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Old 02-02-2009, 04:11 PM   #11
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thank you for the suggestions. i'm not sure about the turning crank thing didnt pay attention. press the button and it makes some noise, i suppose it is the turning over...
Is it a clattering or whirring noise instead of the usual "try to start" noises? If so, the starter may not be fully engaging with the flywheel. That often indicates a lousy battery.
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Old 02-02-2009, 06:06 PM   #12
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flip it to on, push it to about 7mph, jump on and dump the clutch in second. If it fires right up you have a bad starter. Good time to make sure your battery is good to go too. Pop the caps and make sure the water is up to the level. If you fill remember distilled only and only to where the plastic wings stop inside the battery, not to the top.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:49 AM   #13
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flip it to on, push it to about 7mph, jump on and dump the clutch in second. If it fires right up you have a bad starter. Good time to make sure your battery is good to go too. Pop the caps and make sure the water is up to the level. If you fill remember distilled only and only to where the plastic wings stop inside the battery, not to the top.
Excellent advice! I forgot the push-start to rule in/out the starter as the cause of the problem.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:47 AM   #14
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If the motor won't make noise when you push the button, it's prolly broke. Take it to one of them smart guys with the fancy pair of pliers and give them some money. They can prolly get it to make noise again.
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Well I took it to a mechanic today.... strange but no one suggested something basic like...hmm.... try checking contacts on the battery....

They were loose, so it seems to have solved the problem. If it hasn't i'll be back here to post some updates.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:50 AM   #15
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Is it a clattering or whirring noise instead of the usual "try to start" noises? If so, the starter may not be fully engaging with the flywheel. That often indicates a lousy battery.
it was making the usual start noise without the actual firing up of the engine.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #16
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Well I took it to a mechanic today.... strange but no one suggested something basic like...hmm.... try checking contacts on the battery....

They were loose, so it seems to have solved the problem. If it hasn't i'll be back here to post some updates.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
I can tell you that the battery contacts are NOT the problem. If that were the case, then it would be difficult to start the bike all the time or intermittently, as in consistently intermittent. The fact that this doesn't happen when the bike is cold suggests that is isn't the contacts. I could be wrong, but...
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:22 PM   #17
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Release the gas cap and try to start it. Every once in a blue moon my K100 will not fire. If I release the cap the vapor depressurizes and suddenly the fuel injection primes. Maybe it's just time for a carb-rebuild on the thing.
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:33 PM   #18
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i hope that was the problem, otherwise it's pretty sad, maybe it is the carbs or something else, i'll just hope for the best.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:10 PM   #19
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SOLUTION: The battery died. Now I replaced it with a new one. Everything seems to work fine. I guess that's what it was.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:28 PM   #20
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No No, your bike won't start! It's all a figment of your imagination! You haven't been reading Motorcyclist, have you?

Try checking the bendix reverse-spring. If it's below 18 lbs. of tension, that means the sprags inside the starter have ruined the selector drum/trundle release assy.

Phew, glad we caught that before someone got hurt!
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