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Hi, 1984 flh - the bike will start fine and then it may not start. All you here is the solenoid activating. might start if you hit the starter with something or put it into gear and rock back and forth. What could be the problem? Thanks,Gary

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Sounds like you have either a bad winding on your starter or a bad segment on the commutator - also - less likely the brushes are wearing down on your starter. You will either have to replace the starter or take it off and resolve which ever of the problems mentioned above.

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