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Here's the quick story: Had a minor crash last night, dropped the bike and hit the car that cut me off. Broke the headlight, footpeg, bent brake pedal etc.

When I picked the bike up and took it to the sidewalk, I turned the key on and all dash lights and running lights work fine, but the start button was un-responsive- not a click, buzz, whine or anything. I'm wondering if the headlight was part of the computers' safety checklist (like being in Neutral, clutch in, etc) before the starter will turn, and now with the light busted, it fails the check and wont power the starter??

I'm relatively fine, as is the bike, just wondering where to start once the new parts arrive. Sad, cause after spending the summer getting it ready to ride again, it was just starting to run near top shape for a 17 y/o ride
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Nope. Sounds like a loose wire somewhere though
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yea, loose/broken wire/broken safety switch. 1st one that comes to mind is the switch on the clutch lever. its out there exposed to world
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2002 VN750, Phoenix Arizona

Here's the quick story: Had a minor crash last night, dropped the bike and hit the car that cut me off. Broke the headlight, footpeg, bent brake pedal etc.

When I picked the bike up and took it to the sidewalk, I turned the key on and all dash lights and running lights work fine, but the start button was un-responsive- not a click, buzz, whine or anything. I'm wondering if the headlight was part of the computers' safety checklist (like being in Neutral, clutch in, etc) before the starter will turn, and now with the light busted, it fails the check and wont power the starter??

I'm relatively fine, as is the bike, just wondering where to start once the new parts arrive. Sad, cause after spending the summer getting it ready to ride again, it was just starting to run near top shape for a 17 y/o ride
have you modded anything? like the 2-wire mod? The start button is a notorious problem, and it sounds like you hit on the right side of your bike. That being said, the junction box is another problem, and the 2-wire mod bypasses a lot of other problems too. start simple, like the connectors on the "safety checklist" and go from there. there are plenty of people on here to help you out though, so feel free to ask.

my go-to for the 2-wire mod:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/19-elect...-wire-mod.html

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