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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Starting problem

I have had my 2011 103" FLTRX for 2.5 weeks now and today for the second time in two days it acted like it did not want to start. I would hit the start button and it would just crank and I let off around 5 seconds, this was repeated until it started about 4 seconds into the third try. It has at least 1 gallon of gas in it and temp is mid 70’s. Unfortunately I only have 500 miles on it so far between the job and two side businesses just don’t get a lot of riding in.
I did manufacture a bracket for my adjustable back rest since there needed to be a third tie down point. The bracket is bolted to the frame and sits under the two bolts that hold down the electronics package that sits on top of the battery. Is there any way that that raising the rear mounting point of the electronics 3/16” could have caused this?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 02:28 PM
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Sounds like maybe a battery issue.
Try putting a trickle charge on the battery and see if that helps.



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I agree with admin. Something definitely amiss. If you do not ride often/far then you are probably draining your battery and not getting good amperage when you want to crank.
That being said, it is still under warranty and there is no reason for a stock 2011 bike to be as hard to crank as you describe, so you could just take it to the dealer and let them figure it out.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
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check the battery connections
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Hard to Start

It takes 4-5 seconds to start mine when its cold even if the ambient temp is 80 degrees.When its hot or even warm fires right up . I talked to the dealer and they said thats normal. But my 09 always fired right up. I think there is something letting the fuel pressure drop after sitting for a while. Im going to do alittle more research before going back to the dealer.


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Thanks for the input I will check the battery and connections, not ready to take it to a steeler yet.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-09-2011, 08:40 AM
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Id have the fuel pressure checked. I had a bad fuel filter housing, which allows the fuel to bypass at the o-ring on the fuel filter cap, causing a loss of fuel pressure. This occurred under high rpm's, however, it could also allow the fuel filter to drain after sitting.


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Do you wait till the sound of the fuel pump stops after you hit the run switch before you crank the bike? Try starting the bike before the sound of the fuel pump stops.
My bike cranks seems like forever if I left the fuel pump sound stop before I hit the start button.
Jamie at Fuel Moto gave me this piece of advice. Havent had a problem starting the bike since.

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