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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    brand new bike wont start after putting it up for the winter.....at all

  • Anonymous May 16, 2009

    My 2007 XB12scg just died while I was riding. The engine turns over but there is no ignition. The engine light comes on as well.

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Check the extensive list of Buell troubleshooting answers on the Buell Forum. Sounds like your electricals are okay, so may be a fueling issue. Very tough to diagnose.

My first choice would be to check the fuel, then the spark plugs. Plugs may be fouled, especially if you were working the throttle much when idling or trying to get it started.

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I finally had some time and it was really nice out but my Lightning won't start. I just had it fully serviced before I parked it for the winter. New synthetic oil new plugs and a TPS reset. It's been sitting with a gas tank 70% full of premium for 4 or 5 months. The battery was extremely low so I trickle charged it over night. The charger said complete. The lights are bright. I went to start it and it barely made a slight sound like it wanted to turn over. Now it just clicks really loud whenever I press the start button. This thing only has 1100 miles on it and looks great. I've babied it and it's been fully services 3 times since new. Any tips? Suggestions?Did you try kick starting it?  Put it is gear and hold the clutch in (with the key on) then push it up to about 5 mph, then pop the clutch.  I had the same problem with my old ZX7R.  It turns out it was my battery.  Even though it took a charge and held one, it didn't hold enough amps to turn over the engine.  And I am thinking that a 1200cc v-twin needs some decent current to turn over.  Could also be a dead spot on the starter.  Also, did you put any stablizer in your tank before you parked it?  It isn't good to leave a tank under 90% full over the winter, especially without any stable in it.  Moisture can get into your tank and ruin the petrol.  Usually it will start though, just will run terrible.,,,

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Get the battery tested and see if it holds its power and the cranking amps are still there and drain the petrol and fill it up with fresh petrol shell optimax if you can get it and remember it is not good to leave any engine standing idle just start it once a week for 5 mins and rev it a few times hope this helps u

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