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749 Starting Problem

Need some help guys.... a few weeks ago, I purchased a 2003 749 with 15K miles on it. When I checked the bike out, everything was fine, however after I loaded it up on my truck, and got it home 4 hours later, it wouldnt start. When I hit the start button, it sounded like the starter was very "weak" however it finally rolled over and the engine started while I had the choke on. After about 2 minutes, I pushed the choke back and the RPM's dropped, and the bike shut down. I then attempted to start it again, and nothing..... SPutter sputter sputter... I didnt want to burn out the starter so I left it alone for about 5 minutes... I came back out, and tried it again, and it started up. I drove it straight into the basement, and its been there ever since. I start it up everyday, but I am a little worried as what may have been causing the issues... BTW... The Engine Light comes on Intermitently. The previous owner disclosed this, and told me that his tech said it has to do with some wire that may have been pinched on the rear axle, and he guaranteed me that the light had nothing to do with the permormance of the bike. Also, the light does go out when riding, but at a stop light, the light tends to come on every now and then. All this I gathered within a 5 mile ride to the service station. Any thoughts on Any of this???? Thanks Guys!

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I don't think there's anything wrong with your bike. I'm assuming that all the required services have been done and you have a good battery. The **9 bikes absolutely require a good strong battery. If you don't already have one get and use a battery tender. It will save you a lot of headaches with a weak battery. As for the starter speed, the 749 turns over S-L-O-W-L-Y. It's normal, if you're use to other makes it sounds like it won't start but it will. The Fast Idle lever, not a choke, once you start the bike, let it idle about 2000 RPM or so until the coolant temp gage stops flashing, then you can slowly back the lever to minimum, if you if you just push the lever back fast it drops the idle too fast and it will die. When it's not fully warm and you have a stock injection map it runs a little lean and will be cold blooded until fully warm. The occasional stall on a cold morning is not unusual even on a properly set up bike. I normally on cool mornings keep my fast Idle lever up until I'm either on a highway/freeway or a five or so miles in town before I turn it full off. She can be a real bitch to start if she's only a little warm, not cold/not hot, I really don't know why but mine does the same thing. I give it a minute and try again and she'll fire. All this goes away once she's fully warmed up. Once you get the knack of it you'll be fine, I don't even really have to think about it anymore.

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