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After stalling the bike (1997 vt 750) the headlight isn't on and it won't start. There is no power at the headlight fuse. There is power to the ignition start switch. Do you have any sugestions. Thanks.****.

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You probably have a broken or dirty starter button. When the button is pushed in halfway it turns off the head light. when it is pushed in the rest of the way it engages the solenoid. Be sure to check the main fuse on the stater solenoid next to the battery that will turn the power off to the entire bike.

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