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Origionally my bike wouldn't start (low battery) it just clicked, so we hooked it up to my pickup truck to try and jump it, all the lights work but when you hit the starter it did nothing, recharged the battery and it still does the same thing, i'm wondering if we blew the starter relay

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Starter relay or connections to the starter circuit would be the best place to look..

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