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Wont start I just moved my motorcycle cross-country in a u-haul and finally got around to trying to get it started and up and running after the move, and I can't get it going. Here is what happened. First I tried to start the bike in neutral with the clutch in, kill-switch off, and kick-stand up. It wouldn't do anything for me (weird right there). So I released the clutch and tried starting it. It tried to turn over a few times this way so I put the choke on and tried again. Once again it sluggishly tried to turn over, but wouldn't start. So I hooked up my battery charger to it and waited until the charged said it was fully charged and tried again. I had the same thing happen, but this time after trying to turn over a few times it wouldn't even do that anymore. It just started clicking instead. Per advice in this forum, I sanded the terminals, replaced the battery and replaced a fuse that apparently broke during transit. Here is the remaining problem. It won't start! It will give it a good effort to turn over now, but it just won't catch. It is full of gas, and the engine kill is off. It won't even try and turn over when I hold the clutch in. I've tried it both kickstand up and kickstand down. Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated.

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  • jmc10y Apr 08, 2009

    Did you get it fixed mate as I have bought a new battery and still have the same problem. I have to bump start my bike as it turns over very slowly then clicks


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First thing change your oil if you havent. Petcocks go out and let fuel though. It will fill up your crankcase and that will make it sluggish turning over. The problem is probably you startor relay. There is a check for that in your manual. Next chack you cluch saftey switch. Trace the wires and unplug them. Take a ohms reader and when you pull the clutch in you should have continuity between them you will have to check your book for sure, but most bikes test this way. Hope this helps.

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