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I recently bought my first bike, a 2006 VStar 650 Midnight custom. Really like the bike but already have an issue. The bike has 12k miles but won't start. I've read a lot and have narrowed it down to the pickup coil or CDI but I am a little shakey on electric stuff and multimeters. The book said that the pickup coil should ready 182-222 ohms, my meter is a craftsman automatic and when I hook it up I am getting a constant fluctuation from 1.330 down to .999 Mohms. With all that said is when I turn off the automatic setting and change the reading levels I get 01.90 to 02.80 Mohms and no readings on the 000.0 Mohms setting and no readings on any K setting. I am thinking the fact that the ohm meter never settles is an indication of a bad pickup coil but could use a little advise, any help?
 

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What were the symptoms you had for it not starting? I'm having a similar issue and also trying to narrow down what the problem is.

A few weeks back my 2007 1100 wouldn't start (just a buzzing noise, no engine response) so I replaced the battery. After that the bike started great but later when out riding it stalled 3 times when slowing to a stop... but after pulling over and sitting for a few minutes it would fire up again no problem. Now when I try to start it the engine just won't crank/fire...like maybe a fuel or spark issues.. Is this similar to your problems?
 

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I have the same problem with my multi-tester. It thought it was me or because it was cheap version. I also have the issue of no spark.
 

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Solved my problem with the multimeter. Not getting a good connection. I end up taking the probe and poking through the wire itself (barely poking through) and I got a good read without fluctuation.
 

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Was the reading you got in spec?

If not replacing the PU coil is not too difficult, I've done it numerous times, twice on my own bike. You will need a bike jack or poor mans lift out of a few boards as the kickstand needs to come off and it does help to have a torch to get the PU and stator screws out, without heat the lock tight they use can break the castings.

http://ziariderblog.com/2010/10/v-star-650-pickup-coil-and-stator-replacement/
 

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It's better to take a pair of vice grip to the screws. I had a hard time even with a torch, plus you take a chance of burning the wires and warping aluminum. VG on the sides and they were out in 5 minutes.
 

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> VG on the sides and they were out in 5 minutes.

If you didnt heat em up first you got lucky, I know several who have broken their cover using vicegrips on those screws then its another 200 bucks for a new one if you can't find one on ebay. Big chunks of aluminum break off so it can't be helicoiled.

I didn't have a torch or heat gun when I did the first one and also tried VG, I got lucky and only broke the screw off and not the casting. I had to take it to someone with a torch to hit em with some heat to get the others out. On others I've done I've just used a heat gun and that works fine.

I wonder what they use on those screws, it is seriously strong stuff!
 

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I watched my bike mechanic do it with VGs when the torch didn't work for me. I've seen the VG method a couple of times on stubborn or head-stripped screws and they always take their time when doing it. Maybe a combo of torch and VG is the best method.
 
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