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Old 07-08-2008, 05:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Starting technique? Tiger 885cc

Hi all, just got a 1995 tiger 885 and it seems a bitch to start from cold. Hardly tries to fire but after much cranking bursts into life! Is there a special technique? have played around with choke but no difference. Runs fine once started. Can anybody help?
Also, from about 70mph the front end seems to wag its head a little and doesn't clear above this speed. No obvious signs of out of balance wear on front tyre,(metzler tourance) anyone come across this before? Only had bike a few days so any thoughts would be appreciated. Rob.
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Rob,

Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy the company

Not sure about the bike, might just need a touch of throttle as well. Make sure the battery is well charged, clean / renew the spark plugs, balance the carbs, check the choke is actually working, etc.

Let us know how you get on.

p.s. - It's a thirteen year old bike, so it may just be acting like a typical teenager - hard to get going in the morning
Safe riding.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Be very careful cranking that bike too much...over cranking and wearing the battery down is a sure fire way to wreck the sprag clutch. Always keep the battery up...using a tender all the time is wise (well, other than while you're riding...the cord is a pain to keep plugged in while riding :-))

My 96 (and other bikes I've read about on the forums) fires immediately. Choke on, bang. It shouldn't require hardly any effort. So something isn't right. You may want to ask over on as well...or the Yahoo forums. Lots of great Steamer folks around that will offer advice.

How many miles on her?
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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starting problems

Hi all, thanks for the thoughts. I guess it's a case of starting from scratch and working my way through everything till I sort it. Just being lazy really! Will let you know what I find, cheers Rob.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The Tiger was the first fuel injected bike I bought, but had a KLE before.
I suggest a new battery for starters, then its could just be down to getting used to starting a carbed bike as they all have a certain technique.
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