+1 for the hard start issue... usually when mine does this, I just wait about 5 or 10 mins (sometimes even less) and it fires like normal.
Also I want to say the tank holds 3.5 gals when dry... around 1/2 gal left it would need to have the petcock on reserve to pick up fuel.. Possible problem with rotted petcock screen(s).
Also you may have a battery problem.. these bikes are VERY picky on battery condition... they also tend to HATE normal wet lead acid batteries, and prefer the AGM type lead acids.. also, AGM batteries are less suspect to sudden failure due to vibrations and such that kill normal wet cells.
Starter dragging... well, on MY bike, it seems to drag if I try to start it in gear with clutch fully pulled.. in neutral its cranks it heart out. I am certain mine is a combination of the oil on the clutch (our clutches are wet), and a warped clutch disk or 2, not allowing complete and total disconnection... I just make sure I am in neutral before I try to start it.
Last edited by michiganteddybear; 07-14-2013 at 10:59 AM.