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Before you start your bike this spring...

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thanks for the heads up.
you do a great job,

much appreciated
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Very helpful and easy to do. Thank you.
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Years ago, I'd gotten a similar tip for doing an oil change and I used it for quite a while. The idea was the same - to crank the motor without actually starting it. You'd do it twice - once after draining the oil, to pump out as much of the old oil as possible, then again after re-filling with fresh oil to re-fill the filter and get the system up to pressure and flowing properly. This is the first time I'd heard of it as a first-start-of-the-season strategy - thanks!

PS: My 82 1100 and (I think - it's been over 20 years since I've had it) my 1991 1500 both would crank the motor with the kill switch off, but my 01 1800 would not. And, my 19 1800's kill switch *is* the starter button, so you couldn't even try that method. I did learn just now that the "full throttle" method indeed works on the 19's, with the following little quirk: the starter will crank the motor for about 5 seconds, then stop. If you let up on the switch and push it again, it'll crank for another 5 seconds, then stop again. I'll give it another try on the next oil change, just to see how much extra comes out.

PPS: I seem to remember that the "full throttle" method was used to start a flooded engine. I wonder if it's even possible to flood an injected motor?
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Good thing my old girl is 1) run fuel dry before winter storage, and 2) hates to start right away after a long winter slumber. She probably cranks 5-6x for five seconds each before finally firing. That just gets the fuel from the tank through the system to the cylinders. I still have to remove the airbox top and give it a healthy squirt of starter fluid before she lights off. Normally, only a small airbox fire ensues which so far I have been able to blow out before the bike explodes.

And, fwiw, she will crank with the kill switch activated.
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This is a great tip and one I have never heard of, that said I'm going to do this procedure when I go to start up my 1800 this year for the first time. Great tips and advice are reason's why I enjoy being a part of this group!!

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Well I did this first start of the year and it worked like a champ, in fact IMO, the engine started and sounded much smoother than it has in years. Easy and it is now my new spring starting procedure!!

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