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NO SPARK NO START

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  • nickels428 May 11, 2010

    Does the motor crank?  Is it cranking slow?  How did you test the spark?   What did it do/act like before this problem came up?

  • Rob Selvy
    Rob Selvy May 11, 2010

    Can you please give me the symptoms that brought the "no spark" issue on? I'd like to know a few things so we can successfully troubleshoot the problem and hopefully get you running again:


    • When did you first notice the bike had no spark?

    • Were you riding it and it quit or has it been sitting and now has no spark?

    • How have you tested the spark? These bikes emit a very weak looking spark at low rpm's so if you are in daylight and are simply grounding a spark plug against the head you may not see it.

    • Have you checked all the usual culprits? I.E. On / Off switch on the handlebars, the ignition switch, and have you made sure the small wires going to the coil were not unplugged?
    Please try to give me as many details as possible so I can further assist you. The more you tell me the more I can do to help you.


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Without more information, my guess is I would clean your battery cables, most important one is the ground cable under the bike just in front of the rear tire.  Also how old is your battery.

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