Join Date: May 2017
Location: mason county, west "by god" virginia
barn find, starting issues
hi all, new to the forum, and forums in general, so i hope im doing this right.
recently found my first vn750, an 86, that has sat for quiet some time. did the normal carb clean, fresh fluids, plugs, etc and now that im ready to start it for the first time im having difficulty. i was told the bikes entire history, for the most part, by the owner. All issues i fixed before trying to start, but one, he mentioned the battery wires colors were backwards for some reason and it had been hooked up one time, for about 5 minutes, reversed(pos on neg & neg on pos) while trying to start it prior to me purchasing. So before i did anything i hooked a battery up to it and gave the starter button a quick tap to verify it worked and it did at the time. However, now i can push the button, hear a click and it loses all power to the bike. i can smack the wiring on the solenoid and the lights come back on, repeaded. only tried to start once since then and after turning over about three times cut out again. perfect voltage, did resistance test on all wires and turned out perfect, and replaced the gnd and starter button supply wire on a whim but to no avail. checked connections for loose fittings, and eventually tried jumping the solenoid over with a screw driver just to see if it would still cut out and it did. out of thoughts at this point, and no prior work with vulcans.
any thoughts? thanks