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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-21-2019, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hello All, I have notice my bike the last few cold starts takes longer to start off than usual, but when warmed up starts right up as it always has! Any suggestions that I might be able to check or change to make it start faster on a cold start?
As always much appreciate all your advice throughout the years 👍🏼

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-21-2019, 08:42 AM
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have the battery "LOAD" tested at an auto parts store..
ask for the Car battery load test.. not the motorcycle load test.


1800cc is the size of small car engines..


a cold 1800 draws over 300 amps to start from a battery 1/3 the size of a car battery.


this has been a known issue since 2003....
continuing to try to start with a weak battery will damage the starter solenoid
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Battery is dying, this is your warning slower and slower starts

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Cold engine oil slows down the cranking speed.
Pull the clutch lever when cranking to release the transmission friction and stiction.
Synthetic oil flows better than Dino oil in the winter.

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Think he's in Texas, it ain't that cold. Chicago in January...now that's cold
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why do you think I moved to Texas after 65 years of N.E Ohio... it gets real cold in Ohio..

right off the cold Lake Erie...



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Actual Temp
Hi 38°
Lo 24°
Hist. Avg.
69°/47°

The coldest temp this fall in Arlington.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/ar...1134?year=2019
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ask for the Car battery load test.. not the motorcycle load test.


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Ok, Thanks fellows i'm going to get my battery checked out today on the cold cranking amps, it does sound a little sluggish as I start it.... Again thanks for all your replies and help through the years! Oh today's Tempture high will be 67 degrees 😜 God loves Texas..........
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This from YUASA

YUASA Battery test, Charging, and Load Test::
Connect a digital voltmeter directly to the battery—red lead
to the positive terminal and black lead to negative. While
watching the voltmeter, press the start button and crank
the engine’s starter (it’s OK if the engine starts). Just before
the engine starts, note the voltmeter reading. As the starter
motor places an electrical load on the battery, cranking
voltage will normally drop. If battery voltage drops below
9.5 volts (at 70° F) while the engine is cranking over,
the battery needs to be replaced. If the engine starts too
quickly to read cranking voltage, the ignition or fuel injection
computer fuse can be removed. This will allow the starter
motor to operate (without the engine starting) and cranking
voltage can be measured.

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