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post #26 of 31 (permalink) Old 7-20-2016, 3:32 AM
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Just for the sake of saying this......

Have you checked the Emergency Kill Switch....?

1: To make sure is wasn't accidently turned off....
2: To make sure it functions properly....

Not being an ass, as I really didn't read the whole thread.
Just asking to be sure you didn't miss something obvious.
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post #27 of 31 (permalink) Old 7-21-2016, 7:43 PM
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so resolved my like problem - for me it was the clutch switch. I jumped pin slot no. 1 and 3, leaving 2 (middle) empty. Next hit the starter switch and heard the the sound of the starter cranking, followed by the engine firing. All is well!!!
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Mine has this same problem every now and then and I have yet to figure out what causes it. I have checked the safety switches,starter switch, load tested battery, and fuses. When it used to happen I would jump the solenoid wires with my Gerber tool and it would start working again. One day when messing with the wires on the left handlebar while holding the starter button I accidentally pushed the horn button and it started cranking. To this day anytime it does not want to crank, I honk my horn and then it cranks no problem. I know this isn't right but it works. You might give that a try and if anybody else has any idea why this would help I would love to hear it.

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Mine has this same problem every now and then and I have yet to figure out what causes it. I have checked the safety switches,starter switch, load tested battery, and fuses. When it used to happen I would jump the solenoid wires with my Gerber tool and it would start working again. One day when messing with the wires on the left handlebar while holding the starter button I accidentally pushed the horn button and it started cranking. To this day anytime it does not want to crank, I honk my horn and then it cranks no problem. I know this isn't right but it works. You might give that a try and if anybody else has any idea why this would help I would love to hear it.
There's no reason the horn should have any effect on anything to do with the starter. In the Gen1, the horn is power directly off the ignition switch and the button completes the circuit to the common ground wire. My initial hunch is that either the physical contact on the button or the vibration of the horn itself is wiggling something. I wonder if smacking the left control would have the same effect.


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There's no reason the horn should have any effect on anything to do with the starter. In the Gen1, the horn is power directly off the ignition switch and the button completes the circuit to the common ground wire. My initial hunch is that either the physical contact on the button or the vibration of the horn itself is wiggling something. I wonder if smacking the left control would have the same effect.
It never seems to happen at home where I could grab a multimeter and start testing so I am left to caveman type techniques lol. I have tried just about everything. I have smacked the control, jiggled the wire harness, bypassed switches, pumped the clutch in and out, turned the bars left to right, in gear, in neutral, cycled the ignition switch multiple times, side stand down, side stand up, brights, hazards, turn signals... The only things that seem to work is jumping the terminals on the main starter relay or now pressing the horn button. When I do either of these 2 things the starter button immediately goes back to working as it should. Hopefully it does it again so I can take a video.

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Just got confirmation that the battery is good. I'm starting to think that the relay is grounded but not getting the +12V that it needs.
Make sure that the bottom of your ignition switch isn't falling out. If it's not in there all the way it will still allow all the lights to come one but then when you try to press the start button nothing will happen. If it is the ignition I'd just buy a new one from Amazon. Make sure on the new one that you put locktite on the little screw that holds the bottom in otherwise the same thing will happen to you again
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