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New owner, another starting?

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  1. AUTUMNV97G8

    Just bought a 03 1100 classic with 18000 miles on it. I've read a ton of threads on stating issues but still have some questions. When I first try to start the bike it is either sluggish or takes a couple tries before it fires. Once it fires, I can ride it, shut it off and it will fire back up without hesitation. Every once in a while when I turn the bike off there is a loud clunk, but like I said it does not happen all the time. I do follow the starting procedure I found on here, but do not know what the p.o. did. This is my first V-star so I am not very familiar with the bike yet. Just trying to figure it out. Thanks for any help.

  2. quicgmicg

    Can you tell us a little more about the bike? Is it still all stock?

    Here is a link to the KB..specifically to the section talking about the clunk. Many times the TPS is just slightly out of adjustment. It's been my experience that even when things are properly adjusted, you may get the occasional clunk.

    We're here to help in any way we can...ask as many questions as you like. These 1100's are great bikes.

  3. AUTUMNV97G8

    It's completely stock, I've read about the issue on the KB and it (THE CLUNK) doesnt concern me as much as the sluggish starts since it doesn't happen all the time. Would the TPS cause the sluggish starts also.

  4. quicgmicg

    I don't think the TPS effects starting all that much.

    I'd start with a fresh set of the recommended NGK spark plugs that are properly gapped. Also, there are times when you just need to let it crank for a few seconds longer than usual. Synching the carbs may also help.

  5. AUTUMNV97G8

    I didn't think the tps would affect it either. The carbs were cleaned and synched 2 months ago by a small local shop that does amazing work, so I don't think that is the problem, but it could be. I do agree with you on the plugs, that was one of my first thoughts. Thanks for the help

  6. AUTUMNV97G8

    Well, for the hell of it I pulled the starter off today and found that the bolts were twisted. I lined everything back up like it should be, snugged up the bolts which were loose, and put it back on. Bike fires first try no hesitation, no strange noises, and no clunk. Going to have to check the two long bolts pretty often, they were not even finger tight. keeping my fingers crossed that this will solve the starting issues.

  7. quicgmicg

    It just might!


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