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    Not starting randomly
    on: Aug 01, 2019, 02.33 pm
    Aug 01, 2019, 02.33 pm
    Hi guys,

    The last 2 or 3 times I've gone to start my bike everything has come to life when I turn the key, also the additional bits come on when I switch the kill switch on, however press the starter and nothing. The display all resets, so the trip other bits all zero - so this sounds like a flat/low battery.

    I put it on charge with a smart charger and it reported back that the battery was in good condition (it's a year old) but let it trickle charge over night.

    When I tried to start it again - same problem, so I didn't change anything just pressed the starter a few more times and eventually it sprang in to life.

    I've read the common faults/checks pages and I don't think it covers it there.

    My thinking so far is:
    Not kill switch as there is evidence it works by things coming to life
    Not clutch switch - I didn't move my hand
    Not side stand switch - not touched or down

    So i'm left with either battery, loose connection, starter solenoid or start switch.

    Has anybody else had this happen to them?

    Thanks all,

    Andy
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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #1 on: Aug 02, 2019, 09.15 am
    Aug 02, 2019, 09.15 am
    Try putting the bike on the centre stand and if it fails to fire up, keep the clutch pulled and button pressed, then sweep the bars left to right. This may work, indicating the wiring to the ignition switch is starting to fail. An easy enough fix, but a ball acher.

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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #2 on: Aug 02, 2019, 09.18 am
    Aug 02, 2019, 09.18 am
    Bike was already on centre stand - but will try moving the bars left and right.

    The ignition wires have been on my mind since I bought it and would like to do some preventative work there so might be the time to do it.

    Andy
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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #3 on: Aug 02, 2019, 10.32 pm
    Aug 02, 2019, 10.32 pm

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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #4 on: Aug 12, 2019, 08.45 am
    Aug 12, 2019, 08.45 am
    I had this problem a couple of years ago at around 30000 miles take the starter switch apart, the contacts are reasonably accessible clean the up
    the contact faces with fine wet or dry abrasive paper job done, takes around 20 mins.
    Hope this helps

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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #5 on: Aug 12, 2019, 09.23 am
    Aug 12, 2019, 09.23 am
    @waspanman - could be that - when it did it I just kept pressing the starter and on the 3rd attempt it kicked in.

    I had that issue on my old 98 900 Trophy - but that had age on it's side!

    Andy
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    Re: Not starting randomly
    Reply #6 on: Aug 12, 2019, 06.29 pm
    Aug 12, 2019, 06.29 pm
    *Originally Posted by waspanman [+]
    I had this problem a couple of years ago at around 30000 miles take the starter switch apart, the contacts are reasonably accessible clean the up
    the contact faces with fine wet or dry abrasive paper job done, takes around 20 mins.
    Hope this helps

    Do you usually wash your bike without placing plastic bags over the bars/switchgear?

    May have nothing to do with it but that's what Triumph say you should do.