Hard Starting

Ped pedmail at dbmail.dk
Sat Jul 5 17:38:48 PDT 2008

Hi Jeff,

Have you tried to set the petcock to 'Prime' for a few seconds before 
cranking the engine? If it's very hot some of the gas in the carbs might 
have vapoured, leaving the float level too low. Another reason could be 
that your ignition switch is faulty. When you eventually get it started, 
is it after having turned the ignition swith OFF and then ON again - 
maybe repeatedly? I did my ignition switch last year and haven't had any 
starting problems after that.

'96 "Black Stealth" GPZ

Jeffrey Markham skrev:
> Lately as the weather has been warming up my GPZ has become very difficult to start. This only occurs after riding it for a while, then stopping for a few minutes to an hour and then trying to start it back up while the engine is still warm. This occured last weekend when my wife and I took our bikes to Orcas Island, WA and I almost didn't get it started up in time to exit the ferry without blocking traffic. Not fun. I figured out that if I dial the idle speed way down it will start, after which I immediately bring it back up to 1250rpm. Any ideas? Mine is a CA bike with the emissions equipment properly (I think) removed.
> By the way, if you're looking for a very twisty mountain road to ride, the road to Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island is amazing. Very steep with many 1st gear corners. Quite challenging. http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=48.662453,-122.836761&spn=0.03906,0.074844&z=14
> Jeff from Washington

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