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post #1 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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new 2009 klr doesn't like to start

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a new 2009 klr 650. The dealer started it and test rode before I picked it up. When I got there it started right up. Trailered the bike 3 hours home and it refused to start, cranked on it till battery was almost dead and it finally started. replaced the spark plug, bike sat a couple of days and same thing. Tried it again today still did not want to start. Once the engine is warm it starts easy. I checked the compression on a warm engine and am only getting about 40 psi. When it is idling you can hear a ticking noise in the motor.
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 04:55 PM
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Check the choke and the choke cable. Make sure it's actually choking the carb when you're trying to start it.

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Choke is working correctly. After doing some more reading it sounds more like it might be the KACR compression release. Anyone know if this is a problem on the 2009 read about several 08's.
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post #4 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 05:31 PM
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Mine was real hard to start the first time few times I rode it,almost killing the battery like you said yours did.Didn't do anything to it.After the first few rides and a 100 miles or so it pops right off now.Maybe you just need a few more miles on it.Had a great ride this afternoon,about 50 gravel miles along the scenic Little Sioux river.300 miles on the OD now.


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post #5 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 06:37 PM
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Mine did the same thing andI thought what's going on. I now have 1700 miles and it starts and runs great. The only thing I've changed is added a LEO Vince X3 pipe. I didn't add the pipe tll after break in but it was already running great.

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post #6 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 07:24 PM
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Hi vwh20, welcome to the forum. Looks like we have another Mountaineer.

A coupla thoughts on the hard starting.....the compression test will be hard to do with any accuracy, due to that KACR. A KACR holds an exhaust valve open when starting your engine. At the RPM's the engine would operate at to pull a compression test would not be valid, unless the KACR was disabled.

These engines come with a very lean set carburetor from the factory. this lean air / fuel mixture can be remedied by resetting the air / fuel mixture screw, allowing for easier starting. Without actually seeing, smelling and hearing what is going on on your end, anything else would be speculation on my part.

One thing you might try. Next time you try starting the engine cold, try hooking up jumper cables from a car battery to the bike. The car should not be running. See if it fires up easier with the jumper hookup. If it does, it may indicate a weak battery. It may crank the engine, and do so for a considerable period of time, and yet not have enough oomph to crank the engine fast enough to fire. Traditional battery testing would reveal the same thing, I suppose. An '09 bike could well have a three year old battery in it.

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 10:33 PM
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what is your starting procedure? ie choke, throttle, etc. sorry just checking

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post #8 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have tried about every position on the choke and the only way to get it to start is full choke with no throttle. Fully choked it will try to fire but only hits once each time I hit the starter button, if I give it throttle it will just backfire. After cranking on it till battery is almost dead it will finally start.
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post #9 of 18 Old 04-03-2011, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Tried the jumpercables this morning didn't help. I am going to try doing the 22cent mod and the fuel mixture screw this afternoon to see if that helps any.
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-03-2011, 07:46 AM
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u bought it new? bring it back to the dealer, let them deal with it
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