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I've got a '99 Pegaso 650 which has been sitting idle for about 7 years. The carbs were quite bad shape when I got it.

The first time I cleaned the carbs I was able to get the bike started but it was running really rough, so I cleaned the carbs again using aerosol cleaner and compressed air.

I can get the bike running for a second or two if I spray aerostart down the throat of the carbs, but the engine quickly dies after this. There is plenty of clean fuel in the float bowls, and when I remove the carbs there is traces of fuel in the intake manifolds.

What do you think might be wrong?

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dumb question but did you put in fresh fuel? – DustinDavis Aug 30 '11 at 0:03
yes clean fresh fuel. – Ian Oakes Aug 31 '11 at 10:30
When you say you cleaned the carbs, did you clean the jets or maybe replace the jets? What happens if you hold the throttle while starting? – DustinDavis Aug 31 '11 at 14:44
Stripped the carbs completely, used CRC aerosol carb cleaner to clean all the passages. Applied compressed air after. I can hold the throttle in any position without any difference. Varying levels of choke also make no difference. – Ian Oakes Aug 31 '11 at 22:02
turned the fuel spigot back on?! I forgot to do mine when i rebuilt my carbs – Mauro Oct 26 '11 at 7:34

Is your fuel filter clean? The lines could also be contaminated from sitting so long. Try flushing them with some gas. I've seen many engines that haven't run in a long time not work because of dirty fuel. Make sure the tank is clean as well. Also, check that the fuel pump is still working.

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