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I'm having s rough time! 2014 Dl1000a won't start. New starter switch and relay, started twice now nothing? If I jump from battery to starter, starts right up. Any suggestions?
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use a multimeter, and follow the power flow. is the relay clicking at all? start by disconnecting the lead to the starter, then attaching one end of the multimeter to battery ground, and the other end to the following in order: battery side switch wire, relay side switch wire (click the switch to see if power is getting through), at the relay, check both switch side and ground side of the relay power (switch on). then finally check the starter cable if all is good. you may need to use a paper clip or something very thin as a probe to the back side of the connectors to get a good reading.

what this will tell you is where power is stopping on it's path to the low power side of the relay, and then on the high power side. If you get nothing at the starter side of the relay but everything else is good, then i would suspect a bad ground somewhere.

And of course, ignition on when testing so the relay and switch have power...

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I don't know enough about the DL1000 or the 2014 model year to say with any certainty but the first thing that came to mind was the fuse...

Is your side stand down? Clutch pulled in? In natural?
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I'm having s rough time! 2014 Dl1000a won't start. New starter switch and relay, started twice now nothing? If I jump from battery to starter, starts right up. Any suggestions?
Kill switch ON? Don't ask me why that's the first thing I questioned!
Check both power cables at both ends for looseness. Is the bike kept outside mostly? Possibly one or both cables have corroded inside the insulation to the point there is little or no contact. Even though you might have lights, horn, etc, good connections and continuity are necessary for the starter. If you have a multimeter, check both cables for continuity by putting one probe on each end of the cable (Ignition off). There should be zero ohms resistance. Any resistance or infinite (pegged the needle) means it's bad and needs to be replaced. The starter relay may be bad. Jump the relay to see if it clicks- it should. If it doesn't, replace it Caution: do not apply long continuous voltage to the relay as this may burn out its internal coil. With a multimeter, Check the relay's coil by putting the +probe on the post with the battery lead and the - probe on the post with the starter lead. It should be between 3-6 ohms; outside of that, replace it.

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My clutch switch broke on my 2014 DL1000A at around 50,000 miles. Short the circuit at the attachment point on the clutch lever and you will know. It was easy to diagnose and fix. Less than $20. Good luck.
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Is there anything displayed on the dash where the gear position indicator is ?

Have you made any other changes to the bike EG; added electrical items or repositioned your handlebars.

By shorting from the battery to the relay you are bypassing all safety switches like the kill switch and clutch switch, the kick stand switch should only play a part if the bike is in gear not in neutral.

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Crickets! Where did he go?

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Crickets! Where did he go?
Maybe it was the kill switch, and he was too embarrassed to admit it.

I remember one time with my Vee, I had installed new levers and the switch setting on the clutch was set to 1, which wasn't enough to activate the clutch switch, so bike would not start. Greywolf (RIP) fixed that for me in .05 seconds after suggesting I switch it to 2.

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I remember a guy posted photos of his bike when it would not start, I could clearly see the kick stand was down and there was no neutral light showing on the dash, things happen.

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