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Ok, this is the first carbureted bike I've had in a few years, so I'm having a hard time adjusting to the fact that I need to use a choke now. The previous carbureted bikes I had were sport bikes, so they both had a handlebar mounted choke. I liked this a lot. What I remember about it is that the lever never moved out of position when I used the choke. On my Marauder (and most cruisers I'm guessing) the choke is a knob you pull out on the side of the bike. The problem I'm having is that the bike will not start unless the choke knob is pulled all the way out (so much that the rubber grommet puckers out a bit). Well, actually the problem is that the choke lever pulls itself back in once I release it. The bike keeps dying because the choke pulls back in. In order to keep it running, I have to pull on the choke knob for about 5 minutes until the bike is warm enough that I can release it and it won't die when the knob pulls back in. I know some carbureted cars automatically pull the choke back in once the car is warm enough, but I've never seen this on a bike before. Is something wrong with my choke knob, or is this normal?