Q Why is my 2008 Blackbird reluctant to start?
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.