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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2016, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Slow starter (4-5 seconds) to crank

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I've had my 2004 Vulcan 750 for a few years and just installed new stator and coil. I bought a new Duracell battery (220 CCA) from Batteries plus. Now, I know we Vulcan owners have always had "hot" start problems. The bike charging system runs good and I even had the dealer check and said it's charging ok but it seems like the starter turns slow when starting the bike cold or hot.

If I try to start the bike in the morning, I have to push the starter button in for 4-5 seconds sometimes till it actually starts the bike. I have checked he grounds , the battery terminals and starter connection and they are spotless.

Is that Normal ? My friend has a Kawasaki Ninja 650 and it seems like he hits the start for less than 1 second and it starts!

Thanks for any feedback
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2016, 09:22 PM
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Might be the starter itself try cleaning the contacts in the switch or check the one way gear for the starter or the relay
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When starting cold, are you using the choke?

On good days my VN will start first or second rotation.

If it seems really slow it could just need a rebuild (the starter motor)

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Thanks for the reply guys....Yes, I do use the choke in the morning. I know where the starter is but if there's a relay I can check, where is it located?
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now, question... you say 4-5 seconds for it to crank.. do you mean it takes 4-5 seconds before the starter starts spinning the engine, or 4-5 seconds before the engine fires up and runs?

4-5 seconds of engine spinning before it fires is not too bad actually. your friends ninja might be fuel injected, which will typically start quicker than an engine with carbs (ours)

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Thanks for all the feedback guys.....You are correct! His is a fuel injected bike and mine is carb and as far as starting, I meant it takes 4-5 seconds of keeping the starter button pushed in before the engine fires up, so maybe that's just the way the vulcan starter system is. Just seems like it has a very slow starter!
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Thanks for all the feedback guys.....You are correct! His is a fuel injected bike and mine is carb and as far as starting, I meant it takes 4-5 seconds of keeping the starter button pushed in before the engine fires up, so maybe that's just the way the vulcan starter system is. Just seems like it has a very slow starter!
It should still turn the engine as fast as the starter on your friends bike. If it sounds real slow, the starter may be on it's way out. I doubt it'd be related to the relay since it's actually turning.

The starter relay is under the right hand side cover, just follow the big positive battery cable.

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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agree, if its slow spinning the engine, it can very easily take longer to get going.

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