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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-06-2012, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a new XCT last Wed., filled it with premium, rode it 30 miles home and put it in the shed. Temp made it up to 60 today, so I went out to take it for a spin after I got home from work, and I had a hek of a time getting it to start. Turned it on and waited for the fuel pump to stop and tried starting it numorous times. Same sequence, over and over again. Finally I held the throttle open a little bit, and it took off. Whew... what a relief. Now I know you shouldn't have to do that on fuel injection, and also read on here it could damage the starter.
Hope this isn't a re-accuring problem. I did a search on here and couldn't find anything.
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I'm picking up my '12 XC tomorrow, and live in New England. I ride year 'round. My current V92TC has a "choke" (that isn't a choke, it opens the throttle a little).
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congrats Martlet on the new XC. My vtx1300 had a choke, but they called it an enricher, so I'm thinking it may have done the same thing.
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congrats Martlet on the new XC. My vtx1300 had a choke, but they called it an enricher, so I'm thinking it may have done the same thing.
Thanks. I guess my point was, if the "choke" on my TC just opened the throttle, how is doing it yourself any worse?

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When mine was new I had to do that a few times. Now with 9,000 on it she fires right up every time.
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When mine was new I had to do that a few times. Now with 9,000 on it she fires right up every time.
That's good to hear, thanks depot. You have 9k on that '12 ?
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9,150. Got her October 18. Can't stay off of her.
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That's good to hear, thanks depot. You have 9k on that '12 ?
He lives in Georgia, winter weather is 60 at Christmas time. We are getting snow until March madness is over so he can ride all year long.
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It's unfortunately common for the battery leads to come a little loose on these bikes. A pair of star washers takes care of it and issues related to poor starting plus a host of other things I don't remember right now. A weak battery will do the same thing. It's also a good time to check on the battery dongle for a charger or other things you might want to plug in for various reasons. The discontinued them in 11 but brought them back in 12. I think it was probably just an oversight in 11.
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9,150. Got her October 18. Can't stay off of her.
Bought my Vision in July '11... 22,786 miles so far. I live in FL and can ride year round, but we have to bundle up in the winter... just no snow.

What's probably happening with your fuel injectors is the "varnish" build up from the fuel that sat in the bike from the time it was built 'til the time it was sold to you... Run a few tanks thru it and all will be well, or add some injector cleaner to your fuel.

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