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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting a loud spark or cackle when I press my start button. Sounds like from the front or under the motor. Any ideas? Seems to run ok, tho mileage has dropped a bit.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 04:57 PM
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Loose electrical connection. check the starter and frame ground connections.

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 05:14 PM
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Also battery connections.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2016, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Where? Starter is internal. I've checked everything I can see. Thinking it may be the kickstand cutoff shorts out. Bike freaked out starting after I'd used it to shut down. Trip meters , time and avg mpg zeroed out & it barely cranked 1st turn. It's fine, no spark starting warm.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2016, 09:26 AM
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I think it is the start solenoid chattering you hear, not sparks, due to the battery being dead/bad/both.

Get a load test done on it.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2016, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Nope, battery is good, put a new one in last winter to fix it.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2016, 10:34 AM
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Nope, battery is good, put a new one in last winter to fix it.

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Have you checked the cables themselves? It sure sounds like a bad connection type issue.
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Everything is tight. I may have crushed the kickstand cutoff when I put it on a block to change the front tire. Gonna disconnect it & see.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2016, 11:17 AM
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When it comes to batteries, new does not always = good. Have to make sure the basics are there and in order.
Get it checked, or if you have a meter and know how to use it, we can test it here.
Put in new battery to fix what?

Kickstand switch will not cause noises, if bad.
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Everything is tight. I may have crushed the kickstand cutoff when I put it on a block to change the front tire. Gonna disconnect it & see.

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Check the cables themselves, not just the connections. They can go bad or sometimes corrosion at the connectors.
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