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Hi there pete moss here from portsmouth. my zrx 1100 will not turn over from the start switch,ive shorted out the starter relay and the bike will turn over. should there be a spark at the plugs because there isnt? can anyone help? ps electrics are not my strong point or computers so please put in language a numpty like myself may understand. thanks Pete. a wiring diagram would be of great help aswell its a 92 moddle

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  • Dave Mar 11, 2011

    Hi Pete,

    A few dumb questions:
    Is the ignition switch in the "RUN" position?
    Is your neutral light on?
    Is your side stand up or down?
    Does the start button work with the clutch lever pulled in?

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Pete...
most newer bikes have safety interlocks....I'm more familiar with Yamaha than Kawasaki...but here goes...

First since the bike won't crank normally and has no igntion sounds like an interlock issue.
Ensure the engine kill switch is in the RUN position...rock it off and on to verify.

Is your neutral light operational....even if the bike is in neutral...if the neutral indication circuit doesn't detect it, you cannot crank starter with sidestand down. Try restart with sidestand up...and clutch lever pulled in.

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