My 01 1150GS has been fairly hard to start for as long as I've had it. It often took more than three attempts to get it to tick over and not die - and always required a little throttle for a bit to keep it going. "Come look at my nice fancy bike. Come see how long it takes me to get it running..." I always had to use the fast idle lever at the highest position whatever the ambient temperature was. Once warmed, it was fine.
Yesterday I did two things to the bike. This morning, one press on the starter button and the bike was up and running. As well as being easy to start, it seemed to running smoother. I am *very* pleased.
What I did:
1. installed Champion RC9YC plugs gapped to 1 mm. I went to a local Napa store intending to get either the Champion or the Autolite plugs. They had the Champions in stock - total cost $2.90.
2. water torture. The bike has a mild oil consumption problem. It does not drink regularly, nor with any discernable pattern. But it has burned a fair amount, producing the expected amount of carbon buildup and so the curative powers of water seemed in order. I have used the "water torture" on other vehicles with apparent success.
Which solved the hard starting? I don't know, though I lean towards the plugs.
me very very happy