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Old 08-07-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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bike doesn't start - starter relay just "clicks"

i have a 2006 ktm 625 smc. lights come on, the battery is fully charged and shows 12.8 on the voltmeter. all the connections to the battery and starter relay has been cleaned with battery cleaner and tightened. no aftermarket products are connected to the battery. when i press the start button, the starter relay just "clicks" and nothing else. my headlight is off and the bike is in neutral when i try to start it. i checked the voltage for the various connections on the relay and they all show the same as the battery.

i thought my relay went bad so i ordered a new one from ktm parts. hopefully that's the problem and this will be a simple fix.

what do you think it might be?

is it possible for the battery to show 12.8 and somehow still not have enough power to start the motor?

once i get the new starter relay installed, if the bike still doesn't start, i planned to jump it with my car battery. if it starts at that point, i'll know my battery is no good. if this doesn't work, i don't see any other option but to take it to a ktm dealer..

if anyone has an idea or advice, it's much appreciated!!!
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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It's got a kicker, doesn't it?

Try kicking it.

Might also try pushing the button with the decompression lever pulled in.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:41 AM   #3
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Why not try charging the battery?
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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It's got a kicker, doesn't it?

Try kicking it.

Might also try pushing the button with the decompression lever pulled in.
It's tough but it starts with the kickstart.

I'll try pushing the electric start with the decompression lever pulled in. I though the bike would not start with the lever pulled in so I haven't tried that.

Is there a way to bypass using the starter relay so I can determine if the battery is the problem? A friend suggested using a screw driver or something big enough to touch the two large metal contacts on the starter relay with the bike turned on - that this would essentially bypass the relay and start the bike. Maybe I'm doing something wrong because nothing happened when I tried this.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Why not try charging the battery?
Yes, I tried that. The battery is fully charged according to the charger.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #6
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Will the engine turn over? I mean, it may be the relay but it could also be a bad starter or a siezed engine.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:51 AM   #7
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Will the engine turn over? I mean, it may be the relay but it could also be a bad starter or a siezed engine.
The bike starts with the kickstart...but it's a pain since I'm short.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:00 PM   #8
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:01 PM   #9
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so there is a wiring problem?
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:09 PM   #10
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so there is a wiring problem?
no, the problem is that i don't know what the problem is..
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:12 PM   #11
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either the battery doesnt have/hold a charge or the solenoid is bad.
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:15 PM   #12
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no, the problem is that i don't know what the problem is..
Oh, your pic makes it look like a wire is detached.

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Old 08-07-2008, 12:18 PM   #13
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It's The Battery

Replace the battery. I have the same bike. Sure it shows 12+ volts when charged. What does it show when you hit the start button??
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:35 PM   #14
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thank you for the links!!! i hope it's just a weak battery...
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:10 PM   #15
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thank you for the links!!! i hope it's just a weak battery...
Meat's right on the money with those two links. If it's not the battery, please followup with resolution. It's happened to me once and I can't help but think it'll happen again. I did that second thread, never seen Creepers stick art animation of ChrisC's ambidextrous side
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