Can we talk about chokes on carb'd bikes for a minute? I've put 6,000 miles on my ex250 and I still don't understand what this stupid choke wants from me. Everyone says, "just turn the choke on and ride away! no problem!" I call BS. I put the choke on and try to ride away and the bike drops it's idle and tries to die. Some days I use minimal choke, other days I use more choke - no matter what it wants to die. Sometimes I use so much choke the engine sounds like it is going to explode. I can't please this damn choke. The only time the bike is happy is when I sit in the driveway for 5 minutes twiddling my thumbs while it warms up. I really like this bike and want to keep it, but I'm ready to throw my hands up and trade in for something fuel injected.
Does anyone else feel this way with their carb'd bike? Is this life in the carberator world? Can anyone share tips and tricks?
(for the record, I believe the bike is in good mechanical shape. It had a full service last month with a valve adjustment.)