I have been having a problem where my XC doesn’t want to start when hot. Let’s say I go for a nice little ride, maybe 50 miles, and stop at a convenience store. I come out and hit the button, she turns over about half to one full revolution, then it kind of grunts and ALL the lights go out… headlight and all. I let go of the button, everything comes back on, wait 3-10 seconds and hit the button again and she fires right off. Until this AM it always fired right off on the second try with absolutely no hesitation. It does not always have this problem, maybe 30% of the time, but always at the worst possible time. I put the battery on the charger overnight (8-10 hours on 2A) but it didn’t make any difference.
I recently had a plug wire burn up and the bike was down for a few days. I replaced it Saturday and was hoping that it would cure this problem too… but I guess I’m not that lucky.
This Sunday I took the long way down to Daytona, cruised around town, made a few stops, and then took US-1 back… about 300 miles total.
I started the bike maybe 12-15 separate times Sunday. Out of that I had 2 hard starts, where the engine turned over ˝ a rev and then the starter grunted. Both times I was in neutral, which rules out clutch drag. Both times I let go of the starter button immediately, waited maybe 3-5 seconds and then hit it again. Both times it fired right off the second time.
This AM I backed the bike out of the garage (in neutral) and it grunted on the first try. This is the first time I’ve had this issue when the bike was cold. When hit the button the second time I had to hold it for a long time before it started to fire, then it just sputtered and died. The third time I held the button for several revs before it fired off good. I rode maybe 20 miles and then stopped for gas… and it grunted again, but fired off on the second try.
This has now become a real BIG problem. I am planning to leave out Friday at 10:00AM for a three day ride with a bunch of friends. The last thing I need is the only non-Harley in the group having starter problems. I was hoping that the plug wire would cure this problem too, but obviously not. I need this fixed NOW.
Has anyone worked on the compression release system on the 106 engine?
Anybody got any other ideas as to what might be causing this problem?
2013 Cross Country Tour: Custom paint, stage 1 exhaust, Lloydz Hi-Flow air filter, cams (HOH-VM1-DR), timing gear (HOH-PTS), Power Commander V, Auto Tune module, Gustafson flip shield, OEM passenger backrest with Cycle Ops luggage rack, Vic HID, heel shifter, Rockford amp, Infinity speakers all around.
2011 Cross Country: Burnt and Traded