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When the bike gets hot the starter keeps running after the ignition is shut off. I have to disconnect the battery to get it to stop. Now after reconnecting the battery I hit the starter switch and it clicks once and everything goes dead.

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The contacts in the actuator/electromagnet of the starter are defective. They aren't sold as parts so either you take the starter apart and try to fix it yourself or you replace the whole thing with a new one.

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