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post #11 of 17 Old 05-22-2019, 06:08 PM
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I sometimes start my wee in gear with the clutch in.Usually no problem. sometimes it doesn't turn over when in gear, clutch in, and sidestand up. I then kick the sidestand up a little more and it fires right up. I need to clean and lube my sidestand I think.

what I mean to say is that in such a situation where it starts sometimes and not other times it is usually a switch not closing. wiggle one switch after another and it will probably start when you find the switch not closing completely

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post #12 of 17 Old 05-23-2019, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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The sidestand issue is definitely a plausible one... My bike lives outside
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Do you have an aftermarket clutch lever by chance? Try switching it from 1 to 2. That got me once.
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But it is only plausible if the bike thinks it is in gear.

If the bike is in neutral the sidestand switch will play no part.

If you stand switch is bad the bike will start but it will stall when a gear is selected.

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Thanks for that Rolex. I never did actually look at the gear indicator, just know the neutral light was on. If it happens again I will definitely check that.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-23-2019, 01:26 PM
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No, the headlight relay routes the high current headlight supply through the relay instead of the start switch. The start contacts within the switch and the start circuit remain unchanged. There are 4 contacts within the switch, 2 normally closed contacts for the headlight and 2 normally open contacts for the start relay. The headlight side of the switch is a normally closed set of contacts that open and remove power to the headlights when the start button is engaged. The headlight contacts will become oxidized, the resistance will increase and burn up the contacts. You can either install a relay to prevent this or you can disassemble the switch once in a while and clean the contacts. I make cleaning the switch part of the valve clearance check. 105,000 miles now and the contacts look like new every time I open the switch.
No? What do you mean no? We are saying the same thing. For the OPs bike it would reduce the current from around 4A to less the a quarter amp to run the relay coil. This isn't rocket science.

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No? What do you mean no? We are saying the same thing. For the OPs bike it would reduce the current from around 4A to less the a quarter amp to run the relay coil. This isn't rocket science.

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The lights will draw 4A whether it is directly through the switch or through a relay. The only thing the relay does is keep the heavy draw out of the switch. It has nothing to do with starting the bike, which is what the OP is trying to negotiate.

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