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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Odd starting problem. Could I get a hand again guys?

Hey everyone,

You guys have all been lifesavers in the past, and I am eternally grateful of your help.
But, unfortunately, I've run into more tribulations with this wonderful '86 VN750 of mine.
Today I was sitting out in front of my college dorm washing/waxing the bike and winking at the girls walking by, and I decided to spray degreaser all over the engine to shine it up. It worked, but I think I messed something up. It ran and started perfectly before I did this.

Now it will turn over maybe one weak time and then flicker and click when I hit the starter. I bounce started it and took it for a 20 minute ride to see if I could just charge the battery up with the stator, but it still will not start. What do you all think the problem could be? Could water/degreaser have leaked into the stator case?
I am still learning with all of this. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-07-2013, 12:07 AM
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Weak battery... you should get it tested and/or charge it separately.

I had a nice automatic trickle charger for such occasions. Might be something you would want to buy just in case.

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I was thinking this too, but I just replaced the battery last year! It was working fine and starting up well before I washed it today.

-Modifications so far-
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  • 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.

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I don't believe the battery is your issue. My guess would be water got where it shouldn't. I've sprayed my bike down at a car wash with no ill effect. Although, I am careful as to how long I leave the water going on the motor. I'd bet you have water bridging a connection somewhere. Leave the bike out in open air for a while and see if it doesn't start working for you. Or, jump start it and go for another ride. One long enough to get the engine nice and warm. If the bike was suffering from a poor battery, then the engine would be experience spark problems while running.

You jest need to open her up and let the wind do its thing. Take the side covers off and let her breathe.

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Possibly a loose/dirty cable connection on the starter solenoid (right side cover) and the water forced the issue. Check both ends of both battery cables, and both ends of the cable between the starter and solenoid.
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Thanks guys. I will give that a try and get back to you

-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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Another thought is the brushes on the starter are worn or the springs are weak. There is a simple rebuild kit for that too. I only mention it because I had similar starting issues that were fixed by dealing with the brushes.

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Thanks guys, I bought a batteryminder plus charger and the problem is fixed! sorry it took me so long to get back, it's finals week right now and I'm busting my balls. I'm sure a lot of you know how it feels.

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Another thought is the brushes on the starter are worn or the springs are weak. There is a simple rebuild kit for that too. I only mention it because I had similar starting issues that were fixed by dealing with the brushes.
Dragon159, where could I find this rebuild kit?

-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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$17+$4 shipping ... Much lower cost than a new starter, if you can install the parts, I don't think they're hard to do myself. Shop around other websites, you may find a lower price, but that should be the lowest on Ebay at the moment.

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Kaw P/N 21039-1053 Found it at www.kawasakipartsnation.com for $45.71 I've been doing alot of parts searching while going through the motor .... was on my list to get.

87 vn750at least that is what the frame #'s say
"Squirrel Bike" aka Jersey

Rat bike with a good PR agent

shaved and coastered
2 into 1 exhaust
rear 170 and front 110
Relocated R/R
custom dash with voltmeter
Spitfire windscreen
Plutonium plugs
Recovered seat without "butt hammers"
More to come
Praise to the Parts Goddess Crobins for needed things

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