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Pushing the starter button results in only a click-

My breva v1100 (2006) has done this twice. I can hear a click (the starter soleniod) but the starter motor doesn't turn. I've cleaned battery terminals.

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Could be a kick stand switch or neutral safety switch. i would check both those as well.



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When you press the starter button why do you just get a click, is it a bad soleniod? or could it be a bad battery connection?

Clicking could be several things. That you have a click would indicate there is power to cause the click - probably the solenoid you hear. That is not to say your battery has sufficient power to kick the starter over.

I believe I would do a voltage test on the battery first off. Second thing I would do is measure the power on the starter side of the solenoid with the start button pressed. No power n the starter side? Replace the solenoid. You have not done something 'silly' like try to start in gear with the kick stand down (may not be a safety feature on your motorcycle) or try to start with the "kill" switch in stop position, have you? :-)

The starter may be getting power but not able to turn over because the engine will not turn over? What happens if you push the bike and pop the clutch? Will it start?

I would measure the voltage at the starter next with the starter button pressed. Is it proper?

The next think I would try is to run the starter by jumping from the battery directly to the starter. MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN NEUTRAL!!! Start?

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Try to start it at the soleniod switch by bridging the two points there ( wire frm the battery and one tht goes to the starter motor right there on the solenoid).
If the starter still doesnt turn, thn you will have to remove it and overhaul.
Not bad to check the starter button too.
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