2009 Versys, bought new in 2010.
39,300 kms (24,500 mi)
Last week I could not start the bike. Failed to catch on first push of the starter then the starter just clicked on the next trys. No power, dead battery. Jump start from car worked, got the bike home.
Original battery, 4 years old now, so I bought a new OEM Yuasa battery, charged overnight and installed.
Since then, nearly every time I start the bike, it takes 2, 3, or 4 pushes on the starter for the bike to start. Each push of the starter generates cranking power, the battery seems to have plenty of juice (as it should).
The bike runs fine once it starts. No stall, nothing unusual. Since the new battery went in I have:
-gone for a 5 hour 300km ride, stopping once for lunch
-commuted to work twice (13kms each way)
-went for a short test ride today.
That was 6 cold starts, all of which required multiple pushes on the starter. When the bike is warm, it starts first push easily and immediately.
Canadian specs say Valve Check at 42,000 kms, which I am now closing in on. I read a ton of Valve Check threads here today, but that did not help with this question: Is hard starting a symptom of valves being tight?
Any other ideas?