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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Simple(hopefully) problem with my starter

Hey guys, my starter isn't working. I turn the key, flip on the killswitch, and when I hit the starter my bike won't start. This happened randomly one day after a ride. The battery is fine, and it will run fine if I start it with a bumpstart. Should I just crack open the handlebar starter box and look for a severed connection? Could it be anything more?

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When the bike doesn't start, try "rolling" your thumb a crossed the starter button. If this causes the bike to start then tear into the switch. If that doesn't work, try wiggling the ignition switch as you try to press the start button. If that still doesn't work, make sure the start solenoid is working (located behind the right side engine cover)
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if it is the starter solenoid next to the battery box you should be able to use a screwdriver and jump the two large post together and it will turn over you can get a four post for a lawnmower from orielys and it will work as a replacement and its about 40 bucks cheaper than the oem
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When the bike doesn't start, try "rolling" your thumb a crossed the starter button. If this causes the bike to start then tear into the switch. If that doesn't work, try wiggling the ignition switch as you try to press the start button. If that still doesn't work, make sure the start solenoid is working (located behind the right side engine cover)
"Rolling" my thumb across the switch describes exactly the procedure I discovered yesterday when my scoot wouldn`t start. At first I thought something was wonky with the clutch safety switch because I couldn`t start the engine with the clutch pulled in, whether in neutral or in gear. (Not a good condition if I stalled the engine while riding in traffic. ) But if in neutral and the clutch lever released, it would start every time. This happened perhaps half a dozen times.

I then by chance "rolled" over the switch from top to bottom and it started!
The contacts inside must be arc burned on part of the surface, and need to be cleaned.

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FYI...in a pinch, a pencil eraser is a great buffing tool to clean contacts that are dirty and pitted.
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Figured it out,, thanks!

-Modifications so far-
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  • V&H Cruzers
  • Leather Tank Bib(Credit to Romeobravo172 for craftsmanship)
  • VN900 Custom Seat






"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters."
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It was just a fouled connection. Took er apart, used a copper brush to scrub er off, put er back together and it's right as rain.

-Modifications so far-
  • Drag bars & low mirrors
  • Earshave
  • V&H Cruzers
  • Leather Tank Bib(Credit to Romeobravo172 for craftsmanship)
  • VN900 Custom Seat






"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters."
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