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Starter motor doesn't operate

Battery is good, contactor clicks when starter is pressed.

Could someone please advise of electrical checks to carry out before looking at the motor itself.


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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

The clicking sound is significant. It indicates that the starter relay is working and the safety features/interlocks are not faulty. A few tests to try:

  • locate the starter motor relay by following the cable from the battery's + terminal;
  • remove the rubber cap/cover to expose the 2 big terminals of the relay;
  • verify by pressing on starter button. Click should be heard/felt on the relay;
  • temporarily jumper the 2 big terminals on the nuts (not on the threaded portion);
  • if the starter motor spins, the starter motor relay is faulty, specifically the contactors;
  • if the motor does not turn, then most likely a faulty starter motor, specifically the carbon brushes.
Although, it is also possible for the starter motor not to spin if the engine has seized. A way to check is to engaged the bike in gear and try to turn the rear tire. If the tire/chain/transmission/engine turns, then it would be the starter motor.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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