Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Sounds as if you've isolated the problem, but for what it's worth, I had a similar starting problem with my old VFR. At times it would start fine, then other times nothing. The headlights would come on when the ignition was turned on, they'd go out when you'd press the starter button (like they should) but the engine did nothing, not a peep, no clicking, no starter spinning over, just dead silence. I checked all the idiot-proof stuff, the sidestand switch, nuetral switch, etc., and could find nothing. The problem persisted. One day a buddy suggested maybe checking the kill switch on the right bar. We opened up the kill switch housing and discovered a tiny bit of corrosion on the contacts. Cleaned it up, added a dab of dielectric grease, closed everything up, and presto, never had another starting problem after that.
Seems just a tiny bit of corrosion was just enough to disable the starter circuit. I might add that the bike had been garaged from day one, so even with the bike indoors, electrical connections can still be prone to corrosion at times. Just my $0.02.
Last edited by oldgeezer; 01-29-2009 at 04:36 PM.