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Bought a 52 plate rs 125 tonight, rode it home and engine cut out on me, i then tried to get it started but starter motor just made a clunking noise, i bump started it but it cut out again and now i can't bump start it. My lights are all working, any ideas?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Even with the "...lights are all working...", it would appear to be an electrical issue. Initially, have the battery externally charged and load tested. This is to eliminate the battery possibility.

Offhand, basic checks would involve tracing at what point, connector or wire that the +12 is missing or goes down when starting. Required would be a testlight preferably or a voltmeter. The wiring diagram would also come handy.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

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