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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-07-2011, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't turn over...a little help?

Hi, I checked the other "bike won't start" threads and tried most of the things mentioned. Is there some kind of list of common things to check that someone has created somewhere on the internet? Here is my situation:

Bike was shipped to me, owner says he had the bike running to load it on truck, so it started fine then. It's been cold and the bike has sat for a few weeks.

First thing I checked was battery. It has one of those tiny race batteries. Voltage seems fine, gauge cluster comes on, fuel pump primes. Also, replaced with a regular moto battery and tried, same result.

Master kill switch on handlebar is in the correct position, kickstand is up, clutch pulled in. I have the bike on a rear stand, can't shift through all gears or get it into neutral.

I haven't checked fuses, relays, tip-over sensors yet, will try those tomorrow. BTW, how do you diagnose a bad relay?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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First, I would take your bike off the stand, sit on it and put it in neutral with your foot and try starting it. "Something" is wrong if you can't get your bike in neutral.

Also, once in neutral if it still won't start, click the kill switch to its other position and try starting it again.

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Move the rear tire forwards and backwards to get it into neutral. If you can't get it in neutral you need to look at other things before starting. How cold are we talking and how long? What does it sound like when you hit the start button?
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Success! Bike started up. I did have to get it off the stand and rock it back and forth to get it in neutral. Weird, because a friend of mine has the same bike and says his starts up with bike in gear and clutch pulled in. My Suzuki will do that too.

BTW, I'm in MD, so it's been below freezing most of the time, sometimes during the day we get to a toasty 35 degrees. My garage is not insulated. Thanks for your ideas and help guys.
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