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Why is my bike clicking and wont start?

Bike had been starting pretty well in the upper 20 degrees lately. Till the other day. Tried to crank over and stopped when i saw that the light would dim slightly trying to start it. Took battery off later that day and put it on trickle charge over night. Battery was jut purchased about a month ago. Put freshly charged battery back in and all i get are clicks when i push the start button.

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    wormaxe Jan 20, 2013

    Well, ive checked the battery connections and all are tight. Put a voltmeter on the terminals and it reads over 12.8. Wen i trun switch on it reads between 12.5 and 12.6. I tried push staring but just cant get it fast enough. Once i pop in the clutch in 2nd it just stops on me. I took off the seat and checked connections and wires. All looked ok from what i could tell. Wasnt sure where to check with voltmet but all looked fine. Then i got to the starter relay. One bolt was a little loos on it. I tightened and still got clicks. Just for the H of it, i used a wire to jump both side of that relay and along with a lil spark it tried to crank over. I know jumping it isnt really good for the elecrical components but i had to try something. From that outcome i took the starter relay off and i looking today for a new one.

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    wormaxe Jan 20, 2013

    And typing fast on an ipad really sux, lots of spelling errors... Lol sorry :/

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    wormaxe Feb 01, 2013

    Fixed! :D the starter relay came in the mail and after installing it, the bike started right up. Drove it into work today without any problems. Thanks everyone for the tips!



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Make sure you got your terminals tight. then if so its still your battery not charged, just push it til you get jogging speed jump on put it in second pop the clutch it will start let it run about 20 to 30 mins should be enough charge built in your battery to restart it, if not your battery is bad even though its fairly new could be low on water inside it !

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If u havn't checked the battery with an ohm meter, do so. If the meter reads 12.50 or higher start looking at your starter. The solinoid would click and a bad starter would nothing. You could try tapping on the starter with a small hammer while pressing the start button. If it starts or at least turns over, u need a starter.

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Try to jump start the bike, 2nd gear down hill key on and let the clutch out... If it starts you have a starter problem, could be the brushes.. good luck...

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The same thing happened to me (2002 sv650) and it turned out to be the voltage regulator. Check it.

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sounds like the problem is your battery is not charging when you are riding. The most common cause is a faulty regulator / rectifier. Contact a motorcycle wreckers for these parts, or your yamaha dealer.
Easy way to test is, when your bike is running, and the lights start to dim, before the bike shuts down, using a volt meter, test the voltage at the battery terminals, should be about 14V. If faulty rectifier,no charge going in to your battery, then the reading will be low, about only a few volts. If you dont have a volt meter, then any mechanic shop can do this test for you. best to have this done before buying any parts.

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SOURCE: bike cranks and wont start

replace stator for sure.

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