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Cold Weather Starting Q
« on: Nov 08, 2012, 07:19:47 AM »
This is my first winter with my gal....even tho she will be stored soon when it gets real cold...how long does your Raider sit in a somewhat cold garage..( upper 20's-low 30's at night) before she takes awhile to crank up? If I dont ride mine for as little as 2-3 days....it takes awhile for her to start...I put a new battery in her this year and she keeps cranking, just takes several seconds for her to turn over...I want to say several pushes of the start button for up to a minute total but it might not be that long. Anyway...I would not think just two to three days of not starting should do this...thoughts? If she sat for 2-3 weeks...I would buy that.


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Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #1 on: Nov 08, 2012, 07:49:17 AM »
battery tender for you, i havent started mine in a couple months and she turns over no prob, temps get down to 30s at night so far

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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #2 on: Nov 08, 2012, 07:53:45 AM »
Also, check your battery connections to make sure clean and tight.  I just installed the Battery Tender pigtail on mine and noticed the terminal bolts were not that tight.  After I had it back together, the bike definitely starts better, even though it is colder now.

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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #3 on: Nov 08, 2012, 08:24:10 AM »
battery tender for you, i havent started mine in a couple months and she turns over no prob, temps get down to 30s at night so far
I do have a tender for when I store it but...turning the engine over is not the issue...sitting there and cranking it for 10 to 15 seconds...then let her sit for 30 seconds or so then repeating the above b4 she starts is what Im wondering about. Sometimes I have to do it a third time...on the third try I will turn the key off, let her sit for a minute or so then turn key back on b4 starting attempt. She has a new battery...new plugs both installed by the local shop...just seems like she works to hard to start after just a couple of days. She runs great...sounds great and im always in the 34 to36 mpg range.
I would think after just a couple of days sitting she should fire pretty much right up...no? I will be storing her in a week or two and am wondering if this is normal, she will be stored at the local shop and I will bring this issue up while she is there if opinions here feel there is probably an issue. I just dont want to spend the xtra duckets if this sounds like a normal cold weather Raider thing.

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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #4 on: Nov 09, 2012, 09:19:54 AM »
Mine takes a bit to start up in the cold.  I don't think its anything to worry about.

If I flick the throttle while starting it, it usually starts a little faster, but yeah I typically have to crank it 3 times for 10 seconds each for it to start in the 20's and 30's.
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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #5 on: Nov 09, 2012, 09:48:15 AM »
Mine Cranks about 2 or three times with the stock pipes. Now It turns over once and boom she firs right up but it hasnt got to the 20s or 30s yet here though.
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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #6 on: Nov 09, 2012, 09:21:25 PM »
Mornings have been around -10*C or 14*F and I started mine no problem.The engineers probably didn't design the Raider to endure such low temperatures...I mean it's freeze your face off weather for riders.The fuel injection probably isn't mapped for it.What I do is give it just a bit of throttle before hitting the starter button.I get a faster idle speed,like a old fashioned choke,and more fuel gets injected which also helps.
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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #7 on: Nov 09, 2012, 09:29:12 PM »
Thanx fellas...I will try to give it a bit of throttle next time...I will have to wait tho...weather man says near 70 this weekend!!! With the next weekend in the 70's probably not till May or June...I told the wife breakfast is on me Sat morn then I will not see her again till late Sunday!! Gotta take advantage  ;D

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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #8 on: Nov 09, 2012, 09:41:22 PM »
battery tender for you, i havent started mine in a couple months and she turns over no prob, temps get down to 30s at night so far
I do have a tender for when I store it but...turning the engine over is not the issue...sitting there and cranking it for 10 to 15 seconds...then let her sit for 30 seconds or so then repeating the above b4 she starts is what Im wondering about. Sometimes I have to do it a third time...on the third try I will turn the key off, let her sit for a minute or so then turn key back on b4 starting attempt. She has a new battery...new plugs both installed by the local shop...just seems like she works to hard to start after just a couple of days. She runs great...sounds great and im always in the 34 to36 mpg range.
I would think after just a couple of days sitting she should fire pretty much right up...no? I will be storing her in a week or two and am wondering if this is normal, she will be stored at the local shop and I will bring this issue up while she is there if opinions here feel there is probably an issue. I just dont want to spend the xtra duckets if this sounds like a normal cold weather Raider thing.
If your mpg is in the 34 - 36 range sounds like your running rich which would cause the startig issue....pull one of your plugs to see what it looks like, if it's black with soot too rich...brown or tan it's ok...I'm running stock air, V&H 2-1 with a PC111 and have always gotten 40+ mpg....and I twist the wick hard a lot....but no starting issues.
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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #9 on: Nov 09, 2012, 10:57:31 PM »
battery tender for you, i havent started mine in a couple months and she turns over no prob, temps get down to 30s at night so far
I do have a tender for when I store it but...turning the engine over is not the issue...sitting there and cranking it for 10 to 15 seconds...then let her sit for 30 seconds or so then repeating the above b4 she starts is what Im wondering about. Sometimes I have to do it a third time...on the third try I will turn the key off, let her sit for a minute or so then turn key back on b4 starting attempt. She has a new battery...new plugs both installed by the local shop...just seems like she works to hard to start after just a couple of days. She runs great...sounds great and im always in the 34 to36 mpg range.
I would think after just a couple of days sitting she should fire pretty much right up...no? I will be storing her in a week or two and am wondering if this is normal, she will be stored at the local shop and I will bring this issue up while she is there if opinions here feel there is probably an issue. I just dont want to spend the xtra duckets if this sounds like a normal cold weather Raider thing.
If your mpg is in the 34 - 36 range sounds like your running rich which would cause the startig issue....pull one of your plugs to see what it looks like, if it's black with soot too rich...brown or tan it's ok...I'm running stock air, V&H 2-1 with a PC111 and have always gotten 40+ mpg....and I twist the wick hard a lot....but no starting issues.
I had the plugs changed about 1500 miles ago and the shop said they looked good. I have a bak with Yamaha Striaght Dragster Pipes and a Cobra 2000 I think it's called. I am 6'4" about 260...I think that might have something to do with the mpg's.

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Re: Cold Weather Starting Q
« Reply #10 on: Nov 11, 2012, 06:53:52 PM »
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I am 6'4" about 260...I think that might have something to do with the mpg's.


 I can pull 42 to 44 if I ride like a sane person and  39 or 40 if on the throttle a lot .  Iam 6' 3 and  350  don't think weight  is that much of factor
  I have the same pipes and a Cobra Pro 
 
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