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Bike wont start

I've had my 1999 kawasaki zx6r sitting in a garage for around 6 months+. i am now trying to get the bike on the road. It wouldn't start off the button but it started by being bumped, when i turned the throttle a fraction it would splutter and cut out. i then left this idol for a while and it got slightly better. since then i have put in a new battery, spark plugs, fuel and the pilot jets were so blocked i drilled them out and the bike started off the button with a backfire in the 8000 revs. if left running it would cut out and not start again unless i emptied the carbs of the fuel so i replaced them. i haven't touched anything else but now the bike won't start unless i give it a long bump and backfires with big bangs and flames from the exhaust. what could this be?

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When you drilled out the pilot jet you destroyed it. Even if you have jewelers bits they are to big. One drill bit size is 6 to 10 jet sizes. Replace the pilot jets, you are running WAYYYYY to rich at idle.

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3. After charging the battery remove the leads and let it sit for a couple of hours then check the battery voltage with a voltmeter, you should have 12.5 volts or more, any readings in the 11 volt range you need to do a proper "LOAD" test on the battery and replace as necessary, you may have 12.5 volts or better but little or zero amps, any readings in the 10 volt range you have a dead cell and the battery needs to be replaced.
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