Hello, I got my bike back last night, and rode around a bit. No major problems. The bike started reliably every time. I think I started it 4-5 times with the off times ranging from 5-20 minutes. Basically, I was riding around town picking things up. I shut the bike down last night, and put on the cover as snow was falling. This moring it was around 20 degrees F. I tried to start it, but the battery was pretty wimpy, and failed to turn over more than a few times. It was the old battery. I put in a new Westco Sealed battery, and tried to start it. Engine cranked over but would not start.
n, nuetral, clutch, full choke, no throttle, cutt off to RUN. Tried several times, about 5 seconds of cranking, followed by 10-20 second pauses, etc. It would "crack" with a sharp backfire a few times. Left for classes.
Came back to the bike. This time, I tried as above, but no choke, full throttle. Engine cranked, some dull popping. Worked throttle in and out. Dull popping. Throttle off, choke on, sharp backfires, but no start. left for classes
Came back. Removed spark plugs after calling the dealership. Sanded them a bit with wet/dry sandpaper as instructed by the dealer. Checked left rear plug, and found an orange spark with it against the side of the cylinder. Tried some attempts with choke, and some with various throttle positions and no choke. I tried starting the bike with my left eye shut, right eye shut, singing I think I can and every other possible thing I could think of. Nearby, a child cried after an especially loud crack.
4:30PM Dealer suggested that I check to make sure that choke cable was attached. It was. Tried one last time, and then called a towing service. Its going back for them to trouble shoot it.
I will say this, that Westco battery is awsome, cranking away all day with the temps under 35 the whole time. If you want a battery that cranks no matter what, I definatley recommend this battery.