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I would take those jumper cables, clamp the negative one to the frame somewhere, and touch the positive one to the terminal on the starter. It should turn over. Watch out for sparks, and be VERY careful you do not touch the starter housing or frame with the positive cable. If it turns over that way, that shows the engine will turn over, and the starter works. That's good. From there get a manual and a multimeter and start tracing. I use one of those portable jump start packs in place of the battery is you are pretty sure the battery is bad. Remove the battery, connect the black clamp to the frame, and the red one to the positive battery cable, again making SURE the red cables do not ground out against anything. You can now start testing switches, relays, connections, etc. without having to buy an expensive new battery until you get it all sorted out.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike