2008 GT Hot Starting Issue
Iím new to k-bikes but have been around the other forums for a while. I have a Ď08 KGT that I plan to do a 6000 mile trip with next month with an Iron Butt run and experienced a Ďnew to meí issue that iím Trying to reason out so that Iím not stranded somewhere west of here. Any discussion/experience anyone may have to try and figure this out would is much appreciated, Iíll have the plastic off today to do some inspecting and clean up.
Yesterday in Chicago I commuted home from work as I always do. The temp outside wasnít too hot but very humid. I parked in my garage and it sat for about an hour before my wife and I headed out for dinner on it. It wouldn't start right away but eventually I got it running. Here are some bullet points on the event.
#1 Turned the bike over two or three attempts with little to no ignition to the motor.
#2 Turn over was strong from starter and no indication of a weak battery, Iíve had dead batteries before so I know what this sounds like.
#3 On the 4th attempt the motor stuttered like it was going to start, no feedback on instruments at all that anything is wrong.
#4 Since I felt like the motor wasnít receiving fuel or maybe had too much fuel pressurized in the injectors I decided to hit the starter while holding the throttle open and keep the revs around 2000 revolutions. After holding it there for 5-10 seconds I slowly released the throttle and the bike came down to a normal idle. It ran fine after that, we went to dinner and even after dinner the bike started right up.
#5 The sound of the starter/motor was consistent with normal start up, no crunching or grinding heard as if the timing was off. Or was it? I have the chain guard in for the last 5-6 years.
#6 Iíve done a bit of clutch rebuild, with new pack and bearings two winters ago. I was thinking the clutch drag, which has been an issue lately could be the cause but the bike was on itís center stand and the transmission was in neutral with the clutch level released at the time I was trying to start it and again the starter didnít sound bogged down.
I spent a few hours last night and this morning looking through old threads trying to make sense of what condition created this scenario but I havenít come across anything that dsescribes my scenario.
Thoughts or suggestions?