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post #1 of 26 Old 11-18-2019, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble turning in after lay down

Hi, I would like some information on identifying the cause of my bike not turning on after I laid it down pulling into a graveled dirt traveling maybe 5 mph.

I drop it on the right side after which the bike would not turn...when turn the key to ‘on’position nothing on the instrument panel turns on. When I flip back to ‘off’ the arms of the two meters move in sync around the dial and back to original starting point. The lights however work (signal, brake, head, etc.).

I push started the bike, perhaps I’ll-advisedly, and the instrument panels turn on but in an unpredictable, malfunctioning way. The biked died in 2nd gear after 2 attempted push starts when I decided to leave it alone...

Any thoughts would be met with enormous gratitude.

I’m a noobie, and purchased the bike on Craigslist from a person who is very knowledgeable about repairs and such but has not experienced anything as I describe here. His intuition says it may be flooded and needs awhile for it to turn on, and should recover easily from a fall it took.

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"when turn the key to ‘on’position nothing on the instrument panel turns on."
That means that there is an electrical problem. it does not mean that it is flooded. If you person who you bought it from is knowledgeable about motorcycle maintenance, he would know that you have an electrical problem.

You are going to have to get someone who can repair motorcycle electrical problems to work on your bike.

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Hi, I would like some information on identifying the cause of my bike not turning on after I laid it down pulling into a graveled dirt traveling maybe 5 mph.

I drop it on the right side after which the bike would not turn...when turn the key to ‘on’position nothing on the instrument panel turns on. When I flip back to ‘off’ the arms of the two meters move in sync around the dial and back to original starting point. The lights however work (signal, brake, head, etc.).

I push started the bike, perhaps I’ll-advisedly, and the instrument panels turn on but in an unpredictable, malfunctioning way. The biked died in 2nd gear after 2 attempted push starts when I decided to leave it alone...

Any thoughts would be met with enormous gratitude.

I’m a noobie, and purchased the bike on Craigslist from a person who is very knowledgeable about repairs and such but has not experienced anything as I describe here. His intuition says it may be flooded and needs awhile for it to turn on, and should recover easily from a fall it e took.
Any chance there are some checks I can do myself with a service manual? Thanks

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You need to update your profile so we know what bike it is you own.(please report back)

These bikes have a tip over switch that cuts the motor when you lay them down but the should reset when the bike is upright again and you cycle the ignition on and off.

You should Google your bike and find that switch to ensure it is still in position.

Often during a crash like yours the wires to the clutch switch get disconnected or moved, do you get a CHECK warning up on the dash when the dash is working ?(please report back)

After a fall oil from the motor can fill the air filter box, that is sucked into the air intakes making the bike hard to start and smoky.

The battery cables on bikes often work loose over time you should ensure yours are clean and tight as that could be the reason for ignition not always working.

Depending on the bike you have and what is displayed on your dash we maybe able to point to other things to help you out.

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also check the clutch cut off switch on the left handle bar, it likes to wiggle loose after a fall and the bike won't run without it in place (unless you disable it)

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And do not forget something simple like the kill switch. You seem to say (not sure) but the bike did fire, and then stopped?? or not?? Please explain more fully for us, and go to Tools/User CP and update your bike and year, and your location.

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I updated my profile, however, I couldn’t find inputs for bike...nevertheless, my bike is a 2007 DL650A with roughly 49k miles and I’m in the Hayward, CA which is part of the greater San Francisco/Bay Area.

...I got it home last night with a tow. None of the instruments on the panel turn on, nor the lights at this point. I’ll do some electrical checks per the Haynes Repair Manual and report back. please feel free to chime in...and many thanks to you all who have taken the time to offer your thoughts so far. I really appreciate it...onward

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When I did get the display it was blinking off and on like a bad analog tv signal...that was when I got the bike to start up by push starting it.

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And do not forget something simple like the kill switch. You seem to say (not sure) but the bike did fire, and then stopped?? or not?? Please explain more fully for us, and go to Tools/User CP and update your bike and year, and your location.
The bike did not fire...I got it to fire by push starting it, although the instrument didn’t show any power to it. after a minute or so it cut out when I put it into 2nd gear...while the bike was firing, the instrument panel was on but acted erratically and I couldn’t make any sense out of it

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You have an intermittent electrical problem. Check the battery contacts (clean and tight) and both ends of the ground.

Tipover switch. They can go bad. Verify it is working.

Clutch switch connected and working?

Kickstand switch (most likely not the problem).

There is a main connector inside the left fairing. Just by chance check that connector to make sure its seated properly and that there are no burned contacts.

Does the bike have headlight relays?

Battery voltage before and during start.

AND answer the points that Rolex has listed!

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