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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-09-2005, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start after washing

Please be kind, I'm sure this has been answered somewhere and is a newbie question. But my flame suit is at the cleaners

Washed the bike, as carefully as I could I thought. Dry everything off and it won't start. Bike was in neutral when I backed it down the driveway (engine off). I push it in the garage figuring I got water somewhere and I'll let it dry out.

An hour later, still no go. Lights on the dash are good, turn signals, oil light etc. But neutral light is not on. I tried moving the shifter up, down, one arm up in the air, etc. Neutral light will not come on. Starter does absolutely nothing. I assume it is either not in neutral or thinks it is not in neutral. Bike rolls back and forth freely, like it is in neutral.

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try it tomorrow. your air filter could be soaked.
tell us tomorrow if it starts or not.
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Waiting until tomorrow is the game plan. Never thought about getting the air filter wet. Is there a sensor for that? I am assuming some sensor got wet.

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no its just that nothing would go through the air filter if it was all wet..
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Since the starter button does nothing, I'd say: (1)you flipped the kill switch while washing or drying (2) There's water in the clutch switch (that tells the bike the clutch lever is pulled in) (3) there's water in the kickstand safety switch (that doesn't allow the bike to start or run while in gear with the kick stand down) (4) probably a combination of 2 & 3. It's happened to me before.
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I agree, crx81. Kill switch is ok.

Do these things dry by themselves or will they need my assistance?

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I agree, crx81. Kill switch is ok.

Do these things dry by themselves or will they need my assistance?

When it happened to me, it just sorted itself out. Will dry out eventually. If it's still not working tomorrow, then I'd start getting concerned. The switches for the clutch and kickstand are usually very accessible. You could check them and try to dry them (blow dryer? air compressor?) yourself if you'd like.
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wait, is this on the sporty or the ninja?

when I said air filter getting wet I was thinking sportster, i don't know if that could be it on the ninja, I'm not familiar with the air intake system there.
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There isn't going to be a clutch switch on a Harley.

If it is on the Ninja, make sure the kickstand is up, clutch lever pulled in, and starter button pressed. Anything?

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It's the Ninja. The Harley doesn't have a clutch switch or a kickstand switch.

Normally I start it kickstand down in neutral. Tried up with clutch in and that didn't work either.

I'm going to let it sit overnight and see what happens tomorrow night.

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I couldn't wait for tonight, checked it out before work. Still no go. So tonight I will crawl around and find this damn switch.

What I don't get is if the kickstand switch is messed up, why isn't the neutral light coming on? I can see why it may not start, but I would expect the dash light to still be lit.

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What I don't get is if the kickstand switch is messed up, why isn't the neutral light coming on? I can see why it may not start, but I would expect the dash light to still be lit.
You've got a point there. Definitely stumped on that one. All you did was wash the bike? You didn't use a high pressure stream on it, did you?
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guy said hes not getting a "neutral light" So this means to me that the neutral sensor is either wet or malfunctioning. The starter wont engage when its in gear but if the clutch is pulled in it should. HMMMM try bump starting it

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You probly got a relay or senor wet. Do you have a alarm on your bike also?

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