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post #1 of 11 Old 10-21-2019, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Starting issue on relatively new bike.

Hi all,
She is a 2016 Vstrom 650XT. Had an issue starting last year and had right handlebar starter switch replaced under warranty.

Situation at present as follows,
Turn the key, lights on, guages come alive, fuel pump spins, clearly audible click from the starter relay, and that's it, bike won't start.
It has been intermittent like this and cleaning out the clutch switch on the left handlebar had previously rectified this.

I have, cleaned and reinserted clutch switch, also when shorting the clutch switch with a paperclip the symptoms remained the same.
Starter switch is less than 1 year old and looks immaculate so should be ok.
Sidestand switch checked and is clean and moving freely.
Checked all fuses and all ok.
The starter relay appears clean and as new.
When I shorted the relay with a screwdriver the bike started beautifully which would indicate the battery is ok.
I have browsed the forum extensively but as yet cannot come up with a solution to this issue and any input at all would be most appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-21-2019, 10:11 AM
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First thing is clean and tighten battery terminals. Then check voltage and load test battery. If it proves ok, then I'm leaning towards a bad clutch switch or a malfunction there. Do you have aftermarket levers on the bike? If not, you might just replace the clutch switch...it's cheap enough:
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Thanks for the quick reply, Yes I cleaned and tightened battery terminals. I believe I'd read in another post here that if the fuel pump cycles and the relay clicks then there is no issue with the clutch switch though I'm happy to be corrected.
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Thanks for the quick reply, Yes I cleaned and tightened battery terminals. I believe I'd read in another post here that if the fuel pump cycles and the relay clicks then there is no issue with the clutch switch though I'm happy to be corrected.
Oh, and no, no aftermarket levers, everything pretty much stock.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-21-2019, 12:00 PM
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Could be a bad starter relay or connections to it.

Need to check voltage and ohms with the service manual.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-21-2019, 01:49 PM
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I would rule out the starter switch, although it has been replaced. Measure the contact resistance to make sure its low.

Then check the connector (you need to determine which one it is and where its located) somewhere in front of the radiator. If not protected against the elements well they can corrode resulting in poor contact.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-22-2019, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, took apart the clutch switch and it was clean as a whistle, opened the start switch and also looks good as new. All connections to relay checked and in order. No voltage drop at the relay when pressing the start button. Can anyone tell me exactly where on the bike is this earthing point from another post? Can not find it to check and tighten.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-22-2019, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Ok found it, rear of engine down low just in front of the rear shock, tight space indeed, all is good there though.
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-22-2019, 06:31 AM
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Had the exact same issue with my 2012 DL650 a few years back. After going through all the troubleshooting you are currently doing. Turned out to be the starter relay, even though it was clicking when trying to start, the starter motor wasn't cranking. No problems since installing the new one.
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Thanks okidave, I've come to the conclusion that the relay is the issue so a new one ordered today and arrives Thursday, fingers crossed!
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