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    Default Starter button and igniter?

    New to the Forum. I have a 1982 GS650G. Don't know how to post a picture yet.
    Bike stalled, then the starter button wouldn't work.
    Jump started her and went home.
    No click on the solenoid.
    Replaced the starter and on/off switch, and the igniter/solenoid.
    Still no go.
    Where to look next?

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    I'd think the most prominent cause of starter button not working is the clutch safety switch. Oh yeah, welcome.
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    Like rphillips said, make sure you have the clutch lever pulled in. There is a starter defeat circuit inline, and can easily be taken out (if you want to. I keep mine intact for reasons). If that isn't your problem, get yourself a wiring diagram from BikeCliff's website (see my signature). A really nice color diagram there for you - Top section, right column. And start chasing 12v from the battery to the start button, then from the start button through the Green/Yellow wire to the starter solenoid. Don't know what you actually replaced. The igniter and solenoid are two different things with different functions.

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    The solenoid frame needs to be grounded for it to “click” in ....there’s a separate wire for this
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    Seems to me the FIRST thing to look at is the fuses, if you've already done that get a meter or test light and check to see if the keyswitch is operating properly.
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    And i'll add check to ensure the battery itself is good then test your charging system following the quick tests in Rich's signature block

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    Thanks guys. I will check the battery. The malfunction was very sudden. I replaced the solenoid (attached to the battery box) and will check its ground. Hard to figure the clutch handle would suddenly croak. Also replaced the start button assembly on the right handlebar. Fuses are all good. Solenoid wire is the yellow/green bastid, right?

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    It’s time for you to look at the factory wiring diagram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zanichbug View Post
    Jump started her...
    Do you mean push or 'bump' started? I hear "jump" and I immediately think of jumper cables. (My starter is also dead, didn't get around to attempt push starting before stuff happened. I was thinking starter or solenoid, fuses or clutch switch didn't even occur to me. Thanks guys).

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    Good point Rob. What do you mean by “jump started”?

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