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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It sounds like your sensor in the timer cavity on the right side of the engine is bad. Disconnect the blue wire from the coil. Take a spark plug out of the engine, put it back in the spark plug wire, and lay it on the head. Turn the switch on and momentarily touch the blue wire to the coil. When you take the wire off of the coil, you should see a spark at the plug. The purpose of the sensor in the timer cavity is to stop the flow of current in the coil and initiate a spark.
Posted on Sep 21, 2010
Sounds like the contacts in the starter solenoid are bad. Looking at the end of the starter form the right side of the bike, you see a 5-sided plate held on by three 3 mm screws. Remvove these screws and take the plate off. Behind the plate is a plunger and a long spring. Notice I didn't tell you to disconnect the battery. Remember there are things that are sitll "hot" in there so be careful of what you let touch. If you feel better about it, disconnect the battery.
Look in the solenoid and you'll see two large copper contacts. There is also a large copper "washer" on the plunger. You can see where the "washer" contacts the other contacts. If it looks burned away in a semi-circular pattern on one or both of the contacts, there's your problem.
You can get a "rebuild kit" from either Harley or on the aftermarket. Just take the bolts loose that hold the contacts in and swap them out. You can usually do this without removing the starter depending on the model of your bike. Remember too that he starter is Japanese and therefore requires metric tools.
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
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