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Hey guys,

I've got an '03 V-Star 650 that hasn't been ridden into two years or so.. It's been garaged in a temperature controlled environment and otherwise stored ideally. Decided to get her uncovered and in working order again..

Step one, replaced the definitely dead battery. Received the new one yesterday and put in on the bike.. Once installed on the bike I get some very odd noises with iginition (fuel pump??) as well as at starting attempt..

All fuses in tact, cables are secure and corrosion free. The bike was in complete working order prior to storage. I have had experience with similar sounds at startup on other bikes which always stemmed from a degraded battery charge.. I took the brand new battery out once more and put it on my trickle charger. It says its charged (doesn't have a volt reading just an indicator light). However, I will let it sit all day just to make sure.


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Any ideas as to where I should look if that doesn't solve it? From the reading I've been doing it is very rare to have the starter go tits up on these, especially with how low of miles mine has (3kish).
 

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the bike has a fuel pump because the carbs are at the same level as the bottom of the fuel tank. It makes a sound like quiet Jake-Brakes on a truck for about 3 seconds when you first turn on the key:

Bbbbrbrbrbrbrbrbrr... When the floats are pressurized to a few PSI the fuel pump stops.

That sounds like your starter is not engaging or the engine is stuck. Can you turn the engine over with wrench on crank, left side cover (big slot, use a big washer to turn it off). The motor on this bike spins backwards, it spins in the opposite direction of the front wheel (makes the steering feel more nimble). Make sure you only spin the crank clockwise from the left side of the bike (kickstand side), or the timing chain will go slack and bad things can happen.

If the crank spins try push starting the bike. If it will push start, and the starter is still wonky, its the starter.
Maybe the solenoid is just stuck, if you push start the bike a ride it a bit, that may be enough vibration to shake it loose.

BTW, dont forget this bike has a manual choke, pull all the way out to start, and dont give it any throttle till it fires, then push it back halfway till it warms up (about 1/2 a mile down the road).
 

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dododo nothing but quick reply box.
 

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looks like the server crashed
 

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I noticed some issues yesterday with this site and one in particular was weird. My signature wasn't the most recent one, it showed one that I had months ago and it wasn't a browser caching issue either.

In fact it's doing it again right now and the garage link under my name to the left only shows two of my bikes... poor Piggy is excluded.
 

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The Earth has flown thru a worm hole and we have travelled back in time.

I just hope its not a causal loop loop
 
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