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Starting a 2015, 650LT from cold?

Hi all, I have only had the bike a couple of days and I have noticed that it takes a few seconds (2 or 3) on the starter button before the beast fires up in the mornings. Is this normal?

I ride a BMW R1200RT in the UK and it starts pretty much instantly. The dealer had to mess about with the fuel pump when I fist picked the bike up (new). I have discovered that he did not replace the entire fuel pump unit but replaced the electric motor only. (it was robbed from another bike)

A replacement is on order but I am wondering if the fuel pressure is a bit low and thus the extended cranking to get it started in the mornings?

Any thoughts?

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Are you waiting for the fuel pump to cycle... You hear the whirring noise when you turn on the key, When its done then crank it . Also your Idle rpm's might be low mine was on both my Versys 650 & 1000 its makes it harder to crank whens it too low. Both my bikes came set from the dealer at 1000 rpm.

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As Joe said, first key on pressurizes the fuel injectors, 1350 to 1400 RPM after warmed up, you should get fast idle for about 3 to 5 minutes, then drop to 1350 to 1400 RPM, all my Versys ( 07 & 2015) start in about 2 seconds tops.If this isn't the case, have a look at the left side of the bike by the connection to the fuel pump, make sure both TPS and sub throttle sensor are plugged in, when I completed my wiring I had run the bike before on my extension gas line, to get the extension line off the throttle body I disconnected my top sensor to make easier access, forgot to plug it back in, took about 5 to 10 seconds of cranking to start and no fast idle, knew right away something was wrong, just plug it in.
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Cheers guys, I guess mine may be ok as it cranks for about 2 seconds, maybe 3 maximum. Runs fine once started. The idle speed is only just over 1000rpm so it may need increasing. I shall try to find the adjuster screw.

I shall check all connections just in case.
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Cheers guys, I guess mine may be ok as it cranks for about 2 seconds, maybe 3 maximum. Runs fine once started. The idle speed is only just over 1000rpm so it may need increasing. I shall try to find the adjuster screw.

I shall check all connections just in case.
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You should get a fast idle on starting ( about 1650 RPM), about 300 RPM above warm idle, warm idle should be 1350 RPM minimum, as below 1300 RPM the stator will not keep up with base electrical load once everything is hot.
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Great stuff... much appreciated. Heading over to the Hill Country on Wed. to find some corners (and probably thunderstorms!).

Relieved that the bike is not malfunctioning.
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Cheers guys, I guess mine may be ok as it cranks for about 2 seconds, maybe 3 maximum. Runs fine once started. The idle speed is only just over 1000rpm so it may need increasing. I shall try to find the adjuster screw.
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The adjusting 'screw' is fairly large, coming out of the injectors on the RIGHT side of the bike, accessible from the riding position (STOPPED, of course!). My Vs start almost as soon as the starter turns the engine over.

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Thanks to all... it is hard to believe that such a simple adjustment can make such a huge difference. I have increased the tickover to just under 1400 rpm (hard to be exact) and it starts "on the button" now! The gear change has also improved and the snatchiness at low speed has also disappeared! Bloody wonderful!

I am amazed that the dealer did not adjust it before I bought it!
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John - here's a piece of VG advice: READ your OWNERS MANUAL, because there's a HUGE amount of good stuff in it.

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