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    So today I was trying to get my 2000 R* (1600) to fire up after doing some carb work and it's had a weak start to it since I baught the thing but now it won't crank at all, I'm assuming this means starter. The battery reads out to 11.76 V and my plugs are dirty and in needs of replacement so I'm just assuming this a starter issue, but I've only ever worked on my truck, this is my first venture into bikes and I'm still fairly new to the world of wrench in on things like this, so confirmation from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    11.76 volts on the battery is not enough. charge it and then bring it to the auto parts store and have it tested.

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    • #3
      Could be a number of things, but like Dave said, charge the battery and have it tested. Also be sure your battery cables and terminals are clean and tight. As much as these bikes vibrate, things come loose all the time.

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      • #4
        Where is the starter relay located on this bike?

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        • #5
          A healthy battery will hold 12.7 volts (tested 12 hours after a full charge). A running Road Star’s charging system should put out 14v.

          Older starters that have been worked hard trying to start an ill tuned bike will suffer worn, dirty brushes over time. Brush kits are available, and affordable.

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          • #6
            If I do end up buying a new battery what one should I go with for this bike and what kind of spark plugs should I grab while I'm at it.

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            • #7
              Search the site for battery, there was a recent thread on it with several good option. Factory recommended plugs are NGK DPR7EA-9 however there are several other options if they're not available. Search the site for spark plugs as well for a list .

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