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Get a 12v test light, probe the positive wire when you hit the start button, this will check that the wiring from the battery ,through the switch to the solenoid it working, Then probe the cable terminal on the solenoid, to mkes sure the cable is connecting, and then probe the starter side of the solenoid as you press the start button.

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2. Engine Run Switch in the "OFF" position.
3. 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.
4. Bank angle sensor needs a reset or is faulty.
5. FOB battery low or dead.
6. Faulty ignition switch.
7. Faulty starter button.
8. Faulty kickstand or clutch pull in switch/sensor.
9. Security alarm needs a reset.
10. Starter relay, solenoid, starter have failed or circuit wiring faulty.
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12. Main fuse or circuit breaker may be blown or faulty.
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14. Check for engine trouble codes.
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