Please no flaming...this is my first time coming out of winter storage and I'm not mechanically inclined!!!
1.) Anyways, insurance goes back on the bike tomorrow so I figured I'd get the bike prepped tonight. Re-install battery, seat cover, fairings blah blah blah. Figure I'd crank the engine to make sure it at least starts. Turn the key, hit the starter butten, engine turns but doesn't go. Okay, no biggie, engine's cold need to go full choke. Try again...engine turns, doesn't start. I give it 3 tries before it finally starts, hooray! I figure I might as well let the engine warm up a bit. Now usually after about 2 minutes, my bike is warmed up and good to go. My quick test is usually to give the throttle a couple of turns. After 2 minutes, give the throttle a turn - engine dies. So I start the bike up again, let it warm up another 2 minutes...turn the throttle again - engine dies again. Now manual says not to let the bike idle for more than 5 minutes or it overheats, so at this point I shut it down. Also, it's 11pm so don't want to disturb the neighbours. Is something wrong with my bike, or does it just need a little more time to warm up? Also, I noticed a slight burning smell, but I figured that's normal after a few months in storage.
2.) I take a quick look at my tires, doesn't look flat, but I'll check them anyways. Recommended pressure is 28 front, 32 rear. My gauge shows 15 front, 18 rear!!! Is it normal for the tires to lose that much pressure over 4 months? Also, wouldn't the tires look flat if they were that low in pressure? Just to check I use my gauge on my car tires and they show 32 so I'm pretty sure my gauge is working...also, how dangerous would it be for me to ride to the gas station where they have an air pump, on such low pressure? It's about a 3-4 block ride from my house.
Thanks in advance!!! I'm eager to get back on the road