In need of some help. My 2001 ttr 250 has been working great up to this point.
Now it won't start. Push the magic button and nothing. The headlight still shines
bright but no start. It happened all of a sudden. I went to start in one morning and
nothing. I have tried charging the battery but still no power. I think it must be
electrical because there is absolutely no sound when I push the button.
Check your fuse, stand switch, kill button, neutral switch and check for broken wires, ..........................What happens when you turn the key?Do all the idiot lights light up?Does the headlight come on?Do the brake lights work?Does the horn work?Does the starter or solenoid click?Does the starter grunt and the lights dim?Does anything happen?Can you kick start it?Can you bump start it?Can you jump-start it?Martyn
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Budleigh Salterton. Devon
Thank you for the quick response Martyn.
This is a US model. Headlight and tail light only. No guages.
There is no sound at all not even a click
There is no kick start electric start only
Rather than clicking and pasting the whole article, take a look (and read) the pertinent points here:-
It leads you through all that is common with ANY motorcycle refusing to start.
Please start with the easily accessible things like fuse, switches, safety contacts, etc. and check your battery is fully charged.
A quick look at the wiring bike's connections would be good and check that there are no frayed/shorting wires anywhere (particularly around the headstock).
Patience is a virtue when looking for a needle in a haystack!
Thanks for the article.
After you mentioned the bump start I coasted down a
small hill and popped the clutch - No Luck, but when I got it back in the garage
I removed the easily accessible fuses (2) there were OK. I then tried to start
the bike. This time I got RRR-RRR-RRR click click click. Does that give any clues?
Definite improvement, methinks.
Seems to point to either a bad earth somewhere or a fusty connection on the starting system.
Why don't you start at the starter button on the handlebar and squirt WD40 in it. Then follow the wires from the switch and find a connection (cable run or solenoid or relay or switch) then take the connection apart, clean the metal bits and coat them in Vaseline before re-connecting.
Do this on all the junctions, spade connectors and bits and bobs. Don't forget the safety switches like side stand, neutral and kill button.
Do it methodically - and you will find the culprit eventually.
I did as you suggested. I think it was the neutral switch. It seemed loose.
In any case the bike now starts. Thank you so much for the help.
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