8. Clutch Switch

Gloved Hand on Clutch Lever

Some bikes require that you pull in the clutch lever, even if the bike is in neutral, in order to get the starter motor to spin. If the starter won’t crank – not even click – at all and the instrument lights are on (indicating that you’ve got at least some power), try squeezing and releasing the clutch lever a few times to see if you can make the switch happy. Also, make sure you’re pulling the lever all the way to the grip. If that still doesn’t work, you can go all MacGyver on it by bypassing the clutch switch and  jumping the leads with a staple, fooling the bike into thinking the clutch is pulled in.