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Old 05-27-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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my new-2-me wee strom won't start-maybe clutch lever switch?

my new-2-me wee strom won't start-maybe clutch lever switch?

i'm loving my 2009 orange wee-strom.

i have ridden nearly 600 miles since i picked her up last tuesday from maryland's eastern shore.

that said, i am now in the midst of my first "now let's figure this out situation".

yesterday, i was coming south on a locall parkway.

i rolled over a filled in pothole that turned out to be more than a good sized bump.

a few moments later i tried to down shift and had trouble pulling the clutch lever.

the suzuki hand guards had shifted and prevented the clutch lever's unimpeded travel. with my left hand i re-adjusted the best i could while in 6th gear rolling along at 55-60mph on a semi-crowded highway.

whatever i did worked well enough for me to downshift and 5 minutes later i was in my driveway.

i re-attached the hand guard and found a bolt in my "screw/bolt jar" and i thought i was good to go.

but now when i started the bike, the clutch lever travel was way too tight and i could feel the first gear grab point way too soon.

i shut down, ran to the web, read up on clutch lever freeplay and this morning put it all together.

i moved the hand guard to one side, was careful to note the dreaded clutch lever switch, and rolled the rubber guard exposing the geared thumb wheel and lock nut.

i adjust in small increments, pulled in the clutch, pulled up the kick stand and tested. i did this 2-3 more times until it all felt right. rode around in my building's garage shifting 1-2-3-2-1, then did some slow 1st gear turns and even a figure eight and i was ok.

i put the hand guard back on then tightened. tested the pull on the clutch lever. it all felt ok.

i went to start. pulled in the clutch lever, raised the kick stand, turned the key, all the lights went on, heard the fuel pump but when i pressed the starter nothing-nada.

jeez louise, what did i do?

unbolted the hand guard, no start.

gently pushed in the clutch lever switch, still no start.

pulled out the clutch lever switch. put it back in. no start.

i then parked the bike in my co-op's garage, came upstairs, had a cup of tea and tried not to be too pissed off.

i am not much of a wrench.

this exercise in motorcycle maintenance is a fine example of my abilities.

then again, i do try.

any wee folks want to lend a thought or if you are local a hand?

lunch/dinner on me.

ymmv.

be well.

rob
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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Switches that kill bikes. Right hand kill switch, kickstand switch, clutch switch outside of neutral... what else? I'm sure there are more but those are the only ones that come to mind.

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Old 05-27-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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Does it start in neutral with the side stand up?

I'm guessing something is wonky with the clutch interlock switch.
Or how the clutch lever interacts with the switch.

First thing I would do. Is take off the hand guards
I would make sure the clutch lever has free travel and that nothing is blocking it from doing it's job
Then make sure the switch is being switched when it needs to be switched.

That's where I would start.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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Gonna sound stupid but make sure the red kill switch on the right handlebar is in the "run" position. Don't ask me how I know this, lol
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:34 PM   #5
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pull the connector off the clutch switch and jumper it with a paperclip. If the bike now starts, you found your problem. Also make sure the clutch lever is not hitting the switch housing and not actuating all the way. This might have been the original problem and you adjusted the clutch to compensate. Grab the mirror and try and push/pull it forward or back. The mirror is mounted to the top of the switch housing, which if loose, can rotatate around the handle bar to a point the impedes the movement of the clutch when it 's closest to the handle bar..........and check the engine kill switch........been there, done that too.
Ya might want to check in with http://www.stromtrooper.com/
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:18 PM   #6
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Does it start in neutral with the side stand up?

I'm guessing something is wonky with the clutch interlock switch.
Or how the clutch lever interacts with the switch.

First thing I would do. Is take off the hand guards
I would make sure the clutch lever has free travel and that nothing is blocking it from doing it's job
Then make sure the switch is being switched when it needs to be switched.

That's where I would start.
squish-

i did as you suggested.

i took off the entire left side hand guard.

made sure clutch lever switch was nicely snapped into place.

smooth the wires leading to the switch.

put the kickstand up.

pulled in the clutch.

turned the key.

and nothing happened.

damn.

i looked everything over a 2nd time.

pulled out the clutch lever switch.

scratched the leads very gently with edge of a small screwdriver.

pulled in the clutch even more than before.

turned the key and it started just as if all is right in the world.

i put the left hand guard back on.

and really pulled in the clutch again, and again the orange wee started right up.

was it the leads that took to a little scratching?

did i not pull in the clutch enough?

was the switch not seated properly?

i'm not sure.

what did i learn?

motorcycle web forums can be your friend.

do not get pissed/discouraged.

go slow and document your thinking.

and a little luck helps.

thanks to those who shared.

now i'll exhale and go for a ride!



ymmv

be well.

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