I've read all the advice given.. buut,.. ima share whats going on with my bike.. i'm a new rider, and only know about spark plugs and batteries so far.. i recently purchased a 1969 ds6-b, now when i first started riding it before having to replace the battery, i, being a newbie, someway or another thought the choke up (towards me) was off and pushing it down was on.. bike seem to start and idle fine with the choke down (me thinking that meant it was open) and then would ride with the choke up (thinking that meant it was off) .. after replacing the battery and spark plugs.. and figuring out that the choke was the opposite of what i thought... the bike won't idle without the choke open or up, and dies immediately when closed.. letting the engine really warm up and everything, same issue.. i'm weary riding it with the choke up(because a lot of people have said its a bad thing to do), but it was the previous owner that had told me if the left carburetor wasn't firing to just lift the choke and ride with it open for a bit.. well, she only idles and runs with the choke fully open.. which is odd considering when i was doing the opposite, she fired right up with the choke fully closed and idled.. but could this have made the issue worse?.. because i would be riding it with the choke fully open after that.. ?
anyways, i have noticed that the carburetor is tarnished a little bit on the outside, which i gather is a fuel leak??.. so, it must be tarnished on the inside aswell.. he had had the bike sitting for some time before putting it up for sale, but rode beautifully for a minute (hahah)..
lastly, since the choke is open when riding, does that cause the rpms to go crazy high, ranging from 7000-8000 in first gear, going about 20mph? is it related to the choke and carburetor?
i hadn't cleaned the carbs or done anything because the previous owner also told me that i didnt need to get the carbs flushed or anything, and to just ride her and the more frequent the riding the left carburetor would clear up.. but now the choke issue.. has me wondering..
obviously, ima lady.. hahaha.. and don't know **** about ****.
any suggestions as to what to do.. that i could do on my own.. i can turn a wrench, etc.. and i have clymers service/repair handbook.. so.. simple step by side, possibly aided with pictures, hahaa, guide me through this.
and yes, i may need someone to hold my hand aswell.
thanks guys!! and sorry this was long.
oh and the choke light comes on (does that mean that it needs to be choked or that the choke is on?.. does it for both)