I put the cleaned up and lightly greased starter back on my bike this morning, and it started up with only a little hesitation. Awesome! Should be able to get me home, where I expect the new brush assembly is waiting for me.
Then, I noticed that the bike was leaking gasoline profusely - the second time I've had this happen, and like the first it was very cold, 15F.
So I shut it off, removed the tank in the driveway and sat it in a convenient pile of snow, and chased the leak down to a barb just past the external fuel filter. I loosened each hose clamp and re-tightened closer to the barb, and for now there's no leak. I plan on replacing the fuel lines, since they're about 5 years old at this point. Any suggestions on a brand? Maybe one well-regarded for not turning into crystal when it's cold?
The tank output, which as I understand it shouldn't leak, dripped quite a bit while disconnected. I am curious if that represents an issue.
Overall I'm glad I now understand the way the starter works and confident that I've tracked down a longstanding issue (hard starting in cold) with my bike.
Last edited by Fox; 12-27-2017 at 02:21 PM.