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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Please share your insight

2003 Sabre 1100 - 32000 miles, running well

Battery good and charged. Upgraded RR. Runs well and starts good (usually).

However, once on a 350 mile trip and then a 12 mile one my bike would take several cranks before turning over. Then shortly later it starts right up (which is what I am use to). Probably not a big deal, but I wonder if this sounds a bit unusual, or if something is developing. Please share your insights with me. Thank you. John
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Has the bike been tuned up recently?
Plugs, fuel and air filter?

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Plugs are iridium with 15-17,000 miles. Air filter is fairly recent. I have never changed my fuel filter.
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2003 Sabre 1100 - 32000 miles, running well

Battery good and charged. Upgraded RR. Runs well and starts good (usually).

However, once on a 350 mile trip and then a 12 mile one my bike would take several cranks before turning over. Then shortly later it starts right up (which is what I am use to). Probably not a big deal, but I wonder if this sounds a bit unusual, or if something is developing. Please share your insights with me. Thank you. John

Need to describe the problem a little better. Are you saying you have to push the start button several times before it turns over or that it is turning over but not starting.
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Just because it turns over doesn't mean the battery is good. If it is weak it might not be giving enough power to start the bike. Have it checked out at an auto parts store. How old is the battery? If it's a couple years old it's probably bad or going bad.
On many Gold Wings with a weak battery the bike will turn over while holding the starter button down without starting but if you press the button and let it go it would start.


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Thank you for your replies.

My battery is a Yuassa battery about 1 3/4 years old. I am pretty good about keeping it on a tender.

Also, I hold the starter button down while it turns over.

I am wondering about a fuel tank breather. That is a new one to me.

I am also wondering about the fuel cut off relay, but I figure that is only good or bad, no in between.

I am beginning to wonder about the fuel pump and the battery.

Again, thank you for your replies.

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I just had my battery load tested at Auto Zone. They told me that it reads at 400 under load. I am told that it is just about at the yellow area, but it is still in the green and good. I then took it to my Honda dealer to load test and they say my battery is good.

I wonder if this is really nothing more than needing to use my enricher in the cooler weather. I figure after the bike is warmed up you don't need the enricher.

Just thought I would update.
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Yes, use the enricher/choke. These are cold nature beasts. Particularly if you're not riding daily in these colder temps.

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Maybe time to review your owners manual that indiactes the correct starting procedure in various temperatures

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you can also try cracking the throttle a tad while cranking, what I do most of the time when not using my enricher when its a little colder out.

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