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Hey my bike has everything working except the horn and the ignition, what do I need to check, iu have checked all fuses.

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The horn is usually the first electrical thing to quit working on any motorcycle so you probably just need a new horn. You can try tapping on it or adjusting the screw on the back, but you are just prolonging the inevitable. Now the important thing, If all your fuses are good you probably just have a dirty contact base on your ignition switch. If the base comes off with the key in the on position(push the three tabs) it will be easy to clean or replace. If your switch is not designed to have the base replaced , you will have to disassemble it carefully so you can put it back together and have a reasonable chance of having it work ( do not lose any little pieces). It may just be necessary to replace the assembly (you will noe have two keys for your bike).

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