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I have a kaw vulcan 900 classic and was trying to jump my friends shadow when my bike died and now, when i turn the key, it's dead. no lights, nothing.

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Check your main fuse. Also check battery terminals, make sure they are clean and tight. Make sure your battery is fully charged, ie. 13.2v min.

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  • spacemoock Nov 02, 2010

    yeah, checked all fuses and main fuse twice. terminals are clean. pulled the junction box to test. i heard the ignition switches fail sometimes with too much load so i dissected it, no problems. is there another fuse or breaker in the system that i am not finding?

  • panheadave Nov 03, 2010

    I have a book for the Vulcan 1500. If it is the same, all the power goes through the starter relay which has a main fuse attached to it. The relay is the first item that the positive cable is connected to. If that fuse is blown, nothing else will work. There should be power to the battery side of the relay at all times, and power to the starter side when the button is pushed. Good luck.

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