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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 2009, 12:57 pm Thread Starter
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Question bike wont start

new battery fitted after bike unused for some time. instrument lights ok except orange light not on. bike wont start. checked fuses all ok. have been advised relay(s) may be at fault. any other advice? can anyone illustrate where relays are located as not in handbook?
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So, the kill switch is off and you turn on the ignition. As the lights come on, you hear the electric fuel pump pressurizing the fuel supply line. You push the starter button and what starter engagement or starter works but no engine firing?

If the starter doesn't work I can't see why the relay would go out because of the bike being in extended storage, but the connections could be corroded.

From the 2004 Workshop manual page 556:

Starter contactor
Starter contactor (1) is secured onto
battery mount.
Disconnect the battery (Sect. P 2).
Remove the starter contactor from its
seat onto battery mount.
Undo the nuts (4) and collect the
spring washers (3).
Remove the contactor-starter motor
cable (2).
Remove the contactor-battery cable
Disconnect the connector (6) of the
starter contactor from the wiring.

Starter contactor operational

Apply a 12V (battery) across the
positive (A) and negative (B) terminals
of the connector.
Connect a multimeter between the
two poles [threaded pins (C) and (D)]
of the starter contactor and then
check for electric continuity (Section
P 9). If continuity is not ensured,
replace the starter contactor.
At reassembly, check that contacts
(C) and (D) are not oxidized and use
waterproof spray.
Tighten the nuts (4) to the specified
torque (Sect. C 3).
Reconnect connector (6) to wiring.
Fit the contactor fully into the battery
mount. Push until the four retaining
pegs of the mount are visible at the
side of the contactor.

Hope this is some help...can't copy the illustrations...sorry.

Also, could the problem be in the side stand switch? It can be temporarily by-passed.


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Last edited by DragonNester; Mar 29th, 2009 at 7:52 am.
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