The ride home tonight
Tonight, we had this huge rain storm. The radar showed purple on the screen, 1st time I've seen that before. The temps drop from 80's to the 40's damn fast and my bike has a bit of a problem when the carbs are cold, not to mention some sort of electrical problem.
When I was about to leave work around 6pm and get ready to start the bike up, I turn the starter and the engine would turn but since the carbs were cold it wouldn't stay on for long. I tried to start it with the choke for about 5 mins, then my battery gets low. I try to clutch start it, same thing again, it starts, but won't stay on since its cold. I tried that for about 20 mins in the empty parking lot, atleast almost no one was there. I did look foolish.
So around 6:30 my boss' boss (the VP of Marketing), who I don't fraternize much since everytime I talk to him I fear that he'll just fire me for being young, walks out the building. He offers to help and I refused the first time telling him I'll give the ole cbr one more chance. I tried another 5 times. At this point, I was getting tired and the battery was just about dead. He drives up and offers help again. I accepted this time. He gave me a ride to my house, which was the opposite direction of his house.
We had a nice chat and it turns out he used to be a motorcycle rider a while back and remembered the old days about the finiky carbs and cold days of when they didn't start. But everytime I spoke I was like "Don't say anything stupid, you might get fired". He dropped me off at my house and I got some tools and went back to pick up the bike with my dad. Jumped the cbr and got her home.
In this story I also have a question, what would be a cause of my electrical problem? Whenever I start the bike up the battery would go dead if I hold the starter for more than 10 seconds and the bike won't start on its own. I've only had this of becoming a problem since december. I have a new battery in it since then as I was thinking it was that. I've also experimented with starting out with a low battery and running the bike around, the battery would become charged enough to start the bike out on its own. Every time I rev the engine, I can see that the bike makes more voltage from the intensity of the headlights becoming brighter after 3k revs. I also realize that the battery won't be charged by the bike until the engine hits 5k. Should I look into the alternator? I also heard the rectifier maybe a source of the problem, but I don't see how.
Sorry for long story and series of questions.