Main Motorcycle: 2009 America EFI
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: northwest Florida, USA
I have had a few issues over the years when starting. Mostly EFI related low battery voltage (12.4VDC being just below ECU threshold for engaging the starter). But have also had the poor contact issue at the starter button. During troubleshooting I opened the switch gear and inspected the button parts. Didn't really have any corrosion of the spring & contact, more like tarnish on the surfaces. Cleaned them up and that starting issue went away. The above mentioned clutch switch is certainly worth a look. A good clean and/or spay of the little clutch sensor switch would help eliminate that as a cause. And of course, double or triple check the battery terminal connections. There are other starter lockouts like side stand and neutral switches but from your description they don't seem likely, guessing the carb versions had the same "safety" switches as the later EFI models.
Have you made any modifications recently, like any changes to the lighting, air intake or exhaust? Have you pulled the air filter and inspected it recently or does it just seem to be a delayed engaging of the starter?
2009 America with some modifications, a lot of fun that I can ride all day. (sold and miss my 2008 Bonneville, a great daily driver)
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