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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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