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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question How quick does your bike start?

Hi all, I asked this question a different way a while back and didn't really get any answers.

This is the first "high" compression bike I have owned. I come most recently from a Honda VTX. My XC seems to turn over slow as compared to the VTX, this past winter she was really slow. Also sometimes I will hit the start button and it will start to turn over then stop, like it comes up against the compression and doesn't have the umph to push it on over. Frequently it takes 2 pushes of the start button before she fires, occasionally 3

I am wondering if this is normal on the XC or maybe I have a weak battery. I have checked the battery terminals and they are tight (with a wrench). According to the volt meter the bike has over 14 volts while running and just over 13 volts if the engine is off. I know I can pull the battery and take it to be load tested, just don't want to go thru the hassle if this is normal condition on the XC.

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I have the 2012 XC and it starts just about as quick as you hit the button. I came from a Suzuki C-90 and it had a cable that released the compression when you hit the start button. If it was out of adjustment it would just give a grunt and that was it. Not sure how the Vic works.
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Well, I came from a Harley Electra Glide Classic, and it was about the same, before that was a C50 Suzuki and well you know the Japanese bikes fast as shit when cranking.

I prefer the "labored" turnover it just sounds like POWER!!
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Mine starts quickly.
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Your battery sounds weak. Mine always turned over instantly, and always on the first try. Never a hesitation.

Have never seen a Vic that didn't start like that either. From a Harley I would expect this, from a Vic... no way.

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Less than a month ago I was riding a VTX as well. VTX's do have decompressors for starting, and as far as I know Victorys don't have that even with their higher compression.

However, my (new) XCT starts about the same as the VTX, so my advice would be to go ahead and pull the battery and have it tested. If it tests good you can go look at other things like the cable connections on the other end or perhaps an issue with the starter or charging system.

Testing with a voltmeter is fine, however if a cable or battery or connection has a problem resulting in high resistance you usually won't see a voltage problem but a current problem...i.e. the battery won't be able to push enough current to spin the starter motor (and engine) quickly.

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Battery connections have been suspect from some dealers (not tightening them down FULLY) and it does sound like your not getting a full "charge" available to crack the bike so you may want to simply tighten the connections at the battery yourself. if that doesn't do it, take it to your dealer. try out the other bikes on the floor for comparison




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Hold the throttle open about 1/16 turn and hit the starter, it should start right up.

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Quote:
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Hold the throttle open about 1/16 turn and hit the starter, it should start right up.
WHY? No need to turn the throttle AT ALL on these bikes to start them....ever. At least not on mine w/6K miles on it.




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