Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
For a bike that -cranks- but doesn't fire... when in doubt, test/swap the battery first thing. I deal with dozens of 'won't start for some reason' bikes each month... I get great deals buying 'non-starting' bikes, knowing that 90% of the time the answer is "bad battery"... I play those odds with my own precious money, and I win frequently. Hell, I had to learn to NOT slap the jump-pack on the bike and start it right up in front of the seller... 'cuz then the price firms up. I just play the odds, and trust that 90% of the time... it's the battery.
So I don't care how reputable is the battery manufacturer, I don't care how new the battery is, I don't care how "advanced" battery tech has become. I've seen newer batteries from reputable companies fail far too often. 90% of the time, it's the damned battery...
Mind you, the other 10% of the time it's not the battery. And that can be hell on wheels to diagnose and fix.
My 2nd rule of thumb, BTW: If it's not the battery... 9% of that remaining 10% is "it's the carbs."
For a bike that doesn't crank. God help you. That's a swamp full of alligators for sure. Anything from a bad clutch-pull-switch to "the bike is toast"...
2007 V-Star 1300