Won't Start


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Lucky713
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Won't Start

Postby Lucky713 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:50 pm



Ok, here we go again this year. I swear I can't start the season without some issue. At the end of the season last year I had problems with the bike not starting after I took it to the gas station. The gas station was only 10 minutes away. I was able to pop the clutch, and finish the ride back home with no issue. I checked the wires this past winter coming off the regulator/rectifier. Found one connection that looked bad, and fixed it. Took the bike out yesterday and it started right up. Went for a 15 minute ride, the whole time the Volt gauge was reading 14.2. (last year before I fixed the wire it was only reading 13.6 - 13.8) Came back home and shut the bike off. Tried to start it up, and the dam battery was acting like it was dead. I let the bike sit over night. Started it up this morning. It started, but it was acting like the battery was partially dead, but I was able to start it twice. So I took the battery into Battery Plus tonight. The guy at the store did not have a load tester, but he put the regular tester on it, and it read that the battery was good. So does anyone have any suggestions on where I should go from here?



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Re: Won't Start

Postby trukr » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:22 pm

Just a suggestion, but it could very well be a faulty starter. When the starter goes it can sometimes seem like the battery is dead. Most of the time it will start just fine with the engine cold but after warmed up the starter will drag like a dead battery. I'd also check out the solenoid too.

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Re: Won't Start

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:13 am

I agree.My 83 did the same.Cold start OK,but hot cranking was bad.It took 4 hours to fix it.Mine just needed to be cleaned and greased.Now it spins like there's no compression(really good)

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Re: Won't Start Engine Warm

Postby Lucky713 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:20 pm

Thanks for the info. I actually took the battery into a car mechanic friend who did have a load tester. he said the baterry was shot. So I bought a new battery, and I am still having the problem. The only difference is once the engine cools down I am able to start the bike again. Took out the starter, and it looks shot. So it looks like its time for a new starter, as I am not skilled at rebuilding starters. I may take it into a local place and see if they can rebuild it before buying a new one.

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Re: Won't Start

Postby virgilmobile » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:34 pm

You really don't have to be good at this.Just read,look at the pictures,ask advice and follow directions.Getting the grease from under the fingernails is the worst part.I'm no pro mechanic with the same problem.Spent a good part of the day,but I got it.Just take pictures and mark the caps for reassembly.

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Re: Won't Start

Postby starfleetengineer » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:37 am

Before you change the stater.... CHECK all your connections!!!!! One bad connection can mess up your day! Also check for a voltage draw after you shut the key off! That can kill a battery. Its true that a bad starter will act up after it gets hot, but so will connections if they are lose or have that nasty stuff growing in and around it.... Good Luck


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