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Everything described in the OP suggested a bad battery. BCIHIL suggested putting a volt meter on the battery and checking voltage while cranking the starter. Was thaT done? That is the only way to properly check a battery. It is easy to charge a bad battery to 12-13 volts, but a bad battery won’t hold that voltage while cranking the starter. The small “battery tender” voltage meter is ideal for checking this on a regular basis.
 

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I believe the OP tried jumping with a car battery so that eliminates the battery part - you really need to jump the start relay as that is still the most likely problem.


I am waiting for someone to ask what kind of oil do you use :)
 

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Start Relay Nuts -

Hey Jdhofwags - Electrical issues can take you for a couple of laps around a bike for sure. Just a suggestion - If you now feel pretty confident that your battery is OK - perhaps the problem is an intermittent start relay (As ETC proposed) or just a loose connection at the large cables connected to the start relay.

To determine if you are dealing with a (slightly) loose start relay cable issue,

1st - After disconnecting the battery - try removing the nuts and the two cables on top of the start relay. Then you will notice an identical pair of nuts (see attached photo) that's now exposed just under the two cables. Sometimes these lower nuts will gradually become loose which can make the start relay intermittent. (Budoka) :)

DON'T OVER TIGHTEN either the lower nuts OR the upper nuts when the cables are reinstalled. The relay housing is a Bakelite plastic and can crack if over stressed. Just make sure everything is SNUG. Connect back up the battery and try hitting the start button again.

If the problem continues -

2nd - You might try using the metal jaw tips of a pair of pliers to jumper the two cables on top of the starter relay - If the starter now consistently engages properly - the relay may be the culprit.

Good Luck - Michael
 

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