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No spark at plugs when cranking over

No spark at the plugs when cranking over ,bike will start on a push,runs ok no flat spots ,sometimes wont start when hot when cranking over

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  • nemoglenn Dec 18, 2009

    Had a good look the other night wires on the regulator are all corroded green put new conectors on the wires she charging ok 14.5 v me tinks faulty reg may be the prob,robing the spark when cranking, it makes me tink why ducati can get away with leaving wires exposed like that the other conectors on the bike are water prof ,anyway you cant beat the jap stuf tank god i got it cheap



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Sounds a lot like a failing battery. The starter's pulling enough power that you aren't getting spark. You could try using jumper cables from a car battery, see if you get spark when cranking. Be careful! It's way easy to short stuff out with those jumpers.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009

  • bobkoure Dec 19, 2009

    ...and you may have fixed it.
    Put a meter on the power going to your electronic ignition modules (I think they're "coil controllers" or something like that in the manual). Crank the engine - does the voltage drop below 9?
    PS easiest way to test cranking is to disconnect leads to plugs, reconnect to an old set of plugs - just make sure they touch the engine. Don't run the starter for more than 15 seconds at a time (less is better). It will overheat and die expensively. You *might* kill a coil controller by running it disconnected from any sparkplug, but that may nave been an early batch that was fragile and now there's an urban legend. Better to be safe, IMO.
    Oh - if it drops below 9, try again with jumper cables.



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