1998 Trophy 1200: Having Starting Problems.

orcasman

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I bought a 1998 trophy 1200 last year in May and have had nothing but fun on it. last winter i started having an issue with starting the bike. when i would push the stater button it would not start the motor, but if i moved the left hand controls around the bar it would actuate the starter and start the bike. this went on for about a month and the day after christmas i broke my ankle and have not been able to ride at all. fast forward 5 months: i go to start the bike and the starter starts to go and just stops. so when i push the starter button i get nothing. i have done lots of diagnosing and have come up empty. just to list what i have done: i have a new battery, i have checked all of the fuses and everything looks good, i have checked the kickstand switch and it is functioning properly, i have checked the starter relay and it is fine ( the starter turns the motor over when linked directly to the battery), i have checked the clutch switch ( it had no continuity when checked with and ohm meter. i took it apart and cleaned it real good with alcohol and put it back together. still i don't seem to have any continuity ). is there anything that i have missed in my diagnostics? is there a way to bypass the clutch switch to make the bike run? any suggestions that y'all might have would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
 

shanered6

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Hi there,
First of all to bypass the clutch switch simply join the wires by bridging them with another peace of wire , 2) i think you answered your own question ? .... the issue is either in the starter button switch gear or the harness that goes to it .
check the plug on the end of the harness for dirt or corrosion and clean it check for any breaks or pinching in the harness , and last of all check the switch gear for corrosion or breaks in wires of soldered joins ........ let us know how you get on .
 

orcasman

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thank you shanered6 for your response. i by passed the clutch switch with a piece of wire and the bike turned right over. unfortunately the new battery was a little low from sitting connected to the bike for over a month, i have it on the charger now and will continue with my process once it has enough juice. i will keep you informed during my process. hopefully i'm riding her hard in the next hour or two.
 

orcasman

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ok i got her started and she purrs like a kitten. i took her for a ride last evening and everything seems to be fine. thank you for the help.
 

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No problem bud glad she's going again TUP
 
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