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post #1 of 4 Old 07-15-2017, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Bike didn't want to start?

Pulled my bike out today. Haven't ridden it for 2+ weeks since it returned from a 1600 mile ride. The bike was washed before put away.
I had to crank it forever before it started. I first cranked it with the throttle closed, then open, then closed again and then open again when it hit a few times and finally roared to life. After that it started immediately every time. This has happened before after sitting. I even got this issue published in the "Service" column in Cycle World, but the guy that writes the column didn't say anything helpful. It's an '06 Vee, 26K, iridium plugs in '15 at about 18K.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-15-2017, 10:14 PM
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My vote is for flooded. That is typically the problem if the throttle needs to be opened to start. Is it a California legal bike with a charcoal canister. They can get saturated with fuel in hot weather. Also, a fuel injector may be leaking. In any case, not starting after cranking for a while will flood the engine even if the initial cause was not flooding.

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I found it best to not twist the throttle when starting. If it goes conky, I open the throttle as GW suggests to clear the flooded condition.
It doesn't happen often but it do happen.
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Not a Cal model. I didn't open the throttle until after cranking several times with the throttle closed. I'll check to see if I have wet plugs.

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