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Old Today, 04:48 AM   #1
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Starting my 950 ADV

Sometime it starts right up smooth as cutting warm butter. Sometimes it goes clank clank click clic clank like an old sherman tank trying to start. Typically, I give it one twist of the throttle to get some gas moving then push the starter button and twist again...

Am I just doing something wrong?
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Old Today, 04:56 AM   #2
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It could be the battery.Mine would do that even when it showed 12.5 volts at rest. Put a meter on it and see what the voltage reading is when you press the starter. Mine would drop to 6V.
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Old Today, 05:57 AM   #3
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My 950 starts first push when it's cold but can be a little more reluctant once she is warm.
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Old Today, 07:11 AM   #4
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Try this Ross.

Full choke when cold. As the rpm's pic up introduce a little throttle and back off the choke.

Warm restart. 1/4 choke as rpm's pic up let the choke off.

You also may want to set your idle adjuster 1/4 to half turn higher when starting then dial it back after engine comes to temp.
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Old Today, 12:13 PM   #5
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Try not touching the throttle, 1/2 to 3/4 choke and hit the button for short bursts. Twisting the throttle isn't moving any gas. There are CV carbs.

Mine sometimes starts like crap, just as you described, but my bike has the amazing self-adjusting fuel screw syndrome and that usually means I need to pop the carbs off and re-check them.

When it's warm a touch of the button and she's running.
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Old Today, 01:34 PM   #6
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Starter solenoid

Mine made that kinda sound. It was a recall.
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