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Kawasaki Vulcan 1500C Starter will not turn off unless the lead from the battery is removed. No key in ignition either, it just keeps trying to start!

Checked starter thumb switch. Removed from handle bar, reconnected the positive lead and it started turning over again. weird right...... most people have the opposite problem.

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Solenoid jammed on...

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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    kitdatson Jan 09, 2013

    Replaced the solenoid. Has not repeated the problem........Yet

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There is also a safety switch on the clutch lever that could give the same symptoms.
Another thing to check is the fuse block that has a starter relay built in (hidden) above the fuse compartment. My D5 has the same symptoms and this is the problem. If I keep the starter button depressed for some seconds the relay operates and bike starts.

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SOURCE: 2004 kawasaki VN 800 Vulcan

not likely however it could be the starter.... before it died completely did you hear any noise when you started it?

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: kawasaki vulcan 1500 classic just clicks when

Hi and welcome to the site,

Initially, have the battery externally charged and/or load tested.

Offhand, with a freshly charged or new battery and clicking sound persist, then possibly a faulty starter relay. To confirm, temporarily jump the 2 big terminals of the starter relay. If the starter motor spins, then the fault on the relay has been confirmed. Should still be a no go, then a likely concern with the starter motor or more particularly, the carbon brushes and/or the commutator segments.

Good luck and thank you for asking.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010

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SOURCE: vulcan1500 will not start

On The vulcan you can access the starter relay directly, you have 2 bolts for the power leads on the back, carefully short the two big bolts with a screw driver, this wil put power directly on the starter bypassing all. If you think that there is a problem maybee with the starter, then 1st remove the starter from the engine and do the same test outside the engine to avoid damage.
i do have starters in stock. www.bikepartsonline.co.za

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