Trouble starting

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Trouble starting

Bike: Honda CB500s
Age: 14 Months

Basically when I get on this in the morning if it does not start on the first turn over I know it is not going to start until I have flattened the battery and then jumped it from the car. I have a Optimate III and this has confirmed that the battery is holding it's charge.

It only does it in the morning, in the evenings after work it is fine. I leave it out overnight but it does have a cover on it.

It had a service at Lloyd Cooper's on Sat. and they could not find anything. Is there something I can do to improve the starting capability... do these things have electronic ignition - can I fit a capacitive discharge unit??

Any help (except by a Yamaha!) will be greatly received and rewarded with a pint (or two!)

Cheers

Nobby

Nobby,I had a problem like that years ago with one of my c@rs, plagued me for months, it turned out to be the choke. It may be an idea to check that the choke is closing properly. Just a thought.Cheers,Creaky

Try testing your Reg/Rec always a problem on HondasIf you ride with your lights on. At the BattreySwitch ig on should read 12 volts or there aboutsStart engineand switch lights on at 4000revs charging should read around 13/14.05 volts if it is under your Reg/Rec is F--ked.If you ride without the lights on should not happen as you are not taking any power out the Battery.Let me knoe how you get on.[email]terranova07@ntlworld.com[/email]:burnout:

Nobby,Dont understans what you mean, It cranking and not catching and eventually the bat dies or not cranking more then a few turns??KEv

My wild-arsed guess is that if it doesn't start first time, you're flooding it. When you start from cold, do you hold the throttle open as well as put the choke on? If so, try starting it with the throttle closed, only opening it when it fires.The other thing is to ask Lloyd Cooper (who are A1 helpful guys) to demo how THEY start it, if they can't find a problem!

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My wild-arsed guess is that if it doesn't start first time, you're flooding it. When you start from cold, do you hold the throttle open as well as put the choke on? If so, try starting it with the throttle closed, only opening it when it fires.

I had thought about this.... I have tried both open & closed (on different days) to no avail...

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The other thing is to ask Lloyd Cooper (who are A1 helpful guys) to demo how THEY start it, if they can't find a problem!

They haven't had it overnight yet.. it only does it in the morning when it is cold... not at night!Thanks for the answer though... New spark plugs are going in tonight.. along with a thorough clean and spray of WD40 of all things electrical!Nobby

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