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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hard starting bird

I left East Coast enroute to Alaska. Had the bike 6000 mile service in Kennevich, Washington. Afterwards I noticed the bike becoming harder to start when cold. It has progressively gotten worse to the point that you have to roll in throttle for it to start it. It seems like it hits and starts on one cylinder then picks up the other one. I just changed the plugs and expected an improvement. Got nothing. Bike has 15K on it and is still under warranty until April.

Any help greatly appreciated, teebee

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Have you tried the 12 minute tune? You're experiencing temperature and elevation changes.
Good luck on your trip. I went to Pruduoe Bay in the Spring of 2010. The last 500miles north from Fairbanks was interesting - the Dalton Highway aka Ice Trucker's highway. It's 500 miles of two lane road; once past the Artic Circle it's gravel or mud for anther 250 miles. Cold Foot is a the only service area; the population there is less than 20 when everybody is home! Then it's 250 miles to Dead Horse (no service) with the 12% slope of Seguin Pass - highest in Alaska - in between. Managed to take a dip in the Artic Ocean - it was early May and the the ice was just breaking up. I was in my 3/4T Ram Diesel pickup; the only bikes we saw on the Dalton Highway were 2 BMWs - one was a Norwegian, and the other an Italian and his wife. We camped together a couple of times.
Have fun and fuel every chance you get! Watch for bear, carribou and bison on the highway.

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Correction - My wife just pointed out the Seguin (Texas) was a whole other adventure! The memorable pass in Alaska is the Antigun Pass in the Brooks range.

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Sorry, I should have been more specific, the post above points you in the right direction for a fuller explanation.
Basically the 12 minute tune adjusts your bike for current conditions and riding style. It does work and is a solution for several performance issues.
As the instructions say:
  1. Start your bike WITHOUT TOUCHING THE TROTTLE.
  2. Wait, don't touch anything, until the fan comes on - you will be able to hear it cycle on. If the ambient temperature is cold and the bike is cold as well, it may take what seem like a loooong time for the fan to come on - patience!
  3. Once the fan comes on let the engine continue to run for another 12 minutes (I wait a minute or so longer) again WITHOUGHT TOUCHING THE THROTTLE.
  4. Finally, just turn the bike off. You're good to go immediately after that.
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Thanks to all for advice.
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