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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Indicator lights on, battery good, no start.

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It's been quite awhile since I've posted to these forums. I lent a buddy my bike to look after while I've been living upstate and, as it turns out, he crashed it and bent the handlebars. No other damage. I went over there a couple days ago and swapped the handlebars, but it seems the bars I bought (which were advertised as stock) are definitely not stock. Nonetheless, I got everything hooked up correctly and hit the Starter .... nothing. Not even a click. The indicator lights are on and the horn even honks, so I'm assuming it's not the battery. I'm SURE it's something simple but can't figure this out. I checked the kickstand switch and it's fine, however, the bike should at least start even if the kickstand switch was fried, right? It only used to kick out when the bike was put into gear. Could this be a problem with my clutch cable, now that the handlebars are shorter and the cables aren't in the default positions? I'd appreciate any feedback ... I'm stumped.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 06:22 PM
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Two things to check, the kill switch (off/run) by the right grip and the contacts for the start switch. Eliminate the easy/obvious first and go from there. That kill switch has gotten me a few times.

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Have you checked the fuses? Wreck might have caused a short.

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Dragon, I ritualistically toggle the kill switch, so that's not the problem. I will check the contacts for the starter switch as soon as I get a chance, though.

Flite, I haven't checked the fuses but the bike started fine before I swapped the handlebars. My intuition tells me that this is something I ****ed up, and not the crash. Could the fuse be suspect even if the indicator lights are on? I thought all the electronics there ran off the same fuse, but I could be mistaken. I'll go through the fuses to make sure everything is fine, just in case.

I REALLY appreciate the feedback, in any case, as I have mentally just hit a wall.
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It wasn't the fuse or the Kill switch. Any suggestions? Im not electrically inclined.
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My guess could only be as it worked fine until you switched the bars, you must have pulled a wire or something on one of the control pods. I'd check the wires on the right one first, check that no wired broke or got pulled out in the starter and kill switch circuit.

The bike should still start regardless of the clutch / side stand switches if in Neutral.

Check the connections in the headlight bucket too.

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Thanks for all the feedback. I further investigated this afternoon and found the problem was a faulty contact in the ground wire connecting to the bottom of the bike. I cleaned it off a bit and she started right back up. Very happy to hear her again. I'll post pics of the new handlebars.

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