Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: 41°21'13.1"N, 74°41'37.4"W
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Just saw the video. I don't think it's a battery or starter problem. It looks like it isn't idling correctly. When my bike is cold (haven't ridden it for more than an hour), it idles around 2,000rpm at start up. Once it warms up (usually after riding for about a mile or two), the idle slowly and progressively drops to around 1,300rpm and remains there.
What is also confusing is how long it takes the bike to start once you hit the starter button. Has it always been like this?
Have you (or anyone you know of) played around with the idle adjustment screw/knob? At no time should the motor idle below 1,000rpm. Do you have an aftermarket slip on or exhaust? Your bike sounds different from a stock bike. If you have a stock exhaust, I say something definitely sounds funny.
My suggestion: Start the bike and use the throttle to keep the bike between 1,500 to 2,000 rpm for a few minutes. Don't rev it. Just hold the throttle steady at 1500-2000rpm for a few minutes. Then let go of the throttle and see what RPM the bike idles at. If it's below 1,000rpm, use the idle adjusting knob/screw to adjust the idle to around 1,500rpm and see if the bike will hold its idle there. If it does, go for a short ride around the block a few times to allow the bike to warm up. Once it does, get back to your house and readjust the idle to around 1300rpm. This may or may not solve your problem. But at least it'll get your bike idling at the proper RPM.
Where do you store your bike at night? Does it sleep outdoors? If it does, has there been heavy rain by you lately? Water may also have seeped into your tank contaminating the fuel.
Riding it like I financed it.
Last edited by cadd; 07-31-2016 at 01:41 PM.