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Apr 19th 2016, 11:19 AM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  somewhere

Starting issue

Tried restarting my bike after i got home from work yesterday, and when you press the button the starter spins but the motor does not turn over. My first thought is to look at the starter clutch. I had the starter clutch go bad before and it was replaced in 2007/8. When it went bad before it was a long process and i was able nurse the bike along for a few months. yesterday it started fine in the morning, and leaving work.

2001 suzuki bandit 1200
Apr 19th 2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  bicicleta
You got fuel?

Will it start by push starting?
Apr 19th 2016, 11:44 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Gear came off the starter?
Apr 19th 2016, 11:46 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by PeteN95
Gear came off the starter?
doesn't look like it, but pulling the starter is also on my list. Ironically i have a working spare starter.
Apr 19th 2016, 11:48 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pigs
You got fuel?

Will it start by push starting?
plenty of fuel, and too hot out to push start since i was already home
Apr 19th 2016, 01:59 PM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  My Garage

Put it in gear and rotate the rear wheel... see if you get a different spot on the idler gear.
Might be a tooth missing. or your starter might be loose and not making contact with the teeth of the other gear.

Can't remember but, looking at your spare starter is the starter gear a solid drive(making constant contact) or does it have a starter clutch built in(starter spins, gear on starter rolls out about an inch to contact ring gear then retracts)?

Edited by Dubnut on Apr 19th 2016 at 02:02 PM
Apr 19th 2016, 02:08 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dubnut
Put it in gear and rotate the rear wheel... see if you get a different spot on the idler gear.
Might be a tooth missing. or your starter might be loose and not making contact with the teeth of the other gear.

Can't remember but, looking at your spare starter is the starter gear a solid drive(making constant contact) or does it have a starter clutch built in(starter spins, gear on starter rolls out about an inch to contact ring gear then retracts)?
It's solid drive, starter clutch is under the engine cover on the left side "shifter side" of the bike.
Apr 19th 2016, 02:29 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
have the same problem with my rebel, put it in gear and try pushing it a bit (just to turn the motor some) and try the starter again
Apr 19th 2016, 03:04 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

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Hopefully it doesn't look like this.
Apr 19th 2016, 04:30 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Mine did the same thing, starter clutch was shot.
Apr 19th 2016, 04:30 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
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Originally Posted by cgt1229
hopefully it doesn't look like this.
ouch!
May 31st 2016, 06:54 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  somewhere

I lucked out. The bolt on the starter clutch had backed itself out, re torqued and now it's working
olyk12 and mjh937 like this.
May 31st 2016, 07:14 PM   #13
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
Did you clean the threads and use loctite red or blue?
Same screw?
At least you'll know now when and if you here the sound again.
Jun 2nd 2016, 10:05 AM   #14
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I was able to reuse the old bolt with no issues. I used blue loctite since i wasn't 100% sure it would work and it wanted to be able to take it apart easier if i needed to. if it happens again I'll use red.
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