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1981 yamaha midnight special 850cc. starter button and kill switch not working but lights etc are working. no power from the start button. battery fully chaged? started after chaging the throttle cable.

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If no power going to kill switch check Ignition fuse, sidestand ,clutch & neutral switches.
If all OK suspect the starter cut-out relay

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