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2003 HD sportster xl 883 aniversary edition was caught in rain, would not start next morning but that same evening tighten throttle screw it started, shut it off and could not start it since

It has push start button when key turn to on position it shows just neutral but not oil lamp indicator like before

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Hi Hal, harleys are pretty waterproof when it comes to weather so i would check for spark at the plugs first, then see if you can pull up any codes on speedo. Good luck

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