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Honda Hawk CB 250 will not crank

The bike has been standing for over 12 months. It was running fine but now the starter motor will not operate. The battery is fully charged.

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  • domenic_capp Feb 28, 2009

    Thanks to both respondents. The battery is new and i do not get a solenoid click. All the dash lights work and they do not dim when I press the starter (also headlights, indicators, brake, tail etc are fine). I will try your suggestions and let you know how it went. 

  • domenic_capp Feb 28, 2009

    OK, rolling it did the trick. Thanks tellme2. Now it is cranking but will not start, I already topped up the oil, so that is not the issue here, What do you suggest? clean plugs, fuel supply....If you suggest anything can you provide a little detail on how because I am very new at this?

  • domenic_capp Mar 01, 2009

    I have already checked the carby bowls, there was fuel and it was clean. I did drain the petrol and disconnected the battery when I mothballed it. I was going to check the plugs but do not have a socket. I will need to buy one so I will get back to you and let you know how I went later this week. Once again thanks for the help, Regards, Dom.

  • domenic_capp Apr 05, 2009

    I will try the things you mention. The spark looks good even though the plugs are a little dirty. I did drain the bowls. I have been away so have not done much. Might get to it next week end,

    Thanks Dom.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I had the same problem a while ago with a cb250 1991 and the cause was the ignition controller just went bad for no aparent reason. You can buy one online for about $120.00. If you have no spark to both plugs this might be the problem.

  • Jim Giesen May 11, 2010

    Is the battery new or has it been idle for 12 months?

    Has the battery been load tested? It might be fully charged but wont take a load.

    If its a new battery check the fuses and or fuse link at the start solinoid for good conection or corrsion.

    Do the dash lights come on? if they do when you hit the starter button do they drop off or just the starter wont operate?

    if the starter is dead can you hear the soliniod click?

    if not it could be the button switch or the saftey systems stopping it..Neutral switch, side stand, clutch switch etc....


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Hello there,, if she ran before u took her off the road m8,, then shez just a bit seized up and needs a bit of movin arround,, heres a few to try out,, the cheap way first,, first u can get her out ,wak in 2 second or 3rd, and just rock her back wards and fowards, a few times just to loosin a few engine bits,,then try and start her,,, if nothin but u do here the click of a solonoid then whilst your hittin the starter button,tap the starter moter with summat heavy,, ideally a copper hammer, a hammer will do ,,dont beat it to death,,just a few thwacks,,the moter just loosening,, if still nuffin,, cross the to terminals of the solonoid with a plastic handled screw driver, itl spark like hell ,but dont panic, either of these will hopefully get her goin,, any probs ,,shout and stage 2 will be needed,, cheers now

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    terry weightman Feb 28, 2009

    ello m8,, glad 1 probs been sorted 4 yuh,, so not starting,, 1st,,take out the spark plugs,give them a quick clean up with some emery cloth or wet n dry paper,, they should a kinda biscuit brown at the end of the plug,, 2nd, unscrew the spark plug caps from the coil wire,,and just snip just a little bit off the end of the wire,, so u can see a bit of copper brass lookin wire in the core of the wire,,screw the cap back on ,put a spark plug in to the cap and lay on top of the cylinder head,hit the starter switch u should have a nice spark at the plug,if u dont u may need a coil,, try a different plug to be sure,,if its not sparkin,if it is sparkin nice ,,then the electrics seem ok,, as shez been stood a while spray wd40 in the plug caps ,,3rd if no joy on the startin,, un do one of the screws on the bottom of the carbs ,its a drain screw 4 the fuel,, just un do it ,,to see if fuel is in the carb,,if it looks brownish in colour u will need to clean the carbs out,, try these 1st m8,, if no joy or not sure wot to do ,shout and il narrow things down 1 at a time,, cheers now


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Just pull the plug caps off stick a nail or somthing in the end of the cap leave a 1mm gap and see if you have ablue spark...If you have leave them alone..
When you drained the fuel did you drained the carbies before it was put in to storage? If you didnt you will have to remove the bowls and clean the Main, pilot and emulsion tubes........

Before you try any thing try removing the ari filter and spry a bit of fuel into the intake manifold (where the filter sits) if it trys to start make sure there is fuel in the bowls, if there is clean the above..

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  • Jim Giesen Mar 01, 2009

    was the fuel drained from the carby bowls before storage?

    You dont need to remove the plugs to check spark. the chances of 2 plugs failing due to storage unless it is slim pull caps of the plugs and check


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