Would crank but not start
Looking for some help on why what I did actually seemed to resolve the problem.
2009 Wee. Usually ride to work every day. Parked it in the garage for 2-3 weeks due to work schedule and a few other factors. Ready to ride again so I suited up one morning, backed it out of the garage and attempted to start it. Cranked but would not start. Back into the garage. Over the next two weekends got a (very) little bit of time to check things out. Battery seemed fine but put it on the tender just to be sure. Even tried jumping from a car battery to remove the battery from consideration. Pulled one plug and verified I'm getting spark. Thought I smelled fuel so thought that was OK. Tried opening the throttle while cranking. No go. Added some Stabil having read some threads about condensation. Didn't seem to help.
Next weekend tried again. Put it in dealer mode. Got C00 so nothing there. Eventually started to pull the tank to get to the air filter. Since I hadn't done that before, pulled the service manual to see how to do that. And read about a few other things that could be checked. Decided I wasn't up to doing those that day so parked it for another week. Then remembering in one of the threads someone mentioned adding fuel, quick trip to the gas station for a gallon. Pour that in and try starting again. Nothing with throttle in idle position so try opening it up. Got a kick from the motor on that one. Keep trying. Eventually starts (yay) but dies when I release the throttle. So try it keeping the throttle open. Manage to get it started and keep it going (though running rough). Keep the throttle open a bit until it starts to warm up. Notice a bunch of light colored "smoke" coming out the exhaust. Get a bar on the temp gauge, release the throttle and it keeps running. Smoke is gone. Power off. Start it again. Absolutely no problems. Repeat. Same favorable result. Appears I'm good to go. And it has gotten me to and from work with no issues this week.
Filled with gas on the way home last night and based on what I put in I think I had 1-1.5 gallons in the tank while it was parked.
So, what was the issue? Why did adding the gallon of fuel appear to resolve the issue (BTW - I fill up at the same station which is a high volume Fred Meyer location - but no, not Top Tier gas) Could it have been condensation after only a few weeks? Any other suggestions?
2009 DL650A Grey
2004 DL650 Blue - sold
Long ago TC-90