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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-24-2008, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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My VN750 still hasnít left me stranded, but the 'hard to start' is getting worse. Opening up the choke is not working. The only way I can get it started is kick-starting it. Tuesday, last night and this morning I had to kick-start it also (I drove it to work today). It turns over, but just wonít start using the starter button. The starter is good and the battery is good. Does anyone know what the problem can be? Is there any harm done by kick-starting?
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My VN750 still hasn’t left me stranded, but the 'hard to start' is getting worse. Opening up the choke is not working. The only way I can get it started is kick-starting it. Tuesday, last night and this morning I had to kick-start it also (I drove it to work today). It turns over, but just won’t start using the starter button. The starter is good and the battery is good. Does anyone know what the problem can be? Is there any harm done by kick-starting?
How in the hell do you Kick start the bike that doesn't come with a kick start? You stated that your battery is good, did you take it in and have it load tested or are you checking it with just a meter? Battery's can hold a good surface charge but put a load on it and they can be as good as a huffer in the wind. My recommendation it to take the battery down to any auto parts place have them load test it and if it fails then its a must to purchase a AGM M/F battery.

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Unless the start switch isn't making correct contact ....
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Do check the battery as suggested. BUT if the battery is good, and turns over strongly, then it sounds like you're may not be getting spark or a fuel issue. Try pulling your plugs one at a time and resting them against the outside of the engine (away from the opening), plug wire attached and use the starter button and see if you can see the spark. If not or it's weak, then you might try new plugs and see what happens. If it's strong then it's a fuel mixture issue.

Wkrizan - I think he means "jump-starting" like I've had to do tons of times with my old Mustangs....neutral, ignition on, push, run, jump, 1st gear, release clutch, gas, pray it starts.....never tried it with my bike but saved many a long walk home when the 'Stang was feeling ornery.

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Wkrizan - I think he means "jump-starting" like I've had to do tons of times with my old Mustangs....neutral, ignition on, push, run, jump, 1st gear, release clutch, gas, pray it starts.....never tried it with my bike but saved many a long walk home when the 'Stang was feeling ornery.
After some thought I figured he meant compression starting but one never knows with all the mods that goes into bikes, maybe he installed a kick start some how or his PO did at some point. I think its a great idea to have one due to bikes weak electrical systems, If my battery dies at home I am screwed sense I live on the down side of a very steep driveway.

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THANKS everyone. I meant jump-starting (but not with jumper cables, pushing the bike). I'll get the battery tested. May be spark plugs. The battery is M/F.
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After some thought I figured he meant compression starting but one never knows with all the mods that goes into bikes, maybe he installed a kick start some how or his PO did at some point. I think its a great idea to have one due to bikes weak electrical systems, If my battery dies at home I am screwed sense I live on the down side of a very steep driveway.

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Sorry to hear that. Guess it would be tough to get the clutch back in and hit the brakes prior to going through the back wall of the garage. Maybe with a little practice????

Anyway, glad to know the jump start works in case it happens to me....

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If the batt is good the problem continues, the starter may be the problem. A dragging starter will pull a large amount of amps leaving the ignition system weak.

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Following the starting check, if the battery is good, contacts at the starter solenoid are clean then you might want to pull the starter motor and clean it up. There is a fine silt that can creep into the starter motor and cause it to "drag"
Usually though, a good healthy battery and a set of iridium plugs cures most hard to start problems.

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