Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Northern Virginia
Hard-ish start on v star 1100
Good afternoon all!
I'm loving the new bike, but got a quick question: When I'm starting it from cold, I always have to give the throttle the smallest twist to get the bike to crank. If I don't, it will turn, start, then putter back out when I let go of the starter (even with full choke). Once it starts, I drop to half choke after about 10 seconds, then no choke a couple mins later. It will run just fine once started as long as I don't drop from full-choke too quickly, and no issues otherwise.
Is this something to be concerned about? I know you don't want to use the throttle before it's warm as the oil and lubricants haven't had time to cycle yet. For background info: it has about 11,500 miles on it and Cobra exhaust (which sounds great by the way). The previous owner gave me a shop receipt showing the carbs were cleaned last June, and he said the oil was changed in February (but couldn't verify). Also, attached is a pic showing "full choke" as it will not move farther than that. It seems to me like the choke lever should open further, but I have no way to tell really. Thanks!