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during winter i like to fire her up a few times. yesterday first problem was key wouldn't turn on at first. I leave it in the bike all the time. After giving her a hard twist, it switched to on and I heard a whining sound. Held button on a few seconds and engine would not turn over, just a put, put. Several more attempts and only get that whining sound like something spining.what is wrong and how to correct so she is ready come spring?
 

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What temp is the bike? To thick oil will cause the rollers not to catch. When the roller springs get some miles they don't take will to near freezing temps.
 

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very cold here, even in garage, I'll put an electric heater next to left side and warm her up, then retry start up. but onlt -4 today.
 

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Or let her sleep 'til spring, like she wants to.
There's nothing to be gained from cold starts without a subsequent ride to get everything fully warmed. You risk excess wear.
 
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As per other posts, not uncommon to see this in cold temps.....

Roller springs on the CX is a engine out and delve into the "guts" of the motor...if its a one-off dont be too concerned....
This (repair) is often combined with the triple bypass or at least cam chain and guides replacement....
 

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much thanks for the reAAURING posts, This may be my last year for riding. It's been a passion for 60 years. Never got into the nuts and bolts, just road many, save Harley.
 

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Held button on a few seconds and engine would not turn over, just a put, put.
When you say "engine would not turn over" do you mean that it wouldn't start and only went "put, put" like it was trying to fire? Perhaps when you say "engine would not turn over" you mean that the engine wouldn't crank? Two very different scenarios.
 
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When you say "engine would not turn over" do you mean that it wouldn't start and only went "put, put" like it was trying to fire? Perhaps when you say "engine would not turn over" you mean that the engine wouldn't crank? Two very different scenarios.
When I pulled out the choke, turned on the key, all lights came on. then I press the start button and heard immediate high whining noise in a revolving cycle. I turn it off and try again, same noise but one or two putt, putts. like trying to turn over/trying to fire/start. After a few seconds and about 3 attempts, shut her off.
 

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Have you tried warming the engine with a heater?
 

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How would you feel in the morning if someone woke you up every couple of hours to do calisthenics for 5 minutes and then made you go back to bed?

As Randall said, let it sleep. There is absolutely no benefit from starting a bike that you don't intend to take for a ride, especially when it is cold out and it can contribute to future problems. All it accomplishes is to increase the level of unburned hydrocarbons in the oil, waste fuel and pollute the air.
Not to mention that you probably won't run it fast enough long enough to re-charge the battery from starting it in the first place.

Your bike will be better off if you drain the tank & carbs, connect the battery to a battery maintainer (Battery Tender is one brand; I use solar panels) or remove it and put it somewhere you will see it and remember to maintain it during the off season (should be charged every month), cover it up with something that will keep the dust off but not trap moisture (old bed sheets work well if it is inside) and leave it alone.
 

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I keep her on the battery tender all winter. Last winter I used an electric heater and starter her up a couple of times. Didn't use a heater this time and will hold off till spring. I just get a tad anxious to her the bike run. Kind of foolish I suppose.
 

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Or a trike
 

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Trikes aren't as good in the snow. Most snowy roads have a pair of tire tracks the width of a car; On sidecar outfit you can go down the road with the wheel that steers and the wheel that drives in the same tire track (the sidecar's wheel is just there to keep it from dragging on the ground so it doesn't matter). On a trike you may be able to get both of the rear wheels in the tire tracks but if you do the front wheel will be in snow on the slipperiest part of the road and if you move over you might be able to get the front wheel and one of the rears in the same track (if it is wide enough) but you'll be pretty close to either the centre line or the shoulder.
 

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IF I rode in the snow, I would wait until the plow went through! 😁
 

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That's OK if you don't have to get to work but when you have 3 kids to feed you can't always wait for the plow.

BTW: I used to know a fellow that rode to school at Lakehead U on 2 wheels all winter. He said the best way to park a CB350 was to run the front wheel into a snowbank ;-)
 
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