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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-Jan-2019, 06:36 PM (025) Thread Starter
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Clicking, Failure to Start

I know, it's probably the battery. Here's the backstory, I got stuck yesterday, laid the bike over a couple times getting it unstuck. When I tried to start it at one point I didn't hold the starter button long for the engine to start and I pushed it again. This time the bike just clicked and that's all. I tried taking the key out of the ignition and starting it again, I tried jumping it, nothing. Today, I tried it again, nothing. The battery is only about 2 years old. It hasn't shown any signs of slowing down prior to this event. In the video I tried starting it. The flash of light that you notice is my LED headlights. Could it be the starter? The battery? (probably)? Thanks for your help!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-Jan-2019, 06:48 PM (033)
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This may sound too basic, but check your ground connections.
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Agree that you should check the battery connections, but also try disconnecting the battery for a minute to reset things.
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I'll give that a try tomorrow. Thanks for the advice. I'll give an update once I can.
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Check battery and starter connections. Should be without rust and well tight (not over tight). Both battery +/- terminals 7Nm, Starter plus terminal 10Nm. If is possible, try with charging of battery few hours. Please keep in touch and share info when it will be available.
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Well I've taken the starter off and have done a few tests on it along with the solenoid. Everything has checked out ok so far. I'm waiting for a new multimeter to arrive in the mail so I can finish the testing, like voltage drop.

In case the problem is the starter, does anyone know of a site to get a starter/solenoid? I don't want to pay $500 from the dealer. Thanks!
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Take a sparkplug out of each side and see if the battery will turn it over. If not try jump starting it from another battery with the plugs out. I'm wondering if 1. The battery is dead or 2. there is oil in a cylinder..

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You could have a bad cell in the battery but the fact that you tried to jump it with no success tells me that your ground connection to the bike is either loose or corroded. Don't just check the cable connection to the battery but follow the cable from the battery to where it is connected to the bike and see if it is clean and tight.
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I've used a combination of using the bike's battery and a portable jump start unit when testing all of this. With the starter off, I tested the thick red power wire directly from the battery to see if power was able to channel its way through the relays and stuff, it did. I did the same with the little black wire that connects to the solenoid while I push the starter button, it gets power too.
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From watching this video you can hear a click. That's actually the starter pinion (I forgot the technical term) entering into the engine to the fly wheel. But, the starter pinion gear mechanism isn't rotating at this point. So, this is a horrible thought, maybe I should try to rotate the fly wheel to see if the engine is messed up or not. Any ideas on how to do that?

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