My ZX7R doesn’t like being woken up after a couple of months of winter layoff (I ride a different bike over winter so I am not a scared of the cold lightweight pussy ok )
I’ve always had trouble starting her up in the past (could take a couple of minutes of starting attempts before the engine fired) I used various techniques, choke on/choke off while opening and closing the throttle - nothing seemed to work until my gut instinct and intuition made me start rocking her between my legs with the starter going (choke on) - bike starts much faster after a layoff using this technique - my hunch is that I am agitating/sloshing the petrol in the float bowls and this is improving the starting situation?
Yeah - you could be right - every bike I’ve ever owned has just been a machine - but the ZX7R is more like an animal - tempremental, moody and inconsistent, plus it’s the most ‘alive’ and charachterful bike I’ve ever ridden. But that’s what a lot of people say about kawas.
I’ve got a camera so yeah I might film the unorthodox starting technique and post it up.
You say you’ve had it laid up for the last few months?
Smell your petrol. Does it smell like rotten fish?
Funky smelling petrol is an indicator that it’s gone stale and has separated. If this is the case, Your carbs may be a little plugged up with the jelly-like stuff that fuel separates into.
I’ve not heard of it happening after 2 months. It usually takes a little longer but worth a shot.
If this is the case, an hour in the OMC and a fresh tank of fuel will set it right.
I have a theory as to why shaking gets the bike to start but I’m not confident it’s correct so wont share it.