When i start my 2002 R1 engine, it takes 2 or 3 sec. to start. I need to turn the trottle a bit, if i need to start it faster. Is it the same for yours ? Is it normal ? I thinked, with FI, supposed to be better...
Well I was thinking about asking that myself.
My bike doesnt start as quickly as my friends FI Harley!
Seems like it takes a bit before the revs pick up enough to keep the engine going sometimes as well. I have taken to giving it gas right after it catches for a second to ensure it doesnt stall after starting...
I don't have that problem at all. Mine starts right up. Make sure that you wait for the fuel injection to adjust before you start it. It is that high pitch sound that you hear when you turn the key and have the kill switch on.
You shouldn't have to turn the throttle to start an EFI bike. Most bikes that have EFI have them programmed to run rich to ease starting (no choke lever required). I haven't got my R1 yet, picking it up the first week of May, so I can't comment on how my R1 starts.
I believe that the pressurizing is tied to the kill switch. I totally agree that you need to wait until the fuel pump shuts off, just want everyone to be aware if you leave your kill switch off the pump won't pressurize until you turn it on.
As for my bike I have never had to give it any throttle to make it start, and it starts in less than 1 sec. You might want to double check that your idle setting isn't to low, that is of course if Liter Boy's suggestion doesn't work.
OK, here's what my dealer told me to do for a cold start, and it's worked every time. Turn the ignition on, and wait for the pump to stop whirring. Hit the starter for a second or two, then let off. Wait a second, then turn it over again. It should start up almost immediately, run a little rough for a second, then all's well.
Someone told me that this is all due to the vacuum FI system, and though it's fractionally more work to start than my 929, the R1's throttle response makes it more than worth it.
mine cranks a few times
starts and dies
then i hit the starter again and it goes..
i think it would work everytime if done
like BRBJackson describes...
fk it...as long as it goes...
my jeep does almost the same thing...
something about having the ignition disabled until
there is oil pressure...not sure if thats true...so it always cranks and cranks
but always starts...
My '02 does the same thing, so did my '00. I live in a colder climate and they say the R1 takes a lot of juice to get everything started and warmed up. Who needs to get on their bike and go that quick. Patience is a virtue... especially when riding a 1000cc bike!
I know what you mean. It is such a pain. My thumb gets tired and I almost waste 3 seconds out of my day trying to start it twice. Mabey we need to put remote starters on our bike, that way we can get all of those "pre starts" done before we get to the bike!
I'm probably just going to go the easy route and put a kickstarter on mine!:thumbup
I have no problem with mine. You have to wait for few seconds until the EMS(Engine Management Sysytem)checks everthing it will only take less than 2 seconds. Yesterday my friend start the my bike with a little twist on the throttle i didn't start. So the EFI does work.:no