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Motorcycle electric start failure

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  1. #1

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    Lightbulb Motorcycle electric start failure

    Background:
    I bought a Megelli 250r last year but rarely used it because I was busy most of the time with work and travelling. In Jan, I was away for a whole month (which meant that no one used the bike throughout this period) and when I came back, I came to find that my motorcycle would not start.

    Problem:
    The battery of the motorcycle is fine as the headlights and the dashboard turns on when I start the bike. However, the main problem is that the electric engine start does not work. I have tried to jump start the engine (thanks to YouTube) but it did not work.

    Now I'm hoping to find some mechanic or a motorcycle repair workshop around Yuen Long or Tuen Mun area that will help me fix the problem. Do you know how to solve that problem or know anyone else who will be able to help me out?




  2. #2

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    I would still suspect the battery as not having enough charge to turn over the engine. Batteries should be kept on a trickle charger if not used for over a week. The older the battery, the more likely it is to fail. Once a battery has been discharged then it suffer damage and be less likely to hold a full charge again. Lead Acid batteries work best when kept fully charged and not discharged below 80-90% of full charge, Lithium batteries can take more discharge before suffering damage.
    If a new battery doesnt solve the problem then check battery connections and then maybe wiring from battery,ignition and starter button.


  3. #3

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    If lights etc. turn on, and all else seems fine...this is what I would do;

    1. Ensure kill switch is turned off.
    2. Check fuel is turned to on (or reserve).
    3. Take the hood off the spark plug, spray in a little WD40, and a little on the electrode (head of the plug), and put hood back on securely.
    4. Try again.

    If none of that works, it's probably beyond most people's side of the road capabilities.

    Not sure of bike shops in that area, but calling one in Kowloon, they will be happy to send a truck to pick it up. Alternatively, you can join the AA who will come along and try to fix roadside or tow to a garage.

    Good luck.


  4. #4

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    roll it down a hill and jump start it


  5. #5

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    does it click instead of turning over? could be starter solenoid.. or fuse to the solenoid

    it could also be corrosion on the battery ternininal.. loosen battery leads - wiggle them tighten back up

    my bike does that if left for a while...


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    but since doesnt bump start then the kill switch is worth checking


  7. #7

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    The spark plug might be burn i guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia
    roll it down a hill and jump start it
    I agreed with wtbhotia, if there is no hill, just push run ur bike as fast as u can and do it manually. Thats wat i do last time when im using a 2 stroke bike which kick start had been taken off.

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    have u turned the fuel cock off? ahhaha


  9. #9

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    I can tell you from experience that if the battery doesnt have enough charge to start the engine ( you may hear a clicking sound from the starter solenoid relay when pressing the starter button ) you may also be unable to sbump start the engine, this is more likely to happen with single cylinder and twin cylinder engines than 4 cylinder. The lights and ignition may still come on but that doesnt mean the battery has enough cranking power to turn over the engine. The giveaway is the relay clicking noise.

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