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Old 12-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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R75/5 Starter Switch

Encountered a strange problem on my r75/5 the when I try to start the bike on the button nothing happens. no clicking. the lights work and turn signals can still be operated but when you push the button nothing happens. This can usually be remedied by removing the pin/key and reinserting it. Would be great to be able to fix it though. any ideas?
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:32 PM   #2
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Check the health of the battery.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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The charge doesn't seem to affect it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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This can usually be remedied by removing the pin/key and reinserting it.
Not sure if you are saying that if you remove the key and reinsert it, that then you are able to start it. But if so, consider that the problem may be in the ignition switch.
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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The charge doesn't seem to affect it.
If the battery is good, and the spike key thing resolves the problem, then next step is to look in the headlight bucket at the circuit board at the spike key. Spray some electrical contact cleaner on the copper tang and operate it a few times. You might some spider poop or other nastiness there.
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:36 PM   #6
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Keyed ignition switch

I have a 1971 R60/5 with similar problems, good battery, 'nail' ignition switch is funky. I am installing a Rocky Point Cycles BMW Ignition Switch Upgrade...fancy way of saying new switch operated with a traditional key. When key is out it looks stock, slide back chrome cover/housing and there is a traditional key slot. Kit replaces the entire old worn out stock switch for $65.
http://www.rockypointcycle.com/p-bmw...rics-9650.html

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Old 12-25-2014, 05:42 PM   #7
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I have an early /6 with /5 switch gear. Just for curiosity sake, can some tell me what the "nail" switch is?
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Old 12-25-2014, 05:55 PM   #8
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I have an early /6 with /5 switch gear. Just for curiosity sake, can some tell me what the "nail" switch is?

The ignition key is a little metal post that pushes down from the top and has three turn switch positions. It's super cool, but prone to a bit of aging.
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