Motorcycle Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic ASAP
Hello how are you
You likely have a bad starter solenoid, neutral switch, or wiring.
Does the neutral light come on
I am not awate of a light. I have tried to start it both in neutral and in gear with stepping on the brake. it should start either way.
Do you own or have access to a multi meter
Ok great. You will need to locate the starter solenoid. Follow the + battery cable directly to it. On side of the solenoid should be hot all of the time and the other side should get voltage when the key is turned to the start position
Okay. I'll go outside and check that. Give me some time.
We will be working our way back through the system. You will also find a couple smaller wires. One of these should get voltage when the key is turned to start check both and let me know your findings
My multimeter decided to die at this time. However, I do have a 12v test light.
That will work
The light lights on the solenoid wher the battery cable connects. There is nothing on the other side. Turn the key, still nothing.
Check the smaller wire, might be 2 so check both. This is the wire that activates the solenoid. If it lights the tester and does not spin the starter you have a bad solenoid
I will go and check the smaller wires.
There is one small red wire leading to the solenoid. I pierced the wire with the test probe. It lights when the key is turned.
That tells us the system is functioning properly and the solenoid is bad. Do you have a kawi dealer near by?
No. I'm out in the country. There's one about 35-miles away in Austin.
You can just replace it with a standard solinoid. Does not have to be oem kawi. You might have to mount it a little differnet. That should save you some money too
Do you think I could get a suitable substitute at Auto Zone or O'Reilys? Those are about 10-miles away?
You sure can, just bring the old one with you to try to find one with a similar mount for ease of installation. Should be no problem replacing that part.
Thanks. I am satisfied with your help. I am willing to pay you now. Is there a way to get in touch with you if for some reason a new solenoid does not fix the problem?
Just come back to this chat and post any more questions you may have. From your testing i am confident you have figured it out
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