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Old 03-10-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2000 yamaha vstar classic yesterday, we test drove it and it ran great, sounded great, started great..everything. Today, I went out to start it and it wont even turn over and the engine trouble indicator light flashes on when i try to start it. I know the guy I bought it from had just put a new battery in it, so I don't see that being the problem. Everything that's suppose to be on, is on, I don't think this is my stupidity but...it very well could be cuz I really don't know a damn thing about this bike yet.


Please help me out on this, I'm brand new to motorcycles!
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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Was there a riders manual with the bike? It should have some info on what the warning lights mean. Make sure the bike is in neutral. Most have a cutout to disable the start circuit if the bike is in gear and the clutch is engaged.

Normally one goes to the dealer and buys a shop manual. It should have troubleshooting data. Manuals may also be available on line. Google is your friend.
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Old 03-10-2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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You might have bought a bike with a fried charge system, happened to a buddy of mine when he bought an old GSXR1100, worked fine for a day, then the bettery went dead, turned out the charge circuit was hosed. Get a DVOM and start poking around.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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The bike has not yet been homologated - have that done, and it will start.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
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Any chance it could just be flooded? But I guess the light wouldnt come on if that were the case
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:44 PM   #6
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The bike has not yet been homologated - have that done, and it will start.
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Old 03-10-2009, 04:50 PM   #7
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ok, how would i go about doing that
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:15 PM   #8
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ok, how would i go about doing that
You can ignore it. Airhawk was making a sarcastic reference about another thread.
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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well....i have no idea about any of this...guess ill figure it out

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Old 03-10-2009, 07:09 PM   #10
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If the guy put in a new battery, find it and wiggle the wires that bolt to it around. Maybe he didn't tighten them well; make sure they can't be moved. Borrow a friends battery charger and set it for 2 amps; charge the battery overnight. Report your findings for further instructions.
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