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You don't elaborate on how you "use the choke" but gas does not burn unless it vaporizes and cold gas does not vaporize very well. The colder the engine, the harder it is to get the gas to vaporize....thus, you need a richer than normal fuel mixture to get it to start from the cold.
You get it to run after 20 minutes of trying because the action of turning the engine over repeatedly and the starting and stopping eventually warms up the engine enough to get enough vaporization. Obviously the hair dryer trick does the same thing.
When you use the choke and it starts, open up the throttle a little when it feels like it's going to die on you. That works for me. Older bikes tend to be cold blooded.
 
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