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The electric starter cranks for a few seconds then slows and dies like the battery is dead. The lights, however, stay strong and the Voltage on the bat reads 12.4-12.8. I have to push start, but then it dies after about 5 minutes of riding. I can sometimes push start it again, but after some attempts the starter stops cranking and just makes a humming sound, like "Uhmm, screw you!" I thought I'd fixed the problem before. I followed the cable from the battery to the first connector. Opened up the connector (looked good and clean) and added a little conducting lube. Started right up, several times in fact. Even a few days later without being on the charger it started right up. If it's going to start I can tell right away by the sound; the starter crankes a little faster. If it sounds a little sluggish, then I get no love. Any ideas? Thanks!

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  • yadayada
    yadayada Jul 14, 2010

    u either have a defective battery or a defective starter field coil or startere brushes, have both tested

  • scottpotpie Jul 14, 2010

    The starter doesn't play a role in keeping the engine running, so I don't see how this could kill the engine. I've also replaced the battery, so that isn't it either.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Jul 14, 2010

    not really sure what u are asking here. is this a starter question? has the battery been tested even if it is new? do you have fuel to the carbs? what are you loosing when you stall out, you have to check that i can't from this keyboard.

  • scottpotpie Jul 14, 2010

    I'm not asking you to work on my bike. I'm asking if you have an idea what 1 problem would produce the 2 symptoms I described above.

  • yadayada
    yadayada Jul 14, 2010



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Hi mate, ive got the same bike , and also the same problem, how ever ive took mine to a local bike magician, he's worked on bike for 40+years, he recons its becuase of the evolution of fuel since these bikes where made, so becuase of the amount of ethanol in fuel these days it dont last that long, so what you need todo is get your carbs (completely) striped down and cleaned in a ultra sonic cleaner? thats what this guy is doing for me! at a cost? but the fuel these days evaporate's easly so to that end leaves a nasty glass'y film on things in the carbs,and clogs it up, so when your carbs have been cleaned and you want to use your bike all the time and keep your fuel fresh or when not in use for a wile run the bike , turn the fuel off and let it run dry, but add ( fuel proservative ) to keep the fuel tidy! . if you find any other reason why give us a shout, hope this helps. gav

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Hi ,
Try to disconnect the battery terminals as well as the starter terminals .
refit them and make sure all are tight . All loose connections will not help and will cause false contacts and therefore loss of power to crank the starter motor over .

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