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1994 Virago 535 wont start, and the headlight wont turn on?

I noticed sometimes while riding the headlight and taillight on my Virago will sometimes turn off and then come back on a few minutes later. Now the headlight will not come on and the bike wont start. All the other lights work. I have checked the fuses and charged the battery?

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SOURCE: I was riding my '94 Virago 535 when it made a loud

Yes, the starter clutches sometimes get stuck on those bikes.
Then the starter turns at very high speeds and get broken.
Remove the starter from the engine ( that's an easy job )
Hold the starter in a bankwrench and connect a 12V battery to it. If the starter turns, he is OK, if not, replace the starter and his clutch system.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009



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SOURCE: 95 virago 535 Clicks, but wont turn over

Hello, Check and make sure that battery has a full charge of at least 12.5 volts. If not Charge battery to that level. Next check all Grounds good to be sure not loose or corroded. If Battery is Ok and holds a charge and has been checked for a dead Cell and wiring is good Discounect the Wire going to starter and check the voltage it is getting when pushing the starter button. If getting 12 volts or higher then the Starter is the problem. If you get less than 12 volts or non at all the Starter Relay is bad! Replace it! To check the Starter before replacing it run a direct hot wire to the connection at the starter from a good hot battery! If it does Nothing then the starter is in need of work or replacement! First check out the starter brushes . Most of the time the problem is worn out brushes! If that is not the problem then it is either the rotor (Armature) or field coils in starter. REPLACE THE Starter! Hope that helps! NOTE: When running the direct hot wire from battery to starter make sure the bike is in Neutral and switch off! You do not want it the leave home without you! LOL!!

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SOURCE: i'm looking for yamaha virago xv 535 wiring

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SOURCE: yamaha virago 535 turn ignition on neutral light

These are known for starter problems... The clicking you hear is the relay but the bendix is locked up put it in about 3rd gear and rock it hard forward and back. Bendix may release. Make sure battery is good. As I said before these bike are well known for their starter problem and even after having it fixed by a dealer problem seems to show back up after a very short time. Good Luck!

Posted on Sep 23, 2009


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SOURCE: Can a voltage regulator/rectifier if not working

Good link here:

Lights flickering at times and/or battery gets hot to the touch


When the regulator dies, it allows as much as 19 volts to appear across the battery. This is not good. It will cook the battery and the battery could even explode. Fuse can not stand up to this!

Posted on Oct 10, 2009

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