Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Northern New Jersey
Bike won't start, brand new battery
Toward the end of last season I got stranded with what I thought was another symptom of POOGS, only this time I was unable to get the bike started again no matter how long an interval between attempts, even the following day long after real POOGS would have cleared. I had previously performed the vent tube and gas cap cleaning procedure and thought I had it licked but I would occasionally still have issues that I believe were masquerading as POOGS.
As the bike sat over the winter I was leaning toward the ignition switch as the culprit and was going to perform the procedure when I unwrapped the bike when the weather warmed up. I put in a brand new AGM battery today, fully charged, and now my symptoms are different:
When I had last had the bike running it would crank and crank but not start, with a full tank, gas cap on, off, loose...no matter. Today it won't crank at all, no solenoid click, just dead silence.
I checked to make sure that the run switch hadn't been knocked into the "Off" position, tried shifting in and out of neutral (as verified by the neutral indicator), and actuated the sidestand switch with pliers to see if that had any effect-- nope. Just silence when trying to start.
I checked the fuses at the junction box and all seem fine, I tested for continuity with a meter just in case I couldn't see a break in the fuse element and they test fine.
The directionals work, 4-ways work, brake lights work, horn works-- but the headlight is not lit, either, when the key is in the "on" position.
-Are these all symptoms of the key switch? I will clean it anyway (no time today) but wanted to know if I should start here or elsewhere.
-Am I chasing a bad ground? Where should I start? I am not a whiz with a meter (just because I have one doesn't mean I know how to use it) so I might need some guidance here)
-I see in the Verses that I may want to disconnect and clean all connectors in and out of the junction box, is this worthwhile?
-In the past I had been experiencing random backfires sometimes, and for a while I had an issue where the bike would sputter and buck like a bronco with the tach dropping to zero RPM even with the bike running (although roughly)...do all these symptoms cumulatively point to a common cause or set of causes?
Sorry to always be asking questions but this bike has not run more than 5 months in a row since I bought it 3 years ago without some issue sidelining me or stranding me in the boonies and I would really like to get this thing going so I can ride it without always wondering if today will be the day I get stranded again-- any and all advice is appreciated.
Passaic County, NJ
1994 VN 750
April 2011- 30K miles
TOC MCCT 4/2012
New-to-me extended backrest 5/2012
Tourmaster bags 5/2012
Replaced driveshaft coupler and final drive-- ignored the spline lube recommendation too long and got burned 8/2012
Back on the Road 9/2012
NGK Iridium Plugs 7/2013
New AGM battery 4/2014