First, make sure that your battery is in good condition, FULLY CHARGED, and the wires/cables that are connected to the Battery Terminals are clean and securely connected, and the same with the Ground wire/cable from the Battery terminal to the Frame. If you still have that problem, is sounds like you need to replace your STARTER RELAY, and/or Clean or Rebuild the Solenoid. ALSO, check that the wire connection TO the solenoid (that's the small green wire that comes from the Starter Switch) is clean and securely connected. Good Luck.
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Ok, providing your battery is good, if your getting a click, means your circuit is good from the Battery to the start button on to the starter relay(is what you hear clicking). You need to look at your starter motor. Either bad earth to starter motor or worn brushes in the starter motor. There are a few other possibly causes but id inspect the motor first before going into those as there a bit more advanced problem.
The starter has to throw it's gear out using centrifugal force. The speed of the starter has to be enough to overcome the spring inside. It is either a little seized and needs to be rebuilt and greased up, or the battery isn't powered up enough to get the right speed to engage properly. In that case clean the battery posts and clamps well, then charge or replace the battery. To know if the battery is bad wait till it is charged... if it still doesn't engage try again with booster cables from your car etc. and see if it suddenly works fine.
Sounds like either the starter motor has jammed or your battery is down on power so unable to engage the starter motor solenoid. Cures: 1.Hit starter motor with hammer using short sharp shocks - this often frees the stuck starter motor engaging cog. 2.Put car in gear and attempt to rock the car back and forth. 3. Jump start using stronger battery. 4.Charge battery - you might want to check that your alternator is charging the battery, the easiest way is to use a multimeter on the 0-20volt DC scale and see that the voltage is higher than the battery in a non running state. You should see a reading of around 13-14 volts. Obviously you will need the motor running to check this.Lastly if possible try bump starting.
When you discovered your battery was kaput, you were probably trying to start your bike at the time. I have seen on rare occasions that when this happens, the starter solenoid gets "stuck" in the "engaged" positon. Try rocking your bike backwards and forwards a few times with the transmission in high gear. Rock the bike while shifting the tranny until you get it into high gear. The with the clutch out, rock the bike and turn the engine over a few times. Shift the bike back down to neutral and try to connect the battery. Rocking the bike while in gear rotates the outer clutch drum. If the starter jack shaft is still engaged with the ring gear on the outer clutch drum, rocking the bike a bit will turn the drum allowing the spring in the starter to pull the jack shaft and starter gear back out of engagement. I hope this helps.
the clicking noise is from the starter solenoid.It is not receiving enough power to move the starter drive gear to the flywheel. If the battery was charged fully the solenoid will engage the drive gear to the flywheel to start
starter motor is jammed. solenoid on the starter is sticking. if its a manual gearbox put the car bin 4th gear, release the handbrake and rock the car back and forth.if you hear a clunk then the solenoid has released. try starting the car again. if its an automatic remove the stater motor and investgate. either way your starter motor needs overhaul or replacing
I would check the starter clutch its self first. It is a one way clutch so if you remove the starter and disassemble it to the starter clutch and hold the starter clutch in one hand and use your other hand to turn the starter clutch gear, it should only turn in one direction.