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Re: This bike was layed down while riding, and now it...
If the bike is undamaged it would because its been on its side probably fooded take a look at the spark plugs and give them a clean while they are out turn the engine ver 2 or 3 times replace the spark plugs and then try the engine
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More likely to be your ignition coils. They heat up and expand this can cause an open circuit which will close up again when it has cooled down. Although, a bad charging system may cause this problem. Check the battery voltage with engine switched off ( approx 12 volts) and with the engine running (approx 14 volts) If you are getting 14 volts then your battery is dead, if you aren't, then your charging system has a fault.
What I would suggest then is to bridge the side stand switch. If the switch stays open circuit, it will never start but if you bridge the wires before the switch then the bike should start and have now solved the problem for the interim or you if it does not start you know you have to look elsewhere.
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I'd check the battery first. I've seen the post break loose from the batteries in many Sportsters and leave them dead on the road. I've only seen this happen once on a Big Twin. Why? I have no idea. If nothing on the bike works, this may be the problem. If everything else works but it just won't start, I need more information. Does the starter engage and the engine turn over?
the problem may be in the starter silinoid. if it is on the starter you are going to need a new one but if it is not then get the replacment. have it checked first. you can do that at auto zone for free.
The bike has a sidestand interlock that prevents you from riding away with the kickstand down. That interlock is not functioning properly. Could have been bent or moved, unplugged, or perhaps the relay has failed. If physically activating the switch does not work, and connecting the wires with a jumper does not work start looking at the turn signal relay, some bikes have that circuit integrated into the relay.
It is common for these to trip when layed over and the contact inside to stick and not re-set. It is a sliding wieght on a curved metal bar. When it slides too far to either side, it completes a ground circuit and kills your fuel pump. Dirt and crud can hold the slider in that postion even after the bike is stood back up.
You might want to have a look at that. It lives under the seat on the right-hand side, I believe.... but don't quote me on that.