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Old 11-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, just needing some advice or suggestions. have a 2002 volusia 800 turning over(new battery) starts and runs fine, but getting where it is taking spells won't start,try later fires right up, sure it's in the firing have cleaned run/off switch and start switches. Can smell gas when it takes the spell not to start so don't think fuel problem. any suggestion really would appreciate the help. The bike belings to my wife and I need to keep her HAPPY!!! Bobby
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Fresh spark plugs, and fuel additive. I've been using a bottle of this with every fuel up since the temperature outside has started to drop Gas Treatment by STP® | The Original STP® Fuel Additive with very good results. The bike starts almost as soon as i hit the starter (a major improvement) and is a lot less fussy about the cold. Even with snow here she fires right up. When things get cold out the ethanol in the gas soaks up water and settles out. Since it doesn't burn worth a **** it fouls the plugs (especially the rear, I don't know why).
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Some bikes are cold blooded generally the carb type. Gas on a stone cold bike doesn't always vaporize. Many have put out a match by dropping it in a small can full of gas. Don't do it as results can vary some.

On my older carb bike I give it full choke and a little cranking. If it doesn't start right away I go for a little walk and let the gas vaporize in the cylingers a little. It will generally start right up when I return from my walk around. If I wait on the bike I never seem to give it long enough.

On Fuel Injected bikes the injectors spray the fuel in a fine mist which allows for easier starting. Also regular gas it is easier to ignite regular gas than premium which has a high ignition temp to prevent pre-ignition from the compression within high compression vehicles. Use regular gas for easier starts in cold weather and the preferred gas regular unless you are experiencing pre-ignition or knock.
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Thanks for the replies, this was happening back in summer in 80 degree weather, even happens after riding 50-60 miles stopping to break then the bike throws a spell sorta wierd just puzzled any other suggestions are welcomed. Thanks again Bobby
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The Kill switch can cause this problem. It's what they call a self cleaning switch and operating it repeatedly can sometimes cure starting problems due to it's self cleaning action. But from your earlier post you seem to have eliminated this problem area.

Might be a loose or corroded connection somewhere in the electrical system as motorcycles are vibration machines. Try tightening or cleaning any easy to find connections. Of course with this shotgun approach you may never know if you fixed or what the problem is.

If you can easily do it pull the plugs and at the vey least look at the plugs. And while out replace them with as dfinitlydisturbd suggested as intermittently starting is an indicator of a defective plug.
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Thanks thinking about replacing kill switch and starting there, wont hurt to change plugs, but really thinking its a firing issue wouldn't think plugs would fire then not!!! Thanks Bobby
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I'd think fuel filter...
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