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Old 12-04-2010, 04:33 PM   #16
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Where are you located? Maybe someone can come over and give you a hand?
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:10 PM   #17
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Here's how to isolate the problem:

In this circuit are four items essentially: 1. battery, 2. starter (with attached starter solenoid), 3. starter relay, 4. cabling and connections. They can all be checked individually by a process of elimination.

1. Since the battery is new, we'll assume it's good. Right? (BTW, how new is it?)

4. Using jumper cables, attach the red lead to battery +, and the starter lug where the big fat + lead from the battery terminates. You're essentially bypassing the main positive lead from the battery.

See if that makes a difference.

4. Attach the black negative jumper lead from the battery ground terminal, and the other end to the starter body (make sure it's a good connection and not to a painted surface). This will tell you if there's a bad ground somewhere.

Now try that.

3. If it still doesn't crank over with the jumpers attached, using a little bit of wire, screw driver, whatever..., jump +12V to the small spade terminal on the solenoid (this is what activates the solenoid when you press the start button). This eliminates the starter relay.

If it still doesn't crank, then it's the starter (or solenoid). Nothing else it can be.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:29 AM   #18
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Here's how to isolate the problem:

In this circuit are four items essentially: 1. battery, 2. starter (with attached starter solenoid), 3. starter relay, 4. cabling and connections. They can all be checked individually by a process of elimination.

1. Since the battery is new, we'll assume it's good. Right? (BTW, how new is it?)

4. Using jumper cables, attach the red lead to battery +, and the starter lug where the big fat + lead from the battery terminates. You're essentially bypassing the main positive lead from the battery.

See if that makes a difference.

4. Attach the black negative jumper lead from the battery ground terminal, and the other end to the starter body (make sure it's a good connection and not to a painted surface). This will tell you if there's a bad ground somewhere.

Now try that.

3. If it still doesn't crank over with the jumpers attached, using a little bit of wire, screw driver, whatever..., jump +12V to the small spade terminal on the solenoid (this is what activates the solenoid when you press the start button). This eliminates the starter relay.

If it still doesn't crank, then it's the starter (or solenoid). Nothing else it can be.
I will try that later today. I went down to the garage this morning, pulled the plugs out and the starter spun as it should. Putting the plugs back in made the problem return.

Edit:

I bought the battery Friday the 3rd.
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:51 AM   #19
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That tells me that either the battery isn't up to snuff, bad connection(s), or the starter isn't up to snuff.

Do the jumper routine first, and hopefully it's a bad connection somewhere.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:56 PM   #20
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That tells me that either the battery isn't up to snuff, bad connection(s), or the starter isn't up to snuff.

Do the jumper routine first, and hopefully it's a bad connection somewhere.
I'd like to thank you for all your help, and the bike sold yesterday.

The new owner has promised me an update.
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