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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-18-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Start button pressed....nothing!

This morning, I was going to take advantage of the beautiful day and take a ride. Got the bike out, key switch on, starter button pressed, a small grunt from the starter, then nothing. I thought maybe the battery was low, so I charged it up for the day. Still nothing.

I tested voltage to the starter terminal (under the bike) while holding in the clutch and pressing the starter button and did not get any reading. Battery voltage is 12.5v. Bike started a few weeks ago without any issue. Also tested for 12v at the solenoid and did not get any. One thing I did not do was short across the solenoid terminals to see where the issue is- starter or switches. Will do that.

Here is one thing that I am observing that is different. My headlamp used to stay on with the keyswitch and now it is not. Is there some connection between headlamp and starting system?

Been a while since I needed to post. Guess my time is up!

Thanks for any input.
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This morning, I was going to take advantage of the beautiful day and take a ride. Got the bike out, key switch on, starter button pressed, a small grunt from the starter, then nothing. I thought maybe the battery was low, so I charged it up for the day. Still nothing.

I tested voltage to the starter terminal (under the bike) while holding in the clutch and pressing the starter button and did not get any reading. Battery voltage is 12.5v. Bike started a few weeks ago without any issue. Also tested for 12v at the solenoid and did not get any. One thing I did not do was short across the solenoid terminals to see where the issue is- starter or switches. Will do that.

Here is one thing that I am observing that is different. My headlamp used to stay on with the keyswitch and now it is not. Is there some connection between headlamp and starting system?

Been a while since I needed to post. Guess my time is up!

Thanks for any input.
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The headlight will not come on until the bike starts, a battery can have 12.4-12.5v and still not have enough amps to crank the engine. If you have a standard wet cell battery that is a yearr old or more replace with an MF AGM battery. Charge your battery and check connections, battery, solenoid, frame ground and engine ground.


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Got a 3 year old AGM. As I said in the post, it started fine a couple of weeks earlier.

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Ben it sounds like maybe a loose or corroded connection somewhere. I'd start with your battery terminals then move on toward the starting system. Check and clean all them and your grounds. The slightest bit of corrosion can cut your voltage dramatically. A 3 yr old MF battery is probably getting on the sunset side of it's life and probably wouldn't hurt to replace it.

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What he said. ^

Could be a couple things, but start with the easy stuff first.
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When you disengage the starter button and the engine fires the headlamp comes on,so yes the starter switch is connected to the H/L. I had a H/L problem last year,and thought for sure it was the starter switch not comming out all the way.You have the red engine kill switch in the run postion? just asking cause i have done that before! Check all the connections at bat and switch. Then check the wires for a break.

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Weather has been crappy here, so I haven't had the chance to jump across the solenoid terminals yet. But- I was thinking that if my battery had insufficient crank umph, I would see the running lights and gages dim down when the bike starter tried to turn. But the lights are still bright when I press the start switch- no dimming of any lights. Its almost like the starter button is not working (except for the headlight not being on). I am convinced that the headlight used to be on when I turned the key switch on before I pressed the start button!

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll keep hunting.

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Its almost like the starter button is not working (except for the headlight not being on). I am convinced that the headlight used to be on when I turned the key switch on before I pressed the start button! Ben-
If it ever was, something was jacked up. When you turn on the key your headlight won't light until the start button has fired off the bike.

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Weather has been crappy here, so I haven't had the chance to jump across the solenoid terminals yet. But- I was thinking that if my battery had insufficient crank umph, I would see the running lights and gages dim down when the bike starter tried to turn. But the lights are still bright when I press the start switch- no dimming of any lights. Its almost like the starter button is not working (except for the headlight not being on). I am convinced that the headlight used to be on when I turned the key switch on before I pressed the start button!

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll keep hunting.

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Check All battery and ground connections and starter wire for loose or corrosion. I still think you need a battery.


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LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
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