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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Bike wouldn't start

Drove 20 miles with some buddies last night to get milkshakes. When we got on the bikes to head back home my 3-week old classic wouldn't start. It cranked over and over but wouldn't fire. It's never failed to fire right up. I let it sit for about 8-10 minutes and tried again. Fired right up.

Anyone else have a similar issue?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 02:54 PM
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3 week old classic that wouldn't start real piss me off for sure. Time for a trip to the dealer for a look over but watch you get there there look at it. and then there tell you cant find a thing wrong with it. when if ready breaks then the dealers will finally help. Some dealers have ran into are like this. Just make sure you check those battery connects could be loose hopeful that all it is.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 02:56 PM
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yea check the battery.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 04:13 PM
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May be a Vapor Loc...never happened to me. Next time try just releasing the pressure by opening the fuel cap and then close. Battery connections sound fine if the bike cranks over.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 05:58 PM
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1. Did u inadvertently throttle before the start? (Bike flooded))
2. Idle set too low. (Turn idle up, knob on breather)
3. Dirty gas. (Run some Seafoam or similar product through system)
4. Dirty air filter (check and replace)
5. Fouled plugs (check, replace)
I hope these simple ideas help, generally speaking, trouble like this is a simple fix. Don't overthink it.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 06:33 PM
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TPS problem maybe....Throttle not properly set before start..??
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2010, 09:02 PM
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Happened to me twice on my (then) new Custom.

Both times it happened, I had turned the key just a shade past 'on'. The fuel pump had started pressurizing, then stopped when I turned the key too far. It cranked and cranked but wouldn't turn over. I turned the ignition to off, waited a tick, then turned it on again. Fired right up...both times.

Don't know if that's what happened to you, but that's the experience I had the two times mine wouldn't start. Of course, my trip to the dealer was fruitless for me as they couldn't find anything wrong with her...


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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 04:29 AM
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+1 to tkerugger. Did it the other day while trying to leave the bar! was just a touch past on somehow. Shut it off, tried again, fired right up.

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 10:19 AM
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Just bought a new '09 Vulcan 900 Custom. Traded in a '05 Z-750 to help pay for it. I was trying to adjust my headlights, which meant adjusting beam against garage door with the cycle running, driving off into the night a short distance, readjusting, again. Heard my fan kicking on a lot. Just when I thought I had it done, I turned off the engine to do something real quick. Came back a few minutes later, wouldn't start. Turned over, noticed the oil light blinking while trying to turn over. Was hot, humid, about 90 degrees out. I think the engine was just too warm and some safety thing kicked in to keep from damaging engine. Left it alone overnight, started fine next morning. Been fine for the past week. Just have over 600 miles on it so far. Casual observation, I like my new Vulcan 900 but just doesn't seem as 'tight' as my Z-750 was. Fan kicks on the Vulcan more too in this Kansas summer heat than the Z did. Not unexpected going from
Z-750 to a Vulcan, I guess.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-27-2010, 08:09 AM
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Jeez, same exact thing happened to my bike. first day I owned it. I rode up to my sisters house and wanted to show off how much easier it starts compare to her Harley. Cranked forever, no start, until I cycled the key. It did it about 5 more times over 2 months.I took it to the dealer for first service. Told them in detail what happened. They had it for 3 days and called Mamma Kaw. Got the bike back with a shrug from the service advisor. He said they didn't find anything.But strangely enough, it hasn't done it since. I suspect a connection problem or something they checked like a ground.

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