Hi TCL, the choke was in, we checked and it started right up after. It also happened several times and the hesitation was noticed even after we had ridden it. What is the recommended idle? Perhaps that is the problem. It was not a test drive at the dealer as we picked it up yesterday and trailered it home because of really bad weather . Today was the first day on it.Something was not set up properly on that bike. Was it a test drive at the dealer? I had to adjust the idle, clutch, everything after I got mine, even though the dealer has supposedly set it up right. Maybe the idle was too low or the choke was out and it flooded when you gave it the gas? If the idle on my Bonnie is too low, the bike will stall when I gas the engine in neutral. I would not let that experience turn you off, because that is not normal.