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When I turn key on I have head light but no instrument lights and it won't turnover

Just bought it last year,I had to wiggle the key a little to get the instrument(tach) lite to come on and then it would start and run fine. I put new battery in this week turned key and couldn't get tach lt to lite at all and bike wouldn't start.I replaced key switch seemed fine, bike started, tach lt was on, but the neutral indicator light(green-N)was going on and off intermitently with the moving of handle bars,and when I rev'd it up and the green lt happened to be on it ran great but when the lt went out it backfired and lost power at high rpm but idled I shut off and now I;m back to square one -no tach lt and wont start. Dave

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I would suggest you check the wiring loom around the headstock as you were able to cause symptoms when moving the handlebars. You may have a broken wire inside the loom so you will have to open it to inspect it.

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Sort of sounds like a Twilight Zone kind of problem doesn't it. I would have the battery checked for an internal dead short. This is something that happens on odd occasions and can happen even to a new battery. Yea, the little lights will work ( they do not draw much juice ), but the starter motor draws a lot of juice and a shorted battery just ain't got it. Also check the wiring harness connections. One loose connection can cause bunches of trouble.

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SOURCE: no power when going into 2nd gear or higher

Forget the wiring. The key thing here is probably the painted gas tank. In all likelihood there was some trash that got into the tank related to the paint job. Do this > Carefully remove the water trap bowl from the petcock, (gas valve), and look inside the bowl. It may have some water in the bottom and some trash on top. Clean the bowl. Next, remove the petcock and clean it as well. Drain the carbs. Turn the gas on and wait a minute for the float bowls to fill.

Give it a try. It may be that the gas from the tank is restricted and can't refill the floats as fast as the engine needs. A second thought is the exhaust pipe. The bike will not run well if the exhaust is partly plugged up. Disconnect the exhaust and tick off the neighbors by going around the block without a muffler. The inside of the muffler may have collapsed when the welding was done.

Between the two solutions I think the exhaust is the more likely.
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SOURCE: 92 FXR bike will not start or even turn over

that clicking sound is the starter solenoid. check all large cables for corrosion and tightness. as for the signal lights, neutral and horn, i think a wire is grounding , thus causing the problem with the bike not starting also. check at ignition switch and at handle controls for a loose wire that may be touching the handlebar. basically inspect all the wiring on the bike

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SOURCE: Ignition lights go on and the battery is good, bike won't start

corrosion in the starter switch housing. pull it apart and use wire tooth brush or steel wool to clean the connector, should work fine after that.

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Lift the tank. Underneath it you'll find a plastic connector block joining loads of wires together. Turn the ignition on and push this connector block together, or twist it around a bit. If the ignition sequence starts, it'll be because the wires in the connector block are corroded. Moving the block sometimes makes a temporary fix, but ultimately it'll happen again until the block or the wiring harness ideally, is replaced.

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