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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Slow to turnover on starting

Just a "does yours do this" question

Mine turns over rather slowly before starting - sometimes feels like it wont make it!

The bike is 1 year and 1000 miles old and battery is showing green on the trickle charger.

Trying to work out if mine is significantly worse and I need to check the battery and earth terminals are tight

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 02:09 PM
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Can you shoot a video of it?

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My take is on a cold start your symptom sounds not super normal unless the ambient temp is really low with 15/50w oil. In a situation I.e. during a ride from a stop light and you stall this sounds normal as the motor is hot. This happened to me on a couple of occasions. My charging system, etc. is fine as well.


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Ambient temperature here is 3-5 degrees C at present.

It is also dark here from about 4pm now so I will try to take & post a video - but it may be at the limit of my tech ability

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I have noticed this slow starting behavior almost since new, even though every time I start my 2014 the ambient temperature is at least 55°F or higher. I also keep the battery at what the Battery Tender considers "full charge" (green lamp after a few minutes).

I purchased the bike new in April 2014 and it is on its original battery, with about 3900 miles on it.
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How long between starts?

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What's your battery voltage ? Check what you have at the starter, you really need 12 v at the post.

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Might want to do more that just check the voltage, load test might be more informative.

Also, check grounds, a typical Ducati thing but the 1200's ground is a little better nestled away.

Mine turns over pretty well cold (particularly compared to my Ducatis in the past).
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Mines (1200R) been struggling a bit now the weather in UK has got cold, even though the bike is stored in the garage.

It's not so much the turning over, more the initial cold running - need to hold the throttle once it's caught as it runs 'a bit rough' and won't keep going until a bit warmer without me helping it. After about 20-30 seconds, all's Ok.

I'm on the official Ducati battery conditioner as well and voltages / charging is all fine. Just doesn't like the cold - never been an issue since I had it from April.
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How long between starts?
Assuming that question was for me, I'd say I average one start per week during warm weather months. I have seven other bikes and ride them all on a more-or-less regular basis.

But I never take any of them out for less than about 60 miles at a time. Also, should one of the bikes sit for more than a couple of weeks, I hook up the Battery Tender until the light switches to green.
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