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Starting problems I rode my bike back and forth to work yesterday with no issues. Today however is different. The motor will not turn over, I hear no action in the starter whatsoever. Plus the headlight dosen't work, dim or bright. all other lights work fine. did not test horn. My first thought was battery may have shorted out somehow. voltmeter showed good and i went ahead and put the trickle charger on. same results after full charge, kinda expected that though.I thought possibly starter but why would the headlight not work and vise versa? I appreciate any help,I want to ride dangit.

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    is the starter not getting power or is the starter junt not working+

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I would start by checking your starter switch, ignition, the starter relay and then the kickstand saftey switch. There is a few things that happen when you start the bike. One, you depress the starter switch, the headlight shuts off, the starter relay closes and the bike starts. I'm not sure how or what creates this but I bet there is a relay somewhere along the line that cuts power to your headlight when you start the bike and its faulty and is causing both of the problems. It may stuck somewhere in the middle instead of open or closed. I would also suggest jumping your starter relay to see if it starts. If it doesnt, then it must in your ignition switch. Find your starter relay, there should be one red wire leading to it, another leading away. Very important... make sure your bike is in neutral.. the starter will fire not matter what. Take flat headed screw driver and connect the two post. It should fire right up. If it does, the lights should come on. It may be just enough to get that stuck relay unstuck.

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