There could be one or a few causes of the hard starting. The 1700's use an iridium tipped plug that can possibly last 30,000+ miles. I believe we replaced a set of plugs that a customer brought us, his skoot had over 20,000 mls. His original plugs were in perfect shape. Unless you have had some FI tuning where the skoot is running rich I would not think the plugs would be the culprit.
It is well documented the 1700's intake system is prone,by design, to having intake vacuum leaks. These leaks can finally rear their ugly head over a short period of time (as in your case) or is a slow degradation. Either way they can contribute to hard starting and poor running.
Another thing I have experience with is an accumulation of carbon deposits in the throttle bore in the area where the throttle plates sit when the engine is idling. Performing a throttle bore/plate cleaning with a spray type carb cleaner and a bottle type brush may help.
One more thing..I have found the use of fuel injector cleaner on a regular basis helps to clean the injectors, all my vehicles get treated every 3000-5000mls or so and I can always feel an improvement in performance. I always use a double strength dose in a tank of gas, repeating in the following tank of gas.
Try the FI cleaner and cleaning the throttle bores first, both easy to do. If you have any questions feel free to call me at my shop 954-455-9665.
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