Thanks to all who make this forum such a helpful place....
I have a problem with my 92 ex500 (with a 1996 engine) that has me worried. The engine has 26,000 miles. I was cruising around on a 94 degree day. Bike was running ridiculously well. Oil level correct, engine running cool (just over the second line when this occured) when I decided to pull over and make a call. As I shifted down from 5th, around 2nd gear, the bike suddenly stalled, seconds before I intended on shutting down. I pulled over and immediately tried to restart. 3 different occasions I got the engine to crank 2-4 times. The starter was struggling and sounded like there was serious resistance as the cranks were not at all consistent. Third crank attempt was the last time I heard her turn.
Ran a car up with cables, charged for a few minutes. Solenoid goes bizerk when i try to start but no crank. At all. Doesn't even budge.
If this happened from a shut down bike I would swap out the starter first thing. But since this occurred while down shifting and running, I don't see how a starter could be to blame....
Am I wrong that jumping the bike should provide ample juice to start it(even if the battery is dead, which I don't believe it is)?
I'm worried the engine is seized. When an engine seizes, is it sudden like this? Is it possible it stayed at such good temps and ran perfectly up the the moment of seizing?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated