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Old 12-04-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy Need Help: Starting Problem

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I went home for a week for Thanksgiving and left my bike outside (not smart - I know....now). When I came back my SV wouldn't start so I figured it was the battery and took it to an AutoZone where they checked it and pronounced it dead. I bought a new battery, charged it, and installed it on my bike. It still won't start. I tried for about 15 minutes with no luck. When I turn the key to the 'ON" position, the speedometer, tach, and all the other lights come on, but the engine just won't start. Whenever I press the starter, I hear the 'starter sound' but the engine doesn't come on. I think I might have even drained the new battery trying to start it because when I was done trying the charge was low and I went to charge it back up again.

I haven't had the chance to ride it for a while so it's been sitting there over two weeks now. It doesn't have a cover and it was rained on a few times but overall the weather hasn't been bad - it hasn't been snowed on or anything like that thank goodness. Can any of you guys help me out and tell me what I can do? Should I just call it and bring it to a shop somehow?

I admit I'm a noob and I hope there isn't something obvious I'm missing but I wouldn't dismiss it. I remember from my MSF course that if this was a carb bike I would try using the choke. However, since the SV is FI, I don't think I have that option... is that right? Is there a choke somewhere I'm missing?
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:07 AM   #2
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Make sure the kill switch is not activated. If not, Try releasing the clutch slowly when attempting to start and see what happens... I heard of the clutch switch going bad on the suzuki's. I know cause I have one. I had to jump the switch with a paperclip to get it started until the $10.00 switch came in at the dealer.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:49 AM   #4
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Once you figure it out PM me and I will sell you a Nelson Riggs cover pretty cheap
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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plus 1 on the clutch switch. Those bikes should start very easily and shouldnt matter if it got rained on. Theres a little switch on the bottom side of the clutch that can be pressed in and out, try moving it with a flat head and trying to start it with it in different positions. I dont think the starter would engage though if the switch wasnt activated. does it just turn over and over? If it does turn over then check gas and spark next.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:36 PM   #6
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TeleRomeo & TomballD: Thanks. I'll try give the switch a shot.

TomballD: Yeah, it just turnover and over and I heard the gas swooshing in the tank when I move it side to side so I don't think it's thank. I guess I'll give the spark plug a shot if the switch doesn't work.
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