knob a 1/2 turn - I 'll ask a mechanic about that one. Thanks.
Yes the carbed 800 is cold blooded. I suggest opening the mixture screw 1/2 turn, and then follow this start up procedure.I have a 2000 VN800A Classic, I have to run my choke for about 5 minutes in order to be able to ride away and not have the bike pop and sputter - is this normal? Sometimes I ride away with the choke on for a mile or two until the bike is ready.
Your '02 1500 Meanie had a cat.My '02 1500 Mean Streak was a beautiful example.
Samie-same with our 800. It is cold blooded beast when it gets down below 40. It was 30 when my wife pulled out this AM and it took 3-4 min of warm up and sputtered a little when she started out. This isn't a rejet issue with the 800, just its nature. I usually let it run for a couple of minutes, turn of choke and then shut it off for a couple of minutes while she puts on her helmet and gloves. That seems to give the best results for us. Results may vary but the important issue is that you are riding!