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Hi all,

My 95 Daytona 900 has started to take a bit of a dislike to starting. Every now and then, when I press the starter, nothing happens - no turn over, nothing. Ignition off and on usually sorts it (or at least does after 2 or 3 goes). Now this wouldn't worry me, but the bike has also recently started cutting out when I'm riding along (including this evening whilst overtaking - not fun!)

What do you reckon - easily fixable (loose connection somewhere) or should I start worrying and saving my cash?

Cheers folks
bob
 
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Yipe! Whatever it is, find it quick!

A good place to start is at the headstock, where the harness makes its way from the frame to the front sub-harnesses. Apparently, the main harness often gets frayed there.

I often have the same (lack of) reaction when I hit the starter, but pushing the button slightly to one side or the other always seems to sort it. I'm pretty sure my poor connection is right at the button, not elsewhere in the harness. I don't have problems with cutting out after I'm started. (Well, except for one cylinder that goes out in heavy rain sometimes.)

HTH,
-Kit
 

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I had a problem with my sidestand neutral switch sticking, especially when it's cold. If I pulled in the clutch lever, then it would start. I lubed the switch and it cured the problem. I don't know if that would cause the problem with cutting out while it's running though.
 

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On 2007-01-22 20:54, seumas wrote:
I had a problem with my sidestand neutral switch sticking, especially when it's cold. If I pulled in the clutch lever, then it would start. I lubed the switch and it cured the problem. I don't know if that would cause the problem with cutting out while it's running though.
Same problem on my 95 Sprint. It would not start correctly and ran rough. I rotated the neutral switch out of the way of the kicksyand and it fixed the probvlem.
 

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Hows your battery? It always seems to happen this time of year, cutting out etc... Clean the low tension spade connectors to the coils - this will mean removing the tank. Clean both the male and female ends with a wire brush so that both surfaces appear clean and free from any dirt or corrosion. The female connectors on the wires to the coils may require some gentle crimping to stiffen the connection and make sure the high tension lead is firmly in the coil and fits the plug top snugly as well - i've been known to put a little bacofoil over the plug tops if unsure. What happens is corrosion occurs at this spot (spade connectors) just enough to make your life intermittent as it were - judicious cleaning helps - The starter switch contact also gets a little corroded - you needn't take the assembly apart, with the key off hit the button numerous times, should clear it up.
The secret with these bikes is keep the battery tended - if you let the bike sit for a month or so especially when it's cold your battery will loose some of it's charge. A dodgey battery can contribute to Sprag clutch failure - that $1000+ fix. My Sprint which has sat for a month or so did the same thing cutting out at speed, no starting and the such like. I long removed the kickstand switch but it could also be your issue - easy check that, good luck. :razz:
 
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Heh. When I bought my Trident, it had a switch at the clutch lever & another at the sidestand. It did not, however, have any wiring coming out of said switches. Consequently, I have never had a problem related to those switches. :-D

(BTW, anybody know why Triumph decided the sidestand should have that 2-tone finish where it's all black except for the bottom front edge?)

Cheers,
-Kit
 

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On 2007-01-22 21:57, KitNYC wrote:
Heh. When I bought my Trident, it had a switch at the clutch lever & another at the sidestand. It did not, however, have any wiring coming out of said switches. Consequently, I have never had a problem related to those switches. :-D

(BTW, anybody know why Triumph decided the sidestand should have that 2-tone finish where it's all black except for the bottom front edge?)

Cheers,
-Kit
Kit you could make $40 on ebay if you sold those defunct switches! I have a leather jessie on the foot of my side stand, have done since new - got to keep her pristine, can't go buggering up the finish. :razz:
 

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Cheers for that guys. I don't think that the battery is the problem as I had just charged it overnight before yesterday's ride, but you've given me plenty of other things to look into. I think I'll take the sidestand switch off anyway, as it seems a little unnecessary and is potentially a v. easy fix (assuming that that is the problem!)
Anyway, many thanks once again for the quick responses
bob
 
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