Question about Motorcycles
I downed my bike recently & now it won't start. Pressing the starter button doesn't even make a noise. The wire leading to the brake light was cut in the wreck. Would that prevent the bike from starting? Other than that wire being cut, the only other damage that might prevent the bike from starting is the right handlebar or gas tank. The right handlebar (containing: starter/kill switch/throttle) was snapped off, however all wires are still connecting to it & are in tact. The gas tank was also dented pretty deep on the front right portion. It is a fuel-injected engine so it oncerns me that it could've disturbed something to do with that inside the tank... why won't my bike start?!? ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Just because the wires are still connected, doesn't mean they are intact or that the switches they are connected to are working. If the bike does nothing, it would indicate that the problem is most likely with the Kill switch. Check all the wiring in that region and make sure the switch still works.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi and welcome to FixYa,
Initially, try with the sidestand folded up and / or the clutch lever pulled in. Likewise determine if there is a clicking sound when the start button is pressed:
Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
i have never heard of it not shutting down when the plug cap is pulled.... but clean your carb.... its probably just a stuck float or something really easy to do
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
Obviously the CDI is picking up power from the starter button. Check the ignition key switch for proper operation. Chances are that whatever fried the loom also fried part of the switch. Alternate to that, trace the wire powering the CDI system, disconnect it at the source (starter button connection), then find a power source that is live only when the key is turned on and then hook the CDI wire up there.
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Posted on Aug 18, 2009
Unless someone has a bike and gives you the correct information you will be fine. Otherwise I recommend tracing back. Also if you turn on ignition, ensuring wires are not touching each other. Ignition will be hot and you should have a common ground. Kill switch will not be a ground. Start switch should be same color as the one at starter. Also turn signal on left handle bar will cause intermittent power to connector. It may just be easier taking apart switches on right handle bar. Or inspecting where they are actually coming from specifically.
Posted on Feb 21, 2010
SOURCE: My 97 fatboy battery started
Well, I don't really know how to tell you to troubleshoot your starter when you don't have a meter. When you press the starter button, there is a starter relay that is usually mounted on the rear fender extension on the Fat Boy that engages and provides voltage to the starter solenoid. This voltage goes to the solenoid via the single small wire that plugs onto the starter just above the d-sided plate on the end of the starter. This wire goes hot which energizes the coil in the solenoid. The magnetism pulls the plunger into the starter. The plunger has a large round copper "washer" that make contact to two copper terminals inside the solenoid that connects the battery to the starter motor.
To test the starter, make SURE your transmission is in neutral. Take the 5-sided plate off the end of the starter. There are three 3mm bolts that hold the plate on. Behind the plate, you'll find the plunger and long spring. Using a large screwdriver or something, push the plunger into the solenoid as far as you can. The starter should engage and turn the engine. If not, look at the copper contacts inside the solenoid. If they look burned and are not smooth across the face, you may need to replace them. Rebuild kits are available both through Harley and aftermarket suppliers.
Posted on Mar 30, 2011
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