339 very enjoyable miles on my 12 CCT... Cold starting question
Under 40 degrees this morning - Vroomhilda cranks over fine but does not want to start. Had to rev throttle to get motor to catch. Finally started but this has happend 2 out of 3 days. Fuel pump priming sounds fine and I wait a few seconds. Battery tender attached when parked in the cave. Checked Battery motor off 13.7 V at digital meter - idling shows 15.3 Volts. Warm no issues on start. Cables are tight everywhere.
*Warm and running idle hunts between 950 - 1000 rpm... No running problems or hesitation but fluctuating tach needle...previous other bikes are pegged at idle with no bounding around...
From Lloydz website TechTips:
This is a simple procedure that everyone does but I'm going to shed some light on the method I prefer in starting a Victory the way I do.
This applies to all years and all model Victory's. Throughout the course of a year while I was on the road traveling I would tune between 300-450 Victory's a year, add in the shop work and that would add another 100 to the total. So it’s a fairly simple procedure, You hit the button and wait for it to come to life. With starting so many different bikes they do have their own characteristics but they all respond well to this procedure. Before hitting the button I roll the throttle slightly (about an 1/8 rotation) than I hit the button, once to life I like to hold the rpm's between 15-1800 Rpm's for approx 30-40 seconds if the bike is real cold (50 degrees and below) and 15-30 seconds if were above those temps.
Here’s some benefits of starting a bike the way I like too. When a bike is cold so is everything else. Oil is super thick and the oil pump is loaded heavy trying to push the oil through the small clearances to lubricate everything. When the motor first fires up it is straining just to maintain an idle, the computer is throwing allot of fuel (choke Mode) to the injectors to aide in the ease of running cold. This also wants to make things lumber and run slightly slower in engine speed. By using an 1/8 throttle rotation we help the engine overcome these conditions and supply oil to the critical parts quicker. We all know that a warm motor starts easier than a cold one as there is less drag and frictional losses to keep it running with less effort. Yes the bikes are fuel injected and some people assume there might be damage or that its just not correct to use throttle while starting a fuel injected bike. B.S. that’s not the case, not in these years but maybe the future of fuel injection may lead to different results as fly by wire becomes more common and wide band monitoring enters the motorcycle world.
Give it a shot your motor just might thank you.
I have been riding my VV throughout the winter keeping it in the garage low 30's or below (cold oil really drags the engine down on start) but mid 30s and above she spends some time in front of the garage with the 1/2 cover on. I have used the 1/8 throttle with fairly decent success but did have one occasion I believe I induced a no start by doing it. Im just over 8K now with temps never lower than 24 deg. Not ruling out Howards point about water and also as long as temps were constant below 60 I used 87 octane (not to bring that thread into this, purely FYI). While I encountered some struggles starting, only had 1 no start all winter. I do seem to have developed a dragging starter now. Checked my battery, CCA were a little weak so replaced as recommended but did not resolved dragging starter. Heading to shop next week with it since I got that warrenty.... Lets see how that works out.
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