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Could you please help me I am buying my husband the Honda vfr400, but it needs a choke cable, will it still start without one till I can get one??? Need advice asa as have minimum knowledge about bikes and don't want to ask my hubby as its a surprise. Thanks

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Tracy, you didn't mention the year of the bike, so I am winging it here.

https://www.motorcyclespareparts.eu/honda-genuine-parts/17950mr8000-cable-comp-choke.aspx has one for a 1991 edition, apparently.   Part number is 17950-MR8-000

Because the bike has carburetors, not having the function of the choke cable can make starting the bike very difficult. The choke system is an enrichening system which adds fuel and extra air when engaged, not a flapper valve type which cuts off the air temporarily to richen up the cold mixtures. The cable on the handlebar reaches down and engages linkage which pulls the four enricheners open. There is no accelerator pump to help add fuel in when you twist the throttle, so I'm afraid that there may be some disappointments at start-up time, unless the bike was rejetted to make the low speed circuits offer more fuel.

Check with your seller to see if he is able to start the bike w/o the starter circuits engaged. Maybe he knows a trick or two to get it going when cold.

Bill Silver

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

Experience

I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

Organizations
VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

Publications
VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

Education/Credentials
3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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