The engine should be allowed to run slowly for 30-60 seconds. This will allow the engine to warm up and let oil reach all surfaces needing lubrication. Failure to comply can result in engine damage. (00181b)
There are some differences between a carbureted Harley-Davidson and a fuel injected Harley-Davidson. The sequential port fuel injection system simplifies the starting procedure, compared to carbureted Harley-Davidsons.
Do not roll the throttle before starting. Rolling the throttle before starting the motorcycle is unnecessary.
There is no choke or enrichener or fuel supply valve on a fuel injected Harley-Davidson. The engine management system handles starting and running the engine at all temperatures and conditions.
Shift transmission to neutral before starting engine to prevent accidental movement, which could result in death or serious injury. (00044a)
  1. Turn ignition/headlamp key switch to IGNITION position. Do not roll the throttle.
  2. NOTE
    The engine lamp will light for approximately 4 seconds and you will hear the fuel pump purr for approximately 2 seconds as it operates to fill the fuel lines with gasoline.
  3. See Figure 1. Turn the off/run switch to RUN position.
  4. Press the starter button to start the motorcycle.
  5. When the engine has started, you can operate your motorcycle as you normally would after raising the jiffy stand.
If the fuel tank becomes completely dry, it may take a few seconds longer to start the motorcycle after filling the tank. It will not be necessary to take any extraordinary measures before starting the motorcycle.
1Engine off/run switch
2Engine start switch
Figure 1. Right Handlebar Controls