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I bought an old 1982 honda XL 125s and it has been starting first kick every time..

There was alot of excess wiring balled up and pushed up behind an after market filter housing..there are no lights, no battery, and no switches at all. i parked it down at my barn one night and some kids vandalized our barn and it looked like they reached up and grabbed the whole wiring set right under the seat on the left side and yanked them all down.. most o them were on the ground i guess, but all the wires going into the motor and suck are fine and intact.. I have all kinds of diagrams for battery and non xl's. but the ones that say their for the 82 xl 125s just look wrong to me. even with all the extra wires the spark plug is on the right side and nothing traces back the right way.. can anyone point me in the right direction since i'm sure this bike wasnt set up like OEM.. i know for a fact it had spark after they pulled the wires but a so called mechanic tried fixing it and now i have no spark.. any ideas?

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Hi, Jeff nice novella and the usual suspects are:
1. Fouled spark plugs.
2. Severely discharged or a damaged battery, should have 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a load test if necessary.
3. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
4. Loose connection at ignition coil or plug between ignition sensor and module.
5. Spark plug cables in bad condition, shorting, leaking, spark plug cable connections loose check for spark leakage in the dark.
6. Faulty ignition coil or electronic control module.
7. Faulty CKP, CMP, or BAS sensor.
8. Faulty ignition switch.
9. Tilt sensor needs a reset.
10. Security alarm failing to disarm needs reset
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• The first thing to do with ANY engine that has sat for any longer than a couple of months is to dump ALL the fuel in the tank and carb(s). ALL OF IT !! You'll want to refill with some high priced fuel that has fuel system cleaners (Like Chevron with Techron) not becasue you need high-test fuel, but because you need the cleaners. It's ether that or disassemble the carbs and clean out jets you can't find much less see. Your choice. The carb kits alone will cost you about $50 so a tank of high-test is looking pretty good, huh?

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