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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-26-2017, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bike Dies when first starting in the morning

I have a 2015 650R and ever since it was new, (I bought it out of the crate from the dealer) it will drop RPM when idling first thing in the morning. This usually happens when it is colder out below 45F. It will start fine and idle at 2000-2500 rpm and as I'm putting my gloves and helmet on 1-2 mins it will lose RPM to 1000 rpm or below and will die. If I grab the throttle and take it back up to 2500 rpm and hold it for a few seconds it will stay there most of the time. Once in a while I have to help it out twice. This just seems weird to me for a fuel injected bike.
It is still under warranty (I bought an extended warranty).

Sometimes (again mostly when its a bit colder out) after I get off work it will do a similar thing with the idle dropping after I start it.

It runs great after I take off and I can turn it off and turn it back on and no problems will idle at ~1300 RPM.

I had a 2007 650R that didn't have this issue.

Again.. this has done it since 0 miles and now it has almost 10,000 miles and it still does it. I just did all the 10K maint. myself with no improvements to beginning morning start Idle.

Any Ideas? I'll try to get a sound bite when it does it next time.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 03:17 AM
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Hi and welcome Marc, try going for a ride and adjusting the idle speed to the range specified by the manual (1300 50 r/min (rpm) for my model year).

If this fails too, go straight to the dealership since the bike is still covered by warranty!

I used to have the same issue very rarely and only on cold winter morning starts and as you wrote above I always help the engine with a little bit of a gas under such circumstances.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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@GR rider Thanks for the reply! She is idling as specified after warmed up 30 min ride 50+F ambient temp twist the throttle a few times and she comes right back down and idles at ~1300RPM.

I was afraid people were going to suggest taking her to the stealership. Have not been impressed with them. But I'm going to have to do that I think.. I'll post what they do so it can help anyone else with this issue.
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It is normal for the bike to idle at a higher RPM when you first start it. It does this for a couple minutes until the bike warms up a bit, and then it will drop down to the normal idle RPM. 1,300 is actually a little low. Most people set their idle to around 1,500 - 1,800 RPM.

Try increasing the idle speed a little after the bike is fully warmed up and see if that works better for you.

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