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post #1 of 21 Old 03-07-2015, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hard start after winter.

I have a 2012 650 and today has been first day in nearly 4 months since I rode it, but It would not want to cooperate with me and it didn't want to wake up. Fresh battery 12.85VDC static the bike would crank crank 6-7 seconds 3 tries, finally I opened the throttle a bit and it slowly started. After almost 100 miles ride with multiple stops the bike start fine. What could it be. stale gas in the injectors? too much fuel? Bike runs fine and accelerates great with the fuel. I'm at a lost. Any ideas?

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10% ethanol fuel maybe? I know I wouldn't want that junk sitting in my tank for 4 months.

Full tank of fuel when you put it away 4 months ago? Maybe a little water in the fuel?
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10% ethanol fuel maybe? I know I wouldn't want that junk sitting in my tank for 4 months.

Full tank of fuel when you put it away 4 months ago? Maybe a little water in the fuel?
Full tank. Marine Stabil. I don't know, I will see again after the bike cools down. Warm engine starts on a touch. I don't know, maybe it was some stale fuel in the lines.

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I switched from Stabil to Seafoam and my bike starts right up. This has been a brutal winter though and may just be some moisture in the tank. Also check for critters in the airbox area in case something is obstructed. If you can get it running just take it out to burn the old gas off. Add Seafoam... that stuff works great.

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+1 on Seafoam...I use it in wifes Civic, my V6 Accord, 2009 Vstrom, the snowblower and in my '53 Vincent...

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I run a full tank of stabilized fuel before storage. Storage is also done with a full tank of stabilized fuel. If the stabilizer is only added just before storage, the fuel in the lines may not be properly protected.

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I run a full tank of stabilized fuel before storage. Storage is also done with a full tank of stabilized fuel. If the stabilizer is only added just before storage, the fuel in the lines may not be properly protected.
I think that's what happened, Greywolf. I put the Stabil ran the engine for maybe 5 minutes and put it to storage. This could be the culprit.

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I try to get non oxygenated gas to store for the winter. Or add seafoam. I don't fill the tank, just more old fuel to burn.

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Not filling the tank promotes condensation inside whenever the air temperature goes down which leads to rust and puts water in the fuel. Filling the tank with stabilized fuel before winter storage is a basic.

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Last winter I filled my tank with fuel and added fuel stabilizer at the pump then rode the motorcycle home with the thinking the mix would find it's way to the injectors before I shut it down for the winter. It was maybe 50 fahrenheit when I started the engine and it was sluggish getting going. However it did start after only a few cranks but the stench of the exhaust was noticeable. I also leave a battery tender on throughout the winter months. If none or some of the items mentioned above were not done that might explain your symptoms. A weak battery, poor fuel, and/or cool temperatures making the engine oil thick could tax the starting after sitting for that length of time I would think.

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