Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: San Diego
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Nomad
Well, I spent the entire day digging through the manual, reading wires and scratching my head trying to figure this thing out. I don't have all the equipment listed in the shop manual, so could only test so much. I did a resistance test on the coils and while doing that I decided to trim back a tiny bit on the spark plug boot end, unscrewing the cap, cutting off maybe 1/4" and screwing them back on.
After I did that, I tapped the start button and the bike coughed to life! I don't believe that had anything to do with it. I had the bike on the charger, and maybe it had reached enough voltage to make everything work. That's my hypothesis anyway. I came to that conclusion because I removed the charger to install the tank/seat/etc so that I could test the bike and it didn't start after doing that. I again hooked up the charger and after a couple minutes it started.
I got the bike through all the gears and it appears to work fine. A bit of hesitation but the fuel smelled old, so maybe that's it. After stopping the bike back at the garage it starts right back up, but if I let it sit for just a few minutes it will crank over but not start.
Everything I have read says these bikes are super picky about having solid voltage from the battery. I guess that's been the no spark issue all along? Anyway, here's to getting a project running for just a couple bucks! Now it's time to detail it and make it shine.