Cold start problem?

Simon White swhite at
Wed Mar 4 21:50:34 PST 2009

Hi Chris,

Not sure if this will help, but I've found that, particularly in cold weather, the bike (mine, at least) starts fastest using this method:
Turn on ignition (no choke)
Crank engine until it catches (usually only one or two revs)
Use throttle to keep revs up (slightly), while turning choke to about halfway
Release throttle - engine will keep running nicely, with a slight increase in revs as it warms.  Adjust choke down until no longer required.

I only discovered this method after about 3 years of ownership, but it works every time for me, even at or below freezing.  Prior to my "discovery" I had the same issue as yourself.

'95 GPz1100 - Big blue rhinoceros.
Melbourne, Australia
Never put off till tomorrow
what you can get someone else to do today.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "chris marquis" <marquis1968 at>
> To: gpz <gpzlist at>
> Subject: Cold start problem?
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 21:03:11 -0800 (PST)
> I have a 95 gpz 1100, low miles and runs very well ,i`ve noticed when it 
> about 45 degrees f  it has to crank over quite a bit before it even thinks of 
> firing , even when fully choked . a friend of mine that had a ltd 1000 says 
> that it was common with his also,once it finds about three or four 
> cylinders it starts and warms up a couple minutes  it runs fine   ,my thought 
> is is` jetted for warmer weather   at about 55 and up it starts great        
> with the choke fully on that is      i try not to ride it on days that cold 
> anyway ,but sometimes you gotta an man i hate cranking on a starter like 
> that                 thanks  chris

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