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Starter will not turn over when installed on bike. Battery fully charged. (12.7 Volts) All indicator lights function, as does the horn. When starter switch is pressed, all indicator lights go out. Connecting the jumper cable's (+) lead directly from the battery to the starter terminal post only produces a slight click from starter relay. Starter operates on test bench. Bike is in Neutral. All fuses checked. Battery posts and connecting cable terminals cleaned with wire brush. Worked fine last Fall. New batery removed for winter season and charged periodically while out of service.

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under the seat there is a reset button that taked a metal prong thingie (dont know whent it's called) you can use a paper clip - just jump the two terminals and try to start it,, doesnt happen all the time but it does happen.

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Kawasaki Vulcan Classic will not start

Hi, JD #4 and #7 are jumping up and down holding brightly colored neon signs that say "PICK ME" and the usual suspects are:
1. Ignition Switch not in the "ON" position.
2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. Discharged battery, needs to be 12.5 volts or better and be able to pass a load test if necessary.
4. Check the 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.
5. Tip over sensor needs a reset.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Faulty starter button.
8. Faulty kickstand or clutch pull in switch/sensor.
9. Starter control circuit, relay, or solenoid faulty.
10. Main fuse or circuit breaker may be blown or faulty.
11. Check for engine trouble codes.
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Nov 22, 2016 | 1998 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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12 volt system, hard starting, was told probably an amperage issue. How do I test it and how many amps should I be getting

there is no amperage reading as it is a variable depending on the current being used bu the systems
however voltage on the other hand is adjustable and readable
for a fully charged battery the reading should be 12 volts ( actually 13.2 v) and with the engine running at 2.000rpms the voltage should be 14.5 -14.8 volts
hard starting ( slow cranking speed) can be from a bad battery ( have a load test done at a battery shop) as it will read 12 volts but that drops to below 9 volts when a load is applied such as a starter motor operation
as a result the amps available will also drop and the starter has difficulty turning the engine
dirty battery posts and terminals (should be shiny clean ) or loose terminals will also create too high a resistance for the starter to work
you should take the vehicle to an accredited auto electrical shop where they can:- load test the battery, charge voltage and regulator operation
they can also attach an amp meter clamp around the positive cable to the battery to read the current draw when cranking the engine to use as an indication of possible starter faults
that reading for the starter operation can be as high as 450 amps for a few seconds but if it goes over 500 amps ,then that may indicate a problem starter especially if the battery has a low cc reading
( battery capacity is read as cc amp hour and for a small car would be 250-350 cc ah and for a larger vehicle can be 400-650 cc ah)

Sep 12, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Need radator for kawasaki vn 1500 classic tourer 2001 is the driffter the same radator as the vn 1500 classic plz hellllllllllllp

TO ALL VN1500 OWNERS....This once happen to me,
I went to the garage to start the bike "Nothing ""The first thing is the lights are bright but no turning over,Next you think the solenoid is kaput but the answer was very simple and the fix takes 30 seconds..
Do not take the bike to bits looking for other problems and look at the clutch leaver and you will see some wires going into a plastic shroud going into the switch in the clutch leaver, Make sure this has not popped out if its connection as it some times may do after a few years due to constant turning on the handlebars,
When this is not connected you will have a bike that will not fire up but comes alive and you will hear a clicking noise but this is from the engine carb area and every function of the bike will work but it will not turn over, Worth looking at and saves sixteen quid for a starter unit you never needed.

Feb 06, 2012 | kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic Tourer Fi...

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Starter relay checks ok,starter spins when hooked directly, fuses all ok...still wont turn over 2006 vulcan 1500 classic fi

sounds like it could be a bad may show enough volts but may not have the cranking AMPS to turn over the motor

Sep 09, 2011 | 2001 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Drifter

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Hi, I have a 2004 Vulcan Nomad 1500 L5 FI. I'm having issues starting the bike after I've been out riding for a while. It always took 2 or 3 revolutions (?) to start, but last season it sometimes took 4...

I would check the connection between the battery and the starter motor although its quite feasable that your starter is worn and is loading up, which makes it slow to turn and require more power from the battery.
Maybe you can remove the starter motor for testing?

Apr 24, 2017 | 2004 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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Kawasaki vulcan 1500 classic just clicks when trying to start just charged the battery but the little solenoid that has a wire to go to the starter just clicks

Hi and welcome to the site,

Initially, have the battery externally charged and/or load tested.

Offhand, with a freshly charged or new battery and clicking sound persist, then possibly a faulty starter relay. To confirm, temporarily jump the 2 big terminals of the starter relay. If the starter motor spins, then the fault on the relay has been confirmed. Should still be a no go, then a likely concern with the starter motor or more particularly, the carbon brushes and/or the commutator segments.

Good luck and thank you for asking.

Jun 12, 2010 | 1998 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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Crank fuse on 2005 vulcan classic

keep pressing the starter and find out were the click is comeing from,, then change the starter solenoid, it sounds like this is at fault

Mar 02, 2010 | 2004 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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My 2001 vulcan 1500 will not start. the indicator lights work but when i try to start it all lights go out for a second then come back on again. battery shows fully charged on trickle charger.

Measure the voltage on the starter side of the solenoid with the kill switch ON and the key ON and the starter switch PRESSED - trans in N. IF it is not 12 volts, it may be faulty.

Jan 18, 2010 | 2001 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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Battery is fine, but upon starting only makes buzzing sound

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, have the battery externally charged and/or load tested. This is just to verify its current output capacity not just the voltage.

Offhand, the "...loud buzzing sound..." indicates that the starter relay is cycling on/off on a fast rate. This could only be brought about by the supply voltage going up & down. Possibilities then are:
  • loose, corroded battery terminals / connectors & other electricals including the engine and frame ground straps.(most likely);
  • faulty starter relay (likely);
  • faulty charging system (likely);
  • weak or about to fail battery (least likely).
Postback results / updates on above checks.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

Nov 07, 2009 | 2002 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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Batt charging

Before this problem occurred did you charge the battery whilst still connected to bike? If so the regulator or Alternator may have been damaged?
Can you get the bike started by bumping (Push start) or a new fully charged battery? if you can then buy/borrow a Multi Meter and set it on Direct current 12Volt put Red+ lead from Meter to battery+ and Black- Negative lead from meter to Battery Negative- it should read between 13.8 and 14.8ish volts. If no fluctuation when revs are increased and stays at 12.5ish volts then unfortunately either the regulator or alternator is faulty. If you can't use a meter do the lights go brighter from tickover and revs to 1500? if not then possibilities again for Charging Grief.
Sorry to bring possible bad tidings but your looking in the right area.
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Jan 14, 2009 | 1996 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic

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