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Help please! My 1600 classic was sitting for a couple of months during the winter. About 2 weeks back I tried to start it to get it ready for summer. It would not start and I ended up draining the battery. I decided to replace the battery with a new one and tried to start it again but still it would not start. I drained the new battery a couple of times already. I thought the fuel might be the problem so I drained the fuel tank and filled up with fresh fuel but still it would not fire up. What could be the problem?
 

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I'm not a mechanic, but some more info would help to troubleshoot.

Whats it doing when you try and start it? Does it crank but never actually kick over? Does it sound like it's not even really cranking?

What did you do with the fuel before storing it for the winter? Was it ethanol free fuel? Any additives? When you drained the tank did it looks separated or gummy or anything?
 

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Hi RastaPasta. Any help, suggestion is appreciated. It cranks but that's it, it wont start. I made sure each time I tried to start it that the battery is actually fully charged to ensure it cranks normally, at full revolutions. Hope that makes sense.

The fuel was actally left inside of the fuel tank, I did not store it in a container or something. The fuel was 95 octane, no additives. I might be mistaken but the fuel had a "funny" smell to it hence my decision to drain the fuel tank and replace the fuel.

I meanwhile checked all fuses, all okay.
 

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Hi sfair

The bike has done just more than 11 000 kilometers - about 6 835 mile.
I bought it in 2016.
Last rode it about 4 months ago
 

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1. Any modifications...pipes, fuel processor, etc?
2. Any issues up to this point, no matter how unrelated?
 

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Check to see if you have spark at the plugs, also pull them and make sure they aren't gummed up from bad fuel. It could be as simple as a loose wire connection or a mouse chewed a wire in two. Look carefully in the headlight bucket at all the connectors and under the seat also. I once had a bared wire do the same on an 06 classic.
 

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Hi sfair

100% stock, no modifications at all. Never had any issues of any kind with it. The previous winter it also sat for a couple of months. Although the battery then had lost some power, it started okay.
The only diference now is that I had replaced the battery. I did the swop as the manual said but could it be that something went rong there?
 

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1. Is this something you want to try and fix yourself, or?
2. Do you have a meter and know how to use it? No meter...we can help there too.

I do not recommend using the shotgun (look here, look there) method of troubleshooting because:

1. You can lose the problem only for it to show up again at night in the rain.
2. Another problem can be introduced and then the real tail chasing begins.
3. It rarely is successful.
 

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2007 VN1600 won' start

Hi DaPreacha

I did pull the spark plugs, they not bad really but did cleaned them up with some parts cleaner, have not checked for a spark though. Will do that and report back.

Also did check the wiring as far as possible, haven't checked the complete wiring bundle. Suppose I should take the time to check thoroughly.

Thanks for the advice
 

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sfair

Your question made me realise my problem should propably be handled by the professionals. Guess I better take the bike to a shop to be sorted. Basic mechanical stuff I can handle but electronics is a whole diferent ball game.
 

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sfair I replied to your post but somehow posted in the wrong forum....crazy.

You have a point, mabe this repair/fault finding is beyond my abilities. Guess it's time to have the professionals take over
 

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We are always glad to help and the problem may be an easy one.
Sometimes, though, one can get in over their head which can result in a mess.
No one knows your skill set better than you.
As an aside, sometimes the pro's do not know much more than you!

Let us know how it goes.
 

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I have an '07 Nomad that occasionally doesn't want start after it's warmed up. I have a ladyfriend who likes to go for a ride maybe a couple times a month and it's about a 10 mile jaunt to her place at 40-50 mph. She's usually ready to go, so it's never off for more than a minute or 2....once in a while, it'll crank & crank....and nothing. If I let is sit another minute or so, it starts after maybe 5-6 turns. Other times, starts right up. It's never low on fuel and the ambient temp doesn't matter. Always use 91 octane non-ethanol gas.
All 4 plugs are good. Any ideas?
 
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