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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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cold starts easy,starts hard when warm??

I can let the bike sit all night walk out in the morning hit the throttle twice push the button and it fires right up and idles perfect no choke..now once it has warmed up I can ride it to the store,3/4 of a mile away go ingrab a drink and when I come back out i have to choke it and hold the throttle wide open to get it to start....any idea what would cause this? thanks
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Most hot start issues are due to a weak battery. Do you have an AGM maintenance free battery in there?

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no i dont have an AGM battery yet..definately my next investment..that and the ear shave..lol
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What's the idle line when it's hot before you shut her off? A little high maybe?
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Also could be the pickup coils need to be re-gapped.

Made a world of difference on mine.

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i believe it is around 1000rpm's
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Getting an AGM maintenence free battery is a good idea for the Vulcan 750.

If you want to do a few less expensive (and helpful) things, here are a few:

Replace the stock spark plugs with iridium plugs. Part#: NGK DPR7EIX-9
Iridium plugs provide a more concentrated spark for more energy delivered to the air/fuel mix. Pow!

Run the air/fuel mixture screws all the way in until they seat (gently). Then run them out to 2-1/2 turns.
This is regarded by most as a good starting point for the correct air/fuel mixture.

Clean and grease (dialectric) the batt(-) ground connection to the frame. Clean the batt(-) connection to the engine. Clean and grease the batt(+) connection to the starter motor in the front of the bike.
Clean and grease the stator wire bullet connections, and all R/R connectors.
This will help with good and nicely regulated charging.

Re-gap the ignition coil pick-ups to have a .020” clearance.
This mod will provide a more certain trigger to the ignition module. It theoretically advances the spark slightly, though probably negligible.

Run 3 oz. of Seafoam in a fresh tank of gas about every fourth tank.
This helps keeps those itsy-bitsy idle jet orifices clean.

These are inexpensive things you can do, and they all help the bike start and charge reliably.

Good luck.

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