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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
well i would make sure you have at least 12 volts at battery then make sure all ground at battery are tight and pos on battery is tight the at starter make sure the big wire has 12 volts or more at it then the little wire going to starter solenoid when you push but should get 12 volts at it if not you may have bad ignition or security system may be looking it out but the little key light may be flashing if it is hope this helps
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
That clicking sound you are hearing may be a circuit breaker tripping indicating a short circuit somewhere. I think the starter circuit is powered by the ignition circuit. If you have a short circuit in your ignition system the breaker will trip killing power to your ignition, thus the engine dying, and preventing power for the starter circuit preventing the bike from being restarted.
On your bike, I believe there is a chrome coil cover over the coil on the left side of the bike. Check and see if this cover has come loose. I've seen them come loose and fall down on the coil connector on top of the coil shorting it out. If that ain't it, just keep looking, there's a short somewhere. Good Luck
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
You need a test light on the starter terminal when it won't start. Attempt the start and if the light comes on, but the motor doesn't, the motor is defective. In that case, remove the starter from the engine and inspect each brush located at the opposite end from the drive for excess wear or weak spring tension that holds the brush in place. Don't rotate the brush 180 degrees when replaced. I don't know if rebuild kits are available--check with a dealer. Hope this helps!
Posted on May 21, 2010
If the bike is still under warranty, I'd take it to a dealer to begin with. But, if I had to take a guess, I'd say that the starter was trying to turn over before the starter gear on the jackshaft is properly engaged with the ring gear on the outer clutch basket. What would cause this? I'd look at the contacts in the starter solenoid and make sure they were straight.
From the right hand side of the bike look for a plate on the end of the starter that is shaped roughly like a pentagon (five sided). The plate is held on by three small screws. Remove the screws and the plate. Behind the plate you'll find a plunger and a spring. Remove the plunger and the spring. Look inside and on either side of the solenoid body on the inside, you'll see two large copper contacts. Are they straight across or are they kind of twisted? Sometimes when the large cables are attached to these contacts, the nut is tightened too tightly and the contacts get twisted. This makes the contact on the plunger make contact with these contacts before the plunger is all the way in it's inwards position. The starter motor begins to spin before the starter gear is completely engaged with the ring gear on the clutch outer shell. The gear makes a loud clank as it engages with the clutch gear.
To straigten them, disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery. Loosen the nut on large cable connections on BOTH sides of the solenoid. Remove the long spring from the plunger. Put the plunger back into the solenoid and push it all the way in. While holding the plunger in, tighten the connections where the large cables connect. Remove the plunger replace the sping, put the plunger back in the solenoid. Put the plate back on and reconnect the negative cable at the battery. Hopefully this will help.
Posted on Jun 18, 2010
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