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Hard starting with clutch engaged

Here in the cold winter months, if I try to start the V in the morning, with it in neutral, with the clutch engaged, it won't start. The fuel injection can't seem to give it enough oomph to overcome the clutch being engaged. At first I thought my throttle cable was sticking, but I don't think so. If I pull in the clutch, it fires up every time. I'm using synthetic Rotella 5w40, so the oil shouldn't be too thick in the cold. Anybody else have this problem? Well, it's not really a problem, just an adaptation to the cold. Thought I'd share.
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The fuel injection can't seem to give it enough oomph to overcome the clutch being engaged.
It's your battery that is weak.

Is your normal warmed up idle speed set to 1,300 rpm? What year is it, and is the battery ever kept charged when not in use for more than a couple weeks?

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Wouldn't have thought it would make any difference in neutral. I agree with invader probably a week battery
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Maybe I didn't explain myself adequately. It turns over just fine, just as fast as it does when it's warm, but as soon as it fires and I let off the starter, instead of staying running, it dies, like the throttle can't respond quick enough to give it enough gas to stay running. I figured with the clutch engaged, there's just that much more for the cold engine to spin around. The battery has held up surprisingly well, but I ride it daily. It's my main source of transportation, unless I have to cart some people around, or cargo.
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Why have the clutch engaged if your starting in neutral????????

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Clutch engaged, meaning clutch lever not pulled back. Standing next to the bike pushing the start button.
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That's why I asked you if your normal warmed up idle speed is set to 1,300 rpm, as recommended.

There is a slight dip shortly after it's started cold as it assumes fast idle speed. It is not done with the throttle cable, but rather by the servo operated subthrottle shaft cam pushing on the throttle cam's idle stop, as well as with increased ignition timing advance.
If idle speed is not set up to 1,300 rpm as specified, it may tend to stall.

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