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Sunday, August 1, 2010

If your 1500 vulcan won't start...


It's not the sidestand switch, if it won't start. It just won't run with sidestand "down" and in gear, with the clutch out.

So here's the troubleshoot.

First check the battery voltage. It should be 12.5 or more. Then check that the positive and negative connection are clean and tight on the battery. Check that the ground wire is not broken and is connect good and tight to the engine block.

Now watch the battery voltage when you hit the button if it drops off then it's a battery problem.

If the starter spins, but it doesn't check the ignition fuse in fuse box.(maybe blown?)

See if the starter is bad, by checking the stud on top of it. It should have ~12.5v of power when you hit the button. If it's hot and the nothing spins then get a starter motor.

If it's not hot start here.

Here's a the hot side of the starter circuit.

Battery, Main Fuse, Ignition(key) switch. (Those are good if you have lights working.)

Cut-off Switch by throttle(may be bad or turned off)(Being off has called a wrecker or two before.)

Starter Button(maybe bad)

Relay in junction box(sticking or bad connection)



The ground side of this relay comes from either the neutral switch or clutch switch.

No neutral light, switch or connection.

The starter interlock switch is at the clutch lever if that's unplugged or loose you'll get no start with a neutral light or by pulling the clutch lever.

If it starts with clutch pulled or in neutral, but not the other, you can figure it out.

If the junction relay is working, it feeds a hot to another relay with the main fuse. Check that relay it feeds the starter motor.

THE KICKSTAND SWITCH DOESN'T HAVE A THING TO DO WITH THE STARTING OF THE BIKE!(on a 1500)

39 comments:

  1. Please remember that the sidestand switch does affect the starting on 1600.

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  2. No neutral light at all. Starts with clutch in but not with kickstand down. Neutral switch

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  3. I have a question sorry I am a noob. You probably cover it. 1500 won't start, in neutral, clutch in or out. Lol no sidestands issue! When I hit the start button key on run switch on. All I here is click. I have starter in hand. But want to hear your advice please.

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  4. Question: I have a 2005 VN2000. Battery is good, starter turns when I hit the button, but will NOT fire up.
    Bike is in nuetral, kickstand down. Bike is very clean, always garaged. Starter just turns over and over- but the bike will not start up. Thoughts?

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  5. It's an ignition problem not a starting problem. Does the fuel pump hum? Does it have spark? The ignition has wire that needs a resistor inline to work like a 1500 search my blog for that. I had a youtube video somewhere.

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  6. After a prolonged 'down time' and extension hose line, fuel pump, tank and battery replacement, the starter make the most horrendous gear-grinding noise, and bike won't start. Also, I no longer hear the fuel pump engage when I turn switch 'on'. All lights and gauges appear normal. Have I wired something backward?

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    1. IF the starter tries and sounds awful it's the starter drive or wear it engages.

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  7. 1992 1500 no lights, no start, no horn unless I go straight to the battery. Battery is good, goes to starter seleniod nothing after that.I can take the Brown wire from ignition switch and go directly to the battery and get horn, tail light, but nothing else?

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    1. Mainfuse? I have a post on how to find that.

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  9. Hi there just a question.so Kawasaki 1500 in with starting issue bike is mint and was used a few months ago..so bangin and popping on tryin to start.so possible spark issue..so my question..on spark test I've noticed that all 4 plugs spark on egnition turn on..very unusuall this and not sure if I've seen this before.so any help would be good before I strip it..

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    1. Ok incase it's confusing..ignition on..then as soon as run switch is set to run.then all 4 plugs will spark constantly.I can even here them sparking with plugs in..very confused with this and not see or heard this before.how can it start like this.so something a miss here but can't get my head around it..

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    2. Ok incase it's confusing..ignition on..then as soon as run switch is set to run.then all 4 plugs will spark constantly.I can even here them sparking with plugs in..very confused with this and not see or heard this before.how can it start like this.so something a miss here but can't get my head around it..

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  10. I've got a 1999 Nomad and it fired right up two weeks ago but to no avail now. I took off the ignition switch to get a key made and lights are on, starter works, all no problem. I've checked the battery out and it seems good, but the exhaust smells like gas so I'm checking the spark plugs tomorrow. I know it has carburator issues but I'm not sure it's that considering it was running two weeks ago. Any thoughts?

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    1. Additionally, the fuel pump doesn't "hum" when I turn the key on. I think I have some electrical compnent burned up, but as a novice I need some help triangulating the issue.

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    2. Additionally, the fuel pump doesn't "hum" when I turn the key on. I think I have some electrical compnent burned up, but as a novice I need some help triangulating the issue.

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  12. Have a 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic and in from the turn signal,horn, and low/dim selector is a cable that comes out from the right side of the control box and goes directly into a plug just below the left side of the handlebars. The wiring diagram from what I can tell indicates this as the starter lockout. I bought this bike from a friend and was doing some basic maintenence when I found that this plug happens to have bare copper wire wound up and stuffed inside the male end of this plug which was then shoved back into the female connector attached to the handlebar. I found after removing it that I was able to start the bike with the stand up or down and the clutch pulled in but, when I put the bike in gear and let off the clutch the bike just dies, it runs absolutely fine until I put it in gear and try to hit the friction zone. I have now stuffed said wound copper wire back into the male plug and returned it to the female connector and the bike is capable of riding again. So it seems that by jumping this cable I am able to resume seemingly normal operation of the bike. Any idea what the heck I stumbled onto here? Any help would be appreciated. Is it simply a bad starter lockout or possibly something else? I am somewhat mechanicaly capable and did not catch this issue last summer when I purchased the motorcycle as the plug appeared to be properly connected leaving no indication that something was amiss.

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  13. '96 Vulcan 1500: Starter will not engage. Rapid clicking sound under the tank when starter button is pushed. solenoid good. tank empty, all lights and horn work. Any ideas?

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  14. Ok here's my issue. I have a 2000 1500 Vulcan Classic FI. I went for a ride a few days ago like any other day. Got on the old girl turned the key on lights came on fuel pump hummed like always hit the start button with stand up and in neutral nothing. Replaced starter and starter relay. Still nothing. By accident I touched negative to negative battery post while I was holding start button and she fired up. So I think there is a short but where oh where could it be. It has me baffled beyond rational thought. Ready to pull my Effie hair out please help!

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  15. I have a 2000 vulcan 800 classic. N my ignition fuse keeps popping. Soon as i slip it in gear n start goin. Pop. Where shoupd i start

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  16. I have no spark from plugs on my 1996 Vulcan 1500-d. nor does the fuel pump come on. I turn the key and I have no lights nothing until I try starting it then headlights pop on, whats the malfunction here?

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  17. I have a 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 classic I can charge the battery or put jumper cables on it and it starts right up but if I ride it and stop somewhere it does not start again and sounds as if sylenoid is just clicking still have lights and can push start it or jump it off and runs fine again, I've changed out voltage regulator thinking that might be the cause but not the case apparently.. I know it could possibly be a number of things, could it possibly be starter, sylenoid, starter switch maybe idk but any helpful advice would be appreciated THANK YOU..

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  18. 96 vulcan 900 starts in nuetral only and when try to put in gear it shuts off, can't hold clutch in and start anywhere but nuetral please help

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  19. I have a 2007 1600 kawasaki nomad, battery is full, just changed the starter cylenoid, and note I get no fire when I turn the ignition key on. No power at all. No lights at all. Please help.

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  20. I have a 1997 Vulcan the neutral light won't come on and it will not crank unless you mash clutch in it's sounding like it's missing on one cylinder what could be the problem.

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  21. where is the main fuse on a 2010 kawasaki vulcan 900 custom

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  22. where is the main fuse on my 2010 kawasaki vulcan 900 custom

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  23. I have a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan nomad 1500 FI. When I turn the key on there's no power to anything. I started to trace the issue down and found the 30amp fuse in the starter relay solenoid was blown. I replaced it. When I turned the key on I once again had full power and the fuel pump engaged. However, when I pushed the start button it popped and all power was gone again. I made sure all my connections were clean and tight and installed another 30amp fuse and tried again. When I turned the key I had full power and the fuel pump engaged, and when I hit the start button it popped and lost all power once again. Can you help?

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  24. I have a 99 vulcan nomad 1500. My water indicator light comes on and my bike seems to wana cut off but then light turns off and bike runs smooth what can be the problem. I checked my coolant level and it is fine

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  25. Thiss is a constant problem when i ride

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  26. Thiss is a constant problem when i ride

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  27. Hello, I'm riding a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500. Yesterday my buddy and I were out for a ride, and the bike intermittently lost power for a sec,about 15 miles down the road as a was passing a truck, it completely died. It looked as if the Dfi in line fuse was blown, even after replaced nothing.The fuel pump doesn't hum anymore, and it sounds like a solenoid is clicking....Any common solutions to this before I tear gods thing apart?

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  28. Hello, I'm riding a 2000 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500. Yesterday my buddy and I were out for a ride, and the bike intermittently lost power for a sec,about 15 miles down the road as a was passing a truck, it completely died. It looked as if the Dfi in line fuse was blown, even after replaced nothing.The fuel pump doesn't hum anymore, and it sounds like a solenoid is clicking....Any common solutions to this before I tear gods thing apart?

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  29. 2001 1500 classic carbureted has fire has fuel has compression will not start turns over just fine. started once ran for 30 seconds coughed,popped and died. will not start now. Can't find any blown fuses either.

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  30. I have an 1800 nomad that I shut off at the store and has not started sence. Bummer I know. So far I figured out I'm never buying and old police bike again, and that the coils get power but still have no spark. I don't know if one of the safteys would cause this or not. Any help is appreciated
    Turns over no spark.

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  31. It seems like it is trying to turn over, but it doesn't.

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