Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Easthampton, MA
'93 VN750 Start-Up Problem, Building a Checklist
I just brought the bike home the other day. From my understanding, it's been sitting for at least a year. The very first thing i did was replace the battery with a sealed battery from Advanced Auto (found and bought a recommended part number from the site, forgot what number it was now and I'm at work so i can't check). It started up rough, but that was to be expected, and I put it in my garage after about a 10-15 minute ride home.
Last night I went to go turn her over again while i was getting my work station ready to do oil / coolant maintenance, and it wouldn't go. All the dash lights and turn signals are strong, and the starter is clicking over, it just wouldn't crank. The tank was on Reserve, and I had it in "Run". One thing i didn't consider at the time was checking the kick stand cut off, I'll have to look at that. I've got a lot of information from here already, and I'm going to start troubleshooting tomorrow. I think I'm going to start with;
1. Checking with the volt meter at the battery.
2. Trying to jump her from a non-running vehicle / running vehicle.
3. If the battery's good, I guess I'll have to volt meter the starter, and/or pull it to check the brushes.
4. I need to check the spark plugs, haven't had a chance yet. I'm going to buy the Iridiums if there not in there. I'll pull them out, cover the recessed hole, and turn her over to check for spark as well if all else fails.
The question i have right now really is what order i should do this in. I'm almost inclined to go and switch the oil over to the Mobile 1, drop some 93 gas in the tank, and see if that helps before i start going into checking all the electrical equipment.
After i get it starting reliably, I'm going to jump into the rectifier mod and the volt gauge. I can't wait until i can get back into the garage. Hopefully I'll post some pictures later too.
Last edited by SeanRP; 03-16-2010 at 03:40 PM.