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Old 09-24-2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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1998 KLR650 not starting (electrical)

A couple of days ago my KLR began having starting issues.

I'd get on, put it in neutral, hit the starter and all the lights would go out. no electrical power at all. Checked the fuses, all good. turn the key off, turn the key on, and I would have power again and it would start.

a glitch I thought.

but now it has gone from happening every once in a while to happening every time. Sometimes turning it on and off would bring back power, sometimes it would bring back power but go off again when I tried to start it.

So I started thinking starter relay or Regulator/Rectifier.

But another thing I noticed. When I turn the bike on and hit the start button, the power goes out, if I roll the bike forward or back (still in neutral) the power comes back on.

why would a failing starter relay or regulator/rectifier make it behave this way? Which make me believe those things might not be the culprit?

the bike is my daily driver so I'm worried that these little glitches will leave me stranded on the side of the road soon.

any ideas?

(oh, 1998 klr650 with 22k miles on it)
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Dirty ground connection. Clean that first.
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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Dirty ground connection. Clean that first.
Could be, or . . . intermittent battery connections, positive and/or negative.

A glance at a wiring diagram suggests, the main power network (basically, the BROWN wire circuit) is being interrupted; likely the result of a questionable connection.
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