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Breyno
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Hi all,

I’ve been away from the bike for a while (12 months), just put a new battery into her, clean fuel etc.

When pressing the start button I can hear and feel the solenoid clicking but nothing else happens.

I tried to order some new relays from this site, but PayPal came up with $990.00 postage to Australia (no other options provided) so will have to go searching for them down here.

Any ideas apart from relays. I’ve had a quick look for any earth problems but all looks good for a near 30 year old bike.

I have some time off work soon and was looking forward to a long ride for a week or so.

Cheers.


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Re: Not starting

Post by DenverWinger »

Try shifting in/out of reverse a couple times, there's a couple switches in the reverse system that can prevent starting.

Pull the side covers and check to see that BOTH start relays are clicking, the "A" relay is right next to the front of the battery box, the big heavy battery cable connects directly to it and the "B" relay is down lower near the oil dipstick with more big heavy cables.

BOTH relays need to actuate for the starter motor to run.
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Re: Not starting

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Breyno wrote: Fri Dec 09, 2022 10:46 pm Hi all,

I’ve been away from the bike for a while (12 months), just put a new battery into her, clean fuel etc.

When pressing the start button I can hear and feel the solenoid clicking but nothing else happens.

I tried to order some new relays from this site, but PayPal came up with $990.00 postage to Australia (no other options provided) so will have to go searching for them down here.

Any ideas apart from relays. I’ve had a quick look for any earth problems but all looks good for a near 30 year old bike.

I have some time off work soon and was looking forward to a long ride for a week or so.

Cheers.
The relays we have here are not the starter relays - and they should definitely not be showing $990 in postage to Australia! We ship to Australia all the time, and obviously it is not that much. I'd be very interested to know how you saw that number!
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you might have a dirty contact in the starter button. I would press the starter button and lightly unseat or remove pressure and see if you get a complete connection made. If so you have a dirty switch. Or can spray some WD40 through and around the button and work the button a few times and see if you get complete signal to solenoid A.
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Re: Not starting

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84wing1200a wrote: Tue Dec 13, 2022 12:55 pm you might have a dirty contact in the starter button. I would press the starter button and lightly unseat or remove pressure and see if you get a complete connection made. If so you have a dirty switch. Or can spray some WD40 through and around the button and work the button a few times and see if you get complete signal to solenoid A.
Never use WD-40 anywhere near electrical contacts. It might solve the problem initially, but it will become much worse shortly afterwards. WD-40 leaves an oily film behind designed to stop corrosion - but it also collects dirt and grit, which quickly foul electrical contacts.
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Yea I was not recommending the use for lubricant factor, but for its cleaning properties and to help remove any of the corrosive bits. However, it would actually be better than the traditional method of lightly oiling the switch to prevent sticking. So in essence you either have a sticking button or a lubricated switch.
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Re: Not starting

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So just use contact cleaner. All the clean with none of the mean.


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