Re: Choke lever? hard to get going
The choke restricts the amount of air that is mixed with the fuel going to the engine. You didn't tell us what carburetor you have but I'm assuming it is an NT. When the lever is up the choke is considered to be 'on' or closed which will give you an over fuel rich condition that makes cold starts a little easier in some cases. You'll want the lever completely down, choke off, for normal riding.
If moving the lever up kills the engine this is a normal condition and indicates that you have no large air leaks. It's good that the engine dies. That's what you want it to do with full choke (lever up).
You might try giving it 1/2 choke and a little throttle while pedaling the first few feet before you release the clutch. Easy starting is a variable thing and differs from engine to engine. You'll need to experiment to see what works best for you.
Normally if it requires full choke to start you'll want to be ready to push the lever down after a few seconds of run time to allow the engine sufficient air to run.
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