It's a 2003 650. It takes forever to start. Is this bike notorious for hard starting? When I got it 2 years ago the seller said it was hard to start so he put a can of starting fluid in the carry case. He said he just had the carbs gone through at the local Yamaha seller which seems to be a well run place with a good service dept. Not some junky shop. Not knowing much I bought the bike. I rode it for the summer and it seemed to start sort of okay but not like you'd want. Finally it wouldn't start at all. Being a mechanical person I took the carbs off and cleaned them. I did all this meticulously. Put back together still no start. So I took it back to that same Yamaha shop and they charged me $300+ said they didn't do any carb cleaning but put in a new battery, adjusted the idle, and the clutch cable. It took them a little cranking but it started. I'm guessin they had it warmed up when I went to pick it up. I just went out now and after a full minute or more of cranking and firing a little it started. I just read through all the posts from a guy from 2014 who had the same problem. I figure since I took it to the shop I don't need to do anything more myself or know what to do. They seemed to be aware of the battery situation as said in the forum post What can I do? I'm now running the highest octane gas and put in some of the additive cleaner I got from the Yamaha shop. As I said is this common for the V Stars? I don't want to keep it if I have to go through this all the time.