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When you say it takes a long time to start it could either be your switch, fuel delivery, or battery. You'll want to listen to your bike. Is the starter cutting in and out? Or are you just hearing the starter and the bike's not picking it up? If cutting in and out test your wires and make sure power is going to and coming from the switch. Watch your headlight. If it's cutting in and out while you are trying to start it that's a good indication that you may have problems in the switch. If the starter is good then you'll want to test your battery and see what's going on with that. You can put a tender on it and let it sit for a day and night and then try it again. Trying to start a bike that has difficulties will definitely drain your battery. Run Seafoam through it (follow directions), check the petcock and filter. Lastly, don't over heat your switch by trying to start it. I know when you're ready to ride, you're just plain ready to ride, but it's very easy to get the connection to the headlight to melt by the constant on and off of the light during the starting process. And of course you can eventually kill the battery. If none of this works, take it to the shop.

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