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Hi Everyone,

I just picked up a new V4S yesterday from my local dealer.

When I went to leave my office last night to go home and it was turning over but not starting. It finally started after about 5 minutes of trying.
The same thing happened this morning.

Funny thing is it also sounds like there is engine knock once it does start (until it warms up)
Also, it seems to only be an issue when the engine is cold... after I'm able to start it once, it seems as though I can turn it off and start it back up again effortlessly.
I'm worried about damaging a brand new bike that I am trying to "break in"..

Luckily, I let my dealer know earlier today and they've already taken steps get it in to fix it... very frustrated, though...Less than 100km's on it...
I've owned two 899's and never had such issues.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

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Sorry to hear about this. Always frustrating with a bran new toy. Did you check the kickstand by chance? Other owners have had similar issues getting their bike to start and that's due to the killswitch that's placed there. Let us know what the dealer reports.
 

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Sorry to hear about this. Always frustrating with a bran new toy. Did you check the kickstand by chance? Other owners have had similar issues getting their bike to start and that's due to the killswitch that's placed there. Let us know what the dealer reports.
thanks for the suggestion - would the bike even try to turn over if the killswitch is active?

My bike turns over like it wants to start... other kickstand sensors don't let you even try to start it.
Also, there was no "kickstand indicator" popping up on the display.
 

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So apparently the tech says that there's nothing wrong with the bike- they are sending it back to me today.

Hoping that it just works... I just bought the thing- don't want issues, just want it to start when I need it to.

Will post up if problem persists... hopefully it just runs and I can move on with enjoying my bike.
 

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next time, turn on the bike and let it sit for a little while, then start it up. I had the same issue until I did this.
 

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Fingers crossed you get the opportunity to get some decent seat time on it now. Did you dealer mention what exactly they tested to confirm everything is in working order?
 

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Some weeks ago I went to start the bike after not riding it for a week. I washed it first, the bike would turn over, attempt to start but would not stay on. I tried 2-3x, then shut off the bike. It was similar to having a weak battery. Left the bike for 20 minutes, went to start it up again, same problem. Now I’m upset, walked back into the house, tried 1 more time. This time it started up no problem.

Went to the dealer, they told me if I don’t ride it regularly this could happen. I get it, but not with a bike that was 3 months old with a new battery. Have not had a problem since.
 

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Some weeks ago I went to start the bike after not riding it for a week. I washed it first, the bike would turn over, attempt to start but would not stay on. I tried 2-3x, then shut off the bike. It was similar to having a weak battery. Left the bike for 20 minutes, went to start it up again, same problem. Now I’m upset, walked back into the house, tried 1 more time. This time it started up no problem.

Went to the dealer, they told me if I don’t ride it regularly this could happen. I get it, but not with a bike that was 3 months old with a new battery. Have not had a problem since.
well if it's the V4S then yeah the battery will completely drain within 2 weeks (mine did while in the shop for that long). The S comes w/ a lithium ion battery, has a lot of crank but can't hold a long charge, and w/ the bike always having power to some components... you need to hook it up to a tender if you're not going to ride it.
 

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I can understand this happening over the course of a few weeks, but Kibosh has indicated less than 24 had passed before have issues getting the bike to turn over. I do think hooking it up to a tender is a great suggestion.
 

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well if it's the V4S then yeah the battery will completely drain within 2 weeks (mine did while in the shop for that long).

Again, UTTER HORSESH*T!!
 

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lol it's a litium ion battery... what were you expecting :p that's what you get for lightweight performance gain... and you see that red blinking light on your bike, something's gotta provide power to it lol
More UTTER HORSESH1T!!

I have Shorais in my S4RS, MTS, 848 and 1199.

In fall I put them in "storage mode" and spring I put them back into "Normal Mode".

Some of them sit for MONTHS and start right up.

My V4S was new in May. I have NEVER charged the battery.

It sat for a month and started right up.

Finally, you do know the "red blinking light" goes out after 24 hours, right?
 

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lol... then I don't know what to tell you... my battery needed to be charged while it sat in the shop waiting for a new handlebar... just after 2 weeks. Only reason I never put in an alarm system was because it used a litium ion battery; as my other bike w/ an alarm would die out in 2 weeks of draining. So then maybe there is something still live between our bikes; does yours have any any fuse that's not live when ignition is off? I wanted to have my radar detector switch off w/ the ignition initially.
 

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I noticed that when my Escort Max 360 radar detector was supposedly off, it still totally drained my battery. Now I disconnect it and no problems.
 

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So then maybe there is something still live between our bikes; does yours have any any fuse that's not live when ignition is off?
You mean "live with the key off", right?

Once the red light goes out (24 hours) there is ZERO electrical draw on the 2018 Ducati V4.

Either you have a bad battery, or the guys in the shop left the key on, or you have hooked up something that causes a draw when the key is off.

Lithium batteries do not lose the charge while sitting. Check it with a volt meter some time.
 
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Utter horsesh*t!!!!
I’m actually starting to enjoy the reasons my dealer is coming up with for the problems with my bike...I have to be the stupidest person on the planet listening to some of this! A brand new bike having problems with the clutch, where I have to bleed it myself and now the battery, where I’m told this is something that happens? Funny, none of this ever happened on my 848 which I bought new from them and put 26000km on it before trading it in on the new bike. Just getting tired of the excuses.
 

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Worse, they are insulting your intelligence.
Agreed.

Quick update:
Tried to start bike up earlier this week (the first time since I've had the problem) and it was having trouble starting again... turned over but no start.

I remember reading that someone had a similar issue and they were able to start it after leaving the gas lid open before firing it up (then closing it before riding away, of course). I tried it and it worked right away!

I immediately rode it over to Shell and filled it up with 91. It's been starting up fine since... I don't know lol
 

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Sounds like a pinched vent hose for the tank. Easy to fix if you can find it. This bike is so complicated that might be a challenge!
 
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