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Old 01-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Bad vibrations on my 2012

sooo... it's winter and the bike has been put up. full tank of gas, center stand, air in the tires and on a battery tender.


the other day i thought i'd go out and run some gas through it so it doesn't gum up (no stabilizer).

turn key, lights, gauges, diagnostics, check.

crank, crank, crank.. nothing. just turns over. give it another go. almost fires but as soon as i let off the starter it dies.

well i give it the old carb/choke method and give it some gas as i'm hitting the starter. it finally chugs to life but is shaking violently side to side. kinda worried it'll fall off the center stand at this point. let it run till i see a couple bars on the temp gauge then give the throttle a few blips. the bike is smoothing out now, and after a few minutes it is purring like a kitten. smooth as can be. garage was prob 30 degrees.. bike should handle it no problem. 2400 miles and my first thought was throttle body sync, which hasn't been done but it ran fine before i put it up. second is my old battery tender isn't quite working like it should (which would explain the starting struggles but not the vibrations).

since by the time it came up to temp it was running like a well oiled sewing machine i kind of let it be. decided to press my luck again yesterday and had the exact same starting experience.

what could be going on here? maybe 2 months since the actual last ride to the first shaky start and like i said, no issues at all before i let it sit.

thanks for any insight. (there's 2 ft of snow on the ground so taking it to the dealer is out of the question till spring)
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:12 AM   #2
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if the throttle bodies are out of sync it would be noticeable in all conditions, yes? not just on cold start ups
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Is the fuel filter good, partially plugged, have water in it??????????????
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:18 AM   #4
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Is the fuel filter good, partially plugged, have water in it??????????????
didn't check that. i'm assuming i'd have to pull the tank and drain it. when i parked it i made sure to top off the tank so not sure how much if any water could be in there, and it's been in the back of the garage the whole time.

if it's going to take pulling and draining the tank, that'll have to wait till it warms up lol.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #5
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and i sure as hell hope it's still good with 2400 miles, lol
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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Stabilizer/ethanol treatment to full tank of gas? Gas today looses it's omph in a short time, and actually turns to a varnish-like crap. I treat everything that I store.
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ok.... so would that cause bad vibrations?


that smooth out to nonexistent once the bike warms?



surely someone's left their bike for longer than 2 months.


i'm going to rule out gas. i could be completely wrong, but if everything is gummed up, then i don't think she's running.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #8
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Sounds like you have mice.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #9
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It sounds like you are fouling a plug, which after awhile clears itself. You shouldn't have to use the throttle at all to start it.
Check your air box for a mouse nest.

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ugh i sure hope it's not mice, haha
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:43 AM   #11
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I've experienced very similar issues and had to give my 2012 a bit of throttle for it to start up. I attributed to the cold, since it was about 20*F went it happened to me. After a minute it was as if nothing was wrong so I went on my way.

In another thread, someone mentions these symptoms and attributes it to Shell gas. I use Shell but still figured it was a coincidence. I realize that the concept is silly....but who knows.

What brand do you use?
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:01 PM   #12
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chevron.... with Techron! woo! lol.

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chevron.... with Techron! woo! lol.

Safe I guess lol

Probably just a cold start thing...
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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Safe I guess lol

Probably just a cold start thing...
hopefully. i started it again after i let it get warm and she fired right up, smooth as can be.

weird.

guess she's warm blooded. so much for my trip to the arctic circle
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:28 PM   #15
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mine did that once

I let mine sit for a couple weeks in the winter one time (not as cold as you, either) and it did the same thing. Its only happened once, and although it occured in the winter, I think its more a function of setting too long and either getting air in the fuel lines or an air pocket in the fuel pump, not sure. It did take quite a bit of cranking to turn it over (over 20s), but knock on wood it has only happened once in the nearly 2.5 years ive had it.

Compared to my old Harley, I'll take one hard start every 2.5 years any day over what that thing used to do.
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