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Electrical trouble On Yamaha Drag Star Four A year ago i had probs with power cutting on and off while riding, then i eventually lost all power, no dash lights , nothing Mad . The bike sat in my garage for a winter, and now im messin with it again. i charged the batt. When i turn the key i get lights for the speedo and tach, also the tail light is on. nothing eltse turns on. bike dosent turn over , no horn , blinkers, anything. when the bike was running , when i turn the key , along with the speedo and tach being lit up , the warning light turns on , and the LCD screen is lit with other indicators. checked the fuses , they are fine. any advice would be helpfull as i dont know much about bikes.

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I've done som serious costom work on the vstar families of bikes hell I won a H.O.G bike show in sportster class with a vstar 650 classic with the softail frame turned ridged with struts lowered 6 in with a 200 series rear tire and a 180 fat front with custom 8 in over fork tube extensions that slid over the tops af the tubes and were machined to the width of the trees so I know a **** load about them and they r notorious for wire chafing Ive rewired every thing on them at first because I had to then to strip them down they will run great on about twenty wires and that 650 was pushing out 103 horses at the dyno drags at **** bang blow at myrtyl ****

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If all the fuses turn out good especially the main fuse then you might want to check your starter solenoid. Try jumping the two leads on the solenoid if the bike starts then most likely the solenoid is bad. If it doesn't start then it could be two other things. 1- your Ignitions might be shoot. tell tail signs. Bike cutting out during the ride and bike loses power when you hit the starter button but power returns when you turn the key off then back on. 2- The Rectifier might be gone. The rectifier will cause many different problem that might have you chasing carb problems, to the bike won't start at all with no cranking

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    Start with the kick stand down motor kill switch its mounted on the kickstand itself get rid of the whole switch if it's the problem just jump the connection with a jumper wire or banana clips to c if it is the problem I've taken them off of more rice bikes than any other type of safety switch like the **** seat cut off on my riding tractor


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