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2001 not starting (another)

I've searched but didn't find any posts with my exact symptoms. Admittedly, i'm not the best 'searcher' so sorry if there is another post I can refer to.

2001 SP1, no power commander, when I turn the key to on, everything acts as normal: tach does it's dance, I can hear the pump priming, but when I press the starter button, absolutely nothing happens. No flickering of the instrument lights, the engine does not try to turn, just absolutely nothing.
I checked the fuse on the left side of the frame by where my knee would be, looks good, even put the spare in and nothing. I checked the other 2 fuses in the tail section, both look fine and used the spare in both spots with same results. Kill switch is in the run position. I took apart the assembly with the switch and starter button and nothing looks out of the ordinary as far as I can tell. I checked the two small connections right there at the starter/switch assembly and they look fine.

I tried my damned-est to push start on my own but on a flat surface in the florida heat, I couldnt get her going.

Oh, and this was all of a sudden too. I took her to run errands today, went to the bank and started fine when I came out. Went about 15 miles to Cycle gear on the highway and when i came out of there she wouldnt budge.

So at this point i'm assuming there is a wiring issue somewhere?
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Could be the starter relay or starter fuse. You have to remove the tail section to access it, on the left side of the sub-frame. You might have a spare fuse right in that same area, on top as I remember. Don't confuse the two.

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Could be the starter relay or starter fuse. You have to remove the tail section to access it, on the left side of the sub-frame. You might have a spare fuse right in that same area, on top as I remember. Don't confuse the two.
I took the tail section off there in the parking lot of cycle gear, i checked that fuse on the left side of the subframe right next to the regulator and it was good. Replaced it with the spare for giggles and still the same.
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Is the relay clicking when you push the start button? It should.

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Check your kick stand switch circuit too



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Is the relay clicking when you push the start button? It should.
No clicks. absolutely nothing. Isn't this the relay back on the subframe by the regulator? Those connections didnt look dirty or corroded or anything. Put the spare fuse in and nothing changed.

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Check your kick stand switch circuit too
But even in neutral it should and has started with the kickstand down.
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Not if it is shorted....not saying this is it but should be given a once over. You have a meter to test it?

Take this opportunity to dab some dielectric grease to some of these connection, this will help keep corrosion down.

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Not if it is shorted....not saying this is it but should be given a once over. You have a meter to test it?

Take this opportunity to dab some dielectric grease to some of these connection, this will help keep corrosion down.

Good Luck.
Thanks. I don't have a meter but I foresee one in my very near future.
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So
1) how screwed am I?
2) how the H does that happen?
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So
1) how screwed am I?
2) how the H does that happen?
Not bad, buy a used harness from www.rc51parts.com or eBay and go...Not what you wanted but, it will get you running.



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