Riding to work today on my '04 CBR600RR, I was scooting westbound on 1st avenue headed into vancouver. My bike was getting pretty hot from just putting along in traffic, so I had the bright idea to cut the engine and let it sit while I was waiting for the light to change.
After starting/stopping the engine 3 or 4 times, my bike flat out refused to start. Right at Commercial and 1st. I sat there fumbling, trying to get it to work, but eventually just gave up and pulled it up onto the curb.
I thought it was just too hot, so I let it cool from 106 to 90 and tried again. No dice. Then I thought I might be flooding it by injecting fuel over and over again as I tried. I let it sit for another 15 minutes. Still no dice.
After letting it cool and sit for 25 minutes, I got fed up of waiting and I thought I'd try and bump start it. I don't actually know how to do this, but in all my forum whoring here, all I could remember was "downhill", "2nd gear", "bounce and pop the clutch". I walked my bike, in full gear, across Commercial and 1st crosswalk westbound, and started gliding down the crosswalk, clutch in in 1st gear.
1st gear didn't work. ;D
I got up to speed again, switched to second, and bounced. It worked. \o/
I will never again turn off my bike at a traffic light, and thanks to this board for subliminally teaching me how to bump start... but what happened? Has anyone ever had this? Am I doing something very, very bad by turning the bike on/off like that?