Slow/Hard Cranking - Good Battery
I bought my 2006 KLR with 610 miles on the clock. It had been sitting for 2 years so the carburator was clogged and the battery was weak. I cleaned the carb and replaced the battery with a high performance Yuasa AGM type. I have never had enough power to start the bike in gear because the clutch drags a bit when cold. I just start the bike in neutral, let it warm up, put it in gear and go. I have noticed that the battery doesn't get an adequate charge from the charging system to keep things topped of - so I thought. I have been keeping the bike plugged into a battery tender plus so the battery stays full up. Today, I tried to start the bike in neutral, etc. and it acted like I had a really weak battery. My first thought was that the tender was bad, but I checked the power on the battery and even after a bunch of cranking, it still had 12.7 volts. It seems that my battery isn't the issue. When I was riding the other day, I stalled the bike on a hill and it wouldn't turn over fast enough to start. I pushed the bike a while and tried again and it fired right up! I'm beginning to wonder if I have a compression release issue or a bad starter or something else. The starter is pretty new (1200 miles) and clean. I have ridden through a bit of water, but wasn't this bike designed for that?