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Tough starting

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Hey guys. I bought a 2010 848 with only 30 miles about a month ago. I've noticed that the bike doesn't crank up the easiest. It takes a few turn overs to crank up and during that process that starter sounds weak? Or maybe it's time for a new battery? Any suggestions?


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Crack the throttle open a bit when cranking. It helps get fuel past the throttle plates, which close completely on these.
 

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Closes completely? Wow! Did not know that. Okay. I'm thinking about replacing the battery soon anyways. I'll just feel better knowing my battery is brand new and reliable. And yeah, I noticed when I opened the throttle a little that it cranks up easier. I just thought with it being fuel-injected that that wouldn't be necessary. Guess not.


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The idle air comes through an ECU controlled valve that bypasses the butterflies, and the injectors are above them. So it's difficult to get enough fuel through to start quickly. Another alternative would be to hold the throttle open when switching the ignition on so the priming shot goes down into the intakes.
 
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