edgecrusher: I suppose I could bump the engine a few degrees of rotation by turning the rear wheel while in gear, but actually turning the engine over against compression? That's what happens while trying to bump-start with a dead battery and you've got the momentum of bike and rider working for you. Should be pretty easy with the plugs out, however, if that's what you were thinking. Plugs in, I'm guessing I'd have the whole works come crashing down on me and not be found until spring. Probably have lost a few pounds by then, though!
Bryce: Yeah, I thought I remembered from some distant past that all Hondas are wired so that the kill switch only interrupts ignition, but not the starter motor. Mine, however, kills everything--ignition and starter motor. Weird.
Danke: My Dad used to have a boat that he'd store for the winter and fogging oil in the cylinders was the last thing he'd do prior to storage. It just always seemed to me that burning oil in a four-stroke engine was just asking for the creation of a gummy, sticky mess. I may try it next year, however.
theredrider: so, with the kill switch off, you can crank the engine? You said all that happens is your headlight goes off when you push the starter button. Don't they all do that, kill switch off or on? My headlight circuit is opened (turned off) by pressing the starter button, as are the vast majority of all Japaneses motorcycles I have seen with electric starters. Turning the headlight off while the starter motor cranks reduces the amp draw on the battery. Also seems like an uneccessary load on the starter switch, but that's another thread.
But, theredrider, you are sure you can crank your starter with the kill switch turned off? Mine's an '06, and I for sure can not
HondaJim: Thanks for your thoughts. Yours is is the direction I have been heading in for the past couple of weeks. Either oil the sucker up or leave it alone completely. Or, i guess, even better to oil it up and
leave it alone completely.
Thanks for your help, All. You guys are the best.