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Honda CB 250 1998-will not start, just clicking, battery is ok

I have not been using my bike on road for past 2 months, but starting it regularly. Last occassion, battery was run down, this time same again, so I used jump leads, it started then died, now no turn over, just clicking sound from around fuse area? & no yellow starter light. Green light is fine. Could this be starting motor gone like car??

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  • paircmor190 Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you for you prompt reply, very informative. Hopefully, I can get my bike started now

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    My 2013 Honda Metropolitan died while I was driving home. I walked it most of the way home trying to start it every couple blocks. It finally started up. It seems fine now but I would like to know what caused it so it doesn't cause me to be late for work and randomly die. It sounded like normal trying to start, just wouldn't turn over.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    Let's take it from the top. 2004 Shadow Sabre was starting just fine until it started clicking without the starter turning over. Battery seemed a little weak so I tested it a few times but for all intents and purposes, it should have started. I made the mistake of trying to start the bike with a running car. There was one click and everything went dark. According to my repair manual, everything before I hooked it to the car pointed to the starter and I pulled it a part to find the brushes and holder were showing continuity. My question is what else could I have fried with the running car mishap? Fuses are all in the clear and the wiring harness does not look burnt. Should I be looking at relays or some other sensitive electronic?


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Hi, Your problem lies with the starter solenoid, although you maybe using a fully charged battery to jump it, it appears to be sticking or possibly faulty due to trying to start with poor battery.
The starter solenoid is usually located on or near the Battery compartment, it is cylindrical and has two heavy wires attached to it 1 goes to the starter motor the other to the battery. If you are carefull you can by pass the solenoid by touching the heavy wire going to the starter motor with the jumper lead. Make sure the jump battery is connected and both the NEGATIVE leads are well secure. Put the NEGATIVE lead from jump cable direct to a engine mount bolt or engine itself Not the battery.
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