Another Cold Hard Start...

RonH

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I still would try a battery first. My 2017 has already needed a battery that cured my intermittent hard start as I figured it would because at 3yr old my 2012 battery was also weak causing a hard start. It takes the entire 210cca to start this motorcycle unlike many other motorcycles. I think my goldwing would start with 50cca, but not the super tenere.
 

RonH

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Stalls it doesn't cause. Maybe I misunderstand the problem you are having. If stalling after start, that is no way a battery problem. The problem I have had, and discussed in detail for several years are mostly go out to start cold, the motorcycle fails to start, sometimes can be started with full throttle, sometimes not. Can be a real bear to ever get running if full throttle unsucessful. What happens is the battery, although not too bad, is just weak enough where the motorcycle does not start and floods, then starting gets iffy from there.
So if stalling ect after start, another story. If hard to get started sometimes cold, get a battery and most likely problem will be gone.
 

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An update. I’m now at 36k miles and experienced another stall; this is the fifth or sixth stall since I’ve owned the bike. Also, the bike is now at the point where I twist the throttle ever so slightly for a quick start; warm very slight but cold significantly more. Still no check engine light or fault code...

Did a deep dive into shop manual, which I used to see if I could find any diagnostic codes, and found reference to poor engine performance and no codes, see picture. Since the bike is requiring some throttle to start I now feel I’m at the point where the problem is consistent enough to troubleshoot.

My plan of action, once I complete a medical procedure next week.

Take bike to dealer and use Yamaha diagnostic tool to determine if any fault codes exist. If so, address.
Next, use diagnostic tool to check throttle position sensors and adjust to midrange value if not already.
Do same for acceleration position sensors.
The manual specifically identifies these sensors along with coils and fuel injectors. Since the bike runs fine the rest of the time and spark plugs look great I really doubt a problem exists with a coil or injector.

Comments? Anyone have experience with these two types of sensors, four in total?
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Very difficult hard start today.
2018 ES one year since new 22,000 km or about 15,000 miles.
Bike was stored in a semi heated shop, full of 91 octane gas with fuel stabilizer and ran for a good half hour before the bike was put away in mid November.
Started the bike on March 12th, a little hesitant, but no problem.
I've been riding about five times this season without any issues. Bike now at home in my garage.
Now, today, about 8 C or 42 F I tried to start the bike, but it cranked ok, but very weak firing, no gas smell either.
After four attempts, I plugged the battery tender in and let the starter motor cool and looked in my Yammy manual for any help.
As many of you, like us up here in Canada the dealerships are closed. So no answers there. Always 91 octane, bike was almost full of gas.
After about 15 minutes a final attempt at a start was successful. Then went riding for the afternoon along with five starts with no issues.
WTF??
Any comments or suggestions or assistance would be greatly appreciated
SHUMBA

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Nikolajsen

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Pretty sure is was due to a battery with too less cranking power.
Maybe the previus trip was to short to fully charge it.
I would change the battery
 

old1959

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Clarification on my stalls. The stalls are random; extremely random and lately have been occurring after sitting at a light for a minute or two. When I twist throttle to accelerate, engine stalls.

Regarding hard starts, bike turns over fine and always starts but requires a twist of the throttle. A little when warm and more when cold. All this leads me to question the throttle and accelerator sensors. More to come once I can get the bike to the dealer and tied into their diagnosis tool.
 

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Clarification on my stalls. The stalls are random; extremely random and lately have been occurring after sitting at a light for a minute or two. When I twist throttle to accelerate, engine stalls.

Regarding hard starts, bike turns over fine and always starts but requires a twist of the throttle. A little when warm and more when cold. All this leads me to question the throttle and accelerator sensors. More to come once I can get the bike to the dealer and tied into their diagnosis tool.
what year is your Tenere, if it’s a 12 or 13 have you had the wiring recall done ?
 

SHUMBA

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Clarification on my stalls. The stalls are random; extremely random and lately have been occurring after sitting at a light for a minute or two. When I twist throttle to accelerate, engine stalls.

Regarding hard starts, bike turns over fine and always starts but requires a twist of the throttle. A little when warm and more when cold. All this leads me to question the throttle and accelerator sensors. More to come once I can get the bike to the dealer and tied into their diagnosis tool.
Okay thanks please let me know what your dealership has to say
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