• Is it just me or any of you have this issue with your bike not wanting to start...

    Is it just me, or any of you have this issue with your bike not wanting to start in the morning?

    Went out this morning to crank Ms.Eboni up this morning and she didn't want to wake up from her slumber..so i said ok ill walk to school which is only a mile from my house..thought about it all day long, maybe i left the stereo on over night..got home and she started up with no hesitations checked my toggle switch to the stereo and it was off..rode her for about 25 miles parked her went inside played with my laptop went back out and she started again with no hesitations. Thinking shes like almost all women..tempermental in the morning.lol, but God I love her..but just curious pleas let me know if you guys have the same issue.and how you solved it

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    • Do you have a battery tender to keep battery hot?

    • Probably due to overnight cold... put it on a tender and you'll probably not have this problem. I *think* this is an early sign of battery age and potential failure... but don't fully quote me on that.

    • My 1100 is a bear to start first thing in the morning but starts with ease if the suns been on it for a couple hours.

    • Battery is only a year old

    • Same here

    • Yeah..wasnt cold last nigh

    • I forgot to mention i live in Florida

    • It don't have to be cold when a battery starts going bad it will lose Cold Cranking Amps.

    • Mine acts like it doesn't wanna start sometimes after sitting a few days. But I got a new battery last summer... can be frustrating when you're ready to hit the breeze.

    • I live in Florida and at early in the morning Rhonda will turn over run a few seconds then quit. The only way I can start her is if I use the choke. It's been cold at night. So I think that's the reason.

    • Pull the choke out about half way then start it.

    • Oh I do that... doesn't always work. Sometimes takes 10-20 Mins wrestling with her to get her to start up. I never give up till I get what I want. ;-)

    • Hmmm..... sounds like it needs new plugs. And check the air filter

    • Thx will do that

    • Or does it turn over slow like a drained batter

    • Welcome.

    • Definitely not the battery. Just doesn't seem to wanna "catch."

    • Ok we are on the same page then

      ..lol. yeah if you're not getting her to fire even with choke pulled out I would definitely have the plugs checked or if you know how to pull them and check them out yourself.

    • I haven't done it, but have read up on it. My hubby would check for me but I prefer to do things myself so I learn

    • When it's less than 60 out you need to run 10w40, because 20w50 is like syrup when it's cold which makes it hard for the starter to crank.

    • Nothing wrong with that. Another sign that it may new plugs is if it backfires or pops on deceleration

    • It does pop on deceleration

    • You've been very helpful! Thanks

    • New plugs then....

    • Welcome

    • I'll get them this weekend and change them out.

    • And still check the air filter....make sure it's not black. If it's not too bad you can take a shop vac and sick out any dirt particles out of it.

    • I'll do both!

    • Damn phone " suck " lol

    • Ok good luck and ride safe

    • You too! Thanks again!

    • My pennies worth,my girl would not start after riding for about 20 minutes had to wait for the bike to cool down,I checked the charging system everything worked fine not even thinking to check the battery until a bike electrical specialist told me to check the battery voltage drop in starting,I did that and discovered the battery dropped to 8.6v upon cranking which was to little to start the bike,the battery should not drop lower than 10v,this battery is just over a year old,so the battery is on it's way out.

    • Thanks and welcome

    • I run 10w40 all year. That's what the mechanics at the dealership told me to run.

    • Hmm, interesting. My manual says 20w50 when it's above 60. So, that's probably not affecting your starting problem then!

    • What type is it?

    • I run 10w40 in mine

    • Idk either. When in first got the bike i bought it used from a guy in town last April. He always had it services at a dealership here. So when I brought it home I parked it. Went down to dealership to get some info and one was oil a d when was it due. Well they told me the bike has always ran 10w40. I said in the summer. They told yes it won't hurt anything. Even told me what brand oil and filter. So I've been going with that. Haven't had any issues and I live in Florida

    • What brand did he tell you?

    • It's my everyday commuter. I bought the bike with 58,000 now it has 64,000

    • I said this is a stupid question but I prolly already know the answer....I said this is Suzuki oil not Honda. He said it's all the same really. Just a different name on bottle. I said that's kinda what I figured but thought I'd ask.

    • I use the motorcycle oil from Autozone, about $6 a quart and they have an stp filter for a few bucks that is a direct replacement too. Haven't had any problems yet.

    • The bike is a vt1100c2 1997 model and the battery is a MB16A Motobatt made in Florida USA

    • Well I was going to use Castrol motorcycle racing oil but $10 a qt is a bit much plus filter.

    • But I figure just use the damn oil and filter that previous owner always used and I won't have to worry. I'm like that...lol. the oil I get is $5.99 a qt and filter is $7.99 So not too bad

    • Also this is in regards to oil weight and temps. I ride my bike day and night. The hours I work and my wife's hours. We ride together. Anyway it gets below 60° at night and morning till about 8am. Then starts to warm up and afternoon will be 80°. So......... figure that one out. Lol

    • Yeah, I saw that oil too! Lol, I was like it's not a street bike, I can't justify an extra $16 for some damn oil.

    • Lol yeah. I run it in my scooter. But it only takes 3/4 of a qt. So $10 every couple of months isn't bad

    • My old carburated shadow was like that. It got cold I would have to have the choke full open to start, and still she did not want to start at times. But when I say cold I mean -8 celcius or colder. My new shadow is fuel injected she fires up every time.No matter how cold.

    • Popping on deceleration is a sign that you need your valves adjusted..my bike was doing that got a valve adjustment no issues bike runs fine..for me bike not starting is due to weather..

    • Cold nights..exactly

    • What year is she?

    • I changed my plugs and hasn't done it since

    • So it doesn't always mean valves

    • Depends on how many miles are on the bike the aeros need valve adjustments at 24k-25k..its in the owners manual

    • Idk about the aeros cuz I don't have one....lol

    • Lol..

    • I got a interstate battery and it was worth every penny

    • my old one was a 07, my hubbys old one was a 06 and it did not start well in cold at all. my new one is a 2014

    • https://www.facebook.com/cindy .gray1975.12/videos/vb.1472881 327/10203891983487977/?type=3& theater this video was taken april of 2014 at plus 3 celcius. the orange bike is my hubbys old shadow. the camera is on my helmet on my shadow.

    • https://www.facebook.com/cindy .gray1975.12/videos/vb.1472881 327/10212698269279618/?type=3& theater this video was 11 days ago. on my 2014 shadow. the temp that day was around -1 celcius and she fired up no problem. I keep my battery on a battery tender all winter. So that could be part of why she fires up. I also ride late into the fall. usally until the temps hit minus double digits or until the snow stays. so i run a thinner oil for colder weather riding. and then switch to thicker oil for spring and summer once it stays warm.