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post #1 of 25 Old 04-12-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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* HELP * Bike won't start !!!

My 6 month old Wee won't start. It is important to note that I washed it yesterday and when I tired starting it this morning...... nothing. First guess was the kick-stand safety switch being stuck, but it wasn't. I made sure I was holding in the clutch, bike was in N, all the normal stuff. After turning the ignition key all the gauges do the full spins, and all the usual start up stuff happens. After turning the engine switch on I can hear the injector so that is good too. When I press the electric start switch with my right thumb the headlight cuts out (which it is supposed too) but no magic with the engine.

I "popped" the clutch and the bike started right up and ran just fine, but after turning it off for a moment it wouldn't start again. I called the service shop where I bought the bike and the part-time, minimum wage, teenage mechanic kid said I might have water in the ignition switch, and that it "should" evaporate in a day or two.

I am not happy with this and wonder if you guys have any ideas. I hit the switch with a blow dryer for a couple minutes but no change. And when I press the ignition switch the head lights go out, so the switch seems to be making good contact. Everything seems to be right, but no magic when I press the ignition button.

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post #2 of 25 Old 04-12-2010, 06:32 PM
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Check the clutch safety switch. You may have knocked the plug loose when you were washing the bike. It is located under the clutch lever.
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post #3 of 25 Old 04-12-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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* FIXED *

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You nailed it right on the head. I ran out to my garage and low-and-behold the gosh darn wire harness was hanging there. I must have knocked it out when drying the bike yesterday. I am soooo happy that my Wee is back to normal.

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It's amazing how many clutch switch problem threads start with "I washed my bike". The only other opening that comes close to being competitive is "I dropped my bike".

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I must have knocked it out when drying the bike yesterday.
Eventually you will realize it's better to not wash these bikes. They are happiest with a nice base coat of dirt. Nothing good can come from a clean Strom.


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It's amazing how many clutch switch problem threads start with "I washed my bike". The only other opening that comes close to being competitive is "I dropped my bike".
Really, when I saw the start of the this thread, I thought someone had revived an old thread.

Prime, how did you wash it?

Were you using a pressure washer?

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I called the service shop where I bought the bike and the part-time, minimum wage, teenage mechanic kid said I might have water in the ignition switch, and that it "should" evaporate in a day or two.
And that's why we do our own work and avoid those places.

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Eventually you will realize it's better to not wash these bikes. They are happiest with a nice base coat of dirt. Nothing good can come from a clean Strom.
I actually tried to explain that to Matt.....it didnt work on the Strom, and I fear he will be even worse with his C14.

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