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post #1 of 47 Old 09-29-2018, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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08 not starting, but I've narrowed it down

I made a short video of the problem because my mechanical lingo isn't very good: https://youtu.be/VVFCstxrZZg

When I turn the killswitch to "on", I get the typical fuel pump(?) sound. However when I hit the ignition switch, I get that same sound again, but with a "click" presumably from the starter. If I hold ignition it will go continuously. Sometimes after doing this and turning the killswitch to "off", I'll hear 3-5 clicks in succession.

I've already tried the following:

1. The clutch sensor plug under the clutch lever. If I completely detatch it, the ignition button does nothing at all, so it's not that.

2. I've put my bike in dealer mode, but the C00 (no error) code is present. I do get a blinking red FI code after holding the ignition button enough however. When in dealer mode the C00 code didn't change.

3. Detatched/reattached the battery, in case.

4. Push started from 1st and 2nd. Still same "ignition sounds like kill switch" issue.


I'm pretty sure it's a starter issue. I can hear clicks but that's it. I've seen some suggestions about the jumping the solenoid relay...I have no idea what or where that is. I know where the starter is so if there is anything I can do to test it, please explain it like I'm 5.

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post #2 of 47 Old 09-29-2018, 10:34 PM
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How old is the battery and have you recharged it since running these test? If it is anywhere near 5 years I would just replace the battery. Step one is to rule out the battery and make sure you charge it up between testing or it will confound your results.
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I just charged the battery yesterday. I'm not sure how old it is, I bought the bike in July.
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I just charged the battery yesterday. I'm not sure how old it is, I bought the bike in July.
And it has just over 50k miles
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I suspect that your battery may be dead.

Try another battery or use jumper leads connecting your auto battery directly to your bike + and - leads after removing them from your bike battery. Use lots of rags or an old towel across the bike frame to prevent the leads earthing anywhere.
Attempting to charge a battery that has a faulty cell will never make it serviceable.
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Thanks for the reply. I'm taking the battery to an OReillys, hopefully they can test it. I don't have a car to jump it on
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If your battery is good, you're probably looking at either stator failure or migrated rotor magnets, or a combination of both. Very definitely, your starter is not getting enough juice and that may be because the battery is not being charged.

Not able to view your video at the moment, but that's your next step if the battery tests alright.

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You need a V meter and read the resting voltage of the battery, voltage when you turn on the ignition and lights and voltage when trying to start.

I second assuming the battery is bad but only data can tell if tis is true or not.

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Alrighty. Got myself a multimeter. Certainly a battery (or related) issue. When the key is OFF it reads 12V. When I turn the key to ON it gradually decreases in voltage. Flipping the killswitch to the on position essentially kills the battery. It's much more obvious seeing it's a power issue now that I've tried it so much. The neutral light fades when I touch the brakes.

Now, how do I test to see if it's only the battery, or something else? I have a battery tender hooked up but even when that is plugged in, I get the same symptoms as described above (it doesn't start). Thanks a bunch for your help.
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Follow-up on my last comment, I'm honestly not sure if the battery tender can act like a jump when it's plugged in to an outlet
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