- Oct 4, 2013
You are not alone. I spent a ridiculous amount of time fiddling with one of those Far Eastern pieces of crap a while ago. I ended up using the ‘elastic band to keep it open’ method until I managed to find a decent original which worked perfectly.Hi. Your suggestion promped me to go out into the shed and clean regrease and try again. I also bent the stainless washer a little more to increase the friction.
Tightened the centre screw so I could barely move the choke lever and worked the choke about 5 times. The centre screw is undoing as I work the choke. After 5 cycles the screw is so lose the chokes drop under their spring tension.
However I also went through my box of bits and found an old choke lever. So shall substitute it.
There will be some (many) who will say remove the chokes completely but I have been down that road and my bike likes the choke on a cool day.
Thinking this through there is clearly an issue with this lever. The screw should sit down on the upper section and clamp it to the lower piece. Leaving a gap for the lever to move between the upper and lower parts damped by the friction of the spring washer. The lever action is undoing the screw therefore it must be contacting the upper section.
I'm going to have to pull it apart again and inspect it more closely.
Sorry to somewhat sideline this thread but the choke may actually still be the OPs problem.