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2004 600RR won't start... very bizarre...
Hello all, first post!
I just want to warn you all ahead of time that I'm a complete noob when it comes to mechanical issues and bikes in general, so please forgive my ignorance.
I just about a month ago bought a 2004 CBR600RR with just under 6000 miles on it, absolutely no mods whatsoever besides a fender eliminator. When I picked it up, it started up just fine. I rode it up and down the street in front of the guy's house and it ran like a charm. We loaded it up on my dad's truck and I drove it home. When I got it off the truck, I started it up just to show my friends and it started up just fine. Fast forward to the next morning. At this point I think I should mention that the temperature got into the teens that night and couldn't have been more than upper twenties at this point. I tried to start it up, and nothing. NOTHING. It turned over, but it just wouldn't start. I had some things to do that morning, so I put it in my shed and decided to give it a try later.
I came back a couple hours later for another go, and same deal. I looked in the manual at that point and read about the engine possibly being flooded with fuel. I tried the procedure described in the manual to clear out the engine, but still nothing, and on top of that, my battery was dying. So I ordered a charger.
Fast forward to the charger getting here. I pretty much ran down the battery again trying to get the thing started, but still nothing. I'm at a loss, really. I have a couple of theories as to what may be going on, but like I said, I'm not really mechanically inclined, so I don't know which sounds the most likely.
I messed up the spark plugs. Trying to start it up and possibly leaving the engine flooded I think may have messed up the spark plugs.
The bike is too cold. The manual says it should start in any temperature, but I know that 40's and below aren't ideal temps for a bike. My shed isn't heated, so any time I've tried to start it it's been nice and cold. One friend with a 2001 929 suggested putting it in my basement and letting it warm up for a week or so and then giving it another shot.
Something is going on that I have no clue about because I'm a mechanical idiot. This is where you guys come in. If you have any ideas other than the ones I've listed above, please let me know!
It's winter, so I'm not missing out on a whole lot of riding time, but there have been a few warm days where I've seen other riders out and I've been sadly wishing my CBR would start. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ABOUT ANY IDEAS YOU MAY HAVE!!! Thanks