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Will not start. Bench test on starter ok. Power at switch but will not transfer threw. Flag terminal has 12 volts then 0 volts when I plug it to the starter. Not sure what to do.. I will check the safty switches next to see if maybe any are bad. Any help would be great.... Thank you!

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The push button started switch on the handle bars does two things at the same time. It interupts the headlight and closes the circut for the starter. This is common to most motor cycles. The comon problem here is that the switch itself is not well protected from weather and corossion.

Common trouble shoot steps...
Does the starter turn when supplied voltage with a jumper cable. If so started motor is probaly intactact if not bad starter.
Second if you jump the relay for the starter (often near the battery, will have a heavy cable from battery and one from starter) does the starter spin?
If these are OK suspect the switch on the handle bars.
I have to clean mine about every six months but my bike is NEVER in the garage. Idrive it daily and it sits out at night.

Good Luck

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