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1982 Yamaha 920 has no power to the system or starter

I charged the battery and tested it because when I went to start the bike after sitting all winter, no lights came on the instrument gauge and the starter would not even make a noise. Still I have no sign of life in the electrical system. The battery connections are good and I even tried using my truck to jump it using cables. Still no sign of any power anywhere. Is there any fuses or cud have a mouse eaten on any crucial wires?

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  • wawinters Mar 13, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply. I will check the fuse tomorrow. I do appreciate your advice.

  • wawinters Mar 13, 2009

    It was the main 15 amp fuse under the seat that was blown. I replaced it and checked all wiring. Its all good now. Thanks



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There might be a ground problem cause if the bike was running when you parked last summer then most likely a dirty connection somewhere if all the fuses are good then check all your wiring . Somewhere along the line a bad connection,starter solenoid ,keep looking you'll find itt !! good luck Jonny

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Yes and yes. Check the main fuse if nothing comes on, ie lights, horn, etc. Do not jump start a motorcycle with the truck running. This can overload the system really easily.

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