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Sadly, I hadn't ridden my bike for 3 weeks, so I decided to take her out for a spin today. She started off fine, and got me to the gym. However, after I was done working out, my darn bike wouldn't start! I tried three times -- nothing. Finally, the fourth one did the trick, but I was starting to get scared.

Any idea why that may have happened? Also, how long should I hole down the starter, and how long should I wait between tries?

Thanks.
 

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Mine acts up like that every once in a great while. For some reason, rocking the bike forwards and backwards a bit seems to do the trick. Not sure why, but it has. Maybe some sensor is activated just enough that the bike's computer over-rides the starter, or ???

3 weeks shouldn't affect the battery, starter or anything else (unless you leave the bike outside and you live in the frozen North during winter).
 

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I had a problem with my Nomad when it was new. It turns out that there is an electrical connector under the seat that was loose. Moving around on the seat would intermittantly cause problems. You may want to pull the seat and take a look.

Good luck. There's nothing as frustrating as wondering if your bike is going to start.
 

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Could be the neutral safety switch or the kick stand safety switch is sticking.
 

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Maybe a little choking would make her happy ;^)
 

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It's the 900 Vulcan 2007, so no choke :(

I could hear the starter motor working, but the engine wasn't turning over at all.
Not turning over or not firing? Because if it's not turning over, holding the starter isn't gonna help. At any rate the battery is probably a good place to start.
 

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It's the 900 Vulcan 2007, so no choke :(

I could hear the starter motor working, but the engine wasn't turning over at all.
Nice choice in bikes; if the battery is up it sounds like it is time to take her in for warranty. from your description the starter is spinning but not engaging all the time. That is bound to be trouble in the future.

Me and my 07 with the new speedster longs, Swweeet Sounds!!!!!
 

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Red Barchetta, I had the same problem before coming to work tonight. It happens, usually after the bike has sat for a day or two and it is cold. It was only about 42 F outside. The starter was turning over, but I had to hit the starter 3 times before it cranked. Does anyone else who has the 07 900 have the same problems? Is just a problem inherent in the V-twin? Fuel injection should be more efficient and start easier. My first bike, don't know.
 

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ZeroPunch has it!! it's usually the safety switch. they stick in cold weather. it's under with the kickstand. check it out. :)
 

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I'll check that next time I have problems with starting my baby. thanks.
 

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Let me get this straight… you hit the button, heard the starter spin, but it did not try to turn over the engine??? :frown: If this is the case then it is not one of the multiple sensors that would prevent the bike from starting. All of the sensors would prevent power from getting to the starter, so you would not have heard t spin. If you have the key turned to accessory (one step further than run) power will get to the starter, but it will still turn the engine over, otherwise something is wrong with the starter.
 

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Maybe a little choking would make her happy ;^)

It's the 900 Vulcan 2007, so no choke :(
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I don't think he got the joke.


There also needs to be some clarity in this thread between, starter spinning and motor turning over, or not. I beleive he said it worked on the 4th try. It's possible that the battery was too low to fully engage the starter bendix drive. It will spin, but not fully engage without enough battery power. Riding it won't charge the battery sufficiently if it's low. Buy a charger.
 

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I'd have to agree with the comments on combination of battery not being fully up and/or sticky bendix on starter. Spinning a starter without the starter engaging the engine means the bendix did not extend. A weak battery can do that, but so can a bad starter.
 
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