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2004 buell xb12r does not crank. battery is good, ignition and lights work however the start relay whines and buzzes when i turn on the key. it is not the whine of the fuel pump. when I press the start button the starter clicks and that is it, the lights on the control panel go dim and i have to turn the igntion off to reset. It will push start and runs fine. Any suggestions as to what it is???? Please Help I just biught it yesterday! sorry for the multiple postings, my first time here.

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If the lights dimand the battery is known good, The starter is pulling too much of a load. Remove the starter and bench test with some jumper cables to see if it drags. If not, e engine is not locked up. Remove the spark plugs and tsee if it cranks over with the starter before pulling the starter.If it is humming, You have an excessive load. Good Luck, Ned

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