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I have had this issue for several years on my 2010 Monster 696. If it is cold out, below 40F or so, and it's been sitting for a while, the bike won't start on the first push of the start button. The engine starts to turn for a second, then it dies and the dash gets scrambled then blank. Then on the next push of the start button, it starts up every time. It's annoying because it resets my clock every time. I always have it on a battery tender. I even replaced the battery and still does the same thing. Talked to my Ducati dealer and they never heard of the issue. Maybe my starter is drawing too much current when cold and that initial start for 1 second loosens it up a bit?
 

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I have a 2014 Monster 796, and have had the same issue for the entire time I've had it as well. I went as far as putting in a new Shorai lithium battery and changing the starter cables with a thicker gauge...still happens. I've chalked it up to being one of the unfortunately temperamental quirks of my Italian sexy beast haha. The colder she is, the more times I have to keep trying to wake her up. Sorry I have no fix, but hopefully you won't go and invest in those changes expecting them to fix the startup problem.
 

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A weird thing you can try for your issue.


Before hitting the start button turn your key to on, turn on your brights and let them sit for 2 minutes.

That draw will warm up your battery and allow the magic bits to hit your starter with a lot more amperage.

Be wise about doing this if your battery is old and might drain down first.
 

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A weird thing you can try for your issue. Before hitting the start button turn your key to on, turn on your brights and let them sit for 2 minutes. That draw will warm up your battery and allow the magic bits to hit your starter with a lot more amperage. Be wise about doing this if your battery is old and might drain down first.
I tried your "weird" idea and it worked! I only tried it once though, but will test it a few more times. I left the brights on for just 30sec.
 

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I'm old and full of useless knowledge.
 

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Update. I had my bike remapped with a Rexxer tune and the cold starting problem went away. It now starts fine when cold. Dash does not go dead anymore on first push of the start button. I did do the O2 sensor delete option. Maybe that has something to do with it?
 

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I've got at '11 796 and also have this "issue" Usually only the first 1-2 starts of the year; I'll give Mike's HL trick a try next time. Experience wins again!
 

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Update. I had my bike remapped with a Rexxer tune and the cold starting problem went away. It now starts fine when cold. Dash does not go dead anymore on first push of the start button. I did do the O2 sensor delete option. Maybe that has something to do with it?
Update, the Rexxer tune did not fix my issue with the dash dying afterall, still does it when it's cold out or the bike has been sitting a while. I assume the starter may be drawing a lot of amps from the battery. When it's cold or has been sitting a while, the battery is low and therefore may not have enough power at first to keep the voltage high enough from killing power to the dash. I have a new battery too. I also keep it on a trickle charger, which helps, but if below 40F or so, it will die everytime. But always starts on the second try. Just annoying to lose my clock settings everytime!
 

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Every time I’ve had a similar issue it has turned out to be a bad battery. Having the battery on a maintenance charger masked the fact that it was no good. Even though it took a charge, and checked over 12v. I used a load tester on the battery which disclosed it no longer had the amps needed.
 

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Every time I’ve had a similar issue it has turned out to be a bad battery. Having the battery on a maintenance charger masked the fact that it was no good. Even though it took a charge, and checked over 12v. I used a load tester on the battery which disclosed it no longer had the amps needed.
That's what I thought but the new battery had no effect.
 

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Most Ducatis have at least 2 ground points to the frame, or 3 counting the ecu ground. I would remove all 3 and clean to bare metal and lube them. I convert to a single point ground while doing this. Make a jumper wire from each ground point on the bike and feed it back to the main battery ground at the frame. The ecu ground on my S4RS is grounded to plastic , apparently depending on the bolt to ground to the frame.
Also check the voltage at the starter post. That may tell you if the problem is the solenoid.
Does your bike have a 12v tap between the battery and solenoid to feed the rest of the
bike ? Check voltage there too.
I unplugged every connector on my bike when I had a no start with crazy dash problem. I cleaned and lubed them all and made sure every connector was pushed together from both sides. My problem turned out to be the factory attached the wiring harness to the frame with the zip ties too close to connectors.My main fuse wire’s we’re pulling slightly out of the connector. I had a a crazy dash, or no dash at all, and no crank.
 
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