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> HELP... this lady's sporty wont start, starting problems on an 01 sporty 1200
hmhradek
post Aug 28 2015, 01:56 AM
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Never really had any problems with my bike... It's been good to me... Until yesterday...
I pulled it out of the garage, turned the key on, pulled out the choke and started it. It took a second but it started. While it was running it acted like it wanted to die so with the choke still pulled out, I twisted my throttle handle... Each time I twisted the throttle, the motor never revved up, instead it acted like it was going to die. So I stopped twisting the throttle and I let go of the choke. it stayed running for a few seconds then died like I hit the off switch. After it died I spent a few minutes trying to get it back running with no luck. I would hit the start button and it would try to start... It would try to turn over like the starter was engaging but it wouldnt actually start. I did this a few times to try to get it running with no luck. Now when I try and start it it acts like the starter isn't even engaging, it just whines. Yes it has fuel, and yes the battery tested good...Please help... What is wrong with my bike
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post Aug 28 2015, 06:29 AM
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I'd say battery. Try charging the battery over night.

On my old Deuce I ran into a problem where the engine would crank several times to start, finally start, and then run low rpm's at idle. Replaced the spark plugs and spark plug cables and problem solved. But this doesn't sound like what's happening with you. It may be your battery...

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post Aug 28 2015, 06:41 AM
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Sounds like a fuel related problem. Take the cap off the gas cap and try starting it. Check to make sure the fuel petcock is not turned off or that you don't need to be on reserve. Could be a clogged fuel line or jet in the carb.
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post Aug 28 2015, 08:37 AM
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does throttle feel like it is pulling smoothly?




I would pull air filter and observe if gas is jetting into carb


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post Sep 5 2015, 06:31 PM
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so me and the ol man have been tirelessly working on my bike...
we tested the battery... good... put it back in... nothing
we put his battery in my bike... still wont start
pulled primary cover off and pulled the whole damn starter out... rebuilt solenoid and cleaned the inside of the actual starter, put back together and got it tested (tested good) put back in bike. attached jumper cables to battery wires in bike to unstarted car, hit start button, starter is moving (you can hear it) but its not kickin the engine over at all (no engine noise). all you hear when you hit the start button is a click, then the whine of the starter. we are going out of our mind on this...
not the gas, not the starter or solenoid, not the battery...... what else could it be?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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post Sep 5 2015, 07:13 PM
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QUOTE(hmhradek @ Sep 5 2015, 07:31 PM) *
so me and the ol man have been tirelessly working on my bike...
we tested the battery... good... put it back in... nothing
we put his battery in my bike... still wont start
pulled primary cover off and pulled the whole damn starter out... rebuilt solenoid and cleaned the inside of the actual starter, put back together and got it tested (tested good) put back in bike. attached jumper cables to battery wires in bike to unstarted car, hit start button, starter is moving (you can hear it) but its not kickin the engine over at all (no engine noise). all you hear when you hit the start button is a click, then the whine of the starter. we are going out of our mind on this...
not the gas, not the starter or solenoid, not the battery...... what else could it be?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?


My bike started losing voltage from battery. I have an actual gauge that reads the voltage on the battery. Dropped down to around 10 volts at one point. Would not charge. Bike would start after charging the battery though but would then not recharge. I replaced the battery, it was on the way out anyway, wouldn't hold a 12 volt charge, and had the same problem with the new one. Come to find out it's the voltage regulator. Replaced it and now all is well.

Not saying that is your problem. But according to everyone I've spoken to electrical problems stem to three things, battery, voltage regulator, and stator. Every time i've ended up with a dead battery my starter has behaved just like you described it. It would wine and click but never turn the engine over.

Sorry I can't be of more help. At about this point you've tried your battery and the starter. If you can swap a voltage regulator, just for shits and giggles, it will be one more thing to omit.

Good luck. Sucks to not be able to ride. I just went through that.

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post Sep 5 2015, 08:48 PM
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Sounds like it's not engaging the flywheel.
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post Sep 5 2015, 09:27 PM
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When you hit the start button and hear a click (solenoid) and a whirring sound (starter) it sure sounds like the start gear isn't engaging the fly wheel or whatever. Either the solenoid isn't throwing the gear in far enough or the gear is shot.

You have been without a bike for 10 days. Parts will cost you the same, maybe it is time to drop the bucks to have an indy or dealer fix it.




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post Sep 6 2015, 09:04 AM
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Isn't there a start relay too? I've had them all go out.

If it's a "lite" click and nothing happens, it's the start relay.

If it's a "loud" click and nothing happens, it's the start solenoid.

If there"s "no" click and nothing happens, its' the start switch.
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