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I went to the garage this morning to ride to work. At 6:45 in was 37 degrees and the starter just spun. Every time I pushed the start button, nothing but spinning. I was thinking it was the cold weather, so I bump started it and rode to work. Then when I went to lunch... the same thing so I brought the bike home and rode the cage back to work after lunch. This evening when I got home, it spun again and the first press, but and then it caught and started.

Today I spent some time researching and when it started this eveing, I confirmed by suspicion: the starter clutch. It is time for an oil change so I am going to dump some Seafoam in and ride a tank of gas through the bike and then change the oil.

My question: Do I put Delo 400 back in or should it be some lighter weight oil?
 

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AT temps that low you are going to have to use lighter oil. Try Rotella T5 10/30 synthetic blend. It is on sale at wal mart right now for $12.99 a gallon.
 

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Thanks Dave! I was certain I needed lighter, but wasn't sure how light. Thanks again.
 

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You are going to put seafoam in the oil and ride it easily?? Many have done that to clean internals. Some feel it helps keep the stators cleaner and therefore run cooler. Some use atf and even a little diesel fuel. Obviously, you need to ride them easily.
 

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The oil change will fix it.

Mine was doing that when I bought it back in 08 2 days before Christmas.

Has not given me any problems since.

I think it's why I got it so cheap.
 

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I just wanted to update this thread for future reference. Dropped some Seafoam into the crankcase, and also the gas tank while I was at it, and rode the tank of gas through it today. I got home, changed the oil and so far it is starting fine, even tonight with temps in the low 50's. Tomorrow morning will be the next test.
 

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Try getting an external engine block heater (O'Reilly Auto Parts) @ $10- $15 Plug it in @ nite. Good fix for me until my wife bought me a GL1500! LUCKY ME!!!
 
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