I don't see what all this "finicky" starting hubub is all about.... uncork the bike, break the damn motor in, and the bike starts just fine. I just fired mine up tonight after sitting for a week and a half and it fired on the second press of the start button. Ran around the subdivision, purposely stalled it, and it fired right back up on the second press.
The thing is "finicky" as hell at first, but everyone I have talked to has no problem with the starting once the motor has some hours on it....
This is my third bike with FI, while I dont claim to an expert, this system is certainly the most finicky of the three. I can add about another half dozen friends bikes includiing Japs, Euros, and Brits and I dont recall any issues with the FI, but for whatever reason this FI system seems to be limited in the range of adjustment. I also question the need for the "starter knob" as described in the manual. I know of no othe FI motor that needs a manual choke. Seems a little substandard to me. I think Yamaha
installed a "poor mans" FI
system to keep the price down.
While I dont subscribe to the fueling getting better with more hours, I suppose the valves could have been out of spec some upon delivery and are coming in with some time on the motor. I considered mine broken in after the first hour or so of riding. Now it is just in the early stages of wearing out.
Anyway, it is a pretty good bike and I just finished with all the street legal stuff, so hopefully this summer will bring a couple rides in the cool mountain air.
Edited by A X E, June 03, 2012 - 07:19 PM.