Riding home in early September, the throttle cable on my 82 Seca 650 snapped. Stored it at nearby friends place where it sat for 3 weeks. It usualy fires up with only minor difficulties after sitting more than a week.
The last week of Sept. the cable comes in. I put it on, button everything up, go to start it and the choke cable snaps! I get the bike running by holding the choke (or more acurately, enrichener?) open by hand. This is the last time the bike ran. I didn't have my grear with me, so I shut it off and ordered the choke cable. 1 week wait.
Bike's battery is at least 5 years old and I pretty much killed it getting it started that last time (I don't know where the choke's "sweet spot" is when holding it open by hand). Once I replaced the choke cable, and set the choke lever to the sweet spot, I still couldn't get it started. The battery will only go for 5 to 10 cranking attempts before it starts slowing down, then I need to charge the battery. I figured it's time for a new battery anyway.
While waiting for the new battery, I tried at least two more "starting sessions" (i.e. charge the battery, try cranking it over enough times that the cranking slows due to weak battery again) because I had my gear on hand now and I was impatiently waiting to go for a ride. Couldn't get it started.
Get the freshly charged, brand new battery on today, but still won't start. Lots of cranks, one "sputter" (I had more sputters when trying with the old battery), but no run.
Did I fowl my plugs attemping to crank it over so many times with weak spark (they're relatively new plugs)? Can I clean those, or do I need to buy new ones? If not that, what should I be looking into? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.