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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition and starter failure

I have a 2004 Vstar classic 1100. It has been sitting for 11 years. I have already cleaned the tank, carburetors, fuel lines, etc. I installed a new battery, checked the plugs which I'm sure need replaced but they look okay. I have made sure that the kick stand switch moves in and out okay, and I assume my issue isnt the neutral switch because when I pull the clutch in it still wont start and I am positive the bike is in neutral and the neutral light is on. The kill switch is certainly in the run position. I have checked the two fuses on the starter solenoid. I'm not a bike expert so many of the items in the service manual such as the main switch I am,not familiar with and google has not helped me to find them. Also the main fuse, not sure what that is. My starter will not even try to engage with the button, and I manually spun the starter with jumper cables, but I had no spark. Please help
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I would first the battery negative cable at the frame. It's a common issue for corrosion to develop. Even if it looks good take it off and clean it. Post back results.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I found my problem! Bad killswitch! Jumped across the two wires for now and kill it with the key. Thanks guys!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 04:28 AM
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Thats a good catch - nice work!

You have to be aware now, the kill switch is there incase the throttle gets stuck. We control the turn rate of a motorcycle by the speed of the engine - if you increase the engine speed the turn/curve becomes wider

now if the throttle gets stuck you cannot take one hand off the grip and reach for the key, you will have to pull the clutch in to disengage the engine from the back wheel, and when you do the engine will rev up fast and hit the rev limiter. It will be a scary situation but that is the way to keep from going off the road.

The rev limiter will keep the engine from blowing on you while you stop the bike, then reach for the key to shut it off.

Get that kill switch replaced as soon as you can.
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Thats a good catch - nice work!

You have to be aware now, the kill switch is there incase the throttle gets stuck. We control the turn rate of a motorcycle by the speed of the engine - if you increase the engine speed the turn/curve becomes wider

now if the throttle gets stuck you cannot take one hand off the grip and reach for the key, you will have to pull the clutch in to disengage the engine from the back wheel, and when you do the engine will rev up fast and hit the rev limiter. It will be a scary situation but that is the way to keep from going off the road.

The rev limiter will keep the engine from blowing on you while you stop the bike, then reach for the key to shut it off.

Get that kill switch replaced as soon as you can.
Great advice @KCW! That switch is there for a reason so get that thing replaced as soon as you can! Stay safe.
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Finding the problems can make you feel good. Don't forget tires that sit that long probably need replacement. Look for cracks.

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