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Issues starting my 2008 Classic 900

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Been having trouble starting my 900 vulcan. Thought it was the battery but replaced it. My lights work, clean and checked all fuses but to no avail? It sound like the bike isn't turning over? When I push start it there is no problem? Go to turn it on again and it won't fire? It has 35,000 miles in just 2 years. I need help with this? I'm thinking starter. Back in the summer it acted like it wouldn't start? Thanks to all those that could help me?

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This might sound like bonehead stuff, but have you also cleaned and tightened the battery, starter relay, and starter connections and the cable connectors to those parts?
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If your battery cables are tight then the next suspect is the starter relay. You will need a person who has an electrical tilt to sort through the starter circuit for you.
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Your post is a little confusing. Are you saying that the starter does not work?
Also, Kawasaki starters are very robust and trouble-free. They are number 11 on a list of 10 usual no-start suspects.

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Starter relay???

Does it turn over but not fire or does it simply do nothing?
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Starter relay???

Does it turn over but not fire or does it simply do nothing?
The OP mentioned that he can push start the bike which would mean there's power to the ECU and fuel pump. This would have to be in the starter circuit.
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Hey guys, let me clarify. I thought it was the battery so I purchased a new one. The starting is spinning and I checked the fuses including the main. A friend of mine at Kawasaki said it sound like the starter clutch? Where is the starter relay located? Is it under the seat compartment? It's getting juice but it wont turn the engine over!

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So, what you are saying is that the starter is running when you push the button but the engine is not turning over?
Have to be crystal clear on this.

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I have purchased a new battery and had the starter removed, inspected and cleaned. Mechanic said that it was in good working order. Looks like the bendix wont fly out to turn the engine over? I've cleaned, checked connections, changed fuses etc... Give me some ideas please. Could it be the wet clutch. I've checked the kickstand and its in good working order too!

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Still not clear on the problem. Is it:

1. Starter does not run and no engine turn over.
2. Starter runs but does not turn over engine.
3. Starter runs and turns over engine but engine does not start.
4. Starter runs and turns over engine, but very slow.

No Bendix on these units. It is a one way clutch.

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