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clicking coming from starter relay when trying to start?

Hey all, I searched all day trying to find a thread explaining this but haven't so decided to start one myself. Basically my problem is when I try to turn the bike on the relay just clicks.

It started about a month ago and happened intermittently so I figured replacing the relay would solve it. Wrong; it's only made it worse! Now it won't turn over at all! Just give me that damned clicking! Help please! I've been told it's either the stator or refractor. This is my first bike.
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Hey all, I searched all day trying to find a thread explaining this but haven't so decided to start one myself. Basically my problem is when I try to turn the bike on the relay just clicks.

It started about a month ago and happened intermittently so I figured replacing the relay would solve it. Wrong; it's only made it worse! Now it won't turn over at all! Just give me that damned clicking! Help please! I've been told it's either the stator or refractor. This is my first bike.
What kind of battery do you have and what is the condition? These bikes need all the juice they can get to start. A gel battery is highly recommended here. Check the voltage and let us know what it shows on a meter. Also check the grounds and cables to the starter.

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What kind of battery do you have and what is the condition? These bikes need all the juice they can get to start. A gel battery is highly recommended here. Check the voltage and let us know what it shows on a meter. Also check the grounds and cables to the starter.
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pay real close attention to the ground connections.. dont take much to kill the starter

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doesn't have to be a gel battery but a good agm maintenance free battery at the least

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Do you have a volt meter? Start by measuring the voltage on the battery terminals with the bike not running. A fully charged battery should read around 13 to 13.5 volts. Then while monitoring the battery voltage, hit the starter button. If the battery voltage drops substantially, you need a battery. If it stays around 12 volts or so, move next to the solenoid using the same technique. Check the battery side of the solenoid and then the starter side. It's possible you only have a loose or corroded connector.

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doesn't have to be a gel battery but a good agm maintenance free battery at the least
usually an AGM puts out more amperage than a gel battery on average.

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If the battery voltage drops substantially, you need a battery.
Depends on what you mean by substantially.

Get a free battery load test from autozone etc., a TRUE load test not just a quick voltage test. There's a big difference. If the battery checks out and since the relay clicks, clean/upgrade all of your grounds... then hot wire the starter motor. If it checks out, work your way back to the solenoid, relay, switch, wiring and back to the battery. Should be simple to isolate.

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my bike decided to do the same thing the other day and I found that the starter wire had became loose in the eye on the starter I squisheded the holy dog snot out of it with some pliers and blam it starts right up

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