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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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OK...maybe a problem or not. I'm in the middle of a 2500 mile ride with about 900 miles behind me so far....I'm here in Cheraw, SC and heading to Chesapeake, VA tomorrow morning.

Here's the deal. Bike is running great...really it is. But on my next to last gas stop, the would turn over fine, and even sputter but would not run...after two or three attempts...it started...acted fine and I rode another 200 miles today. When I get to the hotel (where I'm at now), I was gonna go grab something to eat...hopped on and same thing...except this time it took about 5-6 attempts, but same symptoms as before. Turns over, acts like its not getting gas and then eventually starts. Once it started...it was fine again.

When I went back out to the bike with my food...I was afraid it would not start at all. SO THIS TIME...I turned the key on, then I turned the ON/OFF switch on (which starts the fuel pump)...and I let it finish running, before I attempted start. STARTED RIGHT UP and ran fine back to the hotel.

So ALL THAT CRAP above to ask a simple question. I think I was hopping on the bike and trying to start it before the fuel pump was done priming.

DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE at all. Never happened before, but I was thinking maybe because it was HOT TODAY (93 degrees) and not letting the fuel pump work...it might have cause a "vapor lock" of some sort.

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You really should always let the pump get up to pressure before you start the bike

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I hope that's all it is ... and YES, I knew that...and YES, I was stupid as hell if that is indeed the issue (and even if it's not). Thanks.

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Good suggestion on the pressure. Perhaps the Intake Air Valve had to be reset? That's that clunky repetitive sound you hear a few seconds after you turn the key off...



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If I'm not mistaken vapor lock went away with electric fuel pumps and fuel injection. It dont sit in a bowl to boil anymore. I would lean more towards the pump not up to pressure or a check valve or something wasnt "reset". Which is basically what I think the previous guys said.

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I always let my fuel pump prime and never had issues. The one time I didn't, I had similar symptoms as you do.

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A couple of things come to mind. Battery connections having a little build up causing enough resistance sometimes to act up. Easy to fix. Possible fuel pump issue. Maybe it's getting tired and not quite building enough pressure. One would think they either work or they don't but maybe not.

If you have time; it wouldn't hurt to remove and wire brush the battery terminals to eliminate that possible issue and it's a free thing to do. Just kind of a pain when on the road because of where it is and not having a lift to get at it easier.
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I second what Bbob suggests. I always let my bike prime up before I start it but I had similar symptoms as you when my battery started going south. I would definitely check those connections and maybe a load test on the battery if you can swing by an auto parts store.

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Arkie, do you open the throttle just a little bit when starting the bike?

I don't but I read that helps some bikes start easier..

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Had the same issues, let the pump cycle and then start. It was really hot and the bike was only cooling down for fuel and food stops. I now turn the key, flip the switch and wait. When the bike has been ridden like you had been I give it 10 seconds before I fire. I've also had to open the fuel cap and vent the tank but it was well over 100 and I had been in stop and go for over an hour. Pulled over to take a break and let the bike cool and it became angry.

I think you're fine and have a great trip.

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