Hi. I've been having a strange starting problem with my 2012 r1200r.
Over the past few months it has begun to behave as if the starter motor is going. There is a pause of about half a second or more before it coughs and turns over, but then it tends to start. It's been in the garage three times, had had the starter motor checked, which I'm assured is fine, and has had a new battery.
The problem is made far worse by filling it with petrol, such that the last few fills, it won't start at all afterwards. I use premium unleaded. The engine has usually been run for 15 minutes so is hot. It seems worse in winter.
After changing the battery (even though the old battery was only 18 months old) it seemed a bit better under normal conditions, but again last night, I filled it up on the way home, and the starter motor turned albeit with a pause, and then slowly, but the engine wouldn't fire.
I tried it about six times over ten minutes, and the battery went flat (it seemed to do this too quickly for a brand new battery). It had had a similar performance the previous three times I filled it with petrol with the old battery.
I had to wheel it round the corner and borrow a plug socket, and leave it on charge for 15 mins at the carwash (where an absolute gentleman stayed behind 15 minutes after work in the cold and dark on a Friday night to help me out)
It started eventually, and as always, ran flawlessly.
When I got home about 15 mins later, it started pretty well three times in succession.
To my mind it seems to be due to cold petrol and hot engine,or even the weight of the tank causing a problem, but I have no idea.
It's going back to the garage on Monday for a tank remove and general fiddle with.
Has anyone ever heard of a problem like this?
It's 2012 and has done about 35k miles and is used most days.
Thanks for looking.dan