Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: Bonneville
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Arlington, VA
Bike not starting
I'm fairly new to motorcycles and engines in general, though I have fairly good technical knowledge and skill. But, I don't know enough to accurately described everything. So, bare with me.
I have an '05 Bonneville.
I had a need to replace the gear change shaft. Short story, slid out a year ago, was too cheap to buy a triumph shift pedal. Instead, I used a honda dirt bike one. Finally got a triumph pedal used at a good price. When I was hammering it on a month ago, it broke the end off the gear change rod.
Being Triumph, it of course took weeks to get the part. Anyway, I successfully replaced it. I removed the engine covers on both the left and right side, and successfully replaced the rod. I THINK I took care of the gaskets sufficiently. Tightened everything up, tested it to make sure it shifted, then dumped in some oil.
Rolled it outside and after a few turns, it started.
Road it around last night for about 20 minutes, and it was working great. Better than ever actually.
Came out this morning to start it, nothing.
I don't know how the starter works, but it is "turning over" or cranking, or spinning or whatever. A few pops here and there, but nothing lasting. The turns are getting weaker, which makes me think this is a battery problem potentially.
Anyone have any thoughts? Or know of a thread with starter problems? I scanned through several but they didn't seem instructive. Probably because I don't know the correct keywords.
Thank you everyone.
Last edited by benzapp; 11-17-2012 at 11:35 AM.