Q Why is my 2008 Black­bird re­luc­tant to start?

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My 2008 Su­per Black­bird isn’t so su­per when it comes to start­ing again if I have rid­den it three or so miles to a petrol sta­tion. It hap­pens most times I try to start it when the en­gine is warm – the bike just won’t start. Once cool, the Honda fires up fine. Bill Ben­stead, email

An­swered by Scott Bul­lett, Doble Mo­tor­cy­cles I think that’s a dodgy starter mo­tor. The brushes can get worn, which cre­ates ad­di­tional re­sis­tance when the bike’s warm. You can get a Honda re­place­ment brush kit, but don’t buy one un­til you have man­aged to get the starter mo­tor apart. It’s held to­gether by tiny 7mm bolts and if th­ese are rot­ten, you might be bet­ter off track­ing down a used starter mo­tor in­stead.

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