My old 696 and my 1100 Evo have always been slow crankers, especially in the cold. I switched to Rotella T6 which has a low cold viscosity and it didn't really help. I switched to a lithium battery and nothing changed. The evo's starter did eventually die and I replaced it, but right now it still cranks slow when it's cold. And by cold, I mean 50 degrees F. In fact, one 50 degree day, it wouldn't start at all. It just kept clicking as I held in the starter button, which doesn't sound like a starter relay because it usually only clicks once when the battery is too weak. I couldn't really home in on where the clicking was coming from. It was almost as if the starter had seized. I kept trying and after about 5 minutes it cranked up, and I had to rev the bike up to keep it on. Once it warmed up, I had no problem.
I think the starting system just isn't designed strong enough to turn these motors quickly and strongly enough, either at the power source or at the starter. This is the only gripe I have about this bike. Every other problem I've had, I can deal with.
Last edited by 1UglyBastard; 01-06-2017 at 05:03 PM.