The click implys the gear indicator and kickstand swithch may be working, and just a coincidence. try a test light connected to the starter when the problem occurs. if it lights, the brushes in the starter are probably stuck / worn. if not, the problem may be the start relay, or loose cable to battery, etc,
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Re: push button starter just clicks
It sounds like either your sidestand switch (easy to fix) or your neutral sensor (hard to fix) is malfunctioning. Disconnect the sidestand switch and jumper the connection. If your problem goes away, replace the sidestand switch (or just reposition it). If it still acts up you'll have to go into the transmission and replace the neutral sensor.
The bike will not start in gear, with the sidestand down. It should start in gear if you pull the clutch in, but the sidestand must be up.
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There is a sidestand/kickstand switch. When this is activated (stand down) and you select gear it cuts the engine out. It is to prevent riding off with stand down. The switch sits on the bottom of the bike in the spray and mud when riding so gets clogged up. Spraying with (for example) WD40 cleans it up. pushing and pulling on the button will free it up as well. Failing that, disconnect or short it as a last resort. Easier done as a 2 man job (or woman lol) where one holds bike up or leans it away from the stand and the other gets down low and plays with the switch.
pushing the start button dims the lights is a sure indication that the battery is faulty
have it load tested or replace it
charging a dead battery after a 2 year period of being flat causes what is known as sulphation of the plates and the battery will not accept a charge regardless of the charge time.
Yamaha motorcycles of this vintage often have issues with their kickstand switch. This switch can be disabled by clipping the two wires that go into the switch and wiring them together--the kickstand switch is normally closed (letting current flow) when the stand is up; the switch is open when the kickstand is down. This is more afield than your electrical concerns, but if the clutch plates have bonded together, the bike will stall when you put the bike into gear. The bike will start and idle fine, but basically, you don't have a working clutch, so the bike will stall out when you dump it into gear while at a standstill. You can test for this by starting the bike and having someone push the bike to get up to a little speed, then trying to shift into 2nd gear. If the bike lurches forward before stalling or keeps running, you have a clutch, not an electrical issue. Folks sometimes get lucky, and working the clutch plates a few times will free up the sticking plates. I have had this problem with a mid-1970s vintage Honda that I don't ride very often. Eventually, the clutch plates free up and the bike is good to ride again. Good luck!
I would check out a few other things first, a bad solenoid still clicks, How about the kickstand switch, working? Stuck on?, how about the kill switch? On? The bike will not crank in gear. Make sure it is in neutral. If those check out, then start looking at other things, like the oil level? The relay from the battery to the starter can come loose. The wires at the starter itself, loose?Corroded?. Anti theft device activated? Check it out, Hope this helps.
Hi Art! First of all, congratulations on your 1967 Triumph... that's a beauty!!!
Basic things to know before riding a bike is it's parts.
Clutch is the lever you press on the left side of the handle bar.
Front disc brake is the lever on the right side of the handle bar.
Shifter is the one you're stepping on when shifting gears and is located on the left side of the engine if you're on it.
Now, you must first know if the gear is on Neutral by pushing the bike before starting the bike. If it's hard to push then the shifter is not in neutral. Press the shifter by your left foot until you are able to push the bike with ease.
Hop on the bike and start the engine. Most bikes have ignition starters but if your bike doesn't have one, then you have to turn keys to on position and use the kick starter. Rev the engine by pressing the throttle grip on the right side of the handle bar.
Engine is running and in idle position. Press the Clutch lever (left hand) and press the shifter once (left foot) DO NOT RELEASE THE CLUTCH YET!!!
Slowly press the throttle with your right hand until you hear or feel the engine purr...
Slowly release the clutch (left hand) until you fell the bike move forward.
If I am not mistaken, shifting the gears of the triumph is 1-down and 4 up...
Every time you shift gears, you need to press the clutch to release the gears.
There are two safety switches that you may need to test. 1) Neutral safety switch- this switch is what tells the bike that it's in neutral and allows the starter to engage. 2) Kickstand safety switch- this switch will not allow the bike to run in gear if the kickstand is down. My initial guess is the neutral safety switch. If the neutral safety switch is bad, then you will not be able to start the bike with the kickstand down because the bike thinks that it's in gear (even if in neutral). This also may explain why the initial intermitent problem of not starting when warm since the metal contacts will expand and possibly not make contact when warmed up. Are you trying to start the bike with the kickstand up or down? If it were the kickstand safety switch, the bike would probably start okay and then die when you put it in gear.
pull your clutch in on the left handlebar push the shifter lever down and let you clutch out slowly while giveing the bike a lil bit of gas. But if you don't know how to ride i wouldn't be jumping on a kx 250