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Motor is hard to start. turns over fine. this problem started after i switched from 20x50 syn to 20x60 reg oil. could this be the problem? bike starts fine once warm.

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I don't think changing the oil type will have had an effect. Are the plugs OK and the gaps set OK?
Not a lot else you can do without a laptop for the ECU to increase the fuel when cold.
Mine is a 1976 Iron Head and that can be tempremental but everything is adjustable!
Ride safe.

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