Originally Posted by Grider Pirate
First, just replace the battery. Four years - Boston. You probably don't ride year round. Even if the battery is on a battery tender during periods of inaction, four years is still a long time on a battery. Low voltage on the battery side will make the starter draw higher amperage to turn the engine.
Yeah, good first move I think to replace battery.
The bike is daily driver when I bring it out inthe spring.
It has only smoked once recently in the entire time the starter has been rebuilt. Not sure if it is a bosch or valeo.
It was rebuilt by a company that was in business for 40 years then went out of business a year after it got rebuilt............. hmmmm
I reinstalled it myself. What a huge PIA it was getting it in an out of the top of the motor. I bascically had to make a "custom" wrench to get it out.
it usually is tough to start as a rule, but the time it smoked, it just cranked and cranked and didn't catch.
After that incident, It started more easily. My BMW mechanic mentioned that it was weak and maybe time to rebuild, or maybe it was a loose connection.