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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question Starting issues (when hot) - 2012 CCT

2012 CCT w/ 90k miles.

When the bike is hot, occasionally I'll push the starter button and nothing (at all) will happen. Just the dull click of the starter button itself as if the engine kill switch is engaged. More recently, I've noticed that when nothing happens the neutral light on the dash will dim ever so slightly. I checked the battery and had the dealer confirm that the battery is good (load test included).

Side Note: The battery is only 6 months old. I had a similar issue last fall and the dealer found a bad battery. I nuked the 5 year old battery out in death valley. Had it replaced and haven't had a problem again until the weather warmed back up this spring. To be fair, the weather did cool off quite a lot after I had the battery replaced. Now that the weather is consistently 80+ the problem is more consistent as well. On cold days (highs in the 50s) I've had no such issues.

I did my best to do some maintenance within the Starter Button itself, including a cleaning and dielectric grease. This did not seem to help with the issue.

Oddly, after the bike cools down for 30-45 minutes, it will generally start. I've had a few sessions where I tried to start it every 5 minutes until it self-resolved.

The engine kill switch seems to be working fine.

I always pull the clutch and there are no loose cables there (although I've never had to pull the clutch

Nuetral Sensor Switch: The last couple times this problem arose I did manage to get the bike to start (even when very hot) by fiddling with the gear shifter lever. I would hold down the starter button and thing fiddle with the shifter. Both times as I pressed down slightly (like trying to put it in first gear), the bike would suddenly fire up and run fine.

Is this an indication of the neutral switch going bad? Could it be that the heat inside the case is making the neutral switch lose connection? Can I bypass the switch, and is it ok to leave it bypassed? Would that defeat the neutral light on the dash as well?

It seems odd that the nuetral light on the dash is coming on fine (and on even when having an issue), but the computer thinks it's off?

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In reading your post my first thought was poor battery connections, but if tweaking the shift lever makes the starter come to life I think you found the problem. I'm not sure how that shift position works, but sounds like a contact needs either cleaning or adjustment. Look at the service manual and see what it says about the neutral switch. I would think the green light would be on the same circuit.

Regarding bypassing the switch...yeah, I think you could, but not recommended. I have to say I never start my bike with the clutch lever pulled, but I also back the bike out of the garage thus I know it's not in gear when I hit the starter.

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I think its the 40 amp breaker behind the battery


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here is the relay auto parts store sells them around $7 bucks 40 amp
sorry you have to wait for a hot day or motor
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With your mileage the starter itself could need to be rebuilt as it could be binding a bit under the heat. There are brand new Victory starters on eBay for well under $100. I'd replace the starter and the 40AMP relay then ensure all the connections are tight.
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