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Thumper74
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 06:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

HELP!

I recently bought this bike at a local dealer, when I got it, it fired up great and ran perfect. I let it sit for a month because of cold weather and now she won't start. BUT, if I just lightly crack the throttle when cranking, it'll fire right up. So a buddy of mine 'adjusted' the throttle cables... But my concern is that the throttle won't snap shut anymore. It stays where you move it like a throttle miser.

Details, 2005 xb12s with 197 miles! I've only ridden this new bike once and I'm pretty frustrated. Are there any recalls or any info I should be aware of?
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Reepicheep
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 09:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Adjust the throttle cables as per the service manual, and they will snap shut again.

Starting could have been fouled plugs, especially if you ran it for short intervals in cold weather (like under a minute).

I would adjust the throttles as per the service manual, and replace the spark plugs (which is kind of tedious). You could also just try getting it running with the current plugs, then take it for a long ride to get it good and hot and see if they clear themselves.
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Thumper74
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Nope, never run for under a minute. Whenever I start it, it runs for a few to get the oil circulating and all that fun stuff.

I hate to be a pest, but are there any online instructions for cable adjustment while I wait (impatiently) for a service manual?
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Reepicheep
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 09:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Nothing official online. It would be up to others if somebody wants to shoot you a copy of the instructions. It's a copyright violation relative to the letter of the law, but it's to get a bike down back on the road for somebody who presumably tried to get a manual from their local dealer that they were not stocking. So in the spirit of the law, if it were my content, Id give them a copy of the page.

We can't post it here though. We keep the HD lawyers busy enough as it is : )

The other thing you could consider in addition to adjusting the cables and changing plugs is to reset the TPS. The dealer will have to do this with a special tool, but it should be cheap and fast. Given the circumstances, I would think they ought to be willing to do it for you free, but if I were in business I would have gone out of business a long time ago.

If this were a good friends bike and they asked me to fix it, I would adjust the throttle cables per the manual, pump out as much of the existing gas as possible and top back up with fresh gas, put in new plugs, adjust the idle, ride it up to the dealer and give them $20 to reset the TPS. Perhaps change the oil and tranny fluid as well. It would be a good bonding experience with the bike.
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Court
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Thumper:

send me your year and model and I'll scan and post the throttle adjustment procedure.

There is no violation of IP provisions for me to allow you to see it.

Court
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