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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start -grinding/clicking sound

Ok so I have no fucking clue what the issue is here.

I started my bike up fine and rode off, a couple miles down the road I pulled over and shut it off to move my gopro camera. When I tried to start it again it just makes this sound.

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Sounds like its your starter. Could also be a bad battery.


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I suspected the battery, but I tried jumping it with no luck.
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Check that battery connections are tight and then check the battery voltage with a multi-meter. Often when a battery gets old it will get bad in one cell and the voltage quickly drops to 10 volts when you hit the starter button causing the solenoid to chatter. Try a boost from a 12v car battery and if it starts ok then it is time for a new battery. If not then the starter may be suspect.
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Battery is brand new. Bought about a month ago when I took the bike out of storage. I guess there is a chance I burned out the started when I had the starting issue back then.
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that sound is a relay buzzing, if you are stuck on the side of the road, bump start you bike to get home.

then do a quick check of these three things.

battery: does it have good voltage, and does that voltage drop to low when you try and start the bike. (unlikely, relays do not normally make that much noise on a week battery)

the starter relay: short around it, if the bike cranks over just fine, then the relay has died... replace it.(this is the cheapest option)

the stater motor: short around the relay, if the starter motor refuses doesn't work, replace the starter motor. (expensive)

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Ok. I got it jumped finally. Not sure why it didn't work before. I hope I can make it all the way home. It's only a couple miles.
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Alright I got it home... I dunno why a jump start didn't work the first few times I tried it.
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Sorry for the triple post, but a little more info:

All of the electrical stuff was working fine (lights, display, etc...) but the bike wouldn't even turn over, it was just making that sound and as it made that sound the display shut off, then when I released the starter button the display would turn back on. Then I finally got it jump started and after running a couple minutes the bike shut off and none of the electrical stuff was working anymore. Then I jumped it again and jumped on it and took off right away... And made it home.

So I dunno, maybe it is a shitty battery... Or R/R even?

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Multimeters are cheap to buy and easy to use (just follow directions in the manual). Check the battery voltage at rest and with the engine running. A lead-acid battery should read 12-13v at rest and 13-14v when charging. If nothing obvious can be found (like a loose wire or connector) it is best to bite the bullet and have a dealer tech who has the proper equipment and manuals trouble shoot it. It is best not to mess with electricals unless you have experience with it. It does sound like a chattering relay or solenoid which may be defective.
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Get a good battery. Either that or the bike isn't charging the new one, and now it's probably toast too.

Check voltage with the bike off, while trying to start, and at 4000rpm. It should peak 13.5-14.1 at 4000.

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Clean your battery terminals. A corroded terminal will act just like that.

BTW, engine off and key on doesn't take much power at all. It's the starter that sucks big gobs of current.

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I don't think that's a battery issue. the starter solenoid will click but not like that. none that i've ever heard before anyway.

I'm betting that's something else. pull the seat off and find out what that noise is coming from
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I've had it turned off and on a tender for the last couple hours and I went out to start it and it started up fine... I dunno. Second starting issue I've had this year... But with different symptoms, and both of them just went away.
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