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post #1 of 21 Old 05-07-2008, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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bike wont start

well i just got this bike a week ago, well when i bought it the guy said that its been sitting for 2 years. he said that he been messing with try to make it start, he said he tryed to bump start it and no go. so i got it home and when i hit the start button i hear the clicking from the slianode (sp?) but thats it. i by passed the kick stand and nothing happend.

i have been reading up on bypassing the clucth but the pic on klr 650 market net, i can really make out the wires to jump so i havent bypassed it yet. i have tryed to bump start it but it just drags the back tire.

so im try to see if some one can point me in the right way to get it started

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-07-2008, 06:02 PM
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Unfortuantely, it seems as if the engine might be frozen. If the solenoid is clicking, you don't have to worry about any bypasses. I would put a good spray of penetrating oil in the cylinder, Kroil or even WD40, then try again after it sits overnight. Try it first with the sparkplug removed so it doesn't have to fight compression. Then try the push start. Be sure to do the bump start in second or third gear.

There's a bunch of knowledgeable guys here. Someone will come along soon with more and probably better advice.

edit - I just went back and read your first post where you said it "needed a starter". I'm assuming that's what the seller told you. If the engine's seized and it's not the starter, you may want to give it back to him.

more edit - pull the sparkplug and push the bike with it in gear and see if the engine will turn. Then you know if the engine is seized or not.

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well i been out side messing with it and found out i had no spark at the plug. so now i dint know what to do

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Does that mean you got the engine to turn?
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it will trun over but no spark.

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Good news. Best thing to do now is buy a Clymer manual and use the troubleshooting section. Could be lots of things. Hope it's something simple and cheap.
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-07-2008, 08:58 PM
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You might want to start tracing wires and make sure one has not rubbed the frame and grounded somehow. Have heard of this happening before. As for bypassing the clutch safety. When you remove the black cover up by the guages, you will see 3 or 4 sets of wires and connectors. The connector you will be working with is the one closest to the outside or left side of the bike. Use a small screwdriver to seperate the male/female connector. The one you will work with is on the outter side of the guages, on the fairing side. You will see three wires. Two of those wires are striped. You will clip these two striped wires and connect them together. I use a crimpable end terminal on the wires, but twisting them together and using electricians tape will work too. Plug the connectors back together and you are done.

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My .02 being a trouble shooter in a number of other areas... STOP making changes until you determine the root cause.

The more you change crap (removing safety's etc) the more trouble you are going to have finding what is really causing your issue.

Trace out from the plug - run your wires down, ensure they are not grounded, make sure they are connected etc. Whenever I do upgrades to anything, my MC, my computers whatever - I do ONE thing at a time, verify it was done correctly and functions, and then I move on to the next phase.

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hey guys just wanted to let yall know thanks for the help, i got the bike running to day after i got my starter back. only thing i had to do was bypass the starter soleonid. and just make a jumper from the batter to the stater with a switch.

will this be ok to run?

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hey guys just wanted to let yall know thanks for the help, i got the bike running to day after i got my starter back. only thing i had to do was bypass the starter soleonid. and just make a jumper from the batter to the stater with a switch.

will this be ok to run?
Have you bypassed the clutch switch yet? It sounds to me like the clutch switch is now your culprit.

Running from the battery to the solenoid shouldn't be a problem as long as it's properly fused, but why not fix it right?
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