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Offline Ernest T

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Won't start with the button
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:47:02 pm »
Six hundred miles from home the Trophy quit starting with the starter switch. I was able to get home on two tanks of gas so I only had to bump start it twice.  The dealer has it so we'll see what happens.

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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 11:42:31 pm »
Sorry to hear that, Ernest,
I hope the dealer is able to find a permanent solution. It must have been quite a chore bump starting such a big bike.
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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 02:05:50 am »
Ernest-

When you find out what is causing the no-start problem could you post your findings?  My bike has failed to start on multiple tries but eventually fired.  Also, how had was it to bump start?

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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2014, 02:16:04 am »
good to know it WILL bump.
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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2014, 02:20:55 am »
*Originally Posted by Papermaker [+]
Ernest-

When you find out what is causing the no-start problem could you post your findings?  My bike has failed to start on multiple tries but eventually fired.  Also, how had was it to bump start?

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It's easy, you don't need  much of a hill or a long run.  I couldn't see anything obviously wrong and it didn't display any of the normal low battery behavior.  Push the button and nothing happened.  Luckily I was at the top of a small hill so I pushed it to the crest, put it in third and pushed off.  I didn't have a lot or room so after about 20 feet I dropped the clutch and it caught right away.  I had to do it a couple more times because I didn't have another key to open the gas cap so I had to turn it off.  I kept an eye out of well positioned (on a hill) gas stations for the long ride home. 

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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2014, 02:23:17 am »
*Originally Posted by Briang1234 [+]
good to know it WILL bump.

Yeah, I was already planning to rent a uhaul for the ride home.

I think you could actually push start it on level ground if it weren't for the bags.  You can't run next to the bike because of them and jumping aboard might be difficult with them in place.  I had an alternate plan to take the bags off, start the bike, then put them back on, but then I remembered I need another key to do that.

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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 04:06:13 am »
Ernest T

Sorry to hear about your trouble. Interesting to find out the actual problem. Sounds like terryb may have had the same problem.

Had you had any work done lately on the battery or removing the front fairing for anything?

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Re: Won't start with the button
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2014, 12:28:37 pm »
Thanks for the bump start feedback guys.

My friends with big, hard starting four stroke dirt bikes use the hill method also.

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