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post #1 of 17 Old 05-21-2019, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bike wouldn't start?

So went down to my bike, tried to start it wouldn't even start to crank. Battery fine, Killswitch on bike in neutral.. after 15 seconds of mental f bombs, I popped it onto centerstand going to investigate, put up kickstand and it started fine. Put it back on kickstand not centerstand still fired up fine. Any guesses as to what happened? I didn't do anything and bike wasn't in gear when kickstand was down.
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-21-2019, 11:01 PM
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Most likely the Neutral safety switch wasn't fully engaged. moving the bike around from stand to stand caused it to pop into engagement. I keep forgetting to neutral the bike before putting the stand down, you guessed it insta kill...

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post #3 of 17 Old 05-22-2019, 02:36 AM
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If it happens again have a look at the gear position indicator on the dash it should have a "N" if you have a "-" the bike thinks it's in gear.


Other than that the clutch switch is a likely cause.

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Neutral light was on. So wasn't in gear according to computer, just weird... Last time I rode it I did get cought in a torrential downpour to the point where I had to get in rightlane, ride at 30, put hazards on, and open visor to attempt to see...but I doubt that had any issues.
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Maybe the starter button issue. Do you have headlight relays?

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The headlight relay has nothing to do with the starter switch start contacts.

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Adding a headlight relay reduces the amount of current that flows thru the weak starter switch on start up.

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Headlight is stock.
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post #9 of 17 Old 05-22-2019, 12:21 PM
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Adding a headlight relay reduces the amount of current that flows thru the weak starter switch on start up.

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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.

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The V2 only has one headlight so they don't seem to suffer form the loads on the start switch.

The neutral light and the gear position indicator could be reading differently that is why I suggested looking at the position indicator.

The priming of the fuel pump is the most important part.

If you don't get the prime it is most likely one of the safety switches like kill switch or the kick stand switch (only if the bike thinks it's in gear)

If you get the prime the clutch switch could be a suspect, it's a easy test so a good place to start.

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