Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
'86 VT500 - Hard to start - SOLVED
Bought my '86 VT500 a few months ago. It's always been a bit hard to start, even if I'm starting it every morning.
I haven't been on the bike in a week since I've been traveling for work, and this morning, it didn't want to start, and while trying to start it, the battery died.
So, it's pretty clear that the existing battery doesn't have a ton of life left in it, if it can be run down quickly.
But the hard starting is a pain. I try giving it a few pumps of gas, and a little choke and try to start it, like the previous owner told me. It cranks and cranks and cranks. After a few times, it will usually sputter like it's going to start, then die out. Usually a few cranks after that point, it will start.
Any suggestions on how to diagnose this?
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