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    Is this a problem for anyone else? The past couple of mornings has been very difficult to start. The low's were around 25-30F. After holding the starter in for much longer than I would really like, it started up. Is this a result of the oil being 10w30? Would getting something like 5w30 or even 0w30 help out with cold starting?



    Yes there was gas in it, choke open, electrical stuff all works perfect. In normal temperatures it starts up right away, no problem at all.

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    I give it a little gas with no choke and it starts up fine. Is there something wrong with doing it that way?
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    cold mornings for me too in ct. when my tw is cold i start it with half choke.two quick turns of the throttle before i push the start button. sometimes i give it some gas while cranking but its fires right with ease so far. ive heard some tw's dont like cold but not everyone says that about theres.

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    We have 2 2007 TW's.

    Mrs. Trip's fires up right away...never even need the choke.

    Mine, have to use the choke to warm it up.

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    Thanks guys for the responses. Do you guys all use 0w, 10w or 20w oil? Last winter I had similar hard starting with my truck when I was using 15w30 and it was below freezing. As soon as I changed oil to 0w30 it had no issues starting. This was my first inclination, but then again I've never owned a motorcycle before and wasn't sure if it was normal to have a little difficulty to start when it's cold.



    Jdub- I just feel like I have to crank it to the point where the battery starts to lose power.



    I'll try the half choke tomorrow morning.

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    Try slightly twisting the throttle for about three seconds while pushing the starter. If it still wont start, then try it with the choke. Have you adjusted the pilot screw? I had similar issues and an occasional pop on decel before adjusting it.
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    Properly jet the carb. Factory settings are way too lean for cold. Tdub can be coaxed to start down to mid-20s with no enricher. Starts right up but won't take throttle at ~40.



    At ~40, I hold Tdub vertical, use half enricher, fires right up, pull on gloves, ride 100 yards in 2nd, push enricher in, ride off normally.



    At ~ 25, I hold Tdub vertical, use full enricher, fires right up, push enricher half way in, pull on gloves, ride 100 yards in 2nd, push enricher in, ride off normally.



    At ~10, I hold Tdub vertical, use full enricher, firees right up, pull on helmet and gloves, ride 100 yards in 2nd gear, push enricher half way in, ride another 100 yards, push enricher all the way in, ride off normally.




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    Thanks for all the ideas. It was only 38 this morning and I did the half choke. Two twists on the throttle prior to starting and it fired up after a 8-10 seconds holding the starter. I plan to take the carb off and do a clean and now re-jet this winter.

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    i got the same temps you are having as well. right now i run a #130 main jet, #35 pilot jet and im 2.5 turns on the pilot screw. aftermarket exhaust. my tw loves this colder air temp and really runs good. 45 degree this evening and the tdub just sucked up the cold air!!!!!! and a good carb clean is good idea.

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